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  • Burlingtonfest Presentation

    By Mark Schauss | July 15, 2010

    Here is a link to the audio of my talk recently in Burlington Vermont on Laboratory Testing and Healing the Brain. I’ve also attached a pdf of the presentation for anyone who wants to follow along. Just click the following link –  Helping to Heal the Brain.

    Topics: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

    Artificial Sweetners May Cause Type II Diabetes in Some

    By Mark Schauss | May 10, 2010

    My favorite science journal has to be Science News. It comes bi-weekly and it delivers synopsis of recent scientific findings in an easy to read manner. I’ve been getting it since 1984 and love it.

    A recent (March 27, 2010) article entitled Stomach’s Sweet Tooth, talks about recent finding that show that not only does the tongue have taste buds but our gut does as well. So how would this affect blood sugar regulation? Well it turns out that when the gut taste cells run across an artificial sweetner (or any sweet substance) it notifies the pancreas to get ready to produce insulin. As the article states, “Diet drinks are often enjoyed without food, which means the gut may be preparing for fuel that never arrives.” We know that overproduction of insulin can strain the pancreas to the point that it begins to fail and you develop Type II diabetes.

    Turns out there have been three studies that found a association between diet soda intake and Type II diabetes, on in Circulation in 2008. Another great quote from Science News is at the end of the article, “So beware those little white lies. Thousands of years of evolution have yielded a finely tuned digestive machine, one that recognizes incoming energy and knows how to make the most of it. These intricate chains of events evolved during a time when that sweet zing reliably indicated food rich in valuable calories. And for thousands of years, the gut reacted appropriately.

    Perhaps the adage “trust your gut”  should be accompanied with another edict: “Tell it no lies.””

    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Topics: Health, Food | No Comments »

    Disturbing Trend – Phthalates

    By Mark Schauss | May 4, 2010

    Over the years, I’ve lectured and at times ranted about the problem with phthalates in our environment. Well, I’m here to rant a little more because of a disturbing trend I’m seeing. When I get a call from a university medical center concerned with a dramatic increase in the number of under 30 year old males with low testosterone levels, I get concerned.

    Phthalates are known to depress testosterone levels in males so I began to dig into my database of thousands of urinary toxin tests and lo and behold, I’m finding hundreds and hundreds of young males with high levels of phthalates showing up in their urine. This is truly disturbing. Research has suggested that males are now more infertile than females for the first time in human history. Can this be one of the culprits? I think it is a strong contributing factor.

    We know that phthalates can damage DNA in male sperm, cause insulin resistance, shorten the length of pregnancies and affect the ano-genital distance in male fetuses aside from the testosterone effect. You can find many of the studies at the website of the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives. How long as a society should we put up with a product that hurts us and future generations? You know my answer, never.  But when money and greed step in and politicians lack the back bone to do what is necessary, we doom ourselves to continue hurting ourselves.

    Topics: Health, Opinion, Laboratory Tests, Research, Solvents, Healthcare | No Comments »

    I’m Back – With a Cautionary Tale

    By Mark Schauss | April 30, 2010

    Sorry to all my loyal readers, it’s been an unusual year fraught with lots of stress. I had to deal with and get rid of all those distractions so I could concentrate on my blogs, podcasts and the like. Now that all that nonsense is over with, I can get back to the work at hand.

    On a very somber note, many of you may know about my dear friend and colleague Robert Crayhon and his battle with stage 4 colorectal cancer. Today is Robert’s 49th birthday, hopefully with many more to come. He is one of those truly good people in a world with far too many bad guys out there. He is and remains an amazing educator which is quite obvious while reading his blog site about his battle with cancer.

    When I called Robert the day before his surgery, I asked him if there was anything I could do for him. His response, just as I would have expected was that he wanted me to get a colonoscopy. In his hour of need, he still thought about someone else. So, I called my new doctor and set up an appointment so I could get a referral (you know how insurance works) to get one done. It also inspired me to do a podcast about taking care of oneself. And for any of you over the age of 45 (not 50, that is too late for some), go get a colonoscopy.

    Robert is also in somewhat of dire straight’s financially. If you can help please go here to make a donation via PayPal.

    To all my readers, I have lots of topics to write about and will be posting here regularly. Glad to be back

    Topics: Health, Laboratory Tests | No Comments »

    Synerplex Amino Acids – Replacing My Aminoplex

    By Mark Schauss | September 1, 2009

    This is a small plug for the new amino acid blend I created recently called Synerplex Amino Acids. It is meant to not only replace My Aminoplex which was carried by another company for a few years but to greatly improve the formula. The new formula contains increased levels of co-factors that were in the My Aminoplex namely vitamin B6, magnesium and zinc. New to the formula is vitamins B12 and B5 (Pantothenic acid). I decided to remove folic acid as there is quite a bit of folate being added to our diets and supplements and I felt that having another source may cause oversupplementation of this B vitamin.

    More unique supplements, electrolytes and herbals will be available at the Knowledge Through Solutions website in the coming months. Hopefully in a week or so, a new and improved version of Peltier Electrolytes will also be available. We are naming it Synerplex Electrolytes Maintain (similar to the old standard formula), Recover (replacing the executive formula) and Active (replacing the sports formula).

    Topics: Supplements | 1 Comment »

    More on the Horror that is Fiji Water

    By Mark Schauss | August 12, 2009

    I’ve blogged in the past about why people should not buy Fiji Water. Now a report from Mother Jones shows you another even bigger set of reasons why you should never buy the product. It talks about how the dictators who allow their people to suffer through typhoid outbreaks due to a tainted water supply, are getting their funding from the people who own Fiji Water.

    I for one believe a national boycott of this truly tainted water is called for.

    Topics: Health, Opinion, Environment, Politics | 4 Comments »

    A New Epilepsy Drug – Vimpat®

    By Mark Schauss | July 22, 2009

    Finally, after 6 months of waiting, we were able to see a new neurologist and she suggested that we try Tasya on a new drug called Vimpat®. We were desperately trying to get our daughter off of Topamax® as it was hurting her cognitively and she was beginning to have breakthrough seizures again.

    So one day on it shouldn’t make much of a difference but something happened that hasn’t occurred ever before. Tasya was about to have a seizure upon waking (her most common type) but it didn’t happen. I rushed to the room hearing the cry that she has right before a seizure and there she was, clear eyed and talkative. She told both my wife and I how different she felt and that she felt clearer and sharper than before.

    Vimpat’s® mode of action supposedly is to stop a seizure by changing the sodium channel slowly as opposed to older drugs which did it very quickly. Side-effects seem to be less than other drugs which try to dampen the entire brain like Topamax®.

    While we are in the early stages of trying this med out on Tasya and the fact that it is only approved for people over the age of 17, we remain hopeful but not fully convinced of Vimpat’s® efficacy. Still, the fact that Tasya showed such a quick positive reaction makes us feel that maybe, just maybe, we have the answer to help stop her seizure activity completely.

    Topics: Drugs, Health, Epilepsy, Research, pharmaceuticals | 1 Comment »

    Additives to Remove From Your Diet

    By Mark Schauss | July 9, 2009

    Here’s a handy list of items that need removing from your diet. Read labels carefully and enjoy the good health you’ll achieve.

    1. Sodium nitrite
    2. BHA & BHT
    3. Propyl gallate
    4. Monosodium glutamate
    5. Trans fats
    6. Aspartame
    7. Acesulfame-K
    8. Food colorings (Blue & , Red , Green , Yellow )
    9. Olestra
    10. Potassium bromate
    11. White sugar
    12. Sodium chloride – This last one needs to be lowered not eliminated. We all need good old sodium, just not as much.

    Topics: Health, Opinion, Toxicity, Food | No Comments »

    Sunscreens – Which are non-toxic and safe?

    By Mark Schauss | July 2, 2009

    Well, if you want an answer about safe products to use, look no further than our friends at the Environmental Working Group. This month, with the Fourth of July about to hit us, we are in the dog days of summer where sunscreen is being lathered on ourselves and our children. Go to this site to find out which ones are best.

    Topics: Health, Toxicity, Websites, Life | No Comments »

    Ten Lies About Global Warming – From Your Elected Officials

    By Mark Schauss | July 1, 2009

    People out there are ramping up the lies about human caused global warming. The industries that would be most affected by the recent legislation proposed by the Obama administration are trying to scare and deceive the American public and are actively funding anti-global warming nonsense. One of the leaders in the science-based truth bearers is the Environmental Defense Fund. Here is a list of the ten lies being told by Congress this past week.

    10 Outrageous Claims

    As the House debate heated up, so did the hyperbole.

    We already knew that climate action opponents were, shall we say, special.

    They’ve spent years denying the reality of global warming and doing everything possible to delay action. But, last week’s floor debate put their tortured reasoning in the Congressional Record.

    We’ve compiled 10 of the most outrageous comments from the floor last week.

    Yes, they’re bizarre. But, it’s important to keep in mind that we are very likely to see much more of this as the bill moves to the Senate.

    10 Outrageous Claims

    10) “Wake up, America. There hasn’t been any global warming, which is what we heard over and over and over again – there hasn’t been any global warming for 10 years.” – Rep. Dana Rohrabacker (R-CA)

    No warming for 10 years? Well, not exactly true. 1998 was the 2nd hottest year on record while 2008 was only the 8th hottest. So, if you only look at those two years, you might assume there hasn’t been any warming. But, 2005 was the hottest year on record and the warmest decade on record is 1998 through 2008. The trends are clear. The planet is warming. Period.

    9) “You want to talk about a massive new welfare program for energy? It’s in here too… It’s a whole new welfare program for energy.” – Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)

    If you want to talk welfare, what about the hundreds of billions the oil, gas and coal industries have received in subsidies and tax breaks over the years?

    8) “God has put us on this Earth as responsible stewards of these resources, and we ought to use them responsibly. This bill does not do it. In fact, it does nothing good. The only meaningful thing that it might do is provide a relatively meaningless photo op for our President in December in Copenhagen as he stands to brag about what America has done while the leaders of India and China laugh at us behind his back.” – Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)

    We look forward to working with Rep. Conaway to strengthen this bill and to fight for the strongest possible international global warming treaty later this year.

    7) “Energy producing states like Oklahoma will be economically punished and devastated.” – Rep Tom Cole (R-OK)

    Rep. Cole should have a look at climate models showing that Oklahoma could spend nearly the entire summer with 100+ temperatures by the end of the century. Talk about devastating.

    6) “We should not be the first lemming to jump off the cliff.” – Rep. Doc Hasting (R-WA)

    That’s an interesting point given that the U.S. is the only industrial country in the world that never ratified the Kyoto global warming treaty and that much of Europe is operating under a carbon cap right now.

    5) “[For some, this bill is an] economic death sentence.” – Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)

    As opposed to the current economy in which we are held hostage by our reliance on foreign oil and in which only last summer we saw gas prices exceed $4/gallon.

    4) “The whole point of cap-and-trade is to make fossil fuels, or 85 percent of the energy we consume, more expensive.” – Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)

    No, the point of this bill is to cap global warming pollution, put Americans back to work building out our clean energy future, and free us from our dangerous dependence on foreign oil.

    3) “Do you want to throw away the economic prosperity for nothing, because that’s what this bill does. And for what, to satisfy the twisted desires of radical environmentalists.” – Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)

    With millions of Americans out of work and the economy in recession, it might not be the best time to talk about “throwing away our economic prosperity” or to support the status quo.

    2) “[This will bring us back to] hunting and gathering.” – Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI)

    Yeah, when we look at solar panels, hybrids and windmills, that’s exactly what comes to mind – hunting and gathering societies.

    1) “The idea of human induced global climate change is one of the greatest hoaxes perpetrated out of the scientific community. It is a hoax… We need to be good stewards of our environment, but this is not it, it’s a hoax!” – Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)

    A global conspiracy involving thousands of scientists taking tens of thousands of measurements on everything ranging from ice core samples to the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere to sea level rise, hundreds of governments around the world working to address global warming pollution, dozens of science academies that have endorsed the reality of global warming and urged action, as well as hundreds of millions of people around the world who have joined the movement to promote global warming action.

    And, we’re all coordinating our activities to push this hoax because…?

    Please support this organization so the truth can come out.

    Topics: Opinion, Environment, Toxicity, Websites, Global Warming, Politics, Our World | 1 Comment »

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