HUGO RODIER, MD: A POST ON BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

Parents understandably worry about their children’s brain development. They will do anything to maximize their child’s IQ for many reasons. Stimulating software, music, expensive schools, tutors, and many other expensive modalities are tried. Soon, gene manipulation will be available, if it is not already. As effective as they may be, they pale in effectiveness to the three points addressed below. Unfortunately, they are often not discussed enough:

  1. Brain Nutrition. Refined diets have a negative effect on the brain, particularly when it is developing. Omega oils are critical in optimizing brain function.
  2. Chemicals, Drugs, and Pollution have a negative effect on brain development. Common drugs like Tylenol and NSAIDs have significant negative effects on children. Antidepressants may harm brain development.
  3. Emotional IQ. It does Johnny no good to have a high I.Q. when he is depressed and can’t get along. Parental loving and acceptance supersedes any software to optimize cognitive development.

 

REFERENCES

  • J. Ped August 2016Volume 175, Pages 16–21 The Role of Nutrition in Brain Development: The Golden Opportunity of the “First 1000 Days”
  • J. Ped August 2016Volume 175, Pages 1–4 Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: risks outweigh benefits.
  • Controversy over use of antidepressants in children, http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/753055_3
  • Tylenol may harm fetus in pregnancy, SOURCE: http://bit.ly/29kqXYa Int J Epidemiol 2016
  • Prenatal paracetamol exposure and child neurodevelopment: a sibling-controlled cohort study, Int. J. Epidemiol. (2013) 42 (6): 1702-1713. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyt183 First published online: October 24, 2013
  • Curr Drug Metab. 2012 May 1;13(4):474-90. Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in pregnancy: impact on the fetus and newborn.
  • Increased Acetaminophen use Major Cause Autism, Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity, and Asthma, Journal of Restorative Medicine, Volume 2, Number 1, October 2013, pp. 14-29(16)
  • Increased Acetaminophen use Major Cause Autism, Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity, and Asthma, Journal of Restorative Medicine, Volume 2, Number 1, October 2013, pp. 14-29(16)

 

Prenatal exposure to pollution linked to behavioral issues later in life, study suggests

TIME (3/17, Park) reports a new study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry suggests that prenatal exposure to pollution may be linked to behavioral problems and emotional stress later in life. Researchers monitored 462 children and found that “those whose mothers showed higher levels of PAH at delivery (an indicator of PAH levels during pregnancy), were less likely to regulate their behaviors and emotions at age 9 and 11 than those whose mothers showed lower levels of the pollutant.”

 About the Author

Hugo Rodier, MD is an integrative physician based in Draper, Utah who specializes in healing chronic disease at the cellular level by blending proper nutrition, lifestyle changes, & allopathic practices when necessary.




KENNETH EADE: TAKING ON THE WAR ON PRIVACY

Is our freedom worth so little that we would allow the government take away our right to privacy? Prior to releasing his novel, The Spy Files, novelist Ken Eade released this poignant article, The War on Privacy, about this surrender by an public submersed in escapism and sleep. It is more than relevant today.

In Ken’s new novel, Freedom of Information can become a strangely precious asset in a world where the government can withhold often significant information from the public but can, indeed, surveil individuals without proper protection of the law. When Brent Marks, Eade’s protagonist in this 7th book in the Brent Marks Legal Thriller series, he goes against the wishes of his fiance, an FBI agent, as well as the Bureau itself as he tries to prove the innocence of his client in order to truly resolve the case- and, in the end, safeguard his own liberty.

Listen to an excerpt from the audio version of the novel.

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Or to purchase this supenseful Ken Eade novel

The Spy Files Book Cover

 




A FEW GREAT SONGS BY STEPHANIE SLEVIN

Stephanie Slevin’s songs regularly appear on Threshold Radio. She is truly an amazing singer-songwriter with a highly diverse and immensely strong inventory of original and memorable compositions.

An wonderfully, enigmatic spiritual song with an unforgettable melody.

“Baby Brother, we looked out for each other, didn’t we?”

Stephanie Slevin looks at all sides of life- and sometimes her songs take on a very folk ambiance. Shall we dance- On Moonlight Bay? A bittersweet love song – a damaged damsel does not give up.

Here is a fascinating interview with Stephanie on Phoneix FM

 

 




AUTHOR KEN EADE: CHALLENGES PRESENTED BY GUANTANAMO AND BEE COLONY COLLAPSE

LEST WE FORGET GUANTANAMO

It is all too easy to slip into the concept that, if things are so dangerous to our life and security, we must throw away all basic principles of justice. That is to say, if we even think a person may be a terrorist or a threat to our safety, we have instead of the right to not be subject to cruel and unusual punishment ourselves as promised in the eight amendment,  we can ignore this constitutional protection when it comes to a proposed enemy. Further, we can throw the right to an attorney, to a fair trial, to habeas corpus. When we do this- do we do a grave disservice to ourselves, our conscious and to the vision of our Founding Fathers.

 

Ken Eade, the author of “A Patriot’s Act” has written about the stain on our country and culture by continuing to keep open Guantanamo.  One of our illustrious Presidential candidates has even called to renew waterboarding and even worse as well as sending Americans to Guantanamo.  Here’s what Ken Eade wrote about closing the troubled military installation. 

LISTEN TO THE DRAMATIZED VERSION OF A SCENE FROM A PATRIOT’S ACT

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A Patriot Act Book Cover

 

This interview also contains some profound comments about an important non-fiction book by Ken Eade. When we destroy our pollinators, we can deprive our world of a strong foundation for food and survival.

CLICK THIS LINK BELOW TO BUY KEN EADE’S IMPORTANT BOOK ABOUT THE CRISIS FACING OUR POLLINATORS

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IS THERE A WAY TO CONNECT CONSCIOUSLY TO GOD?

As long as man has been able to postulate a God, he has wanted to get closer to him, to learn the mysteries behind existence, to even unite his spirit to the Divine Presence. In this discussion, Rod Tyler and Johnny Blue Star discuss their present take on this subject, possibly the most critical in achieving peace and understanding on planet earth.

REBROADCASTING TOMORROW AT 10 AM  PACIFIC TIME ON THE WORLD WIDE BROADCASTING NETWORK www.wwdbcorp.com

 




HUGO RODIER, MD: A GREAT INTERVIEW AND A FEW QUICK POINTS ON CONSTIPATION

 

 

5 integrative points on constipation

  1. Constipation is often dismissed with a quick laxative prescription. What does that do? Trigger a BM if you are lucky, but, it does not work on the root of the problem: an imbalance of intestinal flora caused by diet, drugs and chemicals.
  2. Constipation is the tip of the iceberg. The cause of it may lead to many and disparate problems in the future. Constipation is a serious problem. After all, it killed Elvis.
  3. Diet changes should be the main treatment. If you cannot change your diet you will end up depending on medications. Basically, you need to stop eating processed foods and eat more vegetables and fruit.
  4. Probiotics and fiber are the main supplements one may try. There are many others, but, the main treatment is to re-poop-pulate the gut.
  5. Aim for 2-3 BMs a day. Those who tell you 2-3 a week is OK are full of it.

[1] Book Crossing the Quality Chasm, 2001, page 13




THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF SINGER/SONGWRITER, STEPHANIE SLEVIN

According to a 2011 survey, quoting from a 2011 CBS article, “Angels don’t just sing at Christmastime.” For most Americans, they’re a year-round presence.” A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows that 77 percent of adults believe these ethereal beings are real.Belief is primarily tied to religion, with 88 percent of Christians, 95 percent of evangelical Christians and 94 percent of those who attend weekly religious services of any sort saying they believe in angels.But belief in angels is fairly widespread even among the less religious. A majority of non-Christians think angels exist, as do more than 4 in 10 of those who never attend religious services.

Still, have you ever met a songwriter whose songs are suggested to them by angelic whispers? If not, meet Stephanie Slevin.

 

I TALK WITH ANGELS




HUGO RODIER, MD, REVIEWS 50 MEDICAL JOURNALS – SEPT 2016 NEWSLETTER

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH EDUCATION –   A monthly review of 50 medical journals

Volume 17  Number 9  September 2016

 

If you are old like me you see many changes, even in the most obdurate issues and people. Once of the changes I have seen is the understanding that Environmental factors impact our health. I became aware of the impact of pollution by reading reputable medical journals when I was in Medical School in the early 80’s. Back then, anyone who dared speak about pollution was labeled as a hippie. It was hard to be green back then.

Air pollution used to be one of those neglected environmental issues. Fortunately, everyone now embraces the need to breathe cleaner air. Change takes place when people are ready to accept it. Fighting to push the timeline usually results in an ulcer and/or a revolution. Sure, they will build you a statue after you die a premature death, but, chances are you won’t live to enjoy the notoriety. As I scale down my practice to serve those who truly appreciate my services I am reminded of the NIH’s statement that any innovation in medicine takes 17 years for doctors to accept.[1] But, you will not have to wait 17 years for good studies to reach your neighborhood clinic if you read this newsletter on a regular basis.

Hugo Rodier, MD

Quantile Regression Analysis of the Distributional Effects of Air Pollution on Blood Pressure, Heart Rate Variability, Blood Lipids, and Biomarkers of Inflammation in Elderly American Men: The Normative Aging Study                                                                                                                                         J. Environ Health Perspect; 2016DOI:10.1289/ehp.1510044

Residential Proximity to Major Roads, Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter, and Coronary Artery Calcium: The Framingham Heart Study

  1. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2016;36:1679

ANOTHER ISSUE READY FOR PRIME TIME: GUT FLORA IN GENERAL, THE BRAIN-GUT

CONNECTION IN PARTICULAR

Metabolism in mind: New insights into the ‘gut-brain axis’ spur commercial  efforts to target it Journal of Nature Medicine 2016;22:697

DERMATOLOGISTS ARE SLOWLY REALIZING THAT SKIN PROBLEMS START IN AN IMBALANCE OF GUT FLORA (DYSBIOSIS) CAUSED BY BAD DIETS, EVEN SERIOUS PROBLEMS LIKE PSORIASIS…

Lifestyle intervention in psoriasis: a new avenue for treatment?                                                                              Am J Clin Nutr 2016 104: 241

Long-term effects of weight reduction on the severity of psoriasis in a cohort derived from a randomized trial: a prospective observational follow-up study

Am J Clin Nutr 2016 104: 259

 … AND, OF COURSE, ACNE AND ECZEMA

Synbiotics for Prevention and Treatment of Atopic DermatitisA Meta-analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials JAMA Pediatr. Published online January 25, 2016. oi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.3943

Dialogue between skin microbiota and immunity                                                                                              Science 21 November 2014: Vol. 346 no. 6212 pp. 954-959

Antipruritic effects of the probiotic strain LKM512 in adults with atopic dermatitis                             Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Pages 209–216.e7, August 2014

 

Acne vulgaris: a disease of western civilization

  1. Arch Derm 2002;138:1584

 

Diet Gains Legitimacy as Potential Factor in Acne                                                                                           J. Skin and Allergy news, May 2008, page 9. Report on Annual Hawaii Dermatology Seminar, Waikoloa

 

SPEAKING OF DERMATOLOGY…

USPSTF: United States Preventive Services Task Force: Not enough evidence to recommend total-body screenings for skin cancer

“The New York Times (7/26, St. Fleur, Subscription Publication) reports that yesterday, “the US Preventive Services Task Force [USPSTF] said…that there still isn’t enough evidence to recommend total-body screenings” for skin cancer “and declined to take a position on the practice.” The USPSTF “said that it could not determine – after reviewing thousands of research papers and studies from around the world – whether the benefits of screening outweighed the potential for harm if unnecessary or excessive procedures were performed.”

Modern Healthcare (7/26, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reports that “the guidelines uphold 2009 recommendations that found there was not enough evidence to assess the benefits or harms in conducting visual examinations to screen for skin cancer in patients at moderate risk.” However, “the report found there was little evidence to support the idea that routine screenings were harmful, such as an increase in the occurrence of misdiagnosis or overdiagnosis and overtreatment.”

The Washington Post (7/26, McGinley) reports that the statement, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “drew immediate pushback, with some physicians saying the outcome might encourage people to skip the awkward ritual of stripping down for an examination by their” physician “for melanoma and other skin cancers.”

 

EXPENSIVE URINE

                     In medical school I was told that supplementing vitamins was “expensive urine.” Nothing was said about the more expensive pharmaceutical urine; about 90% of the drugs we take are eliminated in the urine before they have an effect on our body… (Come to think of it, this is probably a good thing!) Each vitamin has been reviled before being accepted. The same is happening with vitamin D. BTW, it is a pro-hormone, not a vitamin.

Vitamin D status is associated with uteroplacental dysfunction indicated by pre-eclampsia and small-for-gestational-age birth in a large prospective pregnancy cohort in Ireland with low vitamin D status

Am J Clin Nutr 2016 104: 354

Vitamin D Receptor Activation Reduces Angiotensin-II–Induced Dissecting Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in Apolipoprotein E–Knockout Mice

Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2016;36:1587     

Vitamin D Deficiency Accelerates Coronary Artery Disease Progression in Swine

Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2016;36:1651

Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration is inversely associated with mucosal inflammation in patients with ulcerative colitis

Am J Clin Nutr 2016 104: 113

Calcium and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 modulate genes of immune and inflammatory pathways in the human colon: a human crossover trial

Am J Clin Nutr 2016 103: 1224

Vitamin D deficiency in Europe: pandemic?

Am J Clin Nutr 2016 103: 1033

 

WHENCE HEAR DISEASE?

                  A while back a Cardiologist called me telling me I should stop telling his patients that insulin resistance was driving their heart problems. First of all, patients have a right to see another doctor if they so choose. They don’t “belong” to any one doctor. Second, he was not keeping up with his own cutting edge literature. But, more and more cardiologists are beginning to accept the medical literature pointing to insulin resistance behind cholesterol problems that lead to arterial disease. It all begins with faulty lipid processing in Fatty Liver, a condition driven by insulin resistance.

Low Endogenous Secretory Receptor for Advanced Glycation End-Products Levels Are Associated With Inflammation and Carotid Atherosclerosis in Prediabetes                                                                                          JCEM 2016;101(4):1701-9

Impaired Insulin Suppression of VLDL-Triglyceride Kinetics in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease                        JCEM 2016;101(4), pp. 1637

Relationship of Insulin Resistance to Prevalence and Progression of Coronary Artery Calcification Beyond Metabolic Syndrome Components: Shiga Epidemiological Study of Subclinical Atherosclerosis                                                                                                                                         J. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2016;36:1703

                  We saw the same reticence to accept Omega oils. Anyone who dared speak of their benefits was labeled a “snake oil” salesman. Omega Oils are now prescription drugs 10 times more expensive than the Omega Oils over the counter. Do you believe Big Pharma’s studies that their oils are better?

Studies show evidence of heart benefits from omega-3s

TIME (7/18, Oaklander) examines the heart benefits of omega-3s in fish oil supplements, noting they are “the most popular natural product in America among U.S. adults,” eight percent of whom take them. Despite their popularity, the piece points out that experts’ research and conclusions about omega-3s’ purported heart benefits “have been surprisingly uneven.” However, a recent large study published in JAMA Internal Medicine led by researchers at Tufts University “added to the weight of evidence in favor of the fatty acids for heart health.” The study examined omega-3 levels in tissue and blood samples of 45,637 healthy people “to see if there was a connection to coronary heart disease.” While it did not find any link between heart attacks and omega-3s in general, it “did find that people who had diets rich in fish-derived omega-3s had a lower risk of fatal heart attacks.”

 

NUTRITION AND CANCER

Oncologists have begun to accept the fact that diets and environments play an important role in preventing and treating cancer, which is intimately connected to how cells handle ENERGY (Mitochondria.)

Mitochondria and Cancer  Journal  Molecular Cell  Volume 61, Issue 5, p667–676, 3 March 2016

Apoptosis by dietary factors                                                                                                                                                 J. Carcinogenesis 2007;28:233. See quotations below

  • “In spite of substantial progress in the development of anticancer therapies, the incidence of cancer is still increasing worldwide. Recently, chemoprevention by the use of naturally occurring dietary substances is considered as a practical approach to reduce the ever-increasing incidence of cancer.”
  • “By making modifications in the diet, more than 2/3 of human cancers could be prevented…. Dietary chemopreventive compounds offer great potential in the fight against cancer by inhibiting the carcinogenesis process through the regulation of cell defensive and cell death machineries.”
  • “Apoptosis, a form of programmed cell death, plays a fundamental role in the maintenance of tissues and organ systems by providing a controlled cell deletion to balanced cell proliferation. The last decade has witnessed an exponential increase in the number of studies investigating how different components of the diet interact at the molecular and cellular level to determine the fate of a cell. It is now apparent that many dietary chemopreventive agents with promise for human consumption can also preferentially inhibit the growth of tumor cells by targeting one or more signaling intermediates leading to induction of apoptosis.”
  • “The two major pathways that initiate apoptosis are extrinsic (death receptor-mediated,) and intrinsic (mitochondrial mediated.) Mitogenic and stress responsive pathways are involved in the regulation of apoptotic signaling. Noteworthy is the crosstalk between some of these pathways.”
  • Nutrients found to work in apoptosis:

                  ECGC            IN         Green tea

                  Curcumin                    Turmeric

                  Genistein                     Soy

                  I3C                              Cruciferous

                  Sulpharanes                 Cruciferous

                  Beta carotenes Veggies

                  Resveratrol                  Grapes

                  Isothiocyanates            Cruciferous

                  Luteolin                       Celery, green pepper, peppermint

                  Lycopene                     Tomatoes

                  Anthocyanins              Pomegranate, wolfberry, plankton, algae

                  Delphidin                    Pigmented fruits, berries

                        Lupeol, sylimarin        Mango, olive oil, herbs

                        Gingerol                      Ginger

                        Capsaicin                     Red pepper

                        Sulfur                          Onions garlic

 

NUTRITION  AND DEPRESSION

            Don’t get depressed when you see good studies ignored on the role of our diet on our moods. Truth always prevails, one funeral at a time. See August blog on Mental illness.

 

  1. Jacka FN, Cherbuin N, Anstey KJ, Sachdev P, Butterworth P. Western diet is associated with a smaller hippocampus: a longitudinal investigation. BMC Med. 2015;13:215.
  2. Sarris J, Logan AC, Akbaraly TN, et al; International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research. Nutritional medicine as mainstream in psychiatry. Lancet Psychiatry. 2015;2:271-274.
  3. Gangwisch JE, Hale L, Garcia L, et al. High glycemic index as a risk factor for depression: analyses from the Women’s Health Initiative. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015;102:454-463.
  4. Mastroiacovo D, Kwik-Uribe C, Grassi D, et al. Cocoa flavanol consumption improves cognitive function, blood pressure control, and metabolic profile in elderly subjects: the Cocoa, Cognition, and Aging (CoCoA) Study—a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015;101:538-548.
  5. Agarwal U, Mishra S, Xu J, Levin S, Gonzales J, Barnard ND. A multicenter randomized controlled trial of a nutrition intervention program in a multiethnic adult population in the corporate setting reduces depression and anxiety and improves quality of life: the GEICO study. Am J Health Promot. 2015;29:245-254.
  6. Akkasheh G, Kashani-Poor Z, Tajabadi-Ebrahimi M, et al. Clinical and metabolic response to probiotic administration in patients with major depressive disorder: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Nutrition. 2015 Sept 28. [Epub ahead

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OMEGA OILS for the treatment of depression

  1. Sarris J, Murphy J, Mischoulon D, et al. Adjunctive nutraceuticals for depression: a systematic review and meta-analyses. Am J Psychiatry. 2016;173:575-587.
  2. Appleton KM, Sallis HM, Perry R, Ness AR, Churchill R. Omega-3 fatty acids for depression in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015;11:CD004692.
  3. Mocking RJ, Harmsen I, Assies J, Koeter MW, Ruhé HG, Schene AH. Meta-analysis and meta-regression of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation for major depressive disorder. Transl Psychiatry. 2016;6:e756.
  4. Superko HR, Superko SM, Nasir K, Agatston A, Garrett BC. Omega-3 fatty acid blood levels: clinical significance and controversy. Circulation. 2013;128:2154-2161.
  5. Amminger GP, Schäfer MR, Papageorgiou K, et al. Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids for indicated prevention of psychotic disorders: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2010;67:146-154.
  6. Amminger GP, Schäfer MR, Schlögelhofer M, Klier CM, McGorry PD. Longer-term outcome in the prevention of psychotic disorders by the Vienna omega-3 study. Nat Commun. 2015;6:7934.

 

[1] Book Crossing the Quality Chasm, 2001, page 13




WHAT IS TRUE MASONRY REALLY ALL ABOUT?

If one believed everything on the Internet, Masonry would probably get a very low grade- its teachings supposedly emerging from a very terrible place, from a world of spiritual negativity and a desire for world domination. Not believing this is true- and that Masonry was getting a rather bad rap from many different sources, hungry to assign blame for the political and social ravages we are experiencing today, Threshold Radio  asked for a true insider to help. For what if, for some like my guest, Integrative Physician, Dr. Hugo Rodier, Masonry is more of a solution- rather than a problem- as it was for George Washington and many other of our Founding Fathers? Maybe we should pay more attention when things are labelled so eagerly and so securely. Before we join in a cry of conspiracy, maybe we should take a good look.!




LEST WE FORGET HOW THEY WERE IN THE PRIMARIES!!!!

It is quite amazing how the media will have numerous roundtable discussions about politicians’ strategies with pundits of various points of views talking about how important it is to shape political strategies for the moment. It is very much like broadcasters discussing football strategies- with the end game of winning, of course. And- often in this discussion- the issues and their realities are forgotten in the thralls of armchair quarterbacking. Just today, on an NPR radio broadcast, there was a discussion of how Donald Trump is taking a softer tone about deporting millions of undocumented workers from this country and even apologizing for his hurtful remarks to various persons during the primaries.  Are we then supposed to erase his former behavior with the same washcloth that Hillary laughed about when she talked about wiping her hard drive? Is he to be graced with the idea of becoming a “New Man” because he changes his tone and talks about deporting them in a more “gentle way? But let’s not pick on Trump alone. Do we forget how Hillary spoke strongly in favor of the TPP, calling it “The Gold Standard” of trade agreements just because she changed in the heat of growing public concerns about these agreements while Sanders and Trump were gathering momentum on their campaigns? Or should we forget how Obama promised that his would be the most transparent of administrations? I say, we should remember- because politicians who deal in these kinds of strategies can shrug them off when they are confronted with the real world of politicking in a play for pay environment (to broaden the concept a little). So here is a roundtable discussions to make us remember and keep us on our toes.