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WTH is “brown fat” and why should I care about it?

Brown fat helps with fat loss!

Really interesting article just surfaced this week showing that humans have much more “brown fat” than originally understood.  So why is this important?  Humans have brown fat, beige fat, and white fat.  Bottom line: brown fat is packed with mitochondria, and increasing and activation of brown stores causes your metabolic rate to rise, weight loss, and all sorts of other amazing health benefits.  Here are some excerpts from the article:

“The researcher suggested that this may point to a possible explanation for the phenomenon that some persons seem to gain weight after only one extra piece of cake, while others can gorge on sweets without gaining at all — different body weights despite having the same diet.

“Ultimately, with medication that activates brown adipose tissue, we must anticipate that some groups of people are likely to benefit from an additional activation of brown fat more than others,” the author of the study explained. “So far, we don’t know the causes for a particular individual to have especially active brown fat.””

I find it interesting that the study authors go straight to pharmaceutical drugs as the solution to activate brown fat.

You don’t need medication to activate Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT)!

This can be achieved by cold therapy (CT) “Cold acclimation recruits human brown fat and increases nonshivering thermogenesis”:

“Here, we show that a 10-day cold acclimation protocol in humans increases BAT activity in parallel with an increase in nonshivering thermogenesis (NST).”

“The combined results suggest that a variable indoor environment with frequent cold exposures might be an acceptable and economic manner to increase energy expenditure and may contribute to counteracting the current obesity epidemic.”

Takeaway – cold showers, ice water face dunks, ice vests, keeping the temperature low at home, cold water dips, all can help to activate BAT. I finish off every shower with about 1-2 minutes of cold water.

Mild acute stress can activate BAT (think exercise) – “Stress could help activate brown fat”:

“Mild stress stimulates the activity and heat production by brown fat associated with raised cortisol, according to a study. Brown adipose tissue (BAT), also known as brown fat, is one of two types of fat found in humans and other mammals. Initially only attributed to babies and hibernating mammals, it was discovered in recent years that adults can have brown fat too. Its main function is to generate body heat by burning calories (opposed to white fat, which is a result of storing excess calories. People with a lower body mass index (BMI) therefore have a higher amount of brown fat.”

Also read about how exercise (a form of stress) increases BAT by increasing production of irisin, a hormone that increases BAT, and activates BAT by activating PGC-1 Alpha – “Supercharging Brown Fat to Battle Obesity – Why turning down the thermostat could help win the battle of the bulge”:

“In a 2012 study, six men remained inactive for three hours while wearing a cold suit that circulated water with a temperature of 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit over their skin—cold enough to lower their body temperature without causing too much shivering. That way the researchers could be sure that most of the extra calories burned during those three hours were expended by brown fat cells rather than quivering muscles.”

“Recent experiments have also revealed that brown fat’s benefits go far beyond burning calories. A 2011 study using mice found that brown fat can fuel itself with triglycerides taken from the bloodstream—exactly the kind of fatty molecules known to increase the chances of developing metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that raises the risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Brown fat cells also draw sugar molecules from the blood, which could help lower the risk for type 2 diabetes; chronically high levels of blood glucose wreak havoc on the body’s ability to manage those levels in the first place, which in turn sets the stage for diabetes.”

“Don’t fancy low temperatures? Investigators have identified several molecules that may be able to stimulate such “browning” of white fat without the need for cold. Two 2012 studies showed that a hormone called irisin, which is released from muscle cells after exercise, coaxes white fat to behave like brown fat. In one of these studies, researchers injected mice with a gene that tripled the levels of the hormone in the blood of mice that were obese and had dangerously high amounts of sugar in their bloodstream. The mice lost weight and regained control of their glucose levels in just 10 days.

Exercise has also been shown to increase UCP1 activity in brown fat, making it more active.”

Takeaway: Regular exercise, specifically HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and resistance training, are the best ways to increase BAT production and BAT activation, and for weight loss & better blood sugar/insulin regulation.

BAT can also be activated by eating hot peppers or taking a capsinoid supplement – “Nonpungent capsaicin analogs (capsinoids) increase energy expenditure through the activation of brown adipose tissue in humans”:

“Capsinoid ingestion increases EE (energy expenditure) through the activation of BAT in humans.”

Takeaway – eating spicy foods or taking a capsaicin supplement (the active ingredient in hot peppers) can help you build and activate BAT stores and help you lose weight.  CAUTION: NOT RECOMMENDED FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH PEPTIC ULCERS, GASTRITIS, INFLAMMATORY BOWEL CONDITIONS OR HIATAL HERNIAS.

And of course, ketogenic diets and exogenous ketone supplements have shown to activate brown fat stores:

“Here we discuss the unexpected observation that feeding an ester of ketone bodies to the mouse, which increases blood ketone body concentrations, results in an activation of brown fat. The mechanism of this activation of brown fat is similar to that occurring from cold exposure in that cyclic adenosine monophosphate (AMP) levels are increased as are levels of the transcription factor cyclic AMP-responsive element-binding protein, which is also increased by ketone ester feeding. Other effects of feeding ketone esters, in addition to their ability to induce brown fat, are discussed such as their ability to overcome certain aspects of insulin resistance and to ameliorate the accumulation of amyloid and phosphorylated tau protein in brain, and improve cognitive function, in a triple transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.”

This study showed the same thing with a ketogenic diet:

“These results demonstrate that a KD can also increase BAT mitochondrial size and protein levels.”

Takeaway – a low carb ketogenic diet and/or exogenous ketone supplementation can activate brown fat.  Click here to purchase the ketone supplements I use and recommend.

Leave a comment below if you’ve had any experience with these strategies for BAT production and activation!

In health,

Rick Gold

The Dose Makes the Poison – Just Not in the REAL WORLD!

They say “the dose makes the poison”. And this is true! But it’s also a brilliant way to cover up a scandal and hide the REAL truth.

For instance, maybe the amount of sugar in a teaspoon of honey won’t make you sick. Heck, maybe it’s even good for you at that dose!

But does anyone really stop at one teaspoon of honey per day? What if in addition to that teaspoon of honey, you were also putting sugar in your coffee, drinking 2 cans of soda, eating pizza, muffins, bread, pasta, rice, and ice cream every day? Now the dose certainly is poisonous. We know what the outcome of this. It’s called metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

What if you were injected with aluminum or mercury from one vaccine. It’s totally possible that your body might be able to clear that adjuvant with no problems. But what if you were given 5-10 doses of vaccines in one sitting? Could this pose a problem in certain people? You bet! Are there even any studies that show the safety of the levels of aluminum and mercury with the current vaccine schedule? Any studies that show how effectively someone with an MTHFR mutation or mitochondrial dysfunctional can clear these adjuvants?

What if you took one dose of a painkiller…your body might be able to safely handle it. But what if you were taking that painkiller along with a medicine cabinet full of other drugs to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, help with insomnia, help with depression, and help with acid reflux? Have any studies been done that show the synergistic effect or the interplay between these various medications?

What if you eat some food that has pesticides in it. Your body might be able to clear that no problem if it’s an isolated incident. But what if you’re eating foods loaded with pesticides every day 3-5 times per day? How fast can your liver clear that toxicity? What if, besides eating pesticide ridden food, you’re also eating foods with MSG, food dyes, nitrates, and other chemical additives? What if you’re also ingesting and absorbing chemicals from your water, your carpets, your cookware, your plastic bottles, your food storage containers, your car, your cleaning products, your personal care products, and the air you breathe?

What if every person’s genetics and environment is different? What if person A has genetic mutations that make them poor methylators and detoxifiers while others don’t have that gene? What if one person’s environment exposes them to a massive amount of electromagnetic fields and dirty electricity while the next person not so much? What if one person spends time outdoors at the beach and in the ocean for 40% of their life while another lives on the 30th floor of a crowded building in a crowded city and almost never connects with the earth’s energies or the sun? What if one person gets to sleep early and often and sleeps well every night while the other experiences insomnia.

Do you think these people would all be in the same shape? Would all of their detoxification pathways and immune systems be able to handle the same amount of chemicals, pills, vaccines, or sugar?

Do you think that what is a safe dose for one person might be unsafe for the next?

I’m talking here about the concept of allostatic load, and for every person that differs.

So, does the dose make the poison? Yes it absolutely does, and in a vacuüm, you can judge the amount of poison in one dose of any given substance that would cross the threshold of health and cause harm.

But when you combine all the factors above, do we REALLY know what dosage makes the poison for every one of us? Or is it a much more individualized concept?

Could that be why over 100,000 Americans die each year from taking prescription drugs as properly prescribed to them by their docs despite all the pharmaceutical-funded studies showing the safety of each drug in a vacuüm?

Could that be why so many children are injured by vaccines despite pharmaceutical-funded studies showing the safety for each individual vaccine?

Could that be why diabetes is set to bankrupt our healthcare system despite the FDA putting a GRAS label on most of the individual ingredients in sugar laden, processed foods?

Do you think that one-size-fits-all recommendations work for you and your individual health?  I think that what it all comes down to is that in order for you to achieve optimal health and keep you and your family safe, you need to educate yourself on the bell curve of what works for most of the population but you also need to take the time and make the effort to understand whether you or your family falls inside or outside of that bell curve.  Because if you fall outside of it, don’t expect to have the same reaction to any given food, drug, or chemical that people inside the middle of that bell curve have.  We all need to spend more time understanding who we are as individuals and finding out what works for US individually.  That, imo, is the only way to achieve optimal health!

#CriticalThinkingNeeded

Rick Gold is the President & Founder of Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.  Rick is a certified FDN & Functional Wellness Practitioner and is well-versed in the concepts of functional medicine.  Working with clients locally in South Florida and around the world, Rick helps his clients identify and eliminate many of the underlying causes of their symptoms, with a specialization in gut health and circadian rhythms.

For most of his adult life, Rick suffered from 24/7/365 allergies, frequent colds and sinus infections, indigestion, heartburn, GERD, stomach and joint pain.  He was able to find temporary relief using conventional medicine doctors, but the conventional medicine route never identified or fixed the underlying causes of his health issues.  

Rick used functional lab testing and lifestyle changes to vastly improve his health.  Dietary and other lifestyle modifications essentially reversed most of his health challenges which are now a distant memory.  It inspired him to study and acquire his FDN certification and he now guides clients to better health and disease prevention for a living. 

Rick’s work is extremely personal to him.  He cares deeply about his clients and spends ample time with them to understand their health challenges, empathize with their pain, and the challenges they face in trying to heal.  He is very attune to their needs, and dedicates himself to helping them improve their emotional and physical health through the concepts and philosophies of functional medicine.

Click here to schedule an initial 15-minute phone consultation with Rick.

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of the author. Rick is not a doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian and he does not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.

HUMANS ARE REALLY JUST BRILLIANT DOMESTICATED ANIMALS!

Caged lion at a zoo.

Question: If you take a lion out of the jungle, put it in a cage, and feed it cocoa pebbles for one year, what do you think would happen to it?

 

I have asked probably 1000 people this question over the last 5 years, and invariably they chuckle and say: “It’ll get sick and die”.  This isn’t how they answer the question 5 out of 10 times or 7 out of ten times.  This is how they answer the question EVERY. SINGLE. TIME!

 

It’s amazing how easy it is for people to see this simple fact.  It’s easy because we have all grown up watching lions in their natural, unadulterated habitat.  We watch them hunt and eat wild game.  We know that they are genetically predisposed to thrive by eating meat, and living outdoors in the sun, and being connected to the earth, and living free to roam.  We know that they thrive in packs and die faster on their own.  And we know that if we take away ANY of these aspects of a lion’s life it will fail to thrive and get sick.

 

So, now I’ll ask you the same question but let’s substitute the lion for a human (and please forgive my referring to a human as an “it”. It’s just easier for writing purposes…and hey if “it” is good enough for a lion, then why isn’t “it” good enough to describe us?):

If you were to take a human and keep it indoors for most of its life, disconnect its feet and body from the earth, allow it to have only minimal amounts of sun, feed it processed & nutritionally dead foods and sugar throwing its blood sugar & insulin levels out of whack, give it a sedentary desk job, put blue-light emitting electronics everywhere in its eyesight day and night, force it to get by on only minimal sleep, use coffee and other substances to artificially prop it up when it’s tired, expose it to a constant flow of toxicity in the air it breathes, the water it drinks, the water it bathes in, the clothing it wears, the products it uses to clean itself and its house, the carpets it lies on, the cabinetry in its home, the car that it drives, the medications that it takes, and create a 24-hour stressful existence for it where it worries constantly about money, work, debt, relationship issues, children, the economy, Al Qaeda, Isis, Hamas, world war 3, murder, rape, kidnapping, theft, weather reports, traffic, overcrowding, politics, and infringement of its freedoms…

 

What do YOU think would happen to this human?

 

If you didn’t give the EXACT SAME answer as the one you gave for the same question about the lion, then you’re simply just not getting it!

 

You see, the problem is that humans living today in modern society don’t view themselves in the same way as we view that lion.  That’s because we have no direct reference around us of humans who are still living in the way that humans were genetically predisposed to thrive.  Everywhere around us, all we see are other humans living the way we live, and dealing with all the same health issues we do.  So to us, we think it’s normal for humans to live this way.  We don’t relate to the way that lion lives.  We feel above that lion.  We are higher beings, right?

 

Well, the truth is that we are animals!  Just like that lion is an animal.  We might be smarter than a lion, but we are living breathing organisms, with brains, hearts, livers, muscles, skin, and hair…JUST LIKE THAT LION.  And for millions of years, HUMANS evolved and THRIVED in a lifestyle that is the complete polar opposite of the way that we live our lives now.  We’ve just domesticated ourselves and voluntarily turned ourselves into the human versions of the caged lion eating cocoa pebbles!

 

And then people ask themselves “why am I sick?  I don’t get it.”

 

Don’t believe me?  There ARE still some, albeit only a few, indigenous human tribes living on earth today in remote places, and they still live their lives the way they have evolved to live for millions of years.  And guess what?  They don’t have even close to the same rates of illness that we have!  They don’t experience alarming rising rates of obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, depression anxiety, allergies, osteoporosis, oral infections, impacted teeth, etc.  If you’re really interested in learning more about this just start looking into the work of Weston A. Price.

 

These are healthy people with good musculature, strong bones, strong white teeth, and strong immune systems.  They enjoy optimal health because they honor nature and they live their lives in accordance with it, NOT in opposition to it.

 

So what am I saying here?  Am I telling you that if you want to be healthy you need to move out of America to a remote jungle, start wearing a loin cloth, and hunt & gather your own food?

 

Well…that WOULD drastically improve your health!
But NO, I’m not saying you need to do that.  What I AM saying is that if you are sick, tired, depressed, or have ANY chronic nagging symptoms that ruin your quality of life and you want to learn how to fix it then the FIRST place you need to start is with this knowledge.

You need to understand that you are an animal no different from that lion and that you are living in discordance with nature and in discordance with how you were genetically designed to live on this earth, and THAT is why you are sick!  THAT is why you are overweight!  THAT is why you have terrible allergies!  THAT is why you have chronic pain!  THAT is why you have any one of the major diseases that plague modern humans like cancer (yes I know there are some cases where cancer is 100% genetic but most cancers are preventable by controlling environment and lifestyle), heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmunity!
Coming to this realization is the first and most important step in getting well!  Because once you see this as clearly as I do, then you will understand what you need to do in order to heal yourself!
This is what we do with our clients at Gold Functional Wellness.  We help them understand the underlying causes of why they are sick, tired, depressed, overweight, etc.  Then we expertly guide them towards implementing powerful lifestyle changes that allow them to continue to enjoy many of the great aspects of modern living without it damaging their health and while building back their health.  Think of working with Gold Functional Wellness as the ultimate life hack that teaches you how to have the best of both worlds:  the conveniences and pleasures of modern living AND vibrant health!

New study shows that 1 out of every 3 hospitalized patients are diabetic.

 

Diabetes finger stick

A new study found that 1 out of every 3 people over the age of 34 who are hospitalized in California have diabetes (and only a small percentage were hospitalized due to their diabetes…it was largely for other health issues).  Let that statistic sink in for a moment.

The study cites not only that diabetes is a growing health epidemic, but it also cites how our healthcare system is being completely overwhelmed by the costs associated with treating patients with diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a “disease” that is completely preventable via lifestyle changes.  Yet 1/3 of Californians (and I suspect 1/3 of the rest of America is similar) have this debilitating illness that drastically shortens life span and is heavily correlated with heart disease and cancer.

People are dieting and exercising now more than they ever have been.  How many people do you know that are either on a diet or have and use gym memberships?

So, what gives?   Why then, is everyone getting fatter and sicker?

Well, it could be that American yearly sugar consumption has skyrocketed from 2 lbs. per year to over 160 lbs. per year per person over the last 100 years.   Think about that the health impact of that.

This study analyzed the incidence of type II diabetes and rates of sugar consumption in 165 countries and found “A strong positive correlation coefficient (0.599; p < 0.001) was observed between prevalence of diabetes mellitus and per capita sugar consumption using data from all 165 countries.”

So, in summary:  a completely preventable lifestyle-based condition has become an epidemic that is making our country sicker than ever and is single-handedly going to take down our healthcare system over the next 20-30 years.

It’s funny, I see so much panic and concern from people (mostly parents of young children) about the 130-200 yearly cases of the measles we see in this country.  They are concerned because “measles is a preventable disease”.  Yet, those same parents allow their children to gorge on sugar and set the stage for adolescent obesity and type 2 diabetes…a disease that is TRULY an epidemic, with 1/3 of our country affected by it, and which is a much more serious illness than the measles.

What we need to do in order to beat diabetes is to make a collective paradigm shift in the way that we view food.  That sounds daunting, but here are a few tips that we can all start implementing TODAY that will go a long way in preventing and reversing diabetes for us and for our children:

  • If you already have diabetes, you should seriously consider going on a strict ketogenic diet.  There are many studies such as this one or this one that show great promise in reversing diabetes by eating this way.

 

  • Go through your refrigerator and your pantry.  Identify all foods & beverages that are processed or that have added sugar in them.   This stuff has absolutely no place in a healthy diet that prevents diabetes!  Throw them in the garbage.

Junk Food

 

 

 

 

 

  • When food shopping buy only perishable food items that have very few ingredients and no preservatives, no chemicals, and NO ADDED SUGAR.  Basically that means buy fresh, organic meats, fish, poultry, veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds.  When buying meat, opt for grass fed.  When buying seafood opt for wild caught.  The paleo diet is a great place to start:

Paleo explained in a graphic

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Call a family meeting and implement a new rule: your house will now be known as a JUNK-FOOD-FREE ZONE.  No exceptions.   Junk food does not enter through your front door.

No Junk Food alllowed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Send your children to school with homemade and packed lunches.  Don’t let them eat the crap that is given to them in school lunches.   It is deplorable!  Does the picture below look like anything that would prevent diabetes?

School lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Learn about and limit consumption of the immense hidden sources of sugar in our diets.  A food does not have to be sweet to cause diabetes.  Bread, pasta, pizza, rice, cereals, croissants, bagels, muffins are all loaded with carbs and, when eaten, they enter the bloodstream as pure sugar…no different than a snickers bar!  A pretty good resource that helps you understand how much sugar is hiding in every food you eat: SugarStacks.  Does your kid have a favorite yummy breakfast cereal that he or she eats on a daily basis?  Read this article from the EWG (Environmental Working Group) blog.  The amount of sugar in these cereals will BLOW YOUR MIND!  These are the same cereals that slap American Heart Association “heart healthy” labels on their boxes!

 

  • When throwing birthday parties for your children, be a leader.  Be a beacon for other parents and children to take example from:  don’t serve candy and cake to the children.  Get creative and serve a healthier all fruit cake like like in the picture below, or serve stevia or erythritol-sweetened, grain-free candy and cakes.  At least those won’t wildly spike blood sugar.  And they can be just as tasty!  My wife actually makes delicious grain-free no sugar added muffins.

healthy birthday cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Talk to your kids.  Educate them about food and our relationship to food.  I always teach my son about what foods are good for his health or bad for his health.  That doesn’t mean he always listens and only eats good foods.  He is 5 years old.  He eats plenty of crap.  But he eats that outside of the house.  In the house he knows it’s healthy eating only.   My son knows the difference between organic and conventional foods, why that’s important, and that sugar is very bad for his health.  I work hard every day to pound this knowledge into his head.  Hopefully, it’s a lesson that will stay with him as he enters his teenage years and adulthood.  Because, at the end of the day, I recognize that it’s my job to give him the necessary tools to not only get a good education and a career, but also to live a long, happy and healthy life.  And the habits that he is going to have at 30 years old are influenced by what he learns now at this tender, mold-able age.   It’s my job as his parent to give him the tools and the knowledge to grow up healthy and disease free.

talking to kid

Thus far in this article we have discussed type 2 diabetes, but there is also  evidence that type 1 diabetes is highly correlated to gut dysfunction (specifically leaky gut, imbalance in gut bacteria, and altered intestinal immune function).  Logically speaking, if someone with type 1 diabetes were to do some functional testing to uncover any of these malfunctions in their gut, and subsequently find them and fix them, there is a strong possibility that they can positively affect their type 1 diabetes condition.   At the very least, if they work to heal their gut and their type 1 diabetes remains unchanged, they will have vastly improved their overall health which is a win.  Click here to read an in-depth review on that.

Please share this article with your friends and family.  Spread knowledge!

Do you have any experience with diabetes?  Perhaps you have it or someone you love?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks!

Rick

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness, FDN Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

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Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted.  The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of the author.  Rick is not a doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian and he does not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.

 

The key to vibrant health that modern medicine overlooks.

short history of medicineModern medicine has its strong points, especially when we consider how effectively it treats and heals acute, life-threatening injuries or conditions.  If you are badly injured in a car accident, having a heart attack, stroke or other acute symptoms of that nature, EMS, first responders and emergency room staff can literally be the difference between life and death for you.  They are a godsend!  Modern medicine is also adept at early diagnosis of chronic diseases such as CVD and cancer.  

But what does modern medicine do for us to help us build our health and stay healthy to avoid those chronic diseases and to live a long, happy and healthy life?  Let’s take a look at some statistics: 

As a nation, we are sicker than ever. We’re suffering from record levels of autoimmune disorders, cancer, heart disease, alzheimer’s, autism & digestive ailments like GERD & IBS:

 

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING, DESPITE ALL OF THE ADVANCES IN MODERN MEDICINE OVER THE LAST CENTURY? 

 

It is fair to say that if you go to a doctor for treatment these days you are going to experience one or a combination of the following 5 outcomes:

  1. A non-diagnosis – aka they have no clue what is wrong with you and it’s “likely in your head”.  
  2. A diagnosis and prescription drugs.
  3. A diagnosis and surgery.
  4. A diagnosis and chemo.
  5. A diagnosis and radiation.  

Pills, surgery, chemo, radiation.   That is the way modern medicine attacks our health issues today.  Agreed?

I’m not saying that this approach is ALWAYS bad.  sometimes pills are necessary.  Sometimes surgery is necessary (again, especially in acute emergency situations).  However, there are 2 problems with this method:

  1. None of those options seek to discover and eliminate the cause of your symptoms.  They only seek to squash the symptoms.  For instance, if you have chronic sinus infections you’ll be prescribed an antibiotic like augmentin.  It will kill the infection.  But does it find and eliminate the root cause of why your immune system is compromised?  Does it take your diet and lifestyle into account and find out what areas of your body are malfunctioning or out of balance, and create a lifestyle reboot of sorts to help restore balance and function?  Not even close.  Thus, you will just keep getting sicker and sicker as your body continues down the road of malfunction while only addressing symptoms and not the underlying cause.
  2. Pills, chemo, & radiation involve some of the most toxic substances we can put in our bodies.  From heavy metals to many pharmaceutical drugs and chemo/radiation, these toxins serve to further disrupt our bodies’ normal function while alleviating symptoms.  Surgery many times removes body parts that are necessary for optimal bodily function. 

Antibiotics, for instance, kill an infection, but also are known to cause increased intestinal permeability and gut dysbiosis, both of which are intimately connected with onset of autoimmune conditions.  It also leads to food sensitivities, as a widening of the tight junctures in the small intestine that are supposed to keep I digested food particles out of the blood stream are now letting them through.  What follows is an immune reaction and the creation of antibodies against those food particles.  So, kill the infection, destroy the lining of your small intestine, and cause food sensitivities.  Good trade-off?   I don’t think so…

The same goes for prescription AND OTC painkillersstatin drugs, antacids, and immune suppressing drugs.  They all have one key element in common:  They treat the symptoms and ignore the causes.

Symptoms don’t just appear out of nowhere.  Our bodies are brilliant organisms that do a terrific job of shifting and adapting to constant insults and assaults on their cellular function.  Over time, the burden of these chronic insults from diet, lack of sleep, stress, lack of exercise, and the thousands of chemicals, toxic metals, pesticides and preservatives take a toll on our bodies and impairs functionality at the cellular level.  It might take years of functional loss at this level before symptoms ever even appear.  

So, if you are one of those people proudly burning the candle at both ends and bragging to friends and family about how much you are able to take on and how productive you are on such little sleep and with intense stress levels (you know who you are), the message to you is: you are human, and it will catch up to you.  One day, one or more symptoms will smack you over the head like a sledgehammer and you’ll think “woah…what is this?  I am healthy!  One day I’m fine and the next day this?  What gives???”  That’s because your body was silently losing function at the cellular level for years before your symptoms appeared.  And that happened because you weren’t taking care of it properly.  

You had too many holes popping up in your ship and you finally ran out of material to plug the holes!  

 

Plugging leaksAnd now your ship is starting to sink.  Now here is the question:  Do you just need more plugs, or do you want to find out what is causing the holes and eliminate that?  Because the answer to that question is the ultimate determinant between vibrant health and simply surviving for the rest of your life on a cabinet full of pharmaceutical drugs or surgeries.  

This is the type of stuff that I work on with my clients: implementing a total paradigm shift in the way they view their health and especially their symptoms.  Symptoms are not just a nuisance that need to go away.  They are our bodies way of communicating to us that something is malfunctioning and needs our attention.  Once we start viewing symptoms in that way we start to ask “why?”   Why am I feeling this symptom?  What is my body trying to tell me?   And then we can begin our detective work and find the cause.  

And the cause usually has to do with poor diet, poor sleep, poor exercise habits, poor mechanisms or protocols to cope with external and internal stressors, and a lack of properly supporting bodily function through intelligent supplementation.  Unfortunately, this holistic view of the body and lifestyle as a major factor in disease prevention and building health is vastly overlooked by the conventional medical community.

If you are interested in building your overall health, restoring optimal function, energy and vitality to your body, this is where you need to start.  Change your perception of what health is and what symptoms are, and change your life!  

I hope this was helpful and if you have any further interest in this topic you can always fill out the contact form on my site OR schedule a FREE consultation with me.  

Thanks, 

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness, FDN Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

Website: www.GoldFunctionalWellness.com

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Reader submitted story: How I healed my son’s leaky gut

Mother together with the son. Tenderness, love and care.Today’s blog entry comes courtesy of one of my readers, Deb Strauss.  Deb is a terrific person and works in the alternative health space, which is probably what saved her son from going down a very sickly path for the rest of his life.  I give major props to people like Deb, who didn’t listen to what her pediatricians told her when they said “your son’s blood work looks normal.  Nothing is wrong.”.  Mother’s intuition and a deep belief in natural health solutions kept Deb pressing on to find answers…and answers she did find!  Congratulations Deb.  You are what every mother aspires to be for their child!  Read on:   

 

      Joshua’s Story 

By Deb Strauss

My 13-year-old son, Joshua has struggled with mild eczema since the age of 4. Until recently, the eczema was mild enough to manage with a variety of essential oils and occasional Epsom salt baths. All of this changed this past summer as Joshua’s skin began to break out in eczema in places that he never had issues before. In fact, in just a few short weeks, the eczema got so out of control and began to appear on his knees, elbows, neck, face, scalp, ears and ankles. Additionally, Joshua’s breathing became more labored with exercise and activity, he felt lethargic most days, he lost 10 lbs without reducing his caloric intake, his sleep was interrupted and he had difficulty focusing and remembering things.

Joshua’s pediatrician couldn’t explain why these symptoms suddenly appeared, as all of Joshua’s labs and diagnostic test results were normal. Since Joshua struggled with seasonal allergies, one of our visits was with an asthma and allergy specialist. For the first time, Joshua had a positive and allergic reaction to milk, eggs, corn, soy, wheat and gluten. He had no previous food allergies as we had tested him several times in the past. The allergy doctor could not explain this sudden new onset of food allergies, outside of possible hormonal changes due to puberty.

This explanation did not sit well with me and so I began doing my research before returning to our pediatrician for a follow-up appointment. I have always had a passion for nutrition and in my heart, I felt like this might be a gut/nutritional deficiency issue. I had read about “Leaky gut syndrome” and I remembered symptoms including abdominal bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, body aches and pains, lethargy, brain fog as well as some others. When Joshua and I went back to see his pediatrician for a follow-up appointment, I had some questions about leaky gut and to my dismay Joshua’s pediatrician didn’t offer much guidance. He simply said, “Leaky gut syndrome” isn’t a diagnosis taught in medical school. Instead, “leaky gut really means you’ve got a diagnosis that still needs to be made.” Other than that, he continued to recommend the prescription grade cortisone for Joshua’s eczema and for Joshua to avoid his food triggers.

I have read enough to believe that our gut is our biggest immune system organ. Clearly my son’s body was inflamed and there was an auto-immune response via all the eczema and sudden food allergies. I believe that our body is a miracle and when given the correct balance of nutrients healing is possible. For the next several months, Joshua avoided his trigger foods, most carbs and sugars. He ate mostly alkalizing foods and homemade soup broths (GAPS diet recommendation). Additionally, we supplemented with omegas, a whole food vitamin with extra Vitamin D3 and zinc, pre-biotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes and cleanse juice daily.

I am happy to report that all of Joshua’s symptoms slowly lessened until they resolved entirely in about 6 months. Today, Joshua feels and looks 100% better and continues to eat an alkaline rich diet by choice. I am so pleased that a nutritional approach helped Joshua with his symptoms and that we were able to avoid medications, which may have only masked his symptoms.

For those of you who might be reading this and identify with some of the above listed symptoms, please know that “leaky gut” may be the reason for your eczema, chronic fatigue, weakened immunity, unexplained weight loss, respiratory troubles, difficulty with attention and focus, stomach/bowel discomforts, etc. Leaky gut seems to be a medical mystery and although I don’t have a confirmed diagnosis for my son, as a mother who went through this with him, I know that a nutritional approach is what healed my son. I am pretty confident that my son’s weakened immunity was the result of poor gut health, possibly due to over exposure to antibiotics due to recurrent ear infections as a toddler. You would hope that your doctor is a good-enough Sherlock Holmes, but it seems that it is very hard to make a “leaky gut” diagnosis.” I am glad that I trusted myself enough to skip the medications and attempt natural healing via superfood nutrition.

Deb Strauss has been in the health and wellness industry for the last 20 years with a background in Physical Therapy and most recently as a wellness and nutritional cleansing coach with Isagenix International. Visit Deb’s website by clicking here.  

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That’s all for today, folks.

Thanks,

Rick

 

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness, FDN Practitioner
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What causes heartburn and GERD?

heartburnWhat causes heartburn and GERD?  Why do people chronically suffer from these ailments for years on end?  Do they have to take antacids for the rest of their lives?  Are heartburn and GERD caused by an antacid deficiency??  

Are you catching my sarcasm?  

Stomach acid is an integral part of our digestion.  Without it we wouldn’t be able to neutralize and kill harmful bacteria that enters the body through the food we eat, we wouldn’t be able to properly digest and absorb the nutrients we eat (including b12 which is paramount for methylation).

Low stomach acid actually allows bacteria in our stomach to thrive.  Guess what their main food source is?  Carbohydrates (read: SUGAR!).  So when we have low stomach acid and eat carbohydrate rich meals, unwanted excess bacteria in our stomachs feast.  Their waste product is hydrogen.  Hydrogen is what gives us that bloated feeling.  That bloating is what pushes stomach acid up through the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) and into the esophagus where it causes heartburn, GERD, and erosion to the lining of the esophagus.

So, with that knowledge, if LOW stomach acid is part of the cause of heartburn and GERD, and if stomach acid is THAT important for killing harmful bacteria, digestion and methylation, then…

Why are pharmaceutical companies and doctors bent on REDUCING or completely neutralizing stomach acid by prescribing antacids or proton-pump inhibitors???

The answer is that they are looking at the obvious.  It is acid that is causing the heartburn, GERD, and esophageal erosion, so the logical and obvious thought is – neutralize the stomach acid and stop the heartburn, GERD, and erosion.

And it works!  For a short while, at least.  It takes away the symptoms, but it doesn’t address the cause!

And all the while, antacids invite harmful bacteria to take hold in the stomach, cause malnutrition, and disrupt methylation.

It’s the perfect example of how addressing the symptoms and not the cause can lead to other more serious health problems.

If you suffer from heartburn or GERD, ask your doctor to test your stomach acid levels.  They might be low!  There are other, more informal ways to test your stomach acid

Many people find permanent relief from heartburn and GERD from supplementing with HCL (hydrochloric acid) and reducing their carbohydrate intake (thus greatly reducing the main food source of the unfriendly bacteria in their stomachs).

Pass this on to anyone you know that regularly takes antacids!  

Thanks for reading!

Rick

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness, FDN Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

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What’s missing from the Paleo diet? (and EVERY popular diet, for that matter!)

Paleo explained in a graphic

Why do so many people, including ‘experts’ hate on the Paleo diet?  From people like Christina Warinner in her viral TedX speech (excellent rebuttal here from Robb Wolf to the chop-shop speech given by Warriner at TedX) to poorly researched books like “Paleo fantasy” by Marlene Zuk (Incredible rebuttal to Zuk’s idiotic book here by Mark Sisson).  Heck, even major news outlets like US News run an absolutely abhorrent yearly piece ranking the best and worst diets for our health each year.  The paleo diet comes in DEAD LAST every year, ranked way lower than SLIM FAST (click here to read a fantastic rebuttal to the drivel that US News puts out about diets every year)!  That’s just laughable.  And even more laughable is that the ‘experts’ who rank these diets are the very nutritionists and dietitians who are supposedly advising America to better health through diet.  Yikes…

Look at the graphic above.  The paleo diet is all about eating REAL, FRESH, UNPROCESSED, PERISHABLE, NUTRIENT-DENSE foods.  How this diet is ranked behind some of the other diets like Slimfast on that US News list is absolutely beyond me!

The Paleo diet has its short-comings, which I’ll get to shortly, but I want to be clear about my stance on it:  I have eaten paleo/primal on and off (mostly on) for about 4 years now.  I have intimate experience with this diet, and have helped many of my friends and family adopt some version of the paleo diet into their lives with incredible results.

What led me to the paleo diet?  

 

I was in my mid-thirties and suffering from what many other people my age suffer from: slowing metabolism, weight gain, constant exhaustion (which fueled a hefty caffeine addiction), frequent sinus infections, joint pains, allergies galore (which led to a dependency on Afrin, breathe right strips, nasonex, and insert 50 other commonly used nasal allergy sprays), mood swings, food cravings (read SUGAR), and a nasty case of GERD (Gastro-Esophegeal Reflux “Disease” – think heartburn on steroids…like you feel as if you’re having a heart attack).

I had been to a nutritionist.  She joked that my cholesterol was so low that I was either dead or in the best shape on earth.  Well, I was neither.  In fact, I would argue that I was closer to death and, had I continued taking her advice and my gastroenterologist’s advice, I would have had a very bad health outcome by now.  They told me that I should eat lots of heart healthy grains, avoid all acidic foods like coffee, tea, tomatoes, alcohol, and citrus fruits, and to take acid blockers like Prevacid and Prilosec.  Following their advice gave me temporary respite from the GERD, but the minute I stopped taking the Prevacid, it came back with a vengeance even though I continued to eat the diet they recommended for me.  So, what gives??  Was I supposed to just take these pills for the rest of my life to feel like I’m not being stabbed in the chest after every meal?  Big Pharma sure wants me to think so…

My health issues not only remained, but significantly worsened until 2009 when I had heard of the Paleo diet.  At first I brushed it off as idiocy just based on its name (which doesn’t do it any justice, imo).  But after hearing a few of my crossfit brethren rave about it I decided to do some research.  I ended up buying Robb Wolf’s “The Paleo Solution” and I read it cover to cover within 4 days (I’m a slow reader).  It’s a really easy read, very entertaining and very informative.  I highly recommend this book as a starting point to learn about the paleo diet and how it can help you reverse chronic illness, lose weight, and regain energy.  Based on this book, I gave paleo a try.  I then discovered other amazing paleo resources like Mark’s Daily Apple and Everyday Paleo.

The results:

  • Weight: I lost 27 pounds of excess fat within about 4-6 months.  Without counting calories.  I ate to my heart’s content in each meal.
  • GERD: Completely eliminated, and did so without the use of antacids, and I ate citrus, cooked tomatoes, and drank tea to my heart’s content (all supposed “no-no’s” when you have GERD)
  • Allergies: Almost completely eliminated.  And by implementing the diet, I figured out that Dairy was one of the main culprits of allergies and inflammation for me.  GOT MILK?  NOT.
  • Chronic Fatigue: The diet didn’t fully end the fatigue but helped it enough that I no longer needed coffee and caffeine (which led me to the discovery that I had sensitivities to coffee and caffeine).
  • Frequent sinus infections: Frequency was greatly reduced, and my immune function improved.  Apparently grains and dairy were 2 major culprits of low immunity and inflammation for me (as well as millions of people who don’t realize it).
  • Blood lipid profile: Unfortunately, I didn’t have a blood test done before I started eating paleo, so I have nothing to compare my results to, but a recent blood lipid profile showed absolutely no issues with my cholesterol, and showed excellent ratios b/w HDL:TC, HDL:TRIG, and low triglycerides.  This is despite me regularly eating organic uncured nitrate free bacon, and pastured organic eggs constantly (no, not egg whites…FULL eggs with the yellow, which is the most nutritious part of the egg!  It drives me crazy to see people ordering egg-white omelets at a restaurant thinking they are doing something good for their health!).
  • Joint Pain: Reduced…although not fully (I have a major sports injury in my left knee that involved a permanent metal plate and screws). 
  • Fitness: My endurance improved, my strength improved, and I was easily able to do rigorous crossfit or muay thai workouts.  The low carb diet worked just fine for me.
  • Food cravings: This was the one area that I was not able to conquer with paleo alone.

Now, how can a diet that is capable of results like mine be so adamantly panned by the talking heads out there?  You see, I am a walking, living, breathing testimonial for the paleo diet.  And I am not the only one.  Click here to see just ONE resource for thousands of testimonials like mine.  To my readers that have experience with the paleo diet (good or bad) I would love to read about your story in the comments section below!

Aside from the thousands of testimonials and case studies, and despite what its detractors say, The Paleo diet does have sound science behind it as well (just scroll to the bottom of the page I just linked to and see the 8 randomized control studies on the paleo diet).

But the title of this article is “What’s missing from the paleo diet?”…so I’m sure you weren’t expecting to read a love-fest about it!  Despite it’s proven superiority to the standard American debacle…err…diet, the paleo diet does fall short in one area.  But, in fairness, so does just about EVERY single diet out there including vegetarianism, veganism, Ornish and Essylstyn’s plant-based diets, etc:

 

The concept of bio-chemical individuality

 

Have you ever noticed that one person will thrive on a specific diet, while another person will see no change and yet another person’s health will worsen with the same diet?  Why is that?  I have met people who have tried the paleo diet and gained weight!  I have personally met vegans who have eaten that way for 20 years and they look and feel amazing.  Then I’ve spoken to other vegans who report terrible, life-threatening experiences with veganism (from malnutrition).  How can that be?

The answer is this: There is no one-size-fits-all-cookie-cutter diet out there.  Every single one of us is, metabolically speaking,  as individual on the inside as we are in our outward appearance.  Every single one of us has unique genetic nutrient needs, deficiencies, abundances, metabolic rates, stress levels, and genetic ability to cope with internal and external stressors.  So, a diet that makes one person feel incredible because it happens to offer the perfect nutrition for his or her situation might be exactly the opposite of what another person needs to thrive.  

 

Truly, one man’s food is another man’s poison.

 

This is not a new concept.  It’s just a vastly under-reported and under-appreciated one.  The understanding of bio-chemical individuality started with the research of Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist who set out to travel the world and to study native cultures that remained untouched by western nutritional concepts or industrialization.  What he found was astounding.  In these cultures, he observed that:

  1.  They had almost NO incidence of the diseases that plague westerners today such as cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, etc.
  2. They had very little obesity.
  3. Their bodies were lean and strong, like Olympic athletes, despite the fact that they didn’t train like them.
  4. Most importantly, they all consumed vastly different diets based on the geographically available foods in their area.

 The last point, #4, is extremely important.  Eskimos evolved over thousands of years in Alaska eating whale and seal blubber, caribou, and kelp.  They ate lots of animal flesh and saturated fat and very little in the way of vegetation simply because that was what was available to them.  Evolution (natural selection) allowed for the Eskimos who adapted well to a diet such as this to thrive and procreate, whilst Eskimos who failed to adapt and thrive on this diet simply died out.  Click here to read a fascinating piece in discovery magazine about the paradox of the Eskimo diet.

By contrast, Aboriginal cultures that lived in a vastly different geography and climate thrived on insects, beetles, grubs, berries, kangaroo, and wallaby.  They also ate much more vegetation and fruits than the Eskimos, yet they also thrived until western civilization introduced them to McDonald’s 😉 .

mcdonaldsThe Swiss people thrived for many years on whole rye bread, large quantities of high fat cream cheese, cream, and raw goat’s milk, some wine, and small amounts of meat.  They enjoyed robust health even in glacial winters on a diet that is vastly different from the other cultures.

The African Masai thrived for thousands of years on a diet that consisted of wild meat, milk, and blood extracted from cattle!  They exhibited extraordinary physical and mental development.

Now, ask yourself this question: After adapting over thousands of years to these geographically and climate-dictated diets, what would the health outcomes be if we were to switch diets among them?  For instance, what if we had the Aboriginals eat the Eskimo diet and the Eskimos eat the Aboriginal diet?  Again, these are people who have evolved and adapted to a specific way of eating over thousands of years.  This is one of those times in your life were you just need to apply some logic and the correct conclusion will come to you.  We can see what the switch over to a western diet is doing to them: making them very sick!

Other pioneers in the concept of biochemical individuality and eating according to your genetic predispositions are Dr. George Watson who wrote “Nutrition and your mind”, Dr. William Kelly, Rudolf Wiley, PhD and author of “Biobalance”, and of course, the man who put these ideas together and created what is now called “Metabolic Typing, William Wolcott (author of “The Metabolic Typing Diet”, a must-read for anyone interested in this stuff).  MT book

Metabolic Typing

 

OK.  So now we understand that adaptation and natural selection over thousands of years has made us all genetically predisposed to thrive via eating a certain way.  So, all we have to do to eat right for ourselves is trace back our lineage as far back as we can go…maybe back to our great grandparents and mimic what they ate, right?  Not so fast!  I wish it were that easy, but our ability to transport ourselves from one geography and climate to many other vastly different geographies and climates started back way further than you or I can possibly trace our lineage.  And once humans were able to travel by horse, boat, car, and plane, things got a little wacky.  People from different cultures and background started mixing with other very different cultures and backgrounds.  For me personally, I know that my mother had ties in Egypt, Morocco, and Israel, while my father had ties in France and Poland…and who knows where their lineage traces back to?  So, how should I eat?  Should I try to mimic an ancient middle eastern diet, or a traditional old school east European diet?  Or neither?  Or a little of both?  We have become such mutts at this point, that it’s really a pointless exercise that will leave you more frustrated than satisfied.  

Enter Metabolic Typing,  an assessment developed and refined over the last 30+ years by William Wolcott and which answers these questions.  It may sound unbelievable, but with a relatively short online assessment of your physical traits, metabolic traits, and psychological/neurotransmitter traits, Wolcott found a way to accurately uncover your individual metabolic type.  Wolcott’s work was based on the following principle: 

When you eat the wrong foods, the wrong macro-nutrient ratios (protein:carbs:fat), and the wrong micro-nutrient ratios (think nutrients, supplements) for your specific metabolism, that leads to imbalances in the body, and metabolic dysfunction.  You become less efficient at metabolizing protein, fat, and carbs.  This leads to all sorts of sub-clinical health problems, like the chronic symptoms I described myself as having above (fatigue, headaches, indigestion, hypoglycemia, constipation, rashes/hives, and pain/inflammation, and malnutrition).  If intervention by eating for your individual metabolism is not achieved, these conditions eventually manifest as chronic degenerative conditions such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, colitis, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, asthma, or auto-immune conditions.  

 

Or to put it in plain English, eating the wrong way for your metabolic type will make you sick, and eating correctly for your metabolic type brings balance and optimal function back to your body!  Think of metabolic typing as a highly individualized paleo diet based on your specific physical, metabolic, and psychological needs.  Why do I say that?  Because metabolic typing has many similarities to paleo eating.  Regardless of what the assessment tells you that your metabolic type is, Metabolic Typing diets: 

  • Shun processed foods and promote eating only fresh, organic, grass-fed, wild-caught, pasture raised, nutrient-dense, perishable foods.  
  • Shun all added sugars and artificial sweeteners. 
  • Advise to consume only raw, organic, grass-fed dairy products (similar to primal)
  • Advise you to eat only sprouted nuts, seeds, and legumes when possible (similar to primal)

There is one major difference in metabolic typing diets and paleo, and that is that it allows for some organic sprouted ancient grain consumption IF your body does well while eating them, although it warns not to overdo it. After all, if you are someone who can eat clean, sprouted grains without incidence (no weight gain, no negative changes in blood lipids or levels of inflammatory markers, and no digestive or inflammatory symptoms), then why shouldn’t you eat grains in a limited fashion?  Simply because humans didn’t consume grains prior to 10,000 years ago?  Again that is a very cookie cutter approach to an individualized diet plan.  And, as someone who wants to help make the world a healthier place, I am personally more concerned with doing what is right for my clients and not trying to stuff them into a specific diet plan that works for me but may not be ideal for them.

Always think: what is the goal, here?  The paleo diet is a wonderful, fantastic diet that has helped me and many people I know tremendously.  But to follow it so rigidly without acknowledging that everyone is different is a mistake.  Some people might do very well on more carbs than others.  Some people might do well with much less meat than others.  Some people, like myself, have a metabolic type that thrives when we eat 70% fat and protein in each meal, with only 30% of our meal consisting of carbs derived from non-starchy vegetables.  Others might get deathly ill following my metabolic type diet.  Do you see where I am going here?  This is the reason you see one person thrive on a diet, another person feel no change, and a third person actually get sicker on that same diet.

But don’t let this change your opinion on the paleo diet being a terrific diet!  Again, in fairness to paleo, every other diet out there misses the mark on this as well! 

By the way, back to my food cravings:  once I tweaked the macro and micro-nutrient ratios of my paleo diet to my metabolic type, I was finally able to rid myself of the intense sugar cravings that plagued me for years!  This is because once I tweaked my diet to reflect the correct macro and micro-nutrient ratios that are best suited to my body, my body started getting the exact nutrition that it needs for energy.  So, I feel less sugar cravings, and I only get them when I eat a meal that had out of balance macro-nutrients (i.e. too many carbs and not enough fat/protein).  

Metabolic typing has been an amazing journey of self-discovery for me.  It taught me how listen to my body after my meals and how to adjust my macro-nutrient ratios accordingly.  It taught me how to become an expert at ME!

Watch this short, 8-minute video that does a great job of explaining the concept of Metabolic Typing: 

 

In my practice, I approach diet in 2 ways: 

 

  1. Find out how to eat right for your Metabolic Type: I recommend that every client do the metabolic typing assessment to find their individual metabolic type.  The assessment is the most complete dietary program I have ever seen.  It includes a wealth of reading material and a very educational and entertaining video series that teaches them exactly how to eat, shop, and cook for their specific metabolic type.  It also teaches you very easy ways to break down your ideal macro-nutrient intake (protein:fat:carbs) for each meal without needing to use food scales or portion control.  
  2. Find out what foods cause inflammation in your body: I also recommend that every client has a food sensitivity panel done to assess what foods and food additives are problematic for them and cause inflammation in their bodies.  They then remove the reactive foods from the metabolic typing diet to decrease the stress on their bodies.  

 

The Metabolic typing assessment is done online by following this link.  The test costs $189 and, in my opinion, is worth EVERY penny.  Full disclosure: I am not affiliated with the Metabolic Typing test and I have no financial connection to them.  I make nothing from your $189.  

Of course, dietary changes are just one part of getting healthy.  Aside from Metabolic Typing, I use functional lab testing to help clients uncover as many hidden internal stressors on their body as possible.  A diet that is not right for your metabolic type is only one of them.   I teach them how to assess and optimize adrenal function, hormonal balance, digestion, immune function, neurotransmitter balance, and how to reduce or eliminate emotional and environmental exposure to stress.  It is this holistic approach that has healed me more than any diet alone can do and it has improved the health of thousands of people as well.  

I hope that you found this article informative, and I hope that you take the first step of your journey and do a metabolic typing assessment online.  Please let me know if you do in the comments section below!  Thanks for reading!

Rick 

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness, FDN Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

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Erythritol – The wonder sweetener that’s actually…HEALTHY??

In the never ending quest to satisfy our sweet tooth while preserving our health, people have taken to desperate measures, like using carcinogens such as aspartame or sucralose (Splenda).  For those of you that have been living under a rock and still use either of these two gems as a sugar substitute, please allow me the honor of scaring the crap out of you:

splenda sweet n low equal

Frankly, if I had to make a choice, I would rather you use plain ole’ sugar in your coffee than either of these poisons.  It’s a lesser of two evils kind of thing.

But what if I told you about a sweetener that:

  • Is all natural.
  • Has almost zero calories.
  • Has a zero rating on the glycemic index.
  • Does not spike your blood sugar when you eat it.
  • Tastes very close to real sugar.  NO weird aftertaste.
  • Is totally safe for daily use.
  • Does not cause tooth decay.
  • Does not cause the digestive discomfort that some other sugar alcohols do (like xylitol and sorbitol).
  • Actually may have an anti-oxidant like protective effect on your vascular system!

Say what?  You’d probably tell me I’m bs’ing you, and I can understand that.  After all, Stevia is a safe sweetener but let’s face it…it tastes pretty bad.  It has a strong aftertaste.  The liquid vanilla stevia from nu-naturals is the closest thing I have tasted to a Stevia product that is actually tolerable, and you can’t use it to bake.  Same goes for monkfruit.

Well, I’m not bs’ing you, and the sweetener is called Erythritol.  Quoted from Wikipedia:

Erythritol ((2R,3S)-butane-1,2,3,4-tetraol) is a sugar alcohol (or polyol) that has been approved for use as a food additive in the United States[1] and throughout much of the world. It was discovered in 1848 by British chemist John Stenhouse.[2] It occurs naturally in some fruits and fermented foods.[3] At the industrial level, it is produced from glucose by fermentation with a yeastMoniliella pollinis.[1] It is 60–70% as sweet as table sugar yet it is almost noncaloric, does not affect blood sugar, does not cause tooth decay, and is partially absorbed by the body, excreted in urine and feces. It is less likely to cause gastric side effects than other sugar alcohols because of its unique digestion pathway. Under U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling requirements, it has a caloric value of 0.2 kilocalories per gram (95% less than sugar and other carbohydrates)”

 

You may be unaware, but erythritol is already being used in a multitude of food items that you and your family eat on a daily basis, from chewing gums to sodas, and other processed junk that I don’t recommend you eat!  So, without knowing it, you are probably consuming it already.

Erythritol Risks

Let me tell you, as with ANY other product I recommend, I researched this one thoroughly.  I tried and tried to find scientific research that gave me a reason NOT to use erythritol for my family or to recommend it to my readers.  The worst I found was this:

“In summary, we described a very rare child case of erythritol-induced anaphylaxis that was confirmed by DBPCFC.”

In other words, this really isn’t something for us to worry about.  It’s like any other benign food that can randomly cause a severe allergic reaction to someone that is unknowingly allergic to it.  If this worries you, try it in very small amounts on yourself and your family first before using it.  But again, this was the ONLY case of erythritol allergy recorded and it is a sweetener in widespread global use.

  •  If you happen to have contracted the Brucella Abortus virus from cattle, then erythritol may possibly feed and help it to proliferate, although this was only shown to happen in a petri dish and the researchers could not replicate this in vivo in mice.  Seems pretty low risk to me!
  • Some sources suggest that intestinal discomfort from erythritol ingestion can occur at doses of 50 grams or more, but that’s an INSANE amount of it.  It would be very difficult to eat that much erythritol on a sitting or even a day or a week!
  • As with ANY sugar substitute, natural or artificial, there is some research that indicates that just tasting a sweet taste can cause your brain to trigger an insulin response.  This has not been shown to be the case with Erythritol as of yet.

 

Erythritol Benefits

  • Japanese researchers from the University of Tokyo found that “These results suggest that erythritol is a very low energy sweetener without any harmful effect.”
  • This French study concluded that “Erythritol acts as an antioxidant in vivo and may help protect against hyperglycemia-induced vascular damage.”  This one is very important so let me expound: What they found is that in diabetics erythritol actually protects the vascular system from oxidative damage caused by Hydroxil Radicals (HO*).  In other words, Erythritol acts as an anti-oxidant under hyper-glycemic conditions and prevents tissue damage to the vascular system in diabetics.

 

Given this information, you might be asking yourself why the news media and the USDA/FDA are not launching massive public awareness campaigns in order to get the word out on Erythritol, especially for diabetics.  I mean, given the amount of money spent each year on healthcare and the massive diabetic and pre-diabetic epidemic we are facing as a country, wouldn’t that make sense?  Well, I have my own ideas, but I will leave it to my readers to make the call on that.

When I decided to try Erythritol for myself I plunged into Amazon and other outlets and researched every erythritol sweetener I could find.  If you are interested in trying Erythritol as a safe sweetener for you and your family, I highly recommend that you buy the brand, “z sweet”.  I was astounded by how much it tastes just like sugar, with no aftertaste whatsoever.  If you are a coffee drinker, or a diabetic, this will make your day!

z sweet

 

And if you decide that, based on my research and recommendations, you are going to buy Z-Sweet, I would really appreciate it if you did so by using one of these links to my amazon affiliate account to buy it.  It doesn’t cost any extra to you to buy it through my affiliate account and it helps to support the cost of running this free blog for my readers.  So, thanks in advance if you buy through my links! 🙂

  1. Click here to buy just 1 bag of Z Sweet.
  2. Click here to buy a pack of 2 Z Sweet bags.
  3. Click here if you are really loco and want to buy a pack of 6!

I hope you enjoyed this article.  Now let me know your thoughts.  Have you tried erythritol?  Did you like it?  Have you heard of any negative side effects of long term erythritol usage that I did not?  Do you just want to say hi?  Use the comment section below!

Thanks!

Rick

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness, FDN Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

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Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted.  The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of the author.  Rick is not a doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian and he does not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.

 

 

Meet Candice – she’s just like you and me!

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“FDN (Functional Diagnostic Nutrition) empowers you to dramatically improve your health through functional lab work and effective natural healing strategies.”

– Rick Gold, Certified FDN Practitioner & GFW President & Founder

As a nation, we are sicker than ever.  The statistics are sobering:

Keep in mind that all of the statistics cited above only keep track of the diagnosed cases.  There are many people that have gone undiagnosed in every bucket above.  So, the health problems we are facing today as a society are far greater than even these sobering statistics show.  

So how did we get here? 

Well, there is no doubt that genetics play a role.  But if you know anything about epigenetics, you understand that it is  environment and lifestyle that are the largest determining factors of our overall health.

Meet Candice, a perfect representation of your typical 30-40 year old American woman.  She is a wife and mom to 2 kids.

In the subsequent story below, I am going to link to information that shows how Candice’s lifestyle and the way Candice was dealing with her health issues contributed to and even caused serious sub-clinical malfunctions in her body that led to all of the symptoms that she was feeling by the time she became my client.

Candice presented the following main health complaints:

  • Always feeling tired, wiped out.
  • Trouble waking up in the morning and getting to sleep at night.
  • Trouble staying asleep at night.
  • Needs coffee at several times a day to keep going.
  • She was carrying extra weight that she could not get rid of.
  • Sugar and salt cravings.
  • Frequent colds, sinus, and yeast infections.
  • Stressed out, anxiety, depression.
  • Acid reflux and heartburn.
  • Alternating constipation and diarrhea.
  • Random skin rashes/hives.
  • Allergies.
  • Frequent headaches.

Frankly, these complaints aren’t very different from what most of us feel on any given day.  These are considered common ailments, and there are a boatload of over the counter medications that help to alleviate the discomfort associated with them.

Candice was no stranger to them either.  She regularly took painkillers for her headaches and sleeping aids to help her sleep.  She took antacids to battle her acid reflux.  Perhaps her doctor never informed her that natural methods are safer and more effective for the treatment of acid reflux than antacids.   She took a common OTC allergy medication to help manage her allergies.  She took a popular anti-depressant and anti-anxiety prescription for her anxiety and depression.  Perhaps her doctors never told her that all of the drugs she takes regularly very likely will create a huge toxic load on her liver and could lead to serious complications down the line.

Because she has 2 young children, she rarely got a full night of restful sleep which causes serious inflammation and stress on her body, and can lead to adrenal fatigue.  She also was under a tremendous amount of stress from her job and financial difficulties, not to mention enduring several deaths in her family which put a huge burden on her adrenal glands and also leads to adrenal fatigue.

Candice is a very busy woman, and she rarely took time to address her own health and stress levels through consistent moderate exercise and brief daily meditation.  She was burning the candle at both ends.

To relieve her stress, Candice started drinking wine regularly and drank heavily on the weekends when she and her husband went out with friends, which unfortunately put even more stress on her adrenal glands and further exacerbated her symptoms.

Her daily morning regimen includes using chemical laden soap, shampoo, shaving cream, anti-antiperspirants, make-up, lotion, and perfumes, all which contain chemicals and metals in them that are known endocrine disruptors, and add to the toxic burden on her liver as well as general stress on her adrenal glands.

Unfortunately, the chemical assault on Candice’s liver and adrenal glands doesn’t stop there; she regularly uses similarly chemical-laden household cleaning products, drinks from plastic water bottles, colors her hair with chemical dyes, and uses chemical-laden sunscreen that actually may increase her risk of cancer.

Because of how busy she is, Candice regularly eats out at restaurants, where she unfortunately does not really know what ingredients are being added to her food.  They also cook their food in artery clogging oxidized vegetable oils that cause inflammation in her body.

Because of a lack of understanding the dangers involved with eating non-organic foods, the benefits of eating organic food, and her financial difficulties, Candice rarely buys and eats organic food, which increases the toxic load on her body further, and promotes malnutrition.

Candice’s use of antacids reduced her stomach acid, which impairs her body’s ability to digest and assimilate the food that she eats and further results in malnutrition.

Over the last several years, Candice has been to several doctors for her various ailments.  In some cases, she was given prescription strength drugs to help alleviate the discomfort associated with them which did temporarily help alleviate her symptoms, but unfortunately also increased the toxic burden on her body.  Her blood tests, however, came back unremarkable, and she was consistently sent on her way under the impression that she was healthy, and that she was just under a lot of stress and needed to get better sleep.

This, of course, is true…but it’s not the whole truth…

After running several functional labs on Candice, I identified several sub-clinical malfunctions and imbalances in her body that were likely the causes of most of her symptoms:

  • She had stage 2 adrenal fatigue, low DHEA, and other hormonal imbalances.
  • We found that she was having trouble digesting and absorbing proteins, and thus was malnourished (even though she had extra weight).
  • She had low melatonin levels which can explain the trouble she is having with her sleep habits and circadian rhythms.
  • She had elevated lipid peroxides, which, put simply, means that her body was aging before its time, and putting her at increased risk for diseases like cancer.
  • Candice’s thyroid was not functioning properly (hypothyroidism), likely a result of the adrenal stress she was under.
  • She had multiple food sensitivities (including gluten, dairy, and other seemingly innocuous foods like iceberg lettuce!), which caused heightened immune activity, general inflammation, and increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut).
  • Candice had elevated urinary bile acid sulfates, a key marker that indicates possible liver congestion.
  • She had heavy metal toxicity.

Through the use of functional lab work, we identified an enormous amount of healing opportunities for Candice.

So why didn’t her doctors find this stuff?  Simple: Most doctors don’t run the type of labs that I run on clients.  They run labs that are geared towards diagnosing disease…and they are in the business of diagnosing and treating disease through the use of prescription drugs, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

The labs that I run are geared towards finding sub-clinical malfunctions in the body, meaning malfunctions that are not diseases.  These are the type of malfunctions that, if left to proliferate, can and will lead to disease eventually.

For instance, a doctor will diagnose you with NAFLD (non-alcohol fatty liver disease).  That is a disease of the liver.  But he/she isn’t necessarily concerned with testing for urinary bile acids, because elevated UBAS does not mean you have liver disease.  It is a potential precursor for that.  So, only practitioners who work in the field of prevention would be interested in that marker.

Back to Candice: Through the use of potent, proven, and effective natural protocols, she is well on her way to building her overall health back.

The protocols include recommendations for intense lifestyle changes in Diet, Rest, Exercise, Stress reduction (mental/emotional and hidden internal), and targeted Supplementation.  I had Candice take a Metabolic Typing Assessment to find out the best type of diet for her specific metabolic type.  We used top-notch services that created a very tailored and specific meal plan for her that excluded the laundry list of foods which she was reactive to.  I gave her recommendations on how to optimize her sleep habits, balance her hormones, nurse her adrenal glands back to health, and to detoxify her body.  At FDN, we like to call it the D.R.E.S.S. for health success program.  You can read more about how I work on my FAQ page.

I taught Candice how to become less reliant on modern medicine to take care of her health, and how to become an active every-day participant in her health.  The lab testing and the natural protocols that I taught her empowered her to not only take charge of her own health, but the health of her entire family.

Candice is currently regaining energy and vitality, and has a new-found knowledge, interest, and a passion for taking care of her own emotional and physical well-being.  Here is the bottom line:

When we employ a holistic view of the body, recognizing that all parts of the body are inter-connected and inter-dependent on one another for proper function, and work to positively affect the underlying causes of the symptoms that people feel through natural protocols, the clients’ symptoms usually subside or are eliminated completely.  It’s really that simple.

I hope that this article helped to inspire you to do the same as Candice: Take charge of your health!  Don’t accept the current medical model, which is to sit back and wait for serious conditions or diseases to strike and then pray that modern medicine will save you!

You hold the keys to vibrant health, and those keys are the lifestyle choices that you make each and every moment of each and every day of your life.  Every lifestyle choice that you make either degrades your health or improves it.  There is no in-between.   

Now I’d like to hear from you.  Do you suffer from any of the symptoms that Candice did?  Have you been to the doctor and were told that ‘everything looks normal’ even though you are certain that something feels ‘off’?  Have you had any experiences with working with a holistic practitioner that runs the type of labs that I run?

Thanks for reading!

Rick Gold

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Rick Gold, Functional Wellness, FDN Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

Website: www.GoldFunctionalWellness.com

Book a consult: http://www.snapappointments.com/listing/38C

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GoldFunctionalWellness

Follow me on Twitter: @RickGoldFWP

Email: Rick@GoldFunctionalWellness.com

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted.  The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of the author.  Rick is not a doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian and he does not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.