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Diet Soda Exposed

Diet Soda Exposed

 

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The proponents of diet soda, namely the soda companies themselves such as coca cola and pepsi would have us believe that drinking diet soda is an effective way to have our senses satisfied for that cold, refreshing taste with few or no calories. Unfortunately, the cold, hard facts are much less forgiving than the sales pitch of the soda companies.

Here is an overview of what research has shown about the real affects of drinking diet sodas. Most diet sodas are sweetened with aspartame. All ingredients that go into foods (including aspartame) are subjected to supposedly thorough investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which is charged with protecting the public interests.

In the case of aspartame, the FDA approved its use in July 1983 in carbonated beverages and other liquids. Remarkably, some of the FDA’s own task force learned that the original aspartame research was falsified to obscure the dangers of this chemical. The original research indicated that animals fed aspartame developed seizures and brain tumors.

By the year 1991, the National Institutes of Health had documented over 167 adverse affects from aspartame ingestion. In 1992, the US Air Force advised its pilots not to fly after eating anything containing aspartame. In 1994, the US Department of Health and Human Services had identified 88 toxic symptoms associated with aspartame.

Aspartame has been shown to be unstable in liquid form. This was some of the original research that was done on this chemical. Specifically, if a diet drink containing aspartame is stored at 85 degrees F. for a week or more, the aspartame breaks down into other chemicals including formaldehyde, formic acid and diketopiperazine, a chemical which has been show to directly cause brain cancer. Formaldehyde and formic acid are well documented toxic chemicals.

Not surprisingly aspartame has been linked to a variety of cancers including, brain, kidney, liver, lung and lymph.

Diet sodas have been shown to have other adverse affects more than the formation of various cancers. Research conducted at Harvard over 11 years on 3000 women found that drinking diet soda daily, doubled the risk of developing kidney disease.

In a 2008 study at the University of Minnesota of almost 10,000 adults, researchers found that even drinking just one diet soda daily (how many people drink more than one?) increased the risk of developing metabolic syndrome by 34 percent. Metabolic syndrome is that condition associated with increase in belly fat, elevated cholesterol and decreased testosterone that puts you at risk for heart disease and diabetes. Drinking two cans of diet soda every day is linked with a 500 percent increase in waist size. Additionally, there is a 43 percent increase in risk of heart attack or stroke from drinking more than one diet soda daily.

People who drink diet sodas have been shown to consume more food than those that don’t. Researchers who published a study in the American Journal of Public Health, state, “Available evidence suggests that artificial sweeteners, which are present in high doses in diet beverages, are associated with a greater activation of reward centers in the brain which alter the reward a person experiences from sweet tastes”

In simple terms this translates to drinking diet soda may result in food and sugar cravings because the aspartame disrupts appetite control centers in the brain. This can lead to a significant increase in simple carbohydrate consumption as well as food in general.

Research has also indicated that consuming aspartame changes our brain function. Specifically, it can change the balance of two critical brain hormones, serotonin and dopamine. Impaired dopamine production is connected to neurological conditions such as Parkinson ’s disease and low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, increased pain and aggressive behavior.

The lining of the cans used for diet sodas contain bisphenol-A (BPA), a know hormone disruptor. BPA has been linked to reproductive system damage in women and low sperm count and prostate cancer in men. It has also been linked to early onset of puberty, increased weight gain and breast cancer.

Additionally, because diet soda is so acidic it has been linked to dental enamel erosion. Furthermore when diet soda is used in mixed drinks it worsens the severity of hangover symptoms because it increases the rate at which alcohol enters the blood stream.

As you can see, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence condemning both aspartame and diet sodas as not being safe and not helping with people who want to lose weight. The truth is that diet sodas are nothing more than cell damaging, cancer causing, and hormone disrupting beverages that would be better off if they had never been invented.

If you would like more information about how you can recover from the damages of drinking diet sodas and other toxic chemicals found in our food system, please feel free to contact me. I have been working for over 35 years on detoxifying and rejuvenating people who want to feel alive and vibrant once again. I can be reached at drdbrant.com or at 516 609 0890.

Yours in infinite wellness,

Dr. Garry D’Brant

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The Wonderful Watermelon

The Wonderful Watermelon

 

Its summer and its hot and humid.  Nothing seems better to eat than a nice cold slice of watermelon!  The truth is watermelon is one of those foods that you should eat for not just its cooling properties but for its health benefits as well.  Many health practitioners consider watermelon to be a super food among fruits.  Here are some of its benefits.

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  • Watermelon is loaded with water (92%).  The other 8% is filled with great nutrients which have a variety of health benefits
  • Watermelon is extremely alkalizing.  As I have discussed many times before, disease does not prosper in alkaline environments but rather in acidic ones.
  • Watermelon was actually a treatment for people with failing kidneys before the advent of kidney dialysis.  It has extremely good diuretic properties.
  • It is a good source of potassium and is useful in muscle and nerve function.  It also has anti-inflammatory qualities that can help conditions such as arthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, colon problems, diabetes and auto-immune disorders.
  • This fruit has been approved by the American Heart Association as a heart healthy food.
  • Watermelon has more lycopene than just about any other fruit or vegetable.  Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant and has been shown to reduce the risk of breast, colon, endometrial, lung and  prostate cancer.
  • This nutrient packed fruit may have an effect similar to Viagra due to its ability to trigger the production of a compound that relaxes the body’s blood vessels.
  • It also contains a fair amount of the mineral magnesium which is extremely useful for heart health, muscle relaxation and brain health.
  • Watermelon also is a good source of vitamin’s C and A and has small amounts of B vitamins,  vitamin K and pantothenic acid.  Add to this that it is full of minerals and you get a lot more than just a very delicious and cool fruit.

The only concern with eating watermelon is that it contains 10 grams of sugar per 1 cup of watermelon.  However this sugar is bound with fiber which makes it slower to leave the stomach and less likely to rapidly raise your blood sugar.  One thing that you can do to decrease this likelihood even further is to eat some fat at the same time as the watermelon which further slows the rate of absorption.

If you would like to learn about other foods, their benefits and how you can plan a diet full of healthy nutrients for you and your family, please contact me at 516 609 0890 or drdbrant.com

 

Yours in infinite wellness,

Dr. Garry D’Brant

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Nine Herbs that Can Help Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally!

Nine Herbs that Can Help Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally!

 

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Benefits Include Lowering Blood Pressure to Increased Memory and Decreased Pain.

There are many things in the natural world that can help us restore balance in our bodies when due to the stresses of modern life things have gone wrong.  The immune, reproductive, genitourinary, cardiovascular, digestive and elimination systems can all benefit from using natural substances like herbs and spices to regulate them, sometimes with effects that rival or surpass those of modern drugs and without any of the harmful “side effects”.

These herbs and spices if used on a regular basis can help regulate your blood pressure.  Try them you will surprised at how effective they are!

  • Cayenne Pepper –   the main ingredient in this spice that helps lower blood pressure is capsaicin which if used several times a week has shown long tern effects on high blood pressure.  You may have also heard of the benefits of capsaicin in pain relief.  This spice has multiple benefits because it helps reduce inflammation.  Enjoy  this herb regularly but be careful because it is has plenty of heat in it.
  • Garlic – a very tasty and flavorful herb, garlic also has significant blood pressure lowering capabilities.   It is also well established as a natural antibiotic so it serves in fighting infection as well.  Eating it raw has been historically shown to be the most effective way to experience its benefits, but cooking with it also works.
  • Ginger – another pungent herb, ginger is found in foods from many cultures.  This food if added fresh into your cooking or used in infusions has demonstrated substantial blood pressure lowering effects.  Ginger is also great for helping digestion and for combating a variety of other ailments including diabetes and morning sickness.
  • Ginkgo Biloba – a powerful herb which grows in China, it has been used for centuries to improve blood circulation.  Ginkgo has been shown to expand arterial walls which helps lower blood pressure as well as help improving memory and alertness.
  • Hawthorn (Hawthorn berries) – has a wonderful restoring effect on the entire cardiovascular system including lowering blood pressure.  It can be taken as a syrup, herbal capsule or as an infusion.
  • Olive Leaves – can be used either fresh or dried to strengthen and enhance the heart and blood vessels.  The active ingredient in the leaves is oleuropein, a elenolic acid that protects the heart.  Additionally, the leaves contain flavanoids which protect the heart and expand the blood vessel walls.  This can be taken as an herbal capsule or as an infusion or essential oil.
  • Tumeric – perhaps my favorite all round spice because of its incredible healing properties.   It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, lowers cholesterol, reduces the likelihood of blood clots and lowers blood pressure, particularly in people who suffer from auto-immune disease.
  • Valerian – a very gentle but powerful herb which has been shown to relax the muscles surrounding the blood vessels which improves blood circulation throughout the body.  It can be taken as an herbal supplement or a tea.
  • Yarrow – this European plant is well established for its muscle relaxing and spasm relieving capacity.  It will cause the body to sweat more and reduces blood pressure by relieving spasms throughout the body.

The natural world is full of amazing, health promoting herbs, spices and plants.  Please contact me if you would like help identifying the natural ways you can try to lower your blood pressure.  My phone is 516 609 0890 and my website is drdbrant.com

Yours in infinite wellness,

Dr. Garry D’Brant

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Sugar and Breast Cancer: A Deadly Connection

Sugar and Breast Cancer: A Deadly Connection

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New study shows cancer risk rises as more sugar is consumed

Saying that eating sugar is not good for you is hardly front page news, but just how bad is it? In the January 2016 edition of the journal Cancer Research, a report directly linked the consumption of sucrose (table sugar), in amounts typical of Western diets, to increased tumor growth and metastasis, when compared with a non-sugar starch diet. Very importantly, the research found that fructose (fruit sugar) derived from the sucrose was responsible for lung cancer spreading to other organs, as well as the production of breast cancer. Continue reading Sugar and Breast Cancer: A Deadly Connection

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Seven Herbs That Should Be in Your Diet

Seven Herbs That Should Be in Your Diet

Lush_basil clear background 500For me as a natural doctor, I know there is no greater place to look for healing potential than to the herbal kingdom. In this article I will briefly present seven common herbs and their healing benefits. Start using them—not only because they make food more flavorful but because of their healing potential!

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  • Contains a variety of oils such as eugenol, citronellol, limonene, and terpineol,
    which all have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
  • Rich in beta-carotene, vitamin A, lutein, cryptoxanthin, and zeaxanthin, which help fight free radicals that cause aging and degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and eye disease.
  • Good source of minerals including copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, and potassium, which help regulate heart rate and blood pressure and support healthy blood cells.

Continue reading Seven Herbs That Should Be in Your Diet

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Life Without Breakfast … A Recipe for Disaster

Life Without Breakfast … A Recipe for Disaster

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I always ask my patients to give me a detailed description of not only what they eat but also when they eat it. It’s striking to me that far too often people eat very poorly at breakfast or don’t eat breakfast altogether.

Neither of these situations is ideal for your body or your brain, which both require to be fed on a regular basis. The average person eats dinner between 6 and 7 pm and goes to bed without a snack. They wake up between 7 and 8 am. This represents a twelve-hour period without food, which is great if you are going to take a fasting blood test to determine cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Continue reading Life Without Breakfast … A Recipe for Disaster

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Emulsifiers Linked to Obesity, More

Emulsifiers Linked to Obesity & Bowel Disorders

Picture of mayonnaise, which contains emulsifiersThe stuff that makes ice cream and mayonnaise creamy is harmful to your intestines

Artificial preservatives used in the preparation of packaged foods have been identified as increasing the risk of inflammatory bowel disorders and metabolic disorders such as obesity. A study published in the February 25 edition of the journal Nature found that emulsifiers altered the makeup of intestinal bacteria in mice.

There are about 15 emulsifiers typically used in Western foods. They keep foods such as mayonnaise and ice cream consistent. In fact, many foods would not exist as we know them today without emulsifiers to help hold them together into a creamy consistency, which the human pallet finds attractive. Continue reading Emulsifiers Linked to Obesity, More

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New studies show ginger effective in helping diabetes

Ginger effective in helping diabetes

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Type 2 diabetes is on a trajectory to reach 366 million diagnosed worldwide by the year 2030. When I ask patients about their health history, I no longer ask if there are people in their families who have diabetes, I ask how many. The last time I had a patient say “no one” was over five years ago! Diabetes had become an epidemic with no end in sight and no “cure” on the horizon.

There is where ginger comes in. In two recent studies, one published in the journal Complimentary Therapies in Medicine and the other in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, ginger’s effectiveness in helping diabetes was examined. Continue reading New studies show ginger effective in helping diabetes

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Organic Food: Really Better For You?

Organic Food: Really Better for You?

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… or does it just cost more?

This may be one of the most frequently asked questions that I receive. The answer would seem from first glance to be yes but there have been contradictory reports for years that organic food doesn’t really deliver when it comes to enhancing our health and fighting disease. In fact one 2009 study funded by the UK Food Standards Agency found that there were no significant differences in nutritional benefits between organic and conventionally grown crops.

However, a new meta study conducted by Newcastle University analyzed 343 studies to determine if there were any substantial nutrient differences between organic versus conventional food. Here are the most relevant findings from the study: Continue reading Organic Food: Really Better For You?