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Health Benefits of Coconut Flour

  • Dear Readers,

    Welcome to the December 2019 issue of TotalHealth Magazine

    Victoria Al Rabi, MD, contributes the article, PYLO-X: An Innovative And Unique Solution For Helicobacter Pylori. H. pylori in the stomach is one of the many antibiotic-resistant infections the world is now dealing with. It is also a difficult infection to eliminate even using multiple antibiotics. Therefore, interest in more natural ways to treat it are being researched. One product has proven to be highly effective. According to Rabi, “Pylo-x is a biotechnology innovative solution based on its unique ingredients and has no side effects.”

    Charles K. Bens, PhD, presents, How To Protect Your Brain From Alzheimer’s. He discusses the panel of tests that are now available to assess your risk of Alzheimer’s. Even if you aren’t able to take all these assessments, you can benefit from using the guidelines he provides to slow or delay symptoms. If you are at high-risk for Alzheimer’s, he recommends you read, The End of Alzheimer’s, by Dr. Dale Bredesen. Using Dr. Bredesen’s protocol may help you avoid Alzheimer’s for life.

    Professor Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, Rh(Ahg), discusses, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder this month. Best known as a disorder effecting our military members; PTSD can disrupt the lives of anyone who has suffered a traumatic event. Besides conventional treatments, Professor Bruno talks about key nutraceuticals that have proven to be helpful.

    Our natural vet, Shawn Messonnier’s, article is, Herbs For Urinary Disorders in Pets. Not only are Uva Ursi, Plantain, and Goldenrod helpful urinary antiseptics for pets, but they also work well for humans. Checkout this month’s article as it may save, both you and your pet, from the need for a prescription drug.

    Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, continues her series on smart fats with tips for, Smart Sips, Seasonings and Sweeteners. As many prepare to bake pies, cookies, and candy, she offers us several sweeteners that can be used in place of refined sugar that offer the sweet taste but little to no calories. This is timely help for seasonal weight loss, as well as, yearround healthy eating.

    Gloria Gilbere, CDP, DAHom, PhD, completes her three-part series on, The Health Benefits of Coconut Flour, discussing its effect on blood sugar. Many of us have been schooled that multi-grain bread is a go-to healthy choice; however, it rates high on the glycemic index. For those with high blood sugar the use of coconut flour provides five times more fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar, and is much lower on the glycemic index. Checkout the coconut flour comparison chart to see how it stacks up against the better-known flours.

    Live Longer, Live Better, With EDTA and Glutathione, by, TotalHealth editors, informs us about heavy metal toxicity. First used in the 1940’s, chelation therapy was the treatment of choice for lead poisoning. Forward-thinking doctors suggested it might work for plaque in the arteries; but main stream physician’s chose to promote the invasive coronary bypass surgery approach. Read on to learn how removing heavy metals through chelation can treat or prevent numerous diseases, before the use of major surgery.

    Thank you to our authors, readers, and advertisers. You make TotalHealth Magazine online possible.

    Best in health,

    TWIP—The Wellness Imperative People

    Click here to read the full December 2019 issue.

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  • This part of the series is especially close to my heart and health because after years of practicing what I teach and counseling patients in maintaining a healthy blood sugar through diet, and natural supplements when necessary, I became a trauma-induced diabetic. I was having some small moles removed (about the size of a lentil) from my forearm. Within a few hours of the surgery by a highly qualified plastic surgeon, which by medical definition was a minor surgery, I developed a life-threatening MRSA infection from exposure in the surgery room. Besides having to save my arm with natural methods through I.V.’s and oral interception of non-drugs, I now had to deal with an elevated blood sugar that kept spiking—of course it did, my body was fighting a life-threatening infection! Type-2 Diabetes is nothing to take lightly; it changes your life forever!

    The above episode was the impetus that spring-boarded my decision to share my many years of research, cooking and teaching cooking classes worldwide into creating healthy recipes that DO NOT include food or ingredients that “ignite” inflammation, elevate blood sugar or blood pressure, raise cholesterol, sabotage thyroid health, feed health-destroying yeast, and rob us of our quality of life.

    Coconut, and its derived products, is one fat diabetics can eat WITHOUT FEAR! Not only does it not contribute to diabetes, it specifically helps regulate blood sugar—lessening the effects of the disease. Island people have consumed large amounts of coconut oil for many generations without ever encountering diabetes...UNTIL...they abandoned it for other western foods and oils, then the results were disastrous.

    Controlling your carbohydrate intake is the best way to optimize diabetes control. Eating too many carbs at once can make your blood sugar levels go on a roller coaster, making it more difficult for you to manage your diabetes. Foods made from grains and flours, such as bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, muffins, croissants, pies, pancakes and other baked goods, are a huge source of carbohydrates in the Standard American Diet (SAD). Using flours with a lower carbohydrate content can help you enjoy your favorite foods without compromising your blood sugar levels.

    Changing A Grain into A Flour Changes the Way It Affects Blood Sugar
    Often, when we take a grain and make it into flour, it changes the carb and fiber content. SO what tends to happen for you as a diabetic is that most types of flours will make your blood sugar spike like wild fire. At least that's what most people experience, which is why our meal plans and recipes at our Anti-Inflammation Cooking Institute contain virtually no grain flours.

    An example of this is buckwheat. Eaten whole it has a glycemic index (GI) of around 49, which is a low GI. But take it and turn it into bread and it changes to a GI of 67, meaning it affects your blood sugar more rapidly and more intensely than eating the whole grain itself.

    Another example using wheat. Whole wheat kernels are a very low GI of 30, but we don't tend to eat whole wheat kernels, we eat whole wheat flour and it has an average GI of around 74 and wheat contains large amounts of gluten which not only induces inflammation but compromises gut health.

    Coconut flour DOES NOT change when converted from coconut meat into flour!

    “Flour Power”
    As described above, even whole grains can be problematic for people with diabetes (blood sugar imbalances), yet conventional nutrition for diabetes keep echoing, “eat more whole grains.” SO, in our Cooking Institute, we only use almond flour or almond meal, coconut flour, ground flaxseed meal, sesame flour, ground psyllium, quinoa flour and other nut flours in our low carb, low or no sugar breads and bakes.

    Coconut Flour Comparison Chart
    The high fiber content provides coconut flour with many of its health benefits including a healthy gastrointestinal tract and blood sugar regulation. By now you’re likely asking, “how is that possible?”

    As an example, let’s compare a multigrain loaf of bread. Multigrain contains only 10 percent fiber and has a high glycemic index of approximately 85. Coconut flour has a relatively low glycemic index of 45 and is comprised of 60 percent dietary fiber.

    Compared to wheat flour, coconut flour contains five times more fiber! So which type of flour slows the absorption of sugar? Of course, it’s the flour containing more fiber.

    In an interview, Dr. Bruce Fife, a physician and expert on coconut products, compared the fiber in coconut flour to a sponge because of its affinity for moisture.

    As a result, dietary fiber creates bulk by pulling-in carcinogens along with harmful bacteria.

    Intestinal space becomes freed-up for the release and absorption of nutrients as well as for a healthy gut microbiome in which beneficial bacteria can flourish. One more reason to bake with coconut flour!

    Reported to Decrease Risk for Colon Cancer The high fiber content of coconut flour makes it an excellent weapon in the fight against colon cancer.

    Incidences of colon cancer continue to increase and become more prevalent as a result of our bad eating habits.

    One study took a close look at the role of bacterial microflora in the gut and the occurrence of colon carcinogenesis, or cancer development. Amazingly, with the introduction of only 25 percent coconut flour, in the form of cake, there exhibited a dramatic reduction in tumor growth. Just one more reason to bake with coconut flour!

    Looking Forward
    In subsequent articles, I’ll continue to detail the “Super Five” flours and their health-enhancing properties and some historical perspective of the grains.

    In the next issue of TotalHealth Magazine, I’ll outline the benefits of Almond Flour, stay tuned. Making these healthy lifestyle modifications is what enables us to “Age Without Feeling or Looking Old” because we’re avoiding inflammatory foods and ingredients that age us prematurely while robbing us of quality of life and then propel disorders and diseases that shorten our life-span.

  • Dear Readers,

    Welcome to the October 2019 issue of TotalHealth Online Magazine.

    This issue begins with Dr. Charles Bens all-encompassing article on Radiation: The Silent Killer. The current renewed interest about the impact of radiation on our health is primarily due to the introduction of the 5G technology for wireless electronic communication. The older 3G system used 2.4 Ghz (gigahertz) of power while the new 5G system will use up to 90 Ghz. The impact on wireless transmission can be illustrated by the following comparison: 3G- a two-hour movie can be downloaded in 26 hours and 5G- a two-hour movie can be downloaded in 3.6 seconds. Read on for the human and environmental impacts.

    Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, Rh(Ahg), presents Glutathione (GSH): A Tripeptide of Paramount Importance. GSH has a wide variety of functions in the body. Supplemental GSH is bioavailable and will increase GSH levels in the body. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of GSH as a part of the liver’s natural detoxification process, an agent to reduce UV-induced skin spots, a treatment for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and a means of preventing muscle fatigue. Many oxidative stressors can deplete GSH, including ultraviolet and other radiation, viral infections, environmental toxins, household chemicals, heavy metals, surgery, inflammation, burns, septic shock, and dietary deficiencies of GSH precursors and enzyme cofactors.

    Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum follows up with his part 2 with Healing Emotional Trauma article about what happens when the nervous system “freezes.” This happens during a trauma where you can’t fight and you can’t run. Such as a child being beaten by an alcoholic parent. But in addition, your muscles, and the fascia tissue, which encases them, tighten up like a suit of armor, while your body goes into a hyper alert and numb mode. This mode persists until you do something very critical to reset the system and release the muscles and fascia. To learn a therapy you can do on your own, in a place of your choosing, read this article for Dr. T.'s professional advice on how to deal with this.

    Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, The Smart Kitchen—Part 2 Smart Cooking Tools For Smart Eating. The more Smart Fat you eat (and digest properly), the faster you will lose weight, restore your cell membranes from head to toe and repair your stress, hunger and sex hormones while insuring that soft, wrinkle-free skin! Let Ann Louise explain the health reasons behind her every suggestion. And gives us a total picture on how to start with the basics and how this effects our health and that of our families.

    Gloria Gilbère, CDP, DAHom, PhD, presents Health Benefits of Coconut Flour. Coconut flour has various health benefits from those of other coconut products—such as the oil for instance—and it offers a great gluten-free and very low carbohydrate alternative to conventional flour. Considered a functional food, coconut flour exhibits properties that significantly benefit health and is a valuable source of nutrition. She will continue the story of coconut flour including receipts in the next two issues.

    Shawn Messonnier’s, DVM, continues with part 2 on Asthma in pets.

    Thank you to our authors, readers, and advertisers. You make TotalHealth online possible.

    Best in health,

    TWIP—The Wellness Imperative People

    Click here to read the full October 2019 issue.

    Click here to read the full Octoberr 2019 issue.