Bacteria and Viruses

With the current Covid-19 situation, I would like to clear up some misinformation that we’ve been living with since the time of Pasteur! Most of us are unaware that the “germ theory” popularized by Louis Pasteur is a false assumption. He was going head-to-head with another scientist of his time, Antoine Bechamp.

Bechamp argued that it was the “terrain” of the body and not the “germ”. Depending on the terrain of the body, various bacteria and viruses can exist.

The history of this is very interesting, and can be read in a 350 page book entitled “Bechamp or Pasteur, A lost chapter in the history of biology” published in 1923 by Ethel Douglas Hume. It can be read or downloaded for FREE at: http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/history/biographies/Bechamp-or-Pasteur.pdf

On his deathbed Pasteur said “THE PATHOGEN IS NOTHING; THE TERRAIN IS EVERYTHING.”

It is my personal belief that bacteria and viruses are the “garbagemen” of our bodies, whose job it is to help remove bad stuff (toxins, etc.) from our bodies! They are pleomorph’s and change to various forms, to tackle the current needs of our bodies.

As the microbiome mostly in our gut, assists with our health, there is also a virome (made up of viruses) with the same task!

We all have bacteria and viruses in our bodies at all times! So if you are ‘testing” for a particular virus, chances are good that you will find it.

So if you want to stay healthy, keep your terrain in top shape, eat right (organic), occasional fasting, exercise, and detox yourself from toxic substances and relationships!

These “pathogens” are here to help! They exist to help us stay healthy!

To Your Health!

Coffee!

I’ve been around a pretty long time (over 70) and drank coffee on and off during that time.  I was confused by what info was being presented to me, (coffee is bad for your health – coffee is good for your health) so my attitude has shifted back and forth.

A few years ago I decided to buy organic green coffee beans and roasted them my self, and I drank one 16oz. travel coffee mug each morning.  This worked well, I didn’t experience any negative effects (trouble sleeping, anxiety or any of the other known things from caffeine).

Now, over the past few years, I have learned that there are many positive health effects of drinking the stuff!  The reported negative effects are more due to overconsumption, and/or the low quality of the beans used.  My family is almost entirely chooses organic food which helps TREMENDOUSLY! 

Consuming this beverage has positive health benefits such as lowering many issues with the liver such as cancer, cirrhosis etc.  Coffee intake was associated with reduced risk of oral, pharynx, liver, colon, prostate, endometrial cancer and melanoma, but increased lung cancer risk.

So, in light of this info, drink coffee but do not over consume, and make sure it’s organic!

To Your Health! 

Weight Loss and MORE!

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Let’s face it, we’ve been concerned and frustrated about our collective weight for DECADES!  Fad diets come and go, exercise plans, gyms and equipment proliferate.  However the weight, for the most part, has been difficult to shed at best!

Many people lose weight – temporarily, but usually gain it back and more!  So what’s going on?

Our bodies are like flex-fuel vehicles that can burn more than one type of fuel for energy.  We can use glucose, fat, or protein.  Protein is not the ideal choice as we can lose valuable muscle mass.  Glucose is not good either as it causes inflammation and WEIGHT GAIN.  So that leaves FAT!  The best choice is good fat!  Wait, but fat makes you fat, right? 

No, that’s a myth that we’ve been under, collectively, for decades!

Sugar is nasty stuff!  It should be called “Heroin-Lite” as it is very addictive and causes major damage to our bodies.  Sugar can cause insulin resistance, a stepping stone towards metabolic syndrome and diabetes (two very common chronic diseases). Insulin is a very important hormone in the body. It allows glucose (blood sugar) to enter cells from the bloodstream and tells the cells to start burning glucose instead of fat!

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Our current diets contain a very large percentage of sugar (all carbohydrates are sugar). The image below shows the breakdown of sources of sugar:

e9051ff6865ca8f8655b69f029b02b2aOver the years our bodies have adapted to utilize sugar as the main fuel source, because of the huge intake of carbs and the minimized intake of fat.  But burning sugar over fat is like burning wood in our stoves and not gas.  The fat and the gas are much cleaner burning and fat contains more energy.

So what’s the answer?  Train our bodies to burn fat, not sugar for energy!  How do we do that?  It’s very simple, increase the fat percentage in our diet (good fats!) and reduce the carb intake.  Sort of like this:

ketogenic-dietIt’s called the Ketogenic Diet, and it’s gaining popularity among elite athletes and others (including me and my wife).  Ketones are formed in the blood when the body starts burning fat instead of glucose.  In order to make the ketogenic diet work we must become ketone adaptive.  This means we want to be in the”zone” as shown here:

optimal-ketosis-range-2We want to be just before Starvation Ketosis.  This would be the ideal range for blood ketones.  You can actually measure your blood ketone with a ketone meter:

ScreenShot2012-10-02at124247PMWe use the “Precision Xtra” available on Amazon for about $25.  It can be easy for some to reach this state, and very difficult for others, partly depending on their current diet (sugar is very addictive). You should reduce your carb intake to ~50 grams or less per day.  That’s the hard part.  However you can have fat, such as organic butter, MCT oil, coconut oil, full fat organic (or grass fed) dairy, bone broth (organic chicken or grass fed beef), and grass fed beef, so you may not miss the carbs!

Incorporate a moderate exercise program, and to enhance the process do some form of fasting.  We have so far opted for what they call intermittent fasting where after eating dinner at 7pm-ish we don’t eat until lunch the next day, about 1:00pm.  This gives us about a 16 hour fasting period each day, and we re not hungry!

The benefits o following a ketogenic diet are numerous:

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So following a ketogenic diet has many plus factors, more energy, reduced weight, and improved health!  So why not give it a try?!  Let us know how you make out!

To Your Health!