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IMMUNE POWER DIET: AMINO ACIDS AND PAIN

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Brand new research from England shows that an amino acid, d-phenylalanine, provides significant pain relief for patients with a variety of chronic pain conditions, including lower back pain, herpes, and post-surgical discomfort. (This is a different amino acid than the form of phenylalanine I discussed earlier.)TEAMWORK IS CRUCIAL FOR THE “DOUBLE A” TEAMTeamwork is the secret of using amino acids to boost your immune power. More than any other immune power nutrient, these substances must be perfectly balanced. In fact, many amino acids, like lysine and arginine, are meant to work in precisely paired ratios. To be effective as brain messengers, energy thermostat regulators and immune boosters, amino acids must be in a balanced equilibrium.However, these powerful immune enhancers can also create powerful problems if you take them carelessly. Improper self-dosing is bad medicine, a one-way road to real immune trouble.Disrupting amino acid balance is the chemical equivalent of dropping putty into the works of a fine Swiss watch—with even more serious results.This is the reason that all of the recipes, as well as the entire Immune Power Diet, use safe, complementary, balanced amino acids. For the few conditions where I prescribe separate amino acids, they are safe in the doses I have given.Some people have problems absorbing or making certain amino acids. One of the most frequent of these conditions, called phenylketonuria, occurs when the body is unable to break down the amino acid phenylalanine, which then builds up causing mental retardation. If you have any amino acid-related problems then any changes in your amino acids could be dangerous. Consult your physician.It is essential—absolutely vital—that you follow exactly the recommendations I’ve given here. Taking these chemicals willy nilly, in any way that throws off your body’s fine chemical balance, can be extremely dangerous. Remember, every time you pick up one of these powerful chemicals, you should treat it as though it were stamped: HANDLE WITH CARE.*64\242\2*

SUPPLEMENTS AND EATING TIPS: ALWAYS EAT SITTING DOWN AND EAT VARIETY OF FOODS

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Andy Warhol once said that his favorite meal was a peanut butter sandwich eaten while standing over the sink. Well, we’ve all done it, we’ve all gobbled up a lot of high-fat, high-sugar foods while standing there. (It’s almost as if we think it won’t count if we eat it fast enough!) Don’t fool yourself. The more relaxed you are, the more slowly you’ll eat, the more you’ll enjoy your food, the better your digestive system will perform, and most likely, the more nutritious your meal will be. In addition, I suspect that eating slowly will give the Chitosan in your stomach a better opportunity to attract the fat and carry it away.

Eat a variety of foods—Boredom is one of the primary reasons that many people abandon an eating program. They get tired of eating the same old things over and over again. Consequently, they switch to something else—which is usually a combination of pizza, doughnuts, and maybe a couple of beers! (I remember one diet that consisted of bacon, eggs, and grapefruit 3 times a day for as long as you could stand it. People did lose weight on this diet, probably because they just didn’t want to eat very much after the first few days. But, of course, they soon started eating something else and regained the lost weight in no time.) So, experiment: Try new dishes, new foods, new combinations. The more interesting you make your food, the more likely you are to feel satisfied by it and not switch to something that isn’t good for you. (Yes, it’s okay to splurge occasionally, but when you do, enjoy it—try not to waste your splurge on leftovers because you got bored with your main meal.)

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THE COMPLETE SCARSDALE MEDICAL DIET

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

This popular high-protein diet swept the country many years ago. Authored by Herman Tarnower, M.D., it was featured in the New York Times, Family Circle, and many other newspapers and magazines. The Scarsdale Diet encourages you to eat lots of meat and claims that you can lose up to a pound a day. The foods that may be eaten every day are carefully controlled, but portion sizes are pretty much up to the dieter. They are only warned that they should not eat so much that their stomachs become uncomfortably overloaded. I don’t believe that this will work with people who tend to overeat as a rule. Simply telling them not to stuff themselves until they can’t eat anymore is not exactly the cornerstone of a healthful, lifelong eating regimen. It might work for people who are already used to moderate portions, but many obese people are accustomed to eating quite a bit.

And not only are the parameters weak and poorly defined, the Scarsdale Diet is potentially dangerous. Like the Atkins Diet and many others, it works on the principle of inducing an

unnatural state—ketosis—into the body. Even Dr. Tarnower, who devised the diet, warns you not to stay on it for more than 2 weeks at a time because of the dangers of ketosis, which can include lethargy, weakness, coma, and even death. Dieters who follow this program may also become deficient in vitamin A, vitamin D, and calcium, while simultaneously overdosing on protein. We’ve been taught to believe that protein is good, and the more we eat the better. But the truth is that excess protein can lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis and kidney stones, while the high fat associated with high protein increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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DR. ATKINS’ DIET REVOLUTION1

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

A phenomenally popular diet that swept the nation in the 1970s, the Atkins Diet is still being used today. That’s a shame, for in my opinion it is nutritionally unsound and potentially dangerous. Atkins claims that most overweight people suffer from metabolic imbalances cause by a carbohydrate intolerance. His solution is to eliminate carbohydrates altogether during the diet, then keep them cut way down permanently. Promising that you will not be hungry, Atkins encourages you to cut back on carbohydrates, not calories. You can eat to your heart’s content, he asserts, because when you eliminate carbohydrates from the diet, your desire for food is diminished.

Atkins and others who promote high-protein diets are simply trotting out an old idea devised by a Victorian-era doctor. According to the high-protein proponents, the high protein/low carbohydrate diet is supposed to force the body to rid itself of stored fats faster than usual. What really happens is that the poorly metabolized fatty acids (called ketones) that result from this diet cause you to urinate greater amounts of body water, along with magnesium, potassium, and other important minerals. It may seem like you’re losing weight, but that weight is quickly replaced when you take a drink. It’s all smoke and mirrors—you think you’re losing a lot of weight but you’re really not. And meanwhile, all those ketones in your bloodstream can harm your health.

Another dangerous aspect of the high-protein diets is bone loss (osteoporosis). Thinning of the bones, commonly caused by loss of calcium, is a common problem for seniors, especially

elderly women. Thinned bones are more likely to fracture under pressure. Even a very slight touch is all it takes to crack the bones of some osteoporosis victims. High-protein diets cause us to lose dangerously high amounts of calcium in the urine. Not only that, but the excess sulfur and nitrogen from the proteins can literally leach calcium right out of bones.

The diet promises that you can eat luxuriously—heavy cream, butter, mayonnaise, cheeses, meats, fish, fowl. A small amount of these foods can add flavor to the diet, as well as certain nutrients, but to base a diet on these high-protein, high-fat foods is folly. Even Dr. Atkins admits that his program is unbalanced. This diet revolution is, in the author’s own words, “deliberately unbalanced … to counteract the metabolic imbalances that cause people to get fat in the first place.” He’s right about the first part, the diet is unbalanced and filled with potentially dangerous amounts of fat. Eliminating carbohydrates from the diet and replacing them with protein and fat can only encourage heart disease, cancer, and a host of other ailments. As for the second part about metabolic imbalances causing obesity, well, relatively few of us are overweight because of metabolic imbalances. I tell my patients to read the Atkins and other high-protein diet books, if they want, then do the exact opposite. The best approach is to eat plenty of complex carbohydrates (found especially in fresh vegetables and whole grains) and reduce your fat intake by sensible eating coupled with Chitosan. That’s the basis for healthy weight loss and healthy living.

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STAYING MOTIVATED TO LOSE WEIGHT: EATING ON THE RUN

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Our lives have become super fast paced in recent years. We often don’t have time to sit down as a family to a leisurely dinner. That’s a sad fact of modern life, and some of us may be suffering both physically and psychologically because of it. Of course, others may enjoy the challenge of the fast pace—but even so, they probably aren’t helping their physical well-being. For one thing, we all tend to eat more junk when we’re forced to grab something quickly. Still, it is possible to eat well, even when you are eating on the run:

♦ No matter how rushed you are, when it’s time to eat a meal, always try to stop what you’re

doing, even for a moment, to sit down and focus on what you’re eating. It really doesn’t take

that long to eat a meal, especially if you’re by yourself. You really can afford to take the time.

You owe it to yourself to take that time because if you let eating become just one more of the

10 things you’re doing at once, you’ll end up eating more and feeling less satisfied. So don’t

talk on the phone, drive, do paperwork, read, or stand in front of the refrigerator while eating.

Sit down and make every meal an occasion, even if for only 10 minutes.

In this respect, Chitosan can help because you have to think about it before you eat. How

much fat does the meal you are about to eat contain, and therefore how much Chitosan should

you be taking in advance of it? The very fact of such a decision will help remove the meal

from merely one of your many concurrent activities and make it slightly special.

♦ Brown-bag it as much as possible. Fresh fruit, raw vegetables, nonfat yogurt, whole wheat

bread, and nonfat cottage cheese are all easy to take along. They are also packed with

nutrients. When you’ve got these good foods handy, you won’t be forced to grab whatever is

available. Since you should already be making your Chitosan bag into a habit, the extra effort

of completing the meal may be something you can live with.

♦ If you do have to buy something to eat on the fly, consider dropping by the grocery store to

pick up fresh produce or other nutritious food. Convenience stores also have fruit, juice,

cutup vegetables, bagels (but don’t add globs of cream cheese.,), dairy products, and other

things that can keep you on the plan. Moreover, since nearly all such foods are now labeled

with their fat content, you will know precisely what amount of fat your Chitosan has to deal

with. Many fast-food restaurants have heart-healthy choices like grilled chicken sandwiches

or baked potatoes, plain or with low-fat toppings.

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THE FAT BLOCKER EXERCISE PROGRAM: TIME

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

If the sort of exercise you are planning to do involves truly vigorous bursts of energy, you should spend 5-10 minutes warming up your muscles. The best warm-up exercises are gently aerobic: jumping jacks, jogging in place, bicycling, or anything else that gets your blood moving. Start slowly, easing your body into high gear. Just as you wouldn’t start a cold car, slam it into gear, and then roar down the street at 60 miles per hour, you don’t want to leap right into your exercise routine.

Also, as part of your warm-up, you should do some stretching exercises. Again, start gradually and work your way up to a full stretch.

To achieve maximum effectiveness (especially if you are seeking to become competitively fit) your total exercise session should last at least 30 minutes for maximum fat-burning and cardiovascular-strengthening effects. Obviously, if you are in training for a particular sport, you may need much more time than this. No one can compete in a marathon by training for only half an hour a day! But athletic training is not the subject of this book; I am talking merely about weight loss and healthy living. For that, you do need to exercise. As I have emphasized before, all increases in your exercise program are helpful if you are also eating a little less and taking Chitosan. However, for optimum fat burning, your exercise sessions should last for at least half an hour. Some patients ask me why 30 minutes is the magic number for burning fat. Why not 3 separate 10 minute
sessions?

During times of intensive exercise involving a short burst of intense energy (for example, while dashing 100 yards or lifting a heavy weight), the muscles primarily use glucose for fuel. But if the exercise continues at a lower intensity for some time (as it does in swimming, walking, or jogging) the body eventually switches to fat as its primary fuel. Aerobic exercise encourages the switch because it provides the muscles with oxygen, which is essential in the fat-burning process. However, before the switch occurs there is a time gap while your body decides whether the exercise counts as a short burst or as an extended, fat-burning effort. Most experts today feel that this gap may be anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. Thereafter, the body burns fat. I believe that 30 minutes is a reasonable minimum time for exercise to continue and for a meaningful amount of fat to be used up—although 45 minutes or even longer is better, provided you enjoy it enough to be able to work out that consistently.

However gradually you start increasing your exercise, your efforts will almost certainly gain momentum. As time passes and you decrease your food intake—partly by cutting down and partly by taking Chitosan—your energy level naturally rises and you become more active. And that makes longer and more vigorous aerobic effort both easier and more enjoyable. You slowly get hooked on one of the few addictions that is good for you.

But there is more good news to come. It is that once aerobic exercise has become a regular part of your life, its benefits just seem to snowball. The more aerobic exercise you do, the more efficiently your body will burn fat. (That’s because it becomes better at delivering oxygen to the muscles. The presence of oxygen makes it possible to use fat as a fuel source.) So, in effect, you can turn your body into a fat-burning machine just by exercising aerobically 3-4 times a week. And soon you won’t just be burning fat only during exercise sessions—you’ll be burning some fat all the time.

When you’ve completed your aerobic exercising, it’s important that you always do a short cool-down. You don’t want to get your heart going at its peak rate, then suddenly stop dead and go sit down. Instead, you should gradually bring your heart rate back down to its resting level. You can do a cool-down by performing a scaled-down version of your main exercise. (For example, if you’ve been jogging, jog very slowly in place.) Walking at a moderate pace is a good cool-down exercise. You’ll also find that the cool-down is an excellent time to stretch more

vigorously to help you stay limber all day (which, in turn, will make
you more likely to move around more—and so burn off more calories). Your muscles, now warm, will be much less likely to strain or tear.

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