Dirty Dozen Foods 2014-Updated (EWG)

baby and vegiesRemember that the benefits of fruits and vegetables (eating whole foods in their natural forms) outweighs the dangers of pesticides. BUT, if you can, consider buying organic- at least for the 12 most contaminated foods: 

apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, nectarines, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, potatoes, hot peppers, and kale/collard greens. 

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has just released their 2014 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce. Please take the time to read through it. This will help you to avoid toxins in your family’s food.

See the 2014 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce here…

 

Dr. Paul

The Gut Micro Biome (bacteria/ probiotics) Decrease Type I Diabetes/IDDM, Colic, Reflux (GER), and Constipation in Infants and NEC in Preemies

Gut MicrobiotaThe study “Compromised gut microbiota networks in children with anti-islet cell autoimmunity”, published in the March 2014 issue of “Diabetes”, should send a warning shot to all who care for children to do everything we can to promote diversity of the gut bacteria (give probiotics from birth and even during pregnancy), and do everything we can to minimize destruction of the gut bacteria (avoid antibiotics).

We have known for some time now that Type I Diabetes is an autoimmune attack of the islet cells in the pancreas. How to avoid this has eluded us so far. Common sense would suggest we avoid formaldehyde, which is present in many vaccines, and is also formed within our bodies when we ingest aspartame (Nutrasweet, Splenda). The major environmental exposures come from working with it in industry, from cigarette smoke, and from the off-gassing of particle board and plywood.

The JAMA Pediatrics March 2014 article “Prophylactic Use of a probiotics in the prevention of Colic, Regurgitation and Functional Constipation”, showed an almost 50% reduction in spitting up and hours fussing, and a slight reduction in constipation. The study used the probiotics L. Reuteri DSM 17938. This further confirms the benefits of probiotics in infants, and in this case, for L Reuteri. This strain is available form Gaia, and is made from mother’s milk. It can also be found in Gerber Soothe.

A recent Pediatrics article “Probiotic Effects on Late-onset sepsis in very preterm Infants: a randomized Controlled Trial”, showed reduced necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) by over 50% in preterm infants born before 32 weeks and under 1500 grams. They used a combination of Bifidobacterium Infantis, Streptococcus Thermophilus, and Bifidobacterium Lactis with 1 billion organisms.

Compromised gut microbiota networks in children with anti-islet cell autoimmunity- Read More Here….

Prophylactic Use of a Probiotic in the Prevention of Colic, Regurgitation, and Functional Constipation- Read More Here….

Probiotic Effects on Late-onset Sepsis in Very Preterm Infants: A Randomized Controlled Trial- Read More Here…

 

Dr. Paul

Calcium Supplements Linked to Heart Disease (If you take calcium …read this)

calciumsourcesIf you take a calcium supplement, don’t panic. It’s probably a good thing, BUT I highly recommend you also take vitamin K2 that is involved in helping calcium move out of the arteries and into the bone where we want it stored. (see my other blog on vitamin K2). 

This study published in Lancet (read here), adds to known research that calcium can end up hardening the arteries and thus leading to arteriosclerosis, heart attacks, stroke, and even death.  Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in those with chronic kidney disease. High phosphorus is dangerous in kidney failure patients and in an effort to bind and reduce phosphorous, numerous binding agents have been tried, the most common being calcium. Past studies on how much calcium can be used without causing this calcium to accumulate in non-bone (arteries) tissue has shown that up to 3 grams a day is safe and that at 6 grams a day of calcium there is some accumulation of calcium outside of the bone. 

Those with normal kidney function can likely handle large doses of calcium. However, most of us are in a negative calcium balance due to poor absorption of calcium from our diets. This article prompts me to make the following three suggestions:

1.  Take vitamin D at adequate doses so you will absorb the calcium that is in your diet.

2.  Take vitamin K2 if you are taking a calcium supplement, so that you can move excess calcium out of blood vessels and into bone where you want to store it.

3.  Limit supplemental calcium intake to 3 grams a day or less (typical calcium supplements are at the most 500 mg-1 gm for adults).

 

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Bone Metabolism and Disease in Chronic Kidney Disease

 

 

 

Dr. Paul

 

Review of Article on Damage Caused by Gluten/Gliadin (wheat, etc.)

wheatA thorough study of Dr Pizzorno’s review article from the Journal “Integrative Medicine” August 2013 is recommended for all who wish to really understand the complexity and significance of the association between gluten/gliadin and diseases of civilization (nutritional deficiencies, autoimmune issues, and cancers). 

Gliadins and gliadin-like proteins stimulate a molecule called zonulin which creates changes in the enterocytes (cells lining the intestines) that results in destruction of the absorptive surface of these cells and large gaps in the junctions between the cells. This results in three major mechanisms of disease:

1.  Nutritional deficiencies due to poor absorption.

2.  Open gap junctions between cells allowing toxins and infections access into the body beyond the intestinal lining.

3.  Activation of inflammatory and the immune system.

 

This zonulin mediated opening of the gap junctions of the intestinal lining was first described by Fasano and team (review article 2012 Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology).  Increased permeability and inflammation can occur even in the absence of an immune response, hence the recommendation by some that you consider removing all wheat and gluten/gliadin from your diet, regardless of test results that may or may not show you to have celiac disease or  gluten sensitivity.

The review article (link below) states that “gliadin causes release of zonulin in 80% of the population”.  Zonulin is also found in the lungs (think Asthma) and the blood brain barrier (think neurological disorders). 

So what should you do?  About 1/3 of the population can tolerate wheat without problems. The review quotes 15% of us will have an immune response to gluten or grains and 3% of us have celiac disease and 5% of us have autoimmune disorders.  We know that breast feeding significantly reduces the chance of reacting to gluten or grains. Delaying the introduction of grains results in reduced reactivity.  Probiotics reduce the reactivity to gluten and grains and the development of allergies. If you or your child suffers from any allergy, immune issues, GI issue, or neurological/developmental issues, I would recommend at least 3 months off all grains (especially the wheat, barley, rye, spelt – all gluten containing grains). 

 

Read the Article Here

 

Dr. Paul