Cow’s Milk is for… well, Cows

For anyone who is a leche lover, I’m afraid today’s World Wide Web blog posts will have you shifting uncomfortably in your seat as evidence is revealed that milk and other dairy products may not be as healthy as they once seemed. Dr. Thomas Levy returns in his book, Death by Calcium presents a plethora of research that serves to convince the reader of the dangers associate with excess calcium intake. This post, just as an FYI, will cover the skeleton of the data. If you want the real deal, well, here’s a link to buy the book:

Now, on to the important stuff. For the most part, dairy is accepted as a staple of the standard American diet, or as I like to say, the SAD. Dr. Levy discusses that calcium is indeed a vital nutrient for many physiological processes that go on in the body, but that most foods will give more than adequate amounts. He condemns dairy and its delicious fatty rich goodness, but gives a measure of grace at the end by giving a “detox” like protocol to allow his readers some freedom.

Dr. Levy’s book revolves around calcium and its unfortunate association with increased risk of stroke, cancer, and heart attacks when there is too much in the body. This is especially a risk factor for people with osteoporosis, who are already losing calcium (via a process called resorption) that is moving throughout the body and being deposited and causing oxidation and inflammation. Now, you may cry out indignantly, “Hey! You sod! People with osteoporosis need that calcium so they don’t break their bones!!” Well, actually… they don’t. Sorry Charlie!

Death by Calcium

People who suffer from OP do NOT, I repeat NOT, need to supplement calcium. Dr. Levy prescribes a protocol, the focus of which is to increase the density of the bone matrix by a regimented supplementation of many nutrients. These nutrients include: vitamin C, K, D, Omega-3 fatty acids, and magnesium. Dr. Levy also encourages testing for hormone levels to make sure they’re in an optimum range.

Whew. ~350 words in 5 minutes of typing. 70 words per minutes. Man, and I swore I’d never be a desk jockey. But on a serious note: calcium supplementation is not a good suggestion due to the raise in risk factors for cancer, heart attacks, and strokes that it causes. Dr. Levy’s book explains the physiological mechanisms and research that fuel his book, and hopefully you’ll be interested enough to check it out. I would sincerely urge you to purchase the book, but a quick jog to Wikipedia is always a blast.

Btw: we used to play a Wikipedia association game where you see how many clicks it takes you to get from one word to another. I got from “Hitler” to “unicorns” in 2 clicks. Try it, and tell me what ya find!!!


The Guide To Healthy Eating

The Guide to Healthy Eating is a wonderfully well-written and easy-to-read book authored by Dr. David Brownstein and co-authored by Sheryl Shenefelt, C.N. This book discusses macro-nutrients (fats, carbs, proteins), sweeteners, salts, nuts, legumes, and offers practical advice on snacks for kids. Each chapter includes FAQs followed by “Remove-and-Replace” sections.

Perhaps the real help that comes from the book (at least for me, since I’m already a healthy eater) is the fact that Dr. Brownstein gives shopping lists or suggestions for each section and provides practical/healthy advice that is scientifically sound.

Dr. Brownstein also gives advice on how to feed kids. Now, I’m no longer a kid, but mac-n-cheese… so good. But. Guess what? You can have it homemade! That delicious, creamy, salty bowl of goodness that you can inhale in 4 or fewer bites (my personal record) can actually be healthy! Dr. Brownstein repeatedly states the importance of instilling good health habits in our children, even at a very young age.

Overall, an excellent and useful book. I like books that not only offer health advice, but offer practical advice that allow you to exercise the advice you’ve been giving, and doesn’t require purchasing their expensive products!

Well, this post was shorter. If there’s any healthy books you’d like me to review, leave a comment and I’ll get to it as I can. Have a great day!

Can’t Doctors C What’s Going On?

So! Weekend’s over, back to the lovely grind. (Not sarcasm.) As you may guess from my exceedingly clever title, my post today is on Vitamin C. This vitamin passes largely unnoticed from most people, which is why I’m writing about it! My information comes mostly from the book Primal Panacea by Dr. Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD, so all due credit to Dr. Levy and his research and medical efforts.

Vitamin C is an amazing substance. It strengthens the immune system, and through recent research has been proven to help maintain the adherence of your arterial walls. Dr. Levy has found evidence that Vitamin C has been shown to cure (a word that’s essentially taboo in the supplement industry, but they can say “treat”…) many viral and non-viral infections, including: AIDS/HIV (actually, it doesn’t cure it, but it minimizes symptoms so people can life asymptomatically), Ebola, Pneumonia, Shingles, Hepatitis, and a host of others.

Dr. Levy contributes the rising rate of heart attacks to the lack of Vitamin C supplementation. A coarse and unappreciating translations of how heart attacks happen is: a persoPPn becomes deficient in Vitamin  C, a mini state of scurvy occurs in the coronary arteries which results in reduced cellular wall adhesion. The inside of the artery begins to pull away, leaving openings for irritants to get in and cause inflammation. The body repairs by covering the inflamed area with cholesterol and other protective substances. But if the deficiency isn’t dealt with, this process will repeat itself over and over, and may eventually lead to heart disease.

Certainly, the information being presented is nowhere near conventional, which is partially why I find it so interesting! Vitamin C also has several other interesting and extremely useful roles, such as: an antidote (an example provided was of a girl bitten by a black widow spider, and after receiving megadose Vitamin C, she had a complete recovery), and as an antioxidant (this role is fairly well known but Dr. Levy brings forth research that shows the extent of its usefulness).

In conclusion, Dr. Levy provides the reader with many valuable resources that cover a wide range of potential issues. Anyone who wants to help cure a viral infection, or just wants to boost their immune system should consider reading Dr. Levy’s book and practicing the protocols he outlines.

‘Doctoring Data’ by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

Doctoring Data is an extremely thought-provoking and well-written book. Its author, Dr. Kendrick, challenges his readers to rise to the challenge of sorting out medical sense from medical nonsense. He discusses ten strategies that he feels are effective iDoctoring Datan allowing readers to wade through the mire of studies and determining what they should believe.

In his book, Dr. Kendrick also includes many of his own personal medical beliefs. He believes that high cholesterol is not a precursor or risk for a heart attack, and points out flawed studies that would wrongly support the high cholesterol/risk theory.

The overall layout of the book is designed to give the reader a wide range of techniques that allows for intelligent analyzing of medical information. Dr. Kendrick says that the best way of thinking is diving things into three categories: probable, possible, and unlikely. This thinking is more flexible than absolutist thinking and allows for the objective criticizing that must occur for advancements to be made.

Overall, Doctoring Data gives readers a refreshing sense of reality. It provides insights and reasoning as to why and how doctors are biased. It is filled with quipy one-liners, bringing to the readers’ attention the obvious yet very amusing sarcasm that Dr. Kendrick drawls out.

In conclusion, here is a quote from Dr. Kendrick that summarizes his guarded optimism for the health field:

“Because I have so much for what western medicine can do when it goes right, I really, really, hate to see it when it goes horribly wrong. When it is distorted, manipulated, and used for the wrong purposes”

-Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, Doctoring Data, pg. 242-243