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This is the first video of the series “Physicians Blunders” and now ’s theme is quite unpleasant: Parasites!
"Ninety percent of humans are going to have problem with parasites in their lifetime."
A study out of The University of Maryland says,"Parasites can live within the intestines for years without causing any symptoms." This is the reason why a lot people have parasites without even knowing it.
The protozoan parasite affects 3.7 million people in the United States. However, only about 30 percent of people will actually develop symptoms.
These statistics could already give you an idea that when Doc suggested “parasites go away by themselves” he/she wasn't on the right track!
What are a few of the signs you've got unwanted guests?
- Changes in the appearance or frequency of bowel movements, especially if you've got excessive diarrhea or loose stools for two weeks.
- Chronic exhaustion not solved by a week of restful sleep.
- Unexplained and sudden weight loss of 10 or more pounds over two months.
- Itching around the anus for at least two weeks, particularly if there is no rash.
Those are just some of the most evident symptoms, but here is a list of other conditions that could be caused by parasites: Constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, joint and muscle aches, allergies, sugar cravings, skin ailments, itching at nose, ears, eyes, rashes, hives, eczema, acne, headaches, chronic fatigue, trouble sleeping, yeast and candida infection.
What to do about those nasty buggers? Watch my movie here for my nutritional approach to solving parasites!
Below is a transcript of the video!
Doctor's Blunders -- Parasites
[00:00:09] Hi, I am Vivica, Keto Nutritionist and Hormone Specialist. So, this is our first little physician's blunders video. This case is about parasites. So, one of my clients went to a doctor after undergoing some major gastro intestinal distress symptoms which were going on for many years.
One more thing, she was traveling. She was traveling to South America, India and a number of other third world countries.
[00:01:00] So, when she went to a doctor, she inquired about if they check for parasites possibly and the doctor was like oh no, we do not need to test for parasites. Anyways, if you had parasites, they'll go away by themselves.
[00:01:24] Parasites do not go away by themselves by the way. So, allow me to give you here a little bit of an idea. Approximately 85 percent of Americans will experience parasites at some point in their lives and about 90 percent of human beings will also experience a parasite in general in the world. Here's the study of the University of Maryland and I'm going to quote. "Parasites can live within the intestines for years without causing any symptoms." Many of us can have parasites and never realize that.
[00:02:02] there are lots of different kinds of parasites and the ways that we pick them up is through polluted waters, occasionally through our pets, sometimes through factory farm weeds which aren't properly treated and then, they're not properly cooked. So, it's very easy even in our westernized world, our contemporary clean world in the United States to get a parasite.
[00:02:29] What are some of the symptoms of parasites? Bloating, diarrhea, gastro-intestinal distress but also some more subtle symptoms which are for a longer time when you've been infected with parasite and some of those are bloating and gas, IBS [00:02:47], joint and muscle aches, allergies, sugar cravings, skin conditions like eczema or acne, and joint itching, chronic fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and yeast and candida infections.
[00:03:05] So, I have observed this in my clinical practice with various people and among the first things I say to a patient that has come to me with this kind of symptoms and a sort of history history of travels into different areas of the world. Not necessarily the world. Like it could only be from the United States. Like the first thing I'd tell them is that we will need to check for parasites. And the tests that are available nowadays are extremely extensive and very precise so with almost extreme accuracy, we can find out if you have an infection, an active parasitic infection in your body.
[00:03:49] So, what do we do when we find out that you have a parasite infection? Well, in my practice, I use herbs, anti-parasitic herbs because they don't have the side effects and contrary to indications that normal medication is going to have. We do Keto Paleo lifestyle because one of the things which parasites feed on... Guess what? Is grains and sugar and certain meats particularly like pork meat. I've included some very interesting links beneath this video so you can educate yourself further.
[00:04:30] additionally, if you think you might have parasites or you've got extreme gastro-intestinal symptoms and you will love to know more about it, please reach out to me and I can help you with some proper testing. We could do some laboratory testing or some other ways I can help you understand what's your case.
[00:04:55] But don't let your doctor send you home and call you mad and telling you parasites should have gone away by themselves or your gastro-intestinal issues are not normal or they are not diet related because that's the type of stuff they will tell you in the emergency room, dismissed without even an explanation and that's what happened to that client of mine.
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It s a pleasing outcome although maybe I subconsciously paced my scribbles. Even if I hadn’t heard something, the trip could have been worthwhile just for the fun of writing things down all day long like a nerd.
However, BONUS, I did learn stuff! During my last week, the beautiful Jo asked on my Facebook page: What's the most valuable thing you have learnt during your stay?
“… I am leaving with a deeper understanding of why I do what I do – what's happening in my brain and body or overeating.
And that it is not one answer but a selection of small tools and practices that collectively can help – mindfulness, consistent movement, mindful eating, self compassion, small moments of pleasure, gratitude etc..
A good deal of stuff that I've previously believed ‘yeah wonderful idea’ but hadn't realised how important it is for helping us stay less likely to swing into the darker places and more focused. ”
(Paragraph breaks added for the sake of your eyeballs!)
It was so useful to gain a deeper comprehension of the why, after decades of occasionally finding myself surrounded by a bunch of food wrappers frustrated and befuddled at how I wound up there again.
The why is a bit of a cocktail – it can be habitual (the brain following old, profound neural pathways… cue > reaction > benefit ), it may be a reaction to stress, it can be a reaction to restriction; it can be all of these at once.
But when it happens it s for good reason. On some level it serves a purpose even though it may not feel that way. It may be to soothe, to numb, to feel safe. Until it doesn’t.
As we began to learn about the practices that can help heal this stuff – the new habit construction etc –, the mindfulness, the movement, the food stuff, self compassion I realised that this is going to be a sloooooow process. After all, I’ve been on the diet/binge treadmill for over 30 years. A few of those pathways are more like trenches.
“Like the cleaning of a house… It Never Ends. ”
But that’s a thought that is more liberating than depressing. I’ve got time! Unlike dieting, I don't have any deadline that is arbitrary. I can experiment and perform and fail and try and try again.
This post from their website has a nice summary:
“Here is the magic Green Mountain Formula for wellness and well-being:
Eating + Moving + Living, with a focus on Feeling Good = Health, of the mind and body.
It might sound scary at first to focus on feeling good. We think that if we allow ourselves to feel great, then we will not be guilted into what we think are healthy behaviors. If we let ourselves rest as it feels good, how will we ever get to the gym? How do we ever make ourselves eat veggies if we allow ourselves eat pizza as it feels good?
But here is the key: When we concentrate on feeling good -- when our aim is to eat, move, and reside in a manner that gives us more pleasure, more energy, more life -- we'll find ourselves attracted to these things unconsciously.
The truth is: When we aren't taking care of ourselves, that doesn't feel good. That doesn't feel great, because we're taking on too many jobs, when our stress isn't well-managed. When we restrict or binge because we're hung up on diets, that doesn't feel great. That doesn't feel great, when we're not engaging in activity that is joyful.
The reality is that Eating + Moving + Living, with a focus on Feeling Good = Health, will bring us more of what we are after. ”
Read the full post – If Not Diets, Then What?
Coming up next: The importance of pleasure. Then a Day In The Life in Green Mountain post. Woohoo!
I’ve partnered with Green Mountain at Fox Run, where I received a three week stay at Green Mountain in February 2018, in exchange for writing about my experience. The stay included the Green Mountain core app and Pathway program at the Women's Center for Binge & Emotional Eating. I covered my own travel expenses. All ideas and opinions are my own. Browse all my Green Mountain posts here.
Continuing on with discussion of:
Effects of a low carbohydrate diet on energy expenditure during weight loss maintenance: randomized trial
No outline for this post. Here are links to parts in this show:
Part III: Some"Early" Lessons: In this most recent article, I discussed the relationship between measures of insulin (both fasting and 30 minute OGTT response) and weight loss during the Run-In Phase.
NEW YORK 2014
Celebrating the launch of my newest paperback Keto for Women by sharing 10 free keto recordings that outline how to overcome thyroid, PMS, menopause systems and much more … and offering up a chance for you to win $1,000 USD while helping other women in a big, big way.
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In today’s post, I’m sharing:
- How to receive a copy of the publication
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Now, as soon as you have your copy, it will help immensely to take time outta daily; we’re talking about two minutes tops, to review the book.
Seriously, we’re talking minutes.
Okay, let’s get to those recordings! In each video, I reference my subsequent books:
The Keto Diet: Launched in 2017, it’s a (very heavy) book devoted to the keto beginner. If you’re new to keto, or struggling with a number of the concepts, this is the book for you.
The Keto Diet Cookbook: Published April 2019, this publication focuses on meal planning, food prep, and cutting down the time spent in the kitchen. This book is great for you if you're interested in fast and easy recipes, or fighting with keto meal planning.
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Fasting for Women on Keto: Chatting about fasting on your ketogenic diet – how to do it safely as a girl, who shouldn’t do it… and much more!
Common Keto for Women Questions: Answering your keto questions like what to do when your period is bizarre on keto, how to swap out bread, and what girls need to adjust while following a keto diet.
Hormone Imbalances on Keto: Signs you've got a hormone imbalance and how to overcome hormone imbalances on keto.
Symptoms of Gut Imbalance on Keto: On gut ailments, signs of dysfunction, your microbiome, what your feces says about you and so much more.
Repairing the main Relationship: How I live from a place of abundance with my body, the way to balance self-respect while also caring for my body.
How to Customize Your Keto Diet: How I structure my ketogenic diet for the most customization. The strategies you can use to create your keto diet, yours. We talk about anti-diet, intuitive eating, my preferred pressure cooker meals, and how to do keto without tracking and going a bit crazy!
Keto and Fatty Liver, and Your Cholesterol: How your cholesterol reacts to a ketogenic diet and what occurs to the liver, and concerns about fatty liver.
Why Inflammation is an issue on Keto (and what to do about it): How women can improve their health by checking inflammation. SO many problems come from the level of inflammation in our own body. Learn what happens, why it’s a problem, and the way to reduce in your ketogenic diet.
Keto and Performance (including workouts with keto): How to integrate movement (and workouts!) Into your ketogenic diet without feeling flat and BLEH.
What to Eat Keto (Fat Fueled Pyramid): How to prioritize healthful low-carb options, make meals together with the items you have available rather than following complicated recipes.
These sugar free Gluten Free Crepes are simple to make and exceptionally versatile for a variety of meals.
You can fill these sugar free flourless crepes with ham and cheese, lox and cream fraiche, fruit and yogurt, or sautéed vegetables.
Experiment with different fillings and try them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.
You may also use any ripe fresh fruit such as pears, blueberries or raspberries as a breakfast crepes recipe.
You could also go mad and serve up the crepes with Nutella and bananas -- oh my! All would work as a romantic dish for Valentine's Day or something you would serve mother in bed for Mother's Day.
Whatever the event, maintain this healthy crepe recipe on your cooking repertoire to treat your family members or for special events and parties.
Gluten free crepes have no flour, no sugar
This gluten free crepes recipe is based on the No Flour, No Sugar Crepes recipe from Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Diet.
The publication is a guide to sensible eating that's helped thousands achieve and maintain their desired weight. No flour, no sugar -- that is it. Dr. Gott's on to something, because bread and sugar cravings are huge problems for lots of people that are trying to drop weight. For others, they just feel better when they avoid refined sugars and flours.
This easy crepes recipe could work for folks who are on gluten free and paleo diets (with a few simple substitutions), too.
Speaking of special events, if you are serving these easy crepes for a special someone, spend the time to make your gluten free crepes as beautiful as possible.
You may also sprinkle monk berry powder or Swerve Confectioners Sugar within the crepes as shown in the pictures like you would with regular sugar. Since both monk fruit and Swerve are natural no calorie sweeteners, it is OK to indulge your sweet tooth a little.
Or you may leave the sugar and chocolate off the outside. Instead, smear some chocolate within the crepe, then fold over. Still as yummy, but no pressure to be Super Chef.
Lastly, leave a couple chopped and whole berries to put in the folds of the crepes on the side of the plate as a garnish. Do this recipe for crepes up like they want in a five star restaurant! Your loved one will appreciate it so much.
This Mama's Tips for making gluten free crepes
You would like to use arrowroot powder and not arrowroot flour in this gluten free crepe recipe.
Using low-fat evaporated milk significantly cuts calories while still delivering creamy sweetness.
I enjoy both stevia powder and monk berry powder in my own cooking. However, I find that stevia gets very bitter when mixed with chocolate, so I avoid using it when I cook with chocolate. You can also use Splenda or Equal in this no sugar crepe recipe if you're comfortable using either of these no calorie sweeteners.
A little scared of cooking up a batch of crepes? The Frugal Chef does a terrific video on how to cook up a crepe starting at the 3:20 minute mark. Bear in mind, practice helps. And you can eat any mistakes! They just will not be as pretty.
Gluten Free Crepes
For the gluten free crepes:
- Two large eggs
- 3/4 cup low fat milk
- 6 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Canola cooking spray
For your dark chocolate sauce and strawberries:
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup monk fruit
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1 tsp fresh, ripe strawberries, stemmed and chopped
For the gluten free crepes:
- In a large bowl, beat eggs with an electric mixer until pale yellow and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Spray a nonstick 9- or 10-inch skillet with vegetable oil spray and heat over medium-low heat. Add about 2 tbsp of this mixture to the hot pan and tilt pan so the mix is evenly spread over the bottom. Cook until bottom is lightly browned, about 2 minutes, then carefully lift crepe and turn over. Cook until second side is lightly browned, about 2 minutes more. Continue until all the batter has been used.
For the dark chocolate sauce:
- Put chocolate in a skillet. Put milk and monk fruit sweetener in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and heat until hot to the touch but not boiling.
- Stir until chocolate has melted completely.
- Serve sauce immediately. Or cover and refrigerate up to one week. To serve, heat in microwave just until warm and liquid.
To serve the gluten free crepes with berries and dark chocolate sauce:
- Divide strawberries evenly among the crepes, arranging them down the middle of the crepes, and roll the crepes up round them.
- Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of chocolate sauce decoratively over every rolled-up crepe. Serve immediately.
- Serving size: 1 to 2 crepes
Originally published on February 7, 2007 and March 4, 2016. Recipe used with permission. Updated with new images and information.
Photo credit: livfriis at depositphotos
17th February 2019
To an extent I am cursing myself for doing what I am about to do. I've been dragged, yet again, into reviewing a paper which has made headlines around the world which proved, yes demonstrated , that adherence to statins saves lives. I am doing this review because a lot of folks have asked for my opinion on the paper.
I do feel like saying. 'Look, I wrote the book Doctoring Data so that you could read newspapers like this and work out why they are complete nonsense for yourselves'. Clearly, not enough people have read my book, and I'd therefore heartily encourage another million or so people to do so. [Conflict of Interest statement -- I will get lots of money if this happens, which I think of as"win, win"].
The paper, in this case was known as'Association of statin adherence with mortality in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.' It was printed in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) a few days ago.
The primary finding was:
'With a national sample of Veterans Affairs patients with ASCVD (atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease), we found a low adherence to statin treatment was associated with a greater risk of dying. Women, minorities, younger adults, and older adults were less likely to adhere to statins. Our findings underscore the importance of finding approaches to improve adherence.'
First thing to say is that this was an observational study. So, it can't be used to prove causality, particularly as the improvement in outcomes that they observed was an increased mortality risk of 1.3 (HR) in people who were least adherent -- compared to those who were adherent.
As lots of folks know... sorry I will rephrase that... as many geeks like myself understand, if the hazard ratio is less than two, in an observational study, the best thing to do with said paper is to crumple it up and throw it in the bin. Because it's almost certainly meaningless. To quote Sir Richard Doll and Richard Peto, two of the fathers of medical research and epidemiology:
"when relative risk lies between 1 and 2... problems of interpretation may become severe, and it could be extremely hard to disentangle the various contributions of biased data, confounding of two or more factors, and cause and effect." 2
Observational studies with relative risks between one and two, are the type of studies that find that drinking five cups of coffee protect against CVD – or might be raise the risk of dying of CVD. Or maybe it's tea, not coffee? [I apologise for mixing up odds ratios, hazard ratios and relative risk. For ease of understanding, consider these as the same thing].
For example, I was looking at this paper:
'Tea and coffee consumption and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality'.
Where they found that drinking between three and six cups of coffee reduced CV mortality by 45%:
'A U-shaped association between tea and CHD mortality has been observed, with an HR of 0.55 for 3.1 to 6.0 cups per day.' 3
That is a far better result than adhering to statins. After all it's a 45% reduction vs. 30% reduction. My advice therefore would be to stop the statins and have nice cup of tea instead. Life would be so much better, and you'd live longer too. Sorry, but I do not know what type of tea. So many stupid studies to read. So much crumpling.
Leaving behind the nonsenses they are – the observational studies with a second difference in hazard ratio – let us move on to the major confounder of the latest crumple, bin, paper. Which is that those who adhere to medications do far better than those who do not -- even if that medication is a placebo.
This was first noted, concerning cholesterol lowering medications, nearly forty years back in another paper, coincidentally published in the NEJM.
Influence of adherence to treatment and response of cholesterol on mortality in the coronary drug project.
I've copied the abstract in full. In part because it is written in something similar to clear English. Most unusual in any medical journal. In this study the researchers were looking at drugs used to lower cholesterol levels, before the invasion of the statins.
'The Coronary Drug Project was carried out to assess the efficacy and safety of several lipid-influencing drugs in the long-term treatment of coronary heart disease. Good adherers to clofibrate, i.e., patients who took 80 per cent or more of the routine prescription throughout the five-year follow-up interval, had a substantially lower five-year mortality than did poor adherers to clofibrate (15.0 vs. 24.6 percent; P = 0.00011).
However, similar findings were noted in the placebo group, i.e., 15.1 per cent mortality for good adherers and 28.3 percent for poor adherers (P = 4.7×10-16). These findings and various other analyses of mortality in the clofibrate and placebo groups of this project show the serious difficulty, if not impossibility, of evaluating treatment efficacy in subgroups determined by patient responses (e.g., adherence or cholesterol change) into the treatment protocol following randomization.'
I think it is worth highlighting the main findings again.
Those who adhered to taking clofibrate = 15% mortality
People who had poor adherence to clofibrate = 24.6percent mortality
Those who adhered to taking placebo = 15.1percent mortality
Those who had poor adherence to placebo = 28.3percent mortality
From this is can be established that it was worse that you not take placebo regularly than it was to not take clofibrate regularly.
If we proceed in time, others have looked at adherence to taking statins. The first thing they noticed was people who take their medication regularly are different in many, many, ways to people who have poor adherence.
The paper is called: 'Statin adherence and risk of injuries, a cautionary tale.' Published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.
'Bias in studies of preventive drugs can occur when healthy patients are more likely to initiate and adhere to therapy than less healthy patients. We sought evidence of this bias by examining associations between statin exposure and various results that shouldn't be causally affected by statin exposure, such as workplace and motor vehicle accidents.'
'Our study contributes compelling evidence that individuals who adhere to statins are systematically more health seeking than comparable patients who do not remain adherent. Caution is warranted when interpreting analyses that feature surprising protective effects to preventive medications.'
"when relative risk lies between 1 and 2... problems of interpretation may become severe, and it may be extremely difficult to disentangle the various contributions of biased data, confounding of two or more variables, and cause and effect"
In the case of this latest'nonsense' paper on statins, it isn't actually hard to disentangle the various contributions of biased information.
We already know that people who take tablets regularly, and placebo frequently, are more health looking than those who don't. We already know that if you take a placebo regularly, this almost halves your (complete ) mortality rate. These are both enormous confounders from the latest NEJM study.
In fact, the confounder effect unearthed in previous studies is much bigger than the effect they found. Which, if you will be logical, would suggest you would be far better off regularly taking a placebo than frequently taking a statin. If you decide to do this, you could entitle their newspaper"Proof that statins have no beneficial effect".
You sure as hell cannot use such data to indicate that adhering to statins is beneficial. Yet, the authors of this study have done so. I provide their paper a sign of D-Fail, please try again.
If not, I'd say, please inform yourselves of the previous research done in this area before writing a paper. This will avoid wasting everyone's valuable time.
2: Richard Doll & Richard Peto, The Causes of Cancer 1219 (Oxford Univ.. Press 1981).