Ok, maybe I discuss intermittent fasting (a form of calorie restriction) a bit much, but the research is rolling in that shows that this is a really good, cheap (free - less than free?) way to improve our health to a significant degree. So this article that says that even thin people can benefit from calorie restriction, just eating a bit less. Here are the results:
Specifically, "Calorie restriction caused a persistent and significant reduction from baseline to 2 years of all measured conventional cardiometabolic risk factors," write the authors. This included changes in low density lipoprotein cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Also, "calorie restriction resulted in a significant improvement at 2 years in C-reactive protein." This is a marker of inflammation that scientists have linked to heart disease, cancer, and cognitive decline. Insulin sensitivity and markers of metabolic syndrome also improved.
Since I am opposed to reinventing the wheel, I will often use my blog to link to an article or a video that I think you should check out. So, the above link takes you to an article that is a personal account of someone's experience with intermittent fasting. She talks about how she got started and the problems she encountered as well as why she decided to do it at all. Intermittent fasting is something most of us should do to some extent in order to be healthier. I really believe that the evidence shows this.
We all know from personal experience that getting enough sleep is very important to how we feel during the day. So its not too surprising that sleep might be really important for regulating many things like, for instance, our metabolic health. This article reports on findings that found that having a more regular sleep schedule can directly effect our health in a very positive way. Good metabolic health translates to better cholesterol numbers, better blood pressure and better weight. So this is an easy and inexpensive way to improve your health and feel better as well. Most of us will agree that a regular sleep schedule makes us feel better than varying when we go to bed. And most studies that I have seen (plus Chinese medicine) say that going to be early is more healthy that going to bed late.
Here is a quick definition of insulin resistance: An impaired response of the body to insulin, resulting in elevated levels of glucose in the blood (a key component of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome). As most of you know who read this blog I recommend and also participate in intermittent fasting. There are may benefits to fasting and this study added to the growing evidence. In our county the problem is not a lack of food - mostly the opposite is true. So getting away from 3 meals a day has shown, since ancient times, to be good for your health. This study, which you can find a review of here showed that fasting can prevent insulin resistance, which is often a precursor to diabetes. Fasting is free, in fact you most likely will save money by doing it. What a great way then to reduce your chances of diabetes. What a great way to reduce the healthcare load on our society (many billions a year?). And think of the human toll diabetes extracts on our world, the suffering, the early death. Please start intermittent fasting!
This week there were two articles in medicalnews.com reviewing separate studies that show the benefits of broccoli. One of the articles that you can find by clicking here reports about a study that found that a compound in broccoli and kale helps suppress tumor growth. A second article that can be found here says that broccoli sprout extract may help treat schizophrenia. The interesting thing to me is that the articles do not state that actually eating broccoli has benefits. Often science will look for compounds in foods to isolate and study that might do something beneficial. But actually eating broccoli is much more holistic in my eyes than isolating a compound, increasing its strength and than taking it as a supplement. It seems to me that just eating things that we have evolved to eat, like broccoli with all the things it contains including fiber and vitamins and minerals, must be better for you than making a pill out of it. I could be wrong and in some instances this might not be the case. But keep eating your vegetables just in case.
Ok, this one is probably a bit 'out there' for some people, but I loved this book and I think you might too. This book is about a women named Anita Moorjani who had terminal cancer, dies, has an NDE (Near Death Experience) and returns to her body. This sort of thing has been reported for hundreds if not thousands of years by thousands of people. The interesting thing about this book is that soon after returning from her NDE Anita's cancer was completely gone. Anita was convinced to write an account of her experience on an NDE website. The owner of the website, who is himself an oncologist, was so fascinated by the story that he flew to Hong Kong to review her medical records. He found that indeed she had had a miraculous cancer remission. The book is well written and and as a bonus the Kindle version has videos of Anita telling parts of her story. You can read her original NDE story on Dr. Long's NDE database here. But the book ads so much more and Anita's insight from her experience is very inspiring. Anita's original NDE report here.
This book is by Lillian Bridges a 5th generation Chinese face reader. Most people don't know about Chinese face reading and I am no expert in it, but I have been around it enough to know how powerful it can be. It is a powerful way of learning about many aspects of yourself including health, personality, talents and can help you set goals and find your purpose. If you read this book you will also learn about the 5 Element Theory of Chinese medicine. My partner Remee Gemo trained with Lillian for several years and is an amazing Chinese face reader. She gives readings to individuals and groups. Remee also uses this method to diagnose patients who have mystery illnesses, illness that no one seems to know what is going on. If you are interested read more on Remee's site and/or pick up this excellent book to learn all the basics.
The are of course literally thousands of diet books. And most of them work pretty good as long as you stick to it. Most of them work, I would add - within reason. Some diet books are written just to make money, because if you write one, someone will buy it.
When I heard a few years ago that America's quote 'favorite diet and fitness expert Jorge Cruise' had written a diet book that espouses losing weight by just counting sugar calories, it piqued my interest. I liked the simplicity of it. One of the things that I believe can stop someone from executing a new diet is the complexity. In fact the first review I read called it 'one of the best and easiest low carb diets.'
We definitely have a sugar epidemic in the US, and we definitely have an obesity epidemic. Maybe their is a connection? I think so. So maybe just counting your total grams of sugar per day really will make you lose weight. Of course the book also addresses the problem of hidden sugar. No one really knows how much sugar is added for example to your standard takeout Chinese food. Most people do not read labels and this is something that this book will require you to do. So I'm in. Of course no diet book is good for everyone but this one will surely help some, especially those sugar addicts we all know or might even be.
A new report out found that as many as 1 in 5 people diagnosed with MS does not have the disease. This of course is one more reason to always get a second opinion and maybe even a third. And an added reason that this is a such an important finding regarding MS, is because once you start the drugs that are used to treat it, getting off of them is somewhere between very hard to impossible. So if the diagnosis is incorrect than you hav. You can find the report at this link.
According to Chinese medicine, the best time to do a detox is in the Spring. It's a bit complicated to go into the details here as to why this is the best time of year for this. But if you are interested in learning more or participating in the spring detox, you can contact my partner - Remee. Remee has been runnig a spring detox for her patients for well over a decade and they love it. You can check out this program at this link.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond