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Dr. Ali’s Breakfast for Losing Weight, Reversing Diabetes, and Staying Healthy

 

Majid Ali, M.D.

A Breakfast for Insulin-Smart Eating and Healthful Aging

 


There is never a valid reason for missing breakfast. So strong is my conviction on the subjects of the need and the optimal type of breakfast that I seldom complete a visit with one of my patients without addressing it. Indeed, next to the subject of chronic anger I devote more time energy—and energy— to the matter of “Dr. Ali’s breakfast” than any other subject. In this chapter, I present information about what I consider to be a good breakfast and offer my reasons for my position on the subject.

Many patients tell me they missed their breakfast because they were not hungry. I explain that was so because their metabolic rhythm has been disrupted. Rising at 7 am following a dinner at 8 pm the evening before, of course, means a fasting of 11 hours. Fasting means hypoglycemia and acidosis. Extending that period for another two or three or more hours essentially sets a person up for major hypoglycemic-hyperglycemic shifts that trigger insulin and adrenergic roller coasters. In individuals with neurotransmitter volatility — persons with predisposition for anxiety, sadness, or depression — extension of fasting can trigger any or all of those symptoms. For others without such vulnerability, it is really a matter of time until they also succumb to undue tiredness or mood difficulties caused by glucose-insulin-adrenaline-neurotransmitter shifts.

During the mid-1960s, as a house surgeon in Pakistan and later in England, I seldom ate a breakfast. I am not sure why that was so. Perhaps it was a macho thing — the real surgeons had to begin their mornings with something better than merely engaging Pakistani Praathas (heavily oiled and salted fried pita bread) or English porridge. More often than not, lunch was missed as well. By noon, I was nearly always in the midst of struggle with excising tissues soaked with bloody fluids. Sometimes there was a quick cup of coffee during the midday hours. At other times, I devoured a doughnut or a piece of pastry in the early afternoon hours. Now when I recall those days, I shudder to think who might have paid what price for the lack of any sense of nutrition — appalling ignorance, to be precise — of a driven, hypoglycemic, and inexperienced surgeon.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF A GOOD BREAKFAST

A wholesome breakfast — in my view — should serve the following goals:

1. It should set the stage for an active, vigorous, and healthful day with sustained energy.
2. It should support the functions of the bowel, liver, hormone organs, brain, and other tissue.
3. It should sustain the long-term goals of healthful aging and preventing degeneratory disorders, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and others.

With those goals in mind, the following objectives of a breakfast seem desirable to me:

1. Overhydration of cells throughout the body during the morning hours;
2. Maintenance of the blood glucose levels within a narrow healthful zone to avoid rapid hypoglycemic- hyperglycemic shifts, and to prevent insulin-adrenergic roller coasters initiated by those shifts;
3. Tonification of the bowel musculature and stimulation of the emptying reflexes;
4. Provision of special support for the hepatic redox-restorative detoxification pathways;
5. Provision of restorative oils for optimal biomembrane functions, especially in the brain;
6. Provision of raw material for structural and functional proteins, especially for generating oxystatic enzymes; and
7. Avoidance of toxic trans fatty acids, which are common in the standard American breakfasts.

Below, I describe my own breakfast, which seeks to meet the above goals and objectives of an optimal breakfast.

My Own Breakfast 3-4 Days a Week

I consider missing my breakfast a violation of the sacred temple that houses my spirit — an insult to my physical frame. I learned that crucial lesson the hard way. Earlier I referred to the absence of breakfast during my surgical days. That mistake was continued during two decades of my pathology work as well. My clinical experience and review of literature has convinced me that the single best:

1. That the premium nutrient for the brain is flaxseed oil;
2. That the single best nutrient for the liver is lecithin;
3. That the most desirable prescription for the integrity of bowel ecology is organic vegetable juice;
4. That the ideal formulation for the prevention of sugar-insulin-adrenaline roller coasters is a good protein powder, comprising 85 to 90% partially digested proteins; and
5. That the nutrient of choice for invigorating all the cells in the body is abundant water.

In view of those considerations, I prepare my own breakfast (within two to three minutes) on five or six days a week as follows:

1. I begin with a 28-ounce mug filled with spring water and one ounce of seltzer water (seltzer water is unnecessary for those who prefer plain water).
2. I drink the above-mentioned fluid volume in portions of five to seven ounces at intervals, doing limbic exercise — non-competitive exercise—between drinking. I take my probiotic protocol (Bifidobacterium and Acidophilus) when I begin to drink water.
3. I continue drinking that amount of water, taking additional supplements, until the mug is empty.
4. Next, I prepare a 30-ounce protein drink as shown in Table 1.
5. I begin drinking the above protein protocol, again consume five to seven ounces at a time, continuing my limbic exercise and taking additional supplements until both the complement of supplements and the protein formula is finished.
6. On weekends, my wife and I commonly take an egg breakfast with some fruit.

At the Institute, my colleagues and I use the following four P&P (partially digested protein) protocols: (1) #1 containing %90% mixture of proteins derived from eggs and milk; (2) # 2 containing 90% soy proteins; (3) # 3 containing 75 to 80 % rice protein; and (4) # 4 containing about 90% of whey protein. Proteins derived from other sources, such as vegetables, may be substituted for one or the other of the above choices. In Table 2, I make some recommendations for the choice of vegetables for preparing fresh juices:

The flaxseed oil in the protein drink may be replaced by one of the following oils: olive, safflower, sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, avocado, and almond. Additional comments on this subject are included in the next section.

I use the Very Veggie brand of bottled organic vegetable juice produced by Knudson Co. For those who can find the time, freshly squeezed vegetable juice is clearly preferable.

 

 

Table 1. Dr. Ali’s Breakfast
Five Days of the Weeks


Protein                                    Two heaping tablespoons

Flaxseed                                  Two heaping tablespoons

Lecithin (all natural)                   One heaping tablespoon

Vegetable juice, organic              15 ounces

Water                                      15 ounces

 

Insulin-Smart Omelettes and Other Insulin-Smart Breakfasts for Insulin-Smart eating


When we do what is right, habit makes it agreeable. That certainly is true of eating choices. Taste is an acquired faculty. Organic vegetable juice added to my protein drink now appeals to me much more than any fruit juice. It was not so when I began. (Fried brain is not a delicacy for me now as it once was in my childhood in Pakistan.) The habit one grows into for one’s breakfast is as much a part of the life’s track as any other. I explain those basic aspects of a wholesome breakfast to every patient who consults me.

Some patients readily follow my breakfast plan closely, begin to savor it soon, and report good results within weeks. Others take a slower approach, adopting my plan partially. Some patients initially find my prescription for breakfast unappetizing. The majority of them settle into them nicely weeks or months later. Yet others ask if they can replace organic vegetable juice with milk (cow’s, goats, rice or soy). Others wish to add one-half of a banana or peach or other types of fruit for enhanced taste. Except in patients with disturbing symptomatology related to rapid hypoglycemic-hyperglycemic shifts, I accept their modifications.

I do wholeheartedly endorse an egg breakfast. Eggs have been maligned for decades by practitioners of pharmacologic medicine on the grounds that eggs raise blood cholesterol levels. I dismiss that as non-sense coming from ill-informed individuals. Not a single study has shown that eggs increase the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Indeed, some reports suggest that eggs — an excellent source of high-quality liver-friendly lecithin —actually lower blood cholesterol levels.

Plain yogurt with freshly ground flaxseed makes for an excellent breakfast. Some fruit may be added to that for persons without immune disorders. Other good breakfast options are soy products commonly recommended by macrobiotic enthusiasts.

Oatmeal breakfast used to be a favorite of nutritionists of bygone eras. Nearly all nutritionists that I have discussed this subject with in recent years told me they now do not recommend oatmeal or any other starch breakfasts anymore. I believe that is because the abuse of antibiotics and massive sugar overload in the general public has so stressed the bowel ecosystem that even so-called healthy starches now carry the hazard of further feeding the sugar- eaters in the gut and so contribute to ongoing disruption of the bowel ecology.

In some cultures, fish, poultry, and various meats are consumed for breakfast. Those items are very desirable as sources of proteins. The important point here is that such meats should not be highly processed, nitrated, or otherwise contain high contents of oxidized fats.

What Is Disease? A State of Evolution in Reverse

 

Majid Ali, M.D.

Disease is a state of separation from one’s nature. In scientific terms, it is a state of evolution in reverse. Our ancestors were fermenting microbes. Nature evolved an oxygen-governed high-efficiency system of cellular energetics. At an energetic level, disease being evolution in reverse means that human cells are metabolically degraded to a fermenting mode, usually starting in the bowel. Less commonly, disease begins with fermentation in the brain that reveals itself as persistent disappointments, anger, even rage.

Who is most vulnerable to disease? My answer: children. This answer might surprise many. We know children grow up fast. They heal their wounds much faster than older people. They fight infections better. Their organs are more plastic and capable of responding to environmental changes better than those of the adults. They have higher levels of growth hormone and other hormonal systems that promote healing.

So why should they be vulnerable to disease more than older people. My answer: their healing abilities are being compromised more and more before they are born. Continuing and often serious metabolic and energetic abnormalities in the womb (see Toxic Womb State for more info) weaken their developmental and disease-fighting systems. Sadly, with increasing frequency, expecting mothers have one or more of the following:

* Nighttime low blood sugar (nocturnal hypoglycemia)

* Nighttime excess insulin (insulin toxicityt continued from daytime)

* Nighttime excess adrenaline (nocturnal hyperadrenergic state)

* Nighttime excess cortisol and related adrenal steroids (noctural adrenal overactivity)

* Nighttime low melatonin (nocturnal hypomelatoninemia)

* Nighttime neurotransmitter roller coaster

* Nighttime anxiety (continued from daytime stress)

What Can be Done?

While the society in general makes it difficult for people to counter many such influences, expecting parents make a huge difference. The mission of Childrens Health Corps (http://www.kids123.org) is to offer authentic health information untainted by corporate deceptions and idealogical distortions. Please go to my 1200-video You Tube encyclopedia for free, easy-to-reach, and simple-to-understand information. To search, Google “Majid Ali” and the subject of interest.

The Age of Shrinking Brains

Majid Ali, M.D.

The planet Earth is fermenting. Its inhabitants are fermenting. That includes fermenting humans.

Cellular fermentation is cellular energetic degradation, cellular sickening, and cellular shrinking. That, of course, means shrinking of human brains, first functionally, then structurally. The evidence of this staring at us, in the unborn babies, in toddlers, in children, in adults, and in the elderly. 

 

 

Shapes of Love

 

Majid Ali, M.D.

Love arrives with many faces and in different shapes. Some faces are well masked. Some shapes morph freely.

On April 26, 2014. Earlier I some images of purple balloons floated on a Connecticut beach by seniors of a local high school. They were remembering one of their class fellows: Maren. She was slashed to death by a knife at the hands of a student who wanted her as her school prom companion.
 

I cannot plumb the grief of Maren’s family at the news of her murder. Was that horror a matter of biology or an issue of psychology? Did Maren’s mom process this information at some lofty mental level? Or was her agony profoundly organic? A dark, dark face of profound maternal bonding?

I do not have access to information about Maren’s murderer. What might have enraged one of Maren’s class fellows so as to drive him to her murder? What substances might have been flowing through his blood at that time? Was that a matter of biology or psychology?

A return to my questions in the beginning of this article: A young woman takes a look at her first newborn and experiences intense bonding. Is that a matter of biology or an issue of psychology? Does this bonding arise from months of shared biology or created by some elements of psychology? I am content letting the reader decide how does love fit into the theme of this series

Guru’s Love for the Disciples

History of “gurudoms,” has a harsh indictment for love of gurus for their disciples. It is never uncoditional love, not for too many years anyway. In the end it always degenerates into control of the followers by the guru. The most horrendous episodes of cruelty, torture, and crimes nearly always started with a man—woman rarely could match the evil of men in this field—who successfully cast themselves in the roles of gurus and saviors. Who do I allude to here? What biologic-pathologic conditions were they victims of? I leave these questions to the reader’s mind.

Practitioners’ Love for Patients Is Uneven Love

By “uneven love,” I do not mean uncoditional love. Clearly, some funds will be transfered from the patient to the practitioner, and that is the condition of that love.

Politicians’ Love for Voters

Whose love has been more dangerous in the history – gurus’ love for disciples or politician’s love for voters? Of course, the answer depends upon the readers’ choice of politicians and gurus, in the past or the present.

A Candle’s Love for Anxiety

Have you ever loved a candle? Have you ever experienced the love of a candle? How can you love a candle if you have never tried it? Have can you experience the love of a candle if you have never tried it? Please do not ask me to explain. This is one of the things that cannot be explained. It can only be done, known, and understood.

A Stone Solves the Anxiety problem

Have you ever asked a stone to solve the anxiety problem? Have you ever experienced the love of a stone? How can you love a stone if you have never tried it? Have can you experience the love of a stone if you have never tried it? What stone do I speak about? Where do you find such a stone? Next time you are in a field or a park, or simply walking anywhere, please pick up a stone, take it home, wash it if necessary, and put it where it can keep an eye at you.

 

Anxiety, Love, Biology, and Psychology

 

Majid Ali, M.D

 

 

A young woman takes a look at her first newborn and experiences intense bonding. Is that a matter of biology or an issue of psychology? Does this bonding arise from months of shared biology or created by some elements of psychology? For an answer, we need to consider what psychology is. Here is what, according to Wikipedia, psychology is: “Psychology is an academic and applied discipline that involves the scientific study of mental functions and behaviors. ” So, is the instant mother-baby bonding (and love) the result of shared biology or application of some mental functions and behavior by either of the two?

What Is Love?

Love is a tedious subject. It is best to resist the temptation to write about it. Still many of us cannot do so. Here are some words on the subject taken from my book “Drone Democracy” (available as a download from http://www.aliacademy.org):

Love

Love is to celebrate,
A crystal without creed,
A dew drop without color,
A raven without race,
A river without religion

Love is to be,
A Muslim on Fridays,
A Jew on Saturdays,
A Christian on Sundays,
A Hindu on Mondays,
A Buddhist on Tuesdays,
An agnostic on Wednesdays,
A nobody on Thursdays.

What day,
Makes my day?
Might it be a Thursday?
A day to be a nobody.
 

Thursday,
A day for,
The language of silence,
The commerce of compassion.
A day to live,
A day to love,
A day to be true,
Giddy on life,
A day to be a nobody.

Thursday,
A day for,
For trancing in every shrine,
Far, far,
From the mind of the malign,
Softly, sublimating,
Into the heart of the Divine.
A day for love,
A love,
That only soul can refine.
On the way to be a nobody.

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Does anybody ever become a true nobody?

Anxiety Is a Matter of Biology, Not of Psychology – From Desires to Demands to Demons

 

Majid Ali, M.D.

 

Anxiety begins as a desire for something without knowing what is desired. It usually starts in early life. Not understanding what is desired creates a negative sense. A child bullied at home or school senses that something is not quite right but often is unable to describe what the negative sense might be. Simple stated, anxiety at this level is separation from self. To cite one specific example, for an Asperger’s child, this separation would be lack of structure in life.

Anxiety deepens as episodes of separation from self recur with increasing frequency or takes different shapes. Deepening anxiety then unmasks itself by its physical attributes, such as undue tiredness, rapid heart rate, cold hands, irritability, sleep difficulties, visible and unexplained sadness, and others. Coexisting issues of sugar and antibiotic abuse, undetected and untreated food and mold allergy, and issues of gut fermentation add to the biologic burdens. I consider this state of being as increased but unrecognized evolutionary demands on various body organs.

From desires to demands. It is a condition in which 50 billion or so cells in the brain hold as hostage 50 trillion or so cells in the rest of the body. The more body cells cry out for escape, the tighter the clutch of the brain cells. The “Head-cells” thrive on recycling past misery. When that is not enough they precycle feared future misery. The “Body-cells” desire to be free—breathe their own air, so to speak—but do not quite know what they desire or where the escape hatches might be.

Evolutionary Demons

More time brings more recycling of past misery and precycling of feared future misery. There are more episodes of desiring what remains unrecognized. The cells find it hard to breathe their own air. The overdriven adrenal and thyroid glands struggle to cope with incremental demands from the pituitary and hypothalamus. Cellular abuse spreads throughout the body. Driven to despair by evolutionary demons, some people are rushed to hospitals where they are given the diagnostic label of panic attack.

Evolution is a hard taskmaster. It has its own order of energy economy of the body. It is morality-neutral and is intolerant of silly notions of clever-thinking to salvage exhausted and and msickened cells. Evolutionary demons once unleashed follow their own destructive impulses.

A Tale of Two Twins

I tell the tale of two seven-year-old twins to illustrate how desires progress to demands and later demands morph into demons in the development of deeply entrenched anxiety. One sister is a perceptive, sensitive, and considerate. The other is brash and devil-may-care type. Both see parental discord but are affected differently. The first twin senses the desire for calm at home but quite does not know what she can do about it. The second is oblivious to the home situation. At school, the twins also react differently when a teacher is impatient with a challenged in the classroom or when some older child bully younger ones. The things-being-not-quite- right senses of the first twin deepen. The second twin simply shrugs at such things.

Both twins have mold and food allergy. They suffer frequent colds and are given antibiotics. The first twin begins to suffer headache. The second does not. At the onset of menses, both twins develop abdominal cramps with periods. Only the first twin becomes moody and undue cold sensitivity. Her mother wonders whether she should take her to a therapist.

Two years later, the second twin notices dryness of facial skin followed by acne lesions. She gets upset and becomes rude at home and at school. She receives antibiotics which initially reduce facial inflammation. She became angry when her wight increased, and angrier with each additional pound. Months later she freaked out when hair appeared on her face, then on her breast and thighs. He pediatrian diagnosed polycystic overy syndrome and prescribed metformin, a diabetes drug. She did not order tests for blood neither for insulin nor for testosterone. Her menstruation becomes irregular and she has episodes of heart palpitations. Her rudeness at home and school tuns into shouting obscenities at minor provocations. Her parents consider sending her to psychiatrists to control her temper tantrums.

During the following fifteen years later, both twins were extensively psychoanalyzed, given prolonged behavior modification therapy, were taking anti-anxiety and sleep drugs. The second twin was on antidepressants. Both were seeking in-vitro fertilization. They had no time for spiritual healing.

None of their many specialists found it necessary to test either for impaired mitochondrial ATP generation, abnormal insulin signaling, adrenal dysfunction, blocked liver detox pathways, and functional nutritional deficiencies. They never studied fermentation in the gut and so did not have any reason to test for that either. Neither received any oxygen therapies.

Their anxiety demons were in full swing for both.

Anxiety Demons Are Demons of Addiction

Cocaine addicts are not interested in taking about cigarette addiction, nor or alcohol addicts interested in Benzo addiction (Benzo drugs include Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin, and related drugs in thee benzodiazepam family). It is the same way with anxiety addiction.

Anxiety demons keep the person in the clutches of recycling and precycling what causes them anxiety. In another article in my anxiety library of articles, I explain why I strongly urge paeople with addictions to attend Al Anon meetings (Google for Al Anon groups in your area).

The faces of global  hunger, anger, injustice, corruption, and cruelty are far too intertwined to allow simple-minded rating of what is more important and what is less so. I devote my poetry book entitled “Drone Democracy”  and “What Do Lions Know About Stress” (both available at http://www.aliacademy.org) to a humanistic study of these problems.

Ambulance Lessons Not Learned Who Promotes Ambulance Trips? – Who Prevent Them? Who Promotes Them?

 

                                    Majid Ali, M.D.

Who can prevent ambulance trips? Who can prevent them? In my case the answer to both questions is the same: Me.

To focus on the week before an ambulance trip awakens one’s “Healer-in-the Mirror.” To focus on the week after an ambulance trip further enriches our disease maintenance system (the “System”). To focus on the week before an ambulance trip awakens one’s “Healer-in-the Mirror.” People who were rushed to a hospital in an ambulance for imagined or real heart attacks, strokes, or organ perforations need to know the real meanings of these statements. In reality they seldom do so.

Every time someone consults me after suffering a heart attack or stroke, I am interested in events during the week before he was rushed to a hospital in an ambulance. Without exception, the patient is even more interested in relating in great detail all the events that occurred during the week after the ambulance ride. I focus on events before the ambulance ride because that is where I can serve the patient best to prevent the need for similar rides in the future. Why is the patient obsessed with events before the ride?

It is only natural for the individual in a screaming ambulance to recycle endlessly the events of their frightened, sometimes tormented, rides in their mind. They thrive on relating those events to anyone willing or able to listen. But such renderings do nothing to set free their constricted blood vessels and nourish their oxygen-starved cells. Rather the trips recycled their images and incarcerated their body organs under duress deeper into fear and helplessness. Many such trips increase the probability of repeat ambulance trips. Every ambulance trip adds to the System’s riches and impoverishes the rider. Each trip adds to the cumulative shift of power in favor of the System. The System, of course, knows this well.

What Does Tycho’s Story Say About Ambulance Trips?

Tycho has much to say on the subject of ambulance trips and shifts in power balance. Who is Tycho? I anticipate the question. Please Google the following three words: Tycho, Ali, and Breathing. You will like Tycho and his message.

What More Do I Have to Say About Ambulance Trips?

Humans are energy beings. Every cell in every body organ is an energy being. Cellular health is a matter of how cells generate clean energy and how they use that energy efficiently and to good purpose. So begins the language of what I call healing literacy. This is the language people need to learn concerning the week before ambulance trips.

The System does not profit from healing literacy. It profits from—and therefore is utterly committed to—other types of literacies, especially from disease-literacy, drug-literacy, device-literacy, and procedure-literacy. Ambulance trips and weeks following them fan the fear and frustrations of weeks and months following such trips. Some years ago, I introduced the terms healing-literacy, disease-literacy, drug-literacy, device-literacy, and procedure-literacy to draw attention to this crucial issue in all considerations of health and healing.

Who Promotes Ambulance Trips? Who Can Prevent Them?

I ask the reader to reflect on the questions and then see if their answers are different from my answers given above. Who can prevent repeat ambulance trips? Of course, it is you. Who else? Where do you begin? With your mirror. How do you proceed? Read below.

How Does One Find the Healer-in-the-Mirror?

The first step, of course, is to find the courage to look into the mirror. The second step is become healing-literate. This cannot be done with disease-literacy, nor with drug-literacy, nor with device-literacy. I have devoted more than four decades to a serious study of the subject of literacy in healing traditions. For individuals interested in healing literacy to avoid or minimize ambulance trips, I suggest beginning with a study of the following three free courses on http://www.drali1.org.

1. Spiritual Healing Course
2. Fermentation Course
3. Oxygen Course

Who Can Prevent Repeat Ambulance Trips?

I return to the question in the subtitle of this article. Who can prevent repeat ambulance trips? Of course, it is you. Who else? Where do you begin? With your mirror. How do you proceed? Take my free Spiritual Healing Course at http://www.drali1.org.