Today’s Human Nutrition
– Part 2: Goals of Nutrition & Conflicts of Interest –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

February 3, 2023

In last week’s blog, we looked at false narratives. Three of the main pillars of health and nutrition that we’ve been taught simply aren’t true. But how did that come about? This week, we’re looking at the basic goals of nutrition and how conflicts of interest have complicated things, putting our health in jeopardy.

 

Goals of Nutrition

Basically, there are 2 general goals of nutrition …

  1. To provide energy for our cells
  2. To assure structural components to build and maintain our cells

These two goals are purposeful and specific. Nutrition gives us the fuel to run our human engines just like batteries give power to flashlights. And nutrition provides the structural components that allows each of our cells do what they are intended to do.

Humans are animals. We are not plants or trees or shrubs. Our cells require what all animal cells in the wild require – basic and bioavailable elements to sustain life.

Over 600,000 years of homo sapiens evolving on planet earth, we have preferred and required animal protein, animal fat, bone marrow, cartilage, and animal organs to become the dominant animal of our planet. While humans are omnivorous, our species has preferred animal products eaten from nose-to-tail.[1]

The bioavailable nutrients that we require are in the cells of the animals we eat. As I discussed in Today’s Human Nutrition Part 1 – False Narratives, the animals with the densest nutrient concentrations that are also absorbable and useful for your body come from ruminant animals.

One question may come to mind:

“How does our body tell us it needs more nutrients?”

And the answer is:

“Our appetite”.

When we are hungry, our appetite tells our body to eat to obtain another round of essential nutrients.

In addition, our body provides the complex mechanisms and pathways to use these nutrients to facilitate our overall wellness.

When our body needs to clean itself out, various organs produce biologically active chemicals to “detoxify naturally”. Antioxidants, which our body produces internally, are set in motion to neutralize damaging free radicals, which could cause various chronic diseases. A low-carbohydrate way of eating can stimulate our endogenous production of these natural antioxidants.

 

Conflicts of Interest

Money and power are the great spoilers. They shouldn’t have any influence in our decisions for a healthy way of eating These spoilers create conflicts of interest. Some companies that provide us with our food use their money and power to influence organizations which are deemed responsible for making our dietary guidelines. It’s no wonder why there are false narratives surrounding nutrition and our food products. You can read about 3 False Narratives I discussed in my Blog last week.

In a March 2022 paper titled Conflicts of interest for members of the U.S. 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the authors stated their results and conclusions …

Results: Our analysis found that 95% of the committee members had COI (Conflicts of Interest) with the food, and/or pharmaceutical industries and that particular actors, including Kellogg, Abbott, Kraft, Mead Johnson, General Mills, Dannon, and the International Life Sciences had connections with multiple members. Research funding and membership of an advisory/executive board jointly accounted for more than 60% of the total number of COI documented.

Conclusions: Trustworthy dietary guidelines result from a transparent, objective, and science-based, process. Our analysis has shown that the significant and widespread COI on the committee prevent the DGA (Dietary Guidelines for Americans) from achieving the recommended standard for transparency without mechanisms in place to make this information publicly available.

In another revealing peer-reviewed paper which was published in October 2022, nutrition policy appears to be compromised by money and power. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), which provides over 100,000 dietitians with data to help people make the right decisions concerning healthy eating, is in the crosshairs. The authors of The corporate capture of the nutrition profession in the USA: the case of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explained their results and conclusions …

Results: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the AND Foundation (ANDF), and its key leaders have ongoing interactions with corporations. These include AND’s leaders holding key positions in multinational food, pharmaceutical or agribusiness corporations, and AND accepting corporate financial contributions. We found the AND has invested funds in corporations such as Nestlé, PepsiCo, and pharmaceutical companies, and has discussed internal policies to fit industry needs and has had public positions favoring corporations.

Conclusion: AND and its Foundation assist the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and agribusiness industries through their large network of professionals and students, their lax internal policies on corporate partnerships, and their topical position papers. The AND/ANDF have been supported financially by these corporations throughout the years despite public criticism and internal organizational changes. With a registration as a trade association, the AND and corporations interact symbiotically. This sets a precedent for close corporate relationships with the food and nutrition profession in the USA, which may negatively affect the public health agenda in the USA and internationally.

Here is still another example of real nutritional facts being stifled as big pharma gets into the picture …

For the most part, obesity is a result of poor food choices and unhealthy lifestyle choices over time. Obesity may be influenced by genetics, but it is not a genetic disease. Interestingly, on the 60 Minutes TV Show which aired on January 1, 2023, Lesley Stahl interviewed Dr. Fatima Stanford (an obesity doctor at Mass General Hospital) and Dr. Dr. Caroline Apovian (a weight management specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston). Dr. Stanford tells Leslie Stahl that, “Obesity is a brain disease.” Both doctors advise companies developing drugs for obesity, including Novo Nordisk, (maker of Wegovy and Ozempic). Both drugs are designed to treat obesity. And both doctors recommend these drugs. Could there be a conflict of interest here? Real nutritional facts do not suggest that a drug is the first choice for treatment of obesity. The real facts indicate that curtailing specific poor food choices, which are increasing fat accumulation, mitochondrial damage, and appetite, are the appropriate means to address obesity. More specifically, obesity is largely related to excess consumption of linoleic acid (an omega-6 polyunsaturated fat), which is prevalent in most processed foods as well as seed and nut oils. Excess consumption of linoleic acid is a major cause of chronic diseases.[2]

Now that these conflicts of interest have come to light, how many other corporations are “paying to play”? Our nutrition is not a “game” to “play”. We need and deserve correct, unbiased information that is untainted by payoffs coming from the vested interests of corporations prioritizing profits and influence. It’s no wonder that the average person as well as health professionals are confused about our human nutrition and the real goals of nutrition.

 

Bottom Line

There are companies producing the food we eat who are paying off companies that supposedly were created to protect us by standardizing nutritional facts (i.e., conflicts of interest). Money and power grabs are confounding our need-to-know facts.

I have taken the path of researching medical journals and experimenting with my own body. I have been to the edge of death and back during my cancer journey. I have learned a lot and have incorporated my success and results in my 1:1 coaching program.

In my 12-Week Balanced Metabolic Coaching Program, we will go beyond just what you eat. My goal for you is to improve the quality of your life as I have done for myself. It’s that simple. We look at your pain points and come up with solutions (usually unconventional methods!) to help you feel and be your best. Interested in learning more? Book a completely free, no obligation consultation. What do you have to lose?

[1] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajpa.24247

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kGnfXXIKZM

 

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Today’s Human Nutrition
– Part 1: False Narratives –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

January 29, 2023

 

What makes something true? Is it because it’s based in fact, or because we’ve heard it so many times, we believe it to be true?

Take for example one of the most well-known accepted quotes from Star Wars, “Luke, I am your father.” Even those of us who aren’t into the Star Wars universe are familiar with that line. Except, it was never actually said in the movie! The line was, “No, I am your father.” Not quite as memorable.

Now, think about that old food pyramid we were taught. Grains are the foundation, followed by plants and fruit. We believed it to be true because it was so mainstream. But knowing what we know now, it was a terrible foundation for nutrition.

Here are some questions for you to mull over …

  • What if almost everything you knew about health and nutrition was based on facts that are not factual?
  • What would that mean for you and your family today?
  • How would that change what you do for yourself and your family if you corrected those false narratives?
  • And how would the influence of corporations “buying off” major nutrition companies change your mind about the food products you buy?

 

3 False Narratives

I don’t shy away from thinking outside of the box. Especially when it comes to my unconventional methods of nutrition and fighting cancer. However, my thinking is backed by a combination of personal experience and in-depth research. Sometimes, I don’t think my thinking is so out of the box after all. It makes a lot of sense. The truth is some of the narratives we’ve been told simply aren’t true. So, let’s talk about them.

 

#1. Humans require plants to survive and thrive: FALSE

Humans are not required to depend on plant-based nutrients to survive and thrive.[1] Humans are animals. As homo sapiens evolving on planet earth for over 600,000 years, we have preferred and required animal protein, animal fat, animal organs, bone marrow, and cartilage to become the dominant animal of our planet.[2] We are not plants or trees or shrubs. Our cells require basic, bioavailable elements to sustain our life.

In addition, many plants contain antinutrients.[3] Antinutrients are natural or synthetic compounds that interfere with our body’s ability to absorb other necessary nutrients in foods. Many of these antinutrient chemicals are produced by plants to harm or kill animals that attempt to eat them. Basically, antinutrients are a plant’s defense mechanism to prevent a plant’s destruction when animals eat them and then to assure that the plant’s ripening fruit will be eaten by animals who can spread the plant’s seeds for propagation.

We have been told that plant nutrients are critical for our health. Yet practically all the nutrients which humans require can be found in ruminant animals when eaten from nose-to-tail.

Ruminant animals include cattle, sheep, goats, buffalo, deer, elk, giraffes, and camels.[4] But my easily-purchased and practical-to-eat ruminants are cattle and sheep.

These animals all have a digestive system that is uniquely different and highly specialized from the human digestive system. Instead of one compartment to the stomach they have four. Of the four compartments, the rumen is the largest section where most of the digestion occurs.

The rumen is filled with billions of microbes that can digest grass and other vegetation that humans with one stomach cannot. Humans cannot break down many plants because of antinutrients or indigestible substances inherent in the plants. However, ruminants can convert these plants and residues into high quality protein and other necessary nutrients that are eventually stored as bioavailable nutrients in their tissues. And all these absorbed nutrients are readily available to us when we eat these animals from nose-to-tail.

 

#2. Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) are the goals for humans to stay healthy: FALSE

Recommended Daily Allowances[5] are supposed to be goals we must meet. And an array of dietitians teaches us how to meet those magic numbers even though these RDAs were formulated from what were just guesses. Nutrition science is based around fundamental assumptions that have never been thoroughly tested.[6]

However, individuals eating a high-carb diet have a greater need for higher concentrations of some nutrients than those eating an animal-based diet with low carbohydrates. For example, individuals have maintained adequate and healthy levels of Vitamin C[7] and Magnesium[8] when on a strict animal-based diet. The reason: Vitamin C and Magnesium are in the ruminant animals we eat, and these nutrients compete with carbohydrates to enter human cells. The less carbohydrates we eat; the less amount of Vitamin C and Magnesium we need to be healthy.

 

#3. Normal ranges for most medical tests are based on healthy people: FALSE

The normal ranges of most medical tests are based on the average ranges for the average healthy individual. If your blood test results come back in the normal range, then your medical doctor will assume your results show you are a healthy person. The fact is that these values are based on a Bell Curve[9] that says that 95% of the population is normal and the 2.5% on either end of the Bell Curve are abnormal.[10] But at least 88% of the US population has been determined to be metabolically unhealthy.[11] So, how can these “normal ranges” be a goal for a healthy person if these “normal ranges” are obtained from a relatively unhealthy population? I believe a healthy range for various medical tests should be studied and obtained from the small percentage of metabolically healthy individuals in our population – not from a population of metabolically unhealthy individuals.

 

Concluding Thoughts

If you investigate human results from an animal-based diet, you may be impressed.

Paul Saladino, MD; Shawn Baker, MD; and Kevin Stock, DDS actively write about the medical benefits of an animal-based diet. Some recommend stricter “diets” than others, but each of these health professionals promote the consumption of ruminant animals eaten from nose-to-tail.

In addition, The International Center for Medical Nutritional Intervention (previously called the Paleomedicina Clinic) in Budapest, Hungary has been treating serious chronic diseases and cancers since 2011. They have treated over 6,000 sick patients with a strict animal-based diet with compelling results. The clinic has published case reports in various medical publications. Go to their website and click on “Scientific Work and Articles[12].

I know your frustration; I’ve been there. There are so many diets and “healthy” methods out there that promise to fix your entire life. It’s hard to know what to believe.

How about taking some insight from someone who has been to the brink of death and back? In my 1:1 coaching plan, we go beyond just what you eat. My goal for you is to improve the quality of your life. It’s that simple. We look at your pain points and come up with solutions (usually unconventional methods!) to help you feel and be your best. Interested in learning more? Book a completely free, no obligation consultation. What do you have to lose?

 

[1] https://carnivore.diet/debunking-proper-nutrition/

[2] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajpa.24247

[3] https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/food-science/antinutrients

[4] https://www.animalwised.com/ruminant-animals-full-list-and-fun-facts-206.html

[5] https://www.karelsavry.us/optimal_health/how_are_the_rdas_determined.html

[6] https://carnivore.diet/digging-up-the-real-data-on-minerals/

[7] https://nutriintervention.com/the-brain-researcher-says-szent-gyorgyi-was-wrong-its-no-use-taking-vitamin-c/

[8] https://escholarship.org/uc/item/7fh8h2vs

[9] https://communitymedicine4all.com/2018/01/19/understanding-the-standard-normal-distribution/

[10] https://www.labme.ai/blood-test-optimal-ranges-and-why-they-are-important/

[11] https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/met.2018.0105

[12] https://nutriintervention.com/patients/

 

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VAPING
– A Deadly Alternative –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

January 22, 2023

 

One of my close friends has asthma. I know he knows better than to compromise his lungs with cigarettes. However, he never knew the danger of vaping. The marketing of e-cigarettes is so believable, he thought he would be safe with vaping. Vaping was touted to be the safe alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes.

On a Wednesday, a few weeks after daily vaping, he was found unconscious and not breathing. The cause – VAPING! The damage to his lungs was extensive and possibly permanent.

Fortunately, he didn’t die. He was revived to live longer and hopefully smarter.

So, what will it take to knock some sense into the heads of most people? And when will that day come?

 

Vaping – a Deadly Alternative

In 2003, a new product came to market that was supposed to be harmless. The “powers to be” marketed it as a healthy alternative to smoking cigarettes. And it tasted good, too! The news was that “Vaping” was the answer to the addiction of cigarette smoking – especially among the younger generation.

But in the last couple of years, vaping has proven to be harmful to the mouth, damaging to the lungs, and a deadly alternative to cigarette smoking.

Again I ask, “What will it take to knock some sense into the heads of most people – especially our children?”

 

Will We Ever Learn?

Confirmation comes very slowly.

Waiting for confirmation is not an excuse to “vape” until all the evidence is in and proves without a doubt that vaping is deadly. We certainly did that with cigarette smoking allowing its devastating consequences to affect millions of smokers and nonsmokers.

For example, there wasn’t solid evidence before 1950 showing that cigarette smoking was bad for you. Doctors were recruited in those days to tout the benefits of cigarette smoking for themselves.

One of the most famous campaigns in those days was the “More Doctors” campaign for RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company’s Camels brand cigarettes. These ads, which appeared in magazines from Time to Ladies’ Home Journal and then in television commercials, claimed that according to a nationwide survey, “More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette!”[1]

It took decades to understand the lethal health effects of smoking tobacco[2], which still kills over eight million people annually[3]. How long will we want to wait before we understand that vaping is harmful and potentially deadly?

In 2022, the CDC and FDA released its findings on the use of all tobacco products by the youth in the US. It showed that more than 10% of middle and high school students used a tobacco product during the past 30 days.[4]

And when it comes to vaping, a Gallup poll uncovered that one in five adults between 18 and 30 vape regularly. That’s more than twice the number of adults in any other age group. Roughly four out of five 18- to 30-year-olds say smoking is “very harmful to health,” according to Gallup data. However, just one in five thinks vaping is very harmful to health.[5]

So, my questions are …

  • “When will we accept that vaping can be deadly?” And …
  • “What will it take for the youth in our country to become proactive with their health?”

Research did not begin to show the toxicity of E-cigarettes until 2010.[6] We’ve already lived 13 years since this research confirmed vaping’s toxicity. Need I say more?

I’m going to review some of the medical evidence to-date that may be helpful for the parents of our youth and for the youth themselves.

 

The Facts – Nothing but the Facts [7],[8],[9],[10],[11],[12],[13]

Let me enumerate what we know about vaping and its effects in the mouth, the gut, and our overall health …

The Mouth
  1. Our mouths are probably home to between 2,000 to 3,000 species of microbes, many of which may not be able to be cultured but are normally in a state of balance
  2. Vapor-producing chemicals are toxic to cells and can cause cancer
  3. Nicotine e-cigs will change the oral microbiome by increasing the potentially pathogenic periodontal bacteria
  4. Nicotine e-cigs will change the bacterial composition of dental plaque more than that of cigarette smokers and non-smokers
  5. Nicotine e-cigs will increase the risk of dental caries
  6. Nicotine e-cigs will increase inflammatory cytokines and decrease the non-inflammatory cytokines in oral environment by affecting the immune system
  7. Nicotine e-cigs will produce increased break down in pocket depths and attachment levels around teeth
  8. Nicotine e-cigs caused more nicotine to accumulate in oral tissue and saliva than conventional tobacco cigarettes
  9. Two e-cigarette pods can contain as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes

 

The Gut
  1. E-cigarette aerosols will increase openings in tight junctions in the gut epithelial barrier allowing for leakage into the circulatory system (i.e., leaky gut) and increased chronic systemic inflammation
  2. Two chemicals used as a base for all e-cigarette liquid vapor — propylene glycol and vegetable glycerol — were the causes of inflammation.
  3. E-cigs create toxicity via oxidative stress, inflammation response, and DNA damage

 

Overall Health
  1. Vaping does not work as a “quitting agent” for conventional smoking
  2. Vaping is on the rise with youngsters and is seen as “not harmful”
  3. Flavorings can cause damage to lung tissues as well as irritate receptors in nerve endings linked to the heart and blood vessels
  4. Chemicals in e-cigs can increase secretions in the nasal passages and throughout the lungs and airways, leading to coughing and breathing difficulties
  5. Heating elements in e-cigs can cause increase in heavy metal exposure and ultimately heavy metal toxicity
  6. Vaping has been associated with severe respiratory health injuries and untimely deaths
  7. Vaping may increase the risk of severe symptoms and complications in people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19
  8. Nicotine e-cigs may inhibit apoptosis, thereby causing tumor cells to survive and proliferate while reducing the effects of chemotherapy drugs

 

My Personal Experience

At the beginning of this blog, I shared with you the scary experience my friend had with vaping. He was lucky.

Sadly, some of our younger generation wants to be “cool”. And sadly, vaping is perceived as “cool”. There are many activities that we think are fun and “cool” but are potentially deadly.

I encourage you to share this blog with your friends. Despite cautionary tales, vaping is becoming increasingly common. Sharing this information with your loved ones can help prevent them from dire consequences.

 

[1] https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/doctors-smoking-cigarette-1930-1950/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK222369/

[3] https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/tobacco

[4] https://www.fda.gov/tobacco-products/youth-and-tobacco/results-annual-national-youth-tobacco-survey

[5] https://news.gallup.com/poll/267413/percentage-americans-vape.aspx

[6] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33770885/

[7] https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/5-truths-you-need-to-know-about-vaping

[8] https://www.factretriever.com/vaping-facts

[9] https://www.mass.gov/service-details/get-the-facts-about-vaping

[10] https://digitalmedia.hhs.gov/tobacco/educator_hub/students/vaping101/vaping_facts?locale=en

[11] https://www.timeslifestyle.net/nicotine-in-e-cigarette/

[12] https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html

[13] https://cps.ca/en/blog-blogue/covid-youth-and-substance-use-critical-messages-for-youth-and-families

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Quality Sleep
– An Update of My Cancer Journey –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

January 15, 2023

Sleep is Critical for Life.[1]

The lack of sleep or poor-quality sleep can produce damaging effects on a variety of essential day-to-day functions. Memory consolidation, body healing, and metabolic regulation occur during the sleep cycle. The lack of sleep or poor-quality sleep can negatively affect a person’s ability to properly function and can result in many chronic disorders such as diabetes, obesity, depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, and many other chronic diseases.

Over the last several months of my cancer journey, I’ve had increasing sleep problems. I knew I had to improve my sleep to assist my overall healing. And I did not want to do this with drugs or supplements.

There are many causes of poor-quality sleep. One of the causes of poor-quality sleep is the inability to enter a deep sleep state, which involves the creation of delta brainwaves.

 

Types of Brainwaves

There are four basic categories of brainwaves: Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta. And our brain is always generating these wave patterns. But some of them are more prevalent at different times.

  1. Beta brainwaves are the fastest frequencies ranging from 14 to 38 Hertz (cycles per second). Beta frequencies originate in the cortex of the brain and are dominant in the normal thinking state. When we are in this state, we are usually wide awake and alert.
  2. Alpha brainwaves are dominant in the relaxed state of the brain. They range between 9 to 12 Hertz. Alpha waves originate in the thalamus, which is the relay station in the brain that receives sensory input from external and internal stimuli. The thalamus then passes them on to the cortex and other parts of the brain for processing. Alpha is the gateway to meditation and provides a bridge between the conscious and the subconscious mind.
  3. Theta brainwaves represent the subconscious mind. Theta brainwaves are instrumental in the limbic system (amygdala, hypothalamus) in the brain. The limbic system is the key to emotional and memory aspects of our brain function. Ranging from 4 to 8 Hertz, they are present in the dream state of sleep and provide the experience of deep meditation when you meditate. Theta waves also contain the storehouse of creative inspiration and are where you often may have a spiritual connection.
  4. Delta brainwaves are dominant in the unconscious mind and the deep-sleep state. These waves range from 0.5 to 4 Hertz and are generated by the brainstem. They allow the cortical, thinking brain to be downregulated when we need to have rest and recovery. When present in combination with other waves in a waking state, Delta waves seek out information and reach out to understand on the deepest unconscious level things that we can’t understand through the thought process. Delta waves provide intuition, empathetic attunement, and instinctual insight. They also are involved with energy healing.

 

My Experience with Brainwaves

Way back in 1992, I had the opportunity to attend a 6-day intense program at the Monroe Institute in Faber, VA. It was called “Gateway Voyage”.[2] It was an introduction to reach various levels of brainwave activity which could lead to altered states of consciousness.

In those days, the program was held live at the Institute and was limited to about 15 people. The participants experienced progressive states of altered consciousness through the guidance of recorded audio tapes while experiencing the brain enhancing frequencies called Hemi-Sync®[3].

 

Hemi-Sync®

Robert A. Monroe, the founder of Hemi-Sync®, is internationally known for his work with audio sound patterns that can have dramatic effects on states of consciousness. Monroe observed, during his early research, that certain sounds create a “Frequency Following Response” in the electrical activity of the brain.

Those observations led to some remarkable findings dealing with the very nature of human consciousness. Researchers learned specific sounds could be blended and sequenced to gently lead the brain to various states ranging from deep relaxation or sleep to expanded states of awareness and other “extraordinary” states. This compelling research became the foundation of a noninvasive and easy-to-use audio-guidance technology known as Hemi-Sync®.

Hemi-Sync® (hemispheric synchronization) is a process using headphones. It works through the generation of complex, multilayered audio signals that are slightly different for the left ear and the right ear. Together, these frequencies create a resonance of brain waves in the left and right hemispheres which assists an individual in “balancing” both hemispheres and entering various states of altered consciousness. The process is like transcendental meditation, but much quicker. Hemi-Sync® gets you “there” almost immediately.[4]

Here is a visual representation of a brain with no Hemi-Sync® frequencies. Without Hemi-Sync®, there is an incoherent brainwave pattern with limited thought processes.

 

 

Here is a visual representation of a brain with Hemi-Sync® frequencies introduced into the right and left hemispheres using headphones. With Hemi-Sync® frequencies, there is a coherent brainwave pattern with enhanced whole-brain potential.

 

My Personal Experience at the Monroe Institute

As each of the attendees arrived at the Institute, we were greeted by the staff and allowed to mingle until the formal introduction session. We all knew we were in for an amazing and life-changing week.

We were paired with a roommate and assigned our living quarters for the week’s experience. Each of the attendees had a private cubicle where we would lie down for each audio session, put on the headphones, and listen to the verbal guidance which had Hemi-Sync® frequencies embedded. Our cubicles were also where we slept.

Each day we had 4 separate audio sessions. After each session, the group leader would assemble all 15 participants in the meeting room to discuss our experiences.

Each session was devoted to different experiences in levels of altered states of consciousness. And each session introduced different frequency patterns to set up these different levels.

In the evenings, we had guest speakers who spoke about their unique research in various disciplines of altered states of consciousness. All were beyond my comprehension at the time, but all advanced my curiosity of the vastness and the power of the mind.

 

How I Use Hemi-Sync®

My recent sleep problems have brought me back to revisit the concepts of Hemi-Sync®. I knew that I had to enhance my Delta Wave frequencies. And Hemi-Sync® possibly could help me do this.

Two Hemi-Sync® audio productions have been created to enhance restful and deep sleep – “Super Sleep” and “Sleep Deeply”.

These Hemi-Sync® sleep products incorporate Delta frequencies, which are predominate in deep sleep. As I mentioned, the Hemi-Sync® process consists of a sound played in the left ear as a single tone and a different sound played in the right ear as a single tone. When played together, the result is a third sound (called a binaural beat) that encourages the desired brainwave activity. This is hemispheric synchronization.

Hemispheric synchronization occurs naturally in daily life, but typically only for random, brief periods of time. Hemi-Sync® can assist individuals in achieving and sustaining this highly productive, coherent, brainwave state for extended periods of time. This is my goal, and I will be using this method nightly.

 

My Nightly Routine

I purchased Super Sleep and Sleep Deeply. I also purchased a Bluetooth CD player and a Bluetooth Sleep Headphones on Amazon. However, I’ve noticed that when using these recordings with the conventional set of earbuds from the CD player, my sleep is restful and sustainable. So, I have not needed to use the wireless Bluetooth Headphones. Also, I am concerned about using Bluetooth technology on a regular basis.

When I go to bed, I set the CD Player to play the CD repeatedly. I place the earbuds in my ears, get comfortable in my bed, and turn the CD on to play. I fall asleep relatively quickly and only wake to go to the bathroom. I don’t seem to be tossing and turning as I was without the Hemi-Sync® frequencies.

If I wake in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, I may turn off the CD player and go back to restful sleep. If I wake before I am ready to get out of bed, I may turn on the CD player again.

From the first night of using Super Sleep, I noticed surprising results. My sleep was more restful than I can remember in a long time.

I alternate between the Super Sleep CD and the Sleep Deeply CD. The main difference in the two CDs is that the Sleep Deeply CD uses a slower frequency to facilitate a stronger resonance, leading to a more calming and soothing effect. However, both CDs produce significant Delta Wave sleep frequencies.

 

Continuing with Hemi-Sync®

Using this new sleep protocol allows me to explore many realms of higher states of consciousness. I will continue to keep you updated on my experience through future blogs.

I’m always updating my coaching program, and this is a technology I’m thrilled to introduce with my clients to amplify healing through restorative sleep.

If you haven’t yet booked your one-on-one consult with me, here’s the link to do so. I work with a limited number of clients who are experiencing health complications. Together, we formulate a plan to improve health through restorative sleep, healthy eating habits, stress reduction and efficient exercise. My unconventional methods have helped me recover my quality of life after an incurable cancer diagnosis, and I’m using what I’ve learned to help you do the same.

You can sign up for a free 30-minute consultation here to determine if we are a good fit.

 

[1] https://www.sleepfoundation.org/stages-of-sleep/deep-sleep

[2] https://www.monroeinstitute.org/products/gateway-voyage

[3] https://www.monroeinstitute.org/blogs/blog/so-hemi-sync%C2%AE-works-but-how

[4] https://www.monroeinstitute.org/pages/early-history-research-article

 

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2023 New Year’s Resolutions
– This Year MAKE Them Happen! –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

January 8, 2023

It’s another New Year! Are you ready to make changes in your life? Are you ready to declare your New Year’s Resolutions just like you’ve done in past years?

New Year’s resolutions are made with good intent. But most New Year’s resolutions never get fulfilled. Why is that?

  • Many are not specific enough.
  • And many don’t include a game plan to succeed.
  • Then there are those people who lose interest in their pursuit.
  • While others come up with unreasonable goals.
  • And then there are some resolutions that are lists of material “wants” and “needs”, which really mean nothing in the end.

What is reasonable, achievable, and specific?

As I see it, it might be the improvement in health. When you are healthy or at least healthier than when you started your journey, you are moving in the right direction. It’s also the best and least expensive health insurance you can have.

I think you should cherish your body. Your body is your castle. Keep it clean, neat, and simple. And you’ll reap the benefits for the rest of your life.

So, what are these resolutions I recommend as New Year’s Resolutions?

I’ve written many Blogs about wellness with an emphasis on various elements to wellness. I’ll link to a few of my blogs that you can read in more detail for each of the lifestyle changes listed below. As you read them, be sure to click on the cited, peer-reviewed medical articles, which I have included in those posts to support my positions.

Back in October 2021, I wrote a Blog about the 15 Tactics for Wellness. They are still as good today as they were back then. See if they resonate with you.

But my recommendations for specific lifestyle changes which I discuss in this article are more specific. If you make these essential lifestyle changes, they will produce lifelong benefits.

  • Are you up for the challenge?
  • Are you ready to make your 2023 New Year’s Resolutions have staying power?
  • Are you ready to take the plunge and make the biggest commitment to your life and well-being?

I say, “Let’s go for it!”

 

Essential Lifestyle Changes

Mouth Health

Your mouth could be a source for infection and inflammation coursing through your body without you knowing it. It’s like a splinter in your big toe that never gets removed. Although there may be no swelling or pain, any irritant in your mouth could be a causative factor for severe consequences in other areas in your body.

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Diet

What you eat and absorb, and what you avoid, make all the difference in your overall health. Include animal-based foods in your way of eating. The volume of a typical plate of food should consist of at least 70% animal products nose-to-tail and less than 30% healthy plants.

Start avoiding all vegetable and seed oils, which are liquid at room temperature but may be hidden in most processed foods. These oils contain unhealthy levels of linoleic acid and are highly inflammatory.

Exclude processed grains and any gluten products. Remove all processed sugars from your food choices. Eliminate any plants that have moderate to high levels of antinutrients which can damage your gut and prevent nutrients from being absorbed. (Many of these antinutrients are Phytates, Lectins, and Oxalates.) And keep your consumption of carbohydrates to low levels.

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Gut

Learn how to improve the garden of microbes in your gut and repair any damage that may exist in your gut lining (i.e., Leaky Gut). Also, know your Alpha Diversity, which is a biomarker of the number of diverse microbes in your gut. The greater the “diversity”, the better your gut microbiome can crowd out unhealthy pathogenic bugs. An overgrowth of unhealthy microbes in the gut can damage your gut lining, create a leaky gut, and ultimately cause many chronic diseases.

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Stress

Chronic emotional stress is the most understated and misunderstood cause of many diseases – and that includes periodontal disease as well as cancer. Know the emotional stresses in your life and learn to reduce or remove those that you have control over. You already know that it is not as simple as turning “on” or “off” an electric switch. However, those stresses which are out of your control need to be understood but not allowed to overwhelm you – once again, not so easy to do!

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Spiritual

Believe in a power that is greater than you. I am not suggesting that you become a religious zealot or subscribe to a specific religion. I am suggesting that there is an energy source that may hold dominion over the universe and that you should investigate what that means to you.

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Exercise

Exercise efficiently – don’t overexercise and don’t become a “couch potato”. You’ll read that the science clearly shows that high intensity exercise that lasts a very short time but allows you to enter an anerobic state briefly will produce superior health results compared to most other exercise programs – many of which are longer in duration and frequency. This type of training is called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and can be performed with little to no “fancy” equipment.

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Sleep

Sleep restoratively so that your body can repair and refresh itself.

The regulation of sleep is processed by the sleep/wake cycle, which is called the circadian rhythm. This is the 24-hour internal clock in our brain that regulates cycles of alertness and sleepiness by responding to light changes in our environment. Changes in the earth’s environmental light are the result of earth’s rotation around its axis. This has helped humans internally adapt to changes in our environment.

Sleep is critical for life. The lack of sleep or poor-quality sleep can produce damaging effects on a variety of essential day to day functions. Memory consolidation, body healing, and metabolic regulation occur during the sleep cycle. This sleep-wake cycle can influence eating habits, digestion, body temperature, hormone release, and other bodily functions. The lack of sleep or poor-quality sleep can negatively affect a person’s ability to properly function and can result in many chronic disorders such as diabetes, obesity, depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, and many other chronic diseases.

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Let’s Get Started

Making changes is hard; there’s no doubt about it. Many of us start out with the best intentions but tend to lose steam as life gets in the way. If that sounds familiar, I invite you to book a free, no obligation consultation with me. I’ll help you figure out a plan around what matters most to your health and structure it to fit within your busy schedule.

Give it a try. What do you have to lose? Worst case, we’ll have a good conversation, and you’ll walk away with some tasty new recipes to try. I’m only working with a limited number of clients for January; so, please reserve your spot ASAP.

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What’s Really Behind
Periodontal Disease?

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

December 11, 2022

Periodontal disease is prevalent in our society.

  • 93.9% of adults in the United States had some form of gum inflammation (gingivitis).[1]
  • 47.2% of American adults had advanced periodontal disease (periodontitis) while 70.1% of adults aged 65-years-old and older had periodontitis.[2]

Are you at risk of developing it? And if so, is there a way to avoid it? Read on, and I’ll tell you what’s really behind periodontal disease. I’ll even give you some tips on how you can reduce your risk.

 

Underlying Causes of Periodontal Disease

For example, three important facts were recently discussed in a couple of peer-reviewed medical journals. One paper was published in October 2022[3] and the other was published in November 2022[4]. The facts are …

  1. The last 25 years have brought a paradigm shift from periodontitis regarded as an infection in the gum tissues around the teeth to an overreactive response of the immune system!
  2. Those with periodontal disease often have overloaded their immune system before they developed periodontal disease with unhealthy habits. Two unhealthy habits were eating unhealthy fats and processed sugary foods. These and other poor food choices have led to the development of chronic diseases related to the disturbance and dysfunction of the gut and of the immune system!
  3. Emotional stress has been implicated as an important causal factor in periodontal disease.

 

The Gut & The Immune System

Our gut is a tube – like a plumbing pipe. What is inside the tube is isolated from the rest of the body. Our body produces a variety of enzymes to break down ingested food. The process of digestion changes the food we eat into the smallest molecular nutrients. These basic nutrients are allowed to slowly penetrate the lining of the gut to get into your circulation to give the body all the nourishment it requires to be healthy and stay healthy.

To assist our digestion and the overall function of our gut, about 38 trillion microbes make the gut their home. These microbes help with …

  • Breaking down food into bioavailable nutrients
  • Creating their own bioactive substances to support the health of the gut and the rest of the body
  • Signaling the immune system when they sense something is not right in the gut

However, if potentially pathogenic microbes in the gut begin to overgrow, then these bad guys could erode the healthy lining of the gut. The integrity of the gut lining would break down, and stuff inside the gut that should never enter the circulatory system would begin to leak out. Also, certain elements in the food we eat could damage the integrity of the lining of the gut.

This pathological change in the lining of the gut is called a “leaky gut”.

Ultimately, the elements that get into the blood system from the leaky gut can spread far and wide in the body. These elements are toxic to the body. And this toxic waste can cause chronic systemic inflammation affecting every organ system in the body. And it increases a person’s risk of developing chronic diseases and autoimmune diseases. But the manifestations of these diseases may take months, years, or decades to make themselves known.

Below is a graphic of a healthy gut and a “leaky gut”. The picture to the left shows a normal, healthy gut with a balance of good bacteria within the top light blue area and a healthy mucous layer protecting the one-cell-layer-thick epithelial barrier below. To the right is a picture of a “leaky gut” where unhealthy bacteria and toxic elements are breaking down the mucous layer and weaking and penetrating the epithelial lining (the red-colored cells) on their way to affecting the entire body.

 

 

All along, the person with a chronic leaky gut could be having a variety of symptoms that seem to be unrelated to the gut. And one of the results of this chronic systemic inflammation is an increase in the risk of periodontal disease.

This inflammation could cause the mouth’s healthy garden of bacteria and immune system to become unhealthy resulting in periodontal disease. The infection and inflammation from periodontal disease could spread into the jawbone, blood vessels, nerve canals, and soft tissues of the body. Debilitating and life-threatening diseases could occur just from this leakage of infection and inflammation from the mouth into the body. According to Alessio Fasano, MD, probably all chronic diseases start with a leaky gut. And dental diseases are chronic diseases.

Below is a graphic of a healthy mouth and a “leaky mouth”. The picture on the left shows a normal, healthy tooth in the jawbone. To the right is a picture of periodontal disease (the red area) beginning to penetrate the jawbone on its way to affecting the entire body.

 

 

Poor Food Choices & the Gut 

A diverse garden of microbes in the gut and the mouth are important to maintain health. The gut or mouth microbiome should never be indiscriminately destroyed. For example, when the garden of bacteria in the gut is compromised from the use of systemic antibiotics and gut dysbiosis occurs, an increase in periodontitis and jawbone loss from around the teeth has been observed in a recent study using mice.

Biologically available, animal-derived nutrients in their natural and balanced ratios with other symbiotic elements can supply our body and our gut with all the nutrients required to thrive. These animal sources can maintain a diverse garden of microbes in the gut. It’s important that these animals must be organically and compassionately raised and humanely slaughtered.

Regenerative rotational farming and animal grazing using no chemicals are methods to provide healthy animal products for our consumption. Some fruits and a very select number of vegetables can be healthy and included in your lifestyle eating plan.

However, many vegetables, processed fats and oils, added sugars, grains, and almost all nuts and seeds contain “antinutrients” that potentially are damaging to the gut, encouraging chronic systemic inflammation, and leading to chronic debilitating diseases – and these include dental diseases. The potentially damaging foods should be avoided if you want to be proactive for the health of your mouth and for your overall wellness.

Here are several resources to help explain how the foods we eat can benefit the health of the gut and the overall health and wellness of the body.

  • This seminal paper published in 2021 explains the evolution of the human species over 2.5 million years.
  • The International Center for Medical Nutritional Intervention in Budapest, Hungary publishes Case Reports of their successes with their patients. This clinic has treated over 6,000 patients with severe and sometimes “incurable” chronic diseases and cancers. Their patients have been treated and sometimes cured using a strict animal-based diet with no supplements and no prescription drugs. Go to their website and then click on “Scientific Work and Articles”. The doctors at the clinic state that a healthy gut and intact gut lining are essential for success with their patients.
  • This peer-reviewed article describes the critical importance of a healthy gut.

 

Stress & the Gut

Stress can cause serious damage to your gut and eventually to your mouth.

Stress is one of those things that most people know about, occasionally think about, and often never do anything about. Yet stress can be one of the most important factors that can destroy your body slowly without you knowing it – until it’s too late.

Let me introduce you to a patient whom I will call Emma.

Emma is a 30ish-year-old woman who came to the dental office with the complaint of sore, bleeding gums. From a dental standpoint, there were no obvious causes for her oral problem. She had very little dental plaque around her gum tissues. And her dental x-rays did not indicate any active periodontal destruction in her jawbone.

Below are a “before photograph” and an “after photograph” of Emma’s mouth. They may seem disturbing because they look unnatural. However, the photography was done with the lips pulled back to show the teeth and gums for better viewing.

Here is how Emma’s mouth looked when she first came to the periodontal practice. You are looking at her red and swollen gum tissues around her teeth:

 

 

Since there were no obvious dental reasons for these lesions, she was referred to her medical doctor to check for possible systemic diseases that could be the cause. But no systemic diseases were discovered.

Emma eventually explained that she was continuously dealing with emotional and sexual abuse inflicted by her employer!

Finally, Emma was convinced to quit her current job with her abusive employer and found a new job out of state.

Four months later, she returned to the periodontal office. From the time she originally was seen until the time she returned after her move, she did not receive any medical or dental treatment for her mouth lesions. Her only treatment was the 100% removal of her emotional stress.

Here is the picture of her mouth after she returned to the office. All the gum lesions were gone – no soreness and no bleeding. Her original mouth condition was caused by severe emotional stress; her cure was the direct result of eliminating this stress from her life:

 

 

Unfortunately, most people who experience emotional stress from whatever sources are unable to reduce that stress completely. But Emma is a real-life example of a person who suffered the manifestation of severe psychological stress and healed completely after totally removing that stress from her life.

Emotional stress damages the gut microbiome, increases intestinal permeability (i.e. Leaky Gut), and increases systemic inflammation as a result of the immune system trying to heal itself.

If you were able to reduce your stress levels, you could improve your gut health and lower the levels of inflammation circulating in your body. That would improve your immune system’s ability to fight the fight that it is designed to fight.

Here are some studies that demonstrate how stress affects the gut …

  • This study published in 2013 looked at 37 military troops. They were involved in prolonged and intense combat-training. As expected, this training induced increases in stress, anxiety, and depression. However, the results also showed gastrointestinal symptoms, pro-inflammatory immune activation, and increased intestinal permeability – all resulting from acute stress.
  • In this study published in 2017, 73 soldiers were subjected to intense military training, which created significant emotional stress. No matter what these soldiers ate, stress caused unhealthy changes in the gut bacteria and the way bacteria metabolized nutrients. These changes resulted in increased markers of inflammation and leaky gut.
  • In this 2019 peer-reviewed paper, researchers used a mouse model to study the effects of stress. The investigators divided the mice into a control group and an experimental group which were subjected to severe emotional stress. This research showed that stress can cause negative and long-term changes to the gut microbiome by altering the composition and behavior of specific gut bacteria. These changes in the garden of gut bacteria could lead to destructive changes in the body’s immune system. Changes to both the gut microbiome and the immune system could make the mice more vulnerable to many chronic diseases.

The results of these three studies help explain how Emma’s stress affected her gut microbiome, her immune system, and ultimately her gum tissues. And when Emma was able to completely remove the emotional stress that affected her gut and immune system, the lesions in her mouth resolved. For Emma, these immune system changes were not permanent, probably because the stress was completely removed in short order.

 

My Thoughts

What we put into our body affects the gut. Our lifestyle choices and how we deal with stress affect our gut. And the health of the gut affects the immune system which affects the entire body. And that includes the health of the mouth[5],[6].

It only makes sense to me to understand why gum disease is not just a disease of improper oral hygiene. While an efficient oral hygiene program at home is very important, there is much more to the story. Prevention and treatment of periodontal disease must address the underlying causes which include unhealthy food and lifestyle choices, emotional stress, damage to the gut and its epithelial barrier, and the resulting dysfunctional effects on the immune system.

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[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=20437720

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4460825/

[3] https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00005-022-00662-9

[4] https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10266-022-00768-8

[5] https://aap.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/JPER.21-0374

[6] https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcimb.2021.752708/full

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MEAT
– Glorious Meat –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

December 4, 2022

Meat, Glorious Meat

Red meats (like beef and lamb) are finally getting the respect they deserve. The peer-reviewed medical research is clearly showing that red meat eaten from nose-to-tail does not cause cancer, does not damage the gut, and does not endanger a person’s overall health. On the contrary, eating ruminant animals like cattle and sheep from “nose-to-tail” is glorious, assisting in the support of a robust immune system.

Later in this blog, I’ll explain some current research and how I have used this in my cancer protocols as well as with my coaching clients from around the world.

But first, I want to share my dining experience in one of the most incredible restaurants where I’ve eaten. The restaurant was in my hometown.

 

Exquisite Dining Experience

I live in the beautiful city of Charleston, SC. For 30 years, Robert’s of Charleston was ranked as a unique, world-renowned restaurant. Robert Dickson and his wife Pam started the restaurant in July 1976. The restaurant had 28 seats in its early years and offered a six-course, fixed-price menu. Robert increased the size of the restaurant over time but continued offering his exclusive and amazing menu.

My wife and I had the pleasure to dine there many times. Robert was the owner, the chef, an opera singer, and the star of the evening. He prepared his exceptional meal for his patrons with only one seating almost every night. He started the meal with an amazing hors d’oeuvre, followed by an appetizer soup, salad, a sorbet as a palate cleanser, the main course, and a delectable dessert. The meal included appropriately paired wines and ended with a perfectly brewed cup of coffee for a memorable and entertaining evening.

The ultimate moment of the dining experience was when Robert brought out the main dish. It was a perfectly cooked, medium-rare chateaubriand. He promenaded around the dining room tables displaying the tenderloin for all diners to see while singing, “Food, Glorious Food”. (Food Glorious Food was written by Lionel Bart and was the opening song in the 1960s West End and in the Broadway musical Oliver!) Then, Robert carved and plated the glorious piece of meat which was served to each of the dinner patrons.

The dining experience along with Robert Dickson’s musical repertoire were extraordinary, and people would visit his restaurant from all over the world.

Today, I would substitute the words “meat, glorious meat” for the lyrics “food, glorious food” because the chateaubriand was not only delicious but also was loaded with many of the essential nutrients our body requires.

 

Red Meat Through Time

Red meat is healthy! It’s always been the choice of our species over the course of time. Meat, animal fat, and all the organs have been staples for the human body throughout evolution. Clearly, the research published by Dr. Miki Ben-Dor has delineated the facts about an animal-based way of eating.

As a therapeutic, real-life protocol, the International Center for Medical Nutritional Intervention has been treating severe chronic diseases and cancers for more than 6,000 patients over the course of 12 years using a strict diet called the Paleolithic Ketogenic Diet (PKD).

 

Current Science

Below, I cite 8 individual studies that clearly report the importance of incorporating red meat into everyone’s lifetime way of eating …

  1. New research was published in the journal Nature Medicine in October 2022. It was titled Health effects associated with consumption of unprocessed red meat: a burden of proof study. The scientists set out to analyze the relationships between unprocessed red meat consumption and six potential health outcomes. They only could find weak evidence of an association between unprocessed red meat consumption and colorectal cancer, breast cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. They also found no evidence of an association between red meat consumption and stroke. In other words, they found no basis to condemn the consumption of red meat for a healthy diet.
  2. In another paper, an extensive evaluation was published in 2019 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The authors concluded that low or very low certainty evidence existed to show that meat causes any kind of disease, including cancer, heart disease, or diabetes. These authors analyzed dozens of studies covering millions of participants followed for 34 years. This peer-reviewed paper included randomized, controlled trials and observational studies. It examined a wide range of outcomes, including all-cause mortality, cardio-metabolic disease, and cancer incidence and mortality.
  3. A controlled study of Kenyan children was published in 2013. The researchers showed that students who ate animal-based foods in the school lunch program excelled in school testing whereas those students who ate predominantly plant-based foods in the school lunch program scored more poorly on school testing.
  4. In another 2022 study, researchers showed that total meat intake is positively associated with increased life expectancy. The study included an analysis of 175 contemporary populations.
  5. This 2022 study showed that animal-based foods improved the physical growth in 6 to 24-month-old children.
  6. For the first time, the 2020-2025 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) included guidance for feeding infants and toddlers from birth to 24 months old. These evidence-based guidelines emphasized the vital role of foods rich in iron and zinc. Iron-rich and zinc-rich red meat is an ideal first food to help meet an infant’s nutrient needs starting at approximately 6 months old.
  7. And this 2022 article explains the importance of introducing animal meat immediately following breastfeeding.
  8. In this 2020 published paper, the authors demonstrated that individuals who avoided meat consumption had significantly higher rates or risk of depression, anxiety, and/or self-harm behaviors.

 

Nutrient Density of Red Meat

Ruminant meats are a rich source of vitamin B12, which is vital for the proper functioning of nearly every pathway in your body. A deficiency in B12 can play a role in everything from aging to neurological disorders, mental illness, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and infertility. Red meat also contains highly bioavailable levels of the other B vitamins, which include thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxal (vitamin B6), and folate (vitamin B9). In the 2022 paper titled, Priority Micronutrient Density in Foods, the authors described that red meats (including muscle meats and organs) comprise 6 of the 10 most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.

It is interesting to note that red meat uniquely contains Vitamin D in a bioavailable and useful form for the human body. That’s because red meat contains a vitamin D metabolite called 25-hydroxycholecalciferol, which is absorbed much more quickly and easily than other dietary forms of vitamin D.

Another benefit of red meat is that it contains primarily heme iron, which is far more bioavailable than the iron found in plant foods.

And red meat is an important source of zinc as well as copper in their proper bioavailable ratios. A small amount of red meat in the diet can increase zinc utilization from all sources. Zinc is an essential mineral that is an imperative part of many physiological functions, including structure of certain proteins and enzymes and regulations of gene expression. Those eating meat-free diets are at a greater risk of zinc deficiency.

There is still more to the impressive nutrient profile of red meat. It contains significant levels of other minerals like magnesium, cobalt, phosphorus, chromium, nickel, and selenium.

But red meat really shines in its fatty acid profile. The fat of grass-eating ruminants (like cows and sheep) comprises approximately equal parts of saturated and monounsaturated fat, with only a small amount of polyunsaturated fat. The unique ruminant digestive system ensures that these proportions stay relatively constant regardless of what the animal eats. In addition, grass-fed meat and dairy products are excellent dietary sources of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is beneficial for immune system function, cardiovascular health, and anti-cancer functions.

 

My Red Meat Consumption

I eat beef or lamb at least 5 days a week. In addition, I consume organs primarily in desiccated form daily.

My personal experimentation and deep dive into the research of an animal-based way of eating has convinced me that this is the diet appropriate for humans to eat. I devoted my book, Eat As If Your Life Depends On It, to this lifestyle. In my book, I explained how I connected all the dots and facts to enhance the immune system and assist in overall metabolic health.

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Honey Can Prevent Tooth Decay

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

November 13, 2022

Are you experiencing tooth decay?

If you eat processed sugars and a standard American diet, your teeth may start to decay or lose their protective coating (the enamel). This can happen to the best of us! But don’t worry. I have a natural solution to help protect your teeth. And the best part is, you probably have this in your pantry right now!

If you’ve been following my blogs for a while, you know I frequently tout the superpowers of raw honey, and this blog is no exception. I’ve discussed the many biological benefits of raw honey. Here are a few of my Blogs, which I have dedicated to honey: HERE, HERE, HERE.

Now hear me out because I know the idea of using a “sugary” substance like honey sounds counter-intuitive. But it works, and I’ll tell you why! We’ll start by looking at how the dental industry has attempted to control tooth decay.

 

Dentistry & the Prevention of Tooth Decay

There are many ways that dentistry has attempted to control tooth decay.

For example, the dental profession has been …

  • Educating patients about the harm of added sugars in the diet.
  • Emphasizing efficient oral hygiene techniques.
  • Promoting antimicrobial toothpastes, mouthwashes, and gels to kill offending microbes.
  • Recommending chemicals and mechanical methods that destroy the dental biofilm known as dental plaque.

However, rarely does the dental profession discuss the important causal relationships of a damaged gut microbiome, an unhealthy gut epithelial barrier, and the consumption of toxic substances in foods – all affecting the health of the mouth.

For me, I have taken a path of discovery to come up with the causes of tooth decay and methods to prevent it.

  • First, I looked at the evolution of our species.
  • Then, I investigated the relationship of the health of the gut and systemic manifestations of an unhealthy gut.
  • Finally, I searched the published research to discover how to prevent tooth decay without collateral damage.

In my conclusion, I have taken the controversial path of making statements that go against conventional protocols. Conventional protocols are promoted by pharmaceutical and supplement companies, by dental manufactures of “gadgets”, and by my dental profession. And I have published numerous blogs about these subjects over the past several years.

But again, this Blog is about a specific natural animal product known as raw, unprocessed honey and its ability to prevent tooth decay. Let’s dig in.

 

The Process of Tooth Decay

According to the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study, 3.5 billion people worldwide had dental conditions, predominantly untreated dental decay[1]. Overall, the global burden of untreated tooth decay for primary and permanent dentitions has remained relatively unchanged over the past 30 years.[2]

Tooth decay is the demineralization of the enamel and root surfaces of a tooth because of acids around the tooth. These acids may come from specific foods we eat and drink. However, the primary source of demineralization comes from the acids that are produced by specific pathogenic bacteria within a growing unhealthy dental plaque that surrounds the tooth root and the enamel surface.

The oral cavity may harbor over 700 microbial species, including bacteria associated with dental diseases and those that possess health-promoting properties[3]. These commensal bacteria can buffer acidic pH, reduce gingival inflammation, or inhibit the growth of pathogens.

When the acid level around the tooth falls below a pH of 5.5 for an extended period, tooth decay begins. Several potentially pathogenic bacteria in the dental plaque can produce these acids when these specific bacteria overgrow as they feed on simple sugars. Also, when acidic foods are eaten frequently, their acid levels can initiate and hasten the demineralization process.

The sugar-fermenting, decay-producing species Streptococcus mutans is the main causative bacterium of dental decay. However, DNA- and RNA-sequencing studies of decayed areas in the mouth have revealed multiple microorganisms being involved in the decay process.[4] The oral microbiome in a healthy mouth differs from the human microbiome in a mouth exhibiting tooth decay and periodontal disease.[5]

The demineralization process starts with damage to enamel and dentin, but this process can be reversed by the uptake of calcium and phosphate in the diet that is available in the saliva that flows in the mouth 24/7. However, repeated demineralization over a prolonged period leads to the formation of dental decay.

 

Raw Honey & Tooth Decay

A recent article titled Antibacterial and Antibiofilm Effect of Honey in the Prevention of Dental Caries: A Recent Perspective was published on 9/2/22 in the journal Foods. It reviews the current research about tooth decay and the benefits of raw honey.

Raw honey is a product of honeybees. Raw honey is not filtered or pasteurized. And it certainly is not the honey you can buy in a grocery store in a plastic squeeze bottle that looks like a bear. Raw honey is readily available from local beekeepers.

Honey is a super-saturated solution of sugars (up to 80% of the product’s total composition) enriched with over 200 biologically active components including amino acids, peptides, proteins, enzymes, acids, lactones, minerals, and polyphenols.[6]

The most current research shows that raw honey can decrease the virulence of several specific bacteria which are related to tooth decay as well as periodontal disease. Honey’s antibacterial activity has been considered one of the most important biological properties that makes honey a functional food.[7]

The antibacterial effects of honey are related to its low pH and water activity and a high sugar content (osmolarity), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), gluconic acid, polyphenols, and various peptides.[8] All these factors are present in every type of honey to varying degrees.

It is important to note that Grobler and his associates showed that honey does not cause demineralization in the tooth structures after 30 min in contact with teeth despite its low pH.[9] In fact, raw honey is able to remineralize the enamel surface in vitro, as shown in two studies published in 2021.[10],[11] And a peer-reviewed study has shown that honey has significant promise in the management of dental decay.[12] Specifically, nine clinical studies have shown that honey is effective as an anti-cariogenic agent.[13]

 

My Conclusion

The facts are published. You be the judge. Raw honey helps to prevent tooth decay. You could use it on your toothbrush just as you would use any healthy toothpaste. You could place some raw honey in your mouth, swish it around, and then swallow it to get a coating throughout your mouth as you would with a mouthwash.

Although I think and do research “out-of-the-box”, the published medical papers clearly show that this is not so much “out-of-the-box” thinking. The scientific evidence shows that what would appear to be a “sweet dessert” is much more that a sweetener to satisfy a “sweet tooth”. It is really a preventative and healing medicine.

Let me know your thoughts. If you prefer a toothpaste that is healthy to the oral microbiome and commercially available, I recommend Revitin.

 

[1] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28792274/

[2] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31327369/

[3] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30534599/

[4] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25435135/

[5] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26811460/

[6] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26593496/

[7] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0924224421006129?via%3Dihub

[8] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31817375/

[9] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8185500/

[10] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34531338/

[11] https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Vijayapriyangha-Senthilkumar/publication/351107672_IJDOS_Citation_Vijayapriyangha_Senthilkumar_Sindhu_Ramesh_Remineralisation_Potential_Of_Grape_Seed_Ginger_Honey_-An_In_vitro_Study/links/6087c348907dcf667bc73803/IJDOS-Citation-Vijayapriyangha-Senthilkumar-Sindhu-Ramesh-Remineralisation-Potential-Of-Grape-Seed-Ginger-Honey-An-In-vitro-Study.pdf

[12] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31977042/

[13] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9455747/table/foods-11-02670-t002/?report=objectonly

 

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Victim or Survivor  

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

November 6, 2022

 

My 4-year cancer journey has led me down many different paths …

  • In September 2018, I was given a diagnosis of incurable bone marrow cancer with a prognosis of 3-6 months to live.
  • In August 2019, I fractured many bones on my right side at the same time and was placed into a hospice hospital to die.
  • In September 2019, I revoked hospice and returned to thriving.
  • In May 2020, my PET Scan showed no active cancer cells in my body.
  • In June 2021, I contracted severe COVID with lingering long haulers, which reactivated my bone marrow cancer.
  • After February 2022, I experienced numerous pathological bone fractures because of the reactivation of malignant myeloma, which was eroding the inside of my bones.

Most of these events easily could have made me feel like a victim.

I am only human. And being human, I have had significant but short bouts of depression. But I owe my strength to my wife, Sue, who always has been there to lift me up by my bootstraps and out from the abyss of depression.

She and I are a team, and she has helped me regain my focus whenever necessary.

 

Current Challenges

Sue has been in the hospital since 10/9/22. That’s 4 weeks and counting. She has seen some success only to be minimized by further complications. It almost seems like she was moving 2 steps forward and then 1 step back.

But finally, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. She just was moved into the Rehab Center located in the hospital. This Rehab Center is one of the best in South Carolina.

After going through extensive physical and occupational therapy, she finally will get out of the hospital and move into our new apartment. I excitedly have been preparing our new home for her return to me and to our life together.

But there is another wrinkle.

I had a CT scan of my brain on 11/1/22, which showed progression of a new mass of myeloma cells invading my right parietal bone. This new development is the manifestation of the damage to my immune system from COVID, which I contracted at the end of June 2021.

But I’ve been here before. I’ve had dire prognoses from the first day I was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. So, I have experience along the road less traveled.

Once again, my journey is being tested and challenged. Once again, I could ask myself, “Am I a victim, or am I a survivor?” But once again, my quick and easy answer is, “I am a survivor!

 

Positivity

I have learned throughout my life and certainly during my cancer journey that attitude is critical to success. A positive attitude is not Pollyanna thinking. There is science that demonstrates that patients with a positive outlook have more healing success physically and emotionally than those who have negative and destructive thoughts.[1],[2]

Norman Cousins, MD, wrote about healing and a positive attitude.[3] His writings have revolutionized modern approaches to mind, body, and spirit.

In contrast to a person with a positive attitude, I know a woman who has a terrible attitude. She has many medical issues but is self-sufficient and lives by herself in her own home. She exudes negative energy. She is upset with her life. She hates where she lives. She says terrible things about people who try to show her caring and empathy. She turns almost everyone away from her. Her circle of friends seems to be dwindling and not supportive only because she turns them off. She will never heal physically and emotionally. She is going down a deep and dark hole that could have been avoided if she only had a different attitude toward life.

 

Stressing vs Coping

Stressing is when you apply emotional pressure to yourself, and you become worried and agitated.

Coping is when you successfully manage stressful circumstances and make the effort to solve them. By coping, you can master, minimize, reduce, or tolerate the stress.

Your attitude dictates if you stress excessively or if you cope effectively.

Stressing can get the better of us. And experiencing too many life’s bumps within a brief time often creates a sense of lack of control. This perception contributes to the development of anxiety, depression, and self-victimization.

Coping strategies for stressful life changes can help you keep a positive self-image and assist your body in healing.

Here are some coping mechanisms which may help:

  • Thoroughly research your options and solutions.
  • Lower your expectations.
  • Ask others to help or assist you.
  • Take responsibility for the situation.
  • Engage in problem solving.
  • Seek emotionally supportive relationships.
  • Maintain emotional composure.
  • Challenge previously held beliefs that are no longer valid.
  • Directly attempt to change the source of stress.
  • Distance yourself from the source of stress.
  • View the problem through a spiritual perspective.

Coping is a process rather than an individual event. Combining several of these coping strategies will provide the best results.

And the most important coping strategy appears to have emotionally supportive relationships with others. This is what I have enjoyed with my wife, Sue.

Here are some stress-reducing activities to help your ability to cope:

  • Eat nutrient-dense, animal-based meals as I describe in my Better Belly Blueprint and Eat As If Your Life Depends On It.
  • Exercise efficiently.
  • Sleep restoratively.
  • Take brief rest periods during the day to relax.
  • Take vacations away from home and work.
  • Engage in pleasurable or fun activities every day.
  • Practice relaxation exercises such as yoga, prayer, meditation, or progressive muscle relaxation.
  • Avoid use of caffeine and alcohol.

 

Victim or Survivor

Your attitude affects how you deal with life-changing stresses. Do you allow them to overwhelm you and make you a victim? Or do you force yourself to cope with these changes in such a way to enhance your quality of life and assist your body in healing?

If you view yourself as a victim, you will never overcome what you perceive is devastating your life. As a survivor, you always will improve your situation no matter how dire it might be. Even individuals near the end of life can prepare positively for their transition.

There is a series of audio tapes that was developed by the Monroe Institute and Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. These tapes help an individual who is dying to transition in a positive way. They also aid caregivers who are tending to the person who is dying.

If you are in a situation when death is imminent or anticipated, I highly recommend these audio tapes to ease the transition from life to death. As a person enters the last moments of conscious life, his or her mind continues to function. The mind is the manifestation of thought, perception, emotion, determination, memory, and imagination that takes place within the physical structure of the brain.

As a matter of fact, the mind can still hear when other signs of death have occurred.[4] To this end, the Monroe Institute[5] produced this specialized audio series with guided imagery for the caregiver and the dying person to listen to even after “death” has clinically occurred. The series is called, Going Home, and here are three links to these audio tapes HERE, HERE, HERE.

 

I Am a Survivor

In all my writings, I have emphasized that my goals are to heal my body as best as possible and to maintain my quality of life for as long as I can. To this end, a positive attitude has helped me accomplish these goals. I do not have a cure for any disease or cancer. But I have developed my series of Protocols to reach these goals. And I have been successful in managing these goals.

My current challenges are just challenges that require me to cope effectively and make the best of the situations that confront me. I am not in denial. I am a realist. But I know that a positive attitude can help prevent me from being a victim and help assure me of being a survivor.

I look forward to continuing my virtual coaching and consults, to creatively writing and publishing my blogs, and sharing my ideas of a healthy way of eating and living to all who want to listen and learn from one who has been to the edge of death and has returned triumphantly.

How do you cope with the hurdles that life throws your way? Do you see yourself as a victim or a survivor? Share your stress-reducing activities in the comment section – I’d love to hear them!

 

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6124958/pdf/10.1177_1559827614550277.pdf

[2] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950

[3] https://www.amazon.com/Norman-Cousins-Books/s?k=Norman+Cousins&rh=n%3A283155

[4] https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-67234-9?fbclid=IwAR1wWgWCtFDAV7BUtc8YV0NGUVucjiSpzZ-bkkihE5P3eHjwE8a4kBNAlaQ

[5] https://www.monroeinstitute.org/

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When Bad Things Happen to Good People
– Dedicated to My Wife, Sue

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

October 23, 2022

If you have been following my Cancer Journey, you know that I have extolled the virtues of my wife, Sue. She has been my pillar of strength, my motivation, and my sounding board for many, many years.

In August 2019, I entered Hospice because of a series of pathological bone fractures. As you know, it is very rare to enter hospice and then be able to revoke it. I attribute my health today to Sue. She gave me some tough love while I was in Hospice in September 2019. All this was happening as Charleston was preparing for Hurricane Dorian. By the beginning of October 2019, Sue helped me to redirect my cancer journey and revoke hospice.

She is an amazing woman who also has guided me to restore my quality of life. I love my wife. I owe my success to her.

Now she is needing my strength.

 

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

On Sunday, 10/9/22, Sue was having trouble catching her breath. She never complains about any medical issues no matter what they may be. But on that Sunday evening, she was in the bedroom changing her clothes. When she emerged, she looked pale. In a quiet voice she said, “I can’t catch my breath.” I asked her if she wanted to go to the emergency room.

She quickly answered, “Yes!”.

I immediately knew it was bad.

I called the ambulance which arrived within minutes. I couldn’t accompany her to the ER because of my bone fractures.

After a couple of hours, the ER doctor called me and said that Sue apparently was having internal bleeding and possible kidney failure. They were going to admit her to the ICU as soon as a bed was available. The physician thought she would be transferred that evening to a downtown hospital.

Early Monday morning after being transported, Sue was seen by a myriad of medical specialists in the ICU. She was hooked up to various monitors and an IV.

And then the tests began.

Needless to say, it has been a harrowing experience for her. Although she is an RN, it’s scary when the tests are being performed on YOU! And it’s scary when you don’t know what is wrong. And you don’t know what you don’t know.

It seems that many medical complications were contributing to her need to be in the ER that Sunday evening. It took a week before all the physicians had integrated all the results of all the tests to come up with a medical plan to restore my wife’s health.

I visited her in the ICU for a few hours a couple of times. However, I am not able to be with her physically in her hospital room every day. So, writing about her as I am doing now is cathartic for me.

As of this writing, it appears that she in turning the corner and beginning to improve. She was transferred out of ICU and into a cardiac room on 10/16/22. Sue tells me that she is starting in-hospital physical therapy soon. However, she is not stable yet, and her medical team is working diligently.

The plan is for Sue to stay in the hospital for a few more weeks while she undergoes physical therapy and continues to stabilize her overall health.

 

We Go Back a Long Way

Sue and I have spent decades together. She and I were married in 1969. That’s longer than most of you who are reading this have been alive. We met in the 9th grade. Sue tells the story about telling her mom after she met me in the 9th grade that she was going to marry me someday.

Both of us grew up in Baltimore, MD. While in dental school in Baltimore, I was in the “early commissioning program” for the Air Force. Both of our children were born in Baltimore while I was in dental training.

After I completed dental and specialty graduate school, the Air Force sent us to the Charleston Air Force Base in SC where I was the Chief of Periodontics for my 2-year obligation. Since we loved Charleston, Sue and I decided to make the city our new home. I went into private practice for the next 44 years but stopped seeing clinical patients when I was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in 2018.

We currently have two adult children and 3 amazing grandchildren – two of which are in college now. How time flies!!

Sue and I have built a beautiful life together. Like all love stories, we’ve had our challenges, and this latest one has been hard.

I cherish my wife. Sue means EVERYTHING to me!

 

Changes Are Coming

When Sue finally is released from the hospital, there will be some new and great things happening. As the chapters of a great novel introduce the reader to a new situation, our new life chapter will introduce us to elder living and internal discovery …

  • We will sell our home and move into an independent senior living facility just a few miles from where we live today.
  • As a surprise for Sue, I purchased a Sleep Number Climate 360 Smart Bed with adjustable frame from the Sleep Number Store in North Charleston, SC. And let me tell you that all the transactions were handled on the phone with the store Manager, Erin. Erin is the most customer friendly, efficient, empathetic individual I have met in a long time.
  • As a team, Sue and I will continue to help one another.
  • Our new living environment will be supportive to her and my medical issues as well as provide many varied social activities.
  • I will continue to provide all the services I currently offer on my website – they just will be coming from our new location. By the way, I may get preoccupied with learning mahjong and playing bingo. 🙂
  • And I will be enthusiastically praising the virtues of an animal-based diet with all the residents I meet at our new location as well as the head chef.

 

P.S.

One day before I published this Blog on my Website, Sue took a turn for the worse.

She is now in the SICU, Surgical Intensive Care Unit.

I am waiting to hear from her medical team.

 

 

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