WHAT SHOULD WE BE EATING FOR DISEASE CURE AND PREVENTION?
My gratitude to Dr. Dan Murphy, DC, DABCO, for his amazing and tireless work reviewing hundreds of books and studies to bring us the latest insights on our diet, and how it can be adjusted to improve our lives.
Over the last 10 years the field of Nutritional Neurology has compiled dozens of studies to determine the chemistry behind the traditional diet of homo sapiens and neanderthals. It has been established that until the advent of widespread high-effiency agriculture homo sapiens ate a mostly marine based diet that had an Omega-3/6 Fatty Acid blood test ratio of approximately 1:1.
Why is this important? The current western diet is almost deviod of Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids, and overly abundant in Omega-6 Fatty acids, leaving us with an Omega 3/6 blood test ratio of up to 1:25. The research shows that this creates a situation where we are at significantly increased risk of major health problems, such as:
Poor Brain Function
OMEGA 3 POLYUNSATURATED ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS (PUFAs)
"Essential" means that your body cannot produce its own, and that the "essential" nutrient must come from food.
Did you know that your brain cell membranes are composed of certain Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which cannot be synthesized and must be obtained from the diet? Abnormalities of PUFA composition in cell membranes alter membrane structure, causing abnormal signal transduction and altered immunological function [from European Neuropsychopharmacology 13 (2003) 267-271]. Simply put, your brain slowly dies without enough of these Essential Fatty Acids.
So how do we eat different to help our health status?
It is a good idea to make a nutritional smoothie in the blender each day to get proper essential nutrients.
Dr. Murphy has a very specific recommendation for what to put in your daily smoothie obtaining all nutritional supplements from Nutri-West. For his exact recommendation go to this page: Every Day For All People.
Nutri-West is a direct sales company that is well respected in the nutritional supplement industry, and used by physicians worldwide.
Note: Step Forward of Oregon is not a member of the Nutri-West marketing system, and has no affiliation of any kind with Nutri-West.
So can I buy this stuff at the local health food store?
Here is my evolving list of alternative products that are similar, and available through traditional retail outlets or on the web. This list is not as complete as Dr. Murphy's, but is provided for those who want to try to obtain something similar through traditional retail channels.
Important: When you increase PUFAs, your body processes toxins and creates waste which also needs to be eliminated. This means that you also must increase anti-oxidant consumption to process those wastes.
Important: We need to obtain Omega 3 PUFAs from both plant and animal sources.
1. FLAX OIL: Fresh Flax Oil, 1 Tbsp/day (available at many stores)
or FLAX SEED: Whole flax seed, 2 Tbsp/day.
2. FISH OIL: MUST BE FRESH CAUGHT, NOT FARMED! 3000 mg./day.
3. BLUEBERRIES: 1 cup/day fresh or frozen.
4. FRESH CAUGHT SALMON: 3 servings/week
Be aware that DNA testing has shown that in the USA about half of salmon sold as "fresh caught" is actually farmed.
5. Note! FARMED SALMON/FARMED OTHER/FRESH OTHER:
If possible AVOID FARMED FISH! Humans can excrete 38.5 micrograms of mercury per week; 6 ounces of swordfish can contain more that 200 micrograms of mercury. More than 8 ounces of farmed salmon per month is an unacceptable cancer risk (Annals of Internal Medicine, December 21, 2004, Volume 141, Issue 12, pages 977-980).
Be aware that in the USA all sushi is farmed.
6. Beneficial supplements to take daily:
Acetyl-L Carnitine 500 mg. (Cognitive support)
Calcium Citrate 600 mg. (Bone Support)
Co Q-10 100 mg. (Cardiovascular health)
Co-enzyme B Food Complex or Complete B-Complex
Folic Acid 800 mg. (Cellular support)
Grape Seed Extract 100 mg. (Free Radical Protection)
Hyaluronic Acid 100 mg. (Joint Support)
L-Glutamine 500 mg. (Amino Acid)
Liquid Magnesium 400 mg. (Joint Support)
Lutein 20 mg. (Macula Health)
N-Acetyl Cysteine 600 mg. (Free Radical Protection)
Niacin 250 mg. (Cholesterol Control)
Vit. D-3 4000 IU (Structural support)