Spring Cleaning: Detoxification

As we embrace the spring, I suggest you focus your attention on detoxification.

Spring Cleaning 285x300 Spring Cleaning: DetoxificationBillions of pounds of toxic chemicals are released into the environment. As demonstrated by Dr Mirko Beljanski, these toxic chemicals have a cumulative and progressive effect on our overall health. Long-term exposure to even small amounts of these substances has been linked to a number of unwelcome health effects.

Detoxification involves the removal of harmful toxins that build up in your body over time, especially in the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system and colon. The body does detoxify itself naturally to a certain extent, but in today’s polluted world, it cannot cope on its own with the amount of harmful molecules that it encounters over time.

By the end of winter, energy is low, your skin is dull and your digestion is slowed. This is the result of the accumulation of toxins in your body.

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MONDO WELL: a great success for the research initiated by the Beljanski Foundation

On March 30th, we were present for the second time at Mondo Well, at the Hilton Hotel in New York City.

During the day, I had the pleasure of co-presenting with Dr. John Hall, scientific advisor at The Beljanski Foundation, the results of research supported by the Foundation on the anti-cancer effects of the extracts discovered by Mirko Beljanski (Pao pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria) on pancreatic, ovarian and prostate cancer. At the end of our conference, many healthcare professionals joined us on the podium.

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Migraine, acetaminophen, Vitamin B

I have not taken my Vit. B for a while, and today, I have a migraine. 

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Somebody gave me a Tyenol®, but I do not like to take drugs. According to the FDA, acetaminophen —the active ingredient in Tylenol®— was the leading cause of acute liver failure in Americans between 1998 and 2003. There is no reason to think this has changed since.

I am certainly not at risk of overdosing, but it is important to remember that acetaminophen is dangerous because just a small extra amount can create a dangerous overdose: twice the maximum safe dose taken over just several days could cause severe liver damage. Sometimes, according to  the former head of the Drug Information Center at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania, “the difference between a safe dose and a dangerous dose is two Extra Strength Tylenol tablets”.

I am going to have a baby aspirin, hoping that the headache gets better, and will make a point to take Vit B more often.

Vit B is in fact a complex of 11 related nutrients that work as a team and are critical for all things mind-related: mood, memory, and migraines can benefit from the B’s.  if your stress level is high, or if your diet is low in B’s ( B-rich foods are dark-green vegetables, protein from animal sources, whole grains, yeast, and brown rice) you’ll benefit from the higher amounts found in supplements.  Always choose a food-based Vit B that offers the full family of the B’s.  And be sure to consult a physician if you’re interested in taking B’s for medicinal use.

Each member of the B-complex has a unique structure and performs unique functions in the human body.    

 Migraine, acetaminophen, Vitamin BB1 > Thiamine: an essential nutrient.  Tests on female volunteers at daily doses of about 50 mg have claimed an increase in mental acuity (1).

B2 > Riboflavin–helps the body produce energy and acts as an anti-oxidant–higher doses have been shown to reduce migraine headaches.

B3 > Niacin and Niacinamide–help increase energy and are needed for DNA repair.

B5 > Pantothenic acid–speeds wound healing.

B6 > (essential for amino acid metabolism) –B6 deficiencies, which often appear in conjunction with B12 deficiencies, are associated with  microcytic anemia, scaling on the lips, cracks at the corners of the mouth, depression, confusion, and weakened immune function.

B7 (biotin) > helps with  blood-sugar control , and is often recommended for for strengthening hair and nails.

B9 > Folic acid is associated with lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and birth defects and with prevention of colon cancer.

B12 > may help protect against brain atrophy or shrinkage of brain tissue in Alzheimer’s disease and deficiency is associated with impaired cognitive function. The Institute of Medicine states that because 10 to 30% of older people may be unable to absorb naturally occurring vitamin B12 in foods, it is advisable for those 51 years old and older to consume B12-fortified foods or B12 supplements to meet the recommended intake (2).  Mild B12 deficiencies can result in weakness, tiredness, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, stomach problems and can contribute to depression.

The B’s are best taken with food — they can cause nausea when taken on an empty stomach — and early in the day (Vitamin B6 increases neurotransmitter activity; when taken late in the day, it can lead to increased dreaming, resulting in a restless night’s sleep).  I have noted that when I take some Vit B regularly, I have fewer headaches.  So I will use my pain today, as a reminder…and share this tip with you.

(1) “Thiamine’s Mood-Mending Qualities” , Richard N. Podel, Nutrition Science News, January 1999

(2) Institute of Medicine. “Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes: Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline.” Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1998

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A productive weekend in sunny Florida

Screen shot 2014 03 21 at 11.43.45 AM 231x300 A productive weekend in sunny FloridaThe Physician’s Round Table Conference was held last weekend in Tampa, Florida.  It was an opportunity for me to present a lecture entitled “Natural Ways to Fight Back”, a meta-analysis of research conducted on the Pao pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria extracts at Columbia University and the University of Kansas (KUMC) and the resulting publications.

These scientific publications show the effectiveness of Pao pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria on prostate, ovarian, and pancreatic cancer cells.  The studies underlined the lack of toxicity of these plant extracts as well as their synergy with other treatments.

The conference attracted the attention of the many professionals present.

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Beljanski, Epigenetics, and the Benefits of Vitamin D

Mirko Beljanski and epigenetic

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Genetics—the direction of cell activity by genes—has dominated all biological research for over half a century. During Mirko Beljanski’s lifetime, the idea that a molecule could modify the behavior of genes by stimulating or blocking them was not widely accepted. Dr. Beljanski was one of the first scientists to show the impact of non-mutagenic substances on the development or inhibition of cancer. Because of this, he was put down and criticized.

Yet today, everyone knows about the effects of pollution on our health and its direct impact on the growing number of degenerative diseases and cancer cases.

The president of Environmental Health in the US, Devra Davis, wrote the preface for the recent reissue of Mirko Beljanski’s book “The Regulation of DNA Replication and Transcription” (originally published in 1983). In her text, she rightly emphasizes the important role—positive or negative—of epigenetic mechanisms (e.g. those that alter gene expression without altering the genes of the cell). She also pays tribute to Dr. Beljanski’s pioneering role in the field.

Epigenetics is now taking on an even more important role given that environmental pollution has caused a considerable increase in degenerative diseases and cancers.

Vitamine D and Cancer

Influence of Vitamin D Status and Vitamin D3 300x208 Beljanski, Epigenetics, and the Benefits of Vitamin DA recent example comes from Boston University. Researchers conducted a study that showed the influence of vitamin D in the development of cancer, autoimmune, infectious, and even cardiovascular diseases. A group of 22,500 genes were studied before and after the intake of vitamin D. Results showed without a doubt that large enough doses of vitamin D could significantly improve immunity and reduce the risk of various heart diseases and cancers, in addition to its well-known effect on bone strength.

But here again I must warn my readers against synthetic vitamins that do not have the same bioavailability as natural vitamins. By continually forcing our bodies to break down synthetic molecules, our system revolts. These molecules disrupt the course of a cell’s normal life, which is a fragile equilibrium that must be kept in balance. This, combined with the harmful chemicals prevalent in our environment, was the driving factor for the birth of the organic and natural movement.

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