I thought that it would be a good idea to share with you 3 small notes on matters of importance.
1. Autoimmune Diseases
My wife suggested that I inform readers who have not read all the posts, that I am a doctor BUT NOT A DOCTOR OF MEDICINE. I am an economist who has been interested in issues of health for over 40 years.
I’ve just received an e-mail from a reader saying that she has decided to take up my suggestion on the “Comprehensive Elimination Diet” at the beginning of 2017. She has been struggling with MS for 10 years and medication hasn’t helped her at all. She found my blog searching the Internet.
It is things like this, that happen once in a while, which make one feel a sense of accomplishment and joy. This alone has made me feel that starting the blog was a great idea.
She is apprehensive about her doctor’s probable reaction to her dropping the medication, so I suggested she watch the following TV interview, which was aired on CNN Türk on Saturday, December 3. I hope she and all of you can get access to it and watch it.
It is about 4 hours long, but really worth every minute.
I know this is of interest to only my Turkish readers, and ask for my non-Turkish readers understanding.
The guests on the show, moderated by Deniz Bayramoğlu, were Prof. Dr. Canan Karatay and Dr. Ümit Aktaş. Remember the practitioners of “functional medicine” whom we referred to in the 3 autoimmune posts; well Prof. Karatay and Dr. Aktaş are PERFECT examples in Turkey.
* Don’t be fooled by non-gluten bread; there are other bad things in wheat like gliadin.
* Be very careful of vaccinations; make sure that vaccines do not have aluminum and mercury in them. Flue vaccines are not very effective.
* Don’t give up on healthy eating, say after 30 days; stick it out for a year. It took 9 months for a woman medical doctor to beat MS; her solution was a Paleo Diet.
* Both parents have to start eating properly before they decide to have a child. Obese mothers ruin the baby’s health.
* Have amalgam tooth fillings removed by dentists who know what they are doing. Did you know that heading the list of people with mercury toxicity are dentists and dental assistants?
Both of these functional doctors have written many books; make use of them. Dr. Aktaş’s last book gives healthy diets you can use. The classic Turkish breakfast is bread, cheese, olives and tea; the only thing healthy are the olives and, to some degree, the tea (unsweetened of course). So, instead of wondering what to eat for breakfast buy the book and see.
After a year of not eating grains, some of Dr. Aktaş’s patients apparently come back not to ask if they can start eating bread again, but to tell him how great they feel because of their grain free diet.
- GMO in Turkish Corn
An article was published in Turkey’s biggest daily newspaper, Hürriyet, on December 6, 2016, where a gentleman by the name of Rint Akyüz stated that there was no GMO Corn grown in Turkey. He is the chairman of The Association of Starch and Glucose Product.
His claim was based on Turkish legislation that supposedly contains strict punishment for offenders; like 5-year prison sentences.
A young friend from the company I used to work for told me the following after returning from a holiday from his village in the Black Sea region of Turkey. The chickens on their little farm were “free range” just like I was suggesting in my posts. I asked him what they fed the chickens, and he replied corn. The problem was that they couldn’t use this year’s crop to use as seeds for the next crop; they had to buy new seeds.
When corn is Genetically Modified, one of the MODIFICATIONS is the “installment” of a suicide gene, which forces you to buy new seeds every year.
The above is a personal experience, but given that globally 90 % of all corn contains GMOs, how could corn produced in Turkey contain no GMO?
A good example of how Big Agro is messing with global health.
Don’t eat corn and, if possible, don’t eat chickens fed corn, even if they are free range.
- Inflammation is associated with lower intelligence and premature death
This is what I was going to write about before I started watching the autoimmune diseases videos.
The above statement comes from Swedish scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
Dr. Hakan Karlsson, the lead researcher states that:
“Those with low-grade inflammation performed more poorly on standardized intelligence tests, even after excluding those with signs of current illness. Inflammation also predicted an increased risk of premature death.”
Inflammation and intelligence were measured at 18-20 years of age in nearly 50.000 young men, and deaths over the following 35 years were recorded.
As to a possible cause, Dr. Karlsson points to environmental factors during childhood.
Please re-read “Chronic Inflammation”, posted on September 9, 2016. Even though it is almost impossible to escape from most environmental factors, there are measures you can take to minimize the damage.
See you all next week.