New science about heart disease, sulfate, glyphosate, sunlight, statins, and aluminum

I listened to a podcast earlier this week that was pretty scientific (for me), yet fascinating. The Bulletproof Exec (Dave Asprey) interviewed Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior researcher at MIT. For three decades she’s been doing interdisciplinary research where biology and computers intersect.

It was so full of information, I could hardly keep up with the podcast while driving. Later I went online to read the actual transcript. Here’s the link, and the page also has video of the Facetime-like conversation.

I am not a scientist, but the findings and recommendations that I found intriguing in this lengthy and wide-ranging conversation are listed below. If you want to learn more about any of this, there’s a lot of good information available online. There are open-access scientific journals and papers available on the internet that are free. And you can google “Seneff”.

  • The cause of heart disease isn’t high cholesterol, it’s a deficiency in sulfate.

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The best chicken liver paté recipe ever

I eat a Paleo diet, and right now I’m being rather strict about it: no grains, no dairy, no sugar, and lots of healthy meat and veggies. My energy levels are good!

My nutritionist, Olivia Honeycutt, tells me how good it is to eat liver. I’m pretty sure it was not one of my favorite childhood flavors (actually, my dad didn’t like it so my mom didn’t cook it, but she — having grown up on a ranch where they raised a lot of their own food — liked it).

As an adult I tried liver and onions and came to like it enough to eat occasionally, but not very often.

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It’s spring cleansing time! Liver/GB cleared, reduced allergies, reduced anger

I’m reblogging a post about spring cleansing from last March because it got a lot of views back then and it still applies! I’m currently nearing the end of this year’s spring cleanse, which I started a couple of days after the solstice.

Last spring, after doing the colon/parasite cleanse, I finally cleared my liver and gallbladder of hardened bile (green stones). This may seem like not a big deal, but it is. There appears to be a link between the health of the liver and allergies.

In Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, there’s also a link between the health of the liver and the emotions — specifically the emotion of anger and its relatives, irritability, exasperation, annoyance, outrage, hatred, fury, and so on. You can google “liver anger” to learn more.

Since clearing those organs of stones, anger appears less often and dissipates more quickly in my life. Of course anger is part of a full, healthy range of emotions, but have you ever noticed that some people are inordinately angry (at others or themselves)? That is not pleasant to experience or be around!

If you go through life feeling angry, consider that your organs play a big role in your biochemistry, including emotional, and you can change your emotional makeup toward less anger and more happy feelings by cleansing those organs.

Here’s the original post, dated March 30, 2011:

I started the colon/parasite cleanse today. It’s spring! Time to clean out the system! I do this twice a year.

I wrote about this last fall. You can click this link to my earlier post, which contains instructions for the colon/parasite cleanse, which is fairly simple, and information about the liver/gallbladder flush, which is more complex but worth doing.

I didn’t provide instructions for the flush because it’s complicated, and in my opinion, if you’ve never done it before, it’s best done under the supervision of an expert, experienced health care practitioner who’s quickly available should you have any questions or problems.

One new bit of information to note: The company that makes Paracidin, which rids the body of parasites in the liver, gallbladder, spleen, and pancreas, has changed the name of that product to Paratosin. The labels, including dosage and ingredients, are identical except for the name.

Another new bit of information that I’ve heard or read from several sources: allergies are related to liver toxicity. I’m not sure about this, but thought I’d put it out there. If you have experience or information on this, please share.

My respiratory allergies have decreased dramatically over time. I had NAET acupuncture treatment in 2000 (when I moved back to Austin, allergy capital of the world), and it made a substantial difference.

Before NAET, Seldane or Claritin every day, year round, plus at least one sinus infection per year requiring antibiotics.

After NAET, I’d take an occasional Claritin, and I’ve had only one sinus infection in the 10 years since, when I walked to and from work on a windy day last spring after a long dry spell — exposing myself to lots of pollen. Acupuncture helped me recover from that.

NAET worked pretty well for me.

I’ve done the liver/gallbladder flush twice a year (two nights in a row each time) for about 3 years. I rarely take medication for allergies any more. I feel unpleasant side effects if I take Claritin, so if I’m having nasal congestion and sneezing, I take a homeopathic remedy, Histaminum hydrochloricum, and that does the trick. I use it maybe once a week at peak pollen times. My body doesn’t respond to allergens like it used to. (Another day I’ll post on the NLP allergy cure, which has probably also made a difference.)

So it’s possible that the flush has improved my liver’s health and reduced my allergies. They haven’t gotten worse. (This does not apply to my gluten sensitivity, just to airborne allergens.)

Here’s a link to an article I found with much more information on the liver/gallbladder cleanse, including what actually happens in those organs.

The instructions are pretty close to what my acupuncturist says. She has me test my pH before doing the flush to make sure my body is clearly alkaline, and she has me do it two nights in a row. She also suggests taking magnesium malate when it’s difficult to make fresh, organic apple juice in quantity.

Cleansing time

Each fall and spring following the equinox is a great time to do the colon/parasite cleanse. I blogged about it last fall with complete instructions.

I’ve just put Paracidin/Paratosin on my grocery list. People’s Pharmacy in Austin carries it, and you can get it online and in supplement/health food stores and compounding pharmacies in many places. Be sure to get it from Premier Research Labs — there are other supplements with similar names that are different. Here’s what it looks like.

Back when I wrote the original post, I followed the colon/parasite cleanse with the liver/gallbladder flush, but when I did the latter in the spring of 2011, I had no more green stones of hardened bile to loosen and release. Yay! It took three years of cleansing two nights in a row, fall and spring, for that to happen.

Our livers are not capable of processing cooked oils.

I may do that cleanse again in about 3 years. It’s hard to completely avoid tortilla chips and other foods cooked in oil, although I see that stores now carry mayonnaise made with olive oil (uncooked) rather than canola (cooked), and that’s a good thing.

I still do the colon/parasite cleanse each fall and spring. There’s no end to doing that. Parasites are part of our lives. In fact, I read a recent article that posited that “we” are actually composed more of non-human micro-organisms than we are of our own human tissue. That’s a fascinating and kind of creepy topic for another day!

This parasite cleanse works on the entire gastrointestinal tract. Besides cleansing the colon and pulling toxins from its walls, it rids the liver, pancreas, and spleen of parasites, specifically liver flukes. (I know. It sounds disgusting, doesn’t it?)

Our organs are vital to our health, so much so that organ failure often leads to death or disability, yet we probably never voluntarily think about them until they give us or someone close to us problems. Here’s a way to give them some love and support before they give you problems.

Update in November 2013: Just came off a month of colon cleansing, followed by two nights of the liver/gallbladder flush. The last time I did the flush and actually eliminated hardened bile from those organs was three years ago. I was curious to learn whether my body had formed any more  bile stones in those three years.

It had. I eliminated a dozen or so stones after the first night and none the second night.

So it seems to me that it’s good to do the flush every two to three years, even after you’ve gotten clear, if you even occasionally eat foods with cooked oils in them.

I know I ate tortilla chips, fried okra, the occasional sweet potato fries. I sauteed fish and fried eggs in coconut oil, and I’m sure there are more foods that I’m not remembering right now.

The discomfort of the epsom salt was worth it, because after the second morning, I felt euphoric! The liver and GB are associated with anger in Chinese medicine, so it makes sense that flushing them of stones would enhance emotional well-being.