This Halloween Make a Commitment To Do What Scares You, As Long As You Know It’s What You Need To Do

jackolanternDO WHAT SCARES YOU – CONQUER YOUR FEAR

Some of us get immobilized by fear.  We know there is something we need to be doing but we are afraid.

If we keep doing what we have always done, we will keep getting what we have always gotten.

What separates those who achieve great things from the herd of average mediocrity?

You have to do what you are afraid of but know needs to be done.  Perhaps you are not even afraid, you just can’t seem to get started.

How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.

If it is weight loss and fitness you need to work on, get started.

If you need to stop sabotaging yourself with the wrong food, alcohol, or drugs, then take action, get help be bold, tell your family to hold you accountable.

Join a gym if you can or get rain gear and get moving.

Perhaps you need to start a new project. START.

 

This Halloween, take that first step in doing what you have been afraid to do.

You and only you have the power to change your life.

 

 

Dr. Paul

 

Should You Drink a Little Alcohol Every Day? Light Alcohol Intake Saves Memory in Those Over 60

Red_Wine_GlassAs you get older, should you drink alcohol (in moderation) or not?

This study, “Effects of Alcohol Consumption on Cognition and Regional Brain Volumes Among Older Adults,” (you can read it here… )  suggests that there are benefits to memory from moderate consumption of alcohol. Many previous studies have shown the benefits of red wine for example, or small amounts of alcohol, while numerous studies also show great harm from consumption of large amounts of alcohol.

The U-shaped curve of ethanol consumption and cardiovascular mortality has been well established since the 1986 article “Coronary heart disease mortality and alcohol consumption in Framingham”. (That article can be found here… ) Those who consume no alcohol have a very high incidence of heart disease and mortality, while those who consume some alcohol (moderation) have much less heart disease. At the highest levels of alcohol consumption, the mortality goes back up. An earlier study from 1981 with Kaiser patients controlled for smoking and other risk factors, showed that 1-2 drinks a day individuals had the lowest risk, those taking 3-5 drinks had moderate risk and those drinking over 5 drinks a day the highest risks as did the non-drinkers. (Read more here… )

I credit Dr Woodrow Monte, and his landmark book “While Science Sleeps,” with the eloquent explanation of why low to moderate alcohol consumption is a health benefit. (Read more about this here… )  His book teaches that methanol (wood alcohol) enters our bodies mostly from cigarette/tobacco and aspartame and, to a lesser extent, from canned fruits and vegetables.  Having lost the enzyme catalase (most other animals have this enzyme), humans convert the toxic methanol to formaldehyde in areas of the body where we have alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH). Unfortunately, ADH is in the brain, eyes, blood vessels, skin, breasts, kidneys, bone, pancreas, lungs, fetus and liver. In these areas of our body, the formaldehyde triggers cancer, autoimmune disorders, inflammation, disease, and dysfunction. Think of the diseases of civilization, those things that are most common since tobacco in the 1900’s and aspartame in the 1980’s and you have a clue.

I come from a long line of ministers and advocates of abstention from alcohol.  I have some alcoholism in my distant relatives and lots of workaholics in my family. For many of us, drinking even a little alcohol puts us at the great risk of alcoholism, and for those of us in that category, I do NOT recommend drinking any alcohol.  For the rest who can split a beer as my parents used to do, leave a wine glass half full, and not drink again for days or weeks, you may prolong your life and avoid many of the diseases of civilization by taking that one drink a day.  My friend, and author of the book While Science Sleeps, puts the equivalent of one shot (ounce) of vodka in a gallon of water that he drinks throughout the day, thus giving himself protection all day long form the ravages of ADH and formaldehyde.  You see ethanol keeps the ADH enzyme busy so it cannot convert the tiny amount of methanol to formaldehyde.

 

Dr. Paul

 

 

 

 

 

Should We Label GMO Food, and if so Why?

toxic plateIf you are a voter in Oregon, I recommend a yes vote on measure 92 to require food labels to include the words “genetically engineered” for foods genetically engineered through nucleic acid techniques and cell-fusing techniques.  Traditional plant breeding techniques like hybridization are excluded and OK and don’t require the label.

Here is the problem with GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) or genetically engineered foods:

  • They have resulted in the largest explosion of pesticide use in the history of the world.
  • The USA now uses 100,000 tons of glyphosate a year on just corn soy and cotton. Read more..
  • For soybean crops in 1996, 7% were genetically engineered to need glyphosate, and by 2010 93% were. Read more…
  • Glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic and potent endocrine disruptors (EDC’s) in human cells. Read more…
  • – WHO and UN concluded “Exposure to EDC’s … plays a role in the increased incidences or reproductive diseases, endocrine-related cancers, behavioral and learning problems, including ADHD, infections, asthma and perhaps obesity and diabetes in humans”. Read more…

 

I have no doubt that the low testosterone our men (young and old) are suffering from is also related to this. The epidemic of neurological disorders from autism, ADHD, anxiety and learning issues, sensory issues etc. in the young to the memory and chronic health issues and cancer as we age are all linked to the explosion of toxins in our world.  The endocrine disruptors that are exploding with the use of herbicides could be reduced to negligible if GMO and genetically engineered crops designed for herbicides were banned.

Since politics and economics control the federal agencies that are supposed to protect us, we the people will have to wake up and demand change with our pocketbooks.

A look at the top donors trying to keep us in the dark about what foods contain GMO/ genetically engineered foods should be a wake up call.  Do these companies really have our best interests at heart or do they stand to loose money if we knew what we were eating and drinking?  Is there any wonder that Monsanto sits at the top of this list of profiteers?  They make the glyphosate, the herbicide that makes them billions of dollars annually while they poison us.

 

Top donors to Oregon’s NO on 92 Campaign
Monsanto – $4.8 million
Pepsi -$1.4 million
Coke – $702,000
Kraft – 870,000
Land O’Lakes – $760,000
General Mills – 695,000
Dow – $368,300
Hershey – $320,000
Smuckers’ – 295000
Kelloggs – 250 000
ConAgra-250,000
(Source: Oregon Secretary of State website)

superweeds

A tragic blunder just occurred last week with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval of Dow Chemical Company’s toxic herbicide 2,4-D to be used in combination with glyphosate. This chemical is related to agent orange used in Vietnam.  The reason?  Seems we have super weeds now resistant to glyphosate. [the link] The solution? add 2,4-D, an even more toxic herbicide, to our crops. But wait,  they have already developed the “special” seeds that can tolerate this toxin.  I just can’t wait for the explosion of health problems over the next decade as they roll this one out.

 

Why to they call it EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)?  Seems if should be renamed the EDA (Environmental Destruction Agency).

 

Dr. Paul

 

 

 

Video Games and Autism, ASD, ADD, ADHD

video GamersI was approached by spectrum magazine with a few questions about video games and children with autism.  Here are my responses.  I encourage parents to please add your thoughts, let’s share with each other what we find to be helpful and what has not been helpful.

  1. 1. Why are kids with Autism especially drawn to video games?

A: Their brains are usually subject to over stimulation (they are hearing and seeing so much more than we do, so it causes sensory overload).  For some reason, even though I find video games to be sensory overload, to ASD kids I think they can hyper focus on the screen and it helps them tune out all the “noise” that is so distressing.

  1. Do you feel video games can provide a positive social connection these kids are often lacking?  Why or why not?

A: YES.  I have seen the video games to be calming (opposite to the effect they have on me) and thus an anxious ASD child could pause and look up from a game being much calmer than they may have been without the game to center and “ground” them.  Development of games that teach and train social interaction and learning will be a huge benefit.

  1. Do you have any tips on how to limit video games or use them as a reward to achieve other desired behaviors?

A: As with all good things, balance is good.  This becomes tricky and I don’t think there is a certain amount of screen time that is best.  If you have a mild ASD child who can function in the real world fairly well, the more time away from the screen the better.  Use small doses of screen time rewarding ….. X, Y, Z.   For the severely affected who is going to be screaming and spinning or flapping from sensory overload, I don’t see the benefit in restricting screen time if at that moment it is the only tool you have to calm. That being said, transitioning to interactive activities that involve others is going to be important.  OT, sensory integration work, etc. being so important.

It is still also important to use basic good parenting.  Tell them you love them just for being here in the world.  Explain that we all have to do certain things to get what we want, then illustrate this.  Teach, train, and always do so with love and affirmation that you love them just for being alive and in your life.

 

  1. How do video games affect kids health long-term both physically and emotionally?

A: DEPENDS!  Those who are very mild ASD, and spend all their time playing shoot them and kill them games, I don’t see any benefit and I see lots of potential harm.  What are they really learning?  Violence solves problems right?  On the other hand, for a severe child who is playing an educational game and finds this calming and learns from it, this should be a great effect.

 

Dr. Paul