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Eternal Youth is Hiding in Your Telomeres

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

  • Living healthy to 100 isn’t a pipe dream
  • Enjoy health and independence in your “old” age
  • The fat that turns back the hands of time

Most people expect to live well into their 70’s. They hope they’ll make it into their 80’s or 90’s. But I find that most of my patients and other folks I talk to want to reach – and even surpass – their 100th birthday.

While this may sound like a pipe dream to you, it’s a reality for more than 315,000 centenarians worldwide.

Now, I’m sure that some of these centenarians have their share of health problems. But oddly enough, most “super-seniors” don’t die of things like heart disease or cancer like younger elderly patients.

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The One Food You cannot Eat under any Circumstance

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

December 7, 2018

As a physician who takes on medical cases that mainstream docs seem to ignore, I’ve seen more than my share of adult-onset food allergies over the years.

And I have to say. The diagnosis is usually a big shocker for the patient… especially when they’ve never had an allergy or food sensitivity before in their life.

“How could this happen to me? Why did something I used to eat all the time turn against me?”

In many cases, new onset food allergies can be chalked up to what I call non-food products. These are additives that are foreign to our bodies.

I’m talking about artificial flavorings, preservatives and food colorings that have never been a part of our food supply before.

I’m also referring to genetically altered ingredients.

This includes things like recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) in dairy products, GMO Bt toxins and unfamiliar gene bacteria used in GMO food crops. These all produce foreign proteins that trigger your body’s immune response.

Even worse is when you lose tolerance to protein foods you’ve eaten all your life. When you ingest them, you rapidly lose tolerance because it gets harder and harder for your body to break these proteins down into the metabolically active amino acids you need to thrive.

Instead, they just sit around in your digestive track. This gives them plenty of time to provoke a foreign protein allergic reaction. Instead of fueling your health, they deprive you of it.

Plus, many of the un-foods I’ve just mentioned destroy digestive enzymes that are absolutely necessary when it comes to breaking down and absorbing proteins.

If you take antacids, it can make matters even worse.

Not only do these heartburn meds wipe out digestive enzymes. They also deplete much-needed stomach acid and contribute to leaky gut syndrome.

This includes H2 blockers (Pepcid, Tagamet, Zantac) and proton pump inhibitors (Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium, Zegerid).

And let’s face it.

When you develop a food allergy as an adult, it can be a real game-changer!

Out of the blue one or more of your favorite foods gets placed on the “DO NOT EAT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES” list. You suddenly have to ask waiters and waitresses if the item is used to create other dishes on the menu.

If you eat it by mistake you could suffer from something as simple as hives or a rash… or something as life threatening as trouble breathing and swallowing.

Studies done by researchers are also implying that losing food protein tolerance may be an initial harbinger of future autoimmune disease.

While not all cases of food allergies are easily treated, there are some steps you can take that could quickly help you…

Say Goodbye to Food Allergies!

Here’s what I do with my own patients.

First, I address any leaky gut issues by shoring up their intestinal permeability.

For this I recommend 5-10 grams of glutamine and 500 mg of colostrum daily. Both of these nutrients support tissue integrity and improve intestinal permeability. There are medical shakes available that combine what you need in a good tasting glass or two/day.

Next, I boost their nutritional status. In particular, low levels of vitamin A, vitamin D and zinc are closely linked  to leaky gut and food allergies. Look for a high quality multi-vitamin and mineral supplement with high vitamin A and zinc dosages.

Most multi-vitamins contain negligible levels of vitamin D… if at all. So buy that separately. I suggest Vitamin D3 in the cholecalciferol form. It’s the most bioavailable.

Last, but not least, it’s absolutely necessary to replenish digestive enzymes. You’ll want to choose a formula that contains a good mix of enzymes and take it about 30 minutes before meals. It should contain…

  • Amylase for carbohydrate digestion
  • Protease to help digest proteins
  • Lipase for the digestion of fats
  • Maltase to convert complex sugars in grain foods to glucose
  • Cellulase to break down fibers
  • Sucrase to help digest sugars
  • Betain HCL may be needed if you’re not producing enough gastric acid to jumpstart your digestive processes.

Oh! And one more tip.

Chew, chew, chew and chew some more.

If you grind your food around between your teeth 30 to 50 times before swallowing, the saliva you generate can help begin the digestive process and make your food actually taste better and more digestible.

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Keszthelyi D, et al. Effects of proton pump inhibitor therapy in the distal gut: putting the pieces together. Dig Dis Sci. 2012 Oct;57(10):2487-9.

Rapin JP, et al. Possible Links between Intestinal Permeablity and Food Processing: A Potential Therapeutic Niche for Glutamine. Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2010 Jun; 65(6): 635–643.

Achamrah N, et al. Glutamine and the regulation of intestinal permeability: from bench to bedside. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2017 Jan;20(1):86-91.

Benjamin J, et al. Glutamine and whey protein improve intestinal permeability and morphology in patients with Crohn’s disease: a randomized controlled trial. Dig Dis Sci. 2012 Apr;57(4):1000-12.

Halasa M, et al. Oral Supplementation with Bovine Colostrum Decreases Intestinal Permeability and Stool Concentrations of Zonulin in Athletes. Nutrients. 2017 Apr; 9(4): 370.

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Alert: There’s something Weird Going On In America

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

December 3, 2018

There is something weird going on in America…

When people move here from countries like Asia, they start gaining weight. They develop metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

In other words, these people begin to experience the same devastating health problems that plague those here in the U.S. day in and day out.

Why is America so deadly? Continue reading

The Hidden Reason You Aren’t Losing Weight

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 28, 2018

In last Monday’s issue of Advanced Natural Wellness, I talked about the risk of excess body weight – particularly central obesity – when it comes to mortality rates.

This isn’t a new topic.

But it did generate a lot of questions from readers who are dealing with extremely stubborn belly fat. They’re sick of it. They want to get rid of it. But in some cases, they don’t feel that exercise and diet are working for them.

So today I want to dig a little deeper into something that may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts… and share some of the strategies I use in my own practice to help patients demolish deadly central obesity. And with great success! Continue reading

The Problem with BMI

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 26, 2018

The other day a new study hit my desk. And it confirms the results of every other study done on the topic of body mass…

…A high BMI increases your chances of an early death!

This isn’t breaking news.

You know as well as I do that being overweight is detrimental to your health. And sadly, nearly 75% of Americans are overweight or obese. I see it every day here in my own practice.

On the other hand, I don’t necessarily agree that BMI is always the best indicator of obesity. Or early death. Continue reading

My Grandma’s Secret Recipe against Colds

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 23, 2018

Now that we’re in late fall, the common cold is running rampant. And every day – several times a day, in fact – I am hearing the same question over and over again.

“Doctor B, what can I take to get rid of this horrible cold?”

They want to know which over-the-counter cold and cough medicine I recommend. Some of them want me to call in a prescription for antibiotics, thinking that it might help them recover more quickly.

The first thing I do is remind the patients asking for antibiotics that these drugs are only for bacterial infections. They do nothing to stop or cure viral infections like a cold or flu.

And as far as OTC cold remedies are concerned, they don’t speed up the healing process either. They just mask the symptoms. Plus, some of the ingredients found in them are pretty bad for you. Continue reading

Old Age Doesn’t Cause Alzheimer’s. This Does

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 21, 2018

The National Institute of Aging says: “Increasing age is the most important known risk factor for Alzheimer’s.”

Well, that’s just a bunch of baloney.

Alzheimer’s disease is NOT a natural result of aging. Even worse, most of today’s beliefs about the disease are flat-out wrong. Continue reading

The Graphic Truth About Red Meat

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 16, 2018

Patients often ask me if eating grass-fed beef is worth the effort. After all, the conventional meat they buy at the grocery store tastes just fine. And the mouth-watering prime rib or filet mignon at their favorite restaurant isn’t grass-fed either.

“So what’s the big deal, Doc?” they ask. “Give me one good reason to switch.”

When this happens I shake my head and sigh. I know I’m going to have to do something I don’t like doing…

…I’m going to have to get graphic to get my point across. Continue reading

Aspirin: Cure that’s Worse than the Disease

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 12, 2018

I’ve never agreed with the idea of prescribing low-dose aspirin in an attempt to ward off heart disease.

The idea behind the concept is simple. Aspirin works as a blood-thinner. This means it helps reduce the risk of blood clots that could block an artery and cause a heart attack.

I’ll admit. It sounds great in theory. And all of those TV commercial ads make aspirin sound like a wonder drug.

It’s no wonder my patients often ask me if they should be taking low-dose aspirin every day! Continue reading

15 Minutes a Day to shave 9 years off

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 7, 2018

Bette Davis once said, “Old age is no place for sissies.” And I’ll tell you. I’ve met more than my share of patients who seem to share this sentiment. These are the ones who seem to think aging is a slow and tortured downward spiral.

They expect to grow old, sick and feeble as the years go by. And while it’s unfortunate, it’s a trait I see in a lot of people. And some of that is reinforced by physicians who respond to their patient’s complaints with “ you should expect that at your age”.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You actually have a great deal more control over the aging process then you might imagine. Continue reading

Is Perfect Blood Sugar Possible?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 5, 2018

D.J. was in a tizzy when she came into my office. She’s a seasonal resident (snow bird) who just arrived in South Florida for the winter. And only a couple weeks ago she was diagnosed as pre-diabetic by her physician up in Wisconsin.

After talking with her, he wrote out a prescription for Metformin. (That’s the only medication recommended by the American Diabetes Association to delay the onset of diabetes.)

He also explained that if she progressed to type 2 diabetes she would be at greater risk of a cardiovascular event. So he wanted her to start taking a low-dose statin, too.

At the time she thought it all sounded extremely reasonable.

But the drugs are making her dizzy and giving her diarrhea. They also make her “feel funny” – but not in a good way.

“Could you give me something else?” she asked.

That was the wrong question. Continue reading