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.

Making Your Way through the Medical Minefield

Melvin H Kirschner, MD (Granada Hills, CA), physician and author. “The state of the medical system in the U. S. and how it can be fixed.”

Dr. Kirschner worked for the California Health Department checking the drinking water supply and concluded that it was terrible! He is 84, started in public health and then moved to Family Practice medicine.

The doctor’s primary concern is formulated medications, which he believes are over-prescribed, have too many side effects and are essentially all poisons. Sharon and the doctor agreed that we must be proactive about medications and not take automatically take everything that is prescribed. This involves self-education, informed decision making and seeking a natural cure before a formulated cure.

That is the also purpose of Sharon’s new www.NaturesPharmaFirst.com website. Continue reading “Making Your Way through the Medical Minefield”

Healthy Foods and Recipes Kids Will Eat

Ellen Briggs, food consultant, author, radio host and founder of the Kid Kritics Approved program. Joined by Sally Byrd, ND, Ellen’s radio co-host.  “Reversing childhood diseases such as obesity, diabetes, allergy and depression.”

In child health, water is the #1 issue and diet is #2. Ms. Briggs and Byrd believe that if you can educate parents about proper child nutrition, the parents’ diet will also improve. Their book emphasizes water above all in childhood health.

They believe that there should be “food circles” and not a food pyramid. And that water is the biggest circle.

Children don’t know how to eat, they don’t know what is good for them, they tend to get addicted to “bad” foods and they often don’t know where milk, cheese or meat even comes from. This can set up adverse pattern for life. And it affects all social strata.

Ellen and Sally have been working with parents but noted that parents would change their child’s diet to win a race or get them on a team, but not to improve their grades. The challenge is to get the information to the parents.

Ellen and Sally advocate healthy foods that taste good and they advocate incremental diet changes. Begin by cutting down and don’t replace everything at once.

Gluten-free diets are becoming increasingly popular and excessive wheat and dairy consumption causes numerous diseases. They are seeing these diseases at a much younger age.

There is a large disconnect for many people between their food intake and their health. And they want to cure their food-caused symptoms with medicine.

Website: www.KidKritics.com.

To listen to the full show, please visit The Sharon Kleyne Hour website.

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”

“The Basics of LASIK Surgery”

LASIK Pioneer Dr. Marguerite McDonald on LASIK Surgery. Dr. Marguerite McDonald (New York, NY), refractive eye surgeon.

Dr. Marguerite McDonald is a pioneer in the field of LASIK eye surgery and Professor of Ophthalmology at Tulane University in New Orleans. She helped build the first excimer laser for vision correction and performed the world’s first refractive eye surgery using lasers. She moved to New York after hurricane Katrina.

Dr. McDonald referred listeners to the EyeSmart campaign at www.GetEyeSmart.com for a wealth of information about vision care, especially for those over 40. Chronic dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic vision problems and macular degeneration are very real, can be dangerous and are all treatable.

Sharon noted that visual development is critical to learning and relationships and that eye care education for parents can be critical. According to Dr. McDonald, some hospitals now have all newborns checked by an ophthalmologist. Retinal blastoma is a fairly common eye cancer in newborns and can be life threatening. She recommends a visit to a pediatric ophthalmologist at six weeks to check on eye development. One infant in 250 is born with cataracts.

Continue reading ““The Basics of LASIK Surgery””