My Cancer Journey
– My Recent Meditation –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

September 26, 2021

Once again, I’m revealing my vulnerability by being transparent.

All along my cancer journey, I’ve had bouts of strong emotional moments – some exhilarating, some depressing. I’ve experienced some of my most intense feelings while I meditated.

 

Meditation

I discovered meditation years ago. And it always came easy to me.

My bedroom is the best place for me to meditate. I turn off all the lights and digital gadgets, and I make sure the room is quiet and cool.

Then, I simply lie down in bed, close my eyes, concentrate on my breaths, and allow whatever thoughts to flow. Usually, I meditate for 20-30 minutes, 2-3 times a week.

My thoughts generally are varied and insightful. Most represent some of the tasks I want to complete; some are only fleeting ideas; but a few relate to my death and moving on. Most of the time, they don’t disturb me. They are comforting and pleasant.

While not religious, I have a strong spiritual belief. I believe my immortal soul resides in my physical body. My soul has allowed me to meditate easily and accept whatever the universe brings. I know where my soul is going after it enters the spirit world. And for me, this is calming and a beautiful thing.

 

My Recent Meditation

A few days ago, I was meditating. This time, I had more vivid and detailed thoughts than I ever had. Yet, I was saddened with the visions that came to me.

A stream of consciousness exploded in my mind during this meditation. Its intensity was rare for me, but I allowed my mind to let whatever wanted to flow in, to come in.

In my mind’s eye, I relived my life with my mom and dad. It seemed that I scanned my life with them starting with the earliest days when I was 3 years old, and my sister was born.

I could see myself at home with my uncle when my mom and dad returned home from the hospital carrying my newborn sister.

After that vision, I fast forwarded to many life’s moments until my dad, and then years later my mom, passed away.

But I felt tears rolling down my cheeks!

  • I could not remember any time over all those decades that either my mom or dad said to me, “I love you.”
  • And I couldn’t recall any time during those decades when my mom or dad hugged or kissed me.

I’m sure my mom and dad hugged and kissed me. But why couldn’t I see those moments in my meditation?

And then I thought,

  • “Do my kids feel unloved?”
  • “Do my kids remember the love I have felt for them?”
  • “Do my kids know the love I have for them today?”
  • “Have I let them down as I perceived in this meditation that my parents let me down?”

Those thoughts upset me!

Near the end of my meditative state, I visualized my two adult children. Both live several hours away from my wife and me. Distance, life’s responsibilities, and my physical limitations have kept my wife and me from traveling long distances to visit.

There must be a reason why these visions came to me as they did a few days ago.

 

Today

Today, I know I’m doing amazingly well! I have survived and thrived because of my Unconventional Cancer Protocols. However, I know there will be a time when I will succumb to the complications of multiple myeloma. I am OK with this.

My goal is to continue the quality life I am enjoying now for as long as possible! And to make memories with those I love.

But my recent meditation gave me pause. I thought, “Is something going to happen to me soon?”

I need to be sure that my kids have felt the love and respect my wife and I have for them. While I am sure they know, there is a purpose to my recent meditative enlightenment that I need to act on.

It’s time for me to create another lasting memory with both my adult children, my beautiful 3 grandkids, and of course the pillar of my life – my wife!

If you’re a parent or you have a significant other, isn’t it time for you to give those you love another warm hug and a loving kiss? Hugs and kisses never get old. And you’ll never be able to give too many of them.

 

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My Cancer Journey
– I Think I Had COVID –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

September 12, 2021

 

The media has dubbed this latest wave as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”. However, like with most things in life, it’s not exactly black and white. I am unvaccinated, and I’d like to share “WHY” with you.

  1. In 2016 (which was about two years before I was diagnosed with cancer), I received the seasonal flu vaccine for those 65-years-old and older (Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent). Surprisingly, I developed a severe neurological reaction one week later. I can’t prove that it was caused by the vaccine, but my physician suggested I not take any flu vaccine in the future.
  2. My oncologist explained that a research paper published in April 2021 showed that the COVID vaccine given to patients like me who have a malignancy of bone marrow plasma cells responded with reduced immunity.[1],[2] The vaccine would give me minimal benefit, and I would have to deal with the potential risks.
  3. One rare side effect of COVID vaccines is possible neurodegenerative consequences. Since my adverse reaction to the flu shot several years ago consisted of neurological and cognitive symptoms, I was not willing to risk potential neurological damage from the COVID vaccine.

Without the vaccine in my body and with my potentially compromised immune system from bone marrow cancer, my goal was to recreate a robust immune system as best as I could. My Unconventional Cancer Protocols assist my immune system to make it efficient and responsive.

 

The Perfect Storm

As you may already know, I was receiving a monoclonal antibody (Darzalex) monthly to assist my immune system in killing malignant plasma cells. This immunotherapy is not chemotherapy. It has been a part of my Protocols since November 2019. However, I think my last dose of Darzalex on June 22, 2021, weakened my immune system leading to my symptoms.

 

My Symptoms

In June, Darzalex was administered as a subcutaneous shot to me by a nurse in the Cancer Clinic Infusion Center. This monoclonal antibody is not injected into a vein; it is deposited into the soft tissues. The location of the shot was about 3 inches to the left of my belly button.

While this shot was supposed to be in the soft tissues only, the nurse must have injected it into a vein. I developed a 5-inch diffuse bruise that lasted about 5 weeks.

But that was not the worst of it.

About 5 days later, I suffered what I would consider a perfect storm. I had side effects that were severe. And I never had these reactions since starting Darzalex. Here’s what happened to me …

  • I gained 9 pounds of water weight
  • I had diarrhea.
  • I had acid reflux.
  • I had a headache and severe muscle aches. I was a mess.
  • I could hardly walk down my driveway to get the mail before feeling completely exhausted and needing to lie down.
  • I had occasional coughing.
  • All the previous symptoms progressively got worse which finally improved by the end of another 4 weeks.
  • Early on, I had some upper respiratory congestion and throat soreness, which I treated with nebulized 0.1% hydrogen peroxide saline starting when the symptoms began. The inhaled mist stopped my upper respiratory issues within 2 days.

After two weeks of these symptoms getting progressively worse, I called my oncologist to let him know of my awful several weeks. Since my diagnosis in 2018, I have never felt as weakened and exhausted. My oncologist suggested new blood work in 2 weeks and to stop future Darzalex treatments. That suited me just fine.

After recovering from all these “side effects”, I returned to my energetic self. No more severe muscle aches, no more headache, no more exhaustion, no more diarrhea, and no more acid reflux. I lost the 9 pounds of fluid and felt great.

 

COVID Testing

When I returned to see my cancer doctor on August 31st, I posed these two questions to him …

  1. Was it possible that the effects from the Darzalex injection could have weakened my immune system enough to contract COVID?
  2. Do you think that my symptoms were a combination of Darzalex and COVID?

My doctor ordered a COVID antibody test, which was drawn that day in the Blood Lab.  It took 7 days to get the results. Now, here’s where it gets interesting.

The antibody test may not come back positive until several weeks after the viral exposure and the test is only accurate 90% of the time. Interestingly, the antibody test may not be sensitive to the different proteins in COVID variants of the virus. [3]

In addition, the test results may have provided a “false negative” for me since my malignant plasma cells are not producing normal antibodies. There is also evidence that Darzalex, which is a monoclonal antibody immunotherapy, may have competed with the antibodies that the COVID antibody test was supposed to register. So, while my test was negative, there are still many variables at play.

The COVID antibody test does not identify possible T-Cell Immunity, which is sensitive to all proteins in the virus and lasts longer than antibody immunity.

The T-Cells of the adaptive immune system become activated first as a virus attacks the body. These T-Cells stimulate B-Cells in the bone marrow to become plasma cells, which produce antibodies that attack specific proteins in the virus. The COVID antibody test only measures antibodies produced by plasma cells. However, in March 2021, the FDA approved a test that could identify T-Cell Immunity.

The test is called T-Detect, which can be ordered online and is more accurate than the COVID antibody test in identifying previous COVID infection. It is accurate 95% of the time.[4] Unfortunately, it is not easy to get this test today. But as soon as I can, I will be tested and will report the results later.

 

My Takeaway

My intention is not to tell you whether the vaccine is the right choice for you or not. By sharing my story and vulnerability, I hope to empower you to take control of your health by building a robust immune system.

There is not much information presented to the public about the critical importance of a strong and efficient immune system to fight internal and external infections. When people with a compromised immune system are exposed to viral infections, they can develop severe respiratory infections and distress. Severely infected individuals who are metabolically inflexible, overweight, and eating innutritious foods may need hospitalization and could die from such a viral insult. Our population must take responsibility for its health. No government program, no pill, and no shot will improve our immune system and overall health.

We must be proactive and take control of our destiny.

 

[1] https://www.healio.com/news/hematology-oncology/20210416/covid19-vaccination-appears-less-effective-among-patients-with-active-leukemia-myeloma

[2] https://www.ashclinicalnews.org/multiple-myeloma/older-patients-myeloma-may-suboptimal-response-covid-19-vaccination/

[3] https://www.t-detect.com/covid-19/for-patients/

[4] https://www.t-detect.com/covid-19/for-patients/

 

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Constipation & Carnivore Diet
– 11 Steps to Treat –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

September 5, 2021

Yes! I am going to talk about constipation – difficult bowel movements and straining on the toilet. Not pleasant but a reality at times. And I’m going to relate it to my favorite way of eating – an animal-based (i.e., Carnivore) diet.

The Carnivore Diet has been the most important change I made to my lifestyle along my Cancer Journey. The nutrition and healing powers of eating properly raised animals from nose-to-tail is unparalleled. My Better Belly Blueprint way of eating includes at least 70% animal-based foods and less than 30% plant-based foods that are low in phytates, oxalates, and lectins.

I’ve discussed the supporting medical science about a properly designed animal-based diet in many previous blogs. I even discussed how animal husbandry is good for nutrition, fertile farmland, and the environment in my most recent blog, The Case for Meat.

But when a person changes his or her eating habits abruptly, much happens internally and emotionally. And the body takes time to catch up with the changes and may react in very unpleasant and nasty ways.

One of those reactions when you change to an animal-based diet is constipation.

Constipation is awful! It’s painful and can create a depressive state of mind. Whenever I have had constipation, my wife tried to avoid me. She says I become a bear to live with. Fortunately, I rarely have constipation.

If you have persistent constipation, you must rule out any gut obstructions or pathologies which could manifest as constipation. So, if there is a question as to a medical cause for your constipation, you should first consult with your gastroenterologist.

But what if you rarely had constipation until starting an animal-based diet (i.e., carnivore diet)?

You need to know a few basics …

  • It’s normal to have bowel movements less frequently.
  • Muscle meat, organs, animal fat, and collagenous parts take longer to digest as you absorb more nutrients compared to plant foods.
  • Eating animals from nose-to-tail produces minimal roughage in the digestive tract.
  • In fact, the carnivore diet seems to help with constipation issues.

However, it is possible to still get backed up. Here is a list of 11 potential reasons and treatments for constipation while on the carnivore diet. These are what I have learned personally as well as from people in the carnivore community and carnivore doctors.

 

11 Steps to Treat

#1 Be Patient

Assuming that there are no gut obstructions or pathologies, switching from other ways of eating to the carnivore diet will take time for your body to rebalance. This is an adaption period which most people experience. If you have issues with constipation, they should go away within a few days to a couple of weeks. Everyone is different.

 

#2 Reduce Stress

Emotional stress can cause and exacerbate constipation. If you believe that there is chronic or acute stress in your life, you should delve into this cause. It is not easy to eliminate emotional stress. You may need the advice and support from a professional to deal with how you handle your stress.

 

#3 Improve Hydration and Water Consumption

Water is essential to prevent or treat constipation. But you must choose water that has the necessary electrolytes and trace minerals for absorption and hydration. I have written some articles about this. My most recent is titled Natural Spring Water – Gut Health & Hydration.

However, too much potassium can cause constipation as it depletes magnesium which is associated with proper bowel movements. In addition, too much calcium could be a problem.

Excessive salt also could be a problem. Too much salt can throw your electrolytes off. High salt intake can disrupt the magnesium in your system, which in turn can slow things down. The salt you should be consuming should have an abundance of trace minerals, like Original Himalayan Salt and Redmond Real Salt.

 

#4 Reduce or Eliminate Fiber

In this 2012 peer-reviewed article, the authors concluded, “contrary to popular beliefs, reducing or stopping dietary fiber intake improves constipation and its associated symptoms.”

The researchers showed that excess fecal volume could place a strain on the lining of the intestine and colon. The strain could create constipation, bloating, and gas. Harsh fiber also could cause excess mucus production to protect the epithelial barrier from the irritating fiber.

 

#5 Increase Grams of Animal Fats

Sometimes people eating a predominantly animal-based diet will eat muscle meat with not enough fat content. One way to counter this is to add additional animal fat to cooking. Also, include fattier cuts of meat in your diet.

 

#6 Decrease Grams of Animal Protein

While increasing the grams of fat you consume daily, you could decrease the grams of animal protein in your meals.

 

#7 Remove Toxic Elements in the Gut

Your gut is often the “master control center” for the overall health of your body. If there are toxic elements in your gut or a poorly diversified garden of gut bacteria, these should be addressed and corrected. To reduce the toxic elements, bovine colostrum has been shown to bind to LPS (lipopolysaccharides), which are highly toxic byproducts of gram-negative bacteria. I personally use Pro Colostrum LD.

 

#8 Improve Gut Bacteria

As you transition from a significant amount of carbohydrates from your diet to a predominantly animal-based diet, the carbohydrate loving bacteria in your gut may rebel. These changes may lead to constipation as those bacteria die off.

By increasing the diversity of bacterial species in your gut, the potentially pathogenic bacteria will be crowded out. Also, improving the health of the gut microbiome will help seal the gut epithelial barrier.

Spore-based probiotics assist in rebuilding the diversity and health of the gut microbiome. Two specific products I use personally are TerraFlora Deep Immune and MegasporeBiotic.

 

#9 Maintain Ideal Stomach Acidity

‌The hydrochloric acid in your stomach has a very low pH of 1 to 2, which means it is highly acidic. Your medical doctor can check if your stomach has this healthy acid level. If you have less acidity in your stomach, it could lead to many complications – one of which is constipation.

If your stomach pH level is 3 to 5, you have low stomach acidity (i.e, hypochlorhydria). If the pH is higher than 5, you may have achlorhydria. This happens when your stomach stops making hydrochloric acid.

Your medical doctor needs to determine the cause. You may only need to change your diet to less carbohydrates and processed foods, more nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory foods, and the addition of a supplement called Betaine HCl.

 

#10 Enhance Bile Production

Reduced total bile production could lead to constipation. You could improve your natural bile production with specific desiccated organs. An excellent animal-based supplement is desiccated gallbladder, ox bile, and liver from Ancestral Supplements.

 

#11 Possibly Supplement with Magnesium

Magnesium deficiencies are one of the most common sources of constipation on the carnivore diet. Magnesium is involved in over 300 biological functions in the body. But it also helps with constipation by drawing water into the bowel. Some magnesium products can cause diarrhea. I prefer magnesium glycinate with no harsh or damaging additives. This provides bioavailable magnesium for the body. However, magnesium citrate liquid can quickly eliminate constipation, but it could create significant diarrhea.

 

Thoughts

While constipation is awful, it is transitory. The previous 11 steps to avoid or treat constipation are not inclusive. However, in my experience these have been the most frequent areas of concern.

But it is critical that you do not have a medical condition requiring treatment by a medical doctor. If there is any doubt, take the time to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist to be sure.

Otherwise, the animal-based diet should perform well for you. But the adaptation and rebalancing stages can be daunting.

 

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The Case for Meat
– 6 Compelling Reasons –
 

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

August 29, 2021

On 1/1/20, I began incorporating an animal-based diet (i.e., Carnivore Diet) into my Unconventional Cancer Protocols. It was a major change for my Protocols, which I began after my incurable bone marrow cancer diagnosis in 2018. And this significant tweak made a measurable transformation in my overall health and healing.

While almost all other cancer patients were trying to fight their malignancy and heal their body by eating a plant-based diet, I went in a totally opposite direction.

The case for consuming the entire animal from nose-to-tail was explicit in the treatment of cancer patients at the Paleomedicina Clinic in Budapest, Hungary. After researching the Clinic’s case reports and educating myself about the benefits of animal-based foods, I fine-tuned the Clinic’s diet with the Carnivore Diet to form my Better Belly Blueprint way of eating, which I follow today.

Recently, I came across Brian Sanders and his work on nose-to-tail eating. He is embarking on a journey to produce a movie about animal-based diets involving many aspects of animal husbandry, nutrition, and the environment. He breaks down the case for meat into 6 identifiable fundamentals:

  1. Evolution
  2. Bad science
  3. Nutrition
  4. New science
  5. Environment
  6. The Alternative

 

A Gift to the World

Brian’s contribution is a gift to the world population! He’s a filmmaker who is creating a Movie titled, Food Lies.

Brian builds on the concept that humans, plants, animals, soil, and microbes have been intimately interconnected for the last 2.5 million years. His 6 areas of concern are brilliantly described and proven.

 

#1 Evolution

Brian describes the evolution of our human species. Scientists have proven that our species has been mainly animal eaters from nose-to-tail with the inclusion of a few plants.

  • Radioisotope nitrogen testing has shown that our primal ancestors mainly ate animal protein.
  • Along with human skeletal remains in the archeological digs, tools were discovered which were used to kill animals and break open their bones to gain access to the organs, marrow, and fat.
  • In addition, the human digestive system evolved a long, small intestine to digest animal-based foods, and the colon became shortened since our species began eating and digesting less plant matter.
  • Importantly, human stomachs developed an extremely high acid content. As primitive man scavenged carcasses, the intense stomach acid was able to destroy the bacteria which were rotting the meat our ancestors ate. If our ancestors consumed a bunch of unhealthy microbes which entered their gut alive, the human species could not survive!

In essence, animals were our ancestors’ mainstay and plants were their “fall back” food when animals were not readily available.

And today’s hunter/gatherers mainly eat animals.

 

#2 Bad Science

Food Lies explains how bad science evolved in the 1950s. In the 50s, scientists published medical papers and accepted misleading research data, which incorrectly and possibly purposely blamed red meat and animal fats for poor health. And this bad science led to a change in the health of the food we consumed. Processed foods with high carbohydrates, added sugars, and seed and vegetable oils became the staples of our diet. The research was promoted by the government and the food industry. With the decline in animal-based foods and their replacement with these innutritious foods, obesity and chronic diseases began to explode among the population.

 

#3 Nutrition

While plants appeared to provide a slew of vitamins, minerals, and many other healthy nutrients, they also consisted of anti-nutrients which could attach to these important nutrients and prevent them from being absorbed by the body. In addition, these anti-nutrients damaged the important garden of bacteria in the gut, the mucous lining of the gut, and the epithelial barrier that separates the gut from the rest of the body. In contrast, eating animals from nose-to-tail provided practically all the nutrients which humans required in a bioavailable form with zero anti-nutrients.

 

#4 New Science

Finally, new science is now beginning to emerge. Researchers began to prove that low carbohydrate foods and nose-to-tail animal foods, which were raised in a humane and non-chemical manner, are healthy. These foods allow people to lose weight, live longer, control their glucose levels, increase HDL, and decrease triglycerides. We’re witnessing a rebirth of our evolutionary blueprint.

 

#5 Environment

Brian continues to explain that animal farming is good for the soil, produces fertile areas to raise more crops, and improves the CO2 footprint. The methane gas produced by cattle recycles from the cattle, into the air, then into the grass, and again back to the cattle. Methane gas recycles and only stays in the air for about 9 years. On the other hand, burning fossil fuels produces 80% of the emissions that damage the environment and affect climate change. Their CO2 gases stay in the air for 300 to 1,000 years and don’t recycle like methane gas. Fossil fuels are the “800-pound gorilla in the room”. Fossil fuels and the industry that supports and benefits from fossil fuels are what needs to be curtailed. Curtailing animals from grazing on land is counterproductive and reduces the abundant nutrient source, which consuming animals from nose-to-tail provides!

 

#6 The Alternative

What’s the alternative to meat? There really isn’t a good one.

Monocropping is not healthy for the soil.

If plants are assumed to be the answer, then chemicals must be added to the soil. Fossil fuels, which release greenhouse gases that linger in the atmosphere for up to a thousand years, must be used to produce these chemicals. And once the plants are harvested, their nutrients are not completely available for humans to absorb. Many of the plants’ nutrients are bound up by “anti-nutrients” within the plants that make these nutrients significantly less bioavailable.

Also, preparing the land for monocropping kills animals and destroys ecosystems. Monocropping of corn, wheat, and soy could ruin our soil and be the population’s downfall.

On the other hand, animals give back to the soil. Animals raised for consumption can be grazed in rotation allowing other plants to be grown in the fertile soil created from the animals defecating and urinating.

And animals can be raised lovingly and can be provided a happy life until humanely killed. If these animals were in the wild, they would eventually starve to death or be eaten live by their predators.

Interestingly, over 400 commercial products purchased and used by our society are derived from cattle and hogs. Here’s a short list to consider:

  • Anti-aging creams
  • Dyes and inks
  • Shampoo
  • Musical instrument strings
  • Cosmetics
  • Textiles
  • Adhesives
  • Fertilizers
  • Paint

 

Moving Forward

Food Lies is still in production. In my opinion, it is destined to be a well-made, informative, and a must-watch documentary for the times in which we live. Contrary to popular beliefs, animal farming can help feed the world and provide fertile soil to grow crops.

We have enough land to feed the masses. We only have a mismanagement system.

To see what the movie is all about before it is released, watch the 15-minute video summary below. Brian Sanders discusses all the pertinent facts.

 

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I’m Vulnerable
– But Encouraged –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

August 1, 2021

 

I’m 74-years old and vulnerable.

As most of my readers know, I am challenged with an incurable bone marrow cancer. After my diagnosis in 2018, my oncologist gave me only 3-6 months to live. I rejected chemotherapy but accepted isolated radiation therapy to help me breathe without pain. Immediately, I investigated and created my own Unconventional Cancer Protocols.

Today, I am thriving. But I have never gone into remission.

Although I feel great, this malignancy may have begun to rear its ugly head again. Some of my dysfunctional antibody blood tests have increased their numbers over the past two months. However, these levels are still better than the same blood test levels at the time of my PET Scan in May 2020, which showed no active cancer cells in my body. Obviously, I will be monitoring these dysfunctional antibodies carefully.

Fortunately, my 90% animal-based diet along with my other Protocols have helped me recreate a robust immune system. Up until now, I’ve been successful in warding off viral infections. Yet I’m vulnerable and concerned about the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2) and its variants. But a recent study suggests that the COVID vaccines have prevented up to 279,000 deaths.

 

My Vulnerability

Let me be clear at the outset. I am not an antivaxxer.

As a matter of fact, in 2016 (which was about two years before I was diagnosed with cancer), I received the seasonal flu vaccine for those 65-years-old and older (Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent). Surprisingly, I developed a severe neurological reaction one week later. However, I can’t prove that it was caused by the vaccine.

Here’s what happened:

It was about 5 years ago. I was eating dinner with my wife, and then my mind began to blur. I knew what foods were on my dinner plate, but I could not remember the names of these foods! This had never happened to me before.

I turned to my wife and said, “I can’t remember what this food is called.” I was pointing to some broccoli. My wife (who is an RN) was immediately concerned. She thought I was having a stroke.

I tried to calm down, took my blood pressure (which was within a normal range), and waited about 10 minutes.

My head began to clear. I was fine.

The next day, I called my physician and described what happened.

Since I was OK when I spoke with him, he said that there was nothing else he could do at the time. He reminded me that there is no way he could determine that the vaccine caused the brain fog. But he recommended that I never take the flu shot again. Also, he suggested that I report my experience to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS website).

After I logged into the website, I found the process was cumbersome and user-unfriendly. And I couldn’t report my adverse reaction. I let my MD know that I had trouble working with the VAERS website, but he offered no solutions.

VAERS is the primary government-funded system for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S. It began collecting data in 1990. The website and data collection are jointly run by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Every Friday, VAERS makes public all vaccine injury reports received as of a specified date, usually about a week prior to the release date. Reports submitted to VAERS require further investigation before a causal relationship can be confirmed. However, one problem with VAERS is that some experts describe the process as poorly coordinated with fewer than the real number of total adverse reactions and deaths reported.[1]

Regarding the current data on the COVID vaccines, the VAERS website revealed that between Dec. 14, 2020 and July 23, 2021, a total of 518,770 total adverse events were reported, including 11,940 deaths.

I must reemphasize that these correlations do not mean causations. But if there were a significant number of specific outcomes reported from all over the country, then this might be a reason to consider that causation could be a possibility. From a medical perspective, more investigation would be warranted.

Because of my alleged neurological reaction to the flu vaccine five years ago and the current COVID vaccine data reported on VEARS, I have been reluctant to take the COVID vaccine. In addition, my oncologist explained that a research paper published in April 2021 showed that the mRNA COVID vaccine given to patients like me who have a malignancy of bone marrow plasma cells responded with reduced immunity.[2],[3]

Plasma cells are created in the bone marrow and are responsible for creating antibodies, which the vaccines are supposed to activate. In my compromised medical condition, my oncologist told me that the COVID vaccines might have negative effects on my body and might not provide the expected protection from the virus.

So, because of my cognitive reaction presumed to be from the flu vaccine 5 years ago, my current compromised plasma cells, and the number of adverse effects reported on VAERS, I have not taken the COVID vaccines.

 

I’m Encouraged

My potential vulnerability is not keeping me down or isolated. All along my cancer journey, I have been a survivor – not a victim. My goal is to maintain an exquisite quality of life. I’ve been an innovator of self-healing and protective modalities. But I am practical and aware of my environment.

So, I take obvious precautions to …

  • Help my body not get infected by the virus
  • Help my body fight an invading virus as naturally as possible if I should become exposed

Generally, I am not attending large gatherings with strangers. If I need to go to indoor facilities, I wear a KN95 mask – which is actually very comfortable for me. Even though I am aware of the controversy regarding the benefits of masks, wearing a mask is a simple method I have no problem with.

Most importantly, I actively work with my body and listen to its cues.

For example, if I notice any upper respiratory symptoms, I follow My Personal Protocols for Upper Respiratory Infections to help my body fight the invaders.

I also stay metabolically flexible to support an efficient and effective immune system.

I’ve written about 5 Tools to monitor a robust immune system. Accepting and implementing lifestyle changes to make that happen are vital for overall wellness.

No matter what I do, I still am vulnerable because of my medical challenge. I’ll continue to be transparent about my cancer journey and update my progress along with my setbacks.

 

[1] https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/covid-vaccine-safety-system-has-gaps-may-miss-unexpected-side-n1265986

[2] https://www.healio.com/news/hematology-oncology/20210416/covid19-vaccination-appears-less-effective-among-patients-with-active-leukemia-myeloma

[3] https://www.ashclinicalnews.org/multiple-myeloma/older-patients-myeloma-may-suboptimal-response-covid-19-vaccination/

 

 

 

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My 10 Solutions
– We Swim in a Polluted Sea: Part 2 –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

May 16, 2021

 

 

In Part 1 last week, I used the metaphor that we swim in a polluted sea. I suggested that our environment is killing us slowly. The sea could seal the fate of those who refuse to be proactive and reactive.

The bright light is that there are solutions. And they are simple. But their implementation is complex.

My 10 Solutions

Ideally, the residents of the polluted sea need to swim out of their environment and into fresh, clean water. Individuals need to give their body what it requires and remove everything that is damaging. Those who want to regain and maintain health must choose a different sea in which to swim.

A metaphorically healthy sea would consist of all the nutrients and lifestyle choices that support your body and would avoid potentially toxic substances and irritants that could hinder your health. This new environment would improve the responsiveness of your immune system and create metabolic flexibility.

Here is my vision of an unpolluted sea. It consists of my 10 solutions. Some may be more important than others. But in my opinion, they work in synergy. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts:

  1. Nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods
  2. Natural spring water
  3. A robust gut
  4. Strong cells with functional mitochondria
  5. Healthy sun exposure
  6. Restorative sleep
  7. Efficient exercise
  8. Stress reduction
  9. Effective oral hygiene
  10. Consciousness of the mind, body, spirit connection

Let’s get started.

#1: Foods

All healthy diets exclude:

  • Added sugars and excess carbs
  • Agrochemicals
  • Emulsifiers, preservatives, dyes, and other chemicals
  • Over-processed seed and vegetable oils
  • Trans fats, hydrogenated & partially hydrogenated fats
  • Anti-nutrients in specific plants that will harm the gut microbiome and the gut lining

I have created my Better Belly Blueprint that embraces an eating lifestyle of at least 70% animal-based foods and less than 30% of selected plants with minimal anti-nutrients (i.e. phytates, lectins, and oxalates).

Animals must be pastured, fed no chemicals, and raised humanely. Eat from nose-to-tail, which includes their muscle meat, saturated fats, organs, and collagenous parts. Practically all the nutrients your body requires are in nose-to-tail eating.

If you would like to see some of my original recipes, click on Better Belly Blueprint Recipes.

#2: Water

Probably this is one of the most underrated yet essential nutrients for our body. I wrote about water in my article on Hydration & BUN. And one of the best sources of pure water is the natural and unfiltered spring waters that are replete with trace minerals and the energy the sun bestows on the chemical and electrical properties of water. They should be bottled in glass.

#3: Gut

Much medical research today is uncovering the immense importance of our gut for overall health and wellness. We must …

  • Maintain an intact gut lining
  • Improve the integrity of the mucous layer
  • Establish a high diversity, quantity, and quality of individual species of beneficial bacteria

One method to improve the gut microbiome is to ingest spore-based probiotics. Studies show that these unique bacteria are resistant to stomach acid, germinate in the gut, produce beneficial chemicals (metabolites), enhance the growth of other commensal bacteria, and assist in the repair of the gut epithelial barrier.

In addition, specific immunoglobulins, which can be introduced into the gut, will bind to toxic elements and hasten repair of the mucous layer and gut epithelial lining.

I published a mini-eBook explaining the interactions of the gut with chronic disease. In my publication, Is Your Gut Killing You?,  I cite 295 peer-reviewed medical articles.

#4: Strong Cells with Functional Mitochondria

So far, a healthy diet, unfiltered natural spring water, and a robust gut will provide the elements for efficient and effective cells. But there is another force that can improve the cell membranes and the production of ATP. It is based on the magnetic field of the Earth.

The Earth’s magnetic field ranges from 26 to 66 micro-Tesla.[1] Tesla is the measurement of the strength or intensity of a magnetic field and incorporates the amplitude of the wave frequencies.

The wave frequencies on Earth “speak” to all cells of the body – restoring proper electrical balance, healthy cell membranes, blood circulation and oxygenation, and mitochondrial function. Walking on natural ground with bare feet (i.e., grounding) helps transmit this energy into your body.

If there were no Earth’s magnetic field, various illnesses would occur.[2] For example, beyond the Earth’s atmosphere there is a significant reduction in electromagnetic forces. NASA learned early that there was biological harm to their astronauts from the loss of the Earth’s magnetic field in outer space. To compensate for the medical damage that was done, NASA began to equip their space capsules and space suits with electromagnetic field generators to simulate the natural magnetic fields on Earth. These generators produced an average of 50 micro-Tesla.

Another way for you to improve cellular function would be to use Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy with a full body mat. This is what I do to assist with healthy cellular membranes and mitochondria.

My mat specifically runs at a maximum of 40 micro-Tesla with filters to remove any voltage spikes or damaging electromagnetic fields.[3] This German-made mat produces frequencies from 0.1 – 10,000 Hz in harmonic wave patterns. I incorporate a specific PEMF protocol three times a day, which I describe in my Unconventional Cancer Protocols.

#5: Healthy Sun Exposure

Our main source of Vitamin D is the Vitamin D3 that is created in the skin from exposure to sunlight. We also get some Vitamin D2 from a few foods in our diet. When we have inadequate blood levels of Vitamin D, we can improve them through dietary supplements. But for Vitamin D to function properly, it requires various “helper” nutrients, which include Vitamin K2, Vitamin A, magnesium, boron, and zinc.

Vitamin D3 and Vitamin D2 enter the circulation and eventually are converted into “25 Hydroxy Vitamin D” (the inactive form of Vitamin D) by the liver. This is basically our “storage pile” of Vitamin D. This inactive form returns to the circulation and reaches the kidneys where it is transformed into “1,25 Dihydroxy Vitamin D” (the active form) as it is needed.

The active form of Vitamin D acts on bones, the intestine, and kidneys to regulate the level of calcium and phosphorus in our blood.

It also has many other functions in the human body. Vitamin D regulates cell differentiation, cell maturation and the innate immune system. It affects up to 10% of our genetic activity and improves the resistance against certain diseases including cancer.[4]

Another benefit is that it enhances the diversity of microbes in the gut as well as increases the variety of beneficial species.[5]

Your blood level goal for 25 Hydroxy Vitamin D should be no less than 40-60 ng/ml. Toxicity usually does not occur until the blood level is above 125 ng/ml.

#6: Restorative Sleep

Your body relies on circadian rhythms. These are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle. They are natural processes that respond primarily to light and dark.

The cycle of circadian rhythms regulates the biological clocks that are the natural timing devices for many of our body’s functions such as:

  • Hormone release
  • Eating habits and digestion
  • Body temperature
  • Sleep patterns

Most people can optimize their circadian rhythms by sleeping about 7-8 hours a night. The ideal time to go to bed is between the hours of 9 PM to 11 PM. Also, make the room dark, cool, and quiet for a better night’s sleep.

#7: Efficient Exercise

Your body requires movement. This includes simple movements as well as complex movements. To “work” your body efficiently, you should include a combination of:

  • Brief, high-intensity interval training once every 7-10 days
  • Aerobic exercise 1-2 days a week
  • Strength training 1-2 days a week
  • Non-exercise movements every day 

#8: Stress Reduction

Meditate; practice yoga; try diaphragmatic breathing; and experiment with progressive, total body muscle relaxation.

Continuous emotional stress will damage the gut microbiome and cause “leaky gut”, which will lead to significant and ongoing chronic systemic inflammation. This will tax the immune system to the extent that the immune system will be compromised and unable to mount an aggressive attack when needed to destroy serious invading pathogens.

I published this article in November 2020 that shows the damage emotional stress can cause in an otherwise healthy mouth.

#9: Effective Oral Hygiene

Your gut bacteria and your mouth bacteria “talk” back and forth. Your gut must be healthy, and your mouth must be healthy. Infection and inflammation from the gut and mouth can enter the blood system, travel along nerve fibers, and infiltrate tissue fluids to contribute to chronic disease. If there are any irritants in your mouth, they must be treated appropriately.

To make sure your mouth stays healthy, you need to have a personal oral hygiene regimen.  This includes brushing your teeth at the gum margins, flossing and cleaning the surfaces between each of your teeth, and scraping the topside of your tongue to remove odor forming bacteria and microscopic food remnants. I’ve published a detailed PDF that explains the 4 Steps to a Healthy Mouth.

#10: Consciousness of the mind, body, spirit connection

We are more than just the food we eat, our individual cells, and our environment. We are our thoughts and emotions, our physical bodies, and our spirituality. No part of our body functions like an island unto itself. Our mind, body, and spirit are intertwined and determine our health, make us who we are, and guide us to our purpose in life.

Connect the Dots

I stated earlier that there are solutions.

Basically, they are simple and available to us if we take the time to gather them together.

But the implementation is complex. A proactive person must research and act upon the elements I just discussed. There is no magic pill; it takes dedication to swim out of the polluted sea into fresh, clean waters. But the ultimate outcome will be transformative and regenerative.

[1] http://www.geophys.ac.cn/infowin/cc.asp

[2] https://www.imrs.com/en/earth-s-magnetic-field.html

[3] https://www.purewavenow.com/pemf-portable-system

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2879391/

[5] https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-77806-4 

 

 

 

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Better Belly Blueprint Recipes
– Beef Pinwheels with Marrow –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

May 2, 2021

I am experimenting and came up with this interesting carnivore dish – bone marrow and suet rolled into beef pinwheels.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb flank steak, trimmed
  • 3-4 large beef marrow bones, split lengthwise (canoe cut), roasted
  • 2 tablespoons raw beef suet
  • Himalayan salt to taste

Preparation:

  1. Lay out trimmed flank steak on cutting board
  2. Use meat tenderizer mallet to thin flank steak
  3. Align flank steak so that the grain is horizontal and salt to taste
  4. Scoop out marrow from roasted marrow bones and spread on surface of flank steak
  5. Crumble pieces of solid beef suet over bone marrow
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  7. Roll flank steak (like a sushi roll) so that the grain is running from end to end of the roll
  8. Cut the roll into ¼ inch pinwheels and secure with toothpick
  9. Place pinwheels on parchment paper on baking sheet (this baking sheet was used to roast marrow bones)
  10. Bake for 5 minutes
  11. Serve and enjoy.

 

 

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Hydration & BUN
– What I Learned –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

May 2, 2021

 

60% of the human body is water.[1] It is colorless, tasteless, and odorless. The ability for the body to absorb and retain water is known as hydration. Water helps to regulate body temperature, lubricate joints, transport nutrients and oxygen to cells, flush out waste, and do a whole lot more. But it’s not just a molecule of H2O.

Electrolytes are dissolved in natural spring water and provide an electrical charge. And 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.[2]

In addition, all physical matter vibrates with a frequency. Not only does water have an energy frequency that our body can recognize, but also our cells and microbiome sing and communicate with one another through their unique frequencies. If our body were out of tune (like a dissonant musical instrument or a mistuned frequency dial on an old analog radio), then it might not be able to understand what is going on. It could fail to function at peak performance.

If we do not hydrate our body with quality water replete with trace minerals and natural energy frequencies, then our body will be at a disadvantage. As a matter of fact, most people couldn’t survive more than 7 days without water and everything it brings. Some of these miraculous pathways have been demonstrated in laboratory and farm animals.[3]

 

Natural Spring Water

Our primal ancestors were able to obtain water that was alive.

Water vapor from oceans rose to the heavens. Then droplets condensed in the atmosphere and came back to earth as rain. All along, the water was energized by the sun. Some rain replenished the existing bodies of water. Much of the rain filtered through the dirt and rocks accumulating all kinds of minerals. It settled into aquifers that fed springs, lakes, and other waterways. Fresh water was energetic and mineral-rich. This was the water our primal ancestors thrived on and depended on for individual biological pathways.

Today, we are drinking highly filtered and chemical-ridden water. Human technology can purify our water, but it also can kill it. Processed water is devoid of trace minerals and the natural vibrations that were inherent in earth’s pristine bodies of water. Processed water is dead water.

We have choices in water. My choices of water are those that are collected from mineral springs and aquifers. They contain the sun’s energy, inherent frequencies, and trace minerals.

 

What I Learned

Since my diagnosis with multiple myeloma in 2018, my BUN has been high. BUN is a blood test for Blood Urea Nitrogen. A high BUN could signify kidney disease or liver disease. It also could be a biomarker for dehydration.

My oncologist was constantly telling me that my elevated BUN was not a result of kidney or liver dysfunction. He said, “You are dehydrated. You aren’t drinking enough water.”

But that was not the case. I was drinking quite a bit of water. But the water I was drinking was filtered water – dead water.

The normal range of BUN from the lab at my Cancer Clinic is 7-20 mg/dL. My average BUN until I began eating Carnivore was 22. But since I started my Carnivore Diet on 1/1/20, my BUN rose even higher. It averaged 26 mg/dL – 30% higher than the top range of normal.

Not only was my oncologist concerned about dehydration, now he was concerned that I was eating too much protein. However, that was not the case either. My protein intake was moderate while my fat intake was high.

But then something unexpected happened. Starting 1/1/21 until 4/20/21, my BUN dropped significantly to an average of 15 mg/dL – well within the normal range.

What happened in my diet or lifestyle that contributed to the abrupt and positive change in my BUN?

The only thing I did differently that started at the time my BUN levels dropped was I began drinking SOLE every morning on an empty stomach.

Here is a table summarizing the changes in my BUN based on my lifestyle changes:

 

SOLE

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 the cells of your body 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.

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[4].

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; 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.

Take notice of how you feel. Keep a journal before you start your morning regimen with SOLE and then daily for at least a month. Can you tell a difference in your overall wellbeing?

If you can obtain a BUN blood test, you may want to get a baseline reading at the start and then monitor it monthly for a few months.

I’m impressed with my results. I never would have believed the relationship was real between SOLE and hydration until I proved it to myself with the BUN blood test.

 

[1] https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/water-you-water-and-human-body?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

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

[3] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349669391_Structured_Water_effects_on_animals

[4] https://bit.ly/3uvELcE

 

 

 

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My Personal Protocols
– Upper Respiratory Infections –
 

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

March 7, 2021

 

 

Upper respiratory infections (URIs) are the results of microbes and viruses getting into our body. They are the most common infectious illnesses in the general population.[1] It is important to note that the early invasion of the SARS-CoV-2 virus can result in similar symptoms of less severe URIs. However, an efficient immune system attempts to fight all these enemies.

My goal for myself is to create a robust immune system. I’ve posted many Blogs about this powerful internal force inherent in our body. It heals and vigilantly helps keep us well.

My Unconventional Cancer Protocols specify the detailed steps I take to bring my immune system into the healthiest state I can. To help me monitor the robustness of my immune system, I assembled and use these 5 Important Tools. I recommend them to everyone who wants to be proactive with their health.

However, there are two reactive steps I specifically take to deal with upper respiratory infections if my body shows symptoms of their presence. They should not be used as preventive treatment. They only should be attempted when you feel a respiratory infection coming on.

 

My Caveat

I do NOT claim these reactive steps are a cure for any upper respiratory infection. Although I have had success personally, no one should assume this will work for him or her. My goal is to continue to be transparent throughout my Cancer Journey.

 

Reactive Steps

1. Propolis Throat Spray

The science is impressive.

Propolis is a natural mixture produced by honeybees from plant resins. Bees use propolis in the construction and repair of their hives. Current research shows that propolis has antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory applications for upper respiratory tract infections, wound healing, and the treatment of burns, acne, herpes, and neurodermatitis. It also may interfere with the invasion of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (HERE; HERE). It is interesting to note that propolis has shown additional promise as an aid in the treatment of hypertension, diabetes, and cancer.[2],[3]

Propolis is available in a spray that can be used at the first sign of soreness or scratchiness in the throat. I have used and recommend Beekeepers Propolis Throat Spray.

 

2. Nebulized Hydrogen Peroxide

Recently, there have been anecdotal descriptions and published medical articles about the efficacy of hydrogen peroxide to kill pathogenic microbes and to inactivate viruses. The body’s own macrophages and neutrophils produce a variety of toxic products including hydrogen peroxide to kill the microorganisms and inactivate the viruses which they engulf.[4]

It has been suggested that a properly diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide in normal saline can be vaporized in a nebulizer and inhaled through the nose to reach various mucous membrane tissues in the respiratory system. This may assist in killing microbes and inactivating viruses in their early stage of invasion. Also, this nebulized solution will activate T cells and neutrophils in the immune system to help destroy any cells that already have been infected. As a “topical antimicrobial and antiviral”, this mist appears to assist the immune system in winning the battle.[5],[6],[7],[8]

The Hydrogen Peroxide Solution for the nebulizer is made by adding 1 teaspoon of Himalayan Salt along with ¾ teaspoon of 12% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide into 16 ounces of distilled water. This makes a saline solution containing 0.1% hydrogen peroxide. I store it in a sealed 16-ounce Mason jar in the refrigerator. When I am ready to use the nebulizer, I add ½ teaspoon of the Solution into the medication cup of the WAVE Nebulizer. My preference is to use the adult mask included in the WAVE Nebulizer to inhale the mist.

 

My Recent Bout

When I woke up on Saturday morning, February 20, 2021, I knew something was wrong with me. My throat felt slightly “sore and scratchy”.

Usually, whenever that would happen, I would spray my throat with propolis several times that day and would continue until the “sore or scratchy” feeling went away. By the next day or two, my throat usually would feel fine. All would be well.

But this time was different. In addition, I experienced a high resting pulse rate of 70. My normal resting pulse is in the high 50s. A higher resting heart rate may be a sign that the body’s immune system is ramping up for a fight.[9]

Also, my blood glucose was elevated. Even though I was eating “ketogenic”, my ketone levels indicated I was not in ketosis. I did not have any loss of taste or smell, and my temperature was normal.

By that Monday night, 2/22/21, I began to have a runny nose. When I woke up on Tuesday, 2/23, the runny nose was combined with increased soreness in my throat and a slight cough. The propolis was not working as it had previously. Bummer!

I am very concerned about a viral or microbial infection since my cancer is a malignancy of plasma cells. These bone marrow cells are responsible for producing antibodies. They are not my only immune defense, but they are important for my overall immune function. So, I pay close attention to what my body tells me.

To be proactive, I already purchased a nebulizer and 12% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide. I just did not make the nebulizer solution that I described earlier.

So, at 6 AM on 2/23, I mixed together the nebulizer solution which consisted of distilled water, Himalayan salt, and hydrogen peroxide. I used ½ teaspoon of the solution in the nebulizer every hour beginning at 6 AM until 3PM – 10 treatments. Each treatment lasted about 10 minutes at which time the solution in the medication cup was used up. After the last treatment, the runny nose almost stopped, and the throat soreness and slight cough were gone.

Just before going to bed at 9PM that night, I used the nebulizer again.

The next morning, Wednesday 2/24, I woke with a slightly runny nose. I had no sore throat and no cough. That day, I began the hourly nebulizer routine starting at 6:30 AM for two treatments. The rest of the day I felt normal. Fantastic!

When I took my ketone level on Wednesday afternoon, it was 2.5 mmol/L, showing I was in ketosis as I wanted. My resting pulse rate had returned to the high 50s, which was my normal. I did not test my blood glucose again. Following my 2 doses of the nebulized peroxide solution that morning, I was done. By that evening, I had no upper respiratory issues!

What can I make of this?

 

My Thoughts

I think I had contracted a virus. I have no idea what type of virus it was. Most likely it was a simple cold virus. But it could have been the COVID virus. Fortunately, symptoms were relieved rapidly. I owe my quick recovery to my reactive intervention with the Nebulized Hydrogen Peroxide Solution. No doubt it killed whatever microbes or inactivated whatever viruses were causing my distress.

Again, I am not suggesting this is a treatment for anyone. My success, in my opinion, is related to my reactive attempts as I just described combined with my …

  • Upkeep of my Oral Health
  • Attention to my Animal-Based Diet,
  • Generation of a High Alpha Diversity in my gut microbiome,
  • Dedication to being Metabolically Flexible,
  • Maintenance of a 25 Hydroxy Vitamin D blood level above 60 ng/mL, and
  • Creation of a Robust Immune System

 

[1] https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/302460-overview#a5

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3872021/

[3] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0753332220308155

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK27105/

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7308628/

[6] https://www.bmj.com/content/370/bmj.m3074/rr

[7] https://list.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=SCIENCE-FOR-THE-PEOPLE;e8249d75.2004

[8] https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/02/10/nanoparticles-in-moderna-vaccine.aspx

[9] https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=227582

 

 

 

 

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My Better Belly Blueprint Recipes
– Animal-Based Eating –

 

 

As most of you know, I started the Carnivore Diet on 1/1/20. It’s now been over 12 months. And for me, this animal-based diet has been impressive. It’s a major part of my Unconventional Cancer Protocols. Although I can’t isolate it as the most important, it is a critical component.

 

What I know is this:

 

  • I have abundant energy, improved lean muscle mass, and excellent Body Mass Index
    (BMI = 23.2).
  • My blood chemistries and complete blood count are in the “normal” range, some of which were out of range earlier.
  • My PET Scan on May 8, 2020 showed no active cancer cells in my entire body, but I am not in remission from my multiple myeloma.

 

Where did I get the idea to include this way of eating in my Cancer Protocols?

 

I did some research and eventually found the Paleomedicina Clinic in Budapest, Hungary. The doctors at the clinic have treated over 5,000 patients since 2011 with an animal-based diet. This clinic treats patients with various serious chronic diseases including cancers. The physicians who treat these patients place them on an animal-based way of eating. They call their diet the Paleolithic Ketogenic Diet (PKD). Patient results were impressive. In certain cases, this program allows small amounts of paleo-friendly vegetables and fruits.[1]

 

With all this in mind, I tweaked the PKD. I integrated the elements to recreate a healthy gut and provide all the necessary nutrients that our DNA blueprint requires. Also, I eliminated any plants with significant levels of antinutrients (i.e. phytates, lectins, and oxalates). I redefined the food proportions and called my animal-based way of eating the Better Belly Blueprint (BBB)

 

The BBB is designed to reduce inflammation, improve digestion, burn fat, identify food sensitivities, reduce allergic reactions, boost energy, regulate blood sugar and stabilize mood. It almost seems too good to be true, but I’ve done this myself. Science shows that no other therapy – natural or otherwise – can come close to accomplishing all of these goals in such a short period of time. Some people may need 30, 60, or even 90 days to get the full benefits from this new lifestyle eating program.

 

A typical volume of a “plate of food” representing the Better Belly Blueprint is made up of at least 70% animal-based foods and less than 30% fruits and vegetables. All nuts and seeds are “no-nos” because of their high level of antinutrients.

 

As I mentioned above, it is important that these fruits and vegetables be low in phytates, oxalates, and lectins. Phytates, oxalates, and lectins are inflammatory substances. These antinutrients can damage the gut microbiome and the gut epithelial lining. A damaged gut will lead to a “leaky gut”. This is when toxic and undigested foods in the gut leak through the gut lining into the blood circulation. The immune system reacts by creating systemic inflammation. When this inflammation becomes continuous and chronic, it increases the risk of all chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, dental diseases, skin rashes, cancer, and many others.

 

A major nutrient of an animal-based diet is saturated fat (animal fat). Animal fat is essential in the Better Belly Blueprint. You should consume approximately “2 grams of fat” for every “1 gram of protein”. This is not a “high protein” diet. It is a high-fat but moderate-protein way of eating.

 

 

My Way of Eating

My personal diet looks like this:

 

For 6 continuous days, I eat one or two meals a day based on my hunger. Looking at the volume on my plate, I eat more than 90% animal-based foods and less than 10% selected fruits and raw honey.

On the 7th day, I cycle out of ketosis and eat 100-150 grams of carbohydrates and reduce my fat content. My carbs come from manuka or local honey, bee bread, and a few fruits.

 

This way of eating helps me maintain metabolic flexibility.

 

My wife and I are enjoying these foods. As a matter of fact, I’ve gotten so excited that I created my own recipes that follow the guidelines of this diet. Some of these recipes are not appropriate for a person who is on a strict 100% animal-based diet. Obviously, you must be the judge of what you eat and what you don’t eat.

 

To date, I have created and shared 24 original or tweaked recipes. I continue to experiment, prepare, and photograph new ideas all the time.

 

As you will notice almost immediately, I am not a professional food photographer. All the shots are taken with my iPhone – and an old iPhone to boot. So, how sophisticated could they be? Give me some leeway, please!!

 

But I love my recipes and sharing them. As soon as I create a new dish that pleases my wife and me, I post it on my website. These dishes have been proven through the critical gastronomic criteria of my wife. I usually love everything I create, but my wife is not so kind. So, if she doesn’t give me an enthusiastic nod, then I don’t publish it.

 

Here are the 24-individual links to each of my food creations:

 

1.  Pork Belly & Chicken Thigh Chunks

2.  Nutritious Smoothie

3.  Salmon Roe & High-fat, Zero-carb Cheese

4.  Pork Belly

5.  Liver Pâté with Smoked Salmon

6.  Rich & Creamy Coffee

7.  Shrimp & Spicy Mayo 

8.  Ground Beef, Sauce, & Cracklins 

9.  Beef Soup

10. Beef Short Ribs

11. Osso Buco

12. Succulent Sweetbreads

13. Best Burgers

14. Ghee

15. Apple Crisp with Honey

16. Shrimp & Noodles

17. Egg Salad Crunch

18. Beef Bone Broth

19. Surf & Turf Soup

20. Egg Drop Soup

21. Air Crisp Chicken Wings

22. Beef Jerky

23. Beef Liver Jerky

24. Hydrating Water

 

To help you, I’ve added photos of my favorite food sources, which I personally consume or use as ingredients in my recipes.

 

Also, to make it easier for my readers, I created a dedicated website page to house the Better Belly Blueprint Recipes.

 

So, check out my recipes. Experiment with them and try them. Tweak them to your own tastes. I relish your comments. Let me know what you think. I’m all about improving them to make them better.

 

[1] https://paleomedicina.com/en/#blog

 

 

 

 

Check out my new training on the Better Belly Blueprint! You can watch it HERE.

 

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