Essential Fatty Acids, Why They Are Critical
Protection we receive not found in daily vitamins.
Interview with Dr. Edmund Chein, from his weekly health show, Living to 120 and Beyond
Jeff Harrison: Dr. Chein, you are so generous with your time to share your knowledge, and bridge that gap of understanding about longevity, and getting your function back or losing your function through what you do. Before we get started just take a moment and tell us a little bit about your practice here in Palm Springs, California. What exactly do you do when it comes to aging? Then I want to have a question specifically for you today.
Dr. Chein: Basically people come here either with disease already. Age related diseases and they want to get rid of it. Before we talk about longevity because you can’t have with the diseases such as hypertension, cholesterol or diabetes. They’re on drugs, sometimes five, six, seven drugs to control those diseases. We aim to cure and not aim to control. It’s very important that when the patients, a lot of the patients that come to see me know that’s what I do is cure.
Jeff Harrison: That’s step one.
Dr. Chein: Step one is to cure. Everything is cure, not control. The goal is to take no drugs, pharmaceuticals, I mean. That’s number one, get away from drugs. Be cured of your diseases. Then restore function, mental function, physical function. Then in that process when we succeed longevity comes.
Jeff Harrison: Just a natural by-product.
Dr. Chein: By-product. In fact longevity is not the goal of most of my patients. Only 20% of them come in wants longevity, 80% of them want to function. They want to maintain function. They’ve seen their parents get old. They’ve seen them in nursing homes and see them mentally having senile dementia, being abused physically and financially abused. They don’t want to go through that. They want to maintain their health and die like a seagull. Seagull and sea turtles die like that. They don’t have age related diseases. There are no stroke in seagulls, there is no stroke in turtles, climbing with one leg, one side of the leg. They just go suddenly at the time of their life expectancy. In this case, the CDC says female in our country has a life expectancy of 87. Male has a life expectancy of 77 and that’s what my patients want. They say I want to live fully until 77.
Jeff Harrison: Keeping the quality of life.
Dr. Chein: Yeah. I don’t mind dying at 77 at all. I prefer having the quality than from 77 and live to 120. Dr. Chein you write the book 120. I don’t want to live 77 to 120 in a hospital or on a wheelchair or in a nursing home. This is the kind of patients that I have. I give them the diet, exercise, nutrition and their hormone supplements to achieve those goals.
Jeff Harrison: That’s a perfect segue into today’s topic because Dr. Chein, there’s a whole new generation of people that have grown up and now they have kids that were never really into supplements. Now they took their kids to fast food on the way home and let’s face it Mom and Dad are working hard. They’re taking the kids to soccer, this, that and the other. They don’t have the time to properly give the kids nutrition. What would you tell them. It’s like, why would you suggest they start supplementing their lives now. They’re in their late 30’s, why now?
Dr. Chein: Why now? That’s a good question. It’s because the change of the world. In Stone Age thousands of years ago we don’t have the problems we have now. The problems that we face now requires new remedy to prevent us from getting sick from the new world shall I say. That’s number two is our knowledge. Our knowledge about vitamins becomes the word for items that our body makes, but become deficient as we get older and cause diseases. We find more and more deficiency in nutrients, micro-nutrients that will cause disease now then 20 years ago. A lot more information. The urgency to supplement 10 years ago was not there because we don’t know better.
As we get cancers and cancers and diabetes, 30 years ago we don’t have that many cancers. 30 years ago we don’t have that many diabetes, why? Because we didn’t have the world, for example the pollution that’s the number one reason. We need supplements because of pollution, pollution from pesticides, pollutions from plastics, pollution from GMO. Food, all of these pollutions cause diseases. It takes vitamins, amino acids to neutralize these toxins. For example if you and I go to a five star restaurant and we start eating the beautiful salad. The way it looks, the way it tastes, it’s great. You don’t know who washed it. The chef didn’t wash the veggies. It’s kitchen help, the kitchen help didn’t wash it carefully.
The pesticides stay. If it wasn’t organic most restaurants buy non-organic food because it’s cheaper. Maybe they didn’t wash it and the pesticides stay on your plate and in my plate. If you eat that salad and you didn’t take amino acid the day before or vitamins that pesticide is going to stay in your body. You cannot pee it out. In very small amounts. It stays in your body a few days before it gets all out of your system. Whereas I take vitamins. I take vitamins every day and amino acids, specifically amino acids. It will just chelate those pesticides and herbicides. Chelate meaning it will lock onto it. It’ll be forced out by my body in my urine. I ended up not being injured by those pesticides and those herbicides on the beautiful salad that you and I ate. Whereas you get injured.
Jeff Harrison: What we might want to … Let’s face it it’s a more expensive option to have to go organic. When let’s say you can’t. If you’re properly supplementing your body, at least your defending yourself. If you don’t you’re just exposing yourself to that pollutant.
Dr. Chein: Even if you’re careful, the restaurants you go to are not careful. The water, I walk around now in restaurants with a pen, a water purity testing pen. I ask for drinking water and I test the drinking water. If the reading goes beyond 100, I probably walk away or it’s impolite to walk away I go home and take a few more amino acids and vitamins because I know if the free drinking water is impure, this restaurant is too cheap to filter its water. If it’s too cheap to filter its water that they serve me. They’re not going to buy organic food and they’re not going to wash their veggies.
Jeff Harrison: It’s probably just right down the chain.
Dr. Chein: Right down the chain. I can guess no matter how beautiful outside looks, back there it’s not educated and it’s dangerous for me.
Jeff Harrison: Interesting.
Dr. Chein: Those problems didn’t exist before. The amount of pesticides, the production and sales goes up by million tons a year.
Jeff Harrison: Wow.
Dr. Chein: The sales, straight up, every year that’s more and more pesticides being sold, a million tons.
Jeff Harrison: We can talk about that all day long as far as now there’s more pressure on the farmers to produce more product …
Dr. Chein: Exactly.
Jeff Harrison: More crop because the world population is growing.
Dr. Chein: Exactly.
Jeff Harrison: The only way to do that is with chemicals it seems like.
Dr. Chein: Yes.
Jeff Harrison: Of course it’s like anything else. It’s got to go somewhere. It’s coming to us. If we’re not defending ourselves. That brings me back to the question is why would I even start now. I grew up on this an apple a day keeps the doctor away. It just doesn’t work anymore because that apple you’re eating potentially has
Dr. Chein: Has pesticides.
Jeff Harrison: Pesticides that’s harming your body.
Dr. Chein: Exactly.
Jeff Harrison: That’s not such a good idea.