Thursday, September 19, 2013


Early Man with a donut
Marilyn’s suggestions for an easy way to Lose Weight and eat healthy foods.  We call it Lifestyle Modification.

If you think about the kind of food available to early man, we have wandered very far from the kind of food we should be eating.  There were no potato crops, no rice paddies, no wheat fields.

Dr Jones tells me that the best diet is the Atkins Low Carbohydrate approach to lifestyle modification.  Carbohydrates are not “essential”, in the sense that the body makes them easily from what you eat.

Your first thought is that the Low Carbohydrate approach will be difficult to follow.   While Dr Jones and I find it easy and tasty, others think it is difficult.   Here are a few really great recipes

Johnathan Wright, MD, lectures against eating “white” things.  You should not eat:
  • White flour - it is in manufactured food as a hidden ingredient - which is a big problem for those who are gluten sensitive.  Avoid cakes, cookies, bread and all products with labels that say “wheat flour”.  Strictly speaking, all grains are high in carbohydrates, but the white flour has the least nutrient value.  Much to our benefit, there is a growing number of products you can buy that are certified Gluten Free.
  • White sugar - it also has many names, and is in most of the products mentioned under flour.  On cans and boxes, look for ingredients that end in “ose”.  The same thing can be said about the lack of nutrient value as I said for white flour.  Luckily, there are other sources for your sweet tooth.  Stevia is good sugar alternative, and recently we found a Coconut sugar.
  • White salt - well, you know, if you have high blood pressure, this is a no-no.  On the other hand, it can be a good source of iodine, unless your multi is supplying it for you.  Those of us with low blood pressure need the salt.  A common medical problem is the woman who appears in the doctor’s office with very low energy.  Upon questioning she confirms that “Yes, my husband has high blood pressure so we don’t eat salt.  “Yes, I do have low blood pressure”.  End of mystery!  She needs the salt.
  • White potatoes and White Rice - as I said above, early man did not have these, but if you must eat them, choose those that are not “white”.  We make some really good “chips” by frying up tablespoon size spoonfuls of grated Parmesan cheese.  Believe me, you will not feel deprived of your potato chips.   (Link to Recipes)
Think about the food that early man could eat.  He had to hunt or fish for protein.  It took a while to find and pick berries.  Nuts had to be shelled before they could be eaten.  You might be able to catch an animal for milk - if it didn’t kill you first.

Many fruits and vegetables are fairly high in carbohydrates - check the carb content per quantity!  This is the part that most people ignore.  And think about the fact that most foods are only grown during part of the year in our climate.  Shipping them from all parts of the world makes them available all thru the year - and their nutritive value is suspect.  Foods not grown locally should be eaten sparingly. 

Learn to read labels.  For weight loss, ideally, your carbohydrate intake should be between 20 and 30 grams per day, so if that candy bar has 90 grams of carbohydrate, it takes care of your intake for two or three days.  Tomorrow you can’t eat... 

For weight maintenance carbohydrate intake should be between 40 and 60 grams per day.  As long as the carbohydrate intake is low enough you can ignore calories.  And there is no need to restrict fats or protein intake.  In fact, a number of problems are caused by the lack of essential fatty acids in the diet.  The preformed essential ones are GLA, EPA and DHA.  See this page for the EFA Flow Chart for clarity. Most of us don’t eat fish every day (the best source of omega 3 fatty acids),  or even 3 times a week as early man probably did.  Farm fed fish may not contain as much essential fatty acids as wild fish do.  Ultra Omega-Linic contains Black Currant seed oil, which is an excellent source of the omega 6 fatty acids.  I believe there is a growing trend away from the trans fats and products such as Crisco for baking and regular margerines.

At you can learn the carbohydrate content of food you want to eat.  Some supermarkets have a listing of the carbohydrate (and other nutrients) value for the various FRESH fruits and vegetables which they sell.  In counting carbohydrates (as opposed to counting calories) you subtract the amount of fiber and the amount of sugar alcohols from total carbs.  The remainder is known as net carbs.  That’s what you count.  SELFNutritionData is another really good resource where you can learn about the food you are eating.

One of my early exposures to good eating habits came from a doctor who borrowed this  motto from Jack LaLanne “If man made it, don’t eat it”.  Food in cans or boxes is high in things you don’t want to eat, and low in nutritive value.  As a consequence, Dr Jones and I shop the perimeter of the store.  We buy "real” (unprocessed) food and cook it minimally.  I know there is a lot of appeal in foods that are organic.  For sure, this is a major consideration if you have problems with herbicides, pesticides and the like.

About the Nutrition Value of Fresh Food
(from Dr Jones’ Basic Nutritional Recommendations - A Basic Protocol)

A popular misconception held by both the lay public and the medical profession is that the American diet supplies sufficient levels of all the nutrients needed by the body.  In reality, the Western diet is characterized by imbalances and excesses.  Telling a patient “all you need to do is eat right” does not take into consideration the American lifestyle, problems associated with our food supply, or human nature.  Two nationwide food consumption studies conducted by the USDA found that approximately 60% of the individuals surveyed were consuming only 70% of the daily minimum requirements of six essential nutrients.  Those surveyed were people who made an effort to eat (and thought they were eating) a balanced diet.  The nutrients are: vitamin B6, folacin, zinc, copper, magnesium and calcium. With these facts in mind, it is not likely that anyone is consuming an optimal supply of nutrients ... without supplementation.  Consider Physician Formulated Ultra Vites.  Studies have shown that in order to meet the minimum daily requirements, one must consume at least 1100 calories of nutrient dense food.  This means that a patient on a 1000 calory diet could not meet the minimum daily requirements (MDR) without supplementation.  When many of the calories are “naked calories” (i.e. white sugar and flour) it is easy to see that even the MDRs are a problem, no matter what the caloric intake.   Compare our Physician Formulated Multis with the RDIs and with your Multi.

Sorry - this came to me in an email and I couldn't resist.  It is a close relative of "Ewe's not FAT, Ewe's FLUFFY".

The MDRs were designed to prevent deficiency states and diseases.  They do not address the issue of individual variability and optimal nutritional needs.  Individual requirements of vitamins and minerals may vary considerably.  This is especially true for certain groups such as young children, pregnant and lactating women, joggers, athletes, the elderly and persons with medical illnesses. 

Unfortunately, as a result of these different needs, as well as problems such as poverty, ignorance in matters of food selection and preparation, dietary fads and confusion regarding the nutritive value of processed foods, total nutritional needs are often unmet.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Skin Tears, Dry Skin, Bruising, Wrinkles

Dr Jones found a study that discussed the problems of aging skin - especially the large number of skin tears and severe bruising that plague residents of nursing homes.  Skin tears and bruising is an even greater problem for those in wheel chairs and those prone to falls.

Based on information from Fleck, C. A. (2007). FAQs: Preventing and treating skin tears.  Advances in skin and wound care.  Journal for Prevention and Healing. 20(6), 315-321. 

As has been stated in a number of studies, as skin ages it becomes thinner and the resulting dry skin makes it more prone to trauma (from even mild bumps).  The use of soap with chemical surfactants and long hot bathing further damages the skin   As you might imagine, older skin heals more slowly.  Well, older folks have more health issues and any healing is slower just because...  What eveyone worries about is wrinkles.  They are the most obvious sign that the skin is in trouble.

The study showed that advanced skin care products that possess nutritients and antioxidants can provide nourishment through the skin topically - even if the patient or resident is not receiving adequate nutrition from oral, enteral, or parenteral nutrition.  The study showed a reduction in skin tears from 180 down to 2 tears in a 6 month period.  The facility used a special skin care line which provided pH balanced, soap free, chemical surfactant free, and substances specially designed to nourish and support aged skin.

While we don't know what skin care line and soap-free cleansers were used in this study, Nutrition Pure and Simple provides a number of skin care products which benefit problem skin of all kinds, and aging skin in particular.  Dr Jones and I have the added advantage of caring for our own aging skin and seeing the improvement in our skin tearing and bruising.  There are 2 products in particular (Calm Body Wash and Hydrating Body Lotion) that greatly improve the quality of the skin.  A 3rd product, Dermacalm, has an excellent track record of providing relief for troubled skin (it is our best selling skin care product)

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Calm Body Wash
for Head To Toe Bathing (it leaves the hair soft & shiny, too)

Our Calm Body Wash features a gentle cleansing system naturally derived from coconut oil,  safflower oil and amino acids.  It contains an expert blend of plant extracts including Seaweed, Aloe, Ginkgo, Yucca, Fig, Gotu Kola and Indian Balsam.  These leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and with a healthy glow.  A synergistic blend of pure essential oils, including French Lavender, calms, balances and soothes your senses.

This pH balanced body wash is soap-free with NO chemical surfactants.

Hydrating Body Lotion
with Mango Butter and Green Tea Extract

Hydrating Body Lotion contains a high concentration of humectants and moisturizers which efficiently penetrate the skin for all day hydrating and skin softening. Skin rejuvenating rosemary extract combines with the cleansing, emollient properties of Citrus aurantium dulcis and mango butter.

The aloe vera gel in Hydrating Body Lotion contains complex amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, which hydrate and promote healing. Tiare flowers are soaked in golden liquid coconut extract for the unique antifungal, skin protectant properties of coconut nucifera oil and gardenia tahitensis. The antioxidant and nourishing properties of green tea and algae extracts, panthenol, vitamins A, D, & E, and essential oils of lavender, rosewood, and grapefruit, make the Hydrating Body Lotion an exceptionally refreshing, hydrating full body lotion.

Apply immediately following bath or shower.  You can reapply it as needed

Dermacalm Lotion
for troubled skin

Benefit #1 - Monolaurin, which is a distillate of coconut oil, adds anti viral, anti bacterial, and anti fungal benefits to this unique lotion.  It was originally formulated to soothe stressed, irritated or inflamed skin and should be considered for Eczema, Roseacea, Psoriasis and problems such as Dermatitis

DermaCalm contains several ingredients that studies have shown to have positive effects: 
  1. Rovisome Sensitive® showed anti inflammatory effects almost as strong as hydrocortisone
  2. Sepicalm S® specifically inhibits the main mediators responsible for irritation when the skin is under stress.  Its free radical scavenging, anti-elastase, anti-hyaluronidase, and anti-lipoxygenase activities have been proven in vitro. Its anti-stress activity against solar irritation, mechanical irritation, and chemical irritation have also been proven in vivo.  It is soothing, moisturizing, antiinflammatory and antioxidant.
  3. Monolaurin is a mid chain fatty acid shown to possess antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.   Recent technology makes this a highly pure and extremely effective addition to the formula. 
  4. Coconut oil has many benefits.   Its' small molecules let it penetrate the skin where it can heal and protect.  It also fights microbes that might arrive there.  Since it is high in Vitamin E, it also is highly nourishing. 
This creme will soothe and moisturize irritated skin, including psoriasis, eczema.

Users have reported it is a great anti-wrinkle lotion.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease