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Archive for January, 2013

The Brain and Toxic Food: Part 2- Sugar

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Lately, researchers have been finding the association between sugar and mental illness.  Two recent studies, one in England and the other in the United States, are showing specific correlations between sugar and brain disfunction.  The first study in 2009 showed that sugar will stop the activity of a growth hormone in the brain called BDNF.  It further showed that sugar will promote chronic inflammation throughout the body.  Chronic inflammation will disrupt your immune system and promotes such diseases as: heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, and cancer.  In the brain it can promote depression, autism, schizophrenia and other brain disfunctions.  The second study in 2012, found a diet high in saturated fats and refined sugars causes the hippocampus of the brain to be unable to suppress unwanted thoughts- such as the need for high-calorie foods.  Individuals with these thoughts and needs find themselves later in life with obesity and diabetes 2.  Anyone with diabetes 2 has twice the likehood  of getting Alzeheimers disease and/or dementia.  I do not consider this a good reward for eating donuts, fried food, and processed food.

Unfortunately, in the United States, the population is not paying attention.  Consumption of processed foods and fast foods with high sugar content is increasing.  A new report on mental illness on adults concludes that one in 5 Americans aged 18 or older, had mental illness in the last year.  That number added up to 11.5 million adults with a serious mental illness last year.  With that many people with mental illness, is it any wonder that our society is in serious trouble.

The Brain and Toxic Foods: Part 1- Wheat

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

For years researchers have recognized the connection between the gastrointestinal involvement with neurological diseases.  Sadly the medical profession, as a whole, has paid little attention to this research.  As an embryo the brain tissue and the intestinal tissue are the same.  As the fetus develops the tissue differenciate into two separate systems.  However, the two systems are connected by the vagus nerve thereby connecting your brain to your stomach.  The brain and the stomach can work together resulting in one system affecting the other system.  Here is how it works:  if you are worried about something your stomach can become upset.  Or if you have a stomach or intestinal problem and you do not do anything about it, the stomach can become premeable and allow toxins to escape into the blood system.  Those toxins in certain individuals can pass the BBB (Blood Brain Barrier) and promote depression. Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses.  Children under 2 years old, are especially at risk with BBB.  They should NEVER be feed gluten or other toxic foods before the age of 2 to 3 years.  Their brains and stomachs are still developing.  Remember Autism starts showing up at around 2 years old.  This is a very important time in children’s life.

On reason wheat may cause mental illness and other diseases is the the suppresion of the substance serotonin by wheat.  Both the brain and stomach need sertonin to work properly.  Studies are showing scary results on rats that were deprived of serotonin in infancy.  Those rats lost the ability to learn or memorize- Permanently.  Please think before you give an infant or toddler wheat.