Melt Your Cellulite

celluliteAdiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, and gynoid lipodystrophy?  I’m sure you’re all familiar with those, right?  How about orange peel syndrome, cottage cheese skin or…….cellulite?  Aha, now we’re making progress!  Yes, they’re all the same condition, the irregular deposits of subcutaneous fat experienced by 80-90% of women past puberty.  The causes and severity are blamed on a host of sources including genetics, hormones, metabolism, circulation, inflammation and……diet.  One of the theories presented is that cellulite is a sign that your body is polluted.  This pollution – which results in a build up of fat-encased toxic deposits under your skin – is now widely believed to be due largely to the toxic by-products of the food we eat.  Anecdotal evidence suggests that this may, in fact, be the case as there are several claims of cellulite “melting” away with raw food or plant-based diets.

Recent clinical studies now offer some hard evidence that cellulite is effected by diet.  Researchers measured the effect a chemical called spermine has on cellulite by introducing a spermine-trapping molecule (sulfo-carrabiose) topically on the skin.  The result was a significant drop in thigh volume, circumference and cellulite.  What are the top two contributors of spermine in our diet?  Ground meat and lunch meat (ham, turkey, bologna and salami).

celluliteIn another recent study, researchers measured the level of adiponectin present in the troubled areas of women who had excessive cellulite and in those who had little or none.  The results consistently and significantly demonstrated that higher levels of adinopectin were directly related to less cellulite.  During the study, they determined that a vegetarian diet was responsible for a 19 % increase in adinopectin levels.  Even more notable was the fact that despite being provided with the exact same number of daily calories, the vegetarian group lost more weight, lost more inches from the waist, had lower cholesterol, less subcutaneous fat and less belly fat.

Bottom line, there is now clinical evidence to support the anecdotal experience that a vegetarian diet can melt away cellulite through a combination of limiting the presence of spermine and boosting the stores of adiponectin.  Here is a short video from Dr. Greger that describes some of the clinical findings in more detail.

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Here’s To Your Health!

meat healthOver the weekend, a tennis buddy of mine shared an article with me from Rodale (“Where Health Meets Life”) titled 9 Appalling Facts about Meat.  In it, Leah Zerbe reports  on myriad “disturbing meat industry facts”, including the presence of “dangerous strains of hard-to-kill superbugs”, antibiotic over-use, “half of the U.S. supermarket meat sampled contained staph infection bacteria”, Prozac in chicken meat, meat laced with “harmful veterinary drugs and heavy metals” and “potentially deadly E. coli“, among others.  Most of this information is not new, it’s been around for awhile.  I covered it months ago in “Eating Meat And Behaving Badly” and “Grocery Meat Loaded With Bacteria” but, as the Rodale article points out, there seems to be an increasing public sensitivity to “germaphobia” and meat is an easy target.

What really struck me about the article was the closing remark:

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vegangorillaConsidering the risks mentioned above, why would you want to learn more about sourcing meat at all?  The fact is, millions of people are happier and far healthier, without any risk of all these “nasties”, because they simply choose not to eat meat.  And don’t even try the hackneyed line, “But where do you get your protein?”   Just refer to my vegan friend and you’ll see that a plant-based diet will provide more than enough protein to build adequate muscles.

The “killer” for me was the concept of sourcing meat from “happy animals“.  How happy can an animal be that’s going to have its throat slit, be bludgeoned to death, shot in the head, boiled alive or thrown live into a grinding machine, or have its testicles ripped off manually, its neck broken,  or be skinned alive?  Please, give me a break.  If you want to pretend this stuff doesn’t happen or you choose to ignore the fact that it does, or you feel there is some “humane” way to slaughter an animal to fill your belly just because you like the taste (when there is absolutely no nutritional requirement to do so), it’s certainly your right, but understand, you’re making a clear public statement about the kind of person you are.  Kudos to my friend who shared this article, he’s decided to cross meat off his nutritional list.

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Pearls Of Wisdom

book of lifeSticking with the tradition of keeping things light here at Mill’s Message on Fridays, here are a few selected excerpts from the book of life that should make the experience even more rewarding:

  • Always remember you’re unique. Just like everyone else. 
  • Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
  • If you think nobody cares whether you’re alive or dead, try missing a couple of mortgage payments
  • Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
  • Sex is like air. It’s not that important unless you aren’t getting any.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
  • Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
  • If you lend someone $100 and never see that person again, it was probably well worth it.
  • If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
  • Don’t worry; it only seems kinky the first time.
  • Some days you are the dog,  some days you are the tree.
  • No one is really listening………until you fart.
  • Good judgment comes from bad experience…… and most of that comes from bad judgment.
  • A closed mouth gathers no foot.
  • There are two excellent theories for arguing with women. Neither one works.
  • Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.
  • Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
  • Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

Happy Friday and God Bless.

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Pills Or Plant-Based? Your Choice.

pillFor the most part, we human beings are designed with everything we need to live a healthy lifestyle, if provided the proper fuel.  Unfortunately, through a series of bad choices (some of which are conscious and others that are subconscious and cleverly foisted upon us by moneyed, special interest groups), we can utterly destroy that gift.  To make matters worse, instead of returning to an innate, effective and “natural” means of healthcare, we have largely become enamored with the concept of “diseasecare” and look for a pill to make us better.  Please take the time to read and reflect on the story of Ian Welch that follows.  He shares a deeply personal experience, in a high-risk situation, that sends a sobering message.

Why You Should Ditch the Standard American Pill Plan and Eat a Plant-Based Diet

By Ian Welch

Why You Should Ditch the Standard American Pill Plan and Eat a Plant-based Diet

“Just like a dog who finds two bones, he licks one, he licks the other, he goes in circles until he drops dead”. – Devo

The Standard American Diet has caused our cholesterol to increase as well as our weight; this increase has also caused us to have high blood pressure and increased blood sugar. The medical industry suggests we take statins to control our cholesterol, but they can cause diabetes by increasing our blood sugars, they also cause us muscle soreness and give us heartburn. So we take weight loss pills, but they increase our blood pressure and give us insomnia. To offset that, we take blood pressure medicine and a sleeping pill, but a side effect is depression and impotence. Fortunately, the erectile dysfunction medicine and antidepressants relieve that issue but the antidepressants cause weight-gain and give us heartburn. We started taking an antacid, but it gives us a headache and makes us moody. The fish oil should increase our good cholesterol so potentially we can stop taking the statin, but it gives us irregular heartbeats. We would love to have a scotch, but our livers’ are toxic from all the drugs and our kidneys are failing. So rather than commit suicide………

Start Eating a Plant-Based Diet.

I made a decision recently regarding my own medicine regime and am willing to accept the consequences. I had bypass surgery in 2011 at the age of 40. I had 90% blockage of the “widow” maker artery and significant blockages in the other three.

I left the hospital with a fistful of prescriptions. Blood pressure, statins, pain killers, and anti-depression medications. About a week into my discharge, I was a mess. Insomnia and a very real sense of depression coming on. I threw out the pain killers and committed to clearing up my brain. I believe that decision alone set me on a successful path to recovery. I read a lot of very depressing post-operation stories that don’t work out so well.

I also committed, 100%, to a plant-based diet, based on Dr. Esselstyn & Dr. Campbell’s books. I dropped animal protein and oilI read everything I could get my hands on; Kathy Freston, Dr. McDougall, Kris Carr, Dr. Dean Ornish, and Dr. Barnard. I watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dad and Forks Over Knives.

The numbers started working in my favor very quickly. Avoiding oil is not an easy task, it is everywhere; but it is a huge catalyst for weight loss and watching my belt size decrease, one hole at a time, was all I needed for motivation. A carotid artery sonogram showed my plaque was reversing, after 8 months of eating a plant-based diet. Now, a year and half into my new lifestyle, my energy levels are very high and I feel great. I have run several ultra-marathons and recently completed 30 days in a row of Bikram Yoga; I just don’t see any reason to stop going.

My life is better than it was prior to surgery. I am now a different person, with a clarity that is difficult to explain. I survived a very dangerous situation and am proud of myself. I am going to beat heart disease and, in the process, drastically reduce my risk of having cancer, diabetes, arthritis or Alzheimer’s.

I am not going to put in a long disclaimer here about the obvious. I am not encouraging anyone to drop medicine or completely disregard billions of dollars worth of research. I am simply sharing what seems to be working for me. Time will tell of course, but honestly, I would rather give 100 percent to a life based on exercise, nutrition and well-being than 100 percent to a bathroom cabinet full of pills.

Non-Prescription Pain Medication:  Liver toxicity, high blood pressure, stomach lining damage, reduce effects of antidepressants, diabetes risk, insomnia, heart rate increase

Heartburn/Acid Reflux Moodiness, headaches, kidney failure, dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, cardiovascular issues, pain urinating, neurological complications

Sleeping Pills:  Depression, headaches, suicide, heartburn, reduce effects of antidepressants, stomach pain, fatigue, anxiety, dizziness

Antidepressants:  Suicide, mood swings, muscle spasms, depression, nightmares, insomnia, aggression, nausea, impotence, headaches, weight gain

Obesity Drugs:  Increase blood pressure and heart rate, insomnia, dizziness, cramps, liver damage, kidney failure

Erectile Dysfunction:  Vision loss and hearing, muscle aches, acid reflux and heartburn, dizziness, severe back pain, flushing, headache, migraine

Omega-3 Supplements:  Back pain, flu-like symptoms, muscle aches, headache, upset stomach, dizziness, tightness chest, vision changes, severe stomach pain, irregular heart beat

Blood Pressure Medicine:  Depression, fast heart rate, headache, palpitations, asthma, liver damage, cough, impotence, constipation, digestive problems, acid reflux, dizziness

Statins/Cholesterol Drugs:  Muscle pain, soreness, tiredness, weakness, liver damage, digestive problems, nausea, gas, acid reflux, heartburn, memory-loss, Lou Gehrig’s disease, rash, flushing, kidney failure, type II diabetes, increased blood sugar.

As Ian points out, there are situations where drugs can play an important role, but there are also millions of people taking drugs who are needlessly suffering with debilitating side effects and the unknown consequences of drug interactions.  I hope you start making the right choices.

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Beat Wrinkles With Food

polyphenols and wrinklesYesterday, while researching my post on the positive effect polyphenols have on our ability to clear toxic proteins from our brains, I ran across some additional research that may resonate with a lot of Baby Boomers.  It appears that phytonutrients, polyphenols in particular, also have a significant effect in keeping our skin looking young.  The three notorious culprits in premature aging of the skin are oxidation (primarily from sun damage), inflammation and ischemia (restricted blood flow).  In a research article from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, “Skin Wrinkling: Can Food Make a Difference?“, the investigators set out to answer that very question.

The most relevant findings in the clinical study were, “a high intake of vegetables, legumes,and olive oil appeared to be protective…”, while “a high intake of meat, dairy and butter appeared to be adverse.”  Prunes, apples and tea seemed to have the greatest effect, with green tea showing a 16%-25% improvement in skin condition.  In a separate study, reported in The Journal of Nutrition, green tea polyphenols “were shown to protect skin against harmful UV radiation and helped to improve the overall skin quality of women.”  (See the other benefits of green tea at “Afternoon Tea?“)

Here’s a short video from Dr. Greger that discusses these findings in a little more detail:

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Berries For Your Brain

PolyphenolsThe benefits of berries have been well publicized in terms of their antioxidant content and attendant effectiveness in a host of human health issues.  As I reported in “Antioxidants:  Lifesavers?” these include:

  • increased energy
  • better resistance to colds & flu
  • softer, younger-looking skin
  • relief from allergies
  • relief from asthma
  • improved circulation
  • weight loss
  • reduced blood pressure
  • improved digestion
  • relief from arthritis
  • help in controlling diabetes
  • improved sleep
  • relief from menstrual symptoms
  • better memory, concentration

Brain foodThese are certainly reasons alone to routinely load up on berries.  Now comes a new study by the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and University of Maryland Baltimore County released Sunday that shows strawberries and blueberries are effective in delaying the aging of the brain.  The researchers postulate that the phytonutrient content, specifically polyphenols, in these berries assist the brain in the natural housekeeping mechanism of clearing excess toxic proteins, the culprit in most brain-related disorders like Alzheimer’s  and Parkinson’s.  “Beyond antioxidant activity, there is evidence from neural tissue that polyphenols may directly increase receptor sensitivity, improve neuronal signaling, and even promote generation of new nerve cells”, commented James Joseph, PhD, a rearcher at Tufts.  He goes on to make a point that I know a lot of my “special” friends will like hearing, ” Epidemiology studies provide some corroborating evidence for the animal studies.  Habitual consumption of  red wine (my emphasis), which contains polyphenols related to those found in blueberries, is associated with a reduced risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”

polyphenols, red wineThe message here is clear ( if it’s not, you need more polyphenols!).  Make sure you get at least three good servings of berries a week, along with a consistent dash of red wine, and you’ll go a long way to making sure you remember what you’ve just read!

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Get Fit Fast

ExerciseA few days ago, in the Fashion & Style section of the NY Times, an article appeared talking about the trend in gyms to replace stationary exercise machines utilizing weight stacks that isolate muscle groups with playground areas that encourage the use of multiple muscle groups at the same time (Gyms Move From Machines To Fitness Playgrounds).  A few weeks ago, I shared a couple of posts, Sports Performance Training: Be A Kid and Athletic Performance Training, that also emphasized the effectiveness of utilizing your limited and precious time doing exercises that are fun and promote strength, agility, speed, balance, endurance, power and flexibility…………..all at the same time!   In addition to making you feel younger and enhancing your performance in any sport or physical activity, these high-intensity routines also produce the fastest and most compelling results in terms of body sculpting and weight-loss.

If you want to put this theory to the test in just 25 minutes a day, five days a week, there is a program soon to be launched that has produced extraordinary results among test groups.  I encourage you to take the ten minutes to watch this video below to get a sense for what you can accomplish if you really commit to being the best that you can be.  Anyone can find the 25 minutes, 5 days a week, and there is plenty of peer support to help keep you motivated.  You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home.  My hope is that, when you see some of the results and testimonials below, your reaction will be, “If they can do it, I certainly can!”

If you want more information on the program or want to get on the list for when it’s available, just shoot me an email.

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