Soy Lecithin – Management of Serum Cholesterol

Lecithin was originally discovered by French chemist Maurice Gobley, who named a substance he extracted from egg yolk after the Greek word for egg yolk, “lekithos”. Lecithin has been in commercial use for more than a century, but since the extraction process from egg yolk proved costly for certain applications lecithin is today not only extracted from egg (egg lecithin) but also from soybean (soy lecithin) and other sources such as sunflower seed, rapeseed and maize. Soy lecithin is extracted from raw soybeans. First the oil is extracted using a chemical solvent, like hexane, and then the oil is processed (which is called degumming) so that the lecithin is separated and dried. Lecithin is a food additive generally used as an emulsifier, or lubricant, when added to food, but also has uses as an antioxidant and flavor enhancer in dietary supplements, ice cream and dairy products, infant formulas, breads, margarine, and other convenience foods. In other words, you’re probably already consuming soy lecithin, whether you realize it or not.

There is a growing body of research supporting its use for improving blood lipids, reducing inflammation, and treating neurological disorders. For instance, one study found that after 2 months of supplementing with 500mg of soy lecithin per day, total cholesterol levels fell by 42% and LDL levels decreased by 56%. However, side affects include: soy allergy, increased estrogen production (with different gender effects), potential thyroid damaged, diminished absorption of beta carotene, hair loss, brittle nails, dry skin, generally feeling poorly, weight gain, severe abdominal cramps – diarrhea and or constipation, allergies, lethargy, and more.

So, like most traditional medications, use soy lecithin with an awareness of potential adverse affects. However, when comparing these potential affects and the cost of use of statin products, they may be a viable alternative for you in the management of serum cholesterol.

Modern Medicine, Only Partly Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Medical specialties that are highly insurance carrier driven, such as O&EM, are tightly maintained by State evaluation and treatment guidelines (SETG). With significant financial incentive to provide optimal intervention and to spend no more than is efficacious, insurance carriers are proficient reviewers of medical literature to assure that they are generally paying for only that which has been determined effective in evidence-based literature. This results in continuously updated databases to which the attending practitioners are accountable; essentially AI-driven practices.

Of course, recognition and treatment of most of the chemical and environmental exposure effects are insufficiently documented in the SETG’s, so there are still many O&EM cases for which the art of medicine plays a larger role in intervention. However, most clinicians in this specialty are acutely aware of the need to continuously refresh their familiarity with SETG’s versus regional standards of care, and historical practices.

In spite of the practice efficiency of O&EM clinics, similar guidelines have not been developed for all specialties. Most traditional western medicine (TWM) practitioners already have biases peculiar to their specific training settings, biases that are not preferred worldwide. Moreover, because of the continuous explosion of new medical information, including that generated by CAM, it is becoming increasingly difficult for many contemporary (TWM) clinicians to stay abreast of all current perspectives and ideal practices. For now, the electronic medical record (EMR) is just as it is named, a record, not a universal diagnostic and treatment tool. Until that time arrives, modern TWM is partly Artificial Intelligence (smart phones and other computers, independent pieces of diagnostic equipment, EMRs), partly tradition, and in need of many more integrated advances.

  • https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/10/upshot/its-hard-for-doctors-to-unlearn-things-thats-costly-for-all-of-us.html

Medical Miracles – Get Wisdom

Most likely, in relation to the skilled trades and health fields, we cannot even label you a novice professional. But, even among the those so talented, new tradesman and recently graduated physicians do not acquire their licenses, new tools, and immediately take on the most challenging work or cases possible. They generally lack sufficient training, as well as confidence. In response, analogously, the Bible recommends seeking help from the Elders, those with the relevant gifts, education/training, knowledge, skills, and experience as needed. (e.g., James 5:14-15)

Medical miracles still occur today, at clinicians’ offices, in hospitals, and in many other settings. But, sometimes pressures, anxiety, symptoms, and the many effects of disease, injury, illness can cause even those with resources to make unwise decisions when you do not clearly understand your options. Per Proverbs 4:7 – “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And, in all your getting, get understanding.” Contact us.

Health Declines with Prosperity

The definition of prosperity is multifaceted. However, you are not truly prosperous if in poor health. As reported on 8/15/18 in the British Medical Journal, by J.Y. Ho Ph. D. (USC, Los Angeles, CA) and A.S. Hendi Ph. D., Princeton U, Princeton, NJ, during 2014 to 2016, most high-income countries experienced declines in life expectancy from all-cause mortality among non-Hispanic (NH) whites, NH American Indians, and Alaskan Natives.

The leading causes of increased mortality in midlife were drug overdoses, alcohol-related conditions, suicides, and organ diseases involving multiple body systems (generally implicating liver, kidney, heart and lung diseases). These are all issues of our persisting crisis of excessive use/abuse of medications, and the unrelenting prevalence of lifestyle diseases.

Financially accessible is not synonymous with “good for you”.

Live Long – Contaminated, Stinky, and Dirty You

The author of the saying “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” didn’t know current health data, nor scripture. Cleanliness is very subjective, both relative to the environment in which you live, work, interact with others, and relative to expectations (of diverse nature). So, live long, contaminated, stinky, and dirty.

Aquatic animals and some others live or predominantly reside in water, but the water is often polluted, and surely they excrete waste into it. People likewise live in air and on land that is variably polluted and dirty depending on where you live.

Clothing is usually chemically contaminated, even when new. Homes are infested with more microscopic organisms than you wish to acknowledge. Food is not clean and we often touch each other with hands that have handled materials, tools, doorknobs, book, keyboards and other elements that simply transfer biological contaminants among us.

Of course, if you work in a very dirty, contaminated industry, your needs are obvious. But, many without such qualifications do not feel clean without bathing or showering abundantly, essentially exfoliating themselves, and removing excessive protective oils. Additionally, using voluminous amounts of soaps, shampoos, antiperspirants or deodorants, lotions, body oils, colognes and perfumes of preference afterward, they contribute to the indoor air pollution to which some are sensitive.

Depending on the industry in which you work there are expectations of presenting in a particular manner or engaging in post-work decontamination. For some, there are even requirements to maintain a level of cleanliness approximating sterility. But, medically speaking, most of you will still live long without bathing – stinky, dirty you (LOL).

Plan for National Psychotherapy

    Psychotherapy for the nation is an appropriate counter to “mass shootings”, no matter the settings. Moreover, like a sports team with a “full timeout”, the time allotment for the next iterative strategy is brief. We do not have time for many hundreds of politicians to “study”  the issues, create new positions and add unfathomable, additional millions of dollars to the many millions already being spent on law enforcement teams and public health services. Simply adjust the strategies,  accountabilities, and redirect the existing manpower and funding.

   If John D. commits a crime resulting in many casualties, it is likely that the incident will end with his death in short order, before or after a trial. Unfortunately, the following would also likely happen in this fictitious case…