NATURALLY HEALTHY: How to make your health last a lifetime
I have been getting more questions about the book “End of Illness” by Dr. Agus so I have put together a few key points to consider in retort to some of his recommendations.
l I agree that inflammation is the cause of many illnesses but there are many natural remedies and lifestyles to adopt to reduce inflammation in the body rather than just taking aspirin.
A meta analysis of five studies showed that long term aspirin usage increases the relative risk of hemorrhagic stroke (stroke caused by a burst blood vessel) by about 40% and the risk of major gastrointestinal bleeding by 70 per cent.
Small GI bleeds can occur over a long period of time and the only symptom might be fatigue that goes undiagnosed until an anemia is discovered. Lifestyle change to lower inflammation include eating an anti-inflammatory diet; (this is a diet low in anything white, the nightshade foods, low in red meat and wheat), exercising regularly, taking vitamin D and purified fish oil.
- I disagree that taking supplements is not required in this day and age.
Back in the Victorian era, (during the 19 Century) people ate a clean un-processed diet rich in phytonutrients. After accounting for a higher mortality rate until age of five, they lived as long as we do now and chronic disease was rare.
These people were well until they died suddenly usually from an overwhelming infection.
They did not linger on for 10 years dying of chronic diseases as we do today. There was no mechanization and no pollution. They ate twice as much as we do now because they did everything by hand and needed the calories.
They were not overweight. (“An unsuitable and degraded diet?” Part 1-3 by Dr. Paul Clayton and Dr. Judith Rowbotham, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2008, issue 101). In the era of today, our food is adulterated and contains fewer nutrients, our environment is toxic so much so that we all have at least seven toxins in our blood, including cord blood.
These include BPA and mercury. I believe that a lot of cancers we are seeing today are due to this toxicity level and in order to promote detoxification pathways in the body we need to provide the body with key nutrients such as B complex, methylating agents and liver support.
- I disagree that our society is not deficient in Vitamin D.
There are many researchers, including Dr. Clayton, and Dr. William B Grant, that are studying the effects of low vitamin D serum levels in higher latitudes and its deficiency associated with diseases such as cancer, autoimmune disease, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Vitamin D is a much more natural way to prevent influenza every year than taking the flu shot and at the same time prevents many other diseases too!
A trial on school children in Japan showed that 1200IU’s of vitamin D per day (the same amount found in one tbsp of cod liver oil) reduced the risk of type A influenza by 64 per cent .
- Take statins after the age of 50. In the book “Overdosed America” Dr. Abramson outlines the true benefits of statin drugs and they are certainly not effective for primary prevention of cardiovascular events which means if you haven’t had a heart attack already it will not prevent you from having one.
It is particularly not studied at all for women for primary prevention of heart attacks.
Taking EPA and DHA rich fish oils daily in adequate doses are well known to be cardio protective.
- Prevent the flu by having the flu shot. I would say up to half of my patients take the flu shot and have no side effects and it works for them at preventing the flu.
However, as in all aspects of medicine, it does not work for the other half of my patients.
It often causes the flu after they receive the injection, or in every year that they get the injection they get the worse flu ever or they had side effects from the injection.
In my practice I recommend a three pronged approach to preventing the flu: probiotics, adequate fish oil and vitamin D consumption and a homeopathic protocol that is followed every flu season.
This works well and these patients just don’t get sick with the flu
- I do agree that sitting is bad for our health and recommend that people wear pedometers to keep track of how many steps they take in a day, trying to aim for 10,000 steps per day.
Getting a dog is good for your health in more ways than one!
Eating at regular times, getting to bed at a regular time and getting enough rest are basic foundations of health.
I also agree with choosing a multicolored diet and using wireless headphones if you must a cell phone.
On my website are articles I have written in retort to some of the research Dr. Agus refers to in his book.
Consider these basics keys to health if you want to make your health last with optimal vim, vigour and vitality!
Dr. Ingrid Pincott, N.D. naturopathic physician, has been practicing since 1985 and can be reached at 250-286-3655 or www.DrPincott.com