Ounce of Prevention | Avoiding killer No.1 of humans by Dr Tony Vendryes

(Jamaica Gleaner) Tuesday | February 13, 2018

In the month of February, we traditionally focus on heart health, or perhaps we really just think about heart disease. The healthy heart is an amazing muscular pump that begins pumping blood from when the unborn foetus is about 14 to 16 weeks old. It then continues to pump without a break until you die.

On average, the human heart beats about 100,000 times per day or about 35 million times in a year. Over an average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times. No man-made pump can rival the performance of the healthy heart.

But heart disease continues to reign supreme as the number one killer of humans.

And it has maintained this position for a very long time in the developed and developing world, despite all the fancy new medical technologies being used to wage war on this destroyer of lives. The reason why we have not even come close to winning this war is simple: we are not addressing the basic cause! With few exceptions, heart disease is the result of an unhealthy lifestyle. Most cases of heart disease are preventable and correctable.


Abdominal obesity is directly related to heart disease. If the epidemic of excess belly fat is not corrected, all the new and powerful drugs, and all the fantastic technological advances, and all the amazing cardiac surgical procedures will be of very limited use.

Belly fat is not just a cluster of fat cells. It promotes inflammation, and heart disease, at its core, is an inflammatory disorder that promotes the blockages of blood vessels that have been mistakenly blamed on cholesterol.

Belly fat produces excessive amounts of some hormones, especially oestrogen, insulin and cortisol. This leads to a cascade of bad problems that doctors call ‘the metabolic syndrome’. So, critical to curtailing the ravages of heart disease is correcting truncal obesity. And this involves mainly lifestyle changes.

There are four key areas of your lifestyle that influence the size of your belly and the function of your heart. I call then the ‘Four Pillars of Heart Health’.


This is the first and most critical pillar. Balanced, optimal nutrition provides the heart with the energy and oxygen it needs to function. In addition to a mostly plant-based diet, with lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, I suggest generous servings of healthy protein like soy, beans, peas, nuts, fish and organic poultry, and a drastic reduction in the simple carbohydrates – sugar and starch.

I supplement this with a patented programme called Cellular Nutrition to ensure that the cells of the heart are provided with all the nutrients they need. This same plan corrects the obesity, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol imbalances often associated with heart disease.

A number of specific supplements also promote optimal heart function: vitamins B, C and E, D, magnesium, CoEnzymeQ10, L-carnitine, L-arginine, the omega-3 fatty acids, and the herb Hawthorne, in particular.


Like any other muscle, the heart responds to regular exercise, particularly aerobic exercise like walking, jogging, swimming or cycling, by becoming more fit and functional. Even as little as half an hour brisk walking three times per week is beneficial. The key is to exercise with enough intensity to elevate your heart beat during the exercise. But as important as exercise is, don’t think that it allows you to neglect your nutrition. Not infrequently, elite fit athletes drop dead from heart attack.


Many common toxins like cigarette smoke, excess alcohol, unhealthy trans-fats, toxic metals like lead, mercury and cadmium, some prescription drugs as well as environmental pollutants can all weaken the heart.

They should be avoided and specific strategies used to eliminate them from the body. Useful detox programmes include chelation therapy, infrared sauna baths, colon hydrotherapy, and herbal cleansing formulas. In the case of heart disease due to the blockage of blood vessels, chelation therapy is particularly useful.


Chronic stress can be very damaging to the heart. It leads to the excess production of stress hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol, that put a greater strain on the heart and circulation, elevates bold pressure and encourages abdominal obesity.

A balance between work and play and learning to use stress management strategies is a vital part of heart health.

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Ounce of Prevention | FAT can poison your LIVER! by Dr Tony Vendryes

What are you afraid of?  Have you ever had a facial, manicure, pedicure?  Why not do a liver cleanse?  Can you make a note of all the various types of foods, beverages you consumed over the past year, much less the last 5 years?  If you have never had a liver cleanse and you suffer from any of the below I would recommend you do so.  Personally I have no non-communicable or communicable disease yet did a liver cleanse.  I was surprised at what came out.  I can show you if you request.

Talk is cheap, it is time for action!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



(Jamaica Gleaner) September 5 2017

Ninety per cent of obese persons risk damaging their liver.
Weight loss will result in a significant reduction of excess fat in the liver.

The liver is, after the skin, the biggest, heaviest organ in the body, with several important functions. Only the brain may be more complex. It eliminates harmful substances like alcohol and drugs from the blood, makes bile that’s necessary for digesting fatty foods, converts blood sugar into glycogen for storage, makes urea for excretion by the kidneys, manufactures important proteins like albumin and blood-clotting factors, and stores vitamins A, D, K and B12. The liver also produces about 80 per cent of all the cholesterol in your body. This organ has a tremendous ability to regenerate itself and can handle a lot of abuse and damage.

Fatty liver

Your liver normally contains some fat, but if more than 10 per cent of the organ is fatty, you probably have fatty liver disease (FLD). There are two main types of FLD: liver disease from alcohol (ALD) and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Many people are unaware that NAFLD is the most common form of liver disorder in developed countries and affects almost a quarter of the American population. The name speaks for itself: an accumulation of fat in the liver, occupying more than 10 per cent of the organ, in people who drink little or no alcohol. In the past, a fatty liver was usually associated with alcohol abuse, but NAFLD is another lifestyle-related disorder.

As the obesity problem accelerates, so does the epidemic of NAFLD. A weakened liver makes you toxic, and a fatty liver dramatically increases your risk of cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer. Although the disease can strike anyone, certain groups are at high risk:

The obese: Ninety per cent of obese individuals risk damaging their liver, especially when their excess fat is stored around the waistline. Belly fat (truncal obesity) is not just stored under the skin, but surrounds and infiltrates the abdominal organs, particularly the liver where fat globules actually enter the liver cells and damage them.

The diabetic: Fifty per cent of diabetics have NAFLD, and almost all obese diabetics will have this problem. Elevated levels of insulin in the blood and insulin resistance are common features of Type 2 diabetes, and obesity and seems to play a major role in fatty liver disease.

High cholesterol: A very high percentage of individuals with elevated levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides have excess fats stored in the liver that damages the organ.

The elderly: This condition is more prevalent in the elderly, and studies show that more than 65 per cent of persons over age 80 have NAFLD. Unfortunately, obese children often already have fatty livers.

Drug users: NAFLD can occur as a side effect of the long-term use of certain medications, including aspirin, the immunity-suppressing medications methotrexate and steroids; the breast cancer drug tamoxifen; and the antibiotic tetracycline.

What to look out for

Like diabetes and high blood pressure, this liver condition is often initially silent, only to cause life-threatening problems many years later.

Some persons may have only non-specific complaints like low energy, fatigue, malaise and mild upper abdominal pain. Laboratory tests for liver function may or may not reveal any abnormality in the early stages. Later in the progression of the disease, signs of inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer may develop.

Treatment and prevention

Conventional medicine does not have a specific drug or treatment for this problem. However, the condition is largely prevented and often reversed by nutritional and lifestyle changes. These include:

Weight loss: Losing weight with a nutritionally sound weight-loss programme will result in a significant reduction of excess fat in the liver. I have often used a low carbohydrate, cellular nutrition type programme, very effective in correcting this problem. Reversing truncal obesity is an essential part of any treatment plan.

Control high blood sugar: This is also very important in managing this problem. A diet low in simple carbohydrates along with supplements like chromium, berberine, and the omega 3 fatty acids greatly improves blood sugar control.

Antioxidant supplementation with vitamins A, C, E, selenium, alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, green tea and glutathione is important in protecting the liver cells.

Detoxification programmes help relieve the toxic burden on an already compromised liver. The herb, milk thistle, is particularly useful in this regard. Alcohol and other liver toxins must be absolutely avoided.

Soy products: Soybeans contain a form of phosphatidylcholine, which has been shown in some studies to halt the progress of liver damage in NAFLD.

So, if you have a spare tire, a love handle, or a beer belly, this may be a warning sign that you are on your way to developing a fatty liver. Remember, your life depends on your liver!

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Ounce of Prevention | Relieve Pain The Natural Way by Dr Tony Vendryes

Let’s face it, some people like being unwell as they seem to attract more attention……………While others do not want the responsibility to make changes in their lifestyle preferring the quick fix with temporary relief and long term sufferings.  No surprise why the USA as reported today is considering as below;  What say you??????


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(Jamaica Gleaner) Tuesday | August 1, 2017 | 8:00 AM

In this file photo, Valerie Beaumont (right) uses Chi reflexology to soothe this patron.

Pain is a symptom, not a disease. It is an important signal from your body trying to warn you of some underlying disorder. Modern medicine has provided us with a bewildering array of drugs for the relief of pain, and many of them do not even need a doctor’s prescription.

If you experience pain, the best action you can take is to seek to identify the cause of your pain. Then, even if you need to take something for pain relief, you can also begin to address the underlying cause.

Problems with Painkillers

These medicines are widely used, often abused, and contrary to popular belief, are far from harmless. They include well-known drugs like aspirin and acetaminophen, as well as a large group called the NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) that include Advil, Ibuprofen, Indomethacin, Motrin, and Voltaren. Let’s examine some of these drugs.


Aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) was first made in 1853 and has since become a preferred treatment for simple pains and fever. Today, many people reach for this drug at the first hint of pain, and many doctors now recommend that it be taken on a daily basis for the prevention of heart attacks, the most commonkiller today.

Aspirin is generally regarded as being safe enough to not require a prescription. A normal dose of aspirin for pain is two tablets every four to six hours per day, but a pain sufferer might take more than twice this amount.

Unfortunately, aspirin has a long list of side effects, including: gastritis, peptic ulcer, intestinal bleeding, haemorrhagic shock, and even sudden death. Aspirin can also increase the risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness, as well as cataracts. Aspirin is also one of the main causes of death from poisoning each year.


Many people take acetaminophen e.g. Tylenol, at least once a month, and it is now the most widely used pain reliever in the United States. However taking more than the recommended dose can lead to fatal liver injury, and acetaminophen poisoning is now the most common cause of acute liver failure in the North America. Attempted suicides account for many cases, but almost half are the result of unintentional overdoses.


With more people having chronic pain, the drug companies churn out more and more of this class of painkiller. Though sometimes helpful in the short term, with chronic use, these drugs create many problems like gastritis, bleeding peptic ulcers and kidney damage, as well as increased destruction of cartilage in arthritic joints. Yet, many people are kept on these medications for years, with negative consequences.


Opioids are powerful painkiller drugs like morphine, pethedine, codeine hydrocodone, oxycodone and methadone. These prescription drugs reduce the brain’s recognition of pain and are often chosen for controlling severe pain such as that caused by cancer. People can develop a tolerance to these drugs and need higher and higher doses to achieve the same degree of pain relief. Also, one can become physically dependent on them and an overdose can be fatal. The US now faces an opioid epidemic from the widespread abuse of opioid prescription painkillers.

Natural pain relievers

Ganja: Substances in cannabis called the cannabinols are extremely useful in the control of various types of pain. Research at the University of Michigan published in the Journal of Pain provides some compelling evidence. It showed that cannabis reduced patients’ need for pain medication by 64 per cent while lowering drug side effects. Cannabis is particularly useful for migraine headaches, nerve (neuropathic) pain, arthritis, and cancer pain. Medicinal cannabis with specific concentrations of THC and CBD, the major cannabinols is now available for topical or internal use.

Ginger and turmeric: Ginger roots as anti-inflammatory substances called gingerols that offer pain relief and stomach-settling benefits. Fresh ginger works well as a tea or grated into juice. It may also be applied externally as a pack to painful joints and muscles. It’s cousin, turmeric, works in a similar fashion

Boswellia is a herb that contains specific anti-inflammatory ingredients known as boswellic acids that research has shown significantly reduce inflammation particularly in arthritis.

Enzymes: Bromelain an enzyme, found in pineapples, is a natural anti-inflammatory substance. It can be taken in supplement form, but eating fresh pineapples may also be helpful. Papain, another enzymes found in papaya is also useful for inflammation.

Cayenne, also called capsaicin, is a spice from hot peppers. When applied as a cream it alleviates pain by lowering the levels of substance P, a chemical in nerve cells that transmits pain signals to the brain.

Tang Kuei is a famous Chinese herb that has powerful antispasmodic, analgesic, relaxing properties. It is ideal for the relief of menstrual pains.

Fish oils: The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA found in fish oil have been shown, in many clinical studies, to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and promote joint lubrication without negative side effects. All inflammatory conditions benefit from supplementing with several gram of omega 3 daily.

Vitamins and minerals: These natural substances are essential for the proper function of the nervous system. The B vitamins increase the pain threshold and reduce the need for pain medication while making those drugs work more effectively. The mineral magnesium, as well as the antioxidant vitamins C and E, provide similar benefits.

Energy therapies: Pain responds well to a variety of mind-body therapies like hypnosis, reflexology, acupuncture, acupressure, body talk, emotional freedom therapy, and therapeutic touch.

Aromatherapy using essential oils like lavender and rosemary offers powerful stress-relieving and analgesic properties. Simply rub a few drops of the oil in your palms and inhale the fragrance for a few moments and notice the change in your feelings.

The wonderful thing is that most of these natural treatments are non-toxic and can be self-administered. The next time you are tempted to take pain medication, consider these gentler, safer options.

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Handling Hypertension Naturally by Dr Tony Vendryes

(Jamaica Gleaner) Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | 6:00 AM

Guard against high blood pressure.
Choose fruits and vegetables.
Exercise is a must.
Hypertension is a medical disorder commonly known as ‘high blood pressure’ or ‘pressure’ that affects millions of people worldwide. Research indicates that about one third of Jamaicans over age 35 have high blood pressure, and its prevalence increases with advancing age.

But what is high blood pressure? Blood circulates through the body along a series of pipes (arteries) by the pumping action of the heart. The pressure created in the arteries is measured and expressed in millimetres of mercury (mm. Hg) as two figures. The top figure is called the systolic pressure. It represents the pressure in the arteries when the heart pumps or beats.

The lower figure is called the diastolic pressure, and represents the pressure in the system when the heart relaxes in between beats.

A blood pressure reading may be represented as follows:

140 – systolic pressure

80 – diastolic pressure

Blood pressure is currently considered normal when the systolic pressure is below 120 mm. Hg and the diastolic is under 80 mm. Hg.

There is however an ongoing debate among doctors as many factors like age, stress levels and gender may influence ‘normal’ blood pressure.

What causes hypertension?

Contrary to popular thinking I consider high blood pressure as more of a symptom than an actual disease.

Underlying medical conditions like kidney disease, hormonal imbalance or medication cause less than 10 per cent of the cases of hypertension. The other 90 per cent results from an unhealthy lifestyle. Common lifestyle culprits include:

• A diet high in unhealthy fat, processed carbohydrates and salt and low in fibre and nutrients.

• Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle

• Chronic stress and cigarette smoking

I regard hypertension as a symptom of a sick circulation. In any plumbing system, if the pipes become corroded, narrowed or blocked, the pressure must increase for flow to be maintained. So with the human circulation, hardening of the arteries, narrowing and blockage of blood vessels by a process called atherosclerosis is a major underlying cause of high blood pressure.

The actual high blood pressure reading is a signal, a warning light that the pipes (arteries) are unhealthy. People do not just die from high blood pressure. They suffer and die from the results of the diseased circulation that contributed to the elevation in pressure.

The main organs that suffer are the brain – brain damage and strokes, the heart – heart enlargement and heart failure, the kidneys – kidney disease and renal failure and the eyes – visual impairment and blindness.

Treat the cause

Most cases of hypertension can be treated effectively by changing one’s lifestyle. This is the first line of treatment and along with nutritional supplements and herbs is an effective and safe way of correcting high blood pressure.

Blood pressure medication is sometimes indicated, but in my opinion should only be used as a secondary line of treatment.

Just taking ‘pressure tablets’ as soon as one is diagnosed with high blood pressure is rarely indicated and only in very severe cases, as this approach only treats the symptoms and does not address the underlying cause.

These drugs may sometimes lower the blood pressure reading, but do not correct the underlying circulatory dysfunction.

The chronic use of blood pressure medication is associated with many problems and more drugs often needed to treat the side effects of the ones originally prescribed.

Take these actions for 90 days and be inspired by the results

A natural plan: Start by believing that your high blood pressure can be naturally managed and reversed and commit yourself to make the following changes in your life for the next 90 days. The shift in your blood pressure will inspire you to continue.

Change your diet: Switch to a diet of healthy protein, low animal fats, and lots of fresh vegetables, fruit and whole grains. Restrict or eliminate meats, dairy products, sugar, white flour and fried foods. Use sea salt in moderation. Drink lots of water.

Control your weight: Correct abdominal obesity. Excess fat around the waistline predisposes you to high blood pressure. A waist measurement of over 34 inches in a woman and over 39 inches in a man increases your risk for hypertension by 500 per cent. Start a weight loss programme that places a major emphasis on balanced nutrition. I recommend ‘The Cellular Nutrition Programme.

Detoxify the body: Do a cleansing programme to detoxify the body of harmful impurities – a combination of herbal cleansers and/or colon irrigation is an effective approach. Avoid polluting your system with cigarettes, excess caffeine, alcohol, highly processed foods, unclean air and water.

Exercise regularly: Exercise is vital and has many benefits. I recommended that you do some form of aerobic exercise (walking, jogging, cycling, swimming) for 30 minutes, three times per week. On the other days, do some resistance exercise, such as weight training, yoga or floor exercises.

Take supplements: Supplements have an important role in blood pressure control. Take a full spectrum multivitamin and the antioxidants A, C, E and Selenium (ACES). Add magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, garlic, Hawthorne berry and coenzyme Q10.

Manage stress: Learn to manage stress, as it is a very common, often overlooked cause of high blood pressure. Yoga, meditation and relaxation techniques are extremely useful strategies for high blood pressure. They help correct the underlying imbalance in the nervous system. Herbs that help with stress include Kava, Valerian, Tang Kuei, Siberian Ginseng and St John’s Wort.

Consider Chelation Therapy: This is an alternative medical treatment that effectively reverses the hardening of the arteries associated with high blood pressure. It removes excess calcium from the blood vessel walls and promotes the elimination of harmful heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and aluminium. It is also a powerful anti-ageing therapy administered by physicians trained in chelation therapy.

Monitor your blood pressure: If your pressure is elevated, check it once per week and keep a record to share with your doctor. This is more useful than single occasional readings done at the doctor’s office. Invest in your own machine and learn how to use it. Avoid the temptation to obsessively take your blood pressure several times per day.

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Ounce of Prevention | The Wonder Of Natural Regenerative Medicine by Dr Tony Vendryes

(Jamaica Gleaner) Tuesday | May 23, 2017

Research shows that fasting boosts stem cell production.
New research reveals that the body increases stem cell numbers when we exercise.
After decades of practising conventional, high-tech, hospital-based medicine, I experienced a profound shift in my understanding of health and healing. I realised that healing was an internal process that the body itself performed. The human body was designed with a tremendous capacity to heal itself. I, the doctor, was not really the healer.

My job with my medicines, surgery and other techniques was to support and encourage the healing process, to create the optimal circumstances for repair and healing to take place. Yes, my treatments could help correct a negative situation, restore balance and even save a life, but ultimately, the body could heal itself.

The human body is composed of up to 100 trillion microscopic units called cells. These cells are the building blocks of life. Each cell is intelligent and sophisticated, cooperating with its fellows to maintain the body’s health.

Normally, cells are not immortal and as they age, get damaged or diseased, they die and are replaced. For example, liver and skin cells have a three-month lifespan; red blood cells live for four months; while the cells lining your intestines are quickly replaced every two days.

Every minute, millions of your body’s cells die and new ones take their place. Each year, over 90 per cent of your cells are replaced as the body continually repairs itself. Old medical dogma had insisted that once brain cells died they could not be replaced. We now know that even the brain can regenerate new cells.

Heart specialists had also claimed that when heart cells die from a heart attack, they never grow back. Not true. Groundbreaking research has overturned the old, negative thinking, showing that heart cells are capable of regenerating themselves. This is great news, as heart attacks that damage hearts and strokes that injure brains are two of the commonest causes of death and disability worldwide. Old beliefs die hard, and years may pass before most doctors come to accept these new discoveries.


The body repairs itself using special cells called stem cells. A stem cell is a cell produced in the body with the ability to create all types of new cells. Your body creates these stem cells every day and they act as a repair system, replenishing damaged tissues. Modern medicine is racing to find expensive ways to transplant stem cells into patients to promote healing. This has been called regenerative medicine. An example of this approach is the injection of stem cells into the hearts of people with severe heart disease. The world welcomes all the help modern, sophisticated medicine offers.

However, my focus is on natural regenerative medicine: how to encourage your body to produce more of its own stem cells for your healing. Then, if that fails, we can consider the more dangerous, expensive and invasive options. Research has shown that your lifestyle influences the activation of these stem cells and may improve the ability of your body to self-repair and heal.


New research reveals that the body increases stem cell numbers when we exercise. The more active we are, the more new cells we need and the more stem cells we make. Physical exercise not only stimulates an increase of stem cells in your muscles, but also in other tissues such as heart, bone, brain, liver, etc.

Researchers in China report that people who practise the martial art tai chi saw a significant boost in their stem cell populations. I suspect the same may be true of yoga.

Regular exercise not only prevents disease, but also keeps stored stem cells in reserve for healing after stress and injury. Although exercise can boost stem cell numbers, optimal stem cell activity is enhanced when exercise is accompanied with healthy sleep and good stress management.


Research shows that fasting boosts stem cell production. Even after a few days of fasting, the number of stem cells in the blood is definitely elevated. It seems that the body becomes more efficient when food intake is lowered and boosts its stem cell output. Meals low in calories but high in nutrient value are ideal for this purpose. The quality of your nutrition has a major impact on the quality of your cells. The cellular nutrition meal-replacement shake and supplements are great tools for that purpose.


Research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania medical school revealed that a type of oxygen therapy using hyperbaric oxygen dramatically increases stem cell activity. The results were amazing. After only one treatment, concentrations of stem cells doubled, and after a full course of 20 treatments, stem cell levels increases by 800 per cent!

Our neighbours, the Cubans, have long promoted and successfully used hyperbaric oxygen to help in the recovery from strokes and other nervous system and circulatory problems. Other simpler and still useful oxygen therapies include ozone therapy, breathing oxygen while exercising, and even some deep-breathing techniques.


We live in a toxic world. For example, the plastic industry has filled our lives with products made of or stored in plastic. There is growing evidence that some of the chemicals in plastics such as bisphenol-A and polyvinyl chloride are dangerous and may damage stem cells. Regular detoxification of the body is therefore very important for good health.

To be really safe, try to limit storing food in plastic containers, or drinking out of plastic bottles. Also, never microwave food in a plastic container of any kind, even if it says it is microwave-safe. In general, use microwave ovens as little as possible.

Based on current evidence, popularly advertised stem cell enhancement supplements are not effective. Stem cell experts say they are at best a waste of money and at worst a risk to your health.

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Beware Of Cell-Phone Use by Dr Tony Vendryes

(Jamaica Gleaner) Tuesday | March 28, 2017 | 3:00 AM
Children have an increased risk of adverse health effects from cell phone radiation, as cell phone radiation penetrates much deeper into the heads of children than adults.
A cultural revolution called the Wireless Age has exploded worldwide. No other technology has grown on us like the mobile phone. Within three decades, this device has moved from zero to over 7.3 billion units worldwide. By 2014, there were more cell phones than people on planet Earth. Everyone seems to use one.
Question: are cell phones safe?
Cell phones – like cordless home phones, television, radio, laptops, and tablet computers – produce radiofrequency (RF) radiation. But cell phones are placed closest to the body for longer periods of time every day.
In 1993, Dr George Carlo, a public health scientist, wrote a book, Cell Phones – Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age. His studies revealed worrying trends that others dismissed. But due to the relatively recent adoption of cell phones, the long-term safety of the technology cannot be determined conclusively and caution is warranted.
Less than 100 years ago, doctors regularly advised patients to take up cigarette smoking for weight control and stress management. The notion that inhaling tobacco smoke could be harmful was regarded as alarmist, unfounded, almost superstitious. Now lung and several other cancers and smoking-related heart disease are among the top causes of death and smoking is universally recognised as deadly. We now shake our heads at our earlier stupidity.
The brain is an extremely sensitive organ, with special protection. One such protection is a special filter that keeps harmful chemicals from entering the brain. It is called the blood brain barrier. Radio frequency radiation (RFR) emitted from mobile phones interferes with the blood brain barrier, and allows toxic substances access to the tissues of the brain.
The other brain protector is the skull. Children have an increased risk of adverse health effects from cell phone radiation, as cell phone radiation penetrates much deeper into the heads of children than adults. Studies show that children under the age of eight absorb twice the amount of radiation into their brain tissue as adults due to their lower skull thickness. These differences signify potentially serious health risks to children
The more one uses a cell phone, the greater the occurrence of headaches, dizziness and general feelings of discomfort. Research suggests that increasing the use of these instruments from less than two minutes to over 60 minutes per day made those symptoms worse by over 600 per cent.
Studies have produced conflicting results on the relationship between cancer and cell phone use. Laboratory studies on animals do show a connection. Researcher in the United States, Canada and Poland on people exposed to RFR indicates an increased risk of brain, lung and blood cancers.
But The Federal Communications Commission and the US Food and Drug Administration have insisted that there is no evidence that cell phones cause brain tumors or other health problems. The experts, however, agree that more research on cancer in cell phone users is urgently needed.
Common brain tumors on average take about 20-30 years to fully develop. Although cell phones were introduced in 1983, it was after 2000 that their use exploded, so the 20-year mark for mass cell phone use has not yet been reached. The full story has not yet been told!
The 2010 INTERPHONE research, the largest study ever to examine possible links between cell phones and brain tumors, concluded that overall there was “no increase in risk” for brain tumors, but the average user in the study had less than eight years of cell phone exposure.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization announced in 2011 that it had added cell phone radiation to its list of physical agents which are “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.
There is a statistically significant increase in the risk of death from motor vehicle accidents among users of mobile phones regardless of whether the phone was handheld or an earpiece was used.
Cell phone storage in front pockets has been linked to lower fertility. The Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine reported that semen quality “tended to decline as daily cell phone use increased”. According to a 2012 study in the Journal of Andrology, “men using mobile phones have decreased sperm concentration” and “decreased viability” of their sperm.
Prenatal exposure to radiation from cell phones may increase the risk of ADHD and other behaviour problems in children. According research, exposure to cell phone radiation while in the womb “was associated with behaviour difficulties such as emotional and hyperactivity problems in those children by the time they entered school”.
– Safety first! Restrict cell phone use. Minimise radiation exposure when using cell phones as much as possible. Keep the device away from your body as much as possible by using an earpiece or headset.
– The amount of RF absorbed into the head can be reduced by using a wired ear-piece (not a Bluetooth) rather than placing the phone against the ear. Children under the age of eight should use cell phones as little as possible.
– When the signal strength is low, do not use your phone. The lower the signal strength, the greater the radiation emitted from the phone. Do not use handheld phones while driving a vehicle.
– Increase your body’s resistance to radiation. Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruit and supplement with the antioxidant ACES- vitamins A, C, E, and the mineral Selenium. Supplement with herbs like ginkgo biloba, schizandra, rosemary, pycnogenol and garlic.
– Avoid cigarette smoke, alcohol and chemical pollutants. Do some type of detoxification programme from time to time.
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Should I Ever Have Soy? Dr Tony Vendryes

(Jamaica Gleaner) Tuesday | March 21 2017
For decades there has been a steady stream of ‘anti-soy’ publicity and I am often send Internet articles from readers and my patients warning about the dangers of soy. In my experience however, soy is a virtual super food.
I personally have consumed soy products daily for more than 25 years and regularly recommend this humble bean to my patients. As a vegetarian, I emphasise the importance of dietary protein and am always seeking ways to supplement my protein intake. Soy is a great protein source as it is a complete protein containing all the essential amino acids.
The ‘anti-soy‘ lobby has actually encouraging intensive scientific research into the benefits or dangers of eating soy foods, so the issue can be dealt with using facts instead of anecdotes.
Overwhelmingly, medical and nutritional research has shown that soy offers protection against the killer diseases – heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis while helping to ease the symptoms of the menopause.  It also is an economical and complete source of high quality protein that can safely replace animal protein in the diet.
The major accusations against soy are that it may cause cancer and may disturb thyroid function.
Much of the worry about soy has to do with naturally occurring compounds called phytoestrogens, the most abundant of which is the isoflavone, genistein. As their name suggests, phytoestrogens have chemical structures similar to that of the hormone oestrogen. This enables them to fit into the body’s oestrogen receptor sites, much as a key fits into a lock.
Instead of causing breast cancer, this ability to bind to oestrogen receptors allows phytoestrogens to block the effects of the much stronger oestrogen produced in the body or come from toxic chemicals like insecticides.
The weak soy phytoestrogens are actually oestrogen blockers and this is one way by which soy protects women against breast cancer.
Most research as well as the experience of Asian populations, where soy has been a dietary staple for thousands of years, confirms the protective role of soy. A report published back in 2001 in the journal Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention provides compelling evidence of the anti-cancer effects of soy foods. This study found that an increase in soy intake by adolescent girls reduced their later risk of breast cancer. Women with the highest consumption of soy had only half the risk of those with the lowest intake. Other studies have also shown a reduced risk of prostate and colon cancers with increasing soy consumption.
Another charge against soy is that it contains “anti-thyroid agents” that can disturb the function of the thyroid gland. This is largely theoretical. Certain compounds in soy can affect thyroid tissue in test tube studies, but this does not appear to be the case in live human beings.
Population studies show no increased prevalence of thyroid disease in countries with a high intake of soy, and the clinical research has been inconclusive. That debate aside, most researchers agree that consuming soy at optimal healthy levels (about 25 to 40 grams per day) is most unlikely to impair thyroid function. After using soy with hundreds of patients, I have detected no disturbance of thyroid function that I could blame on soy.
However, if you have an under-active thyroid, a bit of caution may be in order. Keep your soy intake within the above range and have your thyroid function monitored periodically.
Also, be aware that taking thyroid medication at the same time as any food (soy or otherwise) may decrease the drug’s absorption. Take it on an empty stomach.
Have some soy in your daily diet. Soy is now available in many, many forms: soymilk, shakes, soy cheese, soy nuts, soups, drinks, protein bars, tofu and tempeh. There are also textured vegetable protein products like veggie mince and soy burgers. My favourite way to have high quality soy each day is with a soy protein shake. This is a delicious nutritious drink that can conveniently replace a meal.
With the tremendous increase in commercially processed soy products there are justifiable concerns about their quality. Not all soy products are equal. I use mainly non-GMO soy products from the most reputable sources. Avoid foods containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenates soybean oil.
Select high quality soy products as many so-called soy products have low levels of the substances that provide the health benefits of soy.  Look for the term ‘soy protein isolate’ and check the protein content on labels as a guide in assessing soy products.
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Bad Breath – Green Tea The Easiest Remedy To Have On Your Person At All Times

Foods that mask bad breath

Incisive Bite

by Dr Sharon Robinson

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, March 05, 2017

Maybe you shouldn’t have had those raw onions with your hamburger at lunch, because now you’re faced with bad breath all afternoon. Many people find they can’t hide what they ate because certain foods linger in their system, causing bad breath. Onions and garlic are probably the most common and most well known instigators of bad breath, or halitosis, but there are others.

The issue with foods like onions and garlic is that they contain pungent oils that get carried through your bloodstream to your lungs. When you breathe out, the pungent leftovers are exhaled too.

Fortunately, just as eating certain foods can cause your breath to be unpleasant, other foods can help mask bad breath — for a time.

“It will only be temporary,” notes Gerald P Curatola, clinical associate professor at the New York University College of Dentistry.

The following foods could provide relief for an hour or two, until you are able to attack the underlying cause — odour-producing bacteria in your mouth.


Foods that can help mask bad breath include:


Parsley is probably one of the most well known ways to treat bad breath. Its oils are what do the trick. Likewise, spearmint and cinnamon can help mask bad breath.

Some other herbs and spices that work for the same reason are coriander or cilantro, tarragon, eucalyptus, rosemary, and cardamom.

Green tea

Green tea contains catechin, a powerful antioxidant that can fend off bacteria. Remember, bacteria causes the unwanted odour.


Some studies have shown that the live, active cultures in yogurt help reduce bad breath, Dr Curatola says.

If the yogurt has probiotics (good bacteria), it can overpower the bad, foul-smelling bacteria.

Apples and pears

“Fruits help with the production of saliva, which is essential to nourishing and rebalancing the natural, oral ecology of the mouth,” Curatola says.

Oranges, melons, and berries

These fruits, in particular, are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is not only helpful for keeping bacteria in check, but also helps combat gum diseases and gingivitis, which can also cause bad breath.

Celery, carrots, and cucumbers

These crunchy munchies encourage the production of saliva, the bacteria rinse agent. ·

Almonds and other nuts

They work like fruits and vegetables.

“The fibre-rich content of fruits, vegetables, and nuts also acts like ‘tiny toothbrushes’ on teeth and has been shown to keep odour- causing bacteria from staining teeth,” Curatola says.


Food is really only a temporary solution to any bad breath problem. Most important thing to do is practise good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day, and floss daily. If bad breath is a problem, be sure to brush your tongue as well — that’s where odour-causing bacteria like to live, especially at night when your mouth is dry.

Make certain to get regular dental check-ups.

If bad breath is a persistent problem, talk with your doctor. It could be a sign of something other than the onions you had at lunch.

Dr Sharon Robinson, DDS, has offices at the Dental Place Cosmetix Spa, located at Shop #5, Winchester Business Centre, 15 Hope Road, Kingston 10. Dr Robinson is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica, School of Oral Health Sciences. She may be contacted at 630-4710. Like their Facebook page, Dental Place Cosmetix Spa, for an opportunity to take advantage of weekly special.

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Ounce Of Prevention | Painkillers Can Kill! by Dr Tony Vendryes

(Jamaica Gleaner, Tuesday 21 February 2017)

Pain, particularly acute pain is an important signal that your body gives to warn you to correct a situation of an underlying disorder. Pain is more a symptom than a disease. The best and foremost action you can take is to try to identify the cause of your pain. Then, even if you need to take something for pain relief you can also begin to deal with the underlying cause.

The shelves in your local pharmacy are lined with a bewildering array of drugs for the relief of pain. Many of them are available without a doctor’s
prescription. They include well-known drugs like aspirin and acetaminophen, as well as a large group of pain relievers called NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). More potent analgesics like opiates, morphine and its derivative are now being widely abused worldwide with disastrous consequences

Drawbacks of Painkillers
These medicines are widely used, often abused and, contrary to popular belief, are far from harmless. Let me share with you some facts about some of them.

The chemical name for aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). It was first made in 1853 and has since become a preferred treatment for arthritis pain, headaches and fever. Today, many people reach for this drug at the first hint of pain and many doctors recommend that it be taken on a daily basis for the prevention of heart attacks, still the commonest cause of death. It could be considered the most popular drug in history.
Aspirin is regarded as being safe enough to not require a prescription. An average daily dose of aspirin for moderate pain is two tablets every four to six hours, but an arthritis sufferer might be allowed by the doctor to take double this amount.
Unfortunately, aspirin has serious list of side effects: gastritis, peptic ulcer, intestinal bleeding, haemorrhagic shock, and even sudden death. Aspirin use can also affect your eyes by increasing the risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. There is even up to a 500 per cent increase in the risk of cataracts among individuals below age 55, who take aspirin long-term. Aspirin is also one of the leading causes of death from poisoning each year.

Over a third of the general population takes acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol) at least once a month. It is now the most widely used pain relievers in the United States. Taking more than the recommended dose, however, can lead to fatal liver injury. Acetaminophen poisoning is now the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States. Attempted suicides account for many cases, but almost half are the result of unintentional overdoses. And those who had unintentionally taken overdoses usually have even worse outcomes than those who have done so intentionally, since unintentional overdoses are usually not recognised so soon.

As chronic pain becomes more common, the drug companies churn out more and more of this class of painkiller. Names like Advil, Brufen, Indomethacin and Voltaren spring readily to mind. With chronic use however these drugs create many problems like gastritis, bleeding peptic ulcers, kidney damage and high blood pressure. Chronic use will increase the destruction of cartilage in arthritic joints, thus making the joint damage worse. Yes with prolonged use they make the arthritis worse. Yet, many people are kept on these medications for decades.

… Natural and Safe Pain Relievers

Fish oils
The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA found in fish oil have been shown, by many clinical studies, to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that reduce pain, lower inflammation and promote joint lubrication. The more severe the pain the higher the dose needed.

This root is a strong anti-inflammatory that offers pain relief and stomach-settling properties. Fresh ginger works well when steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice. A grounded black pepper seed increases the potency of the ginger tea. It may also be applied externally as a hot compress to painful joints and muscles.
Turmeric a close relative to ginger offers very similar benefits and its anti-inflammatory properties have cancer protective effects.


This herb contains specific active anti-inflammatory ingredients known as boswellic acids that research has shown significantly reduce inflammation.


This enzyme, found in pineapples, is natural and anti-inflammatory. It can betaken in supplement form, but eating fresh, pineapple may also be helpful.

Cayenne cream

Also called capsaicin cream, this spice comes from dried hot peppers. It alleviates pain by depleting the body’s supply of substance P, a chemical component in nerve cells that transmits pain signals to the brain.

Guinea Hen Weed

This very common local bush has become very popular for its potential anti-cancer benefits. However it is also very useful as a pain reliever. In addition to drinking the tea – best made from the whole plant, the root can be soaked in alcohol and the liquid applied to painful joints and sore areas. Even inhaling the pungent aroma from the root will relieve many a headache.


Essential oils like lavender and rosemary offer powerful stress-relieving and analgesic properties. Simply rub a few drops of the oil in your palms and inhale the fragrance for a few moments and notice the change in your feelings.

Mind/Body therapies

Pain responds well to a variety of therapies like hypnosis, acupuncture, Reiki, Emotional Freedom Therapy (tapping) and therapeutic touch. The wonderful thing is that many of these treatments can be self-administered.
So before taking two pain pills, consider your options. They are often safer and gentler.

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Ounce Of Prevention | Healthy Fasting by Dr Tony Vendryes

Your initial response is usually an indication of where you are choosing to set your mind.  It is all in the mindset.  How about your first set of responses be that of, let me see how I can incorporate into my daily life, versus, no sah, not with my job, not with my road activities.  ‘I can’ sends a positive transmittal whereas ‘no, not possible’ immediately sends out the blockage.  At the end of the day, it is your body, you own it.  It belongs to you no one else.

Sometimes we need to stop being scientists, skeptics, oppositionist when our own health is being compromised.  When the medication that is filled monthly is clearly not getting to the route of the problem.  When as soon as someone sneezes we develop the cold.  When our weight keeps going up, up, up knowing full well that your AGE is not the MAJOR factor.   Rather it is your denial, your refusal to consistently make the changes that may seem uncomfortable in the beginning, yet as time goes by mental adjustment takes effect and BAM, you begin to get your healing.  You begin to change your thought pattern that aging does not mean decrepit.  It is possible to be all good, and when the time comes fall asleep, a deep sleep which will be your end.  Your final days does not need to be a succession of agony, suffering.  While some persons go through suffering, it does not have to be YOU if your mindset is not of that belief.


(Jamaica Gleaner) Tuesday 31 January 2017

Most religious traditions promote fasting as an important spiritual activity. Modern scientific research has demonstrated that fasting might offer us many physical health benefits as well as the spiritual ones.

Research in humans suggests that during prolonged fasting, the body begins to feed on itself, first by breaking down older, damaged unhealthy cells and tissues.

This process is called autolysis and when eating is resumed, it stimulates the regeneration of newer healthier cells. Thus, periodic fasting can be a re-juvenating process.

The United States-based National Institute on Ageing has reported a variety of health benefits when a 30 per cent reduction in food intake in laboratory animals is done.

These include:

– Significant and lasting reduction in blood sugar levels, blood pressure and heart rate

– Increased ability to handle stress and resist toxins

– Weight loss

– A 30 per cent increase in lifespan and a general anti-ageing benefit

– Reduced risk of cancer

– Better sleep and increased daytime vigour and vitality

– Increased production of anti-ageing substances, such as growth hormone, DHEA and melatonin.

While a number of practical considerations make it difficult to reproduce this kind of experiment in humans, many experts believe that men and women would get much the same benefits from restricting their overall caloric intake as long as they ensure that all their nutritional requirements (protein, vitamins, minerals, etc.) were met.


Unfortunately, the modern Western diet encourages just the opposite: too many calories and too few nutrients. Thankfully, nutritional science has solutions to this dilemma.

Here is how to get not only the spiritual, but also the health benefits from fasting:


Identify one or more days in the week for your fasting. If possible, choose days when you have some time to rest, meditate or pray. Fasting two days per week or on alternate days or on weekends are popular choices. I recommend that fasts longer than a few days be supervised by a trained health-care provider. It is also important to eat wisely and moderately on the days when you are not fasting. Drastically reduce your consumption of meats, fatty, fried and highly processed foods.


I suggest liquid fasts, as they are less strenuous on the system. The liquids consumed can include pure water, protein shakes, herbal teas, diluted fruit juices, vegetable juices, coconut water and vegetable broths. Aim at having half an ounce of liquid for each pound of body weight. So, if your weight is 150 lb, you should drink at least 75 ounces of fluid daily while on your liquid fast.

Breakfast is our most important meal. A wonderful, healthy liquid breakfast would combine a protein shake along with a cup of herbal green tea. I recommend a specific proprietary protein shake powder for making the ideal liquid meal. It is carefully formulated to provide all the nutrients you need in a meal in about 200 calories. The protein shake can or a bowl of vegetable broth can be used to replace the evening meal. While on your liquid fast, you should continue to take your vitamin and mineral supplements.


Fasting encourages the body to release the toxins and impurities stored in its tissues. Doing a cleansing programme while your fast will facilitate the detoxification process while enhancing the health benefits of your fast. I employ an herbal cleansing combination of an aloe vera drink along with fibre/probiotic tablets. Other cleansing modalities like colon irrigation, steam or sauna baths and hydrotherapy are also powerful.


Our thoughts and mental activity can also be toxic and unhealthy. Avoid exposing yourself to horror, violence and negative news. Choose carefully what you watch on television and read in the newspapers.

Become aware of the thoughts you dwell on, the kind of conversations you have, and the company you keep. Focus on healthy, positive, uplifting thoughts while moving your attention away from negative, unhealthy ones.

A healthy fasting programme can make an enormous difference to your health. A structured liquid fast can also be extremely useful for accelerating weight loss.

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