by Dr. Randy
Reduce the health risks of your electromagnetic exposure with some simple precautionary measures.
An enormous amount of research has determined that electromagnetic fields (EMF) and microwave frequencies emitted by cell phones, Bluetooth devices, WiFi routers, baby monitors, and cordless phones are detrimental to health. These frequencies increase calcium levels inside living cells and build up a harmful form of nitrites that produce free radicals and damage cells. The result is breaks in DNA and aging effects that promote chronic disease. At this point everyone (including cell phone companies) acknowledge the association between EMF from cell phones and an increased risk of brain tumors. The risk increases with duration of exposure. Neurosurgeons are especially concerned about the dramatic increase in brain tumors in children. In fact, children’s skulls are much more permeable to the radiation emitted from cell phones than the skulls of adults.
Don’t put the cell phone next to your head.
Use the speaker at a distnace of three feet when you can to keep the phone away from your body. Carry your phone in a bag or backpack, not in your pocket.
If you carry your phone in a pocket use a shielded phone holder or pouch. These are inexpensive and readily available online.
Use an air tube headset that transmits the sound through hollow plastic tubes and not through wires. Avoid using a wired headset or Bluetooth device. Those transmit the electrical signal directly to your head.
Put your phone on airplane mode at night and when you can during the day. Sleep is a great time for you to recover from radiation exposure.
Turn your home WiFi off at night while you sleep.
Use your laptop tethered to an Ethernet connection rather than the WiFi signal, and put the laptop in airplane mode.
Whenever the Internet is not needed for your laptop, turn on airplane mode.
Here’s a tip for grounding electrical charge in your body. Stand barefoot on a piece of tinfoil. You can do this when you are brushing your teeth for example.
by Dr. Randy
My very best to you at this special time of year.
Personally it has been quite a remarkable and inspiring week for me filled with many synchronous and miraculous events. It is truly a season of love and light. I hope that you too are experiencing the joys of the holiday season. I am intrigued by the idea of having gratitude for everything. Challenges can often provide the most beneficent inspirations.
Thinking of you all today with love.
Enjoy this wonderful holiday.
by Dr. Randy
This year another nasty cough season could disrupt winter plans. This viral illness can last for weeks, but there is a plan to cut it short. First of all prevention. Be sure to take a vitamin D supplement, preferably one that also contains vitamin K2. The dosage range is 2,000 IU for preschoolers, 5,000 for children, and 10,000 for adults. Try a medicinal mushroom formula with Astragalus to fortify the immune system. Take probiotics and eat fermented foods (pickles, sauerkraut, kombucha).
If the cough (or a cold) strikes, then begin a Yin Chiao Chinese herbal formula and elderberry extract. Wellness Formula by Source Naturals is an excellent antiviral formula with elderberry. A frequently indicated homeopathic remedy for the cough this year seems to be Rumex crispus. Take a few pellets of a 6, 12, or 30 strength three times a day. There may be other homeopathic remedies necessary if the cough becomes loose and rumbly (particularly Ipecacuanha). A good cough syrup readily available at health food stores is one of the versions by Planetary Herbals.
I wish you the best of health getting through this season.
by Dr. Randy
Are you doing everything you can to maintain your health? Your family depends on you staying healthy. They expect you to take care of them. So don’t get sick and don’t acquire any chronic illnesses. This requires two levels of prevention: immune support and long term care.
A healthy lifestyle will support both levels of prevention: avoiding viruses and infections, as well as maintaining health as you age. These lifestyle practices apply to anyone at any age. They fall into some broad general categories: getting exercise, eating fruits and vegetables, avoiding starches, sleeping well, and enjoying nature. If you are remiss in any of these areas work on these fundamentals first. And all of us could use some improvement. Also avoid toxic exposure in household products and BPA plastics and sugar.
Supplements for immune support
Some supplements will assist both realms. The most important of these for immune function and many other cellular functions is vitamin D. Take vitamin D whenever you have a lack of sun exposure. For many people that means year-round. And be sure to take an adequate dose. For children – 1,000 IU per 10 pounds of body weight (up to 5,000 IU). And for adults 5,000 to 10,000 IU per day. It is best to take a vitamin D supplement that also contains vitamin K2.
Vitamin C and vitamin A provide powerful immune support. Of course, many brightly colored fruits and vegetables contain these vitamins, but you can also take them as supplements.
Probiotics and fermented foods help to maintain a balanced ecology in the digestive system, where most immune mechanisms are produced.
Finally, medicinal mushrooms have specific immune boosting effects. Formulas of supplements often include reishi and shiitake mushrooms along with the herbal immune booster astragalus.
Supplements for long term prevention
Here’s a short list
Omega 3 fats in the form of fish oil or flax seed oil.
B complex with quality forms of each (folate, methyl B12, and 50-100 mg of B1, B2 and B6 as P5P)
There are many other supplements to prevent aging and inflammation including antioxidant formulas and Curcumin preparations.
Here are some blood tests you may want to ask your doctor to order to assess your health status: vitamin D (should be 50-80), fasting leptin (should be < 10) glucose (<100) and insulin (< 5), homocysteine (< 9), CRP (< 1), TSH (< 2), Free T3 (> 3.2), Reverse T3 (<15), B12 (> 550).
These tests will evaluate your immune status, your metabolism, and whether you have signs of inflammation. If any of these are out of range you could be at risk of metabolic syndrome or low thyroid. If you are gaining belly fat, if your glucose level is creeping up, then a personally designed supplement program can help to rebalance your system.
If you need suggestions about brands of supplements or help in designing a personal program, send me an email. I am happy to arrange a personal consultation.
And stay healthy.
by Dr. Randy
In a previous article I talked about the metabolic factors involved with difficulty losing weight. Those include factors like thyroid function, leptin, insulin, and other hormonal balance issues that can all make it difficult to lose weight. Those interacting factors can be complicated and require a holistic medical evaluation. Dietary issues, however, are pretty simple. There are some basic principles to maintaining a diet that prevents weight gain.
What to eat
- Do not restrict calories. Eating a low calorie diet and skipping meals will just lower your metabolism. That will cause your body to burn less calories, exactly what you don’t want.
- Eat relatively low glycemic index foods. Some foods will stimulate more insulin production that encourages a cascade of factors that will store excess fat in your fat cells. Foods with a high glycemic index include, grains (especially wheat), potatoes, tropical fruits or dried fruits that are higher in sugar, and processed products with refined sugar. Eat all of these sparingly.
- Eat foods as they grow in nature. That includes fresh fruits and vegetables (raw or cooked), nuts and beans, and animal products (eggs, dairy, chicken, fish). Try to avoid packaged foods that contain with a long list of ingredients.
- Don’t avoid fats. Your body needs fats and cholesterol to make hormones. The best fats are butter, coconut oil, sesame oil, olive oil, avocados, and fish oil supplements. Try to avoid vegetable oils. Remember fats do not make you fat, excess carbohydrates make you fat.
How to eat
- Eat protein in the morning.
- Eat three meals a day. Don’t skip meals and leave space between meals. Try to avoid snacking on carbohydrates. If your blood sugar gets low and you start to feel tired or light-headed, then eat protein snacks.
- Don’t eat late at night. Leave 2-3 hours between your last meal of the day and bedtime. If you eat before sleeping when your metabolism slows down, that food will turn to fat. And often those late night snacks are also high in carbohydrates, making the problem even worse.
- Be kind to yourself. If you crave sugar and carbohydrates, there is a reason that needs to be addressed. It may be a problem with glucose metabolism, thyroid dysfunction, or insulin or leptin resistance. There are specific supplement programs that can help all of these issues. Don’t blame yourself for having weak will power.
- Be consistent. Establishing good eating habits will reinforce and establish healthy behaviors. Every day that you continue on a program will reinforce your confidence and determination.
- Don’t expect quick results. Fad diets and restricted diets will cause loss of fluid retention and some quick weight loss, but you will gain back that weight again and become frustrated. Do not attempt extreme diets (like the ketogenic diet). If you maintain these for a while you may lose weight, but if you go off the diet the rebound effect may leave you with more weight than when you began.
- Stay positive. Losing weight is a gradual process. But once you are more healthy and fit, you will feel better and your cravings will decrease.