Oils That Cause Gut Inflammation

There are various top-causes for gut inflammation but a big one is an oil. The oil you use to cook or bake into foods could be a major culprit to your very uncomfortable gut inflammation. Let’s look at the good and stable oils vs. the unhealthy oils. 

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If you look at the standard American diet, just even a hundred years ago, your grandparents or your great grandparents, they did not have access to these type of oils. They were cooking with traditional fats. They did a lot of lard and maybe some beef tallow.

If I asked my grandfather, “What did your grandmother cook you and what did she cook it with?” She was not using soybean oil. She was not using corn oils. She was not using rapeseed oil, which is canola.  She was not using peanut oil. If they did something fried, it was going to be fried in possibly bacon fat, which came from the pig in the backyard of the farm or it was going to be cooked in some type of like a beef tallow, where the cows were on the back part of the farm.

When it comes down to fats, most plant fats are not going to be the best unless they are cold extracted or unless they are minimally processed to extract the fats. Partly because of the processes of extracting, it tends to damage the fats because the heat and the extraction process also makes the fats rancid and taste bad. There’s a lot of like deodorizing and filtration and different processes to make it more palatable that you would never be able to have at a natural state.

So the best plant fats are:

  1. Coconut oil because it’s a saturated fat and it’s more temperature-stable.
  2. Cold-press olive oil and good-quality avocado oil, which is primarily a monosaturated fat.
  3. Palm oil, which is more in a kind of saturated state.

There are some nut-based and some seed-based oils, but then you start ramping up the Omega-6 and those may not be the best.  There are some supplemental oils that are more GLA-based that I’ll give supplementally, like black currant seed oil but we’ll give it supplementally and that’s coming from great sources that are going to be in capsules that won’t be oxidized and such.

Bad fats are going to create a lot of oxidative stress and they are going to deplete a lot of your antioxidant reserves because if those fats are oxidized, your body is going to need a lot of vitamin C and vitamin E to help with the oxidative stress that those fats may cause your body.

Now what it you find a good fish with gluten-free breading so it’s not covered in wheat with some type of non-gluten containing flour, but then you’ve got canola oil. Do you think you’re still going to be net positive in terms of nutrition because you’ve still got the good fish, but yet you’ve got the inflammatory oils or would you say, just get you some grilled fish and then if you want to bread it, you bread it yourself?

There’s a product that we like of sweet potato fries that my wife will do for my son because it’s really easy, but they have a little bit of canola oil in there. So you have this kind of convenience factor where ideally if you could you always would want to put your own fat on there if you could and my easy saturated fat or my easy fat for cooking that’s plant-based would be avocado. I like avocado because it tastes a little bit more neutral. I do not like olive oil as much. Olive oil is better for dressings, but I’ll do avocado for cooking. If you have control over it, you always choose the better fat over the junky fat if you can.

So the interesting thing is like coconut oil and avocado they’ve become kind of trendy and I would say avocado is not going to be a traditional fat meaning, meaning like traditional people were probably not doing it because you’ve got to have some heavy-duty equipment to extract the oil, but coconut oil would be super traditional.  I mean, this would be something that has historical use.

Your big fats that are going to be plant-based would probably be primarily coconut. But your biggest ones that I think are going to be used more long-term from generation to generation will be your tallows, your bacon fat, your duck fat, and those kinds of things because saturated fats don’t go bad. They stay good for a long time because the carbon is saturated with 4 hydrogen bonds between them, which makes the fat really, really, really temperature-stable.

Take note of oils are that bad for your gut because they cause inflammation and oxidative stress.

If you have any questions about what the best oils to use for cooking, please reach out to a functional medicine doctor to learn more.


New Study Finds Hair Dye Connected to Cancer

By Dr. Justin Marchegiani

Last month a shocking study revealed that women who dye their hair have higher rates of cancer. If this is true, the implications affect an estimated 75% of women in the US who dye their hair. Let’s dive into the study results and take a closer look at the risks of dying your hair.

History of Hair Dye

Having dyed hair has become commonplace, but not too long ago it was a rarity! In 1950 only about 7% of women dyed their hair. Now, around 75% of women dye their hair.

Back in Ancient Rome, women dyed their hair blonde with pigeon dung and ashes! After rubbing it into the strands, they had to add urine to act as ammonia and strip the hair of color. This sounds gross, and we’ve come along way from using essentially sewage to color our hair. Unfortunately, the chemical cocktail used on our heads these days may be presented nicer, but a breakdown of the ingredients may still alarm you.

Study Results: Hair Dye Linked to Cancer

A new study in the International Journal of Cancer reports a link between use of hair products, including dye and straightening treatments, and cancer.

The researchers also uncovered the following data:

  • Using permanent hair dye is associated with a 45% higher risk of breast cancer in black women and a 7% higher risk in white women.
  • The more frequent you use hair dye and hair straighteners, the higher the risk of cancer.
  • Women of color have an even more significant risk.
  • Black women using permanent dye every five to eight weeks had a 60% increase of breast cancer risk, while white women show an 8% risk increase.
  • Straightener products also correlate with a higher breast cancer risk, which increases the more frequently the straightener products are used.
  • Using hair straighteners every 5-8 weeks leads to a 30% increase in risk of developing breast cancer.

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Beyond Dye: Straightening Treatments and Styling Products

Dye isn’t the only hair product to be aware of: most styling products contain dangerous chemicals, toxic fragrances, and other endocrine-disruptors. The average woman uses 12 personal care products a day containing 168 different chemicals, many of which lack sufficient safety data. Chemicals in mainstream hair products are linked to hormone disruptions, allergies, birth defects, organ damage, and even cancer.

“Fragrance” is a secret ingredient that seems to be lurking in everything these days, including hair dye, conditioning treatments, detangler, hair spray, and shampoo. This deceptive marketing term is a catch-all term used on ingredient lists to indicate a ‘trade secret’ recipe that can contain hundreds of synthetic chemicals–none of which has to be disclosed or even safety tested. What about the chemicals that have been tested? Many cause reproductive harm, respiratory issues, and some are known neurotoxins and carcinogens.

For example, phthalates are a key components in plastics. Dimethyl phthalate is a common ingredient in hair spray, though its presence is often not noted on labels. According to the EPA, known effects of short-term exposure via inhalation are irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat. Meanwhile, “no information is available on the chronic (long-term), reproductive, developmental, or carcinogenic effects of dimethyl phthalate in humans.  Animal studies have reported slight effects on growth and on the kidney from chronic oral exposure to the chemical.”

One would hope for more of a proven safety track record of dimethyl phthalate as an ingredient in products that are used on a habitual basis, multiple times per week over the course of many years. Unfortunately, that is not always the case when it comes to personal care products.

Beautiful Hair, Naturally

If you are ready to embrace your natural hair and are looking for ways to support its health, growth, and shine, there are supplements and topical treatments you can safely use for more luscious locks!

  • A Vitamin B complex can strengthen hair, helping it grow longer without breaking.
  • Collagen promotes the growth of not only hair. One of the best sources of collagen is in bone broth. I recommend Kettle & Fire bone broth. If you’d prefer a source of high-quality grass fed collagen that you can add to your coffee or tea, click here to see which ones I recommend.
  • Omega-3s from wild-caught fish, antioxidant-rich green tea, and foods rich in vitamins A and C such as bell peppers, broccoli, and sweet potato all support health hair growth.
  • Try a coconut oil hair mask 2x/week for added moisture and to prevent split ends. To stimulate hair growth and healthy follicles, rub coconut oil into your scalp and roots.
  • Rosemary oil can stimulate hair growth, and is being used as a natural alternative to conventional hair loss medication!

It’s important to be aware of the risk associated with using products such as hair dye and relaxers. While dye alone may not be the sole cause of breast cancer for every individual, by knowing the potential risk, you can make informed decisions regarding the products you choose to buy and have exposure to.

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Mitochondria 101: The Key to Longevity

Mitochondria 101: The Key to Longevity

By Dr. Justin Marchegiani

We all remember the mitochondria as the “powerhouse of the cell” from biology class. While most of us haven’t thought about these organelles since high school, the incredible power of the mitochondria has recently been gaining more and more attention. Today we’re going to take a refresher course in mitochondria, and learn how the mitochondria just might be the key to longevity.

Mitochondria 101: The Key to Longevity

What Are The Mitochondria?

Mitochondria are small organelles floating in our cells that produce about 90% of the chemical energy, adenosine triphosphate (ATP), that cells need to survive. Depending on how much energy a cell needs, some cells have thousands of mitochondria while others have none. These tiny organelles turn the electrons in the food we eat into energy our cells can use to power our bodies. Mitochondria are so important that they even have their own DNA, known as mitochondrial DNA (“mtDNA”).

Apoptosis: Cellular Suicide

In addition to creating energy, mitochondria produce other chemicals your body uses for various tasks, like breaking down waste, recycling waste products, and something called “apoptosis.” Apoptosis is programmed cell death and is crucial for a healthy body. When your body senses viruses and gene mutations, it may trigger apoptosis to prevent these from spreading. Cancer and tumors grow when left unchecked; apoptosis is needed to reign them in.

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Take Care of your Mitochondria

Healthy functioning mitochondria are essential for many of our life-sustaining metabolic processes. As essential to life as mitochondria are, they are also delicate and quite susceptible to damage. Mitochondrial dysfunction is currently characterized by a variety of metabolic illnesses. Mitochondria 101: The Key to Longevity

The following conditions are associated with changes in the structure of mitochondrial DNA or are symptoms of mitochondrial damage or malfunctioning include

  • Multiple Sclerosis: A neuroimmune disease, multiple sclerosis patients generally have impaired ATP synthesis, which is evidence of malfunctioning mitochondria. Most MS patients also have chronic oxidative stress.
  • Autism, Asperger syndrome, ADHD
  • Fatigue: One of the most common symptoms of weak mitochondria is chronic fatigue.
  • Motor skill problems, including trouble walking, talking or swallowing; loss of motor control; balance and coordination issues.
  • Digestive issues: vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, acid reflux.
  • Muscle aches, pains, weakness
  • Heart, liver, kidney disease or dysfunction.
  • Neurological problems,
  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Cancers
  • Cyclic vomiting syndrome
  • Cytochrome c oxidase deficiency
  • Neuropathy, ataxia, and retinitis pigmentosa: muscle weakness, vision loss
  • Stalled growth and development
  • Respiratory problems
  • Migraines
  • Hormonal imbalance

Mitochondria 101: The Key to Longevity

Supporting Your Mitochondria Naturally

>>Healthy Lifestyle Habits: Avoid blue light at night, get full-spectrum sunlight, make conscious choices regarding the products you buy, get enough sleep.

Additionally, it’s important to be conscious of carcinogenic EMFs and minimize your exposure to these man-made electromagnetic frequencies. Healthy mitochondria can protect you from suffering too much damage from acute exposure, but constant bombardment from EMFs including cell phones, computers, Wi-Fi routers, microwaves, etc. will wear down your mitochondria. You can read more about protecting yourself from EMF radiation here.

>>Healthy Nutrition: Eating organic, whole foods is important for everyone. For an extramitochondrial boost, consider supplementation. I recommend Mito Synergy for a packed-punch of antioxidants and mitochondrial supporting nutrients.

Mito Synergy contains:

  • Vitamin B: B vitamins are integral to mitochondrial energy production and proper mitochondrial function. A deficiency in any of the B vitamins disrupts normal energy production, leading to an accumulation of toxic byproducts and increasing oxidative stress.
  • Creatine: Creatine is a substance similar to amino acids that you find in muscle cells. It can help increase muscle mass, strength, exercise performance, and protect against neurological diseases.
  • L-Carnitine: Carnitine is an amino acid produced by the body, and is also found in red meat! It is involved in transporting compounds and also stimulates glutathione production⁠—the master antioxidant⁠.
  • CoQ10: In order for our bodies to make use of the food we eat, our mitochondria has to turn food and oxygen into usable energy in the form of ATP. This conversion process requires the presence of CoQ10. Read more about CoQ10 here.
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA): ALA has actually been labeled a “mitochondrial nutrient” by researchers due to its ability to improve the structure and function of mitochondria. ALA has also been studied for its ability to increase antioxidant levels, restore vital enzyme activity, prevent oxidative damage, and protect against cognitive decline. 
  • Curcumin: Curcumin is anti-inflammatory: it works on a control switch called NF-κB. Genes generally aren’t turned completely on or off, it’s more like adjusting the volume on your stereo. Curcumin helps downregulate or turn down the volume on NF-κB, which results in less inflammatory markers and less inflammatory stress. Curcumin also upregulates glutathione, known as the master antioxidant that also protects mitochondria, by up to 600%!

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Mold and Mycotoxins | Podcast #212

“You don’t just magically become sensitive to smells, you become sensitive to smells after you get exposed to mold” – Evan Brand.

In today’s podcast, Dr. Justin Marchegiani discusses Evan Brand’s personal journey on molds and mycotoxins. Listen and learn about byproducts of mold, aspergillus and penicillium, the bad things they produce that make one sick, ochratoxin and aflatoxin, the mycotoxins which are found on urine, and many other toxins that might cause cancer. Continue for more and don’t forget to share. Sharing is caring!

Dr. Justin Marchegiani

In this episode, we cover:

00:50    Evan’s 8-Months Journey

03:56    ImmunoLytics Lab Testing

12:37    Where are they Coming From?

20:12    Mold Disinfectants

21:52    Compounds to Help on Detoxification


Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Hey there it’s Dr. Justin Marchegiani. Welcome back to the podcast, I got Evan Brand here today. We’re gonna be talking about mold, mycotoxins and Evan’s personal journey through this- through this topic live. So, let’s dig in. Evan, how we doing today?

Evan Brand: I’m pretty good.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: [Crosstalk]

Evan Brand: So, if people can see, I’m in a hotel right now.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: [Crosstalk]

Evan Brand: Yeah, in my portable office.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Sorry about that, we got a little delay in the bandwidth. For listeners here, we have uh… Evan on video as well, and we also have uhm- on iTunes, so if you wanna watch the video, feel free to click below and- and subscribe to the YouTube channel so you can see us in the flash. So, yeah, Evan, you’re in the hotel you mentioned. You’re in the process of- of getting your house remediated. I’m gonna just give you the floor for a few minutes here. Just to kinda walk everyone through your story of the last months so to speak.

Evan Brand: Yeah, well, really. It’s like a seven or 8- 8 months story. Uh, you know, I started having some blood pressure issues back in July, and you and I were talking about it. We had talked about doing adrenal support and testing. We were looking at the gut, we were looking for infections and fixing all that stuff. And then all of a sudden, the blood pressure issue still remain and so, you know, I- I just now got the answer within the last month, and it was mold and it was about toxin problem the whole time, which would explain why did all these other body systems like we do in our functional medicine approach but it still wasn’t enough. And that’s because I have ochratoxin in my urine which is a mycotoxin. What are mycotoxins? They’re the byproducts of mold. So, aspergillus and penicillium, those are bad, but it’s the mycotoxins they produce that make you sick. And so, when we test our clients for the urine, and we’re looking for mycotoxins, we’re looking for stuff like ochratoxin and aflatoxin. And, my ochratoxin is off the charts. The reference range is 4 to 20, and my levels are a hundred and 96. And I talked with Dr. Shaw at the laboratory, and he said it’s one of the highest levels he’s ever seen, which I hate to break any record for something that bad because it’s very toxic to the kidneys, it’s a known carcinogen, it does cause cancer. So, hopefully we caught this early enough that my cancer risk is gonna be low because I’m working on getting it out.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And we also talked about this as well. The fact that you are moving, it’s also a good thing because if you weren’t removing it and you are being exposed to all of that, that means all that stuff trapped in your body. So, even though your detoxification systems under stress and processing it, it’s at least processing it though, right?

Evan Brand: Yeah, er- yeah, I mean, I think I probably have the gene, I’m not gonna waste the money to test if I have a genetic problem with detoxing mold, but I did do some glutathione before with the test, so I don’t know if my levels are very high because the glutathione pushed it out or if that means I’m truly just detoxing. And let’s just hope that it’s a combination of both.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Well the glutathione’s pushing it out and that means, you know, we should continue to keep you on the moderate dose of glutathione. Is that in your current protocol now for detoxification?

Evan Brand: I’m taking a few days off. Uh, you and I we’re kinda talking about it…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: -Mm-hmm.

Evan Brand: …both the weekend. The hard part is…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: -Mm-hmm.

Evan Brand: …with the detoxification of mycotoxins, you gotta be careful because, you know, it makes you really sensitive to stuff, and I noticed that I don’t sleep like at all. Like I’ll just stare with the ceiling all night if I pushed detox too hard. So, right now, I’m taking two days off [crosstalk].

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. It’s probably whipping up the adrenals and maybe just creating too much of a stress response. So it’s good to really to know that. I know we talked last week, you’re like, “Hey I’m doing this dose of this, this dose of this, this is where I’m at” and like, and we noticed that as you titrate up, it- you know we’re kind of be a delay in your ability to see if you could tolerate that dose. So, I know, we chatted and like, “Hey, instead of going, you know, every day increasing, let’s go every 3 or 4 days”. And I think once we did that, we were able to calibrate your dose so you wouldn’t detoxify too fast.

Evan Brand: Yeah, it’s a pain like I don’t wanna go that slow because I wanna get this out of my system.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: -Right.

Evan Brand: And, you know, I’m a- I’m kind of stubborn, like I wanna just detox this and get it to- get it over with, but you can’t man, you have to go slow and that- and that’s a hard lesson for me to learn.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: I hundred percent agree. So, let’s start off here. First off, we did some testing, right? We did some of the ImmunoLytics lab testing on your house to kind of assess your mold level. So, we first found that your levels is to the roof. And then, let’s kind of go in to what some of the vectors were like, where in the house did, we see some of these issues. Go ahead.

Evan Brand: Yeah, so the living room showed up with a high amount of candida, which is an interesting because if someone treats their guts for candida but they don’t treat their environment for candida, you’re actually breathe a candida in, and it’ll recolonize the gut. Now I’ve got a whole podcast on this coming soon with JW from ImmunoLytics to explain this further, but the long story short is that, candida in the environment can colonize the gut. So, if you do a candida protocol with supplements which is what you and I do all day every day with our clients, we’ve gotta fix their houses too. So, this- unfortunately as another layer of complexity, because the pets can have candida too. That’s a very big vector is pets. So, there is this special type of pet shampoo that we’re using on our dogs to clean her to get the mold off of her, and it’s by a company called Citrusafe. And that’s a…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: -Oh.

Evan Brand: …and they have this special shampoo…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: -Mm-hmm.

Evan Brand: …that’s been shown to get all the mycotoxins and the candida off because here’s the problem, if you move to a new environment like I’m doing but you bring your dog with you, that dog can just cross-contaminate your home- your new home.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Right.

Evan Brand: And so, people like, “Oh I don’t bring my possessions”, but you brought your dog. So, we have to address that, we’ve got a special mold solution that we’re using to wash all of our laundry, our clothes, our blankets in, uh- and then we’re probably just gotta be ditching some personal possessions. So, it’s uh- it’s unfortunate. But, you know, I’d rather have health and have like a nice or whatever. I can always buy new possessions.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: 100%. So, we ran the ImmunoLytics test. We saw a very high levels of various mold toxins. What type of mold specifically? You mentioned candida; so, was it the lo- literally the candida albicans or the candida krusei, what specific candida species, and what other mold species came back in that test?

Evan Brand: I don’t think it shows the specific type. I believe they gave you a- they call the genus, which is basically the big group- [crosstalk]… Yeah, it does not say…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Just like ochratoxin, trichothecene, aflatoxin, I forget the big 4.

Evan Brand: All they is- is candida.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Okay.

Evan Brand: All they say is candida, doesn’t which type. Uh then it shows like Cladosporium, microsporum, nocardia, ___[06:16], uh penicillium. So, some of these are new because these are not things that you and I are seeing on urine or stool testing. These are things that are only environmental. So, some of this is new for you and I. We’re having to become experts at these because of my situation. Right. Uh, the plate testing does get a lot of flak- people talk a lot of- uh crap about it, I’ve got some push back on my Facebook page sharing this story and I’ve got some hate mail through email about people saying, “How dare you promote plate testing, duh-duh-duh-duh-duh… air testing is the best”. Look, here’s the thing, plate testing is not the best, but for the cost, you get really bang for your bucks. So, yeah, just like in functional medicine, there are really good and then there’s amazing test for the price in what we’re getting. We’re looking for the tip of the iceberg here, and that’s what the plate testing provides.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Excellent. And also, some of the remediation options that you’re going under, they don’t have to be super expensive, there are some essential oil, and some enzyme-based uhm- remediation that’s on the cheaper side that can be done. And also, a couple things, is we also compared your urinary mold as well. So, that kinda helped, so we- we didn’t just say, “Okay, let’s just only go off of the plate, let’s look at urinary mold that’s excreted in the urine. And then, let’s also look at how do you feel when you leave the house for a week or two. So, I know when you got in the hotel like in- in a better hotel room for a week or two and you worked there, you noticed you felt much better. And again, your stress didn’t change, you were still working, you were still seeing patients, just the environment change. So that was one aspect too that we knew that when you change environments, we saw a big different symptomatically as well.

Evan Brand: Yeah, and we’ll have to do a podcast. First of all, I’ve got a- I’ve got a just- uhm, learn more myself,  even speak more on this topic at an expert level ’cause I’m not there yet but, you know, they- there’s something called Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, there was another one called CIRS, C-I-R-S, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome where your bucket is just so full that you can react to everything, and I believe I’m having a combination of both of those things happening to me, because you and I chatted last week. I went to the grocery store, and uh- the pharmacist on staff at ImmunoLytics told me to stay out of grocery store for 3 months because of all the condensation from the refrigerators and the freezers at grocery stores contributes the high moisture, therefore moisture equals mold. And so, I went into this grocery, with my wife, and within 30 seconds in me walkin’ in, I was so dizzy, I had to turn around. So, I am limited in where I can go. And it’s uh… it’s kind of a burden but it’s really cool to be able to see ’cause Dave Asprey, he used to talk about how he could go into a building and say whether it was moldy in 30 seconds. And I was like, “Ugh! Really?”, like come on, you can tell me if there’s mold in there, I believe him now because if I go to certain places, within a minute or two, I get dizzy and I’m like, “Ugh, I gotta get the hell out of here”. I- I went to target with my wife, this one target was really bad, we went to a different target, that target was perfectly fine. I had no dizziness. So, not all buildings are safe and not all buildings are dirty. So, it’s uh- it’s crazy, it really is.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And then we have some of the air testing that can be done which is the ERMI testing, which is too reasonable, I think that can be done well. And then we have the plate testing, and one thing is, you noticed in your office, where [clears throat] had a different air supply, and I think it was under a different roof so to speak. It showed very low on the mold test. So, that’s at least the good thing where- it wasn’t like your whole house. It was moldy, it was primarily your office, was it?

Evan Brand: Yeah, the upstairs, you know, we have one of those little hotel units in there, kind of like a- a separate heating and cooling unit up there? And it didn’t have any of the ductworks. See, the ductwork was the problem. ‘Cause this return vent was sucking all the moldy air and just re-circulating it through the house, pumping it into our closet, getting all over our clothes, and I was wearing those moldy clothes and going up in my office. So, I was cross-contaminating my office with my clothing. But now we’re doing this mold solution and I’ve also got a special uhm- shampoo and body wash I’m using. And that’s helping too, like when we- went over to my grandmother’s house, I got really dizzy. And so, when we came back from her house, I just change my clothes and I washed myself. Took a shower, and I felt better. My dizziness was gone within half an hour after the shower. So, these mycotoxins, they can stick to your skin, they can stick to your pet, they can stick to your hair follicles, so for me, that’s more motivation for me to keep my haircut a bit shorter. ‘Cause if you have a long, big old afro of hair, there’s a lot of room for mycotoxins to hide in your hair, and you put that on your pillow, and then you’re breathing in mycotoxins as you sleep. So, no afrols for me.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Got it. And what was the name of the uh- the solution that you use to clean your pet, as well as your hair?

Evan Brand: Yeah that’s the same company, Cit- Citrus-A.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Citrus-A.

Evan Brand: Yup, and uh- they have a- they call it like a bio balancing shampoo and body wash and they have a pet solution. And uh- uh- you know, I’ve got a- uh- practitioner account with them which you can get one too, and that way we can sell it to our clients which is great.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Oh, that’s good. Awesome. I’ll make sure I’ll get this on my site. Now you’re using this for your laundry now and your detergent?

Evan Brand: Yeah, we’ve got the mold solution too for the laundry, so, we just do, I think it’s a 1 ounce uh- serving of solution. You put it in the washer, and that’s gonna take care of all the mycotoxins on the clothing, which is very-very important. You know, I’ve read some of these mold stories on the forums and these Facebook groups I’ve been part of. That- you know, people come home and they change their clothes. And I use to think that was extreme but I’ve actually felt the difference. When I come home from a moldy environment, I just put on a new set of clothes, and I feel better. So, this is not- you know, this is the unfortunate thing about mold is that, uh people get diagnosed as crazy and they get put on psych meds, and they’re not crazy at all they’ve just got a multiple chemical sensitivity, mass cell activation problem going on, they’re not crazy at all. They’re just so sensitive and doctors don’t understand this. So, they just label ’em as nuts and put them on under depressant. They’re not nuts at all, trust me, I’m in the trenches right now with this carp and it makes you feel crazy but you’re not.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Well it’s affecting your brain, right? So, obviously, mycotoxins and these mold toxins can affect your gut. They’re gonna increase gut permeability, correct?

Evan Brand: Yeah, and they uh, create a leaky brain, too which is why…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: -Great.

Evan Brand: …you have to clear out your sinuses. So, Citrus-A f- also makes another product I’m doing which is a nasal rinse with essential oils, because… uh, if your sinuses have mold in them, that’s so close to the brain, it goes right through the blood brain barrier every time you breath.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Exactly. So, rinsing up the sinuses are important. And then also cleaning the pets, cleaning yourself as well. And then a couple other things. We were just on the topic of cleaning, shampoo, and so right now…

Evan Brand: -We talked about testing.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: …testing, great. And then right now, let’s kinda go into where the mold was coming from in your house. I think we saw, there was a vent in your attic, it was boarded off incorrectly, and there was also a water leak behind your cabinet. Let’s go into where the vectors in your house, where the mold and, how’s that being addressed?

Evan Brand: Yeah, so there was a faulty- what they call a seal cock valve down in the crawlspace which connects to the front spicket of the home. So, that had either froze or busted, or was leaky, or something which contributed to water in the crawlspace. And that water wants to evaporate back up into the sun to make clouds so that it can rain. So whatever water is, it wants to go up. So, guess what’s between the crawlspace and the sky? My house. So, that water was evaporating from the crawlspace up through the subfloor, wi- just creating high humidity in the home. High-humidity equals mold. And so that’s why we had- it wasn’t a leak in the cabinets but there was mold in the cabinet, due to all the moisture coming up from down below. So that was part of the problem. And then as you mentioned the attic, that was contributing to mold down in the living area. So, for trying to point fingers here, we have to point fingers at both issues. From above and below, we have moisture problems.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Interesting. Very interesting. So, you’re on top of it. So, right now you’re having the attic ventilation issues fixed, you’re having the crawl space issue I think fixed as well and then you’re in the process of everything getting remediated via an enzyme and/or essential oil method, correct?

Evan Brand: That’s right. Yeah, we’re probably gonna go at the essential oil blend ’cause it is a bit more cost-effective, it’s about 2 or $3 I believe per square foot versus the enzyme blend is around $5 a square foot. So, it’s a lot of money that can add up if you’re doing the enzyme solution. And with some of the testing that we’re doing, we’re not really seeing that the enzyme blends are much more effective than the essential oil blends. And these are both alternative solutions, chemical solution is the primary treatment for like black diamonds and all these other generic mold killers, it’s a bunch of crap. You don’t wanna do that, it just pisses the mold off. You don’t wanna do standard mold remediations, not safe. Bleach, all that stuff, bad news.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: So, right now, you’re trying to do- uh you’re favoring the enzymes over the essential oils, or you’re leaning to-

Evan Brand: -No.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: -the essential oil over enzymes?

Evan Brand: I- I’m leaning to the essential oils because I talked with JW at the lab…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: -Yeah.

Evan Brand: …and he looked at before and after results using the enzyme, and it compared it to before and after using the essential oil blend, and determined the essential oil blend is just as good, if not, better, and it’s…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: -And it’s cheaper.

Evan Brand: …half the price.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: So, I’m just curious, what happens to like the dead debris or the exoskeletons? I mean, does the essential oils just encapsulate all of it? There must be dead debris leftover. What happens to that? How does that get cleaned up?

Evan Brand: The best thing to do is to have a HEPA vacuum, which there’s one called Miele, which…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: -Yeah.

Evan Brand: …is one I just purchased…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: -Yeah.

Evan Brand: …it’s M-I-E-L-E.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah, it’s actually a…

Evan Brand: It’s really cool.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah, it’s close enough. It- it’s Swedish brand. M- Miele.

Evan Brand: Did I say it wrong?

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: -Okay.

Evan Brand: Miele?

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Evan Brand: Okay.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: I love ’em ___[15:26] it’s awesome vacuum.

Evan Brand: Okay, but I didn’t know you had it. Cool. So, so uh- so that is the one that was recommended by some of these mold experts. And it’s got a HEPA system on there and it’s a close HEPA with a bag. ‘Cause some HEPA systems are bagless, and when you suckle that debris up on the floor, you just pump it back out into the air. So, because it’s a closed system, that’s the highest recommended one. To come in after the- the fogging job has been done, you come in and do the- the HEPA vacuum on everything and then at that point, you should be in the clear. But for me being so sensitive, I’m probably not gonna take all my- my physical possessions. I’m gonna be super careful about what I bring with me.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Evan Brand: Even computers. Here’s the bad thing, a lot of people are saying like this laptop I’m talking to you on right now, people are saying I should be getting rid of this laptop because the mold is inside of the- uh fan and that- when the fan kicks on, it’s gonna pump the spores back out. So, I tried to do this mold solution, and spray it into the computer and use an air duster like compressed air, and that’s supposed to help, but I- I- I- I’m not sure yet, I haven’t- you know, noticed feeling significantly worse when using the computer, so I’m just trying to gauge…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Evan Brand: …whether I can keep this.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: I would think you could spray one side and put the- put the Miele vacuum on the other.

Evan Brand: That’d be cool.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: You know, force it all the one direction, I- I would imagine that be helpful because I mean, you’re gonna pull a lot of that mold out with that vacuum.

Evan Brand: That’s a good idea, I should try that, I haven’t done that yet.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: You know, if you can just control one site, ’cause it’s gotta be vents on both sides. I think you have a Mac, right? So, use control on one side…

Evan Brand: Yeah, the on this- on- on this Mac, the vents are just right where I can feel it. The fans are on right now. Uh, the fan is right where the screen connects to the keyboard, right in this little V in the 90-degree angle, that’s where the fan vents are, so I need to shut it- [sips], just suck it up and hopefully it works.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Oh, I’ll just open the thing up and then just vacuum it up that way. And then…

Evan Brand: Yeah, I mean I could, there’s like these weird proprietary screws on here. If I could…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Oh yeah.

Evan Brand: …unscrew the thing and then…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: -Yeah.

Evan Brand: …vacuum it out, that’d be great.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. Okay, that’s cool. And so right now, so you were saying, ugh! I missed that last part again, so- oh yeah, you- we just said that- the HEPA filter will be kind of the best way to- to get it up and get it to closed loop, it’s not gonna pull the mold back out like a lot of other vacuums made.

Evan Brand: Yup.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: [Crosstalk]

Evan Brand: Yeah, so that’s the end- that’s like the- the- the, and you know, kinda like the functional medicine order of operations, that’s kind of the order operations. Last step, suckle the crap out that you pulled out the sky.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: You know, a lot people are asking, well, we know that you’re- you’re moving as well. Now, you’re not moving strictly because of the mold, right?

Evan Brand: No, I mean, you know, you’ve been telling me, “Hey, Evan, your house is gonna be too small when you have 2 kids”, and I’m like, “dang it”, it, because, you know, our house, we’ve built it too small. It was a 1600 square foot house. We just built it too small thinking…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Evan Brand: …”oh we’re minimalist, we don’t need any room”, but, with the home office and with 2 kids running around, it’s gonna be a bit crazy. So, I’m kinda using this mold thing as the final straw for me to say, “Hey, I should have listened to Justin and built the bigger house, but now I’m just gonna have to purchase a bigger house.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And which is great too, because you got that house all remediated for the next person that comes in. So, they’re gonna have a great- uhm- living situation as well. I know a lot people, they’re kinda like under the wraps, they kinda like, “Okay, you know, I’m not gonna remediate” and they just kind of move on, they let it slide under the radar, so it’s good that you got this house all cleaned up too, that’s great.

Evan Brand: Yeah. I- I couldn’t sleep at night if I would just try to do that. I’ve heard a lot of airbnb, people, the reason they put their houses on airbnb, according to this mold experts is ’cause the house is too moldy and they don’t have the money or the interest in remediating the home to sell it, so they just put it on airbnb instead. ‘Cause they don’t like airbnb is gonna say, “Hey do you have mold in your house? Yes or No. Yes, you do, oh, okay, you can’t rent it.”. So, all these people, on these mold forums and Facebook groups, they talkin’ out how they can’t go to airbnb’s because so many of them are contaminated by people trying to pull fast, wanna make money on the moldy house which is just totally, just freaking wrong. But that’s society, so, wha- what can we do?

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah a- and again, there’s a significant percent of the population that does not gonna react, like, “I- I don’t really…

Evan Brand: That’s true.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: …react to these issues”. So, I mean, you know, as long as it’s not something that’s visible, right? Like black molds…

Evan Brand: Yeah.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: …in the bathroom or something like that, you know, most people are probably gonna be okay. But, you know, like someone like yourself or David Asprey, you gonna just have to be more choosy in where you stay, for sure.

Evan Brand: Yea- yeah, and tend to be clear that we didn’t see any visible mold but I also ha- wasn’t a trained eye. So, after the mold experts came in and showed me what I was looking at, I did see it. It was just a white fuzzy looking stuff in our ca- in our cabinet. I mean, it just looks like dust. But it wasn’t dust, it was millions and millions and millions of spores. But it wasn’t like, “Oh my God, black mold”, no. This was just a l- a light dusting of snowflakes. It’s kinda what it looked like.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Totally. And then, did you have any smell, and a yeasty kind of smell or moldy kind of smell in your house at all?

Evan Brand: You know what, I didn’t smell anything, but my wife said that when heat would kick on, she would smell some smell coming out of the vents. I never smelled it though so, maybe that was it, maybe that was something else.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Okay. And then just curious, what’s your take on some of the- the mold disinfectants for like mildew in the bathroom? And do you have an issue with those?

Evan Brand: I think the enzyme solutions are gonna be a good…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: That’s better.

Evan Brand: …a good formula or the essential oil blends. There is a mold concentrate that you can use, and you take like a one cup and you turned it into like a gallon or something, you’d mix it with water and you can wipe materials down, put it in a spray bottle, you know, they’ve got tried into lab testing on that. So that is something that you and I are gonna have to start caring ’cause it’s a great product and it’s not too expensive.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah, I personally don’t mind any of the mold and mildew stuff in the bathroom personally just because it’s being sprayed, scrubbed, and then rinsed down, so it’s not like it’s sitting there, uhm- you know, later, where- I think the es- the benefit of the essential oil stuff is you could spray it, let it sink, you didn’t have to worry about rinsing it ’cause it’s non-toxic.

Evan Brand: Exactly, and you know, if s- somebody were very sensitive like me, I would probably just wear one of those 3M- N95 mask, those particulate mask-

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Evan Brand: -those would be good enough to help if you- if you’re concerned about you getting sick, try to clean some of the stuff. There’s also another uh- filter you can get, it’s a bigger respirator system called a PSM- uh- P100, and that’s a type of filter that does filter out uh, mold spores. So, you can do that for safety if you had to.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Interesting. And also, what’s your take on the- the concrobium compound as well that does more of the encapsulation of the mold? Thoughts on that?

Evan Brand: I don’t have a- I don’t have clue about it, I can’t speak on that. I don’t- I- I’m not educated on it.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: I’ve seen it recommended by a few remediation specialists where it’s just- it’s really just designed to encapsulate the mold and- and prevent it in spreading and such.

Evan Brand: Oh, wow, no, I’ve got no idea-

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: This one on toxic. Okay, well next time you get on the phone with JW, ask him about concrobium.

Evan Brand: I will.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Excellent. And then, let’s just talk briefly about a couple of the compounds, some of the ingredients that you’re using- we’re using right now to help you on the detoxification side. So, what- what are some of these actual compounds? What are they?

Evan Brand: Yeah, so conventional treatment is something called cholestyramine. Uh- I’m not using that, as a pharmaceutical they have another one called ___[22:11], I’m not using that either. Uh- I’m just doing a formula from beyond balance called tox-ease bind which is a blend of Shilajit and charcoal, and I’m actually feeling really good with that. I told you today and yesterday or the first days, thank the Lord, I’m actually not as dizzy as I have been for 6 to 7 months. I’m actually starting to get better with my dizziness. Now if I detox too fast, uhm- then I don’t get a- the- then- if I detox too fast, I get more dizzy, if I detox uhm- slower, I’m less dizzy. So, so it’s a balance. So, charcoal i- is one peice of the puzzle. Uhm Shilajit’s another piece of the puzzle, and then in terms of, uh- antimicrobials, you and I both have our own custom blends of antimicrobial. So, I’m mixing and matching things, I won’t mention exact specific protocols right now because this is all an experiment and I don’t want somebody to hear this and thing, “Hey, Evan’s protocol is the protocol I should do”, but let’s just say I’m doing anti-fungal herbs. So, some some of it include like olive leaf…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Chlove, right? [crosstalk]

Evan Brand: …I’m doing some chlove, I’m doing some ___[23:13], uh- I’m doing some French tarragon leaf, I am doing a little bit of oregano cycling on and off of it. But, I’m not gonna say a full protocol yet because maybe this isn’t the right stuff. I’m still experimenting and rotating in a lot of things. So, I don’t have like, here’s the thing you should be doing on paper yet.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: We do have some good binders though, right? We had some of the activated cur- charcoal, some of the- the minerals that you mentioned as well, and then also, you’re still incorporating some of the- the- this modified citrus pectin as well?

Evan Brand: I have it, I’ve got it at home, uh- I would like to do some of the citrus pectins but I have it at the house and, I’m- you know, I’m in this hotel so I just haven’t been taken that yet. But yeah, but that’d be another good solution. I do have some zeolite products as well, uh- those are also supposed to help in mycotoxins. I’m just not currently taking ’em.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: How about the glutathione too?

Evan Brand: Yeah, I’m doing glutathione. Yup, I’m off right now for a few days, but I have been on that consistently at about 3 to 600 milligrams per day.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Very cool. So, I think just- if anyone’s listening to this, and there’s noticing some correlation, dizziness, and weird neurological symptoms, definitely, reach out to your functional medicine provider. If you don’t have one reach out to me- myself or Evan and let’s get your house tested. Let’s potentially get you tested. Let’s look at, you know, utilizing some detoxification protocols to help one the gut, to help one the nervous system, the immune system, and get some of these toxins out because once you have a leaky gut, you got a leaky brain, all of the inflammation that goes to the brain is gonna create neurological issues. Either mood, or brain fog, or just fatigue, or- or lethargy, and I think it’s really important to kinda highlight the fact that, when you throw more androgens, which is a foreign compound, more stressors, you fill up that stress bucket, it’s like my coffee mug where it can overflow. It’s kinda like you walk around with a coffee mug and someone filled to the top, you’re like, you gotta be like a little mummy as you walk around holding it versus if you fill it down here, you kinda have a little more wiggle room to move. And that’s kinda with your situation right now with your bucket, right? You mentioned your stress bucket, that antigenic bucket is just so full, so, you add a little bit of mycotoxins in your house, it’s like, boom, you’re overflowing.

Evan Brand: Yeah, it’s not fun. I wouldn’t wish upon anyo- anybody. But it is a good experience. I mean, a lot of people, uhm, relate to you and I- because of how much suffering we’ve gone through. We’ve gone through issues of hashimoto’s and gut infections, I’ve gone through gut infections, I’ve gone through candida, and now I’m going through mold. So, I guess at the end of the day, it will make uh- us better practitioners, for us to have to- we have to become experts on this because, there’s only a few docs in the U.S. who the- we can’t even look up to, to learn this information. So, lot of this is really just an experiment and, uh- I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to have voices like we do to spread this information because there are so many people suffering. If you just google uhm- mold symptoms shoemaker, uh- Ritchie Shoemaker’s got a list of about 39 different mold symptoms, anything from fatigue to ringing in the ears which I had, to diarrhea which I had, to insomnia, which I had, and my blood pressure problems, and cold hands cold feet. If your hands and feet are cold, that was me, that’s also biotoxin problem. Multiple chemical sensitivity, fragrances, perfumes, charif sauce, that multiple chemical sensitivity is a byproduct of biotoxin exposure. You don’t just magically become sensitive to smells, you become sensitive to smells after you get exposed to mold. And that’s weird because my wife didn’t used to be sensitive, now some nice perfume, she’s like, “Oh, my God, they’re perfume!”. She used to not be like that, and that’s ‘cause she was living in the moldy house with me.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah, one thing to highlight, a lot of these mold symptoms, we’ve talked about it- it’s a rabbit hole of functional medicine, meaning, lots of people have other issues that aren’t the primary- the mold is not their primary issue. Now just to be clear, you know, with yourself Evan, we dug deep and addressed lots of other issues. And we had you kinda at a place where you were stabilized until this mold exposure happened the last year. So the- the mold wasn’t the- the chief issue years ago. It’s a- it’s a relatively new issue, but we had cleaned other issues out, leading up to this. So, it’s important that everyone listening, work with your functional medicine provider to make sure you deal with all of the key-core adrenal, hormone, thyroid, gut, detox issues first, because so much of these mold symptoms if they are there, can improve just by dealing with the foundational tenets of functional medicine. Many people may not have to go to that extreme. With Evan, all that was already done, and then mold came later on when he moved into this house and have the leak and have the ventilation issue. But it was something that was addressed later, not before. Now again, why would we address it sooner and not later? If you move into a new house, and you noticed you start feeling bad. If you noticed that when you’re leaving your house, for a week, you’re out of your house for a week, uhm- business or whatever, you feel better. Then, we may wanna dive in and do some testing, but you still gotta deal with the foundations of functional medicine. You can’t ignore that and just go to the ___[28:09], and they still don’t get all the way better.

Evan Brand: Yes, same with lyme disease, and I’m so glad you brought that point up, you know, this conversation you and I are having today is a culmination of 5-plus years of personal work on me. I’ve been in the trenches fixing everything else for a long time, now I’m approaching mold versus somebody just now hearing this conversation. You can’t go from a standard american diet, tons of gut infections, bad sleep, you’re on your smartphone at 1:00AM, you’re working night shift, you feel like crap, you’re just gonna go straight to mold, you’re probably not gonna win. You gotta do the other foundations first, but that never gets old to hear that refreshing message again.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: 100% man. So, anyone listening to this and they’re- they’re not quite sure where to go, make sure you go- head over to evanbrand.com, or justinhealth.com and schedule a consult with myself and or Evan so we can dive in deeper, and come up with a strategy plan for you. Also make sure you subscribe to the podcast. Make sure you subscribe to the YouTube channel so you can kinda chime in here live with us, and also uhm- potentially get some of your questions answered with some of the live Q&As we do throughout the week. So, make sure you subscribe, give us the thumbs up, hit the bell that allows notifications so you know when our contents coming up, subscribing’s not enough, you gotta hit the bell as well which is next to the subscribe button. And uh- give us a review on iTunes, we appreciate it, justinhealth.com/iTunes and then evanbrand.com, and how would they go to your iTunes page, Evan?

Evan Brand: I believe it’s uh- evanbrand.com/iTunes as well…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah, good.

Evan Brand: …but let me confirm…

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Perfect.

Evan Brand: Let me confirm here. We’ve got, let’s see here… If you just google evanbrand iTunes, it’ll pop up. I don’t have that link set up to evanbrand.iT- .com/iTunes, won’t work. Just evanbrand iTunes and find us. You know, between us both, we’ve got over 60,000 people subscribed on YouTube channels, uh- hundreds and hundreds of reviews on iTunes, but it’s still not enough because this information is not mainstream. You go down the street and talk to some random guy on the street corner about mycotoxins, he’s got no clue what you’re talking about, so Justin and I, you know, yeah, we make it a little bit of ego boost if we say, “Oh, 50,000 subscribers”, but that still a drop of- that’s still a drop in the bucket. We have millions and millions and more people to help with this issue. This is a very underdiagnosed and under-appreciated problem in the modern healthcare industry.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Well, we appreciate it. Give us the share, give us the thumbs-up and the like. I’ll be back later on this week for a more live Q&A, so make sure you checked in here with me. And you guys have a phenomenal day, we’ll talk real soon. Take care.

Evan Brand: Take care. See you, bye.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Bye.




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Natural Solutions To A Good Night Sleep

Natural Solutions To A Good Night SleepBy Dr. Justin Marchegiani

Roughly half of all Americans suffer from insomnia, and according to the National Center for Sleep Disorders,  around 15% of the population deals with chronic insomnia on a daily basis. What’s more, the WHO (World Health Organization) considers shift-work or sleep deprivation the only non-substance carcinogen known to man. That puts a lack of sleep in the same class as cigarettes, asbestos, and other known carcinogenic chemicals!

Sleep is vitally important to help repair the body physiologically as well as psychologically. Physiological repair, such as building muscles, bones, tendons, joints and ligaments etc., occurs between the hours of 10 PM and 2 AM. During this timeframe, HGH (human growth hormone) peaks. You can think of HGH as your anti-aging hormone, consider getting maximal sleep as gaining $2000-$3000 of anti-aging treatment per month for free!

After your body’s HGH peak comes the mental repair. Between the hours of 2 and 6 AM the body psychologically regenerates, and neurotransmitters and other neurochemicals that help with mental health are recycled and repaired.

Cortisol and it’s Circadian Rhythm

Cortisol and it’s Circadian Rhythm

The accelerated health risks for poor sleep

Studies have associated numerous health risks with a lack of good sleep. These include:

Increased risk of diabetes

Accelerated aging

An increased risk of cancer

Decreased immune function

Obesity and excessive weight gain

Poor physical performance

Slow mental acuity

It’s estimated that over $100 billion is lost each year due to the loss of productivity that a lack of sleep causes. Lack of sleep is also the leading cause of 100,000 vehicle accidents per year and the associated 1,500 deaths.

The major underlying causes of sleep deprivation:

17% of all US employees are shift workers who stay up working during the night instead of sleeping. If I can urge you to make one decision as an investment in your health, the first thing would be finding a job that allows flexibility to sleep during normal sleep hours. The research is very clear, the increased risk of chronic degenerative diseases and lack of performance will cost you more in the long run financially and physically.

Chronic stressors can be a huge underlying cause of sleep problems. This includes relationship stress, caffeine, chronic illness, infections, blood sugar imbalances, family stress, and hormonal imbalances. One thing that all stress has in common- whether it’s internal stress or external stress- is the increase of cortisol and adrenaline.

Knocking your cortisol and adrenaline out of balance puts a great deal of stress on your adrenal glands. Your cortisol rhythm at night is intimately linked to your melatonin rhythm (melatonin is your night time/sleep hormone). The more you push your cortisol and adrenaline out of balance, the more your melatonin will also be negatively impacted – and so will your sleep.

Stimulants such as caffeine can prevent you from getting to sleep on time. Caffeine has a half-life of up to eight hours, so be sure to consume your coffee or caffeinated tea before 2 PM in order to give your body enough time to metabolize the caffeine before your bedtime.

Certain medications can also interfere with sleep: antidepressants, corticosteroids, allergy medication, and blood pressure medication to name a few. If you are currently taking medication and also have a sleep problem, please look up the possible side effects of the medication you are taking to see if sleep disturbances are a potential side effect.

Click here if you are having sleep difficulties.

Dr. Justin’s Top 7 Sleep Enhancing Tips

  1. Exercise daily. Burst training and resistance training can make a significant impact on your sleep. The right kinds of exercise can increase human growth hormone, which has the ability to blunt potential cortisol spikes and to increase your body’s repair.
  2. Pick relaxing teas, such as chamomile or sleepy tea, before bed. These types of teas contain particular amino acids, such as L-theanine, which help to increase certain neurotransmitters like GABA to help promote relaxation.
  3. For certain individuals melatonin can be a great choice.  I recommend using a sublingual variety, which helps increase absorption as well as increasing activation time. However, melatonin may not be right for every single person. For some individuals, taking melatonin actually makes sleep issues worse! When this occurs there’s usually an underlying hormonal imbalance present.
  4. Many of my menopausal female patients have hormonal imbalances that need to be addressed. Low progesterone is a common cause of sleep deprivation and insomnia. Progesterone has a relaxation effect that occurs by opening the GABA chloride channels in the brain, and can have an effect similar to taking a Xanax– without the side effects. Running a female hormone test can help evaluate this imbalance as well as provide the specific dosing information.
  5. Buy a white noise machine or even download a white noise app- there are plenty available for free! White noise can be very helpful at blocking out ambient noise that could potentially wake you up throughout the night. If you opt for an app, please be sure to keep your phone in airplane mode while you’re sleeping (you should be doing this at night regardless). The EMF from your phone can disrupt your sleep and can even prevent you from getting into deeper phases of sleep!
  6. Eating a little bit of protein and fat within two hours of your bedtime can help stabilize your blood sugar and prevent cortisol spikes during the night. The suggestion may go against conventional wisdom in regards to eating right before bed, but low blood sugar throughout the night will cause your cortisol to go up, and that cortisol spike can disrupt your sleep and cause you to wake up. A little bit of protein and fat before bed can make a big difference.
  7. Give yourself at least one hour before bed to wind down. Turn off the TV, tablets, computers, phones, etc. and pick up a non-stimulating book instead. Engaging in meditation and prayer before bed can be very helpful as well. It doesn’t have to be complicated- a simple meditation is simply counting backwards from 10 to 0 with all of your attention focused on your breath, not the problems and stressors of yesterday or tomorrow. Engaging in prayer- especially focused on gratitude and all that you have to be thankful for in your life- can provide a natural neurotransmitter and hormonal boost that can set you up for a great night sleep!

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Should You Go Organic?

Should You Go Organic

By Dr. Justin Marchegiani

Buying organic food has become trendy, but is being a trend all that there is to it? Today we’re going to dive deeper into what organic really means, and if it’s worth converting to.

What does organic mean?

If you’re going to spend extra money for an organic sticker on your produce, you should know what that word really means. Organic food is food grown without pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and is GMO free.

“100% Organic” is exactly that; each ingredient as well as all facilities involved are Certified Organic.

Organic” is at least 95% organic ingredients.

Made with organic ingredients” must contain at least 70% organic ingredients.

You can also try getting to know local farmers in your area and ask about their farming practices. You might be surprised to find many smaller farmers adhere to organic practices, but don’t pay for the organic certification. Becoming certified organic is both time consuming and expensive, so sometimes smaller farmers won’t have gone through the process of getting the official seal, despite their food being just as good!

What is organic meat?

Organic meat refers to animals that meet the requirements set by the government. These animals haven’t been injected with antibiotics, are fed organic food, and are allowed outdoor access.

As per the USDA, these animals are:

-“Allowed year-round access to the outdoors except under specific conditions (e.g., inclement weather).

-Raised on certified organic land meeting all organic crop production standards.

-Raised per animal health and welfare standards.

-Fed 100% certified organic feed, except for trace minerals and vitamins used to meet the animal’s nutritional requirements.

-Managed without antibiotics, added growth hormones, mammalian or avian byproducts, or other prohibited feed ingredients (e.g., urea, manure, or arsenic compounds).”

However, it is important to note that although these animals are required to be fed organic food, they can still be fed unnatural food (such as chickens being fed soy and flax, and cows being fed grains). It’s important to know what is natural for a given animal’s diet, organic or not. If an animal isn’t designed to consume what its being fed, the animal won’t be as healthy for you to eat as it could have been. For this reason, I recommend buying meat from animals that were fed their natural diet, such as grass-fed beef.

Remember, healthy animals help make a healthy you.  It’s virtually impossible to consume sick and toxic animals and plants and expect to create health out of it.  Said another way, you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken crap.

The benefits of going organic:

The benefits of going organic:

Going organic is definitely worth the small price difference, especially considering how much money you will be saving down the road! Staying healthy will keep you out of the doctor’s office and help you avoid having to buy all sorts of scary medications later in life.

By going organic, you’re saving your body from all the toxins used in conventional farming. That alone is a huge plus! Research also shows a robust increase in nutritional value when comparing organic food to non-organic.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of going organic.

The pesticides and other chemicals that are used in conventional farming have a terrible effect on the microbiota and minerals that are present in the soil.  Plants can only be as healthy as the soil, so healthy soil=healthy plants that taste good and are nutritionally dense.

There is a great deal of misinformation put out there by huge multi-billion dollar corporations, which don’t have any problem putting hundreds of thousands of dollars into advertising and propaganda to push their agenda. They want us to believe that conventional food and even genetically modified food is just as good as organic, which is just plain false. Numerous studies have proven otherwise. Pay attention to who pays for a study to be conducted- you might notice that any studies promoting GMOs and pesticides are funded by someone with an agenda to push…

Cool Story…  Did you know that researchers at the University of Florida found that in the Everglades, female alligators weren’t reproducing at a normal rate due to the severe reduction in size of their male alligators’ genitalia?  All the males reading this post, I hope I have your attention by now!

When the male alligators’ blood was drawn, their estrogen levels were nearly the same as the female alligators’ levels.  Researchers have attributed the pesticide runoff to the insane spike in estrogen because of its xeno-estrogens (estrogen-like effects).  These synthetic estrogens play a major role in infertility, decreased libido and muscle mass in men and women alike.

You may have heard of men growing breasts from drinking soy milk- that would be due to the xenoestrogens.

PS:  These same estrogen’s are also found in plastics too.  If you are drinking or eating out of plastic containers, you may want to switch to glass or stainless steel containers.

Take Home Message:

Eat organic, even non-certified from a local farmer. If money is an issue, at the very least eat from foods with a lower pesticide residue. Check out this list from the EWG which categorizes foods by the lowest and highest level of pesticide residue. Avoid the high residue plants and consume the low residue ones.

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The Disappearing Male (Documentary)



Top Cancer-Fighting Foods

Foods that fight and prevent cancer

By Dr. Justin Marchegiani

Rates of cancer in our country have been trending upward at an alarming rate. In the 1900s, one in 20 developed cancer, nowadays, it’s one in three! The cancer industry spends most of its time creating new guidelines for treating cancer, rather than preventing it. And when we look at how much money is brought in through chemotherapy drugs, radiotherapy, surgeries, and all other aspects of typical cancer diagnostics and treatments, it’s clear that we have to take prevention into our own hands.

Everyone creates cancerous cells in their bodies, however, in healthy bodies with strong immune systems, they mutated cells are quickly disposed of. There are many health aspects to consider in cancer prevention, in this article we are going to focus on the top cancer-fighting foods.

Brightly-Colored Foods

Brightly-colored foods to fight cancer

Foods such as berries, lemons, and tomatoes are more than just pretty to look at, they are antioxidant powerhouses!

Blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries all have a high ORAC score (Oxygen radical absorbance capacity) and are rich in gallic acid (which is antiviral and antifungal). Superfood berries such as goji and Camu Camu berries also boost your immune system.

Have you ever heard that eating carrots boosts your eyesight? Well, you have more options than just carrots, and boost more than just your eyesight! Eating the rainbow actually helps your body deal with harmful blue light, which prevents eye-related disorders as well and protects your cells.

Click here to schedule a consult to ensure you are lowering your cancer risk. 

Green Leafy Vegetables

Kale, collard greens, arugula, and spinach are all rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and beta-carotene. They are antiviral and antifungal, and the chlorophyll that gives these veggies their green color purifies the blood, eliminates toxins, and rebuilds new blood cells.


Many conventional oils actually destroy cell membranes and lead to diseased cells. Opt instead for olive oil, coconut oil, or even grass-fed butter! The phenols present in these oils will boost your immune system and contain anti-aging and anti-carcinogenic properties.


Powerful mushrooms have been used for centuries to fight cancer and boost the immune system. Reishi, Cordyceps, and maitake are some of the most powerful mushrooms for a wide range of health benefits. They can be consumed whole or taken in capsule and tincture form.


Over 80% of your immune system is housed in your gut, so a healthy microbiome is crucial for a healthy you. Eating probiotics, even taking them in capsule form, has been suggested to have the ability to stop tumor growth! Probiotics can be found in foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and raw milk kefir and yogurt.

If you aren’t getting enough probiotics in your diet, check out our probiotic supplement!

Herbs and Spices

Different herbs and spices that help fight cancer

Ginger, turmeric (used alongside black pepper to ensure proper absorption), ginseng, oregano, raw garlic, thyme, cayenne, parsley… the list goes on and on! Herbs and spices are great immune boosters that contain a wide variety of micronutrients and antioxidants. Several of these are not only immune-boosting but also stimulate your natural detoxification processes and are anti-inflammatory!

  • Ginseng is widely studied for its role in protecting the body against a variety of serious diseases and disorders, including cancer.
  • Turmeric contains curcumin, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant with many benefits, including its ability to defend against cancer and infection. Pharmaceutical companies try to imitate the abilities of turmeric in the creation of drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen. An alternative to eating turmeric is taking Curcumin Supreme, which contains three different bioactive forms of curcuminoids from the spice turmeric.
  • Oregano is an estrogen-removing herb, which makes it particularly powerful in preventing prostate, breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers.
  • Ginger boosts the body’s glutathione levels and is also anti-parasitic.

Cruciferous Veggies

More green vegetables that are rich in vitamin C include brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli. Glutathione, known as the master antioxidant, is present in these veggies, along with other powerful antioxidants called sulforaphane and indoles, which are responsible for the stimulation of detox enzymes which protect the structure of DNA.

Nuts and Seeds

Best nuts and seeds to fight cancer

Chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds are all full of healthy fatty acids. You can take your health-game to the next level by finding these nuts and seeds sprouted (or by doing it yourself!).

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate, when 70% cacao or above, contains magnesium, which has been shown to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. The anti-cancer effects are probably related to its ability to reduce insulin resistance, which in turn helps prevent the growth of tumors.


Sprouts, particularly broccoli and kale sprouts, contain the same compounds as the whole vegetables, but in up to 100x concentrated forms! These nutrients decrease the body’s carcinogenic load by stimulating detoxification processed.


Top Cancer-Fighting Foods

Make your meals count! Food can be more than just tasty, it can be medicine. The simple addition of a side of green vegetables, seasoning your meal with fresh herbs and spices, garnishing your plate with sprouts, or indulging in dark chocolate or raw yogurt topped with berries for dessert can all contribute to your health and longevity in the long-term.

Stay tuned for our upcoming article in this series, featuring supplements and lifestyle changes for cancer-prevention.

Click here to schedule a consult to ensure you are lowering your cancer risk. 








Dr. Robert Rakowski – Acid alkaline balance, cancer prevention and the magnificent 7 – Podcast # 129

Dr. Justin Marchegiani and Dr. Robert Rakowski talk about what is new in the Functional Medicine Nutrition as they focus on addressing the root cause of a health problem. Listen to them as Dr. Bob Rakowski shares his experience and expertise in addressing conditions he encounters in his practice including diabetes and cancer.

Learn some knowledge bombs about conventional drugs and vaccines, including its implication to one’s health. Gain tons of information regarding his recommendation when it comes to nutritional needs of his patients depending on different situations and conditions. Also, know the importance of acid-alkaline balance and enzymes in our bodies and how it affects our health.

In this episode, we cover:

3:49   Diabetes

9:40   Improving performance through diet

18:01   Recent studies on vaccinations

25:08   Acid – Alkaline balance

29:26   Nutrition Recommendation for athletes

37:43   Nutrition Recommendation for cancer patients







Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Hey there! It’s Dr. Justin Marchegiani. I got Dr. Bob Rakowski here all the way from Houston Texas. We’re just in his neck of the wood yesterday. Dr. Bob welcome to the show.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Happy Beautiful day. Honored to be here as always.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Thank you. I’m looking forward to some knowledge bombs drop here today like you always do. Well, we got this podcast on video today. So if you’re listening via mp3, check out the YouTube channel link below so you can see Dr. Bob in the flesh. So Dr. Bob, what’s new in your world of uh – Functional Medicine Nutrition?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: You know, that’s a really broad question.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: I know.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: But let’s just say we get better – we get better, stronger, faster, smarter all the time. The research keeps unveiling that our strategies are simply the absolute best in the history of the game. You know I just had a patient come in take 8 different drugs and uh – you know, for diabetes, right? And some of those medicines just – that’s what they do. But yeah. We have people on good nutrition program where their diabetes resolves the typical case in 60 days or less. So she’s pretty excited to get her health back and uh – you know, stop taking some of those poisons.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Its really crazy coz in the world of Conventional Medicine, you have diabetes basically a sugar intolerance, right? Too much carbohydrate too much sugar, receptor issues, metabolic derangement. But nowhere else in medicine that if you have a peanut intolerance or a lactose intolerance, the typical treatment is you avoid the lactose, you avoid the peanuts. But only in Conventional Medicine is it – No, No, No. Keep taking what you’re intolerant to, and let’s give you drugs that shut down absorption of glucose. Let’s shut it – Let’s give you drugs like Glucophage that shut down uhmm gluconeogenesis. Or let’s just give you insulin short-acting, long acting so we can just jam that blood into the cell.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And all of the above for this patient. So, I wish I met her 20 years ago when she was diagnosed with diabetes. But I’d say, “What happened?” “How did you get diabetes?” She says, “I was fat and I ate a lot of sugar.” It’s like, “Okay, you think that’s what caused it.” Yeah. Well, I think we have a pretty easy solution, right? Like you said, I never have to put it that way. That’s brilliant. It’s essentially sugar intolerance. It’s a carbohydrate intolerance. Uh, but now, she’s post stroke in 8 meds and a lot of them are not doing her any good. And she’s like, “I want my life back.” Well, let’s get it back. You gotta be healthy to get your life back. So-

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And most doctors that are you know – most people that think the doctors know exactly what’s going on with this. They’re really in the dark. I worked in surgery for four years and I was the one literally holding the limbs on the diabetic as the surgeon will come in and literally tie off the arteries and amputate the limb. Hundreds of limbs passed my possession into the morgue. And I talked to these doctors as they were scrubbing out, I’d say well, “How come we’re in front of this? What’s the prevention? What’s the fore thinking so we can avoid this?” and like, it was just like over their head. They were just there doing what  they were designed to do. And that mindset wasn’t quite in play.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: You know, if you go to a surgeon, you’re gonna get surgery. If you go to a drug doctor, you’re gonna get drugs. If you go to a natural doctor, you’re gonna get uh –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Natural Solutions.


Dr. Robert Rakowski: Absolutely. So I got patients in here, they’d be pouring after this podcast. But uh – It’s fun to have a little – a little shift of pace. But even really, our number one focus is education. So – As long as it’s the same line, it’s what we do with every patient at a time.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani. Love it. So you’re uh – we’re kinda talking about diabetes right now. So what are the low hanging free- fruit for anyone that has a metabolic diabetes issue. You can be like PCOS coz a lot of people may not be at that diabetic level. They may have the insulin resistance and kinda be in between.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Well, you said it first and best. You know, it’s gonna be what we called the Ketogenic Diet. But I like a healthy Ketogenic diet.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: A lot of people – lasted Atkins.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Uh-hmm.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: I know some things to blast him about. Like you don’t wanna have the bacon whip cream diet.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yup.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: But you know what, I always tell people my favourite ketogenic diet is leans, greens, nuts and seeds. So lean meats, green vegetables, organic raw nuts, organic raw seeds. That’s a great choice. Now there are some so low glycemic fruits and berries and blueberries are awesome. But as a general rule, we’re gonna do leans, greens, nuts and seeds. We’re gonna exercise. Those are the things that can get us there. Uhm you know, I always tell people, I call them the magnets inside of your gut.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Eat like, drink like, think like, move like, sleep like, talk like everyday if you do that.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Love it.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: If you do that, guess what? You can keep diabetes away.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: I love it. That makes so much sense. And you know, you also mention about lean meats. Now, we know that conventionally, a lot of toxins will get stored in the fat. It’s typically where it goes. So it makes sense with conventional meat for sure. If we’re eating like really good pastured meat, high-quality meat, is it okay to have more full fat meats?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Yeah. Absolutely so. Uh the president of the Swedish Grass Grows Beef Association – uh I’ve stayed with him at his farm house and a dozen trips to US, Sweden.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Wow!

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And they test every single lot of grass-fed beef. And the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 and grass-fed animals is 1:81.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Beautiful.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Which is a very healthy ratio. So you’d eat all that fat that you want.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. And we know if you eat the – the grain, it goes up to 30-40 to 1, right?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Uh – you know it’s stored in so many ways. The animals get sick. They put them on antibiotics and the meat becomes more anti-inflammatory by multiple mechanisms beside the omega 3, omega 6 ratio. So, not a good strategy there. We want healthy animals. Do you know what you’re animals – Do you know what you’re food is eating? That’s important to know.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. Absolutely. That makes a lot of sense. Now in my clinic, when we look at blood sugar issue, some of the things I look at, obviously, A1C, uh- fasting glucose can be helpful. Uh – triglyceride:HDL ratio, fasting insulin. And even just the good blood sugar mirror to see how they do right after a meal. Kind of like a functional glucose tolerance. Just curious to get your take on that. And uh – what test are you doing in your office to look at these issues?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: You know all of the above. Everything you’ve just said. And those are pretty much gold standard solid and we also have a sugar refractometer that can measure urinary sugar which is pretty sensitive.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Wow.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: So it’s gonna be all sugars uh – not just uh – glucose. So that’s –that’s interesting. Coz if we do have some more sugars in the __ than glucose. It’s something called Fructosamine.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Fructosamine. 10-day window. Yup.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And uh – uh – uh yeah. That’s a nice test. So quicker response for sure than A1C.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Great. Now I see a lot of patients that have higher A1C’s and all the other markers look good. Do you ever get false positives or just false high readings on the A1C but everything else looks on the better side?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Not typically. But it can happen and – and so, you got to remember they don’t need value and Physiology behaves on bell shaped curves.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: So for instance, when cholesterol’s gonna elevate, that’s a functional__. Actually the uh – the glucose or the insulin is driving HMG-CoA reductase.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yup.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Which by the way is what__

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yup.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: So that elevates cholesterol.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yup.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: It also impacts cholesteryl ester transfer protein converts HDL to triglycerides. But if those mechanism fail, those numbers can work normally. Even pretty decent or close to ideal – but being on a failure aspect. So, bell shape curves, values rise then fall like insulin, right? We can have a perfect insulin with a perfect blood sugar. Or our insulin rises, rises, rises until our pancreas fail so if we can’t keep up then it falls, falls, falls, falls. So two spots that insulin can be perfect.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. Very good. And that’s the issue, I think – That’s the issue really bankrupting healthcare today. I mean I Think I’ve read that the average diabetic with blood sugar issues, they’re spending $2-3 million managing the disease and it’s – it’s really interesting because in conventional healthcare, there’s like disease management, right? And then with us there’s root cause management. We’re actually getting to the root cause. As we chip away the root cause, we’re actually fixing the underlying issue. Can you talk more about that?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Well, let’s talk about the cause issue first.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Diabetes is the most expensive problem.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Huge.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And the sick care system. That healthcare – system is sick – their expense on diabetes. And so we do live in a universe of cause and effect. So what did you do that created this challenge? People are sitting on the couch, people are eating chips, drinking Coca-Cola, not making good dietary choices. They don’t eat right, think right, move right, sleep right, poop right or talk right. And they wonder, “Gee, I wonder how I got sick?” Yeah. And doctors will monitor them and then, Well – you know, I think a good doctor would say, “We’re not starting to get out of hand here.” You know, do something a little healthier. Like if they ask them, “Can you be more specific about that?” “Well, sorry I wasn’t trained for that, you know. Maybe go see the dietician. And I haven’t ___In hospitals my diabetic patients peak up high for dessert, you know. So uhm – you really need to go to someone trained natural if you want natural advice. If you want drug advice, go to someone trained in drugs.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. Absolutely. I mean I always tell my patients, “When was the last time you had a good meal in the hospital?” I mean, my god, like never.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Uh-hmm. Good point, right?

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. Absolutely. Now you build your reputation over the last 20-30 years really working with high-end individuals, professional athletes, and then you can name the gamut of the whole field, Yao Ming, and I could think of many off the bat. But working with these guys, what’s – I mean there’s probably some commonalities that you are using, or your addressing with these high-level athletes that you’re also addressing maybe with your – you know, average day person that’s looking to improve their performance? What are those – Let’s say the top three that you can take from the professionals and extract that information for the average Joe’s?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: The big three. From the sickest to the sick and the best of the best. And that’s stress, toxins, and malnutrition. So I think any of these – how are these high level athletes stress? Well there is a performance stress, there’s a recovery stress, there’s a lack of sleep stress. My favourite stress protocol that I use over the last 5 years with a lot  of success even with lab markers is using melatonin, 1-3 milligrams.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Wow!

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Every waking hour. We now know that melatonin actually binds to the adrenal cortex and blocks the pituitary gland or at least buffers the pituitary cortisol. And uh – by the way, the gut makes 400x melatanonin as the brain. That’s a proven fact. So it’s not –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Right.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: It’s not like the melatonin crosses the blood-brain barrier. Detox – number one thing is you know, keep yourself away from toxins. So create a clean environment. Put clean clothes in your body, clean water in your body. Then you do some medical food based detox –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Which is really, really solid. Now we start looking at malnutrition. You know, I’ve created my own food pyramid. Now they have the plate out there which is no good at all based on how they have it.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Terrible.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: But based only the food pyramid, guess what? There can be food and whole natural clean healthy foods. And we’re gonna have super foods and there’s a number of those with super nature in density. And then I actually have medical foods, functional foods. And then to top that off, we have multivitamin Omega 3’s, probiotics, and vitamin D. And by the way, sicker people, they need a lot more of each of those things but you’re gonna have the best of the best in people that are fighting for their life.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: It’s really interesting that some of the foundational information that we review everyday with average patients, these are some of the things that professional athletes aren’t even doing themselves. I remember a talk that Paul Chek gave maybe a decade ago. And he talked about being in the New York Giants uh wait room. And there was like Doritos and all this crap everywhere. And for some reason they had to do it because of the sponsorship. I just couldn’t believe it. Uhm, I remem – I recall I’m a big fan – I’m from Boston area, so a big fan of Tom Brady. I know they beat the Texans last month. So maybe a little hard feeling there. Uhm, But –

Dr. Robert Rakowski: They beat everybody last month.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani. They beat everyone. Yes, so- But Brady is the functional medicine guru, right? I mean, he told – his records say in 2008 when he had his ACL injury, that he actually got better from that. That he avoided the standard of care rehab life. He saw uh – people like yourself, get the nutrition dialled in. I mean basically eats uh – alkaline, Paleo diet. 20% meat, lots of veggies, avoids nitrates,10 hours of sleep at night, all of the high-quality supplements. And this guy is getting better 40 Years into it. At age 40 – What’s your take? Coz I think most athletes aren’t even doing these things and some are. And you’ve seen the ones that are thriving.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Now you – you – This thing is if you master the basics yourself, you don’t need anything else.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And I literally got that sick when promoting my real champion Kung Fu guys. But uhm – and then we’re going, “Okay, well how are you doing on the basics?” “Tell me about your diet.” “Well, it sucks, you know.” “How are you doing on your sleep?” “Well, that sucks.” “What do you drink?” “Well, that sucks.” Right. And so we’re just talking with this very very basics and you realise that the best of the best, if they sleep better, they’re gonna perform better. Quick study with the US Military, they found out that when a military gets less than 6 hours of sleep for 6 straight nights, they functioned on a level as if they’re legally drunk. So – so just imagine that, right?

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Six hours of sleep for six months?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Six hours for six straight nights. No, not six months, just for a week, right? And then so – do we want drunks walking with high-powered weapons? You know, that’s not a good idea. Uh – and so your cognition drops, your coordination drops, reaction time drops. All these things drop, so – When we started swinging that to the athletes – In Stanford, they had an interesting study. They just had their tennis team stay in bed an extra two hours a day. 10 hours a day within 2 weeks time, they have 17% improved performance on first serve. So sleep has been –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Wow!

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Our – our athletes, they’re blessed in so many ways, but yeah, they’re still misinformed like the general population.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Oh, absolutely. Especially the fact they’re putting wear and tear on their body so they’re breaking down their ligaments, their tendons, their joints, their tissues. And an old expression – I can’t remember who said it first, but – “You can’t make chicken salad on a chicken shit.” So –

Dr. Robert Rakowski: There you go.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: If you have the poor quality nutrition coming in, the tendons – all those raw material and building blocks get downgraded each time. And eventually that means more time on the DL and you lose a step, then you’re out of the league, right?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: That’s exactly right. I look at Emman Smith, you know. And – and he was one of my favourite running backs and some people my age will remember him as well. But, you know – one step he went from the best of the game to barely in the game. He lost two games – two steps and he’s out of the game. Uh, but how long can you keep that well? Like you said, Tom Brady is a great example, but others pitcher and way back Satchel Paige.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And I don’t even know how old he was when he was pitching. But he seem to be absolutely timeless. You know, Gordie Howe, the hockey player played – I believe professional hockey in six different decades.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Wow!

Dr. Robert Rakowski: I mean how in the world do you do that? Well, one, back then, there’s certainly a lot that are food quality.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: So, uh – pretty remarkable stuff that in today’s environment, goodluck getting good quality food. It’s just harder and harder coz our animals are malnourished and toxic. So when you do supplement – across the border, we need a supplement.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Love it. Totally makes sense. I remember Julio Franco the old uh – I think he was uh – outfielder I think from the Cleveland Indians. But he played into his mid-40s. And even – even Nolan Ryan from the uh – Texas Rangers. I mean he played into his mid-40s. Julio Franco – I remember reading articles of him. He had pre-made organic food uh – brought to the ballpark and everyone would look at him eating his own they’re like looking at him like he’s crazy. But the guy played 26 years in major leagues.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Yeah. Well you look at my athletes that have had longevity, they all got early on that nutrition is important.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. I love it. And what are the most – I mean maybe this is gonna be individual, I know it is. But are there typical muscle imbalances where certain muscles aren’t turned on appropriately that you’re seeing across the board in some of these athletes?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Well, let’s just go into general population.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: ____ In Geology, there’s something Specific Adaptation__ So we sit longer, we get better at sitting. So –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: You know it starts pulling our lumbar spine into lordosis. Our spine compensates, we get forward leaning posture. Uh – you know, most of us have our shoulders drawn up, rather than down and back like they should be.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And there’s a number of imbalances. But literally the imbalances seem universal in our society. And its’ gonna be the – the – the – like what I just described__with shortened hip flexors. So when you do –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And that creates reciprocal inhibition with the glutes. So then your hip extension, you’re gonna be utilizing the lower back versus hip extension for the glutes. So then you get lower back pain, right?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Yeah. I mean, by the way, you’re gonna lose a step or two or three if your glutes aren’t firing, right? That’s the most __ on a solid splint is that glute causing that hip extension, so – Yeah.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Absolutely.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: That’s uh– across the board, super important.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: One of my biggest 2 investments that I made in the last two years is I got a stand desk that can go up and down. And I also got a walking treadmill that could slide under the desk. So when I see patients virtually, like we’re talking on Skype now, I literally  walk 12 miles a day, 60 miles a week while seeing patients.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Man, that’s awesome.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And isn’t that great? It’s amazing.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And why these companies don’t introduce what treadmill does? You know, I read a book called, Drop Dead Healthy, years ago.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Oh, yup.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: It was a writer from New York magazine. And one of his tips was, “Hey, if I’m gonna sit around and write all day, why don’t I just get a standing desk with a treadmill?” And he’d walk 1.5 miles per hour with a 3% incline.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: That’s what I do.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And just type away and had his work and sure enough, burn calories to get healthy. Fire the muscles, stay young and get – and be productive at the same time.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Love it. Makes sense. You did a YouTube video, I think it was a Facebook video, uhmm maybe a year or two ago. And you touched upon the MMR Vaccine. I was just kinda curious kinda what your thoughts in – in general? I mean we can touch upon it here, but you brought up – you know, when you speak from it, you’re talking about actual peer-reviewed research. That’s why I love it. It’s not a lot of emotion behind it. What’s your take on that? And what are some of the most recent studies you’re seeing about the MMR? Just vaccinations in general?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Well, luckily the conversation is coming into the light.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And when you walk at the data right out of CDC you’ll find out that death rate from infectious disease drop 91% –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yup.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: From basically you know, 1900 to 1964 when they started this – started the mass vaccinations. And it hasn’t gone down even a bit. And so – is there justification for some vaccines? Maybe for some kids but certainly not 76 before the age of 6. Uhm – when you look at the child’s immune system, it’s not really fully functional until the age 2. And so they generally are not gonna respond to vaccines. So if you’re injecting a new born with toxins that their immune system isn’t gonna respond to, how can you have anything but a downside to it? So I’m just very much for people making an educated choice. So let’s just look at education for a moment. Guess who does not vaccinate their children? They found out it was people in the highest income quartet, right? The highest IQ, right? And – and therefore, whether we think rich, smart people don’t love their kids –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Exactly.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And the answer is no, they love them enough to look into what’s going their bodies and say, “Hey, something’s not right in this picture.”

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. And I totally agree. And if you You look at the World Health Organization info mortality rate, we’re at number 40 just behind Cuba. And if you look at some of the Scandinavian countries that are in top 10, they’ve done some epidemiological studies looking at the trend vaccinations versus the mortality rate. And in- in like Finland, Norway those type of countries only have about 10 Vaccinations in for kids for the first I think 4-5 years, where we have 40 to 50. So these countries are top 10 and they have 75% less vaccinations. So they obviously know something different than we know, right?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: I think they’re not as swayed by money.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: As our government. So by the way, the top lobby of our US government. Number one is gonna be the NRA, number two, pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. Interesting.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: So – pretty basic. Yeah.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And people also forget, too. The uh – the CDC, I think, make $68 billion dollars a year of off vaccine patent. So there’s a little bit of a conflict of interest there. Also, uhm – you talked about this, too. It’s interesting. In one of your lectures a few years back, you talked about the uh – the Hannah Poling issue. Hannah Poling was vaccine injured. Interesting enough, her father was a neurologist, her mom was a lawyer. So she had pretty good representation in the vaccine courts. One of things that came out of there, I think she had autism and they said that she had autism because she had a potential mitochondrial defect. And very interesting because if the government is admitting that there is potential autism from mitochondrial defects, are we screening mitochondrial defects? How do we even know it? So it’s interesting that that’s out there but we’re not even screening for that. Any take the mitochondrial defect aspect?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: I believe that the stats are just about the exact same challenge that she has. It’s about 1 in 50. But you have to remember that she was developing perfectly normally uh- and now, all of a sudden there’s boom extreme dose of toxins causing extreme brain inflammation uh in – by the way, the brain is the most energy dependent system in the body. So part of that spiralled her into a downward spiral. But to the point that the mitochondria alone is – is blatantly broad.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Uh-hmm.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Uh – uh and so, you know–

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Right.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Plenty of these kids that are gonna have mitochondrial problems are more likely to be injured by the vaccine but it’s not a prerequisite to have a vaccine injury.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Now, exactly. Yeah.Totally agree. Any other thoughts on that? Any other comments or research articles that you’re coming up?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Oh, boy. You know, so – So Hannah got a $20 million settlement.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Phew!

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And what’s pretty fascinating is – is Sanjay Gupta –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yup.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Interviewed Julie Gerberding who was the head of the CDC at the time. And she never answered any question directly. And she just basically said, “You know what, very rare case. Parents, whatever you do, please make sure you go out and make sure your kids get their vaccines.” And after that, after she retired from CDC, she got some –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Merck.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: mega contract to be a spokesman for a bright and major drug company –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Merck. She’s the head of vaccine research of Merck.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Absolutely insane, right? So uhm – you know I’d like to hope that somehow, someway in their grey matter they’ve really think that this is a good service for humankind. But oh my gosh, there’s plenty of educated people who’d argue with that. So what’s the stance? I think everybody should get educated.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Everybody should get the right decision and have the freedom to make the right decision for their child.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And I don’t personally think vaccines cause autism. It can’t be causal because  it would be a one-to-one relationship. Everyone that got a vaccine, would have autism. But we know there’s definitely stressors out there. GMO’s, heavy metals, whether it’s- forget mercury. It could be aluminium, it could be phthalates, it could be squalenes. It could be other compounds. It could just be antigenic load from too many at once. Uh – leaky gut, uh – babies not being breastfed, right? All these different stressors could add up and make someone more susceptible. What are your thoughts on that?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: I agree with you. You know, but let’s take it a step further. Let’s look at risk-benefit always. I mean, look at the risks of these diseases, it’s relatively minor in the population right now. You know, my kids all got the chickenpox. And –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: You know, none of that – it never lasted more than more than – more than five days. My son got the whooping cough. He beat it and got a lifetime immunity. I had a kid come into my clinic that actually have Rubella. And so found out, I took him home to play with my kids. My kids never got sick. You know, but uh – you know, whether you’re exposed or not, at least there’s a possibility that you can’t beat a natural immunity and a healthy body. And the data is really questionable. What is the risk-benefit? I think for healthy kids, especially the way it’s going right now, it’s more on the side of the risk then benefit.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. That totally makes sense. Uh looking at all the things that are happening to your clinic, is there any new things that you’re delving into clinically right now?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Uh – Well, there’s the statement there. There is nothing new under the sun, right?

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. Fundamentals.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: We always get better, stronger, faster, smarter at what we do, but like you said, the fundamentals. How many people have really mastered the fundamentals? And not many, right? And even if they have, they’re coming in saying, “I’m totally awesome. I feel lots of the charts are amazing. Do you think you can – game up a little bit more?” Uh, so it’s hard to beat the fundamentals, you know. Everybody always wants to come up with a shiny new penny. But reality is you can’t beat good, clean, healthy living. And – and you highlight it. There’s a lot in the basin –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And just focus and discipline and then the magnificent seven.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Totally makes sense. And what are the foundational lab testing – I mean, obviously we know you’re drinking clean water, eating organic food, you’re doing all that good stuff, your sleep is probably dialled in, you’re exercise is dialled in. What are the more nuanced things you’re doing right now to assess your health? Lab tests or uh – treatments? What’s happening in your neck of the woods?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: You know, in terms of real subtle things, we’ve been doing this for decades at this point. The pH Balance –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Probably doesn’t get enough press for being so critical. So I always tell patients every single enzyme in our bodies is pH dependent. You know our hormone’s pH dependent. And as we look across the board, we see the sickest people have the worst acid- alkaline balance. Their buffering is actually terrible. Uh – and so how do we buffer it? We buffer it with good elimination, good detoxification.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: High Levels of – of nutrients, quality food choices – But I think pH is one of those markers that we need to spend more time pursuing.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Interesting. And how much this diet and food uhm – affect pH? I know we’ve talked about this before. A lot of people say, “Well, we cut out meat.” but then we know that grains are actually 10x more acidic than meat as well. And we know that inflammation plays a huge role on that. What’s your take?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Well, we have to understand that every process that we have that makes energy, makes acid.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yes.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: So as I explained to doctors and the patients as well, oxygen goes into the cell, product comes out, converts oxide and the one in the blood can form carbonic acid.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Carbonic acid. Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: A hundred trillion cells doing – a trillion times a day. So as we start looking at this process, the Pharmacology Journal say this – They say, “Look, how much acid you eat a day? Maybe a 100 units.” “How many do you produce by living? Probably 15,000 units.” So we have at least a dozen different buffers against acid inside the cell and outside the cell. So we got proteins, we got phosphates, we got minerals, we got bicarbonate buffer. And all our elimination routes get rid of acid. So uh – as I tell patients who contributes very little to acid burden, but it’s basically what makes up our acid buffers. So we wanna make good choices.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: So what you’re saying is adding the inflammatory foods in there will increase the acid but making sure nutrient rich, lots of greens, lots of rich minerals, magnesium potassium. Those things are gonna help buffer a lot of the – out. A lot of the acidity.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Well said. Yeah. That’s exactly right.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: What other lifestyle things are creating more of an acid environment?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Stress.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. So just emotional stress, physical stress. Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: All of the above. When you’re- you’re running on a fight or flight mode, understand that the first organ that’s affected is the liver. The second organ that’s affected is the kidney. The third affected organ that’s affected is the brain. Higher-level cognition drops. And so we might not necessarily be a fight or flight circumstance but if we’re sitting under a light of a blue spectrum, where I got a nice screen in front of my computer house –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Nice.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: We have a blue blocker app.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yup.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: That it’s – it’s actually blocking the blue light. But I’m being bombarded with blue light. My melatonin’s suppressed, my cortisol’s high. I – I basically am not controlling my stress hormones. I’m inflamed and I’m in trouble, so. Several strategies like that. Modern life creates modern challenges and we’re just beginning to see. Wow, okay they made it so this stuff has a real downside to it. We need to deal with it.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: So a lot of people may justify a vegetarian-vegan diet because of this acid-alkaline theory. So, you know, looking at a pH chat of food and only choosing foods that are seven or above. You- you’re okay choosing some foods on the acidic side, like high quality, clean lean full fat meats that are good quality, etc.?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: We are omnivores.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: I mean, we have canines.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. Incisors –

Dr. Robert Rakowski: For the purpose of tearing meats, right? So –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: When you look at the fact there’s certain things we absolutely can’t get from plant based diet. We can’t get B12.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Right.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And as a general rule, we don’t get high enough quality protein and we don’t get  bioavailable iron. So there’s a number of factors that come in. We just wanna make  smart food choices. Predominantly plant is good, you know. You know that’s a real good rule. Michael Pollan who work on the book, “In defense of Food” –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yup.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: His top rule is eat food not too much, mostly plants.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Mostly plants –

Dr. Robert Rakowski: That’s really solid advice.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: I mean look at Tom Brady. He’s a big acid-alkaline guy. 80% vegetables, 20% meat. I think that’s a pretty good way to go for a lot of people.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Yeah. And you look at his body mass, right? And his – his exercise burden. If that’s good enough to keep him in shape, why wouldn’t it be good for the rest of us?

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And what’s your take on vegan or vegetarian people that are excelling in professional sports? You work a lot with these people. I know there are people out there that say it. My theory is they have to be doing a whole bunch of pea protein or hemp or rice protein. Something to get the extra aminos in there. What’s your take?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Well, they are. Certainly if they’re seeing meats. We can manage mind to the lean tissue breakdown but there are also supplement branch in amino acids, they’re doing B12 injections. So, uhm – you know, there’s a way but it takes a lot of effort. And a lot of supplementation on a vegetarian based diet.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. Plus you don’t get the rich sulfur amino acid the 12 that run those glutathione detox pathways, too.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Absolutely. They can get some in cruciferous vegetables but it’s certainly a higher concentration in meats.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Plus I noticed too, you have to really combine your, you know, rice and beans for instance. You really have to combine your proteins well because there are some deficiency in methionine and lysine which are really important for let’s say producing carnitine. Run the carnitine to burn fat for fuel. So you really got to combine things well. But if you look at, let’s say, rice and beans, you know,15 g of protein to 75 g of carbohydrate. People that are maybe insulin resistant, that may be a little bit too high in the carb side.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: I’m with you on that. You know, I mean people – we only need to find a diet that works and we need to find a diet that makes sense. And for the most part to me, the  vegetarian diet doesn’t make sense for too many people.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Got it. That makes sense. So just looking at kinda like your pre and post workout, you know, set ups with your professional athletes. What does that look like? So you get them ready for the workout. Are they doing a shake before? Are they doing something during? What are they doing afterwards to recover? And what do you recommend supplement-wise pre and post?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Well I did train them more than—and there’s a before training and after that’s required. So there’s plenty of data just depends on what kind of training. But branch and amino acids help maintain the lean mass.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: The electrolytes, the fluids, and all that.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yup.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: He’s not gonna eat a meal. You know, meal is gonna take a lot more time to digest than uh – shake. And so I usually want them to eat a minimum of 2 and a half hours    in front of an intense Workout. So it’s at least well digested. And that should be not a super heavy meal, right?

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yes. Coz if it’s – once in the stomach, it’s not gonna get to the extremities or if you’re still eating, your digestion is gonna be compromised. So I really like a prework out shake, a post work out shake and something simple during training. Nothing’s gonna tax the digestive system. Pre form amino acids, branch and amino acids, electrolytes and fluids during the training.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Typically, with the electrolytes, will there be a little bit of a glucose or fructose with that?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: I do. I do some fructose. Now we’re looking at these athletes that need fluid replacement and electrolyte replacement. They’re training plenty hard. Fructose has ¼ the glycemic index of glucose. With that said, post workout, for certain athletes, there’s a benefit. Actually spiking insulin, lower cortisol.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Lower cortisol, yeah. Bingo. Makes sense. Are you using a product like with the Endura, with the electrolytes and with the extra fructose?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Yeah. So I – I use a couple of different products. One is Endura and we’ve got a product called, Dynamic Fruits and Greens, which is a powder based of 20 different organic super foods, so. Taste good, goes down good, and certainly works good.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Excellent. It’s very, very cool. So are there any challenging cases that have come into your office at all recently?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Yeah. Everybody has their own unique challenge. Uh – you know, probably the most recent real earth-shattering cases, I have one that it was probably somewhere you like to describe when you go to the foot to be amputated.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Uh, she was – she was scheduled for an amputation. The first thing I saw was a picture. I never cover the foot of just a few days. So I added a dose every single waking hour to kill infection to re-enhance uh – circulation to control the control the blood sugar. I would say two weeks she had a tremendous shift in the color of her blood-

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Wow.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: A lot of gangrene started to recede. Uhm – we got pictures of the entire process.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Wow.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: But literally, she did auto like a tips –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Uh for the toes a lot. But she kept the rest of the foot fully functional. But what’s better about that case is, at first she was taking a mega dose of insulin and half a dozen drugs, and they were all failing. By the time we were done with her, she was taking just the lowest dose of insulin since her diagnosis is you know, since childhood age, she was diabetic. And the no other drugs and really the tissue help up the entire body improve dramatically.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Wow. Amazing. I know you mentioned earlier but taking mega doses are you know, higher amounts of melatonin to help increase uh – antioxidants and such. Uh, tell me about the feedback loop. Do you feel like taking that much in for how long – will that affect the feedback loop of the, you know, gland talking and making melatonin?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: It’s highly improbable.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: That the melatonin cross the blood brain barrier. So the Gas – World Journal of Gastroenterology shows that the gut makes 400x times melatonin as the brain. The gut also makes the majority of the serotonin so that’s – that’s nothing new to people who have been studying that. So it’s unlikely that it will cross the blood-brain barrier. And what – the reason I believe is number one, sleep nutrient, is because it puts the break on cortisol. But I only do that for 7 to 10 days.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Because I have ___ and maybe a person’s own production could become altered. So we do it to have a quick shift in the metabolism memory__So I haven’t seen any that’s had challenged it. And on the flipside of that, I’ve seen plenty of people that have been feeling better than they have in decades doing that for a short period of time.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And when you recommend hydrochloric acid to your patients, do you feel like giving hydrochloric acid affects the feedback loop at all with gastrin and HCL production in general?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Certainly can.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Uh-hmm.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: So what we’re gonna do is, we do a hydrochloric acid challenge.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Uh-hmm.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Which is actually defined by Jonathan Wright –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Uh-hmm.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Over 25 years ago. But basically, when people eat their meal, they’re gonna try supplementing with hydrochloric acid coz if they have a burning in their gut, they probably don’t need it. That’s too much HCl.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Uh-hmm.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Uh they should really have a nice warming sensation, uh –but most people wouldn’t get that. And so what we do is we have to do it after the meal so the body is gonna release whatever they’re gonna release. Then as we start enhancing the digestion to the proteins, the minerals, and to the essential nutrients, the body can be more effective at producing the HCl. Uhm but– you know, we don’t want people to__

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: The guideline is the lowest dose for the shortest duration. So as soon as they can start titrating down their own dose, uh- and by the way, let’s say, you start taking uh- let’s say, 4 hydrochloric acid tabs.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And you have to do that for a few weeks. Also, and 4 creates a little uncomfortable sensation. Guess what? For now, 3 ½ for 3 and then ultimately, we’d like people to be able to wean off it a little bit.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. That’s really good general idea. And regarding enzymes, do you like taking enzymes before, during or after a meal?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: It’s gonna do different things.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Uh-hmm.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And so enzymes away from food, there’s actually a specialized supplement in the gut called an M cell. And the M is for macromolecules. And in a pediatric gut, new born infant section has a ton of those cells. And by the way, when you look at mother’s milk, it has immunoglobulins in it.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: That’s passive immunity.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And the only way that it can get to the infant system is by being absorbed intact so they have a higher concentration in each cell. So we all have the ability to absorb certain macromolecules intact. If you take enzymes away from food, it have a number of systemic benefits. Take it with food, I always tell people it digest food. But away from food, it digests into the system like scar tissue, like infection. And there’s even date suggesting that it’s anti- cancer.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. The serrapeptidase enteric coated enzymes work phenomenal. I used a company about called World Nutrition. They do really good pepsin. Great research on dissolving cancer and such as well, tumors, too.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: It’s fascinating. You know the book, “Wellness against all Odds” Started 30 cancer patients off of being cancer with nothing but actual remedies. One of the things they did was natural enzymes and pancreatic enzymes.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Nicholas Gonzalez.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Gonzalez – has passed.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: I had a few years ago, last year.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Last year.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Last July.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: He published the longest survivability of non-operable pancreatic cancer patients.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And the only intervention was pancreatic enzymes. So it’s something we need to dive into and look at.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: I think it’s excellent. Yeah. And you have quite a bit of experience dealing with cancer patient. I know we can do a whole podcast on this. But what are the low hanging fruits dealing with cancer patients? I think you already mentioned the ketogenic diet. So you may – you may add that in there. But what are the top three things that your – we should be listening to or focusing on with cancer?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Well, you started out right with ketogenic diets.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: We actually did a rat study within a ketogenic diet and I think the exact statistic was it was something like 50, 58, or 59% longer than people who did not eat ketogenic.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: The second thing is gonna be tons – by the way, the entire diet should be organic. But –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Of course.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: fruits and vegetables. So-

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Tons –

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Study goes way back but people that eat the least fruits and vegetables get most cancers than those eating the least. I mean, here’s one that people may not think about, but again, in the book, “Wellness Against All Odds”, daily coffee –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yup.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Everyone of this patients did that.  And that’s a great way to get the liver dump bile and toxins.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yup. I know you have a little slogan here –

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And if we go –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Go ahead.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Uh – I was gonna say if I tell them one more-

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: But since we’re on the topic of melatonin, National Cancer Institute, talked about mega doses of melatonin at bedtime, 40-50 mg.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And these patients that have inoperable cancer, live longer with less tissue breakdown. So I think what you’re going with is not by jingle but savaging that live jingle.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yes.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Way back when 20 years ago, there was a jingle that was the best part of waking up was Folgers in your cup.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yes. Let’s hear it.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Now the best part of waking up is Folgers in your butt.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yes, I love it.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: But we certainly have better coffee choices, right? We like organic coffee and –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Of course.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: But the top super food that is real nice for drinking and detoxing, if that’s how you wanna use it.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. Everytime I see a Folgers commercial now I flashback in to you in seminar, singing that jingle there. So –

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Yeah.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Love it. Very cool. So we have ketogenic diet, we have uhm –coffee enemas, obviously the organic greens, organic diet. Anything else? Any other low hanging fruit?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Well, you have to look at stress management.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: So –

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Sleep, too.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: The top two enemies of the immune system are gonna be stress and sugar. And  then you threw in sleep in there. You wanna get good sleep. But the first immune cell that drops in a high stress response is a natural killer cell. So daily meditation, visualization. These are things that are proven to have anti-ageing, anti-cancer, certainly long__

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. I think the World Health Organisation put shift work. You know, essentially not sleeping when it’s dark out in the same category, in the same cancer category as asbestos and cigarettes smoking. So we know, you know, it’s a non-substance carcinogen.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: I don’t really know why it’s even legal to still do that, you know.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: I understand that some people need to work the night shift, work the night shift. The idea of shifting your clock so frequently is just so harsh and you’re right. The data is overwhelming. Nobody should do it. It’s toxic on every level to the body.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And it’s funny, too, because the people you think of with shift work, you think of doctors and residency, right? The ones that are standing up all night, ER docs, people that are on-call. The people that are supposed to be promoting health will actually making them the sickest. And I think there’s statistics that the average MD lives 10 years less than their average patient.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Years ago, there was a special on TV – on Youtube uh –and Impaired-

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yup.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And they found out that among all the professions that the medical doctors have some of the highest risk of drug and alcohol dependents, uh – clinical depression.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yup.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: So we gotta take care. These are good people. They’re not in the good system but I hope they got involve to help people. Hey, emergency medicine is great. If you need medicine, medicine is great. But listen, we don’t need to be drugging every man, woman and child for every made up malady on planet earth.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Absolutely.

Dr. Bog: It’s just crazy.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Absolutely. Absolutely. I had a conversation with Paediatric Oncologist over the weekend. And we’re talking about ketogenic diets and we’re talking about sugar. And one of the most interesting things is oncology – there’s very little nutrition given about cancer. I mean I’ve had many patients seen on-call and they’re like, “No, diet has no implication in it.” And they’ll even don’t take your antioxidants, don’t take your vitamin C, don’t take your curcumin for tumor while we’re doing treatment. So that – that’s always very irritating. But the test that they use to look at cancer, the PET scan, right? Uh Positive Emission Tomography. What the test is, it’s basically giving someone some radioactive glucose. And seeing where that glucose goes because the cancer cells are soaking it up. So we know that we’re using these testing to test in conventional medicine to see where the tumor is going. So essentially we’re feeding it during the test so we can get a radiograph picture. But we’re not even telling people to not eat the foods that’s feeding the cancer in the PET scan got begin with.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Complete and total disconnect, you know.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Total.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: It is uh – cancer cell takes up glucose at about 10x the rate of every other tissue in the body. So, yeah. You nail it right on the head. You know, when you explain it to patients as we just have, they get it. And you know, I got a friend right now who’s finishing  Osteopathic- college. Just an absolutely amazing guy. And he always tells me, he says, “Bob, a big part of education is education against natural medicine.” You know, and a lot of people buy it. But lie in sinker. And that’s why we’re such a sick nation and we started a trillion dollars on sick care.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Wow, love it. I mean you said it just so succinctly. Well, is there anything else Dr. Bob, on your mind that you wanted to bring to the listeners?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: You know, it’s always such a joy connecting with you. But I think we hit it pretty well. We don’t need the real extravagant about how we proceed with health. You know the basis of health is love, do what you love, love what you do.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Love yourself, zealously inspect what you put everything in your body. Have a purpose. And in our environment, we need to have discipline. So I was just uh – I’ve read 6 books by Navy Seal in the last year.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Wow.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: And listened to a podcast by Navy Seal. But yes, it says “Discipline Is Freedom” you know, and – and so, one of our mentors said we all must suffer one-two pain. The pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment. If we start living an undisciplined lifestyle, eating the garbage that’s stale, watching the garbage that’s on TV, drinking the garbage that they promote to us, guess what? Garbage in, garbage you will be. So uh- master the basics, be very, very careful about everything that you allow in your environment, especially bad TV. I think that’s been my one of my most recent personal discipline is no more TV for about four years and I don’t know that I’ve missed anything. I mean, no news, nothing like that. I haven’t missed anything that happened in the world. I heard we had a presidential elections.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Hahaha

Dr. Robert Rakowski: But I mean, seriously, right? How many of us really need to be immersed in the bad news every single day? It’s just crazy.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Totally makes sense. And it’s great that you are a physician that totally embodies health. Your practicing and promoting all of it. You’re telling to your patients yourself so you can be a shining example of that.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Well, back at you. Uhm – when we talk about shining, it’s funny, I’ve been training mixed martial arts and some of my patients look to me, they said, “you get punched in the eye this weekend.” “No, I was playing basketball. We played six hours of basketball.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Wow.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Went up for the board and flicked an elbow to the eye. I wish I had a better story than that. You know, but it’s fun playing basketball with my son who’s 23 and fit.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Wow.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Playing with him for six hours, and everybody else, you know. It’s just – you know, healthy living has so many awards and rewards. I personally don’t understand how can somebody make a choice other than to maximise their wellness. Coz it’s a beautiful way to live longer around this planet and contribute.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Absolutely. And last question for you. If you’re stuck on a dessert island, and you only can bring one supplement, one herb, one whatever, what is it?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Well you know, number one super food I’m planning to get is Ghanaian donuts. It’s got the full complement of vitamins, amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fiber and water. I uh – and so-

Dr. Robert Rakowski: It’s considered to cause a sync in nutrition perfection. So that’s what I’m going with. But  let me go with my navy seal buddy. They said, Hey, if they drop you out in any of the world, and you can only have two things with you, whatever weapon, whatever you would take is I’m gonna need two things.  I need oxygen and I need water. And he says the Seals without oxygen, they realize they need it. They go without water, they realize they need it. You know what, guys like us, we can fend for ourselves just give us some air so our brain can work and give us some water so that we can function for about 5 days. Five days anywhere, we’re gonna be okay. We have enough savvy to find what we need to survive and make the world better.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Again, anyone that’s listening, thedrbob.com (T-H-E-D-R-B-O-B.com) Dr. Bob lectures to help professionals, physicians, nutritionists, nurses and he also has some excellent coffee in your website, too. I know you’re really big in the coffee that you mentioned as well. So feel free to check out Dr. Bob.  I think you’re also available for appointments worldwide as well?

Dr. Robert Rakowski: Yeah. You gotta love this technology, right? So I do Skype on occasion halfway around the world. We have to get our timing just right. Uh – I always prefer treating patients face-to-face just kinda face-to-face is okay. But I’d rather see them in person. But guess what? We got some pretty good successes across the planet. Just with a different eye looking at the data that they have.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Awesome, Dr. Bob. Thank you so much for what you do.

Dr. Robert Rakowski: I appreciate it. You always enjoy making the world better.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Thank You.



The Truth About GMO’s

Truth About GMOs

By Dr. Justin Marchegiani

GMO stands for genetically modified organism. Essentially combining different genes whether it be a jellyfish and a tomato or any other type of plant and animal combination. Many people think GMO’s are natural and the process is commonly compared to hybridization.

I will compare and contrast the difference between the two and you can come up with your own opinion regarding what’s natural and what’s not.

Hybridization is crossing different species of plants via a natural interaction ranging from the wind, bees and forced interaction via a laboratory or greenhouse setting. Cross pollinating specific species of plants is used to produce a plant that are stronger and or more palatable. We see this through many crops over the centuries such as producing fruits that are sweeter as well certain crops that are potentially more resistant to drought.  Hybridization can occur naturally and when it’s not it could be akin to an arranged marriage.

Regarding the creation of genetically modified organisms, a gene gun is used to fire DNA coated particles into plant tissue. The DNA is marked using a resistant gene to the antibiotic “vancomycin” which allows for confirmation that the DNA made its way into the plant. The plant is then exposed to the antibiotic vancomycin, where it is assumed that the plants that survive, possess the resistant gene to the antibiotic as well as the genetically modified material. Does this sound natural?  This is also raises questions regarding antibiotic resistant bacteria because of our increased exposure to these compounds.

There are two different types of genetically modified organisms.

Pesticides Drinkers and Producers

1. The pesticide drinkers

Certain crops are made resistant to a pesticide known as Roundup. Roundup is the trade name of a specific pesticide named glyophosate. Glyophosate essentially hugs or binds up minerals away from plants including weeds to essentially kill them. This pesticide is usually sprayed from planes making weeding easier for farmers. This type of farming is usually done on an industrial scale not locally. Instead of Roundup being used specifically, it is sprayed on the entire field. So as long as the crops are resistant to Roundup there doesn’t have to be any specificity regarding where the Roundup is sprayed.  The problem that is created is that more pesticides are now used while the research regarding Roundup shows more destruction to the topsoil as well as well as decreased soil mineral levels because of it.

Our body has this process known as apoptosis which essentially programs cells to die. This is an important process that prevents cells from growing out of control.  When enough cells grow out of control they become cancerous and produce a tumor. There is research showing that glyophosate  can affect our bodies mechanism to activate apoptosis in certain cells.

According to the integrative Journal of applied toxicology: “The Roundup tested alone from 1:20,000 ppm is necrotic and apoptotic from 50 ppm, far below agricultural dilutions. This could delay the activation of apoptosis.”

Glyophosate or Roundup does this through stealing specific nutrients and minerals away from the plants. There is research showing that nutrient deficiencies occur in these Roundup resistant plants as a side effect to the Roundup. The Journal “Plant and soil” in an article in November 2008 showed that glyophosate induced micro-nutrient deficiencies in Roundup resistant soybeans. Showing a decrease in manganese and zinc nutrient levels in soybeans that were Roundup ready (2).

2. The pesticide producers

certain crops are genetically engineered to produce pesticides, one of these pesticides is known as BT toxin (Bacillus thuringiensis) toxin. So essentially these plants can produce their own pesticides, on first glance this sounds great. When you dig a little bit deeper one may want to know what happens to the pesticides in these plants when they are consumed by humans. As there are studies out there showing that genetically modified foods that produce BT toxin can irritate and inflame of the gastrointestinal tract. It’s important to note that this BT toxin kills insects by punching holes in their gastrointestinal tract as well. The next question to ask is can this happen to humans?

Originally BT toxin was thought to be inert to human beings. But with new research coming out in the Journal of applied toxicology showing that BT toxin can exert toxicity in higher concentration. With these toxins being more prolific in our food supply is very difficult to control the average person’s dose. The majority of junk foods out there are full of genetically modified foods whether they are in the form of soy or corn that is used to produce the high fructose corn syrup which is the most common sweetener used today.

Below is a picture of the cells of the stomach lining of rats who works were fed experimental GMO potatoes for just 10 days from a 1999 article in the scientific journal “The Lancet” (1). You can see the cells of the stomach lining and intestines were significantly altered. When you look from slide A to slide B, you can see a significant increase in the amount of cells in the gastrointestinal tract. This raises concerns regarding specific conditions such as cancer which thrive off of uncontrolled cell growth.

There’s a great deal of research in the scientific literature that autoimmune conditions are primarily induced by a leaky gut or gastrointestinal permeability through the tight junctions of the small intestines. The mechanism has been researched and shows that undigested food particles can slip through these tight junctions and create inflammation by the immune system attacking the undigested food particles that typically don’t show up in the bloodstream. The surface proteins of some of these foods such as gluten and dairy are similar to other tissues in the body. As someone gets more inflamed their immune system can easily confuse the surface proteins of the undigested food with the surface proteins of various tissues in the body. This confusion can cause the immune system to to start destroying organ tissues such as the pancreas, the brain the thyroid and many other tissues.

With autoimmune disease on the rise many doctors such as myself are seeing excellent results clinically pulling patients off of GMO’s as well as other gut irritating foods and noticing a significant reduction in inflammation. I personally see antibody levels of my patients dropping when these changes are made.

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Monsanto and DuPont are two of the main companies that own this GMO technology and they stand to make lots of money off the pesticides as well as the patented seeds. It’s important to note that DNA in the seeds have been altered so they have what’s called a “Terminator technology.” Essentially the seeds cannot be saved from one harvest in the next, which is vastly different than organic variety’s of  heirloom seeds which can be saved and used for future seasons. This essentially creates a dependency on Monsanto for the seeds and will inherently make food cost more expensive.  What a great business plan!

There have also been certain myths propagated that genetically modified foods are the answer to starvation and nutritional deficiencies like vitamin-A in many third world countries. A specific breed of rice was created known as “golden rice.” This rice was used in India to help with vitamin A deficiency which was causing blindness throughout the land. The rice was programmed to be drought resistance so in poor weather it would grow and provide the natives with enough vitamin A. What they found was the rice was a failure and did not provide adequate nutrition like it promised.

This happens over and over again with GMO foods, if you just google Indian farmer suicide, you will see that over 100,000 farmers over the last decade in India have committed suicide due to their debts in investing in GMO foods followed by the technologies lack luster results. The sad thing was the farmers typically committed suicide using the same pesticides they purchased from Monsanto “Round Up” (3).

The reality is if the seeds were so productive why are so many farmers resorting to suicide? Farmers in the United States are also being sued by Monsanto for patented seeds that blow into their fields causing them most to have to give up their farms just to pay their legal bills.

Genetically modified foods are not the answer to solve starvation in third world countries; this is the straw man in which GMO food are typically justified  and promoted under.  Getting back to sustainable local organic agriculture is the solution. All the money being thrown into vaccinations and genetically modified foods  for the third world would be better spent on water filtration as well as sanitation measures. Farming with pesticides, chemicals and genetically modified seeds is a relatively new phenomenon. We need to help the third world get back to the basics, and if you read the book “Farmers of 40 Centuries” you will see organic farming at a local level is sustainable, inexpensive, and can feed more people than you think.

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1. The Lancet: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(05)76708-8/fulltext
2. Plan soil: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11104-008-9760-8
3. The BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21077458

Epigenetics And Why You Are Not A Slave To Your Genes

Epigenetics And Why You Are Not A Slave To Your Genes

By Dr. Justin Marchegiani

You are not a slave to your genes. We see all kinds of information on the news today about Angelina Jolie getting a preventative mastectomy, which is removing healthy breast tissue.

She tested positive to the BRCA1 and 2 gene, this is a genetic risk factor for breast cancer.

The question that I purpose is why are there millions of people out there that have this gene and aren’t coming down with breast cancer?

It’s because, genes are not a death sentence. You have the ability to control how your genes are expressed, in regards to how you manage stress.

Essentially, genes are like a light switch; You can flip it on or off based on how you manage stress and it’s the factors above the genes, known as epigenetics (These are the switches that are above).

It’s kind of like you see a puppet and the puppet moves but it’s the marionette above that’s controlling the puppet. It’s the epigenetics above that’s controlling the DNAs, flipping it on and off.

Many different people in different families know that they have a predisposition to heart disease. Their father died of that or their uncle died of that. We see it with cancer in different families as well.

Yes we passed down lots of traits and skills through generations in regards in how to eat and how to manage stress and such. These can play a factor in why these are passed down.

If we don’t manage our stress properly that turns on certain epigenetics, which flip genes on or off.

So the next question is how do we control these?

How To Control Stress

Predisposition, stressing our genes is nothing more than pulling the chain tight. Each link in the chain may be a predisposition. If I pull the chain tight, the heart disease link may break, maybe cancer on another, or fiber fibromyalgia MS on another person.

So the question is, let’s take the stress off the genes (let’s take the stress off the chain). Pulling these chains tight gives us the predisposition for these chain links to break; lessening the stress decreases that chance.

Essentially, we have three main stressors. These stressors can be physical, chemical, and/or emotional stressors.

Physical can be an old car accident, it can be too much too little exercise, old injuries, and traumatic events/physical traumatic events. Chemical stressors can be infections, food allergens, eating poorly, getting exposed to environmental toxins and heavy metals. Emotional stress poor communication in relationships, financial issues, issues with children or your spouse or loved ones.

These are all issues that can affect the emotional side and all of the stressors actually interplay on one another. So what that means is you may have hurt your back in an old athletic injury, an old sports injury. That’s going to decrease your body’s ability to function and do things like maybe golf, or do things that you enjoy.

Then you’re going to have an emotional heart ache now because you’re not going to be able to do some things that used to do and then we have all kinds of inflammation which is a chemical stressor from the injury. So if physical stress becomes a chemical stress which becomes an emotional stress, then all of these stressors interplay on the genes.

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Ability To Control Genes

If we don’t manage those stressors properly then our genes are going to frown, we’re going to see a frowning face. If our genes are managed properly, we are going to see a smiley face. The goal is we want to make genes smile as much as possible.

So getting back to our genetic predisposition analogy, our predisposition is which link may break. But again, if we don’t pull the chain tight we don’t have to worry about the link breaking because the stress isn’t on there to make it break in the first place.

So manage the stressors, by taking the stress off the chain, by taking the stress off your genes. You have the ability to control this.

Going out there and preventatively removing healthy organ tissue is absolutely preposterous. A lot of people do this because they get caught up in the fear of it, they feel like they don’t have control. They feel like it’s a death sentence and I want to make sure that everyone knows that it’s not a death sentence.

You have the ability to control your genes.

So in the analogy of Angelina Jolie and cancer, vitamin D is a perfect analogy that can decrease cancer risk amazingly. Decrease sugar and refined carbohydrates, eating organic, managing stress, getting good sleep, moderate amounts of exercise, and eating cruciferous vegetables; broccoli, asparagus, kale (they’re high in these different cancer metabolizers).

These are all simple things that you can do that can take the stress off your genetic chain. You may have to do a better job at managing stressors than the average person, but you still have the ultimate control to help your genes express optimal health.

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