Carbs, How They Create A.G.E.s. Your ticket to Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer, Heart Disease and more

How Carbs Create A.G.E.s. Your ticket to Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer, Heart Disease and more

AGES are the single, most influential, factor in what ages us and
are responsible for a majority of the illness and disease that we live with today. Dr Perlmutter explains it much better in his book Grain Brain in chapter 4, starting on page 99, about Advanced Glycation End-productS.

According to Wikipedia;

“In human nutrition and biology, advanced glycation end products, known as AGEs, are substances that can be a factor in the development or worsening of many degenerative diseases, such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, chronic renal failure, and Alzheimer’s disease.[1]

Before we continue on with this post, a disclaimer: all paragraphs that are blocked in quotations marks, are all copied directly from Wikipedia, Grain Brain or Wheat Belly. I did this on numerous passages on this post for the purpose of expediency. I apologize; my time is too limited to deconstruct everything I use from those indispensable sources. With that said, it’s time to get started;

Wikipedia goes on to say,

“These harmful compounds can affect nearly every type of cell and molecule in the body and are thought to be one factor in aging and in some age-related chronic diseases. They are also believed to play a causative role in the blood-vessel complications of diabetes mellitus. AGEs are seen as speeding up oxidative damage to cells and in altering their normal behavior.”

The questions this conjures, is, what ever could cause these damaging substances? They’re a normal part of aging but what amplifies their behavior is a part of our diet that’s been with us forever, carbohydrates, plain and simple. I understand why this is hard for you to accept, so we’ll go through all of the effects they cause and look at what wheat and gluten play in each part.

AGEs have a range of pathological effects, such as:[25][26]

Oxidative stress is caused by “Glycation (sometimes called non-enzymatic glycosylation) is the result of typically covalent bonding of a protein or lipid molecule with a sugar molecule, such as fructose or glucose, without the controlling action of an enzyme.”

“Some AGEs are benign, but others are more reactive than the sugars they are derived from, and are implicated in many age-related chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (the endothelium, fibrinogen, and collagen are damaged), Alzheimer’s disease (amyloid proteins are side-products of the reactions progressing to AGEs),[8][9] cancer (acrylamide and other side-products are released), peripheral neuropathy (the myelin is attacked), and other sensory losses such as deafness (due to demyelination). This range of diseases is the result of the very basic level at which glycations interfere with molecular and cellular functioning throughout the body and the release of highly oxidizing side-products such as hydrogen peroxide.”

Of all the causes and effects, listed above, the two we’re going to look at are oxidative stress and cytokines. The primary reason I want to examine these factors is because, these two are responsible for what makes many carboholics look 70, when they’re actually only 55. So, let’s break down each part; we’ll start with cytokines. If you haven’t checked out what Wikipedia has to say about these destroyers of life, you should do so now, right now.

“Cytokines are a broad and loose category of small proteins that are important in cell signaling. They are released by cells and affect the behavior of other cells. Cytokines are produced by a broad range of cells, including immune cells like macrophages, B lymphocytes, T lymphocytes and mast cells, as well as endothelial cells, fibroblasts, and various stromal cells; a given cytokine may be produced by more than one type of cell.[1][2][3]

“They act through receptors, and are especially important in the immune system; cytokines modulate the balance between humoral and cell-based immune responses, and they regulate the maturation, growth, and responsiveness of particular cell populations. Some cytokines enhance or inhibit the action of other cytokines in complex ways.[3]

“They are different from hormones, which are also important cell signaling molecules, in that hormones circulate in much lower concentrations and hormones tend to be made by specific kinds of cells.”

“They are important in health and disease, specifically in host responses to infection, immune responses, inflammation, trauma, sepsis, cancer, and reproduction.”

“A key focus of interest has been that cytokines in one of these two sub-sets tend to inhibit the effects of those in the other. Dysregulation of this tendency is under intensive study for its possible role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune disorders.”

“Several inflammatory cytokines are induced by oxidative stress.[7][8] The fact that cytokines themselves trigger the release of other cytokines[9][10][11] and also lead to increased oxidative stress makes them important in chronic inflammation, as well as other immunoresponses, such as fever and acute phase proteins of the liver.”

If all this is the responsibility of cytokines, and cytokines are caused by oxidative stress, what does the oxidative stress play in this equation.

“Oxidative stress reflects an imbalance between the systemic manifestation of reactive oxygen species and a biological system’s ability to readily detoxify the reactive intermediates or to repair the resulting damage.”

“In humans, oxidative stress is thought to be involved in the development of Asperger syndrome,[2] ADHD,[3] cancer,[4] Parkinson’s disease,[5] Lafora disease,[6] Alzheimer’s disease,[7][8] atherosclerosis,[9] heart failure,[10] myocardial infarction,[11][12] fragile X syndrome,[13] Sickle Cell Disease,[14] lichen planus,[15] vitiligo,[16] autism,[17] infection,[18] and chronic fatigue syndrome.[19] However, reactive oxygen species can be beneficial, as they are used by the immune system as a way to attack and kill pathogens.[20] Short-term oxidative stress may also be important in prevention of aging by induction of a process named mitohormesis.[21]” 

If oxidative stress is bad for you in the long term and good for you in the short term, what about the short term benefits? We’ll come back beck to look at the short benefits of oxidative stress, after we look at what it does to you in the long run.

To summarize the above paragraphs from Wikipedia, long term oxidative can be deadly, but short term oxidative stress is beneficial.

The short term benefits of oxidative stress come mostly from exercise, but also from “curcumin from turmeric, green tea extract, silymarin (milk thistle), bacopa extract, DHA, sulforaphane (contained in broccoli), and ashwagandha”.

“Short-term oxidative stress may also be important in prevention of aging by induction of a process named mitohormesis.[21]” Short term oxidative stress also helps build up Nrf2 in your brain which can supercharge your production of antioxidants. “Activation of Nrf2 results in the induction of many cytoprotective proteins.”

“One of the areas where the concept of hormesis has been explored extensively with respect to its applicability is aging.[12][13] Since the basic survival capacity of any biological system depends on its homeodynamic (homeostatic) ability, biogerontologists proposed that exposing cells and organisms to mild stress should result in the adaptive or hormetic response with various biological benefits. This idea has now gathered a large body of supportive evidence showing that repetitive mild stress exposure has anti-aging effects.[14][15] Exercise is a paradigm for hormesis in this respect.[15] Some of the mild stresses used for such studies on the application of hormesis in aging research and interventions are heat shock, irradiation, prooxidants, hypergravity and food restriction.[14][15][16]Some other natural and synthetic molecules, such as celasterols from medicinal herbs and curcumin from the spice turmeric have also been found to have hormetic beneficial effects.[17] Such compounds which bring about their health beneficial effects by stimulating or by modulating stress response pathways in cells have been termed “hormetins”.[14] Hormetic interventions have also been proposed at the clinical level,[18] with a variety of stimuli, challenges and stressful actions, that aim to increase the dynamical complexity of the biological systems in humans.[19]

Exercise is the best way to induce mitohormesis. but it can be found in curcumin also, which can be found in turmeric, an important spice used extensively on the Indian subcontinent. This one little compound is so important in the proliferation of your antioxidants, that some drug companies, are trying to copy it with their own chemical versions, like, Tecfidera, oltipraz, Bardoxolone methyl, to name a few. It’s that important.

Calorie restriction is another way to build up your anti-oxidants. This will build up more anti-oxidants in you than what you  could ever drink. We’ll talk more about that later.

Effects in aging

“One of the areas where the concept of hormesis has been explored extensively with respect to its applicability is aging.[12][13] Since the basic survival capacity of any biological system depends on its homeostatic ability, biogerontologists proposed that exposing cells and organisms to mild stress should result in the adaptive or hormetic response with various biological benefits. This idea has now gathered a large body of supportive evidence showing that repetitive mild stress exposure has anti-aging effects.[14][15] Exercise is a paradigm for hormesis in this respect.[15] Some of the mild stresses used for such studies on the application of hormesis in aging research and interventions are heat shock, irradiation, prooxidants, hypergravity and food restriction.[14][15][16] Some other natural and synthetic molecules, such as medicinal herbs and curcumin from the spice turmeric have also been found to have hormetic beneficial effects.[17] Such compounds which bring about their healthy beneficial effects by stimulating or by modulating stress response pathways in cells have been termed “hormetins”.[14] Hormetic interventions have also been proposed at the clinical level,[18] with a variety of stimuli, challenges and stressful actions, that aim to increase the dynamical complexity of the biological systems in humans.[19]

“Epidemiological data suggest that individuals with a low calorie intake may have a reduced risk of stroke and neurodegenerative disorders. There is a strong correlation between per capita food consumption and risk for Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. Data from population-based case control studies showed that individuals with the lowest daily calorie intakes had the lowest risk of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.”

Because “calorie restriction has been demonstrated in a variety of laboratory models to induce Nrf2 activation”, it’s as important as the exercise. Nrf2 is a basic leucine zipper (bZIP) protein that regulates the expression of antioxidant proteins that protect against oxidative damage triggered by injury and inflammation.[2]

When calories are reduced in the diets of lab animals, they not only live longer, but also become remarkably resistant to the development of several cancers.” This is according to Dr Perlmutter, in Grain Brain. Calorie restriction is close to impossible when you are a carboholic, on a carbohydrate diet. Every two hours or so you need another infusion of glucose into your system, to keep you going. Your hunger cycles force you into this repetitive behavior. You really have little choice in it because of the drop in your sugar levels. A carboholic cannot stand the rigors and stress of fasting as easy as someone who’s been on a keto diet for of any length of time. This is one of the biggest reasons that I remain on my MCT keto diet

What else builds up Nrf2 in your brain? A diet high in fats, omega 3 fats in particular. MCT’s are the best. MCTs like coconut oil, and a diet low in carbohydrates. Why? To me, it’s simple, fats won’t glycate other fats. Glycation occurs when glucose mixes with lipoproteins (cholesterol). It’s sugars that glycate cholesterol. If, it’s the glycation of cholesterol that leads to most illness and diseases, and building up Nrf2 in your brain can help protect you from that glycation, why wouldn’t you want to build it up?

Dr. Perlmutter, says it better, in Grain Brain, of page 127 in chapter 5, where he explain the effect of antioxidant protection, and how we can generate more antioxidants, with our diet, than what we can ever ingest through drinking antioxidant beverages. He says, ”Several natural compounds that turn on antioxidant and detoxification pathways through activation of the Nrf2 system have been identified”, which we talked about above.

To summarize,

With all of these deadly consequences AGES offer, why do people still continue to eat carbs and continue to suffer the effects of dealing with the long term effects of these things?

Short term effects are really beneficial, like increasing your auto immune system by ramping up your antioxidant production, protecting from all of the above diseases. If abstaining from carbs can bring you some of the short term effects, again, I have to ask myself, why do people still continue to eat carbs and continue to suffer the the long term effects of these things?

But then, I know the answer, Addiction which is a good reason to visit Why the addiction is so hard to break.

Carbs, The Argument For Them

The Argument For Carbs

I hope you weren’t expecting to find another list of virtues and benefits that carbohydrates provide. I’m sorry. There really just isn’t enough of them to even start with. I looked for them and I found only one.

For a list, you need two. The only reason I could find, your brain needs glucose to function. Or, so it’s thought.

Normally your brain is accustomed to using glucose for fuel, yet it has the ability to run on ketones, something done while you body is in a state of ketosis.  According to Wikipedia, “While in ketosis, fat reserves are readily released and consumed.[5][7] For this reason, ketosis is sometimes referred to as the body’s “fat burning” mode.[8]

Part of your brain needs glucose to function. It can’t operate on ketones. When your brain needs this glucose, though, it can get it from your liver and muscles. This is called gluconeogenesis.

According to Dr, Perlmutter, on page 23 of his best seller, Grain Brain, “the body can manufacture glucose from fat or protein, if necessary through a process called gluconeogenesis”. Dr. perlmutter also has stated in one of his youtube videos, that he believes that the human body can live without any carbohydrate consumption at all.

Gluconeogenesis is a metabolic pathway that results in the generation of glucose from non-carbohydrate carbon substrates and takes place mainly in the liver and, to a lesser extent, in the cortex of the kidneys.”

“Most cells in the body can use both glucose and ketone bodies for fuel, and during ketosis, free fatty acids and glucose synthesis (gluconeogenesis) fuel the remainder.”

“Gluconeogenesis is often associated with ketosis. Gluconeogenesis is also a target of therapy for type 2 diabetes, such as the antidiabetic drug, metformin, which inhibits glucose formation and stimulates glucose uptake by cells.[4]

“Longer-term ketosis may result from fasting or staying on a low-carbohydrate diet, and deliberately induced ketosis serves as a medical intervention for intractable epilepsy.[6] In glycolysis, higher levels of insulin promote storage of body fat and block release of fat from adipose tissues, while in ketosis, fat reserves are readily released and consumed.[5][7] For this reason, ketosis is sometimes referred to as the body’s “fat burning” mode.[8]

“Studies have also shown promising results for neurodegenerative disorders (e.g. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases)[17] and epilepsy through the use of ketogenic dieting.[18][19]

What the paragraphs above say basically is, your body can live with out consuming glucose and that’s why Dr Perlmutter suggests that one can live without any carbohydrates in their diet at all. This is a process my body is truly blessed to have, an unending source of what little glucose my brain and body needs. Actually, your body can do better without carbohydrates, as the studies in the previous paragraph have shown.

I can now rest with the comfort of knowing that I don’t ever have to put this poison, carbs, in my body again. Ketosis is a magic state in which my body exists with only minimum amount of carbohydrates in the diet, so I don’t have to feed my fat factory.

For the last two years, last 6 months in particular, I’ve reduced the glucose level in my blood to levels which, in turn, have reduced the inflammation and pain in my body to levels so low, it’s kept my weight 15 to 20 pounds below my recommended weight, given me more energy, kept my emotions level, dropped my need for medication to zilch, and although I hinted at this before, allowed me to sit at my desk and work for 16 to 20 hours a day for the last four days, while only taking short brakes to nibble a few snacks. I’ve had no meals in the past four days. I had a total of 12 hour of sleep over the last three nights. The point I’m trying to make is that, being on a ketogenic diet will allow the body to go through the stress that I’ve been putting mine through. This is something that can’t be done, on a diet high in carbohydrates. This is something that can’t be done on a carbohydrate diet at all, especially if those carbohydrates include grains. It’s that simple, carbs kill because sugar kills. And they’re best at killing energy. All this is due to there addictive nature. You need to break this addiction to free yourself from being their slave.

Carbs, My Life Without Them

My Life Without Carbs

This is the best part of my journey, getting to share with you, all of my experiences, since I first gave up this horrid food. My first impulse is to think, I can’t say enough about the benefits I’ve received and experienced from being on this ketogenic diet. But, I’m going to try to lay out as many of them as I can, explaining how it’s benefited me, and more importantly, how I can save money by allowing those benefits to continue, by remaining on my keto diet. This, to me, is the most important part, of why I’m doing this.

Carb vs Low Carb diet
Carb vs Low Carb diet

The first benefits I received, I hinted to in my last post, so I’ll list those “enlightenment feelings” that I first felt, here also. I call them  enlightenment  feelings, because of the weight they lifted off my shoulders, when I suddenly realized that I had complete control of my weight. And because I had complete control of my weight, I had much better control  of my health. It actually took about a month for the enlightenment to come. But once it came, I knew it, and I knew it firmly. It may have been the most liberating experience I’ve felt since I rode my motorcycle from coast to coast, border to border, and then some. But, that was 35 years ago before my severe closed head injury changed my life.

After spending 29 years gaining weight, from a relatively sedentary life, after living with hemiplegia for 29 years from the two strokes I had in 1984, after living with chronic pain for 20 years (pain bad enough it became nauseous at times), after more than twelve years of opioid medication to fight the pain, along with antidepressants, and a multitude of other drugs and supplements meant to counteract the side effects of the opioid medication (weight gain, constipation, dull senses, growing dumber each day, prostate enlargement and too may others to list here), after countless acupuncture sessions, after more nerve blocks than I ever should have had, after searching for any drug, any device – mechanical or electrical – every therapy, and even after researching all surgical options, I’d had enough.  The opioids did nothing but make me fat, lazy and stupid, and I just couldn’t take it anymore. I decided 2 years ago, that I was going to stop eating bread, and that was it. I was still going to keep eating other carbs, but I wasn’t going to eat bread, or anything that had any type of “bread product” in it. I told my family that, and I don’t think they believed me. I really don’t think any one in my family thought that I could re-arrange my lifestyle, to allow for this change in behavior. I call it a change in behavior, because that’s what it actually is. It take’s a change in your behavior, to fully give up carbs. This change in behavior has been so beneficial for me, that I don’t know if I can explain all the benefits here, and still keep this post to less than 2000 words. But I’ll try.

You have to know this! The biggest benefit I received right off the bat (after about a month), was the weight loss I experienced, that I could not achieve, while I was eating carbs. I not only had lost the 10 lbs I was overweight, I lost another 10 lbs on top of that. I could do things, all of a sudden, that I couldn’t do since before my brain injury, 31 years prior. This actually brought about a new life in me. I’m not tired all the time like I use to be. Although I can (and do sometimes), work all day long on an empty stomach, I’m not hungry. Yes I feel the hunger pangs, but they’re so easy to ignore, that after a few seconds they disappear, and I don’t feel them anymore. That, in my estimation, is the greatest gift this diet has given me. My ability to go hour after hour after hour after hour, sometimes up to 16 hours, if I need to, without eating and most importantly without running out of energy. What a blessing this diet has been for me. Thank you Dr Perlmutter. You’ll never believe how much money I save, by not going down the bread aisle at the grocery store, anymore, or the pasta aisle anymore. Staying out of the bakery has probably saved me the most money. I know it’s done more to save my life and preserve my health than it’s saved me in money, that I would have spent on groceries. The benefit it’s been for my health is truly unsurpassable, to say the least.

Let’s go through a few of these benefits that I’ve experienced starting approximately 23 months ago;

  1. Weight lifted off my shoulders  This was the feeling I first had when I realized that I was in full control of my weight and henceforth, my health. As I said before, this was the most liberating experience I’ve ever felt since my coast to coast motorcycle ride. What an exhilarating experience, I hadn’t felt that alive, like I said, in 35 years. All of my senses were growing keener, my capabilities were expanding at what felt like an exponential rate. I couldn’t believe it. I felt like shouting from the rooftops. I’m not the only one this has happened to. It happened to one of my best friends, who went on a keto diet to help him with his high PSA levels, failing kidney functions, deep vein thrombosis and the threat of cancer after having a kidney removed due to a tumor on it. His keto diet had allowed him to drop his medication list from 23 medications to 14, in the first 6 months. He’s since dropped his medication list down again to 8 medications. He tells me, he’s blowing his doctors away, because none of them are familiar with the benefits of this diet. He’s teaching them.
  2. More Energy is quite possibly the biggest benefit I’ve experienced. I honestly know what it’s like to run efficiently, on empty. This was a feeling that was completely foreign to me, prior to my transformation. I’ve never been able to keep going, like this before, on an empty stomach. And I do it day after day after day, never losing energy or stamina. My energy levels have risen to the extent, that I often work 18 hour days with few breaks and only one meal, that I nibble on throughout the day the day. I seldom have to stop just to eat. I only do so after being reminded, that I need to put something in my body, to keep it going. I some times get, strange feeling the hunger pangs without feeling hungry. I tell myself to embrace this feeling, because when this happens, I’m setting my brain up for future growth. Yes, I said that right,
  3. Brain growth. Studies have shown, that the fatter you are the smaller your brain is, and it only diminishes in size the fatter you grow. Studies have also shown that the thinner you are the larger your brain is, and often the exact opposite occurs, the thinner you are, the larger your brain is allowing you to enjoy the benefits of not only having a larger brain, but being able to use it. This has to do with the production of BDNF. BDNF, is what sets your brain up to allow it to grow, which you can find out more in Grain Brain. “Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, also known as BDNF, is a protein[2] that, in humans, is encoded by the BDNF gene.[3][4] BDNF is a member of the neurotrophin family of growth factors, which are related to the canonical Nerve Growth Factor. Neurotrophic factors are found in the brain and the periphery”, according to Wikipedia. “BDNF has also demonstrated to increase the body’s natural antioxidant defenses by boosting enzymes and molecules that are important in quenching excessive free radicals”, as reported by Dr Perlmutter. As I mention directly below, the hungrier you can go, the more BDNF your body can produce, as calorie restriction increases the production of this brain growth protein/antioxidant booster. Not only calorie restriction enables its production, but exercise also activates the production of this protein, making exercise as important as a good keto diet, to allow the body, to build this protein up in your system. This is what, initially, allowed our hunter-gatherer ancestors, to succeed in the animal world, where other mammals couldn’t keep up with them, in their evolutionary cycle. By running after game and from predators, their exercise worked to build up their brains and mental powers. This in return allowed modern man to evolve into what we’ve evolved into, a mammal intelligent enough to build the world we live in today and allows us to look into space for the future. I can see how this BDNF in my system, has allowed me to complete these posts in the time in which I’ve written them.
  4. Build up of my immune system. As important as the BDNF, is to brain growth, it’s also an important antioxidant, which is what protects our cells from oxidative damage. Nrf2  is another antioxidant, important to cellular protection. Nrf2 is as important to cellular protection as BDNF is to brain growth. Nrf2 is a basic leucine zipper (bZIP) protein that regulates the expression of antioxidant proteins that protect against oxidative damage triggered by injury and inflammation.[2]. Several drugs that stimulate the NFE2L2 pathway are being studied for treatment of diseases that are caused by oxidative stress. Not surprisingly, calorie restriction has been demonstrated in a variety of laboratory animals to induce Nrf2 activation”, said Dr Perlmutter in his book Grain Brain, meaning the hungrier you can stay, the more you’ll build up this important antioxidant protein. And of course, having the ability to increase the amount of this antioxidant in your system, is only going to improve your life, by cutting down on the amount of time you present an illness or disease and that means less trips to your doctor. What more can you ask for? I don’t experience headaches anymore, I don’t experience colds or the flu as often as I did before, I just don’t get sick as much as I used to. Even the mucous in my sinuses has abated, not making me blow my nose as much as I used to. This alone has help cut back on the sinus headaches to the point, to where I only need an aleve for a headache about once every 2 or 3 months. This is something I could never experience while on my high carb diet. Living without  as much illness and disease, can save me countless dollars, that I would otherwise waste, just trying to either cure my ailments or even just live with the diseases that I would inevitably have, if I were to remain on a carbohydrate diet. We all know how cheap it is, not to get sick,
  5. Pain Control could be the next best thing that’s happened to me. My pain levels have continuously and steadily abated, from the high levels they were at, when I was eating carbs. This reduction in pain has opened up even more doors for me, as it’s easier to exercise harder, giving me a greater benefit from my workouts, not only for my body, but for my brain as well. being able to take advantage of a harder workout allows my body to build greater amounts of BDNF in my system, allowing my system to better regulate the oxidation to my cells that contribute to my pain by not allowing inflammation to infiltrate my body. The inflammation, is caused, directly, by eating a high carbohydrate diet. Cut the Carbs Cut the Inflammation. Cut the medical expense. It’s that simple.
  6. Stabilization of Emotions. This is the most important factor of this diet, as far as everyone who interacts with me on a daily basis knows,  I now don’t lose my temper as often. I don’t get frustrated as often, I don’t have the mood swings that I used to have, from the fluctuations in my blood glucose. That’s something that only happens on a high carb diet. On low carb diets, they’re virtually non-existent. I often wish that this information had been known 31 years ago. I wonder if it had, would a better diet had enabled me, to speed my healing, 31 years ago? I knew, then, that whole grains were good for me, because it was professed everywhere I went. Even though a good portion of these studies were available of examination at that time, few doctors, specialists, or nutritionists knew of them, because of the suppression of the studies. Who suppressed them and why, is going to take up, probably, multiple posts, to completely untangle that quagmire. The fact remains, that I am much more even tempered now, simply because my blood sugars don’t fluctuate, because I have virtually no blood glucose in my system. My system runs on fat and ketones, because fat, is more than 200% more efficient than carbs. Is it any wonder, that you have to eat so many of them, to get just half the energy out of them? My body runs so much better on this “high octane” fuel, that I save money every time I don’t go out to eat, because I won’t eat what they want to feed me. I have to be very careful when I dine out, and you should too, because restaurants know the cycle that bread puts your through, how it makes you hungry just after you eat it, because of the fluctuations in your blood sugars. That’s why they’re happy to give you a bread basket, as soon as your seated. They’re often taken with the hostess as she seats you, because they know that those rolls, biscuits, bread, or any other of a myriad of sugar destabilizers, are going to make you order more when you waitress or waiter comes to take it. More than saving money from not eating at restaurants, I save money every time I go to the grocery store, which actually, I’m visiting much less these days (and that saves me even more money). But this point begs the question, who shelved these studies, so the medical community any even more importantly, the FDA, who structures our food guidelines, that tell us what’s healthy to eat and what’s not, couldn’t even look at the data? Why didn’t they deem this information that important? Could it have been the involvement of the crop seed companies, who sell their crop seed to farmers to grow it? Cold it have been the grain industry? Could it have been the restaurant industry? Could it have been the bread industry? In all probability, it was all of them. Again this is something that I will have to address in another post. (It will probably take multiple posts.)
  7. Liberation From Corporate Control  This will probably be the most important aspect of this diet, in my life, going forward. The freedom I will be able to experience, because I’m not a slave to those pesky carbs, has more to do with corporate control than most of us want to realize. By controlling the amount of sugar they put in our diet, they can control out buying habits. Who hasn’t been addicted to chocolate? The reason they addict you to chocolate is, so you’ll buy more. They do it with chocolate, they do it with all candies, all breads, all pastas, all cereals, all forms of alcohol, even all juices and soft drinks, they want you addicted to this huge cash cow, because that’s the nature of the business they’re in. They make a consumable product, that’s so sweet and tasty, people everywhere will love it and buy it, and they don’t even have to put anything extra in it to make it addictive, because it already is, due to it’s massive sugar content. Again this gets into the concern of control, in these industries. What are their motives? Is their motivation little more than greed? Do they know, how they feeding the obesity epidemic, which feeds the diabetes epidemic, which feeds the dementia epidemic and also feeds the cancer epidemic, the cardio-vascular epidemic, the arthritis epidemic, the gastro-intestinal epidemic, the headache (migraine, sinus and stress) epidemic, and the Celiac disease that exists in the thousands of us? They obviously feed this food to their families, because they get just as sick as the rest of those who remain on a carb diet. This tells me that they don’t know what they’re forcing the world to live on and the consequences of living on it. I honestly think that all farmers, think that they are serving the world a purpose by growing this grain, for us. I honestly don’t believe that they know just how dangerous it really is. They can’t, and still grow it. So it must be, that they’re being lied to, to continue to grow it. After all this is what keep the money coming in.
  8. Freedom From Illness and Disease I know I touched on this before, in point 4 when I talked about the tremendous boost my in immune system, but I have to re-iterate how much benefit this one factor alone, has granted me. Not getting sick has to be the single best thing I can do for my body. It frees up so much time, that it’s not even funny. Not getting sick allows me to always be at the gym every day I need to go. This allows me to build up that BDNF, that’s so important in helping me to expand my mental capabilities. It also help me to re-inforce my auto-immune system, by building this same protein along with the rdf2 that also builds up my anti-oxidants. These two gems allow me to stay healthier, keeping me clear of the doctors office, except for routine wellness visits. The savings in money not spent is quite substantial. The fact of the matter is, that I already have too much wrong with me for anything else to go awry. I can’t afford to aggravate the problems I still have, the high blood pressure (even though I control it with my keto diet), chronic pain, hemiplegia, severe BPH (due to medications I was on for over 12 years), that all began with the severe closed head injury that I’ve learned to deal with, for 31 years. With all of these “pre-existing” conditions, left over from when I was on a carb diet, I can’t afford to acquire any more. The beauty is, I’m continuing to diminish my afflictions, instead of aggravating them, simply because of my MTC keto diet. One of the biggest improvements I had right off the bat, was the end to the acid indigestion, stomach cramps, and headaches. All of these were manifestations of the wheat I was eating. But they’ve been gone for so long now, that I forgot all about them, until 2 hours after I initially published this post. That’s why I had to add these last few lines. to this post.  (That’s the pleasure of writing a blog, you get to add to it, any time you wish, after all, it is a blog).
  9. No mucous My nose doesn’t get stuffed up any more. It doesn’t even get congested, unless of course I let some wheat or grains into my diet the day before. I use to wake with a stuffed nose everyday. Now I don’t. I used to get sinus headaches. Now, I don’t. I always had problems breathing through my congested sinuses. Now, I don’t. That means no sinus headaches, no congestion, no sniveling. And no, I don’t suffer colds anymore.
  10. Less Sweat I sweat a lot less now than what I used to in the past. I think this is because I have much less fat on my body. My fat percentage is 16% which is in the excellent range for my age, 62. Because of this, I don’t experience the thirst that I used to when I was carrying all that fat.

I’ve tried to keep this chapter under 2000 words, but it looks like that’s not going to be possible, but a few more words to express the wonders that this diet has brought to my body, should be set forth here, before I close out this edition of this series.

In my life, I’ve never had as much energy as what I do right now. I just got my blood work back earlier this week and after discussing my diet with my doctor, to make sure, everything I’m doing is safe and productive.  All my blood tests have come back with results like I’ve never seen before. My high blood pressure is a thing of the past. My cholesterol levels, although being high (which is what I want), are better balanced than they’ve ever been in my entire life (high HDL, low LDL and VLDL). All of the panels requested, in my blood work, were as normal as they’ve ever been. My doctor aid, after seeing my results from my blood work, ” whatever you’re doing, is good. Keep it up.

I still have high blood pressure because I’ve been diagnosed with it in the past, I’m just controlling it with my diet. How easy this control, is! When my blood pressure was checked the other afternoon around 3PM (when your blood pressure is often the highest), it was 120/60, which  is the benchmark of normal blood pressure. You just can’t get results this good on a carbohydrate diet. They’re only possible on a low carb diet. They’re even more possible on a MCT ketogenic diet like the one I’m currently on. If this kind of a diet could to this for me, with all the health problems that I’ve had, can you imagine what it could do for you? The only way you’ll know, is if you try it out. I can make you this guarantee, that you will experience most all of the same benefits, that I’ve experienced, if you were to transform you diet into a high fat, low carb diet. Anyway you look at it, it’s a win, win, win situation, for anybody who has the courage to accomplish it. One month is all you need to see results! Why don’t you, then, give it a try? Or are you still holding on the the fallacy that you must eat carbs, if so, you need to see this.

The Payoff of Life Without Carbs.

The Payoff of Life Without Carbs.

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How often have you ever felt like you just couldn’t control yourself? How many times have you ever felt like someone or something  else was pulling your strings? How often have you ever felt like your emotions and decisions were under the control of someone or something else? How comfortable did it make you feel? You knew you shouldn’t be feeling this way, but you just couldn’t help it. It’s like you’re almost you were being forced to do something you know that you shouldn’t be doing.
hormones-influencing-moods-behavior-34340251You’re not alone. This happens to almost everybody (except for those on a low carbohydrate diet). It’s the nature of addiction. When this happens, that’s your hormones talking to you. Your hormones are the governing agents in your body. Beside dictating almost every function in your body, they dictate when you’re hungry and when your not. They also dictate how much to eat and when to stop. Being a high carbohydrate diet turns control of your hormones over to the food you’re eating instead of keeping it under your control.

time-to-think-creative-brain-idea-concept-background-flat-design-perfect-poster-flyer-presentation-brochure-vector-45489158This is the biggest benefit of living a life without carbs’ influence on your body. It begins to manifest itself when hormones come back under your control and not that of your high carbohydrate diet.
Once carbs are out of the equation, and no longer influencing your hunger hormones (Leptin and Ghrelin), that leaves the door open, for you to control your own hormones and thereby control how these hormones work within your body. The two most important hormones, as far as hunger and your body mass are concerned, are Leptin and Ghrelin.

hormones-list-ghrh-papers-tablet-words-growth-hormone-releasing-hormone-medical-concept-55856070Leptin and Ghrelin are the two hormones that regulate your digestive system, by telling you when you’re hungry and when you’re not, so that’s what we’re going to look at in this post.

According to Nora T. Gedgaudas, an acclaimed nutritional therapist, “Leptin essentially controls mammalian metabolism.”Leptin decides whether to make us hungry and store more fat or to burn fat. When your stomach is full, fat cells release leptin to tell your brain to stop eating. This is your body’s brake for the fork to mouth syndrome. Dr Perlmutter goes on to say in Grain Brain that “millions of Americans qualify as bona fide members of the leptin-resistant club. It’s practically a given if you’ve been eating a high carb diet and don’t sleep well. A few of the signs of leptin resistance; being overweight, unable to lose weight and keep it off, constantly craving comfort foods, fatigue after meals, feeling hungry all the time or at odd hours of the night, desire to snack right after a meal, problems sleeping to name a few. For the complete list, read Grain Brain. Leptin resistance is not a condition to strive for. Its leptin resistance that leads to overeating and it’s a very common condition while on a high carbohydrate diet.

Leptin is the hormone that tells you when to stop eating. It’s called the satiety hormone, but that’s not what’s interesting about Leptin. What’s interesting about Leptin is that it’s created  by your body fat. That means, the more body fat you have, the more Leptin you’ll have. The more Leptin you have, the more resistant to it’s charm you become, meaning that you become Leptin resistant. This means that you eat more food because your hunger takes longer to satiate. This in turn will turn you insulin resistant and that, you don’t want. That’s type two diabetes and it’s bad news.

According to Wikipedia; “Although leptin reduces appetite as a circulating signal, obese individuals generally exhibit a higher circulating concentration of leptin than normal weight individuals due to their higher percentage body fat.[9] These people show resistance to leptin, similar to resistance of insulin in type 2 diabetes, with the elevated levels failing to control hunger and modulate their weight. “

It’s this Leptin resistance that gives control of your hormones over to the foods your eat most, high carbohydrate wheat and grains.

It’s this cycle of carb-fat-hormone control that causes obesity, diabetes and the myriad of other illnesses and diseases that come this high carb diet.  It starts with the plaque that the combination of glucoses and fat , cholesterol and protein have when they combine in your blood stream. There are several kinds of plaque that all have damaging effects on the body and it starts with excess glucose in your blood.

It’s this cycle also, that contributes more than anything else, to a smaller brain, Studies have shown that obese people have smaller brains than normal weight people. These studies have also shown that the fatter you are, the smaller your brain is likelier to be.

Although that doesn’t, in itself, explain why your brain shrinks when you’re fat. How you metabolize carbs explains how that  happens along with the effect of the excess sugar in your blood stream. When sugar meets fat, cholesterol and protein in the blood stream, the sugar glycates the fat, cholesterol and proteins in your blood, turning them into plaques. It’s these plaques that gums up your arteries as well as your brain, therein shrinking its capabilities. On top of that, the gliadin that’s in the gluten, that’s in many grains, has the capability of causing brain damage itself, by forcing your body to create anti-gliadin antibodies, which in turn can attach themselves to purkinje cells in your cerebellum enabling that cell useless, which is then discarded by the brain. Hence, brain damage and smaller brain from eating wheat and grain based products.

Dr William Davis in Wheat Belly, says: “The antigliadin antibodies triggered by gluten can bind to Purkinje cells of the brain, cells unique to the cerebellum. Brain tissue such as Purkinje cells do not have the capacity to regenerate: Once damaged, cerebellar Purkinje cells are gone . . . forever.

Ghrelin, on the other hand, is the hormone that signals your brain that you’re hungry. According to Dr Perlmutter, Ghrelin is the yin to leptin’s yang. This hormone is secreted by the stomach when it’s empty and increases your appetite. As much as leptin tells you to stop eating, Ghrelin is the one that tells your, brain it’s time to eat.

Ghrelin is first and foremost a growth hormone, as well as a hunger hormone, but it also serves many other functions. These functions include, but are certainly not limited to, the following attributes (according to Wikipedia);

  • “Ghrelin promotes intestinal cell proliferation and inhibits apoptosis during inflammatory states and oxidative stress.[49][50] It also suppresses pro-inflammatory mechanisms and augments anti-inflammatory mechanisms, thus creating a possibility of its therapeutic use in various gastrointestinal inflammatory conditions, including colitis, ischemia reperfusion injury, and sepsis.[51][52] Animal models of colitis, ischemia reperfusion, and sepsis-related gut dysfunction have been shown to benefit from therapeutic doses of ghrelin.[51][52] It has also been shown to have regenerative capacity and is beneficial in mucosal injury to the stomach.[53]
  • “The hippocampus plays a significant role in neurotrophy: the cognitive adaptation to changing environments and the process of learning[58][59] and it is a potent stimulator of growth hormone.[11] Animal models indicate that ghrelin may enter the hippocampus from the bloodstream, altering nerve-cell connections, and so altering learning and memory. It is suggested that learning may be best during the day and when the stomach is empty, since ghrelin levels are higher at these times. A similar effect on human memory performance is possible.[58]
  • “Although the vast majority of neurons in the mammalian brain are formed prenatally, parts of the adult brain (for example, the hippocampus) retain the ability to grow new neurons from neural stem cells,[citation needed] a process known as neurogenesis. Neurotrophins are chemicals that help to stimulate and control neurogenesis.”

Looking at the attributes above, Ghrelin not only supports anti-inflammatory mechanisms, but it’s this last attribute that sets it apart from all the other benefits that this diet provides, as it promotes neurotrophins in the brain which in turn help the brain to produce new cells. In other words it makes the brain grow. That means that going hungry turns on factors in your brain that actually make it grow. BDNF is just one of these neurotrophins that I talk about on the MY Life Without Carbs page. There are a few others you can find out about at the previous link.

hormones-list-ghrh-papers-tablet-words-growth-hormone-releasing-hormone-medical-concept-55856070So Ghrelin not only tells when to eat, it also inhibits cell death, it helps control pain and disease by controlling anti-inflammatory mechanisms as well as encouraging our brain to grow by encouraging neurogenesis, the growth of new brain cells. It’s this one factor that intrigues me the most. This means that I can grow new brain cells, something that I thought was lost 30 years ago after my severe closed head injury. I didn’t used to think that brain cells couldn’t grow back, when in all actuality, they’re growing all the time, through neurogenesis, (at least for those who want them to grow).

The question, therein lies, how do we encourage this neurogenesis? I hinted to that in the previous paragraphs and Ghrelin plays an important role in it. But something else just as important, influences brain growth, and that’s exercise.

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Our ancestors ran for their food in primitive times as well as ran for their lives. It was this action (exercise) that allowed our brains to grow as large as they dud. We could not only run hungry, we could run longer and harder because of the diet we were on, as a species at that time (carbs weren’t part of our diet at then). But they are now. What’s worse? They’re in our diet in abundance. And what’s even, worser yet, is that we live a sedentary life style, and it’s this life style coupled with an insatiable appetite for high carbohydrate foods that’s causing this obesity epidemic as well as diabetes epidemic, cancer epidemic, gastro-intestinal epidemic, heart disease epidemic, and that of all of the other diseases that go with it. This to me is the most ablolute worst thing that this food is doing to our society, it’s making us dumber.

High carbohydrate diet + sedentary life style = obesity, smaller
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Low carb diet + exercise = longer life, bigger, smarter brain and better immunity to fight off illness and disease.

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This one attribute, in my estimation, is the most important attribute of eating a low carb diet. Dr Perlmutter puts it this way, the fatter you are the smaller your brain. And what we’ve just looked at proves that. It also proves that the thinner you are the larger your brain is likely to be.

To me, that says, those who can’t break their addiction to the carbohydrate curse, are destined to be dumber than those who can break this addiction. The writing of this entire blog in the last three weeks, has proven this fact to me, that it is possible to expand our brains as well as the capabilities of our brains. Thank you Dr. Perlmutter for helping me to realize and understand this. And with this blog, compared to the length of time it took me to write my short bio, I think I’ve proven that.

Studies have shown that calorie restriction in the elderly has improved their memories, as evidenced by this study; A. V. Witte, et al., “Caloric Restriction Improves Memory in Elderly Humans,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106, no. 4 (January 27, 2009): 1255–60, The gene that turns on BDNF is activated by a variety of lifestyle habits, including physical exercise, caloric restriction, following a ketogenic diet, and the addition of certain nutrients like curcumin and the omega-3 fat DHA. According to Dr Perlmutter, exercise as well as calorie restriction creates BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor). BDNF is a protein that actually builds new neurons in your brain and makes them work together, by setting them up in neuro networks. It also works well protecting existing neurons, as evidence by the study above. It’s more influential in building your brain, than anything else and it’s difficult for an obese person to manufacture.

This is what Dr Perlmutter talks about, when he mentions that you can control this neurogenesis (brain growth),  He explains in his book Grain Brain;

“The process, as one might expect, is controlled by our DNA. Specifically, a gene located on chromosome 11 codes for the production of a protein called “brain-derived neurotrophic factor,” or BDNF. BDNF plays a key role in creating new neurons. But beyond its role in neurogenesis, BDNF protects existing neurons, ensuring their survivability while encouraging synapse formation, the connection of one neuron to another—a process vital for thinking, learning, and higher levels of brain function. Studies have demonstrated decreased levels of BDNF in Alzheimer’s patients, which, based on an understanding of how BDNF works, should not come as a surprise.  What is perhaps more surprising is the association of BDNF with a variety of neurological conditions, including epilepsy, anorexia nervosa, depression, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. We now have a firm understanding of the factors that influence our DNA to produce BDNF. And fortunately, these factors are mostly under our direct control. The gene that turns on BDNF is activated by a variety of lifestyle habits, including physical exercise, caloric restriction, following a ketogenic diet, and the addition of certain nutrients like curcumin and the omega-3 fat DHA.”

This is where it really gets good. You begin to experience the full effect of what exercise, combined with calorie restriction and a ketogenic diet, can do for you.

You get a fully charged immune system that keeps you healthy, wealthy and disease free.

Dr Perlmutter goes on to say in Grain Brain;

“Fortunately, and as one would expect, human physiology has developed its own biochemistry to create more protective antioxidants during times of high oxidative stress. Far from being entirely dependent on external food sources of antioxidants, our cells have their own innate ability to generate antioxidant enzymes on demand. High levels of free radicals turn on a specific protein in the nucleus called Nrf2, which essentially opens the door for the production of a vast array of not only our body’s most important antioxidants, but also detoxification enzymes. So if excessive free radicals induce better antioxidant production through this pathway, then the next obvious question is, what else activates Nrf2?”

“Now this is where the story gets really exciting. New research has identified a variety of modifiable factors that can turn on the Nrf2 switch, activating genes that can produce powerful antioxidants and detoxification enzymes. Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Ling Gao has found that when the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA are oxidized, they significantly activate the Nrf2 pathway. For years researchers have noted decreased levels of free radical damage in individuals who consume fish oil (the source of EPA and DHA), but with this new research, the relationship between fish oil and antioxidant protection is now clear. As Dr. Gao reported, “Our data support the hypothesis that the formation of… compounds generated from oxidation of EPA and DHA in vivo can reach concentrations high enough to induce Nrf2-based antioxidant and… detoxification defense systems.” “Not surprisingly, calorie restriction also has been demonstrated in a variety of laboratory models to induce Nrf2 activation”.

“Several natural compounds that turn on antioxidant and detoxification pathways through activation of the Nrf2 system have been identified. Among these are curcumin from turmeric, green tea extract, silymarin (milk thistle), bacopa extract, DHA, sulforaphane (contained in broccoli), and ashwagandha. Each of these substances is effective in turning on the body’s innate production of key antioxidants, including glutathione. And if none of these compounds sounds like something you’re used to having daily in your diet, then you’ll be happy to know that coffee is one of the most powerful Nrf2 activators in nature. Several molecules in coffee, some of which are partly present in the raw material while others are generated during the roasting process, are responsible for this positive effect.”

” Aside from antioxidant function, activation of the Nrf2 pathway turns on the genes to produce a vast array of protective chemicals that further support the body’s detoxification pathways while dampening inflammation—all good things for brain health.”

When calories are reduced in the diets of laboratory animals, they not only live longer (likely as a result of increased antioxidant protection), but also become remarkably resistant to the development of several cancers.”

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We all know that exercise is good for you, but did you know before today that it helps to grow your brain cells? What you probably didn’t know, was that, hunger can produce similar results in helping your brain to generate new brain cells. This to me is what’s so exiting. Just by going hungry, I’m encouraging my brain to generate new brain cells, as well as encouraging my body to easier fight illness and disease by boosting my immune system, by boosting my anti-oxidants exponentially. WOW! How good can this be? All I have to do is to stop eating the foods that cause this kind of behavior in my body,

  1. go hungry once in a while
  2. exercise
  3. eat  ketogenic diet with “certain nutrients like coconut oil, circumin and the omega-3 fat DHA”

and I can be rid of the worry of most everything listed in my first post, Carbs, The Newly Discovered Death Sentence.

If that’s not good news, I don’t know what is.

Carbs, Why The Addiction Is So Hard To Break

Why The Addiction Is So Hard To Break

stock-photo-36814596-addictionThe biggest piece of the puzzle, that influences our motivations to keep this addiction, keeps us also, from enjoying freedom from the ravages, of this devious destroyer of energy, emotional control, senses, health, wealth, sensibility, sanity, and ultimately life. And it is, why is this addiction so hard to break? And believe me, it’s a hard piece to place. I think simply because there are so many facets to this piece. That is what we’re going to look at in this post.

It starts with the way it effects our blood sugar again. Sugar satiates the body quicker than any other food because of the effect it has on our blood glucose. It’s the raising of the glucose that releases a feel good neurotransmitter, serotonin that tells your body to relax and feel safe.

According to Wikipedia; “Serotonin (/ˌsɛrɵˈtnɨn/, /ˌsɪr/) or 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) is a monoamine neurotransmitter. Biochemically derived from tryptophan, serotonin is primarily found in the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract), blood platelets, and the central nervous system (CNS) of animals, including humans. It is popularly thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness.[6]

It’s this contribution of serotonin to our feelings of well being and happiness, that make us behave either rationally, or irrationally. It’s this one little factor, in my estimation, that is where many of our problems begin. Because of the outside influence on our emotions and feelings of well being and happiness, from fluctuating glucose levels in the blood, we no longer have full control over them. The drop in serotonin, is responsible for making us act differently when our glucose levels are low, rather than when our glucose levels are high. This is what causes more irrational behavior than anything else, other than maybe, chemicals in our environment and food supply. On second thought, it has to be the biggest contributor, because I’m still subject to pollutants in the environment and food supply,  but I’m not subject to the effects of glucose in my system effecting my serotonin levels. My emotions are much more rational than what they were, when I was on a carbohydrate diet. Fluctuating serotonin in my system seldom happens because glucose is not present, to make those serotonin levels fluctuate. My MTC keto diet doesn’t alter my emotions and feelings of well being, because of the lack of glucose, it allows in my diet, to put into my system. Fact is, it allows very little glucose to get into my blood because of the lack of carbohydrates, in this diet.

Because of that, my emotions don’t fluctuate as much as they used to, when I was on a carbohydrate diet. This in turn, means that every thought, every action, everything I speak, is done more rationally, than if I were still on a carbohydrate diet of any sort. This would not be possible if my body weren’t in a state of ketosis. (Thank you, Dr Perlmutter!) You don’t have to take my word, alone, you can ask anybody who ‘s body is in a state of ketosis. They’ll tell you the same thing, That their emotional control has developed far more, than it ever did, as a carboholic.

I theorize that serotonin plays a major part not only in our emotions, but in our desires, also. It has to. If it can influence our emotions, how can it not influence our desires? It’s this influence to our desires that influences our behavior. If carbs influence the amount of serotonin in our systems, wouldn’t carbs then, influence our desires, and behavior? With all this outside influence in our behavior, wouldn’t it make sense, that this outside influence, also plays a major role, in the behavior of everyone in the world? It has to. Doesn’t it make sense, then, if you were to reduce the outside influence in our behavior, everybody would be able to think more rationally. Wouldn’t more rational thinking  throughout the world lead to less violent destruction, and war, worldwide?

But that still doesn’t say enough about why it’s so hard to break this addiction. That’s just the biggest, most important reason. We need to look at, as many reason as we can, to help, as many people as we can, break this deadly cycle of carbolism.

Two more important reason are two hormones that regulate your whole digestive system, leptin and ghrelin. Which more than anything else are regulated by your sleep (hope yours isn’t interrupted). High carb diets are known for inadequate sleep, affecting how these hormones impact your diet.

According to Nora T. Gedgaudas, an acclaimed nutritional therapist, “Leptin essentially controls mammalian metabolism.”Leptin decides whether to make us hungry and store more fat or to burn fat. When your stomach is full, fat cells release leptin to tell your brain to stop eating. This is your body’s brake for the fork to mouth syndrome. Dr Perlmutter goes on to say in Grain Brain that “millions of Americans qualify as bona fide members of the leptin-resistant club. It’s practically a given if you’ve been eating a high carb diet and don’t sleep well. A few of the signs of leptin resistance; being overweight, unable to lose weight and keep it off, constantly craving comfort foods, fatigue after meals, feeling hungry all the time or at odd hours of the night, desire to snack right after a meal, problems sleeping to name a few. For the complete list, read Grain Brain. Leptin resistance is not a condition to strive for. It’s leptin resistance that leads to overeating. Ghrelin resistance, on the other hand, would be better suited for weight loss, as ghrelin is leptin’s opposite in that ghrelin is the hormone that tells you you’re hungry, but ghrelin resistance is impossible on a carbohydrate diet.

According to Dr Perlmutter, ghrelin is the yin to leptin’s yang. This hormone is secreted by the stomach when it’s empty and increases your appetite. As much as leptin tells you to stop eating, ghrelin is the one that tells your, brain it’s time to eat. And it too, is regulated by your sleep. If your sleep is inadequate, you can count on your ghrelin levels to soar, increasing your appetite for more high carb food. This is all part of a cycle that just feeds itself into a larger cycle of high blood sugar, inflammation and disease. Without control of these two hormones, controlling your appetite is going to be next to impossible, if not completely impossible. It’s virtually impossible to control these hormones while on a high carbohydrate diet. The entire ghrelin system (dAG, AG, GHSR and GOAT) has a gluco-regulatory action.[57]”  This means that your glucose levels in your blood stream regulate your hunger. This can be a huge disadvantage when trying to lose weight on a carbohydrate diet. “Circulating ghrelin concentrations rise before eating and fall afterward, more strongly in response to protein and carbohydrate than to lipids.[20]”

In other words ghrelin is activated more by carbohydrates than fats.  This means that a diet high in fats is a lot easier to build up a resistance to ghrelin and make it easier to  control hunger, than a diet high in carbohydrates.

This is where the real benefit of a low carbohydrate diet begins to manifest itself. That benefit, is a more productive brain. (This is something I’ve been proving to myself for the last three weeks, in writing this blog.) Because my body and brain runs on ketones instead of carbohydrates, my brain isn’t subject to the ups and downs of my blood glucose, mostly because there aren’t highs and lows in my blood glucose (something that only happens on a carbohydrate diet).

Carbolism is like any other addiction, only worse, because we were all sold this bill of goods, that, “this is wholesome, healthy food you should be eating”. So, we ate it. and we ate a lot of it. We based our diet on it. We still eat it. We consume more bread products in our diet than anything else, because we were told to. We’ll continue to eat it, until everyone realizes, how dangerous, this food really is. This addiction we’ve thought for years, even in the medical community, was really supposed to be healthy for us. The problem is, it isn’t. It hasn’t been healthy for us, for the last 30 years, at least. Since genetic modification has worked its way into our food supply, studies have shown major changes in our health. Studies have shown an increase in brain degenerative diseases, about the same time that genetically modified grain, slipped into our diet. Alzheimer’s has grown exponentially in the last 30 years, and many scientist, are still trying to understand why. There were also, studies showing increases in diabetes and obesity, increase in cancer, increase in cardiovascular disease and digestive disorders. And, most of this was done under our noses, without us even knowing about it. Shame on us. For the last 30 or so years, this food has been unhealthy for us, but because of the influence that this food has on our serotonin levels, and hormone levels, (ghrelin & leptin), we’ve allowed ourselves to get and continue to be addicted to it.

It’s this continuation of addiction, throughout our society, that makes it so hard to break, our individual addiction to it. It’s the continuation of all the advertising telling to us that we should still be eating this pseudo food, that’s driving this addiction. What drives all of the advertising, is corporate power, simply trying to make as much money as they possibly can for their stockholders.

This is where the difficulty in breaking the addiction, begins, at the corporate level. Because advertising influences our choices so much, corporate America exerts enormous amounts of control over us. With the introduction of sugar into our diet, it makes it even easier, for them to accomplish this.

What does everyone do on Thanksgiving day? What do you do?

If you’re like everyone else, you sit and watch football, the biggest advertising venue in our society, is football. What do you do while you’re watching the football games on TV? If you’re like everyone else, you’re eating chips of some sort, and drinking soda or beer. This is when your blood glucose levels are at their highest, making your serotonin levels also at their highest, influencing a major portion of your behavior. You’re feeling good. You see the advertising, you may be even ingesting the same thing you’re seeing the advertising for. How do you think this is going to make you feel? What do you think it’s going to make you believe? That these substances are good for you? That you should be ingesting them? Naturally! this is how everyone feels. it’s because of that glucose in everyone’s systems’ influencing their thoughts, emotions and  behavior. Is it any wonder that they’re addicted? This is how corporate America controls our emotions, thoughts and behavior.  Remove the carbs, remove the addiction. The problem here, is that you have to break the addiction, it’s that crucial.

Corporations realize this. They don’t want you to break your addiction. They do everything in their power, to keep you addicted. They have to. It’s in their best interest to keep their stockholders happy, and the only way to do that, is to be making money, and lots of it for higher returns in the stock market. It’s the nature of business. Not even knowing that they are killing their customers is enough to influence them into thinking that this is a downhill road that they’re on. This road is so steep, that it can lead, ultimately, to death of our society.

This is why corporations need to realize that they’re killing their customers and in doing so, they’re harming the rest of society. That they’re making all of their customers diabetic and sick, simply because of the excess sugar in their products which they put in, because it satiates so fast. People who ingest their products, like them immediately, making them return customers for life, or, at least, until the next best thing comes along to satiate the appetite. This behavior is completely understandable on a carbohydrate diet, which is ever so prevalent, in a all parts of the world.

 Anyone who’s broken this addiction to the carbohydrate diet and has allowed their body to go into ketosis, knows exactly what I’m talking about. Since they’ve broken the addiction of the fluctuating glucose in their bodies, their serotonin levels don’t fluctuate as much, and thus their thoughts, emotions and behavior isn’t influenced as much as that of someone on a carbohydrate diet. Their thinking is much more rational. Their thinking will never be influence by their diet, simply because of the lack of carbs in it.

Because their bodies are able to go into ketosis, it allows all the magic to happen. If you were to ask anybody who’s been on this diet for at least a year, they will confirm everything I’ve said in these posts. If they have other opinions, it’s usually because the addiction is still talking. I understand how hard it is to break.

The question I keep asking myself, is why do so many people have so much trouble recognizing, accepting, and ultimately breaking this addiction? The reason is something big business, won’t like to hear. But they need to.

Carbs, How To Cut Back

How To Cut Your Carb Intake

It's your choice!
It’s your choice!

This could be the start of a new life for you, if you can curb that urge to consume this glucose making food, If not, you will be in a world of hurt unless you’re in that 10% that’s not addicted to them.

The best way to start cutting back on your carb intake, is to stop buying the foods that you find them in. Without any high carbohydrate food around, you’re forced to find alternative foods to eat and snack on. The best benefit of discontinuing the consumption of carbohydrates, is the lack of a need to keep eating them. Once your body discovers that it can live without carbs, miraculous things begin to manifest. The longer you stay off the carbs, the more miraculous these manifestations become, until you begin to experience life as it is supposed to be experienced, illness and disease free and full of energy.

When you buy groceries, you have to read every label, because you’ll find some little ingredient from wheat in almost everything that’s been processed. They love to use the starch for thickeners and the sugars for sweeteners and flour (ground wheat) has more, readily available glucose in it, than table sugar.

But to just stop buying carbs, isn’t stopping the consumption, because if you’re like me, you have to use up what you have in your pantry. You can’t just throw it all out, you have to use it up, so as not to waste it. There’s two theories on this;

  • If you can afford to throw out what breads you have in your pantry, you’d be far better off, to do so, than if you didn’t. Consumption of what you have left, means that you’ll only be adding to the inflammation, it causes. Continuation of this consumption will also bring on any multitude of illnesses or diseases that you would NEVER experience if you didn’t ingest this food to begin with.
  • If you can’t afford to throw it out, and have to eat it, because of financial hardship, you have two courses to consider, either damage your health by continuing to eat it, or save your health and give your carbs to the dog. If you must keep damaging your health , by eating it, slow down your consumption of it to slow the intake of the sugars that are so deadly. This way, they won’t effect your blood sugars as much, and this is what is so dangerous about eating carbs. It’s the roller coaster ride that these carbs put our blood glucose through. You eat carbs, your blood sugars rise. After a couple hours, your blood sugars fall again, making you hungry again and ready to pack in more carbs, simply to raise that blood glucose. Hence, the carbohydrate roller coaster ride. Everyone on a carbohydrate diet, all ride this ride, for there is no waiting line for it. It’s ready for us to take any time we want to. It’s no wonder that this is causing our obesity epidemic that the whole world is experiencing today. (This is also due to the manifestation of the genetic modifying of wheat, and other grains.)

Unfortunately, this doesn’t tell us what we should be replacing those lost calories with, so I’ll give you a idea of what you can eat, if you want your body to experience these benefits;

  • Start getting healthy fats (oils) into your diet. This is the most important step. Since fat is what your body runs on anyway, why not give it what it wants. Fat calories come packed with more calories than either carbs or protein per gram, making it the most efficient fuel you can put in your body. The higher calorie content of fat means that you don’t have to eat as much for the same amount of energy. The higher calorie content will also curb you appetite for other sources of energy like carbohydrates. Start to work healthy oils like coconut oil, olive oil, milk fats, including butter and cheese into your diet. Give up the margarine. it’s an unhealthy oil as it comes from carbohydrates, usually, corn oil, vegetable oil or any one of a multitude of oils derived from carbohydrate sources. Oils from the fruit of the plant tend to be much healthier as many of them are MCTs.  You can learn about the value of MCTs in The Power of being thin is found by eating fat and The value of balancing your cholesterol.
  • raspberries_&_blueberriesEat high fiber carbs like fruits and vegetables. I list fruits here, because of the problem of satisfying our sweet tooth. In order to cut back on all the sugars that we ingest, it’s easier to do, if we keep the simplest of these carbs (fructose) in our diet, for a while, at least until we wean ourselves off of the killer sugar, glucose. Fructose can be just as deadly, but because of its nature of being a 1 molecule sugar, it’s digested by the liver and not on a cellular level. This means that it doesn’t need insulin to be digested, and therefore doesn’t effect the pancreas as much as a diet high in glucose will.tree_model_from_vege_01
  • Transition from carbs to more protein and fats in your diet. To cut the carbs, you need to replace those lost calories with healthier calories, like those from fat and protein. This will do several things to your body that are very beneficial, like reducing your weight, first and foremost, which will help to keep you from contracting diabetes. You’ll experience a decrease in any chronic pain, arthritic pain or headaches that you have to deal with, as well as experience a reduced threat of cancer and cardiovascular disease, just to name a few. Your benefits may be greater or less depending on the level of addiction that you have to deal with now. I can almost tell you, just from just looking at you, at what level of addiction you’re at. The worse it is, the harder it is to kick. But also, once it’s kicked, the bigger the benefits will be. Knowing this, is the secret to killing carbs.
  • When you feel like a snack, which will reduce over time as your body adjusts to a low carb or Keto diet, turn to raw nuts. Raw nuts are packed full of protein, essential fats (which offer more calories per gram of food than what carbs do), and best of all, fiber to help clean out your digestive system. You’ll soon experience less hunger, as you continue on your low carb  (keto) diet, because your body won’t be experiencing the carb roller coaster ride, that makes us all want to eat more. When was the last time you were hungry? My keto diet has allowed me to work 14 hours so far, today, stopping only for a few quick snacks of raw nuts, maybe a 1/4 cup if that, in total. The point I’m trying to make, is that I’m not hungry. I don’t ever get hungry. My blood sugars don’t fluctuate to make me hungry. The only thing I have to tell me that I need to eat, is my empty stomach and the pangs it produces. I use those pangs to remind me, that when I go hungry, I’m helping my brain, and its capabilities grow.
  • Eggs eggs may be one of the best sources of nutrition. They’re packed with protein, good fats and essential oils, B-complex vitamins and essential minerals. More nutrition comes in just one egg, than what you can get out of 6 loaves of bread. Can you imagine the ease of weight control, using eggs in your diet instead of bread?
  • First and foremost, don’t drink your calories. when you drink your calories, it’s always in the form of either alcohol, fruit juice (which fortunately is mostly fructose, digested by the liver and not cellularly), soda or soft drinks, or alcohol. All of these beverages carry with them an enormous amount of sugar. The sugars in beer make it the highest ranking food substance in the glycemic index, making it the most dangerous of any carb source. It upsets the delicate balance of your of sugar and cholesterol levels in your body more so than any other source of glucose. It’s this balance that’s so important to maintain, simply because this balance is what regulates the amount of plaque that the sugar causes, when it glycates your cholesterol. This is just the beginning or your death sentence. The continuation of it takes place with every sandwich you eat, every bagel you eat, every crescent you eat, every pancake you eat,,,, Are you starting to get the picture? It’s OK if there are still a lot of question in your head, now. That’s good. I’ve at least done what I set out to do, to get you to thinking about the kind of foods that you put into your body to sustain  your body, because this is going to take a lot more examination, to be able to come to any viable, workable solutions for cleaning up this mess.

Whatever you think, don’t allow the phrase Keto diet scare you. Ketogenic diets are not for unhealthy people as much as they are for healthy people. Everyone who has an intolerance (allergic reaction) to wheat, gluten, gliadin or any of the other substances found in this grain, will experience the unhealthy consequences of a carbohydrate diet, so I’m going to list what foods contribute to a high carbohydrate diet, more so than anything else.

Foods that harm;
  • bread and all bread products
  • pasta
  • rice
  • corn
  • oatmeal
  • Cream of wheat
  • any cereal, including granola, meuslix, Wheaties, etc even special K
  • chips of any nature, whether they be corn chips, multi-grain chips, potato chips,tortilla chips, it doesn’t matter.
  • cookies, crackers, pastries, and snacks of any grain
  • popcorn
  • frozen breakfasts
  • frozen meals and entrees
  • all processed foods
  • potatoes
  • parsnips
  • alcohol, (beer, wine, grain alcohol)
  • soda pop
  • energy drinks
  • Ice Cream, unless it sugarfree (then you get to deal with the artificial sweeteners)
  • frozen juices, they nothing but concentrated sugars. What other nutrition juice has, isn’t worth the trade-off of the amount of sugars it puts into your system.
  • frozen waffles
  • pancakes
  • hash browns
  • coffee creamer
  • any sandwich with bread use lettuce to put your sandwich between instead of bread
  • Breakfast Bars
  • Pop Tarts
  • Most all breakfast foods except bacon, sausage and eggs
  • pop corn
  • vegetable oil
  • margarine

You can’t eat these foods, and stay healthy. They change your blood sugars too much. They’re way too high on the glycemic index. That’s why you need to transition your diet to a diet higher in protein and fat. Your body needs calories, so consider, what is the best source of calories.

Carbs have 4 calories per gram, fat has 9 calories per gram.
Which of these foods is more efficient, is what you should be asking yourself. 

Always remember to read the label of what you buy. Check the ingredients. Know what you’re putting in your body. This is the only way you can keep this food out of your body. Unfortunately our society is addicted to carbs, so we see them everywhere in everything we eat. This is what I call carbolism. It’s the addiction to a carbohydrate diet. Everybody has it….except for those who had to courage to go ketogenic.

The alternative to carbolism, a carb diet is,  a keto diet, or ketogenic low carb diet. With fat being more than twice as efficient as carbs, it’s a wonder that we still eat them. I’ve been on a MCT ketogenic diet for the last two years and I can’t say enough about what it’s done for my health. My weight came down 60 lbs from a high of 220 lbs 8 years ago, when I started working out. I lost the first 30 pounds in the first month just from water loss. The nice thing about water loss is, that is it includes a good supply of body fat, that comes with it. Fat is water soluble in the body and when your body expels the water, fat comes with it. My problem was that I couldn’t drop my weight any further, until I changed my diet, two years ago, when I gave up the wheat products and all other grain foods. When I did that, my excess weight just magically disappeared. Within 4 months, I was 15 pounds lower than my prescribed weight, feeling great with far more energy than I’ve ever had. This is the biggest benefit to a Keto diet, more energy. I’ve got more energy than I’ve ever had. I’ve got so much energy, I just wish I knew about this before.

Other benefits of a Keto diet can be found in a myriad of sites around the web extolling the virtues of ketogenic diets. I’ve given you a few links in this post for your research. I hope you do research everything in this post and inform me of what isn’t correct. The only way you’ll know for yourself how dangerous this food is, is by vetting what you read, not only here, but in every other article you read about this subject.

The more I investigate, the more I find that disturbs me, like why does the food industrial complex still advertise this food as being healthy? Why do they advertise it as being high fiber? Why is it still advertised, that whole grains are healthy, when they’re not? All of this makes me wonder, just how far will this industry go, to keep poisoning us, just so they can continue to rake in their profits. This brings us to our next problem, why didn’t we know about this before? Again, this is something that will have to wait for another post, as this one is already too long, so stay tuned…

It takes a completely new attitude, a new attitude about eating. A new attitude commitment, because it takes commitment to follow though with curbing the carbs.

I know how it’s hard it is to quit eating this food, ’cause I did it. You can track my journey here. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. But with some perseverance, I did it, I noticed the change after about 1 month of abstinence. It was like a weight lifted off my shoulders all of a sudden. The room seemed brighter. All my senses felt crisper and more alive. Everything came easier, standing up, walking, sitting down, even getting out of bed was easier every morning. Everything I was experiencing and beginning to experience proved to me, the value of keeping this food out of my diet. It proved it in such a way, that I’m now doing my level best to convince the rest of my family and the world, just how dangerous this grain is. My continued use of this diet, has not only made my general health better, but more importantly, it’s improved my brain functions to a level I never thought imaginable. By converting my brain over to ketones instead of carbohydrates, it’s allowed me to actually grow my brain, and more importantly my brain functions. My thinking has actually improved quite substantially…even with my disability still affecting me. Crosswords come easier. Names are easier to remember, and even though I still have massive amounts of memory loss, due to my head injury. (The real reason I started and continue this lifestyle.) Even with the severity of my disability, having to live with the loss of short term memory, that not only blocks memories, it blocks reasoning and judgement due to the damage done to my pre-frontal cortex, from the strokes that I had, 31 years ago, I’ve been able to overcome a major portion of what I lost. (I still get to live with the knowledge, that I’ll never get back the mental power, that I had before.)

By using fat as a source of energy, I don’t have to spend nearly as calories digesting my food, because fat is so much more of an efficient fuel. By needing less food, to create the calories I need to fuel my body, I can allow my stomach to go empty for a much longer time now. I don’t have to feed it every 2 hours. I often go as many as 12 or 16 hours without eating anything. 24 hour fasts, are nothing for me to complete, now, quite comfortably even. In short, keto=life carbs=death.

Converting to a state of ketosis has allowed my body to actually go hungry for extended periods of time, without loss of energy or mental faculties, (alertness, clearness of mind, etc) or experiencing emotional roller coaster rides because of the fluctuations in my blood sugar. I don’t worry about any of that because I don’t have the blood glucose flowing through my system, that creates that E-ticket ride. I do this because I can’t afford to get sick. I can’t afford the medications. I can’t afford the hospitalizations. I can’t afford the testing, the procedures, the surgeries, the doctor visits, the specialists visits, and worse yet, I can’t afford to be any more disabled than I am right now. For my story your have to read this account of my disability, ‘How hard it for me to appear normal‘, that I keep for my medical records. It’s already part of my medical records at Cigna, Red Mountain Facility in Mesa, AZ. My doctors know what I have to live with, and even they, are convinced that this “high fat” diet that I started on, over 2 years ago, is the healthiest diet that I could be on. See how I’ve benefited from a life without carbs.

Carbs, The Newly Discovered Death Sentence

The Newly Discovered Death Sentence of Starches & Carbohydrates

Baguette With Cereals Stock PhotoI know you’ve been told that you need your carbs, that they’re healthy for you and that they must make up a major part of your diet. How long have they been at the bottom of our food pyramid, telling us,
they should make up the largest portion of our meals? How long have we been heeding this messagePopcorn Stock Photo? I’ve been doing it all my life. Haven’t you?

But what if what you’ve been told was wrong?

What if we don’t need them in the quantities we’ve been told to eat them? gallery-thumbnailsCan you eat too many of them? Who doesn’t? It’s easy to do. That’s due to their addictive nature. We’ll get deeper into that, later.

What if you don’t need carbohydrates at all?
Can you live without them?
Can you live without them and still be healthy?

The question I would rather ask, if you can be healthier without them, wouldn’t you want to be?

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ABSOLUTELY!

I can tell you right now, you can actually live healthier without them. I can tell you that you can live much easier without them. I can tell you that I live with less pain without them and  you too can live with less pain without them. I can tell you that you’ll have fewer headaches without them, I don’t have headaches anymore. I can tell you that you that you won’t have intestinal problems anymore and i can tell you that you can save your brain and make it smarter, without them. Does this mean that you were lied to in the past, when you were told that they had to be the the largest portion of your diet? to eat them in excess? Examine the evidence, analyze and assess the information, then you be the judge.

You Do Not Need Carbohydrates. 

At least, you don’t need them in the amounts that people everywhere are eating them. By everywhere, I mean everywhere. No place can be found where carbs are not a major part of the diet. To narrow down the problem with carbs, this post and entire site, in general, deals entirely with the high starchy carbs you find in all cereal grains, primarily wheat, barley, and rye because of the gluten that comes with it. But that’s only part of it, which we’ll talk about later in greater detail, because when you ingest gluten, you also eat gliadin. This is the part of wheat that can cause brain damage. That’s something else that we’ll talk about later, in greater detail when we look at how carbs have the capacity to shrink your brain.

But we should start with why you should limit your carbohydrate intake to as little as possible. For starters,  to ensure yourself better health, lower weight and most importantly, less illness and disease throughout your life. Secondly, to reduce your your pain levels by reducing inflammation. Thirdly,  to reduce headaches of any nature. and fourthly, to get better sleep. The full gamut of benefits is really much greater and is covered on the benefits posts of a Life Without Carbs and My Life Without Carbs .

Because your body can’t burn carbohydrates (sugars), it has to turn them into fat, so they can used for fuel. Your body burns fat, not carbs. It actually likes fat so much, it would much rather have it spoon fed to it rather than make its own. The problem with using carbs to supply your fat, is that the fat it turns into, is not a good fat. Because carbs need insulin to be turned into fat, the insulin instructs that fat to go to storage, so all of it gets stored, instead of being used, and this is where the problem begins. It’s the consumption of this starchy food that leads to the massive amounts of weight gain that everyone who eats it, experiences. But then, most of you already know this. It’s just impossible to quit eating it, because of its addictive nature.

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A Simple Decision Can Change Your Health Forever
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Stop Eating Bread
Time for a disclaimer;

Not all people are subject to this weight gain from cereal grains, only about 90% of us are. That means, about 10% of the population have no intolerances to wheat, gluten or any of the components that come with it. That also means that for 90% of us, we do have an intolerance to it. That means, for 90% of us, we express an allergic reaction to it. The problem with that is, the allergic reaction we experience is weight gain, and this ‘expansion‘ happens, whether it’s wanted or not. Anyone of us who has any kind of an intolerance to wheat, gluten or any other components of this grain will express this ‘expansion’, when we eat it.

Whether you want to accept it or not, carbs are dangerous.

I know you probably don’t want to accept this, but bear with me, it’s necessary for you to know what you’re putting in your body and what’s it’s doing to you. Even the smallest amount causes your body distress. This is why we shouldn’t be eating this food to begin with, remember, (bread = carbs = disease = death);

For the short list, Carbs are responsible for;
  1. Primary Cause of type 2 diabetes 
  2. Primary Cause of Celiac Disease 
  3. Primary Cause of headaches
  4. Primary Cause of Peripheral Neuropathy
  5. Primary Cause of dementia and brain damage (type 3 diabetes)
  6. Primary Cause of heart disease
  7. Contribute to a multitude of gastrointestinal disorders
  8. Are the major contributor to more than half of all cancers
  9. Are the primary cause of LDL particles (“bad” cholesterol)
  10. Primary Cause of Epileptic Seizures
  11. Primary Contributor to Arthritis 
  12. Addictive Nature Making Them as 
  13. Deadly as Heroin, Cocaine, Tobacco and Alcohol.
  14. Primary Thief of Emotional Control
  15. Primary Cause of Of Tooth Decay
  16. Primary Cause of cause of aging
This can be validated by reading Wheat Belly and Grain Brain. Both of these publications will fully explain what these carbs do to you as well as how they do it. (Which is also covered in the rest of the posts on this site) Let’s take a closer look, right now, at the above manifestations that can and do occur from ingesting this food.
  • Type 2 diabetes is caused primarily by obesity and carbs play a
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    major part in obesity. Carbs cause diabetes because of their need for insulin to be turned into fat so the body can use it. This is the beginning of a downhill spiral that forces the body to make adjustments that it would never have to do, if it were on a diet of protein and fats instead of carbohydrates. Because carbs have to be broken down to their most basic sugar, glucose to be used as a fuel, the glucose flows through your blood stream before it can be metabolized on a cellular level, to be used for that fuel. Glucose needs insulin, to be turned into fat to be digested, to use for energy. Glucose cannot enter the cell without insulin to turn it into fat. The problem is, most of the glucose, after it gets turned into fat, it gets stored as fat in any one of the multitude of fat cells on your body. This takes place in the visceral fat (fat around the internal organs) first and foremost, where it’s the most dangerous. The more carbs you eat, the more insulin your body needs to metabolize those carbs and with a body full of sugar (carbs), you need a lot of insulin to turn all those sugars into fat. After processing a diet full of high carbohydrate food over your lifetime, your body starts to have problems, manufacturing enough insulin, so you can continue to digest the carbs you continue to eat. Because your insulin production can’t keep up with your carb intake, the sugar doesn’t get turned into fat and stays in your blood stream as sugar. It begins to build up in your blood system and you become diabetic. Hence the name insulin dependent diabetes or type two diabetes. Remove the carbs, remove the excess blood glucose. If you remove the glucose from the equation, you remove the diabetes. If you take away the carbs, you take away the obesity and excess glucose. Can it really be that simple? Duh!

  • They cause headaches Dr Perlmutter, in his book, Grain Brain, takes 12 pages to explain how headaches are caused by carbohydrates, wheat and gluten in particular. As Dr Perlmutter is a board certified neurologist, and a nutritionist, I trust him. Wouldn’t you? Shouldn’t you?
  • Peripheral Neuropathy  Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is damage to or disease affecting nerves, which may impair sensation, movement, gland or organ function, or other aspects of health, depending on the type of nerve affected. Wikipedia says, It is important to recognize that glucose levels in the blood may spike to nerve-damaging levels after eating, even though fasting blood sugar levels and average blood glucose levels may still remain below normal levels (currently they typically are considered below 100 mg/dL for fasting blood plasma and 6.0% for HGBA1c, the test commonly used to measure average blood glucose levels over an extended period). Studies have shown that many of the cases of peripheral small fiber neuropathy with typical symptoms of tingling, pain, and loss of sensation in the feet and hands are due to glucose intolerance before a diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes. Such damage often is reversible, particularly in the early stages, with changes in diet, exercise, and weight loss.”  According to Dr Davis, “A common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes. High blood sugars occurring repeatedly over several years damage the nerves in the legs, causing reduced sensation (thus allowing a diabetic to step on a thumbtack without knowing it), diminished control over blood pressure and heart rate, and sluggish emptying of the stomach (diabetic gastroparesis), among other manifestations of a nervous system gone haywire.” He goes on to say, “Of 35 gluten-sensitive patients with peripheral neuropathy who were tested positive for the antigliadin antibody, the twenty-five participants on a wheat- and gluten-free diet improved over one year, while the ten control participants who did not remove wheat and gluten deteriorated.” and ” Formal studies of nerve conduction gluten-consuming group were also performed, demonstrating improved nerve conduction in the wheat- and gluten-free group, and deterioration in the wheat- and gluten-consuming group.”
  • Celiac disease Celiac disease is caused by a reaction to gliadin, a prolamin (gluten protein) found in wheat, and similar proteins found in the crops of the tribe Triticeae (which includes other common grains such as barley and rye).[3]  Gluten—which is Latin for “glue”—is a protein composite that acts as an adhesive material, binding flour together to make bread products, including crackers, baked goods, pasta and pizza dough. It’s this dough that likes to gum things up. Remember the last time you pigged out on pizza? Remember the indigestion? You think, that came from the sauce? Think again.
  • Dementia and Brain Damage   Wheat is associated with dementia and brain dysfunction, triggering an immune stock-photo-44379182-alzheimer-s-word-cloudresponse that infiltrates memory and mind. Dr. William Davis explains it best in his best seller, Wheat Belly, “In one particularly disturbing Mayo Clinic study of thirteen patients with the recent diagnosis of celiac disease, dementia was also diagnosed. Of those thirteen, frontal lobe biopsy (yes, brain biopsy) or postmortem examination of the brain failed to identify any other pathology beyond that associated with wheat gluten exposure. Prior to death or biopsy, the most common symptoms were memory loss, the inability to perform simple arithmetic, confusion, and change in personality. Of the thirteen, nine died due to progressive impairment of brain function.” Yes, you read that right: fatal dementia from wheat ingestion. Dr Perlmutter explains it in more detail in Grain Brain. If you want to join all the other seniors who are all losing their minds to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia of any sort, all you have to do is to continue to eat your bread, pasta, crackers, pancakes, donuts, tortillas and other wheat products and you’ll be right there with everyone else. When was the last 36717144-a-depress-senior-person-with-wood-backgroundtime you misplaced your keys or forgot something? But look on the bright side of it, if you want to keep eating your donuts, you can, as long as you don’t mind that you won’t get to bathe yourself after a while, because you’ll soon have it done for you. I talk more about why this happens.
  • Heart disease (cardiovascular disease) has too many risk factors to list here, because there are many kinds of cardiovascular disease, but one of the biggest of concern, is the excess sugar in the blood (diabetes), as well obesity (excess weight the body need to supply blood to), as well as the high blood pressure and the  high Heart With Stethoscope And Money Stock Photoamount of plaque in the blood due to the glycation of cholesterol thanks to the extra sugar in the blood.  It is estimated that 90% of Heart disease is preventable.[3]  All the causes listed here are caused by eating wheat. Life Insurance agents have to ask 4 times the standard premium to submit an application for a policy on anyone who had both diabetes and high blood pressure, because of the high underwriting risk. If they want a policy, they have to pay 4 times the standard premium because of their condition. And the condition is preventable. What’s keeping you from declaring your independence?
  • Gastrointestinal  disorders by gumming up your digestive system with the gluten that comes with all wheat, especially the high gluten bread and pizza dough. All this glue sticks to the walls of your intestines blocking the digestion of other foods as well as itself. Everyone I know who loves to consume their daily pastries, pastas, biscuits, rolls and crackers, already know about the cramps that build up in their stomachs, due to the amount of undigested food that can’t get through the glue to get digested. This gluten, that’s in wheat, barley, spelt, rye and almost every other variant of wheat, is the substance that causes all the damage to your digestive tract. This glue plays a major role in acid indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn, constipation, nausea, and even general stomach upset.  With 10 different disorders of the digestive tract, gluten plays a gumming role in each one of them. You know the gas and bloating you get, sometimes after a meal? Guess what? Yeah, the major cause of that can be tracked to starchy carbs. And it’s not even included in the above list. I can’t help but wonder why people continue to eat this pseudo food. I keep finding OTC medicine, that I’ve been purchasing over the years, just to combat, excess gas and bloating, acid indigestion, acid reflux, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, worse yet ulcers. All of these manifestations could be curbed with the reduction of  wheat and grains in our diets. That gurgling you just heard from your stomach, was that your stomach telling you to get your act together, and stop the carb intake?
  • Cancer gets its assist from the excess sugar that’s continuously circulating in your blood. It keep your ph levels in an acidic range which is an invitation to illness and disease. Acidosis is not something you want to have to deal with, with all the problems that it can produce. “Healthy human-arterial blood pH varies between 7.35 and 7.45. Changes in the pH of arterial blood (and therefore the extracellular fluid) outside this range result in irreversible cell damage.[1]Cancer loves it when your blood ph levels go into acidosis from the amount of sugar, carbs dump into your blood. This is what leaves your body open for attack, from a multitude of illnesses and diseases, cancer only being one of them. A more complicated explanation of how carbs cause cancer is on the post about the Diseases Caused By Plaque. Again, if cancer gets an assist from carbs, doesn’t it make sense that if you took away the carbs, you’d, at the least, hamper the disease’s, progression, if not stop it altogether. Can it be that simple? Can you give me a reason not try it and find out?
  • Epilepsy Illness Means Poor Health And Afflictions Epileptic seizures A peculiar syndrome of temporal lobe seizures unresponsive to seizure medications and triggered by
    calcium deposition in a part of the temporal lobe called the hippocampus (responsible for forming new memories) has been associated with both celiac disease and gluten sensitivity (positive antigliadin antibodies and HLA markers without intestinal disease).
  • Old Man With Walking Stick Showing Aged 3d Character Stock PhotoArthritis  is a disease of inflammation, which is aggravated by wheat more than anything else, because of the amount of sugars it dumps into the blood stream. Few other sources of sugar are higher than bread and wheat products. Not even table sugar itself. Arthritis is caused by inflammation. Inflammation is influenced by the amount of glucose in your blood, which in influenced by the amount of carbs you eat. Again, can it be that simple? Remove the carbs and you can ease, if not eliminate, it’s influence on Arthritis.
  • Addiction According to Dr Davis, “There is no doubt: For some people, wheat is addictive.” It has to do with the effect it has on our neurotransmitters and neuropeptides Phrase "addicted To Sugar" Made Of Red Sugary Candies Stock Photo, primarily Serotonin and Endorphins. “Endorphins (“endogenous morphine”) are endogenous opioid neuropeptides.” They’re the feel good neuropeptides . This is the same neuropeptide that’s activated by alcohol, tobacco, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and all other substances of an addictive nature, that give you the ‘morphine‘ feeling. When was the last time, you had to have something to eat? What was it, you hungered for? How long was it before you had eaten the previous time? How long can you go without eating? I often go 18 hours a day eating enough for 1 snack, because of my keto diet. Can you?
  • Emotional Distress and Disorder takes place every time you ingest this food, in any form it’s ingested, this is directly due to the to the fluctuations in your blood glucose, caused by the consumption of wheat and grain foods. Blood sugars go up, moods rise. blood sugars go down, moods depress. It’s that simple. The point I want to bring up, is it’s the rise and fall of your blood sugars that have the biggest impact on your emotional status and hence your emotional health. This in itself leads to behavior that, many times, should never occur in the first place. And it would never occur in the first place, if it weren’t for the abundance of this food in our diet. Behavior like violence, propagated by anger and antagonism. Both of these emotions are influenced as much, if not more than anything else, by the foods we eat. I submit that these fluctuations in emotional levels, are due to the changes in blood glucose, in all who eat this food, and all have been influenced by it. If you remove the wheat and grains, you remove the influence. If you remove the influence, you can easier retain your senses. It’s that simple. Behavior driven by fear, is quite possibly the biggest danger our society faces, and this food source is a major cause in driving this behavior, because of of it’s palatable nature. Sugar tastes good. People love to ear it. Mass consumption of it alters the emotional status of everyone who eats it, when their blood sugars fluctuate. It’s these fluctuations that cause a large majority of the abhorrent behavior that pervades society everywhere. It’s these fluctuations combined with the influence of mass media that are driving most of the terrorism in the world today. This theft of your emotional control, is what makes you a slave to corporate influence and subject to their desires, not yourdesires. How long do you want to keep your mental faculties?
  • They Rob You Of Your Teeth Ask any archaeologist, The appearance of rotten teeth marked the beginning of the agricultural age in our ancient history. It moved us from being hunter-gatherers, to farmers. Even though this transition was one of the first moves into civilization, It also served to introduce our bodies to the ravages of carbohydrate nutrition. Fortunately, for our ancestors sake, it wasn’t as dangerous then, as it is, now. It hadn’t been genetically modified.  The wheat that was grown then was unmodified einkorn. It didn’t rob us of our senses, then, because it didn’t fluctuate blood sugars to the extent, that all wheat and grain products it does today. Whatever was eaten had 100 times the fiber in it to slow down the absorption of sugars into the system, fluctuating the blood glucose, in the massive ways they do today. Hence, they didn’t cause the diseases, then, that it causes today. I submit, that it this sudden fluctuation in sugars, that is causing 88% of all illnesses and diseases, that we have to deal with in our modern society. That, in itself, makes us victims of our own advancement, going back to the start of civilization. But, that’s only looking at the past, at the reason why we’re ingesting this food that ruins our teeth. Now, for why it does that. Most of you already know why. It can be summed up in one word, sugar. Sugar rots teeth. Not meat, not cheese, not eggs, not fat, nothing that we consume rots teeth like carbohydrates do. The gluten that we love so much, makes it stick to our teeth, and this is where it begins to do its damage. The sugars work there way into the enamel of your teeth and the decay begins. You brush it away, you floss it away, and you do the best you very can, to keep you teeth as clean as possible. And when you make it to your 75 birthday, you pat yourself on the back, for still having all of your teeth. Or, do you? Have there been times when you couldn’t brush and floss? Do you brush every time you  take a sip of a sweet drink, or a drink of alcohol? All the sugar contained in those liquids, swirls around your mouth for hours and hours, working on decaying your teeth. Remove the sugar, remove the decay. It’s that simple.
  • Carbs  are the root cause of aging due to the AGEs that they cause. This factor is at the root of so many disorders and diseases, that it deserves a blog of it’s own. Read it here

With all of these ailments, illnesses, diseases, disorders, afflictions, and discomfort being caused by these carbs,cropped-time-cure-clock-prevent-disease-sickness-illness-medical-r-words-face-to-illustrate-fundraising-research-to-find-52768147.jpg

The questions I keep asking myself,

Who in their right mind would ever agree to submit themselves to this torture, by eating them?

Those who don’t know that they do!

Most of us know that sugar is bad for us, but what too many don’t want to fully recognize, is that carbs are sugar. With bread being the most popular carb we eat, every time we eat bread, we know that we’re eating carbs, but we don’t want to equate those carbs with sugar, while in all actuality they are. If Sugar Kills, Carbs Kill.

We know that Sugar Kills, but we don’t want to listen to that song because of our addiction to it.

All of the manifestations listed above have been documented in several publications, but they’ve seldom been presented for review and examination, to the medical community. Not until Dr’s Davis’ and Perlmutter’s books, Wheat Belly and  Grain Brain, came forth to warn us about the atrocities this supposedly nutritious food has been doing to us, did we even know we were eating something that is so poisonous (at least to the 90% of us, who are allergic to it).

This, in my estimation, is the biggest problem. Most people are allergic to it. I estimate that more than 90% of the population have some sort of intolerance to wheat, gluten or the gliadin that’s in the wheat. That says, that more than 90% of the people are allergic to bread, pasta, crackers, cereals like Wheaties, Wheat Germ, or Special K (to name just a few), any breaded chicken, shrimp, veal, all breaded fried appetizers, all pastries, all nutrition bars, all cereal bars, anything that has any percentage of wheat or wheat substance in it. The list is too long, even for the length of this post. The question this begs, is why is this food still advertised as being healthy?

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If 90% of the population, (as I speculate) are allergic to wheat, that explains the claim that I made at the beginning of this post,

You Do Not Need Carbohydrates.

If you’re one of the 90% who are allergic to them, you’d be much better off without them. With as many problems as this food brings with it, it makes absolutely no sense to continue eating it except to feed your addiction. So this brings us to our next problem, getting off of our addiction to them.

The question is then, how do we stop eating them? How do we get this food that’s been such an important part of our diet since time immemorial, out of our diet? For that, you’ll have to continue on to Carbs, how to cut back.”

If anybody feels that any of these conclusions are nothing more than opinion, my challenge to you is, prove me wrong. I invite you to research any and all statements, facts, data of any sort, or links, that I’ve provided in these posts, to invalidate any thing. I’ll even go to the extent to challenge anyone to prove me wrong, in any of my statements. It will generate a good civil discussion, and that’s something I can look forward to, anytime.

My sincere wish, is that everyone who reads these pages verifies and validates what they read. Only then will they know that the information contained within this site is 100% valid. Maybe then, all who read this, will change their behavior and in turn, change the behavior of the whole world.

My challenge to you, is to give a low carb diet a try, for 2 months. If you don’t see any benefit after just 2 months, of abstinence, go back to your high carb diet. But please, prepare yourself to suffer the consequences. You must have given it an honest try, and not cheated at all, for this to work. Any deviation, will not let your body go into ketosis and that’s what’s important.  You have to look at it like your life depends on it, because, it does.

If You Like Bread, You’re As Well As Dead,

Unless Your Change Your Eating Habits

Don’t Fall For Their Ruse

My Thoughts On The Eradication of Carbs From Our Diets

The Eradication of Carbs From Our Diets

This is my favorite post. Every time I dream of a world without carbs, I get to add it to this post. After reading though it, maybe you might have some dreams of your own, that you want to share. Guess what? because this is a blog, you can. you can add any of your thoughts at the end of this blog and I encourage you to do so. Maybe like me, you’ll learn how liberating and enlightening it can be.

There are so many thoughts running through my head, that it’s hard to find a place to start this page on how I feel about getting rid of the carbohydrate diet, that not only addicts everyone to this abhorrent behavior, but causes so much damage to our bodies, teeth, emotions,  lives, relationships both personal and globally, finances, and mostly importantly, politics, that it makes it very hard to pick a spot to start, so I guess that’s what I must do. Lets go back the damage it causes to our bodies, teeth, emotions, lives, relationships, and finances.

I said it often in my first post. Carbs, The New Death Sentence, the removal of carbs from the diet and the transition to a diet, higher in fats and proteins, will not only heal a major portion of our population, from most of the inflictions that currently bother them, it will keep everyone healthier and more even tempered, well into the future, simply because of the lack of sugar in the blood. It’s that simple. This idea of a society that’s not addicted to sugar, is compelling me to dream of the possibilities. I think I need to start a what if, list.

What if:

  • Nobody in the world ate carbohydrates and suffered from the massive sugar fluctuations in the blood stream, would there be as much violence as there is in the world today?
  • Everybody in the world quit subjecting their emotions to these fluctuations in blood sugar changes, that come with the ingestion of wheat and grain foods, would differences get worked out in a more reasonable way?
  • Everyone broke their addiction to this substance and quit eating it, would the grain industry  grind to a halt? (no pun intended)
  • It never showed up in my diet in the first place, would we have the problems we have today? Or would we be further advanced, and more prepared to find other living arrangements for our expanding population, (when the “apocalypse” comes, that was supposed to happen in 2012), on another planet in a galaxy, far far, away?
  • The studies that I’ve encountered in my research, were ever revealed to the public, after their completion, would we still be experiencing all of the problems that we live with today? Problems of crime, terrorism, abhorrent behavior of any nature? If everyone’s blood sugar levels, never went out of whack, Would any of the violent nature that you see in people today, ever exist?
  • It ever got published in any of the popular journals that circulate throughout the medical community, after the research was completed on any of the studies within any of the research I’ve been fortunate to been made aware of, by Dr’s Davis and Perlmutter, would our medical industry be fashioned in a different manner, so as they wouldn’t have to contend with the amount of illness and disease that this food manifests?
  • I was introduced to a diet high in fats and proteins when I was young, how many of the ailments would I not be suffering from, now? How deformed would I not be, or would I be, at all?
  • Society in whole ate a diet high in protein and fats, would our world have to live through so much turmoil?
  • The whole world has been on a keto diet, instead of converting over to a diet of carbohydrates, because agriculture was introduced to our race, when we were primitive, would have all acts of war, conquests, crusades,  rebellions, uprisings, riots, violent crime, violent behavior, and worst of all, terrorism ever taken place? Why? Read here.
  • Due to the lack of outside influence (glucose changes in the blood) influencing behavior and emotional reactions, caused by those fluctuations in the blood sugars, would as many of them have ever taken place? I’m willing to wager that a majority of them would not have, simply because the need for them to take place would have never existed. If our race could have grown on a ketogenic diet, would our culture would be as advanced as it is, now? Since it was agriculture that civilized our race, it was agriculture that started our advancement to what we are today. The question I ask now, has our advancement been in any way been restricted because of our addiction to a carbohydrate diet? My guess is, yes. It has. It is. And, it will continue to be, until we kill this addiction.
  • The benefit of the whole world being on this diet that doesn’t effect emotional behavior so much, allow emotions to remain much more in tack, making the need for war of terrorism much less necessary?
  • The world has the benefit of being on a high protein and fat diet, as opposed to a high carbohydrate diet, since time immemorial, would it have allowed our culture to develop differently because it would have never had to deal with the amount of illness and disease they cause?
  • If the world were on a keto diet, Would I have ever suffered from a severe closed head injury, in the first place? Would the drunk, who ran the red light, that hit the car I was riding in, not have been drunk? Would he have not needed to drink alcohol, because of the better stabilization of his emotions, because he would have been, on a keto diet?
  • If the world were on a keto diet, and knew about the sugar problems that alcohol, give you, would there be the problem that we have with alcohol, today? Or would everyone be better able to resist the temptations, alcohol, brings?
  • If the world were on a keto diet, and everyone thought with a clearer head, and were more able to keep their emotions in tact, would the amount of disagreements that happen, be settled in more reasonable ways, everywhere? If that were to happen, what would happen to all the violence in the world?
  • Your could track where a majority of violence occurs, would there be a higher volume of sugar in the diet, there? If sugar can effect our emotions so much, If it were removed from the diet in all areas, that experience violence, would the violence still exist?
  • If the world were on a keto diet, what would the medical industry do?
  • If the world were on a keto diet, what would the dental industry do?
  • If the world were on a keto diet, what would happen to the pharmaceutical industry, grain industry, farming industry
  • If the world were on a keto diet, what would happen to the crime rate? Crime is driven by greed and hunger, what would happen if greed and hunger no longer existed, because there are no more changes in our emotional status, caused by the fluctuations in our blood sugars, which are no longer present in the body? What if hunger no longer existed because of our abilities to go longer periods of time between meals, due the states of ketosis our bodies would be in.
  • If the world were on a keto diet, what would happen to the terrorism in the world? Most terrorism is caused by the need to retaliate, in any violent form or manner. Since there would be no sugar in the blood to influence behavior, we would be more enabled to control our emotional behavior, to the point, that we would be able to settle our differences more peaceably and amicably. This in turn, would go far to eliminate the need for retaliation, which in turn would go a long way to stopping terrorism. It’s that simple, remove the carbs, remove the emotional disorder, remove the terrorism. It’s that simple. Remove the carbs, remove the violence, it’s that simple. (Thank you, Dr Perlmutter!)

Keep in mind, these are only thoughts, questions I keep asking myself. Questions that keep haunting me. So it’s my concern, to deal with right now, not yours. Your concern, my only hope is, that you will learn and take heed.

A Summary Of How Hard It Is, For Me To Appear Normal – a short bio

How Hard It Is, For Me To Appear Normal

At one time, I was just as I appeared to be, normal. But that was quite a while ago. Now it’s a whole different story. Now, appearing normal is my biggest disability because nothing on the inside of me is as it appears on the outside. It takes more effort and energy than I can ever explain in one document just to appear normal. This statement, for example, I started it 30 minutes ago. I do the best I can and I don’t hunt and peck type.

I took typing in the summer of my ninth grade and even though I never had the opportunity to use it, it stuck with me and came back a soon as I started typing again ten years ago. Even though I can type approximately 35 words a minute, I can’t do it without errors. But those aren’t the only errors that I encounter when I type out a document of this nature. In order for the document to portray an accurate account of my experiences, feelings, both physical and emotional, and actions, both wanted and unwanted, I constantly need to re-read it as I type it.

Even though my fingers are the most guilty parties, because of the multitude of times I fat-finger what I’m trying to type, they’re not the main factor in my inability to finish this document in timely manner. The main factor is my inability to concentrate on what I’m writing about.

For that reason, I’ll make a list of the problems that I get to deal with everyday and how they impact every aspect of my life that I can think of while I write this, knowing that there will be things that I will miss and need to update at a later time when I remember them;

  • Weakness on right side, all the time
  • Slowness on right side, all the time
  • Paraesthesia all the time on my all parts of the right side of my body all the time
  • Difficulty with balance, bowel control, vision in right eye, all of the time
  • Trouble swallowing, hearing, holding on to things, most of the time
  • Difficulty with memory, (mostly forgetfulness & short term memory) creating problems with understanding, reasoning, judgment, analyzing, deciding…etc, this happens every time I need to use these skills.
  • Difficulty maintaining attention, maintaining focus and intent to finish projects, and tasks. this happens whenever I need to concentrate on a task or project or focus on getting a job done. I call it neurological ADD. It’ directly due to the massive injury in my brain.
  • Think, speak, hear and read dyslexic, and I do it quite often
  • Easily frustrated because of my inabilities often vocalizing my frustration at the top of my voice without control, hesitation or contemplation, too often
  • PBA more often, as my diet changes

All of these manifestations evolved after the severe closed head injury I sustained on December 24, 1984 as the result of a drunk driver running a red light and t-boning the car I was riding in. All of these problems are a direct result of the two bruises on my brain and strokes I sustained while comatose for 4 weeks due to that head injury.

For clarification purposes, I’ve now been working on this document for a little over 3 hours, to get this far and modified it again 5 hrs, later.

I will now try to explain how each of these manifestations affects the different parts of my life;

  • Weakness and slowness on right side

I suffer from multiple problems all on the right side of my body. These problems include but are definitely not limited to: all the troubles and difficulties listed above, such as swallowing, hearing, vision, coordination, speed of movement, difficulty holding on to things – I’m always dropping things because I can’t always feel my grip on them. I live with constant numbness (pins and needles) throughout my whole right side. My wrist always feels like it has a bunch of rubber bands around it that are always pulling and resisting every time I move a muscle. I never feel this on my left side. Every muscle on my right side has this elastic feeling.

My hip replacement is on the right hip probably because of my weakness on that side as well as my hernia, and chronic back ache in my lower back on right side. My right hand flops around every step I take, making it impossible to appear completely normal. Evidence of this can only be seen to an astute observer watching me walk. Whenever I take a step, my right hand flops around because of the lack of control I have over it. It’s like my hand is held on my wrist by a bunch of rubber bands.

Because my right side is slower than my left, my right foot gets caught dragging behind, causing me to stumble. While just casually walking, it takes constant effort to walk without limping, due to the weakness on my right side. This is something that can be easily seen by everybody every time I run. I cannot run without a very noticeable limp. Even walking fast can’t be done without a noticeable limp. I don’t like walking fast or running because of the problems I’ve had in the past with balance, slow and weak right leg that won’t work properly causing me to stumble or fall. I seldom walk anywhere without stumbling at least once because my right leg gets lazy and won’t lift enough to clear the ground.

To avoid any of these problems, it takes an enormous amount of effort and energy. To appear normal, it takes even more effort and energy.

  • Trouble swallowing, hearing, holding on to things

I often get food caught in my throat when several attempts to swallow it fail. I attribute that to the weakness on my right side not allowing my throat muscles to work as efficiently as the muscles on my left side where I didn’t suffer any paralyses. I have the same problem holding on to things. Because I can’t always feel what I’m holding in my right hand, I often drop what I’m holding on to. Things seem to slip through my fingers more than they do with anybody else. Of the hearing problems I have, only hearing dyslexic is probably a result of the head injury. The tinnitus I have is probably due to the direct impact of the cars involved in the accidents that caused my groin injury and neck injury I received in another car accident in March of 1993. I say that the dyslexic hearing is a result of my head injury because of the trouble I have with my short term memory and not being able to recall the meaning of a particular word immediately. I often hear words spoken in reverse order because of this. I often speak my words in reverse order because of the same reason.

  • Difficulty with balance, bowel control, vision in right eye

My balance is always questionable. Although I don’t often lose my balance while on both feet, I can definitely balance on my left leg better than on my right leg. My right leg doesn’t have the same amount of strength, endurance or ability to make the slight muscle changes necessary for balance, as my left leg has. That last reason alone is the major reason my balance problems persist.

The most embarrassing problem that I have to deal with, because it can sometimes be messy, is my ability to withhold a bowel movement. I attribute this to two factors; 1. That I’m not taking opioid medication anymore and enjoying a diet more rich in fruits and vegetables and 2. Weakness of my sphincter muscles to retain the fecal matter in my colon. Knowing that I always have at least two bowels movements each day, usually in the morning, I often have to stay close to a bathroom in the often case that I’ll have to go a third or fourth time during the morning hours. I’m constantly making adjustments for this problem alone for there are times when I’ve had accidents while away from home.

Concerning the vision in my right eye, the clarity of the vision in my right eye grows weaker on its own, sometimes while I’m typing and can visually witness it and sometimes while I’m sleeping and wake up with diminished focus. Sometimes while I’m typing on my computer, I can remember when I realized a diminished focus in my right eye just recently. This wasn’t the first time this has happened either. It’s happened at least 3 times in the past 15 years. But it’s only happened in my right eye.

  • Difficulty with memory, (mostly forgetfulness & short term memory) creating problems with understanding, reasoning, judgment, analyzing, deciding…etc, this happens every time I need to use these skills.

This is quite often the most difficult disability to hide as it’s always mistaken for stupidity or ignorance, when it’s almost always a case or either poor judgment and poor decision making due to the inability of my brain to remember and think rationally and in a timely manner. When given time to organize my thoughts, I can prove to be very intelligent. Living without the ability to use this gift has proven to be a downfall for me. This is where my lack of short term memory has had the most effect on my life. Frustration hits me hard when I try to accomplish something I should be able to do in a specific amount of time, and can’t. I either mess up the whole project, right at the finish of the project or can’t even come close to finishing it in the time I should be able to. This often manifests itself in a very loud and very vulgar output that I have absolutely no control over. Anger issues are a common problem with head injuries of the nature I sustained and I think they’re due exactly to this reason.

  • Difficulty maintaining attention, keeping focused and intent to finish projects, and tasks. this happens whenever I need to concentrate on a task or project or focus on getting a job done. I call it neurological ADD.

This is caused by the same problems as my above problem with judgment and reasoning. When you can’t remember what to focus on, how can you focus on anything? Lack of short term memory impacts a life more than almost anything else. You can never begin to understand what it does to interrupt a life until it happens to you and you have to live with it. These are “shoes that not everybody gets to walk in”, meaning only a few can fully understand the impact that no short term memory has on a life, and half of those that can, are are complete invalids. The other half are like me but you can usually see their disabilities. With me, you can’t because of the trouble, effort and energy I put out to look like I’m not disabled. I’m not a complete invalid, just an unseen invalid.

  • Think, speak, hear and read dyslexic often

I can’t remember living with this problem before the head injury so I attribute this disability as well to my neurological damage. Quite often I’ll say something dyslexic, or hear something dyslexic. Since my thinking is often dyslexic, I often type out my thoughts dyslexic as well. And this doesn’t even come close to the number of times I read dyslexic. I see a lot of words and numbers backwards or letters within the word out of order. This always causes me to go back and re-read what I just read. I also have to re-read what I just read because I can’t remember specific titles or names that I just read. You can only begin to fathom the problems that his can cause while I get to realize the full gamut of problems it actually does cause.

  • Easily frustrated because of my inabilities often vocalizing my frustration at the top of my voice without hesitation or contemplation

This is the most damaging behavior caused directly by the neurological damage I sustained.  Because of my recurring inabilities to complete projects and tasks, and verbalizing my frustrations in a vulgar manner, I’m always left feeling completely shamed from the action that I just presented, completely out of my control. I have no control over this behavior because all of my actions are actually reactions to my inability to complete or complete accurately, any project or task that I work on. It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I say the serenity prayer, when frustration of my own inabilities decides to rear its ugly head, I have absolutely no control over how my brain is going to direct me to act. Again, you can only imagine the problems this kind of behavior can cause while I have to realize the full gamut of those problems.

  • PBA more often, as my diet changes has become one my most recent concerns, I don’t know if this has anything to do with my acute diet change, but if it does, it’s a side effect that’s not nearly as hard to live with, as any of the side effects that I get from eating carbs.

 

I realize that the problems I experience are problems that a lot of other people experience, but how many people experience all of these problems on a daily basis, on an hourly basis or with the frequency that I do?

These are disabilities connected simply with the neurologic damage I live with, not the other disabilities I live with, in the form disabling pain in my back and groin and sometimes my hip. My back is sore when I get out of bed in the morning until I get back into bed at night, due to the degenerative disc disease and scoliosis I live with. The groin/testicular pain that I live with, comes on every afternoon, as I sit working at my desk. That pain has gotten severe enough to make me nauseous, at times. For twenty years, I’ve tried every known type of pain relief known to man, including opioid medication, nerve blocks, TENS, SCENAR, acupuncture, massage, topical balms, all without permanent success. Other than the nerve blocks, which are super painful to get, the longest relief I’ve ever gotten, was from acupuncture. Most treatments lasted for a couple days, yet sometimes I had limited relief on the third day. This pain is the result of a hernia procedure that left what I was told is my genitofemoral nerve but I’d rather think it’s my Ilioinguinal nerve because that’s the nerve that branches out to the anterior scrotal nerve, trapped in scar tissue, which is where my pain emanates from.

The hip pain I experience is due to the hip replacement I had two years ago. I experience a stabbing pain, when I need to pivot on that hip, that almost takes my leg out from under me. I can walk up to ¼ mile painlessly. Thereafter the pain just keeps getting worse until I can sit or lay down.

My daily pain levels are as follows;

  • Back pain – 2 when I wake up, 7 when I get out of bed with jabs to 8 or 9 following certain movements, 4 as I sit at my desk and work, 7 when I get up from my chair, 4-6 as I walk with right leg steps being very painful in the 8-9 range. When I go to bed at night the pain level as around the 4-6 range.
  • Testicular/groin pain doesn’t present itself until afternoon, depending on how long I need to sit at my desk. When it does it starts out in the 3-5 range increasing steadily in intensity for the rest of the day sometimes to the 8-10 range. (This is the pain that has made me suicidal.)
  • Hip pain ranges from 0 when I wake up and get out of bed to 4-6 depending on how much I’m on my feet and walking. Twisting on that leg often provokes a stabbing pain jumping to 8 and often causes me to stumble.

I’ve now spent 4 hours on day 2 for this document to this point. I’ve updated it twice today after 3 times yesterday. I ended up spending about 8 hours on it yesterday.

I’ve had to live with this condition for the last 30 years, some of the pain for 40 years and some for only  20 years. I’ve searched for cures for my pain to no avail. I’ve even requested that my right testicle be removed, thinking that if there was nothing there to create the pain, the pain wouldn’t exist, but was told time after time that I would have to live with phantom pain. So, I live with pain, sometimes massive pain, the kind that doubles you over.

This last edit took another 3 hours and includes 6-7 updates within the whole document. Even though I’ve updated this document 5 or 6 times, I’m still not sure I’ve listed everything necessary. Something keeps nagging at me that I just can’t remember. All I can say is that when something affects every aspect of your life, as my neurological problems do mine, it’s hard to cover everything in one document.

That was my last edit until I thought of some other things, while at church this morning that I should put in here. Now I just have to remember what they were…oh yes, the testicular pain that usually doesn’t start until afternoon; that happens every day except Sundays when it hits me every Sunday in the morning while at church, from having to sit in a pew for an hours. Something else came to mind while in church this Morning, sure wish I could remember what it was…Oh yes, OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Even though it hasn’t been diagnosed, I think I do have a problem with it due to my ADD. Because I have to keep my mind occupied, I have this obsession with the game FreeCell. But then I had my obsessions before the head injury as well. They were just a little more difficult pursuits than what I’m capable of now, like bowling and golf and any other sport I was invited to play. Now, my obsessions are playing card games on the computer when I’m waiting on hold or any other time when I have nothing else to do. Thank God I do that when I’m alone. (FYI- last edit started over 6 hours ago, but I only spent about 5 hours typing and editing it. That’s 6 days so far to complete this.)

Addendum:  While not being able to understand any part of a paragraph I read, I re-read it two hours later with complete understanding. Every word that I didn’t know before, my mind was able to recall when I read it the second time. My mind had 2 hours to work on the meaning of those words that I couldn’t recall earlier without me even thinking about it. Not being able to recall the definitions as I was reading the paragraph, wouldn’t allow me to understand it. But, I never would have understood it if I didn’t re-read it, because I couldn’t remember it. I also left in the errors from prior edits, to give you an idea of the problems I was experiencing at the time.