How To Strengthen The Immune System-The ‘Right’ Beta Glucan

Improving Your Immune System? – One Sure Way – Beta Glucan

What does the immune system do?

The immune system’s main “job” is to protect your body against infection, disease or heal after trauma. Enhancement of the immune system has become a very “hot” topic because of the obvious declining state of the immune system, even in young children. More and more people are ill with colds, influenza, cancers, and a general existence of low energy, immune-system-structureslack of vigour..and plain just not feeling well.

What has happened? Why do we as practitioners see more and more chronic illness in younger and younger patients? Even in pets..they are getting “human” diseases at an alarmingly rapid rate..and again..far too young.

 I believe the largest contributor is our lousy, over-processed, North American diet and it applies to pet food as well. With far too much sugars, chemicals and ‘Frankenfood’ in it, no wonder people are getting sick.

Of course, things like stress, lack of good sleep, lack of effective exercise also contribute, but assuming one is now aware and changing these factors, what can help everyone, human and pets to boost their immune system?

Beta 1,3 Glucans..But NOT Just Any Beta..

Beta-1, 3-D glucan is the sole active ingredient in Beta Gold from  Transferpoint, the ONLY one I’ll use in my practise. It is derived from the cell walls of baker’s yeast, (its not the protein of the yeast so it does NOT affect or cause yeast allergy) making it the precise substance for which the actual glucan macrophage receptor (the active part ) has been identified.   (Beta-1, 3-D glucan is technically referred to as a polybranched polyglucose – so complex a name,  some refer to it as fiber).

In plainer language of its developer, Nicholas DiLuzio of Tulane University, “The broad spectrum of immunopharmacological activities of glucan includes not only the (modification and therefore preventing them to replicate and harm us) of certain bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections, but also inhibition of tumor growth.” Truly wonderful at fighting any disease of the immune system.

Beta Gold glucan is a baker’s yeast extract. baker’s yeast extracts have has been given a G.R.A.S. Rating (Generally Regarded As Safe) rating by the FDA. No adversity or toxicity can be known to have this rating. It does not contain the protein part of the yeast, so is not allergy inducing.

A0001001.mainBasically anyone who has a heartbeat can take Beta Gold, particularly living in 21st century North America, where stress, pollutants and toxins are so prevalent. I would especially recommend it for people with impaired immunity, who are susceptible to allergies, autoimmune disease, infectious disease, slow and incomplete healing and cancer, wishing to slow the aging process, undergoing radiation or chemotherapy.

Over 40, most immune systems begin to slow through the aging process, so geriatric patients, who are exposed to radiation from external sources such as UV or electromagnetic fields, people with poor nutrition or who consume food preservatives, those under physical or emotional stress, athletes and those who work out extensively, people with high risk of cardiovascular disease should be taking this, for sure. And last but not least….Animals! To help them overcome illness, stay healthy and live longer.

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Third Party Research:

One of the things VERY few companies do is ‘Third Party Research’ which means that they have their product tested and confirmed by a research company who has NO vested interest in the product or the results, whatsoever.

Beta Gold Called Glucan #300 in the tests results included:

“Glucan #300 showed a broad range of action. Glucan #300
was the biologically most relevant immunomodulator.”
–DR. VACLAV VETVICKA, PHD, UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

“When I share Beta-1,3D Glucan with my patients, I know
they have a safe and effective product that meets their healthcare
needs.” –KALYANI M. KUMAR, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., PRESIDENT AND
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, AMERICAN WELLNESS ALLIANCE, RICHMOND, VIRGINIA.

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IF you are looking for an immune support supplement,
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Continuously and thoroughly tested for safety and efficacy
by leading universities and teaching hospitals.*
The supplements listed at left all claim to benefit the immune
system. Each was third party tested and not one single
supplement evaluated was close to matching the immune
enhancing capabilities of our Beta glucan.
We don’t just claim Transfer Point’s Beta glucan can enhance
the immune response, we prove it.

Glucan #300, manufactured by A. J. Lanigan
shown superior to all compounds tested

 

Compounds requiring over 8x the
dose of Glucan #300
for same immune effect• PSK Krestin by Kureha Corp.• MaitakeGold 404® by Tradeworks Group, Inc.• Beta 1,3/1,6 Glucan by NOW®
Compounds requiring over 32x the
dose of Glucan #300
for same immune effect• Epicor™ by Diamond V• Immutol® by Biotec ASA• RM-10™ by Garden of Life

Compounds requiring over 64x the
dose of Glucan #300

for same immune effect

• BioBran® by Daiwa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

• Manapol® by Carrington Labs

• Immune Builder® by Mushroom Science

• Senseiro by Kyowa Engineering, Japan

• Immune Renew™ by NOW®

• Manapol® Plus MaitakeGold 404® by Carrington Labs

• Wolfberry Powder by Rich Nature™ Nutraceutical Labs

• Transfer Factor™ by Source Naturals®

• Glucagel™ by GraceLinc Ltd.

• Beta Glucan 1,3 Glucans by Solgar®

• Immune Factors™ by Andrew Lessman

• Immunity Booster™ by Twinlab®

• MC–Glucan by Macrocare Tech., Ltd., Korea

• Oat Beta Glucan 1000™ by Dr.David Wheeler

• Beta Sweet–Southeast Asia

• Beta 1,3 Glucan by Vitamin World

• BETAMax by Chisolm Biological Labs

Compounds requiring over 160x the
dose of

Glucan #300 for same immune effect

• MacroForce™ by ImmuDyne, Inc.

• Maximum Beta Glucan™ by Young Again Nutrients

• Advanced Ambrotose™ 375 by Mannatech, Inc.

• AHCC ImmPOWER™ (Active Hexose Correlated

Compound) by American BioSciences, Inc.

• Vitamin C by Cognis

• NSC 100™ by Nutritional Supply Corporation

• Baker’s Yeast by Fleischman’s®

• ViscoFiber™ by Cevena

• Cell Forte/IP6/Inositol by Enzymatic Therapy

• ASTRAGALUS by SmartBasic

• Advanced Colostrom Plus™ by Symbiotics

These products produced less
effect

than saline, the negative
control

• Vitamin C by AIDP, Inc.

• Ambrotose by Mannatech, Inc.

• BioChoice® Immune 26 by Legacy for Life, Inc.

• 4Life® Transfer Factor™ by 4Life Research

• ACTIValoe™ by Aloecorp, Inc.

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What Is: Paleo Diet?

Why The Paleo Diet Works

The base diet for humans is and always meant to be Paleo.  This includes vegetables, (lots), fruit, nuts, seeds, roots and meat.  And a wide variety of all.

But look at what people eat commonly, today: refunded sugar, high fructose corn syrup (both present in large amounts in any processed food), cereals, grains, bread, potatoes and paleodietoften pasteurized milk products.  Also the range of vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and root is very narrow.

So although some authorities would have us believe we are at a pinnacle of human development, with our food system producing humans with greater health and longevity than ever before – it couldn’t be farther from the truth.

It is a known fact that this generation of children are the first – ever- who are predicted to live shorter lives than their parents!  Humans today suffer more chronic and debilitating diseases than ever before.

Sure, some diseases have been eradicated because of better sanitation, but on the overall the amount of diabetes, heart conditions, arthritis, digestive ailments is scandalous considering what is known about them.  The problem is that in most situations, patients are treated with drugs and not being educated on how to eat to heal their bodies and live a healthy, long life.

In studies, people eating a paleo diet, not only felt better and their cholesterol, tryglycerides and blood sugar improved, but they lost weight, consistently.

I know, you’ve been told for the past three decades that eating fat makes you fat. WRONG!  What makes you fat? In a word – Carbohydrates!  That’s it.

Why? When you eat too many carbs and sugars, you set off a whole host of chemical reactions which results in fat production and storage.

For Example:

1) Fructose is metabolized differently from glucose, with the majority being turned directly into fat because fructose stimulates a powerful ‘fat switch’ in your cells.

2) This rapidly leads to weight gain and abdominal obesity (beer belly), decreased HDL (the good cholesterol), increased LDL (the bad one), higher triglycerides (the main cause of heart disease and blood sugar problems), higher blood sugar and high blood pressure – all the major symptoms of ‘metabolic syndrome’.

3) Dietary carbohydrates, especially fructose are the primary source of an substance in your cells called ‘glycerol-3-phospate’ (G-3-P) which causes fat to become ‘stuck’ in your tissues, making weight loss harder.

4) And to make things worse…high carb intake raises your insulin levels, which then prevents fat from being released.

5) Fructose further tricks your body into gaining weight by turning off your body’s appetite control system.  Normally, when you’ve eaten, a hormone ‘gherlin’ or ‘hunger hormone’ is suppressed and you stop eating.  Fructose doesn’t do this, so you think you’re still hungry and over eat.

Paleo Shopping List
Paleo Shopping List

Also, ‘leptin’ or the ‘satiety hormone’ should be stimulated to let you know you’ve had enough, but fructose doesn’t do this either. So it gives you a double whammy to your control centres.  So you don’t know you’ve had enough, keep eating, thinking you’re hungry all the time.  This leads to insulin resistance which is a huge factor not only in type 2 diabetes an heart disease, but also now strongly implicated in many cancers!

And the real kicker is – NO amount of exercise will help you release this kind of fat.  If you continue to eat too much fructose and other sugars, the chemistry is always in place to become and stay – FAT.

According to Dr. Lynda Frassetto, following the Paleo diet can reduce cholesterol levels by 30 points in two weeks.  This is the type of lowering one gets from taking statin drugs for SIX weeks, without the harmful side effects.

Dr. Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet and one of the world’s leading experts on Paleolithic nutrition, states:

“The nutritional qualities of modern processed foods and foods introduced during the Neolithic period are discordant with our ancient and conservative genome. This genetic discordance ultimately manifests itself as various chronic illnesses, which have been dubbed ‘diseases of civilization.’ By severely reducing or eliminating these foods and replacing them with a more healthful cuisine, possessing nutrient qualities more in line with the foods our ancestors consumed, it is possible to improve health and reduce the risk of chronic disease.”

Another bonus of the Paleo diet is because fructose is a major promoter of hypertension—far more so than salt, people consistently see lowered bp. The connecting link between fructose consumption and hypertension lies in the uric acid produced. Uric acid is a byproduct of fructose metabolism, and increased uric acid levels drive up your blood pressure., not to mention leads to gout, a very painful condition.

Dr. Stephanie Seneff explained this in some detail in an interview.

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Paleo Diet Menu

“In summary, when you eat a diet high in fructose and other sugars, it over-taxes your liver as it cannot properly make cholesterol while simultaneously processing fructose (which it turns into fat). As a result, you end up with impaired cholesterol formation, which can eventually lead to a cholesterol and cholesterol sulfate deficiency.

At that point, your body begins to form arterial plaque to compensate for this deficiency, because your platelets can produce the cholesterol sulfate your heart and brain needs within that plaque. It’s a sort of backup mechanism to maintain proper heart and brain function.

Unfortunately, it’s not an ideal backup mechanism because arterial plaque also increases your risk for heart and vascular disease. So truly, you’ll want to avoid forcing your body to resort to these measures in the first place, and the way you do that is by feeding it correctly… This is yet another important detail that explains how and why excessive fructose consumption is so detrimental to your health.”

So just HOW to change your diet to more Paleo? You don’t want to go bonkers figuring out Paleo Diet Menu or Paleo Shopping List.  Often people ask “What is eaten for a Paleo Diet Breakfast?”

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Here are the two programs which  have given, I can’t even count the number of my patients the best results:

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This program comes with an excellent book of recipes and a very well put together paleo meal plan.

The Paleo Recipe BookPaleoBanner720They include an 8 week meal planner, the recipe book and a bonus dessert book and even 4 of their exclusive cheat sheets to make your life simple: Troubleshooting Paleo, coconut milk, Paleo flours & thickeners, portion sizes.

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For those who’d like a larger range of recipes and ideas, there are literally 1000 and  more recipes in 17+ categories.

Paleo Diet Breakfast & More
Paleo Diet Breakfast & More

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Infertility & More…

Infertility & More...

Infertility-Next Book In The ‘Back To Nature’s Healing‘ Series

The problem of infertility in young couples is raising every year.  More and more, chemicals are being linked to infertility as well as health-defeating lifestyle choices. And men and women are affected.  At one time it was thought the problems lay with the female – we know know that is not true. In January, I plan to author a book on Infertility, but to give you something to think about until then, the following have  been linked to this problem:

1) Monsanto’s herbicidal chemical – glyphosate is definitely under suspicion to cause fetusinfertility and cancer.

According to Reuters:
“Environmentalists, consumer groups and plant scientists from several countries are warning that heavy use of the chemical over the years is causing dangerous problems for plants, people and animals alike.”

2) Avoid other chemicals such as heavy metals (mercury, cadmium, lead) and environmental chemicals: phthalates in plastic food containers, cling wraps, vinyl flooring – VCH chemicals used in rubber tires, plastics and pesticides – PAH – released from cigarettes, car fumes and road tar.

3) Eat organically, chemical-free and choose ‘good fats’  What are good fats? Good fats include monounsaturated fats in olive oil, polyunsaturated fats in oily fish and nuts and midchain fatty acids found in coconut oil.
For cooking use clarified butter (ghee) or coconut butter (without flavour) as they do not OrganicFoodbecome unstable when heated.
For non-heated oil requirements (salads etc) use cold pressed olive oil, flaxseed oil and nut oils.

Avoid the dangerous fats.  Did you know — consuming trans fats hidden in foods such as; doughnuts, biscuits, lollies, candy, chocolate, chips, pies, fries, take aways and thousands of other foods may increase your risk of infertility by as much as 70 percent?

Scientists from the Harvard University School of Public Health advise women wanting to get pregnant to avoid all trans fats. The sole purpose of adding trans fats to food is to extend its shelf life. To minimize your consumption of trans fats be diligent about reading the ingredients and avoid the most likely culprits altogether. Trans fats are mostly listed as ‘hydrogenated fat’ or ‘hardened vegetable fat’ or simply ‘vegetable fat.’

Avoid smoking, coffee and alcohol when trying to conceive.

You may not want to hear this, but drinking coffee decreases fertility. A large study from Connecticut found as little as 1 cup of coffee per day increases the risk of not conceiving by 55 percent. And if you have 2-3 cups per day that risk rises to 100 percent and continues to increase with an additional cup up to 176 percent. And did you know that women who drank coffee before and during pregnancy had twice the risk of miscarriage?

Alcohol is harmful to women’s eggs and men’s sperm and as little as one glass can reduce fertility by 50 percent! This can further lead to damage of the developing embryo and may result in miscarriage. And although it’s been known for a long time that drinking while pregnant is a no-no, drinking before pregnancy has been largely ignored.

This doesn’t stop with coffee and alcohol. Smoking and recreational drugs can also reduce your odds of conception. A study tested the effects of cigarette smoking on semen quality in men and found that sperm motility (ability to propel forward) decreased in light smokers while heavy smoking produced abnormal sperm shape. Scientists have discovered that quitting smoking may increase sperm count in men who quit smoking for 5-15 months by 50 percent to 800 percent respectively.

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Anti-Aging – Keeping Boomers Healthy:

The next book will centre on Anti-Aging – A Manual For Boomers.  76 million in the USA alone and about 12.6 million in Canada They hold some 80% of the nation’s wealth.  They want to age well and healthy and unlike many of their parents – without a mass of prescription drugs. For the most part, they’ve done well financially and want to be healthy and active to enjoy it.

We now know more than ever how the body ages at a cellular level and what we can do to optimize our health and vitality in our later years.

There is quite the list of things to eat and do for optimal aging.  A short summary would include:

Eating foods with high density vitamin-mineral combinations occurring naturally such as organic_0dark leafy greens, dark red-purple fruit and veg, and naturally high levels of glutathione-producing elements such as in broccoli and avocado.

Glutathione is your body’s number one antioxidant as I’ve written about in my book “Glutathione – There’s No Life Without It”

Blueberries for example give a great boost to aging well. They:

•    Reduce your cancer risk
•    Reduce cholesterol levels
•    Prevent heart disease and stroke
•    Protect you from Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases
•    Reverse short term memory loss and prevent brain aging
•    Relieve symptoms of arthritis
•    Fight infection and support your immune system
•    Improve urinary tract health
•    Improve your vision and the health of your eyes
Blueberries   •    Black raspberries are potent cancer fighters as well, with about three times the amount of antioxidants found in blueberries. These berries can be harder to find than other varieties because they’re grown in smaller quantities. It’s harder still to find them fresh, so you may need to look for them frozen.
•    Cherries are rich in queritrin, a flavonoid, and ellagic acid. Both are potent anti-cancer agents.
•    Strawberries contain phytonutrients, natural anti-inflammatory agents that also protect your heart and have cancer fighting properties.
•    Blackberries contain antioxidants, ellagic acid, and vitamins C and E, all of which may reduce cancer risk and fight chronic disease.
•    Cranberries are loaded with polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant. Studies show they may inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells and reduce the risk of stomach ulcers and gum disease.
•    Acai berries, from Brazil, contain antioxidants with the power to destroy cultured human cancer cells. Amazingly, these berries triggered self-destruction of over 85 percent of leukemia cells tested.

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Healthy Holiday Recipes

christmascornerDr. Deb Approved Health Holiday Recipes

Every year, I’m asked for a list of recipes I would use..so this year, I’ve finally put a few together here and I’ve also created a Pinterest Board for you to check out. (See Link At The Bottom)

I’ll be adding to the Board every few days so come back often so find goodies you’ll love.

Avocado Pesto-Stuffed Tomatoes
Ingredients
30 cherry tomatoes (about 1-1/4 pints)
1/2 medium avocado, pitted, peeled, and cut upAvoPestoToms
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons homemade or purchased basil pesto
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Snipped fresh basil (optional)

Directions
1.    Cut a thin slice from the top of each tomato. (If desired, cut a thin slice from bottoms of tomatoes so they stand upright.) With a small spoon or small lemon baller carefully hollow out the tomatoes. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Invert tomatoes on the towels. Let stand 30 minutes to drain.
2.    Meanwhile, for filling, in a food processor bowl combine avocado, cream cheese, pesto, and lemon juice. Cover; process until smooth. Spoon filling into a pastry bag fitted with a large plain round or open star tip.
3.    Place tomatoes, open sides up, on a serving platter. Pipe filling into the tomato cups. Serve immediately or cover loosely and refrigerate up to 4 hours before serving. Sprinkle with snipped basil before serving. Makes 30 appetizers.

Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies:

Makes: 90 cookies
Active Time: 1 1/2 hours
Total Time: 6 hours (including freezing & cooling times)
Filling
•    1 1/2 cups sweetened dried cranberries
•    1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen, thawed
•    1/2 cup honey
•    2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
•    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•    1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, or allspice
Dough
•    2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
•    1 cup whole-wheat flour
•    1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
•    Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
•    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
•    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•    1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, or allspice
•    1/3 cup canola oil
•    3 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
•    1 cup sugar
•    1/3 cup honey
•    2 large eggs
•    3 tablespoons low-fat milk, plus more as needed
•    2 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
•    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
•    1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Preparation
1.    To prepare filling: Combine dried and fresh cranberries, honey, orange zest, CranberryPinwheelscinnamon and cardamom (or allspice) in a medium nonreactive saucepan (see Note) over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil and cook, stirring, until the fresh cranberries burst and soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Let cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor and puree. If the mixture seems dry, stir in up to 2 teaspoons water. Transfer the mixture to a nonreactive container and refrigerate while preparing the dough.
2.    To prepare dough: Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and cardamom (or allspice) in a large bowl. In another large bowl, combine oil, butter, sugar, honey, eggs, milk, orange zest, vanilla and almond extracts. Beat the wet ingredients with an electric mixer first on low speed, then on medium speed, until well combined. Add half the dry ingredients and beat on low speed until just incorporated. Stir in the remaining dry ingredients with a wooden spoon until evenly incorporated. If the mixture is too dry to hold together, stir in up to 1 tablespoon more milk. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 30 to 45 minutes to reduce its stickiness.
3.    Turn the dough out onto a work surface and divide in half. Shape each half into a 6-inch-long log. Working with one log at a time, center it on a 16-inch-long sheet of baking parchment or wax paper. Cover with a second sheet. Press and then roll into a 12-by-15-inch rectangle of even thickness, inverting the dough occasionally to roll out any wrinkles and patching it to make the sides as even as possible. Transfer the dough, in the paper, to a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining log of dough and transfer to the baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until the dough is slightly firm, about 15 minutes.
4.    To prepare pinwheel rolls: Place one sheet of dough on a work surface. Peel off the top sheet of paper. Spread half the reserved filling evenly over the dough (it will be a thin layer). Working from a 15-inch-long side, tightly roll up the dough jelly-roll style, leaving the bottom sheet of paper behind. While rolling, slightly stretch out the center to yield an evenly thick roll. Wrap the roll in a clean sheet of wax paper, twisting the ends to prevent unrolling (see Tip). Place on a baking sheet. Repeat with the second piece of dough and place on the baking sheet. Freeze until firm, at least 3 to 4 hours.
5.    To bake cookies: Position racks in the upper third and center of the oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Working with one pinwheel roll at a time, trim the uneven ends. Cut the roll crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices using a large serrated knife; periodically turning the roll to maintain a relatively round cookie shape. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1/2 inch apart. Bake the cookies until puffed and barely golden brown, 12 to 16 minutes, switching the pans back to front and top to middle halfway through baking. Immediately transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Cut and bake the remaining pinwheel roll.
Tips & Notes
•    Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate filling (Step 1) for up to 2 days. Tightly wrap pinwheel logs (Step 4) and freeze for up to 2 months. Do not defrost before slicing. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.
•    Kitchen note: A nonreactive pan—stainless steel, enamel-coated or glass—is necessary when cooking acidic foods, such as cranberries, to prevent the food from reacting with the pan. Reactive pans, such as aluminum and cast-iron, can impart an off color and/or off flavor in acidic foods.
•    Tip: To produce perfectly round pinwheel cookies, enclose the rolls in cardboard tubes (from foil or paper towels, for example) before freezing (Step 4). Slit each tube lengthwise and insert the wrapped pinwheel log.

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Gluten & Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Cups
Makes 12 cups
Ingredients
3/4 cup almond flour/meal (Grind almonds in a food processor or high-powered blender if you can’t find flour or meal in the store)

3 T coconut flour or oat flour (if using oat flour increase to 1/4 cup)

2 T peanut,almond, or sun butter

2 T coconut oil, melted
2 T pure maple syrup

1/4 t pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
Chocolate topping
Ingredients
3 T coconut oil, melted

3 T pure maple syrup

2 T cocoa powder
pinch of salt
You can also make the topping using 1 cup chocolate chips combined with 2 T coconut oil peanut-butter-cups-gluten-free(you can find dairy-free chocolate chips in the organic/natural section of your grocery store).
Directions
Combine almond flour, coconut flour, peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extra and salt in medium bowl until combined. I use my Kitchen Aid with paddle attachment. Line a muffin pan with muffin cup liners. Using a cookie scoop (2 tsp size) fill muffin tin cups with base and press evenly into cup. Place in fridge to set while making chocolate topping.
For the chocolate topping, combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup and cocoa powder in small bowl. Whisk until there are no longer lumps. If it seems thick, microwave for ten seconds and whisk again making sure the coconut oil is completely incorporated. Pour over each peanut butter cup and refrigerate until set. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
*If I’m using coconut flour I aim to pay less than $5/lb. Coconut flour lasts for a long time and can be used in pancakes, waffles, baked goods and more.
A Silicone Muffin Pan works great if you don’t plan on using liners.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites
Serves: 18

Ingredients
•    2 cups dessicated coconut
•    4 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
•    5 tablespoons coconut oil
•    1 teaspoon vanilla
•    4 ounces dark chocolate for melting (i.e. chocolate chips)

Instructions
1.    Pulse the coconut in a blender or food processor until the texture becomes like thick flour. Transfer to a bowl and add the honey or maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla. Stir final-bitesuntil a thick paste forms.
2.    Using your hands, squeeze the mixture into about 18 small balls. I found that rolling was difficult because they weren’t sticky enough, but I was able to shape them into balls by first squeezing them in my palm a few times (you’ll get some oil on your hands), and then gently shaping it from an oval into a round ball. Place the coconut balls in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until firm. I could tell that mine were ready because there was a small white ring of solidified coconut oil around the base of each ball.
3.    Melt the chocolate slowly and gently until smooth and spreadable. We don’t have a microwave, so I had the best results melting this in a stainless steel bowl placed in a hot oven for about 10 minutes.
4.    Lay out a sheet of wax paper. Using two forks, roll each coconut ball in the chocolate until completely covered. Scoop the ball out with the fork and let the extra chocolate drip off the fork. Gently nudge the chocolate covered ball onto wax paper and chill until the chocolate has hardened. Store in the refrigerator.

Notes
It’s very important to use coconut oil because other oils won’t harden like coconut oil, and that hardening is what holds the shape together.
Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk – (Alternative To Sweetened Condensed Milk)

Can you imagine the Holiday’s with out Magic Cookie Bars or the yummy sweetness of sweetened condensed milk?  Well here’s a GREAT replacement and you can avoid the horrible amount of sugar.
This recipe came about because I wanted to make a healthier version of Magic Cookie Bars. Of course there are loads of recipe out there for sweetened condensed milk, but every one of them contain some form of sugar and most contain dairy.

Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk ~ {Dairy Free, Sugar Free}
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours, 3 minutes
Yield: Approximately 9 oz.

Ingredients
•    2 cans of coconut milk (You can use one full fat and one light..but get organic!)Sweetened-Condensed-Coconut-Milk-Collage-300x300
•    4 tablespoons of Truvia, or some stevia powder

Instructions
1.    Place the ingredients in a small pan and bring to a light boil.
2.    Reduce heat to maintain a steady simmer.
3.    When reduced to about half, and thick like the store bought sweetened condensed milk, it is finished
Notes
It may take you less than 4 hours to make this depending on how much you double or triple the recipe, and even your altitude.
This makes just a little over 8 oz. of sweetened condensed coconut milk.

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Magnesium

magnesium2Probably THE most overlooked mineral, medically, magnesium is so important to our health and yet an estimated 80% of people are deficient in it.  The consequences of this low level is quite serious.  It’s lower in our foods than ever and most drug treatments aggravate it’s uptake by our cells.  Not good.

Magnesium bisglycinate (the best form to take) is an essential mineral needed for more than 700 enzymatic reactions in the body. This mineral is required for the formation of healthy bones and teeth, healthy heart function, kidney function, protein and fatty acid formation, activating B vitamins, supporting muscle activity, nerve transmission, aiding asthma, anxiety and panic attacks, insomnia, sciatica, relaxing blood vessels, clotting blood, temperature regulation and ensuring intestinal mobility also called bowel movements, in other words, pretty much all critical functions of your body.

Dr. Dean was the lead author on the seminal paper “Death by Medicine” back in 2003, showing that modern medicine is in fact one of the leading causes of death in the United States. She also authored the book Death by Modern Medicine.

Last year, she was awarded the Arrhythmia Alliance Outstanding Medical Contribution to Cardiac Rhythm Management Services Award 2012. It was given by the Heart Rhythm Society of the UK, which is a major allopathic organization.

Dr. Dean has studied and written about magnesium for about 15 years. In January, 2003, she published the first edition of The Magnesium Miracle, and she’s just finished the third edition of this book.

I was actually interviewed for this book and quoted with respect to Magnesium and mercury toxicity.

“What I want to convey today is the importance of magnesium, how you can get it, how you can know how much you require in your body, and the incredible benefits from using this simple mineral,” she says.

Here is a video with Dr. Dean talking about Magnesium:

Few people get enough magnesium in their diet these days. Meanwhile, calcium tends to be overutilized and taken in high quantities. This can cause more harm than good, as it’s very important to have a proper balance between these two minerals.

If you have too much calcium and not enough magnesium, your muscles will tend to go into spasm, and this has consequences for your heart in particular.

“What happens is, the muscle and nerve function that magnesium is responsible for is  Magnesium-rich-foodsdiminished. If you don’t have enough magnesium, your muscles go into spasm. Calcium causes muscle to contract. If you had a balance, the muscles would do their thing. They’d relax, contract, and create their activity,” she explains.

Magnesium is perhaps critical for heart health, as excessive amounts of calcium without the counterbalance of magnesium can lead to a heart attack and sudden death. According to Dr. Dean, your heart has the highest amount of magnesium in your body, specifically in your left ventricle. With insufficient amounts of magnesium, your heart simply cannot function properly.

While not addressed specifically in the featured video, I want to remind you that calcium and magnesium also needs to be balanced with vitamin D and K2. Many of Dr. Dean’s blogs address this issue and her concern that high dose vitamin D can overwork magnesium and lead to magnesium deficiency.

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These four nutrients perform an intricate dance together, with one supporting the other. Lack of balance between these nutrients is why calcium supplements have become associated with increased risk of heart attacks and stroke, and why some people experience vitamin D toxicity.

Part of the explanation for these adverse side effects is that vitamin K2 keeps calcium in its appropriate place. If you’re K2 deficient, added calcium can cause more problems than it solves, by accumulating in the wrong places.

magnesiumfoodsSimilarly, if you opt for oral vitamin D, you need to also consume it in your food or take supplemental vitamin K2 and more magnesium. Taking mega doses of vitamin D supplements without sufficient amounts of K2 and magnesium can lead to vitamin D toxicity and magnesium deficiency symptoms, which include inappropriate calcification.

Magnesium and vitamin K2 complement each other, as magnesium helps lower blood pressure, which is an important component of heart disease. So, all in all, anytime you’re taking any of the following: magnesium, calcium, vitamin D3, or vitamin K2, you need to take all the others into consideration as well, since these all work synergistically with one another.

Most foods grown today are deficient in magnesium and other minerals. Herbicides, like glyphosate also act as chelators, effectively blocking the uptake and utilization of minerals. As a result, I believe it would be highly unusual for anyone to have access to foods that are rich in magnesium, which is why I believe it is prudent to consider a magnesium supplement.

By far, the most effective and bioavailable form is Magnesium Bis-Glycinate.  For local subscribers this can be found at The Great Vine in Huntsville, ON or online Here for US subscribers.

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Natural Cure Newsletter

Yes, well, those that know me well, are not surprised, but I’m about to move back to Huntsville, possibly in April but by May 2013 for sure. After five years in and around the Toronto/Oakville area, it’s time to go home.

I will be seeing patients there, but also will continue writing my “Back To Nature’s Healing” health book series (on the sidebar of this site) and also my fun stuff…The Persephane Pendrake Chronicles. Book 2 is just about done and going into editing. The site for that is Lady Ellen and Fantasy World of Persephane Pendrake.

I have sold Y2K Health and Detox as it was becoming a monster site and needs serious remodeling and updating. The people who have purchased it are going to be doing just that, and it should be done and ready by mid-September 2013. And I will continue to write for it, but the best place to contact me is going to be this site or Natural Mercury Detox..use the contact forms on either one. I will probably do further health sites, focusing on one issue each, but will let you know when they are live and ready to go.

Please make sure to sign up on the right side bar to this email list, as eventually, I won’t be using the ones you are on in the Y2K lists.

Use the Contact form on this site to find out where I am and when I’m booking people back in Huntsville:

Updates:

Natural Mercury Detox: I’ve updated that site with many more posts and information. If mercury toxicity is an issue for you or someone you know, please make sure to sign up on that newsletter as different news will come from there.

I wanted to show you a video many people have not seen, and yet the detractors who say mercury is safe always complain that the information on mercury’s devastating effects are not scientific enough. Well, hard to argue with this one, I’d say:

At the site, I’ve put together a very simple but effective protocol using natural supplements, natural treatments and homeopathic, holistic remedies, which one can use to get started on improving their health and moving mercury out of their body right away. You can read that HERE

Weight Loss for a Permanent, Natural Solution:

Now, I know there are literally millions of weight loss products and ideas out there, but the sad thing is that obesity in North America is still on the rise. In fact in some reports, it’s being said that it’s closing in on 50% of certain populations throughout the US and Canada. So for all these products, and the some 46 billion being spent on them…WHY are they not working??

Well, this was brought to my attention by a subscriber a week or so ago and it really makes sense to me.

Jon Gabriel is a man who lost 226 lbs. Now THAT’S a weight loss. But not through restrictive dieting or marathon level exercise. This is a method he devised for himself to address the physical, emotional and environmental triggers, so he could lose weight and keep it off.

This is a guy who for whatever reason, he says, he just started gaining weight. And the more he dieted, the worse it got. He narrowly missed being on Flight 93 on Sept 11, 2001 and this shook him up. He realized a life was not something to squander, so he turned his background in science into a research mania, trying to solve the reason he became so obese (409 pounds then).

He figured it out and now wants to help others solve this life threatening and almost epidemic health problem. Visit the image below and read his story. The video is very good.

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And on a final note:

Do you know the 5 Worst Foods To Eat Before Bedtime? I didn’t…not all of them. I found this blog post very interesting…Check it Out!

holistic health practitioner huntsville, ontario canadaDr. Deborah Baker is a holistic health practitioner, homeopathic doctor in Huntsville, Ontario Canada…also known in the region of Muskoka. She has over 35 years of experience finding natural cures for hundreds of health problems, using natural supplements, (all non-GMO), holistic nutrition, herbal and homeopathic remedies.To inquire about appointments, please send her a note from our contact page.