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The Cholesterol Fearmongering Campaign… Enough is Enough!

I see the latest volley has been fired in the war against saturated fat and cholesterol. Evidently, the low-fat corporations are losing ground, so they have rolled out their paid-for media spin doctors to put out another piece of propaganda to knock the high-fat diet craze down a few pegs. Regardless of the damage they’ve knowingly done to our nation’s health over the past 40 years, they continue to ignore any evidence that goes against their doctrine promoted by the diet-heart hypothesis [1] and continue to publish anti-saturated fat fabrication that feeds (quite literally) the obesity epidemic that plagues North America.

Years of unbiased scientific research has proven saturated fat to be one of the most protective and healthy fats known to man. Always was… and always will be. Time and again they have tried but have never found any supporting evidence that saturated fat consumption causes heart disease or stroke. [2] Quite the contrary. They’ve continually proved that long-held fabricated theory to be completely wrong.

Always piggy-backed with their attack against saturated fat are the warnings about cholesterol, the other multi-billion-dollar myth they have been “selling us” for years. In 2012 alone, sales of cholesterol-lowering drugs in the U.S. was $17 billion, and global sales reached $30 BILLION! It doesn’t take much to figure out why they continue to scare people into believing cholesterol is the devil incarnate that needs to be exorcised. The tobacco industry used the same deceptive marketing for years, the sugar industry still does, and these guys have certainly taken notes.

A diet LOW in carbs and HIGH in fat is what our ancient ancestors lived on for countless thousands of years, until the agricultural revolution around 12,000 years ago. They only had the scant amount of carbs they could gather from wild plants and tubers. Animal fat (highly saturated) was their main fat since there was little else to choose from, and along with a generous amount of protein is what our bodies still need to be truly healthy.

As humans, we did not evolve on the high-carb diet that has been literally shoved down our throats by all the government-backed dietary guidelines. In the future, when we look back at this period in history, we will see that this has caused the healthcare crisis we now live in. Our epidemic levels of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and many other chronic conditions can be attributed directly to low-fat/high-carb diets. We can only hope that this latest defensive attack on cholesterol is this deceptive beast’s final death throes. It’s past time it was dead and buried for good!

Here are the real facts about saturated fat and cholesterol they don’t want you to know, and my two cents on Keto diets…

Saturated Fat (Fast Facts) –

– There has been absolutely NO clinical evidence linking saturated fat to heart disease.
– The misguided “diet-heart hypothesis” was based on faulty and unsupported evidence [3]
– Became mainstream in the 1970’s when Dr. Ancel Keys convinced the government his theory was true.
– The low-fat propaganda began full-force in 1977
– Tracking the data since 1977, there is a direct correlation between the implementation of the low-fat guidelines and the spike in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and many other chronic conditions. [4]
– Low-fat = high-carbs, sugar, and chemical additives (fat brings flavour and texture to foods)

Cholesterol (Fast Facts) –

– People might know about HDL and LDL cholesterol, but most people don’t realize there are two kinds of LDL (small, dense, damaging particles that penetrate artery walls, and large, fluffy ones that don’t) [5]
– Low-fat/high-carb diets raise small LDL, increasing arterial damage and inflammation. [6] [7]
– Arterial inflammation is what cholesterol is trying to repair when it is found in your arteries. [8]
– The key to reducing arterial damage and heart disease is to have a few small LCL as possible.
– Less arterial damage means less cholesterol build up.
– Saturated fat raises both LDL & HDL in equal proportions
– Here’s the biggie… saturated fat converts small LDL to large, harmless LDL! [9]

Keto or LCHF?

– Keto is great as a carb-cleanse to break the addictions they cause, but I only recommend it for short-term, about a month or so. Staying on strict keto is hard to maintain for the long-term, and most people have a problem with all the fat they need to remain in ketosis.
– Most people don’t follow keto properly. They eat only fat and meat products and don’t get enough fibre from low-carb vegetables. After a time, their digestion stops working properly and they wind up quitting. They blame it on keto itself, but it’s their own fault for not educating themselves on what their body needs to function.
– For a life-long sustainable way of eating I recommend a diet which is low in carbs and high fat (LCHF), but not in the 70+% range of fat that keto requires. The macronutrient ratios I recommend are 20% low glycemic carbs / 20-25% protein / 50-55% fat (including generous amounts of saturated fats)
– In a LCHF meal plan there is lots of protective fat, including saturated fat, and the right amount of fibre for proper digestion. There is also a lot more flexibility in food choices, making it easier to maintain.
– Keto options fit perfectly into the LCHF meal plan, but they’re just not the only foods that do.

“While the content of this article is based on clinical research it is intended for educational purposes only, NOT to provide you with medical advice, or to be misconstrued as such. It may certainly help you become healthier and have more wellbeing, but no promises or expectations of healing are ever indicated on my part. I encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research in a cooperative partnership with a qualified health care professional that has your best interests at heart. If you feel that your problem is medical in nature, you should first seek the advice of your physician or health care practitioner before using this information to self-diagnose and treat your particular issue.”

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20888548
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/5-studies-on-saturated-fat
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4836695/
  4. https://opencommons.uconn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1482&context=srhonors_theses
  5. https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/01.atv.0000154144.73236.f4
  6. https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1161/01.atv.12.2.187
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10075324
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5986484/
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8299884

Korean Kimchi

Korean Kimchi
Prep Time
2 hrs
 

Fermented foods have been central to good health for thousands of years, and in Southeast Asia, the staple is Kimchi, a kind of Korean sauerkraut. Here is my easy recipe for this delicious side dish to keep your microbiome healthy and happy…

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 20
Calories: 29 kcal
Author: Chef Kevin
Ingredients
  • 4 lb Napa cabbage
  • 2 medium carrots, julienned
  • 8 oz radish, very thinly sliced
  • 1/3-1/2 cup Himalayan salt
  • 1 bunch green onion, thinly sliced
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp Korean chili powder (for medium heat)
  • 2 tbsp Fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp kelp powder
  • 2 tbsp white wine
  • 2 tbsp light miso
Instructions
  1. 1. Cut the cabbage in half lengthways and remove the core. Cut the cabbage into quarters, then into 2-inch chunks. Put this in a large bowl with the carrots and radish. Sprinkle with the salt and massage in so everything is coated in salt and starting to soften and wilt. Cover with cold, chlorine-free water and let stand at room temperature for a couple of hours.

    2. When ready; pour the soaked cabbage mixture into a strainer and drain all the brine off. Rinse with some cold running water and drain completely.

    3. When drained; put the cabbage mixture back in the large bowl and add the green onions, garlic, and ginger.

    4. In small bowl or measuring cup; mix together the chili powder, fish sauce, kelp powder, white wine, and miso paste. Pour over the cabbage mixture, put on disposable gloves, and massage in well. (The chili powder will burn!)

    5. Pack tightly in Mason jars. Push down firmly to make sure the juice covers the veggies. Put the lid on but just set the ring in place to hold the lid down without screwing it in place. If you tighten them the jars will blow up! Place the jars on a rimmed baking dish to catch any spill-over. Let sit at room temperature for 3-5 days, until it is bubbly and fragrant. Once each day, insert a clean chopstick or butter knife to release air bubbles. If needed, pour in some additional brine to keep all the vegetables submerged.

    6. When it is fermented to the point that you like, close the lids tight and refrigerate for up to six months. It is ready to eat after two weeks but will get stronger as it ages. Make sure the vegetables stay submerged the whole time, especially after you take some from the jar.

    bowl of kimchi
Nutrition Facts
Korean Kimchi
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 29
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2122mg 88%
Potassium 295mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 31.1%
Vitamin C 33%
Calcium 8.5%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Full Spectrum Oil vs CBD Isolate – A Fact-Based Report

Medical Cannabis Is Nothing New –

Since the dawn of time humans have used plant-based medicines for healing, and historical records tell us that cannabis has been used as medicine for five thousand years. [1] The early Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Egyptian practitioners used it to treat rheumatism, anxiety, epilepsy, gout, malaria, and many other conditions. These ancient cultures had an intimate relationship with the cannabis plant, as did many others before records of its use were kept. Since the cannabis plant has been around for millions of years, far longer than mankind has been, it’s not that difficult to understand why early societies held it in such high regard.

Unlike us, early humans co-existed with nature and revered the Earth Mother and all she provided them. Cannabis was something other-worldly, a plant with nearly magical healing properties, and it was cherished as a gift from the gods. While few people these days respect nature as it once was, we are at least discovering more and more about how powerful cannabis is for treating our health problems naturally, and many are turning to it as their choice of medicine.

After having been suppressed for almost 100 years, cannabis research is now growing by leaps and bounds. Discoveries are being made daily, and some in the medical profession have even started to use cannabis in place of pharmaceutical medications as the safest and most effective treatment for many chronic conditions that they would have otherwise prescribed drugs for. Considering this was the case in many over-the-counter medications before the 1920’s, it’s about time. [2]

The Magical Powers of Cannabis Explained –

Of course, we now know that the healing properties of cannabis are not magical, but they are certainly considered miraculous for those who have found relief after suffering for years with chronic conditions. Cannabis has been shown to help with arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has also shown great results in protecting the brain and nervous system and has powerful cancer-fighting abilities. [3]

These healing properties come from the cannabinoids, terpenes, and phenols each plant contains. Every cannabis strain has unique amounts and ratios of these in their genetic makeup. However, the way each is grown, harvested and processed also affects the content of the finished product, making it difficult to accurately predict how it will work for each individual. Depending on their individual needs and physiology, each person reacts differently to each component, making cannabis more of a personally chosen treatment plan than a simple medical protocol.

Medicinal Cannabis Compounds –

Creating cannabis-based medicines is a very precise science. It involves the combination of selective plant breeding, environmentally controlled growing operations, precise timing of the harvest for optimum yield, proper extraction methods to release the medicinal compounds, and the blending of those extracted compounds into the most effective form for maximum benefit. The cannabinoids, terpenes, and phenols in cannabis each have unique and powerful therapeutic properties that need to be considered carefully.

Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System

Unknown until 25 years ago, we have within us an endocannabinoid system [4] (endo meaning internal) that processes cannabinoids through two different receptors. CB1 receptors are mainly located in the nervous system, connective tissues, glands and organs. CB2 receptors are primarily found in the immune system, spleen, liver, heart, kidneys, bones, blood vessels, lymph cells, endocrine glands, and reproductive organs.

As you might imagine, the CB1 and CB2 receptors have very different functions, and the endocannabinoid system (ECS) has far-reaching effects within the body. The ECS is the largest self-regulating system in our bodies and controls all other body systems, working constantly to achieve homeostasis, which is maintaining complete balance within our bodies. The ECS regulates such functions as mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation, blood pressure, body temperature, and pain and immune response. Cannabinoids work within your body through the actions of the ECS, working to naturally balance deficiencies throughout the body, which is why it seems to be able to heal many chronic conditions. A chronic condition is usually the result of long-term deficiencies and medical use of cannabis is the safest and most effective way to reduce your symptoms and bring your body back to balance. [5]

Although few people know this, our bodies make their own cannabinoids, which are chemicals that send signals through our ECS creating various responses. These are called “endogenous” cannabinoids, and when we have deep feelings of bliss, peace or well-being this is the process creates it. The Hindus called it “Ananda”, the Sanskrit word for bliss, and it is scientifically known as anandamide. Spiritual meditation, holding your new-born baby, or watching a glorious sunset all bring about these feelings, and those are your own cannabinoids at work.

Mimicking this action, the plant-based cannabinoids in cannabis flood the ECS with the same chemical signals, and each cannabinoid in cannabis has a different target causing a slightly different effect on our neurochemistry as a result. With over 100 known cannabinoids contained in cannabis, these effects are far-reaching, and the science is so new that we are just now finding out the many things they can do. The two most well-known cannabinoids are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), but others showing medical properties are THC-A, THC-V, CBD-A, CBC, CBN and CBG. (Cannabinoid chart follows for easy reference)

THC targets the CB1 receptors found mainly in your brain and central nervous system causing the feelings of euphoria (high) when you take it, the main focus of recreational users. Medically though, it has shown to reduce pain and muscle spasms, and can reduce nausea and stimulate appetite in those who need it such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.

Oddly enough, CBD doesn’t work with either CB1 or CB2 receptors, but works to assist all other cannabinoids bind easier to their receptors. As a result of it not being able to bind to CB1 receptors, pure CBD can never make you high since it doesn’t impact those receptors in any way.

Cannabinoid Receptors and Their Individual Targets Within the Endocannabinoid System


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Ground-breaking research is now revealing the impact the endocannabinoid system has on our overall health. It has been called the biggest scientific discovery of the past century by leading cannabis researchers, and by those in the medical profession who are just now becoming enlightened about this previously unknown internal mechanism.

One very recent discovery is the CB3 receptor, or the GPR55 receptor. This CB3 receptor is triggered in times of acute pain, as in a traumatic physical injury, or in when you are suffering intense inflammation. Clinical studies are now showing that THC and other specific cannabinoids can reduce the neurological signals from your brain, thereby reducing the pain it causes. This may pave the way for cannabis to become a mainstream medical practice in treating pain and help patients avoid opioids and addictive pain medications with their devastating side-effects. [6]

Cannabinoids have such a wide range of targets across the body that it has led to challenges in determining which does what. Most cannabinoids affect our neurochemistry by activating neurotransmitter receptors, and by doing so they can calm down our immune systems and pain levels. CBD alone has more than 65 different functions, many of which overlap with other cannabinoids. This led researchers to believe that CBD offers the most relief when directly compared to any single cannabinoid. However, recent studies are showing that although CBD is effective for some people as an isolated compound it is even more effective for treating ailments when used in a blended combination with other cannabinoids. This blend is known as “Full Spectrum CBD Oil”.

You’ll see that many cannabinoids share common health benefits. It would be easy to assume that each could function on its own, but studies have shown that is not the case. More to follow on this below…

Terpenes –

Terpenes are the largest group of phytochemicals that cannabis produces, with over 140 currently known, and that number is still climbing. They come in various shapes and sizes, with the smallest ones being the most fragrant and pungent. These make up the essential oils of the cannabis plant. Larger terpenes are less fragrant, but instead contribute to color or the stickiness of the cannabis resin. [7]

With their powerful aromas, one of the most obvious functions of terpenes is through the nose, where fragrant terpenes signal our brains to relax, focus, or fire off neurons for other effects. Within our bodies, terpenes can also activate neurotransmitter systems and other receptors, much like cannabinoids do.

Many terpenes in cannabis have direct anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and analgesic properties. Others work within the ECS to enhance cannabinoid functions. having essential oil capabilities, terpenes are also used in cannabis oil formulations to help move other molecules across the skin and blood-brain barrier. Using this ability, terpenes make cannabinoids more bioavailable and effective, as seen with dermal patches for pain relief with menstrual cramps.

Phenols (including flavonoids)

Phenols are present in all plants, allowing us to determine the nutritional content of the ones we eat. Phenols are mainly antioxidants which defend the plants from harm, but also give foods like vibrant red and purple berries, dark green veggies and green tea their super-food status. When food turns brown and loses flavor it means the phenols have spent their antioxidants and the food has lost nutritional quality.

The most bioactive cannabis phenols are flavonoids that are found in other edible plants, including apigenin, luteolin, kaempferol and quercetin. Flavonoids that are only found in cannabis are called cannaflavins, which have incredible anti-inflammatory properties. [8]

As with terpenes, phenols often affect us through their aromas. Once they have been absorbed by our bodies, they begin to fight inflammation and even help prevent the growth of cancer cells. The unique cannaflavins have the added ability to block enzymes from producing tissue-damaging inflammatory prostaglandins.

Putting It All Together –

If there seems to be an echo of health benefits between terpenes, phenols, and cannabinoids, it’s no coincidence. Cannabinoids are compounds created by combining a terpene and a phenol. This is yet another way that nature works together to create the medicinal properties that cannabis can provide. This process of each compound working together in synergy for maximum health benefits is called “The Entourage Effect”. [9]

With all the information laid out, we can now look at the big picture. By doing so, we can see that removing one single molecule from the full spectrum of the cannabis plant’s medicinal compounds can significantly alter its effectiveness. Extracting single compounds may be beneficial in some instances, but to get the most from the cannabis plant it is best used as a whole plant extract.

Is Full Spectrum Cannabis Oil Your Best Choice?

Although I could go much deeper into the science behind what makes cannabis such a powerful medicinal plant, we’ve gone over it enough to give you a good understanding. Knowledge is power and it’s important to have solid facts to base any opinion on. Setting this aside for a minute though, let’s look at it from my opening remarks…

As I alluded to in my opening comments, mankind has been using cannabis for thousands of years. Long before it was set down on record, tribal cultures throughout Asia used cannabis for ceremonial rites, burial rituals, and mystical vision quests by Shamans and village healers. Traces of ancient cannabis remnants and seeds have been found in archaeological finds dating back over 10,000 years indicating this is the case. Studying today’s tribal cultures, we know it was the psychoactive properties these early people were using it for, but there is really no way to know if they also used it for pain relief or any of the other recently known health benefits it can provide.

One thing we can safely assume is that they didn’t extract single compounds to use as we do today with our modern technological approach. The early tribal cultures lived as one with the Earth and considered themselves to be part of the natural world. They may not have understood some natural phenomena as we do today, but they knew they were not separate from it. This connection with nature and their simplistic approach tells us they would have only used cannabis as the whole-plant medicine it is meant to be. We may consider ourselves to be far more advanced than our ancestors, but our analytical practice of breaking down and refining everything nature provides us does not work well when it comes to cannabis.

And The Winner Is… Full Spectrum Cannabis Oil!

As you’ve learned, the compounds in cannabis work together synergistically as nature intended, each supporting the function of the other to create powerful healing processes within our endocannabinoid system. I firmly believe that cannabis is the safest alternative to pharmaceutical medications, and a medicine we’ve used for our whole existence as humans. Properly grown and produced, full-spectrum cannabis oil has the optimum combination of cannabinoids, terpenes, phenols and plant nutrients your body needs to feed your ECS and bring about healing. [10]

In order to advise my clients accurately I am constantly researching, and new studies on cannabis and CBD are published regularly. Following the latest evidence, at the time of this writing the only times I recommend using a single isolated cannabinoid (as is the case with CBD isolate oil) is for:

1. Treating children and teenagers under the age of 18 due to the possible effects of THC on the developing brain;

2. People that need to avoid failing drug screening by their employer; and

3. Determining how well CBD isolate may work on its own before adjusting to a different formulation.

“While the content of this article is based on clinical research it is intended for educational purposes only, NOT to provide you with medical advice, or to be misconstrued as such. It may certainly help you become healthier and have more wellbeing, but no promises or expectations of healing are ever indicated on my part. I encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research in a cooperative partnership with a qualified health care professional that has your best interests at heart. If you feel that your problem is medical in nature, you should first seek the advice of your physician or health care practitioner before using this information to self-diagnose and treat your particular issue.”

  1. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF02861426
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5312634/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3202504/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4789136/
  5. https://norml.org/library/item/introduction-to-the-endocannabinoid-system
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2268199/
  7. https://www.alchimiaweb.com/blogen/marijuana-terpenes-effects/
  8. https://www.medicinalgenomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Chemical-constituents-of-cannabis.pdf
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6334252/
  10. https://file.scirp.org/pdf/PP_2015021016351567.pdf

The Healing Power of Cannabidiol, AKA CBD…

The Healing Power of Cannabidiol, AKA CBD…

Cannabis, 5000 Years of Recorded History –

History has revealed that cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for nearly 5000 years, and twice that long as a food source, textiles and for durable building materials. The oldest therapeutic references we have go all the way back to 2727 B.C., where cannabis was used as medicine in ancient Chinese practices. Meanwhile in Japan, hemp fibers were woven into clothing and textiles, and was used for more functional items such as fishing line, bowstrings, rope, and other necessary tools.

Over three thousand years ago in ancient Egypt, physicians used cannabis as their main medicine for treating cancerous tumours. Along this same timeline Indian Ayurvedic traditions and other age-old cultures were using cannabis’s psychoactive properties for deep spiritual and meditation practices, shamanic rituals, and spirit quests.

The word “canvas” is actually a Dutch term derived from cannabis, the fabric that drove global exploration and trade for centuries, and the founders of the United States were compelled by law to grow hemp as their mainstay crop for fabric, rope, canvas and fuel. And while it’s healing properties are just now being re-discovered, it was used as the base for many medicines of the 1800’s, even being used by Queen Victoria for her menstrual cramps.

So, cannabis is nothing new, it’s just making headlines as it gets more and more attention these days, much of it attributed to its soon-to-be legalization in Canada and the ramifications surrounding it. This makes the biggest headlines due to public interest, but sadly the biggest news is usually relegated to page two, this being all the medical breakthroughs as we learn more and more about what this amazing plant can do for all of mankind.

A Giant Leap for Mankind… Rediscovering Ancient Medicine –

After years of being suppressed and outlawed, we are finally coming out of the dark ages of cannabis prohibition. Beginning in the late 1960’s and driven by Israel’s Professor Raphael Mechoulam 1, the founding father and world leader in cannabis research, the global medical community has avidly been studying the effect cannabis has as a powerful broad-spectrum medicine. What they’ve found is nothing short of amazing!

Thousands of qualified clinical studies show that cannabis assists with facilitating opioid withdrawal, managing chronic pain, treating severe illnesses, and even curing what were considered incurable diseases with nearly miraculous results. As a result of these latest medical breakthroughs, many health professionals are now prescribing cannabis in many forms as their main protocol to manage their patients without pharmaceutical drugs, avoiding the cascade of side-effects they cause.

Hemp, Cannabis, and Marijuana… Clearing Up the Confusion –

For the purposes of this paper, I will focus on one of the two main medicinal components of the cannabis plant, cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD. However, in order for you to understand what I will be covering, you need to know the differences and similarities between hemp, cannabis and marijuana, since it is very confusing for most people, and that includes many in the medical community that need education on cannabis as well.

While there are some medical practitioners that are well educated in treating their patients with cannabis protocols instead of the standard drug-based methods, most doctors are still unaware that hemp and/or cannabis can be used to replace opioids, narcotics, and other pharmaceutical drugs, eliminating their many side-effects that are nearly as bad as the conditions they are trying to treat. Whether their lack of knowledge is due to time constraints and they simply don’t have the time to read the thousands of studies proving its efficacy, or whether they are in denial due to misinformation or misconception, my hope is that this gets passed on to them for an easy-to-digest primer on cannabis. Education is the key to understanding…

Aren’t Cannabis, Hemp and Marijuana All the Same?

Thinking that cannabis, hemp and marijuana are just different names for the same plant is one mistake most people make. Cannabis itself is actually the mother or family of plant that both hemp and marijuana come from, much like families that bear resemblances but are distinctly different 2.

The term “marijuana” is a racist and derogatory term the U.S. government used to scare the public about the cannabis Mexican immigrants were smoking in the early 1900’s. The Mexicans referred to this plant as “marihuana”, not cannabis. Cannabis was well known by most people at the time since it was in most medications in their medicine chests, so to create fear and distrust a new label had to be created, and like it or not cannabis became broadly known as marijuana ever since, so I’ll refer to it as that for purposes of explanation.

Hemp and marijuana are completely different in what they do and how they’re used. Marijuana contains high levels of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the 5-35% range but virtually no cannabidiol (CBD), so hemp and marijuana serve completely different purposes.

Marijuana is used for both medicinal or recreational purposes. Those that choose to use marijuana for pleasure do so for the high they get and its relaxing effects. Outside of the painkilling properties that marijuana-based medicines were always used for, research is now demonstrating THC’s ability to treat cancer through activating apoptosis (cell death) in tumours, and also how it controls stress for those suffering from PTSD and anxiety disorders.

While it looks similar, hemp is much taller than marijuana with long woody stalks, perfect for making long strands of tough fibre. Hemp is completely opposite from marijuana in what it contains as well, with hemp containing virtually no THC but lots of CBD. It’s the THC that gives you a “buzz” or makes you high when you use marijuana, but CBD does not, and cannot. It’s not possible, since it doesn’t activate the CB1 receptors in your brain that THC does. More on this later…

These differences mean hemp is used in a variety of other ways that marijuana can’t be. Hemp extracts are used for incredibly healthy dietary supplements and skin products, and the fibre is used to make clothing and fabrics, much as it was for thousands of years before prohibition in 1937 3. Overall, hemp is known to have over 25,000 possible applications. Not much wonder it was banned 80 years ago…

Plant Type  Is it Cannabis?  Chemical Makeup Psychoactive?  Cultivation Applications
Hemp Yes Low THC (< 0.3%) No Requires minimal care. Grows in most climates. Dietary supplements, body care, fabric, food, biodegradable plastic, etc.
Marijuana Yes  High THC
(5%-35%)
 Yes Grown in controlled conditions Medical and recreational use

 

An Overview of Cannabidiol (CBD) –

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the two main cannabinoids out of at least 113 found to date. Cannabinoids are plant-based nutrients provided by cannabis that have many beneficial health benefits. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that act within our endocannabinoid system (ECS) that signal nerve responses in our bodies. They work with one of two cannabinoid receptors… the CB1 receptors in our brain and central nervous system, and CB2 receptors that are found mainly in our immune system and other organs. The reason cannabis has a strong, “skunky” and somewhat “piney” aroma is because of these cannabinoids, much like essential oils do in their respective ways.

As mentioned earlier, CBD doesn’t act on CB1 receptors, much like a key that doesn’t fit the lock. It’s the first question people ask me, so I will say it again… you can never get high when taking CBD products.

CBD works within your body through the actions of the ECS. First discovered in the late 1980’s, the ECS regulates the body’s homeostasis, or general state of balance. The ECS regulates such functions as mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation, and pain and immune response. CBD works to naturally balance deficiencies throughout the body which is why it seems to be able to heal many chronic conditions. A chronic condition is usually the result of long-term deficiencies and CBD is the safest and most effective way to reduce your symptoms and bring your body back to balance.

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===>Send me a message with any questions, or if you want to start the natural healing process using CBD’s. I can help you with both…===<

The latest scientific and clinical research shows that CBD can treat a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has shown great results in protecting the brain and nervous system, and has powerful cancer-fighting abilities. Recent evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses with no adverse side effects.

Some more technical information from the NCBI database of articles on CBD and cannabinoids 4:

“The non-psychoactive plant cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), in a 1:1 mixture with the psychoactive plant cannabinoid, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has been clinically approved for the treatment of neuropathic pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis. CBD alone has strong anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects in diverse animal models of disease such as diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. In addition, CBD has been reported to have anxiolytic (anxiety), antiemetic (nausea) and antipsychotic effects. Moreover, CBD has been shown to possess antitumor activity in human breast carcinoma and to effectively reduce primary tumor mass, as well as size and number of lung metastasis in preclinical animal models of breast cancer. CBD is not an agonist of the classical cannabinoid receptor CB1 and therefore does not induce any of the unwanted psychoactive effects observed with THC. While the molecular targets of CBD are elusive, these reports incite growing clinical interest in the use of CBD to treat these disease”

Researchers Kunos and Pacher of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently wrote:

… modulating endocannabinoid system activity may have therapeutic potential in almost all diseases affecting humans, including obesity/metabolic syndrome, diabetes and diabetic complications, neurodegenerative, inflammatory, cardiovascular, liver, gastrointestinal, skin diseases, pain, psychiatric disorders, cachexia, cancer, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, among many others.

Dr. Donald Abrams, chief of hematology-oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and a professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, has a very logical approach on prescribing cannabis to his clients. He simply states, “Why would I write six different prescriptions, all of which may interact with each other, when I could just recommend one medicine?”

Sounds like he’s on the right track to me…

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Reference Sources:
[1] http://mechoulamthescientist.com/
[2] https://ministryofhemp.com/hemp/not-marijuana/
[3] http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/how-did-marijuana-become-illegal-first-place
[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3877544/

Curcumin, A Golden Super-Food

Curcumin… What is it?

Curcumin is a rhizome, meaning an underground root crop, and a member of the ginger family that is used to produce the yellow spice turmeric. It has been used since ancient times in the Indian subcontinent as both medicine and food. It is hugely important in Eastern cultural cuisines and in their management and treatment of diseases. The Okinawans in Japan have the longest lifespans of any other country, and turmeric tea is a regularly consumed beverage in their diets, which is thought to be one reason for their longevity.

CanPrev Curcumin-ProCurcumin has been heavily studied, most of these focused on the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of this healing super-food. These two terms always seem to cause great confusion, so here is a quick, and hopefully simple to understand explanation as to what they mean…

Antioxidants –

Antioxidants provide spare electrons to free radical molecules which go about your body stealing their missing electrons from other cells, creating great damage along the way. By providing the food (e.g. electrons) that these free radicals need it protects your cells from losing stability.

Anti-inflammatories –

Inflammation is actually your body’s natural defense mechanism, whereby your white cells fight infections and bacteria in your bloodstream. However, when there are other particles in your bloodstream caused by a poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, smoking, and other factors it can lead to what is known as chronic inflammation, or a long-term immune response to an unknown attack. Anti-inflammatory foods work to reverse this process by increasing the good-to-bad ratio of particles in your bloodstream and reducing the immune response that created it.

Curcumin Benefits –

Research has shown curcumin may protect against certain cancers, treat arthritis and fibromyalgia, control IBS and other gut issues, lower glucose levels, and even may prevent Alzheimer’s disease and early onset dementia.

There have also been solid reports which show turmeric extracts can improve symptoms of osteoarthritis by reducing inflammatory pain, thereby improving flexibility and range of motion.

Evidence showing turmeric protecting against Alzheimer’s disease has been found through curcumin’s apparent blocking of the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in studies on mice in laboratory testing. Members of the Indian population have very low rates of Alzheimer’s disease, and since their diet is rich in turmeric it is thought to be one of the main reasons.

Curcumin may also help control cholesterol and reduce the progression of atherosclerosis, which in turn can protect against heart attack and stroke. Patients under risk of stroke often take blood thinners, and curcumin has blood-thinning properties. So, it’s important to remember that if you are currently taking these anticoagulants, curcumin may increase these effects (See cautions below).

Taking Curcumin –

Curcumin supplements that contain black pepper extract (piperine) are better absorbed than just taking plain curcumin by itself. If you cook with turmeric, be sure to add some black pepper to what you’re making to increase the benefits. It’s no surprise that Indian curries are hot by nature, as they have been aware of this fact through thousands of years of Ayurvedic healing practices.

Also, curcumin is fat-soluble and should be taken with some form of fat to maximize its effectiveness. If taken with water or other liquid your absorption will be nearly non-existent. For advice on the best ways to take curcumin, and my recommendations on what to buy, email me at chefkevin@eatingwithwisdom.com.

My friends over at Lyfe Botanicals provide more detail on curcumin and 10 Health Benefits you can achieve from taking it on a daily basis… https://lyfebotanicals.com/health/turmeric-benefits/

Note: As with most natural healing protocols, it’s important to be patient when starting to take curcumin supplements or when increasing your dietary consumption of turmeric. You may not see obvious benefits for several weeks, but stay the course until you do.

Curcumin Cautions –

Caution is advised if you choose to take curcumin supplements while on a blood-thinning protocol under your physician’s care, or if you are scheduled for surgery since it can increase bleeding during surgery. To be safe, stop using turmeric two weeks before your surgical date.

With curcumin’s proven ability to reduce blood sugar levels, those with diabetes and need to carefully monitor their glucose are also cautioned to be careful if taking supplemental curcumin to avoid dangerous sugar lows.

It’s also possible that turmeric can cause uterine stimulation, so pregnant women should try to avoid taking it.

If you have gallstones or bile duct issues it is advised to also avoid taking curcumin, since it can cause gallbladder contractions.

“Unless stated otherwise, the contents of this website are based on the research, education, life lessons, and opinions of Chef Kevin Wagner RNCP and is intended for educational purposes only. My mission is to share knowledge and information that may be helpful on your personal journey to wellness, but it is NOT to provide you with medical advice or to be misconstrued as such. This site contains alternative healing protocols and holistic nutritional practices that “may” help you become healthier and have more wellbeing, but no promises or expectations of healing are ever indicated on my part. I encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research in a cooperative partnership with a qualified health care professional that has your best interests at heart. If you feel that your problem is medical in nature, you should first seek the advice of your physician or healthcare practitioner before using information on this site to self-diagnose and treat your particular issue.”

Oil of Oregano – The Power of Ancient Healing

According to historical records, oregano has been used for 5000 years, first by the Assyrians. In ancient Greek and Roman times, it was one of the most commonly used herbs for health and medicinal purposes, and with good reason. Studies have proven that the health benefits of oil of oregano are powerful and far-reaching. This medicinal activity come mostly from carvacrol and thymol, powerful plant phenols with the ability to kill harmful microbes in the body, which can provide many healing benefits, including:

  • Gut Dysbiosis
  • Toxic Bowel Syndrome
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Fungal Infections
  • Parasites
  • Viruses
  • Inflammation
  • Candida Albicans yeast overgrowth
  • Fungus
  • Allergies
  • Upper Respiratory Infections

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Oil of oregano has anti-biotic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties, capable of fighting infections, colds & flu viruses, allergic reactions, and reducing fevers.

Digestively, it has been shown to kill unwanted enteric (gut) bacteria, intestinal parasites, and even Candida Albicans yeast overgrowth, a particular hard condition to treat for many.

Topically, it works as an antiseptic for cuts & scrapes, pimples, psoriasis and other skin conditions, warts, fungal nail growths, cold sores, etc. When rubbed directly on swollen lymph nodes or sore throats oil of oregano can clear many of these infections in one or two applications.

To further receive the topical healing benefits, massage some oil of oregano with a bit of carrier directly into the soles of the feet.  Massaging the soles of the feet can benefit various body systems, as the practice of reflexology has proven.

Dosage information:
Internally, the best way to take oil of oregano is sublingual, or under the tongue. It is very strong and will be very hot and spicy until you get used to it. I recommend diluting it drop for drop with olive or coconut oil, and take 4-5 drops at a time, 3-4 times a day if you are treating an infection of some kind. It is best to hold it under your tongue for a few minutes for maximum absorption. If you find this too hot and powerful you’re probably best to take it in capsules form since it doesn’t get any better… just more tolerable as you become used to it.

Words of Caution:
Since it is very powerful, oil of oregano is recommended for short term use as an “on-and-off” remedy as it can potentially damage sensitive tissues, both inside and outside the body. Therefore, a rest period between treatments is necessary to allow your body to build up natural healthy bacteria and for skin tissue to recover.  Be sure to avoid contact to eyes, the inner ear canal, and inside the nose.  Higher doses may cause blood thinning, so beware of drug interactions. oil of oregano is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

Being able to treat such a wide range of conditions, and very quickly, oil of oregano is a popular go-to in many natural practitioner’s wellness protocols. It certainly is in mine, especially this time of year with flu and cold season upon us. Drop me a line with your questions, how to order, or any other comments…