Life and Death Starts at the Cell Membrane

Once again we had a fabulous time in the College Nutrition course that I just finished teaching. The students are great – they really get it. They understand the concepts of the impact of nutrition on health and what it means for the rest of their lives and the lives of their offspring.

I love teaching college students because they are just starting or will start their families. By following the important nutritional practical principles they can give their children that most important gift of health by preparing for the coming child before he/she is even conceived. Healthy sperm and ovum create healthy babies. Of course, healthy nutrition needs to continue throughout their development and throughout their lives.

The sperm and ovum, each only one cell, but they represent every cell in the body. Life and death starts at the cell membrane.

Cell membranes need healthy fats and protein to function properly allowing the nutrients to move in and the waste products to move out. Unfortunately the Standard American Diet (SAD) contains so much adulterated fat that the cell membranes become distorted and therefore less permeable. Thus starts disease.

Gummed up cell membranes lead to disease like heart disease, cancer and diabetes, the big 3 killers and to many other diseases.

So I had the students memorize the sources of good fats to maintain or restore healthy cell membranes so they would know what to eat. They took the same quiz every class meeting (four times). By the fourth time everyone got 100%. Yeah!

If you want healthy cell membranes, you might want to memorize this list too so you will remember to eat these healthy fats daily.

About 75% of fat intake should be from whole food PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acids) sources:

Food sources for omega-3 oils

  • Flaxseeds
  • Pumpkinseeds
  • Walnuts
  • Fish
  • Grass fed beef
  • Eggs

Food sources for omega-6 oils

  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Corn (non-GMO)

Food source of omega-9 oils

  • Olives, olive oil

About 25% of fat intake should be saturated fat.

Healthy sources of saturated fat

  • Butter (raw contains Activator-X)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Palm Oil
  • Grass fed lean beef
  • Occasional lean pork

Totally avoid the messed up, adulterated, over heated and processed fats and oils that gum up your cell membranes. These fats include:

  • Ugly fat – processed, trans, esterified, hydrogenated, fried food
  • Pastry, doughnuts
  • French Fries
  • Commercially roasted nuts
  • Margarine
  • Crisco (or any other hydrogenated oil)
  • Mayonnaise made with hydrogenated oil or any oil that’s not well processed (expeller pressed)

Totally avoid these fats.

Don’t even look at them.

Dr. Johanna Budwig had folks with disease like diabetes, heart disease and cancer eat 2 Tablespoons of flaxseed oil mixed with 2 Tablespoons of cottage cheese (CCFO) to provide the fats and proteins that nourish the cell membranes back to a healthy, permeable state. After 3 months of this regimen most of them were much better. It takes about 3 months to do a complete oil change in the human body.

Add some favorite spices or herbs to the CCFO mixture and use it as a dressing on salads or vegetables.

You can read more about Dr. Budwig’s approach at:

That site focuses on cancer, but what you do for one degenerative disease generally helps the others as well.

Say good-by to rigid disease-inducing cell membranes and say hello to health and life with flexible, permeable healthy cell membranes.


Dr. Jo


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Dr. JoDr. Jo delights in sharing the message of health. She believes disease is optional if you know how to take care of yourself. And she’s a great coach to help you reverse or prevent disease.

So she writes this blog to keep you up to date with information that may undermine your health if you are not aware of it. She also provides tips on healthy living, how to reverse degenerative diseases, delicious recipes, and ways to enjoyably change your habits to healthy ones.

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