Syndrome X

Syndrome X is a term coined by Gerald Reaven M.D., Professor Emeritus (active) of Medicine at Stanford University. As the Director of Endocrinology, he used the name Syndrome X to describe a cluster of abnormalities that are related to heart disease. His own and other’s research shows in a nutshell that Syndrome X is insulin resistance caused by dietary factors, which in turn interfere with a person’s ability to burn the food they eat efficiently. When cells become resistant to insulin our whole energy system is affected. Syndrome X occurs when insulin resistance is combined with any one of the following conditions: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, more than 20 pounds over weight, especially in the belly area. It is a major cause of cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, and many other serious, life threatening diseases. These are diseases which are strongly linked to diet and lifestyle. Your own diet may be putting you at risk for Syndrome X.

This condition can make you feel older and age you prematurely. It can dramatically increase the risk of most age related health issues such as obesity, hypertension, eye disease, diabetes, nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. It can also make you feel exhausted, spacey, depressed, irritable or angry under normal circumstances.

Recommended Action

The diet should contain between 15 – 20 % protein; 5 – 10% saturated fats (butter and animal fats); 30 – 35 % mono and polyunsaturated fats (olive and flax oils); 35 – 50% carbohydrates. Over half of these carbohydrates should be made up of fruits, vegetables and beans comprising 20 – 30% of the entire diet; breads, pasta, rice, couscous, polenta, bulgur, other grains and potatoes make up 15 – 20 % of the entire diet, or less than half of the allowable carbohydrates. Make sure that any food with a Glycemic Index above 55 is eaten very sparingly in diet.

The following rules should be followed:

1. Avoid refined carbohydrates: white flour, rice sugar or other sweeteners
2. Eat non-starchy vegetables as primary carbohydrate
3. Keep even nutritious carbohydrate foods low, such as whole grain bread, pasta
4. Eat food as natural and as fresh as possible
5. Avoid soft drinks, fruit juice, alcohol
6. Reduce Omega 6 vegetable oils, such as corn, soybean, safflower, sunflower and cotton seed oils and use olive oil instead
7. Increase Omega 3 oils: fish or fish oil
8. Reduce transfatty acids: deep fried, margarine, hydrogenated oil
9. Eat protein at every meal and/or snack
10. Consider a traditional diet for your genetic ancestry (place of origin)
11. Eat foods in season when possible

Single Herbs: Fenugreek, Bitter melon, Reishi, Garlic, Gymnema, Milk Thistle.

Combinations: Syn X, Reishi Extract, Di-Gest, Devil’s Club – Huckleberry.

Nutritional Supplements: BEVC, Vitamin C (1,000 – 6,000 mg daily), Vitamin E, CLA, Essential Fatty Acids, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Chromium, Zinc.

Suggested Program

Breakfast: Syn X (2 -3 capsules), Reishi Extract (2 -3 capsules), BEVC (2 tablets), Chromium/Vanadium (1 tablet), Alpha Lipoic Acid (100 mg), Di-Gest (1-3 capsules, depending on size of meal), CLA (2,000 mg), Krill / Black Currant Oil (2,000 mg).
Snack: Vitamin C (500 mg), Garlic (1 capsule).
Lunch: Syn X (2 -3 capsules), Di-Gest (1-3 capsules, depending on size of meal).
Supper: Syn X (2-3 capsules), Reishi Extract (2-3 capsules), BEVC (2 tablets), Chromium/Vanadium (1 tablet), Alpha Lipoic Acid (100 mg), Di-Gest (1-3 capsules, depending on size of meal), CLA (2,000 mg), Krill / Black Currant Oil (2,000 mg).