Nutrition and Medical School


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I just read an interesting editorial in “The Green Journal”The American Journal of Medicine (a prestigious medical journal) suggesting that perhaps we should quit emphasizing organic chemistry for pre-med students, and require a course on nutrition(!) I know I had very little if any training in nutrition in medical school. I’ve learned a lot just from the 2 conferences this year I have attended. Best food to eat, bottom-line? watch this 3 minute video: “Optimal Diet: Just give it to me straight, Doc”

The Lancet medical journal has also come out with a recent article stating that meat can increase the risk of colon cancer by 16%. Wow, that has rocked the meat industry. They are already trying to put the spin on it, making fun with the statements like- breathing air can cause cancer.

The research is coming in very heavy, in favor of a whole-plant based diet as the overall best diet for humans….something that so far is not even taught to medical students. IMG_1909

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6 Steps to Heal Disease


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Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD Talks about REVERSING Heart Disease.

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Brooke Goldner, MD shows pictures of vegan body builders.

I recently attended the Plant-Based Nutrition Conference in Anaheim, California and it’s time to post some pearls and pictures. This first blog is from one of our speakers, Dr. Brooke Golden, here’s her website.  An impressive speaker, and practices what she speaks, having cured her own case of Lupus, using diet, and currently off all allopathic medications, and has normalized her ANA and other Lupus blood tests.

Step 1: Eliminate Inflammatory Food. (chronic inflammation becomes the dis-ease)

Step 2: Add Healing Foods

Step 3: No Meat, No Dairy – eliminate animal foods

Step 4: No Processed Foods

Step 5: No Saturated fats/oils (eat healthy fats in flaxseeds & walnuts for omega-3’s.)

Step 6: Hypernourish (more raw foods, for faster healing – in smoothies) recipes to follow.

The conference fed all the attendees…breakfast, lunch and dinner. All foods non-GMO, whole-plant based nutrition….no one went hungry…check out these photos:

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Dean Ornish MD and Susan Benigas listen to speaker.

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Winning the Lottery


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We won. Not money, but a permit to hike 3 miles to the Wave, in the Vermilion Cliffs area of North Coyote Buttes.  This was a rare chance to see one of nature’s beautiful formations. Its popularity as a Microsoft screensaver has given it free advertising around the world. Now photographers and hikers from the U.S. and around the world compete to get one of the 20 daily permits. As many as 500 people enter a lottery on-line 4 months in advance to have a chance at 1 of 10 permits. By showIMG_7131ing up at the Kanab, Utah BLM office at 8:30 a.m. you have a chance at 1 of the remaining 10 permits, for the following day.

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Our winning lottery ball

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A final warning in the lottery room.

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Completing applications, including next of kin.

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Gathering to hear the talk on why you should not attempt this.

The day we went, there were about 35 people gathered, from around the globe: China, Switzerland, California, Utah, Arizona, Germany.  The Chinese had a group of 6, and after they won, that left only 4 slots. But it was our lucky day. (They actually check permits out there, and the fine is $1200 if you are caught without one.)

The hike is 3 miles one-way in a wilderness area; there are no trails on the open rock, no cairns, no shade, 90 degrees or more in the summer. If it does rain, you have to worry about lightning, and then about getting out of the parking area. Flash floods can quickly isolate you, cutting off the dirt road there. They tell you to carry a minimum of 1 gallon of water per person. They explain how people get lost, and give you map with photos showing landmarks to get there, and to get back.

We were on the trail before 20 minutes before sunrise, to avoid the heat, and the “crowds.” Arriving first, I felt comfortable flying the drone for some overhead views, but the wind was up, and the clouds were getting dark. After an hour at the Wave, we got the expected photographs and it started to rain. There were about 10 of us there; we all headed back the 3 miles to the parking lot. ½ way we met 4 wet hikers, on their way in to the Wave. And then, about ½ mile from the parking lot we meet a guy on the trail who says “your name is Meyer, right?” Wow, they do check…he was heading out and had a list of names with permit numbers.

It was a dream come true to actually see it for myself, but even if you don’t get there, the surrounding area is full of beautiful landscapes: The Toadstools, White Pocket, Paria Canyon, Wirepass Slot Canyon, Buckskin Gulch, and many more.

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At the parking lot: leaving early, moon up, before sunrise.

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the “wave”

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Hey, It’s Working!


A couple weeks ago my wife and fellow-homeopath Cyndi were hiking to the Wave, in the North Coyote Butte wilderness of southern Utah. It is difficult to get a permit to visit here, since only 20 permits are given per day, and usually there are several hundred people trying to get one. We got lucky.

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It’s a 3 mile hike each way, across mostly unmarked rugged rocky, sometimes sandy desert terrain. They tell you to bring at least 1 gallon of water per person and give you a map that includes photographs of the irregular terrain and buttes, to help you navigate your way there, and to get back. Needless to say, we were also carrying a small homeopathic first aid kit, with remedies for heat exhaustion, bruises, and sprains.

Among the others lucky to get to permit that day was a couple from Switzerland, and a group of 6 Chinese students, as well as a couple from Germany. We were the first one to arrive after an early morning departure, but the Chinese were about a quarter mile behind us and soon joined us at the Wave for the obligatory photographs.

On the way back in the rain that Cyndi slipped on some wet rocks and caused a bit of scare, and I also slid once and hit my wrist hard to break my fall. Glad we had the Arnica Montana with us.  About a half mile from the parking lot on the return the Chinese were with us, and on of the girls slipped and landed hard on her ankle. Evidently she had injured it early in the hike also. She was slowly testing her weight on it after this second injury. Cyndi pulled out the Arnica and we gave her a dose, (after telling them I was a doctor, and this stuff really works.)

We moved on, passed their group, and were on the sandy trail ahead. After 5 minutes we hear her yelling behind us “Hey it’s working! My ankle is better!” and she was walking in the deep sand without a limp. The “leader” of their group pulled out his cell phone and took a photo of the label on the Arnica bottle. We love spreading the word, and now there are some new converts to homeopathy.

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Nutrition Conference, Day 3


All good things come to an end….

Tumeric boosts brain DHA levels and black pepper boost the bio-availability of tumeric 20X! Probably associated with the MUCH lower rate of Alzheimer’s in India…so cook with both spices together!

Dental health: it is not so much the sugar you eat, it’s the contact time with the teeth. Eating some sweets fairly quickly is much better than sipping on your sweet coffee for hours. It’s about the contact time!

Eat a handful of nuts 4x a week, and some blueberries or strawberries 4x a week has definite positive effect on you health. that’s easy!

Throw out your teflon pans!…. use ScanPan…out of ceramic. No harmful chemicals enter your food, and they clean easy. available on amazon, recommended by Dr. Weil. Of course it is a little expensive, but cheaper than a slow poisoning…and lasts forever.

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The secret to a kale salad? let it sit with lemon juice and salt first.

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Rebecca Katz

Rebecca Katz

Weil and Katz sounds like a new show...

Weil and Katz
sounds like a new show…

Weil and Katz sounds like a new show...

Weil and Katz
sounds like a new show…

Weil and Katz sounds like a new show...

Weil and Katz
sounds like a new show…

Laughing therapy

Laughing therapy

Dr. Weil learning from the panel discussion.

Dr. Weil learning from the panel discussion. With: Arlin Wasserman, MS MP; Siri Chand Khalsa, MD; Michelle Brenner, MD; Stephen Devries, MD; Roberta Lee, MD

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Arlin Wasserman, MS MP; Siri Chand Khalsa, MD; Michelle Brenner, MD; Stephen Devries, MD; Roberta Lee, MD

 

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Arlin Wasserman, MS MP; Siri Chand Khalsa, MD; Michelle Brenner, MD

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Beautiful flowers at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix

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Victoria Maizes, MD

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Stephen Devries, MD talks about fats

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Carol Johnston, PhD, RD talks about vinegar

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Arlin Wasserman, MS MP; Siri Chand Khalsa, MD; Michelle Brenner, MD; Stephen Devries, MD; Roberta Lee, MD

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Michelle Brenner, MD; Stephen Devries, MD; Roberta Lee, MD

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Hilary McClafferty, MD

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The Cooking Demo was a big hit! With Dr. Andrew Weil and Rebecca Katz, MS

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Stephen Devries, MD fielding some questions.

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Carol Johnston PhD fielding some questions.

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Carole Palmer, EdD fielding some questions.

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Carole Palmer EdD, Carol Johnston PhD, Stephen Devries MD

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Carol Johnston PhD, RD

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Carole Palmer EdD

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Carole Palmer EdD, Carol Johnston PhD, Stephen Devries MD

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Nutrition Conference Day 2


Another packed day of great speakers.

some tidbits:

Higher Omega-3 levels are associated with 25% less Dementia/Alzheimer’s, or better brain health and function, as well as lower risk of cardiovascular heart disease.

Japanese have 1/4 the rate of prostate cancer than westerners…it’s the soy. Vitamin D can reduce prostate cancer by 30% and 68% of men with prostate cancer are deficient.  Start taking 4,000 units/day. “Zyflamend” herbal supplement has been shown to reduce CRP by 32%, and also reduces PSA levels. Prostate cancer relapse patients given lycopenes (tomato paste is highest in this) and soy had stabilized PSA levels. POM pomegranate juice of 1 glass daily has extended the life in prostate cancer patients significantly.

Best thing for prostate cancer patients? no red meat, no dairy. More broccoli and kale. 2-4 cups of green tea daily, lose weight if overweight, do yoga, take Vit D, Zyflomend, and drink POM.

Coconut oil is GOOD, especially for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease….need it to help fix the mitochondria in these diseases.

Environmental exposures…. are numerous. Check the list on the internet for the more risky vs the safer foods, also known as the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen. And never store your food in plastic, always use glass.

Did you know that walking just 1.5 mph for a short time after eating a meal can lower you post-prandial blood sugar by HALF of what it would have been!

what do you do if you have been sitting and listening to speakers? watch this…..

and now, some photos of the day:

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Rebecca Katz gets her exercise squeezing lemons

Rebecca Katz gets her exercise squeezing lemons

Rebecca Katz and one of her favorite toys for zesting.

Rebecca Katz and one of her favorite toys for zesting.

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Rebecca Katz

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Rebecca Katz, MS and her pal Jen before her cooking demo "Cooking for Mental Clarity".

Rebecca Katz, MS and her pal Jen before her cooking demo “Cooking for Mental Clarity”.

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Siri Chand Khalsa, MD  had them sitting in the aisles.

Siri Chand Khalsa, MD had them sitting in the aisles.

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Siri Chand Khalsa, MD

Siri Chand Khalsa, MD

Siri Chand Khalsa, MD

Siri Chand Khalsa, MD

Siri Chand Khalsa, MD

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Siri Chand Khalsa, MD serving up some salad for her her Ayuveda talk.

Siri Chand Khalsa, MD serving up some salad for her her Ayuveda talk.

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a nice spot for a break

a nice spot for a break

Lunch time at the Biltmore

Lunch time at the Biltmore

Lunch time at the Biltmore

Lunch time at the Biltmore

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Victoria Maizes, Matthew Buman, and James Levine

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Victoria Maizes, Matthew Buman, and James Levine

 

Matthew Buman PhD talks about Apps and other strategies to get people moving.

Matthew Buman PhD talks about Apps and other strategies to get people moving.

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Matthew Buman PhD talks about Apps and other strategies to get people moving.

Matthew Buman PhD talks about Apps and other strategies to get people moving.

Shaker and mover: James Levine, MD, PhD talks about how moving a little during the day, can burn a lot of calories.

Shaker and mover: James Levine, MD, PhD talks about how moving a little during the day, can burn a lot of calories.

Shaker and mover: James Levine, MD, PhD talks about how moving a little during the day, can burn a lot of calories.

Shaker and mover: James Levine, MD, PhD talks about how moving a little during the day, can burn a lot of calories.

Shaker and mover: James Levine, MD, PhD talks about how moving a little during the day, can burn a lot of calories.

Shaker and mover: James Levine, MD, PhD talks about how moving a little during the day, can burn a lot of calories.

Shaker and mover: James Levine, MD, PhD talks about how moving a little during the day, can burn a lot of calories.

Shaker and mover: James Levine, MD, PhD talks about how moving a little during the day, can burn a lot of calories. Dig those shoes.

Amazing talk from Victoria Maizes, MD about avoiding environmental chemicals in our diet.

Amazing talk from Victoria Maizes, MD about avoiding environmental chemicals in our diet.

Aaron Katz, MD and Andrew Weil, MD

Aaron Katz, MD and Andrew Weil, MD

Aaron Katz, MD and Andrew Weil, MD

Aaron Katz, MD and Andrew Weil, MD

Dr. Rountree talking with an attendee.

Dr. Rountree talking with an attendee.

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Robert Rountree William Harris, and Aaron Katz

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Robert Rountree William Harris, and Aaron Katz

 

Delicious snacks during the first break

Delicious snacks during the first break

Delicious snacks during the first break

Delicious snacks during the first break

Delicious snacks during the first break

Delicious snacks during the first break

Book signing by Mollie Katzen

Book signing by Mollie Katzen

Robert Rountree, MD talks about taking care of our mitochondria...those aren't footprints!

Robert Rountree, MD talks about taking care of our mitochondria…those aren’t footprints!

Robert Rountree, MD talks about taking care of our mitochondria.

Robert Rountree, MD talks about taking care of our mitochondria.

Aaron Katz, MD gives a great talk on prostate cancer and nutrition.

Aaron Katz, MD gives a great talk on prostate cancer and nutrition.

William Harris, PhD talks about Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

William Harris, PhD talks about Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

Dr. Weil starts the day off.

Dr. Weil starts the day off.

Off to class we go

Off to class we go

 

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Nutrition Conference Day 1


Great talks today:

Dietary Myths by Andrew Weil, MD.

Gut Microbes and Optimal Physical and Mental Health by Justin Sonnenburg,PhD. Amazing how changing the diversity of gut bacteria is related to general health, and how diet greatly affects this. Eat junk, and you are really set up for a lot of chronic diseases.

Nitric Oxide and Healthy Aging, by 1998 Nobel Laureate Louis Ignarro, PhD. I didn’t know how important nitric oxide was in vascular disease. AND I learned that he’s the father of VIAGRA! (sort of) Within 6 years of his discovery of NO properties in the body…Viagra was on the market.

Anti-Aging Properties of NO (nitric oxide):
1 Maintains healthy blood pressure and circulation
2 Combats premature cardiovascular aging: anti-inflammatory, anti-atherosclerotic
3 Prevents unwanted blood clotting (stroke, myocardial infarction)
4 Improves sexual function in men and women
5 Supports brain memory and recall

Diet and Aerobic Exercise produce NO:
Healthy diet elevates NO production and action.
2 Fatty and salty diet decreases NO.
3 Aerobic exercise stimulates NO formation.
4 Sedentary lifestyle decreases NO.

Nutrition to Mend the GI Ecosystem by David Rakel, MD A great speaker, with good wholistic approach to medicine. Uses food, herbals, acupuncture, and counseling to heal the gut. Explained simply how PPI’s (prilosec, zantac, etc) and really mess up the intestinal flora, which can even lead to chronic fatigue as a chronic problem. Fixed by just getting people off the pills.

What to drink? choosing Healthy Beverages Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD , Cynthia Thompson PhD talked about Coffee and Tea …2-3 cups of green tea a day can lower blood pressure…but not if you smoke or are obese….

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Fredi Kronenberg, PhD and Andrew Weil, MD

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700 attendees, from 46 states, and 10 countries

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Andrew Weil, MD

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Justin Sonneburg, PhD

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amazing snacks during the breaks

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amazing snacks during the breaks

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Sourkraut, Kimchi, raw veggies, tempeh….great snacks.

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Dr. Andrew Weil having some healthy snacks during a morning break.

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Nobel Laureate Louis Ignarro, PhD

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David Rakel, MD

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David Rakel, MD and the domino affect on your gut

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Lunch Menu

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Attendees got a taste of what is being preached

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Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD

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Cynthia Lair, CHN

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Where else to get served during a conference?

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getting served samples during a talk

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Ayurveda Diet speaker, Siri Chand Khalsa, MD talks with an antendee.

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Meet the Faculty reception, 2 attendees enjoying a cucumber-avocodo drink.

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David Jacobs, PhD

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