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More Lung Power, More Life; The Sun IS Your Sunscreen; A Shocking New Treatment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Al Sears   
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 14:36

March 2011, Issue No. 60

In This Issue:

  • More Lung Power, More Life

  • The Sun IS Your Sunscreen

  • A Shocking New Treatment

More Lung Power, More Life

Lung power is the number-one predictor of how long you’ll live. How well you breathe determines how long you’ll stay active and healthy.

The medical journal Chest did a 29-year follow up to the Buffalo Health Study, which followed over 1,100 people up to age 89. They found that the better your lungs work, the less likely you are to die of any cause. The correlation was even stronger for heart disease.1

This makes me wonder about all those workout “gurus.” They keep telling you to do “cardio” which only wears down your heart and lungs. The studies prove that lungpower – not wearing down your heart with hours of aerobics – will keep you going.

Most doctors aren’t aware of this, either. They don’t bother to measure your lungpower during a doctor visit. Yet it’s easy to do, and I measure it at my clinic.

The best way to tell how powerful your lungs are is a measurement called VO2 max.

That’s because VO2 max measures the amount of oxygen your lungs can use while you’re exercising at your maximum capacity. And the more oxygen you can get to your body, the better your body works.

VO2 max is usually written in milliliters of volume per kilograms of body weight (ml/kg) because oxygen and energy needs are different depending on how big you are.


The chart to the right shows typical VO2 max measurements for non-athletes.

Notice that VO2 max typically declines with age. But you don’t have to let it. In fact, this is one of the things I’m really excited about being able to do with my new anti-aging and wellness center.

Have you heard about it? My goal is to make 100 years old the new 50.

What we’re going to do is take a total measurement of what we call your Body Intelligence. We’ll find out how strong your bones are, your muscle strength, your capacity to squelch inflammation…

We’ll take all that information and give you a Body IQ score. A higher body IQ means you’ll be able to do more, and have the same freedom and choices when you’re 100 that you have when you’re 50.

I’m going to show you how to raise your Body Intelligence by increasing your VO2 max starting today. This will help you build a younger, disease-proof body. I’m also going to show you the only nutrient that increases VO2 max.

But it starts with your lungs.

Lung power is about working harder, not longer.

The American Journal of Epidemiology looked at respondents from the famous Harvard Health study, which followed over 13,000 people for 15 years. They found that people live longer if they do vigorous exercises, but not if they only do light or moderate workouts.2

And the risk of death kept getting lower and lower not for those who expended energy for the longest time, but who expended the most energy. In other words, intensity is the key to lowering the likelihood of death.

This is why, for example, elite marathon runners have lower VO2 max scores than Nordic skiers.

Have a look at these two photos:

The Nordic skier on the left has powerful leg muscles, a broad chest and hugely powerful lungs. The marathon runner on the right has a sunken chest and skinny legs.

Running shrinks down your lungs for efficiency because it’s a moderate workout. You need constant but low amounts of energy. That doesn’t build lung power.

Nordic skiing is much more intense. Skiers expend huge amounts of energy pumping their legs and arms for thrust, as do sprinters. This kind of exertion builds real power and increases your lung capacity.

And that’s why I talk to you about my PACE program all the time. With PACE, you can increase your VO2 max, giving you the lung power of a much younger person. This will increase your Body Intelligence and help you to live younger, longer.

But as you can see from the photos above, it won’t happen by jogging for hours and hours.

The best way to give your lungs the intense workout they need in order to grow bigger and increase your VO2 max is to progressively challenge your peak intensity. And that’s what PACE does. PACE stands for Progressively Accelerating Cardiopulmonary Exertion.

You start slowly, and little by little, you increase the challenge to your lungs until they’re working decades younger.

For example, if you like to run, here’s how you might do it PACE-style:

If you’re in good condition, you can start your first exertion period by running an eighth of a mile (220 yards). Your intensity level should be moderate. After each recovery period, slightly increase the intensity. By the time you reach your 6th exertion period, you should be sprinting.

And here’s where PACE is different.

1. The recovery time is as important as the exertion period. Recover fully between each set. This recovery time should decrease as your lungs get stronger and your VO2 max increases.

What you’ll notice is that you’re panting less between each set.

The reason is that as your VO2 max increases, you’re delivering more oxygen to your body with each breath. You won’t have to breathe as hard or as fast for very long because your lungs are working so well.

2. After a couple of weeks, you decrease the period of exertion and increase the intensity. In other words, you don’t run for a longer amount of time like all those modern fitness experts tell you to. You run harder.

This works because when your body gets used to a particular challenge, it’s no longer challenging. At that point you stop progressing. You will then hit a “plateau” spending more time doing the same work, but no longer moving forward. From a fitness improvement point of view, nothing is happening.

At this stage, you’ll need to change gears and do something differently. By varying your workout, you’ll give yourself new challenges as the old ones become tired and predictable. In this way, PACE is never a chore; it’s always new and exciting.

Another thing that’s new and exciting is a recent discovery…

Quercetin can increase your VO2 max.

Quercetin is a flavonoid (flavonoids are antioxidants in plants) that you can get from onions, apples, berries, grapes and red wine. We know a lot about the benefits of quercetin. It’s anti-inflammatory, and it’s also a natural antihistamine.

Because of its positive effects on lung function, researchers at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina tested quercetin to see if it would increase lung power and delay fatigue.

They took healthy but untrained people and tested their VO2 max and the time it took them to tire out while riding. Then they split them in two groups. One got 500 mg of quercetin twice a day and the other got a placebo.

After seven days, they tested the people again. The quercetin group had increased VO2 max by 3.9 percent without doing anything else. And their performance increased by an incredible 13.2 percent!

Not that I would recommend this, but just for the sake of making a comparison, let’s say you ran in the Boston Marathon last year, and you finished with your best time ever of 4 hours and 10 minutes.

If you could improve your performance by 13 percent, you would finish the race this year in about 3 hours and 37 minutes, shattering your previous best time by over a half hour!

Quercetin can also increase your power output when you exercise.

A study in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition looked at the performance of elite cyclists. Researchers put the cyclists through a time trial to get their baseline results.

Over the next six weeks, they gave half the cyclists a vitamin formula with quercetin, and half got a formula with no quercetin.

When the cyclists were tested again, the ones taking quercetin had increased their VO2 max by 3.7 percent, improved their speed significantly and increased their power by 10 percent! Their power increased so much that they were able to finish the trial faster even though they were pedaling fewer times per minute.3

This is one of the reasons I added quercetin to my new energy formula that complements the PACE program.

You can get quercetin in a variety of foods. Some of my favorites include:

• Apples
• Broccoli
• Capers
• Cherries
• Citrus Fruit
• Cranberries
• Leafy Green Vegetables
• Raspberries
• Red Grapes
• Tomatoes

Plants of the allium family also have quercetin, including onions, scallions, chives, leeks, shallots and garlic.

To boost your VO2 max and your Body Intelligence, you can take quercetin in supplement form. I recommend a 500 mg capsule twice a day.


1 Schünemann, Holger J., MD, PhD et al, "Pulmonary Function Is a Long-term Predictor of Mortality in the General Population," Chest Sept. 2000; 118( 3): 656-664
2 Lee, I-Min, Paffenbarger, Ralph S. Jr., "Associations of Light, Moderate, and Vigorous Intensity Physical Activity with Longevity," American Journal of Epidemiology 2000; 151( 3)
3 Holden, S.H., MacRae, Mefferd, Kari, “Dietary Antioxidant SupplementationCombined with Quercetin Improves Cycling Time Trial Performance,” Intl. Jnl. Sport Nutrn. and Ex. Met. 2006; 16: 405-419

The Sun IS Your Sunscreen

Corporations would have you believe the sun is a cancer-causing ball of radiation threatening our planet.

But the fact is, the sun protects you from cancer. It enhances your health and is vital to your well-being.

One of the most important ways the sun protects you is through your skin, which makes vitamin D from its ultraviolet type B rays. And it’s vitamin D that keeps you from getting not just skin cancer, but more than a dozen others.

Here’s the proof in black and white:

• A study by the journal Anticancer Research says very clearly that the more you make vitamin D from UVB rays, the lower your chances are of dying from 15 kinds of cancer.1

• Another study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vitamin D can lower the chance you’ll get cancer by 77 percent.2

• The European Journal of Cancer looked at cancer rates all over the world. Their study says plainly that vitamin D production in the skin decreases the likelihood you’ll get any of these cancers: stomach, colorectal, liver and gallbladder, pancreas, lung, breast, prostate, bladder and kidney cancers.3

• A study done for the journal Nature shows that the active form of vitamin D (calcitriol or D3), and its derivative vitamin D2, both cause skin cancer cells to die.4

• And did you know that people who work outside like construction workers, roofers and lifeguards have a much lower risk of skin cancer than those who work inside?5

I could go on …

Meanwhile, if you followed conventional medical advice, you’d be putting sunscreen all over your body.

But sunscreen lowers your body’s ability to make vitamin D by up to 95 percent.

In today’s Health Confidential, I’m going to show you how to let the sun work with your body to prevent cancer. Keep reading to find out what’s really in sunscreens, when you should use sun protection and safe ways to help prevent sunburns.

We Were Made to Live Under the Sun

If you’ve been to a doctor, turned on the television, been on the Internet, or read a magazine lately, you’ve probably heard some form of this message:

“The sun causes cancer. If you’re going outside, wear sunscreen no matter what. No excuses.”

Does it seem as though scientists think nature must be wrong? I get the feeling they think millennia of trial and error resulted in a mistake with our survival. And even worse, that we need some kind of intervention – some synthetic chemicals – to make it right again.

The truth is, your body already has everything it needs to properly protect itself from the sun’s UV rays. The real problem isn’t the sun. It’s that you might not spend enough time outdoors to trigger these natural defenses.

Let me explain …

Your native ancestors survived outdoors just fine. They lived and worked in the sun’s rays every day. They didn’t use sunscreen and they didn’t burn themselves to a crisp or die off from diseases caused by the sun.

Why? Because our bodies are designed perfectly to live in our natural environment.

When you’re out in the sun, your body itself takes action. Besides making vitamin D, which I talked about earlier, your body also starts to produce another natural protectant. A built-in sun block called melanin.

Melanin is what causes your skin to darken or tan. And with just a little bit of sunshine every day – 20 minutes if you have light skin and up to three times longer if your skin is darker – you’re stimulating melanin production.

By slowly developing this basic darkening, you allow yourself even more time in the sun without risk of burning.

Sunscreen – a Toxic Skin Cocktail

Corporations and modern doctors want you to put on sunscreen to block UVB rays. We’ve already seen how this affects vitamin D production. But sunscreen has another effect. It delivers chemicals and known carcinogens into your skin … chemicals that are banned in other countries.

One of the main chemicals used in sunscreens to filter out UVB light is octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC).

OMC can be found in 90 percent of sunscreens on the market even though studies found it can kill mouse cells - even at extremely low doses. And it becomes even more toxic when it’s exposed to sunlight.

Other harmful chemicals include benzophenone and avobenzone.

These attack the cells in your body causing premature aging. They are also estrogen mimics that can create hormonal imbalances, cause allergic reactions and skin irritation, and are known to promote the onset of breast cancer.6

And there’s plenty more. Below is a chart of some of the common chemicals found in sunscreen that you should avoid.




Endocrine disruptor. Mimics estrogen, upsets hormonal balances, and can cause reproductive cancer in men and women.

PABA (may be listed as octyl-dimethyl or padimate-O)

Attacks DNA and causes genetic mutation when exposed to sunlight

Mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum

Coats skin like plastic and clogs pores, traps toxins in, slows skin cell growth, disrupts normal hormone function, suspected of causing cancer

Sodium laurel, lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate (sometimes listed as “from coconut” or “coconut derived”)

Combined with other chemicals, it becomes nitrosamine, a powerful cancer-causing agent; penetrates your skin’s moisture barrier, allowing other dangerous chemicals to enter your bloodstream

Phenol carbolic acid

Circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma, death from respiratory failure


Breast cancer

Toluene (may be listed as benzoic, benzyl, or butylated hydroxtoluene)

Anemia, low blood cell count, liver and kidney damage, birth defects

Propylene glycol

Dermatitis, kidney and liver abnormalities, prevents skin growth, causes irritation

PEG, polysorbates, laureth, ethoxylated alcohol

Potent carcinogens containing dioxane


It’s Tough to Get Enough

The problem is that even if you have the best intentions, there are a dozen other obstacles in the modern world besides sunscreen that keep you from getting enough sunshine:

1. We wear clothing.
2. We don’t migrate with the sun.
3. We don’t live near the equator.
4. We work inside during the day.
5. We drive cars that block the sun.

And during the winter months, it’s not uncommon – even if you live in a warm, sunny climate like I do in South Florida – to get less sunshine just because the days are shorter.

When that happens, you produce less melanin, and become more sensitive to the sun when you are exposed.

You’ll need to be careful until melanin production kicks in again and can help prevent your skin from burning.

Fortunately, there are ways you can help defend your skin until you can get more sunshine without chemical sunscreens.

1. One way to help your skin is to boost the three nutrients your body uses to produce its master antioxidant, SOD (superoxide dismutase). SOD is your best defense against harmful molecules that attack your skin.

The best food for this job is blueberries. You probably know blueberries are good for your brain, and that they have beta carotene and lots of vitamins. But the real power of the blueberry is that it has all three co-factors for SOD – copper, zinc and manganese. Eat a cup of blueberries every day, especially during the winter, and you’ll be doing your skin a big favor.

2. Another excellent skin-defender is any food that has the omega-3 EPA. In one study of using omega-3 to reduce ultraviolet radiation sensitivity, researchers found that EPA supplementation reduces sensitivity to UV rays by 36 percent. And the chemical changes to skin induced by UV radiation exposure were cut in half.7 The study concluded: “Longer-term [EPA] supplementation might reduce skin cancer in humans.”

The best sources for EPA are small, cold-water fish like herring, mackerel, anchovies and sardines. Eggs and grass-fed beef also are good sources. Grass-fed beef has double the omega-3s of grain-fed beef.

In addition, you can get omega-3s in some plant-based sources like Sacha Inchi nuts, butternuts, walnuts and chia seeds. But these omega-3s are in the form of alpha linolenic acid, which then has to be converted to EPA in the body.

3. If you are going to be out in the sun for a long time, and you haven’t had a chance to let your body generate enough melanin to darken you up a bit, you should use a natural sunscreen. Choose one made from natural ingredients like zinc oxide. It’s been used all over the world for over 75 years as a safe sunscreen. And unlike chemical sunscreens that absorb ultraviolet light, zinc oxide sits on top of your skin to reflect and scatter UV rays.

Zinc oxide works even better when you add shea butter. That way, your pores won’t clog and you’ll add extra moisture to keep your skin smooth.

However, it can be very hard to find a sunscreen with the right mix of protection and nutrients. This is why I’ve been working with my team of experts to create a natural sunscreen with the benefits of zinc oxide and shea butter that’s completely safe. It has no chemical fragrances or dyes, leaves no white residue and moisturizes at the same time.

It’s perfect for a day at the beach, fishing, tennis or any outdoor activity. Keep checking back for updates. You’ll be hearing more about it soon!


1 Grant, W.B. et al, “The association of solar ultraviolet B (UVB) with reducing risk of cancer: multifactorial ecologic analysis of geographic variation in age-adjusted cancer mortality rates,” Anticancer Research 2006; 26:2687-2700
2 Lappe, J.M., et al, “Vitamin D and calcium supplementation reduces cancer risk: results of a randomized trial,” Am. J. Clin. Nutr. June 2007;85(6):1586-91
3 Tuohimaa, P., et al, "Does solar exposure, as indicated by the non-melanoma skin cancers, protect from solid cancers: vitamin D as a possible explanation," Eur. J. Cancer July 2007;43(11):1701-12
4 Danielsson, C., et al, “Differential apoptotic response of human melanoma cells to 1alpha,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 and its analogues,” Cell Death Differ. 1998; 5:946
5 Elwood, J.M., et al, “Cutaneous Melanoma in Relation to Intermittent and Constant Sun Exposure – The Western Canada Melanoma Study,” Int. J. Cancer 1985;35:427
6 Hanson, K., et al, “Sunscreen enhancement of UV-induced reactive oxygen species in the skin,” Free Radical Biology & Medicine 2006
7 Rhodes, Lesley E., et al, "Effect of eicosapentaenoic acid, an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, on UVR-related cancer risk in humans,” Carcinogenesis March 2003; 24 (5): 919-925

A Shocking New Treatment

“Deep brain stimulation” is what they’re calling it.

It almost sounds soothing and nice.

Did you hear about this? Scientists use electrodes to “stimulate” the brains of depressed people.

The whole thing works through surgically implanted probes in your brain that are connected to an electrical device sewn into your chest.

They say it’s like a pacemaker for your brain.

I call it the new shock therapy.

People with Parkinson’s disease use similar things to improve their mobility. But when the devices are turned on, the patients can’t talk. The flow of electricity interrupts other brain functions.

I don’t believe anything that invasive can be good for you.

And it’s just another in a long line of “treatments” for depression that the modern medical industry has come up with over the last 30 years.

First there were the original drugs used to treat depression like Prozac and Zoloft.

They can be helpful for those with severe depressive conditions, and millions of people have benefitted from their use.

But recently, doctors have taken it upon themselves to go beyond the intended use of some newer medications. There’s a growing list of pharmaceutical drugs being prescribed “off-label” to people who are depressed.

Off-label means a drug was approved to treat one condition, but is being prescribed for a different use – without FDA approval.

For example, the drugs Seroquel and Risperdal are powerful anti-psychotic medications. They’re intended to be given only to people who have schizophrenia, manic episodes or autism. But doctors are giving them to patients who are depressed, even though the drugs are not approved to treat those patients.

Not only that, but the drug companies have been hiding the side effects of their drugs for years. One of the most common problems hidden from you over these last 30 years is that many if not all of these drugs are addictive.

Drug companies have gone out of their way to prove that their medications are not addicting. They back up the claims with their own scientific studies, or don’t reveal the studies at all if they show the wrong result.

Now that we’ve seen non-drug-company-sponsored studies, we know that patients do develop problems, both physical and mental, from stopping some prescription drugs.

This is because if you use them for long enough, stopping can cause a response where your body creates more of the original symptom so it can receive a larger dose of drugs.

The medical industry likes to call this “discontinuation syndrome.” But it sounds a lot like withdrawal because of addiction to me.

And even though the symptoms aren’t usually life-threatening, they can be distressing to people going through them. People sometimes mistake them as signs of heart problems. This has led patients to go to the emergency room, spending hours getting diagnostic tests that frighten them even more.

Now modern medicine is trying something even more frightening. A surgically implanted electrical device that might help you be in a better mood, but impairs speech and other brain functions.

I believe you should have the choice as to whether or not you continue to take a medication. And having surgery should not be a choice between being happy and being able to talk.

That’s why I prefer using natural remedies in my practice. They’re completely safe and effective, and have no dangerous side effects.

Try my natural four-step prescription for a better mood, more confidence and a happy outlook on life:

Step 1: Get some exercise. Regular physical exertion releases serotonin – the “feel good hormone” – in your brain. I recommend an invigorating 10 to 15 minutes of exertion at a time. Exercising for long periods is a waste of time, and leads to overuse injuries.

Instead, try doing 10 minutes of calisthenics using your own body weight. That’s short enough not to wreck your body, and long enough to leave you feeling energized. That’s because exercise also gives you a psychological boost – a release of endorphins. They’re the brain’s natural morphine-like pain relievers. They also cause a sense of pleasure.

Step 2: Get some sunshine. There’s a reason we describe someone who is happy as having a “sunny disposition.” Sunshine enhances your health and well-being. You were designed to live under the sun. Sunshine also releases serotonin in your brain.

And here’s something most people don’t know. Many depressed people have trouble sleeping because they don’t make enough serotonin. Your body uses serotonin to make melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone.

This is why it’s easy to fall asleep in the warm sunshine. It’s also why exercise and going outdoors are two of the best ways to avoid becoming depressed. And the feel-good effect is multiplied if you can exercise outside.

Step 3: Eat foods that are native to you. Processed foods are filled with chemicals that affect hormones, brain function and mood. Choose fresh and natural instead. Protein contains amino acids, which feed the brain and regulate emotions.

Stay away from stimulants, including caffeine and alcohol. They cause mood swings, anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Step 4: Get some extra help if you need it. If you’re still not feeling enough relief, there are a few nutrients you should take a look at.

• The first is vitamin B6. Depressed people usually have a deficiency of this vitamin. It’s vital to regulation of mental function and mood. Meanwhile government surveys suggest that only a third of adults get enough vitamin B6. Two of the best sources are chickpeas and chestnuts. Other foods rich in B6 include bananas, tuna, turkey, eggs and spinach. I recommend 40 mg a day.

• Another important nutrient is magnesium. It plays a role in the transmission of nerve impulses in your brain and helps relax you. In fact, the signs of magnesium deficiency are depression, anxiety, irritability and brain fog. Sunflower seeds and walnuts have lots of vitamin B6. If you need to supplement, start with 300 mg a day, but you might need to take as much as 400 mg, twice a day.

• Also, make sure you get enough omega-3s. Your body needs fat to make brain and nerve cells. What’s more, fat can actually put a smile on your face. It helps the membranes of your brain cells absorb serotonin to put you in a good mood, and keep you there. The fat that your brain craves most is omega-3.

In one study, participants took a pure omega-3 supplement, and their brains started growing. In fact, the parts of their brains that grew were directly responsible for happiness.1 In other studies, researchers found that people suffering from major depression had very low levels of omega-3 in the areas of the brain that help with mood.2

You can easily start boosting your omega-3 intake today. For the full antidepressant benefit, take 4 grams per day. Two great sources are cod liver oil, which gives you 4.5 grams of omega-3 in just a teaspoon full, and Sacha Inchi oil. It has almost 7 grams in every tablespoon full.

• One little-known nutrient for treating depression is 5-HTP (5-hydoxytryptophan). It’s a naturally occurring amino acid that converts to serotonin in the brain. Start by taking the minimum dose and work up slowly, 20 to 50 mg a day.3


1 Conklin, et al, “Long-chain omega-3 fatty acid intake is associated positively with corticolimbic gray matter volume in healthy adults,” Neuroscience Letters 2007; 421(3):209-12
2 McNamara, et al, “Selective deficits in the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid in the postmortem orbitofrontal cortex of patients with major depressive disorder,” Biological Psychiatry Dec. 21, 2006
3 Shaw, K., Turner, J., Del Mar, C., “Tryptophan and 5-hydroxytryptophan for depression,” Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 2002;(1):CD003198



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