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The Alcohol and ADD Connection to GABA I On Tuesday We Talk I The Barbara Christensen VlogCast

The Alcohol and ADD Connection

Me and my Dad I The Alcohol and ADD Connection to GABA I On Tuesday We Talk I The Barbara Christensen VlogCast Coming from a family with two very long lines of alcoholism, depression, anxiety, Alzheimers, attention disorders, suicide and a long list of low serotonin associated disorders, as I am learning more about amino acids and their role in our bodies and brains, I am learn more about myself and my immediate family.
I look at this photo of my dad, myself and my little sister, and it’s striking that I was hiding, and playing the passive mommy role already. Even then I was allowing myself to be put into that codependent role, and it plagued me for decades.
For a long time I was very reactively angry at my dad. My father passed over two decades ago several months before I met my husband. But he was the key factor that created the caregiver, codependent person that I became in life. As I learn more about our internal systems, I am starting to forgive and understand him, as well as the others in my family that have had the same demons to overcome.
Here’s hoping that the learning process continues as today I talk about GABA, the amino acid l-glutatmine, anxiety, low serotonin, ADD/ADHD and alcoholism. As always, Live Your Truth!

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Lectins, Leptin and Lactic Acid Bacteria Oh My I Barbara Christensen Vlogcast

Lectins, Leptin and Lactic Acid Bacteria

Lectins, Leptin and Lactic Acid Bacteria Oh My I Barbara Christensen Vlogcast  the Paleo Vegeo Creator

If you have been paleo for long you have heard about Leptin Resistance, and to avoid Lectins. But I am about to BLOW your mind with some science and the connections on the latest VlogCast. 

Barbara Christensen VlogCast I Paleo Vegeo I Vacation Post, Vegan Creatine and Brain Shrinkage Diseases

Barbara Christensen VlogCast Vacation Post

So while I’m enjoying the holiday with family I wanted to share more “genetic” intriging information for all of you to enjoy.

Vegan Creatine and Brain Shrinkage Diseases

I found an amazing Vegan source of creatine! I’m so excited. And remember that creatine isn’t just important for those trying to build muscles. Dr. Terry Wahls, who’ve I’m enjoying listening to on TED today, believes that creatine and carnitine are 2 extremely important nutrients for healing the mitochondria. The data suggest that creatine may enhance survival signaling via activation of the Ras/NF-kappaB system. MS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, MS… all have the similar brain shrinkage which Dr. Wahls believes is linked to poorly functioning mitochondria.

Dr. Wahls said she first started to see changes in her own medical condition after adding omega-3 fats, creatine and Coenzyme Q10 into her daily routine. She then changed her diet to include the building blocks of nutrition which for her she determined were roots, seeds, nuts, oily fish, grass-fed meats, organ meats and natural iodine from sea weeds.

I love seaweed and those sea vegetables I often get from the Emerald Sea supplement because it has been tested heavy metal and toxin free which is so important. Seaweed is great for iodine because of the use in our myelin repair. Myelin is a fatty substance that forms a sheath for nerve fibers According to an amazing naturopathic physician, Dr. Linda Page, all neurological disorders must be comprehensively addressed, and so I agree because when you add into the issues things like the severe copper deficiency in MS, and we’ve talked recently about copper and dopamine, etc, then you can’t just say you have a genetic defect and leave it at that because it comes back to the nutrition. Genetics and nutrition, and nutrition and genetics. I still believe that our answers have to start with the questions there. In MS, T cells from the body’s immune system attack and destroy the myelin sheath and leave the nerve cell fibers unprotected. The reason the iodine is important to the myelin sheath has to do with it’s role in our synthesis of the thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones help your cells activate genes which triggers the production of specific proteins. One of those proteins is the myelin basic protein (MBP) which is an essential component of the myelin sheath. Something interesting for those with Hashimoto’s to consider as well.

Now Dr. Wahl also ate 9 cups of non-starchy vegetables and berries each day. For her 3 cups of that were greens, and 3 cups were sulphur-containing vegetables –  kale, collard greens, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, onions, chives, leeks, mushrooms, asparagus, and colorful vegetables. She believed anything inflammatory and processed must be removed – so no sugar, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, allergens, dairy (including raw dairy), grains, or legumes, including soy beans.  Sound familiar? Dairy, grains and legumes, especially, are implicated in auto-immune reactions which is what brings many of us to both veganism and paleolithic diets.

Yet Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurologist, has suggested that while “no one has adequately tested a specific diet and mix of supplements as a treatment for Huntington’s, based on the best scientific evidence it makes sense to follow a mostly vegetarian diet, avoid fluoride and mercury-containing seafoods, foods containing omega-6 (vegetable oils), and high-sugar foods and drinks.”

I personally have to wonder, was it the bioactive iron and amino acids that she was getting from the grass-fed and organ meats  just something she was greatly lacking due to her genetic makeup and perhaps digestive issues?

I would be personally worried about offering up too much meat to anyone with Huntington’s not knowing enough about the proteins, but of course I am not a doctor or dietitian. But just like what I’ve talked about with MTHFR defects and our genetics being a key to what we should be eating and supplementing with, those with Huntington’s have the HTT genetic defect. John Hopkins has been doing some amino acid based clinical studies that seem to point in this direction. Interesting read over here.

Also think about the fact that the oily fish would have contained a combination of algae DHA combined with the omega3’s. And what a great combination for both detox support and brain health, right?

Barbara Christensen VlogCast I Paleo Vegeo I Vacation Post, Vegan Creatine and Brain Shrinkage DiseasesNow also going into paleo she would have then removed the gluten (specifically wheat) proteins. As I’ve read about the HD patient in S. California who was a member of a local CrossFit Gym, and who had been diagnosed with HD by a group of University neurologists employing MRI technology to detect the characteristic brain lesions. After approximately 8 months following adoption of a Paleo Diet (Gliadin free), she experienced a dramatic reduction in disease symptoms and subsequent MRI evaluation indicated a reduction in lesion volume. My uncle has celiac and so he is living Gliadin free and is quite healthy even though he is almost 90 years old, which is really quite an interesting bit I’d love to study more one day.

Dr. Wahl also recommended for diet to eat organic, free-range, antibiotic-free eggs (if tolerated), because they contain choline – which together with inositol – is critical for myelin sheath repair. I’ve discussed myelin sheath repair on my blog a long time ago in connection with curcumin extract. Turmeric is a potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory as you know. So when it comes to these sorts of nuero diseases, curcumin has been seen as a way to free up the traffic in your nerves and repair that myelin sheath damage. In fact they have found MS to be very rare in India where Turmeric is a part of the daily nutrition.

Back to choline, however, your collard greens, swiss chard and cauliflower, sesame and those beloved flax seeds all contain lessor levels of choline and if you are eating the 3 cups were sulphur-containing vegetables daily you would imagine you are getting enough choline. Also grapefruits, oranges, mandarin oranges, cantaloupe, rutabaga, blackberries, artichokes all have great amounts of inositol. So I don’t think that it really comes down to the meat and that is why we are seeing vegan paleo as being so healthy. Just making sure you are getting those highly bioavaiable nutrients that you need daily is what is important, not the specific food product.

I want to emphasize that I am not a doctor, and I can’t provide personal medical advice. Any decisions about treatment of a disease or symptoms from an illness should be pursued in consultation with your primary physician.Consider this some useful items to discuss at your next appointment if you are looking to dramatically change your diet.

Recovering From Adrenal Fatigue … We Talk On Tuesday I The Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen Vlogcast

 

Recovering From Adrenal Fatigue

My adrenal fatigue didn’t come from overtraining, {yes personal trainer that actually NEVER overtrained} but it did come from stress, and type A personality doing it all. Same result, but different path.

I am starting to feel so much better these days. Working out in the mornings with weights for 20- 30 minutes three times a week, flexibility through yoga once a week, walking and tabata. You know that this first really took me down a path when we went to Utah for the conference and on to California, and then this January it was rock bottom.

UGH. Total exhaustion is not a fun way to live your life.

Getting back to a very strict paleo vegeo diet with the Vitamin D and coconut oil supplementation and calcium/magnesium, lots of vegan omegas, powdered greens, iron supplementation, and I’m using the tranformation porgram and feeling so much better. Being careful, of course, to not over do it. Taking the weekends easy. Also I’m still using the essential oils, and also using Clary Sage every morning for an extra support to my hormonal system at age 46 now. Here is the information from Dr. Mosley on the 3 minutes of fitness that I talk about in the vlogcast today – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17177251.
A few relatively short bursts of intense exercise, amounting to only a few minutes a week, can deliver many of the health and fitness benefits of hours of conventional exercise, according to new research, says Dr Michael Mosley.

The Barbara Christensen VlogCast : 11/04/2014 : On Tuesday We Talk I Episode 2

The Barbara Christensen VlogCast : Episode 2 

The Barbara Christensen VlogCast : 11/04/2014 : On Tuesday We Talk I Episode 2

It’s Tuesday alright, and so On Tuesday We Talk, and today I wanted to really talk about more nature, and genetically modified foods, and what’s going on in the current environment on election day.

First off, vote. No matter if you feel like your vote matters it really is a privilege that you should not take for granted. Many nations don’t have the luxury we have. Of course I’m finding that so many countries have far better lifestyles that we do, but that is a whole different story.

One of the things I love about NYR Organic is that they are all invested in the environment. So when I saw the stories about Bayer, your animals and the Bees, I just immediately thought about the Save The Bees campaign.

I also talk about the Vermont labeling of nonGMO foods, and Starbucks… but I do want to make clear that I’m focused in on Starbucks because I live here in Starbucks country. This lawsuit is being pursued by The Grocery Manufacturers Association, and Starbucks is one of their members. So when you jump into bed with the big bad processed food world, expect to be spanked every now and then. If they don’t want to be a part of that, they really should consider what their overall end game is, and if they are getting enough out of their membership. I am guessing the all mighty dollar will keep them connected to the GMA… what do you think?

Now of course I also get into some nutrition and addiction. A have an amazing friend that runs Real Caring, and has done a lot of counseling in the world of drug addiction, and I have a family filled with addiction. I heard a podcast that said you can cure addiction with nutrition, and that green smoothies are better than drugs… Well nutritionally yes. But for those that have done drugs I am sure the high cannot be compared between the two. Nutrition is key for the next generation, and to repair the damage you have done… but it is not a cure for addiction. If it was we’d all be lined up in front of our Blendtec’s like it was crack.

So I hope you enjoy the talk today, and if there is anything you want me to address, just post below!


The Barbara Christensen VlogCast : 11/04/2014 : On Tuesday We Talk I Episode 2  

 

The Barbara Christensen VlogCast : 10/28/2014 : On Tuesday We Talk I Paleo Vegeo

On Tuesday We Talk

Holistic Coach Barbara Christensen I Paleo Vegeo I On Tuesday We Talk Vlogcast

While we were on vacation I decided to start doing a weekly vlogcast. I believe that there is something in each of us that we can share, and that through that connection hopefully stronger bonds will form. And hopefully education will be passed from one person to the next.

This week I talked about a few items. I start with the safety of essential oils on children since I’ve seen far too many posts suggesting that children under age 10 should not have oils diffused around, or applied topically to them. Seriously? And so I’m going to share a little bit of the information from Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

I also wanted to share a great book that you should read to really get into this whole “entertainment” blog/news/social media growth we are seeing out there more and more.  Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator 

In this great book by Ryan Holiday, he delves into these online posts are created in dramatic format to really bring more viral traffic to their sites. It can honestly be completely fabricated lies, and since it’s entertainment it’s just seen as okay to say whatever you want. Check out this great podcast with Dr. Drew and Ryan talking all about this – http://drdrew.com/146/

I also just want to really talk about your authentic truth is woven into everything in our lives. What you choose to read, eat, share, post, watch, and of course you need to understand not everything you see is truth.

Enjoy the podcast below or on my YouTube Channel