Monthly Archives: November 2014

Earthing Release Your Inner Hippy

Earthing is one of those subjects that at first glance has you wondering whether you might be pushing the limits of natural medicine just a bit too far. The more you think about earthing, however the more you realise that like our ideal eating habits, earthing is wrapped up in how we used to live and connect with the planet. We have lost the tendency to get literally in touch with the earth and hence electrically ground our bodies. Now scientific research is getting on board and showing that failure to ground our bodies surplus electrical current is quite possibly a health hazard. Blood viscosity and hence blood pressure have been shown to benefit from earthing.
The natural way to earth is to walk bare foot on gods given but of course this has practical obstacles to it, even in the height of summer. I have just invested in an earthing blanket which I now sleep on as a pillow. It is plugged into the bedside plug socket although only the earth prong is actually live so to speak. You do not have to have the socket switch on either so there is no chance of you hitting the Green Mile over night. A second bit of kit I have bought is an earthing mat. This works in the same way but is made of mouse matting type material and in fact I use it as a mouse mat so that I am earthed when using the PC.
The next question is does it work?. Well I have been sleeping better although I cannot make a call on blood pressure as I always seem to have good numbers there. I did however conduct a little experiment with my partner. As I mentioned before she suffers from high BP. I took a reading whist we settled down to watch a film. It came in at a usual 155 / 90. After 30 minutes in contact with the earthing mat her reading has dropped to 138 / 75. You might want to consider either or both, especially if you are a heavy PC user. The mat was £25 and the blanket about £50. There are plenty of videos on Youtube showing you how to make your own although you might want to sell the water bed first.
Here is a research article on grounding

Dark Chocolate No Guilty Pleasure

Copper deficiency has a huge impact on heart health and most USA and Brits are copper deficient. This has become a greater problem since copper content of dairy, vegetables and meats has declined since 1940 (in line with rises in HD funnily enough). In a human copper restriction trial a reduction from 1.38 miligrams per day to 1 milligram produced heart trouble in 4 of 23 subjects including one heart attack at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Centre.

So how can we get our copper consumption up to 2 milli per day. One good source is dark chocolate 85%+ cocoa. 30 grams of the stuff per day should do it (about 3 squares). Other good sources are Beef and Lambs liver, Cashew nuts, Oysters, Shitake mushrooms, Squid and Lobster.

Copper however should be kept in balance with Zinc, together they protect against Atherosclerosis. Zinc should be around 11 mill per day for men although some feel it should be 15 mill. Best food sources are Oysters, Beef and Lamb, Spinach, Cashew nuts, Mung beans and Mushrooms. So big argument for making Cashews one of your couch nibbles.

Article here about the Zinc Copper hypothesis

Dark chocolate is also a rich source of Magnesium, another ingredient we have steadily been losing in our diets and which deficiency contributes to heart disease. There are 327 mg in 100g of dark chocolate, that’s 82% of your daily requirement.

Ted Ex presentation by a dark chocolate researcher here

Also this research article covers the way LDL oxidisation is lowered by dark chocolate

Multi Vitamins are you wasting your money ?

Some interesting data here taken from the Womens Health Study (161,808 women followed). When Multi Vitamin supplementing was compared to individual vitamin supplementing the following negative impact values were found. (above 1.0 is negative below 1.0 is positive)

Multi Vitamin tablet 1.02

Vitamin A 0.99

Vit B6 1.04

Folic Acid 1.09

Vit B complex 0.93

Vit C 0.96

Vit D 0.92

Vit E 0.92

Calcium 0.83

Iron 1.03

Magnesium 0.97

Selenium 0.97

Zinc 0.97

The reasoning behind the multi vit poor performance was that the quantities of each vitamin were so low as to render them ineffective. This is in contrast to single vit tablets. Also if the various single vits can be relied upon to be statistically independant ( we do not know for sure) then combined usage would have multiplied effect eg VitE plus Vit D would be 0.92 x 0.92 = 0.84

Low Carb Evidence

The evidence supporting a low carb’ diet for health crops up time and time again in my reading and it popped up again as I was reading The Perfect Health Diet (Paul Jaminet). The nurses health study began in 1980 and tracked 98,462 women using a diet questionnaire. They were split it onto 10 equal groups based on carb’ consumption. The high carb’ decile consumed 58.8% carbs within their total diet with 26% fat. The lowest decile consumed 36.8% carb’s with 39.8% from fat. In general it was found that the low carber’s took less care of themselves in terms being smokers or engaging in exercise. Despite this the low carber’s were found over the years to have a 42% reduced chance of having a heart attack. Despite this the official line from heart organisation is to pursue a medium to high carb’ diet.
Are we designed for a high carb intake ?. No mammals eat a high carb’ diet in fact every mammal that has a diet rich in carb’s has a digestive tract that transforms some or all of the carb’s into fatty acids. If high carb is healthful why don’t animal digestive tracts allow hefty amounts of glucose to enter their bodies.
My own personal weight has nosedived during the last 18 months to 11st 5lbs from 13st 12lbs using a no sugar, low carb, no processed foods med’ style diet. Not doing too bad externally, hope that is mirrored internally.