Stress: 1. How Stress Makes You Fat. 2. Stress and the Immune System.

Dr. Eric Berg is an excellent presenter. Please watch these 2 short videos. The highlights are shown below. The 2 videos are:

  1. How Stress Makes You Fat
  2. Stress and the immune system
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  1. How Stress Makes You Fat
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The body‘s response to stress is to spike cortisol and adrenaline. Cortisol has the potential to significantly raise your blood sugar.

Even if you’re on the low-carb/ ketogenic diet and you are doing intermittent fasting you will see that your blood glucose goes up when you are stressed or experiencing trauma.

In times of stress, cortisol will also release glucose from your liver and dumps that stored sugar into your bloodstream so the insulin has to take it into storage as fat.

Also, cortisol breaks down protein and converts it to glucose which can be stored as fat.

This is why women specifically after menopause they start losing their muscle mass. It turns into fat and their blood glucose goes up.

Also cortisol decreases insulin sensitivity.  This leads to insulin resistance, which causes the body to make more insulin to makes more fat, which slows down the metabolism. It’s a vicious cycle.

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Also, cortisol will drive the storage of fat to your midsection or the area around the organs around in the midsection and the liver. This is why people under a lot of stress end up with a lot of midsection weight, skinny legs. It is because the body is breaking down proteins from the upper leg and butt muscles and turns into sugar and then converts that too fat and puts it around your midsection.

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That is the relationship between stress and belly fat.

This Post has been condensed from: How Stress Makes You Fat

  1. Stress and the immune system

Stress influences your immune system in general.

For any person with a chronic health problem it originated with some type of stressful event.

Stress can pre-disposed you to getting sick because what it does to the adrenal hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is a type of hormone, which is intimately involved in the immune response.

It suppresses white blood cells. It suppresses the T-cells, which trains the immune system to fight off infections. It lowers the immune barrier that allows the viruses to invade the cells. That’s why people get virus infections when they’re stressed such as shingles, herpes, etc.

It can increase platelets, which then will set you up for clotting factors.

It increases neutrophils, which will then leads to inflammation.

Stress is definitely involved in any autoimmune condition.

The typical treatment is prednisone, which is a synthetic type of cortisol. It will act on the adrenal hormones that will decrease inflammation and decrease immune function. For allergies or high levels of histamine people take prednisone or cortisol because it has that function.

When the stress gets too high there’s an alteration in the cortisol and adrenal function and this leads to a drop in the immune defense mechanism.

There are many different types of stress:

Physical trauma, surgery, being in a stressful relationship.

But the biggest stress is losses of a loved one or a job. That can hit someone very hard and the health just starts going downhill.

You can alleviate stress by going for long walks, getting in the sunshine to get your vitamin D, removing yourself from the stressful situation, taking a vacation, taking vitamin B and getting adequate sleep.

What to do with the stress that stuck in your body.

There are different parts of your body that are involved in the fight or flight mechanism. It is called the sympathetic nervous system. There’s also the opposite system called a parasympathetic nervous system, which counter the stress. And this is part of the nervous system that is throughout the body.

There is a way to tap into that to release the stress. One of the most powerful ones is working on the neck points. These points control the parasympathetic nervous system. If you apply pressure to these points it can relax you.

The next points are in the mid back, the next point are in the abdomen area which can indirectly affect the adrenal glands deep inside.

You can use Acupressure on these points on someone else or there are acupressure tools you can use on yourself, Dr. Berg sells one of them.

This Post has been condensed from: Stress and the immune system

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How To Bulletproof Your Immune System?

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Your immune system protects you against disease.

The main cells in your immune system are the white blood cells. Your immune system is also made up of friendly bacteria known collectively is called the microbiome or flora. Those microbes help you in many ways from absorption of nutrients, to recycling of bile, to immune defenses. They’ll make it so there’s just not enough space or food for a pathogen to live.

Our white blood cells actually make enzymes to help break down and kill microbes and pathogens. Our white blood cells generate mucus and inflammation and these pathogens get caught up in this mucus web, it’s like quicksand.

Our immune system has a memory. When there’s a microbe that actually comes back into our body, the immune system actually tags it because it as a memory of that and it can destroy it.  So it actually learns over time by being exposed to pathogens. That’s called building up your immune system and this is why as a child it’s not very healthy to keep a child just so utterly sterile that they’re never exposed or they’re never sick. It’s a natural part of building the immune system.

Then we get to something called the phagocyte. That’s part of our immune system. The phagocytes are cells that have a ravenous appetite for not just microbes and viruses and bacteria and yeast and fungus but they will also eat up dead cells and debris. Phagocytes are stimulated by acid.  Apple cider vinegar has been known to acidify the body and speed up phagocytosis just like any acid. (Blogger: Apple cider vinegar is available in capsules, which should not affect your teeth.)

Another mechanism involves certain white blood cells. If certain white blood cells are infected by a pathogen, we have this built-in mechanism that if the cell is invaded, it goes through something called apoptosis where it killed itself off for the benefit of the entire body because if they let the microbes leech into their DNA and start reproducing then they become the copy machine that just makes the virus over and over and over.

The bad guys, the pathogens also have their defences as well.  They have the ability to block vitamin D and they do it through the vitamin D receptor because somehow they know that vitamin D is essential for the control of your immune system. If they can block it they lower your resistance to invading the cells and so they can take the cell over. The other thing that these sneaky little pathogens do is they can mimic your body tissue so they’re not recognized by the immune system. They can also hide in calcium little biofilm houses and this is why antibiotics are not effective.

Another mechanism especially with microbes like the mycoplasma that doesn’t have a cell wall they keep moving they’ll move into one joint in the synovial fluid another joint and your immune system is trying to attack them and they miss and so they keep moving so you can’t get them.

Another mechanism is that they these microbes have the ability to morph into different structures so your immune system gets confused.

What To Do About It?

You have things that weaken the immune system and you have things that strengthen the immune system.

What weakens the immune system?  Low nutrient foods create nutritional deficiencies.

Look at the pandemic the Spanish flu of 1918. WW1 occurred just before the spread of this virus all over the world that killed 50-100 million people. What happened in this war? You had rationing. You had the preserving of food. There wasn’t a lot of fresh vegetables and food. When you do that over a period of time you weaken the immune system especially if you put someone under a stressful state. That is going to set the person up for susceptibility to having a virus invading their body.

So when you’re low in vitamins, trace minerals, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids, especially, you are more susceptible to getting sick because of the fact that the nutrient defense mechanism is dependent on these nutrients. Just think about a virus for example, a virus can’t do anything to you, It’s not alive unless it invades the cell wall and goes right into your DNA and starts to turn it into a copy machine while it hijacks the life force from that cell.

Remember, it has to invade the cell wall.That cell wall is two layers of fat; it’s a bi-lipid layer of fat. So this is another reason why essential fatty acids are vital to protect yourself. You don’t want to go on a low-fat diet when you run down or sick.

Cholesterol is very important in a healthy immune system. It is an essential building block for certain hormones like cortisol, for example. Cortisol is really important in your immune system, if cortisol does not have its building blocks cholesterol, it can’t be formed correctly.

Stress is probably equivalent to nutrient deficiencies. It is a very key factor.

Low sleep also sets you up for being susceptible, it’s connected to stress as well and glucose.  Certain viruses are activated more with glucose fuel versus other fuels. (The Ketogenic diet is low in glucose/ carbohydrates.)

What nutrients are really vital in keeping your immune system bulletproof?

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At the top of the list we have vitamin C.  Not synthetic vitamin C; take vitamin C from food or a food concentrate.  In nature vitamin C always comes in a complex of many parts not just one thing, ascorbic acid. The foods that are highest in vitamin C are sauerkraut, bell peppers, berries, and green leafy vegetables.  Vitamin C has the power to stimulate the production of more white blood cells. Vitamin C is also stored in large quantities in your adrenal gland to actually help make adrenal hormones.

The next one that’s equally as important vitamin D, it is very hard to get from food so the sun would be probably the best source or take it as a supplement.  Vitamin D is actually a hormone factor that controls your immune system. It has a function that goes way beyond just making bone. There are vitamin D receptors in all of your white blood cells and in your DNA. It supports the t-cells, which are made by the thymus gland, which is like a training camp for white blood cells. It also protects against pathogens. It actually gives your body the capacity to kill microbes very potently.

Vitamin A provides the structural integrity of the mucosal cells in the sinus and their respiratory centers. The best source of vitamin A is cod liver oil, egg yolks, and butter is a good one because it’s a fat-soluble vitamin.

Zinc is the most important trace mineral for the immune system. A lot of people are deficient in zinc. It actually can increase t-cells and it does a lot of other things for the immune system. Zinc is very protective against viruses.

Garlic ranks number one in potency for killing off viruses bacteria, yeast, fungus, and mold.

The next one is colloidal silver. It starves off the oxygen supply to certain microbes so it’s a very potent. Some people use it as a nasal rinse and it works really well but this is a very potent antiviral as well.

Olive leaf is great as an anti viral into protect the immune system.

There are a lot of other things that can protect the immune system but from Dr. Berg says these are the most powerful.

This post has been condensed from the original, How do we strengthen in bulletproof our immune system?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrWFWdNk5qQ

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Are You Susceptible To The Corona Virus? Xx

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In this video, Eric Berg, DC, a chiropractor and health educator,talks about susceptibility to the coronavirus and other viruses in general.  https://www.facebook.com/drericberg/videos/233619684694276/

Here are the highlights.

The purpose of the virus is to be delivered to the host, your cells, so it can be copied and continue. The corona virus has an affinity for the lungs.

The virus goes through five stages:

  1. Attached to the cell wall.
  2. Penetrate the cell wall.
  3. Replicate. They go into the nucleus and use it to replicate.
  4. Assemble. It will take things from your cell modify itself and come out of the cell and hide from the immune system.
  5. Release. That cell dies.
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Susceptibility factors:

  1. Age
  2. Nutrients – Viruses become more aggressive when there are selenium and vitamin E deficiencies.
  3. Genetics
  4. Weak immune system – The micro flora in your gut has a huge influence on your immune system. When you take antibiotics or steroids or sterilize a body you greatly increase the chance of getting infections.
  5. Pre-existing chronic disease.
  6. Stress.

Nutritional deficiencies can make your immune system weaker and viruses stronger.

The death rate of people that are 80+ is 14.8%. Everyone else has a significantly lower percentage. It really depends on the strength of their immune system.

Nutrients deficiencies make the immune system weaker and the viruses stronger.

Covid-19 has the lowest mortality rate of these well-known viruses. Please see the chart below.

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To learn more about your Immune System, watch Bullet Proof Your Immune System.

Here are some of the highlights.

Key Nutrients:

  1. Vitamin C

– The most important vitamin for viruses. It decreases the susceptibility of getting an infection.  Vitamin C is necessary to make interferon, which stops viruses by killing the infected cell. Food that has the most vitamin C is sauerkraut.

  1. Vitamin E.
  2. Selenium.
  3. Zinc.
  4. Vitamin D.

In this video, Dr. Berg talks about the corona virus and why underlying conditions put you at an increased rate of risk of death.

Please see the chart of rates below.

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There is another condition that increases numbers of the receptors as well. It is insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance is present in four out of the five underlying conditions that increase the death rate.

Instead of treating the underlying condition separately it would be wiser to do something about insulin resistance as it is a causing factor for the increased death rate.

What can you do about it? Start the ketogenic diet and do intermittent fasting.

For those of us who are celebrating religious holidays is hard during this virus crisis. Take time to call your family and friends and focus on how we care for each other and how we will protect them.

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Corona Virus: Protect Yourself from the Coronavirus (or Any Virus)

Sally Fallon Morell, the head of the Weston A. Price Foundation, empowers us to take our health into our own hands. Through a nutrient-dense diet, we can strengthen our bodies naturally and improve their ability to confront what may come their way.

Sally offers practical tips for boosting immunity including:

  • taking 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil per day
  • eating liver once per week
  • drinking bone broth regularly for detoxing
  • including saturated fat to safeguard respiratory health

She goes into detail about the foods that nourish and protect our immune system. She discusses the role of vitamins A, D, C, and saturated fats. She covers the role of 5G in weakening the immune system in Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus. And, importantly, she reminds us to stay calm – since stress depletes our vitamin A stores, which are critical for fighting any virus.

The Post has been condensed from Protect Yourself from the Coronavirus (or Any Virus) with Sally Fallon Morell.

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Please follow along by play the audio in this website, https://www.westonaprice.org/podcast/232-protect-yourself-from-the-coronavirus-or-any-virus/

Highlights from the conversation include:

  • How the coronavirus is not particularly new – SARS and MERS are versions of it
  • Why it’s not important to speculate about whether it’s manmade or not
  • How Mother Nature is not easily manipulated
  • How vitamin A (from animal foods) is critical for fighting disease
  • How so-called “vitamin A” found in plant foods is actually carotene and not easily converted to vitamin A in our bodies
  • How egg yolks, butter, liver, and cod liver oil are good sources of vitamin A
  • How cod liver oil was used to boost health prior to WWII
  • How it fell into disfavor once antibiotics were introduced
  • How vitamin D works synergistically with vitamin A
  • How Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables and in a plant-like powder
  • Why bone broth is an excellent immunity booster and detoxing protocol
  • Why coconut oil is great for fighting viruses
  • How 1 T. of coconut oil per day is recommended for gut health
  • The difference between MCT oil and coconut oil
  • How we need saturated fats to keep the lungs working well
  • How saturated fats are found in butter, coconut oil, meat fats, cream, & cheese
  • How “vegetable oils” are actually industrial seed oils
  • What it takes to make these rancid oils palatable
  • Why raw milk is good for you and is sometimes called “white blood”
  • Issues with coronavirus testing – accuracy of test, false positives, etc.
  • Statistics: 50 deaths per day from coronavirus, 1000 daily from the flu, 2000 deaths from pneumonia per day, 3000 deaths per day from tuberculosis
  • Worry and panic and stress deplete vitamin A, which we need to fight the virus
  • What Sally does to fight stress and worry
  • Wuhan had 5G rolled out in December 2019 – did that impact the spread of the virus?
  • At 60 megahertz, 5G tampers the oxygen in our blood and lowers immunity

This Post has been condensed from Protect Yourself from the Coronavirus (or Any Virus) with Sally Fallon Morell.

Learn more about Weston. A. Price at https://www.westonaprice.org/about-us/about-the-foundation/

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