Month: August 2015

LEPTIN. Its role in Fat, Energy and Wellbeing.

To explain to you what leptin is and how vital it is to your health, let’s use an analogy. Consider what living things require to grow, function and survive. By living things I mean plants and animals (humans). For the sake of this discussion let’s compare a tree and a human. A tree has its roots in the ground 100% of the time and its canopy up in the atmosphere 100% of the time. The tree is therefore permanently connected to the earth’s magnetic field and only needs the sun and water to grow. A human on the other hand is designed to move across the earth so is not connected to the earth or the sun 100% of the time. For this reason evolution gave us a back-up system, fat. The cycle of making, breaking, storing and mobilizing fats is at the core of how humans and all animals regulate their energy. Leptin is made in fat cells and leptin controls fat.

As you may or may not know, all living organisms are influenced by the earth’s magnetic field, how much sun/light is present in the day and how strong that sun/light is. This is called circadian biology. Leptin in our bodies is directly tied to circadian signalling in the environment. Leptin is the master hormone and determines how all the other hormones work in the body. This is why Leptin our single most important hormone.

To make energy PLANTS use sunlight, magnetism and water, whereas HUMANS use sunlight, magnetism, water and food.

So What is Leptin Resistance and What are the Consequences?

To put it simply, Leptin resistance is when the body is producing leptin but the brain can’t see it, therefore the brain thinks you are starving. As a result your body will increase energy storage (store fat), and conserve energy use (feel lethargic).

To help clarify let’s use another analogy. If the fuel gage in your car is broken you would be constantly filling up with fuel because there would be nothing to tell you how much fuel you are carrying. When you have Leptin resistance the same thing is happening in your body, so you will continue to eat because the body can’t decipher how much fuel you have already.

The obvious consequences of leptin resistance are obesity and fatigue. However due to the influence of leptin in all areas of the body the consequences can be much further reaching with ties to Type 2 Diabetes, Hashimoto’s, Infertility, many other Auto Immune Diseases, and Cancer.

When discussing treatments with your health care provider, I would suggest looking at strategies to decrease insulin resistance, and reducing triglyceride levels as these both play a role in interfering with leptin. The most effective treatments involve diet and exercise, so ensure this is part of your treatment discussion.

To my mind there is no question that the supplement industry is just another product of our industrialized world. Once again science and industry are have successfully installed a dogma that is well entrenched, this is the belief that our health is reliant on the inclusion of carefully developed nutrients derived from highly intelligent, well educated, groups of people in a sterile laboratory that can bottle an easy answer, or shortcut, to wellbeing.

Working on the notion that we are vitalistic beings that are part of a whole living system’s functionality, a multivitamin pill simply cannot effectively resonate within this system. It stands to reason that a vitamin that is obtained from the consumption of a whole food will be balanced with all that is needed for the body to effectively utilize that vitamin. This theory continues to apply regardless of the class of nutrient the multivitamin is sourced from, be it natural, synthetic, food cultured, etc. In all classes the vitamin has been isolated from nature and reintroduced in an artificial setting.

The notion has existed for many centuries that the addition of certain nutrients may assist the body’s innate intelligence in overcoming periods of ‘dis’ease. Manuscripts recovered from Egypt dating back as far as 2000BC talk about the use of castor oil, aloe, mint, myrrh, copper, lead, salt, cedar, and opium, although it would appear that remedies used without magical words were valueless or failed to have their full effect [1]. It was not until very recently however, that orthomolecular therapy, (orthomolecular meaning ‘right molecule’) became the therapy of choice for countless millions.

It was Linus Pauling in 1968 who introduced the concept of Orthomolecular Therapy. He was sure that the isolation of vitamin C would be effective for the treatment of the common cold. He postulated that people’s needs for vitamins and other nutrients vary markedly and that to maintain good health, many people need amounts of nutrients much greater than the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) [2]. Whilst Pauling’s findings may have indeed been accurate, it was and is the method of delivery that is questionable.

Approximately 1500 years before Pauling, Hippocrates is famously said “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates revolutionized the practice of medicine by shifting western medicine from the religious to the “rational.” He believed doctors should analyse symptoms on a case-by-case basis, instead of having blanket causes and/or cures for each disease [3]. In contrast to this philosophy the supplement industry is proposing a blanket ‘cure’ for one ‘dis’ease, e.g. Vitamin C for a cold, B vitamins for stress, or a multi-vitamin as a general health insurance policy. This model of treatment is very mechanistic and deviates greatly from the notion of treating people on a case-by-case basis.

 

Current research [7] has shown that the vast majority of people, who take multi-vitamin supplements, tend to be those that are doing so as an addition to a multi-focused approach to health. They tend to be people from more affluent and better educated demographics, who generally have more nutritious diets. With this in mind it is not hard to see that they may in fact be healthier than those that don’t take multi-vitamins, however the fact that they are taking these supplements is not necessarily the reason for their being healthier.

A recent article entitled Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements [4] cites several long term studies looking at the efficacy of multi-vitamin use:

First, Fortmann and colleagues [5] systematically reviewed trial evidence to update the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation on the efficacy of vitamin supplements for primary prevention in community-dwelling adults with no nutritional deficiencies. After reviewing 3 trials of multivitamin supplements and 24 trials of single or paired vitamins that randomly assigned more than 400 000 participants, the authors concluded that there was no clear evidence of a beneficial effect of supplements on all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, or cancer [4].

Second, Grodstein and co-workers [6] evaluated the efficacy of a daily multivitamin to prevent cognitive decline among 5947 men aged 65 years or older participating in the Physicians’ Health Study II. After 12 years of follow-up, there were no differences between the multivitamin and placebo groups in overall cognitive performance or verbal memory [4].

Following several other researcher’s conclusions, the authors of Enough is Enough, concluded that “multivitamin and mineral supplements are ineffective for preventing mortality or morbidity due to major chronic diseases” [4].

Contrary to the above conclusion, it is not difficult to find research papers that promote the use of multi-vitamins due to finding that support their efficacy. A Randomized Trial of Multivitamin Supplements and HIV Disease Progression and Mortality concluded that Multivitamin supplements delay the progression of HIV disease and provide an effective, low-cost means of delaying the initiation of antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected women [8]. This being the case there may be sound evidence that supports the use of multi-vitamins in the case of chronic illness, however the use of these supplements as a preventative therapy in general use seems to be a pointless exercise.

To my mind, the use of multi-vitamins is an elaborate marketing ploy used by the supplement industry aimed to make us think that we need multivitamins in our diets for good health. All the evidence and research found, does not sway me from the belief that getting micro-nutrients from our food is the most effective way to maximise our health. There are common, and mostly justified, concerns around the availability of micro-nutrients in our food supply. Awareness of this and education about the sorts of foods we should be eating will be far more beneficial to our world’s health than taking multi-vitamin supplements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

  1. http://www.wrf.org/ancient-medicine/belief-and-the-healing-arts-of-ancient-civilizations.php
  2. http://nutritionhistory.org/dark-side-of-linus-paulings-legacy/
  3. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/bios/hippocrates.aspx
  4. http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1789253&wvsessionid=wve819a412370b453ba2ca0d2c02bf3cc6
  5. http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1767855
  6. http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1789250
  7. http://www.nutritionj.com/content/13/1/14
  8. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa040541

 Vaccination Articles

Tetyana Obukhanych, who holds a PhD in Immunology, is writing this letter in the hope that it will correct several common misperceptions about vaccines in order to help you formulate a fair and balanced understanding that is supported by accepted vaccine theory and new scientific findings.

  1. Do unvaccinated children pose a higher threat to the public than the vaccinated?
  2. How often do serious vaccine adverse events happen?
  3. Is discrimination against conscientious vaccine objectors the only practical solution?

https://alethonews.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/harvard-trained-immunologist-demolishes-california-legislation-that-terminates-vaccine-exemptions/

 

A shocking admission by the editor of the world’s most respected medical journal, The Lancet, has been virtually ignored by the mainstream media. Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-chief of the Lancet recently published a statement declaring that a shocking amount of published research is unreliable at best, if not completely false, as in, fraudulent.

http://nsnbc.me/2015/06/19/shocking-report-from-medical-insiders/

 

Family to Receive $1.5M+ in First-Ever Vaccine-Autism Court Award

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/family-to-receive-15m-plus-in-first-ever-vaccine-autism-court-award/

 

To understand the autism-vaccine debate one must look outside of the heavily Big Pharma funded mainstream media.

Dr Hooker, a PhD scientist, worked with two members of Congress to craft the letter to the CDC that recently resulted in his obtaining long-awaited data from the CDC, the significance of which is historic. According to Hooker, the data on over 400,000 infants born between 1991 and 1997, which was analysed by CDC epidemiologist Thomas Verstraeten, MD, “proves unequivocally that in 2000, CDC officials were informed internally of the very high risk of autism, non-organic sleep disorder and speech disorder associated with Thimerosal exposure.

http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/cdc-caught-hiding-data-showing-mercury-in-vaccines-linked-to-autism/

 

A top researcher at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr William Thompson, admits he played a key role in helping uncover data manipulation by the CDC. This fraud obscured a higher incidence of autism in African-American boys due to the MMR vaccine.

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1164794

 

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay $US3 billion in fines, in the largest case of healthcare fraud in United States history. GSK was fined for marketing drugs for unauthorised uses, holding back safety data, and cheating the US government’s Medicaid program.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-03/glaxosmithkline-fined-over-healthcare-fraud/4106096

 

Dr Robin Mesnage of the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at Kings College in London, revealed new data analysis showing RoundUp is 1,000 times more toxic than Glyphosate alone. “Glyphosate is everywhere throughout our food chain – in our food and water. The lack of data on toxicity of Glyphosate is not proof of safety and these herbicides cannot be considered safe without proper testing. We know Round Up, the commercial name of Glyphosate based herbicides, contains many other chemicals which, when mixed together are 1,000 times more toxic than Glyphosate on its own.”

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/who-cancer-expert-glyphosate-definitely-genotoxic

 

Falsifying vaccine results with spiked rabbit blood and risking people’s health, lying scientists, inhumane treatment of rabbits.. where does it end?

We wonder how many times these scientists aren’t caught committing fraud and deception.

http://www.healthnutnews.com/scientist-who-spiked-rabbit-blood-to-fake-hiv-vaccine-results-gets-rare-prison-sentence/

 

THE parents of a WA girl who has been awarded millions in damages after a defective flu jab left her severely disabled say they it’s a “massive relief” the legal battle is over.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/parents-of-saba-button-who-was-victim-of-flu-vaccine-debacle-receive-payout-from-wa-government/story-fnhocxo3-1226945651845

 

Vaccination is a subject to which I bring quite deep industry experience having worked as a senior commercial executive in medical science for 12 years and in other sciences for another three. I’ve been involved in TGA and FDA approval processes, clinical trials, medical manufacture, medical product R&D, and in commercial relationships with universities.

https://uraonconsciousgovernance.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/a-call-for-pro-truth-to-replace-pro-vax-v-anti-vax/

 

In March 2015, a Danish national television station (TV2) aired a documentary focusing on girls who suspected they had been injured by the HPV vaccine Gardasil. Immediately after the airing of the show, girls with similar experiences started coming out of the woodwork. Virtually all of the girls had the same story to tell.

http://sanevax.org/gardasil-firestorm-in-denmark/

 

I’m neither for vaccine nor against it. I’m also certainly not an expert on the subject. My view with this issue is about simply protecting my child the best way I can. I have never been one to just go along with the crowd however, and so I have had many serious questions about vaccination. I wanted to find out particularly why some people are so very against it.

http://www.lukeshavak.com/health/child-vaccination/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork

 

Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She received the B.S. degree in Biophysics in 1968, the M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and the Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT. For over three decades, her research interests have always been at the intersection of biology and computation: developing a computational model for the human auditory system, understanding human language so as to develop algorithms and systems for human computer interactions, as well as applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to gene predictions. She has published over 170 refereed articles on these subjects, and has been invited to give keynote speeches at several international conferences. She has also supervised numerous Master’s and PhD theses at MIT. In 2012, Dr. Seneff was elected Fellow of the International Speech and Communication Association (ISCA).

In recent years, Dr. Seneff has focused her research interests back towards biology. She is concentrating mainly on the relationship between nutrition and health. Since 2011, she has written over a dozen papers (7 as first author) in various medical and health-related journals on topics such as modern day diseases (e.g., Alzheimer, autism, cardiovascular diseases), analysis and search of databases of drug side effects using NLP techniques, and the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.

http://tv.greenmedinfo.com/vaccine-causes-autism/

 

How Vaccines change the way we think about disease.

The recent increase in the number of philosophical objectors to measles vaccine shows that historical consensus about the disease itself has eroded in recent years. But history also shows that one surefire route to consensus about a disease is fear of that disease. And fear often spreads like wildfire during disease outbreaks, much like what is happening once again now with measles.

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/measles-how-vaccines-change-the-way-we-think-about-disease-20150223-13mej1.html

 

In the HPV category alone, suspected ADRs numbered 8,228, of which 2,587 were classified as “serious” – defined by several criteria, including whether it resulted in hospitalisation or was deemed life threatening or was regarded as serious by the individual reporting it.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/thousands-of-teenage-girls-report-feeling-seriously-ill-after-routine-school-cancer-vaccination-10286876.html

 

Within hours of receiving the vaccines, 37 babies out of a total of 52 vaccinated had adverse reactions; some began to convulse with the tragic result of two dead and 37 hospitalized, 13 of whom reported to be in critical condition.

http://sanevax.org/breaking-news-vaccine-tragedy-in-mexico/

 

Judges demand answers after children die in controversial cancer vaccine trial in India

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2908963/Judges-demand-answers-children-die-controversial-cancer-vaccine-trial-India.html

 

Tony Abbot decided to reject what he considered to be a safe and effective vaccine for his own daughters—for whatever bizarre reasons he cared to advance. Because he had the right to choose. And because he held a high post in government. And because he decided he could do whatever he wanted to do. But now, flashing forward nine years, Tony is telling every person in Australia what they have to do. No choice. No freedom. No right to seek out information independently and make a decision based on that information. Australia is a medical police state, with Tony, the old vaccine refuser, at the helm. If that isn’t cause for uproar in the Land Down Under, what is?

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/australia-everyone-must-get-vaccinated-except-the-prime-ministers-daughters/

EATING SEASONALLY

Challenge:

For the vast majority of the population, who use the supermarkets to do all their food shopping, seasonal eating is no longer a consideration. With the modern practices of cold storage and vast food mileage items, the notion of only eating what is in season is no longer a consideration. We now have access to watermelons in the middle of winter and apples 365 days of the year.

Solution:

The best way in which you can encourage an accurately seasonal diet is to have your own vegetable garden and orchard.

If this is not possible then seeking out a local farmers market and purchasing your food from someone that is growing fresh seasonal produce in your local area.

A third suggestion is to print out a seasonal food guide for your area and stick it up in your kitchen. This will be an easy reference as to which foods would currently be in season. Use this information when making up your shopping list.

EASY ACCESS TO FOOD

Challenge:

Our ancestors once had to put considerable effort into accessing foods, whereas nowadays the majority of the Western World has very quick, easy and cheap access to food 24 hours a day. Our ancestors would have had natural periods of fasting due to a failed hunt or due to lean harvesting times. These fasting periods were a natural and necessary requirement by the body to allow times for performing other tasks besides digestion. However now we see extreme health problems arising from the constant and vast quantities of food being consumed.

Solution:

Awareness around eating smaller meals, and allowing the body to actually become hungry before you feed it.

Education around periods of fasting.

QUALITY OF OUR FOOD

Challenge:

Our ancestors ONLY had access to real, organic foods. Nowadays the prevalence of consumable food items, which the body barely recognizes as food, is vast. The diet of our population is often made up of consumable items that are genetically modified, chemically saturated, highly processed and completely devoid of anything derived from our natural world.

Solution:

In Australia, beautifully fresh, organic, grass fed produce is available to those that make it a priority.

WILD MEAT versus FARMED MEAT

Challenge:

The wild caught meats, that our ancestors used to eat, grazed on a diet that was varied and natural pertaining to the seasons. During the summer months they had a higher fat content and conversely during the winter months they were leaner. Our bodies were biologically in tune with this rhythm. Nowadays our farmed meats are fed grass for a period, if lucky, and then are fattened up on a grain based diet that is unnatural for them. This means that the vast majority of available meat comes from unnaturally raised, sick animals. The same applies to our seafood. Wild caught fish has a varied, natural diet, whereas farmed fish is fed all sorts of unnatural foods. It is also worth considering the vast quantities of chemical exposure that these animals endure, be it through their food source or antibiotics, and consequently pass onto the consumer.

Solution:

Seek out organic, free range, grass fed meats and wild caught seafood.

EATING CULTURALLY

Challenge:

We now live in such a global world that we have easy access to foods that originate from every corner of the plant. For example, those that live in the colder southern states of Victoria have year round access to tropical fruits from the far north of Queensland. A Further consequence to our global world is the relocation of people from very differing cultures into a completely foreign culinary world. For example it is likely that a Japanese person relocating to Australia would be exposed to a completely different way of eating, a way of eating that would be an enormous challenge to the microbiome they inherited and created through their ancestors and their upbringing on a traditional Japanese diet.

Solution:

Awareness around what foods are best suited to the individual.

A positive consequence of our global world is relatively easy access to culturally different foods.