My Plates of Food
– Animal-Based –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

October 17, 2021

When I began the “Carnivore Diet” on 1/1/20, I was strict – 100% muscle meat, bones, collagen, bone marrow, organs, and the animal fat. My diet was based on the Paleomedicina Clinic’s way of eating for cancer patients.[1]

But about a year later, I added a few fruits and vegetables that were low in phytates, lectins, and oxalates. As a matter of fact, the Paleomedicina Clinic allows their patients who have had success with the strict diet to become less strict. They are allowed to eat as little as 70% animal products by volume on a dinner plate and as much as 30% select plants.

I designed my Better Belly Blueprint way of eating with a 70%/30% proportion. My typical plate of food by volume consists of as little as 70% animal products and as much as 30% select plants. And the animal-based foods have a fat-to-protein ratio of approximately 2:1 measured in grams.

My goal is to recreate a robust immune system and assist my body in healing. Today, the means to that end include providing nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods. But most importantly, this also includes the avoidance and removal of any irritants that could damage my gut or create chronic inflammation that could affect all my organ systems.

My Better Belly Blueprint way of eating is part of my overall solution, which is outlined in my Unconventional Cancer Protocols. This way of eating assists my body to be metabolically flexible.

Metabolic flexibility basically allows my body to do what it was created to do metabolically. My body knows how to use carbohydrates for fuel. My body also knows how to burn fat as fuel when consumed carbohydrates are not available. By being metabolically flexible, I can cycle back and forth between burning fat and burning carbohydrates as fuel.

To maintain metabolic flexibility, I need to eat differently on my “fat burning days” and on my “carb burning days”. My typical meals are different. My plates of food are different.

 

Typical Meals …

I eat when I am hungry and drink when I am thirsty. But I eat to satiety and drink until my thirst is quenched. I drink SOLE first thing in the morning to help hydrate my cells. Many days of the week I eat only one meal. Some days I eat twice a day. Rarely do I eat more than two times a day.

To be metabolically flexible, I eat to be a “fat burner” about 5-6 days a week. In contrast, I eat to be a “carb burner” 1-2 days a week.

 

Fat Burning

Here’s a photo of my typical “fat-burning meal”:

 

Starting at the bottom of the picture and moving counterclockwise:

  • A portion of grilled ribeye cooked rare with ghee
  • Several fresh blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey
  • Beef bone broth with collagen peptides
  • A slice of raw Gouda cheese
  • 6 desiccated bovine bone marrow capsules
  • A slice of liver pâté

This way of eating helps me stay in ketosis for 5-6 days a week. The fat-to-protein ratio is approximately 2:1 measured in grams. I consume less than 20 grams of carbs daily on my fat-burning days.

 

Carb Burning

About 1-2 days a week, I cycle out of ketosis. I become a “carb burner” rather than a “fat burner” for a couple of days. After that, I go back to my “fat burner” way of eating by returning to ketosis. This maintains my personal metabolic flexibility.

The total grams of carbs on my carb-burning days are over 100 grams. Eating this way will keep me out of ketosis.

Here is a picture of my typical “carb-burning meal”:

 

Starting at the bottom of the picture and moving counterclockwise:

 

My Ketone Levels

I can tell when I am in ketosis. My energy level is higher, and my mind is clearer when in ketosis. Also, I know I am in a “fat-burning” mode because I measure my ketone levels.

Ketosis is a metabolic state in which there’s a high concentration of ketones in the blood. Ketones can pass through the blood-brain barrier and supply the neural tissues with 70% of their energy needs. Ketosis occurs when fat provides most of the fuel for the body, and there’s limited access to glucose.

I use the BioSense Breath Ketone Monitor, which measures acetones in the breath resulting from ketones in the blood. The monitor’s unit of measurement is ACEs. ACEs are BioSense’s units of measurement for breath acetones. Essentially, if you divide ACEs by 10, you will get an approximation of blood ketones, which are reported in mmol/L units. For example, a score of “18 ACES” is equal to a “ketone blood level of 1.8 mmol/L”.)

The following Table explains the interpretation of ketone levels measured in ACEs.

 

My Ketone Levels for Fat-Burning Days

As I previously mentioned, I measure my breath acetone level to be sure I am in ketosis. Here is a graph during my “fat burning” days that registers my acetone levels measured by the BioSense Breath Ketone Monitor. It shows my ACE levels are between 6 ACEs and 19 ACEs:

As I said, the ACE units measure acetone in the exhaled breath from ketones in the blood. The acetone level is directly correlated to the ketones in the blood.

 

My Ketone Levels for Carb-Burning Days

Here is a graph of my breath acetone levels measured with the BioSense Breath Ketone Monitor. This graph is the day after my “Fat Burning Day”. You can see that I cycle into ketosis on my “carb day” with my ACE levels below 5 during my waking hours:

 

My Continued Research

This way of eating has impressed me. It has assisted my goal to recreate my robust immune system and increase my overall energy.

My continuing research of the NIH PubMed website has revealed many published medical abstracts that clearly show the production and circulation of ketones in the blood system to be beneficial for continued wellness.

[1] https://nutriintervention.com/paleolithic-ketogenic-diet-pkd-efficacy-and-applicability-faq/

 

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Better Belly Blueprint Recipes
– Blueberry Plantain Pancakes –
 

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

October 3, 2021

 

Traditional pancakes were one of my favorite foods for breakfast before embracing my Better Belly Blueprint way of eating. This recipe changed everything for me when it came to delicious pancakes – without the junk! I make these pancakes for my days when I cycle out of ketosis and into a carb burning mode. And I add a super delicious and nutritious treat – fresh organic whole blueberries. You’ve got to try these and judge for yourself.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Green plantains
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract (amount based on taste)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Ghee
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of sea salt
  • Organic blueberries (optional)
  • Ghee for the saucepan

 

Preparation:

  1. Peel plantains and cut into small pieces (It’s easier to cut them with the peel on in half and half again. Then cut each section lengthwise; finally separate the peel from the meat of the plantain with your fingers.)
  2. Place plantain pieces and remaining ingredients (except blueberries) into food processor or blender. (I use a NutriBullet Rx.)

 

  1. Blend all ingredients into a batter

 

  1. Add small amount of ghee to frying pan over medium heat
  2. Spoon in batter into frying pan until pancake is desired size
  3. Add as many blueberries as you wish (optional)

 

  1. Cook like a regular pancake (After about 2 minutes, the top will form little bubbles just like a regular pancake. Flip it and cook the other side for another minute or so until done.)

 

  1. Repeat for additional pancakes (Add additional ghee to the pan each time before the batter for another pancake; remaining batter can be refrigerated for a week)
  2. Eat plain (Or, top with fresh fruit, butter, raw honey, or whatever makes you happy! Sometimes, I spread liver pâté on the surface of the pancake for an unusual and nutritious meal.)

 

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15 Tactics for Wellness

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

October 3, 2021

We are all about WELLNESS. At least, most of us say, “I am all about wellness”. But are you spending all your time looking for the one holy grail that guarantees health?

Many of us are searching for this secret chalice, which hopefully will hold the miracle solution. But based on our human evolution, there really are some very simple and basic concepts that always have been true. If you can grasp and implement the 15 tactics which I list later in this article, your pathway to continued health could be assured.

You probably have read many books on the subject. There are gurus all over the Internet and in private practice promoting their ways of doing things to get healthy and stay healthy. No doubt you have seen the gamut from crazy diets to crazy gadgets. And no doubt you have seen the billions of dollars being made by the industry that sells these diets and gadgets.

We are a “gimmick” society.

If it’s a pill that will treat all our ills, we want it. If it is expensive, then it must work better. If enough “famous people” tout its benefits, we jump at the chance to write a check no matter what the science says or what it costs.

And then there are others who believe the more complex and esoteric a remedy or protocol is, the better it must be. Complexity seems to be directly correlated with efficacy.

All these are blatantly untrue. Don’t waste your time seeking out the elusive, exclusive, gimmicky solution.

 

Occam’s Razor

In the early 14th Century, William of Occam was an English Franciscan friar, scholastic philosopher, and theologian. He was reported to say that the best explanation of any phenomenon is the one that makes the fewest assumptions. This is known as “Occam’s Razor”. Essentially, when faced with competing explanations for the same phenomenon, the simplest is likely the correct one.

In my opinion, one thing is clear. The human species has evolved over thousands of years with a genetic blueprint, which has changed very little during this time. In fact, 99.9% of each of us is the same! [1],[2] What makes you the person you are and what makes me the person I am is the remaining 0.1% of our genetic blueprint.

The simplest rule of thumb would be to follow “mother nature” and give the body what it needs and avoid everything that is in your power that could act as an irritant or a toxic element to the body. Occam’s Razor suggests that the answers are succinct and achievable.

 

Genetic Blueprint

The genetic blueprint is the masterplan. It resides in the DNA within the nucleus of every cell in your body except for mature red blood cells.

The DNA lays out the design plan to manufacture YOU! It’s like the architect’s guide to build YOU! Everything that is part of the physical YOU is in this code. And your genetic code knows what it needs and what it does not need. Don’t play around with your genetic motherboard.

At one extreme in our Blueprint, our DNA is very clear about what it requires to stay alive. We must breathe clean air; eat nutritious food; and drink untainted water. Neglect any of these three requirements, then we surely will be doomed.

At the other extreme, it is just as forceful in telling us what it can’t tolerate. If we put toxic substances into our body, we will suffer. Make no mistake about it. If we insist on challenging our DNA by putting stuff into our body that we never evolved to detox, digest, or rid itself of, then our human machine will suffer, deteriorate, and die.

And it makes no sense to me to search out synthetic preparations to trick the body. These “miracle supplements and concoctions” claim that you can do anything you want to your body because these “miracle supplements” will mop up the toxic stuff that your body can’t handle. I ask you, “Why do this to your ‘human temple’ in the first place?”

Our body is a miraculous creation! Give it what it needs; avoid all the other junk.

It’s that straightforward – Occam’s Razor!

 

15 Tactics for Wellness

These 15 actions make up a simple statement of facts. Follow these steps. They are the best and cheapest health insurance you could ever buy.

The following 15 proactive tactics provide your genetic code with what it requires. Most importantly, you’ll be avoiding toxic elements that could damage your body. Use my 15 Tactics for Wellness as your guide to overall health.

  1. Eat nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods
  2. Drink natural spring water replete with trace minerals
  3. Stay away from packaged foods that include chemicals of any type from any source
  4. Follow guidelines to maintain a healthy garden of bacteria in your gut
  5. Efficiently and effectively take care of your mouth knowing that it also has a healthy garden of bacteria that must be maintained and not disturbed or killed off indiscriminately
  6. Eliminate processed grain products, sugars, and vegetable and seed oils from your diet
  7. Learn what it means to be “metabolically flexible” so that your body cycles back and forth between a “carbohydrate burning mode” and a “fat burning mode”.
  8. Determine your 25 Hydroxy Vitamin D blood level and maintain that level between 50-80 ng/mL
  9. Take desiccated bovine organs and products (i.e., liver, heart, spleen, kidney, pancreas, bone marrow, colostrum) instead of a “multivitamin/mineral supplement”
  10. Move your body – walk daily, perform body-weight exercises 2-3 times a week; engage in high intensity interval training once every 7-10 days
  11. Sleep restoratively – approximately 6-8 hours every night
  12. Reduce emotional stress
  13. Get out in the sun; walk barefoot on the earth
  14. Disconnect from daily news broadcasts and other digital devices whenever possible
  15. Avoid chemicals in personal care and household products

 

Search My Blogs

I’ve written detailed Blogs supported by peer-reviewed medical articles regarding most of these tactics. You could “search” keywords” on my website to find my specific articles. All of them are easily downloaded and printed.

I’m here if you have specific questions about my 15 tactics. I answer all my emails: Al@DrDanenberg.com.

 

[1] https://www.genome.gov/about-genomics/fact-sheets/Genetics-vs-Genomics

[2] https://www.amacad.org/publication/unequal-nature-geneticists-perspective-human-differences

 

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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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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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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 (DrAl10), 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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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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