Synergistic Destruction: How Vaccines and GMOs Converge to Fuel Autism and Neurodegenerative Conditions

By: Dr. Matthew Buckley, PSc.D. 070530_640 There is a lot of debate as to what is the cause, or better yet, causes of autism. This post isn’t intended to cover all of the variables which fuel autism. It is intended to provide the reader with an understanding of chief mechanisms related to how consumption of Monsanto’s RoundUp, by way of consuming genetically modified corn, soy, canola oil, sugar beets, or any other “RoundUp ready” crop, as well as vaccines may fuel microglial activation, a leading factor in all neurodegenerative conditions, including autism (1)(2)(3), Alzheimer’s(4)(5), ALS(6)(7), Parkinson’s(8)(9), non-situational depression(10)(11), and virtually all forms of chronic illness. While this post is more directed towards the discussion of autism, the reality is that all of the factors that I discuss below are unquestionably major factors of consideration in all neurodegenerative conditions. microglia1326764825567

What is microglial activation?

In short, the microglia are the resident immune cells within the central nervous system. They are known to exist in two different states, and while in the “surveillance mode”, they play a key role in both cleaning up debris such as dead neurons (brain cells), in addition to fighting off infection within the nervous system. That “surveillance mode” role of the microglia, can be shifted into an inflammatory and destructive state where they secrete toxic substances (glutamate) and break down the neurons. That destructive state is referred to as “microglial activation”. Research indicates that the body’s ability to maintain adequate amounts of antioxidants, in particular glutathione and superoxide dismutase, play key roles in determining the threshold by which the microglia may be shifted into the destructive activation state.(12) To reiterate a previous post, the role that Monsanto plays in microglial activation is related to the fact that their genetically modified crops (corn, soy, canola, sugar beets) along with conventionally raised wheat, that is being doused with RoundUp as a drying agent, is accumulating the chemical residue within the crops that people and most conventionally raised farm animals are consuming.(13) Research carried out by “Moms Across America” has been documenting evidence of RoundUp bio-accumulation in the American population, while the USDA and FDA have claimed that they lack the funding to test for it in food.(14) The argument in favor of the use of RoundUp has centered around the idea that humans lack any enzymes which can be adversely affected by glyphosate, which is the chief ingredient in RoundUp. Research suggests otherwise.(15)(16)(17) What is beyond dispute however, is the fact that RoundUp residue does affect the microbes living in and on our bodies, and not in a good way. Research demonstrates that glyphosate, a patented antibiotic, which is the active ingredient in RoundUp, alters the microbial ecology to become dominant in pathogenic strains of bacteria, including the highly toxic Clostridium Botulinum.(18)(19)(20) Would you be surprised to learn that farmers and farm animals are experiencing an increased rate of Clostridium Botulinum infections? You shouldn’t be.(21)(22) Likewise, studies of autistic populations have demonstrated altered intestinal flora, with an increase in toxic Clostridia species.(23)(24)(25)

What triggers microglial activation?

Modulation of adult-born neurons in the inflamed hippocampusThe significance of the shift of the microbial ecology to become dominant in pathogenic strains of bacteria, particularly as it relates to autism and other neurodegenerative conditions is that pathogenic bacteria promotes an increase of two chemicals which are known to fuel microglial activation, “lipopolysaccharide” (LPS), and Interleukin 1B (IL-1b). The LPS is a cell wall fragment of some of the pathogenic bacteria, and the IL-1b is one member of a class of immune system messenger molecules, referred to as “cytokines”, generated in response to bacterial infections. (26) Cytokines are recognized to be prime factors in relation to how poorly we feel when we get sick. As the pathogenic bacteria grow in numbers, as they would with continued glyphosate consumption (not to mention sugar and/or refined carbohydrate consumption), they can degrade the lining of the intestines, a process called “leaky gut”, which then allows for the LPS to enter into the blood stream.(27) The immune system responds by producing IL-1b. In fact, LPS or IL-1b have become standard agents in studying microglial activation, so this idea that the pathogenic bacteria may fuel microglial activation by way of LPS and/or IL-1b is well established.(28)(29)(30)(31)(32) Additionally, it’s been demonstrated that the LPS or cytokines produced in the periphery of the body, promote signals up to the brain by way of the vagus nerve, causing the brain to produce these destructive cytokines within the nervous system. Both LPS and IL-1b have also been demonstrated to degrade the blood brain barrier (BBB), which serves as an important protective fence from infections and/or other toxins which may have entered into the body. In a state of leaky gut, where the microbes from the intestines can migrate into the blood stream, invasions from these microbes, both “good” and bad may find their way into the nervous system and continually promote ongoing microglial activation once the BBB has been compromised. leakyGut

Does the autistic population show evidence of LPS or IL-1b?

Yes, studies involving autistic populations evaluating levels of cytokines, such as IL-1b, have demonstrated very clearly that the autistic population, in particular the subset with gastrointestinal complaints, have shown consistently high levels of IL-1b.(33)(34) [box]J Neuroinflammation. 2013; 10: 38. IL-1β appears to be the cytokine most involved in the quantitative traits and clinical subgroups of ASD (Figure 4). Involvement of IL-1β in the physiopathology of autism is generally supported by several studies reporting higher levels of this cytokine in the plasma of children with ASD, high-functioning children with ASD, and adults with severe ASD compared with unrelated controls [48]. It has been shown that peripheral blood cells from subjects with ASD produced higher levels of IL-1β both at baseline and after stimulation with Toll-like receptor (TLR)2 or TLR4 [48][/box]

Setting the stage for autism and an adverse event to a vaccine, has a lot to do with diet, including moms diet.

Consider everything I’ve said above, and think for a moment of how many mothers are eating the SAD diet, laden with gut ecology disrupting RoundUp residue. Does mom like to eat GMO flakes for breakfast? Perhaps she opts for a RoundUp laden whole wheat bagel, or maybe she prefers the roundup laden tortillas for her egg tacos in the morning? Either way, for the average mom, odds are high that she’s consuming RoundUp residue with regularity. A rather common denominator to autism are mothers that have hypothyroidism(35)(36), and the prime cause of hypothyroidism is autoimmunity(37), which has leaky gut as its prime cause.(38)(39)(40) What this suggests is that mom is in a pro-inflammatory state to begin with, her gut ecology is less than ideal, and the significance of that is that those microbes that she has living in and on her body are what are shared with her offspring, assuming she gives birth vaginally. If the baby is delivered vaginally, the baby will have the disrupted gut ecology of the mother, and have all of the basic ingredients in place for microglial activation to already be set in motion. If the baby is born via C-Section, the gut ecology isn’t likely to be better, and may be worse.(41)(42) What I suspect is happening is a sort of smoldering state of low level microglial activation in both the mom and her offspring. To make matters worse, millions of moms are feeding their babies the frankenfood cocktail called “infant formula”, which is commonly GMO’d soy and high fructose corn syrup based, all of which feed the wrong microbes at a critical time of brain and immune system development.(43)(44) As I’ve pointed out, autoimmunity has a common denominator in leaky gut, and autoimmune disorders are increasing at an unprecedented rate right now. Given the fact that at least 1/5th of the US population is suffering from an autoimmune condition, and many mothers don’t know they have such a condition, the stage has been set for an adverse event to a vaccine. 1122334-13593569921798139-Iggy-Igette

Vaccines, gas to the smoldering fire of LPS and IL-1b driven microglial activation.

brain fireAs I’ve pointed out, LPS and IL-1b are considered standard agents for inducing microglial activation in a lab setting, and both LPS and IL-1b are driven largely by bacterial infections. Another standard agent to consistently induce microglial activation is the cytokine Interferon Gamma (IFN-y).(44)(45)(46) A number of vaccines are live virus vaccines, and the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is one such vaccine. Viral infections are known triggers for the production of IFN-y.(47)(48)(49) Can you see where this is going? The principle cytokine driven by the MMR vaccine has been identified as IFN-y. (50) If any of these live viruses from the vaccines managed to withstand an inadequate immune response, and instead became a chronic infection, which does happen(51), and therefore become a chronic inducer of IFN-y, you have a perfect recipe for significant ongoing brain inflammation, particularly in the GMO induced gut flora altered individual given the fact that IFN-y is also a known promoter of leaky gut.(52)

Is IFN-y elevated in the autistic population?

Yes. (53)(54) It’s worth pointing out that all vaccines induce some pro-inflammatory cytokine response, and are potential triggers for microglial activation.

What’s the bottom line?

As I have very clearly illustrated above, the factors which promote neurodegenerative conditions such as autism, can be traced back to those factors which promote microglial activation. Without question, autism like all forms of chronic illness are multifactoral in nature, but common threads tie many of these illnesses together, like microglial activation and leaky gut. If we can address and control these issues, and we certainly can in most cases, we can go a long way towards preventing and/or reversing the collective nightmares of neurodegenerative conditions. For the sake of brevity, I have chosen not to address the issues of vaccine adjuvant ingredients, how they promote nueroinflammatory autoimmunity(55)(56)(57)(58)(59), or other environmental factors, like tylenol use (60), or genetic factors such as MTHFR which can lead to low levels of glutathione and a ripened system for ongoing microglial activation for life in a toxic world. In order to solve our collective health challenges and the explosion of chronic degnerative diseases, it is imperative that we bring sanity back to our food production and disease prevention. Doing so means eliminating the scourge on humanity that Monsanto represents, and educating people about the necessity of detoxification strategies and nutrient repletion.   buckley-feb2013-0021About the author: Dr. Buckley is a 2002 graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic. Dr. Buckley entered the health care field largely to understand and resolve his personal struggles with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia which began late in his teens. His ongoing study of functional medicine, nutrition, nutrigenomics, applied kinesiology, and energetic medicine has provided him with keen insight and understanding into the holistic dynamics of the body and how we lose and maintain our health. He has maintained a busy practice in Austin, Texas for the past 13 years and works with people of all ages interested in maximizing their health, and overcoming the modern scourge of all forms of chronic illness.

5 ways in which the gut can impair thyroid function that your doctor may overlook.

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The relevance to Hippocrates, the father of medicines statement, “All disease begins in the gut.” is perhaps most clearly understood when you examine the relationship of the gut to thyroid function.  The reason for this is because without a healthy gut the ability to produce active thyroid hormone is impaired, and low active thyroid hormone (free T3) responsenegatively effects every cell in the body therefore contributing to every health challenge if it’s at less than optimal function.What is most commonly assessed and treated medically related to thyroid function is primarily based on TSH and T4 blood levels.  Unfortunately, these markers do NOT totally account for the rheadshotesponseto your bodies active thyroid hormone ( free T3).  In other words, having abnormal thyroid function is COMMON even though lab tests are “normal” with or without thyroid medication!

What does thyroid hormone dysfunction cause?  Here’s a brief list:

  • Fatigue/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Brain Fog
  • High Cholesterol
  • Heart Disease
  • Constipation
  • Dry Skin
  • Frequently Feeling Cold
  • Hair Loss
  • Low Libido
  • Depression
  • Irregular Menstrual Cycle
  • Muscle Aches/Fibromyalgia
  • Joint Pain
  • Poor Immunity
  • Weight Gain
  • Inability to Lose Weight Even With Exercise

In this newsletter I will detail 5 ways in which altered gut function may be compromising optimal thyroid function.  Understanding the information below can help you help your doctor provide you with better treatment.

 

Five ways in which the gut impairs thyroid function.
What is the thyroid gland, and what does it produce? 

The thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland sitting at the lower portion of the trachea. Upon receiving the call to produce thyroid hormone from the pituitary hormone TSH, the thyroid gland releases two hormones – T4 (93%), and T3 (7%).  Remember, only T3 is active to the cells, and of the total amount of thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland itself, only 7% is in its active form.  Additionally, the thyroid gland also produces the hormone calcitonin, which is important for transferring calcium into bones.The 93% of the largely inactive T4 is left to travel to the liver and to the intestines to become activated.  Within the liver the T4 undergoes a conversion process that can either convert T4 into the active T3, or it can convert it into something called reverse T3 (rT3).  Under normal circumstances 60% of T4 will convert to T3, 20% to rT3, leaving the remaining 20% to be activated in the small intestine.  It’s in this conversion process here that accounts for many functional thyroid disorders.  Functional thyroid disorders are distinctive from conditions where TSH and T4 move into pathological (disease state) ranges which require medical treatment.  Rather, functional thyroid disorders include all dysfunction of thyroid production and cellular response with or without reaching pathological levels in TSH or T4 blood levels.

What about thyroid medications?  The most commonly prescribed thyroid medications (Synthroid or Levoxyl) are synthetic versions of T4.  These medications rely upon proper conversion in the gut – which as you’ll see below does not happen efficiently for many people on or off medications.  When assessing the success of treatment of these medications, it’s primarily the lab values of TSH and T4 that the doctor is paying attention to – not whether or not the active thyroid hormone is being produced and is effectively entering the cells of the body.  Natural thyroid hormones in the form of Armour Thyroid or Nature-Throid, are glandular preparations of thyroid hormone that contain T4,T3, and calcitonin.  For some people these natural versions seem to perform better, but because some people have problems with overconverion from T4 into rT3 for reasons listed below, these meds may be ineffective too.

Below are 5 ways in which the alterations in the gut may result in abnormal thyroid hormone function.  (The liver serves many functions, and one of them is bile production and for this reason it is included as a component of the gut.)

  1. Hashimoto’s disease–  Hashimoto’s disease is the name given to autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland, where the immune system attacks cells of the thyroid gland.  Hashimoto’s disease is estimated to be the most prevalent autoimmune disorder in the US.  Hashimoto’s has been found to be the mechanism for hypothyroidism in 90% of the cases in the US.  One of the primary mechanisms for auto-immune disorders is “leaky gut“, where the gut lining becomes damaged and allows material (pathogens, undigested food, etc.) to cross the gut barrier and into the blood that was not supposed to cross.  If “leaky gut” contributes to autoimmune disease in general, and it’s recognized that most cases of hypothyroidism are the result of an autoimmune condition, it’s reasonable to assume that the gut may be involved in most cases of hypothyroidism.
  2. Gluten sensitivity– This could be grouped in with Hashimoto’s since it’s typically associated with autoimmune disorders, but is separate because gluten is a unique agent in autoimmune hypothyroidism.  Gluten is a protein found in the grains – wheat, barley, rye, and oats.  It is believed that the gluten molecule appears similar to the cells of the thyroid, so if the body identifies gluten as a problem it may identify the thyroid as a problem as well. So, if 90% of the cases of hyopthyroidism are from an autoimmune condition, and  gluten sensitivity is linked to a high degree of autoimmune thyroid disorders- avoiding gluten is important for a number of reasons, but especially important for anyone with a suspected thyroid disorder. Here are a few studies linking the connection between gluten and thyroid dysfunction:  (1), (2), (3), (4).  Keep in mind, that even if you tested negative for celiac disease there’s still a good chance you have a problem with gluten!
  3. Gut flora imbalance– Microbes in and on our bodies can either promote or detract from health.  One way this relates to thyroid function is based on the fact that 20% of the T4 released by the thyroid is converted into the active T3 hormone in the small intestine.  Lack of adequate amounts of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, and beneficial bacteria in the small intestine impairs the production of intestinal sulfatase  – a necessary ingredient to active thyroid hormone production.  In short, if the beneficial microbes are impaired in the intestine in any way, then this impairment alone can diminish circulating active T3 by as much as 20%.
  4. Microbial Toxins (low grade infection)-  This is related to number 3, but is listed separately due to the distinction by which it impairs thyroid function.  While number 3 relates to how a lack of beneficial bacteria may result in inadequate production of active T3 in the small intestine, number 4 relates to how harmful microbes within the gut may produce toxins which interfere with the conversion from T4 to active T3 in the liver.  Alterations in gut flora, and the waste products they create (lipopolysaccharides) may result in dominance of the liver converting T4 into rT3.  Too much rT3 relative to free T3 may be the most under diagnosed forms of thyroid dysfunction there is.
  5. Food Allergies–  While gluten sensitivity may certainly qualify as a food allergy, a distinction is made here for any food that creates an inflammatory response in the body.  There are certain immune system based chemicals that are produced upon exposure to certain foods that are particularly disruptive to thyroid function.  These inflammatory chemicals are called “cytokines”.  While many, if not most, food allergies are undoubtedly the result of “leaky gut”, some may be due to genetic factors.  The bottom line here is that if there are food allergies, there are cytokines, and if there are cytokines there is going to be functional thyroid impairment.  The impairment may again come from over producing rT3 relative to free T3, or it may occur elsewhere within the synthesis of thyroid hormone production.

Some researchers and clinicians who have been trying to assess how effectively the thyroid is functioning at the cellular level do not believe that blood tests are very accurate for diagnosing thyroid hormone problems.  Some of them believebody temperature is the most important value for assessing thyroid function.  Some research indicates that the most important value for assessing thyroid function is the very rarely performed test of measuring free T3 relative to rT3.  Again, the reason for this is that high amounts of rT3 may effectively block the activity of free T3 at the receptor site, a situation that is VERY common!  This is like somebody breaking a key off in a door lock, and you trying to get a different key in the lock.  It can’t happen, not until the rT3 is removed from the receptor site anyway.

 

What’s the bottom line?   The bottom line is that simply relying on the typical blood tests as a means of identifying functional thyroid disorders and all the problems that come from low cellular T3 is a recipe for misery and dissatisfaction with the medical system.  Proper thyroid functional assessmentmust include assessing gut health, diet, and more.  Viewing indigestion, gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea as warning lights to your body much like the “check engine” light is to your car is prudent given the profound significance the gut plays in overall health.  Far too many people may be able to completely get off of their thyroid medications if the cause for the dysfunction is properly addressed, while some people may need thyroid medication, or some may need a different thyroid medication than they are currently on. To understand the cause and properly treat thyroid dysfunction requires a holistic perspective.  If you’re interested in learning more about this in greater detail, I highly recommend the following book by Dr. Datis Kharrazian.

 

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Let me get this straight . . .

 

We’re going to be “gifted” with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don’t! Which purportedly covers at least ten million more people without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that didn’t read it but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a President who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, for which we’ll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese , and financed by a country that’s broke!!!!!

‘What the hell could possibly go wrong?’

 

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Do antacids weaken the immune system?

 

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When it comes to health maintenance and disease prevention, nothing stands out quite like the digestive system.  In fact, Hippocrates, the father of medicine stated that “Aheadshotll diseases begin in the gut.”  If you’re one of the approximately 30 million American’s who have used an antacid such as Tums, Nexium, Prilosec, etc, what you may not know is that the use of such common medications can have very serious consequences for your immune system, particularly if you use them with regularity.  If you have any interest in your well being, and seek to prevent illness or disease then read on.

What does the gut have to do with immunity?
Your digestive system is an approximately 30 foot long tube in varying shapes and functions which begins in your mouth, and ends at the anus, whose purpose goes beyond extracting energy and building blocks from the food we consume.  It’s function is diverse, from maintaining our mental/emotional stateto preventing infections of all kinds.  Therefore, the integrity within this tubular system stands as king in the prevention of virtually every disease.

Between 60-80% of the immune system is found within the gut.
While our body is estimated to have 10 trillion cells making up our entire body, our gut is estimated to contain 100 trillion microbes (bacteria, fungus, yeast, and protozoa)!  Our health is largely dictated by the balance of the microbes living within this tube.

One of the most dominant species of beneficial microbes living in our guts is the lactobacillus acidophilus organism.  “Acidophilus” literally means, “acid lover”.   If the environment within the gut becomes alkaline, through the use of antacids, proton pump inhibitors such as Priolosec, etc then the beneficial microorganisms, such as L. acidophilus, are less able to survive which yields less desirable microbes taking up valuable real estate within the intestines.  It’s been shown that the beneficial microbes communicate directly with the cells of the intestines in order to target pathogenic microbes, so fewer beneficial microbes opens the door to infection and injury to the gut lining.

Consider a mosquito problem in a neighborhood that contained a swamp; it doesn’t take a genius to recognize that draining the swamp would be more productive than indiscriminately spraying insecticide throughout the neighborhood.  The point here is that what is important to the mosquitoes is the environment in which they thrive.  If you want healthy microbes within your gut, and therefore a healthy body, you have to make sure they are given a proper environment.  Conversely, if you want sickness and disease alter the environment that makes it less suitable for the good guys to survive.

The imbalance within the gut microbiology as caused by low stomach acid, poor diet (sugar, processed food), antibiotics for infection or through food, drinking chlorinated water (kills bacteria, including good bacteria), or preservatives sets the stage for many diseases by killing beneficial microbes and feeding harmful microbes, thus damaging the barrier between the outside world and you.  You see, the intestinal tract is really a barrier between you and the outside world although it winds through the center of your body.  The gut lining is intended to be tightly regulated to only allow for fully digested food and nutrients to enter the blood stream.  Once that barrier is damaged you can develop what is called “leaky gut” where pathogens, formerly restrained from entry into the blood stream by a healthy gut lining, migrate through the body, and begin many health problems including allergies, autoimmune disorders, etc.  Likewise, some of the latest research on AID’s suggests that it’s the degradation of the gut, and health status of the healthy flora, which may be the most significant aspect to the destruction of the immune system in this disease.

But my stomach burns if I don’t take antacids!    
When it comes to our gut and therefore our health, it’s critical to maintain adequate amounts of stomach acid.  Most people who think they have too much acid are actually dealing with too little acid.   If you’re over 40, it’s truly rare to have high stomach acid versus low, as you’ll produce less and less as you age.  Here are a few signs that you have low stomach acid (hypochlorohydria):

  • You don’t feel well after eating meat.
  • You have acid reflux or GERD after meals.
  • You burp, fart, or get bloated after meals.

There are a few different ways to asses stomach acid production, including the gold standard Heidelberg stomach acid test, but it’s around $300 to perform and there are other ways that are safe and pretty reliable.

 

A cheaper way you can do at home involves the following:

  1. Buy some Betaine HCL (approx 650mg capsules)
  2. Eat at least 6 ounces of meat
  3. In the middle of meal take 1 Betaine HCL pill
  4. Finish your meal as normal and pay attention to your body

What to expect:

  1. If you notice nothing, this means it is very likely you have low stomach acid levels.
  2. If as you go about your normal life and start to feel stomach distress characterized as heaviness, burning, or hotness – then these are signs that you don’t have low acid levels. *If corticosteroids, or NSAID’s have been used for long periods of time the likelihood of ulcerations in the gut increases and will make the use of the betaine/HCL very uncomfortable.  It’s therefore adisable to perform this test under a doctors supervision if you have used such anti-inflammatories for an extended period of time. 

Repeat the test.  If after two tests where no noticeable signs of burning, or heaviness occur following the ingestion of one betaine HCL tablet, increase it by another tablet, and repeat the test again to try and determine a baseline dosage.  It’s common to take between 3-6 capsules per protein based meal.

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“It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.”

-Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)

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Does sugar accelerate aging?

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Last newsletter I discussed the connection between blood sugar disorders and Alzheimer’s.  In this newsletter, I’ll explain how sugar consumption and blood sugar disorders accelerate aging, and contribute to wrinkles and arthritis.  This is pheadshotart of a series of newsletters where I try and explain what I refer to as the biochemical triad of health.  In short, if we maintain proper biochemical balance in our digestive systems, our adrenals/thyroid glands, and our blood sugar we can avoid and correct most health problems.   If these areas are neglected, disease is expected.

Does sugar cause wrinkles and arthritis?
Many prominent scientists now consider aging to be a disease,

and in my opinion, there is no doubt that it is.  At the very least, the aging process can be slowed down by applying some common sense strategies to diet and lifestyle.  While there are undoubtedly a number of factors that can contribute to the aging process, the process which causes sugar to brown in baked goods can be attributed to what is called “glycation” in our skin, joints, and connective tissue which in turn accelerates aging.

When simple sugars such as fructose or glucose become attached to proteins of fats in absence of a necessary enzyme they form  what are aptly abbreviated as (AGE’s), advanced glycation endproducts.   The production of AGE’s may not be totally abnormal within our body, however they should be minimized.  AGE’s affect different parts of the body, and with the high content of elastin and collagen, skin and joints become easy targets.  Both elastin and collagen aid in keeping both skin and connective tissue resilient, elastic, and spongy.  That’s very important if you want to be able to run when you’re in your 80’s, let alone look young.  With more AGE’s formed due to excessive consumption of sugar the AGE’s effectively cause the skin and connective tissue to  become relatively brittle causing wrinkles in the skin, malformation in the structure of the joints and ultimately degenerative arthritis. 

So how do you prevent this?  Avoid sugar, and avoid foods that are cooked til they’re brown.  For example, the browning of the skin on Thanksgiving turkey is an indication of the formation of AGE’s.I strongly advocate the use of a blood sugar monitoring kit that you can pick up at your local pharmacy, and start checking your blood sugar levels to see where you’re at before meals, 45 minutes after eating, and 2 hours afterwards.  Ideally, when measuring your blood sugar you want the following results: 

  • 85 -100 fasting
  • less than 140 mg/dL 45 minutes after meals.
  • less than 120  two hours after meals.

If you find that you’re outside that range, it’s not a matter of if you’re going to have a health problem, it’s how soon, and how exactly will it manifest?

Limiting your dietary sugar is the primary source of impeding the glycation effect. However, the following nutrients can have an anti-glycation effect on our bodies:

  • N-Acetyl Cysteine
  • Carnosine
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Ginger
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Turmeric
  • Rosemary

Once again, if you’re going to have a chance of not being another statistic in the medical system, take control of your health and check your blood sugar yourself.  Use the narrow parameters I’ve laid out as your goal, and you will be way ahead of the the bulk of Americans eating the standard American diet (SAD) who foolishly view health as a matter of luck.  It isn’t!

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“Everyone makes a greater effort to hurt other people than to help himself.”  – Dr. Alexis Carrel MD