Ure’s “Personal Health Report” time:  At 10 AM today will be my last meal until about noon tomorrow.  Reason?  Off to see the vampire – the nice nurse who does the periodic blood draws.

A reader advised me, since my last visit, that going with a longer fast prior to the doc’s office, may significantly improve my cholesterol levels.  Apparently, he (patiently) explained:  When you fast from 6 PM on (having had a nice Porterhouse of other decent cut for dinner) there’s no way for the body to do much more than shovel that fat into the bloodstream and fat cells.

On the other hand, the idea is that if you go with a longer (try 24-hours or more) then your body is almost certainly dropped into the fat-burning mode.  and that means better numbers.

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I don’t think I gave Chris McCleary (EdS, MA, MS, MBA, LAC) who runs the www.nationaldreamcenter.com site nowadays credit for this, but as a retired AF Lt. Col./F-15 driver he did a lot of research into diet and fitness and came up with the idea of eating only during a 6-8 hour “window” during the day.

Diet books have followed the same path, but the gist of all of it is that you can eat as much as you like at ONE sitting.  But after that, your body needs to run on fast-burning mode for 20-24 hours to make room for another meal.

Today, I will give that a go.

Three items on the agenda tomorrow:

  1. Go over the disastrous experience I had with the generic version of Lipitor.  As you recall, I went into that perfectly health and after a few weeks just felt like hell.  Sick, nauseated, vomitus.  I told the doc I’d try but statins and I are done.
  2. The follow up to that is what while at the tail-end of the statin deal, my right foot developed plantar fasciitis.  Thing is, I have never had the problem before and it’s miserable.  About the only thing that works is putting a towel or rope into a “U”, putting my toes into the resulting stirrup, and then stretching the foot.  That improves it.
  3. No doubt this will lead to a serious discussion about “Who Audits the damned Drugs once they are turned loose on the unsuspecting public?”  I talked to my local pharmacist at some length about this when I was going through my Lipitor generic disaster and I asked him straight up:  Am I the only one with this complaint?  “Oh, no, we see that all the time,” he revealed.  Well, that – right there – got me to smelling a rat.  My suspicion is that got me to wondering:  Who is AUDITING THE FDA APPROVALS once they hit the market for compliance with represented clinical data on efficacy and safety?  My suspicion is no one.
  4. Then I will hand him a copy of Dr. Joel Wallach’s book Dead Doctors Don’t Lie and remind him that he’s about 63 and I’m only five years ahead of him….  Somewhere past 55, mortality gets real and you still have room to move to push the problem out a ways.
  5. Somewhere in here, he’s going to ding me on being up five – and maybe six – pounds from my last visit.  I have an excuse:  I have been taking two pretty good strength eye drops to get my post operative eye problems with the left eye back into shape.  According to last week’s pictures, the eye is responding nicely, but that’s with a good bit of prednisone running down through the nose and into the other parts of the body.  This increases appetite and also increases fluid retention.  I figure it’s a legit excuse.  Let me ask you:  Would YOU Trade 6 pounds of added weight for getting an eye from 20/60 to 20/80 down to 20/30 to 20/40?  I did.
  6. Meantime, I told you that we picked up a Gold’s Gym XRS 50 Home Gym System and – while it took the reader-reported five hours to assemble – it is great.  I am working out on it after writing my column in the morning and up to eight sets of 10-reps each for the pushes, the butterfly’s and leg lifts.  Yes, a total of 80 reps each position.
  7. The result of all this is even after 2- cups of coffee and some dark chocolate chips (good for the heart, I tell yah…) the BP runs 120 over 75 and the pulse was 77.
  8. The BP would be 5-10 lower if I had taken one of the muscle relaxer pills he’s issued for when I pull the back out of whack from over-doing it around here, so that’s all good.
  9. Then we will get into the vitamin discussion.  When we first started talking about vit’s when I started going to see him (long ago) he was, oh, you know, skeptical.  But now that he is on NiaGen  (similar to: HPN Nutraceuticals Nicotinamide Riboside Metabolic Repair, Patented NAD Plus Booster with Niagen (Nr), the Original and Most Trusted Longevity Product, 60 Capsules) along with pterostilbene (like Jarrow Formulas Pterostilbene, Supports Cardiovascular & Neurologic Health, 50 Mg, 60 Veggie Caps) I feel somewhat vindicated in  the “My Body, My Chemistry Set” approach I’ve taken.  Elaine and I figure we’re the only people who will be looking out for our health without some kind of “skin in the outcome.”
  10. The most controversial part of the discussion is my twice-weekly supplementation with Serrapeptase.  ( I use Doctor’s Best High Potency Serrapeptase, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Vegan, Supports Healthy Sinuses, 120,000 SPU, 90 Veggie Caps.)

This last point deserves a bit more discussion.  LifeExtension Magazine (great reading!) wrote about it back in 2003 saying in part:

“…doctors in Europe have been prescribing it to treat everything from pain to atherosclerotic plaques.
Serrapeptase, technically called Serratio Peptidase, is a proteolytic enzyme, which means that it chops up or digests protein. It is produced by bacteria in the gut of silkworms and is used to digest their cocoons. When this enzyme is isolated and coated in the form of a tablet, it has been shown to act as an anti-inflammatory and a pain-blocker, much like aspirin, ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). What’s more, preliminary research indicates that Serrapeptase may even help inhibit plaque build-up in arteries, thereby preventing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and a resulting heart attack or stroke. Therefore, much like aspirin, this naturally derived enzyme may work to prevent inflammation, pain, heart attack and stroke. Unlike aspirin and other over-the-counter (OTC) NSAIDs, Serrapeptase has not been shown to cause ulcers and stomach bleeding.”

This is not to say that Serrapeptase (seratiopeptrase) is a total magic bullet.  I use it with extreme caution.

The reason? There are some notes in the literature, such as https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27656583 where Serrapeptase may have contributed to the spread of an infection in a dental setting.  So when thinking about how this might be a “magic bullet” for things like arterial plaque, be extremely skeptical of claims, read PubMed.gov and consult your doctor because there are risks when you start tinkering around with fibrin levels in the bloodstream!

Also: Any use of seriously promoted natural healing approaches should be seriously studied in advance.

One that I have avoided completely is the idea that some have promoted of drinking diluted food-grade hydrogen peroxide.  There was an article in HealthDay a few months back that went into the dangers of this “home remedy.”

I guess the bottom line I come to is simple:  When there is a defined problem I’m trying to solve – like hedging against mental decline – then I work on solving that using long-established vitamins and supplements with a good track record.

As an example, I’ve been pleased with a vitamin combo sold as an “Extra Strength Natural Brain Supplement – Nootropic Brain Booster for Focus, Clarity, Memory, Cognitive Function, Sharp Mind, Elevates Mood – Expertly Formulated for Peak Performance & Balanced Energy.” It seems to contain most of the ingredients I would be taking separately.  Huperzine A (miraculous with my body chemistry) and others.

But, again, take your time, do the research and talk to your doctor.

I’ll mention now and again how things are going here.  In case you haven’t noticed, though, the big differences are coming from remaining active, engaged, and working a lot.  On the weight machines, the treadmill, and on farm projects.

As one of our readers contributed Monday (she was one of the first women to ‘go to sea’ in the mid 1970’s) she reads a lot about people she’s worked with who give up the active life at sea and then go home to a sedentary lifestyle.  Where many promptly, within a couple of years, die.

Statistically: Inactivity will still kill you faster than medicine.

Puts new meaning in the phrase “the quick and the dead” doesn’t it?

***Nothing here should be taken as medical advice unless I suggested a glass of resveratrol-laden red wine with dinner.***

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