Why is Gut Bacteria So Important?


Dear Friends,

Last night, before I went to bed, I came across a very fascinating webinar from Genova Diagnostics.  It was about the importance of the bacteria we have all over our body and particularly inside our intestines where we have anywhere from 2-5 lbs of different types of  bacteria.   I have often  heard Dr. Sherry Rogers say many times, if our gut isn’t healthy, we won’t be able to get the rest of our body healthy. The webinar I listened to last night through Genova Diagnostics, helped me to understand more fully why this is true. Below is the link if you want to watch the full webinar taught by Dr. Robert Rountree, or feel free to scan my notes below.


The Human Microbiome: It’s  Impact on our Lives and Health Dr. Robert Roundtree, M.D.

Gut bacteria affects digestion metabolism, neurology, and immunology.

Up to 500-1000 different species of bacteria in our gut.
30-40 species make up 99 percent of total population

Nose 10 g streptococcus
Mouth 20g streptococcus
Vagina – 20g  lactobacillus
Skin 200 grams  staph
Gut 1000g- 2-5 lbs of bacteria

The bacteria in our bodies out number  own cells 10-1.

We get bacteria from Mom’s  vagina,
Breast milk provides bacteria from Mom’s  GI tract.

C Section increases Child’s Risk
Allergic rhinitis
Type 1 diabetes
Inflammatory bowel disease

Kissing for 10 seconds transfers an average of 80 million bacteria.

Couples who kiss more often have similar microbiota than
Less frequent kissers. Most pronounced in the tongue area.

GI tract- 100 trillion bacteria in gut
Heliopylori  doesn’t have to be treated.

Proton pump inhibitors, pump not working right,

Anyone with irritable bowel has overgrowth  of  bacteria.

Functions of Gut Bacteria
Digestion and energy harvesting
Detoxification /bio transformation (hormones, toxins)
Chemical synthesis: SCFAs, amino acids, neurotransmitters, vitamins
Colonization resistance against pathogens, lines mucosa and prevents toxins from coming in. C.R.A.P.
Systemic immune modulation

Some of my best friends are germs.
Butyrate very helpful- antiflammatory protective properties.

Major Influences on Individual Microbiomes:

Host genotype
Type of birth: vaginal vs C section
Excessive Hygeine
Diet: fermented veggies are great! Sugar causes imbalances,
Probiotics and prebiotics
Medications: antibiotics, NSAID
Stress ( emotional, social)
Chronic Disease
Surgery ( gastric bypass)
Fecal implants

Lack of gut species rich in diversity associated with poor health.

Excessive sterile environments, diets low in plant fiber, repeated exposure to antibiotics, aging all decrease microbial diversity.

Hunters have much more microbial diversity than westerners.

Antibiotics: stop the killing of beneficial bacteria. Even one course of antibiotics can cause disruption in the Microbiomes that some never recover from.

Antibiotics a
We are too clean and blasting out our good bacteria.

Reduced diversity of the intestinal microbes is associated with increased risk of allergic disease at school age. Allergy Clinical Immunology

Reduced bacterial diversity of the infants intestinal flora associated with increased risk of allergic sensitization, allergic rhinitis, and peripheral blood eosinophilia.

Overuse of antibiotics is fueling:
Type 1 diabetes
Inflammatory Bowel Disease

These diseases are going up dramatically.

People staying in ICU had complete ecological gut bacterial collapse.

What causes Dysbiosis ? (where you good bacteria is too low and bad is too high) not in balance

genetic  (mutations)
Lifestyles, stress
Early colonization birth in hospitals altered exposure to microbes, vaccinations and antibiotics, extreme hygiene

What has Gut Microbiota Disruption Led to:
Allergies and Asthma
Autoimmune Disease
Reactive arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Colon cancer
Cardiovascular disease
Irritable bowel symptoms
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Fatty Liver Disease

Things that help put gut bacteria in gut:

Fecal Bacteriotherapy:
Human Probiotic Infusion-Transplanting an entire ecosystem, good success

Dietary changes- mixture of foods, prebiotics and Probiotics. Dr. Roundtree


“Overuse of antibiotics could be fueling the dramatic increase in conditions such as obesity, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, which have more than doubled in many populations.” Blaser

My comments:  I have taken many, many probiotics in my health journey, and I’ve eaten some fermented veggies, drank Kombucha, ( a fermented beverage) and  the last digestive test i had done from Genova Diagnostics, i still had dysbiosis.  This webinar alludes to the fact that once the gut flora has been damaged it’s hard to fully recover.  I was raised on antibiotics for ear infections, and continued that practice with my son until GOD showed me through the damage i had done taking antibiotics for everything.  True to what the doctor shared on the webinar, my son was on antibiotics for ear infections until he was about two, then i started learning about olive oil and garlic, and we just stopped going back to the ENT because he always had fluid even though he had tubes in his ears, and the doctors just kept him on antibiotics.  At 4, even though he hadn’t had antibiotics in a couple of years, he developed allergic rhinitis…i remember the first time it happened, we were at the rodeo here in town, and his eyes started itching and nose started running.  I wish i had known then what I have learned in the school of very hard knocks.  I could write a large book about my health collapse after taking antibiotics after my son was born, and my health was devestated for many years, and I continue to recover.

Thanks for taking time to read this…I  truly hope this is helpful.

His Grace Is Sufficient,



Ultrametabolism: Turn Calories into Energy: Struggling for Oxygen, Boosting the Furnace


JESUS Calling April 1

I am calling you to a life of constant communion with Me. Basic training includes learning to live above your circumstances, even while interacting on that cluttered plane of life. You yearn for a simplified lifestyle, so that your communication with Me can be uninterrupted. But I challenge you to relinquish the fantasy of an uncluttered world. Accept each day just as it comes, and find Me in the midst of it all.

Talk with Me about every aspect of your day, including your feelings. Remember that your ultimate goal is not to control or fix everything around you; it is to keep communing with Me. A successful day is one in which you have stayed in touch with Me, even if many things remain undone at the end of the day. Do not let your to-do list (written or mental) become an idol directing your life. Instead, ask My Spirit to guide you moment by moment. He will keep you close to Me.

Pray continually.
—1 Thessalonians 5:17

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
—Proverbs 3:6


Ultrametabolism Chapter 13

Turn Calories Into Energy: Struggling for Oxygen: Boosting the Furnace

Exercise some motivation required

Our example in our lesson was a man who was 50 and he had always struggled with his weight. He had tried everything and his weight had gone up and down for years. He diligently followed Dr. Hyman’s dietary suggestions and lost about 20 pds. With 30 pds left to go, he put him on a special treadmill that measured his metabolic rate while exercising.

Dr. Hyman measured the amount of oxygen he consumed and the amount of carbon dioxide he exhaled while exercising, which gave an indirect measure of how active his metabolism was. Our ability to burn calories is dependent on the health, number, and efficiency of our mitochondria, the little powerhouses that produce energy in each cell. They take the food we eat, combine it with oxygen, and burn it; that is how we make energy. It is the core of our metabolism.

The amount of oxygen we are able to breathe per minute is directly tied to the number of calories we burn per minute. When we breathe more oxygen, we burn more calories.

Dr. Hyman found that John consumed much less oxygen than he should have based on his age, height, weight, and sex. His mitochondria just weren’t burning enough oxygen.

He sent him to an exercise physiologist who taught him a special exercise program called interval training. Interval training is similar to wind sprints we did in high school.

This type training helps the body become more efficient at taking in oxygen, when make the muscle cells produce more mitochondria and makes the mitochondria more efficient. This helps you burn more calories , not only when you are exercising but when you’re at rest as well. It increases your metabolic fire.

After 4 months, John lost 30 more pds and increased his oxygen consumption almost .

30 percent.

Turning Up Your Metabolic Thermostat

How do we avoid getting old and fat? Mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells.

In our last chapter we learned that oxidative stress is primarily a by product of burning calories and oxygen inside our motochondria to create energy. Dr. Hyman said that oxidative stress is like car exhaust from burning fuel. We have a small amount that GOD designed our bodies to be able to handle but in our day and age, we eat processed foods, are around chemicals and we have more oxidative stress or free radicals than our bodies are able to cover. These free radicals damage mitochondria, leading to impaired energy production, which causes a reduction in your metabolic power and ability to burn calories.

The great news is we can reverse the damage that been done to your mitochondria and turn up our metabolic fire!

How the Mitochondria Work

Mitochondria are the parts of our cells that combine the calories we consume with oxygen and turn this mixture into energy to run everything in your body. A single cell may have anywhere from 200 to 2,000 or more mitochondria. Cells that work hard such as those in the heart, liver, and muscle contain the most. Mitochondria are very important in keeping us alive.

The rate at which mitochondria transform food and oxygen into energy is called our metabolic rate and is determined by:

  1. the number of mitochondria we have
  2. how efficiently they burn oxygen and calories

    The more mitochondria we have and the more efficiently they consume oxygen, the faster our metabolic rate, the easier it is for our body to burn calories, and the more energy we burn.

We have the ability to dramatically influence both of these factors….by EXERCISE!

Get Moving!

Besides eating breakfast, exercise is the only thing that has been correlated with long term sustained weight loss. This is because the BEST way to increase the number of mitochondria in our body and improve the functioning of the ones already there is to exercise. Exercising increases our muscle mass and oxygen intake. By increasing our muscle mass, we increase the number of cells in our body that contains large number of mitochondria Our muscles have one of the highest concentrations of mitochondria.

Increase our oxygen intake, causes our mitochondria to process more oxygen more quickly. When we work out, they work out and they get better at consuming oxygen and this increases our metabolic power.

The calories we burn when not exercising are important too. By increasing the number and function of the mitochondria in our bodies, we increase our ability to burn calories even while we sleep.

Yo Yo Dieters

Yo Yo Dieter can’t lose weight because they lose muscle and gain back fat. Since muscle is much more metabolically active and burns seventy time as many calories as fat cells, losing muscle slows down their metabolism making it easier to gain weight and harder to lose it, even while they eat the same number of calories. Sarcopenia= muscle loss. Sacro=muscle, penia=loss. Although some people are obviously overweight and you expect them to have a high level of fat, others are called “skinny fat people” because they look skinny but have very little muscle. More muscle=more mitochondria, which is central to boosting your mitochondria power.

At 70, you could end up with the same weight as 20 but be twice as fat because your muscle tissue was replaced with fat!…This is metabolic obesity or “skinny fat syndrome. It has the same dangerous consequences as being obese. The more muscle you lose, you lose mitochondria and our metabolism slows.

Fat Genes

Obese people have fewer and more poorly functioning mitochondria than thin people. Interesting study showed that thin people of those with type 2 diabetes have smaller and slower burning mitochondria than other thin people. Those who have genetically smaller or poorer functioning mitochondria are more likely to gain weight and get diabetes.

Diabetes and mitochondrial function are linked, and some scientists say the primary cause of diabetes is damage to the mitochondria. Too many calories, too much sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, high glycemic load or rapidly absorbed carbohydrates, and too many saturated and trans fats all cause insulin resistance, damage the mitochondria and lead to type 2 diabetes. Anything that interferes with your system-oxidants and free radicals, sugar, trans fats, inflammation, the vicious cycle of counterproductive (plastics, , drugs, household chemicals, farm chemicals, lawn pesticides, home pesticides, air toxins, etc that can also damage our mitochondria.

Take Home message: Even though you might have genes that predispose you to insulin resistance and obesity, you can turn off the activity of these genes through exercise. You can also increase your mitochondrial function and and get a metabolic tune up by adopting certain key nutritional principles and taking special supplements that help turn off slow metabolism genes and turn on the metabolism boosting genes.

Here’s 5 Steps to turn up our metabolic power:

  1. Eliminate the causes of mitochondrial damage…too many calories and not enough nutrients and phytonutrients will increase the damage. Solution: eating a nutrient-dense, phytonutrient rich, unrefined, unprocessed, real, whole food diet. This is at the heart of the Ultrametabolism Prescription. Also identify other causes of damage such as thyroid hormone problems, toxins that damage mitochondria such as mercury, chronic infections, anything that causes inflammation (bad kind of oils contribute), and certain medications ( such as statins, that deplete conenzyme Q10, a nutrient import for energy metabolism).
  1. Exercise Intelligently -if we want to heat up the metabolic fire, we need to exercise….do something you enjoy! Something you like to Play at! I like to ride my bicycle, kayak, walk, hike, cut the grass with a push mower, walk my dogs etc. Pick something you enjoy and do it. The key is finding something you love to do and do it! The more vigorous the activity the better, but just getting up and down to turn TV every time you want to change channels can lead to significant weight loss over time, Dr Hyman says.

He says that exercise 30 minutes a day five times a week helps you achieve the most health benefits, but doing that up to 60 minutes five times a week is needed for weight loss….BUT he is going to teach us a shorter, smarter weight to achieve more benefits called interval training.


Leave off the TV and clean the basement!

Use a step counter to track daily physical activity, try to get up to 10,000 steps a day

Suggestions for moving:

  • sit ups or any form of activity in front of the TV
  • walk during your lunch hour
  • walk instead of driving whenever you can
  • take a family walk after dinner
  • walk to your place of worship instead of driving
  • get a dog and walk it
  • join an exercise group
  • do yard work
  • get off the train or bus stop early and walk
  • work around the house
  • bicycle to the store instead of driving
  • go for a half hour walk instead of driving
  • wash your car by hand
  • park further from the store and walk
  • ask a friend to exercise with you
  • exercise indoors with a video if the weather is bad
  • take a walk instead of a coffee break
  • play with your kids 30 minutes a day
  • dance
  • walk briskly at the mall
  • explore new physical activities.
  • Walk /Bike at the walking trail,beside the creek Rails to Trails, Point Mallard.
  • Take stairs at church instead of the elevator
  • when walking go up hills instead of around them
  • Buy a set of hand weights and use them to play “Simon says,” with your kids…you use them, they don’t. Use them as you watch TV

Breathe More to Build Up Your Metabolic Engine: Aerobic Training:

Aerobic training is an important part of your exercise regimen. It increases the oxygen supply to your body, making your mitochondria more efficient at consuming oxygen. This boosts your metabolic engine…anyone remember Kenneth Cooper? Has an exercise place in Dallas that really taught aerobic training, they taught that at the RAC at the seminary Johnny attended in Ft. Worth.

Anything that speeds up your respiration and heart rate counts as aerobic exercise. Walking, jogging, biking, swimming, and playing tennis are a few examples.

Ideally, you want to train for thirty to sixty minutes five days a week. You also want your pulse to 70 to 85 percent of maximum heart rate. Calculate this by subtracting your age from 220, multiply that amount by .70 to .85 percent, and that gives you target heart rate to use each time your exercise. Reaching it will help with maximum health benefits and dramatically increase our ability to lose weight.

If you haven’t been exercising, start slowly, build up over time. If you have been sedentary, start with no more than ten minutes of low impact aerobic conditioning daily. The next week increase it to 15, then to 20 minutes the following week. Continue until you are at the optimum daily level.

Interval Training

Interval Training is a way to burn more calories after you exercise, during rest or sleep, and get more benefits from your exercise. It is short bursts of high intensity exercise followed by longer periods of lighter exercise- sort of like the wind sprints we did in high school.

Way It’s Done:


  1. Warm up 5 minutes of walking
  2. Speed up and walk fast for 60 seconds
  3. slow down and stroll for 75 seconds
  4. repeat steps 2 and 3 five more times
  5. finish with 5 minutes of walking at a comfortable pace to cool down.

With interval training you can make your cells smarter, improve the efficiency of your mitochondria and even create a few more. You also need to do something to stop the loss of muscle so you need to add strength training to help increase muscle size and strength, increase the number of mitchondria in our body, and boost our metabolic rate so we can burn more calories at rest or sleeping. Ideally you want to build up to two sets of eight to ten repetitions of a weight that leads to muscle fatigue for each major muscle group. A twenty minute routing two to three times a week can cover all the bases.

Dr. Hyman says when people use all the things in this book they sometimes get stuck and can’t seem to lose that last 10 to 15 pds. Aerobic training, including intervals and strength training, can take people all the way. It also reduces your appetite, sets in motion all the hormones in the brain, and immune balancing chemicals that promote a healthy weight and metabolism. Exercise is one of the most potent anti-inflammatories and antioxidants known. It also helps control hunger signals, improves insulin sensitivity, burns off stress chemicals, boosts thyroid function and helps your liver detoxify.

  1. Eat Foods that Turn Up Your Metabolism, and Avoid Foods that Turn It Down-

    Whole, unprocessed, organic, non GMO, grass fed, free range, etc.

Antioxidants 2

  1. Use Supplements That Give You a Metabolic Tune Up
  • NAC- Helps restore glutathione in the cells, the most powerful antioxidant in the body
  • Acetyl L Carnitine; Transports fat into the mitochondria
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid-universal antioxidant-helps protect mitochondria from oxidation
  • Coenzyme Q10: Helps increase energy production
  • NADH: Helps increase energy production
  • Creatine powder: Helps provide energy for the muscle cells and metabolism
  • Amino acids (arginine and aspartic acid): raw materials use in cellular metabolism needed for the mitochondria
  • d-ribose: the raw material for energy production and the creation of ATP in the cells
  1. Test Your Mitchondria

Dr. Hyman uses a cardiometabolic stress test and the urinary organic acid profile. Dr. Katherine Henry used the organic acid profile on me and it does indeed tell a wealth of information of where deficiencies are and how to correct them.

  • Cardiometabolic stress test measure the rate at which you consume and burn oxygen
  • Organic acids test is a urine test that measures the by products of metabolism, nutritional deficiencies and more. The cardimetabolic test looks indirectly at the number and power of the mitochondria, the organic acids look at their biochemical efficiency. Metametrix, www.metametrix.com is one of the labs who do this, and they have a list of practitioners in your area who are available to do this test for you.

Closing example was a lady in her late sixties, was a widow, estranged from her family, had a few close friends. She had been a diabetic for years, had rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, hypothyroidism, reflux, and angina. She was always tired and depressed. She weighed more than 250 pds, was five four and had gained and lost weight many times.

He tested “Diane” and found she had many problems processing fats and carbs through her mitochondria. By addressing the damaged mitochondria through reducing the sugars in her diet, exercising moderately, and taking some special supplements, including lipoic acid, CoQ 10 and carnitine, she was able to get her mitochondria burning all that fat and able to stop taking a number of medications.

A year later she had lost 45 pds, her inflammation was gone, her liver was no longer fatty, her blood sugar and triglycerides were normal, and she no longer had diabetes. She had her life back, with energy and joy back in her step. When we tested her fat, carbohydrate, and energy metabolism, it was all back to normal.


  • mitochondria are the parts of our cell that convert calories and oxygen into energy. The more you have and the more efficient they are, the more calories you can burn both when exercising and at rest
  • One of the reasons you you dieting doesn’t work is because you lose muscle and replace it with fat. When this happens you cut your metabolic power in half.

Ultrametabolism, Ch. 12 Prevent Oxidative Stress or “Rust” -Keeping the Free Radicals from Taking Over

Ultrametabolism, Ch. 12  “Prevent Oxidative Stress or “Rust”  Keeping the Free Radicals from Taking Over…

In this chapter we learn what free radicals are and how antioxidants work to keep them from getting out of control to cause “rust” and illness in our body, but first is our devotion.  This class is part of our discipleship training union at First Baptist Athens, and we filter all we learn through the lens of Scripture.  We would love for you to join if you can, but if not, we’re glad you’ve joined us through the internet.


Streams In the Desert for March 22

“And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush….saying….I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.”(Acts 7:30, 31, 34.)

THAT was a long wait in preparation for a great mission. When God delays, He is not inactive. He is getting ready His instruments, he is ripening our powers; and at the appointed moment we shall arise equal to our task. Even Jesus of Nazareth was thirty years in privacy, growing in wisdom before he began His work. — Dr. Jowett.

God is never in a hurry but spends years with those He expects to greatly use. he never thinks the days of preparation too long or too dull.

The hardest ingredient in suffering is often time. A short, sharp pang is easily borne, but when a sorrow drags its weary way through long, monotonous years, and day after day returns with the same dull routine of hopeless agony, the heart loses its strength, and without the grace of God, is sure to sink into the very sullenness of despair. Joseph’s was a long trial, and God often has to burn his lessons into the depths of our being by the fires of protracted pain. “He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver,” but He knows how long, and like a true goldsmith He stops the fires the moment He sees His image in the glowing metal. We may not see now the outcome of the beautiful plan which God is hiding in the shadow of His hand; it yet may be long concealed; but faith may be sure that He is sitting on the throne, calmly waiting the hour when, with adoring rapture, we shall say, “All things have worked together for good.” Like Joseph, let us be more careful to learn all the lessons in the school of sorrow than we are anxious for the hour of deliverance. There is a “need-be” for every lesson, and when we are ready, our deliverance will surely come, and we shall find that we could not have stood in our place of higher service without the very things that were taught us in the ordeal. God is educating us for the future, for higher service and nobler blessings; and if we have the qualities that fit us for a throne, nothing can keep us from it when God’s time has come. Don’t steal tomorrow out of God’s hands. Give God time to speak to you and reveal His will. he is never too late; learn to wait.

— Selected.

“He never comes too late; He knoweth what is best; Vex not thyself in vain; until He cometh─REST.”

Do not run impetuously before the Lord; learn to wait His time: the minute-hand as well as the hour-hand must point the exact moment for action.

As we celebrate Easter this weekend and reflect on the death of our LORD JESUS CHRIST for our sins, and HIS resurrection,  i hope you can take time to watch this powerful video…. praise GOD for HIS wonderful love for us!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6otVXSD_3M “ His Life for Mine”

Ultrametabolism Ch. 12
Finding the Source of Rusting-the example Dr. Hyman gave in our book was that of lady in her mid 40’s who apart from premature menopause and bone loss, was otherwise healthy. She went through the stress of a divorce and became mildly depressed. The doctors put her on Prozac and she couldn’t tolerate it so they worked with her on alternatives. Shortly after her divorce she moved into a new house and that is when things went haywire. She developed chronic fatigue and low thyroid function and gained more and more weight until she was at least 60 pounds heavier than when he first met her. Despite exercising and trying to eat well, her liver became fatty, her blood sugar, insulin, and cholesterol levels went way up, and her stress hormones soared…she went on disability as a teacher. Her tests showed many things, including a high level of oxidative stress or “rusting,” shown by the blood and urine tests for rancid fats and damaged DNA.

This rusting wreaks havoc on the metabolism, primarily through cell damage. They couldn’t get hers under control. Things went downhill…they treated her for food allergies, got rid of the mercury in her system, tried antioxidants and many supplements. Then when her daughter got juvenile arthritis and got better when they went on vacation, they realized something in her environment was making her sick.

They checked for mold and hit the jack pot! They found antibodies to the exact same mold in her blood, as well as antibodies to the mold toxins. Her body was repeatedly trying to fight off these toxins, and these efforts increased oxidative stress, inflamed her liver and her body as a whole and led to weight gain because they damaged the weigh control centers in her brain.

She moved, most of her symptoms improved, and she finally lost forty-three pounds over four months.

There are also other things besides mold in our homes that are making us sick…http://www.everydayexposures.com/ is a website that lists multiple chemicals in our environment that make us sick. A new house alone, without any new furnishings, is loaded with formaldehyde and all sorts of chemicals unless you build it using safe materials. The Healthy House by John Bower, www.amazon.com is a good resource for helping to build a less toxic home.

Rusting Leads to Weight Gain

Free radicals or reactive oxygen species (ROSs) are taking over. That’s why we are gaining weight. Free radicals cause a condition called oxidative stress, or oxidation. Oxidation we can relate to is commonly seen as the rusting of a car or a sliced apple turning brown. It is responsible for the wrinkles on your face exposed to too much sunlight over the years. Rust not only exists in the outside world but we actually rust on the inside. This contributes to impaired metabolism, weight gain, and aging. Think of oxidation as wrinkles on the inside.

Oxidation is a chemical reaction found everywhere in nature. When it runs out of control is when we get into trouble. When something is oxidized, it is damaged by oxygen but not the form of oxygen we breathe which is O2 oxygen. Oxygenation is caused by a lonely form of oxygen called just O.

Dr. Hyman gave a good illustration to help us understand oxygenation. Oxygen molecules like to be paired. They like to have 2 electrons. Free radicals are a form of oxygen that only has one oxygen molecule so they run around your body looking for an electron to steal from another molecule-sort of like stealing someone’s spouse. The molecule that it borrowed an electron from is damaged or oxidized. So then the damaged molecule runs around looking to find an electron to steal. This process leaves a wake of destruction in its path-damaged DNA, damaged cell membranes, rancid cholesterol, stiff arteries that look like rusty pipes, and wrinkles. Oxidized tissues and cells don’t function normally. Part of the malfunction is the promotion of weight gain and a damaged metabolism.

Here is a list of symptoms common to people who are dealing with a high level of oxidation:

  • fatigue
  • poor mental function and cognition
  • lowered resistance to infection (perhaps frequent colds or sins infections)
  • muscle weakness
  • muscle and joint pains
  • digestive problems (reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers)
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • headaches
  • hypoglycemia (low blood sugar-dizziness, anxiety, sweating, nausea
  • allergies
  • irritability
  • dizziness

Oxidation is balanced by antioxidants in a process called reduction. Antioxidants whether obtained from diet or supplements, or those produced naturally in the body,reduce the number of free radicals, curbing damage to your cells and metabolism.

Antioxidants 2


Reducing oxidizing molecules in your body will make you healthier, reduce your weight, and wrinkles. The dietary balance between antioxidants (found primarily in colorful plant foods and supplements) and oxidants ( produced mostly by nutrient poor, refined, and processed foods with too many calories such as soft drinks and baked goods) ultimately controls the whole process of aging and chronic disease, including weight and metabolism.

Why Free Radical Are Taking Over

Most of the oxidation of free radicals occurs during the natural process of metabolism, turning calories or energy from food and oxygen from the air into energy usable by the body. The is normal and normally limited because we historically ate food full of antioxidants, such as berries and nuts.

Now we exist on large quantities of food consisting of empty calories…they are called empty because they contain no antioxidants or nutrients.

This balance between oxidants and antioxidants is central to heal because it controls many cellular messages, including the ones related to weight. Antioxidants protect us against weight loss, inflammation or free radicals and diabetes; oxidants or free radicals trigger a cascade that leads gene messages to be turned on that promotes weight gain, slows metabolism, increase inflammation, and causes diabetes.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

The single most important controllable factor regulating the oxidative stress in our body is our diet. Consuming too many calories and not enough antioxidants from colorful plant foods results in too many free radicals.

We are in trouble with free radicals for two reasons:

  1. We eat a diet that has too many empty calories and not enough antioxidants
  2. Our reduced nutrient intake in the form of vitamins and minerals limits our ability to make our own antioxidants, which need zinc and selenium to function properly.

Ways to Increase the Amount of Antioxidants in Our Bodies:


Step One: Eliminate the Cause of Oxidation

  • avoid overeating -this creates more exhaust that is made in the mitochondria…GOD made our bodies to be able to handle this, but we get easily overwhelmed and aren’t able to handle all the exhaust
  • avoid charbroiled foods…these foods contain hydrocarbons that generate more free radicals in the body
  • avoid excess sugar and refined carbohydrates-empty calories, they burn hotter and generate more free radicals
  • avoid alcohol- (I say do this to protect your witness for CHRIST) but the health reason is it can increase free radicals.
  • Reduce exposure to toxins and petrochemicals (in plastic storage containers, tap water, and pesticides) and heavy metals (such as contaminated fish)., car exhaust, cigarette smoke, ? Drink filtered water, eat organic food, fruits, vegetables, and animal products raised without hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides.
  • Minimize exposure to ionizing radiation-includes UV radiation from excess sun exposure (we need some some exposure to get Vit. D, ), x-rays, and radon-you can get kits to test your house for radon…one place to order is www.aehf.com
  • reduce exposure to tobacco smoke (first or secondhand)-cigarette smoke has more than 4000 toxic chemicals that lead to accelerated oxidative stress.
  • Reduce air pollutants-place HEPA filters in your home. I love the GT 3000 I got from Dr. Henry, and I have a friend who also sells the Austin Air Filters which we have too. Air filters make a ton of difference. My friend was struggling to stay in her home and bought an air filter from Dr. Henry and it has made all the difference in the world…she is able to stay and sleep comfortably in her home. 

Someone in class mentioned certain plants help to clean the air in your home…below are some of the plants.

Breath of Fresh Air

  • Avoid Excessive or insufficient exercise-more than 60 minutes a day exercising vigorously is usually considered excessive, less than 30 minutes five times a week isn’t enough.
  • Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night…sleep deprivation increases stress, and stress increases oxidative stress, promoting weight gain, among other things
  • Treat Chronic Infections-hidden or chronic infections promote oxidative stress
  • Reduce internal sources of oxidative stress- processed foods, high hypoglycemic foods, too many calories, and abnormal levels of gut bacteria are all forms of oxidative stress.
  • Improve your liver and gut detoxification-ch. 14. If the liver is overloaded with toxins from food (too much sugar or trans fats) or toxins from the environment such as pesticides or mercury, it becomes inflamed and produces more free radicals. Loving your liver is key to keeping the free radicals under control.
  • Reduce your exposure to fungal toxins-environmental and internal molds and fungi. Many people work in sick building or have moldy basements or bathrooms. The molds produce toxins that increase oxidative stress and free radicals in our bodies. Important to identify environmental sources of mold. Www.aehf has mold plates you can order to see if you have mold in your home or business
  • Reduce Stress-cortisol and stress both increase inflammation. Any kind of stress heat or cold, injury or trauma, over or under exercise, and psychological stress all generate the same response: inflammation and oxidation
  • Improve your breathing and oxygenation-provide more oxygen to your tissues and cells through deep breathing. Bringing more oxygen to the tissues through deep breathing, you can flush out toxins and damaging free radicals and inflammatory molecules from your body.

Breathing Exercises

2.Eat Foods That Reduce Rusting and Avoid Foods that Cause it:

Dietary antioxidants (vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, and phytonutrients) are the major factors that protect our cells from excess oxidative damage and impaired metabolism. Nutrient poor diets signal to the cell messengers to gain weight. If you are rusting, you are also gaining weight.

To reduce oxidative stress, begin by increasing colorful plant foods, rich in phytonutrients such as flavonoids and polyphenols found in teas, cocoa…resveratol.

Your plate should look like and impressionist painting full of blues, greens, reds, yellows and purple. This is the best way to fight rust and stay healthy over the long term.


Make sure you are eating good carbs ( organic,whole non GMO) with a high PI that come from whole, unprocessed, fresh plant foods.

Step 3. Use Herbs to Reduce Oxidation

  • ginkgo
  • ginger
  • green tea polyphenols
  • pycnogenol or grape seed extract
  • milk thistle
  • rosemary
  • turmeric

Step 4. Use Supplements to Reduce Oxidation

  • Reduced glutathione, the major antioxidant and detoxifier in our body
  • N-acetylcysteine (NAC) an amino acid that boosts our own glutathione production
  • Alpha lipoic acid-a super antioxidant that helps reduce blood sugar and improve energy production in the mitochondria
  • Coenzyme Q 10, an antioxidant and key part of the energy production in the mitochondria
  • NADH, part of the energy production cycle in the mitochondria

Step 5. Testing for Oxidation in Your Body-physical

Lipid Peroxides in Urine or Serum

Urinary 8-Hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine Test

Assessment of Iron Overload

Blood Test for Antioxidant levels

Reduced Rust =Reduced Weight


Oxidation is a natural process, both within your body and everywhere in nature

When oxidation goes awry, damage is done to your cells that contributes to rapid against, disease, and weight gain.


Ultrametabolism: Week 4 “The Fat Myth” Continued

From JESUS CALLING by Sarah Young- “Be Prepared to Suffer for ME”

October 14

Be prepared to suffer for Me, in My Name. All suffering has meaning in My kingdom. Pain and problems are opportunities to demonstrate your trust in Me. Bearing your circumstances bravely—even thanking Me for them—is one of the highest forms of praise. This sacrifice of thanksgiving rings golden-toned bells of Joy throughout heavenly realms. On earth also, your patient suffering sends out ripples of good tidings in ever-widening circles.

When suffering strikes, remember that I am sovereign and that I can bring good out of everything. Do not try to run from pain or hide from problems. Instead, accept adversity in My Name, offering it up to Me for My purposes. Thus, your suffering gains meaning and draws you closer to Me. Joy emerges from the ashes of adversity through your trust and thankfulness.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

“Let them give thanks to the LORD for HIS unfailing love and HIS wonderful deeds for men.  Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of HIS works with songs of joy.”  Psalm 107:21-22
With Halloween coming up, Chick Tracts are a great way to share the salvation of JESUS CHRIST with those the LORD brings to your door….click on this link for suggestions for tracts to share for Halloween or anytime!




Ultrametabolism, Dr. Mark Hyman,The Fat Myth, Chapter 3, Continued…for more resources see http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/UltraMetabolism


All Fats Are Not Created Equal

Here is the “Meat” of our Discussion: Are all fats created equal? “Fat” Chance, Dr. Hyman says! Some fats are good for you and actually help you loose weight….others make you put it on. As we studied last week different types of foods and calories interact with your body in different ways. Some fats are healthy and some are lethal…that’s why this is so important! Problem is most of the healthy fats have been eliminated from our diet and most of the fats that are lethal are so predominant in the modern day food supply they are hard to avoid.

Good “ fats communicate messages of health and weight loss; “bad” fats communicate unhealthy messages that contribute to weight gain. Bad fats turn off you fat burning genes, making it much harder to lose weight. Good fats on the other hand, turn on the genes that increase metabolism, help us to burn fat, and make us more insulin sensitive. (Insulin resistance is a condition where you develop a tolerance to insulin and produce excess amounts of insulin. Generally this is because you eat too many sugars or bad carbs. This is a major contributor to every known degenerative health condition. You want to be insulin sensitive, not insulin resistant.

Studies have shown that the fat in fish oil, EPA (good fat) turns on fat burning and improves insulin sensitivity. Transfats (really bad fats) have the opposite effect, blocking your metabolism and slowing down fat burning.


Here the important thing to remember in all of this…eat the right fats, and you turn up your fat-burning capacity; eat the wrong fats, and you switch on the genes that make you gain weight and slow down your metabolism. The type of fat you eat is more important theamount of fat you eat.


The king of the good fats is the omega-3 fats. These are the fats that come from wild foods such as wild salmon, not farm raised. Most of us are deficient in these healthy fats. Unfortunately most of the fish we consume or farmed or from oceans polluted with mercury and full of PCB or heavy metals that are toxic to us.

  • Wild fish, including wild salmon, herring, sardines, and fresh anchovies. Avoid farmed fish and large predatory fish such as tuna and swordfish, which accumulate more mercury

See an interview here with Dr. David Perlmutter (fhttp://www.perlhealth.com/ )or a good interview on DHA, oils that come from fish that help feed the brain and helps decrease inflammation.

http://brainworldmagazine.com/dr-david-perlmutters-dha-epa-gla-bdnf/ .

Here is a GREAT link for healthy wild seafood, and good health news…http://www.vitalchoice.com/shop/pc/home.asp


  • Flaxseeds and flax oil
  • some types of nuts and seeds, including walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and hemp seeds.

 GOOD FATS- Monosaturated Fats

The Mediterranean diet gets up to 40 percent of their calories from fat, mostly from monosaturated fat derived from olive oil. This type of diet reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Olive oil intake has been shown to reduce inflammation, boost immunity, and contains powerful plant antioxidants called phenols. It reduces blood pressure and blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, and thins the blood. It is considered to be the among the healthiest types of fat. The best sources are:

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • hazelnuts
  • almonds
  • brazil nuts
  • cashews
  • avocado
  • sesame seeds
  • pumpkin seeds

    This was the end of our discussion from the book, we ran out of time.  We talked about the new Suzanne Summers show  during class tonight, as the topics seemed to keep coming up during our discussion…topics like fiber, and it helping to shed toxins, and weight, and bioidentical hormones.  Life Extension, http://www.lef.org,  sponsors this show, and it is filled with a WEALTH of great information.  You can watch the full episodes by clicking on the link below.  I included the notes i took when i watched a couple of the shows….

    I also included the link for the importance of detoxing your liver by Life Extension…interesting a friend sent me this link as i am starting a liver detox under the supervision of one of my doctors.  I asked my class to pray for me tonight, and i will ask you too, also.  I don’t generally do supplements well, and i don’t detox too well either:).  So i’m counting on your prayers, and the LORD’s answer to them to help me through the next 10 days or so.   A friend suggested in class tonight that i keep a journal so i think i will do that on my blog….this is the first night, and i took the Xymogen i 5 shake that has lots of good stuff in it…like pea protein isolate, rice protein concentrate, taurine, L-glutamine, glycine, fiber complex, and some more good stuff.  The vanilla shake itself is delicious! I mixed one scoop with 8 oz. of filtered water.  No problem there…i have just a little bit of headache, nothing major yet:).

    Also, i am taking another product by Xymogen, http://www.xymogen.com,  called MedCaps DPO…it has lots of good stuff too like N-Acetyl Cysteine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Green Tea, Pomegranate Extract, etc. to help you detox.  I’m trying not to read the label too close, so i won’t think about what’s in it they i may react to.

    My dear doctor, Katherine Henry in Richardson Texas, 1-972-234-4776, turned me on to Xymogen Products, so i feel confident in them if she recommends them.  She also recommended one of Susan Summers books when a friend of mine had breast cancer.  Dr. Henry taught me about N-Acetyl Cysteine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and many, many other valuable lessons about supplements, that i am continuing to learn about and want to  pass on this information to you. I have taken some of these under her care for the past few years, but never in this form before at this dosage.

    Dr. Rodney  Soto, http://www.holisticalabama.com, recommended me take 4 of the Medcaps in the morning and evening, but i started out with one, to let my body get used to it.  If i make it okay through the night, i may bump it up to two in the morning. I’ve learned through painful experiences to start slow…

    I’m counting on your prayers….here we go liver detox!!!

The recently aired episode of The SUZANNE Show explained that over 700 common industrial chemicals and 900 prescription drugs are implicated in liver damage. And you’ve probably been exposed to many of them! If you missed that show, you missed important information on how to detox your liver. So catch the repeat of that episode this weekend on Lifetime Real Women Television® … Saturday at 9 a.m. ET/PT and Sunday at 7 a.m. ET/PT. Or go online now to watch the full episode www.thesuzanneshow.TV/episodes.Meanwhile, read this science‑based special report created by Life Extension® for viewers of The SUZANNE Show to further enhance your knowledge:

Detox Your Liver!Special Health Report - Protecting Your Body From Toxins

Find it now at www.lef.org/SuzanneTV … and tune in to how you can liver healthier longer!

Suzanne Summers- Hormones- the juice of youth, sexual desireWomen need hormones in late 30s , early 40s.  We need oxytocin makes us more loving, and open.  Oxytocin really lowers anxiety…



Oxytocin – releases hormone oxytocin

Lowers cortisol in women

Lowers Women’s stress

Not enough time- inhibits oxitocin and feel overwhelmed.

Testosterone in men going down.

When a man can get a woman to have an organism… Promotes oxytocin.

Men from mars…

You’ve lost that lovin feeling… You can get it back.

Relight the flame…take Peruvian MACA… Argine and histidine
Blood flow is so essential….

Maca has histidine in it which converts to histamine.  Important for the brain, gut

Advanced Natural sex for women…. Start slow and low.

Feeling sexy forever? this is some kind of sex enhancer supplement Life Extension sells

Suzanne tv.com- feeling sexy, free!

Hormones the juice of youth. Changed her and her husband life, changed their marriage

Hormones are powerful chemical messengers

Get a total testosterone

Bio identical  Hormone

Testosterone Creme…

Balance all the hormones…

Heal, repair, restore,

Total testosterone and free testosterone test

DHEA , pregnelone,


Men with deficient testosterone 40percent increase in death

Vit D def.  and low testosterone -211 percent  increase in death

Male hormone restoration… From www.lef.com

Sexy forever.com- lose weight

Once hormones are back… Get life back

Ultimate Health Giveaway-

Suzanne tv.com for free giveaway

Make time for it
Better shape

Natural heal


If you are a sexy person, you are healthy.

Suzanne show. Healthy GutHope formula-35 grams of fiber a day.

Fiber soaks all we don’t want-chemicals…

Soluble,insoluble fiber found in fruits and veggies nuts and seeds

Soluble fiber soaks up:
Extra cholesterol
Blood sugar
Soaks up toxins

Soluble fiber
Insoluble fiber- like peeling of apple
Flax acacia, oat brain

Fiber flushes out calories…

We should have 35 grams of fiber each day…. You flush out 245 calories

Organic Triple fiber

Brenda Watson… Nutrition guru

Important to supplement with fiber…

Fiber is one way to change  it… Psyllium is too harsh for women


Natural health magazine… 14.97


700 chemicals in our body according to EPA.

Dr. Michael Smith from Life Extension

70000 industrial chemicals are allowed by EPA- toxins are apart of our life.

How to support internal detox…

Work on the liver..big and pale

Green my insides- work on liver

All loaded with toxins… Big and pale

Liver is major detox organ

Heart disease because inflammation

Foods and supplements

Eat dark colored fruits and veggies
The deeper the color the more antioxidants… Eat pomegranate . One of most powerful things you can do
Eat lean cut meats fish and poultry… Building block of protein amino acids help break down toxins
Leaner cuts are

ArtichokesDandelion, beets to get rid of food

Www.lef.org. Milk thistle

Make walls thicker… Adobe, recycled blue jeans.  Lead platinum home.  Underground irrigation system

Begleysbest.com- clean products

Memory foam mattress- polyurethane-61 chemicals little patch, like a giant nicotine patch

Latex core is made from all natural rubber.  No chemicals, proper spinal balance

Essentia memory foam bed

.com– website for a healthy home…Toxic assault is affecting all of us….toxins are making us fat


HERE is a GREAT Link from Metametrix about what toxins may be lurking in your home making you and your family sick…www.everydayexposure.com.  It is SO important to clean up our environment at home so that our bodies can recover and heal from what we are around in the outside world.  It’s kind of like fellowship with our CHRISTian friends at church and all…our church family should be a  place we can  heal and renew our energy from the mission field we encounter in the world each day….