Nutritional Wisdom

Various educational articles on nutrition from Chef Kevin

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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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.”

Healthy Holiday Eating

Unwrap The Gift of Health & Happiness This Holiday Season

It’s here again. The hectic holiday season is upon us with all the rushing around, eating out, shopping, decorating, entertaining, going to parties, and ALL THAT FOOD to tempt you every time you turn around. Throw in the added stress of managing it all and you have the perfect conditions for over-eating, gaining weight, and feeling like crap afterwards.

Some holiday traditions are great to hold on to, but not this one. Just because you’ve always suffered from the consequences of a turkey dinner coma and pumpkin pie overload you don’t have to suffer that way every year. These are just repeated behaviors that become normal through repetition, but these habits will, at some point, develop into serious health issues unless you get control of them. With some focus on what’s truly important (your own health & wellness), some helpful advice on ways to deal with the temptations of holiday bingeing, and positive self-talk to keep yourself on track, you can cruise into the New Year lighter in both mind and body. With some simple steps you can come through the next few weeks looking and feeling your best!

Setting Realistic Goals –

Many people resign themselves to gaining weight over the holidays and then trying, usually unsuccessfully, to lose it in the New Year. This doesn’t have to be the norm. You could certainly fall off the wagon and devour all the lobster dip by yourself, but the trick is not to beat yourself up over it too much. Moments of weakness are simply lapses of judgment that happen to EVERYONE now and then.

Realistically, if you can maintain an 80/20, healthy/not-so-healthy diet then you’re probably doing better than the other 80% of the population. If you overeat a bit occasionally it’s OK… just forgive yourself and move on! Don’t use this as an excuse to continue bingeing through the rest of the holidays. If you can be less hard on yourself, you are far less likely to continue down the path to gaining those extra pounds. Self-talk is the main factor to staying on track with ANY personal growth, so keep yours positive and supportive. Remember, you’re human, and allow yourself to make mistakes. 

The Gift of Being Present –

There is a practice I like to recommend to my clients that are considerably overweight and need to get control of their food consumption. It’s called mindful eating, which is the act of slowing down while you eat and focusing on the actual process of eating itself. It involves chewing slowly and thoughtfully instead of gobbling down food without enjoying the tastes and textures. This usually causes the person to appreciate their food more and most of the time reduces the amount they eat.

Looking at this process from a physical point of view, it allows your stomach to slowly stretch, which is one signal your brain uses to tell you you’re full and to stop eating. If we eat too fast, we override this and always eat far more than we should since your stomach doesn’t have time to send the signal to your brain for you to stop. Also, by eating too fast we stop our “fullness hormone”, leptin, from working, which is another neurological signal our brain uses to tell us we’re full. Over time, this conditions our body to stop producing leptin, and is one of the main reasons people become obese. By slowing down, and chewing thoughtfully your body can do what it is supposed to do… digest efficiently. 

Sugar Addiction –

Sugar and carbs are two of the worst culprits to watch out for when it comes to weight gain and low energy, and holiday treats are usually loaded with these. Cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, chocolates and candies are EVERYWHERE, and the temptation is the downfall of even the most health-conscious individual. When you consume these your blood glucose spikes and about 30 minutes later it crashes leaving you flat and looking for more. Also, sugar causes a neurological cascade of pleasure in your brain making you want more and more. Therein lies the trap of these addicting little morsels.

So, what’s a person to do? Abstinence isn’t always possible, but limitation is. Choose your battles wisely when it comes to these high-sugar, high-carb goodies and only have one or two of your very favorite and most irresistible of these, then move on. It’s harder than it sounds for many, but you’ll thank yourself once you get control of this addiction… and Yes, it is a true addiction.

If you can, opt for natural sweeteners when making treats and desserts, and low-carb as well. Substitute honey or maple syrup for refined sugars. Mashed bananas work well for sweetener in baked goods, as do pureed dates. Gluten-free flours are a good option to replace wheat products, but these can still raise blood glucose levels. Low-carb flours like coconut or almond are a couple ways to avoid this. If you focus on ketogenic or Paleo recipes you’ll find lots of natural healthier options to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Fats, The Good and the Bad –

Fats have always been looked at as causing most of the weight gain people experience, and since fats carry over twice the calories that either protein and carbs do some caution and portion control must be used when eating fattier foods. However, fats actually keep you feeling fuller longer since they take longer to digest than any other food, so will actually cause you to eat less over the run of the day IF you give them time to digest before grabbing for more snacks out of habit.

When it comes to fats, what kind you consume is as important, if not more so, as how much. Real, unprocessed fats are what your body needs, and focusing on getting ample Omega-3 fats into your diet is crucial. Our food system is overloaded with refined polyunsaturated oils such as soybean, canola and others that throw our bodies out of balance. Our bodies are designed to eat saturated fats such as butter, beef, chicken & pork fats, and coconut oil for a healthy immune system, our cardiovascular health, and brain function. We also need Omega-3 fats (also known as EFA’s or essential fatty acids) for the same reasons, which you can get from cold water fish such as salmon and sardines, flaxseed and some nuts such as walnuts. However, with all the polyunsaturated oils in our foods, and even worse, hydrogenated & trans fats, most people are deficient in these essential fats. Think real and unrefined and you’ll avoid most of these other unhealthy oils. 

Down-size Your Plate –

This is one of the oldest diet tricks in the book, but it really does work for those who need to get control of the amount of food they eat. Instead of taking a 9-inch (or larger) plate for dinner, choose a 7 or 8-inch one. One small step for eating less… a giant leap in gaining control of your food consumption.

For finger foods, use a small 6-inch appetizer plate and try to limit yourself to whatever comfortably fits on that plate. Making a tower of treats won’t help you eat less, so don’t pile things mile-high to fit on the plate. Keep this in mind… many one or two bite appetizers are about 60 calories each, so five of these equals 300 calories, which is about half of what dinner should be.

Saving It Up –

You’re going out for the evening and you know the food will be awesome, so you don’t have much to eat all day, choosing instead to save your appetite for the buffet. When you get there, you have a glass of wine on an empty stomach (which hits you like brick), and you then proceed to devour plate after plate because everything tastes so good. Been there? You’re not alone…

Avoid this recipe for disaster by eating normally throughout the day and have a small nutrient-dense snack before you head out. This will give the alcohol something to slow down its absorption and reduce your appetite so you’re not ravenous.

Carry Emergency Rations –

We’ve all been there. You’re out shopping and running around and lose track of time. Your belly reminds you though and starts to growl like a bear. To shut it up you grab for the first thing you see, which is usually easily available junk food since that stuff is EVERYWHERE.

Avoid this trap by carrying emergency rations in the form of healthy snacks. Maybe some fruit like apples or clementines; veggies like carrots, celery sticks, or broccoli florets; mixed nuts with dried fruit; or a quality energy bar. By packing a snack-pack whenever you’re out and about you will reduce the chances of eating junk and empty calories.

Choose Wisely –

No matter how much you try to avoid it, you WILL be tempted by mounds of whipped potatoes and Mom’s famous dressing. Instead of filling half your plate with these and that juicy turkey first (leaving little room for anything else), choose instead to fill half your plate with veggies first. Take a “reasonable” scoop of potatoes and dressing and then finish off your plate with protein. Cutting back on carbs, which both potatoes and dressing are, will help keep them from sticking to your ribs (and other unwanted places).

Be strategic when confronted by a finger-food buffet. It’s no sense filling up on things just because they’re there. Pick things you really like and leave the others alone. Whenever possible, choose raw veggies, marinated veggies like olives and pickles, fruit, and lean meats from appetizer trays. And again… use a small plate and don’t overload it. Sample small portions of the foods you want to try, then go back for a “bit” more of your favorites, using moderation as your mantra. 

The Alcohol Conundrum –

As with nearly everything, moderation is the key when it comes to alcohol, and within that, it depends on what kind you’re drinking.

Wines, and especially red wine, provide antioxidants and resveratrol and are good for most people at around one glass per day. Dark beers provide some B vitamins and enzymes, but are carb-heavy and carry about 150 calories per 12 ounce glass. Spirits and hard liquor are harder on you as they tax your liver to remove the alcohol which is actually a neurotoxin in your body. So less is best on these.

Along with alcohol providing additional and what are known as “optional” calories, it also reduces inhibitions, which in most cases cause you to eat more, something we usually don’t need help with.

If you want to reduce your alcohol consumption you can switch out some of your drink for sparkling juices or cider, or even add kombucha as an alcoholic drink replacement. Kombucha provides valuable probiotic bacteria and beneficial organisms to help with your digestion, increasingly important if you are eating things your body finds harder to break down. You can also simply have a glass of water in place of every second drink, which will help to flush your system and hydrate you, making “the morning after” much easier to face.

Organize to Avoid Stress –

As a long-time Chef and caterer, I am never without a well-detailed plan and organized lists to keep me on track as the event gets closer. It is the key to being successful and avoiding pitfalls, and I advise this for anyone planning an event of any size, even smaller dinners that you want to be extra special.

Prepare a schedule or timeline to organize your shopping and prep. Much of your cooking can probably be done a couple of days ahead, and maybe even weeks before and carefully frozen to be reheated. Anything you can do ahead without compromising the quality of the food saves you time and rushing around on the day of the event. Also, you may be able to take advantage of special pricing to save you money as well.

“Wrapping It All Up”…

The holidays can be stressful enough without adding more to your plate (literally). Following these tips will certainly help a lot, but simply remember to do your best and you’ll do fine. Relax and allow yourself to enjoy some of the goodies that usually only come around this time of year. Trying to maintain an extremely strict diet in the face of so much temptation will probably drive you a bit crazy, and chances are you’ll take somebody else with you along the way. No one is perfect, but by using some willpower, focusing on portion control, and avoiding the worst of the sugary/starchy foods you’ll still be merry and bright when it is all over for another year…

Have a “Super, Natural” Day!
Kevin

 

 

 

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…

All-Natural Flu Shot

Flu shot or no flu shot, that is the question…

It’s started again. By that I mean the mass media marketing campaign promoting this year’s pharmaceutical cocktail they call “The Flu Shot”. Thanks for the dire warnings, but I’ll pass, thank you. Why you might ask? Well, one reason is that I’m opposed to putting chemicals and dead viruses in my body for a 50% chance of avoiding the flu. The second reason is that I’ve got a secret weapon that works better than any flu shot, and YOU need to know about it.

First off, let me qualify this article by saying that this is not a recommendation for you to avoid getting the flu shot. It is my personal decision not to, based on my own research into alternative natural ways to enhance my innate immune system, which is the body’s own natural defense system. It is my opinion, and that of most natural practitioners, that a healthy, optimally functioning immune system is by far the best way to avoid getting seriously ill from germs, viruses and microbes. What follows is one of the best way to do so, based on solid scientific research…

My secret weapon is a naturally sourced immune modulator which acts to enhance the intelligence of your immune system, educating it about what to attack, and what to leave alone, which for the purpose of this article is the flu virus. This is NOT to be confused with an immune stimulator, as there is a huge difference between the two processes. Constant immune stimulation is actually dangerous for extended periods as it wears down your immunity by tiring it out from being on guard constantly. Modulation simply puts X-ray goggles on your immune response cells allowing them to see better, and then allows your immunity to function as it should in recognizing viruses and foreign antibodies and formulating its own attack mechanisms, including memorizing this for later use. This is especially important for things such as the flu virus and other infectious entities that can reoccur later, as your immune system needs to be able to recall the best way to deal with these.

The mechanism by which this works goes something like this. Every cell in your human body is covered with glycans, a layer called the glycocalyx. Since the immune system’s job is to patrol and inspect every cell in your body for antigens and harmful entities this glycocalyx layer will be continuously contacted when immune cells go about their business doing their job. At the very moment when an immune cell encounters a suspected problematic cell glycans on the surface of that cell activate a signal to help determine how immune cells will interact. By modulating the response to that signal we can enhance the efficiency of the immune system and create the best chance that it will do what it was designed to do… protect us from invaders.

So now that I have your attention, I’m sure you’re asking… OK, what is your secret weapon? Two words… Beta Glucan. In particular, Beta 1, 3-D Glucan, derived from the cell walls of baker’s yeast, which is the most effective immune modulator on the market. Of these, Transfer Point Glucan 300 has been scientifically proven to be the gold standard by which all others are measured. It is the most potent and pure of all beta glucans available on the market, and Transfer Point in the U.S. provides this product as Beta Glucan 300 to it’s American customers. Beta Glucan Canada has partnered with Transfer Point to provide these benefits to Canadian clients, and so I buy mine here .

Along with protection from viruses, supplementing with Glucan 300 has the unique ability to help with a host of chronic conditions through immune system modulation which helps the trillions of white blood cells throughout your body become smarter and more efficient. There have been thousands of studies showing this product can protect against infections, lower your cholesterol, lower blood sugar, reduce stress, increase your antibody production, heal wounds, help radiation burns,  overcome mercury induced immunosuppression (like thimerosal used as a preservative in vaccines), help with diabetes, and even naturally prevent oncogenesis (the development of cancer cells) and metastasis (the spreading of cancer itself).

Once beta glucan goes to work in streamlining the efficiency of the immune system, the body can then move toward homeostasis (balance), thereby allowing innate healing processes to begin. It is drug-free and affordable way to combat infection, reduce inflammation, and insure long-term health.

I always welcome your comments and questions. Feel free to contact me here for more info…

Top 10 Rules for Healthy Eating

Ever hear that saying that “less is more”. Well, there’s a lot of truth in that, especially when it comes to food & nutrition. There are many nutritional gurus that provide in-depth diet plans and spout nutritional advice that is both complicated to understand and also hard to follow. This is especially the case if you are just considering making changes in how you eat, and is often enough to discourage you from doing so. This is not what you need.

You also don’t need the latest diet fad. Studies have proven that these fad diets don’t work, and that nearly all of them cause people to actually gain their weight back (and more) because they are not sustainable in the long run. Their main purpose is “usually” to make the person that creates them fame & fortune.

The same goes for most of what you hear and read on the internet and in the media. Very little of this is actual researched information, and is only spread to sell “something”, whether that be a program, product, service, or simply traffic to a website for advertising sales. This “Nutritional Propaganda” is not the kind of help people need. They, and maybe you, need simple rules to follow and education on how to make them work in your life.

My approach to eating with wisdom is anything but complicated, and is really quite simple. I can, and will, delve deeper into each of these items in other posts in greater detail, but to give you an understanding of my personal nutritional philosophy, here are my top 10 rules for healthy eating:

  1. Eat whole, raw foods, as close to their natural state as possible.
  2. Buy organic whenever possible to avoid toxins and additives.
  3. Reduce or eliminate refined sugars and artificial sweeteners.
  4. Drink an adequate quantity of pure water daily.
  5. Eat a variety of nutrient-dense (not calorie-dense) healthy foods.
  6. Buy locally grown produce and ethically raised meats, or raise your own.
  7. Eliminate white flour, refined grains, and processed foods.
  8. Eat healthy fats, and insure you get enough essential fatty acids.
  9. Practice portion control based on your personal requirements.
  10. Enjoy what you eat. It isn’t just fuel for your body… it’s also food for the soul.

In a nutshell, that’s it! Don’t over-think it, and don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking this is too hard for you to do. By making gradual, simple changes you can be on the road to better health.

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Have a “Super, Natural” Day!
Kevin

Chef Kevin Wagner RNCP
Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner

Eating With Wisdom – Nutritional Consulting & Personal Chef Services
Bear River, NS
902-400-0430

“Healing With Whole Foods & Home Cooking!”