The company I work for, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, takes employee health seriously. We also take personal liberties very seriously and have never required employees to get flu shots. I was asked to review the pros and cons of flu shots and present this information to the ABC Family.
The Era of the Super Immune System
A few years back, Luke was working on the house when, after putting on a pair of heavy duty gloves, he detected what seemed to be a small burr in one of the fingers. When he shook his glove, a brown spider dropped to the ground and ran off.
The next day, the top of his right hand was red, hot and swollen, suggesting a potential bacterial infection at the site of a spider bite. A few hours after that, the redness had already crept up his wrist, so I put Luke on a course of Augmentin. When the infection failed to respond, I suspected MRSA (methcillin resistant Staph aureus) and added Bactrim.
I’ll spare you the gory details of the healing wound. The point is, what might have been a disfiguring infection was soon stopped in its tracks: the drugs worked.
Deep Nutrition changed my life.
Fox News Primetime host
Saved my life
I would like to thank you for literally saving my life. Back in February, I had to be hospitalized while on vacation in Phoenix with an A1C of 11% and had to start taking 2 types of insulin and 2 other meds. I read the Fatburn Fix in April, and followed the program to a tee, and I’m down by 15 pounds, 6.8 A1C, and only one once weekly diabetes medicine. Prior to reading the book, it was almost impossible for me to lose weight as a diabetic.
I feel free
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I feel so much better
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Heart Palpitations have Stopped
I’ve lost 20+ pounds (also fasting 16-24 hours daily) and haven’t had palpitations except for one occasion — I had a mini bag of Fritos for the first time in July. And, I feel better now on a daily basis than I ever did all through college.
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I’ve lost over 50 pounds
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FatBurn Fix reader
Lost 20 lbs I could never shed
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I feel great
My waist is four inches smaller. I feel great and many of the minor aches and pains that I had (knees and lower back) are gone. Also, my muscle tone is amazing, even though I have not increased my workout routine.
Completed Dr Cate's online course
The go-to for strength and conditioning coaches
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Major League Baseball Agent with WME Sports
Dismantles the lie
Dr. Cate dismantles the lie that seed oils are healthy, which may the biggest lie about nutrition and health because it’s so insidious.
Ken D Berry, MD
Author of Lies My Doctor Told Me
She knows the chemistry
Dr. Cate alerts us to the harms of seed oils and she’s convincing because she knows the chemistry better than anyone.
Dr. Drew Pinskey, MD
Globally recognized internal medicine and addiction medicine specialist, media personality, LoveLine Host, and New York Times bestselling author
No one is better at communicating nutritional truth
Dr. Cate has had the single greatest impact on how we talk to people about fueling for both performance or durability. While we all are a little unique, the foundational principles of human nutrition are immutable. If you are looking to create a more durable, resilient body, no one is better at communicating nutritional truth than Dr. Cate.
Dr. Kelly Starrett
Physiotherapist coach and New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author
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CEO of LowCarbMD San Diego, co-host of Low Carb MD Podcast and host of Life's Best Medicine Podcast
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Brought seed oil issue front and center
Cate brought the seed oil issue front and center. Healthy fats matter. So much so that I created an entire product line to swap out bad fats with good.
Founding Father of the Primal/Paleo Movement
Optimal health starts with food
If you want to understand how optimal health starts with food, start with Dr. Cate. Her book Deep Nutrition leaves you with an appreciation of the profound relationship between our genes and the planet, inspiring us to be good shepherds of both.
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Dr Grewal Internal Medicine, MD, author of Genius Foods
Radically improve your health…
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Dr. Joseph Mercola
Author of Fat for Fuel and Founder of Mercola.com
Pull up a chair…
I have based my work on the idea that getting the right kinds of healthy fats into your body and avoiding the worst fats is essential to optimal health. I've interviewed dozens of the world's top experts about this, and I know of no one who speaks more eloquently on this topic than Dr Cate. If she’s talking fats, pull up a chair. Take notes.
Author of the Bulletproof Diet
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Saved my life
I would like to thank you for literally saving my life. Back in February, I had to be hospitalized while on vacation in Phoenix with an A1C of 11% and had to start taking 2 types of insulin and 2 other meds. I read the Fatburn Fix in April, and followed the program to a tee, and I’m down by 15 pounds, 6.8 A1C, and only one once weekly diabetes medicine.
> Tears of joy
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But what if they didn’t?
According to a recent article in Bloomberg Markets Magazine, instances of drug resistance are increasingly common around the globe, particularly in places like India where overcrowding, sewage and sanitation problems and unregulated access to low-cost generic antibiotics provide a perfect breeding ground for common bacteria to evolve into superbugs.
Germs have been strategizing against the effects of antimicrobial agents from a variety of sources (including other microbes) for billions of years. So as far as bacteria are concerned, manmade antibiotics represent just another challenge, the most recent of a long series of biological puzzles to solve. Superbugs like MRSA (Methcillin Resistant Staphyloccocus Aureus) demonstrate just how nimble germs can be, circumnavigating whatever chemical barriers we throw in their path.
With the advent of penicillin came hope that we might someday wipe out bacterial illness. That hubris was soon replaced with the hope that we might at least keep one step ahead of bacteria, developing new antibiotics faster than germs could adapt. Now, we’re doing all we can to avoid entering what the World Health Organization calls the “post-antibacterial era.”
Recently, researchers discovered a new breed of superbugs armed with a special gene called NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-beta-lactimase-1) that can be easily transferred across many different types of bacteria, including the very common intestine-dwelling E-Coli.
Think of NDM-1 as a list of strategies for overcoming any antibiotic a germ might encounter, a kind of “Defeating Antibiotics for Dummies” distributed (not in book form, but on loops of DNA called plasmids) to germ populations all around the globe. And since, according to University of Indiana microbiologist Karen Bush, the giant pharmaceutical companies now pursue highly profitable hypertension and high-cholesterol drugs (which patients take for many years) rather than new antibiotics (which patients take for days or weeks), the publishers of the “For Dummies” book won’t need to bother coming out with updated editions for some time.
You might be thinking, Right, another story about the latest superbug, or bird or swine flu, or flesh-eating bacteria, or whatever else we’re supposed to be terrified of this news cycle. What can I do about it?
Well, I’ll tell you a few simple things you can do.
First, understand that although some 20% of antibiotics prescribed for adults in the US are for sinus infections, study after study has shown that antibiotics are no more effective than placebo for the treatment of these infections. The next time you have a sinus problem, listen to your doctor’s advice about what prescription, if any, might actually help.
Second, supercharge your immune system by eating probiotic foods and cutting sugar. The gut, if you’ll pardon the phrase, is the heart of the immune system, and probiotics balance the gut flora that help prevent bacteria from getting out of control. A high-sugar diet, on the other hand, stacks the cards against you as it creates a latticework of cross-links within the interstices between cells. These can create physical barriers that snag white blood cells as they chase down bacterial bad guys.
Finally, stop using antibacterial gels. Instead, wash your hands with regular, non-antibacterial soap and water. In Hawaii, I saw numerous patients with recurrent MRSA infections, and every one of them used antibacterial lotion regularly. These hand lotions don’t discriminate: they kill good, protective bacteria along with the bad. And since no lotion wipes out 100% of bacteria, some will survive to communicate their adaptation strategies to other bacteria, strategies that will find their way into the next edition of “Defeating Antibiotics for Dummies.”
And that’s not very super, now is it?