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Why you should NEVER eat non-organic butter from CAFO cows!

(Click the red links to learn more about how bad these pesticides are for us!)
What do conventionally raised cows eat? Conventionally grown grains, such as corn and soy. 
 
What pesticides are found in conventionally grown corn and soy? BT Toxin and glyphosate (RoundUp)
 
Where do toxins get stored in animals as well as humans? FAT tissues 
 
What is butter made from? Milk FAT.
 
What are we eating when we eat butter from conventionally fed cattle?

BT toxin and glyphosate! a concentrated shot of it!

 
Could this be one reason butter is implicated as a health damaging food? Could it be that saturated fats are being wrongly vilified bc we’re lumping toxic butter from CAFO cows with clean, grass-fed butter from pastured cows?
 
Takeaway – Unless you want to down-regulate your body’s ability to detoxify itself, destroy your gut bacteria populations, ensure chronic immune system activation, and promote disease, ALWAYS pass on non-organic, non-grass-fed butter…at home or at restaurants!

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

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We’ve traded HEALTH for Convenience

The hallmark of modern-day living is convenience.  We’re always looking for new and better ways to make living life easier.  I’m going to cite many examples of this in this article.  Technological, industrial, pharmaceutical, and agricultural advances have made this possible.

We’re actually at a point now where the advances in these industries are happening at such a frighteningly fast pace that, as a society, we never stop to think about whether they are harmful to our health.  We just see the convenience, hear the industry talking heads and the media outlets assuring us that it’s safe, and dive right in!  But there is overwhelming evidence in the scientific community that many of the conveniences that we now enjoy in the 21st century are literally killing us.

This begs the question: just because we CAN do something, does that mean we SHOULD?  Below, I will outline just a short list of modern-day conveniences that made daily life easier, but have wrecked our health in the long-term.  Here are the main takeaways from the article:

  • I will list many conveniences of modern-day living. Many of them are marvels of technology, agriculture, and medicine and have literally changed the course of human history.
  • I will present my arguments for why they are wrecking our health.
  • I will impress upon you the mission statement of my company, Gold Functional Wellness: to help you navigate the pitfalls of modern living and dramatically improve your health while still enjoying many of the conveniences of modern society. At Gold Functional Wellness, we believe we have the answers to the problems presented in this piece, and we are eager to share them with you!

Let’s begin!

Food:

Most obvious example: Fast food.  Fast.  Easy.  Kids love it.  No complaining.

We are chronically over-stressed and make poor health choices as a result.

Scenario: You just got home from work.  It was a stressful work day.  You’ve got a lot on your mind.  It’s late.  The kids are hungry.  They need to be fed, bathed, and in bed for school the next morning.  Here are your choices:  1) Boil some mac-n-cheese OR 2) Wash, cut, cook vegetables and marinate, season, and grill some fish?

From a convenience standpoint, it’s an easy choice, isn’t it?  Not only because of the reduced complexity of preparation and time to cook, but also because one of these choices your kids will complain about and the other they will eat happily with no whining and no tantrums, and no repetitious “sit and eat your food” necessary from mom and dad!

No doubt about it.  Fast food is easy, and inexpensive.  That makes it incredibly convenient!  But is this the healthier choice for you and your family?  Not exactly…

Other examples:

  • CAFOs – Confined Animal Feeding Operations. This is a convenient way for farmers

    CAFOs result in sick animals, sick meat, and toxicity in the fat of the animals.

    to raise, fatten, slaughter, and sell many more animals per acre of land than they were previously able to.  It cuts down the cost of land, feed, and increases profits.  It is also able to provide enough animal products to satisfy the demand from a growing population that is bursting at the seams.  The problem?  Animals in CAFOs are confined, unable to move around freely, in many cases rarely get any sunlight, are fed a diet that is at best inconsistent with what they are genetically predisposed to thrive on, pumped up with antibiotics and hormones to speed their growth, development, and stop infections that inevitably arise because of their poor health.  So, naturally, they become sickly animals, and nutritional profile of their meat, milk, and eggs are drastically altered for the worse.  And then, we eat that sickly meat, milk, and eggs.  Convenient?  You bet!  Healthier than the meat, milk, and eggs we used to eat before the widespread use of CAFOs?  You make the call!

  • GMOs & related pesticides – Farmers had a problem: Their crops were being destroyed by pests and weeds which lowered crop yields. The convenient solution?

    Glyphosate, the active ingredient in pesticides applied to GMOs, is a known carcinogen

    1) create crops that have pesticides that grow inside of them, so that they will repel the pests, and 2) create crops that are resistant to lethal pesticides and would otherwise die upon contact with them.  Problem solved right?  Now the farmers can spray their field, kill the weeds, kill and repel the pests, and grow huge amounts of their crops for sales and distribution.  Sounds really convenient to me!  Except, the science is still not out on whether or not GMO crops themselves are harmful to human health, and the science is definitively out showing how BT toxin and Glyphosate, the main pesticides used in conjunction with GMO crops, ARE bad for human health.  The WHO recently classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.  Studies link an association between these pesticides and altered gut bacteria, digestive problems, suppression of detoxification pathways in the liver, and cancer.  But don’t let that stop you from chowing down on some GMO corn and edamame!  Just kidding…please let that stop you from doing that!  J

 

Above and beyond that, pesticide usage and modern-day agricultural techniques have totally robbed our produce of nutrition.  This is because these practices have destroyed the soil quality of conventional farms.  This is another example of how modern-day conveniences are destroying our health!

 

  • Year-round supply of out of season foods – Ever go to the grocery store and

    It’s always best to buy food from local sources for optimal nutrition.

    wonder “how is it that watermelons are available at my grocery store in the winter? Don’t they grow in the summer?”  Correct!  Watermelons need a warm climate to grow.  That watermelon in your grocery store is only there because it was brought to you from another, warmer climate.  If you are eating watermelon during a cold season, this is basically a nutrition-climate mismatch.  If you want to thrive in the climate you are living in, you’ll need to eat the foods that thrive in the climate you live in.  It’s pretty simple logic, isn’t it?  Eskimos, before their food industry became westernized and then subsequently became sicker, eat tons of fatty, cold water fish, seal and whale blubber, and only a small portion of their diet is plant-based.  Why?  Because plants don’t grow well where they live!  It’s a cold, harsh climate.  They eat the foods that thrive in their climate, and thus, the foods they eat confer the ability to thrive for the Eskimos!

  • Additionally, eating foods (especially produce) when they are fresh will provide you with optimal nutrition. If you live on the east coast of the US and you’re eating strawberries or lettuce that was grown in California and took 2 weeks from the time they were picked to reach your table, chances are that those foods will contain far less nutrition than the fruits and vegetables grown locally in your town and eaten a day or two after they were plucked from the ground or the tree.  It’s really convenient to have any food you want at any time of day regardless of climate, geography, or season, isn’t it?  But is it serving us?  Is it helping us to stay healthy and thrive?  I would argue the opposite.  Click here to read more about how transport time, freezing vegetables and fruits, and canned veggies and fruits result in lower nutrient content (especially enzymes and vitamin C).

 

Technology: 

  • nnEMF (non-native electromagnetic fields) – Talk about convenience?  The

    We’re blasting ourselves and our children with harmful radiation!

    introduction of nnEMF has led to amazing and super convenient inventions such as cell phones, portable laptop computers, tablets, cordless phones, Bluetooth everything, Wi-Fi internet access, wireless speakers, wearable technology like the Fitbit, apple watch, jawbone up, and dozens of other Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled devices.  Many people have their entire homes set up to run completely on Wi-Fi from temperature regulation to starting their coffee makers and turning on and off their lights, etc.  Baby monitors transmit signals from the baby’s crib to the parents 24/7.  They’ve even made diapers that now transmit signals to the mom’s smart phone when the diaper is wet!  Electricity companies no longer need to send workers to your house to read your meters.  Smart meters are being deployed everywhere and using nnEMF technology to communicate readings directly to electric companies in real-time.  Click here to hear about what Dr. David Carpenter, a Harvard Medical School graduate and physician, has to say about smart meters.

 

Have you seen cell towers like this in your neighborhood?

No doubt about it, nnEMF was a marvel of modern technology that opened the door to many really cool and really helpful new things for humans.  We can now do business anytime, anywhere.  We never need to miss a call, email or text.  Our kids, friends, and family can get in touch with us at any time, and anywhere.  We can do our banking and shopping online and save tons of time.  We can even buy our groceries online and watch them show up at our door within 24 hours!  What’s not to like?

 

Well, perhaps this wasn’t thought out too well.  Is it REALLY a gift to be so accessible like we all are now 24/7/365?  Or is it a curse?  With 24/7 accessibility comes a boatload of increased stress.  We used to work 9-5 jobs and the weekend used to mean something.  It was a true break from work.  These days, we literally work all day, every day, including weekends.  There are no boundaries anymore between boss and employee.

 

I haven’t even touched on the more important and more health destroying aspect of

Do you have a smart meter on your home?

nnEMF.  There is a large body of research (unknown to most in the mainstream) that shows nnEMF messes with our circadian cycles, dehydrates our cells, unstructured water in our cells, causes cell clumping, and causes diseases like cancer (and this is just a drop in the bucket as far as evidence goes).  Convenient?  Absolutely!  Healthy?  Not so much!

 

  • ALAN (Artificial Light at Night) and blue light – How about artificial light,

    Dimly lit rooms at night are better for your health.

    specifically in the blue spectrum?  Artificial light during the daytime and at night has enabled modern man to massively increase productivity and has helped to produce huge advances in technology.  That’s the good news!  Aside from fire, which burns an orange-red color and does not contain much in the way of blue light, humans only started using artificial light about 100 years ago.  But before that, here’s what indoor lighting at night looked like:

What do you think is different about this room and your room in the evening?  It’s pretty obvious, right?  People who hang out in this type of lighting at night get tired pretty quickly.  Especially before TVs, computers, and smart phones were invented!  This is what a modernly lit room looks like at night:

Bright light at night disrupts sleep and your health.

A little different, huh?  Here is what a brightly lit city looks like (imagine the light pollution for people living in buildings in these cities):

How can anyone produce melatonin or get restful sleep living like this?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what the earth now looks like at night from space (remember that this image was totally different even 100 years ago.  The amount of artificial light that lights up the night sky has dramatically increased in the last 100-150 years.  We are all living in one huge light experiment, and the results are in…and they’re not good!):

The earth is this bright at night from SPACE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is this important?  Because we are diurnal beings, and that means our circadian cycles are programmed for us to be asleep at night when it’s dark and active during the day when it’s light.  The problem?  We’ve erased night!  We have artificially eliminated darkness.  Which has eliminated restful sleep.  Specifically, short wave sleep (SLS) is known to be the most restorative phase of sleep where the “rest and repair” mechanisms take hold and repair damaged tissues in the body and the brain.  Short wave sleep happens mostly in the earlier parts of the night (i.e. sleep before midnight).  It’s for this reason that you hear people saying that every hour of sleep before midnight is as powerful as 2 hours of sleep after midnight.

How do our bodies know when to sleep and when to be active?  It uses cues from LIGHT!

Diagram showing the effect of light/dark cycles on all organ function.

Light enters your retinas through your eyes and signals a part of your brain called the SCN.  The SCN receives that signal and interprets it based on the spectrum of light.  Blue light signals the SCN to think it is daytime and the SCN subsequently commands certain glands and organs to secrete hormones that coincide with being active in daylight.  Red light signals it to think it is close to night time and subsequently the SCN will command certain glands and organs to secrete hormones and other chemicals that coincide with nighttime, sleep, rest and repair.  Darkness signals the SCN to continue to command various organs and glands in your body to keep secreting those sleep, rest and repair hormones and chemicals.

Artificial light at night (ALAN) and specifically in the blue spectrum of light (the brighter light that most of the bulbs in your home emit, as well as your TV, computer, smart phone, tablet, etc.) completely confuses your SCN, disrupts circadian rhythms, disrupts cortisol, disrupts melatonin, disrupts sleep, impairs immune function, disrupts thyroid hormone, disrupts sex hormones, disrupts leptin (the hormone that tells you when to stop eating), and disrupts neurotransmitter production.  Convenient?  You bet!  Healthy?  Not a chance!  Click here to learn a bit more about this.  And here is a nifty little compilation of research on blue light and sleep.

  • Video games & TV – Convenient form of entertainment in the home, aren’t they?

    This is what modern kids do for fun. Bathe in blue light, nnEMF, and sedentary living.

    What were kids doing for entertainment 100 or even 50 years ago?  You can bet your last dollar that they spent much more time outdoors, with other kids in the community, socializing, getting ample sunlight, and breaking a good sweat.  Maybe even rolling around in dirt which helped to expose them to some beneficial microbes that boost immune function.  Consequences – kids would rather sit in front of a blue light emitting screen and close to a persistent source of direct nnEMF exposure rather than go outside and play.  This results in lower physical activity, less exposure to sunlight (which has its own set of devastating health effects like lowered vitamin D levels), loss of social skills, and disruption of circadian rhythms.  This article discusses a study done in 2012/2013 on this phenomenon.  Convenient?  Check!  Healthy?  Nope!

Medicine:

Now, I don’t want you to take this as an attack on medicine, doctors, or hospitals.  There are areas of medicine that are literally a life-saving miracle of ingenuity.  ER doctors save countless lives every day.  Heart surgeons save people who are having heart attacks.  Antibiotics and other drugs have saved countless lives as well.  Spinal surgeons help paralyzed people walk again.  When it comes to acute emergency situations, modern medicine excels beyond our wildest dreams.

But when it comes to chronic debilitating diseases and conditions, modern medicine in general is tailored to the over-arching theme of taking the easy way out or hacking the system by using pills, surgery, chemo, and radiation to alleviate the SYMPTOMS of dysfunction rather than fixing the underlying causes of dysfunction.  90%-95% of cancers are caused by a mix of lifestyle and genetics.  Lifestyle modification can prevent and treat cancer, yet modern medicine only acknowledges pills, surgery, chemo, and radiation.  Most heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune conditions can also be treated or prevented through lifestyle, yet modern medicine does nothing for us in the way of prevention.  They simply wait until we develop these diseases and then treat the symptoms to keep us as comfortable as possible throughout the disease progression.

Most Americans just want to continue leading their lives in an unhealthy manner and rely on modern medicine to keep them above ground when their health breaks down.

I don’t fault modern medicine for this.  I don’t fault doctors, hospitals, or even pharmaceutical companies for this.  They are all only giving us what we want!  We don’t want to change our lifestyles.  We like eating whatever we want to eat, drinking alcohol, doing drugs, staying up too late, partying like rock stars, staying sedentary, working stressful jobs, and generally just having fun without any regard to our health. Most people don’t want to change their lifestyles.  It’s not very convenient to have to change all of that.  They just want the quick and convenient fix for their symptoms.  Modern medicine is perfectly set up to give us exactly that.  The quick fix.  They’re only giving us what we have been collectively asking them to give us for decades.  This is an easy example of how we have traded health for convenience.

  • Antibiotics – Antibiotics were a modern medical marvel that have saved countless lives since they were created. They started out as a really good idea to help critically ill people recover from advanced bacterial infection.  But then something happened:  we started using them for every cut, scrape, and every little bacterial infection.  Many people use antibiotics when they have a cold without even knowing if the cold is bacterial or viral in origin.  Many people use antibiotics pre-emptively just in case they are exposed to someone else who was sick or if they go on a plane.  The beef industry (CAFOs) uses antibiotics on their sick cattle and also to fatten them up for slaughter.

Antibiotic overuse is a major problem.  It’s causing the rise of antibiotic resistant superbugs, destroying beneficial gut flora, contributing to long-term chronic malnutrition and inflammatory illness, and a whole host of other problems.  Most parent give their kids antibiotics for ever little ear infection.  But up to 80% of ear infections clear up on their own without using them.  Did you know that?

Fluoroquinolones, a very powerful and potentially devastating class of antibiotics (think Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, Floxin, Factive (gemifloxacin), Noroxin, Proquin XR), are being prescribed for routine UTIs and for sinus infections.  The dangers of these powerful antibiotics are well known (1, 2, 3) There are thousands of Americans diagnosed with Fluoroquinolone toxicity (also see here) and COUNTLESS others who have been injured by these antibiotics and just haven’t been diagnosed.  Antibiotics are very convenient, and they do have their place in medicine.  But they need to be approached with care and used wisely.  Using them the way we do now is causing a serious and possibly irreversible health crisis.

  • Most prescription and OTC drugs – I am generalizing prescription and OTC drugs here to save time and space in this article. But it’s easy to pick out a few and go into great detail about how, while they ARE convenient, they actually do more harm than good to our health in the long run.  That’s because these drugs are

    Ever look at the drug aisle in a pharmacy? Drugs are so accepted in our society you would think that headaches are a sign of Tylenol deficiency!

    not formulated to cure anything or bring about true health.  They’re formulated to alleviate your symptoms.  They’re convenient, but don’t fix the underlying root causes of your symptoms.  Bottom line: you can’t fix a problem caused by lifestyle with a pill!

Additionally, all prescription and OTC drugs “rob Peter to pay Paul”, meaning they alleviate one symptom while throwing another area of your physiology out of whack, causing more symptoms and the manufactured need for more drugs.  A great model for the pharmaceutical industry, and popping a pill to feel a little better (albeit temporarily), IS convenient and attractive to many of us…true!  But is it healthy?  Well, consider these FACTS (which can be found here in a report by Harvard University):

  • Properly prescribed drugs (aside from misprescribing, overdosing, or self-prescribing) cause about 1.9 million hospitalizations a year.
  • 840,000 hospitalized patients are given drugs that cause serious adverse reactions for a total of 2.74 million serious adverse drug reactions per year.
  • About 128,000 people die from drugs prescribed to them every year.  That clocks in as the 6th leading cause of death for US citizens behind only heart disease, cancer, COPD, accidents (unintentional injuries), and Alzheimer’s disease. It clocks in ahead of diabetes, influenza, pneumonia, and kidney disease.

Does that sound healthy to you?  Unbelievably, no one really talks about just how dangerous prescription and OTC drugs can be.  Let’s have a look at just a few:

  • Surgeries – Many surgeries are the same in that they aim to relieve us of the

    Many surgeries are life-saving and necessary. But there are so many that pose unnecessary risks and damage our health in the long run.

    symptoms we are experiencing rather than fix the underlying issue and improve our health. If your gallbladder is malfunctioning and causing you painful episodes, the easy and convenient choice is to have surgery to remove it.  You CAN live without a gallbladder but it is very hard to THRIVE without one.

 That’s because the gallbladder has a crucial role of collecting and storing bile that is made in your liver.  The gallbladder stores this bile for release when you eat fats.  The bile helps you emulsify and absorb fats.  No gallbladder = less bile when you need it, less fat absorption, less absorption of crucial fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K.  It also results in chronic diarrhea, chronic constipation, or BOTH in many patients for years after surgery and for many permanently.

Gallbladder removal is also associated with slower transit time (for food to travel from mouth to anus) and increased risk of developing SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth).  And there’s always the increased risk (however slight) for colon cancer associated with having your gallbladder removed.  Really I can go on and one here.  Convenient to get that surgery?  Perhaps…and sometimes even necessary in emergency situations.  I won’t deny that.  But is it healthy to go without a gallbladder?  Not so much.

There are many other surgeries that are quite convenient but also subsequently wreak havoc on our health.  Did you know that your tonsils play an important role for immune function?  If you or your child has chronic tonsillitis, is it a better idea to have them removed or to find and fix the underlying problem?  Most cases of chronic tonsillitis are caused by chronic viral or bacterial infection.  Knock those out and fix tonsillitis!  Easier said than done, I know.  But the correct path usually is the harder one.

Plus, removing your tonsils that are chronically infected because of chronic viral or bacterial infection doesn’t remove the underlying infection AND it weakens your immune response!  Nature is not stupid.  Your tonsils are a part of your immune system and they are there for a reason.  Removing them takes one part of your immune system out of your body.  Removing them is the easier and more convenient approach, but it permanently hampers the function of your mucosal immune function.  Convenient?  Yup!  And you get ice cream after the surgery?  What could be better?  Healthy in the long run?  Nope.

Industry: I am going to move through this quickly and lump many industries together for the sake of brevity.  That doesn’t make this section any less important.  It’s just for the sake of time and brevity.

The dangers of hundreds of chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis are well-documented.

It is well-known at this point that the water, energy, agriculture, manufacturing, auto, plastics and chemical industries have introduced over 100,000 chemicals into our daily lives in the last 100 years (estimates range from 85,000 to well over 100,000…but the point is…it’s A LOT!).   These chemicals have served to make our daily lives much easier and way more convenient.  What ISN’T well known is that most of these chemicals have never been tested for long term safety in humans, and that many of them have been tagged as known or possible carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and obesogens (they mimic estrogen and make us fat…still think that obesity is simply explained by calories in-calories out??)!  There are hundreds of chemicals I can write about in here but I’ll just name a few to make my point clear:

  • Teflon coated pans – Non-stick surfaces? How convenient!  Sign me up!  Except…this.  Is that few extra minutes you save from not having to scrape your eggs off the pan worth an increased risk of cancer?  Apparently many Americans think so because they continue to use non-stick pans even while evidence clearly shows the dangers.
  • Flame retardants – They’re literally EVERYWHERE and they’re purpose is to conveniently prevent us from dying in a fire. Many states even require manufacturers of furniture, upholstery, baby toys and clothing to have flame retardants.  This is changing though, albeit slowly!  On the surface, adding flame retardants to everyday products in our homes, cars, offices, and parks sounds like a great idea!  Except we are trading the possibility of a quick death by fire for a slow painful death from the diseases associated with the accumulation of these toxins in our bodies over the years.
  • Phthalates – The following quote is from this article: “In the past few years, researchers havelinked phthalates to asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity and type II diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues.”  They are in household items (vinyl flooring), personal care products (hair care, body wash, some cosmetics), fragrance, household cleaners, and food.
  • Click here to read more about chemicals and how they’re affecting our health (especially children!)

The energy industry:

  • Fracking is a technology that enables us to access natural gas trapped under the

    Fracking pollutes the water supplies in nearby towns.

    ground. Natural gas is a cleaner burning source of fuel.  And the US is sitting on top of a huge source of this fuel, so moving to natural gas would make us less dependent on foreign and dirtier fuel sources like oil.  Convenient, right?  Except fracking introduces an immense amount of chemicals into our lives and our drinking water, and is poisoning neighboring communities to fracking sites.

  • Here’s a great fact sheet about the energy industry in general. It’s nice and super convenient to have lights in our homes, air conditioning, heat, cooking stoves, street lights, cars, planes, trains, buses, etc.  But the amount of pollution generated by the creation of energy sources to power the modern world we now live in has created a living environment that is destroying the planet’s natural resources and conducive to disease formation in humans and animal life.  It’s ruining the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.  Convenient?  Sure!  Healthy?  Nope!

If you made it through this really long article, congrats!  This was long, even by my standards!  🙂  The crazy thing is that I can keep going.  There are many other conveniences of modern life that destroy our health and I left those out.  I had to, or this would have turned into a book!  But I think you get the point: The conveniences of modern life are making us sick.  We’ve traded health for convenience.

So, what do we do here at Gold Functional Wellness?  Do we tell our clients that they have to forsake all of their houses, cars, lights, computers, phones, tablets, clothing, cleaning products, and electricity and move to the amazon, hunt and gather their food, and wear a loin cloth?

NO!  We don’t do that.  We recognize that this is the world we live in.  It’s a different and far more dangerous world than the one our great grandparents and even our parents grew up in.  It’s far more polluted and toxic in every way possible, and the problem is compounded by our food supply being less nutritious than ever before in our history.  What that means is that we have to adapt.  We have to implement safeguards to protect us from this ever-growing list of potential toxicity and nutrient deficiency.  We have to implement strategies in our lives to stay healthy that our ancestors never had to do, because they never faced the dangers we face.

That is what the Gold Functional Wellness programs are about!  Teaching you how to live in this modern world and how to continue enjoying many of its conveniences while protecting yourself and your family.  We teach you (despite all the dangers listed above) how to live in a way that builds and strengthens your immune function, lowers inflammation, improves energy, improves sleep quality, lowers your risk of developing disease, balances your hormones, and improves your sense of well-being.  This is a program that every single person living in a modernized society should go through.  It arms you with the knowledge and the tools to live healthy and happy in an increasingly difficult environment!  So if you’ve decided to enroll in one of our programs, congratulations!  It might just be the most important and powerful decision you’ve made in your life to date (minus the whole getting married and kids thing) ;)!

Thanks for reading!

In health,

Rick Gold

 

U.S. Gov’t: “Cholesterol isn’t bad for us anymore!” Science replies “DUH! What took you so long?!?”

You know, science is a funny thing in that accepted science is always right…until it isn’t anymore.  And when the science on anything is widely accepted, governments and people put a high level of faith into it and make major changes in their lives to align themselves with what science says.

When science is right, that’s a great thing that saves lives!  Take cigarette smoking for Smoking is coolexample.  Until the science caught up with how bad cigarettes are for us, the majority of Americans smoked!  We smoked right next to our kids.  In the car with the windows shut.  At indoor restaurants.  Who remembers smoking on airplanes?!?  It really wasn’t that long ago when all of this was accepted.  And then science caught up.  And well, we all know what happened with that.  In that instance, science saved many lives!

 

But what about when science is widely accepted for many years…decades, even…and then we discover that the science was wrong.  Dead wrong!  Well, depending on the topic of discussion, the results can be absolutely devastating.

 

Let’s take heart disease for example. You may have heard about a scientist named Ancel Keys.  Keys was the father of the “lipid hypothesis”.  Keys conducted a study in the 1950’s that found a major correlation between the amount of dietary cholesterol and saturated fat eaten and heart disease.  His findings were heralded by the US government and scientists everywhere and he became the poster boy for healthy eating.

Keys’ scientific findings would go on to be the foundation of U.S. dietary guidelines for the next 6 decades.  The guidelines stipulated that to protect heart health and prevent heart attacks, we should drastically limit our dietary intake of cholesterol containing foods like eggs as well as foods that contain saturated fat like red meat and coconut oil.  The advice was to replace those otherwise very healthy foods with grains.  In fact, people today STILL fear cholesterol and saturated fat, AND believe that grains are good for heart health because of that study.

 

Ancel Keys - Responsible for MILLIONS of American deaths since the 1950's.

Ancel Keys – Responsible for MILLIONS of American deaths since the 1950’s.

Only one problem though: Keys was wrong.  DEAD WRONG.  And worse: His study was FRAUDULENT!  Yes, you read that correctly.  The US government based over 6 decades of dietary guidelines on a falsified study!

Keys initially studied 22 countries.  The problem was, when he included all 22 countries studied on his graph, the data failed to show any statistically significant correlation between saturated fat, cholesterol intake and heart attacks.  So Keys did what any good, honest and dedicated researcher would do: throw out the data that doesn’t match your hypothesis!

 

Take a moment to watch this short clip from the movie Fathead.  It perfectly explains how we became so phobic of cholesterol and saturated fat (and it’ll give you a chuckle!):

Yes, that’s correct.  Here is a graphic showing Keys’ data and the data that he left out of his study:

Keys' study originally included 22 countries but only the data from 6 countries supported his hypothesis.

Keys’ study originally included 22 countries but only the data from 6 countries supported his hypothesis.

As you can see, the data is really all over the place.  He lied.  He was a criminal!  Yet this man was unbelievably put in charge of American dietary guidelines that would shape the way this country eats for over 6 decades!  And what was the result?

Did these new dietary guidelines reduce heart attacks for Americans?  Nope!  In fact, according to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans.  1 in 4 deaths are caused by it.  about 600,000 people die of heart disease every single year.  That’s more than cancer, and certainly way more than any vaccine preventable diseases which are all the rage now.

What’s more, the last several decades of research have pointed to inflammation, NOT cholesterol and saturated fat, as the number one culprit of heart disease.  In fact, a 2009 study by scientists at UCLA revealed that:

 

 

“75 percent of patients hospitalized for a heart attack had cholesterol levels that would indicate they were not at high risk for a cardiovascular event, according to current national cholesterol guidelines.”
“Specifically, these patients had low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels that met current guidelines, and close to half had LDL levels classified in guidelines as optimal (less than 100 mg/dL).”

 

Wait…what?!?!  I thought LDL cholesterol was the culprit!?!  At least that’s what every cardiologist says.  How could legions of brilliant doctors not know this stuff?  What could possibly be the reason that this information is being suppressed and under-reported by the media?  I’ll leave that part to your imagination.

Fast forward to today, and the influential Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the group that provides the scientific basis for the “Dietary Guidelines” has recently stated “OUR BAD!  dietary cholesterol intake really isn’t bad for you!  OOPS!  Sorry for the millions of deaths caused by our piss-poor advice for the last 6 decades.”

The science behind this has been widely available for at least a decade now.  They just turned the other way and pounded the table to protect their egos and to not have to admit responsibility for killing millions of Americans with piss-poor health advice!

And the irony of it all…they STILL don’t fully have it right!  They are still saying saturated fat is dangerous.  It isn’t.  The science is out there guys.  It’s just not being acknowledged. ‪‎cholesterol and saturated fat‬ don’t cause heart disease!  Sugar‬ and excess carbohydrates do! Oxidized vegetable oils like soybean, canola, and cottonseed oil do!

For the last 60 plus years, our government and the medical community has pounded the table that “the science is irrefutable…cholesterol causes heart disease”. And now after millions of Americans have died based on that faulty science, they are finally saying “our bad…we might have been wrong”.

Dietary cholesterol at worst will account for no more than 25% of a persons total body cholesterol.  The rest is made in the liver.  

Cholesterol isn’t a villain. It’s
one of the most important substances in your body.  So important that your body produces its own and tightly regulates the levels.

How important is cholesterol?
  • Cell Membranes: It forms the lining of every cell in your body. The cell membrane.  Without it your cells wouldn’t even be able to talk to each other.
  • Sex Hormones: Circulating LDL cholesterol (yes the “bad” cholesterol) is responsible for producing Pregnenolone in the body.  “What is pregnenolone” you ask?  Only the master sex hormone.  Your body uses pregnenolone to make DHEA, testosterone and estrogen. Without it we cannot make sex hormones.  Take a guess what that means for someone who is taking statins to lower their LDL cholesterol? 
  • Repairs Cellular Damage: Cholesterol has many vital roles. Another one is to repair the damage that injury or wear and tear does to our cells.  Break a leg, you’ll get swelling in the area.  Your liver will send cholesterol (via LDL particles) to the area of injury to repair the cell damage.  Without it you would not heal!  
  • Vitamin D Synthesis: Cholesterol is needed by the body to produce Vitamin D.  You know, that really important nutrient that prevents cancer and heart disease?  

  • Digestion: Cholesterol is necessary for digestion and is needed in order to produce bile.

 

So, with that in mind, What do you think comes first:

A) cholesterol clogging your arteries?

Or

B) your arteries becoming inflamed and irritated?

The answer is b!  Your arteries become inflamed and less supple from generalized inflammation in your body.  This causes damage to the cells on the lining of the artery.  What is the body’s response?  Send cholesterol (carried by LDL particles) to the site of injury to repair the damaged cells! 

 

Are fires caused by firemen?  It sounds silly, but think about it.  Every time we see fires, we also see firemen.  That’s a correlation.  But is it correct to hypothesize that firemen cause fires from that correlation??  That is exactly what science did for the last 6 decades with cholesterol!

 

Think of the damage in your arteries as a 4-alarm fire and cholesterol as the firemen.  Cholesterol is there to put out the fire.  But the fire keeps raging.  So more and more firefighters with more and more fire trucks keep showing up to fight the good fight and save your life.   

The problem is that when you continue to live a lifestyle that is generally inflammatory to your body, the cholesterol cannot keep up with the chronic damage and the inflammation and never really leaves the artery.  So Cholesterol’s job is never done.  That is how and why cholesterol stays and eventually calcifies in your arteries.

Does that make sense?

So what does this all mean?

1) Cholesterol in and of itself is not the cause of heart disease!  It has been wrongly vilified.

2) Chronic inflammation in your arteries and chronic systemic bodily inflammation is a better predictor of cardiac risk.  Why?  Because take away the inflammation, and you take away the chronic damage to the lining of your arteries, hence you take away the need for cholesterol to stick around to repair damage.  It will just flow through your arteries and be carried back to your liver by HDL particles as it was brilliantly designed to do! 

3) Cholesterol is a poor indicator for your actual risk of cardiac event.

4) Inflammatory markers such as CRP and Homocysteine should be considered when evaluating your risk for heart disease or a cardiac event.  There is also evidence that an enzyme called “Lp-PLA2” is an excellent marker of inflammation inside the arteries (especially for women).  If your doctor recommends you take statin drugs based solely on your cholesterol levels and does not test for these inflammatory markers, you need to fire your doctor and find one who does!

By the way, speaking of statins, if you take them or if you know anyone who takes them, you need to read this study that was just released (not surprisingly without much fan-fare from the media despite it’s literally earth-shattering findings) in February of 2015.

The study found that statin drugs:

  • May be causative in coronary artery calcification (clogging your arteries!).
  • Can function as mitochondrial toxins that impair muscle function in the heart and blood vessels through the depletion of coenzyme Q10 and ‘heme A’.
  • Inhibit the synthesis of vitamin K2 which protects arteries from calcification.
  • Inhibit the biosynthesis of selenium containing proteins, one of which is glutathione peroxidase, our bosies master antioxidant.  An impairment of selenoprotein biosynthesis may be a factor in congestive heart failure, reminiscent of the dilated cardiomyopathies seen with selenium deficiency. Thus, the epidemic of heart failure and atherosclerosis that plagues the modern world may paradoxically be aggravated by the pervasive use of statin drugs.

The study concludes that “current statin treatment guidelines be critically reevaluated.”

The next logical question would be “OK, so inflammation is the underlying cause of heart disease…but what causes inflammation?” 

The answer: every part of living a western lifestyle! Too much of any of the following will cause chronic inflammation in your body:

  • Lack of sleep.
  • Processed foods.
  • Sugar.
  • Omega 6 fatty acids
  • Vegetable oils (soy, canola, cottonseed, etc). They are very unstable and oxidize quickly. Easily one of the greatest sources of inflammation in the western diet hands down.
  • Prescription and OTC medication.
  • Chronic bacterial and viral infections.
  • Bacterial imbalances in your gut (this one is HUGE).
  • Malnutrition, maldigestion, malabsorption of nutrients.
  • Environmental pollutants (air, water, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, chemicals in household cleaning products, cosmetics, sunscreen, etc)
  • Emotional stress and a lack of coping mechanisms (this one is also HUGE).
  • Alcohol consumption and recreational drug use.  Actually, combining alcohol and Tylenol or any NSAID is a particularly deadly combo.  How many of us do that?  You get hammered and then take a Tylenol before bed to stave off a bad headache in the morning.



Literally every aspect of living a western lifestyle causes inflammation in our bodies.  Lowering your inflammation levels will keep you healthy.  That’s what I focus on with all of my clients. Changing their lifestyle from pro-inflammatory to anti-inflammatory.

Inflammation is the precursor not just to heart disease but cancer and autoimmune disease as well.  There are genetic components, but like I tell my clients:

Genetics loads the gun, but environment is what pulls the trigger.

You may have a predisposition towards heart disease, cancer, or autoimmunity, but it only expresses itself when your lifestyle leads to the inflammation that causes that gene to express itself.  Think of your genes as a chain that has one or several weak links. The chain is not broken yet, just weak. If you apply pressure to that link it will break and render the chain useless.  But if you don’t apply pressure, the link will remain intact.  In your body, inflammation is what puts pressure on gene expression.   


And there you have it: epigenetics summed up in a few sentences.

Think of how many people you know that have died from heart failure.  All of this could have been prevented if not for the faulty science of the lipid hypothesis, and the government’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge the changing science for the last few decades.  If this makes you angry, GOOD!  It should make you angry!

Please spread the word by sharing this article on your social media feeds and email it to your loved ones.  It’s not too late for many of us!

And, as always, I encourage you to comment below!

Thanks for reading!

PS – Click here to read an incredible article on cholesterol, its many important roles, and a breakdown of the various lipoproteins.

Rick Gold is the President & Founder of Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.  He works with clients locally in South Florida as well as worldwide.  Rick holds a certification in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and is well-versed in the concepts of functional medicine.  He specializes in identifying  and healing the underlying causes of malfunctions in the gut (i.e. leaky gut, SIBO, dysbiosis, acid reflux, IBS, and autoimmune conditions).

Rick used functional lab testing and intensive lifestyle changes to eliminate his health complaints and vastly improve his overall health.  After that, he knew that he had found his calling.  Rick acquired his FDN certification and now helps clients heal themselves in the same fashion with fantastic results.

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Wall Street careers can make you very rich…and very unhealthy!

 

Wall street stress

Hi – My name is Rick Gold.  I’m an evidence-based health & wellness consultant, and many of my clients are professionals that work in high-pressure careers across the US.  Given my experience, Wall Street financial traders and bankers are a sweet spot for me.

In my previous career before becoming a full-time health & wellness consultant I was an institutional fixed income trader and hedge fund recruiter for million dollar traders.  No one in the health & wellness sphere understands how stressful a Wall Street career is than me.  I’ve been there!  

And now that I’m on the other side I am helping million dollar traders learn how to arm their minds and bodies with the necessary health-building tools to counteract the intense levels of stress that they experience each and every day.   

Think about it this way: you have worked so hard and endured insane amounts of stress to get to where you are today.   From years of competitive college days, masters degrees, MBAs. CFA designations, licensure, apprenticeships, banking programs, and then the emotional roller-coaster that comes along with huge p&l swings on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis.  Why did you do all that?  Would you agree that you did it so that you can hopefully live a rich, comfortable, secure, and happy life for you and for your family?

Chronic mental/emotional stress, internal stress such as food sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, digestive malfunction, lack of sleep, heavy metal toxicity, or eating the wrong diet for your genetic predispositions are just a few of the factors that contribute to the onset of disease!  I remember sitting at my desk on the trading floor and watching what the traders around me ate: loads of coffee (might as well have had a coffee IV), loads of processed junk, and scarfing down lunch while staring at their computer screens.  Sound familiar?

If you were to get very sick tomorrow, all the hard work that you have done to get to where you are goes out the window.  None of it matters.  The only thing that matters in that moment is getting healthy again.  Would you agree?

Let’s skip that step and work to optimize your health right now in a preventative fashion!  Or, perhaps you already are experiencing the symptoms of hidden bodily malfunction already (fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, heartburn, GERD, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, blood sugar issues, etc).  Let’s work to uncover the causes of those symptoms and to rebuild your once vibrant health!

If you are a trading professional or have any high pressure career tied to finance and you’re interested in building your health and counteracting the intense stress that comes along with your otherwise rewarding career, then you need to take action RIGHT NOW!  Don’t wait until things get out of control.  Either call the number at the top-right side of the screen, fill out the contact form below, or you can always schedule a FREE, initial 20-minute phone consultation with me by clicking here.

If you know someone like this, please pass this note into them.  It could save a life!

Thank you!

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

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Harvard study on corruption in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Important note: This article is not meant to be a total condemnation of the pharmaceutical industry.  We all know that many lives have been saved through medical advancements driven by this industry over the course of time.  In fact, the American public is constantly beat over the head with that knowledge from the media and the pharma companies themselves.  But not as many people know the dark side of this subject.  The purpose of this article is only to bring the dark side to light.  Nothing else.  People need to know.  

The reason for this post is to alert you to a study that was run by the Harvard Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and was published in early December of 2013.  The study is titled “Institutional Corruption and the Pharmaceutical Policy”, and it comprises 16 articles by various experts on the topic.  Here is a link to the description of the study.  Needless to say, aside from the study published in the BMJ in 2012 about a pharma insider coming clean, this study is the most credible source and panel of experts I have seen espouse on this topic to date.  And they didn’t have very nice things to say about the pharmaceutical industry OR governmental regulatory agencies…to say the least!

I am alerting you to this article because this is a topic that directly affects every single one of us and our children…and because seemingly no one else is alerting you.  And, honestly, I am astounded by that.  The major news outlets would rather report on celebrity gossip than feature a study that provides a detailed explanation of the corruption in the pharmaceutical industry and our government.

Here is a PDF of a 10 page article written by Marc A. Rodwin, a Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School and Lab Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.  I urge all of you to at the very least read this summarizing article in full: Institutional Corruption and the Pharmaceutical Policy

Below are some tidbits from Marc Rodwin’s summarizing article.  Read them and make your own judgments.

But I ask for you to chew on this as you read the quotes:

Is it any wonder that we are currently witnessing an epidemic of US citizens that are choosing NOT to entrust their health and the health of their children to an industry that conducts itself in the following manner?

AND…

How is this news not plastered to the television screen of every American in every news broadcast and on the cover of every major newspaper and magazine in the United States?  

Clearly, this industry, along with the entire healthcare industry and the relationships that they have with our government, is a broken model that is in desperate need of repair:

“Yet, today, the goals of pharmaceutical policy and medical practice are often undermined due to institutional corruption — that is, widespread or systemic practices, usually legal, that undermine an institution’s objectives or integrity.”

“In addition, pharmaceutical industry funding of election campaigns and lobbying skews the legislative process that sets pharmaceutical policy. Moreover, certain  practices have corrupted medical research, the production of medical knowledge,  the practice of medicine, drug safety, and the Food and Drug Administration’s oversight of pharmaceutical marketing. Pharmaceutical firms have found ways to influence — and often corrupt — medical research and publications, and key firms and organizations that affect physicians’ clinical choices. These include: professional
medical associations, continuing medical education programs, online professional networking groups, hospital administrators, insurers, organizations that create practice guidelines and diagnostic treatment categories, and patient advocacy organizations. These institutions in turn influence physicians in general and particularly influential physicians known as key opinion leaders.  As a result, practitioners may think they are using reliable information to engage in sound medical practice, while they are actually relying on misleading information; they may then prescribe drugs that are unnecessary or harmful to patients, or more costly than equivalent medications. At the same time, patients and the public may believe that patient advocacy organizations effectively represent their interests, while these organizations actually neglect those interests.”

“Jorgensen’s thesis is that the pharmaceutical industry has convinced legislators to define policy problems in ways that advance its interests.” 

“the current architecture of pharmaceutical markets has created
a misalignment of financial incentives and public health that is a central cause of  harmful practices (“Corruption of Pharmaceutical Markets: Addressing the Misalignment of Financial Incentives and Public Health”).3 Firms have strong financial incentives to develop so-called me-too drugs — products which are minor variations of existing drugs — and to heavily market them in ways that exaggerate their benefits and fail to reveal their full risks” 

“The public improperly depends on drug firms to: (1) set priorities on drug research and development; (2) conduct clinical trials to test whether drugs are safe and effective; (3) decide what clinical trial data to disclose to the public; (4) monitor post-marketing drug safety; and (5) supply product information to physicians and to finance continuing medical education and other professional activities. Improper dependence on pharmaceutical firms in these areas compromises the integrity of pharmaceutical policy and should be addressed by system-wide reforms.”

“the pharmaceutical industry has corrupted the practice of medicine through its influence over what drugs are developed, how they are tested, and how medical knowledge is created”

“Meanwhile, the industry’s political influence has long compromised both the legislation meant to protect the public from unsafe drugs and the role of physicians
as independent advisors to patients. Starting in 1992, the Prescription Drug User Fee Acts made the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dependent on funding from pharmaceutical firms, deepening its regulatory capture. Industry demanded more rapid reviews of applications to market new drugs and that resulted in what the authors call an epidemic of insufficiently tested drugs, many of which prove to have harmful and even fatal side effects that are undiscovered until they are in general use.”

“Research on the effects of a new drug determines whether the FDA approves it or not. Subsequent research sometimes determines whether the FDA withdraws that approval. Physicians rely on both forms of research when prescribing drugs and when they develop practice guidelines; insurers rely on the same research to decide whether and how much to pay for a drug; and hospitals rely on it to decide whether to include a drug in their formularies. It is no small matter, then, that institutional corruption often compromises this research.”

“several scandals ensued when pharmaceutical firms manipulated data from clinical
trials that test their drugs. Company managers have strong financial incentives (in the form of stock options and bonuses) to get drugs approved and widely marketed
— the quality of the drug being somewhat beside the point.”

“In theory, manipulated data would have to pass through a tough gauntlet consisting of FDA reviewers and the journals that publish results of clinical trials. However,
these guardians, like the financial auditors, often miss — or let pass — what they should catch.”

“The case study reveals that there are conflicts between the norms of commercial firms and universities. Moreover, corporate funding can make researchers dependent on their sponsor and lead them to learn new ways behave and
conduct research. Gray finds that individual researchers have to renegotiate concepts such as academic independence, and research integrity, that they previously took for granted.”

“It takes work for medical research — what scientists know — to become medical knowledge and practice — what doctors know and do. The path is long and
indirect, and there are many opportunities for institutional corruption along the way. Drug companies work hard to spread what they deem to be medical knowledge to help market their products. But they also play a role in creating that knowledge in a way that is biased toward their interests.”

“A small number of drug firms thus have inordinate influence over how medical knowledge is produced, circulated, and consumed, and thereby influence the decisions made by physicians.”

“In an ideal world, physicians would prescribe drugs based on knowledge of their effects, and not primarily due to pharmaceutical promotion. However, proposals to ban pharmaceutical marketing altogether are not likely to get far because the Supreme Court has held that the First Amendment protects advertising and other marketing as commercial speech.”

“the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and leading physician researchers have become financially dependant on drug firms. The APA receives millions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies for advertisements and grants. It publishes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which will generate millions this year alone. It is no coincidence that this manual relies on a biological disease model of mental illness that is not well supported by the evidence but that does promote the commercial agenda of drug firms. Many researchers have financial
ties to drug firms even as they conduct clinical trials on those firms’ psychiatric medications and even as they develop the DSM categories and draft the practice
guidelines that call for the use of these drugs and guarantee that insurers will pay for them.”

“Are all these physicians on the take?12 No. But conflicts of interest compromise the judgment of physicians who conduct and interpret studies, develop diagnostic  categories, and draft practice guidelines.”

“most physicians consider themselves to be rational and objective, and consequently fail to recognize how susceptible they are to commercial influences due to self- serving bias, rationalization and cognitive dissonance”

“Pharmaceutical firms suffer from no such naivety. They are well aware of these human foibles and often apply principles of social psychology to influence physicians.”

“Many patient advocacy organizations (PAOs) accept funding from pharmaceutical firms in order to finance their activities, but dependency on that funding creates conflicts of interest that can bias PAO advocacy toward the interests of pharmaceutical donors. Rose notes that institutions are often interested in ensuring that they are trusted, but says that instead they need to focus on developing  practices and policies to ensure that they remain trustworthy — in short, that they deserve to be trusted.”

“In the 16 articles that make up this symposium, you will be able to spot at least four such themes: (1) improper dependencies as a source of corruption; (2) misalignment
of incentives and markets as a source of corruption; (3) marketing as a distortion of medical practice and ethics; and (4) the limits of financial disclosure as a
remedy.”

“legislators have become dependent on drug company campaign contributions and other resources and, rather than representing citizens, legislation often serve the interests of pharmaceutical firms.18”

“the Prescription Drug User Fee Act makes the FDA financially dependent on industry user fees from reviewing applications to market new drugs.19 As a result, the FDA focuses on rapidly reviewing new drug applications which displaces the FDA’s original regulatory agenda: ensuring drug safety.”

“improper dependence on drug firms systematically slants important policy choices in five key areas, starting with the development of new drugs and continuing through the monitoring of patient safety after drugs are marketed.20”

“dependence on drug firms to honestly report clinical trial results when they have incentives to manipulate data creates a moral hazard that needs to be addressed.22”

“organized psychiatry has become financially dependent on pharmaceutical industry funding and that this has corrupted the development of psychiatric diagnostic categories and practice guidelines.24”

“But in fact, the financial incentives for drug firms are often misaligned with public policy goals so that firms can prosper without advancing the public’s health.”

“current market incentives do not advance public health goals.”

“Misaligned incentives can encourage research fraud.”

“the incentive for firms and managers to get drugs approved by the FDA can be so strong that it encourages manipulating research data.30”

“none of their reform proposals will be implemented “until third-party payers, politicians, and the people decide they want to stop paying so much for so many drugs of little value and then for treating the millions harmed by those drugs.” I hope that our collective efforts will publicize these issues and convince people that it is time to stop the institutional corruption of pharmaceutical policy.” 

So, there you have it folks.  The quotes above were taken directly from a study published by well-respected Harvard Scientists.

So, regardless of which side of the fence you stand on regarding vaccination, can you see the conundrum here?  How is the American public supposed to trust the pharmaceutical industry and even their own government agencies with their health when this type of corporate and political corruption runs so deep?  Do the quotes that you just read above inspire confidence in YOU to trust them?

There is a famous quote that I absolutely love.  It was said by a man named Arthur Schopenhauer:

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

If anyone is interested, there is a terrific book that I highly recommend for reading on this subject.  It’s by a doctor named Ben Goldacre and the title is “Bad Pharma – How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients.” Click here to purchase. 

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Here are a few more videos that might interest you:

1) Pfizer got a slap on the wrist due to improperly and illegally marketing Bextra for off label use.  The penalty for this infraction is supposed to be a permanent ban from being able to use medicare and Medicaid for distribution of their drug line.  But the US govt allowed them to create a shell company and then they banned the shell company instead of Pfizer!

2) One of my favorite Bill Maher videos.  He goes on a rant about the pharma industry.  Pretty funny!

3) I can’t verify the validity of this guy but apparently he is a former pharma industry executive (35 years) mostly at Eli Lily and then became a whistle-blower.  Listen to what he has to say:

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The focus needs to shift from more cancer drugs to teaching prevention.

I recently spoke with a woman who was diagnosed with cancer.  She received chemo and surgery. This is a success story (sort of) in that she, by good fortune, detected a deadly cancer growing inside of her and had surgery to remove it before it could take hold.  That part of the story is a great success, and a clear testament to the marvels of modern medicine.

The reason why this was “sort of” a success story is that her story also exemplifies everything that is wrong with modern medicine and the state of healthcare today.  It’s also the reason, despite the trillions spent on pharmaceutical research, that cancer rates have skyrocketed for decades.  This will continue unless we change the way we look at the disease.

I asked her what the doctor advised her to do moving forward to prevent the cancer from returning.

She replied that he told her to just follow-up with 3 ct scans per year for the next 5 years.

OK, but that is merely early detection, not prevention.  Were there any dietary recommendations, or recommended preventive lifestyle changes to build your health?  Did he explain the likely reasons other than genetics behind why the cancer happened in the first place?

“No.  I just need to keep following up with those ct scans.”

Do you see what the problem is here?  If you understand epigenetics, you must understand that

our current healthcare system completely disregards the fact that everything you eat, breathe in, put on your skin, worry about, your activity levels, and the quality and quantity of your sleep has a profound effect on your chances of developing cancer and other deadly diseases. 

 

Our healthcare system has failed this woman because they did not help her to understand the WHY and the HOW:

  • WHY did she get cancer in the first place?
  • HOW can she prevent it from happening again?  

 

The American Institute for Cancer Research recently published a report estimating that “For the 12 most common cancers in the United States, about one third of the cases are preventable through a healthy diet, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight. This translates to about 374,000 preventable cases of cancer per year.”

Her doctors didn’t tell her things like:

  • Cancer feeds on sugar.  Watch Craig B. Thompson, President and CEO of Sloan Kettering explain this:

 

  • Ketogenic diets show great promise for prevention and treatment of cancer.  University of South Florida researcher Dr. Dominic D’Agostino explains: 

  • Another way to prevent her cancer from returning is to lose weight and increase her physical activity:

There are so many things that we can do to drastically lower the chance that we will develop cancer in our lifetime:

  • Decrease our exposure to known cancer-causing chemicals in the household.  Watch this video:

Bottom line: we can raise all the money in the world to fund research geared towards “finding the cure” for cancer, but our focus may be misplaced.

 

THERE IS NO MAGIC PILL TO CURE CANCER, AND SURGERY THAT REMOVES CANCER DOES NOT CHANGE THE ENVIRONMENT IN YOUR BODY THAT MADE IT A FERTILE GROUNDS FOR CANCER GROWTH.

The only answer is to understand why cancer develops in our bodies, and how to prevent it.  Then we need to make the lifestyle changes necessary to prevent it.  Our healthcare system, or should I call it a “sick”care system, is in shambles!  Its only function is to treat disease once it occurs, not to teach people about why it occurs and how to prevent it.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for reading!

 

Rick

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