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Sleep

Posted: 02/06/2014 in Health
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6 weeks ago I sprained my wrist badly, it was in the middle of the school holidays so there was a long period without any day structure. 4 weeks into the sprain and my sleep was completely haywire. There was some pattern sometimes – going to bed at 4.00 am, and then even going to bed at that time I wasn’t sleeping. What it meant was that I could not rely on being awake at any time – it scared me because I remembered how much sleep dominated my father’s life – to the point of rudeness.

Now I was completely aware that this was glands, my hormones were completely shot. I am on the Perfect 10 diet, and enjoy my food more – mainly because I allow myself cheese and butter when perhaps I shouldn’t (I have elbowed cream cheese) and I eat too much cheese. One good side to this cheese is that I don’t get “naughty” and have a pizza.

Anyway after a particularly bad few days with sleep – no pattern at all, I went to bed shattered around 10.00pm, and got the first melatonin sleep in ages. I had tried melatonin tablets – taking them when I went to bed after 2.00 am, but a couple of days after someone said they made him drowsy meditation told me to pack them in. Whilst my sleep has been shot I haven’t felt ill, and of course my routine has been altered because there was no school and no exercise – no beach with sprained wrist.

So my body took me to bed at 10.00 pm, and I woke up early – maybe 5.00am. And since that day I have had a minimum of 2 melatonin hours (11.00pm – 02.00am). Whilst I still occasionally have a doze, since that day I have been so much happier with my sleep.

I hope I am not counting my chickens but …. Glands are physical things, and mb says that in 7 years of a toxic free diet body parts regenerate themselves. Whilst I have too many fats to call my diet mb (40%) I don’t take any toxins so I still feel the regeneration can occur. I have followed diet for 7 years August 2014.

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Mandtao 10/12/13


I can only get one butter, and as luck would have it it is Anchor New Zealand butter. Look at this from here:-

“When looking for good quality butter, raw and cultured is best. This might be hard to find, however. Organic butter is your next best thing, with store-bought butter being at the bottom. Remember what we’ve said about commercially-raised cows; its worth a few extra cents to get high quality butter for you and your family. A brand of butter available in many markets is Anchor, imported from New Zealand. In this country, all cattle are grass-fed, thus insuring a high nutrient content of their milk, butter, and meat.”

In a country like Thailand (non-dairy eaters) raw and cultured is out, but I can get Anchor.

As for cheese I found my answers on the “Don’t eat saturated fats” pages, but is not one this page is not one. This is what they said about cheese:-

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Bangkok and Pattaya I can get some of these cheeses, and I might resort to the processed cheddar I can get at Makro. This leads me to another problem, will I go back to the excessive butter and cheese eating? See addendum.

This leads me more or less into

The Mediterranean Diet

This is Jon Barron’s description of the diet (with my gifs!!).

The Mediterranean diet is not “actually” the diet of any country or area; instead, it is “inspired” by the traditional dietary patterns of the peoples of southern Italy, Greece, and Spain. Generally it is regarded to center around high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits, and vegetables, moderate to high consumption of fish, moderate consumption of dairy products (mostly as cheese and yogurt), moderate wine consumption, and low consumption of meat and meat products.

I would modify that as follows, however:

High consumption of vegetables.
Moderate to high consumption of wild caught fish (if desired…and it’s still available).
Moderate consumption of organic, free-range chicken or turkey (if desired).
Moderate consumption of nuts (if not allergic).
Moderate consumption of fruit.
Moderate consumption of oils and fats such as: Olive oil. Walnut oil. Avocado oil. Coconut oil.
Organic butter from grass fed cows. With supplemental krill oil, squid oil, fish oil, and flax lignans.

Avoid like the plague all manmade trans fats (natural ones are fine) and all ultra-refined, high omega-6 vegetable oils (the kind that can last on your shelf for years without ever going rancid).

Low to moderate consumption of organic, free-range meat and meat products (if desired).
Low consumption of organic, raw dairy products–mostly as yogurt and cheese (if desired).
Low consumption of legumes– and if you eat them, make sure you soak them before cooking, and then cook them well before eating.
Low consumption of unrefined, organic grain products. (Avoid the newer strains of non-organic high gliadin wheat.)
Extremely low (or no) consumption of high glycemic grains, starches, isolated sugars, and any modern, high-gliadin, genetically engineered strains of wheat.

Summary solution:-

This diet looks pretty much 40/20/40. I won’t eat the meat after the duck reaction. When forced I have eaten meat and never had a reaction, maybe it was psychological telling me not to go there as I was testing it. Either way I cannot be sure of free-range so meat is out. Sugar is out. It says low consumption of cheese, that doesn’t sound Mediterranean but there we go. It says low on legumes but I have just reintroduced them into my diet – omitted by oversight; they are moderate consumption – 3 or 4 times a week as it has felt right to eat them. No more wheat (give to Walter), rye bread only; I have seen too many articles on scientists screwing with wheat yield and those scientists were pre-GM.

In my first year in Thailand I made occasional trips to Anna’s on Koh Chang for cheese, maybe I will check those out again.

I’m happy, glands resolved.

Addendum

I have always seen the butter and cheese as excessive when I was vegetarian, but it was usually with toast – TOAST – WHEAT. I am zapping wheat as I have said; moderate cheese and butter on rye bread – OK. More happiness!!

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Perfect 10 Nutrition

Posted: 02/04/2014 in Health, Mandtao
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Mandtao 10/12/13


“Your body requires 6 essential nutrient classes for growth, maintenance, and repair of its tissues. These classes are carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water. Carbohydrates, protein, and fat are the macronutrients. Vitamins, minerals, and water are the micronutrients.” [p96]

Macronutrients 40% carbs, 20% protein, 40% fats.

In the past on diet, I have focused on non-processed. I am guessing my diet was low in fats but I am not sure. I must now look at this balance of macronutrients. I must now look at my diet in terms of carbs protein and fats.

Carbs Proteins Fats
Vegetables Avocadoes/td>
Fruit Eggs
Legumes Butter
Whole Grains olives
animal fats
chocolate
coconut and palm oil

Carbs:-

Good carbs balance insulin, boost glucagon, support thyroid health, and optimize the production of sex hormones and DHEA. All these hormones are essential for you to be fit, radiant, and healthy. Your body needs these good carbs, but we eat far too few of them. [p97]

When you eat low-fiber vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, or beets, do so in moderation. These starchy vegetables should only be eaten by people who exercise regularly, since they can lead to weight gain. [p100]

Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, help neutralize dangerous estrogen metabolites in men and women. I must provide a word of caution, however; if you suffer from a sluggish thyroid, be aware that certain vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips, rutabaga, spinach, and watercress), when eaten raw and in large quantities, can block the uptake of iodine. That can aggravate your condition. [p101]

Fruit – Fructose, which is naturally present in fruit, does not negatively affect insulin levels like glucose. Nevertheless, consuming excessive amounts of fructose (like a glass of a fruit juice) in your bloodstream can be as harmful as eating pure sugar, which your body will store as fat if it isn’t quickly burned off. A fruit juice concentrate can contain as much sugar as a can of soda, and a fresh-squeezed glass of juice (which, stripped of its fiber, no longer slows the delivery of sugar to
the blood) can have even more. For this reason, you can eat whole fruits, but you should eliminate fruit juices from your diet. Don’t drink your calories. Chewing takes longer and ultimately provides more satisfaction. [p101]

Which fruits should you eat? I love cantaloupe, cherries, and all kinds of berries on the Perfect 10 Diet. They’re great for weight loss since they are very low in sugar and calories. Oranges are high in vitamin C and can help balance cortisol, making them a great stress-relieving od. Do you like grapes? Wonderful! They’re rich in resveratrol, which is good for your heart. [p102]

Legumes – Legumes should be part of a healthy diet. Try to eat them 3 to 4 times a week. They’re a good source of carbs and also contain small amounts of protein. In fact, legumes are bona fide belly flatteners. [p102] I don’t eat any I’ve just realised. This is not good, he says 3 or 4 times a week.

Protein

There is protein in plants. I have mussels and salmon, now with the eggs – plenty of protein but I don’t think too much. Will have to watch it. No doubts – my diet is low fat ie less than 40%.

Fats

Makro has given avocadoes, and now olives. If my diet is low in fat then I can take a spoon of coconut oil every day. I do like butter but am suspicious of it. Definitely an egg a day for breakfast, and evening meal fish and salad. What is coconut milk? I think it is healthy fat so that is good. Whilst too much diary is a problem I have no dairy except for the forbidden pizzas. But pizzas are
not good with the refined flour and other refined stuff. Do I want to start healthy cheese again? Smelly cheeses – smelly cheeses from Pattaya or Bkk – so occasionally. On diet when I have eaten forbidden cheese I have not had issues. But that is enough cheese I had some butter today and was not comfortable with it.

Before breakfast I am now having some healthy coconut oil.

“1. Saturated Fat (Excellent)

Saturated fat is found in coconut and palm oils, dairy products, and in animal products to some degree. Probably the single greatest nutritional myth of past decades has been that saturated fat is unhealthy. A huge body of research published in respected medical journals shows the exact opposite is true. Sadly, the majority of people never hear about it.

Eating foods rich in saturated fat, such as eggs and butter, boosts the production (and thereby the effects) of hormones whose structures are built upon cholesterol. These are the steroid hormones, which include the female and male sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Sex hormones keep you looking young, enhance sex drive, and prevent wrinkles and osteoporosis.” [p119]

“Saturated fat is also needed for the production of adrenal sex hormones like DHEA. DHEA is a hormone that prevents autoimmune diseases. It has been linked to longevity and also enhances your sex drive. Imagine the harm you’re doing to yourself when you deprive your body of these good fats.” And now to win the droop brigade:- “As you incorporate saturated fat back into your diet, don’t be ashamed or surprised if your sexual partner starts to complain about your high sex drive. That’s a sign of good sex hormones levels.” [p120]

“Saturated fat is also needed for the proper functioning of your cells. Saturated fat improves the body’s proper absorption and conversion of essential fatty acids like omega-3 fatty acids. Saturated fat is also needed for calcium to be deposited into the bones.” [p120]

I note two things from this ([p119]). Saturated fats are found in animal products to some degree, so in view of the problems of antibiotics this minimal healthy fat can be ignored. But they can be found in dairy products, so the question comes back “where can I get healthy dairy products?” The answer to that cannot change – western shopping in Bkk and Pattaya – maybe mail order? So it leads to another question, assuming 40% fats is right where do the Thais get their fat? Kanom – sweets. Mango black sticky rice and coconut milk. Problem – Thai people are getting fat. It is not just westernisation so have to be careful of “kanom”. How much do they use palm oil? Where is good palm oil?

“Cocoa butter is a saturated fat found in cocoa beans and is used for making chocolate. Eat some dark chocolate made with cocoa butter. It will help you feel full. Chocolate is made out of the cocoa butter and the cacao beans. The beans lost their name cacao in translation and became cocoa. On the Perfect 10 Diet, look for organic dark chocolate that is at least 70 percent cocoa. The higher the percentage of cocoa found in chocolate, the better it is for your cardiovascular health. Just be vigilant about the chocolate’s sugar content.” [p123] How can I find this? I have raw cacao beans – use them more. Maybe check for some dark chocolate although it will probably be sugar chocolate.

Back on the butter. Much of the cheese has to be dismissed because it is rubber cheese – processed. So what is the harmful stuff with butter processing? OK the milk will be crap – pasteurised, but all the cheese will use pasteurised milk. Rubber cheese looks shit, is that a judge? Should I check if it bounces? 🙂 🙂 Not serious.

Glycemic Index (GI):-

This guy sees white food as worse than sugars and he hates sugars – interesting; he discusses the Glycemic Index [p99]. Good carbs, veg, fruit and whole grains, have low GI; interestingly for mb potatoes has high GI. High GI means sugar therefore more insulin thus inhibiting glucagon leading to fat.

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About the 10 hormones

Posted: 02/04/2014 in Health, Mandtao
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Mandtao 10/12/13


“In this book, I discuss ten hormones. You will learn where each of the ten hormones is manufactured in the body, the normal levels for those hormones, which foods help boost or balance hormone levels, and which foods disrupt or disturb hormone levels. The ten hormones are insulin and glucagon, which affect food storage; leptin, which affects satiety and gives you a feeling of fullness; growth hormone, which helps you grow and repair muscles and tissues; cortisol and thyroxine, which affect energy levels; dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which relieves fatigue and improves your overall sense of well-being; and the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, which affect weight, fertility, libido, and aging.”

The Perfect 10 hormones are:-

insulin and glucagon food storage
leptin feeling of fullness
growth hormone grow – repair muscles and tissues
cortisol and thyroxine energy levels
dhea fatigue and well-being
estrogen, progesterone and testosterone weight, fertility, libido and ageing

The Perfect 10 Diet ensures that your body receives the right nutrient load, which is 40 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent fat, and 20 percent protein. [p31]

I shall go through the glands chakra by chakra:-

Crown – Pineal – “If you have excess cortisol in your bloodstream, this shuts down serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects your mood. When serotonin levels drop, depression can result. Depression is now on the rise nationally, even in children. Next, excess cortisol reduces your production of melatonin, the sleep hormone secreted by a small gland called the pineal gland. A drop in melatonin leads to insomnia.” [p86]

“If you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t make enough HGH, the hormone that keeps you fit and young, since it is produced mostly during sleep.”

Head – Pituitary – Human Growth Hormone (HGH)If you’re on the Atkins Diet, which is way too high in fat, this simply shuts down growth hormone, which is the hormone that keeps you young. Do doctors routinely check for growth hormone levels? Of course not. [p44]

HGH declines with age …. Body fat is a great inhibitor of the HGH secretion. HGH levels rise when
you fast, a response to the days when humans were dependent on an unstable food supply.
” [p84]

“Why does HGH play a role in immunity? Because HGH helps grow the thymus gland, a gland in the chest that makes T-cells, the cells responsible for fighting infections.” [p 85]

“Once you begin to eat the right amounts of protein, incorporate exercise in your daily life, lose weight, and get adequate sleep, your HGH level will go up.”[p85]

“If you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t make enough HGH, the hormone that keeps you fit and young, since it is produced mostly during sleep.” [p86]

“FOODS AND OTHER FACTORS THAT CAN HELP BALANCE GROWTH HORMONE INCLUDE: vegetables, fruits, poultry, eggs, fish, anaerobic exercise, weight loss, and fasting.” [p85]

Throat – thyroid – “The Atkins Diet is also bad for your thyroid, as it encourages a high-protein lifestyle. Too much protein can shut down the thyroid hormone from converting to its active form. Thyroid hormone is a major hormone that keeps you fit. It controls your whole life, not just your metabolism. If you’re on the South Beach Diet, which favors manufactured polyunsaturated oils such as corn and soybean, the thyroid gland is also negatively affected. Polyunsaturated oils in their free fatty acid state also interfere with the conversion of thyroid hormone into its active form. ” [p44]

“This gland is found in the neck just below the thyroid cartilage (known as the Adam’s apple in men), and it is controlled by the brain’s hypothalamus and pituitary. An underactive thyroid makes your metabolism slow to a crawl, which can make you gain weight even if you don’t eat much. Thyroid hormone has actions beyond metabolism and keeping you fit: it provides energy, improves thinking abilities, boosts the immune system against infections and cancer, decreases bad cholesterol, and lowers blood pressure.” [p82]

“Leptin is the master hormone that helps regulate thyroid. In times of starvation, leptin levels fall, signaling the thyroid and other hormones to switch into conservation mode. Metabolism slows down, body temperature lowers, and vital nutrients are conserved. But leptin resistance from refined carbs and excess sugar distorts the signals this hormone sends to the thyroid gland and the rest of the body, and may direct well-fed, and even overweight, individuals into fat-storage mode.” [p83]

FOODS THAT CAN BALANCE THYROID HORMONE INCLUDE: sea salt (in moderation), fish, shellfish, and sea vegetables, particularly seaweed. The iodine that is naturally present in the right amounts in these food groups is essential for the proper function of the thyroid gland. When you also eat enough fruits and vegetables, the “safe” types of carbohydrates, you increase production of thyroxine.” [p84]

Heart – Parathyroid – “Why does HGH play a role in immunity? Because HGH helps grow the thymus gland, a gland in the chest that makes T-cells, the cells responsible for fighting infections.

Solar Plexus – Pancreas – InsulinInsulin is the fat-storing hormone secreted whenever our bodies are called upon to metabolize food, and it’s secreted in higher amounts when the food you consume contains sugar or your diet is high in bad carbs (Fig. 1.1). When you follow a low-fat diet, your pancreas will work overtime to secrete more and more insulin in order to deal with all that excess sugar. Why? Because sugar is damaging to your tissues, so your body must deal with it right away to expel it from your bloodstream. As your pancreas secretes massive amounts of insulin—more than you need—to store the sugars, your body forms triglycerides, or fat molecules, and you gain weight. When triglyceride levels rise, your risk for heart disease rises right along with them.” [p37]

FOODS AND FACTORS THAT HELP BALANCE INSULIN INCLUDE: chromium, a trace mineral that enhances insulin function, and is found in brewer’s yeast, whole-grain breads, meats, eggs, and shellfish. Zinc is also important, and it is present in seafood and dark meats. Exercise is also essential to lowering your insulin levels and losing weight. [p80]

Solar Plexus – Pancreas – glucagon – “Glucagon is another hormone secreted by the pancreas. It performs the exact opposite function of insulin—it melts fat. When glucagon metabolizes your fat into energy, you lose weight. When food is available, glucagon production is inhibited.” [p80]

FOODS AND FACTORS THAT BALANCE AND INCREASE GLUCAGON INCLUDE: a diet low in sugar that features natural fats and sufficient protein. Skipping meals, which is not recommended on the Perfect 10 Diet, also increases glucagon, as does starvation (which, needless to say, is absolutely not recommended). Exercise also increases glucagon production. [p81]

Leptin – secreted from fat cells. Sugar Busters favors fake fats such as margarine. However, I just discussed the dangers of trans fats. This diet ends up messing up sex hormones. It is the sex hormones that keep you fit and young. This diet similarly disturbs leptin, the hormone that controls hunger.[p44]

“Leptin manages how much fat is stored around the organs and under the skin. When fat cells are filled with an abundance of food, more leptin is secreted, and the leptin enters the brain to curb your appetite.” [p81]

FOODS THAT CAN HELP BALANCE LEPTIN INCLUDE: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, foods containing natural fats, and fish. [p82]

Tan tien – Gonads – sex hormonesSugar Busters favors fake fats such as margarine. However, I just discussed the dangers of trans fats. This diet ends up messing up sex hormones. It is the sex hormones that keep you fit and young. This diet similarly disturbs leptin, the hormone that controls hunger.
[p44]

Tan tien – Oestrogen and progesterone – female hormones – “Oestrogen also stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, increases alertness, lowers body fat, protects against heart and Alzheimer’s disease, increases
insulin sensitivity, and improves glucose tolerance.” [p88]

“Oestrogen sensitizes the male brain, and too little oestrogen can effectively neuter a man. However, in men, excess estrogen is the real problem, especially as we get old. Too much caffeine and obesity can lead to overproduction of this female sex hormone instead of testosterone, the male sex hormone. Insecticides in our food chain have also contributed to the phenomenon of excess estrogen in men.” [p90]

“Men also synthesize progesterone, which is the precursor of testosterone (the male sex hormone) in smaller amounts. The decline of progesterone in males plays a role in increasing the conversion rate of testosterone into another hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Excess DHT as we age stimulates the proliferation of prostate cells, which enlarges the prostate gland and narrows the urethral channel, leading to urination problems.” [p90]

FOODS AND OTHERS FACTORS THAT BALANCE ESTROGEN AND PROGESTERONE INCLUDE: eggs, butter, fish, poultry, whole milk, and weight loss. [p90]

Tan tien – Testosterone – “Adequate testosterone levels prevent heart disease, and testosterone has no link whatsoever to prostate cancer. In adult males, testosterone is necessary to maintain muscle mass and strength, bone mass, normal hair growth, libido, and sperm production. It also keeps us fit and lean. You can’t attain that ideal (BZ – male physique) unless you eat foods that support this important hormone, such as animal products and cholesterol-rich foods.”[p91]

FOODS AND OTHER FACTORS THAT BOOST TESTOSTERONE PRODUCTION INCLUDE: eggs, liver, butter, fish, poultry, and frequent sexual activity. (Author: Isn’t that an added bonus?) Weight loss can also increase levels. [p92]

Root Chakra – Adrenals – cortisol – a stress hormone – This major hormone keeps us alive thanks to its three essential and powerful properties: it increases blood sugar levels (and thus energy levels), raises blood pressure, and neutralizes inflammation.

As insulin is secreted in higher amounts on a low-fat diet, blood sugar plummets. That’s where the cortisol link comes in. In primitive times, cortisol was called upon only when we encountered stressful situations, such as running from predators. It gives us quick energy to run from danger. But today, cortisol is called upon each time your sugar levels plummet after eating a cookie, drinking soda, or consuming any other sugary food or drink. This creates chronic high levels of cortisol. This leads to insulin secretion to deal with the sugar; then, insulin resistance follows. [p86]

“If you have excess cortisol in your bloodstream, this shuts down serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects your mood. When serotonin levels drop, depression can result. Depression is now on the rise nationally, even in children.” [p86]

“Next, excess cortisol reduces your production of melatonin, the sleep hormone secreted by a small gland called the pineal gland. A drop in melatonin leads to insomnia.” [p86]

FOODS AND OTHER FACTORS THAT CAN HELP BALANCE CORTISOL HORMONE INCLUDE: vegetables, fruits, fish, eggs, poultry, and occasionally some red meat. Try your best to relax and avoid stressful situations. [p87]

Root Chakra – Adrenals – DHEA – “Levels of DHEA decline with age; a 70-year-old produces about 10 percent of the DHEA levels produced by a 20-year-old.” [p87]

“DHEA naturally increases serotonin, which tells your brain when you’ve had enough to eat and inhibits the conversion of glucose into fat. DHEA also protects against arteriosclerosis and lowers insulin.” [p87]

FOODS THAT HELP BOOST DHEA PRODUCTION INCLUDE: vegetables, fruits, poultry, eggs, and saturated fats such as butter.

There are some useful summary tables on p93 – maybe to follow?

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Caveat – The Perfect 10

Posted: 02/04/2014 in Health, Mandtao
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Mandtao 19/12/13

Mine is the only way

With my hormone problem I have been trying to find out more about the relationship between hormones and nutrition. What has been disappointing has been the lack of information coming from my traditional sources – my usual sources of nutritionists and macrobiotics. In general I would assess their approach as being “if you take care of the diet the hormones will take care of themselves”. Whilst I agree with that in the long-term what do you do in the short term about hormone issues? One way is to go Chinese as TCM recognises hormone issues – although surprisingly Paul Pitchford, who writes much about TCM, has little to say about the hormones.

To start investigating hormones and nutrition I got into the book “The Perfect 10 diet”, and this has a lot to offer connecting the hormones (10
hormones) and nutrition. Unfortunately there is much to warn about in terms of the book along the lines of “Mine is the only way”. Throughout its reading flags were raised but I persevered because I was learning; but it was when I read this that I decided to write this caveat before anything else:-

Is It Healthy to Be a Strict Vegetarian?

That’s an easy question to answer: no. ” [p 116]

What is the tone of this? To turn people off vegetarianism. But in fact the only emphasis that he should be using in terms of his diet is the word “strict”:-

“I know we are constantly told that vegetarians live longer than people who eat meat, but this is a myth. Vitamin B12, which is present in animal products, is an important vitamin that is needed to lower homocysteine, a marker of heart disease.” [p116]

Is it a myth? I don’t believe it is but I have no evidence – and the author gives none. I was vegetarian on and off for a long while, but because I wasn’t health conscious I ended up with GERD. I am convinced of the benefits of a plant-based diet as is the Perfect 10 author, but I am now not a strict vegetarian.

B12 is a well-known vegetarian issue, apologies to Christine because of all the trouble she had but my favourite story is Christine Pirello’s story. Any vegetarian has to deal with B12, it appears some less than others. Once I became health-conscious I decided to eat some shell-fish, to be honest I have never been convinced of the purely-vegetarian solutions. I take some vitamin pills but am not convinced by anything produced in a factory. And there are too many arguments that the synthetic B12 cannot be properly ingested. Can the B12 in eggs provide what is needed? When I decided on fish I was not eating eggs – I hadn’t found the free-range eggs, maybe eggs can provide.

“Vegetarian diets are often high in carbohydrates, which can lead to exaggerated insulin secretions. A high insulin level equals getting fat.” [p116] I have no problem accepting this is true. Reducing a mainly-vegetarian diet to 40% quality carbs is probably not an issue – discussed later, it therefore is not necessary to dismiss vegetarianism contentiously.

“A vegetarian diet is also too low in fat. The greatest advantage of a diet with adequate fat intake is what it does to your sex hormones. A cholesterol-rich diet yields more sex hormones than a vegetarian diet. For guys, a body of research indicates that a diet with 40 percent of its calories from fat yields more testosterone than one with 30 percent of its calories from fat. The latest research clearly supports my diet plan. Strict vegetarians can develop a sluggish thyroid since their diet may be too low in protein, and an underactive thyroid equals weight gain. A diet low in protein may not support HGH production, the hormone that keeps you young and fit.” [p116]

I note here that in her conclusion Christine Pirello talked of increasing good quality fat.

Here is where it is getting “technical” for me. I think my diet (prior to the hormone issue) was too low in fat, but as a vegetarian I ate too much cheese and butter. I know that was not healthy but was it too low in fat? I haven’t fully come to terms with 40% fats yet (Perfect 10 says 40% carbs, 20% protein, and 40% fats), but I suspect the issue is not so much fat-intake as healthy fat-intake. Tons of processed cheese and butter is not healthy – my previous problem. For a vegetarian not to have 20% protein would have to be extreme, basically again a vegetarian who is not health-conscious so I don’t accept this crit either. I suspect mainly-vegetarian could be managed as 40/20/40, so the issue is to be hormone-conscious – and not to reject vegetarianism.

When he was contentious about veggies I decided to write this caveat, so here comes the other issues. Quite rightly he points out the issues of processed foods. In fact he pointed out something that I found very interesting concerning “white” foods, he says these refined foods badly affect insulin production – more than white sugar. I have always been conscious of white foods, here is a medical reason for that. I am never happy whenever I am forced to eat white foods – I usually carry my own cooked brown rice when eating out – even more so as I am now eating rice n peas. Processed foods are toxic so he spends time eschewing them. But what about antibiotics in meat? Does that mean perfect 10 people have healthy hormones and damaged livers? He mentions antibiotics in passing, but then he recommends duck. I am not a meat eater but by choice – not by hatred. I tried the duck and was almost sick. If perfect 10 means eating meat I’m out, but it doesn’t. Following his recommended meal schedule is out for me because there is too much meat, and unless you have a source of free-range meat I say the same to you. On [p116] he discusses animal fats “Animal fat has nothing to do with heart disease. It’s the manufactured fats, not the natural fats, that contribute to heart disease”.

But his style of writing is not inclusive of other dietary approaches, I definitely read him as someone who sees his way as the only way. I have not comne to terms properly with 40/20/40 as I don’t see my foods in terms of carbs protein and fats to know which percentages apply. My hormones were screwed and needed balancing. Acupuncture began that but my diet needs to address it. Readng his book is helping me decide, but in truth his diet recommendations are out the window as I have no source of healthy meat. One of my blogs will be about changing nutrition so hopefully it will be resolved. At the moment I don’t know how, because I don’t know how to get healthy fats.

He appeals to macho men, but men with huge glams are a disaster waiting to happen when they lose their fitness. Testosterone is only one of the 10 hormones, and to interest men in hormones you talk testosterone – so they can get it up. But testosterone is part of a package that should not be ignored – yet not emphasised.

I also recall that he recommends using artifical hormones but I haven’t got a quote so I am including it here as a possible caveat – if this sentence is not amended you know I didn’t find anything. I have one experience with artificial hormones – cortisone cream. Never again do I want to take hormones, it does not feel natural – and that’s my benchmark.

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Two Chakra Triangles

Posted: 02/04/2014 in Health, Mandtao
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Mandtao 16/11/13


This is an adaptation of chakra meditations that I have picked up – somewhere!

Lower Triangle

Ths connects the root chakra, the tan tien and the kidney – adrenals. You start by breathing in red through the root chakra at the base of the spine and moving the red energy to the front of the tan tien area – the spleen chakra (3 inches below the belly button). Then you breathe in orange through the tantien and move the red-orange energy to the kidney and adrenal region above the small of the back – ming men in Chinese. From ming men you move the energy back to the root chakra where you start the cycle again. You build an energy loop that will stengthen the kidneys and adrenal system.

Upper Triangle

You start by breathing in lavendar through the crown chakra (pineal gland), move the energy a short distance to the pituitary gland where you breathe in light blue. Then you move the energy through to the hypothalamus where you then move the energy back to the crown chakra. You build an energy loop that will build up the connections between the two glands and the hypothalamus, and because of their roles in the endocrine system this upper triangle should improve the hormonal control for the whole body.

See inset of upper triangle here:-

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Mandtao 16/11/13

This is a summary table of my study connecting the chakras and the glands with some description of the glands and their hormones. This is meant to be practical eg pancreas and liver are connected so yellow juice (described in the Zandtao Health Plan) helps the pancreas and therefore digestion and insulin. Nostril breathing has been most effective as it balances the chakras, and chakra colour meditation can help particular chakras an therefore the gland and hormones. Chilel balances energy so helps all chakras. Meditation on the balance of compassion and insight helps “on top” with balance. Physically herbal massage helps the energy flow and gave me good sleep, and saunas get rid of toxins.
PINEAL AND HYPOTHALAMUS

crown lavendar pineal and hypothalamus melatonin and serotnin – sleep cherries
The pineal gland is a small organ that is situated at the center of the brain. Shaped like a pine cone, and reddish-gray in color, this tiny gland is made up of glial cells (cells found in the nervous system) and pinealocytes. It is the pineal gland which connects the endocrine and nervous systems, and which helps convert signals from the nervous system into endocrine signals. It secretes melatonin, that regulates sleep cycle and hormonal changes during adolescence.
PITUITARY AND HYPOTHALAMUS

brow light blue pituitary connects to hypothalamus and stimulates other glands
Pituitary Gland
One of the main organs is the pituitary gland and is also known as master gland. It is called the ‘master gland’ as it produces hormones, which control the functioning of the other organs in the body. The pituitary gland is located on the lower side of the brain, and is the size of a pea. The pituitary gland consists of two parts – the anterior lobe and the posterior lobe. The anterior lobe controls the hormones secreted by the adrenal, reproductive and thyroid glands. It also produces certain hormones like:
Growth hormone, that aids in the proper growth and development of the body tissues like connective tissue, muscular tissue, epithelial tissue, and bone tissue etc. Moreover, growth hormone also helps in the even distribution of nutrients and minerals throughout the body.
Prolactin, a hormone that triggers milk production in lactating mothers.
Thyrotropin, a thyroid stimulating hormone.
Corticotropin, adrenal stimulating hormone.
The posterior lobe secretes two hormones; antidiuretic hormone, which regulates water content in the body and oxytocin, the hormone which activates the contraction of muscles in the uterus during childbirth. The pituitary gland releases some hormones which help in proper ovulation, and controls the menstrual cycle in women. It also secretes endorphins, the hormones that act as an analgesic, besides stimulating the reproductive organs to produce sex hormones.


Hypothalamus
The hypothalamus is situated above the pituitary gland, in the brain and connects the endocrine system with the nervous system. The hypothalamus produces certain chemicals that help in stimulating or controlling secretion of hormones in the pituitary gland. Since emotional and seasonal changes also trigger the secretion of pituitary hormones, the hypothalamus transmits information like change in temperature, light, feelings, etc. sensed by the brain to the pituitary gland.
THYROID

throat blue thyroid Controls weight seaweed
The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland, situated in the front part of the lower neck. The thyroid produces two hormones, triiodothyronine and thyroxine, which control chemical reactions in the body, like burning food to produce energy, stimulate metabolism of fats, proteins and vitamins, increasing the body’s sensitivity and generating heat etc. Thyroid hormones contribute towards bone growth and proper development of the brain and nervous system in children. Parathyroids are tiny glands attached to the thyroid. They produce parathyroid hormone, which, with the assistance of calcitonin, a hormone that is secreted by the thyroid, controls the level of calcium in the blood.
THYMUS
heart green thymus Immune system
Immune system – The functions of the thymus were not well understood until the early 1960s, when its role in the development of the body’s system of immunity was discovered. Beginning during fetal development, the thymus processes many of the body’s lymphocytes, which migrate throughout the body via the bloodstream, seeding lymph nodes and other lymphatic tissue. The main cells undergoing this processing are the T cells, a heterogeneous groups of cells essential in protecting the body against invasions by foreign organisms [BZ – not Buzzle].
PANCREAS
liver solar plexus – yellow pancreas Insulin and glucagon
The pancreas is a digestive as well as an endocrine system organ. The pancreas has a leaf-like structure and is located, on the right side, below the stomach. It is attached to the duodenum (small intestine), through the pancreatic duct. This gland secretes glucagon, insulin and somatostatin that help in maintaining a steady level of sugar (or glucose) in the blood. They also maintain energy stores and regularly supply energy to the body. Pancreatic juice, which is composed of digestive enzymes, is also released by this glandular organ for the digestion and absorption of nutrients in the small intestine.
GONADS
gonads spleen chakra – orange testosterone
The gonads mainly secrete sex hormones – androgen of which the most necessary is testosterone, the male sex hormones; and progesterone and estrogen, the female sex hormones. The male gonads, called the testes, are located in the scrotum. The male sex hormones influence changes related to physical and sexual development, and the male secondary sex characteristics like growth of pubic and facial hair, change in voice, etc. Testosterone also assists in sperm production. The female gonads, or ovaries, secrete the female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, which help in stimulating the production of eggs. Moreover, they are also responsible for the physical changes that occur during puberty, besides regulating the menstrual cycle.
ADRENALS
kidneys root chakra – red adrenals epinephrine (adrenaline) and cortisol
Adrenal glands are situated on top of the kidneys. They are triangular in shape and have two parts; adrenal cortex and adrenal medulla. The outer part of the adrenal gland, adrenal cortex, secretes a hormone called corticosteroids which controls the level of salt and water in the body, the rate of metabolism, immune system, sexual development and function, and the response of the body to stress. Adrenal medulla, which is the inner part of the adrenal gland, releases a hormone called epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, in layman’s language. When the body is stressed, epinephrine increases the heart rate, dilates the blood vessels and air passage and helps the body gain more oxygen. It is also used to treat allergic reactions caused due to a foreign protein.
Descriptions found at Buzzle

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Perfect 10

Posted: 02/04/2014 in Health, Mandtao
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Mandtao 14/11/13


Sleep and hormones continues to be an issue. It is now 5.10, I went to bed at 12.40am, and it was like I didn’t want to sleep as I wanted to force myself to think about hormones. The hormones-chakras interface is something that needs to be considered. The fact that meditation techniques, meditation and chakra meditation, helped solve the physical hormone problem is an indicator. If I am not understanding the relationship between hormones and the body, I am not understanding. The schemas connecting chakras and glands are significant, but I feel as if I need to know more. This has now become Mandtao as it is about “what is man?”

So to start the Mandtao blog again here is the hormone-chakra graphic for reference:-

Back to diet I have just discovered the Perfect 10 diet focussing on the Perfect 10 hormones ; please read this caveat before getting involved with this book – worth reading though. These next two graphics show those hormones:-

In chapter 3 he talks of “The 10 hormones that control health & weight”, I need to get familiar with the relationships between the hormones he describes. I am not sure about his diet though, he appears to have meat. I will not eat factory meat but maybe I can get free range stuff.

From Ch5 the “key principles of the Perfect 10 diet, “[p139] “The Perfect 10 Diet is all about nutritional balance—40 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent fat, and 20 percent protein.” Not sure, must try to work out where I actually am in relation to this.

Immediate reactions – calcium supplementation and refined meat? Should do daily exercise but am not chilel-ing.

The more I read The Perfect 10 the more in line with it I am. Change bread. No more fluffy brown bread, rye breads. He’s against fruit juices – check the ones I get. Some sugar but OK – think natural. Butter – but careful Reduce Oishi. Occasional fish – sea fish and cook myself. Organic chickens. Salad dressings.

Perfect 10 Foods:-


Changes – think about duck occasionally. Fish once a week – use salmon, no more bplaa duk. Reduce carrots – insulin issue. Oatmeal. Olive oil on salads.

Food Recommendations:-

Change bread. No more fluffy brown bread, rye breads. Think about duck occasionally. Fish once a week – use salmon, no more bplaa duk. Reduce carrots – insulin issue, more leafy greens. Oatmeal. Olive oil on salads.

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Huge hormones blog

Posted: 07/02/2014 in Health
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This is going to be a huge blog on hormones, my longest blog ever. I have been jotting stuff for a while but there was no cohesion. But now I have decided on an approach – forget trying to deal with the hormones.

Firstly I began an analysis of my hormones at different food phases in my life:-

Pre-Diet (working) 54 Pre-Hormone-Consc (Retired 54-60) Hormone-Consc (61-)
Diet Unhealthy Vegetarian Plant-based Mediterranean
Symptoms Migraines, flu
Pineal – good napper Sleep never good. To begin with alcohol, then stress. Weekends – get up Midday. In China severe sleep problem – connected with acupuncture corrective treatments. Usually had 1- 2 melatonin hours, sometimes 3 if work demanded – better sleep then but not always stress-free. No sleep in Bahrain (49) yet no perceived stress to begin with – Bahrain first sign of severe melatonin issue – year before China (50) and acupuncture No perceived sleep problem as happy being night owl until became hormone ill. Couldn’t change. Occasional melatonin hours Night owl – still trying to change Occasional melatonin hours
Pituitary – hgh – weight and immunity DHEA as well Never cared about body shape – associated it with being macho Feel a glow in upper body and have more swimming muscles – cannot swim better.
Thyroid and Insulin – weight BMI 80 Weight issues developed with the booze (stopped at 35). Continued weight problem I associated with stress. Never weighed – more than 100kg Lost 15 kg within 6 month. Fairly stable at 85. Once down to 82 and up to 89. Consistently 85 until started to rise with hormone problem Too heavy – consistently about 90 – now 91.5. I associate the problem with eating healthy fats (esp. butter and cheese) But is hormones not regulating. Feel some of this increased weight is muscles. Don’t like the increased weight but don’t see it as a problem – yet.
Parathyroid Flu always a problem, ill once every half-term. When drinking associated it with hangovers afterwards with stress. Reduced flu because of healing diet, always there though – at least one or two weeks flu every year. Flu was the issue that made me aware of hormones. Feel that hormone diet has increased immunity, cold symptoms – throat and nose not turn to flu
Testosterone Passionate when young, not just sex. Reducing. Reduced even further – more balance on hormone diet.
Adrenal No breakfast. Used to run on adrenaline. No breakfast. Continued to run on adrenaline. Small issues associated with kidneys, but now understood as adrenal. Breakfast. Healthy breakfast helpful. More balanced and less eating.
Itchy Eczema constant problem. When “Nancy-ed” severe problem used cortisone because bleeding at night. Always have jock-itch Started body-scrubbing. No more eczema. Patches on face. Jock-itch reduced towards end No eczema.
Bitchy Never Never Never
Sweaty shirt soaked in lessons in hot climates Sweat profusely with change of climate, shirt soaked in lessons – even when cold. saunas helped Don’t feel sweaty – good change. Saunas now part of keeping healthy, maybe once a month
Sleepy – see pineal
Bloated – wind Wind a constant problem. Can remember major efforts to control in lessons. Suspect I had IBS. Never concerned about health and weight Wind and IBS went with the plant-based diet Slight increase. Don’t feel overweight even though I know I am.
Forgetful Memory an important part of teaching. To begin with relied on memory without system, forgot stuff. As matured began using organiser – making notes and memory – worked well, as there was less to remember remembered stuff I forgot to write. But would tell people if you want me to remember must write it down Still use organiser but less to remember. memory worsening marginally but no issue No change – gradually worsening. Must be systematic. Everthing has its place – not in place must deal with it at the time or will forget. Using shopping lists. At this age one becomes conscious of memory more than before.
All-Dried-Up – see itchy as well Not drinking enough – changed to proper liquid intake. Ended migraines – mostly gone by then. Feel a headache start – drink and goes. Dry throat esp when wake up, prone to a dry cough

This gave me a picture of the impact of hormones, it is important to be aware of hormones and the way they cause problems – in my case now primarily sleep and weight.

This was going to be part of a process of targetting hormones through hormone replacement therapy based on the book “Ageless” by Suzanne Somers – excellent book. The following is the thinking process the book was leading me through:-

The first thing to note about hormone replacement is that it has to be bioidentical. I haven’t come to terms with its meaning but I think it is something like you can find plants in Nature that have the same hormones as humans. Synthetic hormone like the cortisone cream I used are extremely dangerous, and cause further imbalance.

The first problem I have with her book is that it is discussed as anti-ageing. Now I have no problem with lessening the effects of ageing but I am not trying to regain youth. What about the raging hormones when I fell in love? I was out of control, and totally at the mercy of the woman concerned. Talk about dick-led. There is a question of premature ageing. I surmise that we age prematurely in a society whose food is so unhealthy and whose environment is equally unhealthy. At the same time unhealthy lifestyles are encouraged. In my case there are two lifestyle issues I never even considered were issues – not having breakfast and being a night owl. It was only until my knackered immune system allowed two flus in consecutive months that I realised my balance was gone. Place that in the context of my diet, and it starts to point at something. My diet did not address the issue of hormones ie a plant-based diet has the potential not to address hormones. And when I say plant-based diet I include macrobiotics.

Now I haven’t resolved my hormone problems yet, and might well have to spend to solve them, but I have no doubts at all that my change in diet is helping. However I appear not to be as healthy as I was two years ago – re-evaluated see below. At that stage (2 years ago) the hormone issues had not surfaced. I did feel a cold chest but the flu was still annual – just. My body was allowing me to heal it through the different stages as with detox, pH-balance, probiotics etc – detailed in the Zandtao plan. And the stage I am at is hormone balance. This means that the lifestyle issues of no breakfast and night owl are now raising their heads. I am satisfied with my breakfast change but Nature’s circadian rhythm is eluding me.

Why breakfast? The adrenal glands. They need food. I used to get up, not eat, and some days it could be early afternoon before I ate. I used to think I was developing kidney problems but I am now pretty certain that it was the adrenal glands that have suffered. But the night owl habits are proving extremely difficult. As a teacher I would stay up late – gone midnight, get up, rush out of the house, and barely be on time for school. My days improved when I went international because of their imposed school days. Starting at 07.00, 07.30, 06.15 in my 40s and early 50s forced me to get melatonin hours (23.00 – 02.00), and I felt better for them. Now I can do 02.00 – 08.00, nap during the day and get no melatonin hours. It’s no wonder that I eventually damaged my immune system – parathyroid gland.

I am becoming more and more convinced that my plant-based diet had deficiencies that affected my hormones, I am not prepared to say that the diets are intrinsically faulty but the way I practised them were. However I am happy to accept that the pace the plant-based diet took me through my healing was correct for me, but for hormone balance it needs changing. Now the book that made me alter my diet was the Perfect 10 book – torrent giving me the target of 40% carbs, 20% protein and 40% fats. In changing to this I increased fish, eggs and avocadoes, and I added butter and cheese. Now previously I hadn’t eaten eggs because I hadn’t found the free range, I had fish once a week – a bit more than that; my one “sin” interestingly was the occasional pizza. Now my breakfast includes salads with avocado (finding them has also been a new addition – if they were available previously I would have bought them), butter cheese and eggs. Healthy fat. Now butter and cheese I classified as dairy, didn’t eat them, and because I only ate some fish and no meat my fat was well below 40%. I think this was the negative affect on my hormones. I would note that the increased fats have not increased my weight although I am overweight – not true see below. I still snack late at night a little but not as bad as before – this is disappearing.

Where are my hormone issues? As far as I know they are melatonin primarily and weight – thyroid, insulin and DHEA I think.

Now to anti-ageing. The notion of that just goes completely against my Natural philosophy, but the problem is I don’t know what Natural ageing is. What make it worse is that many anti-ageing centres have all the plastic surgery stuff as well – something I abhor. So if I am going to try BHRT
(bioidentical hormone replacement therapy), I must join the queues with the botox, nose jobs and tummy tucks – Michael Jackson here I come; maybe I will change into a less-heavy Idi Amin. But if the philosophy of these places is to pander to the vanity of the ageing rich, there is not going to be an understanding of Natural ageing hormone levels. Of course in this day and age of environmental pollution who will know what is Natural ageing hormone levels. Mind you, to be fair, such a concept has got to be new. We have an ageing population in the West because there are no survival deaths, no curable disease deaths, even though there is an increase in degenerative diseae deaths because of BigFood and BigPharma promoted lifestyles.

I would prefer the political term appropriate-ageing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy – AABHRT. Now the book that has got me into this is Suzanne Somers torrent. This book is much more geared towards the hormone issues for women, but she introduced me to the possibility of bioidentical. But she does speak of anti-ageing too much.

Reading this brought up the issue of cancer:-

As human beings, we are a bundle of cells reproducing. That is how we stay alive. So does it make any sense to avoid one of the essential elements of the makeup of a cell? By avoiding fats, people were left defenseless against cancer-cell growth. Remember, abnormal division of cells is the definition of cancer. So if you are avoiding one of the building blocks (fats) of the makings of a cell, there is no way a cell can reproduce properly. [p86]” There is not much fat in mb, yet I accept that it is an anti-cancer diet. And what about my hero, Gerson? That is a juicing diet, where is the fat there? Confused!! Maybe the healthy diet (plant-based) with the lack of fat inhibits the cell growth of cancers, and that maybe after they have gone there is a need to deal with the hormones. Knackered hormones are not a disease in themselves although the consequences could well be. Or maybe 40/20/40 (Perfect 10) is also anti-cancer.

Then she says this “That’s where they keep the real food—meat, chicken, fish, dairy, fruits, and vegetables. [p87]” Free range meat and chicken great, antibiotic-filled lumps of meat – can’t accept this. Perfect 10 told me dark meats, I tried duck and was so uncomfortable trying to retch it out. Normally on diet any meat that came my way was no problem – gluttoning on Brian’s sausages(!), but when I was considering unsafe meat as part of diet my body retched. I have listened. Iwill give free range meat a chance if it comes my way but only that. Suzanne can choose for herself. On dairy I have decided that it is the milk that is the issue. Cow’s milk builds healthy cows, but cows don’t eat butter and cheese. Butter and cheese come from milk but I have found them acceptable. It is a distinction that works for me but whether it is a principle I am unsure. Maybe it is because my body needs healthy fats, and it doesn’t want meat!!

On cancer again “Although no one really knows where cancer comes from, whether it’s diet or something else, the best prevention is to keep your hormones balanced. In fact, the doctors I have interviewed for this book all concur that the best prevention for the diseases of aging is balanced
bioidentical hormone replacement. Think about it: Young people, with their full complement of hormones, rarely get cancer, heart disease, or Alzheimer’s disease.
[p86]” Not sure.

Remember those seven dwarfs: Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, Bloated, Forgetful, and All-Dried-Up. [p103]” These are gauges for women and hormones, are they true for men? Answer “those seven dwarfs pop up again: Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, Bloated, Forgetful, and All-Dried-Up. [p165]”

For men, your grumpiness dissipates. You get your energy back. Your libido wakes up. You want to go out, have fun, and continue working. That fat around your belly now has a chance of going away, provided you are eating correctly and exercising in moderation. [p104]”

More on the ageing issue there was a letter that wound me up. The letter [Suzanne p71] basically addresses the word “appropriate” for me. It is basically a letter written by someone who is over the moon about BHRT. What is good in the letter is that he turned from a “given-up” old guy into an active guy.

I am not a “given-up” old guy, I’m having the best time of my life. I don’t have to work, and have sufficient pension to live this lifestyle. I swim 300m 3 times a week, and do some chilel. Where does it break down? Six months ago with the hormones. A changed diet has helped but not resolved all problems, and yet again I have become a pin cushion for the acupuncturist to try to balance the hormones. My hormone constitution is not causing illness, but I returned to the pin-couch because I felt the sniffles and because my sleep was all over the place – I would also note that my weight has gone up a little on the mediterranean diet.

I believe I need significant but not drastic tweaking, and that is why I am considering BHRT. Yesterday I investigated the possibility that the katoey pharmacy would be able to get “bioidenticals”. and the answer was no; I was willing to attempt melatonin adjustment myself. So if I go down this road it appears I have to deal with the Bangkok Hospital chain – starting in Bangkok; in other words load o’ money. Within reason I might do that.

Now back to the letter, how does this illustrate appropriateness? I am taking for granted that BHRT will produce benefits, but throughout the book Suzanne is promoting a panacea for youth. I don’t want youth, I just don’t want ill health and incapacity; I discussed this in hormone replacement
already.

My libido returned with a vengeance, and my wife keeps looking at me with that what-happened-to-you look. I have turned into a hiking fool and need to go straight up a mountain to get rid of this excess energy, and for the first time in my life, I am experiencing endorphins, which I love.

A returning libido is the last thing I want, there’s enough unfulfilled desire issues in Thailand without my adding my libido. Presumably with use of testosterone I could mantain an erection, and have fulfilling sex but it doesn’t in terest me. I am much happier not having to deal with the libido
rollercoaster. But the knock-on effects of lower testosterone are apparent. I suspect that reduced testosterone, led to other hormones under-functioning. I want the level of testosterone that will allow me to balance the hormones without starting that appalling libido rollercoaster.

Some people think I have too much energy for my age. I am not one but I am far from listless. Whilst I watch too much TV I am not a TV cabbage. I sometimes have a tiredness issue when I am studying – particularly in the morning if I force myself to get up. I swim to keep fit, I do chilel to keep my energy levels up, and I have energy to work when I am not sleeping. Perhaps if I had to do a lecture tour or had greater demands on my time I would need more umph but for what I do Iam comfortable. I don’t need to be a hiking fool although in truth I would struggle if I had to go hiking. But that time has passed, I don’t need to be a westerner trying to keep up with shit.

Most of my doctors told me not to do anything. “Let nature takes its course. We don’t know enough about testosterone and human growth hormone yet. Most of those supplements you are taking are probably ending up in Santa Monica Bay. Why do you want to do this?” [p173]” I feel like these doctors except that their expectations are way too low. This quote is from “premature-ageing” doctors, I want an appropriate-ageing doctor who would recognise a balanced regimen and help me keep it.

I dumped all my doctors and found new ones who are young and forward-thinking. [p173]” Young sounds deadly. I don’t want to be a hormone-driven 20-something lurching from one personal relaionship crisis to another. I am an elder, and happy to be so. I have learnt about life. These “young forward-thinkers” might be fortunate enough to have stepped outside the box but they haven’t got my life of questioning. They don’t know why I am so much happier not having to deal with young shit.

I feel better than I ever have and a lot better than any of my friends, who are really a bunch of grouchy old farts who pooh-pooh what I am doing while they are losing their minds and their bodies. [p173]” I already feel like this, I just want to improve.

After having a pop at this letter I read the interview with Suzanne’s son; this stood out for me:-

He wasn’t trying to make me a twenty-five-year-old. That would be weird and dangerous. Everything is about moderation. Dr. Allen has been trying to get me five to seven years younger on the inside. That will manifest on the outside. That’s the benefit [p 177]” Now that’s more appropriate. But then he said this “I attributed a lot of that good feeling to the testosterone, the HGH, and the sixty-five vitamins, minerals, and Chinese herbs I take twice a day. [p178]” That pill-dropping is completely off – no way, where is that coming from?

It is interesting how the son was argueing for Lance Armstrong to be able to use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy [p179]. I have no idea what drugs “disgraced” Armstrong in the end but even if they were hormones that he took he knew the rules. Whether it is wise for an athlete to take hormones is a different question. Synthetic hormones definitely not. Are steroids hormones? There are no doubts that steroids some athletes take adversely affect them psychologically. Of course the problem with sports and drugs is that common sense is not the issue, athletes professional or otherwise seek performance enhancement to the detriment of their bodies, sort science is concerned with human performance whether at the expense of the athlete or not. Athletes often splodge after they have finished. I remember Billy Bremner. He was a midfield dynamo for Leeds when they still played football. He died with a pot belly at 44, I think after a stroke; my view, he was stretched to the extreme when playing. I think that extreme happens often in sport – legally or otherwise. Taking recommendations of sports adrenaline-junkies is not something I will do.

Yes, those cells that make their own progesterone need to be healthy to keep making their own progesterone. So it’s really a balance between maintaining circulating levels of systemic hormones and replacing those that are no longer being produced.

Looking at all the hormones requires a balancing act among all of them. As we age, the synchronous production of hormones becomes dissynchronous. The rise and fall during the day gets dysregulated and upset, so part of the skill of replacing hormones is trying to bring some synchronous side to hormones. DHEA, for example, is probably best given at bedtime. [p186] ”

Talking of Lance Armstrong brought up a memory of a squash friend (a couple of years older than me) who I thought of as an adrenaline junkie – before I knew about hormones – adrenaline was just a word for stuff that came in your body in sports or when you were hyped. I was 49 or 50, and playing the full squash session was a struggle for me. I used to be able to “give him a game” because I could hit winners thus making the scores more even. I am fairly sure I always lost but I can’t remember. My point about this was that after he played me he would go off into the gym to do weights whilst I struggled to a shower and jacuzzi. After a year of this he moved on jobs, and the next I heard he’d had a stroke. Our paths crossed again and he was a shadow of who he’d been – but he was in recovery, but there was still in him this adrenaline junkie but he couldn’t do it. It is more than 10 years since I’ve met him and he is still alive – I don’t know about the condition of his heart or physical exercise now. At that time I wasn’t particularly fit but he was over-the-top. Hormones a problem, maybe, but if he took bioidenticals would his mind feel the chemicals and he then push his heart too much?

At this point I was looking into bioidenticals so sought a solution online. Looking online for hormones is too risky. The people who answer are selling, they are not there to answer questions that will guide people away from their product. I contacted provacyl mentioning bioidentical, and asked about the contents getting a standard reply – reasonable. I pursued the query got the same reply. I wrote back saying my question wasn’t answered, and someone engaged saying that the product was herbal and encouraged hormone development so then I asked a two-part question:-

The first part got no reply, I asked if there were no synthetic hormones (lost the question.

But there was a reply to the second part of the same email with a further list of ingredients, some of which were hormones. Decision – too risky.

There was homeopathic melatonin online. They said melatonin was usually synthetic, I asked somewhere else but got no answer.

I would guess that all of the above took a month to grow. During that month I have almost completed a course of acupuncture. This acupuncture has seen a growth in energy levels (verified by the acunouncture pulses) but it has not seen a change in sleep patterns – nor has it altered the weight issue. Above I discussed cheese and butter. I overdid them. The plant-based diet saw the end of them – or at least I had thought so. Perfect 10 started me on Mediterranean, and that meant cheese and butter. When I overdid it, I got phlegm problems. I stopped the cheese and butter, and what happened cheese cravings. I think I am sufficiently in tune to recognise that this is not errant taste buds but a bodily need. Balanced cheese and butter are needed. Why Perfect 10 came up with 40% fats I don’t know but I feel it is in the ballpark.

But 40% fats is giving me weight!!! Danger!!!

I have arrived at my strategy. Humans produce their own hormones. There might be cases in which synthetic are appropriate – but not for me. Bioidentical seems to make sense. Measure hormones, an expert decides on an appropriate level, and then tops up with bioidenticals; makes sense. It is good use of intelligence to investigate Nature’s “bioidenticals” but is that use for normal ageing or if something is going wrong? I have decided on the latter.

The three tenets of Zandtao are clear:-

Improving the mind

Harmonising our energy

Taking care of our bodies

Now that I have a local acupuncturist I can balance the energy along with doing chilel; I can attend regularly if I feel energy is out-of-sync. I am following a balanced diet – with Perfect 10 adjustments. I can focus on certain things – such as seaweed for thyroid, and fruit-shots for the pineal. I trust balance, I trust Nature. There is exercise, sauna and massage. There are hormones to be monitored but pills-for-hormone-levels is not for me. Doesn’t feel natural; science in daily life need not push in that direction. Why shouldn’t I be out of balance now? I lived 55 years without diet, so why shouldn’t hormones have got screwed – especially when you consider other ways I screwed with my body. It is time to end hormone fixation. Watch them, follow the three tenets, and trust that Nature will return to normal. Don’t be attached to rupa – anatta – 3rd tenet.

I feel OK even though there are sleep and weight issues, that is what matters – long-term happiness.

Books:- Treatise, Wai Zandtao Scifi, Matriellez Education.

Blogs:- Ginsukapaapdee, Mandtao, Matriellez.

Glands on Mandtao

Posted: 14/11/2013 in Health
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Sleep and hormones continues to be an issue. It is now 5.10, I went to bed at 12.40am, and it was like I didn’t want to sleep as I wanted to force myself to think about hormones. The hormones-chakras interface is something that needs to be considered. The fact that meditation techniques, meditation and chakra meditation, helped solve the physical hormone problem is an indicator. If I am not understanding the relationship between hormones and the body, I am not understanding. The schemas connecting chakras and glands are significant, but I feel as if I need to know more. This has now become Mandtao as it is about “what is man?”

I include the rest of the post here as it includes diet changes:-

So to start the Mandtao blog again here is the hormone-chakra graphic for reference:-

Back to diet I have just discovered the Perfect 10 diet focussing on the Perfect 10 hormones . These next two graphics show those hormones:-

In chapter 3 he talks of “The 10 hormones that control health & weight”, I need to get familiar with the relationships between the hormones he describes. I am not sure about his diet though, he appears to have meat. I will not eat factory meat but maybe I can get free range stuff.

From Ch5 the “key principles of the Perfect 10 diet, “[p139] “The Perfect 10 Diet is all about nutritional balance—40 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent fat, and 20 percent protein.” Not sure, must try to work out where I actually am in relation to this.

Immediate reactions – calcium supplementation and refined meat? Should do daily exercise but am not chilel-ing.

The more I read The Perfect 10 the more in line with it I am. Change bread. No more fluffy brown bread, rye breads. He’s against fruit juices – check the ones I get. Some sugar but OK – think natural. Butter – but careful Reduce Oishi. Occasional fish – sea fish and cook myself. Organic chickens. Salad dressings.

Perfect 10 Foods:-


Changes – think about duck occasionally. Fish once a week – use salmon, no more bplaa duk. Reduce carrots – insulin issue. Oatmeal. Olive oil on salads.

Food Recommendations:-

Change bread. No more fluffy brown bread, rye breads. Think about duck occasionally. Fish once a week – use salmon, no more bplaa duk. Reduce carrots – insulin issue, more leafy greens. Oatmeal. Olive oil on salads.

Books:- Treatise, Wai Zandtao Scifi, Matriellez Education.

Blogs:- Ginsukapaapdee, Mandtao, Matriellez.