Monday, December 13, 2010

Are we destined to fall victim to our genetic weaknesses?

With application of nutrigenomics, my specialty, it is my belief that optimal health can be achieved and many, if not most, disease states can be reversed.
It begins by adopting a hunter - gatherer diet that matches our genetics.  Grains and dairy have only been eaten for 6,000 to 10,000 years of human development.  This way of eating is naturally low glycemicly and removes the foods that we have the most trouble with, namely dairy, refined oils, sugar, corn syrup, HFCS and grains, breads, and cereals.  It is plant based with moderate animal protein and nuts.  Some people who are not gluten intolerant can genetically tolerate a Mediterranean type diet that adds whole grains.  If you are one, I especially like whole rye and barley as these trigger and up-regulate genes that favor optimal health.

Here is just one example of a study that shows nutrigenomics at work with diet.

"Researchers from Finland took two groups of people with metabolic syndrome and gave each group a different diet.  The diet differed in what type of carbohydrates they consumed for the 12 week study.  The rest of their diet was identical.  They contained the same calories and the same amount of fat, protein, carbohydrate, and fiber.  The first group had wheat, oats, and potatoes as the source of their carbs. The second group ate rye as their source of carbohydrate.  Rye has some very special properties. It is slowly absorbed by the body and has phytonutrients that help you lose weight and improve metabolism.  After the 12 weeks, the researchers took a fat sample and analyzed it to find out which genes were turned on or off.  So what happened?  In the wheat, oat, and potato group, 62 genes were activated that increased inflammation, oxidative stress and the stress response, worsened blood sugar balance, and generally amplified all of the forces in the body that lead to obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease!  No good genes were turned on.  In the rye group, 71 genes were turned on that prevent diabetes, lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and improve blood sugar control.  In both cases, the genes that were turned on and off were 100% effective."

I could offer many more examples, but I think you get the idea.  Now with just 3 supplements added to a diet like this we can switch on survival, anti-inflammatory, anti-fribrotic, immune modulating genes, remove calcium from soft tissues and direct that calcium to the bones, and turn on your own body's production of 3 metabolic enzymes; Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD), Catalase, and Glutathione Peroxidase.
SOD and CAT are increased by 40% in just 15 days and 55% in 90 days, with GP increased by 300%.
In all, over 3,000 genes are turned on or off in positive ways with no negative side effects.

The 3 supplements are Protandim, D3, and K2.  And the beauty is, just 3 pills a day with breakfast!  Wow.

The research on diet and these supplements is so new that most people are not aware of them, so here are a few videos that will offer the reason and the science behind them.  If you calculate the statistics with these nutrients, based on peer reviewed studies, it suggests a possible 75% to 100% reduction in your chances of getting or dying from cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and would positively effect over 200 diseases.
What adopting the Ideal Diet does for you:

What Protandim does:

Why optimize D3 levels to a minimum of 5,000 IU's per day. Possible 75% reduction in cancers

K2 prevents cardiovascular disease, removes calcium from infiltrating in soft tissues and improves bone health:

K-2 explained, where it comes from, and how it effects bone health. Starts in German, but is in English.

K-2 - Studies on cardiovascular disease... 50% plus reduction in death from heart disease.

On top of these supplements and diet, one more thing I recommend adding IF YOU are willing, is at least 3 grams of fish oil, high in Omega 3’s EPA/DHA, or 1 gram of Krill oil.
These nutraceuticals have been shown to provide a 50% to 80% reduction in sudden cardiac deaths and provides added protection against breast, prostate, and colon cancers..
I believe in prevention and I am convinced that a program like the one I describe above is a breakthrough in preventative health care.  Always consult a doctor or health care specialist before starting a natural health care program.

Sources for the Nutraceuticals listed above.

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