leaky gut info

This Secret Illness Could be Making You Sick
Source: SolvingLeakyGut.com

The secret illness that may be causing all of your health problems. Very succinctly stated and very accurate. This amazing infographic is a detailed yet concise explanation of leaky gut. I know it’s at the root of both of my autoimmune conditions, MS and RA. I’m busily trying to remedy that with every morsel of food, every probiotic capsule, and every supplement I consume. It’s a work in progress. Thank you to the worlds of paleo and functional medicine.

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Oscar

Just a short note here to document the fact that I left the house for my morning stroll yesterday AM without Oscar (my WalkAide) present on my left leg.

Oscar, my WalkAide

Oscar, my WalkAide


I got part way down the street before realizing this. I could have turned around and retrieved him, but I instead chose to go for a much shorter walk with my walker and without Oscar. I will always find things like this utterly amazing. I’m regaining function thanks to paleo and functional medicine.

post-operative

When this email The Benefits of the Paleo Diet in Post Operative Care came across my desk, I was both surprised and unsurprised. Surprised from the view that more healthcare practitioners have not seen the benefits of paleo on their trade and unsurprised because I knew of those benefits first-hand.

In the summer of 2013, I had dental surgery which included an extraction. A temporary bridge was put in place while the socket healed. I returned within a week to have the site examined and later to have the permanent bridge placed. The information the dentist office gave me for “care of the site” was quite detailed including foods I might want to enjoy while I was healing and having difficulty with my mouth. The list included OJ, pudding, yogurt, jello, sports drinks, and other sugar-laden items. Being paleo, and knowing that sugar causes inflammation, I avoided all such items instead opting for real food which had been minced and continuous cups of green tea. I not only drank green tea several times per day, but I also held the warm elixir in my mouth to bathe the extraction site.

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Dr. Hyman

Another great video to watch. It’s 22 minutes of your time, but when the speaker is functional medicine MD, Dr. Mark Hyman, it is definitely worth it! He’s speaking via a MindBodyGreen Symposium on everything from what we know about food, why sugar is a recreational drug and the best decision you can make about what you put in your body. Watch Sugar & The Only Rules You Need To Eat Healthy now!

carb-loaded

Yes another movie trailer for your viewing pleasure. This one is a three minute sneak peek from the Carb-Loaded documentary which is currently in post-production. Maybe with enough information out there illustrating how bad the USDA-“recommended” diet is for us, the general public will begin to take notice? One of the people behind the film:

  • …was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2010. Once he learned how common diabetes had become he knew what his next big film project had to be about.

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not serving paleo

Tecfidera invitation--love  that safety info

Tecfidera invitation–love that safety info

I received this invitation to a MS Smart Session in the mail the other day. It’s an advertisement for Tecfidera;, the new pill for the treatment of MS.

Yes, my neurologist put me on their patient list. Yes, I’ve received their little info kit, and yes, they continue to call and ask when I’m going to begin taking their drug and start handing over a startling amount of money for the privilege (Tecfidera’s wholesale cost is nearly $55K/year; your insurance decides how much you “contribute”).

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The Big Fat Surprise

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  • This book lays out the scientific case for why our bodies are healthiest on a diet with ample amounts of fat and why this regime necessarily includes meats, eggs, butter, and other animal foods high in saturated fat.

I loved this book. It is full of research, citations, personal interviews, etc. detailing the facts surrounding how our diet content has been swayed and manipulated for the last 50 years.

From the perspective of a scientist, the recounting deeply disturbed me. It embarrassed me because the way data was fudged, squelched, buried, and ignored is not how the science I was involved with was accomplished or undertaken.

This said, I’ve worked in academia…within the ivory towers with all of the control freaks and over-sized egos. I, unfortunately, can easily see and believe how this travesty took place.

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Grain Brain

2014-06-09 17.50.27I’m paleo; it’s no secret. Because of this, reading Dr. David Perlmutters’s book, Grain Brain, was an easy sell. We’re not big carb eaters, and I don’t consume any type of sugar except for the occasional taste of dark chocolate. I also carry HLA-DQ2 and anti-gliadin antibodies; I’m, obviously, gluten-free.

The amount of information contained in this book is simply astounding. The listing of scientific citations is most impressive, and it definitely served to activate my inner-geek. Of all the quotes, however, I think I like this one the best:

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