Time for a Smart Phone – Amazon Fire with Mayday

It’s here and consumer’s can order this now at Amazon.  If you click on the video you can learn more.  For many maturing people smart phones are almost as bad as the remote control with 30 to 40 buttons that arrive with a new flat screen TV.  Will you ever in your life know what all those buttons are for?  Of course not.   Well the same is true of most smart phones.  The new Amazon Fire phone is the first phone that will have a “Mayday” button.    Basically Amazon says it best right here:

“Simply hit the Mayday button in quick actions and an Amazon expert will appear to help you via live video. Our tech experts can co-pilot you through any feature by drawing on your screen, walking you through how to do something yourself, or doing it for you—whatever works best. Throughout the process, you’ll be able to see the Amazon expert live on your screen, but they won’t see you.”

Even more important no driving to the phone store to figure out and ask someone to show you how your phone works or how do you do that. where’s that at?

I may get my mother onto the internet with this “Mayday” feature.  To check out “Mayday” on a tablet click below you do not have to buy but you can learn more about this option.

 

 

Low Testosterone in Men Causes and the Relationship to an Enlarged Prostate

Many men do not realize but a low testosterone level can be an indicator of an enlarged prostate. The primary reason that their testosterone level is low is due to the fact that the testosterone being produced in their body is being converted to a secondary hormone called DHT or dihydrotestosterone.

This occurs when an enzyme (5-alpha reductase) converts the testosterone into DHT. Typically men notice a loss of libido and a lowered energy level. Often this is detected during blood work at their physician’s office. Since 2008 the annual sales of testosterone prescriptions have more than doubled and last year alone the testosterone market is a $2 billion dollar market.

Unfortunately a testosterone prescription can actually cause a prostate to enlarge as it provides fuel for the fire to actually cause even higher levels of DHT. Testosterone has come under a lot of fire and it is not as safe as the manufacturers have lead physicians to believe. Now days we see television commercials for law firms warning us that in fact testosterone can double the risk of having a heart attack.

Another problem with taking a testosterone prescription is that it does cause you to have a large amount of circulating testosterone but this in fact tells the boys down stairs (a man’s gonads) to actually stop producing testosterone. So the quick fix is actually causing a secondary action and that would be a shutdown of normal testosterone by the testis. If you have ever visited a fertility physician and ask them if they prescribe testosterone they will tell you that “no, they do not”. What they do use is HCG or human chorionic gonadotropic hormone. This is typically administered by injection by a physician. The HCG actually causes the testis to start producing testosterone. This appears to be a better alternative than shutting down all normal testosterone production with a testosterone prescription.

As quiet as it is kept another reason that we have seen an exponential increase in the number of fertility specialists since 1960 could heavily correlate to the introduction of soybeans into the diet of humans. Soybeans are high in estrogens (phytoestrogens or plant based estrogens). The estrogens in soy have been shown to decrease testosterone levels in clinical studies despite the strength of the soybean lobby and erroneous reports on Wikipedia. I have reviewed the Wikipedia information regarding soybeans and it is obviously data that I consider to be tainted by the likes of a multi-national corporation that produces 93% of all soybeans in North America. These soybeans are the one and only Round-Up Ready Soybeans which is a registered trademark of the Monsanto Corporation. Even more troubling is the fact that they are GMO (genetically modified) and are being sprayed with the herbicide Round-Up or glyphosate. Recent studies of both urine samples and breast milk actually document the presence of glyphosate in these bodily fluids.

Most of us think our soy consumption is low but in fact it is high. Soy consumption in North America is approaching 200 grams per day due to the fact that 75% of the items in a typical grocery store contain soy. Remember prior to 1960 there was zero soy in the human diet and the soy that was fed to animals was not GMO or being sprayed with glyphosate.

In light of the above it is wise to consider your diet as another reason that you have low testosterone. Personally I believe that men should opt for almond milk versus soy milk if they cannot tolerate or do not consume regular milk. I no longer purchase breads manufactured with soy flour. I do not purchase sardines pack in soybean oils instead a better choice is olive oil.

I believe you have a choice and that there truly is no reason that men need a testosterone prescription. This completely contradicts the sales goals of the pharmaceutical industry that has convinced physicians to immediately prescribe testosterone. Educate yourself and look what you are putting into your body.

If your low T (testosterone) is the result of increased enzyme (5-alpha reductase) then often a physician will immediately prescribe a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor prescription. Again a red flag should be going off and I suggest that you Google and type in the name of what you are prescribed and then type the word lawsuit. Not all of these problems make it to the level of a law firm commercial on the television. A better choice would be a natural product that has shown 5-alpha reductase inhibitory activity in the medical literature and that would be beta-sitosterol. Once again the plant sterol ester beta-sitosterol comes to the rescue. A word of caution though is that the most common forms of beta-sitosterol available are derived from the “Round-up Ready Soybean”. Look for one that is non-GMO and Soy Free.

I hope this article clarifies things and gives you some food for thought regarding your low T problem that has led to a multi-billion dollar industry of testosterone prescriptions.

To learn about soy-free non-GMO beta-sitosterol visit http://www.bestprostate.com. Beta-sitosterol from pine not soy.

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Statin Prescriptions, Safety, Cholesterol Lowering Alternatives

Almost thirty years ago I launched one of the first cholesterol lowering statin drugs while working for a large pharmaceutical company.  Literally it was one of the first statin prescription products made available to physicians to prescribe for patients. First it is important to talk about what is a statin?  The class of this prescription medication is an ‘HMG-CoA reductase Inhibitor’.  HMG-CoA reductase is an enzyme in our body (in particular our liver) that is responsible for producing approximately 70 % of the total cholesterol in our bodies.  Therefore a statin prescription inhibits this enzyme from actively producing cholesterol. And hence, patients see a reduction in cholesterol.

It is important to tell you that if you are currently taking a statin prescription do not discontinue this medication without consulting you health care provider.  There is a very good reason for this and this is the fact that doing so could actually cause you to have a cardiovascular event.  A cardiovascular event can be defined as an event that may cause damage to the heart muscle.  One example would be a heart attack.

Where did the first statin come from?  This is a very important question.  Pharmaceutical companies all look for market potential when they pursue making a new product.  They look at how many people have the problem.  Obviously if a large number of people have the problem they can make billions of dollars if they can come up with a solution that they can patent. The key word here is patent or own exclusive rights.  Without a patent they would not bother because they could not get an insurance plan or you to pay hundreds of dollars per person every single month indefinitely until the patent expires (generally 7 years).   Only then if a generic is made available does the price come down. Now for the answer.  For thousands of years RED YEAST RICE was and is used as an herbal medicine to lower cholesterol in Asian countries.  Specifically it was discovered that a substance in RED YEAST RICE called monacolins was responsible for the reduction in cholesterol.  Since these monacolins were all natural a pharmaceutical company could not market them profitably unless they could obtain a patent.  Hence the creation of a semi-synthetic ‘monacolin K’ known as lovastatin was created and submitted to the FDA.  In 1987 the FDA approved lovastatin due to the fact that it was shown to lower cholesterol, just like red yeast rice.  The synthetic monacolin K was patented due to the fact that it was synthetically created.

In 2011 the FDA added a warning to the labels (package inserts) of the statin drugs.  This warning included an increased risk of myopathy, rhabdomyolysis, muscle injury, skeletal muscle tissue breakdown, tenderness, weakness, and unexplained fatigue.  It is alleged that these occur rarely.  The truth is that physicians do not report these problems each and every time when they are encountered.

The following patient is a female, 70 plus years of age, and diabetic alerts her family that she has muscle pain and swelling in her arms and legs.  She reports that she has difficulty walking and it is getting worse. wnhealthAs the days go by patient reports that she has increased swelling in her legs, arms, and hands.  In addition she complains about fatigue and that she can hardly get out of bed or a chair due to the pain.  The family realizes that the problem is serious her hands are so swollen that she cannot even grasp a fork or spoon.  She is immediately admitted into the local hospital.  Physicians seem perplexed they run blood work and obvious CPK (muscle enzyme) levels are elevated.  Yet they do not attribute it to the statin prescription.  She remains on the statin and the family is told that she will probably not make it.  Relatives are notified and they descend from all over the US.  Weeks of hospitalization and no improvement just tons of monitoring.  Finally it is decided that she should be transferred to physicians and a larger hospital in the Capital city.  The hospital she was in was smaller and served a community of 15,000 residents.  Upon transfer the first thing the physicians do is discontinue the statin medication.  By this time her three sisters have travelled from all over the United States to pay their respects.  Amazingly with prayer day by day she starts to improve.   We first noted that the swelling has started to go down in her arms and hands.  The above picture was taken after she started to recover.  At this point the patient has spent up to 6 weeks hospitalized.  Slowly but surely she was able to start grasping a utensil and then feed herself.  The hospital initiated physical therapy to get her to walk again. Finally after 2 to 3 months the patient was released and she was able to return home with her daughters to take care of her while she recovered.  Day by day she continued to improve. It is now over a year and the patient continues with physical therapy and needs assistance with her home.  She is able to feed herself and walk and she is finally able to drive again.  She continues to have difficulty with everyday chores and requires assistance.  Her life has been drastically impacted by her exposure to statins.   One of her physicians was overheard speaking to a fellow doctor that this was not the first patient to experience this on a statin. In addition the physician told the other one that she personally would never take a statin.  This was reported first hand by the youngest daughter.  This story is a true story and obviously it is still on my mind because this was and fortunately is my mother.

I look back and almost feel responsible because I recall my employer (pharmaceutical company) telling me that there were no safety concerns and that it was my job to tell doctors that this drug was safe and effective.

When I reviewed the legal proceedings surrounding red yeast rice you can see the obvious egg on the face of those protecting the pharmaceutical company interests. I put together the website http://www.bestredyeastrice.com/  back in 2009 when many consumers when first alerted to it’s cholesterol lowering properties by ABC news.  On that site there are links to the news media stories and published clinical data surrounding red yeast rice.  In addition you will find information regarding why you should not stop taking your statin medication without consulting your doctor.

Several years ago I had the pleasure of meeting the cardiologist Mimi Guarneri, MD.  I heard her speak at a national meeting for the Natural Products Association.  I learned that she had performed over 10,000 angioplasties and heart stents over the years.  In 1997 she was one of the founders of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, CA.  I asked her about the statins and asked her about red yeast rice.  I also talked with her about my background coming from the pharmaceutical industry and the statins.  The thing Dr. Guarneri stressed about red yeast rice is getting a quality product manufactured by a reputable manufacturer.

 This is the Red Yeast Rice product that Dr. Guarneri recommends. It is manufactured by Designs for Health.

The following is the Red Yeast Rice product that I take personally.  HPF Cholestene which is manufactured by High Performance Formulas, LLC.

 My story is quite different from my mother’s.  When my physician wanted to start me on a statin he said that he knew that I would tell him why I would not be taking a statin.  And he was correct.  I quickly referenced the clinical data as published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, June 16, 2009, and the information from McGill University. “Patients Who Stop Statin Risk Death, Say Researchers.”   I told him that basically I did not want to be a poster child for one of those lawsuit commercials we see every evening on the television.   Of course he wasn’t real thrilled but said that I could return in 45 days for additional blood work to recheck my cholesterol.  Well I immediately started taking red yeast rice and watched my diet trying to avoid foods high in cholesterol.  Interesting enough after my blood results were returned there was no additional push to start a statin.

To learn more about Dr. Guarneri she has a book which is excellent.  It can be found here:

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