dr shojai: hi everybody, iãm here with drkim millman today. hello, doc. dr millman: hi there.dr shojai: welcome, welcome, welcome. dr millman: thank you. iãm honored to behere. dr shojai: great, thank you. i have actuallyhave a lot of questions for you, because this is a topic that is near and dear to my heart.iãm not going to blow it, because today weãre talking about something thatãs a secret organ.first, i just want to introduce you to our listener base, our viewer base. dr kim isa holistic md who practices in san francisco bay area, molecular geneticist and ex-engineerat [usc 00:00:38], trained infectious disease/epidemiologist and expert in osteoporosis and natural medicine;a stanford-trained md with 20-plus years of
medical research and clinical experience.you are no slacker; look at you with that bio.sheãs on us sharing with the information and advice about how to go about living healthily.she advocates eating colorful, organic diets, moving your body for stress relief, and turningto natural medicine when you have an illness or chronic condition. today dr kim wants totell us about the secret organ that controls our heart, our brain and our hormones. howãsthat for a secret? dr millman: [inaudible 00:01:16] is important.dr shojai: thatãs right, so doc, yeah, letãs have it. letãs get into the background. iãveknown you for a little while already. i know that youãve got some bulletproof credentials.youãve been doing all kinds of amazing stuff,
that just every passing conversation i havewith you just makes me think, ã¬wow, sheãs so smart!ã® i know youãve been really busywith the current research that youãve been doing. iãd love to hear about it. let usknow. dr millman: what i really want to talk aboutwith you and your listeners today is an epidemic. in 2004, the surgeon general came out andpredicted that 1 half of all people in the united states over 50, by 2020 will have thisdisease. this is a disease that can potentially impact your heart, your kidneys, your hormones,your brain, and essentially every organ in your body. what iãm talking about here isbone disease. now, i know that sounds weird, but hereãs the thing that you have to know.bones are an organ, and this organ is directly
responsible for controlling the health ofyour heart, your brain and every other organ in your body. if your bones start to degenerate... and the surgeon general predicts that 1 half of all people will have this problemover 50 ... then everything starts to fail. i believe that 1 of the reasons why we takeour bones for granted is because theyãre such a strong device in our body, so we thinkthat we can abuse them a little bit. well, iãm here to tell you that you canãt withoutsacrificing optimal health, because they are so tied to everything else. number 1, i wantto help your listeners today find out if theyãre at risk for this epidemic, because i knowthat 1 out of every 2 people who are listening here today could be at risk. number 2, evenif these people are not at risk, help them
to strengthen their bones so they can havea healthier optimal life. if they always want to have a clear, crisp mind and a glowingskin, a tiny waist, a great sex drive, they need to be thinking about how to keep theirbones healthy. i know that thatãs really a paradigm shift for people. keep your boneshealthy, and you stay healthy. let your bones degenerate and your sex drive, your clear,crisp mind, and your tiny waist goes with it.i really want to talk about 5 fundamental things that damage your bones and optimalhealth, and simple little tweaks that you can do to your lifestyle, to your diet, andsome simple botanicals that can really help your bones to get strong, and help you tohave a really fabulous life.
dr shojai: [okay 00:04:07]dr millman: lastly, i want to give people the opportunity to figure whether the thingsthat weãre talking about today are affecting them right now. i want to give your listenersthe chance to see if theyãre at risk for any kind of badness that would happen to yourbones and basically the rest of your body. if they are at risk, i want to talk aboutthings today that they can do to reverse that risk. if they know they have osteoporosis,i want to give them things today that they can do so that their bones donãt get anyworse, and actually to help them reverse the bone damage thatãs there already. then lastly,if a person is not at risk, who just wants to remain really active and healthy, i wantto also give them things to do that they can
do to strengthen their bones and keep theirbones and their optimal health as amazing as possible.dr shojai: fantastic. fantastic. where do we start?dr millman: the first fundamental reason why bones decay is inflammation. we know weãrean inflamed society; in fact, in the extreme situations, we have increasing rates of alzheimerand diabetes and autism. these are all inflammatory conditions. i believe that 1 of the reasonswhy we are so inflamed is that since the 1950s, weãve given up many of our [folk 00:05:39]foods of old, like raw milk, organic vegetables. these days, weãve given them up for so-calledfoods that come out of boxes, that are sugar-coated, high-fructose corn syrup. we have trans fats,homogenized fats, pasteurized proteins. you
know, the fda says that all of these thingsare safe for us, yet weãre in an epidemic of inflammatory diseases these days.bone disease is an inflammatory disorder. one of the inflammatory markers that i actuallylook at in my patients is homocysteine. if your homocysteine is elevated, youãre inflamed,so homocysteine is a marker for bone disease. people with high homocysteine are 2.5 timesmore likely to fracture their bones than someone who has a normal homocysteine. 1 of the mainmitigators of inflammation in the bone is a protein called rankl. rankl actually turnson a set of dna that creates this inflammatory little army that goes around. the bones decay,cells increase, and the bone-forming cells actually decrease. so youãve gone rankl turningon this inflammatory army that starts to go
and chew up the bone.i think that the best way to really decrease your inflammatory situation is by ... actually,1 of the reasons why i think it will ... the main thing that you need to do is figure outwhy are you inflamed and get those causes handled. 1 of the reasons why i think thatpeople are so inflamed these days is because of these [inaudible 00:07:27] foods that weãreeating. i believe that weãre becoming more and more and more allergic to these foods,because our bodies are seeing them, and the digestive enzymes in our gut are used to thefoods actually being natural. we havenãt evolved to have digestive enzymes that willdigest these gmo foods. weãre becoming more and more allergic to our food, the food ishybridized, weãre not keeping pace, we become
allergic to our food, and then our gut liningbreaks down. you know as well as i do that a leaky gut has all kinds of consequences.1 of the things that happens is that we become infected, because we lose that barrier againstinfection. you know that candida is much on the rise. a lot of people are doing anti-candidaldiets and feeling so much better. then the other thing that happens is that mineralsare notoriously difficult, actually, to absorb. because then we have this leaky, inflamedgut, itãs harder for us to absorb our minerals, and we become mineral-deficient. my number1 tip here is try to become a food detective. figure out what foods youãre allergic to,and take them out of your diet. i know this isnãt such an easy thing to do,because what happens is that the symptoms
of food allergies still overlap, so you couldbe allergic to wheat and you could have the same exact symptoms as you would have if youwere allergic to corn. itãs really hard to figure out, but these are things that a holisticpractitioner like myself and dr shojai can help you with. thatãs my best tip on inflammation,is get back to the foods of old, eat things that have come out of the ground, and if youãrenot a vegetarian, eat things that eat things that are coming out of the ground, and justget rid of the sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, homogenized fats, pasteurizedfats. dr shojai: fantastic. when you say so, basicallyitãs an absorption issue with the leaky gut and also this rankl thing. rankl ... you guys,for you to look it up ... is r a n k l, for
those of you who curious about what docãstalking about and want to go google around and try and do some more research. weãregoing to give you a ton of resources as well after this, so just stay tuned. so thatãsyour number 1 cause for this deterioration? dr millman: the number 1 cause. number 2 isacidity. the ph of our blood is held in a very narrow range. the optimal ph of our bloodis 7.4, and the narrow range is 7.35 to 7.45. now, if we are lower than 7.4, like 7.35,our blood is acidic compared to optimal. we never have truly acidic blood. that wouldbe less than 7, and basically, we couldnãt survive with a ph less than 7 in our blood.then anything over 7.4 is alkaline, alkaline compared to 7.4. there are many chemical bufferingsystems in the body. 1 of the things is bicarbonate.
another thing that is very important is theshuttling to and from our bones of minerals, because minerals are this counterbalancingfactor to acidity. thatãs 1 of the ways that our body actually handles acidity, is actuallyto take the minerals from the bones. we have calcium and magnesium, sodium, potassium,iron, manganese and zinc. these are the major alkalinizing minerals that are held in ourbones. theyãre constantly being shuttled back and forth.these minerals are so important to all physiology, to metabolism. what happens is that in orderfor us to maintain homeostasis, which means that basically that weãre optimally functioning,the blood gets the minerals first. then the cells get the minerals second, and the bonesget whatãs left over. this is an issue; if
our blood is always acidic, weãre alwaysgoing to be shuttling the minerals back and forth from the blood. 1 thing that peopledonãt realize, and i donãt even think that mds realize this, is because minerals areso intracellularly kept, you canãt look at blood levels of magnesium and know whetheryouãre magnesium-deficient. you need to do something like a red blood cell of magnesium,or you need to do a hair analysis to really see what your mineral levels are.what are the things that make us acidic? well, every time that we have any kind of energy-productionin our cell, it produces metabolic waste thatãs acidic. anytime we deal with toxicity, weare producing acidic waste. anytime that we eat an acidic food ... and this is where ourcontrol comes from; this is where we actually
can control the acidic load in our body, isthrough our food, but quite a bit of the food that we eat is acidic. if you look at it,sugar is acidic; alcohol is acidic; coffee is acidic; black tea, even protein, nuts,fruit. there is an awful lot of acidic components to our diet.dr shojai: mm-hmm. dr millman: grains are acidic. there hardlyis any alkaline foods. really, basically, thereãs vegetables, lemon, lime, honey and[inaudible 00:13:45]. what you want to do is counterbalance your acidity by having enoughgreen vegetables, and moderate the acidic foods that you have. if youãre a big coffeedrinker, you donãt want to have 5 cups of coffee a day. you want to moderate that; youwant to have 1 cup of coffee a day. drinking
wine nightly ... what i do, is i have a halfa glass of wine, and then i have a half a glass of mineral water. thatãs going to decreasemy acidic load. the other thing that i tell my patients is to have the half-plate-veggierule. always have a half a plate is your vegetables. thatãs going to counteract your acidic otherfoods that youãre eating. dr shojai: how do you feel about some of thesealkalizing agents that are out there? you know, like the [cumbrian 00:14:42] watersand a few other things that help drive alkalinity. is that something that youãve looked at theresearch on that or ...? dr millman: i havenãt done a lot of researchon alkalizing machines, although iãll tell you that i own 1. my husband loves the water.i donãt like it; it upsets my stomach for
whatever reason. i think that some peopleare meant to be a little more acidic than others and can actually handle that reallyhigh alkaline load. iãm just really a big proponent of doing things from food, and letour bodies kind of get ... iãm also a big proponent of doing mineral-supplementationas well. thatãs my next topic, actually. dr shojai: all right, letãs hear it.dr millman: that was my [trade secret 00:15:36]. mineral deficiency is another big reason whywe donãt have optimal health in our bones. in fact, 99% of our calcium is in our bones;50% of our magnesium is in our bones, 30% of sodium, 85% of phosphorus, in our bones.minerals are so important to every single cellular reaction that we have. our thyroidneeds selenium and iodine and potassium, and
our heart needs calcium and magnesium. ourpancreas needs chromium and zinc. even our joints need minerals; our joints need manganeseand iron and sodium. there isnãt an organ that doesnãt need minerals. theyãre reallya critical nutrient, and theyãre in short supply.the reason for this is since the 1920s, the mineral content of our food has drasticallydiminished. this is because of over-cropping and fertilizers. the fertilizers that we useare basically devoid of any trace minerals. they have 4 major minerals in them, and weãrejust not getting trace minerals in our food anymore. thatãs even if you eat organic,the amount of minerals in our food is drastically diminished. theyãre in critical need, andtheyãre in short supply. thatãs a recipe
for disaster.the best thing to get minerals, i think, again, is look to your fruit first, but if youãregoing to supplement, supplement with a really well-balanced mineral. i want to give youmy top 10 best nutrients for calcium, because my top 10 best nutrients for calcium is muchdifferent than the surgeon generalãs, where basically theyãre saying to have fortifiedcereal, fortified orange juice, a lot of different kinds of dairy. these are not my top, becauseso many people are allergic to dairy. if you are allergic to it, the dairy that youãreeating to get calcium into your bones is actually going to cause more inflammation. in fact,youãre going to be doing more damage to your bone than good.my top 10 nutrients for calcium are sardines
and salmon with edible bones. you have toeat the bones, because thatãs where the calciumãs at. chinese mustard greens, turnip greens,bok choy, kale, rutabaga, broccoli, green cabbage, and kohlrabi. 1 of the reasons whyiãve picked these nutrients is because they are very low in 2 calcium blockers. the 2calcium blockers are oxalates and phytates. what this means is that if you have somethinglike spinach that is a high-oxalate vegetable, even though it has a lot of calcium in it,you donãt absorb that calcium because the oxalates prevent you from absorbing that calcium.if you really want to get your calcium, you need to eat vegetables with low-phytates andlow oxalates. iãve already picked the vegetables that arethe highest on the list and the vegetables
that are going to give you other mineralsthat are really important, other trace minerals. the salmon and the sardines give you omega-3fatty acids, which we know are very anti-inflammatory and help our health in all kinds of otherway. dr shojai: those things are kind of offsettingthe number 1 on your list, which is inflammation, to begin with. just to be clear ...dr millman: [crosstalk 00:19:28]. dr shojai: sure. sure, [crosstalk 00:19:30].dr millman: all connected. dr shojai: to be clear, you have all theseother organs that are requiring minerals. who gets first in line? are the bones alwayslast in line for the remineralization or how does that work with the way these things getstaged?
dr millman: yeah, i know. thatãs exactlythe case. itãs that the bones what is left over. the bones are our mineral storehouse.they are meant to have these minerals in place, but theyãre constantly giving them up. itãsa prioritization thing, in that we need our heart to be pumping more than we need to worryabout a broken bone. itãs heart gets things first, then thyroids, adrenals, brain, andthe bones get everything last. dr shojai: interesting. itãs almost as ifthey are a repository of vitality, and you got to borrow from the bank. we donãt thinkabout it because once you have a broken bone or youãre getting elderly and someoneãsyelling at you about at your t-score, your bones arenãt really on your mind. this isfascinating for me because no one is really
talking about the bones in a meaningful waylike this. iãm excited about this. dr millman: thank you. yeah, this is whati try to do, is increase awareness, because i really do believe that the health of yourbones is related to your optimal health. if you look at things in an integrated way likethis, you really can do much more for yourself than just protect your bones. all of these,[the whole system 00:21:13], is related. [inaudible 00:21:15] itãs like we all somewhat talkabout similar things, but we get different spins on it. my number 4 is toxicity. evenwithin the last few years, weãre talking about persistent organic pollutants beingtied to diabetes. we have so much pesticide and fungicides in our foods with gmos. wehave cleaning supplies like chlorine that
attack our thyroid. we have so much heavy-metalpoisoning these days. our detoxification system is constantly under attack, and there arefew organs that take the brunt of it, especially, and that is the liver, the kidneys and thegut. this is a huge, huge tip here, is if youãreconstipated, you will be toxic. you will be toxic. you have got to keep your gut moving.eat foods with fiber in them, and make sure that your magnesium is replete, because thatcan really cause a lot of constipation. we need other vitamins and minerals for detoxification,especially the b vitamins and vitamin c and other minerals. b vitamins and c are water-soluble,so we constantly need to be eating foods, replenishing our stores. 2 heavy metals thatare very important for the bones are lead
and cadmium. 90% of the body burden of leadis held in the bones. cadmium interferes with the metabolism of calcium, phosphorus andzinc. there was actually a swedish study that showedthat people who had a high body burden of both cadmium and lead had decreased bone densitycompared to people who didnãt. you know what? another really big tip is that ... i thinkthat your listeners are probably savvy enough to realize that artificial sweeteners cancause formaldehyde toxicity, so please donãt have artificial sweeteners. i think 1 thingyou can do is to substitute your diet coke with some mineral water with a little bitof cranberry juice or a little bit of cherry juice in it or something like that, or a littlebit of stevia.
always remember about the gum. i canãt tellyou the number of patients that i have who are hardcore like your listeners, and basicallythey forget about the gum. i have people on my exam table, and if theyãre chewing gum,i literally make them go and get the box for me and show me that itãs in ... they go,ã¬well, itãs sugar-free, dr kim.ã® that has artificial sweeteners in it.dr shojai: right. dr millman: that is really going to turn intoformaldehyde in your body. dr shojai: yeah, and formaldehyde, last timei checked, folks, is not good for you. i fought with this personally. i was a gum-chewer foryears. finally i started reading the labels and going, ã¬what is this? what am i puttingin?ã® i mean, not is it food-grade plastic
that youãre chewing on nowadays; itãs justfilled with things that are going to mess up your system. toxicity is a topic weãretalking about all the time, but now weãre talking about it getting into the bones. now,this is something weãre actually going to do a feature and have some discussions aboutchelation in a few weeks. how hard is it to get this stuff out? because the bones arepretty packed in there; theyãre pretty deep in the body. is it last to go? are you seeingany effects with oral or iv chelation with this?dr millman: honestly, i think that i detoxify differently than any other practitioner inthe country. youãll understand when i tell you. my [friends 00:25:29] is really minerals.i love minerals; i think theyãre really underappreciated,
and i think theyãre really misunderstoodas well. if you look at trying to get rid of cadmium, cadmium and zinc look almost exactlythe same structurally. in fact, theyãre right next to each other on the periodic table.if you start to chelate out cadmium, youãre going to pull in that person who was deficientbefore. the cadmium is sitting on the zinc receptor [inaudible 00:25:57]. now you startto pull out cadmium, and you make that person zinc deficient.in fact, the way that i deal with cadmium is that i give zinc. the zinc will push thecadmium off of the receptor [inaudible 00:26:15]. i make sure that the people have enough dvitamins, c vitamins and other minerals, and i make sure their liver is working well, theirkidney is not getting congested, and that
their gut is wide open and free to get ridof the toxicity. thatãs the way that i detoxify. i donãt use any chelators. i just detoxifywith minerals. it comes off very slowly and very gradually, and people donãt tend tohave detoxification reactions. dr shojai: fascinating. fascinating. verycool. dr millman: yeah. yeah. the 5th major contributorin bone disease is hormones. iãm going to hit 3 big ones, which is insulin, cortisoland estrogen for the ladies. cortisol: there isnãt anyone who comes into my office with[inaudible 00:27:08] who doesnãt have a cortisol thatãs sky-high, because we live such a frenziedlife. we have so much so to do, so much stress, so little time. theyãre all exhausted; theyãrenot relaxing enough, and theyãre not sleeping,
so their metabolism is so ramped up. cortisolis just like inflammation. it really destroys anything in its path. we know that prednisone,which is a synthetic form of cortisol, breaks down the bones so quickly. itãs a huge riskfactor for bone disease. it gives your body the breakdown message.people with high cortisols have all kinds of other problems like insomnia, irritability,panic attack, anxiety. they donãt heal well from cuts. they get ã«buffalo humpsã on theirback. thatãs actually a cortisol thing. they can be wired and tired at the same time. ithink the most important thing for cortisol is sleep. i got a couple of really good tipsfor your listeners about sleep. dr shojai: great.dr millman: the first 1 being is, i have a
lot of patients who come into my office, andthey say, ã¬dr kim, i just canãt unwind my mind. itãs just going full blast, and thatãswhy i canãt get to sleep.ã® well, thereãs a bach flower remedy called white chestnut,that i think is really helpful for that. in fact, i use it all the time for myself. itdecreases the kind of internal chatter that doesnãt turn off. the other tip that i havefor you is b12. i know this might sound a little counterintuitive, because itãs a bvitamin; you would think that itãs stimulating. in fact, what happens is there is whatãscalled the [inaudible 00:28:57], the melatonin/cortisol rhythm. naturally, what we should have ishigh cortisol in the morning, which gives us our get-up-and-go, and then low melatonin,which puts us to sleep. we want high cortisol,
low melatonin, in the morning and just theopposite at night: high melatonin, low cortisol. b12 is actually in the synthesis pathway formelatonin. it helps to drive up your melatonin at night, drive down your cortisol at night.actually that can have such a wonderful effect and give you a really deep, restful sleep.dr shojai: fascinating. fascinating. dr millman: have you used b12 in your practicefor sleep? dr shojai: never for sleep. weãve used serotonin.weãre very careful with melatonin itself for some people; we use a lot of 5-htp topush serotonin over the pathways. occasionally, weãll look at b12 being down or somethinglike that would do it. iãm going to mess around with that. thereãs no shortage ofinsomnia out in our world here.
dr millman: absolutely. i think itãs a hugeproblem in my practice. absolutely. then the other really important hormone is insulin.when our sugars are on a rollercoaster ride, this is not good for our bones. in fact, inthe womenãs health study, they found that type 1 diabetics are 17 times more likelyto fracture a bone than people who didnãt have diabetes. then when they looked at diabetestype 2, people that were type 2 diabetics were 1.7 times more likely to fracture a bone.itãs a huge, huge risk for the bones. we just need to keep our blood sugar stable forother reasons anyway. 1 of the ways that you can do that is by eating fat and fiber andprotein in every meal, because that quenches down the effects of the carbohydrates in ourfood.
carbohydrates: when youãre having a foodthat has a very carbohydrate load, a high glycemic load, a lot of the insulin gets produced.the insulin drives the sugars into the cells, and you get whatãs called reactive hyperglycemia.whatãs happening is your blood sugarãs going up and down, up and down, but if you havefiber and fat and protein in your meals, it will help to actually even that out. the otherthing that happens with a lot of sugar in your diet is when your sugar stays up highfor a long period of time, you start to actually coat your proteins with sugar. we know thatcoating your red blood cells is one of the ways that we look for long-terms effect ofblood glucose on our body. itãs called hemoglobin a1c. thatãs really looking at the sugar contentof whatãs on our hemoglobin. this happens
to other cells as well. the cells in the kidneys,kidneys get damaged, eyes get damaged, heart gets damaged, brain gets damaged.we actually think that now that alzheimerãs is like the second form of diabetes; thatãswhat weãre thinking. i think that 1 of the things that we did was we really gave up eatingfats in our diet with the lipid hypothesis back in the 1950s when ancel keys came outand said that cholesterol was related to heart disease. we gave up the fats in our diet,and we became enthralled with eating carbohydrates and sugar-laden things. we started to eatpolyunsaturated vegetable oils and they go rancid very fast. they almost always haveto have some of kind of trans fat in the vegetable oil, because otherwise they wouldnãt havea good shelf life. then we started eating
trans fats and fake butter and margarine.these things are not good for us. my suggestion here is to really get a senseof the glycemic load of your food. what this means is the higher the glycemic load, themore insulin gets produced. the more insulin that gets produced, the faster your sugar is going to your cells. youãremore likely to get reactive hyperglycemia, and because of the high sugar content, youãremore likely to have a lot of sugar in your blood and get these proteins coated. so limitedyour carbohydrates, learn your glycemic loads of your food, and eat fiber, fat and proteinin every meal, is my tip for that. dr shojai: fantastic. fantastic. in doingso and stabilizing that, i know when youãre stabilizing your blood sugar, youãre effectivelyhelping your bones and keeping them from falling
apart.dr millman: yeah, and preventing alzheimerãs and heart disease and everything else thatwe know are important. dr shojai: yes, i think thatãs [inaudible00:34:16] dr millman: lastly, for the women, estrogen.after menopause, women lose .5 to 1% of their bone mass per year. our bone mass peaks at35. this is a huge, huge tip. thinking about your bone mass at 50 or 60 years of age isnot ideal. this is not ideal. women who start to get decreased estrogen, they lose theirsex drive. their female juiciness isnãt as good. they lose their memory, their zeal forlife. it doesnãt have to be that way. there are really simple things you can do. i lovemaca. i bet you love maca, too. 1 of the great
things about maca, which is a simple botanicalthat you can use: maca has estrogenic effects, which means that it helps to decrease theperimenopausal and menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes, but it actually was shown inrat studies to increase to trabecular bone. thatãs really important. it does not increaseurine mass, so it doesnãt have any kind of bad estrogenic effect, and it doesnãt increaseestrogen either; it just has estrogen-like effect.another thing that you can do is siberian rhubarb. that is very similar, although ihave not seen rat studies on siberian rhubarb showing any increase in bone-mineral density.dr shojai: fantastic. these are both readily available at the health-food store; this isnãtanything esoteric that people canãt get their
hands on. just google it, guys. this stuffãsall over the place. dr millman: yeah. the thing i want to closewith is i want to give your listeners a chance to find out whether or not they are risk forany of the things that iãve been talking about here. i created this online bone assessment,because quite frankly most people donãt have any idea of whether theyãre at risk at not.it turns out that whenever i give this quiz, almost everybody whoãs not in optimal healthhas some sort of risk. let me give you a couple of examples. this is going to illustrate whatweãve gone over on the 5 points today. i have this patient who is a heavy-duty coffeedrinker. she drinks 5 cups of coffee a day. because of that acidity factor, sheãs goingto be stealing minerals from her bones constantly,
and her organs, basically: her thyroid, herheart, and her adrenals are not going to have the minerals that they need because itãsgoing to get shunted into the blood to counteract this acidity factor.in fact, 1 of the things that she was complaining about was being mentally sluggish and beingphysically sluggish. what i did was i said, ã¬okay, i donãt think that you need to giveup your coffee, just to have coffee in moderation. have a cup a day, and then make sure thatyou eat more vegetables to counteract it.ã® iãve put her on a basic mineral supplement.she started feeling better right away. this brings home that acidity can really affectyour mineral status and your metabolism and the way you feel. itãs not just your bones;itãs your thyroid, your adrenals and your
heart as well. if you drink alcohol daily,i already gave a tip for that, which is just to take your wine ... wine tastes really greatas a little spritzer with a little bit of mineral water in it. wine is going to do thesame thing. even black tea is going to do the same thing. green tea has less of an acidityfactor than black tea, so if you can start to move from black tea to green tea. we knowthat green tea is a great antioxidant. itãs so helpful in so many other ways, too.then i have my patients who came in and theyãre drinking cokes, although i see this far lessoften than i used to in the beginning. people are drinking cokes. they have the high-fructosecorn syrups, and they have the blood-sugar issue. they have the acidity issue to dealwith. when somebody is drinking a lot of cokes
and their blood sugar is going up, they couldbe irritable and anxious, but then a half an hour later, their blood sugar is tanking.theyãve got their head up on the desk at 3 pm, and their productive day is all overwith. when your blood stays high, your cortisol stays high. it just is such a vicious cycle.diet cokes ... switch this out for a mineral water with a little bit of cherry juice, alittle bit of cranberry juice. if youãre having the diet coke instead of the high-fructosecorn syrup, you might think that youãre doing yourself a favor. again, that formaldehydeis causing toxicity thatãs bringing toxicity into the mix.a lot of people who come to my office, they have some aches and pains here and there.inevitably, these people are inflamed. we
know that inflammation is related to alzheimerãs,rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease. again, eating a food that youãre sensitive to canbe a huge culprit here. the problem with inflammation is that there are very few outward signs andsymptoms from it, but there are many indicators of inflammation that iãve found that iãveput on my bone-health assessment quiz. inflammation is a big deal when it comes to the bones.you know, itãs my sincere hope that your listeners are not at risk. thereãs a reallyeasy way to find out, so i created this online holistic bone-health assessment test. anybodycan take it. you can go through the quiz. there are 5 sections that look at all thedifferent things that we talked about today. answer the questions. itãll be about yourmedical history, your symptoms, your lifestyle.
you donãt have to be a doctor to answer thequestions. at the end, itãll take you through my custom algorithm and itãll give you ascore in each of the areas as to whether youãre at medium risk, youãre at high risk, or youãresuper healthy. better yet, iãm going to give you some simpletips and strategies to start addressing any kind of potential problems that you have.itãs really important that people understand this. i know that people donãt think muchabout their bone health. we donãt sit there wondering whether our bones are rotting away,and theyãre probably not, unless you know you have bone disease. the really importantthing is that your bone health is directly related to your heart health, your brain health,and to the health of every cell in your body.
if youãre not providing the proper nutrientsto the rest of your body, these organs are going to leach the minerals from your bones.after some period of time, your bones get depleted, and now theyãre unable to be thisabundant mineral storehouse for the rest of your body.my recommendation is that if anything that iãve said to you today sounds like it couldrelate to you, itãs better for you to know than not to know. take the quiz. itãs absolutelyfree. itãll walk you through these 5 areas weãve discussed today. itãs superfast totake, and youãll get your assessment literally within a few minutes after you take the quiz.i want people to be super healthy, and thatãs why i designed this quiz. are we going toput a link at the bottom of the video, or
shall i give the link here?dr shojai: [inaudible 00:42:07] so we going to have a link at the bottom of the video.weãll also put it in the blog post so theyãll have access to it everywhere. they just clickon it, follow it through to you guys. highly recommend taking the quiz right now. no bettertime than now. this will only take a couple of minutes, and youãll know what you know.from there, docãs got a bunch of advice for you. these are the types of things that youwant to get ahead of. you donãt want to find out that you have bone problems when itãsalready too late. nowãs the time; if youãre in your 30s, 40s, 50s, nowãs the time toreally start addressing this stuff, because it is. itãs a snapshot into your overallhealth. itãs your mineral bank, and all your
other organs are drawing from it, so you gotto make sure. when you look at your retirement, you want to make sure that your retirementis ... your endowment really is alive and well in those bones.dr millman: yeah, itãs so true. those are exactly the kinds of things that i want toincrease aware to. if you have friends and family, please have them take the quiz aswell, because we want to get the message out to as many people as possible to really startto think about your bones, and to think about them in a different way. they are not justthe structural support system for your body that you just have to worry about when youfall down and you break a bone, and worry about breaking a hip when youãre 85. no,you need to think about them now.
dr shojai: itãs interesting. a correlation:in chinese medicine, the bones house the jing or the essence. itãs really like the mostvaluable stuff you got for your health is housed in the bones and stored there. itãsinteresting how the ancients had to have known this somehow, and now weãre starting to comefull circle with our science, realizing how valuable this secret organ, if you will, trulyis. dr millman: yeah, i know. exactly. i had noidea about that perspective, but thatãs great. dr shojai: iãll send you some on that. ithink youãll have some fun with it, seeing the correlations [crosstalk 00:44:09].dr millman: i will. dr shojai: excellent. guys, weãve been talkingto dr kim millman, who is just a whiz at everything
she does. sheãs a delightful person to know.sheãs done some great work bringing this information out. i hope you enjoyed it. shareit with your friends. take the quiz right now and then let us know how youãre doing.basically, what we want to do is build awareness about things that could become healthcareproblems 20, 30 years from now. if you do it now, you maintain your vitality; you restoreyour vitality. you do things to prevent illness from coming. you could see the iceberg a longways away. basically, the eventuality is there only if you donãt change directions to yourcourse. this is an easy way of knowing it, so take the quiz. doc, thank you very much.youãre lovely to talk to. i loved hearing everything you have to say. looking forwardto having you on again at some point.
dr millman: thank you so much. thank you forthe listeners, too. dr shojai: okay. thank you, doc. keep good.