Sore, Inflamed, Sensitive Gums?
– 9 Questions & 2 Solutions –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

September 19, 2021

Barbara is a new patient of a dental colleague I know well. He is a well-trained biological dentist. Barbara was at her wits end, and he was perplexed.

Barbara had sore, inflamed, sensitive gums frequently – especially after she had any dental procedure performed in her mouth. She also had many existing dental restorations.

Interestingly, Barbara had blood tests to determine the compatibility of these dental materials before they were placed. No problems were identified.  Also, her current biological dentist could not find any active periodontal disease, bone infection, or problems with her existing dental work.

Obviously, Barbara was confused and distraught. She wanted to know what was going on. And her dentist was confounded and needed answers too.

 

First Things First

First, her new biologically oriented dentist completed a thorough dental exam. Among other things, he was looking for at least 11 potentially irritating factors that might be in her mouth causing inflammation and infection. Obviously, if any of these were the problem, each must be resolved correctly.

Second, a medical doctor and various specialists were consulted. They were looking for any systemic medical conditions that could be the cause of her gum issues. If any were detected, they would need to be addressed and treated.

For Barbara, it turned out that the cause was not a typical cause that her dentist or medical doctors would generally investigate. But once Barbara’s dentist and she learned the cause, she responded well.

 

9 Questions

Barbara’s dentist called me to describe his dilemma and Barbara’s negative findings. I suggested that he ask Barbara these 9 questions:

  1. Do you avoid eating healthy beef or lamb?
  2. Do you eat bread?
  3. Do you eat processed sugars?
  4. Do you eat any vegetable or seed oils? (Canola, sunflower, safflower, cottonseed, grapeseed, sesame, soybean, peanut, etc.)
  5. Do you eat chicken or pork more than once a week?
  6. Do you have allergies?
  7. Do you have frequent sinus infections?
  8. Do you have frequent skin lesions or rashes?
  9. Have you taken various regimens of systemic antibiotic therapy in the past?

 

If Any Answer is “YES”

Answer these questions for yourself. Are any true?

  • If you avoided eating beef or lamb from nose-to-tail, you could be missing many bioavailable nutrients in their natural state that are required by the body. I wrote about this in my recent Blogs titled, The Case for Meat and 4 Perfect Supplements – 1 Perfect Diet. If you are not eating this way, desiccated organs in capsule form could be included into your diet. Think about them as high-powered, multi-vitamin, multi-mineral whole foods with nothing added and nothing removed except water.
  • If you ate bread and/or processed sugars, they could damage your gut microbiome and the lining of your gut. Try to avoid or eliminate them from your diet.
  • If you regularly ate vegetable and/or seed oils as well as a lot of chicken and/or pork, linoleic acid could be a problem. Linoleic acid is a polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) that can cause weight gain, immune system dysfunction, and mitochondrial damage when consumed in excess. Vegetable and seed oils should be removed completely, while chicken or pork should be eaten only once a week or every other week.
  • If you had a history of allergies, sinus infections, or skin irritations, these issues may be emanating from the same source that could be causing mouth problems.
  • Frequent use of antibiotics in the past could damage the garden of healthy bacteria in the gut as well as in the mouth.

A “Yes” answer to any of the 9 Questions might indicate a leaky gut. I already suggested some positive changes you might implement.

 

Leaky Gut & Mouth Problems

If you have sore, inflamed, sensitive gum tissues, they may be due to an imbalance of bacteria in your gut and damage to the epithelial barrier that separates the inside of your gut from your blood system and the rest of your body. Damage to the gut could cause improper absorption of nutrients even if you are consuming healthy nutrients. The breakdown of this gut barrier is called a leaky gut.

A leaky gut will cause inflammation coursing throughout your body. This inflammation will affect all organ systems negatively – including the mouth!

My suggestion is to improve the health and diversity of the bacteria in your gut and repair the gut epithelial barrier to help solve your mouth problems. In essence, you need to treat your Leaky Gut.

To do this, I have 2 Solutions that will help repair the gut lining and improve the gut microbiome.

 

2 Solutions

#1. Consume spore-based probiotics

These have been demonstrated in human trials to increase the diversity of the gut microbiome and help repair the gut epithelial barrier.

The two spore-based probiotics I take personally and recommend are …

  1. MegasporeBiotic
  2. TerraFlora Deep Immune

 

#2. Swish and swallow bovine colostrum

When you swish with bovine colostrum, some of its beneficial elements will enter the blood system rapidly because they are absorbed through the soft tissues in your mouth. After you swallow the colostrum, all of it gets into the gut to bind to toxic elements and to help heal the damaged epithelial gut lining.

I personally use and recommend ProColostrum-LD.

If dairy is a problem in any way, colostrum may cause gut discomfort. I suggest taking a very small dose of the ProColostrum-LD and titrate to higher doses over the next week or two. If you cannot tolerate colostrum at any dose, then I recommend MegaIgG 2000 capsules to swallow. MegaIgG 2000 is like colostrum but derived from bovine serum instead. It has the immunoglobulin antibodies IgG, IgM, and IgA as well as transferrin, but it does not have all the other beneficial bioactive elements which bovine colostrum provides.

 

Barbara’s Experience

As I said, Barbara’s biocompatibility blood tests for her existing dental restorations were negative or inconclusive. Also, her medical doctor specializing in allergy medicine was uncertain to the actual cause of her reactions. And additional medical complications were ruled out by other medical specialists.

When Barbara’s dentist finally asked her the previous 9 questions, he discovered that she ate mainly plant-based foods and possibly was missing some very important nutrients.

In addition, Barbara gave a medical history of frequent sinus infections and antibiotic usage.

To solve the puzzle, Barbara’s dentist helped her transition to some animal-based foods – especially the desiccated organs. Also, he had her begin the 2 Solutions I suggested.

Within 45 days, Barbara resolved most of her mouth soreness, inflammation, and sensitivity. Also, she said she felt more energy without any gut disturbances.

 

Final Thoughts

My 2 Solutions are not a cure. But they support the body in healing. What’s fascinating is that every cell in the body communicates with every other cell in the body in some way. And the gut microbiome, which is made up of 38 trillion microbes, has a significant influence in our overall health and wellbeing.

By the way, the human body only has 30 trillion human cells. So, we are more microbial than human! Think about that!

 

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HONEY Ain’t Just Sugar
– 9 Oral Benefits –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

August 22, 2021


I thought my dental colleagues were going to laugh me out of my profession when I suggested that raw honey could be used to brush teeth. Several peer-reviewed medical articles have explained how raw honey could be used in the mouth to decrease the pathogens causing tooth decay and gum disease.

Well, the research is clear. Honey ain’t just sugar. And another beauty about honey is that it is an animal-based food, which I include in my modified carnivore diet that I call the Better Belly Blueprint.

In an April 2020 article published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, the authors concluded: “Honey showed a significant antimicrobial activity against all targeted periopathogens. Additional experiments are required to explore the entire antimicrobial spectrum of honey towards all pathogens involved in periodontal disease.”

The authors of this publication researched various databases since January 2019 for well-designed clinical trials and in vitro studies exploring the antimicrobial effects of honey against the bacteria causing periodontal disease. From all the databases, the investigators found 5 randomized controlled clinical trials and 11 well-designed in vitro studies. Manuka honey and multifloral honeys were the most frequently researched varieties.

 

Honey is Complex

Manuka Honey may be the best. As with all raw honey, manuka honey is roughly 80% sugars and 17% water, with the last 3% being comprised of minerals, organic acids, enzymes, etc. Its sugar content is made up of about 31% glucose, 38% fructose, and a mixture of more complex sugars that are harder for the body to breakdown.  Honey contains 4% to 5% fructo-oligosaccharides, which are excellent prebiotics to feed beneficial bacteria in the gut.

All honeys contain about 200 biologically active chemicals. These raw and unfiltered honeys are a good source of amino acids, B vitamins, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous. But manuka honey has up to four times the nutritional content of all other flower honeys. Most of the pharmacological effects of honey come from polyphenols, which are found in large concentrations in honey.

But manuka honey has concentrations of a unique compound. Manuka has non-peroxide bacteriostatic properties that are the result of methylglyoxal (MGO).[1] This biologically active compound is not present to any great extent in other honeys, and it enhances wound healing and tissue regeneration by its immunomodulatory properties.

In 2017, Niaz et al published a review of the tissue regenerating effects of manuka honey.[2] The authors stated that their research showed, “Manuka honey can inhibit the process of carcinogenesis by controlling different molecular processes and progression of cancer cells.”

 

Honey Kills Microbes[3]

Numerous studies have shown that the antibacterial properties of honey primarily are due to its hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal content.[4]

Other bioactive components in honey that assist in its antimicrobial properties are phenols and flavonoids.[5]

In addition, manuka honey has a low water content and a moderate acid level of pH 4.3. These attributes contribute to its significant antibacterial potency.

The “sugar” part of honey also contributes to its medicinal benefit. The high sugar content causes hypertonic conditions around microbes which leads to the lysis and destruction of the microbial cell walls.

 

9 Oral Benefits

  1. Honey exerts antibacterial effects on nearly 60 species and prevents the development of resistant strains of bacteria.[6],[7],[8]
  2. Manuka honey is effective in preventing growth of biofilm organisms, reducing the production of acids, and reducing gingivitis.[9]
  3. Randomized controlled trials indicate honey helps prevent dental caries and gingivitis following orthodontic treatment.[10]
  4. A double-blind, randomized controlled trial demonstrates that manuka honey and other raw honeys are almost as effective as chlorhexidine as a mouthwash.[11]
  5. Manuka honey controls odor and inflammation in wounds secondary to squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity.[12]
  6. Honey has cytotoxic effects on cultured oral squamous cell carcinomas.[13]
  7. Multiple reports indicate honey is beneficial in the treatment of radiation induced mucositis in people undergoing curative radiotherapy for their head and neck cancer.[14]
  8. Honey is helpful in treating dry mouth in people undergoing radiation treatment for their head and neck cancer.[15]
  9. Honey enhances wound healing in non-healing or recurrent wounds in the head and neck area after radiotherapy.[16]

As you can see, honey and especially manuka honey wear many hats.[17] It can be a toothpaste, an antibiotic, an antiviral, an antifungal, a regenerative agent, an anti-cancer substance, an antioxidant, a prebiotic, an anti-inflammatory, and so much more.

 

Practical Applications

Toothpaste: Put about 1/2 teaspoon of manuka honey in your mouth and spread it around all your teeth using your tongue. Then use an electric toothbrush as you would normally brush.

Healing oral soft tissue lesions: Swish 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of honey around your mouth for a minute or so, and then swallow. Use as often as necessary.

Lips and corners of mouth: Apply manuka honey to dry lips and sore corners of mouth as needed.

Systemic benefits: Eat about 1/2 teaspoon of honey 2-3 times a day for systemic benefits like improving a cough and cold symptoms from upper respiratory infections, preventing gastric ulcers, and improving digestive symptoms.

A mouthwash: If you feel you need to “freshen” your mouth, swish with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of honey and then swallow.

Dry mouth: If you have dry mouth or xerostomia, swish with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of honey as needed and then swallow.

 

Purchasing Options

The New Zealand government’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) created the first global standard and scientific definition for manuka honey in early 2018.[18] This is the only government-regulated and approved standard for manuka honey in the world.

As of February 5, 2018, all honey labeled as manuka honey and exported from New Zealand is now required to be tested to show that it meets the MPI standard before it can lawfully be exported. The test results from the certifying lab must accompany the export documents for the manuka honey ensuring that product packed in New Zealand is genuine.

There are many manuka honeys for purchase. I usually purchase Manuka Honey from Manuka Health of New Zealand. You should research other brands and make your decision.

Manuka Honey is part of my medicine chest, my kitchen pantry, and my bathroom where I keep my toothbrush, floss, TePe Easy Picks, and toothpaste.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18210383

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28901255

[3] https://www.hmpgloballearningnetwork.com/site/wounds/article/honey-biologic-wound-dressing

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6613335/

[5] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30575387/

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Honey%E2%80%93a+remedy+rediscovered+and+its+therapeutic+utility

[7] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15055885/

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6034044/

[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3220139/

[10] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1013905214000327

[11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5855267/

[12] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25734464

[13] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2949736/

[14] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Topical+application+of+honey+in+the+management+of+chemo%2Fradiotherapy-induced+oral+mucositis%3A+A+systematic+review+and+network+meta-analysis

[15] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=The+effectiveness+of+thyme+honey+for+the+management+of+treatment-induced+xerostomia+in+head+and+neck+cancer+patients%3A+a+feasibility+randomized+control+trial

[16] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=The+treatment+of+chronic+wounds+in+the+head+and+neck+area+after+radiotherapy+with+medical+honey

[17] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28901255

[18] https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/17374-manuka-honey-science-definition-infographic

 

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4 Perfect Supplements
– 1 Perfect Diet –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

August 15, 2021

I am opinionated and controversial. I guess this has gotten me to where I am today.

Yet, after all my research and personal healing path, I believe I have discovered the 4 Perfect Supplements and the 1 Perfect Diet for myself. But in my opinion, these are also the perfect supplements and diet for most of us humans.

At 74 years old, you would think that I was set in my ways and could never change my routine. Well, not so.

My cancer journey has opened my eyes and challenged me to improve my life. Especially, recreating a robust immune system. That required learning new stuff and discarding old stuff.

So, I now have settled on 4 perfect supplements to consume that support my perfect diet.

 

4 Perfect Supplements

I don’t like the word “supplements”. It conjures up in my mind a bunch of synthetic chemicals or isolated nutrients taken out of its natural symbiotic source.

My choice of these 4 supplements is sourced from pastured cattle. These are organs that only have had their water removed. There are no additives or chemicals used or put into the capsules. And the capsules are bovine capsules – not vegetable capsules.

And my 4 Perfect Supplements provide practically all the bioavailable nutrients my body requires. My supplements consist of 4 desiccated, whole-food bovine products:

  1. Organ Complex (“Beef Organs” from Heart & Soil)
  2. Bone Marrow (“Bone Marrow & Liver” from Heart & Soil)
  3. Collagen (“Skin, Hair, & Nails” from Heart & Soil)
  4. Colostrum (“ImmunoMilk” from Heart & Soil)

If you order from Heart & Soil and use this discount code (DrAl+10), you’ll receive 10% off any one-time purchase of Heart & Soil’s products.

 

1. Desiccated Beef Organ Complex

Beef organs usually contain a combination of liver, heart, kidney, pancreas, and spleen – all of which provide essential and bioavailable nutrients to the entire body. Here is a sampling of the nutrients in these organs:

  • Liver is the most nutrient dense food on the planet, and it’s the only significant source of vitamin A. Also, it’s rich in heme iron, vitamin B12, and folate. Liver is a key player in metabolism and methylation.
  • Heart is the richest source of naturally occurring coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). CoQ10 supports heart health and blood pressure regulation. It also plays an important role in the production of ATP by the mitochondria in cells.
  • Kidney is an excellent bio-available source of selenium and vitamin B12. It assists in detoxification pathways and the antioxidant defense system. It also supports the immune system.
  • Pancreas is the body’s source of enzymes. It supports blood sugar signaling and supplies an abundance of critical enzymes for optimal digestion.
  • Spleen is a concentrated source of heme iron. It supports a strong immune system and aids in blood cell health.

 

2. Desiccated Beef Bone Marrow

Bone marrow is a nutrient-dense food which is rich in vitamins A, D, E, and K2; essential fatty acids DHA, EPA, and CLA; as well as stem cells, peptides, cofactors, and enzymes that nourish and support our whole body.

In fact, carnivore animals in the wild go for the marrow instinctively after they kill their prey. Also, consuming an abundance of fat in bone marrow significantly enhanced the development of the human brain in our primal ancestors.[1]

 

3. Desiccated Beef Collagen

Beef collagen is a whole-food matrix that includes cartilage and collagen-specific building blocks, peptides, and enzymes to support healthy joints, bones, cartilage, skin, hair, and nails.

Desiccated collagen is obtained from the cartilaginous parts of cattle including their trachea and scapula. Typically, it includes:

  • Glycine, Hydroxyproline & Proline amino acids
  • Trachea-Derived Collagen, which is rich in Type II Collagen
  • Scapula-Derived Collagen, which is rich In Type II Collagen
  • Bone-Derived Collagen, which is rich in Type I, II, III Collagen
  • Bioactive Growth Factors
  • Glycosaminoglycans Proteoglycans which are the fillers between cells which maintains the structure of the tissue
  • Chondroitin Sulfates which lubricate joints
  • Trace Minerals

 

4. Desiccated Beef Colostrum

In an article published in January 2021 in Nutrients, the authors described the elements in bovine colostrum and their benefits for humans.

Pure bovine colostrum is bioactive and nutritionally intact. It includes all the specific vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids to fight disease, destroy pathogens, and promote human growth and cellular repair. I wrote about Colostrum in a previous Blog post.

 

1 Perfect Diet

Now, let me talk about my perfect diet. Over 2.5 million years of human evolution, it has been the perfect diet for the human species.

A Perfect Diet should provide all the nutrients that our body requires in a bioavailable form with no substances that will hinder the absorption of these nutrients. This is my Perfect Diet.

Dr. Miki Ben-Dor described in his paper that was published in March 2021 that our primal ancestors ate mostly animal products – muscle meat, bones, fat, organs, their blood, and collagenous parts. Occasionally they ate some plants, but their principal diet was what today is called a Carnivore Diet.

Paul Saladino, MD has been one of my mentors regarding the human health benefits of the Carnivore Diet. In his book, Carnivore Code, he goes into exquisite detail citing hundreds of peer-reviewed medical articles to support the benefits of the Carnivore Diet.

I have tweaked the Carnivore Diet to include other researched metabolic pathways to create my Better Belly Blueprint. This is the way I eat. This is how I have helped my immune system to become robust. This is a major protocol in my Unconventional Cancer Protocols that has assisted my body to heal while deal with my cancer journey. This is my Perfect Diet.

Here are the essential points of my Better Belly Blueprint way of eating:

  • Eat nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods from grass-fed, grass-finished pastured animals – especially beef and lamb – nose-to-tail
  • If adding some plants, only include a small number of plants that are low in phytates, lectins, and oxalates
  • Drink natural spring water that is replete with trace minerals
  • Consume desiccated animal supplements as I listed above to assure receiving all the required nutrients
  • Ingest spore-based probiotics to improve the diversity of the gut microbiome

 

The Way to Health and Healing

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)[2] has stated that 60% of the US population has at least one chronic disease and that 70% of all deaths in the US is a result of chronic diseases.

These stats primarily are a result of the lifestyle and diet our society engages. Eating the Perfect Supplements and Perfect Diet will go a long way in helping to prevent chronic diseases.

[1] https://kurious.ku.edu.tr/en/news/did-bone-marrow-fuel-human-evolution/

[2] https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/center/index.htm

 

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Be Prepared!
– My Interpretation –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

August 8, 2021

 

The phrase, “Be Prepared”, has become a cliché. But I have an interesting interpretation of it as you’ll read in a moment.

For over 100 years, Be Prepared was the motto of the Boy Scout movement. Its meaning is to be prudent and have protocols on hand to deal with anything that comes along. In other words, you want to anticipate the worst-case scenarios and have a game plan to deal with them.

But if you become obsessed with potentially negative situations and preparing for them, your stress levels might increase and become chronic, causing harm to your body.

You’ll read in a moment that I have a different take on Be Prepared. My interpretation may surprise you.

 

My Interpretation

I’ve been to the edge of death in a Hospice Hospital in 2019, then rallied, and here I am thriving.

How could I have prepared for the “ton of bricks” that fell on me as I learned of my incurable cancer diagnosis and prognosis in 2018? How could I have prepared for the devasting circumstances that put me in Hospice a year after my diagnosis?

I don’t believe anyone could be completely ready for the life-death scenarios I experienced. In Hospice, I was on narcotics and other meds, bedridden, constipated, catheterized, demoralized, and depressed.

But miracles do happen, and blessing must be counted.

Preparing for the worst-case scenarios is not what I am writing about today. I’m referring to preparing for what happened to me after my diagnosis but before having to enter Hospice. And again, preparing for what happened to me after revoking Hospice. I’m talking about preparing for the miracles and blessings of life!

Prepare for climbing out of an abyss to see the light. Prepare for experiencing the love that comes from those who are praying for you. Prepare for making memories which you will create with loved ones. Prepare for savoring the breeze of the wind, the song of birds, and the warmth of the sun.

These preparations are far more exciting than preparing for the worst-case scenarios of life. The preparation and anticipation of good things to come can change your brain and heal your body. These are foods for the mind-body connection.

This is powerful stuff!

 

Prepare for Life’s Miracles & Blessings

Expecting the good and joy of life causes positive changes in your brain. Happy thoughts improve neuroplasticity.

Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. It allows the neurons in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.

There was a television series on TNT that brought these ideas home to the viewing public. Eric McCormack starred in this series called, Perception. He played Dr. Daniel Pierce, a neuropsychiatrist who also had schizophrenia. I looked forward to watching each episode and personally found the shows to be entertaining as well as a learning experience.

Every show began with a scene where Dr. Pierce was giving a lecture to his college students about an aspect of the human brain and how it was influenced by our perceptions. Then this aspect of the brain would be a significant element within the plot of that episode.

For example:

In Season 1 of Perception, Episode 1 begins with Dr. Pierce lecturing to his students about “reality” as it applies to the brain. He explains that “reality” may be a figment of your imagination. Like a bad dream.

Your brain experiences the fear and physiological changes resulting from a bad dream as if it were horrific events in real life affecting you. The brain can’t distinguish the “bad dream” from the “real events in the real world”. Daniel Pierce then ponders: “If what we perceive is often wrong, how can we ever know what is real and what isn’t?”

The plot of Episode 1 begins with Dr. Pierce consulting with the FBI about a murder. But he quickly proves that the confession made by the wife of the murder victim was false. Her confession was a result of a defect in her brain.

The plot thickens as the hour-show progresses. And then there is a resolution.

Daniel Pierce ends the episode with another lecture to his college students. He tries to define “normalcy”. He points out the brain may not be “normal”, but the “abnormal brain” often protects the individual from harmful external stimuli.

Fascinating!

The TV programs aired from June 2012 to March 2015. I have no idea why it was cancelled. They were awesome as far as I was concerned. (By the way, you can watch all 3 seasons on IMDb TV for free:

 

Happy Brain

If we perceive our environment and ourselves with gratitude and exciting expectancy, we can prepare ourselves for life’s miracles and blessings. Preparing for positive thoughts and experiences will produce some dramatic changes in our brain. For example …

  • Synapses (areas connecting neurons) will increase dynamically
  • Mental productivity will be enhanced by improving cognition
  • Our ability to pay attention and focus will intensify
  • The capability to think and analyze incoming data will expand
  • The capacity to solve problems quicker and boost creativity will be heightened

On the other hand, if we dwell on the terrible things that might occur, our negative thoughts will cause chaos in our brains. Bad thoughts will …

  • Slow down brain coordination
  • Make it difficult to process thoughts and find solutions
  • Hinder creative ability
  • Decrease activity in the cerebellum, which helps with the coordination and movement related to motor skills
  • Impact the left temporal lobe, which plays a key role in perceiving sounds, assigning meaning to those sounds, and remembering sounds.

 

My Life’s Miracles & Blessings

Of course, I was ill-prepared for an incurable malignancy diagnosis. I had no symptoms except a sore shoulder and then some pain in my chest. But immediately after my diagnosis, I had to prepare for the rest of my life. I knew that a positive outlook could improve my healing journey.

My wife and I discussed how I wanted to pursue the rest of my days – no matter how many there would be. We both were determined to prepare for the miracles and blessings of life that awaited us.

We discussed my “bucket list” of things I wanted to do before I died. My thoughts were to spend quality time with my wife, kids, and grandkids making memories for all of us.

I also relied on my strong belief that my immortal soul was in control of my body.

The 11 months after my diagnosis, my wife and I made some beautiful memories:

  • Dinner with my immediate family at Victoria & Albert’s Restaurant, which is a 5-Diamond dining experience at the Grand Floridian Hotel in Disney World
  • Presenting my grandkids with their “time chests” that I began preparing for them starting the day each was born (We were planing to give our grandkids their chest when they reached the age of 21. Circumstances have now changed.)
  • Open, honest, and frequent discussions between my immediate family and myself about my mortality and the comfort of leaving this life with no regrets

But then, in August 2019, I had a life-threatening fall, fracturing several major bones on my right side that put me in Hospice to die. I was not prepared for this painful, debilitating setback. Yet, with the strength of my wife, I surprisingly rallied, revoked Hospice, and once again began preparing optimistically for the rest of my life.

Today I look forward to my precious time with my wife.

I also love to learn new things, to write, and to share my knowledge. Fortunately, I have gained some recognition because of my Unconventional Cancer Protocols and my emphasis on recreating a Robust Immune System. People from all over the world have consulted with me and taken my 12-week metabolic coaching program to help their bodies heal and become as healthy as they can. I receive great joy in talking about my positive experiences along with my setbacks with anyone interested.

But with all of this, I am practical and realistic. I accept my mortality.

The malignancy in my bone marrow is not in remission. But I don’t dwell on this. I excitedly look forward to new experiences and lasting memories. Preparing for these miracles and blessings are supported by my spiritual belief, positive outlook, and control of my environment and healthy lifestyle. Living a quality of life is at the top of my list – much more important to me than longevity.

 

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Power to Your Gut
– Colostrum –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

July 25, 2021

The first food which mammals take into their mouth is mother’s milk. And the first part of mother’s milk is colostrum, which has a rich golden color.

Colostrum gives power to the gut and assists in creating a robust immune system. A healthy gut and robust immune system are critical for overall health and mouth health.

Human babies who breastfeed benefit significantly from colostrum. And colostrum can work way beyond breastfeeding to support a balanced gut microbiome and to strengthen the immune system in adults. It also can support thymus function, reduce signs of aging, improve digestive health, heal wounds, reduce inflammation, and improve muscle tone.[1]

 

What is Colostrum

Colostrum is the breast fluid which moms produce at the end of pregnancy and shortly after birth. Moms will produce colostrum exclusively for about 24 hours postpartum before they produce milk. It is a nutrient-dense superfood.

Colostrum contains many vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Some additional compounds unique to colostrum include:

 

IMMUNE FACTORS:

Immunoglobulins (IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG, IgM): These are the primary immune factors (i.e., antibodies) in colostrum.

PRPs (Proline-rich Polypeptides): These proteins help regulate the thymus gland, which is the body’s central command for the immune system. PRPs can both (1) stimulate a weakened immune system and (2) balance an overactive immune system, as in autoimmune diseases.

Lactoferrin: This is an iron-binding protein with antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and many other properties. Lactoferrin has been used in the treatment of infections as well as diseases such as cancer, HIV, herpes, and chronic fatigue.

Glycoproteins: These are protease and trypsin inhibitors, which protect the immune and growth factors in colostrum from destruction by the digestive juices in the stomach and intestinal tract.

Lactalbumins: These proteins may be highly effective against numerous forms of cancer and viruses. They also can raise brain serotonin activity, reduce cortisol concentration, and improve mood under stress.

Cytokines, Interleukins, Interferon, and Lymphokines: These chemicals are involved in cell-to-cell communication, antiviral and anti-tumor activity, and regulation of immune responses.

Lysozyme: This can protect the body from bacterial infections

 

GROWTH FACTORS:

Epithelial Growth Factor (EGF): EGF is instrumental in protecting and maintaining healthy skin.

Insulin-like Growth Factor I and II (IGF-I & IGF-II): IGF I & II are the most abundant growth factors in colostrum. They affect how the body uses fat, protein, and sugar. IGF-I can stimulate the repair and growth of DNA and RNA, which can assist anti-aging. IGF-I also can help increase lean muscle mass as well as regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Transforming Growth Factors A & B (TGF A & B): TGF stimulates the proliferation of cells in connective tissue and assists in the formation of bone and cartilage. It can help repair tissue including the lining of the gut.

Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF): PDGF can assist with cell division in connective tissue, smooth muscle, and fibroblasts. It also assists in neuron survival and regeneration.

 

Colostrum is not species-specific. Bovine and human colostrum are similar in composition and contain many of the same nutrients.  Bovine colostrum is well-researched for human efficacy and has been shown to be highly bioavailable and nutritionally intact. Therefore, bovine colostrum can be an excellent whole food to include in our diet to improve our wellness.[2]

 

Specific Benefits

Two major benefits we can derive from including bovine colostrum in our diet are the support of a robust immune system and the support of a healthy gut.

Immune Support

Bovine colostrum enhances the immune response.[3] The immune-supportive effects of colostrum are mostly due to its high concentration of lactoferrin and immunoglobulins.[4] But colostrum also includes cytokines (which improve communication between cells) and proline-rich polypeptides (which encourages growth of white blood cells and reduces excessive oxidative stress).

Gut Support

In a 2011 study, colostrum supplementation was able to strengthen the gut wall and decrease “leaky gut”.[5] In addition, colostrum can improve the diversity of the gut microbiome[6] and reduce the levels of LPS (lipopolysaccharides) which could leak into the bloodstream.[7]

 

How to Take Colostrum

Since bovine colostrum contains only minimal levels of lactose, some individuals with lactose intolerance may be able to take it.[8]

Colostrum can be taken at any time of day. It is best to take without food. Generally, it is marketed as a desiccated powder in a gelatin capsule. You could remove the powder from the capsule and eat the powder. But if you tried to mix the powder in a liquid, it would clump. However, I have eaten the powder and enjoy it. To me, it tastes like dehydrated ice cream – Yum! However, my wife does not agree with me. She hates the taste.

One company, Kion, provides a bovine colostrum that is soluble in liquids and is not in capsule form.[9] As a matter of fact, colostrum is quickly absorbed by the soft tissues in the mouth and will get into the bloodstream immediately. So, it might be best to swish and then swallow the colostrum. In this way, you will get immediate blood levels of the colostrum as it permeates the mucosal tissues of the mouth and passes into the circulation. Then when you swallow, it will go directly into your gut.

The best quality colostrum comes from organic, grass-fed, grass-finished pastured cattle which have not received any chemicals whatsoever.

The product I take is from Heart & Soil, a company started by Paul Saladino, MD. The product is called ImmunoMilk. A daily dose of six capsules provides 3 grams of colostrum. I open the capsules and eat the powder.

Because of my most recent research into the vast benefits of bovine colostrum, I’ve included it as a whole food supplement in my Unconventional Cancer Protocols to support my gut microbiome and health. An article published in 2020 discusses the potential benefits of colostrum for cancer patients.[10]

As you may remember, I put together my 10 Unconventional Cancer Protocols to assist my body in recreating a robust immune system to help heal from incurable bone marrow cancer.

 

[1] https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnut.2021.651721/full

[2] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25781716/

[3] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11549415/

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6024018/

[5] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21148400/

[6] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12812151/

[7] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24234910/

[8] https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnut.2021.651721/full

[9] https://getkion.com/products/colostrum

[10]https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphar.2020.01100/full

 

 

 

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Superman’s Kryptonite
– Is In Our Food –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

July 18, 2021

 

As a young kid, I loved to read Superman published by DC Comics. The character was created way back in 1938. And I loved watching the original TV series, The Adventures of Superman. The shows aired from 1952-1958. And then there were all those reruns.

Superman was the strongest man on earth. Nothing could harm him – except Kryptonite. Kryptonite was a greenish material from Superman’s home planet of Krypton. Kryptonite emitted substances, which Superman’s body could not tolerate.

Kryptonite’s properties would weaken Superman and destroy his powers. First, it caused pain and nausea. But with prolonged exposure, it would kill him.

Does all this sound familiar? Substances like Kryptonite are hidden in some of our food!

Humans’ Kryptonite

Humans are designed to be strong and healthy. We get our nourishment from clean air, pure water, and nutrient-dense foods. But our genetic code does not have the ability to destroy certain elements that could weaken us at first but kill us over prolonged exposure.

Among these elements are anti-nutrients. They are our Kryptonite.

Anti-nutrients are found in plants and are the plants’ defense mechanisms to prevent their species from being eaten and becoming extinct. They also ensure that their babies (i.e., seeds) continue to propagate the species. These toxic chemicals discourage animals from eating the plant and therefore assures the plant’s survival.

Lectins, phytates, oxalates, and gluten are some of the major antinutrients. By causing gut discomfort, widespread inflammation, and nutrient malabsorption, they can wreak havoc in our body if we eat large amounts of them continuously.

Obviously, if we don’t eat them, they can’t bother us. Eaten occasionally in small amounts, they may not be too harmful. Specific food preparation techniques may render some of them less harmful. But their toxic effects are cumulative. Our body can be damaged if we eat them frequently over long periods of time.

 

Human Kryptonite

 

#1 Lectins

Lectins are proteins that attach to carbohydrates in the gut, bloodstream, or any tissues in the body. They form clumps of cells that can cause immune and gut reactions – specifically chronic systemic inflammation.

For example, lectins will bind to glucosamine, which is a carbohydrate that covers your joints. The result could be inflammation and pain around the joint.

Here’s another example: The mucus that lines mucous membranes is a mucopolysaccharide. It is a bunch of sugar molecules that traps lectins. When we eat lectins, our mucus production can go into overdrive as it attempts to bind to as many lectins as possible. This may make us feel inflamed and congested. That’s why some people who drink pasteurized milk from conventionally raised cows may often have a lot of mucus production and congestion. This milk contains “A1 casein”, which has lectins that stimulate an overproduction of mucus.

Lectins lurk almost everywhere. Large amounts of lectins are found in raw legumes like beans, peas and lentils as well as whole grains. Also, nightshades, which includes tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, goji berries, peppers, paprika, and chili peppers, are high in lectins. A plant’s seeds and skin contain the highest amounts of lectins. Some herbs like basil, rosemary, garlic, chives, ginger and parsley contain high levels of lectins.

Once you begin removing lectins from your diet, it could take up to 2 years to heal your gut.

 

#2 Phytic Acid & Phytates

Similar to lectins, phytic acid is manufactured by plants. It is the storage form of phosphorus in the seed. When the plant grows, phytic acids release phosphorus to help the plant grow.

In humans, phytic acid prevents the absorption of specific minerals in our gut and reduces the digestibility of proteins in our diet. Phytic acid binds to calcium, iron and zinc when ingested, forming complexes preventing these minerals from being absorbed and used by the body. When phytic acid binds to a mineral, it is called phytate. Phytates aren’t digested when we eat them because we lack the enzyme phytase that would break them down.

The dominant foods containing phytic acid include beans, seeds, nuts, grains & legumes as well as some roots and tubers.

 

#3 Oxalates

 

When oxalates are eaten, they bind to minerals to form crystals like calcium oxalate or iron oxalate. This can occur in the colon, in the kidneys, or in the urinary tract. By binding these minerals in the gut, oxalates reduce their bioavailability and can lead to mineral deficiencies.

For some people, consuming oxalates may lead to developing kidney stones. About 80% of all kidney stones are formed from calcium oxalates although there are other forms.

Raw cruciferous vegetables like kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and radishes have large amounts of oxalates. Other high-oxalate foods include cacao, black pepper, rhubarb, almonds and beans. Herbs containing high levels of oxalates include turmeric, cloves, and cinnamon.

Oxalates can bind to calcium in the blood and form tiny, sharp crystals that can be deposited anywhere in our bodily tissues. These oxalate crystals can cause joint pain or burning sensations in our eyes, mouth, ears and throat. They’re often the hidden, underlying cause of unresolved health issues. And when an effort is made to limit oxalate intake, health improves.

However, it may require several months for oxalates to leave the body’s tissues. If you decrease your oxalates too quickly, you might experience what’s called oxalate dumping, which is where the body rapidly gets rid of its oxalate stores, leading to several uncomfortable symptoms.

Examples of symptoms of oxalate dumping include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Hives or skin rashes
  • Mood changes
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Painful urination
  • Muscle cramps
  • Trouble focusing

 

 

#4 Gluten

 

Gluten, which contains lectins, is a family of proteins that is present in wheat, rye, barley, and some other types of grains. As a matter of fact, gluten could be an ingredient in many processed foods, cosmetics, prescription medications, and nutritional supplements. The human body cannot completely digest gluten. One of the remnants of the incomplete digestion of gluten is gliadin and its other gliadin structures.

Gliadin, a form of lectin, has the potential to slowly and deliberately destroy various tissues of the body. Its effects are cumulative, producing chronic inflammation over time.

It causes gut dysbiosis and opens holes in the gut lining, allowing toxic substances and undigested proteins to leak into the bloodstream. Researchers have proven this damage to the gut lining occurs in every human whenever gliadin is present in the intestines.[1] This is known as increased intestinal permeability but is generally called a “leaky gut”.[2]

However, the human body is resilient and reparative. The cells of the intestinal wall replace themselves every 4-5 days.[3] If anti-nutrients and other irritants to the gut were not reintroduced again, you would have a new epithelial lining in your gut after a week. But the problem is a process of repetition. Constantly consuming gluten as well as being exposed to the other anti-nutrients or any other gut irritants will perpetuate damage in the gut.

 

A Perfect Solution to “Human Kryptonite”

As I see it, Kryptonite affects Superman as Anti-Nutrients affect Humans. Eliminate anti-nutrients, and you’ll eliminate their toxic harm.

Bringing animal-based foods into your diet while limiting plants containing lectins, phytates, oxalates, and gluten will help take your health to the next level. If you’ve noticed joint pain, never-ending fatigue, or bloating, they might just disappear when you focus on (1) removing the toxic effects caused by antinutrients and then (2) increasing the bioavailability of nutrients by consuming animals “nose-to-tail”.

My Better Belly Blueprint is my mini-eBook where I describe a 70% animal-based diet including up to 30% plant-based selections, which minimize lectins, phytates, oxalates, and gluten.

By the way, if you’re a Superman fan, Superman, The Movie is streaming on HBO Max.

 

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4377866/

[2] https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fimmu.2019.02233/full

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2965634/

 

 

 

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74-Yrs-Old & No Regrets

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

July 11, 2021

 

Have you ever reflected on your life?

Most people have not.

But those who have are usually older – just like me. Or they have recently either gone through a life-changing event or survived a life-threatening event. I’ve gone through and survived both – twice.

If you have lived a full life, you have experienced ups and downs. Everyone has a story to tell. But what is most important is not the abyss into which you have fallen. What is most important is the way you have emerged from the abyss to move forward with your life.

And not just move forward. But also, to have learned a lesson or two with no regrets for the right of passage.

 

First Reflection

My first life-changing and life-threatening event occurred on a Saturday in 2006. I was 59-years old and had been practicing my specialty of dentistry for 32 years.

On that Saturday morning, my 4-year-old grandson was staying with my wife and me for the weekend. He was sleeping between us in our bed. I woke, turned to my grandson, and attempted to ask him if he wanted to go out for breakfast. But something was wrong.

When I tried to speak, no recognizable words came out of my mouth. My speech was garbled. I panicked.

I first thought I must have been sleeping with my mouth open, and that dried out my mouth.

So, I got out of bed, went to my bathroom, drank a glass of water, and then attempted to ask him again if he wanted to go out for breakfast.

Still, just gabled sounds.

My wife then woke, realized what was happening, and took me to the emergency room. As a registered nurse, she knew I was having a stroke.

Fortunately, my stroke was not severe. Other than the disability to speak for a week or so, I had no other obvious physical issues.

My conventional doctors saved my life. They put me on 7 medications to take for the rest of my life and discharged me after a couple of weeks. It took over a month for my speech to return to normal. I went back to my dental office to see patients fulltime about 2 months after being discharged.

Looking back on my skirt around death, I learned several important lessons which changed my life.

 

Lessons Learned the First Time

I realized I was not as healthy as I thought. My stroke motivated me to seek out a healthier lifestyle and diet. It took almost 7 years before finally discovering the benefits of a Paleo-type diet and primal lifestyle. Eventually, by the age of 68 in 2012, I was eating and living healthy and was able to wean off of all 7 medications and to lose over 30 pounds of excess fat. Life was great. I had no regrets. I was the new “me”. I even incorporated my new knowledge with the treatment of my periodontal patients in my office.

 

Second Reflection

Then in 2018, I experienced the biggest challenge of my life. I was diagnosed with incurable bone marrow cancer in September 2018 and was given 3-6 months to live.

The years leading up to this devastating diagnosis were filled with hope and direction from what I learned following my stroke. I had gotten healthy – or so I thought – by eating and living a primal lifestyle. I even considered myself the “senior poster boy for a healthy lifestyle”.

However, the invisible cancer that was lurking inside my body had severely damaged my bone structure without me knowing. I had no idea how many years ago the malignancy began its path of destruction in my body. The pain from a fractured rib was the first symptom that brought me to my physician in 2018 at which time he uncovered my bone marrow cancer. I was 71-years old at that time.

It was as though a ton of bricks fell on me. My life as I knew it was going to change forever.

My oncologist discussed with me that conventional medicine could not cure my malignancy. With his consent, I rejected chemotherapy and pursued my own Unconventional Cancer Protocols to help strengthen my immune system and heal the rest of my body. Quality of life meant everything to me. I was not interested in longevity without a quality of life.

Some of my contemporaries and family tried to convince me that I should have never embarked on my current path. Some of my critics have been in the shadows whispering that I would fail.

But I have been blessed and fortunate to have a wife who has been stern, supportive, and loving. My pillar has brought me through some very exasperating times since my diagnosis.

My most agonizing moment occurred in August 2019 when I suffered a fractured right femur, several cracked ribs, and a broken right humerus all at one time. These pathological fractures were brought on by my weakened skeleton. I thought my life was over, and I was prepared to die. I was placed in a hospice facility to die!

But miracles do happen.

Within several weeks, my wife was able to have me transported to our home while still receiving hospice care. She gave me some tough love and convinced me that I was a survivor – not a victim. My wife brought a physical therapist into our house, got me back on my Unconventional Cancer Protocols, and I began to recover.

Within a few more weeks, I revoked hospice. By the beginning of October 2019, I was able to return to my oncologist who was shocked that I was still alive.

On 1/1/20, I began an animal-based diet which replaced my Paleo-type way of eating in my Unconventional Cancer Protocols. In my opinion, this major change in my Protocols encouraged my body to heal more naturally.

Then in May 2020, I had a new PET Scan that showed no active cancer cells in my entire body.

However, I am not in remission. But I am thriving today with an excellent quality of life.

My oncologist is pleased! And he says I am unique.

 

Lessons Learned the Second Time

I am still on my cancer journey. While not cured from cancer, I am living a fulfilling life with my wife.

And I am sharing my story with the world.

My Protocols have not remained the same from day “one”. I have tweaked them frequently as I continued to learn more and more. Today, they consist of 10 individual Protocols which in total have improved my immune system.

I know that most of these lifestyle and diet changes making up my Protocols will help anyone interested in recreating their robust immune system. And your immune system is your internal armed forces that come to your defense in times of need for healing – healing from internal disruptors like cancer and external irritants like viruses and bacterial invasions.

The overriding lesson I have learned is that my personal attitude has a huge influence in my overall wellbeing. A positive attitude can go a long way to assist in healing.

But under this canopy of a positive attitude are important proactive steps:

  • Always question what you are told. Even if your doctor says you have a terminal disease, don’t give up. The guy in the white lab coat doesn’t know everything. I am living proof!
  • Search for alternative and supportive measures to improve your quality of life. Investigate what else is being done throughout the world for patients who have the same diagnosis. One of my “go-to” sources of published and peer-reviewed medical abstracts from all over the world is PubMed.
  • Incorporate the best of conventional medicine (if it makes sense to you) with the unconventual remedies you uncover (if they make sense to you).
  • Above all, only put nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods into your body. And remove or avoid anything that could irritate (1) your gut or your mouth, (2) your ability to digest and absorb your food, and (3) the health of your individual cells and their production of energy.

 

No Regrets

My successes are not curing cancer. I don’t have a cure for cancer. My successes are to heal my body as best as possible and enjoy a quality of life.

I also believe in my spiritual self. I’ve written about my spirituality which has provided a sense of purpose in my life HERE.

Regrets? I have none. Even though I have encountered some serious medical obstacles along the way, I have learned so much. However, I am realistic and know that my body is dealing with a formidable challenge that may get the better of me sometime down the road.

For now, life is great. And I am making it greater day by day!

 

 

 

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Natural Spring Water
– Gut Health & Hydration –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

June 27, 2021

 

You’re seeing my kitchen table in the photo above. It’s now home to 6, 5-gallon glass water bottles from Mountain Valley Spring Water. They are delivered to my house every 4 weeks.

The bottle in use has an automatic water pump that I transfer from bottle to bottle as each one is emptied. The pump makes it easy to add water to a cup, tumbler, pitcher, or any receptacle.

Mountain Valley Spring Water comes from the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas and Oklahoma. It was discovered in 1871.

The water that flows today first came from rain falling over 3,500 years ago. It filtered through the Earth into deep, granite-based aquifers that are nearly one-mile deep. During the journey from rain to aquifer to collection tanks, many trace elements from the surrounding rocks became dissolved in this pristine water.

The water flows into tanks from which it is transferred into glass bottles for direct delivery to consumers.

 

Water Required for Life

Our genetic blueprint requires us to eat nutritious food, breathe unpolluted air, and drink quality water to survive and thrive. Although diet and air get attention in health and wellness journals, the water we drink and its effects on our gut rarely get researched or reported in scientific papers. While water is critical for life, all water is not the same.

Most of the water our primal ancestors drank was natural spring water. It was their major source of trace minerals, which are involved in the function of various biological pathways.

As rain pours down on the Earth, much is filtered and purified as it seeps through the ground picking up various trace minerals. Eventually, this water can be tapped or will empty into lakes and streams to be available for us to drink.

The sun’s rays can bathe the water imparting various properties that are difficult to define. Sunlight changes the actual structure of water to create liquid crystal properties, which have been researched by Dr. Gerald Pollack and his team from the University of Washington.[1]

 

Our Primal Ancestors

Our primal ancestors were able to get their necessary minerals not only from the natural spring waters but also from the food they ate. Dr. Miki Ben-Dor clearly showed in his 2021 peer-reviewed paper that our primal ancestors primarily ate an animal-diet from nose-to-tail. They supplemented their diets with some plants and tubers, but most of their nutrition came from muscle meat, bones, animal fat, organs, and all the cartilage associated with these foods. Biologically available minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients were abundant in the foods our primal ancestors ate and the natural spring waters they drank.

 

Trace Minerals, The Gut, and Hydration

Natural spring water with its numerous dissolved trace minerals improves gut health and hydrates our individual cells.

In the May 2021 issue of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, a medical research paper was published that showed that natural spring water improves the health of the gut. The authors state that their research was the first of its kind.

But this was not the first published, peer-reviewed paper describing the benefits of the minerals in natural spring water on the garden of bacteria in the gut. HERE, HERE, HERE.

These investigative articles demonstrate that minerals in water improve beneficial bacteria in the gut and increase alpha diversity. Alpha diversity may be one of the most important biomarkers of the gut microbiome.

Alpha diversity can be measured via a specific stool test. CosmosID performs whole genome sequencing to report an accurate Alpha Diversity from the stool test marketed by Microbiome Labs. The test is called, BiomeFX.

The gut microbiome contains about 38 trillion microbes. Our body only has about 30 trillion human cells. We are more “microbial” than “human”! Many studies have been published describing the variety of species in the gut. These medical papers clearly demonstrate that the greater the diversity and numbers of specific microbes, the healthier the immune system. A measurement including (1) the diversity of various microbial species in the gut and (2) the number of each of these species is called “Alpha Diversity”. It is generally reported as a percentile compared to the microbial ecosystem in a population of metabolically healthy individuals.

A high alpha diversity also assists the conversion of inactive Vitamin D to active Vitamin D in the body.[2]

Here is my Alpha Diversity from my BiomeFX stool sample in 2020:

 

Hydration is the process of causing your cells to absorb water. And electrolytes in the water improve hydration. Electrolytes also are essential for numerous bodily functions including the regulation of nerve and muscle function, balancing the blood acidity and pressure, and the repair of damaged tissues.

Sodium, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride, and phosphate are some of the main electrolytes that your body needs. However, there are many more trace elements that contribute to optimal hydration.

Drinking natural spring water rather than drinking tap water or highly filtered water will enhance hydration. Hydration is particularly important for maintaining a healthy mucus layer in the gut. As a matter of fact, hydration is significantly improved when your water is enhanced with trace minerals from prehistoric oceans. I wrote about hydration and my personal experience drinking SOLE HERE.

“SOLE” (pronounced So-Lay) is a supersaturated solution of Himalayan salt dissolved in pure spring water.

Himalayan salt crystals are mined from the remote reaches of the Himalayan Mountains. The crystals were created 250 million years ago from ancient oceans and then trapped after tectonic plate movement and subsequent evaporation. These crystals have been assayed and found to contain 84 trace minerals that are biologically active. This is a natural way to nourish and hydrate your cells daily. Published anecdotal comments suggest that SOLE in spring water provides a balance of electrolytes and energetic vibration in the water that enhances hydration and body energy.

A blood test called “BUN” (Blood Urea Nitrogen) can be a biomarker suggesting how well you are hydrated. When the BUN is high, it suggests your cells are not getting hydrated effectively.

After I was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, my BUN was generally above the high end of normal. My oncologist thought I was not drinking enough water. However, I was drinking plenty of water, but it was just filtered water with no electrolytes. When I began drinking 1 teaspoon of SOLE added to 8 ounces of pure spring water each morning on an empty stomach, my BUN levels immediately normalized. My oncologist was surprised with my abrupt improvement. And this was an important education for me.

 

Making SOLE

You can find more information about SOLE and its science on the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Website.

For those of you who are interested, here is a way to make SOLE. (If you want, you could use the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt SOLE Jar.)

    1. Add Himalayan crystal salt stones halfway up a large mouth glass jar.
    2. Fill the jar with pure spring water that has not been processed in any way.
    3. Cover the jar with cheesecloth to protect the liquid in the jar and secure the cheesecloth with a rubber band. You also could use a cork lid. You do not want to cover the jar with any metal or plastic.
    4. Allow 24 hours for the water to become supersaturated with trace minerals. (The supersaturated solution is called “SOLE”.)
    5. Add 1 tsp of SOLE to 8-12 oz of pure spring water every morning and drink it on an empty stomach. If you prefer a flavor in the water, squeeze a little fresh lime or lemon into the glass of water.
    6. Wait 30-60 minutes before eating or drinking anything else.
    7. Refill the jar with pure spring water as the SOLE is consumed.
    8. Add additional Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Stones as they dissolve.

 

Change in My Life

My Unconventional Cancer Protocols have allowed my body to recreate a robust immune system. Natural spring water with trace minerals has become an important component in my Protocols.

It’s surprising yet fascinating to me that I only learned about the significance of this quality drinking water along with SOLE about a year ago. I realize that I certainly am not too old to learn new information and put it to good use.

My success with my cancer journey is related to incorporating out-of-the-box thinking along with effective “cutting-edge” oncology. My recommendations to all who are interested are:

  1. Do your research
  2. Ask questions
  3. Put nutritious food and mineral-rich natural water into your body
  4. Avoid all toxic elements that can hamper biological functions in your body

 

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVBEwn6iWOo

[2] https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-19793-8

 

 

 

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Better Belly Blueprint Recipes
– Suet for Extra Fat –

raw suet

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

June 20, 2021

 

This is not a recipe for a new dish of food. It is my way of introducing you to using Suet for extra fat in your food preparation.

Suet is an exceptional and nutritional animal fat from the area surrounding the beef kidney. It is relatively high in stearic acid, conjugated linoleic acid, as well as Vitamins A, D, E, and K2.

Here are 3 online sources for pastured beef suet:

White Oak Pastures

US Wellness Meats

Belcampo

When you purchase frozen suet, it looks like many “clumps of hard cheese”. I buy it in 2.5-pound packages and put them in the freezer until I am ready to use a chunk. When I want to use the suet for cooking or sprinkle into one of my tasty delights, I take a piece from the freezer and grate it. Since it is frozen, it grates very easily.

Then I can sprinkle the pieces into my food for extra fat, or I can put a measured amount in a saucepan. I use it for fat to cook eggs, ground beef, and pan-cooked steaks.

It is great to eat raw. I use it in my Steak Tartar for Two recipe. You could add a little Himalayan salt into the freshly frozen grated granules. Then eat then as is or sprinkle them on scrambled eggs or over-easy eggs anytime that pleases you.

 

2.5 pounds of packaged frozen Suet from the farmer

 

Coarsely grating the frozen Suet

 

 

Grated pieces of frozen Suet for food preparation

 

 

 

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Hatred & Contempt
– My Responses –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

June 20, 2021

 

 

In my recent blog, Hear My Voice!, I attempted to bring a light to, and to have a conversation about, the harsh divide we are experiencing on a multitude of topics. While I did receive many thoughtful comments from both sides of the debate, my blog also was met with hatred and contempt directed at me personally.

This negativity raises the question, “How do we continue moving forward together with all this animosity among us?”

There is a substantial difference between making up false claims with the intent to harm and questioning the existing narrative with well-researched and informed questions. When did it become okay to lump any opposing view as “utter nonsense”?

Generally, I see hatred and contempt. Often, both are directed toward those who question specific medical procedures today and toward those who try to share their personal experiences.

In this article, I want to share my thoughts about “lack of informed consent” and “contempt for the messenger”.

Lack of Informed Consent

As I see it, a big problem exists when patients are not given all the facts for medical treatments, which they are asked to undertake. Patients need information about the possible (yet rare) potential harm from a medical procedure before agreeing to proceed. This is called, “informed consent”.

When a person is encouraged to accept any invasive treatment including an injection, a person has the right to know what might happen before having the irreversible procedure. This informed discussion will lead the patient to make his or her decision.

Here are two of many organizations that are gathering data to further the discussion leading to “informed consent”.

#1

Medscape is a website delivering access to medical information for clinicians. It is an organization that also provides continuing education for physicians and health professionals. Recently, Medscape added a platform to share unbiased information.

On 2/8/21, Medscape began an ongoing post, which is updated daily in real time. It includes comments from medical healthcare professionals. As of 6/20/21, this site contains 636 published comments from doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers. These comments describe their personal experiences with the COVID vaccines. And they run the gamut from “no problems whatsoever” to “severe side effects”.

To be clear, Medscape is not vetting the qualifications of the professionals who are submitting their comments. So, it is possible that some of the published comments are from unqualified sources. However, there are many well-recognized medical people making their personal experiences known.

When personal experiences identify unusual, significant, or severe side effects, these must be taken seriously. They must be researched with the intent to understand the unknown and to uncover their biological pathways.

The published statements from qualified medical practitioners are not efforts to misinform the public or contradict the medical profession. They are outcomes that everyone should be made aware of before deciding on a medical procedure.

 

https://www.medscape.com/sites/public/covid-19/vaccine-insights/how-concerned-are-you-about-vaccine-related-adverse-events

#2

In addition to Medscape’s reporting, I know of a non-profit medical and dental organization made up of various surgeons. The members of this organization have been witnessing unusual and compromised healing results in many of their surgery patients who have taken the COVID vaccines compared to their non-vaccinated patients. As I write this post, this organization is compiling documentation of these adverse responses. Eventually, the results will be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Contempt for the Messenger

Another concern I have is when a person openly explains their personal journey to restore health only to be denigrated for not having enough proof from randomized controlled medical trials.

A woman who read my Blog, Hear My Voice!, expressed her personal disgust with me in several comments she posted on a Facebook group. In that blog, I emphasized the incorrectness of a patient not being told about the potential risks of a proposed medical treatment. Also, I shared my personal successes and failures with my cancer journey.

I’m scratching my head and thinking, “Why would someone be so expressive in her vitriolic feelings toward me?” Here are a few ideas that come to mind …

  • Possibly she has been harmed by the alternative medical community.
  • Maybe a close friend of hers or a relative has suffered at the hands of functional medicine.
  • Could it be that she wanted to study medicine or another healthcare profession and was unable to get into a program or unable to complete the program for some reason?
  • Or, does she really believe that people are not entitled to know the risks of a medical procedure?
  • Or, does she really think that no one should describe their personal path to wellness without peer-reviewed backup over years of double-blind studies?

I will not embarrass her any more than she did to herself when she published her comments on one of the most viewed Facebook groups. I don’t know what compelled her to rain down on me. But her concluding pointed words of attack were aimed to disqualify my personal success to heal my body.

I welcome an intelligent debate on any subject. The keys to an intelligent debate include …

  • Listening to a different point of view.
  • Taking the time to educate yourself before speaking.

The debate may not change your views, but you still may learn something. However, having disrespect for others’ opinions is what leads us to this divide in the first place.

Summary

I am only one of many healthcare professionals attempting to wake up those who are not asking two very important and personal questions …

  1. “What are the potential risks of the medical treatment I am considering?”
  2. “Are there options to assist my body to heal from severe chronic disease other than just chemicals that are put into my body?”

There should never be hatred or contempt expressed toward the person who wants to know the facts or share their experiences.

 

 

 

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