“It is easier to get people to change their religion than to change what they eat for breakfast.” Sidney Macdonald Baker, MD
RHYTHM, REPAIR AND IMMUNITY START WITH SUNRISE AND BREAKFAST
This book is all about your ultimate happiness and self-worth. Do you really care? Are you driven, centered and energetic enough to make our world a better place? Do you have the will to be among the very best of helpers? Do you really want firm upper arms?
I was always secretly jealous of those productive and imperturbable bright-eyed disgustingly-cheerful people who got up with the dawn and eagerly greeted each day. I hid my irritability and impatience. Over and over I proudly controlled my labile and irritable emotions internally, trying to be even-tempered, doing the best I could through the day.
Late evening (bedtime) was when my mind was free and light and I was most happy and productive. I enjoyed those late evenings and accomplished much. I was a ‘night owl’. That was me. With not enough sleep the night before, I awoke grudgingly, grumpy and tired, with too little time for excellent morning hygiene and without early hunger for a meaningful breakfast, setting myself up for mildly chronic sinusitis and eventually, cancer.
Since the advent of the electric light and our attraction to the flickering screen, the subtle metabolic tides of our bodies have lost their rhythm with the sun. Although we do not often notice when young, this becomes the secret overwhelming stress that chronically makes us irritable and eventually exhausts and overwhelms us. When we wake without hunger, we are already toxic and swimming against our metabolic tides. We have literally muddied our own daily currents of detoxification, while being inundated with the hidden waste products of industry in an increasingly toxic world.
It takes future focus, discipline and a great inner desire to be most enthusiastic, helpful and effective for greatest personal reward. Find the resolve of heart and motivation of mind to settle down and get to sleep well before midnight. Can you turn off the lights early as well as eat and ‘party’ less at night? Then you can wake up hungry for the morning!
Arise eagerly in the morning to the sound of birds heralding the rhythm of the primal rainforest; filled with hope and expressing gratitude for your awareness and breath as well as the sun’s nurturing rays. Fulfill your intent to imbibe mineral-rich living water, to stretch and meaningfully move about, being nurtured directly by light. Then, near the end of the day vigorously rejoice in the sunset, looking forward to an early, long and deep cleansing series of restful, restorative sleep cycles.
A sustaining, easily digested breakfast that puts proteins, carbohydrates, fats as well as plant pigment messaging of abundance into your stomach is preferred early in the day. Otherwise the body must begin the day out of hormonal synchrony, eating its structural muscles, skin and bones, rather than building and repairing them as programmed, leaving you flabby and inflamed, out of optimal anabolic and catabolic rhythm.
Weak or late breakfast creates a day long ‘jet lag’ that muddies circadian currents, causing us to metabolically ‘swim against diurnal tidal rhythms.’ Since it is exhausting to swim against tidal current, this invisible, repetitive and often ignored primary stressor causes us to be irritable and depressed, inflamed, fatigued, fleshy and weak, eventually disabling cellular immunity which heightens allergic response and autoimmune disease.
Our genes create their programs (our phenotype or metabolism) based on instructions from the ‘RNA world.’ Ever-present pervasive intracellular and extracellular virus-like ‘free’ RNA ribozymes (with both memory and enzyme capability) read selected portions of our resident biofilm’s bacterial DNA as well as our own DNA.
Species specific DNA is a construct of the RNA world, a scaffold with no inherent enzyme activity. RNAs’ perceptions of environmental scarcity or abundance provide DNA gene programming and create individuality.
Missed breakfast, forest fire and drought or diminished light program our rain-forest body to burn muscle and store fat for hibernation as a survival strategy. Dried seeds, nuts, beans and grains speak of drought. Toasted, roasted, caramelized, crisped or fried carbohydrates and proteins signal stress just like heat-shock protein cytokines created and disseminated from a burn.
Small amounts of heat shock proteins paradoxically toughen us hormetically creating a parabolic dose-response curve. Large amounts of this stress messaging (mimicked by French fries, boxed breakfast cereals, baked beans, toast and caramel) can overwhelm buffering systems, leading to overwhelming breakdown.
When the RNA world’s perception of stress overwhelms repair capacity, triage becomes necessary for cellular survival in the highly cooperative set of cellular tissue systems collectively called the human body. Structural and reservoir tissues are allowed to wane, while survival cells must be preserved at all costs.
Structural and reservoir tissues, such as muscle, skin, and bone (as well as the mechanical rasps called filiform papillae that form the ‘shag carpeting’ covering the dorsal surface of a healthy tongue) are apoptotically allowed to thin and wane.
Since famine is the ultimate survival challenge, fat cells are preserved at all cost. With excessive stress messaging, nerves and inflammatory white blood cells live on. The smooth bare tip of the tongue reddens and previously hidden fungiform taste buds (necessary for survival) begin to show through fading structural filiform papillae.
Surprisingly, developmental, inflammatory or defective cells slated for cell suicide also have their apoptotic message cancelled (and then live on as tumors). Difficult teething in children occurs when tissues overlying the erupting tooth do not quietly die as programmed due to too much stress messaging cancelling apoptosis.
Autistic children have larger brains (parts of their stressed brains do not die as programmed during developmental rewiring for speech). A woman has extended and irregular monthly menses when endometrial cells do not commit timely cell suicide (she usually has inflamed puffy gums as well). Acute inflammatory response immune cells do not die in three days as programmed, but live on, with resultant inflammatory pain and disability becoming chronic.
Pigments that fruit rinds, plant leaves and berries make to cope with various environmental stressors integrate with our beneficent nuclear steroid receptors to hormetically terminate inflammation and promote growth and repair. Germinating seeds, nuts, grains and beans, as well as fermented foods, all create for us dietary messaging of RNA abundance that helps create and support vigorous growth as well as repair.
RNA triggered changes in gene expression then cause the body to metabolically burn fat, clean up clogged arteries and make firm strong muscle, along with a frame of sturdy dense bones, thick resilient skin and a tongue with vibrant thick shag-carpet covering of filiform papillae.
It takes high energy to enjoy doing good work, and keep its addictive rewards balanced with play and gratitude in the forms of charity. It takes self nurture early in the day, provided by the foods of natural light and sustaining breakfast to bountifully and beneficently give and receive love, to be able to help others and reap the joyous rewards of their gratitude.
Steven N. Green, DDS
April 8, 2009
Special thanks to my friend Claudia for her insight, wisdom and knowledge of more primitive Central American food culture, stories of institutional medical abuse as well as modern healthy ideas about herbs, greens and soaking seeds.
The human animal as an expression of our DNA is incredibly adaptable. Our genetic programming provides us with many alternative potential survival pathways.
Stressors create an allostatic response, a change in metabolic set points that creates a new homeostatic or homeodynamic balance. In biological systems, small amounts of stress give the organism greater adaptive survival capacities through hormetic influences on gene expression. This compensatory balance continues as a bare imperturbation until environmental load exceeds allostatic adaptive capacity, creating breakdown. Larger amounts of stress (with the same agents) immediately exceed allostatic adaptive capacity.
Metabolic plasticity confounds study by the scientific method, making the ‘scientific method’ truly unscientific. Studies that attempt to look at single variables or individual plant constituents are usually designed by industry to promote and sell a profitable patented pharmaceutical.
According to Mercola, there are two extremely unfortunate principles in modern medicine: only those therapies that will make lots of money (generally for the pharmaceutical industry or hospitals), ever get pursued and then taught to physicians (since most of medical education after medical school takes place by drug reps), and these therapies, almost by definition, will be unnatural.
It is practical perspectives from my father (who started training in the 1930’s and retired in the 1970’s) and (trained in the 1960’s) my own four decades of clinical practice into 2009 that created this viewpoint. As a second generation family general practitioner with fourth generation patients to observe, I have been listening to fascinating and horrifying medical histories for more than forty years, while observing undesirable changes in tactics of the greedy consolidating pharmaceutical cartel and medical monopoly.
My curiously asking patients about their diet and lifestyle have, much to my surprise, encouraged them to be honest and open with me. As opposed to their conventional doctors (rigidly-trained and informationally overwhelmed even within their own subspecialty) who generally do not consider diet and lifestyle, these folks would graciously educate me about what therapies really worked and what did not.
Enamel tooth decay can be understood as a stress-driven episodic autoimmune degeneration. It occurs in waves, largely at ages 5-7, peaking when the first baby incisors are shed and replaced with permanent teeth and during puberty. Growth creates a state of constant critical nutritional demand. Decay has an even higher incidence during plasticized civilization’s ever-earlier pubertal growth spurt, the biggest programmed developmental stress in one’s life. (The 5-7 year growth spurt is the second biggest automatic stress in life.)
It is daily stress and catabolism overwhelming repair and anabolism accompanied by disabled cellular immunity and heightened humoral immunity that allows this classic infectious degenerative disease, enamel tooth decay.
Dietary surveys surprisingly revealed that my very worst tooth decay patients had already eliminated sugar (and whoops, vegetables) and were typically eating more than 100 grams animal protein per day. So much animal protein overloads the body with extra phosphorus which turns into acid (just like excessive exercise, stress, sugar or soda pop) and the body uses and loses minerals while balancing acidity.
Another predictable major life stressor for females is pregnancy, associated with increases in tooth decay and/or periodontal diseases (classic infectious arthritic degenerative diseases with altered cytokines similar to rheumatoid arthritis, displaying disabled cellular immunity and heightened humoral immunity).
My father noted that women’s teeth often got mobile during an undiscovered pregnancy, and that their teeth tightened up once the expanding young ladies began mineral supplementation. Fetal growth requires minerals and much more. Stress of any sort (including pregnancy) makes the body a sieve for minerals, and they spill out during catabolic states causing tooth mobility. Bone density studies demonstrated that tooth sensitivity or fremitus (subtle mobility) of the lower incisors are early and important clinical signs of slow healing or osteopenia (bone loss leading to osteoporosis).
The body must use much energy to chelate minerals for absorption in the ileum. During low energy states, chelated minerals are absorbed more effectively, allowing lower effective doses. Experience has shown that it is safer and more balancing to supplement all needed minerals in optimal ratios at least twice per day as a ‘multi’. This will extend the presence and prevalence of minerals in the ileum and allow it to efficiently pick necessary minerals. Most of us were ‘designed’ to be nibbling on green leaves all day long, just like the early Native Americans.
When there are too few constantly required minerals in the ileum (this most highly absorptive last two feet of small bowel), stress mechanisms must begin to triage tissue storage reservoirs (muscles, skin, bones and teeth). Lack of a single mineral can confound absorption of many others. What causes loss of one mineral typically causes loss of many (another reason to supplement with multiminerals in ratios known to be required by man).
Overlooked because it is so common, is modern man’s typical ‘hard face’ expressing underlying physiologic irritability and resultant depressive state. This irritable attitude magnifies all other stressors. Irritability is the number one overlooked psychosocial problem in civilization. Lack of essential fats for flexible membranes, water or critical minerals first diminishes the electrical energy potential of each cell. Loss of energy creates disquiet, irritability and depression.
Survival requires an increase in awareness and edginess to obtain needed nutrients, a kind of dominating subtle feeding frenzy. Sensitive teeth (which eventually become wiggly) warn us that we are depressed, irritable and perhaps nasty as well as over responsive, tending to be a bit bipolar, and perhaps headed towards a socially damaging mood swing. Civilized man is typically too low in necessary minerals or too high in competing toxic ones, or both.
Eating fresh green vegetables consistently is a key factor in stable productive health. Chuckling about my name actually being Dr. Green, I asked my patients how many fistfuls of greens they ate per day. A closed fist is roughly equal to one’s stomach size. Most ‘patients’ ate zero to one serving of greens per day and they had thickly stuffed chart folders (excellent for corporate ‘conventional’ disease management philosophy). About 10% of my ‘clients’ told me they eat 3-4 servings of greens per day and those folks generally have thin boring charts (celebrated in ‘traditional’ health care practice).
Biofilm is not only an important digestive and detoxifying organ system, but the outer barrier layer of our immune system, modulating its response to the environment. It is our most sensitive indicator of wellness. Inappropriate dental plaque accumulation is controlled by phagocytic cellular immune activity, assisted by amylases (starch digesting enzymes) present in saliva which break down the starchy proteoglycan microstructure manufactured by and supporting one’s bacterial ecosystem.
Accumulating pathogenic dental plaque typically starts yeasty and is typically the first sign of disabled cellular immunity. Associated salivary amylase lack also implies inadequate digestive enzymes from pancreatic exhaustion (and likely other distressed organ and glandular function).
People that clench, grit or grind their teeth (especially at night) and exhibit restless sleep most often have intestinal dysbiosis (an unfortunate mix of intestinal bacteria). Dysfunctional gastrointestinal biofilm (typically also present in other linings like sinuses, lungs, veins, arteries or joints) is a contiguous expression of diminished cellular immunity and pathogenic oral plaque.
Five years ago, we began routinely examining almost every patient’s plaque, not just ‘sick’ patients. Much to our surprise, some of our ‘healthy’ patients (paradoxically, often the ones paying the most attention to their diets) had highly aggressive biofilm vibrating with very active bacteria, even exhibiting spiraling and spinning spirochetes. This microscopic evaluation of dental biofilm is a rarely used powerful prognostic diagnostic tool that can proactively make us aware before destructive immune catastrophe is actually triggered.
Universally, those with the most aggressive germs were getting little protein for breakfast (6-8:30 AM). Those well-intentioned folks who ate just fruit for breakfast were bacterially the worst, followed by the bagel and coffee or boxed breakfast cereal with soy or cow’s milk groups.
Folks with incomplete breakfasts (or those relying on blood type diet ‘incompatible’ proteins) typically have bleeding gums with sensitive teeth and are flabby, accumulating fat droplets inside their cheeks and lips, layered on the upper back (they need that extra pillow) and especially around the waist (just lower the beltline) and in those fleshy upper arms that demand sleeves.
Breakfast porridges like oatmeal seem to contain too little protein, but these folks fare better. Turns out, oats and barley are rich in beta-glucans (which stimulate cellular immunity). These folks become even stronger when a soft boiled egg or some bee pollen, raw butter, soaked seeds or nuts are added to their porridge.
People with the most benign dental plaque and biofilm eat an early, regular and hearty breakfast including eggs, steak, greens, smoothies, blended soaked seeds nuts and grains, porridges, seaweeds, soups and leftover dinners. These composed and imperturbable folks have firm and resilient appearance and they have tight teeth. Ladies with beautiful upper arms love to talk about their breakfasts. Ask that fit lady about her breakfast. It is a great way to ‘break the ice’.
So, why do we listen to the physician and both dance to the tune of big Pharma?
There is strong pressure within our society for compliance when requested by an authority figure. The strength of this tendency to obey legitimate authorities is derived from the systematic socialization practices (starting in pre-school) designed to instill in society the perception that such obedience constitutes correct conduct.
Additionally, it is also frequently adaptive to obey the dictates of genuine authorities because they usually possess high levels of knowledge, wisdom and power. Deference to authorities can occur in a mindless fashion as a kind of decision-making shortcut. When reacting to authority in an automatic fashion there is a tendency to often do so in response to the mere symbols of authority rather than to its substance.
The ‘science of coercion’ is used on physicians in training and they in turn use it on their patients. Medical mentors justify this mental torture for 'noble’ motives, such as creating a doctor that can handle stress or the need to dishonestly discourage vaccine-damage reporting to preserve a program for the ‘greater good’.
The process of torture is designed to invade and destroy one’s belief in independence as a human being, to destroy presumptions of privacy, intimacy and inviolability; and to destroy their unspoken trust that these things can save them. Beyond merely invading an individual’s mental, physical independence on a one-to-one level, such acts can be made more damaging via public humiliation, incessant repetition, depersonalization and sadistic glee; and, on occasion, their opposites, false public praise, insidious pandering, false personalization and masochistic manipulation. Every doctor and nurse experiences this as part of their training.
The CIA, in its "Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual – 1983" summed up the theory of coercion thusly: "The purpose of all coercive techniques is to induce psychological regression in the subject by bringing a superior outside force to bear on his will to resist. Regression is basically a loss of autonomy, a reversion to an earlier behavioral level. As the subject regresses, his learned personality traits fall away in reverse chronological order. He begins to lose the capacity to carry out the highest creative activities, to deal with complex situations, or to cope with stressful interpersonal relationships or repeated frustrations."
Examples of psychological stress include: paralyzing fear of death or pain, uncertainty, unfulfilled anticipation, fear for (and of) others and desire for (and of) others. But torture also creates other extreme dynamics, and can disrupt usual cognitive processes to such an extent that the subject is unable to retain the usual sense of personal boundaries, friends and enemies, love and hate, and other major human psychological dynamics.
The subject's own strengths and weaknesses can be enhanced by psychological stress to the point that they will enter a "grey" mental world of great suggestibility, where certain critical faculties in the brain shut down under overload. This renders them less able to judge what they believe and refute, to conduct logical argument or reject the views of interrogators, and can cause them in some cases even to side with the torturer. This is why doctors repeatedly accept flawed studies from their institutional torturer, the corrupted pharmaceutical industry and woodenly ignore their patients’ complaints.
Torture combines complete humiliating exposure with utter devastating isolation. The final products and outcome of torture are a scarred and often shattered subject and an empty display of the fiction of power and control. It is about reprogramming the subject to succumb to an alternative exegesis of the world, proffered by the abuser or user.
Training can be an act of deep, indelible, traumatic indoctrination. The abused or used also swallows whole and assimilates the torturer's negative view of him and often, as a result, can be rendered self-destructive (suicides in the similarly trained military now exceed combat deaths), or self-defeating.
Obsessed by endless agonized ruminations, demented by pain and a continuum of sleeplessness or sleepfulness, unable to stand back and see the past, present and future in neutral perspective, the subject regresses, shedding all but the most primitive defense mechanisms: splitting, narcissism, dissociation, projective identification, introjection, and cognitive dissonance. The subject (sleepless student or resident) constructs an alternative world, often suffering from depersonalization and derealization, hallucinations, ideas of reference, delusions and psychotic episodes.
Torture subjects and newly graduated MDs, interns, nurses and residents often suffer from a post-traumatic stress disorder. Their strong feelings of hate, rage, terror, guilt, shame, and sorrow are also typical of subjects of childhood abuse, domestic violence, domestic vice, rape and incest, all contexts which also contain elements of chronic torture.
They feel anxious because the perpetrator's behavior is seemingly arbitrary and unpredictable. Sooner or later every intern, resident or nurse anxiously and dysfunctionally becomes aware that his future depends solely on his mentor’s situational subjective interpretation (once the apprentice discovers there is little real science in clinical medicine).
They feel guilty and disgraced because, to restore a semblance of order to their shattered world and some control over their chaotic life (control being a fantasy necessary for health), they need to transform themselves into the cause of their own degradation and become accomplices of their tormentors.
Overcoming torture-induced trauma requires immense dedication, patience and support. Since most think ‘torture’ is normal, little such support is available to torture victims today, most see no choice but to choose (unconsciously) victimhood forever. One consequence is that, despite their best efforts, most victims victimize less capable people with their unconscious psychological torture (and terror) displacements and so the cycle repeats itself.
However, no torture subject needs to claim victimhood, forever, with no hope. Some doctors do throw off the mental shackles of their training and the constraints of the insurance industry and the business of medicine as well as the jeers of their former peers. People do overcome torture's associated psychological pain, suffering and trauma.
" Oh Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind, whose breath gives life to the world, hear me. I come to you as one of your many children. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom. May I walk in beauty. Make my eyes behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect all things that you have made, and my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise so that I may know the things that you have taught your children, the lessons hidden in every leaf and rock.”
“Make me strong...not to be superior to my brothers but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself. Make me ever ready to come to you with straight eyes so that when life fades as the faded sunset, my spirit will come to you without shame. "
"Separation and isolation is one of the leading causes of illness," says David Winston. There is a connection between everything (within us and outside of us). When we isolate and separate ourselves from our family, our community and from God/Spirit, and lose our capacity and will to help others, then we suffer diseases of the spirit. Ultimately, we are responsible for our own spirits - to keep them healthy.
From the Cherokee viewpoint, the nuclear family is seen as too small. There are so many single parents working too hard and under too much stress. In a Native American clan-based society, much of this stress is defused with support of an extended family. Kinship philosophy is a basic part of the Native perspective, a kinship that extends beyond humans to all life, including animals, fish, and birds as well as the Earth itself.
Consequently, care of the Earth is an integral part of kinship philosophy. Indigenous cultures have very specific knowledge of ecology and environmental ethics. In the kinship philosophy, damage done by man to the Earth is then reflected back in the body of man by diseases of the body and spirit. Man and his illnesses are seen as part of the ecology of the planet, not a separate, isolated force with the power to control.