Relief or Ransom???

Yes I know you all are thinking what’s this all about? This is very different from the topics she writes on. Well, I have been thinking to do this since long and finally today is the day. You will come to know what’s this about as you read on. I know its long but hang in there.

As a full-time practising Holistic Nutritionist & Natural health counsellor I come across many (almost 90%) clients who come to me as the last resource after trying “everything under the sun” like literally after spending not only their hard-earned money but their energy as well as peace of mind.

Trust me, I have very high regards for all the “Health care Professionals”- Doctors,nurses, dieticians, surgeons, pathologists, pharmacists and so on who practice ethically and guide their patients with “True to the time” knowledge and treatment. I have many in my family 🙂

It is ironic to see “malpractice” in a place where one goes with full faith of getting better. Doctors just prescribing medicines after medicines without going to the root of the problem. If one medicine doesn’t  work the patient is put on another one saying “this will definitely show results”.No advise on dietary and lifestyle changes is given what so ever or to add to the dilemma dietary advises are given by those who are not well read in the subject of nutrition. Dieticians prescribing same age-old diet plan without upgrading on the recent nutrition research like excluding egg yolk in the diet etc. And this is not limited to human care. It’s worst in animal care genre and why not, after all “Yeh kutta/billi/gai/Bakra thodi bolega kya ho raha hai?” – Translation:- “The dog/cat/cow/goat will not be able to tell whats happening to them.” Antibiotics after antibiotics are prescribed for pets without proper investigation and poor pet parents, who do not have any knowledge about such things, blindly trust the doctors and keep shelling out money in desperation of saving their fur babies.

case 1: I had a client who came to me 3 months back in desperation of loosing weight because she was trying to conceive for which all possible “check ups” and tests were done FIRST and she was finally asked to loose weight to help her conceive. Don’t you think it would have been more feasible & economical for her if she was rather advised to loose weight and eat right first and see if that worked before putting her through bijillion uncomfortable tests? At least for non complicated cases this should be the right protocol. what say? Several research confirms PCOD/PCOS which is one of the major cause in conception issues can be managed well through proper holistic diet and scientific exercise program.

Case 2: A close friend of mine was going to join a new company for which  he was asked to get a complete medical check done. The night before he went for the test he feasted on mutton biriyani and sweets and before that for 3 days continuously he was feasting as it was a friend’s wedding. Next day morning his blood was drawn for blood test. His blood sugar and cholesterol reports came messed up- (Obviously). Without asking him about his previous day’s diet recall or medical history or family history the doctor immediately prescribed him cholesterol lowering “STATIN” medication to a fairly young man, 25 yrs of age. He than came to me with the reports and as surprised as I could be since I knew he was regular with his workouts and proper diet, i asked him to give me his 3 days diet recall. i recommended him to Detox, change his diet for a month and continue his workouts and get another blood test done a month later. This time the reports were all normal.

By the way new studies confirm Cholesterol is not a threat. Click herehttps://radhinaturalhealth.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/cholesterol-stay-cool/

I can go on and on with such examples but I hope you got the point.

All I am saying here is that practice of prescribing medicines and getting lab tests done from “a particular lab” even if the patient has recent reports as soon as some form of discomfort is noted is increasing day by day. What different is this than asking “RANSOM”???It would be so much more “Ethical” and “Humane” to work in the right path by associating the right professionals together to bring the right solution. This will happen when the patients/consumers will start learning about the truth (at least the basics) and not blindly trust anything that any professional says. Start asking questions until you get a satisfactory answer.

Here is a note about an “ETHICAL” Doctor’s Dilemma that came floating a few weeks back on my whats app:-

Doc note

I would like to add to this that they eat and drink all of the above + alcohol, smoking and lot more and when a dietitian prescribes them vitamin and mineral supplements they say “Ummmm…. are those really necessary?? Actually I would like to go the Natural way.”  And one more, “No offence my Doctor readers but this is happening day in day out. As soon as one is diagnosed with Hypothyroidism that person is asked to stop eating peanuts, cabbage,broccoli etc by the doc. Why not ask them to stop BISCUITS, pastries, pizzas, burgers and the like first and ask them to start exercising for better metabolism. After all thyroid is there for Metabolism, isn’t it?”

Lastly, Kudos to all the medical professionals who genuinely want to help their patients by keeping their well-being as utmost priority for which  these professionals make sure to upgrade their “professional” knowledge from time to time and pass that on to their patients/clients in the form of “True to the time” treatment. These are the professionals who don’t hesitate to recommend alternative care to their patients to help them recover sooner, better & with least side effects. I know quiet a few of these guys which keeps my faith going in healthcare but I would definitely like to see more 🙂

And advise to you all ,please use common sense when it comes to your health and wellness. As Dr. Mercola states in one of his FB posts “STOP being fooled by the common money grab. Arm yourself with information so you can take control of your health”. Do not let them put “Profits” before “People”. “Jaago grahak Jaago.”

Not to bore you any further here is a link to the latest money-making hack going around. Do read it :- http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/26/mammograms.aspx?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=facebookmercola_ranart-ths&utm_campaign=20170719_mammograms

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Why say “YES” to “Wisely Sourced” Saturated FATS????

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Well hellooooo everyone 🙂 Since I see people still panicking about adding “good” fats to their diet I thought of writing yet another piece on how amazing the “good FATS” are. So do stay with me till the end if you really want to enjoy all your yummy food and still maintain or loose that unwanted fat & gain health in the process 😀

Most of us (especially the online health article readers and health video you tubers) have  heard of these terms EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids) & EAA’s (Essential Amino Acids) but have any of you heard of ECA’s (Essential Carbohydrate acids)??? If you are still a firm believer that “Eating FAT makes you FAT” &  avoid all the yummy food in the desperation to loose those love handles and fit in that “College day” outfit, well,

YOU ARE IN FOR A SHOCKER.

Saturated fats coming from safe, healthy sources like Grass-fed butter/Ghee, Cold pressed filtered coconut oil, shredded coconut, Grass-fed meats, Malaysian palm oil, wild caught Salmonhttps://radhinaturalhealth.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/salmon-the-wild-one/, Avocados and avocado oil, Filtered groundnut oil, olives, flax seeds, free range chicken eggs and the like are all actually beneficial to humans. These are the “finest” source of energy in the human diet. How? Let’s see 🙂

In our body, our cells manufacture a molecule called “ATP- Adenosine Triphosphate“. This is the Unit of energy. Simply put, ATP is the energy that helps us perform our daily functions. This is the “POWER HOUSE” of our cells. We need this power house to perform any activity taking from growing a beard to dancing away on your favourite tune ;). From each molecule of sugar our cells produce approximately 36 molecules of ATP, whereas our cells produce more than 100 molecules of ATP from every FAT molecule. Walah!!!! this means when we include these healthy fats in our diet our energy level spikes. Anyone of you hear about “Bulletproof Coffee” yet?? https://www.jonnybowden.com/the-bulletproof-coffee-phenomena/

Dr. Jonny Bowden, also known as The Nutrition Myth Buster, calls fat as the “High octane gas for the cells”. Fat is the natural fuel for the body. No wonder my morning “MASALA Chai” with a tbsp of  pure,organic Ghee gives me the perfect wakeup kick 😉 Continue reading

What’s in the health & fitness news now a days

Hello all!!! Hope you all successfully completed 1st month of your  NEW YEAR WELLNESS GOALS and are continuing to work towards achieving them this year. As I always say, “Set goals not resolutions. Resolutions are meant to be broken but GOALS are achieved”.  I have had a busy month at work “Thankx too all the NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS ;)” now I am ready for some serious relaxation.

Ok so coming to the point of writing this blog entry. I’ve been reading articles on health and nutrition world and noteworthy news and thought of sharing some latest developments with you all so you  can stay up to date, too!

One of the latest findings in the  health world is that our digestive system has a new organ called THE Mesentery.  Click  here to read the full article. Researches have now classified the mesentery as an individual organ.

What our indian culture has known for decades is now becoming popular in the west. The myriad culinary spices are getting on the news, especially the anti-inflammatory spices.

A new study published in “The New York Times” shows that “Getting up & moving can make you happier”.  This study concluded that “Moving & Happiness were linked both in short term and long term.” So lets MOVE  for a better mood :).

If you have come across any new developments in the health world do share in the comments below . Thankx for stopping by 🙂

Have a FANTASTIC week ppl.

Vitamin B6 “YES IT IS ESSENTIAL”

We all know well about Vitamins B12, D, C and several other antioxidants but we are not informed much about the very essential “vitamin B6”.

Here is why Vitamin B6 is an “Essential Vitamin for human body”

  • In our body vitamin B6 is involved in more than 100 metabolic functions. Several researches show that Vitamin B6 may help the heart. One study found that low levels of this vitamin showed an independent risk factor for coronary artery disease.
  • Vitamin B6 plays an important role in women’s health. It helps convert estradiol, one of the three forms of estrogen hormone into estriol, which is the least carcinogenic of the estrogens. Many women with an overgrowth of the Candida albicans yeast don’t metabolize B6 properly as their bodies can’t convert it into the active form (pyridoxal-5-phosphate). Pregnancy  depletes Vitamin B6, and so does birth control pills.
  • Vitamin B6 is very important for mood, as it is needed to convert tryptophan into serotonin, which is the “Feel Good” neurotransmitter in the brain. Balanced level of this vitamin has shown to be helpful in reducing PMS mood swings due to it’s ability to convert tryptophan into the FEEL GOOD hormone Serotonin as the levels of serotonin frequntly drop before and during  menstruation times.
  • This Vitamin is also required to manufacture different brain chemicals and enzymes.
  • “In an article published online on August 10, 2009 in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, Harvard researchers report an association between higher plasma levels of vitamin B6 and a reduction in the risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) in women.”

Visit this link for the full study (https://www.jonnybowden.com/vitamin-b6-may-lower-heart-attack-risk-in-women/)

Here is a list of few of the foods rich in Vitamin B6  by Dr. Axe.

Beetroot, Banana, Wild caught TUNA, Salmon, cooked spinach, chicken breast, hazelnut, garlic, turkey.

** The above information is for educational purposes only. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. **

Reference:

  1. Bowden, J. (2016, November 7). Vitamin B6. Blog Post

  2. Bowden,J, Ph.D.,C.N.S(2011). The Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy. Beverly,M. A: Fair Winds Press.

  3. DrAxe.com

“CHOLESTEROL”- STAY COOL

So yes I am back to blogging after quiet a long break since my Fitness centre work  and my Personal Fitness Trainer certification course kept me really occupied. Yes, I passed out with Distinction and now I am a K11 Fitness Academy certified Personal Trainer as well 🙂

Coming to the point.It makes me feel disgusted to see that even today  nutritionists and dietitians are talking the same old language. I mean, in this age of  technology where we have access to most of the scientific researches being done we have all the chances of upgrading our knowledge, but myths are still seen to be followed blindly.  I am here to burst the most hyped myth related to “CHOLESTEROL” which is “HIGH CHOLESTEROL CAUSES HEART DISEASE”.

“No diet will remove all the FAT from your body because the BRAIN is ENTIRELY FAT. Without a brain you might look good but all you could do is run for public office”

– George Bernard Shaw

In India today almost every other household has at least 1 person taking Statin medications for their “High cholesterol”.

It’s time we understand the “BIG CHOLESTEROL MYTH” and understand the “TRUTH” about cholesterol and its importance.

In April 2015 the USDA reversed their 30 year long stand on cholesterol. – mention since we follow western countries on food choices more than sticking to our roots

Dr. David Perlmutter says in his book “Grain Brain” that we are increasingly challenging our physiology by consuming ingredients for which we are not genetically prepared”. Whenever we are diagnosed with any kind of DIS-EASE we are never asked to stop eating packaged foods which contain bijilion artificial ingredients which are foreign to our body. For ex. A person diagnosed with high cholesterol is immediately put off all kinds of FAT including the natural ones like the famous “Egg YOLK” but are not asked to 1st stop eating “BISCUITS” infect 90% of the time “1 cup tea/coffee + 2 marie biscuit” is part of the diet plan suggested.

Cholesterol is one of the “most misunderstood” molecule. According to Dr. John Abramson, the professor of medicine at Harvard University, cholesterol is not even considered to be high risk in and of itself and cholesterol is vital to many of the body’s important functions. Cholesterol is an integral part of the cell membrane. It is also the “Parent” molecule of some of the body’s most important compounds including sex hormones and vitamin D (J.Bowden, pp 12). It is proven that vast majority of the cholesterol is made in our body by the liver and if we get more cholesterol from the diet the liver makes less of it and vice versa. We need cholesterol. Dr. Jonny Bowden, clearly states in his book, 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth that “Dietary cholesterol (the kind found in egg yolk) has minimal impact on serum cholesterol (the kind your doctor checks through blood test)” – (J.Bowden, pp 12).

Read more on egg yolk here- https://radhinaturalhealth.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/eggs-yet-another-victim-of-nutritional-myths/

Few points by Dr. Jonny Bowden in his talk on his book “The Great Cholesterol Myth”

  1. “High cholesterol and heart disease are not the same thing”
  2. “Cholesterol does not cause heart disease and not even a good predictor of it”.

Dr. David Perlmutter also states that cholesterol is one of the most important player in maintaining your brain health and function. He states that high levels of the good kind of dietary fat (not the trans fats), have been proven to be the key to good health and peak brain function. (D. Perlmutter, Grain Brain).

As Dr. Jonny Bowden stated on the Dr. Oz Show: “Trying to prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol is like trying to reduce calories by taking the lettuce off your double cheeseburger. It’s not that the lettuce doesn’t have any calories – it’s that lettuce is the wrong target.”

He also states than in trying to prevent heart disease ,cholesterol is the wrong target to investigate. Dr. Bowden says “We fervently believe that neither cholesterol nor fat is the major villain in the American diet – sugar is.” I would like to add that this is true for our Indian diet as well. We are predominantly eating carbs, sugars. The types and amount of biscuits, cakes, pastries (based on foreign diet) + indian sweets to add to these, today we are at par with if not crossing “the american diet”.

Ok coming back to cholesterol, if not cholesterol, what should we be paying attention to? you may ask.

Pay attention to these 4:-

According to Dr. Jonny Bowden They are so insidious and so systemic that he named them “The Four Horsemen of Aging.”

They are:

  • Inflammation
  • Oxidation
  • Sugar
  • Stress

“Inflammation, oxidation, sugar and stress will kill you. Cholesterol won’t”.

– Dr. Jonny Bowden

There is a lot more to discuss on the topic of cholesterol (HDL,LDL cholesterol and their impact) which is beyond the scope of mentioning in this 1 write up so i have given you some useful links and you can further read the mentioned books for detailed info.

I can go on and on about the goods of cholesterol but for now it is important that the one “Greatest” myth about cholesterol is well understood and i do not mean to bore you either ;P but, if any of your are further interested in reading more research studies you may go thru this article published in The Telegraph.co.uk on 13th June 2016 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/06/12/high-cholesterol-does-not-cause-heart-disease-new-research-finds/

Stay tuned for a better understanding on the above four “Horsemen of Aging” 🙂

 

** The above information is for educational purposes only. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. **

 

Reference:-

Bowden,J, Ph.D.,C.N.S(2007). The 150 Healthiest foods on earth. Pp:74-75 Beverly,M. A: Fair Winds Press.

Perlmutter,D. MD., Loberg, K (2014).Grain Brain. The Surprising Truth About wheat, carbs, and sugar – Your brain’s silent killers.Yellow Kite Books, London, UK.

 

 

 

Cereal Grains:A NUTRITIONAL COMPROMISE

Since the time that mankind is present on this earth, the natural diet of humans has been food that could be hunted, fished, gathered or plucked. As my main topic today is “GRAINS” I would only be focussing on talking about them as foods that were plucked – “seasonal fruits and veggies” is another topic altogether to discuss which is beyond the limit of this discussion. I will save my next post for that.

So, coming to GRAINS (The so called “Good Carbs”)

Man rarely ever consumed cereal grains up until about 10,000 years ago. With the increase in population the supply of the natural resources became more limited, thus it became necessary to provide supplementary means of nourishment and thus agriculture was born 10,000 years ago.

The eight cereal grains (wheat, corn, rice, barley, sorghum, oats, rye and millet) provide 56% of the calories and 50% of the protein consumed on this planet.

On one hand we would not have cities, civilisations and industrialisation without cereal grains, on the other hand cereal grains are a nutritional compromise. Today if we take away rice, wheat and corn almost 1/2 the people on this planet will not eat. The decreasing supplies of our ancestral natural diet of wild animals and wild plants, along with huge increase in the planet’s population has made agriculture a necessity for survival.

Cereal grains are not nearly as healthy , nor as nutritionally complete, nor as perfectly suited to our ancient digestive wiring as the foods that these grains have replaced. Ex. milk and cereals in place of bacon and eggs for breakfast.

The health complications and implications of eating a diet high in cereal grains, way different from the diet that we were designed to eat are recently beginning to be understood.

As Dr.Loren Cordain points out, humans have had little time since inception of agricultural revolution 10,000 yrs ago to adapt to the new food type.

Whole grains are not really any better.
Grains have a host of nutritional shortcomings. It’s finally coming to light that the refined grains which constitute most of our cereals, pastas, and breads – are absolutely useless nutritionally.

The researchers are not 100% sure that the so-called “whole” grains are any better. No grain can be eaten in a completely unrefined state. No one plucks wheat from ground and starts eating.All grains need to be milled and ground to some degree, one reason being that in their natural state they contain many “anti nutrients” called “Phytates” that interfere with the absorption and assimilation of nutrients in the grains, especially the absorption of essential minerals. As compared to the refined grains whole grains have been less processed and milled therefore they contain more of bran the outer coating of the grains providing fibre for the diet.

Most of the “whole grains”  on the cereal packages are fibre lightweights. Its rare to find a cereal with 5g of fibre per serving–most have 1or 2 g fibre per serving ,making it a pretty bad nutritional bargain.

Now comes something crucial “Gluten Issue”. Gluten is a primary component of grains such as barley, rye, oats, and especially wheat. One of the seven top allergens in the diet is wheat. Amongst doctors, nutritionists and naturopaths who practice integrative and functional medicines, their one of the first dietary orders for patients who have multiple complaints is to take them off wheat, dairy and sugar. Dr. Jonny calls Grains the Starch “juggernauts”as almost all of them raise the blood sugar and insulin quickly.

In my personal experience with my clients suffering from high, uncontrolled sugar, allergy issue, fat loss issues etc, putting them off wheat,dairy and sugar allowing only limited gluten free varieties of carb sources , high protein, high fat diet show excellent results within 3 months.

Make a choice out of millets ragi, bajra and jowar. Oats can also be a better choice as they are least processed.😀It is advisable to choose the less processed variety, such as Steel-cut oats or old fashioned rolled oats, to get full health benefits .

Stay tuned, stay updated, stay fit😀

 

** The above information is for educational purposes only. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. **

 

Reference:-

Bowden,J, Ph.D.,C.N.S(2007). The 150 Healthiest foods on earth. Pp:74-75 Beverly,M. A: Fair Winds Press.

Omega 3s- Beyond just heart healthy😊

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We are all well informed about the “Good Fats”- Omega 3’s thanks to the advertising media but, we are often told about omega 3s in relation to cardiovascular health since prevention of cardiovascular diseases is one of the best-studied and proven role for omega-3s in the diet.Today I will share with you the anti-cancer and anti-inflammation benefits of Omega 3s.

The long chain omega 3 fatty acids can be obtained by consuming fatty fish or high quality purified fish oil supplements. These omega 3’s have shown to reduce inflammation.

Research also show that in cell cultures they reduce cancer cell growth in large number of tumours such as lung,breast,colon,prostate,kidney etc.

They are also shown to reduce the spread of the tumour.

In several human studies it is shown that people who eat fresh fish at least twice a week have significantly lower risk of several cancers.

PLEASE NOTE:- The bigger the fish the more contaminated it is by mercury, PCB’s and dioxin, all of which pollute the ocean floor. It is best to consume small fishes like whole anchovies, small mackerel and sardines.
Frozen fishes are shown to loose some of its omega 3 content over the course of conservation.

Vegetarian or hate fish? Not to worry. You can obtain omega 3 benefits by consuming Flaxseeds.

How? Keep reading 🙂

Flax seeds are rich in short chain vegetal omega 3’s and lignans. These are called “Phytoestrogens”. These Phytoestrogens are shown to alleviate the harmful effects hormones that promote cancer growth. In a study done at the Duke University showed that “daily intake of about 30 g- 1 oz  of ground flaxseed slowed down the growth of existing prostate tumour by 30% to 40%” (Servan-Schreiber,2011,pg 191).

PLEASE NOTE:-  Consuming flaxseeds may lead to digestive problems similar to the one caused due to certain high fibre food consumption, especially in those who have a sensitive colon.

** The above information is for educational purposes only. There is absolutely no intension to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any health problems or diseases. Consult your doctor  for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment and a diet and exercise expert for advice on diet, herbs and exercise.**

Reference:-

1.Dr. David Servan-Schreiber (2011). Anti Cancer- a new way of life. Penguin Books, USA.