The Real Deal About Soda and Soft Drinks


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During the last two weeks, there has been a lot of info in the press about the dangers of soft drinks, especially diet soft drinks, I therefore felt it appropriate to reprint this blog from about 6 months ago.

Now About Soda

What happens when you Drink Soda?

Sugar rushes and caffeine highs followed by a depressing energy crash are what happen if you drink a soda right now, but plenty of you actually seem to be okay with that. Some of you think it’s alarmist to compare a caffeine and sugar rush to doing drugs, and some just don’t really care about the slump they’ll find themselves in after drinking 39 grams of sugar, but what also makes me really worried about a soda-slurping habit is what happens over the long term.

Here’s a quick snapshot of you, in a few years, after drinking soda on a regular basis:

You’ll Be Fatter: According to research in the Nurses Health Journal which monitored the health of 90,000 women for eight years, drinking a single soda every day of the week added 10 pounds over a four-year period.

You’ll Probably Have Diabetes: In the Nurses’ Health Study, women who said they drank one or more servings a day of a sugar-sweetened soft drink or fruit punch were twice as likely to develop adult onset diabetes during the study than those who rarely consumed these beverages.

You’re Much More Likely to Develop Heart Disease: According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine and the  the journal of the American Heart Association, subjects who drank a soda every day over a four-year period had a 25% chance of developing high blood sugar levels and a 32% greater chance of developing lower “good” cholesterol levels. The Nurses’ Health Study found that women who drank more than two sugary beverages per day had a 40% higher risk of heart attacks or death from heart disease than women who rarely drank sugary beverages.

You’re Probably Also Less Healthy In Other Ways: Several studies, including the 2007 study published in Circulation, suggest that diet sodas have some of the same effects on health as regular sodas, despite having none or very little of the sugar. Why? Drinking soda is typically part of an overall lifestyle that’s not very healthy: We know you don’t like us to compare drinking caffeine and sugar to substance abuse, but when it comes to your lifestyle, some think that soda is just like a gateway drug.

So you’ve decided to Stop Drinking coke and Pepsi but still have it lying around the house. Here are some things you can do with it:

1) To clean a toilet:

Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl.
Let the “real thing” sit for one hour, then flush clean.
The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
No scrubbing, no sweat – guaranteed.

2) To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:

Rub the bumper with a crumpled-up piece of aluminum foils dipped in Coca-Cola. Much economical than the stuff from Target.

3) To clean corrosion from car battery terminals;

Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

4) To loosen a rusted bolt;

Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

5) To remove grease from clothes;

Empty a can of Coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle.

6) The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

Hey, what do we have here?

The world’s first soft drink disguise as a multi-purpose cleaner? Or should it be a multi-purpose cleaner disguised as a soft drink!!!



The average pH of soft drinks, e.g. Coke, Pepsi is pH 3.4. This acidity is strong enough to dissolve teeth and bones! Our human body stops building bones at around the age of 30. After that it’ll be dissolving about 8-18% of the bones each year through the urine, depending on the acidity of the food intake (acidity does not depend on the taste of the food, but on the ratio of potassium / calcium / magnesium / etc. to phosphorus).

All the dissolved calcium compounds accumulate in the arteries, veins, skin tissue, and organs. This affects the functioning of the kidney (kidney stones). Soft drinks do not have any nutritional value (in terms of vitamins and minerals). They have higher sugar content, higher acidity, and more additives such as preservatives and colorings.

Some people like to drink cold soft drinks with or after each meal, guess what’s the impact? Our body has an optimum temperature of 98.6F degrees for the functioning of digestive enzymes. The temperature of cold soft drinks is much less than 98.6, sometimes quite close to 32 degrees. This will lower the effectiveness of the enzymes and put stress on the digestive system, digesting less food. In fact the food gets fermented. The fermented food produce bad smelling gases, decays and forms toxins, which are absorbed in the intestines, get circulated in the blood and are delivered to the whole body. This spread of toxins can lead to the development of various diseases. Think before you drink Coke or Pepsi or any another soft drinks.

Have you ever thought what you drink when you drink an aerated drink? You gulp down carbon dioxide, something that no sane person in the world would advise you to do. Few months ago, there was a competition in Delhi University “Who can drink the most Coke?” The winner drank 8 bottles and died on the spot because of too much carbon dioxide in the blood and not enough oxygen. From then on, the principal banned all soft drinks from the university canteen.

Someone put a broken tooth in a bottle of Pepsi and in 10 days it was dissolved! Teeth and bones are the only human organs that stay intact for years after death. Imagine what the drink must be doing to your delicate soft intestines and stomach lining! To all COKE / PEPSI LOVERS, think again the next time before you say: “I’ll have a Coke/Pepsi!”

The dangers of downing too much Coke or Pepsi may be even more dire. Guzzling gallons of soda can cause potassium levels in the blood to plummet. This can increase the risk of muscle problems and heart rhythm abnormalities, which could prove fatal in some cases.

In the International Journal of Clinical Science, researchers cited two cases where soda caused a surprising health crisis. The first was an Australian ostrich farmer who drank several liters of cola every day for years. Not only did this add empty nutrition to his caloric intake, it also virtually paralyzed his lungs! Fortunately, emergency treatment and abstaining from his beloved cola have helped him recover.

The other case involved a woman who drank one to three liters of soda a day. She suddenly began to experience episodes of vomiting, lack of appetite, and exhaustion – frightening symptoms that could have signaled a serious illness. But once her doctors pulled her off of the pop, these symptoms disappeared.

One of the study’s authors says that these two cases were likely due to drains of their potassium levels caused by too much cola consumption. Past studies have shown how the excessive intake of caffeine can cause potassium drainage – and when potassium levels drop severely, the body’s musculature can go haywire. The reason? Potassium is critical to regulating muscle function. He cautions that the high amounts of high-fructose corn syrup in colas can cause potassium levels to drop as well.

Diet Dangers

Diet soda also poses a risk to your potassium levels and is not a safe bet for your health or your weight. According to a study by researchers at the University Of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, people who drink diet soft drinks don’t lose weight. In fact, they gain weight!

After reviewing eight years of data on more than 1,500 people, the researchers found that for each can of diet soft drink consumed each day, a person’s risk of obesity went up by a whopping 41 percent! In fact, when the researchers took a closer look at their data, they found that nearly all the obesity risk from soft drinks came from diet sodas.

What it comes down to is this:  Soda, whether it’s diet or regular, diminishes the body’s ability to perform at its peak.  Not only does it diminish muscle power, but it also eats away at other things, like teeth enamel and bone composition. And it just might make you fat!

One Last Thing …

So, what should you drink? Good old-fashioned water. Water keeps you hydrated, contains no calories, and helps transport nutrients around the body. Water is perhaps one of the most overlooked, yet essential, nutrients we can ingest. Without enough water, we are at risk of developing numerous diseases including cancer, arthritis, ulcers, migraines, colitis, and high blood pressure. Dehydration is also linked to low back pain, poor circulation, obesity, and poor health in the elderly.

Every day we lose water through sweat, urine, feces, tears, and nasal discharges. We even lose water when we exhale. Some liquids such as coffee, soft drinks, and alcohol are also dehydrating. It has been estimated that we lose about 12 cups of water, even on a cool day without exercising.

Surveys indicate that about one-third of Americans drink three or fewer servings of water every day. To calculate your water needs, take the number of pounds you weigh and divide that number in half.  That number is the fluid ounces you should drink each day. For instance, a 200-pound person should drink 100 ounces of water, which is at least twelve 8-ounce cups.

So the next time you think about reaching for a soda, diet or not, think about a glass of water instead.

But there is more!

Four Dangers of Soft Drinks

The Health Risks of Colas and Other Carbonated Beverages

A soft drink may taste sweet, but the health effects aren’t so tasty. Here are four dangers of drinking soft drinks.

It can be satisfying to pop off the metal tab and taste the sweet carbonated liquid, but soft drinks also have a decidedly sour side when it comes to health. These carbonated beverages owe their popularity to clever marketing by such beverage giants as Coca-Cola and Pepsi who reinforce the message that drinking their product is “cool”. Children and teens are picking up on this message and developing a lifelong love of all things “cola”. What are the dangers of soft drinks and why are they best kept away from children and teens?

Dangers of Soft drinks: High Fructose Corn Syrup (sometimes now called Corn Sugar)

Unless it’s sugar-free, most soft drinks contain high fructose corn syrup, a sweetener that’s recently come under considerable scrutiny. High fructose corn syrup has been associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, a condition associated with an elevated risk of both diabetes and heart disease. HFCS, as it’s called, is also believed to be a major contributor to the obesity epidemic among children and teens. Although similar in calorie content to table sugar, the danger of high fructose corn syrup arises from the way it’s is metabolized by the liver. By being broken down more rapidly than other sugars, it can lead to alterations in triglyceride and lipid metabolism, thereby increasing the risk of heart disease and fatty liver, not to mention diabetes. Although the soft drink industry has tried to underplay the risks, evidence supporting the dangers of high fructose corn syrup is mounting and very clear.

The Problem of Phosphoric Acid!

Many people are aware of the dangers of high fructose corn syrup, but fewer realize the impact soft drinks have on bone health. Soft drinks contain phosphoric acid and a high phosphate diet has been associated with bone breakdown and an increased risk of osteoporosis. When phosphorus is excreted in the urine, it takes calcium with it, depriving the bones and the rest of the body of this important mineral.

Who Needs Caffeine?

How many kids and teenagers really need more caffeine? Although soft drinks contain less caffeine than coffee or energy drinks, they still contribute to caffeine dependence and increase the risk of behavioral problems and hyperactivity, not to mention poor sleep habits and insomnia.

BPA: Another Little known danger of soft drinks.

Soft drink cans are coated with a resin that contains BPA (bisphenyl-A). This is the same cancer causing chemical found in plastic baby bottles, water bottles, and plastic containers that wrecks havoc on the endocrine system, potentially causing premature puberty and reproductive abnormalities. Soft drinks could be a particular problem when it comes to BPA leaching. They’re often stored in hot warehouses where heat can accelerate the contamination process. Plus, the drink itself is acidic which could further facilitate leaching of BPA into the drink.

The bottom line? Consider the dangers of soft drinks before stocking up on beverages and consider healthier alternatives such as herbal tea or water sweetened with lemon. You’ll be setting a good example for your kids as well as doing good things for yourself.

Dr. Gene Martin

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo Ca. 94402




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Why don’t People and Doctors really understand that I am Ill?


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Today’s Blog: Why don’t People and Doctors really understand that I am Ill?

Every wonder people with Fibromyalgia are so misunderstood? every wonder why some doctors will insist it doesn’t exist? Every get so frustrated because it seems impossible to explain what you, as a person with Fibromyalgia, is experiencing on a day to day basis. The following story is one of the reasons, read it and try to be non-judgmental as you go along.

A True Story

Have anyone of you eve been to New York City? I mean NYC in August on one of those hot and humid days, where you can smell the city, where it’s hard to breath, where the smoke seems to rise from the streets and where it is almost impossible to feel comfortable due to the perspiration dripping down from your face on to your clothes.. Well this is a true story that occurred on one of those days at about 4:00PM just as rush hour was starting to happen. The setting is the IRT (a subway line), with broken air conditioning and the first group of workers heading home after a sweltering day of work at their desks in the thousands of similar office buildings that make up downtown Manhattan.

As it was still the beginning of rush hour, there were a few seats left in the subway car. The train stopped at a station and a man entered with his 3 children, aged 5, 7 and 10 years old. Each of the children had a can of Coca Cola in one hand and an ice cream bar in the other hand.The father found a seat, the train began to move and this was the signal for the children to start acting like children. the children began to run up the aisle of the train, they grabbed the bars (people who stand hold on to) and swung themselves around and around while their soda went flying. each time the train would lurch, one or more of the children would lose their balance and fall on one of the other passengers laps, sticky fingers and all. All the while, the father, sitting his his seat, just looked down at his feet.

If you know anything about NY’ers, they were becoming very angry at the children and the father, the hot and humid weather was no help for their moods. They began grumbling under their breath about how the father was not watching the kids, how the kids could get hurt and more importantly how one of the children could hurt one of the passengers as they lost their balance. The father did not seem to notice anything amiss which just angered the passengers that much more.

Would you not agree with me that the father is being very irresponsible overall?  Would you agree that all the passengers had every reason to be angry and that something sooner or later had to occur? I certainly would be furious with the situation, and I’m sure that you would be too!

This scenario continued as the train kept moving, yet there was an older woman who watched the situation closely and saw something different, something that no others on the train were able to see. Being an elderly woman, she carefully stood up, as the train moved, walked across the aisle to the man and asked: Sir, is everything alright, are you alright? The father of the children did not say a word, just continued to look down. The elderly woman than asked: Sir, is there anything I can do to help you?

The father of the children looked up into the elderly woman’s eyes and said: My children and I are headed home and returning from the hospital. My wife of 15 years has just died from Breast Cancer and I don’t know, for the life of me, how I’m going to tell my kids that their mother is never coming home again.

What you’ve just experienced is called a Paradigm shift! A dramatic change in your thinking that would have seemed impossible before. W can all experience a paradigm shift in the way we look at our health, our lives and other things. The point is that paradigm shifts are very difficult to change. It generally needs to be something emotionally dramatic, like the above true story.

Dr. Gene Martin

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo California, 94402

Phone: 650-558-1010



Skype: drgenemartin

Consumerism and Fibromyalgia


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Consumerism and Fibromyalgia

 This blog will deal with Fibromyalgia, but please read on, it will take a while, some background is important.

For most of recorded history, a nation’s economy was based on agricultural. Thomas Jefferson, certainly a brilliant intellect and a founding father of the United States was adamantly opposed to any type of industrialization and felt that real human values were based on working the land. He and another founding father Alexander Hamilton were at odds on this issue and fought about it constantly. Hamilton believed that a national bank was essential so that money could be lent so industrial businesses could be funded in order to grow our economy and to compete with Great Britain, the world power.

Looking back, Hamilton’s views seem obvious, but it’s always easier to view things in hindsight. The fact was that Jefferson’s views and policies shaped his administration (he was the third president), and things really did not start to change until decades later. Additionally most U.S. citizens not only worked the land but felt that this was the way for growth, a way to maintain their moral and religious values and something that had been handed down for thousands of years.

The industrial revolution began to change things, but still, by the time of the Civil War, the majority of the country was still based on agriculture.

After the war, the U.S. was still agriculturally based, though industries were growing. New consumer goods were starting to be produced; however the majority of Americans (In fact the majority of the world’s population) were still poor. They certainly could not afford these items which were really luxuries.

As an interesting side note, Issac Singer, the inventor of the sewing machine was the first to come up with the idea of extending credit, so people could buy his machine. Decades later, Henry ford capitalized on this idea because he realized that he might produce millions of Model-T Fords, but if the consumer could not afford to purchase them, than what was the point.

Still, after the “Great War” (WW1), most were still poor and with the depression of 1929, the majority of Americans and the world struggled just to find food to eat. The depression of 1929 was the longest depression the U.S. ever experienced, and, despite what we might have been taught in school, it lasted until the beginning of WW2. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” plan helped somewhat, but the reality was that it only made a very small dent in the affects of the depression, which had now spread worldwide.

WW2 changed everything, the U.S. geared up to a war economy, jobs paying high wages became plentiful, yet Americans were still concerned with producing commodities for the war effort. When the war ended, the U.S. found itself reaping the benefits by becoming the wealthiest and most affluent nation in the world. This was a first in the history of man. Americans had money to spend on cars, washing machines and all the other consumer goods which made life easier. In fact Las Vegas was a direct result of this new prosperity as people would travel to a city to gamble, knowing full well that they would leave most of their money at the casinos. This type of behavior would have been unthinkable, just a generation before.

Disneyland, in California was the brilliant brainchild of Walt Disney. For the first time, companies were marketing their products directly to the ‘Baby Boomer” children. For the first time, there was a level of affluence, never seen before.

As we became more smitten with new consumer goods and new technologies, we unknowingly began to pay a very steep price. Americans began to lose their sense of purpose and life became much more stressful. A wonderful book which explains this very clearly is: “The Man in the Grey flannel suit”, by Sloan Wilson (later made into a movie with Gregory Peck).

As the decades progressed we became so used to having our cars, wide screen televisions, appliances etc that the money made by these now huge conglomerates reached billions of dollars of profits. Money is a powerful motivator and has the ability to buy our politicians and congress. It also buys our media, tells us who to elect for public office, in essence it does the thinking for us.

Thus, what price have we paid?

  • We drink Polluted water and eat harmful food.
  • We sit in front of the television and rarely exercise, thus we are an overweight nation.
  • We are concerned with our jobs, the fact being that we are replaceable.
  • We are controlled by the media, which reports the truth these days.
  • We are smitten by the Paris Hilton’s and Lindsey Lohan’s of the world.
  • Our attention spans have dropped to 5 or 10 minutes at a time. (A century ago, Henry Clay, John Calhoun and even Abraham Lincoln could keep an audience mesmerized with their oratory skills and messages for three hours at a time, as could Martin Luther King.)
  • We are told that the key to health is to take more drugs (by the way, how do you keep your children away from recreational drugs when every commercial and advertisement is about a new wonderful drug to make your life better – a lie).
  • We do not read and our children leave high school without the ability to write well.
  • Year by year we are actually becoming less and less healthy.

 All of the has caused us to become more and more stressed out, many cannot get through the day with Valium, an anti-depressive or anti-anxiety drug. We all know that stress is one of the leading causes of Fibromyalgia, and if you have Fibromyalgia, stress (physical, chemical and or emotional always makes it worse.

 Is it a wonder that the incidence of Fibromyalgia is growing so fast. I think not!

Dr. Gene Martin, D.C.

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo Ca. 94402

Phone: 650-558-1010



Skype: dr.gene.martin


My Father – A Hero


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My Father

My father died on Christmas evening 2010 at 11:00PM. He was 88 years old. He had suffered with congestive heart failure and knew that he had two or three years left to live, though he was getting weaker by the day, yet never complained.

For those who are familiar with CHF, you’ll know that at times the fluids back up into the lungs creating a feeling of drowning and this certainly would happen. He would cough and panic, but would ultimately get through it.

Yet during this entire ordeal, he never complained; in fact he was always more interested in my mother, my sister, myself and the grandchildren. These were his priorities.

My father was a true hero, he saw horrible action during the Second World War, yet never spoke of it. He was awarded various medals however we knew nothing of this until we were going through his belongings after his death. He never once mentioned them.

I was the last one to have a talk with my father while he was still lucent. He explained that he knew what was happening and he wasn’t scared. He told me that he loved me, the last words he ever said to me.

My father’s greatest trait was that he had a good and caring heart. To me, this is the most important trait a person can possess.

His death was gentle and painless as he was asleep for his last 2 days under the influence of Morphine, which we administered at home. He wanted to pass away at home surrounded by his family and even the family dog. This is what happened.

We all desperately miss his warmth and his generosity, he truly was the type (stereotypical as hit might sound) to give a less fortunate person, the shirt off his back. He really cared about his fellow man. Yes, he was a hero.

Fibromyalgia sufferers are also heroes, they never complain to friends and loved ones. Of course they get angry at times of how they are treated by their doctors and the public who are so ignorant of this illness. When it comes to family, friends and loved ones, people with fibromyalgia are more concerned with not burdening others with the private hell that they go through on a day to day basis.

On the outset, this might appear good, but I believe that people with Fibromyalgia need to be more vocal, perhaps not angry and not complaining, but more vocal. After all, how are the public and doctors ever going to understand what living with fibro is all about?

I’m very excited about a book that will be published in the next weeks, chronicling Fibromyalgia from the patient’s point of view. My hope is that this will help spread the word. In fact, while this book is being ready for publication, another book (a sequel) is in the works and we hope to have this out by December.

Most people I’ve met and/or treated with fibro had good hearts but were always confused as to why nobody understood their illness. Well, we are changing that, step by step.

There are many true heroes in the world; Michael J Fox comes to mind. I don’t personally know him nor does he know me; however as a leading man and successful actor he was struck down in his prime with Parkinson’s disease. Yet he never complained. He struggles from day to day and does what he can to educate the public about Parkinson’s.

There are many like Michael. I equate my father and all those suffering with fibro with Michael.

I miss my father at times I hear his voice very clearly, guiding me. He truly was a hero. So are all those suffering with Fibromyalgia.

 Dr. Gene Martin

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo Ca. 94402

Phone: 650-558-1010



Skype: dr.gene.martin

What You Eat Affects Your Health – Part 2


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Some Recipes from Illa

Banana Popsicles

A delicious low sugar, dairy-free sweet treat, similar to ice cream


Three bananas

1 cup nut or rice milk

2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)



Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until liquid.

Pour into a Popsicle mold or an ice cube tray and freeze for two hours, or until solid. If you would like little handles for your popsicles, wrap the tray in saran wrap after pouring, and poke toothpicks into each section.



Gluten Free Pancakes

(can also be used to make waffles)


Make a bunch during the weekend and freeze them for a quick breakfast.

Serves 6


2 cups rice flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

A pinch of salt

1 tablespoon of flax seed

3 eggs

1/4 cup of nut or cow’s milk, or enough to make the batter thick

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Butter or coconut oil to grease pan and top pancakes



Combine all dry ingredients and mix.

 Combine eggs, oil and water

Mix wet into dry ingredients

Oil cast iron or stainless steel pan put on medium heat.

Ladle about 1/2 cup of better on pan small pancakes onto the pan.  Turn the pancakes when bubbles form on the edges and cook for another minute. Enjoy with berry sauce and butter!


Broiled Chicken and root vegetables


A quick, satisfying meal

Serves 3



One of each of the following: yams, parsnip and cauliflower

Approximately 1 lb of chicken breast, cut into 1 inch strips

2 tablespoons of oil

1 tablespoon of oregano

1/4 teaspoon of salt



Preheat broiler to low

Cut the vegetables into ½ inch thick coins and place in bowl with chicken strips.

Place in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, oregano and salt. Coat your food evenly by mixing it with your hands.  You can add more oil or seasoning as needed.

Arrange vegetables and meat in a single layer on a cookie sheet and broil for 12 minutes, or slightly brown.



Middle Eastern Bean Soup



Serves 8

1 cup of brown rice

1 cup dried kidney beans

½ yellow onion, chopped

2 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 teaspoon of turmeric

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 carrots, chopped

2 sticks of celery, chopped

3 cups of organic chicken or vegetable broth

3 cups of water

2 cups of kale, chopped

Juice of ½ of a lemon

Sea salt to taste



Soak the beans and rice

Combine beans and rice and soak overnight in 3 cups of water. The beans and rice will expand overnight and absorb much of the water. Discard any remaining soaking water.

Making the soup

Sautee onion and spices in olive oil until onions are translucent. Add beans, rice, water, broth, carrots and celery to the pot and allow to cook for 30 minutes. Add kale, lemon juice a teaspoon of salt and cook for another 15 minutes. Taste and add additional salt as needed. 



Chinese Coleslaw


Serves 3




1 ½ cups of green cabbage, shredded

2 carrots, grated

1 tablespoon of rice vinegar

1 tablespoon of sesame oil

¼ teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of dulse flakes



Place prepared cabbage and carrots in a bowl. Add rice vinegar, sesame oil, dulse flakes, and salt and toss thoroughly.




Winter Squash soup

Serves 8

1 tbs olive oil

½ a yellow onion

1/3 cup of mushrooms, chopped

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend

2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced

Juice of ¼ of a lemon.

4 cloves of garlic

1 large bunch of cilantro, chopped

1 turnip, peeled and chopped (can substitute with parsnips or rutabagas)

3 cups chicken broth

3 cups water

1 large butternut or two acorn squash (other winter squash can be substituted)

Sea salt to taste





Cook the squash:

Cut squash in half with a heavy knife and steam in a large lidded pot with a steamer tray and two cups of water. Squash will be cooked after approximately 30 minutes or when it appears slightly soft when poked with a fork. An alternative cooking method is to place the squash on a cookie sheet and baking it at 350 for 45 minutes.  Remove squash from heat and let it cool enough to handle, at least 15 minutes. It’s fine to leave the squash to cool on the stove for several hours before making the soup. You don’t have to cook it in a single stretch of time.

Making the soup:

Sautee onion, mushrooms and Italian seasoning in a large pot until onions are translucent.

Add broth and water. Discard seeds out of the squash cavity with a spoon, and then scoop the flesh of the squash in the pot. It should be fairly soft and you can pull apart the pieces of squash to help it disperse in the liquid. Add all remaining ingredients except the salt and allow to cook for 30 minutes. Add a teaspoon of salt, stir thoroughly, taste and add more as needed.

 Dr. Gene Martin

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo Ca. 94402

Phone: 650-558-1010



Skype: dr.gene.martin

What You Eat Affects Your Health –


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What You Eat Affects Your Health-  Illa Jarvis, Nutritional Consultant

It’s easy to be tempted by cheap, convenient food. Money is tight, fast food is easy to find, and ready to eat. Unfortunately, this is where the benefits of commercially produced food end. Cheap ingredients do not contain the nutrients our brains and bodies depend upon to function properly. They contain pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals that tax our liver and brain. Ultimately, these foods do considerably more damage than good.

Let’s look at some examples…

What we find in most of our markets and restaurants is meat from animals that live under terrible conditions and are fed the cheapest food possible, namely corn and soy. Corn and soy are crops that are subsidized by the government. This means that the farmers are paid to grow these foods in excess, making these foods extremely cheap.

But growing enormous amounts of food requires a lot of work. The solution? These crops are genetically modified (GMO) so they can withstand the weed killer known as Round-Up, saving farmers time and effort. Unfortunately scientists have found Round-Up to be unsafe for human consumption (1). The large corporations that produce Round Up and GMO seeds have significant political influence so these foods are still produced and appear everywhere, including cow and chicken feed. Unfortunately cows cannot digest corn and soy, causing them to become sick. These animals are treated with antibiotics to keep them alive under unhealthy conditions and fed hormones to make them grow as quickly as possible. As a result, the meat, milk and eggs we find in most markets and restaurants contain antibiotics, hormones, as well as Round-Up, all of which compromise our health.  To top it all off, these foods are low in nutrients, since the animals were never fed a nutritious diet to offer benefits to us in return. You can learn more about the meat industry and GMO foods in the film Food Inc.

Better sources of animal protein are grass fed organic beef, and lamb, free-range organic poultry, and eggs and small species of wild caught fish. Choosing these foods ensures better health for us, promotes the ethical treatment of animals, and benefits the environment as well.

Good plant sources of protein are legumes such as beans, peas and lentils, in combination with grains. (Check out the recipe for bean soup further in this book for preparation tips.) Unfortunately, processed soy is added to hundreds of prepared foods to increase protein content and to make these foods more marketable. These foods include nutrition bars, protein powders, pasta, vegetarian foods, dairy-free foods, and infant formulas. Check ingredient labels for “soy protein isolate.”

While soy makes these foods “healthier” by increasing their protein content, ironically most soy is genetically modified, and contains Round-Up. Processed soy also has been shown to be a common allergen, difficult to digest and increases the body’s demand for vitamins E, K, D, and B12. Health foods that contain soy are often promoted as “Natural,” but this claim is meaningless. There are no qualifications that a food must meet to earn this title. There’s nothing natural about processed soy; only a laboratory can convert it into the variety of flavors and textures we find in boxed foods. (2)

Corn is largely hidden as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in our foods. HFCS is in everything from soda pop, to canned soup and bread. After years of denial by the corn industry of the ill effects of HFCS, bad press has caused some companies to switch to sugar as a “healthier” alternative. Producers have taken measures to rename HFCS to “corn sugar” on ingredient labels in an effort to disguise its presence in packaged foods. (3) But the truth is, all processed sugar is damaging to our health, regardless of its form and source. Obesity and tooth decay are just the tip of the iceberg. Heart disease, diabetes, mood disorders, frequent illness, and digestive problems are all results of constant sugar and HFCS consumption. (4) The film King Corn beautifully shows how the corn industry works.

So how do you reduce sugar without feeling deprived? Check the sugar content on the labels of all canned and boxed foods. Don’t switch to foods that contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, which converts into wood alcohol when heated, or Splenda essentially sugar that is bound to chlorine. These sweeteners are problematic in their own right. Instead, choose simpler, more natural foods like home made tomato sauce instead of canned, homemade soup instead of canned soup, oil and vinegar instead of sweet salad dressing, and plain yogurt with berries instead of the sweetened stuff.  Do your best to choose foods that contain 10 or less grams of sugar per serving, and consider if the listed serving size is realistic. If you crave chocolate, get dark chocolate with high cocoa content instead of milk.

And what about fruit? An orange contains about half as much sugar as a can of soda, 4 grams of fiber (which slows down the impact of sugar on the body), nearly 100 mg of vitamin C, and other nutrients. So eat an organic piece of fruit and skip the soda when you want a treat.

Unsurprisingly, corn and soy are the most common sources of fat found in packaged food as well. Fat has gotten a lot of bad press in recent years, but in truth, we need some good quality fat to function properly! The fat you eat affects your brain and nervous system, controls inflammation, hormones, and your ability to heal, and makes strong bones. Unfortunately, soybean and corn oil are not well cut out for the job. They are often chemically processed to create shortening or margarine. These solidified liquid oils have been restructured or “partially-hydrogenated” and contain trans-fatty acids or “trans-fats.” I tend to think of these as “Franken-fats” since the fats are created in a lab and not found in nature. Our bodies have no clue how to use these fats, and studies have shown that they increase risk of heart disease by lowering HDL or “good cholesterol”, increase LDL or “bad cholesterol”, to lower insulin resistance, thus increasing risk for diabetes and much more. (5) Corn and soy oils are high in a fat known as omega-6, which spoils or goes rancid when it is exposed to oxygen. These oils are bleached, which ensures that they have been allowed to go bad, and deodorized, so you can’t tell by smelling them. Rancid oils contain free radicals, wandering electrons that damage our cells and cause serious inflammation in the body.

It is also critical that omega-6 fats are in balance with another essential fatty acid known as omega-3, which is found in organic free-range eggs, wild cold-water fish and certain seeds. Most people eat far too much processed foods that are high in omega-6, and don’t get enough omega-3, causing such common issues as cardiovascular disease, mood disorders, joint pain and inflammation, dry skin, and brittle nails. (6)

Healthy sources of fat include olive and coconut oil to cook with, raw nuts, seeds, and foods that are high in omega-3 such as sardines, wild salmon, flax, and hemp seeds.

Kudos if you enjoy five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, but please resist drowning an otherwise healthy salad in dressings that contain HFCS, partially-hydrogenated oils, and other unpronounceable chemicals.

How fruits and vegetables are grown matter as well. Have you ever seen an old potato or onion sprout?  This has become a rare occurrence since farmers have started spraying these crops with an anti-sprout chemical, allowing these vegetables to exist in storage longer. Many insecticides are banned due to high toxicity, and yet they still show up on our food because these pesticides are in the soil. Here’s a list of fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides, and should be bought organic whenever possible:





Domestic Blueberries


Bell Peppers




Imported Grapes


Buy organic fruits and vegetables when they are in season. Not only will you skip the scary chemicals, get the nutrients that are only found in ripe, fresh food, such as vitamin C and E, at a lower cost, but also your food will taste better! A winter tomato that only looks red will never hold a candle to a summer tomato that was allowed to ripen on the vine. It’s best to wash non-organic fruits and vegetables thoroughly with soap and water, and peel whenever possible, since most of the chemicals are on the skin. (7)

Choosing and preparing delicious food is a simple when you have good ingredients. You will feel satisfied with less due to the increased nutrients, and you will feel happier and healthier without the burden of pesticides, herbicides and toxins on your body. For more tips on how to cook and prepare food, check out the recipe section at the end of this book.


(2) Daniel, Kaayla, The Whole Soy Story, New Trends Publishing, Washington D. C. 2007 p.93


(4) Appleton, Nancy PhD, Lick the Sugar Habit, Avery, Santa Monica, CA, 1985

(5) Enig, Mary G. PhD, Know Your Fats, Bethesda, Silver Spring, MD, 2000 p. 204


(7) Http://

Dr. Gene Martin

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo Ca. 94402

Phone: 650-558-1010



Skype: dr.gene.martin


What Happened to the Hippocratic Oath?


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 What Happened to the Hippocratic Oath?

I am 57 years old and have been practicing for close to 30 years. When I was a child, growing up, we were taught to believe that Health Practitioners chose their professions as a calling, to help and heal people and to see that people could live a long and fulfilling life. I’d like to believe that this is still the case and perhaps I’ve become a bit more cynical as I’ve aged and watched how the health care field has evolved over the years.

I attended an excellent college, in fact one of the top universities in the United States. A great many of the incoming students were pre-med, meaning that they were talking the courses necessary so they would be admitted into a medical school. My first exposure to the realities of health care was from speaking to some of these freshmen and more often than not, the conversations seemed to revolve around the huge amounts of money they would make when they became Doctors. On occasion, I did speak to those people who really wanted to make a difference and really help the suffering, however more often than not, becoming a doctor was more about the potential money and prestige that came with the profession at that time (early 1970’s).

As it turned out, the pre-med syllabus was difficult (to say the least) and many of these students lasted one semester. However, those who were able to memorize the required work and regurgitate it were able to get the high grades and did go on to become doctors, dentists and other health care workers. I noticed that many of these students had no “people skills” but were good at spitting back the required information.

Now, I’ll fast forward 30 years. The medical field has dramatically changed and the large incomes are gone. Most doctors I know are working long hours, paying high office expenses and being “managed” by managed care, meaning that they cannot always make the proper decisions that are in the patient’s best interest. Managed care companies tell the doctors what they can and cannot do. Of course, they don’t blatantly say it and would deny it if accused, but when necessary treatments are not covered for one reason or another, this is the way that the control works. Additionally, as most doctors have contracts with managed care companies, these doctors are contracted to accept whatever payment is negotiated, and most times the payments are much lower than what the public believes. A doctor might submit a bill for $150.00 but will be lucky to receive $46 dollars and by contract will have to write off the rest.

This brings me to the subject at hand. As I very successfully treat Fibromyalgia, I am in constant contact with Rheumatologists, Chronic pain Doctors, Psychologists and other professionals who deal with fibro and related issues and illnesses.

Story 1 – Three years ago, I had a patient who had suffered with fibromyalgia for 20 years. She had gone from doctor to doctor with very little results. At that point she was under the care of a Rheumatologist. This particular patient found me and decided to begin treatment at my office. Her Rheumatologist was very supportive (something I find to be rare) and told her that if the treatment worked, he would be able to refer loads of his fibro patients because he really did not know what to do with them. Suffice it to sat, Terry has been fibro free for three years (my treatment lasts 8 weeks) and sent back a wonderful report to her Rheumatologist. I, than, decided to set up a lunch appointment with this doc to see if he might be a viable source of referrals, after all, he said that he was looking for someone who knew how to treat these patients. This doctor and I had a nice lunch, but as he explained it, over 50% of his practice were patients with Fibromyalgia and if they all got well, he would lose his practice. I was stunned.

Story 2 – I met with a Clinical Psychologist, who had Fibromyalgia for about 13 years and began treatment in my office. She was successfully treated and all her fibro symptoms had resolved. As she told me “Thank you for giving me my life back”. Being that she had suffered for so long with fibro, she had begun to specialize in running support groups for chronically ill patients, the majority having Fibromyalgia. She than asked me a question which also stunned me: “How am I going to hide the fact that I no longer have fibro symptoms from the people in my group?” When I asked what she meant, she explained that her chronic pain groups provided a high percent of her income and she could not afford to lose that money. I replied: “Isn’t it more important to be able to help people?” Her response: “I have expenses and 2 children in private schools.”

I have other similar stories which have accumulated over the years, but needless to say times have changed. More and more professionals are concerned, not with helping but with their own interests. Now this is not to say that all professionals are like this, but I seem to meet more and more. This is especially more evident when the economy takes its habitual dips.

I wonder if this is a new trend or if this has always been the situation and I just didn’t see it. My gut tells me that money always played a factor but the situation has worsened over the years.

There have also always been turf wars among health professionals and this also plays a part. Psychiatrists think psychologists are not highly trained; orthopedists think podiatrists are not trained etc.

My advice is that if you have a good, wonderful and caring doctor, keep him or her at all costs, even if it means paying for the care out of your pocket if the insurance plan changes. Your health is your most important asset, take care of it.

Dr. Gene Martin

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo Ca. 94402

Phone: 650-558-1010



Skype: dr.gene.martin