Your Habits Are More Important Than Your Genes

The science of epigenetics denies the role of genes in disease generation, it focuses more on the environmental factors which are both external and internal.


External environmental factors are dietary habits, sleep quality, stress management, lack of exercise, socioeconomic factors and environmental pollutants. Internal environmental factors activating disease loaded genes are change in body ph, poor tissue oxygenation, body temperature, toxin overload, hormones, and deprivation of night sleep.


“The risk of becoming obese is 2.5 times higher for those who have double copies of a particular gene. However, a good diet neutralizes the harmful effects of the gene. This means that the critical factor is what you eat. Several studies have found that exercise diminishes the effect of the risk gene, but a new study is the first to study the effect of the gene in relation to food habits. The risk variant of the FTO gene is common in the general population. 17 percent have double copies, meaning they have inherited it from both parents. Another 40 percent have a single copy. The FTO genes acts in the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates appetite and satiety, and the risk variant has been connected to an increased energy intake, especially in the form of fat”.


Pregnant Mom’s Diet Can Turn Genes on And Off:


“Researchers have discovered how a mother’s diet can alter her offspring’s gene functions without changing the DNA sequence. In the study, mice that were predisposed obesity, diabetes and cancer grew up healthy because their mothers were fed supplements that blocked the genetic trigger. The study represents the work of an emerging field called epigenetics, which is the “study of how environmental factors like diet, stress and maternal nutrition can change gene function without altering the DNA sequence in any way. Until now scientists have not known why these factors play such a large role in an offspring’s susceptibility to disease like cancer, stroke, diabetes, schizophrenia and others”.
 

Sources:

Science Daily September 11, 2009
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition September 2, 2009 [Epub Ahead of Print]
New York Times October 7, 2003

Holistic Aging Versus Degenerative Aging

Aging is the process of becoming older, a process that is genetically determined and environmentally modulated. Science cannot predict the duration of a human life. Genetics, too, fails, because a centenarian may not have a centenarian parent. According to Dr Chopra: “Aging is much more of a choice than people ever dream” and for that, it is essential to reinterpret the concept of body and realize the “changeless I” inside of us, which the ancient sages in India simply called the Self (Soham). He considers three distinct ways to measure someone’s age: “Chronological Age – how old you are by the calendar; Biological Age – how old your body is in terms of critical life signs and cellular processes, i.e., how time has affected your organs and tissues compared to other people of your chronological age; and Psychological Age – how old you feel you are.”

I have learnt that an individual is living three different age levels at the same time. A male of chronological age 50, would have biological age of 55 and mental age of 60 years. Out of three aging processes, mental is the worst one and most dominating therefore it drags the physical body to the age of mental being. Therefore a young man with advanced mental aging will develop speedy biological aging and will suffer from degenerative diseases at an early age. When you age holistically, mental aging is slower than the biological aging and longevity is the outcome. In my opinion aging is an outcome of external and internal environmental factors, which are affecting the human body. Internal and external environment is interdependent and independent as well. For example; food is an external factor but controls internal environment, and at the same time unhealthy internal chemistry leads to abnormal food cravings. Centenarians go through holistic aging and have common healthy lifestyle factors. In order to delay degenerative aging and have holistic aging, the most important factor is mental health. If we are health conscious we nourish our body with a natural and healthy lifestyle but forget to nourish our mind and therefore suffer from mental aging. Every human being is born with a built-in passion for a hobby which is an anti-dote to mental stress. For holistic aging we have to allocate little time for our hobby.

Signs of Holistic Aging:

If you are between age 40-60, you can use the following check list to assess your type of aging:

  • Not suffering from degenerative diseases like cardiac, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, musculoskeletal disorder, liver disease, kidney disorders, COPD, metabolic disorder and cancer.
  • Miraculous phenomenon of spontaneous remission in terminal stages of cancer is seen only in those individual who are aging holistically.
  • Never try to hide their age.
  • Not suffering from recurrent attacks of infection.
  • Least dependence on allopathic medicines.
  • Sleep naturally.
  • Not having physical signs of aging like wrinkling of facial, hand and feet skin, healthy shiny hair and delayed graying.
  • Pleasant by temperament, youth enjoy their company and they wanted to follow their foot steps.
  • Depressive episodes are temporarily and they don’t allow stress chemicals to infiltrate into the cell environment.
  • Good self critic, open to criticism, always in a learning mode and have many mentors.
  • Never wanted to live in the past and try to avail maximally present opportunities.
  • Can laugh easily and find happy moments in stressful situations also.
  • Nature is at priority in terms of food, exercise, stress, relationships, and even in vacations.
  • Life plans are short term and don’t waste energy in long term planning.
  • Believe in intuition and gut feeling therefore well aligned with mind and spirit. Blessed with wisdom and have good connection with mind and spirit which delay mental aging.
  • Leaves this world peacefully, with less pain and complications.

Signs of Degenerative Aging:

  • Suffer from various acute and chronic diseases frequently and take allopathic medicines quite often.
  • Show signs of weak immune system.
  • Try to hide their actual age.
  • Unhappy or dissatisfied with everything in life and lots of expectations from others.
  • Attention seekers.
  • Anti-nature and prefers short cuts regarding food, rest, exercise and even stress management.
  • Always in a race mode with poor planning.
  • Irritable, short tempered, suffering from various complexes and criticizing other people.
  • Confused in terms of belief, faith and conviction.
  • Stress induced facial skin wrinkling at an early age.
  • Lives in the past and fond of repeating old life success stories.
  • Never carry charisma and people try to avoid their company.
  • Never attain enlightenment and speedy mental aging brings them to the mental level of a child.
  • Are dependent on food, drug, cigarette, or alcohol for stress relieve.
  • Death is due to multiple complications and terminal part of life is debilitating.
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Spring Cleansing

The Russian biologist and physiologist, Metchnikoff a winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine, said in his theory of chronic poisoning, all kinds of toxins in the human body will bring about chronic poisoning. Toxins are possibly one of the main factors, in people suffering diseases, and premature aging/senility. Healthcare experts and scholars worldwide comment, if people don’t keep a healthy dietary regime, there could be around 5kg. of toxin accumulated in their body. For an adult, there is around 3kg.-25kg. of toxin distributed in different organs including every cell , lymph and skin. The ten common toxins are free radicals, mercury, sugar, C reactive proteins, caffeine, cholesterol, cortisol, pesticides, dioxins and homocysteins.

Detoxification

Your body detoxifies itself all day and for the biggest part during your night sleep. Your body has to dispose of the toxic elements it receives from stimulants, nutrition and pollution. God has provided us with a system which detoxifies the body naturally at regular intervals. Besides a routine cleansing, body goes through a special process of natural detoxification from March to April and from September to October. As we know foods used in winters are nutrient rich like meat, fish, eggs, nuts and soups etc. Foods which are nutrient dense also produce heavy load of metabolites or food ash which has to be neutralized or excreted properly. The end products or ash of winter foods are being thrown out of the body by liver, lungs, intestines, kidney and skin. During this process body tries to eliminate allergens, toxins, heavy metals and circulating cancer cells as well.

In this transitional period the body gets ready for the upcoming summer season and new settings are being done to face the other extreme of the weather. If one is not healthy and detoxification is not optimum, circulating toxins settle in various body organs. Poor elimination of toxins lead to asthma, eczema, flu, other skin allergies, size gain obesity, bloating and depression. Try to facilitate your natural detoxification process by taking natural whole foods, 7-8 hours of night sleep, moderate outdoor exercise and managing your stress.

Dietary precautions

Be careful about the dietary discipline; remember breakfast is the most important meal which energizes the detoxifying organs especially liver. Breakfast should be rich in proteins and complex carbs. Avoid excess use of stimulants like fruit juices, tea and coffee during spring season, because they increase acid load in human body and block detoxification.

Whole fruit can be used to help your body detoxify. The best way of doing this is not to eat anything but fruit until noon for 3-5 days. Till that time your body is still busy detoxifying from the night before. The strongest detoxifying effect is caused by the citrus fruits.Especially (red) grapefruit and lemons are detoxifying. Citrus fruit is all acid fruit but also tomatoes and pineapples are acid fruits. Other good detoxifying fruits are mulberry (shahtoot), strawberry, and jujube (bair). Be a little-bit careful with the acid fruits when you are ill. Your body is already very busy detoxifying and when stimulating this process it could cause an over-reaction of your body to clean itself even more and could make you even feel worse for that moment

Proper water intake regarding temperature, amount and timings are important. Dehydrated body will re-accumulate the toxins in the body. Milk intake should be carefully regulated, because milk can cease or enhance detoxification. Raw milk is a good detoxifying agent if taken three hours after or one hour before the main meals. For better detoxification follow eight rules of diet correction available on my website  www.slpintegratedholisticcare.com

Watch your biorhythms

Do not switch to summer clothes, cold drinks and cold water too quickly, because this will drop internal body temperature and will result in diseases. Body biorhythms gradually shift from winter to summer, let nature take its time and don’t shift drastically to the summer lifestyle.

Jet Lag and Frequent Flyer Disorders

SLP SUGGESTIONS FOR PILOTS, CREW MEMBERS AND FREQUENTLY FLYING PASSENGERS:

Jet lag is the result of biorhythm disruptions and a dysfunctional liver. Biorhythms are responsible for the harmony between the internal and external environment. Biorhythms are the set of sensors and chemicals which sense change in outside air, body position, temperature, pressure, humidity, food timings and sleep pattern etc. Whenever they sense changes in above mentioned factors, the functions of liver are modified to align the internal environment with the external environment. Liver has to do many chemical changes to cope with the huge amount of external stress on the body. Liver has to do this readjustment to keep human body in a safe surviving mode. Biological clock is one of the important biorhythms which is connected to sun movement. The jet lag is medically referred to as “desynchronosis, is a  physiological condition which results from alterations to the body’s circadian rhythms; it is classified as one of the circadian rhythm sleep disorders. Jet lag results from rapid long-distance transmeridian (east–west or west–east) travel, as on a jet plane”.

SLP Causes of Jet Lag:

Jet lag is a chronobiological-related problem, similar to issues often induced by shift work. When traveling across a number of time zones, the body clock will be out of synchronization with the destination time, as it experiences daylight and darkness contrary to the rhythms to which it has grown accustomed: the body’s natural pattern is upset, as the rhythms that dictate times for eating, sleeping, hormone regulation and body temperature variations no longer correspond to the environment nor to each other in some cases.

Other important external factors are the plane environment with artificial air pressure, artificial air composition, controlled temperature, high noise, and lot of artificial and processed foods served during the flight. Processed foods served in wrong combinations at wrong timings are a major factor in prolonging the physiological effects of jet lag or frequent flying related disorders. I have seen about 10-15 pilots with bad holistic health at a young age. I have observed an early onset of signs of aging in them. Pilots or crew members suffer more from mental ageing because of their high stress job. If a person suffers from a speedy mental aging, the other two aging phenomenon like chronological or biological automatically set at an advanced pace. They start suffering from chronic degenerative disorders at an early age.

I have personally observed the effects of jet lag on my body while travelling to various destinations. As one of the important SLP diagnostic tools is pulse analysis, I found that after about three to four hours of flight my liver pulse has start jumping, which indicates an overloaded liver. Liver is the master biorhythm regulator but both are interdependent also. The disruption of body clock rhythm, sleep rhythm, subtle stress and abnormal food timings lead to a hyper-liver state which is responsible for multiple chemical adjustments to withstand this condition. If your basic health was optimum, then your liver will cope effectively with this massive shift in the biorhythms. If you have a dysfunctional liver and you travel frequently then you have to be very careful.

Symptoms:

The symptoms of jet lag can be quite varied, depending on the frequency of flying, amount of flight time, and time of the day when journey starts. Other personal factors are medical status, personality, immune status and individual planning before travelling. An individual with sound medical health, calm mind and good planning abilities is going to suffer less and will not have residual jet lag effects. In a healthy person there are no Jetlag symptoms, otherwise symptoms can last for 3-10 days. They may include the following:

  1.     Headaches
  2.     Fatigue, irregular sleep patterns, insomnia
  3.     Lower limbs swellings and numbness
  4.     Disorientation, grogginess, irritability
  5.     Mild depression
  6.     Bloating and loss of apatite
  7.     Constipation or diarrhea

SLP MANAGEMENT:

It is possible to avoid or minimize the effects of jet lag by following some basic steps before, during, and after the flight.

Before the Flight:

It is recommended to visit the doctor to plan a coping strategy for medical conditions that require monitoring, including when to take medications or any other necessary detail.

5-7 days prior to flying become careful about your dietary intake, and try to follow SLP eight rules of diet correction available at my website. These rules will align your biorhythms and will try to bring liver in an optimum functional state. Focus on 6-8 hours night sleep, so that you don’t carry any sleep debt. You can also start antioxidants, omega three fatty acids and probiotics two weeks prior to travelling.

During the Flight:

To avoid dehydration, passengers are discouraged from taking alcoholic beverages and caffeine, as caffeine disrupts sleeping schedules. It is recommended to drink plenty of water to help counteract the effects of the dry atmosphere inside the plane. Eat small portions of food and avoid meal if it is 2-3 hours later than your usual meal time and then satisfy your hunger by taking only fruits, desserts, salads, nuts or dry fruits. Be careful regarding your food combinations. Strictly avoid taking drinks, juices, fruits, tea, coffee and desserts with or right after your meals. If you want take these sugary foods take them 15-30 minutes before your next meal. This simple precaution will reduce the intensity of jet lag surely by 50%. Vitamin C rich fruits and dairy products facilitate liver in handling the chemistry of jetlag.

Avoid using I pad, laptops or videogames, watching movies or using cell phones during flight, their bright light will further disrupt your biorhythms. Listening to good music, doing recommended exercises, meditation, breathing exercises also help in decreasing flight related disorders on short and long term basis as well.

 Upon arrival:

Now your priority should be to focus on sleep and cover your sleep debt also. By getting extra sleep you will be out of jet lag within few hours. Another helpful way to minimize jet lag is to adapt to the local time and eat accordingly. Also, exposure to sunlight during the day is helpful. Do follow SLP eight rules of diet correction upon arrival as well.

SLP SUGGESTIONS FOR AIRLINE ADMINISTRATION:

I.  Pilots and crew members when selected should be in a perfect holistic health, which an integrated physician or holistic physician
can check.

II. Their holistic checkup should be done quarterly.

II.  A family interaction will be required to assess the role of that person in the home environment.

IV. Their lifestyle should be nature oriented.

V.  Airline staff food should be natural and prepared in a healthy cooking manner.

VI. Fish, nuts, berries, milk, cheese and yogurt should form major portion of their routine diet plan.

VII. Yoga, breathing exercise, stretching should be part of routine and little space should be allocated in plane. 10-15 minutes of these
exercises for the crew and for the frequently flying passengers will reduce the effects of jetlag.

Book Review “Living as Nature Intended” by WAPF Journal

One common, off-the-cuff mainstream criticism of alternative medicine is that it is not evidence-based. It is not possible for anyone who works for or advocates conventional medicine to say that without dangling from one of the higher peaks of hypocrisy. Even if you don’t agree, the fact that large crowds are increasingly giving the alternatives a try indicates there is a problem with the mainstream. Many people’s personal experience with conventional medicine is unsatisfactory, so who cares if it is scientific? Perhaps we should not gullibly accept everything published on Medline just because it is published on Medline.

Dr. Feroz, a WAPF chapter leader in Pakistan, is obviously not suggesting that we immerse ourselves in conventional medicine in order to live as nature intended. She covers a wide range of alternative subjects. One topic briefly touched is the fascinating work of Dr. Fritz Albert Popp on the biophoton field. He has found that DNA generates very weak, coherent (laser-like) signals at frequencies of several billion hertz and uses those signals to communicate among cells. Unfortunately, cell phones also operate at those frequencies so getting too cozy with your cell phone is not going to be good for your health.

This book takes a holistic approach to health and a lot of subjects are covered over a lot of pages. The nutrition theme is pervasive and is consistent with WAPF principles.

The importance of liver health is another major theme. Problems with the liver eventually cascade into problems all over the body. There are at least thirty metabolic functions performed by the liver. While filtering and detoxification functions are well-known, other lesser-known functions include storing minerals and vitamins, including fat-soluble vitamins; constructing about fifty thousand enzyme systems used throughout the body; and helping maintain blood pressure, blood sugar regulation and electrolyte balance. That is merely the very short list.

UCLA research compiled another list of behaviors associated with a healthy lifestyle. If you want to try those suggestions, they would be: sleeping seven or eight hours a night, eating breakfast, not eating between meals, maintaining normal weight, regular physical activity, engaging in moderate drinking, and not smoking. A quote from the May 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association says “Evidently, the ruse is over regarding the need for useless drugs. . . especially when simple lifestyle changes are just as effective. . . ” TheBritish Medical Journal stated that lifestyle changes are at least as effective as prescription drugs in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. The New England Journal of Medicine confirmed that statement.

Dr. Feroz quotes an observation to the effect that exercise is generally useless for weight loss. My personal experience is that while that opinion is controversial, it is nevertheless true. Exercise is a good thing but won’t help most people much with weight loss if diet is not addressed, but not in the way it is conventionally considered. Another controversial observation along the same lines is that calorie counting is a huge scam. I would have to agree with that too. In fact, if you are a patient of Dr. Feroz, you are not allowed to count calories. That should be a no-brainer. Many people have been desperately depriving themselves of calories (or trying to) for decades now. Look around. How’s that working out?

Timing is everything. That might be a slight exaggeration but timing is discussed extensively as it relates to a healthy lifestyle. It makes a difference when you sleep, how long you sleep, when you eat breakfast and other meals. The connection between lack of sleep and lack of health is pretty well known by now. It seems that eating breakfast is correlated with a smaller waist and better cognitive function.

Speaking of thinking clearly, chapter fourteen gives the reader some quotes from Dr. Russell Blaylock explaining that we have an epidemic of neurological disorders that used to be rare. While neurosciences literature has no explanation (perhaps because that group of scientists doesn’t eat breakfast) there is a long list of likely causes, from MSG to aluminum, lead, mercury and pesticide exposure, to mineral deficiencies, to trans fats, to lack of probiotics, to watching too much television.

The subject of women’s health comes up toward the end of the book. Dr. Joan Borysenko is quoted as stating that “Women tend to be excluded from medical studies because they are too complicated to understand. That’s something every man has known for the past several thousand years.” Perhaps some of the confusion is due to all the spin that occurs when the British Medical Journal reports that there are 29 percent more deaths from breast cancer among those who had mammography compared to those who didn’t. The spin gets dizzying as vested interests try to explain why that doesn’t mean you stop scheduling those regular mammograms. If you had breakfast this morning you may already know the thumb is UP for this book.

This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Fall 2012.

Reference: http://www.westonaprice.org/thumbs-up-reviews/living-as-nature-intended-by-dr-shagufta-feroz

SLP and Vitamin D Deficiency

Much has been written about the benefits of vitamin D and deficiency related dysfunctions. We doctors are mainly blaming less sun exposure which is not the only reason for its deficiency. Problem with conventional medical system is that when it cannot find the correct root cause, it always blames a “difficult to cure root cause” which is humanly non-accessible.

Scientific facts about vitamin D:


Vitamin D is a group of fat-soluble secosteroids responsible for intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate. In humans, vitamin D is unique because it can be ingested as cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) or ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and because the body can also synthesize it (from cholesterol) when sun exposure is adequate (hence its nickname, the “sunshine vitamin”). Vitamin D is carried in the blood stream to the liver, where it is converted into the pro-hormone calcidiol which is also known as calcifediol (INN), 25-hydroxycholecalciferol, or 25-hydroxyvitamin D—abbreviated 25(OH)D; and which is the specific vitamin D metabolite that is measured in serum to determine a person’s vitamin D status.[2][3] Circulating calcidiol may then be converted into calcitriol, the biologically active form of vitamin D, either in the kidneys or by monocyte-macrophages in the immune system. When synthesized by monocyte-macrophages, calcitriol acts locally as a cytokine, defending the body against microbial invaders.[100] Following the final converting step in the kidney, calcitriol (the physiologically active form of vitamin D) is released into the circulation. By binding to vitamin D-binding protein (VDBP), a carrier protein in the plasma, calcitriol is transported to various target organs.[87] Calcitriol circulates as a hormone in the blood, regulating the concentration of calcium and phosphate in the bloodstream and promoting the healthy growth and remodeling of bone. Calcidiol is also converted to calcitriol outside of the kidneys for other purposes, such as the proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis of cells; calcitriol also affects neuromuscular function and inflammation.[5] Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) is produced photo chemically in the skin from 7-dehydrocholesterol. 7-dehydrocholesterol is produced in relatively large amount in the skin of most vertebrate animals, including humans.

The vitamin D receptor VDRs belongs to the nuclear receptor super family of steroid/thyroid hormone receptors, and VDRs are expressed by cells in most organs, including the brain, heart, skin, gonads, prostate, and breast. VDR activation in the intestine, bone, kidney, and parathyroid gland cells leads to the maintenance of calcium and phosphorus levels in the blood (with the assistance of parathyroid hormone and calcitonin) and to the maintenance of bone content.[64] There are only 30,000 genes in your body and vitamin D has been shown to influence over 2,000 of them. That’s one of the primary reasons it influences so many diseases.

SLP causes of vitamin D deficiency:

I will try to relate the sources of vitamin D, organs and systems contributing in the metabolism and absorption of vitamin D, and an unhealthy lifestyle. This global vitamin D deficiency is not a simple phenomenon to understand, and probably it took many decades to develop this deficiency.

First look at the precursors/sources of vitamin D in the human body:

  • Proper and sufficient exposure to sunlight
  • Foods rich in cholesterol to produce more vitamin D
  • Intake of healthy proteins to produce sufficient vitamin D binding proteins (VDBP), broiler chicken based diet makes us protein deficient.
  • Healthy skin and availability of right type and amount of cholesterol in skin layers, application of sun blocks and various skin lotions impair the absorption of vitamin D

Organs / system required for absorption and bioavailability of vitamin D are:

  • Skin
  • Parathyroid gland
  • Monocytes-macrophages in immune system
  • Liver to produce calcidiol
  • Kidney to produce calcitriol
  • Proper circulation of blood for availability of vitamin D to the target body areas

Unhealthy lifestyle factors and vitamin D deficiency:

  • Low fat, fat free and transfats laden foods have invaded our routine diet and cause deficiency of fat soluble vitamin D. Vitamin D rich natural foods like raw butter, ghee, whole milk, organ meats and egg yolks are avoided under the instruction of a medical doctor.
  • According to the rules of biological clock we are suppose to follow specific meal timings for the optimum absorption of various nutrients especially vitamin D which has got the involvement of multiple systems for its absorption. Maximum absorption of vitamin D is from an early breakfast which is rich in, fats and proteins. However people prefer to eat dead foods for the breakfast in the form of packaged cereals, bran or white flour products or foods with naked calories.
  • In a routine meal, chemically incompatible foods are combined to produce unhealthy metabolites which are liver and kidney toxic, therefore disturbing their metabolic functions. A dysfunctional liver will impair vitamin D conversion into calcidiol, resulting in low serum levels of vitamin D in Laboratory tests. Therefore a dysfunctional liver is the root cause of commonly observed low levels of vitamin D. Low calcidiol will affect the production of calcitriol from kidney and immune cells. Calcitriol works on target organs therefore its deficiency will be affecting multiple biological functions of a human body and resulting in various signs and symptoms.
  • Repetition of same food groups, natural or artificial for weeks or months result in overloading of one type of metabolite which impair liver and kidney functions. So keep on switching between various natural food groups to facilitate proper detoxification of liver and kidneys, which will result in optimum absorption of various food  nutrients.
  • Less open air exposure has dropped the blood oxygen level, therefore putting extra load on our lungs. Another factor which has affected the health of our lungs is the breathing pattern. Lifestyle stress has forced humans to adopt shallow breathing patterns and which has affected lung immunity. Acupuncture says that lungs look after the health of our skin. If lung function is impaired, skin absorption of vitamin D will be impaired indirectly.
  • Our second brain resides in our gut, stress filled lifestyle and artificial foods have badly affected the gut environment and flora causing poor absorption of vitamin D.
  • Another unhealthy important lifestyle factor is less nocturnal sleep. Sleep deprivation is giving less rejuvenation time to liver, kidney, gut and endocrine glands, therefore impairing nutrient absorption especially vitamin D.

 How to manage this deficiency:

Vitamin D deficiency is a result of  an unhealthy lifestyle resulting in multiple chemical imbalances and dysfunction of various organs. Modify your dietary habits by following “SLP eight rules of diet correction” from my website.  http://www.slpintegratedholisticcare.com/diet_correction.html

Learn to recognize and manage your stress on every day basis. Do some out door activity to get sufficient oxygen and sunlight and learn how to breathe properly.  Take natural foods and fermented foods in routine to take care of your gut, which will facilitate the absorption of vitamin A and D. Learn how to align your body with nature by reading  my book “ Living as Nature Intended”.

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Medical Mafia

The human body is a mass of about 50 trillion cells and each cell is an independent unit regarding its functions. It can think, communicate, grow, replicate and at the same time is connected to the main controlling systems also. It has an uninterrupted electrical and energy supply. Each and every cell is connected to mental and spiritual being also. Traditionally, public health relies extensively on conventional (allopathic) medicine in its quest to prevent and treat disease. The conventional medical system is perfect in teaching you the cell embryology, chemistry, physiology, and pathology. But it can’t give you any details sub-cellular components which are connected to mind and spirit. So the advanced and high-tech medical science is totally ignorant about two third of a human and knows only one third about the human body.

Mean Alliance

In order to overcome this ignorance it declares pharmaceuticals, laboratory technicians and pathologists their best partners and take shelter behind them. The beauty of medical system is that doctors, pathologists and pharmacists are united and well connected and always support each other regarding the ailment of their patient. They convince their patient about their diagnosis and their ultimate treatment. Influenced by the mega medical mafia patient forces himself to agree with the doctor, though dis-agree at their subtle level. This whole process gradually takes the patient to its end, and medical system is still free of all allegations. A In a 2003 publication, the British Medical Journal said, “Twisted together like the snake and the staff, doctors and drug companies have become entangled in a web of interactions as controversial as they are ubiquitous (everywhere).”

Fear Factor

Four years ago, the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Annals of Internal Medicine and The Lancet – put out an all-points bulletin throwing up a red flag warning that clinical research had really become little more than commercial activity (a way of making money key strategy of the alliances is to target the news media with stories designed to create fears about the condition or disease and draw attention to the latest treatment. This has led to problems on several key levels:

  • People with benign, normal symptoms taking dangerous drugs. As we are convinced that natural signs of aging and common conditions are diseases or treatable symptoms, we take drugs for such things as balding, anxiety, mild bone loss and indigestion, which put us at risk for issues that were not true illnesses or risks.
  • People being tested regularly and undergoing unnecessary treatments with drugs and invasive surgery. Very few people after middle age can pass tests without being told that they have some sort of “risk.” This risk is turned into a pseudo-disease leading to such things as dangerous breast and colon surgery and “preventative” medications. (For example, a male patient over age 40 goes to the doctor for a sore throat and finds the doctor’s finger up his rectum. The doctor informs him he has a prostate issue and removes it, causing the man to be impotent for the rest of his now-miserable life.)

Misleading Researches

Another important factor is error in medical research is causing people to get hurt and even die, Dr. Ioannidis says, noting that statistical flukes often serve as the basis for misleading medical recommendations.  As Newsweek reported:

“When you do thousands of tests, statistics says you’ll have some false winners,” says Ioannidis. Drug companies make a mint on such dicey statistics. By testing an approved drug for other uses, they get hits by chance, “and doctors use that as the basis to prescribe the drug for this new use. I think that’s wrong.” The research appears to be particularly shoddy when it comes to surgery. Most surgeries have been tested far less so than medications, and many may be offered as medical solutions when there is little science to back them up. As Dr. Ioannidis told Newsweek:

“I wouldn’t be surprised if a large proportion of surgical practice is based on thin air, and [claims for effectiveness] would evaporate if we studied them closely.

The “double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial” is regarded as the gold standard of medical research. But there are serious problems with these studies, unknown to most, but widely acknowledged by researchers.

Scientific Foods

Another industry which supports this mafia is the food industry which has started preparing scientific foods to please their scientific bosses. There is a boom of low fats, low calories, high fiber, sugar free processed and genetically modified foods. These scientific foods are highly controlled foods in terms of their ingredients but are devoid of natural constituents. Putting these foods into body generate new set of diseases like, allergies, autoimmune disorders, obesity, hormonal imbalances, early onset of degenerative diseases and cancers.

What to do

  • If you’re facing a health challenge it is best to work with a health team, which may include a competent regular physician along with a natural health consultant. Your team should include experts who understand health at a foundational level and have had extensive experience in helping others resolve their health care challenges successfully.
  • Ultimately, you must come to the realization that you are responsible for your, and your family’s, health not your physician, and certainly not any researchers. You’ve got to become an active participant in your care and make sure you are making decisions that correspond with your own judgment, knowledge and experiences.
  • If the medical advice you follow is creating more problems and symptoms than it solves, keep looking; if it’s making you feel great, you’re probably on the right track.
  • Remember to refine your ability to listen to your body’s feedback and follow those signals, no matter what any health expert, including me, is telling you. You can typically rely on your body to tell you the truth and guide you to the best solutions for your long-term health.
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A Comparative Lifestyle Observational Study of Four Nationalities

This year I got a chance to travel to USA, UK, and Thailand from 17th June to 13th August 2013. This trip was of academic interest besides holidays. In June I got a chance to do a lifestyle modification certification course from Harvard University. Later I had a brief tour of best USA universities like MIT, Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, and few more in California State. The enlightening aura of these prestigious institutes have energized my mind and soul. During this eight weeks period I compared the lifestyles of various cultures. My definition of Lifestyle is composed of, a person’s dietary habits, his amount and quality of nocturnal sleep, stress management and routine exercise. Below is an account of that observational study which encompasses comparison of above mentioned factors and few more lifestyle factors as well.

 American lifestyle

I found that Americans have worst eating habits, they eat mostly processed foods and are very casual about eating habits especially breakfast. They take ice cold water and juices with meals which I think is a strong disease causing factor. They take coffee with food especially with their breakfast, which spoils the nutrients of their food. Alcohol intake, drugs and smoking is a common practice, which reflects poorly managed stress. Their fast pace life has led to disturb family life, therefore conjoint and nuclear family life concept is rare. They think that doing exercise is as an important healthcare tool, this myth is further adding to their chronic diseases. The nocturnal sleep quality is average. They do not have time to indulge into collective religious, traditional or culture promoting  activities. In shopping areas you do not find local products, mostly you find “made in China” products.  Americans are very casual about what they wear, or probably they have forgotten the formal dress. An natural lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits have made their skin health poor, it is pigmented, tone less and can see early age skin wrinkling.  American have high obesity incidence, and teen age obesity is quite common.

British lifestyle

I found British people dietary habits slightly better than Americans. English breakfast composition is quite healthy and they prefer to take tea instead of coffee , though most of them are not into breakfast habit. They are not fond of ice cold water and take less drinks with foods. Alcohol intake, and smoking is a common practice. Stress level is high,  people appreciate nuclear family concept but number of single mothers is high. People are health conscious and lot of alternative therapists are licensed to practice. I have not observed collective promotion of religion, culture and tradition activities. I got a chance to watch a Shakespeare play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ organized by drama society of Cambridge university, but it was not of a good standard. British people are conscious about their routine and formal dress. Their poor nutrition and tanning craze has made their skin pigmented, saggy and early wrinkles. The incidence of obesity is comparatively low.

Thai lifestyle

My opinion is Thai people are careful about what they eat, and their staple diet is rice, noodle, soup or sea food. They do take traditional breakfast and they are not fond of English breakfast. They are less dependent on tea, coffee, cigarette or alcohol and prefer to take herbal teas during the day. They appeared less stressful and follow a simple lifestyle. The concept of a nuclear and a conjoint family prevails in their society. They prefer to wear their traditional dress and promote their Thai silk. They follow Buddhism, and you can see the statue of Lord Buddha on all hill tops. Government promotes Thai culture by organizing high budget plays, I have seen    ’ Siam Nirmit which was an excellent show. Thai are very loyal to their queen and she is known as mother of the nation. Their labor class is hard working and honest, one of my family member lost I pad in the Thai airline and it was found scratch less after two weeks. Traditional holistic sciences are common and people prefer this treatment. I have observed less obesity and their skin health is good.

Pakistani lifestyle

I found Pakistanis very careless about what they eat, and their eating habits have gone worst during last 15-20 years. Breakfast intake is not their preference and normally opt for processed foods. During the day intake of tea, biscuits, coffee is a common practice and dependence on cigarette, alcohol and drug is increasing by the day. Due to bad political system general public stress level is high and leading to multiple malpractices. People now are more into an artificial lifestyle but Pakistanis still carry a nuclear and conjoint family concept. They prefer to wear traditional and western dresses but Pakistani cotton is very popular. Labor class is very hard working and creative but due to poverty moral values are compromised. Conventional medical system dominates but poor health is common. Moderate obesity prevails and general skin condition is good.

The Dashboard of a Human Car

A dashboard is a control panel placed in front of the driver of an automobile, housing instrumentation and controls for operation of the vehicle. Gauges such as a speedometer, tachometer(revolution counter), odometer (shows distance travelled) and fuel gauge, and indicators such as gearshift position, seat belt warning light, parking-brake-engagement. The human body also has a dash board but its gauges are spread all over the body. While driving a car we keep an eye on the dashboard to avoid accidents and malfunctioning of the engine. Same benefits we can get if we keep a check on the body’s dashboard. Speedometer and odometers are reflected in the nostrils, chest movement and breathing pattern. But the difference is that we keep an eye on a car’s dash board but we never look at our gauges conveying very important information and ultimately come across a fatal ending.

  1. You can judge fuel or energy reserves from facial expressions, skin color, and wrinkles. Forehead lines reflect the status of your gut, pigmentation on face indicates stress, grief, hormonal imbalance and a dysfunctional liver. Glow of facial skin is an indicator of optimum holistic health and slow aging of internal organs like liver, heart, kidney and brain. Facial expressions indicate state of mind.
  2. Eyes are windows through which you can assess the state of mind and soul. Sunken eyes indicate hyperactive liver and presence of chronic degenerative disorder in the body. Puffy upper lids show water retention, swollen lower eye border shows stomach dysfunction. Twitching of right eye shows abnormal alkaline body chemistry and left eye twitching shows stress and hyper liver. Chronic redness in eyes shows dysfunctional liver and overheating of the body. Drowsy, shrunken and drooped eyes indicate low B.P., low body temperature, low sugar and poor circulation to the head and neck area. Dull eyes again indicate low vitality, healthy eyes are sparkling and wide open. Frequent blinking of eyes tell about the stress in the body.
  3. Well-formed nostrils indicate proper oxygenation of blood. Deformed or distended nostrils indicate blocked sinus and improper breathing leading to oxygen deficiency in the body.
  4. Color of lips tells quality of blood, vertical lines on the lips indicate suppressed immunity and gut disorders.
  5. Double chin indicates water retention. Rounded jaw line indicates obesity and saggy facial muscles.
  6. Heavy upper body indicates acidic ph of body and heavy lower half of the body indicates hormonal imbalance, water retention, chronic stress, and wrong exercises.
  7. Heavy lower limbs indicate impaired blood and lymphatic circulation, water retention and lack of exercise or over exercise.
  8. Cracked heels indicate a stomach disorder and poor immunity. Deep cracks indicate serious immunity disorders.

Humans are blessed with an early disease warning sensors, giving various signals but we never listen to our body. Every disease has an incubation period which varies for acute and chronic diseases. During this period the battle between the pathogen and immune system is going on. The debris of this war are reflected on skin and various internal systems. The fast pace lifestyle and outer world commitments have totally disconnected us from the preventive health aspect of our holistic being.

My Retreat at Levinson institute of Harvard Medical School

I landed at Boston Logan airport with frequent thoughts of regret about my decision to attend Levinson Leadership Physician course. The same evening while having dinner I learnt about the other ten foreign delegates, and felt better. I initially participated in the seminar with my mental guard mode ON, because I did not want to accept anything that were to challenge my professional integrity. I joined the course with a lot of opposition from social and professional circles, so you can well imagine my mental state and apprehensions.

Gradually I started to feel that something was starting to go in my system and my rigid personality coverings began to loosen. The Interesting part was that we were made to do a self diagnosis about our own intellect disorders. During that course I realized that I was suffering from a subtle autoimmune disorder which was reflected in the form of fear of professional failure, over compassionate behavior and self neglect. I got awareness about the accumulated emotional toxins which were affecting my physical, emotional and spiritual well being. Therefore I started enjoying this intellect massage and detox, which I had never experienced in my life before. The blockade was completely reversed after the huge infusions of knowledge laxatives. Removal of the layers of debris from my mental being was absolutely painless and with my absolute consent. I think it was done under subtle general anesthesia.

I also realized that the Faculty was giving us a group holistic therapy, the only instruction given was that we were not suppose to sit with the same participants during the seminar. I appreciate the ability of Cynsie to select the seminar participants, all were genius, humble, courteous and eager to learn. The faculty was very gentle in developing connections with the participants and I also observed the phenomenon of quantum entanglement (acute development of human bonding) which is normally observed collectively in a peak life threatening human crisis, and is of a short duration.

Within 48 hours the group was connected at subtle level and we were absorbing hours and hours of immense knowledge with ease and without mental fatigue. I am sure all of us would have developed dozens of new neural connections to absorb this wisdom. With my group I had a feeling that we were siblings from the same family, because each of us developed non-hormonal, unconditional, respect and love for each other. Jim Allen our group leader was an excellent facilitator in group activities. On the final day my group members collectively discussed about my strength factors which I very proudly would like to share: very intelligent, brave visionary, innovative, passionate, truly holistic-authentic , quite strength.

After registering for this seminar I found that no body asked for my degrees or certificates, because they knew during the operational procedures of training they will know me, more than I know myself. That was the most amazing part where I discovered myself as an individual and a professional being as well. The great healers of the faculty has secretly done non invasive corrective surgery of our higher beings. The Course is over but the psychological contract is being signed, two self addressed letters of self commitments are there for self accountability and The Levinson Cube sitting on my table is a constant reminder to those commitments.