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Brain Function is Unequivocally Food Dependent

The food one eats has a tremendous impact their brain's ability to function.  As you will find out in this essay, there are many essential nutrients your brain requires that your body can only obtain from the food you eat.  Essential nutrients are nutrients your body will not make.  Therefore, if you do not eat correctly, your brain will misfire.  How brains misfire varies from person to person.  In this essay you'll learn how our nation's concocted food system is the cause for what many call an "epidemic" of mental illness.  Of course, they would never say that if they knew what you are about to learn here.  And what you are about to learn is that if you eat "real food" your brain's function will improve significantly.  Welcome to the world of REAL FOOD!   . . . Ted Slanker

Brain Function is Unequivocally Food Dependent

Mental illness contributes a substantial burden of disease worldwide.  Globally, approximately 450 million persons suffer from mental disorders, and one fourth of the world’s population will develop a mental or behavioral disorder at some point during their lives.  Mental disorders account for approximately 25% of disability in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe and are a leading cause of premature death.  In the United States, approximately 22% of the U.S. adult population has one or more diagnosable mental disorders in a given year.  The estimated lifetime prevalences for mental disorders among the U.S. adult population are approximately 29% for anxiety disorders, 25% for impulse-control disorders, 21% for mood disorders, 15% for substance-use disorders, and 46% for any of these disorders.  In addition, an estimated one in 10 children in the United States has a mental disorder that causes some level of impairment.  The effects of mental illness are evident across the life span, among all ethnic, racial, and cultural groups, and among persons of every socioeconomic level.  Moreover, mental illness costs the United States an estimated $150 billion annually, excluding the costs of research.

Treatment for mental disorders is available and effective.  However, the majority of persons with diagnosed mental disorders do not receive treatment.

This quote above is from an article published by Medscape, Business of Medicine

Anthropologists contend that the ratio of mentally ill to the total population has been steadily on the increase.  Up until most recent times mental health practitioners, those focusing on the biological causes of mental disease, blamed heredity, the ever growing complexity of our societies, and the increasing density of the human population as the leading reasons for growing mental problems.

On the other hand in the past 20 years researchers specializing in fatty acids and the role they play in cell function have been gaining ground in explaining why the foods people eat may be the most powerful fundamental causative factor in all forms of mental disease.  Ironically, still to this day you can perform word searches in articles on mental disease and never find the words “nutrition, food, fatty acids, and diet.” Consequently only recently have mental health practitioners been recommending dietary changes as one step in addressing mental disease.  Most of them still do not understand the relatively new science.  We know this because when diet is mentioned many practitioners recommend the USDA’s nutritionally skewed grain-based Food Pyramid.  They do not realize that the Food Pyramid’s guidance has actually been the primary causative actor in mental disease.  I think you’ll see what I mean later in this essay.

There is no doubt that the nutritional plane of the entire world population has changed dramatically in the past 10,000 years, precipitously in the past 200 years, and abruptly in the past 50 years.  For an excellent read on this go to “Big Nutritional Changes in Recent History.”  This progressive change in the diet of man seems to go hand in hand with the ever increasing incidences of chronic diseases of all kinds, obesity, and mental disease.

Does this mean there’s a link?  Can I safely say that brain function is unequivocally food dependent?

I believe that if one thinks otherwise they are foolish.  But let’s see.

Sure, most Americans are convinced their bodies can manufacture all of the nutritional components required for optimal body function from virtually any combination of foodstuffs in whatever form.  They do not believe their bodies are restricted to finite foods like China’s famous panda bears that eat 98% bamboo and 2% other foods such as honey, eggs, fish, and yams.  They do not know that in the mid-1980s leading nutritional scientists started saying in their reports that the human body is totally dependent on the same narrow range of foods that were available to humans throughout all of time prior to the invention of agriculture and the modern concocting of foods.  Consequently, does this mean the average American continues to undermine his health with nearly every bite of food he eats?

In this essay I’ll briefly review brain composition and only a few of the more popular mental diseases.  What’s most interesting to me is that apparently all mental diseases have common ground and diet is actually rising to the forefront as a leading commonality.  Obviously, with a background in agriculture and finance I can’t claim any expertise in this field.  But I have researched this topic over the years and this essay briefly summarizes some of what I have learned to date.

Spun Out Americans

Today it seems a lot of folks don’t function quite right.  Murder rates and physical abuse rates are high.  Mood disorders are rampant and sky high divorce rates are symptomatic of this problem.  Spouses flare up in rages, blaming the other for their presumed problems, discomforts, fears, and what have you.  People generally are less sociable.  Some people have to focus intently to find the words they need to speak in order to communicate.  Many can hardly comprehend fully the written word even though they know how to read.  Their handwriting is not fluid, instead it’s a scrawl.  They react slowly to stimuli.  Migraine headaches seem to be a normal occurance.

Many people are quick to blame others for their mistakes.  Many people don’t respond to humor.  Some people experience roller coaster emotions.  Rage, such as road rage, is common.  Some people are rude, suspicious of others, fearful, incompetent in maintaining even minor responsibilities, they hold grudges, and are difficult to work with.  Many are totally unreceptive to new ideas while others fall for every scam or myth.  Many can’t figure out simple mathematical problems and most can’t play sophisticated games such as Bridge, Chess, and Poker.  Others can’t even figure out the simplest problems involving daily tasks.

When it comes to intelligence I think the vast majority of people in our nation are sadly lacking.  Sure there are specialists in all fields of endeavor who know more about their speciality than anyone else can even imagine.  But outside their specialty these same “bright” people are dunces.  Consequently it can be said that few folks exhibit wisdom and common sense, which means they can’t sense tangent behavior and understand the problems that can be associated by that kind of behavior.  Nor can they figure out how to do even simple tasks outside their specialties.

Then there are the forgetful ones.  Dementia is taken for granted in our country.  We expect our old folks to be senile.  Even the old folks themselves not only take great pride in their physical aliments and spend hours discussing them, but they look upon their forgetfulness as a sign of maturity!

This short list describing what has become the all too common American is why I say we have a dysfunctional society.  And the one commonality of all the people in our country is the food they eat.  Yet the vast majority is not much concerned about the basic fundamentals of human nutrition.  Instead of focusing on diet (unless it’s the latest fad) they prefer quick fixes with the smallest impact on their daily lives (eating habits), which is why supplements and drugs are popular.  So the problems persist and dysfunctional activity is considered normal.

Basic Nutrition

It all starts with understanding basic nutrition.  For proper body function (health) all animals are highly dependent on the foods they consume.  In previous essays I have explained why the foundation food for all animal life is the green leaf.  For more on that read:  “It All Began in the Sea . . .” and “Man Is an Extension of the Leafy, Green Plant”.

Of course it’s not simply the green leaf for there are six primary nutrients required for maintaining the health of all critters.  (See www.successfulaging.ca/programs/nutrition/04.html This particular Web page provides an excellent explanation.  Unfortunately many of the dietary suggestions given on the site are still regurgitations of 1950's science.  In other words grain is a food staple!)  The six primary nutrients are carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water.  (Green leaves can actually provide all six nutrients.)  To most folks these days it comes as a surprise to learn that the fat component plays an extremely crucial role.  What makes fat so critical is that all cells have many different kinds of fat in their membranes and the types of fats and their relative weights within the cell membranes greatly impact cell function.  Consequently, as you may imagine, low fat diets and diets consisting of out-of-balance fats are very unhealthy.

There are about 400 fatty acids or fats.  Some our bodies manufacture.  Others are “essential” – which means we must eat them to get them.  The essential fats come in the appropriate balance for optimal cell function from the green leaf or the meats of animals that lived in a natural state where their foundation food was the green leaf.  They will not come from grains and other unnatural foods.  When man eats concocted fats, for instance trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils), they take the place of “real fats” in cell membranes and disrupt cell function.  When man eats grain a similar thing occurs.  That’s because the various fats and relative weights contained in grains (grains are the seed heads of annual grasses) differ greatly from that of the relative weights of fats in the green leaves of grasses, forbs, shrubs, and trees.

When the balance, or types, of fat in any animal’s food differs dynamically from that of the green leaf, the result is muddled cell function.  When cells don’t function properly, chronic disease (body failure) results.  This is why all chronic diseases can be traced back to grain!  Sure there are other factors that cause chronic diseases, but a fat imbalance in the diet is now known to be a major causative factor.

Modern research on fats dates back to the early 1980s and the original conclusions are being substantiated with every new study in the field of fats and cell function.  (Click on the Science Links for more information.)  Yet in spite of what is obviously common sense to those of us who are students of modern, peer-reviewed nutritional science; most people believe the peer-reviewed science regarding the balance of Fatty Acids in cell membranes is pure bunk.  That’s because the mass media, university Schools of Agriculture, the food industry, seemingly caring Big Businesses such as Whole Foods/Wild Oats, the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry, the USDA and other government agencies, and even many popular nutritionists continue to scoff at or ignore the modern science and offer up in exchange myths and misinformation as they market their own agendas (supplements, drugs, fad diets, exercise equipment, and our nation’s cheap grain-based foods).  (None of the foregoing myth mongers can pay their bills by simply marketing real foods.  They must sell you much more in addition, or in the case of government agencies and universities, they are beholding to Big Business interests that are selling cheap junk to a public that demands cheap junk.)  And since it appears to the average citizen (which even includes political leaders and heads of Big Businesses) that everyone is on the same page regarding health and food, people such as you and I who think outside the box are called fools by the nitwits who follow the mob.

People are Fat Heads

All people are fat heads because about two-thirds of the brain is composed of fats.  The Wikipedia Foundation free online dictionary defines fat thusly:  “There are many different kinds of fats, but each kind is a variation on the same chemical structure.  All fats consist of fatty acids (chains of carbon and hydrogen atoms, with an oxygen atom at one end and occasionally other molecules) bonded to a backbone structure, often glycerol (a ‘backbone’ of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen).” For much more about fats go to:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat.  (I strongly recommend that you bookmark the Wikipedia Foundation web site because it is a respected resource.)

In order to understand why brains can fail we must start with an abbreviated review of the composition of a brain.  For starters it cannot consist of just any kind of fat.  It is a highly complex organ.  The most abundant fat in a brain is DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).  For a fact, scientists have proven that a loss of DHA concentrations in brain cell membranes correlates to a decline in structural and functional integrity of this tissue.  Also, the oxidative damage that comes with age causes a decline in membrane DHA concentrations, and with it, cognitive impairment.  DHA is one of the Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

Many other fats also play crucial roles in brain function.  Dietary fats are composed of fatty acids.  When you digest the fats in your food, they are broken down into fatty acid molecules of various lengths.  Your brain then uses its share of them for raw materials to assemble the special types of fat it incorporates into its cell membranes.  Obviously, a brain will not function without a broad range of fatty acids.

Scientists tell us the brain requires both types of essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids), which means we can only get them from the food we eat.  Our bodies cannot manufacture them.  Essential fatty acids are often referred to as “EFA.” These fats, as well as others all of which are forms of the minuscule chemical bonds described above, are components of cell membranes.  (Click the link to see a list of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids.)

Furthermore the most critical aspects of brain function are dependent on fatty acids.  The membranes of neurons – the specialized brain cells that communicate with each other – are composed of a thin double-layer of fatty acid molecules.  Without good neurons your brain will be dysfunctional.

For a more detailed breakdown of brain composition see:  http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/facts.html.

Getting the Exact Balance

For optimal body function the modern day fat balance in the diet of man must be exactly like the fat balance in the diet of his prehistoric ancestors.  Unfortunately, as previously stated, the foods of modern man have changed dramatically away from the original foundation of the green leaf.  That change dramatically tilted the fat balance.

I must reemphasize here that brain cells, and all of the cells in an animal body, require not only very specialized fats but an exacting balance of fats for optimal function.  This is critically important when so many of the fats required come only from our food.  So, how do we get the balance right?

To start with we must recognize that our modern day bodies are no different than the bodies of man 50,000 and more years ago.  Sure many things have changed including man’s understanding of the universe, its composition, and how things work together.  All this has resulted in new tools and toys – but not different bodies with different DNA.  Consequently, everyone should be able to accept the fact that for optimal body function the fat balance in the bodies of modern man must be no different than it was in the bodies of man 50,000 and more years ago.  For this to happen the foods of today must be the same as they were 50,000 years ago.  Unfortunately, as previously stated, the foods of modern man have changed dramatically away from their former foundation based on the green leaf.  That change tilted not only the balance of EFA but many other nutrients as well.

As simple as this concept of man’s dependence on only certain foods sounds, it is very difficult for the majority to grasp.  That’s because it’s totally foreign to what is taught and the reality of everyday experiences.  This builds roadblocks to change.  Additionally, since modern man has been raised universally on the modern grain-based diet (a diet he considers normal), all comparative studies regarding brain function, nutrition, and mental disease end up comparing people who have eaten a lot of grain and are still grain eaters.  This has complicated the discovery process and continues to this day in fueling controversy rather than agreement.  Consequently many sophisticated educators and media types say all the EFA reporting is based on nothing but theory and there is no “solid” proof.

Until people understand that grain is not a normal food and avoid it, there is no way they can get the fat in their diet in perfect balance.  Yes, many people say they take Omega-3 Fatty Acid supplements.  But supplementing is another concoction of man and how are we to know when we are taking the right quantity of whatever supplement to get our overall nutrient balance correct?  For instance, a skewed fat profile can also mean too much Omega-3 Fatty Acid.

Obviously the only way to get the nutrient balance right is to eat like a caveman!

The Consequences of an Imbalance

Since all comparative studies of brain function involving man commence with strictly grain-fed participants, it’s been impossible to make direct comparisons between even small groups of “grass-fed” people with “grain-fed” people.  Of course there have been many studies and recorded experiences of sick people who switched to what scientists call the evolutionary diet, frequently referred to as the Paleo Diet, Hunter Gatherer diet, or Caveman diet, and saw their mental health (and health generally) improve measurably.  There have been a few scientific studies that were cut short because the participants dining on the generally recommended American diets continued to die at expected rates whereby the “grass-fed” dieters were living longer.  Those studies were terminated prematurely (for humanitarian reasons) providing us with the conclusion that the grass-fed diet is “probably” superior.  So there remains no long-term studies directly comparing grass-fed with grain-fed people.

On the other hand there have been many studies on animals (with shorter life spans) where changes in their emotions, intelligence, and health generally were tied to their diets.  For instance researchers fed monkeys a high ratio Omega-6 to Omega-3 (33:1) diet and saw that it “resulted in more slapping, grappling, pushing, and bitting.”  Rats fed a high ratio Omega-6 diet had trouble navigating mazes and they could not react as quickly to life threatening situations compared to rats fed diets high in Omega-3 fatty acids.  There are many additional lab animal studies of course, but from these two examples you can grasp an idea of the impact food has on brain function in at least monkeys and rats.

But how about serious mental diseases in people; can diet hinder or help?  For more input I searched the Internet using various mental diseases tied with the word “nutrition.”  Plus I read parts of quite a few books – new and old.  In every case I was able to find recent clinical reports that stated flat out that improper diet was one of the stepping stones leading to mental disease.  When it came to diet one or more factors were always present.  1) An Imbalance in Fatty Acids; 2) Grain; 3) Sugar; 4) Alcohol; 5) Food Dyes; 6) Food Preservatives; 7) Food Additives; 8) Lack of Antioxidant Nutrients; 9) Excess Aluminum and/or Mercury; 10) a Lack of Physical and Mental Exercise; 11) Vitamin Deficiencies; 12) Mineral Deficiencies.

Perform this test yourself.  Use Google to search for each of the different mental disorders in the short list below tied together with the word “nutrition.”  In all cases you’ll find dietary suggestions for curing and/or at least decreasing symptoms considerably.  Yes, you’ll still find diets that are products of nutritional science as it was in the mid 1950s.  That was when no one understood the critical role of fats, especially animal fats, and the nutrient differences of grains and grass and how EFA impact cell function.  Those old reports must be ignored just like we ignore the USDA’s ridiculous Food Pyramid – old and new – and the old maps of the world that indicated the world was flat.  Here’s your mental disorder search list:  Anxiety, Alzheimer’s, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dementia, Depression, Autism, Hallucinations, and Schizophrenia.

Mental Disease and Other Ailments

Since all chronic diseases (body failures) seem to be associated with an improper diet (for instance eating grain, grain-based foods, grain-fed livestock products, concocted foods, sugar and refined high glycemic index (GI) carbohydrates, and the drinking of alcoholic beverages) it’s not surprising that in many cases mental disease is just one more of the many diseases a person may end up with as a result of an improper diet.

Mental Disease is broken down into four groupings.  The impairments, as they are called, are cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal.  Of course some diseases overlap.  For the most part mental illnesses are linked to both biological (e.g. genetics, neurochemistry, brain structure) and psychosocial (e.g. cognitive biases, emotional problems, trauma, socioeconomic disadvantage) causes.  But they all seem to come hand in hand with other ailments too.

Depression often coexists with other serious illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease.  Also, decreased thyroid function (hypothyroidism) can result in apathy, depression, or dementia.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder often coexists with Learning Disabilities, Tourette Syndrome, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Anxiety and Depression, and Bipolar Disorder (mood swings).  ADHD not only impacts children but adults too and for more than a decade nutritional scientists have associated ADHD with a poor diet.  Other conditions and disorders can mimic ADHD or have similar symptoms such as visual disturbances, thyroid disorders, some seizure disorders, hearing loss, allergy and effects of allergy medication, chronic medical conditions, coordination or articulation problems, and substance abuse.

Anxiety disorders often coexist with other conditions such as alcoholism, depression, allergies, arthritis, gastrointestinal disease, migraine disease, respiratory disease, and thyroid disease.

Dementia is the progressive decline in cognitive function due to damage or disease in the brain beyond what might be expected from normal aging.  Affected areas include memory, attention, language and problem solving, although particularly in the later stages of the condition, affected persons may be disoriented in time, place, and person.  Depression and dementia coexist in 30% of patients!

Alzheimer’s disease is one form of dementia that usually strikes adults that are 65 years or more old.  The latest report on Alzheimer’s states that one in eight Americans over 65 have it!  Quite often Alzheimer’s is associated with vascular disease.  Some studies suggest that an early exposure to inflammatory disease multiplies Alzheimer’s risk.  Other associated diseases include Hallucinations and Parkinson’s Disease.

Schizophrenia is typically characterized as demonstrating disorganized thinking, and as experiencing delusions or hallucinations, in particular auditory hallucinations.  Studies indicate that a history of any autoimmune disease was associated with 45% increase in risk of schizophrenia.  These diseases include Thyrotoxicosis, Celiac Disease, Acquired Hemolytic Anemia, Interstitial Cystitis, and Sjogren’s Syndrome.

There is one prominent chronic disease that every mental disease seems to have as a possible association.  That is a thyroid problem.  I did a search using all the various mental diseases tied with “thyroid” and in every case I found there were clinical reports tying them together.  Then I did a search using “thyroid” and “omega 3.” BINGO!  There appeared scores of reports and marketing literature about the imbalance of the essential fatty acids and health problems with the thyroid gland.

Isn’t it amazing.  As your brain fails your body can be failing right along with it.  Or, as your body fails so can your brain be failing right along with your body.  Is body failure always associated with aging or is it brought on by improper foods that interrupt proper cell function?

For a fact an imbalance of fatty acids in the membranes of cells will damage and in some cases almost completely destroy a body’s immune system.  Additionally all chromic diseases are associated with a diet that creates imbalances in fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, and fluids.  Could it be that if we ate right, we’d live a physically and mentally active life right up to the end?  Many of our old cows and horses are that way.  They don’t gradually fall apart and go lame over the years.  They are very active, with the only sign of age being that they slow down some as they age.  But they remain healthy and normal participants in their herds.

Facts to Cogitate Over

1) Your body can make some DHA, the brain’s most abundant fatty acid.  From alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which belongs to the omega-3 family of fatty acids, and linoleic acid (LA), which belongs to the omega-6 family of fatty acids, your brain can make (docosahexaenoic acid) DHA and (arachidonic acid) AA the longer chained fatty acids that are incorporated in its cell membranes.  These more complex fatty acids are also available, preformed, directly from food.  For instance, Grass-Fed Meats are an excellent source of ALA and wild ocean fish are high in DHA.  This is important because if your diet does not contain all the basic required nutrients in the proper balance you will end up with a deficiency.  And keep in mind that the brain’s ability to assemble these fatty acids can be compromised by stress, infections, alcohol, excess sugar, and vitamin or mineral deficiencies – factors common today.

2) Trans fatty acid molecules disrupt communication, setting the stage for cellular degeneration and diminished mental performance.  Studies show that the trans fatty acids (partially hydrogenated oils) used as preservatives in many of the processed food products Americans commonly consume everyday end up being incorporated into brain cell membranes, including the myelin sheath that insulates neurons.  They replace the natural DHA in the membrane, which affects the electrical activity of the neuron.

3) Alcohol leaches DHA out of your body – primarily your brain.  Researchers, using rats, have reported that low fat diets had no negative impact on DHA in the rats’ brains.  But even a little alcohol resulted in measurable declines in DHA levels.  Alcohol is not only high in calories (7 kcal per gram) but in addition to DHA it robs your body of key nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and the B vitamins.

4) Some doctors report that in nearly all cases their patients don’t have simple, straightforward mental problems.  “They usually have multiple-system problems, for instance, chemical sensitivities, viruses, food sensitivities, auto-immune problems, parasite problems, fungus, and so on.”

Is There a Fungus Connection!

I found an article on the Web that was pretty interesting.  It was written by Dr. Raj Rakhra.  It is not a peer-reviewed scientific study.  But it’s a point of view that I think is very valid.  You can read the whole article here.  Below is my condensed version of his article.

Fungi are single cell organisms found everywhere on the land, in the sea, and in the air.  They can enter our bodies via the nose, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract (GIT).  Fungi are normal inhabitants of the skin, vagina, and GIT.  A body’s primary protection against infections of fungi are the immune system, PH levels, and friendly bacteria.

Normally there is a balance between fungi and normal flora and they are relatively benign because they live in balance.  But in special circumstances fungi can become invasive when they produce mycotoxins.  Fungi secret these toxins to protect against viruses, bacteria, and parasites like protozoa, insects, animals, and humans.  In the human host, these toxins can get into the blood stream and produce an array of central nervous system symptoms such as fatigue, confusion, irritability, mental fogginess, memory loss, depression, dizziness, mood swings, migraine headaches, nausea, numbness, and symptoms of hypoglycemia.  Mycotoxins associated with Candida albicans infestation can produce chronic illness, frequently described as “feeling sick all over.”

When provided with large doses of sugar and/or refined carbohydrates like candies, chocolate, cakes, soft drinks, white breads, and alcohol – yeasts and fungi thrive in the GIT.  Foods containing yeast, mold and fungi, even the common edible mushroom, can increase a gut’s fungal population.

Fungi, through production of mycotoxins, can initiate many degenerative diseases:  Cancer, heart disorders, gout, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, thyroditis, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythmematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, and many more.

The Fungal related complex manifest primarily in five areas of the body:

Digestive system symptoms are:  bloating, gas, cramps, alternating diarrhea with constipation, multiple food allergies.

Nervous system:  The symptoms includes abnormal fatigue, spaciness, anxiety, mood swings, drowsiness, memory loss, depression, insomnia, mental fogginess, even hallucination and violent behavior can occur, Autism, hyperactivity, learning disabilities in children can be a manifestation of fungal infestation.

Skin:  symptoms may be hives, psoriasis, excessive sweating, and acne and nail infestations.

Genito-Urinary tract symptoms in women may be premenstrual syndrome (depression, mood swings, bloating, fluid retention, cramps, sweet cravings, and headaches prior to menstruation), recurrent bladder or vaginal infections and loss of interest in sex.  In males, common problems include chronic rectal or anal itching, recurrent prostatitis, impotence, genital rashes and jock itch.

Endocrine System:  An intimate relationship exists in the body between the immune system, the nervous system, and the endocrine system.  The thyroid and adrenal glands in particular may be involved.  Both hypo and hyperthyroidisms, especially the autoimmune variety is strongly linked to fungal overgrowth.  Candida fungal toxins can travel to virtually all organs and tissues in the body.  The syndrome has been associated with practically every medical condition including cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, AIDs, asthma, arthritis, chronic sinusitis, recurrent flu, middle ear infection, alcoholism, diabetes, eating disorder, hypoglycemia.  In some of the diseases fungi are secondary opportunistic infections.  In many, fungal mycotoxins may be the cause.  In either case, a healthy immune system is the only natural defense against these microbes and their poisons.  In advanced cases dietary changes alone do not reverse Candida/Fungal syndromes and aggressive antifungal therapy is necessary.

Dr. Raj Rakhra’s personal Web site is:  http://www.aynh.com.

Writing on the Wall

By now the old saying that “you are what you eat” should be more meaningful to you than ever before.  If not then you are truly a lost cause because the science supporting food’s impact on body function is overwhelming.  Since the early 1980s reports by leading nutritional scientists have shown that skewed fatty acid profiles cause chronic diseases of all kinds.  The eating of grains is the primary cause of skewed fat profiles.  The skewed fat profiles of grain disrupt the immune system and from that point forth body failings will occur from cell failure and/or fungal, bacterial, and virus infestations.

I am a big grass-fed meat eater.  I eat a lot of animal fat too.  Happily I’m able to report that by eating like a caveman I have seen improvement in my own health.  For the first time my weight is normal for what I used to call “old fashioned” height and weight charts.  Back in 2000 I had a scary heart beat, but no more.  I know that now the fat balance in my blood work is near perfection.  (I do not know what it was before.)  And there is one point that really flabbergasts me.  It’s my handwriting.  It has improved measurably in the past few years.

I find these physical and mental improvements in my own body most encouraging and uplifting.  This is why I have to shake my head when people call to order and say they only want to “try” our grass-fed meats.  How can anyone only want to give their body’s health a backhanded try?  If that’s their mental state, then they are already well advanced in exhibiting severe mental retardation.  They need real food and they need it now.

Ted Slanker
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