Mitochondrial Health Part 4 – Supplemental Support
We have already discussed some important methods and supplements but since it is such a complex subject, in this newsletter I will try and give reasons why these additional supplements should be considered as important activators for improving mitochondrial health by increasing ATP and energy within our cells. These supplements have multiple benefits beyond helping the mitochondria, but for the sake of this newsletter I will keep it specific to mitochondrial health benefits.
This is a sugar found within beef, eggs, and dairy. Aging, and exercise can reduce ATP, and D-Ribose will bring back energy from lowered ATP. Taken by capsule or powder in ranges from 3-5 grams is recommended. From what I have read on it, taking it for one month to see if it is helping. There was a study in 2015 from Ohio State that showed an improvement in congestive heart failure in 64% of the subjects when supplementation of D-Ribose was administered over six weeks. Cautions: Some people report gastrointestinal symptoms and lowered blood sugar when taking it, so anyone with hypoglycemia or even those who are on insulin need to be cautious.
This is an antioxidant found in the seeds, and skins of grapes and berries. This study in 2017 showed improvement in mitochondrial respiratory dysfunction. There does not appear to be any cautions to be concerned about with resveratrol.
An amino acid that transports long-chain fatty acids into your mitochondria ... (keep reading)
In the world of anti-aging research, there has been a large focus on N.A.D. which is
a natural compound in all cells of our body. It is a critical molecule in that it helps
cells unlock energy from food and create ATP, a process that occurs in the mitochondria. It is also a signaling molecule to tell cells it needs repair and maintenance. N.A.D. is high when we are young, and declines throughout life by a factor of 50% every 20 years. If you could keep your N.A.D. levels elevated, you could theoretically pause or even reverse signs and symptoms of aging.
N.A.D. stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. It will be much easier to refer to it as NAD. Made from vitamin B3 (nicotinic acid or nicotinamide/niacinamide) and to a lesser extent from tryptophan. NAD exists as NAD+, NADH, NADP+, and NADPH. NAD is a redox couple where the NAD+ and NADP+ are the oxidized forms and NADH and NADPH are in the reduced form. When oxidized, it loses electrons and when reduced it is gaining electrons and NAD in these coenzyme forms are responsible for all metabolic transformations that take place within our bodies. Without them we would die within 30 seconds. This is how cyanide works. Cyanide shuts down the cytochrome c oxidase enzyme in the mitochondria which is the last step in the process of making ATP and oxygen. Cyanide makes oxygen unavailable.
Last month’s article was devoted to the importance of mitochondrial health in the production of energy for the body in the form of ATP. This currency of energy used by the body is important not only in movement of muscles, but also the movement of energy for clear thinking, the movement to activate immune system responses, and the energy for reducing pain. To summarize, it all happens with food we consume through the Krebs Cycle and combining NADH with oxygen as it passes through the Electron Transport Chain to form water and carbon dioxide. This happens in the 250 quadrillion mitochondria we have within all our cells. However, there is a missing piece to this process, which is the importance of red and infrared light on our mitochondria. Keep Reading>>
Mitochondria are organelles that apart from red blood cells, exist in mind boggling numbers throughout our bodies. Mitochondria, which are responsible for providing energy for the body, vary in number according to the different types of cells in the body. The largest concentration of mitochondria is in our brain, neurons, and heart where there could be thousands of mitochondria in each cell providing energy needed for cognition and movement. It is estimated that we have 250 quadrillion mitochondria in us and that mitochondria make up about 20% of our body weight. Additionally, our immune system depends on mitochondrial health to have the energy to defeat infections that arise from time to time. Persistent infections are a likely sign that the immune system lacks the energy to recover even when healing procedures are administered. There is abundant evidence that damaged or diminished mitochondrial functionality is a key reason for the onset of almost every degenerative disease we commonly hear about along with an accelerated or normal decline in aging.
Dr. Richard Johnson has spent the past twenty years researching why we get fat so easily, and how fructose and uric acid play an important role in contributing to most of the major health problems we see today including heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. In his third book titled Why Nature Wants Us to Be Fat, Johnson uses his unique background in Anthropology, as a kidney specialist, and research background to detail how human physiology and diet have influenced the epidemic of the most common health problems seen today.
If you were to play a word association game with any physician and said uric acid the response would probably be Gout in nearly 100% of the cases. Uric acid is a waste product from the breakdown of the nucleic acids DNA and RNA of the purines that are elevated in red meat, sardines, shrimp, and brewer’s yeast. If those purines crystalize in a joint such as the big toe, this is Gout, and it can be very painful.
What Dr. Johnson has discovered is that uric acid is also a downstream byproduct of the metabolism of fructose, and this is the key to what Dr. Johnson talked about in his second book called The Fat Switch...
This may be the single most important article I have released to date. When the Biden vaccine mandate was announced and the Covid vaccine was approved for the 5-11 age group I felt the need to speak up. The goal is to create a conversation, create clarity in answering some of the questions about Covid I am asked every day but do not always have the time or resources to answer properly. These are confusing times to say the least. This is a long one, so find a quiet space, I hope you find it informative, and PLEASE respond with a comment or a question if you feel the need. As you will see, I am using this to share well respected and alternative sources to the mainstream media and governments narrative, so you can draw your own conclusions. We do not always need to agree, but we do need to have a place to speak and be heard.
Questioning Actual Science
With the pandemic showing no signs of abating as it approaches two years, the man driving the government’s response, Dr. Anthony Fauci head of NIAID (national institute of allergies and infectious disease) for the past four decades, has on more than one occasion stated when questioned on his approach, “that an attack on me is an attack on science.”
“The truth does not mind being questioned. A lie does not like being challenged.”
I do not know who to attribute this quote to, but it resonates with me given our current state of a pandemic. Hearing Dr. Fauci arrogantly equate himself with science is troubling considering his position and responsibility to the public. Science was built upon skepticism and debate. We need to be questioning every facet of the pandemic response. Our personal health, and our family’s health demands this scrutiny. With the demand for mandated Covid vaccination and armed with a one-year perspective to view the result of the vaccines, this is especially important.
We think of melatonin primarily for its association with sleep. There is a good reason for this. We know that the Pineal gland located in our brain is responsible for secreting melatonin and that this secretion is dependent on the circadian rhythm of the light-dark cycle that should occur in our daily life. Artificial light and electronic devices emitting “blue light” has a stimulatory effect on our nervous system that interferes with melatonin production resulting in less than adequate sleep cycles. This results in poor concentration during the day and the need for catching up on sleep at other times. More importantly is that during a restful night’s sleep the body removes waste from the brain.
The glymphatics are the lymphatics of the brain and with a restful night’s sleep we remove potentially neurotoxic products like beta-amyloid, tau proteins, alpha-synuclein and neurofibrillary tangles which are responsible for neurological diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and M.S. respectively. In a study “Protection of Metal Toxicity by Melatonin – Recent Advances” published...
It is often the case that a pain in a joint does not always emanate from a joint. Instead, it is an inflammatory cascade that originates from somewhere else and spreads to either the spine or an extremity. After listening to a 2-hour lecture called A 21st century approach to Musculoskeletal problems by Dr. Robert Silverman he confirmed the more innovative ideas about gut health and its relationship to pain often discussed in Chiropractic today. Dr. Silverman author of a book calledInside Out Health, describes by focusing only on the point of pain we may be chasing a red herring in our current approach to pain. A term called leaky gut syndrome that has multifactorial causes is often the root cause of pain. Below is a synopsis of the causes of why leaky gut is so prevalent today, how to diagnose it, and what to do about it.
Leaky Gut Syndrome
This diagram shows how food sensitivities and pathogens, and toxins disrupt the protective barrier in our gut. Leakage between the epithelial lining can allow the escape of these pathogens/toxins or the inflammatory chemicals that they induce, and it can then migrate elsewhere in the body. That could result in a painful joint or more seriously an autoimmune inflammatory pain. Click the title to get the entire article
There seems to be a little bit of a buzz in the natural health world the past few years about the use of collagen as an anti-aging compound both as a way of keeping our skin healthier by reducing wrinkles, and its use being linked to healthier joints, bones, hair, blood vessels, immune system, and organs.
Collagen, comes from the Greek word kola, meaning glue, and gen, meaning producing. Derived from the processing of animals, collagen contains all 20 essential amino acids with noticeably high amounts of glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. It is the most abundant protein in the body making up 70% of our skin, and 90% of our connective tissue and bones. Collagen acts like a type of scaffolding which nutrients attach to. In the skin it would allow antioxidants such as vitamins A and C to bind to it so that it gives protection to potentially harmful UV-rays. Its function is important in a vast array of circumstances including joint lubrication and regeneration of the lining of our intestinal tract.
Types of Collagens:
Type 1: Is the most prevalent and is found in the skin, tendons, vascular system, organs, cornea, and bone.
Type 2: Is in cartilage,
Type 3: Is in the reticular fibers in the spinal cord and most of the areas of type 1 and is helpful for muscle recovery.
*Type 4: Is in the basal lamina and basement membrane of the skin, bone matrix, and cornea. *Most sources don’t count this type. Most collage products list the other five.
Type 5: Is in cell surfaces, hair, and placenta. It is found to support type 2 collagen.
Type 10: A newer addition, found in eggshell membrane is involved in the process of endochondral ossification or “network-forming collagen”.
Our bodies produce collagen naturally.... (keep reading)
Presently, FLCCC has a Facebook page, but they already have had three offenses and one more and they will be de-platformed. They have been locked out of Twitter for one week, and YouTube has removed 11 of their videos. Even a video by Nobel Prize winner and discoverer of ivermectin Satoshi Omura was removed from YouTube.
Matt Taibbi an award-winning journalist formerly with Rolling Stone magazine, wrote this article that is worth reading about the censorship issue mainly revolving around Bret Weinstein and his wife Heather Haying. They both have PhD’s in biology and interview guests on their podcast Darkhorse which has been out front talking about the obvious benefits of the FLCCC protocols and ivermectin. https://taibbi.substack.com/p/a-case-of-intellectual-capture-on
Lastly, keep in mind that the entire E.U.A. (emergency use authorization) allowing the use of fast-tracked vaccines is dependent on there being no viable treatment for Covid-19. To do a large enough study on ivermectin that might get the attention of those who head the federal agencies might cost 20 million dollars.However, since ivermectin is off patent and costs between 1.00 and 2.50 a pill, there isn't enough profit in an off-label drug to mobilize that large a study.
Lastly, keep in mind that the entire E.U.A. (emergency use authorization) allowing the use of fast-tracked vaccines is dependent on there being no viable treatment for Covid-19. To do a large enough study on ivermectin that might get the attention of those who head the federal agencies might cost 20 million dollars. However, since ivermectin is off patent and costs between 1.00 and 2.50 a pill, there isn't enough profit in an off-label drug to mobilize that large a study.