Health – Arthritis – Fix the Cause – Eliminate the Pain

Arthritic pain

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The Basics:  Here are the basics you need to know about arthritis and what you can do to help eliminate arthritis pain.

Arthritis is an autoimmune disease.  If you treat the symptoms of arthritis (pain, swelling, stiffness, etc), you will always treat symptoms.

You must treat the cause of arthritis to control and eliminate the disease.  What you don’t know about arthritis can be painful.

Arthritis is an autoimmune disease caused when human collagen is exposed to the blood stream (injury, wear-out, etc).  Your autoimmune system attacks the ‘invader’ (human collagen) and the result is swelling, pain, etc.

Arthritis can be treated with Type II Undenatured Chicken CollagenType II Undenatured Chicken Collagen is geometrically very close to the structure of human collagen – expose your immune system to the nearly identical geometrical structures, and, over time your body will accept the human collagen as a normal molecule of the human body.

The Details:  Continue reading to fully understand the nature of the disease and why you can make effective changes by treat the cause, not the symptoms.

Arthritis is a common degenerative joint disease that many people develop as you age.  In this blog, I am referring specifically to osteoarthritis, although many of the examples I use can be attributed to rheumatoid arthritis also.  In 2011, over 50 million people in the United States had osteoarthritis and/or rheumatoid arthritisOsteoarthritis has been considered to be an age-related, wear-out generated disease, whereas rheumatoid arthritis has been considered to be an autoimmune disease.  Current research indicates that both are autoimmune diseases and can be treated and controlled.

Arthritis can do structural damage to your joints and may lead to functional impairment and disability.  Excessive weight can exacerbate this disease in your weight-bearing joints.  Most treatments (corrective action) address reduction in activity of those joints involved and taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as acetaminophen.  All prescription drugs have side effects – acetaminophen and similar NSAIDs can damage your liver and kidneys, especially with high dosages and long-term treatment.  Traditional treatments do not address the cause of the disease, nor do they rebuild damage joint cartilage.

I am concerned about cause and effectCause and effect is my specialty – my niche in health and wellness.  I research what happens in the human body at the cellular level – biochemically speaking.  If you don’t know what the cause of something is, how can you effectively treat it.  Treating symptoms does not fix the problem.  It may allow the problem to be resolved over time, and make you feel better because those annoying symptoms aren’t there to bother you; but the cause of the problem exists and may recur at any time.  Find out what the problem is and fix it.  Some things are much easier than others to fix once and for all – or, fix it each time it occurs and don’t suffer for long-term symptoms that can disrupt your life.

I research cause and effect and report what the data indicates.  As with everything in life, you are free to make whatever choices you desire regarding your health.  It amazes me constantly that when offered a solution for a problem, some people prefer to live with the symptoms than to take action to fix the cause.  Choices have consequences.

Your joints connect your skeleton together.  They are composed of a wear-resistant tissues called articular cartilage, some fibrous proteins called collagen, proteoglycans and chondrocytes that produce new cartilage.  The anatomical structure of most of your joints provide a smooth shock-absorbing, weight-distributing function for your skeletal bones to smoothly operate (walk, run, lift, etc.).  There are several different types of joints in your body and all of them have limited nerve connections and blood supply, and an inability to self-repair major damage.

Advanced age, gender, genetics, obesity, hormone vitamin and mineral deficiencies, repetitive motions, injury, loss of protein content, bone spurs and other factors can cause the protective cartilage to erode.  The more erosion, the worse the situation becomes.  Since there are not many nerve endings in your joints, it usually takes a lot of damage before you begin to feel any pain.  By then, the damage is usually extensive.  Arthritis can also affect joints with minimal to no weight being activities, such as you fingers.  Scientists speculate that lifestyle, diet, inflammation, insulin resistance, hypertension, diabetes and other related factors can generate the arthritic condition in these areas.

There are several metabolic dynamics that contribute to the progression of your arthritis.  Excessive inflammation, hormone deficiencies, arachidonic acid, oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction are interrelated and cause arthritis to worsenInflammation is typically related to lifestyle choices and nutritional balanceArachidonic acid is a precursor to pain, swelling and related joint discomfort and damage.  As inflammation increases, the amount of arachidonic acid increases which causes more pain and suffering.

Each one of the cells in your body needs mitochondria to provide the necessary core energy to operate efficiently and effectively.  Age, inflammation and other factors cause your mitochondria to become less functional and result in arthritis gaining a stronger foothold in your joints.  Excess uncontrolled free radicals generate oxidative stressDietary and nutritional choices can increase or decrease oxidative stressEstrogen deficiency typically happens with age.  There is a lot of evidence that estrogen deficiency contributes to the progression of arthritis.

Many doctors will tell you that there is no cure for osteoarthritis and they treat the symptoms – the pain and swelling associated with arthritis.  Some physicians may even recommend joint or physical therapy and exercise in combination with drugs for pain control.  Since rheumatoid arthritis is considered to be an autoimmune disease, doctors recommend treatment with corticosteroids, such as prednisonePrednisone, like all prescription medicines have side effects that are undesirablePrednisone, according to my research, has been associated with some life-threatening complications.

Chicken soup has been recommended by mothers for generations to ‘heal what ails you’.  Recent studies show that mothers might not have been that far off base in their treatment options.  Certainly, chicken soup is non-prescription and has little to no side effects.  In 2000, nutritional scientists discovered that chicken soup actually prevented or reduced the levels of inflammation associated with arthritic joints.  Further research found that the genesis of the arthritic autoimmune response in your body comes from the exposure of collagen.

Collagen is a molecule that is hidden from your body because of its physical location – hidden inside your joints.  Your immune system doesn’t physically recognize collagen when it is exposed to your blood stream.  As a result, it is viewed as a risk and your autoimmune response attacks the collagen so that it doesn’t affect your overall health.

A soluble component of chicken soup was found to prevent or inhibit the inflammatory response of your autoimmune system in attacking your collagen.  After extensive research, the component of chicken soup was discovered to be a form of undenatured type II chicken collagen.  The strength and effectiveness of the undenatured type II chicken collagen is dependent on the method of soup preparation.

It is the molecular structure of undenatured type II chicken collagen that actually begins the healing process for arthritis.  In order to shut down your autoimmune system, you have to train your immune system to recognize the geometric shape of the human collagen moleculeUndenatured type II chicken collagen actually resembles the human collagen molecule very closely.  Close enough that your autoimmune system will stop attacking your collagen, thus stopping the progression of your arthritis.  It doesn’t happen overnight though.  It takes months for your body’s immune system to recognize and shift into a non-attack mode every time it encounters your human collagen.

If you can stop your immune system from creating the problem to start with, then you can treat the residual inflammation and joint damage.  You treat the cause of the autoimmune response and eliminate the from interfering with your overall therapy.  It wasn’t until 2011 that the autoimmune response was found to be present in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Most disease starts out as low-level inflammation that is left unchecked.  Low-level inflammation can be detected in many cases by a simple highly sensitive c-reactive protein blood test.  If you keep your low-level inflammation under control, then you stand a good chance of preventing or reducing the severity of any disease you might encounter.

I have glossed over the specifics associated with many of the aspects of arthritis – its causes and treatments – in order to present this topic in a fairly easy to understand manner (although I know several of you would disagree).  The bottom line is that you need to stop the cause of the your autoimmune response before you can make any progress in treatment that works.

Google Type II Undenatured Chicken Collegen – it’s available from many sources – inexpensive and in pill form.  It takes your immune system about 90 days or more to fully recognize the geometric shape of the human collegen.  Once recognized, your immune system determines it is no longer a threat to you.  Once the source or cause of arthritis is under control, then you can treat the swelling, pain, etc effectively knowing that it will not return.

Inflammation can be treated with anti-inflammatoriesprescription and natural.  I am not a medical professional and do not (and cannot) recommend any prescription or natural remedies.  I can make you aware of them – provide factual data.  You are responsible for you health and you need to be armed with the right questions and literature to help you and your doctor come up with the best plan of treatment for your specific needs.

Red O’Laughlin  aka The Prosperity Professor

Cancer – Can You Design Your Own Cancer Treatment?

Cancer Treatment Options

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The Basics: What is important to know when discussing cancer treatment options with you doctor.

A primary tumor controls the growth of cancer seeds in your body – they are kept dormant.  Remove the tumor and there is no further control over the growth cycles of cancer seeds already in your body.

How many cancer seeds do you have?  It cannot be determined – many are microscopic.  The big question, are they genetically the same as the primary tumor you had removed?  Again, it cannot be determined.

Cancer treatment after surgery is a fight at the cellular level.  The more you know about the tumor you had removed and what each cancer treatment drug does, the better armed you are to make intelligent decisions.

Find and develop a good rapport with your oncologist and discuss the details to your satisfaction.  It is your decision – there are many options.

The Details: Not all cancer cells react the same to treatment options.  This brief blog will attempt to give you some insight into the myriad of cancer treatment options.

Cancer seeds are in your body.  Some are circulating in your blood stream.  Others have found a home buried in an organ, node or other body part.  The cancer seeds are kept in a state of dormancy by the primary cancer tumor.  It doesn’t want competition for the resources to continue growing.  Remove the primary tumor with surgery and the biochemical controls are removed for all the cancer seeds.

Not all cancer seeds do not develop into a cancer tumor.  Some die – wither away because they can’t get the nourishment needed for growth.  Circulating tumor cells (CTC) are removed from your body if they can’t find a home; and, it is difficult to find one in many cases.

The two key concerns you should have are how many cancer seeds or CTC are flowing throughout your body; and, secondly, how genetically different are they? There is a strong likelihood that you have cancer seeds in your blood stream, and that those cancer seeds are genetically different than your primary tumor.

Let’s explore the defenses that your tumor has to fight conventional chemotherapy. Two-thirds of all breast cancer cells are HER2 (Human Epidermal growth factor Receptor 2) negative and estrogen receptor (ER) positive. A standard chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer is a combination of three chemo drugs – Adriamycin, Cytoxan and Taxol. Taxol has been shown to be minimally effective, if at all, if HER2 is negative and the patient’s ER is positive. So, what about the other two chemo drugs used in that combination treatment? Adriamycin is also ineffective in treating breast cancer patients with a negative HER2 (which is approximately 80%). Four out of five women would receive no benefit from Adriamycin. Taxol and Adriamycin have some serious side effects. Why give it as part of your treatment if it is not effective?

Wouldn’t it be nice to know ahead of time what the genetic disposition of your cancer is before starting your cancer treatment? To confuse thing further, your primary tumor can be the reverse of your circulating cancer cells – you treat the primary tumor and the circulating cancer seeds are not impacted at all by the chemotherapy regimen. My wife is going through chemotherapy now and is receiving Adriamycin and Cytoxan.  She is barely HER2 negative and ER positive.  We asked lots of questions regarding the efficacy of this treatment before starting it.

The battle against cancer must be fought at the cellular level. You need to know as much as possible about the primary tumor and the circulating tumor cells as possible before treatment. The chemo drug fluorouracil (5-FU) requires activation by the cancer cell by the enzyme uridine phosphorylase. There are cancer cells that are resistant to 5-FU. Why use 5-FU if you know ahead of time if the cancer cell is resistant to that particular chemo drug? Gemzar is another chemo drug which requires activation by the cancer cell by another enzyme – deoxycytidine kinase (DCK). Cancer cells vary the amount of DCK they produce – hence, if you know that your primary and/or circulating cancer seeds are deficient or have little DCK, why use Gemzar as the prescribed treatment? Adriamycin (doxorubicin) targets an essential enzyme, topoisomerase 2 to be effective. The level of topoisomerase 2 varies in the tumor. Those with high levels of this enzyme respond well to Adriamycin.

Note:  I’ve used 5-FU in several treatments over the years as a topical treatment for skin cancer.  I’ve found it to be very effective with no side effects (none that I noticed).  If you are light-skinned and have been in the sun a lot in your youth, you might want to talk to your dermatologist about the benefits of 5-FU or other drugs in the proactive treatment of skin cancer.

There are some tumors that can actually take the chemo drug and modify it or make it nearly ineffective. 5-FU is degraded by dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD). Some cancer cells have very high levels of DPD and render 5-FU useless. Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) requires the cancer cell to produce the enzyme gamma-glutamylcysteine synthetase (GCS). Tumors produce varying amounts of GCS – those tumors with higher levels of GCS negate a large effect of Cytoxan in attempting to kill the cancer cell. There are a series of platinum chemo drugs (cisplatin, carboplatin, oxaliplatin, etc.). Platinum chemo drugs work effectively when they can attack the cancer cell’s DNA. Some cancer cells produce a ‘repair mechanism’ to combat platinum chemo drugs. It is called excision repair cross-complementation 1 (ERCC1) protein. Cancer cells with high levels of the ERCC1 protein can repair the damage done by the platinum chemo drugs to the cancer cell’s DNA making the tumor nearly immune to platinum chemo drugs.

Methotrexate works by blocking an enzyme (dihydrofolate reductase – DHFR) inside the cancer cell. Some tumors can recognize the presence of an enzyme blocker and produce more DHFR to reverse the effect of Methotrexate. An interesting cancer capability is seen when MDR1 (multidrug resistance 1) gene is used to convey certain chemo drugs completely through the tumor without allowing any activation while the chemo drug was present inside the cancer cell. Tumors that have high amounts of MDR1 are very resilient to the chemo drugs, vincristine, Taxol, mitimycin C, and Adriamycin. Wouldn’t it be nice to know how much MDR1 is present in the cancer cell before beginning treatment?

There are some natural supplements that can be used effectively to help combat some of the cancer cell’s defenses. Nuclear factor-kappaB (Nf-kB) is used by some cancers to grow. Curcumin inhibits Nf-kB. A patient with cancer cells containing high amounts of NF-kB would probably benefit from using the natural supplement, curcumin. Several cancer cells produce glutathione S-transferase pi (GST-pi). GST-pi is used to withstand the effects of numerous chemo drugs. Pomegranate contains ellagic acid which prevents the effectiveness of GST-pi.

Why do so many people develop the same or different cancer five or ten years after cancer surgery?  It is difficult to determine the reason why.  There are many causes of cancer.  If you do not change something in your lifestyle to prevent the disruption of your DNA that will cause cancer cells to find life, then you most likely will develop more of the same kind of cancer.  If you are treating cancer seeds based on the analysis of the primary tumor and the cancer seeds are genetically different, then the chemotherapy treatment is not as effective as it can be.

The traditional ‘one size fits all’ approach to treat cancer has new hope in CTC (circulating tumor cell) analysis. CTC analysis can tell the details your doctor needs to know before recommending a treatment. CTC analysis examines the nuances of the circulating cancer seeds and provides a better, more viable option in the total treatment of your primary and any floating metastatic cancer cells. Don’t accept the ‘standard’ treatment. Demand to know what kind of cancer cell you have and whether a particular chemo drug is effective against the cancer cell’s defenses.  Google CTC analysis if you want more details.

Red O’Laughlin – aka The Prosperity Professor


Weight Loss – How Grehlin Helps and Hurts You

Ghrelin and Hunger

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The Basics: What you need to know to understand and combat ghrelin and lose weight.

Ghrelin is a hormone.  It sends signals to your brain telling you it is time to eat.  Once your stomach and intestines have processed the last meal you ate, it is time to fill up again.

Leptin is a hormone.  It sends signals to your brain telling you that you are full and to stop eating.

Eat slowly and pay attention to what you are eating to reduce your ghrelin levels.  A pre-meal is a good idea to reduce the overall effect of ghrelin on your appetite.

Fructose stops leptin from signaling your brain to stop eating.  Unsaturated fats boost your leptin levels so that you will feel fuller faster.  Saturated fats do not boost your leptin levels.

The Details:  What you need to know if you really want to understand more about what makes you hungry and what you can do about it.

Ghrelin is a hormone, secreted in your belly and intestines.  When your stomach is empty ghrelin makes you want to eat. And if you ignore the signals, which typically come every half hour or so, then your belly sends out more ghrelin. “And not just a little bit more,” says Dr. Oz. “A ton more until you’re absolutely famished and have to eat whatever you see.” This is why deprivation dieting or starvation dieting doesn’t work.  Fasting, with the right mindset going in – a designated period of time – or type(s) of foods – makes more sense than depriving yourself of food.  Ghrelin is an extremely powerful hormone.  It is very difficult to ignore, but you can fool it.

Eat something small and light a half hour or so before you sit down to eat your main meal.  This might include nuts, fruit, or even a glass of water with some soluble fiber.  I prefer to take two or three tablets of glucomannan if I know I will be eating a lot of pasta when I go out to eat.  When you have no food in your stomach or intestines, your ghrelin levels will rise.  A pre-meal shuts down the level of ghrelin intensity since you have some food in the digestion process.  Smartly planned, your main meal should be less than you would normally eat.

Your ghrelin levels dissipate when food is being processed in your body.  Eating slowly extends your digestion time.  Put your fork down after each bite.  Taste you food – feel the texture of your food.  Chew it completelyHorace Fletcher and Dr. Hendrik Smit popularized the practice of chewing each bite of food at least 33-35 times before swallowing.  When food is being processed slowly in your stomach and intestines, it limits the amount of ghrelin that can be made.  You are winning the battle against ghrelin.

Leptin, which is a hormone that’s secreted by our bodies’ own fat.  As your body is digesting food, the fat being consumed slowly turns on the production of leptinLeptin controls how full you feel as you eat.  There is a satiety level that all of us have – a temporary feeling of fullness about one-third to one-half way through a typical meal.  If we stopped, we would be full and sated.  However, we justify our action to continue eating by telling ourselves that it is just a little bit more; or, I don’t want to send that much food back to the kitchen; or, I paid for this meal and I’m not going to leave any.  We rationalize eating more when we should stop eating.  We have developed habits over our lives and this is a hard one to break.

Fructose, found in high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is harmful in many ways.  It blocks leptin from telling your brain that you are full, so you keep eating.  Avoid foods rich in high-fructose corn syrupUnsaturated fats are healthy for you.  Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help to boost your leptin levels – you feel fuller faster.  Saturated fats do not boost your leptin levels.

Ghrelin and leptin oppose each other – one wants you to eat and the other wants you to stop eating.  Ghrelin is much more powerful than leptinGhrelin also permeates the pleasure center of your brain – the same center that is stimulated by opiates.  This is why it is so difficult to have just ‘one’ cookie; or, one of anything.  If that first one tasted so good, the next one will taste even better.  Knowing ahead of time that your brain will try to get you to have seconds is to be well-armed in fighting the battle of extra calories.

Red O’Laughlin aka The Prosperity Professor

Improving Brain Health


Age-related nutrient deficiencies can be supplemented.

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Phosphatidylserine (PS) is an essential fatty acid.  Our bodies produce essential fatty acids from the food that we eat.  As we age, the chemical processes in our bodies slow down. They lose efficiency.  PS levels begin to decline as we reach middle age.  This is exacerbated by lowering levels of other essential fatty acids, folic acid, and vitamin B12.

PS is required for successful neurotransmission.  PS deficiency has been noted for various types of mental impairment – Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression and Parkinson’s disease.  The scarcity of PS in patients with psychological impairment led some investigators to believe that PS supplementation could reverse memory loss if PS levels were brought up to normal levels.

In various studies, PS supplementation has raised levels of PS in our brains.  It has boosted nerve chemical activity, stimulated nerve cell growth and lowered levels of stress hormones.  In many cases, PS appears to reverse age-related memory loss in clinical studies.

I have looked at several studies with successful outcomes when patients were treated with 100 to 400 milligrams of PS a day for an average of three months.  The patients were typically elderly with various degrees of age-related memory loss. I have seen very positive results in my own family with dosages in this range.

Is a deficiency in PS the only cause for age-related memory loss?  No.  Some studies have shown that hypertension, diabetes, vitamin B12 deficiency, heavy metal poisoning, menopause, multiple medications, depression, lack of mental activity, stress and atherosclerosis have an effect on cognitive impairment.  In fact, one study was done by Larrabee & Crook in 1994 estimated that more than half of people over age 60 have some age-related memory impairment.

Age-related memory impairment can be as slight as a perception of memory loss.  You say to yourself, “Where did I put my car keys?”  Many times, this slight level of perceived memory impairment can be overcome by looking at the location of where you placed your keys, glasses, or other items that you use frequently. Say to your brain, “I left my keys on the counter next to the phone.”  This reinforces your brain to remember where you left something.

PS supplementation has been shown to be more effective with lower levels of age-related memory loss.  There are few side effects from PS supplementation – nothing more significant than an upset stomach.  The longer you had impaired memory problems, the longer it takes to return to normal.

There has been a noticeable change in memory loss in most patients, even if they don’t return to the full memory level.  There seems to be a gradual build-up of PS to required levels in your brain.  The longer it is taken, the better the results.

Professor Parris Kidd from the Memory Loss Institute has reviewed over 3000 peer-reviewed research papers on PS and found remarkable benefits.  PS supplementation has been established as very safe to take.  Professor Kidd believes that PS supplementation (phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylcholine) is the single best means for conserving memory and other high brain functions as we age.

Aricept, Exelon, and Razadyne are cholinesterase inhibitors. They are prescribed by doctors to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers believe that preventing the breakdown of acetylcholine in the brain fights the onset of Alzheimer’s. The side effects of these drugs are typically nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, dizziness, overall weakness, muscle cramps and more are reported side effects. Another commonly used dementia drug is Namenda. It works to inhibit the stimulation of nerve cells by glutamate.

Retaining proper brain function in later years can be as simple as using your brain more.  But, there is a supplement that can help you if you are interested. PS is only one of several factors that influence age-related brain dysfunction. Talk to your physician about taking supplemental PS. Some studies show it is more effective than Aricept and similar drugs. The side effects are significantly less than prescribed medications.




Weight Loss – Gluten and What You Need to Know

Most breads contain gluten

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The Basics: The short story – the facts.

Gluten can cause weight gain. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye and many other grains. Gluten intolerance/insensitivity causes inflammation in your small intestine. The resulting inflammation produces symptoms such as: headaches, inability to concentrate, gas, bloating, constipation, vomiting, reflux, fatigue, etc. There is no one symptom that clearly defines gluten intolerance.

A gluten-free diet alters the bacterial make-up of your intestines. A gluten-free diet will not cause you to lose weight. Why? Because many gluten-free manufactured products contain extra fat and calories. Gluten is not listed on all food labels.

A good source for this weight loss topic and many other topics that focus on the cause of weight gain and loss is “Results Matter When You Want to Lose Weight and Keep It Off”, by Red O’Laughlin, aka The Prosperity Professor. A Kindle ebook is available from Amazon (

The Details:  If you want to know more, the real details about Gluten, please continue reading.

Gluten might be the cause of your weight gain. Your blood sugar level affects your hunger and cravings. Low-glycemic foods and protein cause your blood sugar levels to rise slowly. Because the rise was slow, your subsequent decline in blood sugar will be slow. This slow decline in blood sugar levels abates your cravings. Protein gives you a full feeling after eating.

Gluten Intolerance

Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley, rye, and another twenty or so grains. Gluten gives elasticity to baked goods and makes them chewier. Some people have intolerance to gluten. Gluten intolerance or gluten insensitivity causes inflammation in your small intestine. There are dozens of potential gluten intolerance symptoms. However there is no one symptom that categorically defines gluten intolerance. Sufferers of gluten intolerance have intestinal issues combined with other symptoms, such as – headaches, inability to concentrate, gas, bloating, constipation, vomiting, reflux, fatigue, etc.

Some people have a slight to moderate sensitivity to gluten. The symptoms associated with the various levels of this sensitivity range from rashes to bloating. People with sensitivity to gluten have difficulty absorbing the proper nutrients. The extra energy used to process the gluten foods often leave you tired and fatigued.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a rare autoimmune disease based on gluten intolerance. There is no known cure for Celiac disease. There are no effective medicines to treat this disease. People with Celiac disease can experience diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, anemia, fatigue and even damage to their small intestine by eating products with gluten. The only treatment for this disease is to not eat any products containing gluten for the rest of your life.

One of the main reasons celiac disease is so devastating is that the place in the small intestine where it causes the most havoc is the site where vitamin B12 is absorbed. Vitamin B12 is critical for many cellular functions, including your body’s manufacture of red blood cells, nerves, and neurotransmitters.

Sometimes celiac disease can go dormant, particularly during your teen years. If celiac disease is detected and confirmed, then goes dormant, it is extremely important to have regular tests to determine its recurrence. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has been thought to be a mild case of celiac disease or celiac disease that has gone dormant. Celiac disease causes elevated liver enzymes; however, a gluten-free diet can completely normalize your liver chemistry over time.


You have good and bad bacteria in your small and large intestines. When the good bacteria thrive, they control the bad bacteria. A gluten-free diet alters the bacterial make-up of your intestines. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that stimulate the growth and/or activity of the bacteria in your digestive tract. They are necessary for good health. A prebiotic is not a probiotic. Probiotics are live microorganisms. Probiotics are contained in pills, dairy products and yogurt.

Wheat and barley contain prebiotics. Prebiotics have been removed from many products in North America. Prebiotics provide for increased calcium absorption, stronger and denser bones, enhanced immunity, reduced allergies, lower triglycerides, and other benefits. The most significant benefit for people interested in losing weight is that prebiotics aid in appetite suppression and weight control.

Gluten-free Diet

A gluten-free diet will not cause you to lose weight. Many people actually gain weight on a gluten-free diet. You have to be very conscious of your carbohydrates and fats when eating gluten-free. Gluten-free means that you are eating less processed foods. Some gluten-free foods are manufactured with fat as a replacement for gluten. Eating gluten-free foods reduces refined carbohydrates, but may not reduce total calories or fats. Gluten can be insidious because it is not listed on labels. Beer, pizza, burgers, pancakes, etc. contain gluten.

Adhering to a gluten-free diet is not easy. You must read labels like your life depended on it (it does!). Gluten comes from wheat, barley and rye. Oats were thought to contain gluten, but further studies indicate that oats were processed in the same machinery that processed gluten-containing grains. If you have a minor sensitivity to gluten, you might consider adopting a gluten-free lifestyle for at least four weeks to determine if gluten is a problem for you.

Gluten can be found in everything from prescription medicines to thickening agents. Gluten permeates the food processing industry. Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, flour, cereal, vegetable protein, modified starch, vegetable gum and some sauces could contain gluten. Your food product contains gluten if the words – stabilizer, starch, flavoring, emulsifier, hydrolyzed or plant protein – are listed on the label.
People overindulge in gluten-free products because they think they can eat more. Many gluten-free products have the same calories or more than the ones that they replaced. It is very difficult to stay on a gluten-free diet without your life at stake. In a 2006 study followed by the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 81% of 188 people with celiac disease gained weight on a gluten-free diet. Nearly 100 people in this study were overweight or obese when the two-year study started.

Gluten Alternatives

Alternatives are other whole grains such as quinoa, buckwheat, millet, teff, sorghum and wild rice. Quinoa was used by the Inca warriors as an energy booster. It contains all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa is low on the glycemic index. Buckwheat is rich in antioxidants and magnesium. Millet has been grown from Africa to China and was considered to be a prized crop in the Bible. Millet is actually a seed rather than a grain. It is alkaline and provides many minerals and vitamins and provides serotonin to calm you.

Teff is the smallest grain in the world. It is considered to be the grain with the most fiber-rich bran and germ than any other grain. It is also high in calcium. Sorghum is the third largest crop in the United States. It is used for both human and livestock. It is rich in iron, phosphorous and B vitamins. Wild rice is comparable to many grains for nutrition. It is rich in B vitamins, potassium and phosphorous, and contains all the essential amino acids. It is more expensive than brown or white rice due to the harvesting processes.

Red O’Laughlin aka The Prosperity Professor

Weight Loss – Eating Disorders

Weight Loss - Eating Disorders

The Basics:  What you need to know.

Do you eat in moderation?

Do you rarely overeat or fast?

Do you have a positive image about your body, regardless of any extra pounds you might be carrying?

You are normal!

Eating disorders are characterized by extremes – starving and overeating.

Eating disorders can impair your physical and mental health.


The Details:  If you want to know more, continue reading.


Eating disorders are more complex than just eating more than you should at each meal – or continually eating between meals; and, snacking late at night. Scientists haven’t been able to correlate the ‘cause‘ and ‘effect‘ of eating disorders as well as they would like. There are biological, environmental, nutritional, behavioral, social, exercise and emotional issues that intertwine a myriad of causes. This myriad of causes build on each other until control has been eliminated from your dietary and nutritional lifestyle.

Most people with eating disorders don’t believe they have a problem. Malnutrition and obesity have the same behaviors – just different ends of the spectrum. People don’t choose to be malnourished or obese. It happens because of genetics and brain chemistry most of the time. Eating disorders can be inherited. Genetics appears to some degree in 50-80% of research. Research has shown that brain chemistry is altered in the majority of eating disorder patients. It should be pointed out however, that eating disorders are predominant with other mental conditions, such as depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Personality traits have also been observed to predispose a person towards an eating disorder.


One would think that your brain would react differently to bingeing, purging or extreme fasting, but it doesn’t. Anxiety is reduced and the actions taken to achieve that ‘feeling’ are reinforced to continue that behavior. Interestingly enough, many of your brain’s chemistry problems can be brought back into normal ranges by proper nutrition. With an aggressive nutritional program, many patients with eating disorders have normalized their thinking and subsequent behavior.


How would you recognize an eating disorder in someone else? One would think that overeating is the main symptom. However, it is much more complex. You can actually see symptoms of eating disorder before they become serious. Food related symptoms include: dieting and constant diet changes; avoidance of joining others to eat; inflexibility regarding what, how much and when to eat; needing to know the calories of every items they eat; interest in cooking and recipes without actually eating; secretive eating (foods and times); never available for family meals; anger at being forced to eat; food disappearing frequently, etc. Note, one or more of these symptoms does not constitute an eating disorder – or, an early detection. Many people will eat only when they are hungry. Nutrition has a major impact on brain chemistry and should also be included in any assessment of too little or too much food at a meal.

Other symptoms include: excessive exercise; failure to gain weight according to normal curves for their age; socially withdrawn; and, inability to describe emotions. This is a short list of symptoms and is for educational purposes only – not intended to diagnose a problem you, a friend or loved one might have. People with eating disorders typically deny that they have a problem, or that anything is wrong. Early diagnosis and treatment will prevent further serious health problems.


Eating disorders occur most frequently in children, teenagers and young adults. Women are more likely to develop eating disorders compared to men. Men account for 5-15% of patients with anorexia or bulimia. Women make up 90%, give or take, of patients with anorexia or bulimia. Men account to up to 35% of patients with binge-eating disorder compared to 65% for women.

Success Rate

There is a high success rate with eating disorders. It is imperative that other psychiatric conditions be diagnosed and separated for optimal treatment. Anxiety disorders, substance abuse, despair, and depression can be causes of eating disorders. Psychiatric and medical treatments work well if diagnosed early and treated. Eating and psychiatric disorders can lead to many heart and kidney problems, neurological complications, impaired physical development, electrolyte and fluid imbalances, and even death – by related disease or suicide.

Scientists have classified over three-dozen unique and specific types of eating disorders. I will focus on three main categories – anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and eating disorders not otherwise specified. Anorexia nervosa is considered to be a brain disorder. Some researchers believe that in some cases it is linked to undiagnosed autism. Bulimics, on the other hand, tend to suffer from depression or general anxiety disorder.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa symptoms include: a persistent quest for a leaner and slenderer body to the point of emaciation, an unwillingness to maintain weight within normal standards, an intense fear of gaining weight, excessive dieting or exercise, misuse of laxatives, diuretics or enemas. The anorexic’s brain cannot perceive reality. They see themselves as fat or overweight when it is obvious to everyone around them that they are scrawny and undernourished. Anorexics weigh themselves constantly. They eat very small servings of only certain foods. Anorexics typically have osteopenia/osteoporosis (bone density diseases), brittle hair and nails, dry and/or yellowish skin, muscle weakness, severe constipation, slowed breathing and pulse, and low blood pressure. They typically feel cold all the time because their internal body temperature is below normal.

Successful treatments for anorexia nervosa include: an aggressive educational program to understand the causes and effects of anorexia nervosa, gaining weight to normal levels, nutritional balance, behavior change to prevent/eliminate relapse, and appropriate treatment for any associated psychological issues. The most important first step is to regain the weight needed for the other treatments to be most effective.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is different than anorexia nervosa. Anorexics fall below normal weight standards for their age and height. Bulimics fall within the normal weights standards. Bulimics feel that they have no control over the food that they eat. They have binge-eating sessions followed by purging, excessive exercise, use of laxatives or diuretics, and fasting to compensate for their binge-eating. These cycles, binge-eating and purging occur several times a week. They fear gaining weight, just like anorexics. They are ashamed and disgusted with their weight and overall appearance. Most bulimic behavior is done secretly.

Bulimics create some unique problems with their binge-purge cycles. They have chronically inflamed or sore throats, swollen glands in their necks below their jaws, worn tooth enamel, electrolyte imbalances, gastrointestinal problems, intestinal distress, kidney problems, and severe dehydration.
Many bulimics have substance abuse issues, depression and anxiety. Treatment includes nutritional counseling, appropriate medical and psychological treatments for accompanying mental problems. The main treatment is focused to change eating attitudes.

Binge-eating Disorder

Binge-eating disorder should not be confused with bulimia nervosa. Binge-eating disorder is distinguished by repeated binge-eating episodes. Like bulimia nervosa, the same loss of control over eating is prevalent. However, there is no purging, excessive exercise, or use of diuretics or laxatives. People with binge-eating disorders are typically overweight. They suffer remorse, humiliation, and distress about their eating habits. This usually leads to more binge-eating.

Like other eating disorders, binge-eating disorder can coexist with the typical psychological ailments, such as depression and anxiety. Various personality disorders are also manifested with binge-eating disorder. Many are obese with cardiovascular disease and hypertension. The treatments of binge-eating disorder are similar to bulimia nervosa. It is critical that the underlying emotional issues are addressed early. In many cases, appetite suppressants are prescribed. There are over a dozen prescription appetite suppressant drugs. As with all prescription drugs, side effects abound. Non-prescription appetite suppressants worthy of your consideration are: apples, flaxseeds, caffeine, water, chicken or vegetable soups, oatmeal, salmon, nuts and proteins.

Other Eating Disorders

Other eating disorders are: compulsive overeating, purging disorder, rumination, diabulimia, pica, night eating syndrome, and orthorexia nervosa. Not all of these other related eating disorders are related to brain chemistry abnormalities.


How do you know if you successfully recovered from an eating disorder? Barring any serious brain damage, anorexia and bulimia are successfully treated every day. The earlier treatment is started, the better the results. It used to be thought that eating disorder treatment would last for the rest of your life; or, that you could never fully recover from the disease. That is not true for the vast, vast majority. Most treatments last months, not years.

Full recovery can be observed with manifestations of physical hunger driving your eating habits rather than emotional hunger. Weight is restored to normal levels along with nutritional and metabolic metrics. Decisions regarding food are made based on caloric and nutrient intake. Purging and other related behaviors are eliminated. Skin, dental and hair health return to normal ranges. Disproportionate exercise is gone. A wider variety of food is chosen on a regular basis. Full recovery is also seen in the ability to recognize eating behaviors and having the ability to prevent relapse or to seek further treatment. Weight and body image obsession have vanished.

Red O’Laughlin aka The Prosperity Professor