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Have You Heard of HBOT?

Have you heard of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)? If not it’s about time you do.

After my blog discussion these last two weeks on FMT (https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/human-hosts-transplants-promote-health-12/,https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/human-hosts-transplants-promote-health-22/, I cannot possibly think of another more appropriate topic to talk about this week.

HBOT is a not so new medical therapy.  British physician Nathaniel Henshaw created an oxygen chamber in 1662. Yet clinical use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy did not really start until the mid 1800s. In the early 1930s, the military developed and tested hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) for purposes specifically in the area of deep sea diving and aeronautics. And of course we cannot forget the most famous HBOT user, Michael Jackson. Do you remember the picture above from 1986?

Today HBOT is approved by the FDA for the treatment of 14 medical conditions.

  1. Air embolism
  2. Gas embolism
  3. Acute traumatic ischemia
  4. Burns
  5. Carbon monoxide poisoning
  6. Smoke inhalation
  7. Diabetic foot ulcers
  8. Exceptional blood loss
  9. Decompression sickness
  10. Gas gangrene
  11. Necrotizing infections
  12. Severe anemia
  13. Skin grafts and flaps
  14. Wound healing

But there are more “off label” uses for HBOT. “Off-label” means the prescription medication or medical treatment is being used in a manner that is not FDA approved. Off-label prescribing by physicians is legal and very common. More than one in five outpatient prescriptions written in the U.S. are for off-label therapies, http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/off-label-drug-use-what-you-need-to-know#1.

HOW HBOT WORKS

A patient breathes in 100% oxygen, normally we breathe in 21% oxygen, while resting in a pressure chamber. The atmospheric pressure is kept up to three times (3 ATA) the norm (1 ATA is normal, ATA is one atmosphere absolute, the average atmospheric pressure exerted at sea level, or 14.7 psi.). This helps to “super saturate” the body’s tissues as the oxygen dissolves in the blood at a 10-15 times a greater rate than normal.

Body tissues that are saturated in oxygen with HBOT help heal damaged external skin conditions and wounds and internal tissues that may have been deprived of oxygen as well. HBOT helps restore blood supply to tissues and aids in developing new networks of capillaries. “Re-oxygenation”, its’ direct influence on genes, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4499900/, and its anti inflammatory actions are reasons HBOT is therapeutically successful and may prove to be safer than many conventional medications that have the potential to pose bodily harm. 

HBOT OFF-LABEL USES

  • ADHD
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lyme Disease
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Migraines
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Strokes

Internationally HBOT is used to treat even more conditions.

My particular interest in HBOT is in its ability to act as an anti-aging tool. Personally, I get an oxygen facial once a month. If I could bathe my whole body in an oxygen chamber instead of just my face, I would do it.

We typically think of food supplying energy from fats, protein and carbohydrates. Vitamins and minerals are catalysts to the process. Oxygen is also converted to energy via cellular metabolism, so to reemphasize it works on the cellular level.

Like water, oxygen is necessary for life. As you breathe, the lungs filter the air and blood carries oxygen to every tissue, every organ and every cell in your body for life.

However oxygen also has the potential to negatively affect health when free radicals are produced and are out of control (ionized oxygen). HBOT can aid in neutralizing ionized oxygen bringing back balance to unstable elemental oxygen.

Based on the role oxygen plays on cellular life, body tissues, hormones, the brain, DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA is a molecule that contains the genetic instructions an organism needs to develop, live and reproduce.) and, like protein, its involvement in growth and repair are important anti-aging processes), HBOT would seem to be an optimal anti-aging tool that works on both the inside (preventing mental decline and promoting cellular re-oxygenation) and protecting the body’s largest organ on the outside (your skin).

Now you know a little more about a very big player, HBOT, in health and wellness. Explore the benefits of oxygen therapy. It is likely a much safer option than the conventional alternative.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in health, Oxygen, Uncategorized

 

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Why Eat Fat? 15 Undeniable Reasons

 

I am sure you have all heard the reasons as to why you should not eat fat. So I have gathered information and am providing reasons why you should eat fat, and saturated fat at that.

For those who manage eating between 5-20% of calories from healthy veggie, cheese, fruit (avocado)…carbs, eating fat will help catapult anti-aging (via the limitation of advanced gylcated end-products), lower heart disease risk, annihilate diabetes and its complications as well as balance any blood sugar or  hormone issue and burn fat faster. If you elect to eat a lot of carbs for example 60-80% calories as carbs, you should minimize fat and may want to reconsider.

Fat nourishes the body and optimizes many body functions. The benefits of eating healthy natural fats from meat, nuts/seeds, butter, olives etc… include assisting cells, organs, hormones and body systems.

Here’s a quick list of 14 health reasons to eat fat:

  1. The Brain– Fats compose 60% of the brain and are essential to brain function, including learning abilities, memory retention and moods. Fats are especially important for pregnant women, since they are integral to fetal brain development.
  2. Cells– Fatty acids help your cells stay flexible and are responsible for building cell membranes.
  3. The Heart– 60% of your heart’s energy comes from burning fats. Specific fats are also used to help keep the heart beating in a regular rhythm.
  4. Nerves– Fats compose the material that insulates and protects the nerves, isolating electrical impulses and helping to send communication signals.
  5. Lungs– Lung surfactant, which requires a high concentration of saturated fats, enables the lungs to work and keeps them from collapsing.
  6. The Eyes– Fat soluble vitamins are essential to eye function.
  7. Digestion– Fats in a meal slow down the digestion process so the body has more time to absorb nutrients.
  8. Organs– Fats cushion and protect all your internal organs.
  9. Immune System– Fats can aid in reducing inflammation so the immune system remains healthy and functions.
  10. The skin- daily fat consumption can help keep skin moist and prevent wrinkles.
  11. Sex and steroid hormones- are manufactured from fat.
  12. Metabolic hormones-fat will not trigger the release of insulin or counter-regulatory hormonal backlash like carbohydrates and therefore can also help give relief to over- worked organs like the pancreas or liver when large amounts of carbs are consumed.
  13. Satiety-fats keep you full longer by providing a constant level of energy, no need to be hungry.
  14. Fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K)- absorption cannot happen or may be limited without fat:
  • Vitamin A keeps your eyes and skin  healthy
  • Vitamin D works to strengthen the immune system, helps in muscle function and involved in strengthening bones
  • Vitamin E neutralizes free radicals
  • Vitamin K is involved in blood clotting

The health benefits are undeniable but you cannot ignore the fact that taste (reason #15)  is another important reason to eat fat; sautéed veggies, a rib-eye steak, coconut or the taste of lobster dipped in real butter are reasons enough to eat fat. The other 14 health reasons mentioned above might just be considered an added bonus.

Why eat fat? Because it is healthy and tastes good, why else?

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2015 in anti-aging, antiaging, appetite, diet, health, hormones

 

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3 Ways Eating Fat Increases Longevity

Clear your mind of “fat-free”, “low-fat” eating and you will live a long healthy life. It is not easy to overcome the low-fat brainwashing we have endured over all these years but it is a necessity for optimal weight, wellness and longevity.

Understanding the causative link between insulin and aging, metabolic health risk factors and weight and their connection with carbohydrates is a much more solid theory utilize than the eat less fat and calories and lose weight for weight loss and better health theory. The calorie theory is a simple math equation that when applied on a piece of paper: weight loss equals fewer calories consumed and more calories burned, seems logical. But, the math is too simplistic for it to hold much value in a complex body system for every unique individual with consideration to a variety of different environmental factors.

Food is in fact a fuel that has so much more value than just providing calories. The value food brings to us goes way beyond the calorie: hormonal fluctuations, cellular damage or regeneration, gut flora, muscle growth and much more.  Therefore, what you put in your mouth has a profound effect on muscle, appetite, digestion, hormones, mental focus and most importantly on quality of life and this is brought to another level as every nutrient is effected by its capacity to be metabolized and absorbed. Food is essential to life and body function, not just providing energy through calories, fat, protein and carbohydrates.

According to Dr. Mercola, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/02/ketogenic-diet-health-benefits.aspx, after all these years of shunning fat and the creation of fat phobia, we are learning that fat may work to improve aging markers and extend life through:

  1. Genetics:” In a report published in the August 2013 issue of Cell Reports, scientists discovered that the “mTOR gene” is a significant regulator of the aging process that includesinsulin signaling, cellular metabolism and energy balance —in mice.”
  1. Clinical aging markers: for heart health, appetite regulation and weight.

 Markers of aging were monitored after volunteers  consumed a high fat, low carbohydrate  diet in  2010. “Serum leptin decreased by an average of eight percent, insulin by 48 percent, fasting glucose by 40 percent, triglycerides by nearly eight percent, and free T3 (thyroid hormone) by almost six percent.”

“In fact there is a video of Dr. Peter Attia (a Stanford University trained physician) who used a ketogenic diet to help improve his own health despite a” healthy” lifestyle (what he thought was “eating healthy” and consistent physical activity). For 10 years (long term results), Attia followed an extreme ketogenic diet,  80 percent of his calories came from fat which included lots of coconut oil, grass-pastured butter, organic pastured eggs, avocado, and raw nuts; moderate amounts of protein and only 5 grams of sugar a day.  His approach, proved that a ketogenic diet can make profound improvements in health risk factors, see the chart below.”  An MRI also confirmed that he had lost both body fat and visceral fat (fat found around internal organs associated with greater health risks).”

BEFORE AFTER
Fasting blood sugar 100 75-95
Percentage body fat 25 10
Waist circumference in inches 40 31
Blood pressure 130/85 110/70
LDL 113 88
HDL 31 67
Triglycerides 152 22
Insulin sensitivity Increased by more than 400 percent
  1. Calorie Reduction:

Yes, research has shown that calorie restricted starvation diets can act as an anti-aging strategy by lowering oxidative stress, and insulin levels. High insulin levels contribute to health conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and accelerated aging. The problem with restricting calories is that there is inadequate fuel to nourish your body and it is difficult to function when all you can think about is the food you cannot eat.

Interestingly enough, high fat ketogenic diets can result in the same benefits without having to starve. Lowering carbs to 30-50 grams (fakes the body into thinking it is starving when in fact it is being nourished with nutrient dense foods) will lower insulin and produce similar effects on health markers to help slow down the aging process and improve health.

Afraid to eat fat? I hope not after reading this information. Do you want to improve your quality of life? Eat fat because it does not affect hormones or health in a negative way and will help keep your appetite controlled while supporting an anti-aging process. Eat fat! Foods that are high in fat like steak, lamb, seeds/nuts, avocado, butter, coconut etc…because it tastes good, helps to lower insulin and will help provide greater longevity.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2015 in antiaging

 

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3 Ways Eating Fat Increases Longevity

 

Clear your mind of fat-free eating and you will live a long healthy life. There are so many reasons why the concept of eliminating fat (or lowering fat) makes us fat, ruins health and messes with moods, http://www.naturalnews.com/035069_low_fat_diet_myths_weight_loss.html#, http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/nutrition/unhealthy-fat-free-foods#slide-1, http://www.sentinelsource.com/contributed_news/is-your-health-conscious-low-fat-diet-making-you-fat/article_bd881fd2-7728-11e0-b834-001cc4c002e0.html, http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/23/everything-you-know-about-unhealthy-foods-is-wrong.  It is not easy to overcome the low-fat brainwashing we have endured over all these years but it is a necessity for optimal weight, wellness and longevity.

Understanding the link between insulin and aging, metabolic health risk factors and weight and its connection with carbohydrates is a much more solid philosophy than the eat less fat and calories for better health theory.  While applying a simple math equation on paper, weight loss equals fewer calories consumed and more calories burned, seems logical. It is too simplistic for it to hold much value in a complex body system.

Realizing that food is in fact a fuel that has so much more value than just providing calories. Food is essential to life; what you put in your mouth has a profound effect on muscle, appetite, digestion, hormones, mental focus and so much more throughout its metabolism and absorption.

Dr. Joseph Mercola, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/02/ketogenic-diet-health-benefits.aspx, writes about how eating more fat can increase longevity through:

1. Genetics: ” In a report published in the August 2013 issue of Cell Reports, scientists discovered that the “mTOR gene” is a significant regulator of the aging process that includes insulin signaling, cellular metabolism and energy balance —in mice.”

2. Clinical parameters: Clinical markers for aging, heart health, appetite regulation and weight improve.

 A 2010 study examined the effects of a high-fat diet on typical markers of aging. Study participants were given a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet with adequate protein, and the results were health improvements across the board. Serum leptin decreased by an average of eight percent, insulin by 48 percent, fasting glucose by 40 percent, triglycerides by nearly eight percent, and free T3 (thyroid hormone) by almost six percent.”

“In fact, Dr. Peter Attia (a Stanford University trained physician) used a ketogenic diet to help improve his own health despite a healthy lifestyle (what he thought was “eating healthy” and consistent physical activity). For 10 years, Attia followed an extreme ketogenic diet,  80 percent of his calories came from fat which included lots of coconut oil, grass-pastured butter, organic pastured eggs, avocado, and raw nuts; moderate amounts of protein and only 5 grams of sugar a day.  His approach, proved that a ketogenic diet can make profound improvements in health risk factors, see the chart below.”  An MRI also confirmed that he had lost both body fat and visceral fat (fat found around internal organs).”

BEFORE AFTER
Fasting blood sugar 100 75-95
Percentage body fat 25 10
Waist circumference in inches 40 31
Blood pressure 130/85 110/70
LDL 113 88
HDL 31 67
Triglycerides 152 22
Insulin sensitivity Increased by more than 400 percent

 

3. Calorie Reduction:

Research has shown that calorie restricted starvation diets can act as an anti-aging strategy by lowering oxidative stress, and insulin levels. High insulin levels contribute to health conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and accelerate aging. The problem is that there is no fuel to nourish your body and it is difficult to function when all you can think about is the food you cannot eat.

Interestingly enough, high fat ketogenic diets can result in the same benefits without having to starve. Lowering carbs to 30-50 grams (fakes the body into thinking it is starving when in fact it is being nourished with nutrient dense foods) will lower insulin and produce similar effects on health markers to help slow down the aging process and improve health.

Afraid to eat fat? I hope not after all this information. Do you want to improve your quality of life? Eat fat because it does not affect hormones in a negative way that will impact your health and make you old. Eat fat, like avocado, butter, coconut etc…because it tastes good, helps to lower insulin and will help provide greater longevity.

 

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Dr. Oz’s “And My” Guide to Anti-Aging

Dr. Oz spent an entire show on aging, www.doctoroz.com/videos/decade-decade-guide-anti-aging. The show describes the aging process starting in your 30’s through your 50’s. His show was interesting. Here’s what I liked:

  • No need for thousands of creams and face products
  • The introduction of a homemade remedy for healthy skin: using a mixture of coffee and honey on your face. I forgot the details I should have taken notes, but the general recipe was: coffee granules to help exfoliate and honey to add moisture.
  • The idea that sex can give your skin a healthy glow.
  • A heads up on the natural elements that damage skin: cigarette or other types of smoke, the sun, alcohol, excess stress, lack of sleep.
  • The physiological rationale for aging including hormonal shifts, decreasing estrogen stores, less skin cell turnover, collagen and oil production.

What was not mentioned during The Dr. Oz show was that adding nutrient dense foods (whole eggs, avocado, nuts and seeds, berries etc…) and taking vitamin supplements can help defy the process of aging too! I suggest speaking with your doctor about which of these or any of the many others may help your specific anti-aging needs:

Multi-vitamin to give your body “across the board” coverage for the minimum amounts of micronutrients, especially vitamin A, B-complex, C, E, Copper and Zinc.

Omega 3 fatty acids have been found to support more than just your skin when it comes to health and longevity. There are more than enough studies that link omega 3’s to boosting the immune system, heart and brain health, pain and inflammation and much more.

Vitamin C ester is fat-soluble and helps protect fats in the cell membrane of the skin it is also associated with collagen production.

Biotin (Vitamin H) like Omega 3 and vitamin C ester helps ensure the right amount of fat in the cell membrane.

CoQ10 is an enzyme found in every cell in your body. Along with its many anti-aging activities, it helps lessen wrinkly sagging skin. As we hit our mid 30’s it is unlikely we produce enough to keep stores in a normal range.

Alpha lipoic acid may help to counteract free radical damage associated with Advanced Glycation End products (AGE’s are produced by chemical reactions between sugars and proteins that are associated with reducing the elasticity of the skin and the general aging process).

Here are 2 articles, you may find interesting: www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/skin-nutrition www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=42

Don’t just focus on topical treatments to help slow down the process of aging, nourishing (by eating healthy foods and using vitamins) the inside of your body is equally as important.

 

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Capturing the Fountain of Youth

The secrets of staying young and healthy will not come in a pill, a cream or a special diet. Most likely your genetic make-up will determine how you age. However, living a healthy lifestyle will stack the odds in your favor.

Eating a balanced diet, filled with vegetables and “real” g-d made food while limiting commercially processed foods will give your body the nutrients it needs to function at its best. Nutritional supplements should be based on the individuals need but my belief is that everyone should take a multivitamin, DHA (fish oil) and calcium with Vitamin D, magnesium and boron.

Staying active including weight bearing and breathing exercises will help ensure muscle mass, bone strength (see my previous blog, We All May Have The Potential to Capture The Fountain of Youth!) and that adequate oxygen gets to your cells.

Supporting collagen production will help your skin look its best and reduce wrinkles. There are a few things that have been known to help form collagen, amino acids (proline, lysine, and glycine), vitamin C, horsetail, rose-hip and marigold. I suggest speaking with your doctor about any supplementation you may consider, including the ones mentioned in the first bullet under eating a balanced diet. That said I have been using a great product, ANTI-AGING 3™ Collagen powder, http://www.drvenessa.com/dcp/detail.php?id=1122, it seems to have good research that supports the ingredients used and they claim that it helps “activate the body’s own mechanisms to continue producing collagen at any age”. It’s about $4.00/serving and only 100 calories. I will put my credentials on the line and say that this product is a healthier product than any of Nabisco’s 100 calorie snack packs!

Have you tried to capture the Fountain of Youth? Please share your ideas.

 

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