Water – the Great Mystery

Kurt Wuthrich, PhD (La Jolla, CA and Zurich, Switzerland). Scripps Research Institute, co-winner of 2002 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. “The Amazing Role of Water in Chemistry”

Dr. Wuthrich, co-winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1965 and taught in Switzerland from 1969 to 2000. Since then, he has been dividing his time between Switzerland and the Scripps Institute in LaJolla, CA. He is an avid fisherman and a devotee of Zane Gray.

His Nobel prize winning research involves a method of observing the behavior of large organic molecules (which he calls the “molecules of life”), called “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance” or NMR spectroscopy. Basically, the molecules are suspended in water and the system enables researchers to study the structure of certain types of large molecules, and changes they undergo in response to stimuli.

The technique is similar to MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans and one thing you can determine is if the molecules are dehydrated and whether or not they are acting normally. Behavior in water is important because the brain is 80% water and most other human tissues are 65% to 70% water. MRI is expensive but far less so than exploratory surgery.

In response to Sharon’s questions about dehydration, Dr. Wuthrich noted that there are several tests that can determine if a child is dehydrated. He acknowledged that pediatric dehydration is a major global health problem.

Dr. Wuthrich is extremely interested in water, especially as a resident of Southern California, where water is scarce and highly politicized. Water (and oxygen) are the most crucial elements for life and without water, there is no life.

Sharon asked if drinking water needed to be free, rather than combined with coffee, soda or juice. Dr. Wuthrich said he thought not, since those kinds of drinks are 99% water and even pure water instantly mixes with your stomach contents. However, coffee can be dehydrating and juices and soda many contain unhealthy amounts of sugar.

Dr. Wuthrich had some interesting commentary on his Nobel Prize. He was the lead researcher in a team of 20 scientists working on the project. It took 15 years to develop NMI and 18 more years to win the Prize. Meanwhile, he wrote a book on the benefits on NMI. The system has yielded many advances in the study of mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease in deer.

There was some discussion about global warming. Dr. Wuthrich noted that as a child, he used to frequently go skiing in Interlochen, Switzerland. These days, many Interlochen ski areas are at elevations that no longer receive much snow.

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Fit and Trim without Dieting

David Robinson, DC (Providence, RI), author of “Transforming Body, Mind and Spirit – The Non-Diet Way to Live Fit and Trim” was a guest on the Sharon Kleyne Hour on January 4th, 2010. Sharon Kleyne, host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour, interviewed him.

Dr. David Robinson is a Rhode Island Chiropractor involved in personal training and exercise instruction. He is concerned about the number of overweight, unhealthy people he encounters, many of whom think they are OK but aren’t. Too many are highly stressed and overburdened by unhealthy priorities.

The first step, according to Dr. Robinson, is to step back and spend some time alone. If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.

When he sees a new patient, he asks questions that not only reveal their state of health but their attitude towards life and health. He is then able to tailor a health and exercise program to take them from where they are to where they desire to be.

He says we should live our lives “above, down, inside and outside” because as you think, your body will manifest. Illness is physical, emotional and spiritual and worry about flu can spread the disease as much as the actual virus (which may be why it is called “influenza,” which is Italian for “influence”).

Regarding the importance of water, the body is 70% to 80% water and every body process involves water. At least some of the water you ingest each day should be pure rather than mixed with coffee, tea, juice or soda. Dr. Robinson recommends drinking 12 ounces of water every hour or so during the day.

He also recommends meditation (but not while operating heavy equipment). He has a self-rating quiz to measure the stress load of your work and home life.

Sleep at least six hours a night, preferably seven or eight. Meditation can help with this, also, and should include breathing exercises.

Children need to be calmed down at night so they can sleep better. In their activities, computer games are better than TV but books are better still and playing outside is essential. It is important in their activities, that children utilize their own talents and creativity rather than the toy or game designer’s.

Dr. Robinson suggests that one hour be set aside each day as “electronic free.” Athletics, obviously, are far better for health than electronics. He mentioned Aldous Huxley’s “automatons,” who were so controlled by conditioning that they lost their individual personalities.

Regarding diet, Dr. Robinson recommends fruits and vegetables in their “natural packages.” White flour and sugar should be avoided and water should be pure. Whole grain pasta is better than white grain pasta (unless you are an athlete undergoing short-term “carb loading”).

If you screw up your diet for a day, you can do better the next day and make up for the bad day by drinking 16 ounces of water every hour instead of 12.

Website: www.DrDavidRobonson4Health.com

Magnesium and Health

Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, (Kihei, HA). Author of, “The Miracle of Magnesium.”

Water, according to Dr. Carolyn Dean, is held in the body by minerals. People who are mineral deficient (including those who perspire a lot), tend to have problems with dehydration symptoms, in which the body, or a part of the body, lacks adequate water. This also applies to athletes who replace lost moisture with soda. Sugar is dehydrating and carbonation is even more dehydrating. You need salt when you perspire but you also need pure water and minerals.

Sharon calls the interconnection in the body between minerals and water, the “internal river” and it is closely linked to dehydration diseases. If you increase your water intake, you will go to the bathroom more at first but this should ease up after a while. Drinking water warm or at room temperature should mitigate the problem.

Magnesium aids in the electrical transmission between cells, as does calcium. You body contains 10,000 times more magnesium than calcium and when you take one as a supplement, you need to also take the other. Insufficient magnesium will give you heart palpitations, muscle cramps, brittle bones and atherosclerosis. Magnesium excites, calcium calms.

Magnesium tends to evaporate when cooked. Dr. Dean recommends fertilizers with magnesium for your garden to make sure it is in the food you eat. If the magnesium particles are too large, they will not absorb (need to be 4 to 15 angstroms in diameter). If the particles are in the plants, they are small enough for your body. Plants can also break down minerals from the soil.

The best foods are non-addictive and balanced. Avoid refined foods. Diabetes is 8% in the US, which is high, and 40% in Dubai, which only recently adopted a Western diet full of carbs and soda pop. Dr. Dean’s advice: fix your diet before you get sick.

The best high magnesium foods: Sea kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, molasses, brewer’s yeast, peanuts. But magnesium needs to be in the soil before it will be in the food.

Regarding raw fresh greens: Dark green vegetables contain both calcium and magnesium. But don’t cook them. You can add increase mineral content with sunflower seeds or sea salt. She also likes slushies with cacao (or chocolate), cocoanut milk and frozen bananas, possibly with a few nuts added.

Cocoanut oil is excellent – contains an anti-fungal so it does not go rancid. Contains saturated fat but they are “medium chain fatty acids” and very good for you. Cold pressed (with no heat) coconut oil is great for cooking or baking.

Regarding the “China Study,” dr. Dean is not an advocate of a vegan diet for everyone because some people cannot tolerate it, depending on their personal metabolism. People with blood type O seem to need more animal protein.

Website: http://www.drcarolyndean.com.

The Role of Chinese Medicine in Vision Care

Topic of discussion: “Chinese Medicine and Optometry: Preventive and Integrative Vision Care.”

Dr. Marc Grossman is a New York optometrist who has integrated elements of Chinese Medicine into his practice, with emphasis on treating of the whole body rather than just symptoms, to prevent and cure disease. He recommends the 2009 book, Healing Your Eyes with Chinese Medicine, by Andy Rosenfarb.

Dr. Grossman noted that the incidence of dry eye, near and farsightedness, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration are all increasing dramatically. He believes they are part of a whole body issue involving lifestyle and environmental factors. Macular degeneration is a major cause of blindness.

A central theme in Dr, Grossman’s practice is vision therapy, in which a series of exercises are employed to improve and maintain good vision. Since the eye is more closely connected to the brain than any other organ (80% of learning is visual), the mind can be a powerful influence. Dr. Grossman improved his own vision by 70% using these exercises.

The exercises consist, in part, of working with a set of “Magic Eye Pictures” that have been developed, shifting back and forth from near vision to far vision for about five minutes, etc. It is also important to follow the “Three B’s” of “breathing,” “blinking” and “beaming” (or smiling, which benefits the eye muscles). Sleep is also critical, as are eating dark green vegetables and drinking enough water each day (he recommends 64 ounces, taken four ounces at a time).

Dr. Grossman is an advocate of Nature’s Tears EyeMist, sponsor of the Sharon Kleyne Hour, to alleviate dry eye symptoms. He notes that the mist also picks up oxygen, which is extremely beneficial to the eyes. A dry tear film is always trying to pull moisture out of the air but when the air is too dry, this can work in reverse. Dr. Grossman sees Nature’s Tears EyeMist as a potentially indispensable eye accessory much like a toothbrush for teeth.

Website: www.NaturalEyeCare.com (free phone and e-mail consultations).

Sulfur Rich Foods for Endurance and Beautiful Skin

Thiênna Ho, PhD (San Francisco, CA) is a nutritionist and author of: Cooking On The Light Side: Smart Recipes for Bright Skin and Vitality.

Thienna Ho is of Vietnamese descent. Her family fled the 1972 Communist takeover in a small, over-packed boat, amid heat, vomit, urine and five pirate attacks. They had to dump most of their food to keep the boat afloat and survived by drinking rain water. Her boat landed in Indonesia after five days but some boats drifted for a month. She finally reached the United States at the age of 12.

Her interest is in alternative health and her particular interest is molecular biology and skin health. This came about because of her own problem with uneven, blotchy skin. She ended up with a PhD, studying skin pigmentation – and she solved her own skin issues through the use of sulfur compounds. Continue reading “Sulfur Rich Foods for Endurance and Beautiful Skin”

Lifestyle and Naturopathic Medicine

Paul Blake, ND (Maung Phetchabun, Thailand), “Thompsonian Naturopathic Medicine.”

Dr. Paul Blake is an American Naturopathic Physician who has lived in Thailand for the past two years (He offered no reason for this and was not asked). Until his mid-40’s, he lived in the US and worked in construction, following the typical US diet of red meat, soda and refined foods.

He began experiencing problems with energy level, digestion, aches and pains and loss of appetite. He notes that digestive problems are a common early symptom indicating the need for a major lifestyle change. After rejecting the “pill theory” of medicine as in effective and harsh, he began exploring other avenues. Many alternative medicines found to be too quirky. But he was greatly attracted to logic and simplicity of Thompsonian Naturopathic Medicine (“Whatever you are doing, if it isn’t working, do the opposite”). Continue reading “Lifestyle and Naturopathic Medicine”