Hospital Food — need I say more?


Catalase — 300 mcg

Glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase, and catalase are the primary three enzymes produced in the body as an antioxidant defense. Catalase is a specific for protection against tumors. A little catalase can go a long way: one catalase enzyme molecule can catalyze the breakdown of five million molecules of peroxide radicals into water and oxygen in just one minute.


Health Benefits of Red Clover

“Not surprisingly, most doctors, the FDA and many “new-school” herbalists, being uninformed, have dismissed red clover as useless in dealing with cancer. However, researchers at the National Cancer Institute have indeed found anti-tumor properties in red clover. These incredible red clover benefits come from genistein, a biochemical in the plant, that has the ability to prevent tumors from developing the blood supplies they need to survive – thus starving them and killing them.

As it turns out, genistein is the same biochemical considered to be the main beneficial biochemical in soy. But red clover has a significant advantage over soy. It contains not just genistein, but significant levels (about ten times that found in soy) of all four beneficial estrogenic isoflavones (a special class of antioxidants) including daidzein. In addition to isoflavones, red clover contains another class of anticancer phytoestrogen compounds called coumestans – primarily in the form of biochanin.

In addition to being considered an effective natural cancer remedy, red clover has shown some promise in areas of estrogen related health. The isoflavones found in red clover have been shown to produce estrogen-like effects in the body. As such, red clover is commonly used to help reduce symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats, PMS, while at the same time promoting breast enhancement and breast health. It is also thought to help decrease the risk of women developing osteoporosis later in life. And the isoflavones found in red clover have been associated with an increase in “good” HDL cholesterol in pre and postmenopausal women.

In addition to isoflavones and genistein, red clover also contains calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Historically, it has often been used (and is still used) to treat whooping cough and other throat related conditions such as bronchitis and sore throats. Herbalists also use it in tinctures to help treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

This herb can be found in many forms including as dried leaves or capsules, in tincture or extract form, and as a topical treatment.

Note: Soy use, unlike red clover use, does not result in any increase in biochanin in the blood. Is that important? Studies have shown that biochanin may significantly inhibit breast cancer proliferation.”



The Power of Green Tea Extract

A good antioxidant should contain green tea extract. Here’s why:

“Green Tea Extract (120 mg, 95 percent polyphenols)–Green tea antioxidants are of the same family as grape seed and pine bark extracts. They are polyphenols, chief of which are the flavonoids called proanthocyanidins. In green tea, the main proanthocyanidins are the catechins, and the most powerful of the catechins is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), found in the highest concentration in green tea. It works to prevent tumors from developing the blood vessels they need to survive (anti-angiogenesis) and it has been shown to inhibit metastasis. It is the first known natural telomerase inhibitor, eliminating the ‘immortality’ of cancer cells, which is what makes them so deadly. Green tea is particularly effective in destroying the causes of leukemia, prostate cancer, and breast cancer. It has also been shown to be effective in regulating blood sugar, reducing triglycerides, and in reversing the ravages of heart disease. (Incidentally, the Japanese, who drink large amounts of green tea, have some of the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease in the world.) Green tea seems to almost totally prevent cancer from causing DNA damage in smokers—a possible explanation as to why the Japanese, who are among the world’s heaviest smokers, have such a low incidence of lung cancer. Finally, green tea has great benefits for the brain as well, serving as an effective monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor, protecting against brain-cell death. The net result is that there are strong indications that green tea extract may play a major role in protecting against both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Note: the consumption of casein from dairy products can completely block the absorption of the main catechins found in green tea. In other words, drink your tea without milk, and take your green tea supplements separate from any dairy in your diet. Or, even better, just think of this as another reason to eliminate dairy from your diet.”


Dandelion Root Health Benefits from

Many think of dandelion as nothing more than a pesky weed. However, that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, gardeners in the past used to actually weed out grass, which they considered a weed, to make room for this medicinal flower. This may seem surprising at first, but less so when you consider that the dandelion is probably more nutritious than most of the vegetables in your garden.

Dandelion is considered a bitter herb that is chock full of vitamins A, B, C, and D and contains minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. In fact, it even contains more protein, almost as much iron, and four times the vitamin A content in spinach! It also has more vitamin C than tomatoes! How’s that for a common weed?

The dandelion was an essential herb that all natural healers kept as part of their medicinal arsenal. Today it is believed that it was so effective because it acted more as a multivitamin in a time when the concept of vitamins was completely foreign. In addition to its vitamin content, the dandelion contains powerful phytochemicals that have profound cleansing and healing effects on the body.

Historically the root and leaves have been used to treat liver problems. Native Americans boiled the dandelion in water and also used it to treat a variety of issues from kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and upset stomach. In Chinese medicine, it has been used to treat conditions such as stomach problems and appendicitis. In Europe, it was used for more common ailments such as for fever, boils, diabetes, and diarrhea.

Today, dandelion is commonly used as a diuretic that improves the function of the pancreas, spleen, stomach, and kidneys without depleting potassium from the body. The leaves are also helpful in stimulating the appetite and helping with digestion. But true herbalists know that medicinally the most powerful part of the dandelion is the root, and its true power lies in helping to detoxify the liver. This is because dandelion is one of the strongest herbal lipotropics known. That is to say, it flushes fat deposits from the liver, thereby helping to relieve chronic liver congestion.

It also increases the production of bile. And studies have proven that it actually has “liver healing” properties. Considering its primary benefits for liver and kidneys, it’s not surprisingly, then, that Jon Barron uses dandelion root in both his liver formulas (liver flush tea and liver flush tincture) and his kidney care formula.

Another healthful benefit is every part of the dandelion has some antioxidant properties and can also help improve the immune system. Dandelion root is also highly effective as a blood cleanser that strains and filters toxins from the blood and has beneficial effects on both red blood cell count and hemoglobin count.

In addition, the dandelion has been shown to…

  • Help regulate blood sugar and insulin levels.
  • Regulate blood pressure in the body due to its fiber and potassium content.
  • Help lower and control cholesterol levels.
  • Relieve pain and swelling.
  • Help slow cancer growth and prevent its spread.
  • Help in maintaining bone health.
  • Help treat skin diseases caused by microbial and fungal infections through use of dandelion sap.
  • Help treat acne through use of dandelion juice.

Considering all these health benefits and the fact that a cup of dandelion leaves contains merely 25 calories, you may often find dandelion leaves in salads, sandwiches, and teas. They also make a good addition to your morning smoothie. However, the leaves can have a bitter taste (a trait common to most liver herbs), so it is recommended to blend it with sweeter, flavorful fruits. Some people even use ground and roasted dandelion root as a caffeine-free coffee substitute.

You can find dandelion in a variety of forms from fresh to dried to tinctures, liquid extracts, teas, tablets, and capsules. If using fresh dandelion, you will want to make sure it is organic, or if using from your garden that you use leaves that haven’t been treated with pesticides.



Selecting the Right Doctor for Male Hormone Replacement Therapy

Aside from its findings on the safety and efficacy of various forms of HRT in men, Renew Man provided a valuable service to the public by describing the caution a male patient must exercise in selecting a physician to prescribe HRT initially and monitor his progress throughout the course of treatment. According to Renew Man, because of relatively lax medical laws and regulations in the state of Florida in the United States, many subpar providers of HRT operate out of that state. Among the many errors committed by these subpar providers were using the same HRT protocol for all patients, rather than an individualized approach; failing to test thyroid hormone and DHEA levels; failing to monitor and control hematocrit thereby increasing the risk of stroke some men experience from taking therapeutic doses of testosterone; inconsistent or even nonexistent follow-up biometric testing; and “stacking hormones,” which is the use of several synthetic versions of testosterone rather than a bioidentical hormone product, such as (generic) compounded testosterone.14

Family doctors “though well intentioned,” have woefully inadequate training to begin HRT for male patients. They frequently will attempt to boost testosterone with a synthetic FDA-approved prescription drug without realizing that any increase in testosterone will alter the male patient’s entire hormone cascade. It never dawns on many of these providers that they need to check and prescribe drugs to control the patient’s estradiol, dihydrotestoserone, and even thyroid hormone levels. According to Renew Man, the errors committed by inadequately trained family medicine practitioners include incorrect initial diagnosis, e.g., treating depression and lethargy with an antidepressant rather than recognizing it as a symptom of the larger andropause condition; treating all male patients with the exact same protocol; failing to periodically retest estradiol – which is known to cause myocardial infarctions, prostate cancer, and gynocomastia when elevated in men; failing to test for DHEA and thyroid hormones compounded by failure to recognize low-normal readings on Free T3 reflect hypothyroidism, another medical condition often present with andropause; and inconsistent or nonexistent biometric testing of male patients on HRT.14

“Urologists often have the knowledge base necessary to treat andropause, but will not take the time to provide safe, quality treatment. Urologists are often high-production doctors, and their practices see a high volume of patients. Hormone replacement therapy and treatment (if done correctly) takes time, patience, and follow-up. 14 An award-winning, board certified urologist in Tennessee advised me that he was unfamiliar with and uncomfortable prescribing CC and bioidentical testosterone needed in male HRT.

As to endocrinologists, “hormones are their specialty. However, 90+% of their clients are usually women and diabetics. Endocrinologists may know a lot about hormones, but they treat few if any andropausal men, and surprisingly, they usually lack the knowledge to do so effectively.” 14 My own research confirms these statements from Renew Man. An endocrinologist affiliated with a medical research foundation told me that male patients seeking HRT would be better served with a primary care physician who took the time to learn about male HRT through continuing medical education, rather than the typical endocrinologist. In addition, a board-certified endocrinologist in East Tennessee gave me a list of blood tests he would order for a male patient on HRT, but he failed to check for serum dihydrotestosterone levels – an obvious error.



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Fallacy of Relying Too Much on ORAC Value of Antioxidants











“Even if we assume that the tested ORAC figures are accurate, it is important to understand that having a high ORAC value in and of itself does not confer any particular advantage. That’s because not all antioxidants that are confirmed as present in a test tube can be absorbed and utilized by the human body. It doesn’t matter how high the value is in a test, if it doesn’t work in the body, it has no value to you. In addition, different antioxidants target different free radicals. Taking a supplement with an ORAC value of 17,000 that targets one group of free radicals still leaves you vulnerable to the ones not targeted.

Also, keep in mind that different antioxidants work in different areas of the body. The herb Ginkgo biloba, for example, works in the brain and cardiovascular system, whereas curcumin is active in the colon and silymarin in the liver. Again, having 5,000 ORAC units working in the brain isn’t much consolation if you have liver problems.

ORAC value tells only a very small part of the story. Saying that pycnogenol is twenty times more powerful than vitamin C, for example, is meaningless when it comes to scurvy. In that regard, vitamin C is infinitely more powerful than pycnogenol. Or to say that mangosteen is ten times stronger than noni is also meaningless. When it comes to raising nitric oxide levels, noni is infinitely stronger because mangosteen doesn’t do that. On the other hand, mangosteen appears to have much stronger anti-pathogenic activity than noni. So, ORAC value by itself presents a very incomplete picture.

Finally, there is a limit to how much you can benefit from an increased intake of antioxidants. The maximum number of ORAC units the body can handle in a given day is about 3,000 to 5,000 units. This is because the antioxidant capacity of the blood is tightly regulated, so there is an upper limit to the benefit that can be derived from antioxidants. Taking in 25,000 ORAC units at one time (as reputedly occurs with some mangosteen drinks, if you believe what you read on some websites) would be no more beneficial than taking in a fifth of that amount (at least in terms of its ORAC value). The excess is simply excreted by the kidneys. Let me rephrase this to make it even clearer. Taking more than 3,000-5,000 ORAC units a day of the same antioxidant is a bit like using a tank to go to the grocery store–it’s overkill. And promoting those super high numbers in advertising is a bit like a car dealer trying to convince you to buy that tank for your grocery shopping in the first place. It’s less than honest.

ORAC values are normally calculated on the basis of 100-gram portions. The reason is that ORAC was originally developed to give data on whole foods, and 100 grams works out to just under a 4-ounce portion. It is essential, therefore, to make sure that the comparison cited for ORAC values is based on equivalent volumes (or servings). When sellers of mangosteen drinks claim ORAC values far superior to other antioxidants, are they comparing serving to serving? Probably not. In many cases, they have extended the numbers out to give the ORAC values in a liter/quart of mangosteen juice and then compared that to 1-ounce servings of other liquid antioxidant supplements. To get the true value per recommended 1-ounce serving, you would have to divide by 32, which takes you down to a more reasonable 500–600 ORAC units per serving. Don’t get me wrong: I like mangosteen and use it in some of my own formulations, but I don’t think it’s useful to exaggerate the numbers. And besides, as discussed above, since antioxidant levels in the blood are tightly regulated by your body, there are probably no health benefits to numbers over 3,000–5,000 ORAC per serving of a single antioxidant anyway.

And when it comes to capsules, most capsules are 500 milligrams, which means it would take 56 capsules of an unconcentrated extract to equal an ounce of a food-based source of the antioxidants. In other words, it would take over 200 capsules to give you the same volume as a 4-ounce serving of the same antioxidant-rich whole food. That means the ORAC value of the capsule needs to be 200 times more concentrated than the whole food in order to give you an equivalent value. This can be done by removing the water and fiber, which have no ORAC value. Grape skin extract, for example, has a much higher ORAC value than the whole grape skins, but this does not mean that from a standpoint of cost, dose, and/or serving that the extract is necessarily superior. But keep in mind, there is the convenience factor. Isn’t it worth paying a premium to easily supplement with a full-spectrum antioxidant that works throughout the entire body and on all types of free radicals-an antioxidant that makes up for the fact that you aren’t including all necessary beneficial foods in your daily diet? Most definitely.”

— Jon Barron,

Excerpt from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”

Song of Myself, Walt Whitman (from Leaves of Grass, first published in the 1855 edition)

And I know that the hand of God is the promise of my own,
And I know that the spirit of God is the brother of my own;
And that all the men ever born are also my brothers, and the women, my sisters and lovers;
And that a kelson of the creation . . . . . . is love; [5]

It may be if I had known them I would have loved them,
It may be you are from old people, or from offspring taken
soon out of their mothers’ laps,
And here you are the mothers’ laps.  [6]

It is not chaos or death–—it is form, union, plan–—It is eternal life.
It is HAPPINESS.  [50]

As adapted in the movie Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding (2011)

Jon Barron on Free Radicals & Disease











“A free radical is a cellular killer that wreaks havoc by damaging DNA, altering biochemical compounds, corroding cell membranes, and destroying cells outright. In this sense, a free radical can be thought of as an invader attacking the cells of your body. More technically, a free radical is a molecule that has lost one of its electrons and become highly unbalanced. It seeks to restore its balance by stealing a vital electron from another molecule.

Scientists now know that free radicals play a major role in the aging process as well as in the onset of cancer, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and possibly allergies and a host of other ailments. The link between free radicals and the “aging diseases” is the most important discovery since doctors learned that some illnesses are caused by germs.

In a very real sense, the free radical process in our bodies is much the same as the process that causes fuel to burn, oil to go rancid, or an apple to turn brown if you slice it open and expose it to air. It is as though our bodies rust from the inside out, causing, among other things, dry, wrinkled skin. But wrinkles are the least of our problems. When the process gets out of control, it can cause tumors, hardening of the arteries, and macular degeneration, to name just a few of the problems. Think of free radicals as ravenous molecular sharks—sharks so hungry that in little more than a millionth of a second, they can be making a frenzied attack on a healthy neighboring cellular molecule. A single free radical can destroy an enzyme, a protein molecule, a strand of DNA, or an entire cell. Even worse, it can unleash, in a fraction of a second, a torrential chain reaction that produces a million or more additional killer free radicals.”

Jon Barron

Excellent Article from Paul Elsass, MSM

367d336Empathize With the Unemployed

Have you ever lost your job? No, I am not talking about the time when you were 16 and you got fired at the local hamburger joint for showing up late and refusing to wear the funny yellow hat you were issued. What about in your professional career? I did, and it was horrible.

Let’s back up for a minute…Like many of you, I had been working in my professional career successfully for many years. Over a 13 year period, I had worked for 7 different employers. Each time I chose to leave a company, I only did it if the move would advance my career and salary. This was working quite well, and I was on top of the world. I was making good money, working as a director with over 70 employees reporting to me, and feeling unstoppable.

It was 2008 and I had a hospital system ask me to leave a great job I had, to come help them open a brand new $21 million dollar facility. I would increase my salary by another 30% in this one move. I figured I had nothing to lose…famous last words, right? Things went extremely well there for the first few months. I was far ahead of goals and the C-suite was very pleased. I felt confident that even though they were hiring a new CEO, that CEO would see me as the golden-boy and I would be the last person he ever fired. Well, I was wrong.

It was February of 2009. I was called to meet with my boss and the company’s lawyer. I never even saw it coming. They were laying off several people, in an effort to reduce expenses and look better on the bottom line. Since the facility was so far ahead on the budget, the new CEO figured it was not necessary to have me running it anymore. He could just put it on auto-pilot and let some lower level manager handle it.

I remember walking home, tears in my eyes, asking God why this was happening to me. What had I done wrong?!? You cannot imagine the pain I felt when I delivered the news to my wife, who immediately burst in tears. We had two boys, a lot of debt and very little savings. I was only given one month’s severance and this was right when the economy tanked.

One task I dreaded, was calling the bank and telling them that I could not pay for my FJ Cruiser anymore. They told me to put the keys on the floorboard and they would come pick it up. When that tow truck drove away with my vehicle, I pretty much lost it. All confidence I had plunged.

Do you know what the worst part was? The rest of the world moved on, as if nothing had even happened. My life felt like it was not even remotely important to anyone. I reached out to every friend, family member and contact I knew. I wasn’t asking them to give me a job or money, I was only asking for leads or suggestions. I will be the first to tell you that prayer is important, but I will also tell you that after you hear 100+ people tell you that they will keep you in their prayers or “thoughts”, you get pretty cynical. Seriously, I thought, the best you can do is “think” about me. How hard is it to make a couple calls or send me some job leads you know about? Each day, while I was desperately searching for a job, I would think about all those people I knew, who were getting up, having their coffee, reading the paper and heading off to work. How lucky they were. I missed it so badly!

If you have never stood in line at the unemployment office, you should try it. It’s an incredibly humbling experience. Here I was, a guy with an MS in Business Management and a BS in Kinesiology, with over a decade of professional management experience, and I was asking the government for some money. I spent every single day, for 3 months, waking up at 5am and applying for every single job I could find, which might at least be more money that what I was getting from Uncle Sam. While I did finally land a job, it was in a place where the cost of living was double what I was accustomed to and the salary was half what I had been making. Still, I was so happy to have any job at all.

Now that I have thoroughly bummed you out, let me tell you 3 things I hope you will take from this:

1.) When someone loses their job, do just a bit more than offer to “think” or “pray” for them. Tell them the names of some folks you think they should call, or call a few folks for them. I had one good friend’s wife who sent me at least 5 job leads per week, while she was working her fulltime job and caring for her family. I will never forget her kindness!

2.) Empathize with them, because not one of us is immune from having our careers take a tragic turn. The day you lose your job, you will be so happy that you helped others, because that kindness will come back to you when you need it most.

3.) Feel life in an incredibly powerful way when you help someone find a job. I recently met a young person through Linkedin who was trying very hard to find a job. She mentioned a company I had worked for in the past and I said I knew some folks there. I made a couple of calls and she got an interview. She nailed the interview and was offered the job. Later, she wrote me and said how much she appreciated what I did. Honestly, I didn’t really do that much, but to her it was life-changing. The warm feeling I got from that cannot be described. Give it a shot and see what happens.


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