Category: Blood Sugar

The Dangers of Drinking Sodas

Great article from Organic Lifestyle Magazine on the dangers of drinking soda drinks:

“Soda is proven to be addictive and consumption has been clinically linked to increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, weight gain, kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, depression, asthma, headaches, ear infections, joint and muscle problems, developmental delays, ADHD, heavy metal toxicity, yeast infections, urinary tract infections, candidiasis, other increased pathogenic activity, increased PMS symptoms, brain damage, liver toxicity, tooth decay, acne, mood swings, decreased fertility in men and women, and so much more!

In other words, drinking soda feeds infections, disrupts the gut microbiome and the metabolic processes, degrades cells, causes chronic illness, exacerbates virtually all chronic illness symptoms, and rapidly ages the body.”

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If You Drink Soda, It’s Probably The Worst Thing You Do To Yourself (even worse than smoking!)

One of the most dramatic and effective therapeutic modalities for targeting a spectrum of chronic, degenerative diseases – as well as potentially having a direct impact on quality of life/healthspan is now starting to gain some traction in North America.

Used for many years as a therapeutic intervention for serious health issues by the medical community in countries such as Japan, hydrogen therapy is now starting to gain attention in the naturopathic/integrative and functional medicine communities.

Just this past week I was contacted by two local clinics here in Vancouver inquiring about whether I had knowledge about H2 therapy (I do) – and whether I knew where to access a new patent pending H2 tablet product which is becoming very widely used in the U.S. (I do know the contacts for accessing this product).

Six months ago I had the good fortune to meet with one of the co-inventors of this new patent pending tablet technology, to learn more about the product and the research behind it – and as well I have been personally taking the product for some six months now.

So as I do with many interesting therapeutic modalities which may have an impact on disease processes and health, I took a deep dive into the literature to understand more about H2 therapy – and the published research is very impressive:

Why You Should Know About H2 Therapy – and Why You Should Consider Prescribing It To Your Patients
Here is a summary and some links to further published articles on H2 therapy if you have an interest in investigating it further:

From an article from the website

Research shows molecular hydrogen has the potential to exhibits these effects:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Effects 13
  • Smallest, most bioavailable molecule in existence 14
  • Selective antioxidant 15
  • Participates in Gene Expression 16
  • Anti-Allergic Effects 17
  • Anti-Cellular Death 18
  • Anti-Aging 19
  • Reduces aches and pains 20
  • Protective to skin 21
  • Cardioprotective 22
  • Increases Metabolism 23
  • Increases Body’s Antioxidants (Nrf2 activator) 24
  • Decreases Muscle Fatigue 25
  • Reduces Lactate Levels 26
  • Anti-Diabetic Effects (type 1 and 2) Type 1, 27 Type 2, 28
  • Anticancer 29
  • Improves Cognitive Function 30
  • Protects DNA & RNA 31
  • Anti-Tumor Effects 32
  • Cytotoxic Protection 33
  • Neuroprotective 34
  • Radiation Protection 35
  • With zero toxic effects 36

Based on scientific studies/evidence, hydrogen gas therapy has the potential to benefit:

Alzheimer’s 37, arthritis 38, rheumatoid arthritis 39, Type 1 diabetes 40, Type 2 diabetes 41, Parkinson’s 42, COPD 43, asthma 44, heart disease 45, kidney disease 46, stroke 47, cancer 48, tumors 49, ALS 50, dementia 51, psoriasis 52, dermatitis 53, IBS 54, hemorrhagic shock 55, Crohn’s 56, fatty liver disease 57, liver cirrhosis 58, pancreatitis 59, cardiac arrest 60, neuropathy 61, Multiple Sclerosis 62, Hepatitis B 63, atherosclerosis 64, cataracts 65, hypertension 66, gum disease 67, traumatic brain injury 68, sepsis 69, subarachnoid hemorrhage (aneurysms) 70, infant lung disease 71, metabolic syndrome 72, lymphoma 73, retinitis 74, painful bladder syndrome 75, osteosclerosis 76, osteoarthritis 77, osteoporosis 78, glaucoma 79, pulmonary hypertension 80, pulmonary fibrosis 81, autism 82, depression 83, bipolar disorder 84, anxiety 85, schizophrenia 86, inflammation 87, muscle fatigue 88, increased ATP production 89, soft tissue injuries 90, pain 91, wounds 92, burns 93, seasonal allergies 94, autoimmune disorders 95, insulin resistance 96, hearing loss 97, ulcers 98, radiation damage 99, sleep apnea 100to name just a few as there are studies on over 170 human disease models

If you have an interest in finding out how you can access the H2 tablet product for yourself and/or your patients, reach out to me as I am working directly with the company to make this exciting product available to health care practitioners.

In the near future – within the next five years or so there will be a paradigm shift in how health care practitioners across the spectrum – including allopathic MD’s will be able to help their patients mitigate one of the key identified degenerative processes associated with aging.

What I am referring to is the pending availability of compounds referred to as “senolytics” – compounds developed to target senescent cells (referred to as “zombie cells” in the popular literature).

I suggest that the allopathic MD community will be very much involved in this treatment modality due to the fact that big pharma and the biotech industry are actively engaged in the development of pharmaceutical, prescription drugs for this application.  In fact there are currently trials going on which are testing senolytic drugs and early results should be available later this year.

So let me give you some background and context on why this concept of senolytic compounds is perceived to be such a significant development to target the deterioration associated with the aging process:

Senescent Cells: What Are They?

From the website:

(great free weekly newsletter on the latest developments in the antiaging research community)
The evidence of the past decades, and particularly the past seven years, strongly supports the idea that the accumulation of senescent cells is a root cause of aging. Cells become senescent in large numbers day in and day out, a normal end of life state for somatic cells that have reached the Hayflick limit. Cells also become senescent as the result of damage, or a toxic environment, and there is ever more of that with advancing age. Near all of these cells are destroyed quite quickly after they enter a senescent state, but enough linger to ensure that a few percent of all cells are senescent in old age. These problem cells secrete a potent mix of signals that induces chronic inflammation, degrades tissue structure, and alters the behavior of normal cells for the worse.

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Image from Life Extension Foundation

There has been an explosion of published research in the medical literature the last several years (over 8,000 citations in PubMed just on the search term AMPK) documenting the wide ranging significance of this endogenously produced enzyme on our health.

The Dangers of Reduced AMPK

With reduced AMPK signaling, a range of damaging conditions begins to take over a previously healthy body, often leading to an early death.

These damaging conditions include:

  • Increased belly fat,47,48
  • Chronic inflammation,7,47,48
  • Elevated blood sugar,47-50
  • Insulin resistance,7,47-50
  • High cholesterol and triglycerides,47,48
  • Decreased numbers and function of mitochondria,7,47,48
  • Increased accumulations of abnormal or damaged proteins in our cells that lead to neurodegeneration.7,51

To date, experiments have shown that increased AMPK activation is associated with:

Extended life span by as much as 2030% in animals,7,22,106

Improved glucose uptake in cells, lowering blood sugar,58,69,70

Inhibiting excess fat synthesis and increased burning of stored fat,17,71

Reduction of blood triglycerides,72

Decreased liver fat accumulation and fat-related chronic inflammation,63

Increased numbers of new, healthy mitochondria.62-64,69

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Robert (Rob) Lamberton


In this edition of my newsletter, we highlight an article from Ben Greenfield’s website: Ben Greenfield Fitness.

If you are not familiar with Ben’s website, it is definitely worth checking out: it is one of our favourite podcast sources.

This article highlights even more dramatic evidence regarding the profound health benefits of ketones, the ketogenic state and the Ketogenic diet.

Included is reference to recent published research from Reggie Veech, PhD who is one of the top ketosis researchers which suggests that being in a ketogenic state may influence longevity (in addition to quality of life).

In my opinion and based upon my clinical experience nothing works better to bring a patient’s metabolism back into balance from what I would refer to as “Diabesity Spectrum Metabolic Dysregulation”.

Following is Ben’s article.

From the article:

But I recently learned something about ketones that I never before fully realized, something that inspired me to begin knocking back a daily dose of beta-hydroxy-butyrate (BHB) ketone salts prior to my afternoon/early evening workouts -workouts that I’d normally, up until the recent past, enter into in a completely fasted state having not eaten lunch for the previous 4-6 hours.

The reason is because ketone bodies have now been proven to have some pretty potent anti-aging, longevity enhancing properties.

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The hormone Melatonin is best known for its impact on sleep and circadian rhythms, however it provides many additional health benefits.

The published paper I want to share with you today refers to its potential benefits for individuals who deal with Type ll Diabetes with CHD: but also it cautions about a common gene variant (30 % of the population) in which typical Melatonin dosages may create problems.

Here are a couple of highlights from the paper:

CONCLUSIONS: Overall, melatonin intake for 12 weeks to diabetic patients with CHD had beneficial effects on plasma GSH, NO, MDA, PCO, serum hs-CRP levels, glycemic control, HDL-cholesterol, total-/HDL-cholesterol ratio, blood pressures and parameters of mental health.

 And 6 Key Takeaways:

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