LECTINS and INFLAMMATION - nasty, natural hidden poisons causing “autoimmune” challenges

There are many ways in which we create inflammation in our bodies - sometimes unwittingly and sometimes due to lack of attention or mass intake of food and certain medications; there are lots of ways we can eliminate it from our bodies - mindfully.

There are lots of ways that simple inflammation mimics other disease symptoms.
There are lots of ways inflammation stealthfully triggers other health issues that in turn trigger the eager writing of prescriptions.
There are lots of ignored ways for inflammation to hide from us, as mother nature soldiers on!
Your GP should go over each possible source of inflammation that may be affecting your body and obvious and hidden reasons assiduously before coming to any conclusions and suggesting meds that squelch but do not remove or banish inflammation.

Often inflammation is the hidden reason for continued weight gain, hidden bloating; mental sluggishness; reduced lymphatic activity; subtle tiredness and continued weight loss struggles. It stealthfully lingers in spite of the usual detox efforts and workouts and quickie energy boosts...
Inflammation can also diminish our available specific white cells for other important repair work; it diminishes certain enzymes that are also needed for other important repair work; it leaves us with sore joints causing us increased inactivity; it exacerbates already damaged tissues further – skin and arteries and veins - as examples.

How depressing! NOT

Inflammation is actually not that difficult to spot once you know.
Include embracing some food changes; ASK some basic questions and seriously work down this list of real basics - start with these subtle approaches before calling the heavy guns (pharmaceuticals, stem cells and surgery); experiment, leave no stone unturned and voila!

Here’s the basic check list for inflammation abatement.
These suggestions are in no particular order, but together constitute a bare minimum and by no means the only ones.

* High dosages of vitamin D3 for several months (gelcaps and high concentrate D3 drops - not the little pill variety). A friend laughed at me the other day and commented sardonically – why don’t you just go and sit in the sun! That's not effective enough for therapeutic value to expose a bit of skin – that's just fine for topping up an already happy body it’s okay and inflammation-free. So that’s not what this is about... The little tablets have no oomf!
We want to have a a therapeutic dosage, such as 50,000 IU per day, for several months, to increase healing (esp. useful for the parathyroid, thyroid, skin, large and small intestine and stem cells everywhere in your body). Much more wisdom at http://www.vitaminDcouncil.org. After a serious vitamin D increase, your GP / doctor can have your Vitamin D tested... Not just any old test but the 25HydroxyVitaminD test. The Vitamin D council is good at making suggestions of which levels need to be achieved for healing. Then you can think of reducing the amount you are taking to achieve maintenance.

* Parasites are a source of inflammation (they set up housekeeping, require feeding and poop). The sooner they leave, the easier to continue with other aspects of healing inflammation. These are not readily detected by mainstream medical specialists. More on this at: http://www.pacificholistic.com/parasites.

* Intermittent fasting within a day (for example between 8pm and 2pm the next day or midnight and 4pm the next day - daily - allows for micro-mini iddy-biddy detoxing sessions - during the non-eating hours our enzymes have an opportunity to facilitate cleanup from accumulated sluggishness / stubborn toxins / and to some degree our accumulated environmental toxicity. There is no truth in nutrition that reveals that we need a large meal as soon as our feet hit the floor in the morning! (great marketing for dried cereals though!) It is beneficial to do this quite separately from any keto type diet so no need to embrace MCT oil and all of that at the same time, as that's a SEPARATE concept and diet.

* Specific enzyme supplementation - not for digestion – but proteolytic, quality enzymes such as the European wobenzymes or as an example M7+ (when used for non-digestive issues) from the fantastic Canadian company Naturpharm. Quality proteolytic enzymes allow more easy cleanup of the blood and separation of sluggish red cells and a give us a limited time window of feisty ‘packmen / scavengers’ type cleanup.

* Removal of any further toxic loads and more inflammation producing organophosphates, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and glyphosates that are now almost deemed accepted from our daily eating... i.e.. eat organic.
a lot of good reading at this site on glyphosate damage and origins - http://www.greenmedinfo.com/toxic-ingredient/glyphosate-formulations

* Adding Brazil nuts (the only food left with a decent amount of the trace mineral selenium) for easy absorption (as opposed to supplementing with a pill). Selenium is a necessary but often missing co-factor for making your own internal, natural, anti-inflammatory called L-glutathione (assuming one eats a broad range of proteins including all of the essential amino acids).

* Make a concerted effort to remove pharmaceuticals unless direly necessary – they don’t always need to be a constant companion for everyone. There are brilliant alternative substitutes. You could be questioning the need for statins; finding alternatives for proton pump inhibitors; finding natural blood pressure lowering methods, natural thinners, see for example http://www.pacificholistic.com/cholesterol

* Then there are herbal teas that are easy to brew that support the lymph (our clean up system) to gently move toxins along to the exit - cleavers, calendula and plantain are three inexpensive ones - separately or together. I personally throw in some mint as well so as not to make the tea so boring. There is a strange belief that if you drink herbal teas you should be off coffee! NOT so!
A cup or two of organic coffee is such a treat and a tiny anti-oxidant.

* a quality turmeric supplement

* subtle pain relief that helps healing along of specific joints - oil of wintergreen. DAMSON and magnesium oil - http://pacificholistic.com/painkillers

Removal of the lectins from your diet.

These little natural poisons that continue to work as poisons once we have eaten them, add significantly to our bodies inflammatory condition when we have accumulated a lot of the above mentioned hazards and we have reached a threshold of what our bodies can take on the chin! Worth a try for several months.

Lectins (a protein) are not to be confused with leptins (a hormone) - one letter difference and one huge functional difference!
Lectins, however, are the natural self-defended systems inborn in plants.
As Dr. Gundry, heart surgeon, who specializes in lectin information, so cutely puts it: “plants don’t want to be eaten by us until they are mature and for some, or not at all and they can’t run away. Poisons are their only defence!"

LECTINS and INFLAMMATION - nasty, natural hidden poisons

Two examples:
1. There are minute particles of toxicity in the shoots of sprouts - quite simply, the juicy tender little stems are very attractive to bugs, vermin, some herbivores and humans. The only way these little succulent baby plants can survive their initial growing stages is by incorporating deterrents - otherwise none of the sprouting plants would make it to maturity.
2. Another example is the tincture made from the green hull enveloping the black walnut. There’s no way a squirrel, for example will want to bite down on that poisonous green hull in order to get to the walnut meat. We make a tincture from this poison in the green hull as a very effective anti-parasitical. Once the walnut is ripe and mature, it drops to the ground and the green hull becomes dark brown, falls off and the nut is up for grabs. The nut remains toxin free - that's why no one soaks walnuts. Very clever!

We know this to some degree when we avoid the nightshades, nicotinoids and solanines, etc. We simultaneously avoid lectins when we avoid these glyco-alkinoids. More on this at http://www.pacificholistic.com/nightshades

LECTINS and INFLAMMATION and “autoimmune” challenges
These poisons are greatly removed (but not completely) by peeling all our tubers, potatoes, eggplants, tomatoes, green peppers, etc, as the toxins are most concentrated at the exteriors/skins. The hulls surrounding all types of wheat have lectins as protectors, as do most all grains and rice. Once hulled they are pretty safe (this is so contrary to everything we learned was healthy!). Beans (such as string, lima, fava and soy beans), peas, seeds and lentils are also full of lectins that are even harder to destroy except for with with pressure cooking to some degree. They cannot be hulled and are best avoided.

Root vegetables, need to be peeled... which we already tend to do with jicamas, parsnips, beets, turnips, sweet potatoes, yams, etc except we tend not to peel regular potatoes and carrots. Peeling these or avoiding those lectin harbouring plant skins would be a smart anti-inflammatory move.

Nuts, once properly ripened in their trees, are good, assuming you don’t eat the hulls, or dark attached skins as these also contain self-defence poisons (such as the skins on Brazil nuts and almonds). As a kid I remember we went through a lot of almonds at Xmas time and my job was to remove many batches of skins - just by letting the nuts sit for 1 minute in scalding water - and then slipping them out of their ‘jackets’.

Peanuts are not nuts. Peanuts are a legume that live and thrive in the ground and have a tonne of lectins as they are under constant threat from underground predators: bugs, beetles, vermin, etc. Then they also need to be treated with fumicides as most crops are rife with fungus from the moist earth they grew and ripened in. And to add insult to injury after all that – most major brands remove the peanut oil from the nut and replace it with the pro-inflammatory cottonseed oil, while calling this a natural flavouring on the label.

The gourds also have protective poisons in their rinds - so peel the pumpkins, and large squashes (obviously!) and personally, I find that zucchini is almost non-offensive.

Cashews are seeds (not a bean as is recently the perceived fad) that grow high up in trees in yellow pods. They are tasty and useful and a staple in vegan diets (for making fake cheeses and butters). Best to give cashews a serious soak before enjoying them.

Unripe fruits are high in lectins as they are not ready to be consumed and spread around... (bears, for example, know exactly when berries are ripe and consume them and poop them out and with this automatically spread the seeds). Once fruits are nice and ripe, they have edible skins and right in tune with nature as the ripe fruit has great phyto nutrients for us (as opposed to unripe fruits that are ripened with gasses while journeying to the big-box stores). That is why white wines have less lectins than red wines - no skins.

The rind of citrus fruits also contain cycads and lectins - but we don’t often eat these.

Granted - every food has it’s downside in some way - it’s about choosing what’s best for you and eliminating the worst offenders.
AND there's lots left to choose from:
meats - all pasture-raised - not tortured and fed poisonous high lectin foods such as soy products - including all chickens, cows, bison, etc
eggs from un-tortured chickens
dairy made from the above - milk, cheeses,
cooked, peeled tubers and gourds and squashes
clean fish
all leafy green vegetables

some cruciferous vegetables (but always peel the stems off broccoli and asparagus and BOIL THEM TO REMOVE 50% of the toxins and AVOIDING THE NIGHTSHADES such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, sweet peppers - or at least peel them all)
celery, shallots, garlic and onions
white and rose wines
in very great moderation (still sugar!) but minus the skins
all good oils and fats – obviously not corn, canola, peanut and soy oil

The foods listed above include the ones you might be wanting to include in your shopping and as a possible anti-dote to Alzheimer's disease and to promote brain tissue health just to be cautious, include these:
walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts
clean salmon, mackerel, sardines, other fatty fish
all berries
organic spinach, kale, other leafy greens (remove stems)
organic coffee and chocolate / cacao

More on this topic with Dr Mercola at https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/08/14/reduce- lectins-in-your-diet.aspx

Merrie Bakker,

Merrie Bakker at Pacific Holistic

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