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Neues aus der Welt der Vitalstoffe und Beobachtungen aus meiner Praxis

Nierensteine

Nierensteinen vorzubeugen ist wichtig, denn nicht immer bleiben solche Harnsteine klein und landen mit dem Urin in der WC-Schüssel. Grössere Steine (ab ca. 4mm) bleiben gerne im Nierenbecken, im Harnleiter oder am Blaseneingang stecken, was gefürchtete, schmerzhafte Nierenkoliken auslöst.

Was sind Nierensteine?

Es gibt von der Zusammensetzung her verschiedene Nierensteine, am Häufigsten (etwa 75% der Steine) handelt es sich um Kalziumoxalatsteine. Als Ursache für diese häufigen Nierensteine kann die übermässige Aufnahme des Salzes Oxalat über die Nahrung genannt werden. Es ist in vielen Lebensmitteln pflanzlichen Ursprungs enthalten. Die Oxalsäure (Oxalat) bindet sich im Blut mit Calcium und es entsteht das nicht wasserlösliche Kalciumoxalat, was dann die erwähnten Kalziumoxalatsteine begünstigen kann. Spannend ist, dass diese Art von Steinen in den Entwicklungsländern sehr wenig vorkommt und eher eine Lifestyle-Erkrankung unserer Breitengrade ist und auf unsere Ernährungs- und Trinkgewohnheiten zurückzuführen ist.

Kalziumoxalatsteine und unsere Ernährung

Wer mit Kalziumoxalatsteinen zu tun hat und/oder ihnen vorbeugen möchte, sollte deshalb oxalathaltige Lebensmittel und Getränke wie z.B. Erdnüsse, Randen, Rhabarber, Spinat, Schokolade, Kaffee, Schwarztee oder Kakao möglichst meiden. Auch das immer beliebter werdende traditionelle Getränk aus Japan, der Matcha Grüntee aus gemahlenen Grünteeblättern, sollte an dieser Stelle erwähnt werden. Matcha-Grüntee gilt unter anderem als Muntermacher, Gesundheitsförderer und Schlankmacher. Das dies tatsächlich so ist, belegen verschiedenen Studien. Doch das Getränk enthält auch viel Oxalsäure, aus Sicht der Nierensteinbildung sollte also der Konsum von Matcha-Grüntee massvoll erfolgen.

Oxalatausscheidung

Bei einer Oxalatausscheidung von >0.8 mmol/Tag im Urin muss an eine ernährungsbedingte Ursache gedacht werden, jedoch können auch bestimmte Erkrankungen die Bildung von Kalziumoxalatsteinen begünstigen. Wie z.B. eine Hyperkalzämie oder ein Hyperparathyreoidismus, aber auch ein Kurzdarmsyndrom oder chronische Darmerkrankungen sollten ausgeschlossen werden. Konstant saure pH-Werte von <5.8 weisen auf eine Säurestarre hin, die eine Co-Kristallisation von Harnsäure und Kalziumoxalatkristallen fördert. Zu guter Letzt könnte es sich aber auch um eine genetische Überausscheidung (Hyperoxalurie) handeln, welche allerdings normalerweise bereits bei Kindern auffällt.

Vitamin K2


Nun kommen wir auf das Vitamin K2 zu sprechen, welches unter anderem dafür verantwortlich ist, dass das Calcium nicht im Blut verweilt, sondern in die Knochen eingelagert wird. So kann gleichzeitig der Arteriosklerose (Ablagerungen in den Arterien) und der Osteoporose (ungenügende Knochendichte, brüchige Knochen) entgegengewirkt werden. Vitamin K1 kommt hauptsächlich in den Blättern verschiedener Grünpflanzen vor, Vitamin K1 kann also über die Nahrung aufgenommen und vom Organismus, so wird vermutet, zum aktiveren Vitamin K2 umgewandelt werden. Vitamin K2 wird von Mikroorganismen gebildet, auch von den Bakterien der Darmflora, und kann direkt über die Darmzellen aufgenommen werden. Auch rohes Sauerkraut, Butter, Eidotter, Leber, manche Käsesorten und das fermentierte Sojaprodukt Nattokinase sind Vitamin-K2-Quellen.

Wenn man davon ausgeht, dass Vitamin K2 eine ähnliche Wirkung auf Nierensteine hat wie auf Arterien und Knochen, nämlich dass das aufgenommene Calcium korrekt abtransportiert und verwertet wird, könnte man annehmen, dass dies ein geeigneter Ernährungsansatz im Kampf gegen Kalziumoxalatsteine sein könnte. Widmen wir uns also mit dieser Annahme der Frage 2.

Die aktuelle Wissenschaft gibt momentan leider nichts Handfestes über diesen ganz konkreten möglichen Zusammenhang her, es gibt keine Studienlage zu Kalziumoxalatsteinen und Vitamin K2.

Deshalb bleibt es für den Moment bei der obigen Annahme. Doch eine präventive Ernährung mit K2-haltigen Lebensmitteln im Zusammenhang mit der Vermeidung von Kalziumoxaltsteinen macht aus meiner Sicht nicht wirklich Sinn. Es wäre auf Dauer mit vielen anderen chronischen Erkrankungen zu rechnen.

Nierensteine und Ernährung

Sich über die Ernährung Gedanken zu machen, gerade auch im Zusammenhang mit Nierensteinen, macht aber selbstverständlich durchaus Sinn. Führender Wissenschaftler auf dem Gebiet Ernährung im Zusammenhang mit Nierensteinen ist übrigens Professor W. G. Robertson (Medical Research Council Leeds, UK). Eine der Hauptaussagen aus seinen vielen Studien ist, dass tierische Proteine einer der Hauptrisikofaktoren für Nierensteine, v.a. von Kalziumoxalatsteinen, ist, auch freie Radikale werden als Ursache publiziert.

Daraus lässt sich also schliessen, dass eine möglichst vegetarische und antioxidantienreiche Ernährungsweise wichtig ist. Als die wichtigsten Antioxidantien kennen wir die Vitamine C und E, Vit. B-Komplexe, Provitamin A, den Mineralstoff Selen sowie sekundäre Pflanzenstoffe (Polyphenole, Bioflavonoide). Das bedeutet, dass man sehr viel frisches, reifes, rohes Obst, Beeren und Gemüse aus biologischem Anbau zu sich nehmen soll! Leider sind in der heutigen Zeit solche naturbelassenen Produkte nicht mehr breit erhältlich, weshalb man seine Ernährung am besten mit dementsprechenden Vitalstoffen ergänzt.

 

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Hoffnung bei Autismus

Neue Studien weisen darauf hin, dass Menschen mit Autismus-Spektrum-Störungen geholfen werden kann, indem man zuerst ihren Darm in Ordnung bringt

Autismus-Spektrum-Störungen (ASS)
Der Begriff «Autismus» kommt aus dem Griechischen und bedeutet «sehr auf sich bezogen sein». Da Autismus sehr unterschiedlich in Erscheinung treten kann, spricht man heute von Autismus-Spektrum-Störungen.

Häufige Herausforderungen bei ASS
Menschen mit einer Störung aus dem Autismus-Spektrum nehmen ihre Umwelt anders wahr. Sie können sich nur mit Mühe in andere Menschen einfühlen und adäquat mit ihnen kommunizieren. Sie können die Stimmung ihres Gegenübers aus dessen Gesicht schlecht erkennen. Kontakte werden eher vermieden. Sie haben Schwierigkeiten, sich auf Neues einzustellen und den Wunsch, Alltagsabläufe immer gleich zu gestalten. Oft orientieren sie sich an Details und haben Mühe, eine Situation ganzheitlich zu erfassen.
All das führt je nach Ausprägung zu mehr oder weniger grossen Beeinträchtigungen des sozialen Verhaltens und Lebens und ist auch für Angehörige eine belastende Situation.
Oft können Kinder mit ASS nicht oder nur mit speziellen Massnahmen die Regelschule besuchen. Auch im Beruf zeigen sich z.T. grosse Schwierigkeiten.

Ursache im Darm?
ASS beeinflusst das soziale Verhalten und die Kommunikation der Menschen und kann ihre Lernfähigkeit beeinträchtigen. All dies ist bekannt. Weniger bekannt sind den meisten jedoch die mit der Erkrankung verbundenen gastrointestinalen Probleme. Der Darm von Menschen mit ASS weist oft andere Bakterien auf als der Darm des Gesunden. Forscher haben entdeckt, dass drei Bakterienstämme fehlen. Infolgedessen sind solche Menschen mehr als dreimal so gefährdet, irgendwann in ihrem Leben schwere Verdauungsstörungen zu entwickeln. Das Fehlen gewisser Darmmikroben bei von ASS betroffenen Menschen wird von einigen Forschern als Schlüssel zur Erkrankung und zur Behandlung angesehen.

Lactobacillus reuteri
Forscher des «Baylor College of Medicine» berichten in der Zeitschrift Neuron, dass die Verabreichung des Bakteriums Lactobacillus reuteri im Darm zu spezifischen Veränderungen im Gehirn führen und so die Autismus-Störungen stark verbessern kann! Diese Ergebnisse lassen auf die Entwicklung neuer Therapien für neurologische Erkrankungen durch die Regulation spezifischer Mikroben im Darm hoffen.

Eine unkonventionelle Idee
Die Forscher haben begonnen, den Mechanismus zu entschlüsseln, durch den das Milchsäurebakterium die Gehirnfunktion und das Verhalten reguliert. Dies könnte der Schlüssel zur Entwicklung neuer, effektiverer Therapien sein. Diese Ergebnisse haben die eher unkonventionelle Idee gestärkt, dass es möglich sein könnte, Autismus-Spektrum-Störungen positiv zu beeinflussen, indem man den Darm und seine Bewohner, das Mikrobiom, behandelt.

Es ist also sehr empfehlenswert, bei ASS in erster Linie den Darm zu behandeln. Sehr gute Erfahrungen habe ich mit einem Produkt namens «Immuno Vida» gemacht. Es beeinflusst das Mikrobiom günstig und scheint die Ansiedlung der bei ASS-Betroffenen fehlenden Bakterienstämme zu begünstigen. In einigen Fällen nahm die Sozialkompetenz der Betroffenen zu, es setzte eine charakterliche Reifung ein, der emotionale Grundzustand wurde ausgeglichener und ein regulärer Schulbesuch wurde möglich, wo dies vorher nicht der Fall war.
Die Dosierung von «Immuno Vida» ist 1 Kapsel 3x pro Woche (z.B. je eine Kapsel am Montag, Mittwoch und Freitag). Gleichzeitig muss unbedingt auf eine hohe Versorgung mit Vitamin D geachtet werden. Eine Verbesserung kann nach 3 bis 6 Monaten erwartet werden.

Gute Aussichten für die Behandlung von ASS und ähnlichen Erkrankungen
Zusammenfassend könnten die hier beschriebenen Ergebnisse die Art und Weise, wie wir über ASS und seine Behandlung denken, radikal verändern und einen tiefen Einfluss auf das Leben von Menschen und ihre Angehörige mit dieser und verwandten Erkrankungen haben.

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The winner is… Artemisia!

Die Artemisia-Pflanze (Artemisia annua) ist unscheinbar, fast ein Unkraut. Doch sie hat es in sich! Als Ende der 60er Jahre die damals gängigen Malaria-Medikamente nicht mehr wirkten, weil der Malaria-Erreger zunehmen resistent wurde, wandte sich die chinesische Forscherin Youyou Tu der traditionellen chinesischen Medizin zu und suchte dort nach Alternativen. So stiess sie auf Artemisia annua und extrahierte daraus den Wirkstoff Artemisin. Er wird seither in Malaria-Medikamenten verwendet und hat vielen Menschen das Leben gerettet. Für diese Entdeckung erhielt Tu 2015 den Nobelpreis für Medizin.

Wirkt gegen Grippe

Doch wie so oft bei einzelnen Substanzen besteht bei Artemisin ebenfalls die Gefahr, dass der Malaria-Erreger auch gegen diesen Wirkstoff resistent wird. Setzt man hingegen die gesamte Pflanze ein, ist dies viel unwahrscheinlicher, weil Artemisia annua noch mindestens 9 weitere, gegen Malaria wirksame Substanzen enthält. Gegen diese geballte Ladung können sich die winzig kleinen Plasmodien, welche Malaria verursachen, viel schlechter wehren. Artemisia kann aber noch viel mehr. Wiederholt haben sich seine antiviralen und antibakteriellen Eigenschaften gezeigt. So kann mit Artemisiapulver oder -tee zum Beispiel wirksam eine Grippe bekämpft werden. Wer bei den ersten Anzeichen täglich 4 x 1.2 g Artemisiapulver zu sich nimmt, hat gute Chancen, die Erkrankung nach 1-2 Tagen überstanden zu haben.

Hautkrebs: OP wiederholt abgesagt

Sehr eindrücklich sind die Rückmeldungen von Patienten, die bei weissem Hautkrebs oder auffälligen Muttermalen Artemisia verwenden. Einem Mann musste auf der Glatze schon dreimal ein Hautkrebs herausgeschnitten werden. Als sich erneut eine verdächtige Veränderung ergab, erhielt er einen OP-Termin in ca. 7 Wochen. In der Zwischenzeit rieb er seine Kopfhaut 2 bis 3x täglich mit einer Artemisia Creme ein. Resultat: Sein Hautarzt fand die Stelle nicht mehr, die er herausschneiden wollte! Eine andere Patientin hatte ein ca. 5 mm grosses, weisses Hautgewucher an der Wange und bekam nach erfolglosen Vereisungsversuchen ebenfalls einen OP-Termin. Auch sie behandelte sich in der Zwischenzeit mit einer Artemisia Creme. Völlig erstaunt berichtet sie, dass sie den Tumor nach ca. 2 Wochen wie eine Kruste abnehmen konnte. Die Hautärztin hat sicherheitshalber nochmals vereist, aber konnte auch in diesem Fall von einer OP absehen. Eine dritte Patientin musste feststellen, wie ihr oberhalb des rechten Schlüsselbeins relativ rasch ein neues, juckendes und immer wieder blutendes Muttermal wuchs. Sie war sich bewusst, dass sie dieses zeitnah ihrem Hausarzt zeigen muss. Dann nahm sie wegen einer heftigen Grippe 9 Tage lang Artemisiapulver ein. Zu ihrer grossen Überraschung und Erleichterung verschwand mit der Grippe auch das Muttermal und zwar dauerhaft!

Artemisia als letzte Hoffnung bei Hirnentzündung

Schon eher aussergewöhnlich mutet der Fall einer Frau an, die wegen akut entzündeter Divertikel Antibiotika verschrieben bekam. Trotz den Bedenken ihres Arztes entschied sie sich erst für einen Versuch mit Artemisia. Nach 3 Tagen waren ihre Entzündungswerte bereits massiv reduziert und der Arzt bestärkte sie, mit Artemisia weiter zu machen. Auch weiss ich von einem Fall einer Hirnentzündung, bei der andere Medikamente versagten, die nach 10 Tagen unter Artemisia komplett verschwand. Schliesslich ergeben sich auch tolle Resultate bei Neurodermitis. Die Artemisia Creme hat sich wiederholt als wirksame Alternative zu den cortison-haltigen Cremes entpuppt.

Nicht mit dem Essen einnehmen

Für alle, die Artemisia ausprobieren wollen, ist wichtig zu wissen: Artemisia muss ausserhalb der Mahlzeiten eingenommen werden, am besten 1 Stunde vor dem Essen. Es eignet sich nicht zur präventiven Einnahme und wird im Normalfall nicht länger als 2 Wochen eingenommen. Für eine Malaria-Prophylaxe muss man 1 Tag vor Reisebeginn bis 20 Tage nach der Reise täglich 3 x 1.2 g Artemisia-Pulver einnehmen. Nebenwirkungen sind keine bekannt. Die einzigen Kontraindikationen sind Magengeschwüre und Magenübersäuerung.

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Magensäureblocker erhöhen Herzinfarkt- und Demenz-Risiko

Auch heute noch werden sie oft verschrieben: die sogenannten Magensäureblocker, auch PPIs (Protonenpumpen-Inhibitoren) genannt.

Menschen mit Sodbrennen oder solche mit Reflux sind die klassischen Patienten dafür – häufig aber auch Patienten mit Reizmagen und -darm. Die Medikamente sollen die Magensäureproduktion drosseln und so den Patientinnen und Patienten Erleichterung verschaffen. Leider tritt ihre Wirkung aber oft nicht wie erwünscht ein und tragischerweise wird deshalb häufig die Dosis oft unhinterfragt erhöht und die Einnahmedauer verlängert.

16% erhöhtes Risiko für Herzinfarkt

In diesem Blogbeitrag werden bereits einige negative Auswirkungen der dauerhaften Einnahme von Magensäureblockern/PPIs beschrieben. Der Neurologe David Perlmutter macht auf zwei weitere gravierende Folgen der langanhaltenden Einnahme von Magensäureblockern aufmerksam: Für eine Studie der Stanford University1)aus dem Jahr 2015 wurden die medizinischen Daten von 3 Millionen Menschen ausgewertet. Fazit: Das Herzinfarktrisiko bei Patienten mit anhaltendem PPI-Konsum stieg um 16%!

44% erhöhtes Risiko für Demenz

Eine zweite Studie aus dem Jahr 20162)beobachtete während ca. fünfeinhalb Jahren 70'000 Senioren (75-jährig oder älter; zu Beginn der Studie ohne dementielle Erkrankung). Ergebnis: Bei Menschen, die regelmässig Magensäureblocker schluckten, stieg das Risiko, an Demenz zu erkranken, um 44%!

Cayenne-Pfeffer als Alternative

Diese Fakten sprechen eine deutliche Sprache. Aber: Gibt es eine Alternative zu den PPIs? Ja, es gibt sie. Die Natur hält sie für uns bereit: Cayenne-Pfeffer, genauer gesagt das darin enthaltene Capsaicin. Dieses kurbelt die Schleimproduktion für die schützende Schleimschicht über der Magenschleimhaut an, anstatt die Magensäureproduktion (mit all den daraus resultierenden negativen Folgen) zu drosseln. Wichtig ist jedoch ein langsames Ausschleichen der Magensäureblocker! (Siehe auch Link oben.)

1)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4462578/

Proton Pump Inhibitor Usage and the Risk of Myocardial Infarction in the General Population

2) https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaneurology/fullarticle/2487379

Association of Proton Pump Inhibitors With Risk of Dementia

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Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless Legs? What can one do about Restless Legs Syndrome?

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a common neurological disorder. People who suffer from restless legs, suffer mostly in the evening and whilst at rest. It affects up to 10% of the population, according to estimates. It occurs most in legs and much less frequently in arms too.

Strong urge to be physically active

Patients with RLS describe a tingling, burning, stabbing, pounding or boiling sensation in their legs, which usually occurs in the evenings. This is always accompanied by an urge to move, which is intensified if one is trying to rest, e.g. when lying in bed in the evening. The symptoms worsen in the evening and at night. Affected people very often also have problems falling asleep and sleeping throughout the night.

 

It is soften found running in families

The exact cause is as yet unclear. A disturbance of several neurotransmitters (carrier and messenger substances in the nervous system) are suspected. A family’s predisposition also plays a role. Another cause could be a latent iron deficiency in the brain, which is why it is recommended to have one's iron metabolism tested. Other diseases such as diabetes mellitus or thyroid dysfunction should also be tested and be excluded as the cause, as they can lead to similar symptoms. Typically, more women are affected than men. Restless Legs Syndrome usually occurs at the age of 35 or older. However, children or adolescents can also become ill. It should be noted that there are drugs that can worsen RLS, such as certain antidepressants.

Magnesium to CBD drops

In most cases Restless Legs Syndrome is easily treated. Taking magnesium, for example, in the form of capsules, helps many patients. Essential amino acids (approx. 8-10 pellets in the evenings) can also help. If an iron deficiency is the cause, this must be addressed, for example with Aronia and Moringa or with an iron preparation. If medication is suspected to be the trigger, it must be reduced or discontinued - always in consultation with your physician. The conventional medical drug therapy to treat RLS is purely symptomatic, i.e. it cannot cure the disease but only alleviate the symptoms. These drugs intervene in the dopamine metabolism. If one also suffers from sleeping disorders, sleep-promoting and muscle-relaxing drugs are prescribed. In this context, CBD drops are well worth a try.

 

A holistic approach to RLS

The following recommendations, from the perspective of integrative medicine, can be tried:

  • Daily stretching exercises have proven helpful. One should experiment with cycling, climbing stairs, massages, etc. Often leg weakness has to be overcome before you can become physically active.
  • Nutrition: Ensure that you eat a diet containing iron, Folic Acid and Vitamin B12. Avoid heavy meals in the evening.
  • Try to maintain a regular day-night rhythm and ensure good sleeping habits.
  • Mental activities such as games, crossword puzzles, movements with the hands (e.g. handicrafts) can help to distract you self and reduce the twitching movements.
  • Some people find it helpful to take a warm (foot) bath before going to bed and also wrap their feet to keep them warm in bed, others shower their legs cold or rub their calves with a cooling ointment.
  • Test whether omitting nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and, unfortunately, also chocolate helps.
  • Make sure you have a sufficient supply of magnesium and test whether essential amino acids or CBD drops will help you.

We wish you all peaceful legs and a restful sleep!

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Interview mit Dr. Lüscher in der Zeitschrift astrea Apotheke

Vitaler Kickstart in den Frühsommer

Der Mai ist da! Doch während die Bäume schon kräftig ausschlagen, hängen Sie noch ein wenig in den Seilen? Keine Bange, denn da lässt sich etwas nachhelfen.

Von blauen Beeren bis zu gelben Peperoni: Früchte und Gemüse in unterschiedlichen Farben machen nicht nur Lust auf den Frühsommer. In ihnen stecken gesunde Ballast- und Vitalstoffe. Warum es damit alleine nicht getan ist, weiss der Mediziner und Spezialist für orthomolekulare Medizin, Dr. med. Heinz Lüscher.

«An apple a day keeps the doctor away.» Würde ein Apfel täglich den Doktor fernhalten, dann hätten Ärzte wie Sie doch gar nichts zu tun.

Dr. med. Heinz Lüscher: Wenn das tatsächlich so wäre, ja (lacht). Natürlich enthält der Apfel eine Vielzahl von Vitalstoffen, die für den Körper wichtig sind. Die Wirkung einiger dieser Stoffe ist noch nicht oder nur unzureichend erforscht. Man tut sich damit etwas Gutes, aber mit dem Apfelessen alleine ist es nicht getan. Und das gilt auch für andere Nahrungsmittel.

Reicht eine gesunde, ausgewogene Ernährung nicht aus? Die ist natürlich die Basis. Allerdings hat sich in den letzten hundert Jahren viel getan: Früher war unsere Nahrung noch vollwertig, die Böden wurden nicht so intensiv genutzt wie heute. Heute sind die Äcker ausgelaugt, geerntetes Gemüse und Früchte enthalten nicht mehr ausreichend Vitalstoffe. Besonders der Gehalt von Antioxidantien, also von sekundären Pflanzenstoffen und Spurenelementen wie Selen, ist in den vergangenen Jahren nachweislich zurückgegangen. Hinzu kommen Pestizide, die in der konventionellen Landwirtschaft eingesetzt werden. Man kann also, auch wenn man viel Gemüse und viele Früchte zu sich nimmt, einen Nährstoffmangel haben.

Wann ist es sinnvoll, wann sogar notwendig, Nahrungsergänzungspräparate einzunehmen? Da gibt es zahlreiche Beispiele. Nehmen wir das Vitamin B12. Es ist unter anderem wichtig für die Produktion roter Blutkörperchen. Zudem kann ein Mangel an Vitamin B12 zu schweren, teils irreparablen Schädigungen des zentralen Nervensystems führen. Weil es ausschliesslich in tierischen Nahrungsmitteln vorkommt, müssen es Veganer, manchmal auch Vegetarier, ergänzen. Grundsätzlich empfehle ich Patienten, die keine oder wenig tierische Nahrungsmittel zu sich nehmen, regelmässig die Vitamin-B12- und die Eisenwerte im Blut kontrollieren zu lassen.

Wie machen sich fehlende Nährstoffe bemerkbar? Jeder Mikronährstoff ist wichtig für den Stoffwechsel. Man kann davon ausgehen, dass es Tausende von Mikronährstoffen gibt. Mangelt es dem Organismus an einigen dieser Komponenten, sind gleich mehrere Stoffwechselprozesse im Körper gestört. Ein Zustand, der sich zunächst als Energiemangel und Abgeschlagenheit bemerkbar macht. Man spricht dann auch vom chronischen Fatigue-Syndrom. Im zweiten Schritt entstehen Krankheiten. Leider sehen die Standardlaboruntersuchungen nur die Kontrolle weniger Mikronährstoffe im Blut vor. Andere Mängel bleiben meist unerkannt. Ohne Diagnose wird der Patient nicht selten über kurz oder lang als psychisch gestört abgestempelt.

Und solche Patienten kommen dann zu Ihnen? Ja, auch. In der Regel sind es aber Menschen, bei denen die Diagnose feststeht: Meist sind sie chronisch krank und haben Probleme mit dem Darm, neurologische Krankheiten wie multiple Sklerose, Parkinson oder Krebs.

Wie gehen Sie vor, wenn ein Patient zu Ihnen kommt? Als Erstes erfolgt eine 20- bis 30-minütige Anamnese, also eine umfassende Patientenbefragung. Hinzu kommen die Ergebnisse aus dem Labor (Blutbild). Daraus erfolgt der Therapievorschlag – je nach Diagnose werden auch schulmedizinische Medikamente miteinbezogen.

Woran mangelt es denn besonders oft? An Vitamin D3. Es wird über die UVBestrahlung der Haut gebildet. Für eine ausreichende Vitamin-D3-Versorgung reicht die Sonne in unseren Breiten allerdings nicht aus. Es ist also wichtig, dass wir D3 in ausreichender Menge zuführen. Häufig bleibt auch ein Magnesiummangel über längere Zeit unentdeckt, denn Magnesium wird in Standardlaboruntersuchungen so gut wie nie gemessen.

Können Sie sich an Patienten erinnern, die besonders von einer Therapie mit bestimmten Mikronährstoffen profitiert haben? Das geschieht sogar sehr oft, gerade bei Patienten mit Reizdarm. Viele haben bereits einen langen Leidensweg hinter sich und verspüren schon nach wenigen Wochen Therapie eine Verbesserung. Bei konsequenter Einnahme bestimmter Mikronährstoffe kann das Reizdarmsyndrom innerhalb von sechs bis zwölf Monaten komplett ausheilen. Liegt ausserdem eine Gluten- oder Laktoseintoleranz vor, muss selbstverständlich begleitend eine entsprechende Diät eingehalten werden.

Wo stösst die Vitalstofftherapie an ihre Grenzen? Das geschieht genau wie bei anderen Therapien auch. Die orthomolekulare Medizin ist oft zielführend, doch Wunder vollbringt sie nicht. Besonders, wenn das Leiden sehr vielschichtig ist, wie zum Beispiel ein Burn-out: Hier greifen psychische und körperliche Faktoren ineinander.

Können Nahrungsergänzungsmittel bei einer Überdosierung gefährlich werden? Hier eine generelle Aussage zu machen, ist schwierig. Aufpassen sollte man bei fettlöslichen Vitaminen wie Aund E. Sie können unter Umständen, speziell bei einer Überdosierung oder/ und wenn sie über längere Zeit eingenommen werden, schädlich sein. Auf der anderen Seite muss man sich die Studien, die teilweise einen riesigen Hype in den Medien auslösen und für Verängstigung bei den Konsumenten sorgen, genau anschauen. Viele dieser Untersuchungen genügen wissenschaftlichen Standards nicht. Mikronährstoffe deshalb pauschal als gefährlich anzusehen, ist undifferenziert und irreführend.

Wenn es der Frühling noch nicht geschafft haben sollte: Welche Mikronährstoffe bringen uns jetzt in Hochform? Zum Beispiel Coenzym Q10, ein wichtiges, körpereigenes Coenzym, das einen entscheidenden Einfluss auf den Energiehaushalt unserer Zellen hat. Es wirkt stark antioxidativ, schützt also vor freien Radikalen. Kombiniert mit dem biologischen Wasserstoff NADH (Nicotinamid Adenin Dinucleotid Hydrid, auch Coenzym 1), kann man dem Energiehaushalt ein wenig auf die Sprünge helfen. Wer gesund ist, bei dem genügen zweimal 10 mg NADH und 30 mg Coenzym Q10 täglich.

Empfehlen Sie auch manchmal Basenpräparate? Wenn der Urin übersäuert ist und der pH-Wert unter 6 liegt, rate ich zu einer Basenkur.

Verraten Sie uns abschliessend, was Sie selbst tun, um fit und gesund zu bleiben? Ich versuche, mir ausreichend Erholungszeit und Bewegung zu gönnen und achte auf meine psychische Gesundheit. Und ich helfe ein bisschen mit Mikronährstoffen nach.

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The intestine is an underestimated organ.

The intestine is an underestimated organ.

 

The intestine is a neglected but fascinating organ. On the one hand, the intestine is something like the central training camp of the immune system. This is where our defence cells learn to distinguish good from bad intruders. 70% of all immune cells are located in the intestine, and almost 80% of all immune reactions take place here. If the intestine is healthy, we are better protected against diseases.

 

Complex intestinal brain

 

The intestine also has an astonishing nervous system, the intestinal brain. More than one hundred million nerve cells control the complex movements of the intestine. On the other hand, the intestine constantly collects information about our body condition and is closely connected to the brain via the nervous system. If something is wrong in the intestine, we don’t only feel physically bad, but also psychologically. That this is true can be seen in our vernacular language, which has known for a long time:  love goes through the stomach, anger can hit us in the stomach, I wet myself, or you have butterflies in your stomach. All these linguistic references illustrate the connection between the intestine and the nervous system.

 

Gut influences our mood

 

Up to now it has been assumed that illnesses such as depression occur largely in the head. Yet, there is more and more evidence that the whole body, and especially the intestine, has a strong influence on our mood. For example, Norwegian researchers have shown that in the intestines of depressed patients some bacterial species are more common, while others are almost completely absent. In addition, an American study has shown that participants who ate lactic acid bacteria for one month reacted more calmly to emotionally disturbing images. In the digestive tract, a large number of calming and mood-lightening hormones are produced. If the intestinal flora is disturbed, this also negatively affects the production of these messenger substances.

 

Intestinal flora influences health

 

When looking at the intestinal flora we find:  A healthy intestine contains up to 100 trillion bacteria. This is about the same amount of cells an adult is made up of. They colonise our intestines, split our food up, live off this food and at the same time make it digestible for us. Not only is the number of bacteria important, but also their diversity: in a healthy intestine there are about 1000 different species. The greater this diversity of the so-called micro biome is, the healthier we are. Stress, unbalanced nutrition or medication can quickly disturb this delicate balance and we become more susceptible to disease. Antibiotics also destroy a large part of the healthy micro biome each time they are administered and can cause a large number of secondary diseases.

 

Conclusion: The intestine is responsible for our immune system, has its own brain, accommodates a multitude of small helpers, produces hormones and can influence our mood. This should be reason enough to invest in a healthy intestine.

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Leaky Gut Syndrome

The intestine plays an important role in the immune system, is closely connected to the brain, it houses together with the micro biome, a large number of small helpers and can influence our mood. With so many tasks, it is not surprising that an intestinal disorder such as Leaky Gut Syndrome can be jointly responsible for numerous clinical pictures.

 

Rigorous protection against external influences

 

The intestinal wall is protected by a layer of mucus against harmful environmental influences such as bacteria, viruses or harmful substances. Beneath this are the mucosal cells, which are closely connected to each other. If the mucous membrane is intact, the body actively absorbs nutrients from food in finely regulated processes (absorption). In contrast, indigestible food components and other undesirable substances remain in the intestines and are excreted.

 

With Leaky Gut syndrome, the mucous membrane is damaged and becomes more permeable. Gaps occur between the mucous membrane cells and the intestine becomes leaky.  Together with other factors (genetic predisposition, environmental influences), this can lead to a variety of complaints, disorders or illnesses.

 

Perforated intestine leads to a fatal spiral

 

The causes of a Leaky Gut syndrome are manifold. Initially, there could be an infection caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Other triggers including drugs (e. g. antibiotics, painkillers), or toxins such as nicotine, alcohol, heavy metals and other environmental pollutants. Nutrition also plays a role (sugar-rich food, many saturated fatty acids). Once the intestinal mucosa has become leaky, chronic immune reactions to certain foods can develop and trigger a fatal spiral. These immune reactions weaken and additionally damage the mucous membrane.

 

Correlation between leaky Gut and up to 120 autoimmune diseases

 

Leaky Gut syndrome can cause chronic digestive problems such as diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence, cramps or irritable bowel syndrome. The immune system may be misregulated or cause chronic inflammatory intestinal diseases such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Damaged mucous membranes increase the amount of environmental pollutants, bacteria and other substances that enter the blood stream. Experts also suspect that up to 120 autoimmune diseases may be associated with a damaged intestinal mucosa.

 

Treatment is possible

 

Therapy is always based on individual findings. It is almost always necessary to change one's diet, administer prebiotics and probiotics as well as supplemental administration of vital nutrients.

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Depression

Are antidepressants disease causing?

Serotonin is an important messenger and neurotransmitter. Since 1965, researchers have suspected a link between depression and a low level of serotonin in the brain. From the 1980s onwards, this hypothesis received a great deal of attention. At that time, a new type of antidepressant was developed, the Selective Serotonin Recovery Inhibitors (SSRIs). They cause the serotonin secreted in the brain to remain in the synaptic gap for a longer period of time, stimulating the recipient cells and preventing the SSRIs from being absorbed back into the cells too quickly.

Untested Hypothesis

To date, the pharmaceutical industry has been spreading the above mentioned message to the market about its SSRI-type antidepressants: depression is based on imbalance in the brain and antidepressants are correcting it. However, the thesis has one crucial flaw: it has not been proven in any of the investigations undertaken to date. Some depressed people have a higher serotonin level than healthy people. Nobody knows what a normal value is. Many researchers now suspect that serotonin is only indirectly associated with depression.

This does not mean that a healthy serotonin level is not important. However, it is precisely this level where the drugs tend to muddy the water. It has been known for decades that the density of serotonin docking sites decrease by 25% after only one month if SSRIs are taken. Other researchers report that these receptors decrease by 50% in chronic SSRI administration. To date, the consequences of this has not been clarified. The only thing that is clear: instead of compensating for a hypothetical imbalance in the brain, the SSRIs cause this imbalance in the first place. It is unclear whether the serotonin system is impaired before treatment, yet during the treatment it has certainly changed.

Results suggest – it’s hardly better than a placebo

In addition, the effect of the SSRI is anything but clear. An important review study found that in 57% of the studies, there is no difference between the tested drug and a placebo (sugar pill). And 82% of the improvement achieved with antidepressants was also achieved with the placebo. Only in the small group of severely depressed patients do antidepressants seem to be significantly more effective than the placebo.

Nevertheless, SSRIs are still frequently prescribed, even in mild or even subliminal depressions. In view of the side effects, this is a dangerous practice. Relatively harmless side effects such as disorders of sexual disfunction, insomnia, nausea or diarrhoea are common. The increased risk of suicide is even more frightening: especially among children and adolescents, suicide attempts increased so much during SSRI administration that the package leaflets now must warn against it. Time and time again there are reports of delusional acts carried out under the influence of these tablets. In the United States, there is compelling evidence that the vast majority of massacres in schools were carried out under the influence of psychotropic drugs. The well-known filmmaker Michael Moore believes this connection should be investigated as soon as possible.

Antidepressants - could lead to depression?

Meanwhile, it is believed that the drugs used to alleviate depression are actually responsible (in part at least) for the epidemic of psychiatric illnesses we now experience worldwide. This is one of the claims made by the US science journalist Robert Whitaker. His thesis in short: Many patients are treated with SSRIs unnecessarily due to their initial minor symptoms. This may lead to an improvement of symptoms in the short term. However, the longer the treatment lasts, the more likely it is that the biochemical processes of the brain become more out of sync. There is a habitual effect and the efficacy of the medication decreases. New symptoms may appear in the form of side effects and this can become a pharmaceutical spiral. The Italian psychiatrist Giovanni Fava says: "Antidepressants may be beneficial in the short term for depression, but they could worsen the course of the disease in the long term." Also in a commentary in the journal "Journal of Clinical Psychiatry", which is seldom openly discussed: "Long-term use of antidepressants is now very common”.

Genuine sympathy is crucial if we want to help

What does this mean for those affected? Depression is not a harmless condition and the people affected should be helped. Studies have shown that drugs, psychotherapy, social support, sports, acupuncture or pseudo-treatments are all equally useful. That is why there are researchers who argue that if such different treatments work equally well, it may not even be possible to find out what one should do about depression. All that matters is that something is done. They are thus adopting a thesis developed by the psychiatrist Jerome Frank, about half a century ago; it is crucial that the patient be thoroughly examined, receive an explanation for his or her suffering, create hope and finally practise a therapeutic ritual with an acknowledged expert. Whether the specialist prescribes a drug or conducts conversations, however, is irrelevant. For us laymen, this would mean: we need to assist affected persons intensively and with real sympathy, to brighten up the mood, to suggest natural alternatives like Aronia Berries or Pollen and to work towards a lasting change of the affected person’s life circumstances which may be causing the illness. On the other hand, antidepressants of the SSRI type should be avoided with mild depression.

 

P. S.: Psychotropic drugs should not be discontinued, or the dosage reduced without consulting your medical professional. A sudden drop in blood pressure can lead to considerable psychological and physical reactions. If you want to adapt an existing medication, you should always do this in cooperation with your doctor.

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Sugar consumption declared harmless in bought studies

The sugar-coated lie: In the 1960's, the US sugar industry deceived consumers in a similar way to the tobacco industry. Scientists and researchers were paid to present sugar in a positive light and place the blame for increasing cardiovascular disease entirely on fat.  This misconception persists to this day and has devastating consequences. The theory stubbornly persists, against better knowledge, that an increased cholestrol level leads to arterial calcification and therefore heart attacks (see blog article "The Cholestrol Lies")

Scientists paid by the sugar industry

In 1957, British nutritionist, John Yudkin, suspected that saturated fats could lead to cardiovascular disease, but noted that other factors, such as sugar, were "at least equally important". This was confirmed in further studies. In 1965, one study concluded that the blood glucose values allow a better prediction of arterial calcification than the cholestrol values. The sugar industry decided to take action by launching media reports. As recently revealed by US professor Stanton Glanz, two research scientists were commissioned to conduct an overview study of the metabolism of sugars and fats and were very generously paid.  The two scientists obligingly showed their appreciation by concluding that there was 'no doubt' that the only way to prevent cardiovascular disease was to reduce cholesterol . No mention was made of the possible role of sugar.

Less sugar, less medication

To date, no concusive biological evidence has been found to prove that an increased cholestrol level leads to the dreaded calcification of blood vessels. In a study conducted over 60 years and including 68 094 participancts, a high LDL cholestrol level was linked to a lower death rate rather than a higher death rate. This conclusion is in direct contrast to the current cholestrol hyposthesis which concludes that cholestrol, especially LDL cholestrol, leads to arterial calcification and health problems. But, there is little interest in the new discovery since the pharmaceutical industry earns billions from cholestrol lowering drugs.  To abandon these drugs and to consume less sugar simultaneously does not appear to be an option. The true cause of arteriosclerosis is unclear and more research needs to be done. However, a high sugar consumption certainly plays a role.

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Getting rid of nail fungal infections requires patience

Nail fungus is a common disorder of the finger and toe nails. Affected nails become thicker and turn a white or yellowish- brown colour. The cause is a fungal infection of the nail bed, affecting toenails more frequently than fingernails. The fungus can be contracted at school, home, whilst having a manicure or pedicure, or at a public swimming pool. The fungus is persistent and often spreads to other nails.

Nail fungus looks unsightly

Nail fungus is mostly a cosmetic and psychosocial problem. It looks unpleasant, can cause embarrassment and fear of the infection being passed on. However, because the nail thickens, the surrounding skin may become inflammed and painful.

Treatment requires patience

Nails grow from the nail root which is hidden 3-5mm behind the nail, under the skin.  This is the area to target for treatment. The fungus must be prevented from forming during the formation of the nail.  It is too late for parts of the nail that are already affected and the only solution is to wait for the nail to grow out and to trim off the affected area. This treatment is therefore a slow, lengthy process requiring patience.

How to treat nail fungal infections

I have had very good results with cinnamon, habanero or chili and artemesia. These natural substances all have excellent anti fungal properties.  There are creams available which contain all three substances. It is important to treat the skin behind the nail where the nail roots are located, rather than the nail itself, by applying the cream daily.  After about 3 months you will observe a clear, uninfected nail emerging from the skin. However, the treatment must be continued for between 9 months and a year to ensure that the fungus has been erradicated successfully and entirely.

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Competitive sports and nutrition

Competitive sport and nutrition


Institute for Sports Medicine

SALUTO is the largest centre of excellence in the German-speaking world for top athletes. It is led by the sports scientist, Prof. Dr. Elmar Wienecke, who also holds a qualification in training from the football league. The centre has medical data from 10 000 top athletes and several thousand other competitive athletes - a treasure trove of information for sports medicine. However, the importance regarding the field of nutrition is still not fully appreciated.

Injuries due to a lack of micronutrients/nutraceuticals 

72% of all sports injuries are not due to external effects.  Muscles, tendons, ligaments and even bones are injured due to sporting strain, often due to a lack of vital nutrients.  If the minerals and trace elements in the athletes blood are measured, the results are usually normal. Nevertheless, many athletes have a severe deficiency in these minerals at a cellular level, but they are unaware of it.

The optimal supply of micronutrients

Optimal care of the athletes micronutrient requirement leads to a significantly higher level of performance and fewer injuries.  Top athletes usually lack the following micronutrients:

  • Protein, especially essential amino acids  (recommendation: Product MAP, which stands for Master Amino Acid Pattern)
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin C
  • Omega-3 fatty acids and L-carnitine

Other more rare trace elements should also be kept in mind.

The right diet

Athletes require a higher intake of carbohydrates which should, whenever possible, be taken in the complex form ie.e wholegrain products.  Before each training session, the glycogen stores in the muscles and the liver should be replenished. Sugar and white flour promote inflammation and hyperacidity. The protein requirement of an athlete is much higher than that of a couch potato, as is the need for fatty acids. Interestingly, athletes also need 3-4 times more micronutrients. Tests carried out on professional athletes show that even with a 4 times higher intake, they often still have a deficiency.

Faster recovery

After each training session and competition, the body is highly acidic and flooded with free radicals. Therefore, antioxidants are vitally important for faster regeneration and recovery.  The easiest way to do this is to add antioxidants to an isotonic drink. I recommend a product called Aronia Shots (available from Kingnature) to the athletes that I treat. It is advisable to consult a specialist, but one thing is certain: The correct diet is extremely powerful!

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrom

Chronic Fatigue

Countless people feel abnormally tired and would gladly take to their beds by late afternoon. Most people who mention this symptom to their doctor will not be given a diagnosis despite a thorough examination. If the hemoglobin, iron and thyroid levels are normal, there is not much the doctor can recommend.  Frequently, the actual causes of fatigue are chronic stress, micronutrient deficiency or hormonal deficiency.

Chronic Stress, Burnout

People who are stressed produce more cortisol in the adrenal cortex. However, the adrenal gland is only able to produce large amounts of cortisol for approximately 3 years after which it falls into an exhaustive state and produces a dramatically decreased amount of cortisol. This results in burnout, a state of complete physical and mental exhaustion.  By conducting a simple test, the cortisol day profile, it can be determined if a patient is still in a state of high stress (high cortisol level) or burnout (low cortisol level).

Micronutrients

Anyone who doesn't have a balanced diet will suffer from a lack of essential nutrients sooner or later.  Young people who tend to avoid fresh fruit and vegetables in favour of the daily consumption of sugary foods and energy drinks are highly likely to suffer from debilitating fatigue in early adulthood.

In such cases, there is no need for expensive medical investigation, but rather simple advice on healthy eating. If the cells lack the micronutrients, the mitochondria cannot produce energy. If individual cells lack energy, the whole body suffers from exhaustion. The cure is simple:  replenish all the essential nutrients through healthy nutrition. To accelerate the healing process, the intake of natural vitamins and minerals can be increased by using Moringa and Aroinia extract.

Intestinal diseases

One of the main reasons for the insufficient absorption of essential nutrients is chronic inflammation of the intestine in the form of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, both of which are easily treatable.

Hormone deficiency

People seldomly associate chronic fatigue with a hormone imbalance. Humans have around 150 hormones of which only 20 have been explored. Our hormones function in a finely balanced relationship with each other which is easily upset by stress, the contraceptive pill, medication and many other factors. Lack of estriol, progesterone or testosterone can result in fatigue and many other symptoms.  Whenever fatigue is a symptom, a measurement of the hormones is urgently recommended (a saliva test is more accurate than a blood test).

 

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Losing weight - But how?

Losing weight - but how?

Overweight as a global problem

Globally, it is estimated that 2 billion people are overweight. That is about a quarter of the world's population. In Switzerland, in 2012, there were over 40 per cent of the inhabitants, who had a body mass index of more than 25 and were therefore considered to be overweight. Being overweight not only reduces the quality of life of those affected but also harms their health. Common consequences of being overweight are type II diabetes, high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure, which in turn can promote cardiovascular disease and strokes. The cost of all these subsequent illnesses of being overweight are estimated to be around CHF 6 billion a year in Switzerland.

Eat less carbohydrates - especially in the evening

How to lose weight? My basic recommendation is to halve the portion size of the side dishes (pasta, potatoes, bread and rice), double the vegetable portions and, if possible, forgo sweets and sugary drinks. The calorie intake is usually reduced by approx. 10%, and the carbohydrates should only be eaten in the morning and at noon. Consuming carbohydrates in the evening increase the insulin levels throughout the whole night and thus blocks the natural fat loss when your insulin levels are lower. Exercise and sport are important, but ultimately contribute little to weight reduction. Not recommended is a radical approach of completely fasting: the body then turns on an emergency program and prevents fat loss. Only water is excreted and muscles are broken down.

Are the hormones in order?

Anyone who does not lose a gram of weight despite adhering to these measures mentioned above, should have their progesterone level measured in their saliva. A lack of this hormone also prevents fat loss.

Food supplements

Finally, fat-burning food supplements, e.g. Coffea Vida, a preparation based on green coffee beans, can be taken. This extract of unroasted green coffee is rich in chlorogenic acid, a substance which, in threefold sense, acts on the blood-sugar level:

Chlorogenic acid inhibits the uptake of glucose (dextrose) in the intestine,
Chlorogenic acid inhibits the enzyme glucose-6-phosphatase, which leads to increased degradation of the glycogen stores in the liver and muscles,
Chlorogenic acid inhibits the enzyme amylase, so that the starch in the food cannot be split into glucose.
Overall, the blood glucose level increases less after eating, whereby less fat is formed and the desired weight can be reached and held. This anti-inflammatory effect of green coffee beans also makes it a promising candidate for the treatment of Type II diabetes - in addition to dried mulberry leaves, which also have a blood sugar suppression.

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Reduce body weight with green coffee and brown algae powder

 In a previous blog, I described how to reduce your body weight in a sustained way: you must halve the portion size of the side dishes (pasta, potatoes, bread and rice), double the vegetable portions and forgo sweets and sugary drinks. The calorie intake is usually reduced by approx. 10%. The carbohydrates should only be eaten in the morning and at noon. Consuming carbohydrates in the evening increase the insulin levels throughout the whole night and thus blocks the natural fat loss when your insulin levels are lower. Exercise and sport are important, but ultimately contribute little to weight reduction.

Green coffee and brown algae

You can support fat loss with food supplements such as extracts of green coffee. Green, non-roasted coffee is rich in chlorogenic acid, a substance which, in a threefold sense, acts on the blood glucose level. As a result, less fat is formed and the desired weight can be reached and held.

Brown algae powder can also support weight loss. These algae are rich in long-chain polyphenols, which reduce the activity of two important digestive enzymes (lipase and amylase) by about 50%. As lipases are necessary for the digestion of fats and amylases splits carbohydrate chains, brown algae powder reduces the digestion of fats and carbohydrates. In studies, volunteers lost on average 2.8 kg over an 8-week time frame. 

If you eat less carbohydrates and at the same time take products that contain both an extract of green coffee beans and brown algae powder, you have good chance to permanently reduce your body weight.

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Gastric Antacids: not harmless

 

 

They are widely prescribed, they are often taken for long periods of time, for a long time now they have been considered to be harmless, but this reputation is now being challenged: the talk is of stomach acid or proton pump inhibitor, which are taken by patients with heartburn or reflux. Between 2000 and 2008, the consumption of these medicines in the Canton of Geneva rose by around 500%. They are prescribed too often, for too long, too often unnecessarily and sometimes also for children. And this despite the fact that the acid blockers are ineffective in around a third patients. In cases of an irritable stomach, they are effective only in 10 to 15 per cent of the cases and in the case of an irritable bowel, not at all. Yet, in these cases the dosage is increased dramatically.

Renal impairment and food intolerances

The proton pump inhibitors bind to certain cells in the stomach and so inhibit gastric acid production. As they are very selective, they have long been considered very safe. But now a study has shown that they damage the kidneys and can lead to chronic renal impairment. In long-term treatment with acid blockers, the body's absorption of micro nutrients such as magnesium, calcium and vitamin B12 form our diet is severely inhibited. This increases the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. The vitamin B12 that is missing has a significantly negative impact on important metabolic processes. As the stomach is less acidic, dangerous bacteria can survive and cause serious gastrointestinal infections. Finally, food intolerances can develop because the food reaches the intestine partially undigested.

Cayenne as an alternative

Heartburn and a strong reflux of acidic gastric contents into the oesophagus (acid eruption, reflux) are painful and unpleasant. Those affected, sleep badly and their quality of life is diminished. So, doing nothing is not an option. Fortunately, nature gives us a way to protect the stomach, which is also has no side effects namely Cayenne pepper. Instead of blocking the acid production, the burn of the Cayenne stimulates the production of the protective mucus layer on the gastric mucosa. Thus, you have an acidic stomach, which is necessary for the digestion and for defence against unwanted bacteria, as well as gastric mucosa protected by more mucus. The stomach becomes calmer, tightens less, is protected from excessive acid and leaves the oesophagus out of the equation. 

Change Slowly

It is important not to stop taking acid blockers immediately, but to slow reduce the dosage. Otherwise, because of a feedback mechanism, the acid production of the stomach suddenly increases excessively. This rebound effect occurs in a little as eight-week ingestion period. Similarly, the dosage of the Cayenne pepper can slowly be increased e.g. first take only one capsule together with the food and so dilute it to a certain extent. If tolerability is good, you can go up to two capsules and take them after the meal. Instead of taking capsules, you can also spice up your meals with very strongly with cayenne-pepper, but this is not for everyone.

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The Cholesterol Lie

 

 

Cholesterol is an irreplaceable building block, necessary for the health of every individual cell and for almost all hormones in our bodies. It is an important component of the cell wall, increases its stability and, together with proteins, contributes to injecting and extracting signalling substances into the cell. cholesterol is also vital as a precursor to many hormones and bile acids. A cholesterol level of 5.0 or below can be hazardous to life. On average, the European population has a level around 6.5 and this is considered normal.

To date, no proof for the hypothesis

In the 1950s, the hypothesis of an American nutritionist gain wide acceptance, according to which an elevated cholesterol level leads to arterial calcification and thus favours myocardial infarction i.e. heart attacks. Even though this hypothesis is based solely on empirical evidence, it is by no means proved. Up to now, no biological mechanism could be found, were one could demonstrate that an increased cholesterol level would lead to the feared plaque formation in the blood vessels. Despite this fact, the hypothesis stubbornly remains in main stream acceptance. The fact that cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) represent the world's highest-selling segment of the pharmaceutical industry, probably hinders the necessary clarification and finding the truth. The issue of cholesterol will still shake the public, as more and more doctors admit that they have wrongly treated their patients with statins. In my practice, nobody is prescribed statins, unless you have a cholesterol value over 10.

Mortality is higher when cholesterol is low 

Cholesterol is definitely not a risk factor for heart attack or stroke. In a large study, mortality was 30% greater when patients were treated with statins and blood thinners rather than with the correct diet. In a recently published meta-study with a total of 68,094 people over 60 years, a high LDL cholesterol level was associated with a lower mortality. This result is a striking contrast with the current cholesterol hypothesis, according to which cholesterol generally leads, especially LDL cholesterol, to arterial calcification and health problems.

Statins lower vital Q10

Statins also lower the Q10 level by about 50%, which can lead to severe side effects such as fatigue. The real reason people get arteriosclerosis is not clear and further researched needs to be one, but the high consumption of sugar certainly plays a role.

For high cholesterol values, I propose a plant-rich diet and a forgoing of sugar. As a dietary supplement, I recommend omega-3 fatty acids (for example, 2 capsules of krill oil), 2 capsules of Aronia and sufficient vitamin D (at least 3000 IU per day). If someone still needs statins, then only if additional Q10 is consumed, to compensate the medically induced lowering of the Q10 levels.

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Burnout

 

 

Chronic stress and burnout

Today, stress is omnipresent for many people. The burdens on the workplace have tended to increase, even in our leisure time a lot needs to be undertaken and done and of course the family may not come short either. Thus, for many, it is difficult to meet all the different expectations - not least their own - and to unite everything.

Stress increases cortisol levels

Those who suffer with stress produce more cortisol in the adrenal cortex. This hormone undertakes many tasks in the body for example, it has a dampening effect on the immune system. It ensures that inflammations do not spread too much and that small inflammations do not become a big catastrophe for the body. It is these properties, that modern medicine often uses cortisone, closely associated with cortisol, to suppress excess responses and inhibit inflammations.

Body must be able to relieve stress

Cortisol, together with insulin, also contributes to the regulation of the blood glucose level. Stress needs a lot of energy. By elevating the blood glucose level, cortisol provides the body with fast and sufficient energy when needed. Biologically, this is a very sensible mechanism: in a danger situation, we get the necessary energy to fight or flee. Today we are stressed but often "under constant stress" and we lack the necessary exercise ("fight or flight"), which would bring our body back to a "normal operating level". This is the reason why sport is so good at relieving stress and prevent the negative effects of stress.

In burnout, the cortisol is low

The adrenal gland is only able to produce large quantities of cortisol for about 3 years. After this time, it falls into a state of exhaustion resulting in a rapid drop in the cortisol level. The result is burnout, a state of complete physical and mental exhaustion. A simple test to determine the cortisol profile of a person, can establish if somebody is under stress (high cortisol) or if a person is already in the burnout stage (deep cortisol).

Cayenne stimulates cortisol production

What are we to do? Burnout patients need medical attention. They need support in the acute phase, during the regeneration and in the sustainable change of their living habits. One treatment option is to add the dietary supplement cayenne pepper to the diet. The hot tasting substances contained in the pods can stimulate the production of the now missing corporeal cortisol and thus help the patient to get back on his feet more quickly and helps to tackle the necessary adaptation of the lifestyle. Other options to increase vitality are taking flower pollen (give energy), coenzyme Q10 (to prevent fatigue), Moringa (natural multivitamin) or Aronia.

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Cancer Prevention

Cancer Prevention

Cancer is on the rise

The number of people being affected by cancer is on the rise and the expectation is that the number of new cases will double over the next 30 years. Every one of us knows of someone who is affected by cancer. There are many reasons why you get cancer and it is a very complex disease.

Prevention would be first prize

Experts agree that the number of cancer patients could be halved if people were to take preventative measures and change certain lifestyle choices.  Sadly, most people are not prepared to do this and hope that they can dodge the bullet. A third of them will not be so lucky.

Nutrition plays a major role

Medical practitioners often overlook the importance of nutrition since it is not something they studied intensively during their training.

Instead of admitting their ignorance, many doctors still firmly believe that nutrition and cancer are not related.  These opinions may be changed in the near future as the research into this area is having starlting results. Nutritional experts are discovering and proving the effects of dozens of cancer-resistant secondary crops.

Cancer research

The best-known books of two cancer researchers,  Prof. Dr. Richard Béliveau (Cancer Cells Do Not Like Raspberries) and Dr. Johannes Coy (The New Anti-Cancer Diet) give a clear overview of such micronutrients for laymen.

Salvestrole

Incredible results have also been achieved with Salvestrole, which has been researched by Prof. Dan Burke and Prof. Gerry Potter in England. My own experience clearly confirms these results.  (e.g. Salvestrol Vida 350) The possibilities for the use of nutroceuticals in the treatment of cancer is high, but it is dependent on which stage of cancer the patient has.

As with conventional cancer treatments, the possibilities for treatment are decreased if the cancer is at an advanced stage. The earlier the cancer is detected and treatment is started, the more successful the results. Micronutrients also have the abilitly to enhance the efficacy chemotherapy and to lessen the side-effects. The side-effects of radiotherapy can also be almost totally avoided.

Side effects can be avoided

When it comes to diagnosing cancer, it is important where the focus lies. Regular medicine focuses entirely on bombarding the tumour with an arsenal of medical weaponry regardless of the harmful side effects.

Nutroceutical treatment focuses on the body as a whole and not just the tumour.  It aims to strengthen the body and fascilitate self-healing. Our immune system has the ability to kill cancer cells if it works properly, but unfortunately, the immune system is almost completely shut down by chemotherapy. It takes a long time for the immune system to recover, but micronutrients can also speed up this recovery time. 

Cancer treatment is a specialist field

Unfortunately many dubious therapists are dabbling in the field of cancer. Cancer is unforgiving, so patients should take care to make informed decisions about the alternative therapies they choose.  Every cancer patient will be bombarded with advice from friends and associates, all well-meant, but often not useful. I cannot advise or suggest treatment over the internet as each cancer patient needs individual care adapted to their type and stage of cancer. Specialist investigation and treatment is essential.

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Diabetes mellitus Type 1 and 2

Definition of  Diabetes Type 1

Previously diabetes was referred to as either the young or the elderly diabetes. These days it is referred to as Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. In Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas cannot form insulin and the patient must inject insulin for the rest of their lives. This form of diabetes affects only 5% of all patients, usually adolescents.  

Definition of Diabetes Type 2

95% of all diabetics suffer from type 2 diabetes, an acquired form which is usually due to the wrong nutrition.

Increase in Diabetes sufferers

The number of diabetics in Switzerland has doubled in the last 10 years from 250 000 to 500 000.  In Germany, the figure is 8 million. A diabetics treatment costs the medical aid CHF 6000.00 per year, which means a total cost of CHF 3 billion per year!

Causes of diabetes

Nobody likes to point the finger of blame, but the fact of the matter is that diabetes is avoidable through healthy eating. Sadly, its easier to swallow a handful of pills than to change our unhealthy habits.

Treatment

If you do suffer from diabetes, you will need nutritional advice, a strong will and determination. By losing 10kg alone, you could already massively reduce the blood glucose level.  Losing weight is not that difficult and does not have to mean starvation with the correct advice and motivation.  Diabetes is largely linked to being overweight, having high blood pressure and high cholestrol (metabolic syndrome), but with close consultation there is a great chance of being cured.

Treatment for diabetes with natural products

The best natural remedy to lower blood sugar is dried mulberry leaves (capsules available from my practise or tea from www.honlai.ch)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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