Are You Ready To Face Winters

  • Have you stopped drinking cold water and cold liquids?
  • Have you stopped using AC and fans?
  • Have you started shifting to warm clothings?
  • Have you started adding winter foods like, soups, nuts, fish or coffee in your routine diet?
  • Are you getting 5-6 hours of night sleep?
  • Are you protecting your children also by giving them immunity enhancing foods?

If yes, then trust me you and your family will not suffer from winter diseases.

What are the signs the winter has disrupted your immunity?

  • Frequent allergies and asthma.
  • Joint pains and difficulty in movement.
  • Bad bloating and weight gain.
  • Depression and mood swings.
  • Freezing hands and feet.
  • Darkening of complexion.
  • Dryness of skin.

Yoga a Holistic Exercise

My clinical experience has proven yoga, the best exercise for holistic health. Physical benefits of yoga are that it relaxes muscles, ligaments and joints. It corrects blood and lymphatic circulation. Works on endocrine glands which none of the exercises can work. It aligns body skeleton in a perfect manner, which we mal-align due to wrong sitting postures. Yoga rejuvenates skin and is anti aging. Yoga is a remedy for speedy mental ageing and enhances memory and concentration.

Yoga has spiritual benefits as well. In order to connect with higher being we need to quite our mental excitability.

In her book Yoga for Emotional Balance, clinical psychologist and yoga therapist Bo Forbes explains that depression can imprint itself on both patterns of movement and posture. She writes that when we’re depressed the body “may have what I call ‘Closed Heart Syndrome,’ a postural pattern that illustrates the helplessness, hopelessness, and self-protective withdrawal of depression.” In this syndrome, “the chest sinks and the heart area collapses (making) the breath shallow and slow.” In addition, she says that “the upper spine and shoulders round, as though to protect the heart from further disappointment. This also protects us from intimacy, which people with depression may see as merely another chance to be hurt.”

In yoga, Dr. Forbes explains, “we use head and neck alignment, heart-opening restorative postures and deep breathing to lift and balance depression.” She adds that “people who have physical symptoms of depression often benefit from lengthening and opening the upper thoracic spine and chest areas.”

Some research suggests that yoga, along with strength and flexibility training, can effectively address depression, and we know that other forms of exercise, principally aerobic exercise such as walking or jogging, can improve mood. Many studies show that depressed patients who stick to a regimen of aerobic exercise improve as much as those treated with medication and are less likely to relapse. The data also suggest that exercise prevents depression and boosts mood in healthy people. More research is needed to reveal exactly how exercise does this and to determine just how much and what kind works best, but given what we now know, I consider it inexcusable to omit exercise from an integrative treatment plan for emotional well-being.

Teens and Teenage Problems

Whatever I have written here is the result of my 24 years of independent research, clinical experience and observation with children of all age group. I had also organized an interactive session with a group of about 30 children, age ranging from 13-20 years, once a week for 12 weeks. The objective was to learn more closely about adolescence problems.  Summary of that program was, none of the teens were happy with their parents and the life facilities. They wanted to achieve something in life with a poor clarity about that something . Following is a guideline to learn about your child and how to handle their age related issues.


  • Wants to spend less time with the family or wants to be alone.
  • Wants to spend more time with friends and in outings.
  • Preferring  junk food over  home cooked food.
  • Academically starts showing poor performance.
  • Starts bullying others or is bullied.
  • Has become a late sleeper.
  • Has become lethargic or fatigued.
  • Has started losing weight or putting on weight in a disproportionate manner.
  • Always unhappy with parents or other siblings.
  • Is irritable and shows mood swings.


Hyperactive mental syndrome is a state of body which develops as a result of multiple mineral imbalances, especially calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc. Other important causative factor is that their blood oxygenation level is poor. In order to compensate for these deficiencies their mind is set in a race mode to get extra supply of nutrients and oxygen, but simultaneously their thought process is hyper-activated and mind starts wandering beyond the capacity of that teen.  A child with hyperactive mind is always unhappy with the present life, lives in future or in the fantasy world and is restless physically. There are certain signs and symptoms which you can observe in a teen with a hyper-active mind:

  • Poor immunity reflected in the form of  frequent allergies, asthma, eczema  and stomach disorders.
  • Might suffer from high blood pressure.
  • Weight imbalance.
  • Quite but observant.
  • Sleep disorders and  restless  nights.
  • Are anxious and impatient.
  • Suffers from insecurity, fears and phobias.
  • Behaves more mature to their age.
  • Though young but try to play their role in the well being of the family.
  • Some of the adolescence think their parents are conservative and do not carry sufficient wisdom therefore they do not talk to them.
  • Tries to involve themselves  into bigger issues of the family, society or even the country but do not focusing on the age relevant issues.


  • Maternal factors  during pregnancy and post delivery.
  • Formula milk fed babies.
  • Poor infant care.
  • Fed on processed or artificial foods in first two years of their life.
  • Early age educational stress.
  • Lot of expectations from the child regarding academic performance.
  • Parental conflicts in presence of the child.
  • Open discussion of family problems in front of the child.
  • Over exposure to technology  in the form of  video games, cell phones, laptops and i-pads.
  • Over exposure to TV and less outdoor activities.


  • Focus on pre-conception and conception diet.
  • Maximum focus on the child’s food during the first year of life.
  • Do not forget the role of touch, hugging and story telling.
  • Parents should never discuss their issues in front of the child.
  • Till the age of five years do not put your child in the stress of becoming the best.
  • Be their best friend and listen patiently to their every day story, do not correct them. Develop their confidence and guide them as need be.
  • Ensure that the whole family takes dinner together and involve the children in productive discussions.

Today I saw a girl of 13years weighing 102kg and having complaints of hormonal imbalance, piles, anemia, chronic headache, mild hypertension, sleep disorder, frequent nasal bleeding and a hyper-active mind.

13 Foods That Fight Pain

While many foods taste great, they are also powerful healers in a vibrant multicolor disguise. The best healing remedies also taste fabulous (I can’t say that about any prescription medications). Plus, foods won’t cause the nasty common side effects that most drugs cause.

1. Cherries
Muraleedharan Nair, PhD, professor of natural products and chemistry at Michigan State University, found that tart cherry extract is ten times more effective than aspirin at relieving inflammation. Only two tablespoons of the concentrated juice need to be taken daily for effective results. Sweet cherries have also been found to be effective.

2. Blackberries

3. Raspberries

4. Blueberries

5. Strawberries
Dr. Nair later found the same anti-pain compound in berries like blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.

6. Celery and Celery Seeds
James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, found more than 20 anti-inflammatory compounds in celery and celery seeds, including a substance called apigenin, which is powerful in its anti-inflammatory action. Add celery seeds to soups, stews or as a salt substitute in many recipes.

7. Ginger
Ginger reduces pain-causing prostaglandin levels in the body and has been widely used in India to treat pain and inflammation. A study by Indian researchers found that when people who were suffering from muscular pain were given ginger, they all experienced improvement. The recommended dosage of ginger is between 500 and 1,000 milligrams per day. If you’re taking medications, check with your health practitioner for possible herb-drug interactions.

8. Turmeric
Turmeric (curcuma longa) is the yellow spice commonly used in Indian curries. In research it has been shown to be a more effective anti-inflammatory than steroid medications when dealing with acute inflammation. Its main therapeutic ingredient is curcumin. Research shows that curcumin suppresses pain through a similar mechanism as drugs like COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitors (without the harmful side effects). Choose a standardized extract with 1500 mg of curcumin content per day.

9. Salmon

10. Mackerel

11. Herring
Many fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and herring also contain these valuable oils. Omega-3s convert in the body into hormone-like substances that decrease inflammation and pain. According to Dr. Alfred D. Steinberg, an arthritis expert at the National Institute of Health, fish oil is an anti-inflammatory agent. Fish oil acts directly on the immune system by suppressing 40 to 55 percent of the release of cytokines, compounds known to destroy joints. Many other studies also demonstrate that eating moderate amounts of fish or taking fish oil reduces pain and inflammation, particularly for arthritis sufferers.

12. Flax Seeds and Flax Oil
Freshly-ground flax seeds and cold-pressed flax oil, contain plentiful amounts of fatty acids known as Omega-3s. Do not cook with flax oil otherwise it will have the opposite effect-irritating the body’s tissues and causing pain.
13. Raw Walnuts and Walnut Oil
Raw walnuts and walnut oil also contain the same powerful Omega-3 fatty acids that fight pain and inflammation in the body.
When it comes to pain, food really is the best medicine.

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”.


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.

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.


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

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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.

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”.