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Got Voltage? The Secret of Cancer’s Hidden Growth Switch… and How to Shut it Down

Got Voltage? The Secret of Cancer’s Hidden Growth Switch… and How to Shut it Down

by Dr. David Minkoff July 25, 2019 5 min read 0 Comments

Back in 1931, a German biochemist by the name of Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize. He discovered that cancer grows without oxygen.

But in his research into cancer respiration, he noticed something rather interesting.

He found that all cells have a voltage, just like a battery. What’s more, he noticed that the cancer cells had a much weaker voltage than healthy cells. 

Almost the polar reverse! He knew there must be a connection, but his investigations continued into respiration and oxygen, leaving his remarkable discovery a mere scientific oddity.

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What Essential Amino Acids Are, How They Work, and Why They Matter

What Essential Amino Acids Are, How They Work, and Why They Matter

by Dr. David Minkoff July 23, 2019 4 min read 0 Comments

The following is adapted from The Search for the Perfect Protein.

If you’ve ever heard of amino acids—which help the body make protein—you may have heard of essential amino acids. What, exactly, makes these amino acids essential?

More importantly: why should you care about them? That’s what we’re going to unpack in this article: what essential amino acids are, how they work, and why it matters.

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The Unseen Effects of Heartburn and Indigestion Medications

The Unseen Effects of Heartburn and Indigestion Medications

by Dr. David Minkoff July 16, 2019 5 min read 0 Comments

The following is adapted from The Search for the Perfect Protein.

If you watch much TV, you’ve undoubtedly seen a heartburn medication commercial at some point. The makers of Pepcid and Zantac confidently tell us we can eat a hoagie with sausage and peppers and not feel any heartburn. How wonderful!

Except these commercials send the wrong message. They indoctrinate the public to believe the answer to their problem is another drug: “I’ll take this, and I’ll be fine.”

This mindset ignores the root causes of heartburn and indigestion and sends us down the wrong treatment pathway. In my experience, when people understand how stomach acid aids our digestion, they’re less likely to turn to a medication that blocks the production of stomach acid. They want their body to functional normally.

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The Science of Protein Utilization (What actually happens when you consume protein)

The Science of Protein Utilization (What actually happens when you consume protein)

by Dr. David Minkoff July 10, 2019 4 min read 0 Comments

Trying to get enough protein into your body to increase lean muscle mass, recovery and endurance?

STOP.

It’s not a matter of how much protein you're consuming — but how much your body is able to use.

And depending on what protein sources you're using... that may not be very much.

But what's even worse? What the unused protein gets turned into. (Hint: It starts with an S and ends with UGAR.)

... Yeah, it gets turned into carbs (glucose) or stored as fat. 

But let's back up. Because to understand the above you need to understand what protein actually is, and more importantly, what happens when it enters your body. 

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The Unknown Link Between Protein, Beauty Concerns, and Menopause

The Unknown Link Between Protein, Beauty Concerns, and Menopause

by Dr. David Minkoff July 09, 2019 4 min read 0 Comments

The following is adapted from The Search for the Perfect Protein.

What’s the common link between menopause and beauty concerns (sagging skin, hair loss) in women who are aging? It might surprise you to learn it’s a lack of protein.

One study showed that over a month’s period of time, adding an essential amino acid blend (amino acids are critical for making protein in the body) to a 2,000 calorie diet of mainly vegetables and some fruits plus walking for an hour a day resulted in significant weight loss without sagging skin under the chin or in other areas of the body.

Amino acids also help women mitigate the effects of menopause. During menopause, falling levels of hormones cause lean body tissue to begin to break down. Loss of bone, skin collagen, muscle mass, brain cells, and neurotransmitters all lead to more rapid aging, and the feeling that one is getting old. Wrinkles, weakness, osteoporosis, sagging skin, and a loss of energy occurs—all things women want to avoid.

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The Secret Power of Proprietary Blends: Why the Industry Needs Them

The Secret Power of Proprietary Blends: Why the Industry Needs Them

by Dr. David Minkoff July 04, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

There’s a lot of negativity that surrounds proprietary blends, but companies have a legitimate reason to use them---protecting recipes. The hard work and preparation that goes into producing a powerful multi-ingredient formula has been stymied. In fact, formulations have been constantly criticized by the general public.

How many times have you heard how companies with proprietary blends aren’t legit? Or how these formulations are made with cheap ingredients? Well, like the old adage goes, “you can’t believe everything you hear.”

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Autism Rising: Heavy Metals, Genetics, And a Little Hope

Autism Rising: Heavy Metals, Genetics, And a Little Hope

by Dr. David Minkoff July 04, 2019 7 min read 0 Comments

Autism diagnoses continue to rise at an alarming rate. According to the CDC the rate has gone from 1 in 160 children in the year 2000 to 1 in 59 in 2018 [1]. 

That is an increase of 267% in less than 20 years!

While there are no definitive answers, pieces of the puzzle are slowly coming together. As the picture becomes clearer, we can look at a number of factors to make sense of the disturbing statistics…

...and take decisive preventative actions. 

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Struggling with Low Thyroid? Protein Deficiency Could Be to Blame

Struggling with Low Thyroid? Protein Deficiency Could Be to Blame

by Dr. David Minkoff July 02, 2019 5 min read 0 Comments

The following is adapted from The Search for the Perfect Protein.

There’s a common link behind health issues like weight gain, fatigue, thinning hair, dry skin, and regular constipation that many of us suffer from, and it’s often overlooked.

If you deal with these symptoms, you may be thyroid hormone deficient. Estimates tell us that at least 60% of the U.S. population may suffer with this condition, and yet, many people go undiagnosed because the “normal” range for thyroid is inaccurate.

When doctors run a test called TSH to check a patient’s level of thyroid stimulating hormone, the normal range for most labs is 0.5 to 4.5. If the patient is in that range, most doctors will move on and chalk the symptoms up to something else.

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Protein is the Key to Fighting Leaky Gut and Restoring Your Health

Protein is the Key to Fighting Leaky Gut and Restoring Your Health

by Dr. David Minkoff June 25, 2019 5 min read 0 Comments

The following is adapted from The Search for the Perfect Protein.

Today, many people suffer from a condition they may not even know exists: “leaky gut.”

You see, the gut requires adequate amounts of essential amino acids to regenerate itself every few days. If they are lacking in the body, then the gut membrane can become more permeable, creating an increased susceptibility to “leak” fragments from proteins and microorganisms into the bloodstream from the intestines.

As you can imagine, this is very bad. Some people contract infections from their own intestines, which can lead to a blood infection, resulting in sepsis or meningitis.

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The BodyHealth Guide to Micronutrients

The BodyHealth Guide to Micronutrients

by Dr. David Minkoff June 19, 2019 7 min read 0 Comments

The word “micronutrients” sure sounds nice.

Health marketers use it as a generic catch-all term, but usually without any specific meaning.

It’s easy to have an idea about what it probably is –– small nutrients, right? –– and it’s easy to understand that they are probably important.

But what are they really? And what do they do? Are there different kinds?

This article will help you clear up the confusion so you can make an informed choice about your health and nutrition and what is or is not a worthwhile purchase.

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BCAAs (Branched-Chain Amino Acids) vs EAAs (Essential Amino Acids)

BCAAs (Branched-Chain Amino Acids) vs EAAs (Essential Amino Acids)

by Dr. David Minkoff June 18, 2019 6 min read 0 Comments

BCAAs (Branched-Chain Amino Acids) are all the craze these days. Pushed by supplements companies and hyped by paid sponsors, what are these supplements, what do they actually do, and are they worth it?
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How Protein Helps the Elderly Combat Cognitive and Physical Decline

How Protein Helps the Elderly Combat Cognitive and Physical Decline

by Dr. David Minkoff June 18, 2019 4 min read 0 Comments

It’s impossible to prevent all age-related breakdowns, but they can definitely be slowed down and whole-body performance can improve. When we contrast MRI images of a person’s arm muscles at age twenty and fifty, we can see that the average person loses about thirty percent of their lean body weight throughout those years.
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