Foods That Age the Brain

Foods That Age the Brain

Dr. Jimmy Steger

A healthy diet is about more than keeping yourself fit and free of heart disease, wrinkles and impotence (yes, all are related to food!). It’s about preserving your memory too;  Oh and by the way don’t forget that.

For instance, eating high amounts of saturated fat — more than four grams in an hour — can raise the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood, which can stick to your arteries, and, even worse, turn on inflammatory genes that result in those wrinkles, poor orgasm quality, and you got it, that gunk in your brain that makes your memory be less than it is now.

The same arterial plaque buildup from this saturated fat – I like to call it a food felon — that leads to heart disease is a major culprit for vascular dementia — when the brain neurons become inflamed or don’t get enough oxygen and blood flow. Inflammation and lack of oxygen (resulting from that glazed donut or soda pop) result in accelerated memory loss.  Stay away from this junk, get involved in pumping iron on a regular basis, have a good diet in hand and stick with it.

Poor food choices cause poor cognitive functioning: The eight southern states in America that make up the “Stroke Belt” also have higher incidences of obesity and greater chance of dementia. Of course, many factors are at play when it comes to developing dementia, but lifestyle factors like a high saturated fat diet (from four-legged animal fat, two-legged animal skin, palm and coconut oil), coupled with little physical activity, are certainly big contributors to memory problems as well as heart attacks, stroke, premature wrinkles and even delayed orgasm, yes!

A recent study of healthy adults and adults with mild cognitive impairment tested out the effects of two diets. One was the “high diet,” which was high in saturated fat (at least 25 percent of the diet) and simple carbohydrates (glycemic index greater than 70). The other was a “low diet,” which was low in saturated fat (less than 7 percent of the diet) with a fewer simple carbs (glycemic index less than 55).

Not surprisingly, the low (low in the food felons) diet improved or made the levels of three important markers of health better for you.

Firstly, this diet was associated with decreased plasma lipids. Secondly, the low diet was linked with lower insulin levels. Current research is looking at an optimal insulin dose to help cognitive functioning in people with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.

Lastly, the low in food felons diet lowered CSF F2-isoprostane concentrations, which is a fancy way of saying it lessened the biomarkers of free radical injury, a signal of oxidative damage to, or damaging inflammation in, your central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).

What does this all mean for the bigger picture? After just one month of the low saturated fat/low carbs diet, “visual memory” improved for healthy adults and adults with cognitive impairment. This was a small study of 49 subjects, but the implications have big promise for your enjoyment of life and brain functioning!

Starting today, what can you do?  Look out for the five food felons, which are guaranteed to age your brain and body. We like to kick the felons totally out, but truth be told, the felons don’t have to be exiled from your diet — they just have to be put under very close watch,  real close,

Here’s a quick review of how they can age you, so stay away from these;

  1. Trans Fat – Ok out for “partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.” Tran’s fat alters metabolic processes and hardens your arteries. How much to have?  NONE
  2. Saturated Fat – Leads to the buildup of fatty tissue on the inner linings of your arteries and turns on inflammatory genes. How much to have? No more than 2 grams per hour.
  3. Refined Sugar – Excess sugar causes the proteins in your body to function improperly, aging your arterial system and weakens the immune system tremendously.  How much to have? In my book, NONE
  4. Syrups – All syrups. Not just that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) — the man-made sugar that does the same things as sugar — all syrups, like all added sugars increase the risk of dysfunctional proteins, obesity and metabolic syndrome. Be wary of maple and malt syrups, as well. How much to have? Stay away!
  5. Whole Grains – Whole grains contain a lot of fiber, which helps preventing arterial aging. How much to have?  I suggest a combination of simple carbohydrates and complex carbs with 100 percent whole grain, go ahead, use a combination of both daily just don’t indulge in too much wheat flour, NOT good! 

 Until next time, Stay Healthy!

Dr. Jimmy Steger

Acid-Alkali Balance

Acid-Alkali Balance

Dr. Jimmy Steger

The acidity and alkalinity levels within our bodies are measured by the Potential of Hydrogen (PH) scale. The pH level of 7.0 is considered to be neutral; any levels below 7.0 are considered to be acidic and unhealthy and above 7.0 are considered to be alkaline. Because the human body is naturally acidic, due to faulty diet, it’s important we strive to keep our systems at 7.2 -7.4.  Perfect blood ph is 7.365 and if it moves by as much as 1/100th of a percent, we die.  If you are wondering what your current levels are, there is a self-test that can be done in order to achieve these results on your own. All you have to do is purchase litmus paper from any health food store and place saliva or urine on the paper to watch it change color. The paper you bought will indicate what the colors mean.  I personally like to check it through saliva, because it is easier and faster.

Acidosis is a common condition in which the fluids within the body become overly acidic over time from eating incorrectly. This is not healthy and not where you want your body to be.  Some of the symptoms you might see with this condition include insomnia, water retention, migraine headaches, arthritis, low blood pressure, constipation, difficulty swallowing, bumps on the roof of your mouth and the tongue. This is just a short list of the many different symptoms that can be experienced when acidosis has taken place. As you can imagine with so many different symptoms to consider it can be hard for a doctor to proper diagnose this condition in the early stages.

There are two different classifications when it comes to acidosis, which are respiratory and metabolic. Respiratory acidosis can be the direct result of existing conditions such as asthma or bronchitis. Basically this form of acidosis is the interruption of control of the acid levels within our bodies or consequently the depletion of alkaline. When this occurs the lungs become unable to remove carbon dioxide from the airways and respiratory acidosis is the result.

On the other hand, metabolic acidosis occurs when there is a chemical disturbance within the body, which changes the levels of acid and alkali. There are many different actions and conditions, which can create this type of acidosis such as conditions like diabetes, kidney failure and the over use of medications such as aspirin. These conditions and disorders directly contribute to the depletion of the alkali, which is needed for proper balance. There are many different natural treatments, which can be utilized in order to keep your acid levels strong but not so strong that they deplete the alkali.

  • Coenzyme A is a natural supplement, which helps to promote the strength of the immune system and eliminate toxins from the body.
  • Kelp can be taken in dosages of 1,000-1,500 mg and helps reduce the amount of acid located within the body.
  • Phosphorus is an essential mineral, which aids in the transformation of food into energy.
  • Potassium can help aid when it comes to the PH levels of the blood and can be taken several times a day in a supplement form.

As you can see each of these natural supplements can do their part to help make sure that your pH balances are always correct and therefore you are decreasing your risk of many different conditions, which can arise when your acid and alkali levels are out of order.

Directly on the other hand there is a condition called alkalosis, which of course is the condition where the body has too high levels of alkali. This condition is far less common than that of acidosis but it still does occur today. Alkalosis produces what is known as over excitation of the nervous system and the peripheral nerves are affected first. Some of the symptoms for this condition may be classified as being highly nervous, sore muscles, seizures, hypertension, edema, chronic indigestion, vomiting, thick blood and thickening of the skin. This is just a short list of examples to allow you to see what some of the symptoms may be.

The symptoms of alkalosis are far more unique and serious and therefore easier for physicians to single out today. The most common cause of alkalosis is an over intake of alkaline based drugs such as sodium bicarbonate, which is used in the treatment for ulcers. It can also be the result of a poor diet, which is very common in our society today, regular vomiting, high cholesterol and osteoarthritis.

Now that you have the understanding of what can happen when your pH levels are out of order it is important to understand how to keep them in order through your diet. The basic rule is to consume 80% of alkaline forming foods and 20% of acidic forming foods and drinks through your everyday diet. Some acid forming foods include:

  • Beans
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Meat (Beef , Pork)
  • Milk
  • Foods with added sugar also refined sugar
  • Olives
  • Pasta
  • Poultry
  • Soft Drinks

On the other hand the alkaline forming foods include:

  • Corn
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Mushrooms (not recommended)
  • Onions
  • Raisins
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Soy Products (not recommended)
  • Avocados
  • Sprouts

As you can see there are many ways for you to keep your levels balanced while still enjoying the foods that you like. Not many people pay attention to this unique form of health but when you are feeling ill and don’t know why your pH levels may be imbalanced, now you have the knowledge to take the appropriate actions to rectify this situation. Pay attention to the foods you consume within a day and you will begin to see where you are going wrong and what you can do to alter your levels for excellent health.  Remember the phrase, Alkali or Die.

Until next time, Stay Healthy!

Dr. Jimmy Steger

Bodybuilding Nutrition

Bodybuilding Nutrition

So you wanna be a Bodybuilder?  I have young kids and teens come into my gym all the time and tell me they want to be a bodybuilder and look like that guy on the wall.  That guy they are referring to happens to be the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger, by all accounts the greatest bodybuilder of our time.  So I start to explain some of the things they will need to do in order to start their journey down this long and very dedicated life of eating right and training like theres no tomorrow for many years and you can start to see them change their tune, in most cases very quickly.  Some have what it takes, however very few, really have the desire and dedication to really put that kind of effort into it. You see it takes alot more than just working out in the gym 4 or 5 days a week and eating alot of protein. Most people really don’t understand what a professional bodybuilder must go through 24/7 to develop the type of physique it takes to make it to this level.  Unlike other profressional athletes who play a particular sport for competition for 4 months out ot the year and practice in the off season some as well to prepare for the season.  The professional bodybuilder eats, sleeps and trains 12 months out of the year for their sport, and when a competition comes within 12 -16 weeks out, then they really buckle down and tighten their diet up and start doing alot of extra cardio work to start to really lean out. this is no joke and the training must be serious, no playing around and taking breaks.

 Nutrition, is the single most important part of bodybuilding and you really have to be willing to change your lifestyle around this sport.  So ask yourself, are you ready to give up all your junk food and eat, oatmeal, rice, beans, salads, fish, chicken, sweet potatos and fruit with water for however long it takes to get that kind of physique?  Well most people aren’t, so there you go and if don’t think you can do it, then the chances are very slim, you can.  You gotta have that kind of determination to do whatever it takes to get those big biceps and smokin quads.  It’s work and alot of it.  In all fairness, you can eat alot more good quaility foods than what I said above and you really should expand that quite a bit, I am simply giving you a mind frame of what it takes mentally to be one of these rare breeds.  Now the real kicker is this, for all you young kids and teens that are not totally aware of this sport, and most of you are not, by any means.  Let me say this, 99 percent of the professional bodybuilders did not get there by training like a mad man and eating great 12 months out of the year for many years.  They had some good genetics and  they had a little extra help,  it’s called STEROIDS or the juice.  Do not get caught up in this dangerous and very short lived life of looking potentially awesome just for some twenty-five dollar trophy and the chance of one day possibly turning pro.  I know I wanted to be a Pro-Bodybuilder and be one of those guys when I was 13 also and so I trained smart, ate right, and did everything I knew and studied the science of bodybuilding and nutrition like no one else.  I went to CA to train with these pros at 17,  went to school there and found out there amazing secret to getting so HUGE.  STEROIDS was the answer and I couldn’t beleive these guys were sticking a needle in their rear ends and swallowing these little blue pills and blowing up like a ballon.  That was the ticket.  But it wasn’t the ticket for me.  After studing and living there, I quickly decided I would train right, eat right and just be the very best I could be Naturally!

So what’s really involved here if you want to look great and develop your physique the very best you can?  Let’s start with Nutrition and the right way to do this.   Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein and this is the key factor in rebuilding your muscles after you tear them down in the gym.  You should consume around 30 to 60 grams of protein every three hours of the days times six.  That’s right, you wiill need to eat 6 small meals per day every day like clock work.  Carbs should be eaten wilth each protein meal and you should consume around 25-100 grams per meal depending on your physique, and what you are trying to acheive.  More carbs for getting bigger and putting on mass and less carbs for leaning out.  Remember this,  do not cut your carbs below 20 grams per three hours.  Why?  because the brain needs 20 grams of carbs just to function at peak levels.  When you cut your carbs below this mark, you will start to forget things, get headaches, get dizzy, foggy brain and many other things.  You may get lean or shreadded, (bodybuilder talk) but you will also start to loose valuble muscle size.  The muscles needs carbs for fuel and this is extremely important part of a bodybuilders diet.  Fats are important also and this is where alot of people mess up also. Consume around 30-60 grams of non-saturated fats per day in the source of olive oils, almonds, walnuts, and other organic grain products.  Fats, like carbs should be eaten in small amounts with each meal.

Bodybuilding supplements should be are a very important part of any ones diet and are much needed by all people.  There are certain supplements one can take to help speed up the process of building additional mass to ones physique.  Here is my list of the top bodybuidling supplements to take reagardless of whether you are trying to be the next Mr. Olympia or just want to be the best you can be Naturally.  

Whey Protein Isolate

Research shows that whey-protein isolates increase the amount of glutathione in body tissues. Glutathione is a peptide (an amino acid derivative) that helps support the body’s immune system, placing whey protein at the top of the list for immuno-enhancing potential. This is one of whey’s main functional properties.

Whey protein contains the highest concentration (23% to 25%) of branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) of any single protein source. This BCAA content is important because BCAA’s are an integral part of muscle development and are the first amino’s sacrificed.

Another functional property of whey is its ability to enhance natural glutathione production within the body. Glutathione is the body’s most powerful naturally occurring antioxidant and also plays a role in immune-system support.

Whey-protein isolates contain quadra-peptides (short protein chains containing four amino acids), which have been shown to have pain-killing effects. This is another powerful functional property that may help decrease muscle soreness following intense weight training.

Due to its excellent amino acid profile, solubility, and digestibility, whey has a high biological value (BV). Basically, BV is a measure of how well a protein is used by the body. One of the more interesting functional properties of whey protein is its reported ability to stimulate IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor-1) production. 22 IGF-1 is structurally and functionally similar to insulin and enhances protein synthesis (i.e., muscle growth).

 Whey proteins provide unique health benefits, such as fighting infections and perhaps even fighting cancer. Recent studies have shown a regression in some cancerous tumors when patients consumed 30 grams of whey protein powder a day. Whey protein appears to play a direct role in bone growth. Studies show it may increase bone strength and bone protein, such as collagen.

Creatine

There are multiple studies which have evaluated the ergogenic value of creatine supplementation in various exercise tasks.  In these studies, short-term (5 to 7 days) and/or extended (7 to 54 days) creatine supplementation (20 to 25 grams per day for 5 to 7 days and 2 to 25 grams per day thereafter) was reported to not only increase one-repetition maximum lifting strength but improve vertical jump performance, increase work performed during sets of maximal-effort muscle contractions, enhance single effort and repetitive sprint performance in sprints lasting 6 to 30 seconds, improve high-intensity exercise performance in events lasting 90 to 300 seconds, and increase maximal exercise capacity.  The science surrounding the efficacy of creatine supplementation for enhancing many types of athletic performance is virtually indisputable, and it once again rates as one of the best bodybuilding supplements ever.

 Nitric Oxide

Despite the claims of some in the sports supplement industry, there exists solid scientific evidence to suggest the efficacy of Nitric Oxide products. The following was written in May 1996 in a document prepared for the Royal Society and Association of British Science Writers:

“Summary research papers continue to flood the scientific journals and insights into the biological activity and potential clinical uses of nitric oxide (NO): a gas controlling a seemingly limitless range of functions in the body. Each revelation adds to nitric oxide’s already lengthy resume in controlling the circulation of the blood, regulating activities of the brain, lungs, liver, kidneys, stomach and other organs.”  Since the above was written in 1996, Nitric Oxide containing products have continued to be touted by those in the medical profession, as well as by athletes looking to add muscle size and strength

The above quotation states that Nitric Oxide controls the circulation of blood, and transmits messages between nerve cells.  The fact that nitric oxide increases blood flow should make it of interest to bodybuilders, as increased blood flow will serve to deliver more nutrients to muscles, thus helping muscles become larger when subject to stress. Nitric oxide also affects the endocrine system. It affects the release of gonadotroptin releasing hormone, as well as the release of adrenaline from the adrenal medulla.  So who needs Nitric Oxide?  Everyone because nitric oxide is needed to carry out key physiological processes within the body. From a bodybuilder’s perspective, nitric oxide supplementation may prove useful in increasing growth due to increases in blood flow to certain areas of the body. Signs of deficiency include physical weakness and extreme fatigue. Most “nitric oxide” supplements contain the amino acid Arginine-alpha-keto-glutarate. BSN’s NO-Xplode is my recommended choice, as it contains a good amount of Arginine-alpha-keto-glutarate, as well as other growth-enhancing peptides and nutrients.

Glutamine

L-Glutamine is considered the foremost amino acid for increasing cell volumization and thereby muscle growth. Cell volumization is the process of increasing cellular hydration. This increase in hydration (and the resultant increased cellular volume), recent studies have shown, is directly correlative to a powerful, positive anabolic signal for further muscle growth.

According to Dr. Dieter Häussinger—one of the world’s foremost authorities in the science of cell volumization—“It seems that cell swelling (or volumizing) acts like an ‘anabolic signal,’”—thus stimulating the muscle cell to grow in response to stress, such as weight-training exercise. In addition to its anabolic properties, when cells are swollen with water, this inhibits the breakdown of protein, glycogen and glucose (which are needed for muscular energy).  Conversely, according to Dr. Häussinger, cell dehydration (shrinkage) directly stimulates catabolism. This can literally “eat away” at hard-earned muscle tissue and spell doom for those wishing to maximize muscle growth. Interestingly, muscle cell volumization may in part offer an explanation to the previously observed potent growth-promoting effects of certain nutrients, such as protein.  For example, amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein, have long been known to be essential for stimulating muscle growth. Newer research shows that certain amino acids serve as what Dr. Häussinger calls “intracellular osmolytes,” which basically means they draw water into the cell. This, in turn, triggers that “anabolic signal” Dr. Häussinger talked about earlier that somehow fires up the muscle-building machinery of the cell.

Of all amino acids examined for cellular volumization effects, glutamine appears to be one of the most important. In fact, according to Dr. Häussinger, the relationship between glutamine and cellular hydration may be fundamental to protein synthesis. In a study published in the European Journal of Biochemistry, Dr. Häussinger and colleagues discovered that cell volume can be increased by as much as 12 percent within two minutes of glutamine infusion and remain at their increased volumes for as long as glutamine is present. In other words, as long as glutamine content remains high within the muscle cell, cell volumization and anabolic processes also remain elevated.   However, research has confirmed that once glutamine is depleted from the muscle, the cells lose water rapidly and that unenviable “muscle-wasting” state sets in.

Carthamus Tinctorius

C9-T11 has soared up the charts with its impressive clinical research results, glowing customer reviews, and testimonials from Champion athletes, including football players, boxers, and MMA fighters.  Scientists from Norway’s Medstat Research Center have recently discovered a rare extract from an African plant called Carthamus tinctorius. The scientific name for this nutrient is Cis-9-Trans-11 (C9-T11 for short), and recent clinical tests are now showing this nutrient possesses remarkable muscle-building benefits.  Clinical tests show subjects taking C9-T11 gained 700% more muscle in just 7 weeks. In my 28 years of reviewing clinical research, no other muscle-building supplement has facilitated such a large increase in muscle mass within such a short period of time.  After interviewing many customers, as well as reviewing the clinical research studies, this product is the runaway #1 muscle-building recommendation for 2010.

So there we have it, these supplements listed will elevate you’re training to new heights and if you’re not on these presently, then it’s time you get with it.  Remember the three things you have to have in order to be a great bodybuilder are Superior Nutrition, Smart Training, and adequate rest every night.  Without these, your hope of having the greatest physique you can build is beinggreatly  impaired.  So what do you say we get with it now, quit procrastinating, go to the gym and be the best you can be, Naturally!

Until next time, stay healthy!

Dr. Jimmy Steger

Are You Breaking Down?

Are You Breaking Down?
What we eat is so important for nourishing the brain, nervous system and entire body. When our brains and nervous systems are fed foods they need, we will be stronger physically as well as emotionally. The brain and nervous system are physical structures that have physical needs. When they are not receiving proper nutrients, we become tired or even depressed. To heal ourselves emotionally, physically and spiritually, we must change our thoughts to be more positive. We should change our foods to those of the highest quality if we want to feed our brain, nervous system, bones, muscles, skin, internal organs and entire body to the best of our abilities. Many people think they are eating nutritious foods, however, after their first consultation at our office, they quickly find out just how far off they really are. Few people eat whole nourishing foods with a nutritional food plan that will ensure variety in their daily diet. If we eat the same junk foods that are bio-chemically unbalanced day after day, our bodies are going to be vitamin and mineral deficient. This will make a person ill and this is where disease starts to take over the body. It has been my experience, after 25 years working in the health field, that when a person gets the proper nutrients from a variety of different whole organic foods, exercises daily, thinks positive and lives a harmonious life, their body will grow strong and healthy. Our bodies have a great capacity to heal when given the correct environment and bio-chemical elements they need. Mother Nature provides us with so many nourishing fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains. Most people do not understand what it takes to supply the proper fiber, vitamins, minerals and enzymes to their body on a daily basis. I recommend the following nutritional guide to be followed daily, 6 vegetables, 2 fruits, 1 starch and 1 protein. Sixty percent of our foods should be eaten raw, to ensure that we get enough fiber and living enzymes that are so valuable for digestion. We should never heat oils, this changes the chemical matrix within the oils and causes them to be harmful to our bodies. Cold pressed oils are better used, without heating, occasionally in salads. Cook foods in stainless steel, low-heat cooking utensils. Never fry foods. Always use fresh, pure, whole organic foods. The five nutritional sins that cause health problems if they eat them daily or weekly are: sugar, salt, fat, milk and wheat. When used on a regular basis these items can cause an overload to our systems and create catarrh, mucus, and even allergies. The more harmful things are: alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, and caffeine. And don’t be fooled by those so called decaffeinated products. All those products labeled decaff still have 20 to 50 milligrams of caffeine and is very harmful to the heart and central nervous system because it robs the body of vital nutrients. If you want to be healthy, these things must be omitted entirely.

Until next time, Stay Healthy!

Dr. Jimmy Steger

10 Things Drugs do to Your Body

10 Things Drugs do to Your Body

1. ALL DRUGS ARE POISON.

All drugs are basically poison. The amount which you take is what decides how it affects you. A small amount is a stimulant. A larger amount is a sedative. An even larger amount acts as a poison and can kill you. This is true of ANY drug. Each has a different amount. Caffeine in coffee for example two or three cups can stimulate. Ten would probably put a person to sleep. 100 cups would probably kill him.

2. ALL DRUGS AFFECT THE MIND.

When a person thinks of something, he gets a picture of it in his mind. These “mental pictures” are very easy to see for yourself. If you close your eyes and think of a cat, you will get a picture of a cat. The mind takes 25 pictures every second, and files them away to solve problems in life.

Normally, when a person remembers something, the mind is very fast and information comes to him very quickly from the pictured in his mind.

When a person tries to get the information through all this blurry mess, he can’t do it. Drugs make a person seem slow or stupid. This can cause him to have failures in life. And when he fails in life, what does this person want more of? DRUGS!

3. PEOPLE TAKE DRUGS TO GET RID OF UNWANTED FEELINGS.

Anyone who takes drugs does it to get rid of some pain or unwanted feelings, including boredom. To understand why someone takes drugs now, you need to know what was wrong before he or she took them. He may have some pain. He may have wanted to feel happier.

The drugs were temporary solution to the unwanted feelings. To get a real solution, the person would have to fix hat was causing the problem in the first place.

4. WHEN A DRUG WEARS OFF, THE PERSON WANTS MORE.

When any drug wears off, the pain or other feeling that went away comes back harder than before. If someone had a problem that made him want to take drugs… let’s say he is “too nerves” to talk to anyone at a party…

He might take a drug to help him relax. When the drug wears off, the feeling of nervousness is worse than before…and he wants MORE of the drug to calm himself.

This person’s problem talking to people won’t go away. Until he has done something about this shyness and finds out he CAN talk to people, with or without drugs.

5. ALCOHOL IS THE MOST USED DRUG OF ALL.

Alcohol is a drug. Like any other drug it is poisonous to the body. Like other drugs, alcohol uses up vitamins in your body so you feel tired or sick after drinking it. This is what causes a “hangover”.

The body needs vitamins to stay alive. If you don’t eat a healthy diet, you may not get the vitamins you need. This can cause you to feel tired, or even sick.

Any time you take drugs, they burn up some of your body’s vitamins. If you take enough drugs later you’ll feel better but the problem gets WORSE.

6. MARIJUANA DAMAGES THE LUNGS, NERVES, AND BRAIN.

There are 400 chemicals in marijuana smoke, 60 of these have been proven to cause cancer. These chemicals stay in the body for years. Marijuana contains THC, a “neurotoxin” (a poison affecting the brain and nerves.)

When someone smokes pot, it makes two things happen: 1) There’s almost an immediate burn up of vitamins and minerals in the body. 2) The nerves in the body go numb.

Each time someone gets “high”, they don’t feel quite as good, and each time they feel a little worse afterwards.

Eventually, pot smokers don’t want the drug…they NEED the drug to relieve the unwanted conditions the drugs created in their bodies. Their bodies can’t take in enough vitamins to make up for what the drug destroys.

7. ECSTASY IS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS DRUGS.

Recent research has shown very serious, long term damage to the nervous system from Ecstasy in some cases this has caused brain damage and even holes on the brain, caused by this drug.

Ecstasy is a “hallucinogen” These are some of the most dangerous drugs.

Hallucinogens cause pictures in the mind to become mixed up. A person can get thrown into a scary or sad experience from the past and get stuck there without even realizing it. This can result in permanent feelings of fear, sadness or other feelings that have nothing to do with what’s happening in the persons present life.

8. DRUGS RUIN CREATITVITY.

There is a scale of emotions that people move up and down as they go threw life.

Lets say someone is bored. She smokes pot which causes the nervous system to go numb. And “lifts” her into fake cheerfulness. It’s fake because what happens when the drug wears off? She feels terrible and doesn’t care about anything. When she comes back up the scale, she feels a little lower then before she took the drug.

The person goes lower and lower on the scale, feels less and less cheerful and less creative as time goes on.

9. DRUGS DULL ALL YOUR SENSES.

Because drugs numb the nervous system, they are a way for a person to temporally get rid of unwanted feelings like sadness, boredom, or fear. Sometimes, in an emergency, drugs are needed to that an operation can be preformed or when there has been an accident.

However, drugs block off ALL sensations or feelings. Eventually any kind of feeling becomes harder to experience. That includes sexual feelings also. The person feels less alive, and he may act like he doesn’t care about anything or anyone around him.

After a while, drugs will make a person less aware of what is going on around him, he will become slower, not as quick to think or move or react. So he can get into accidents and other dangerous situations more easily when he has used more drugs.

Often, the person isn’t aware of this change in himself even though other people may notice it and try to point it out to him.

10. DRUGS STAY IN THE BODY FOR YEARS AFTER YOU TAKE THEM.

Most drugs get stored in fat within the body and can stay there for years. Here is how that happens. Drugs easily mix with fat in the body. The drugs will move close to the vein and when drugs come through the vein the fat draws the drug into it like a magnet. This problem because later, when the person is working, or exercising or even stressed…the fat burns up and a tiny amount of the drug seeps back into the into the vein. He gets a tiny “taste” of that drug again.

What happens when you get a tiny taste of sugar? You want MORE. What happens to the guy getting a tiny taste of that drug? He wants MORE. So he may still want drugs even years after he’s stopped taking drugs.

The American Death Ceremony

The American Death Ceremony

Dr. Jimmy Steger

The American death ceremony started as a ritual back in the days of witchcraft. The last few years it has been developed into a science. It usually takes from fifteen to twenty years. However, modern scientific advancements are shortening this period of time.

It starts with one simple pain relieving aspirin for a simple headache or backache. When one aspirin will no longer mask the pain, then you decide to take two. After a few months, when two aspirin will no longer mask the pain in the head or the back, you take a stronger compound. By this time it becomes necessary to take something for the ulcers in your stomach that have been caused by the aspirin. Now we have two medicines in our body, and you have a great start.

After a few months, these medications are starting to disrupt your liver function. If a good infection develops, you now take some penicillin. Of course, penicillin will damage your red blood corpuscles and spleen so that you develop anemia. Another medication is then taken to cover up the anemia. By the time all of these medications put such a strain on your kidneys they should break down.

It’s now time to introduce some antibiotics into the system. When these destroy your natural resistance to disease, you can expect a general flair-up of all your symptoms. Then next important step is to cover up all of these symptoms with some good sulfur based drugs. When the kidneys finally plug up you can have them drained. Some poison will build up in your system, but you can keep going quite a while this way.

By now the medications in your body will be so confused they won’t know what they are supposed to be doing, but it really doesn’t matter. If you have followed every step as directed by your family physician, you can know make an appointment with your undertaker.

This game is played by practically all Americans in this country, except for the few ignorant souls who follow nature’s way.

Drugs only mask the symptoms allowing the body at best, time to heal itself. We must give our body the tools that are necessary to rebuild and regenerate healthy cells. These are minerals such as copper, calcium, magnesium, iodine, manganese, zinc, potassium, cobalt, sodium, selenium, and chromium. Without these elemental minerals in the body, you will not make it to see sixty or seventy years of age. These minerals taken on a daily basis through our diets and through additional supplementation, will allow our bodies to rebuild their own internal bio-magnetic energy form. We are then capable of pulling out of our food source those additional minerals our bodies deem necessary for proper health.

Until next time, stay healthy!

Dr. Jimmy Steger

Artificial Sweeteners “Consumer Beware”

WHOLISTIC HEALTH CARE

By Dr. Jimmy Steger

Artificial Sweeteners “Consumer Beware”
      Food companies have been using sugar and other artificial sugar ingredients for many years in their products to make things sweeter and appeal to the consumer’s taste buds.

Some companies list the sugar up there near the top of their ingredient list, while others try to camouflage their sugar content by hiding behind such innocuous sounding names as turbinado sugar, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, acesulfame-k, and splenda.

While these sweetening ingredients may sound less offensive to the unsophisticated shopper, they are still empty calorie sweeteners that have been shunned for decades by

Nutritionist.  Remember this, labels must list their ingredients in the order of their predominance in the product.  So the nearer to the top of the ingredient list you see these various forms of sugar, the more sugar these products contain.

Artificial sweeteners have been among the most controversial food additives on the market.  In fact, controversy still rages today around two of the originals: cyclamates and saccharine.  One would think that artificial sweeteners would be among the last choice of companies who purport to be purveyors of healthy foods.  Not so!  In fact, it is appalling to see the variety of artificial sweeteners that have currently found their way into the market place of our homes.  Let’s take a closer look at some of the popular ones as well as some their possible side effects.

Aspartame, Here’s one of the worst!  This is one of the artificial sweeteners labeled as an Excitotoxin.  These excitotoxins, when ingested, cause too much frenetic energy in the brain.  Within one hour of ingesting this into your body, the neurons in the brain explode which can cause dull pain in the temple or front of the head.  If you are on a low carbohydrate diet or simply hypoglycemic, then your brain is going to suffer greater damage due to the lack of glucose in the brain cells. This is the main cause of ALS, Alzhiemer’s, and Parkinson’s Disease and controversy has surrounded this product ever since it first came on the market as NutraSweet.  Here is a list of symptoms reported to the FDA’s Center for Food safety by people who have used aspartame:  headaches, dizziness, seizures, depression, numbness, muscle spasm, hearing loss, blurred vision, fatigue, weight gain, irregular heart beat, slurred speech, tinnitus, loss of taste, irritability, heart palpitations, anxiety, joint pain, insomnia, nausea, and memory loss.  Remember this the next time you decide to consume foods that list aspartame among its ingredients.

Acesulfame-K, This chemical sweetener is becoming more popular not only in foods but also high protein meal replacement powders, and nutrition bars, where it is the main sweetener used.  Manufactured by Hoechst, a German chemical company, this chemical is 200 times sweeter than sugar and used around the world.  Safety test were conducted in the 1970’s and according to some investigators, were of mediocre quality. Two studies in rats showed the additives caused cancer. Acesulfame-K was also shown to raise the blood cholesterol levels of diabetic rats, this fact lead several cancer experts, as well as the Center for Science in the public interest to urge the FDA to require better testing before permitting the artificial sweetener in soft drinks.  Furthermore Acetoacetamide, a breakdown product of Acesulfame-K, has been shown to adversely affect the thyroid gland in dogs, rabbits, and rats.  A word of caution.  Since the K stands for potassium, some companies have tried to avoid the controversy by listing this sweetener as Acesulfame-Potassium, making it sound natural.  Splenda, also known as sucralose is one of the very latest sweetener’s making it’s way into the foods we eat, as well as the nutrition bars, and other health products in the industry. It too is not with out controversy. McNeil specialty products manufacture Sucralose, also known as Splenda, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson.  It is derived by altering a normal sugar molecule through a patented process that selectively substitutes three chlorine atoms for three hydrogen/oxygen groups on a sugar molecule.  The tightly bound chlorine atom creates a molecular structure that is exceptionally stable and five to six hundred times sweeter that regular sugar.  The manufacturer claims sucralose is not broken down in the body after ingestion instead passes through the intestinal system intact and is then excreted.  However, some investigators claim that the sucralose is broken down in the body as small amounts of 1,6-dichlorofructose, a chemical that has not been adequately tested in humans. (Is it really good for any thing to pass through the body without being absorbed?)  Pre-approval research indicated that sucralose caused shrunken thymus glands (up to forty percent shrinkage) as well as enlarged liver, and kidneys.  The manufacturer claimed that the reason for this was that the sucralose was unpleasant for the rodent to eat in large amounts and that it was starvation that actually caused the shrunken thymus gland. Post-approval research has shown a possible sucralose link with enlargment of the large bowel area and renal kidney mineralization.  Furthermore, there have been no long term human studies done on this artificial sweetener.  Read your product labels and you will be surprised at how many of them are now using sucralose.  Sugar-Alcohol, Sugar Alcohol’s belong to a chemical family known as polyols, and while they resemble both sugar and alcohols in their structure, they are not actually classified as either.  Some of the popular polyols now being used as sweeteners now include Erythritol, (which is the most recent) Mannitol, Sorbitol, and Zylitol.  They are used in baking products, beverages, chewing gum, cookies, frozen deserts, and candy to provide sweetness, texture, and help retain moistness.  Even though the use of polyols appears to be safe, more research is still needed.  One human study conducted on erythritol, for instance, showed an increase in urinary excretion of calcium and albumin on test subjects, with some people experiencing bloating and flatulence at high levels of ingestion.  Until all the facts are in, it still would be wise to keep the use of polyols out of your diet.

Until next time, Stay Healthy!

Dr. Jimmy Steger   

20 Reasons to Weight-Train

20 Reasons to Weight-Train
Dr. Jimmy Steger

  1. Fit people have better self-esteem than out of shape people. 
  2. The greater amount of fatty tissue, the greater the risk of infection after a surgery. 
  3. You can lower your blood cholesterol by losing just 5% of your body weight. 
  4. A pound of muscle takes up about 22% LESS SPACE than a pound of fat.
  5. Working out helps relieve stress, which is a major cause of overeating.
  6. Your back, hips and knees will feel better if you are at your proper body weight.
  7. A physically active person has up to a 20-year advantage in terms of functionality over a sedentary person (so you will no only live longer, but live a better quality of life!).
  8. Gastric bypass surgery isn’t covered by insurance.
  9. Being fit can save you money (up to 15% on medical bills).
  10. Active people have a lower risk of cancer and other diseases.
  11. Physically fit people have a lower risk of falls and broken bones (especially people over 50).
  12. Exercise help your brain to work more efficiently (people who use dumbbells aren’t dumbbells!).
  13. Strength and flexibility training can make you up to a quarter-inch taller.
  14. Fit people sleep better.
  15. Better blood circulation reduces the risk of hearing problems.
  16. People who exercise said work was more fun (well, at least more tolerable).
  17. Fit people have better digestion, less constipation and better complexions.
  18. Weight-bearing exercise reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
  19. Statistically, fat people are poorer than fit people.
  20. A sexy body results in more… well, you know.

Image is Critical, let’s train!

Dr. Jimmy Steger

Acrylamide: The Silent Killer

ACRYLAMIDE THE SILENT KILLER

Dr. Jimmy Steger

What is acrylamide? – This is a chemical that’s found most prevalently in potato chips, French fries, crackers, coffee and other carbohydrate-laden snacks.  Many animal studies have shown that when acrylamide is eaten in excess – more than 40 micrograms, according to most estimates – it contributes to various forms of cancer. 

Now comes word that there’s something else one needs to concern themselves with when it comes to acrylamide consumption: heart disease.

The more I write, the more clear things become with regards to why heart disease is the number one killer in America today.  Much of it has to do with lack of exercise and improper diet, but it also has to do with the fact heart disease is linked to so many toxic chemicals like acrylamide. 

It’s estimated that acrylamide is found in as much as 40 percent of the average American’s caloric intake.  And because acrylamide is not an additive but rather a by-produce of the cooking process, it’s not something that can easily be easily eliminated from the diet.  It can, however, be reduced.

Before I get into how it can be reduced – and I’m guessing you already know what I’m going to suggest – let me relate the latest news on how acrylamide is linked to heart disease.

Polish researchers discovered the link after a group of participants for their study consumed an inordinate amount of acrylamide in the average day – about 160 milligrams.  Most of the acrylamide consumed came from chief offenders like the aforementioned potato chip and French fry. 

After four weeks of observing the participants’ acrylamide-crammed diet, the researchers found that their bodies were adversely affected.  For instance, antioxidants they consumed from other foods no longer pushed the acrylamide out of their bodies (strike one!), inflammation increased (strike two!) and the chemical make-up of their LDL levels changed (even though LDL is the “bad” kind of cholesterol, these changes were not of the “good” kind – strike three!).

These are three indicators of how at risk someone is for heart disease (you’re out!).

The full findings are published in this month’s edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

So what’s the best way to eliminate acrylamide from one’s diet? Eliminate French fries and potato chips number one, unfortunately, it’s very difficult to eliminate it entirely – particularly when it’s found in almost half of all calories consumed!  But by eating fewer cooked foods, it can be reduced rather significantly. 

If you’re already a healthy eater, reducing the number of cooked foods shouldn’t be too much of a change.  For example, one of the foods acrylamide is found in is in almonds.  Almonds are traditionally roasted, toasted or salted.  When they’re raw, they have far lesser amounts of acrylamide, one of the reasons why raw almonds are preferable to roasted. 

Another way to reduce acrylamide consumption is by having more vegetables served raw rather than cooked.  Again, acrylamide is produced through the cooking process when a food’s sugars and asparagines combine (and yes, the amino acid asparagine is found in large doses in asparagus, from which the name derives).  So the only way to reduce its prevalence is by reducing cooking. 

Acrylamide is one of those things that is almost impossible to avoid.  Its effects can be minimized, though, with preparation.  It’s sort of like to trying to stay dry when walking in the pouring rain:  You’re going to get wet, but how wet you get largely depends on your preparation (e.g. umbrella, rain jacket, galoshes, walking quickly as opposed to slowly).  With acrylamide, you’re going to consume it, but how much you consume of it depends on your diet (e.g. avoiding processed foods and eating as many raw vegetables, fruits, whole grains as possible).

Until next time, stay healthy!

Dr. Jimmy Steger

5 Dangerous Chemicals

5 Dangerous Chemicals

Dr. Jimmy Steger

A hundred years ago, these chemicals did not even exist. Today, bisphenol A, phthalates, PFOA, formaldehyde and even PDBE (polybrominated diphenyl ether) can be found in nearly all of the millions of homes in the United States. These chemicals are used everywhere from carpets to plastic bottles to cushions and even baby mattresses. These chemicals are also added to shampoos, hair waxes, makeup… You name it and the pharmaceutical industry has been able to add these chemicals to it.

Bisphenol A

This chemical is the foundation of nearly unbreakable and clear polycarbonate plastics. Epoxy resins also contain bisphenol A. As such, this chemical is found in every plastic product that requires heat-resistant and unbreakable clear plastics, like baby bottles, clear food containers, the hard lids of jars, compact discs like DVDs and even sealants used to prevent further tooth decay.

Babies that drink milk from plastic bottles, cups and glasses have been exposed. Dental patients with sealants that have been made with bisphenol A too have absorbed the chemical. In a recent CDCP study, a staggering 93% of all test subjects were positive for bisphenol A (through urine testing).

Long term studies suggest that prolonged exposure to this chemical can affect male sexual function. Other studies point to its potentially harmful effects to the human endocrine system. It turns out that this chemical can mimic estrogen, the naturally occurring female hormone that exists in both males and females. If there is  a chemical that mimics estrogen, then the body will experience a chemical imbalance – and we all know what chemical imbalances can do to the body. According to the FDA, this chemical can also cause negative effects to fetuses.

Phthalates

Phthalates is used as a plastic softener and binding agent. This chemical is used on personal care products like shampoos & conditioners. It is also used in  materials used in interior decoration, like vinyl tiles and bathroom curtains. Drugs that are time-released are also coated with phthalates.

Because of its widespread use, the chemical is absorbed readily by the body with every use of any product that has the chemical. A new study performed by researchers from the Mount Sinai Center reported the possible link between prenatal exposure to the chemical and ADHD. In other researchers and animal studies, this chemical has also been linked to the disruption of the endocrine system and sexual development in males.

Recently, the United States government has put a ban on six types of this class of chemicals that are used on products like toys. To reduce exposure to this chemical, avoid personal care products that only list ‘fragrance’ in the list of materials or ingredients. Such products may have phthalates added. You may want personal care products that actually list what they use for fragrance – there are a lot of products from companies that do not hide the chemicals they use.

PFOA

PFOA is used to manufacture products like Teflon. As such, it is found in products that make use of Teflon, like pots, pans, ladles, etc. This chemical is also added to carpeting materials, furniture and a host of other products that are wildly disassociated with each other in function.

The chemical can be also be released into the immediate environment once the products containing it are destroyed. Current research suggests that Teflon-coated cookware tend to give off vapors, which can contaminate the food being cooked in or with the Teflon-lined wares.

The chemical can also be absorbed directly through the inhalation of polluted air. In animal trials, PFOA is a known carcinogen that actually causes cancerous growths and physical development problems. To reduce your exposure to PFOA, you may opt not to use Teflon-coated cookware  (use stainless steel pots, pans and ladles instead). Also, keep your heat to medium-high to reduce the vapors created when Teflon comes into contact with heat.

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is used in different types of adhesives, panelings, construction boards and pressed-fabric products. Exposure to this chemical is usually through direct contact with products containing the chemical. Also, cigarette smoke and car exhaust contains formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can cause allergic reactions that can affect the entire respiratory tract. To reduce exposure, furniture should be made from exterior grade wood. This doesn’t mean that the furniture will not emit formaldehyde; exterior grade wood just emits less of the chemical.

PDBE

PDBE is a class of chemicals that are added to products to reduce flammability. Products like mattresses, foams, pillows, blankets and even coverings used for furniture are ‘enhanced’ with PDBE. According to recent statistics, about twelve million pounds of the chemical is manufactured on a yearly basis – and the chemical does not break down that quickly. EPA studies show that this chemical can cause damage to people’s kidneys and livers. Since PDBE can also be inhaled through dust, remove dust produced by old and new furniture. Also, avoid buying products that list PDBE as a fire retardant.

Use Wheatgrass to detoxify the body:

Wheatgrass is basically a young wheat plant. For decades, the grass has been used as food by man. And there is more reasons to enjoy wheatgrass today because it actually detoxifies the body and provides other benefits as well:

  1. It improves the digestive function.
  2. It controls high blood pressure.
  3. It increases the ability of the body to heal wounds quickly.
  4. It is a natural antibiotic because it contains chlorophyll, a green pigment.
  5. It helps prevent the progression of tooth decay.
  6. It has been noted for its ability to delay the onset of white or gray hair.
  7. It can be used as a general internal cleanser and detoxifying agent – to rid our bodies of accumulated toxins absorbed from food, water and the air.
  8. It can help reduce the scarring in the lungs caused by contaminated and acidic air.
  9. It is a natural blood purifier.
  10. It can help reduce the swelling and pain associated with soar throat (usually caused by bacteria).
  11. It is a natural sterilizing agent.
  12. It is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, especially vitamin C, which improves the skin, helps protect the
  13. respiratory tract and also helps improve one’s immunity.
  14. It can be used as a natural mouthwash to control odor and bacterial growth in the oral cavity.
  15. It can help improve circulation in the body by improving the condition of capillaries – the smallest blood vessels in the body.
  16. It acts as a chelating agent, removing heavy metals like cadmium from the body.

     Until next time, stay healthy!

     Dr. Jimmy Steger