Our Most Dangerous Food

How Linoleic acid (Omega 6) fats WRECK our health– worse than sugar!

Our diets have changed greatly in comparison to our ancestors.

Then: In 1850: We ate 2-3 grams per day of linoleic acid (from seed oils).   Linolenic Acid use to make up 1% – 3% of the energy in the human diet and there was virtually no cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, macular degeneration

Now: We on average eat 30 – 40 grams  of linolenic acid. This makes up 15% – 20% of energy in our diet and we now have exploding rates of cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, macular degeneration from increase of pervasive linoleic acid (LA) – perhaps the greatest health experiment in history!

Linoleic acid (LA) acts as a metabolic poisondamages our mitochondria

  • Primary contributor to nearly all chronic disease
  • Highly susceptible to oxidation including OXLAMS (oxidated LA metabolites)
  • Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio is important
    • Can’t fix by just increasing Omega 3 fish oil intake – must decrease linoleic acid

Linoleic Acid is our Enemy – many feel better in just days by eliminating Linoleic acid

Factory-farmed Chicken fed LA rich grains (soybeans, corn) as well as the oils below:


Healthy Saturated Fat is our Friend!

  • Beef is great – grass fed best
  • Antibiotic free pork
  • Organic or free-range chicken is fine.   Factory farmed chicken is not.
  • Ghee (clarified butter – best for those who are dairy sensitive) or grass fed butter
  • Tallow – saturated fat from beef (get grass fed or organic)
  • Lard – saturated fat from pork (get antibiotic-free, free range)
  • Avocados best or avocado oil
  • Coconut or coconut oil
  • Olives or Olive oil – Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) only, avoid the cheap stuff that is adulterated with cheap vegetable oils high in linoleic acid
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Palm Oil
  • Macadamia Oil

Note: Can be ordered online at fatworksfoods.com 

Cardiolipin is a particular fat ONLY located in our mitochondria.

  • 20% of all our fat is as Cardiolipin
    • Made up of 4 fatty acids
    • Can include LA, or EPA, or DHA,  oleic acid, palmitic acid etc.
  • LA in Cardiolipin is especially susceptible to oxidation
  • Animals typically develop cancer when LA in diet reaches 4% to 10% of energy intake since OXLAMs trigger cancer

High LA diets cause obesity, heart disease and High saturated fat diets don’t get fat or sick

High LA increases risk of Sunburn and raises risk of acute respiratory disease and Covid-19

Top Sources of LA:   May feel better in days

  • Chips fried in vegetable oil
  • Commercial salad dressings
  • French Fries and other fried foods
  • Virtually all processed foods

To learn more: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/12/13/linoleic-acid-health-effects.aspx?ui=9e9a02979a17667dbd9b7e20d7c0daa8e9b7fa45f6d1d9734470678d22aa9b73&cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1HL&cid=20201213_HL2&mid=DM746090&rid=1033683774

Heart Focused Breathing – Decreases Our Heart Rate, Increases Our Gratitude, and Boosts Our Immune System

We are living in times of heightened anxiety, fear, and stress. Depression and anxiety are at an all-time high with some studies stating depression rates have tripled during this time of viral fear. The holidays can magnify this emotional state for some.

When our body is operating under the “Fight or Flight” or “Run from the Tiger” response that are triggered from fear, it releases hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline that increase our pulse and blood pressure, can speed up our breathing, dial down our digestion, create anxiety and fear, and weaken our immune system. Most of us tend to continually live in this “Fight or Flight” mode that was designed to last only minutes and not hours, weeks, or years.

 Is it healthy way to live in continuous fear? The answer is an emphatic NO! In this condition we are making ourselves sick, weak, and emotionally paralyzed.

Deep breathing is a technique that can create almost immediate relief. It can help turn off that “Fight or Flight” response in our body and turn on our “Calm and Peaceful” response. This can help calm down our heart rate, lower blood pressure, improve digestion, increase oxygen in our lungs and cells, improve our immune system and activate networks of our brain related to your mood.

A great breathing technique is Heart Focused breathing. This is an extremely easy technique that can help decrease our heart rate, increase our gratitude, decrease our fear and boost our immune system.

Here are the steps for Heart Focused breathing:

  1. Place your hands in the center of your chest over your heart area
  2. Take 3 slow, deep breaths in through your nose, imaging that you are breathing through your heart.
  3. Continue breathing in and out of your heart area. Feel the rise and fall of your chest
  4. As you continue breathing, begin to imagine that you are breathing in gratitude and breathing out stress, worry, fear. Continue this for a few moments.
  5. When you are ready, bring to mind the image of something or someone you feel gratitude for.
  6. Move that image into the space of your heart and continue to breathing and feeling warmth in your chest.
  7. Sit for a few moments while holding this image in your heart and breath.
  8. When you are ready slowly come out of the heart focused breathing …but remember you can return to it at any time you might feel you need it.

Contact Renovare Wellness at 623.776.0206 to learn more!!

More Resources

Box Breathing Technique: https://brainwellnessaz.com/box-breathing-or-navy-seal-breathing-technique/

HeartMath Institute: https://youtu.be/-szBnENCdX0

Heart-Focused Breathing




In these unprecedented times, FEAR weakens our immune system. These recommendations can help all of us feel more in control of our Health and Wellness.

Time tested Recommendations from Renovare –

Our gift to You

Smart Supplementing for Maintaining Immune Health

  • High Quality Multi-Vitamin- 4/day recommended
  •  VitaminK2-D3 5000mg-2/day=10,000 for most people   
  • Magnesium 200mg/ 2 times daily            
  • Omega 1300 mg daily                                  
  • Vitamin C daily                                               
  • Vitamin A Daily                                              
  • Zinc with an ionophore

Smart Supplementing after Exposure to Infectious Illness

  • A vitamin K2-D3 Boost for 3 days= 25,000
  •  Take 5 Vitamin K2-D3 per meal (Total 75,000 Vitamin D per day) for just 3 days. This is especially effective at the first signs of feeling unwell

Other immune boosters:

Probiotics, Biocidin, Colloidal Silver, Immunoglobulin, Molecular Hydrogen, Carbon 60 & more

Stimulating the Immune System

  • Breathing to Calm the Nervous System and Boost Immunity: Breathe in through 4 counts, Hold Breath for 7 counts, Breathe out slowing for 8 counts. (4,7,8 Breathing by Andrew Weil M.D.)
  • Dry Gargling for3-4 repetitions. This stimulates the vagal nerve to help jump start cellular repair.
  • Sunshine, walk outside, commune with nature and pets, fresh foods, avoid sugar, drink water.
  • Unplug from devices & TVs to avoid Electro Magnetic Frequency damage to cellular health.
  • Prepare for successful sleep: turn off the news, avoid bright lights before bed, create a peaceful bedroom, enjoy some physical activity daily.

De-stress: contemplate how to “let go”, say “no”, practice gratitude instead of worry

Immune Boosting Foods

  • Berries, Nuts and Seeds
  • Probiotic and Fermented Foods: Kombucha, Bubbies Brand Sauerkraut and Pickles, Kim-Chi
  • Vegetables: Spinach, Kale, Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Squash, Celery, Beets, Cucumber, Onion, Bell Peppers
  • Seasonings: Turmeric, Oregano, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cumin, Ginger
  • Meat and Fish: Organic Chicken, Organic Beef, Wild Caught Salmon
  • Organic Chicken Vegetable Soup, Green and Black and Herbal Tea, Green Smoothies with Protein Powder, Organic Tomato Sauce, Mushrooms, Hummus


  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup leeks, diced
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 6 cups organic vegetable broth
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut yogurt

  • ½ t turmeric
  • ¼ t black pepper
  • ½ t ground ginger
  • ½ t dried thyme

In a large pot, simmer the chopped vegetables in olive oil for 2-3 minutes, until softened.

Add the broth and seasonings and simmer, avoiding over heating which will create bitterness.  Add in the yogurt at the end of the process and continue to simmer until nice and warm. Put the soup in a blender, blending until the ingredients are smooth. Enjoy!

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What Is An Invincible Immune System?

Renovare’s own Cassie Burton, founder of “Curiosity Junkie”, interviews founder and CEO of Renovare Wellness, Dr. Timothy Gerhart. This informative and empowering epidsode is based around Dr. Gerhart’s 5th and newest book “Creating an Invincible Immune System”. What does it take to stay healthy and happy? Listen and learn!!

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What is an “Invincible Immune System”? It is an immune system that easily fends off viral (and other infectious) threats with potent antiviral/antimicrobial weapons. Then it quickly stops the attack to avoid damaging healthy tissue. It is vigilant and only responds when needed and maintains the complex balance between friendly microorganisms that live in and on us and the potential pathogens that could make us sick.

* What makes us sick is a weakened immune system combined with exposure to a “germ” trigger. Louis Pasteur, the famous microbiologist who discovered germs, is reported to have said that: “The germ is nothing, the terrain (immune system) is everything.”* Our wondrous, miraculous, incredible immune system is the difference. With the COVID-19 pandemic, over 25% (and rising with more testing) of those infected don’t get sick at all! Is now a great time to start creating a more “Invincible Immune System” so we stay in the “over 25%” group?* Let’s be real. Who has a “perfect” lifestyle to create an ideal “Invincible Immune System”? Likely no one. The good news is we don’t need perfect, we just need improvements to boost our immune balance while reducing our exposure to toxic stress, overwork, lack of sleep, toxins, and pathogens.

* Our medical disease care system appears stuck in the “wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, and wait for a vaccine mode.” The question, “How do we boost our immune system to help us stay well regardless of the threat” is not being asked – or answered by the Centers for Disease control or the mainstream media.

* Join Dr. Gerhart and myself as we talk about what it takes to create an invincible immune system, to stay happy and healthy everyday.

* Taken from the Introduction of Dr. Timothy Gerhart’s book “Creating An Invincible Immune System” published in July 2020. To request a copy of “Creating An Invincible Immune System” contact: Http://BrainWellnessAZ.com Or call the Renovare Wellness By Design office @ 623-776-0206

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Creating an Invincible Immune System – Empowering You to Stay Well in Challenging Times

Renovare Wellness is proud to announce that Dr. Timothy Gerhart currently working on his 5th book titled “Creating an Invincible Immune System – Empowering You to Stay Well in Challenging Times”.
Read the Introduction below that will guide you to an “Invincible Immune System”.



What is an “Invincible Immune System”?  It is an immune system that easily fends off viral threats with potent anti-viral weapons.  Then it quickly stops to avoid damaging healthy tissue.  It is vigilant and only responds when needed and maintains the complex balance between friendly microorganisms that live in and on us and the potential pathogens that could make us sick.

When the seasonal flu, common cold, SARS, COVID or whatever virus is making its rounds, there are always those who, even though exposed, don’t get sick. They have an Invincible Immune System.

The fact is germs (viruses, flu, SARS, COVID, bacteria) don’t make us sick.  If they did, 100% of those exposed would get sick every time they were exposed.  Recent data on COVID 19 shows from 25% up to 50% of those exposed to the virus don’t get sick – many don’t even know they were exposed.

What makes us sick is a WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM combined with exposure to a “germ” trigger.  Louis Pasteur, the famous microbiologist who discovered germs is reported to have said on his deathbed that: “The germ is nothing, the terrain (immune system) is everything”.




Our immune systems have been keeping us well since the dawn of time. Yet, many live in viral fear.  Annual flu epidemics kill 250,000 – 500,000 people each year. We have a long history of viral infection epidemics and pandemics.  Recent history includes:

  1. 1918 Spanish Flu – led to up to 100 million deaths
  2. 1957 Asian Flu – led to 1-4 million deaths
  3. 1968 Hong Kong Flu – led to about 1-4 million deaths worldwide
  4. 1981-present AIDS Pandemic– led to over 32 million deaths worldwide
  5. 1997 Bird Flu – led to 352 deaths (a lot of scare at the time, few deaths)
  6. 2002-2004 SARS (from a coronavirus) outbreak – led to 774 deaths worldwide
  7. 2009 Swine Flu – up to 575,000 deaths worldwide
  8. 2012 MERS (another coronavirus) – led to 862 deaths
  9. 2014-2016 West African Ebola epidemic – led to more than 11,000 deaths
  • 2015-present Zika Virus epidemic – led to over 50 deaths
  • 2017-2018 United States Flu season – led to 60,000 to over 80,000 deaths
  • 2019-2020 Coronavirus epidemic – 149,884 deaths worldwide as of 4/17/20) (Note: Death toll may be inflated since many deaths not conclusively linked to COVID 19)


Sobering, even scary list.  The list above of diseases is sobering reminder that the latest COVID 19 pandemic is not the first and certainly not the last viral disease challenge we will face. Also, that the COVID 19 pandemic is not even in the same league compared to past challenges.  The Spanish Flu led to 100 million deaths, COVID 19 to April 17th just 150,000 deaths.  We are fortunate to have escaped a really serious immune challenge this time around.

With this long list of disease and death, how are any of us even still alive? What is the difference between those who get sick and die and those who not only survive, but often don’t even get sick?

Our wonderous, miraculous, incredible immune system is the difference.  With the COVID 19 pandemic, over 25% (and rising with more testing) of those infected don’t get sick at all!  Is now a great time to start creating a more Invincible Immune System so we stay in the “over 25%” group?


This “over 25% group” is a practical example of “Invincible Immune Systems” at work.  This is the opposite of weakened, stressed, beat-up, toxic, drugged, diseased immune systems.

In active practice since 1983, often treating patients who are sick, I have been exposed to LOTS of viruses and other microbes.  I have learned that the most important factor to me staying well is how well I am taking care of my immune system.  Using many of the approaches I describe in this book, I am very rarely sick – less than one sick day every 5 years by my count.  I now understand that when I get sick, it is my own darn fault.  I have let excessive stress, overwork, under-rest, and more weaken my immune system while neglecting what is needed to build my immune system.  As Louis Pasteur, the famous scientist who championed the “germ theory”, reportedly said on his deathbed, “The terrain (bio terrain or immune system) is everything, the germ is nothing”.   To me this means our immune health is primary – the “germ” or microbe is secondary.

Immune challenges have been mounting to weaken large swaths of our population.  We are woefully unprepared for major challenges like COVID 19.  Make no mistake, this is not the last of our immune challenges.

Let me guide you through this book on the journey towards creating a more “Invincible Immune System”. This involves reducing the “bad stuff” (toxic and stressful loads) that weaken our immune system while a adding the “good stuff” to support our high-level immune wellness.

Let’s start together the journey to learn how to do just that.

Renovare looks forward to keeping you informed of the future release of  “Creating an Invincible Immune System – Empowering You to Stay Well in Challenging Times”.

Thank You!

The Perils of Obesity in Era of COVID & Why COVID Death Rates are Artificially Elevated

What is the one of the biggest risk factors for getting seriously sick with COVID and ending up in the hospital?


Are your surprised?

“Obesity has been found to be one of the biggest risk factors leading to hospitalization for those with coronavirus.”  This is from research our of England.   https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11355265/coronavirus-is-obesity-risk-factor-covid/

There are multiple reasons obesity creates elevated risk of getting sick:

  1. Obesity is caused by poor cellular energy production in our mitochondria. Instead of making energy, we are making fat and free radicals.  This starves our immune system of the energy needed to keep us Well.
  2. Obesity creates massive inflammation which degrades immune function and damages our protective 1st line of defense – our mucosa that covers our nose, throat, sinus, lungs and more.
  3. Obesity increases our risk of the deadly “cytokine storm” in which our dysfunctional immune system destroys the virus in our lungs and then gets stuck “ON” and damages and destroys our lung tissues. This can lead to massive drops in blood pressure, organ failure, and death.

Is now a good time to binge on junk food, binge watch TV or play video games, and stress out on depressing fear-based news?

Most of our obesity epidemic is caused by metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance. How do we help our metabolism so we can release fat and get healthier?

Metabolic Syndrome Repair Basics

  1. Fix the Brain and Body on Fire
  2. Fix Blood Sugar and Insulin Regulation
    1. Take a break from the sugar (esp. hidden sugar in processed foods) and from the grains that quickly convert to sugar
    2. Avoid liquid sugar like the plague
      1. Sodas (both the sugar loaded and artificially sweetened)
      2. Fruit juices
    3. Supplement Smart
    4. Increase Colored Veggies, healthy fats, and prebiotic & fermented foods (See microbiome chapter and Eat Smart Chapter)
  3. Restore your sleep
  4. Add some movement – an active lifestyle is better than torturing yourself with occasional visits to the gym that you hate. A brisk morning walk and another after dinner do far more than we realize.
  5. Drink at least two quarts of filtered water per day.
  6. Get help with sugar addiction. See the section on Neurotransmitter support. Must deal with the major underlying causes. Often serotonin depletion, living on the hormones of stress – a life out of balance.  A brain out of balance – neurofeedback and meditation can be quite helpful.


Why COVID Death Rates are Artificially Elevated













Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51674743

Since very few of the mild cases are being tested or counted, the death rates tend to be artificially elevated.  The actual death rates are likely comparable to our most recent H1N1 flu epidemic.

For example, if 1000 COVID cases occur, and we count only those 100 cases with moderate to severe symptoms (top to the pyramid) and have 10 deaths, we have a 1% death rate.   If we count all 1000 COVID cases, we now have a .1% death rate.  Our most current flu outbreak had a .1% death rate.

Perhaps this is why some estimates of COVID death rate are as low at .1%?

Jason Oke at the University of Oxford thinks not all of the deaths attributed to the coronavirus are caused by it. He points out that while there is an excess of deaths in Italy according to EuroMOMO, a public health monitoring organisation, it isn’t as large as that during the last bad flu season in 2016. His team thinks the infection fatality rate could be as low as 0.1 per cent.

Did we fear the flu and resort to massive fear and disruption of our country over the flu?   Are we reacting in a rational way to COVID?

Perhaps we have nothing to fear but fear itself – as long we have a reasonably healthy immune system?

Perhaps focusing on building our immune system should be our primary focus?

My top Nutritional Supplements to build immune function:

  1. Vitamin K2-D3 I recommend 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 along with 360 mcg of Vitamin K2 (MK 7 version)
  2. Mega Multi Pro or another high grade multiple vitamin/mineral designed to be used at 3 or 4 capsules per day.
  3. Zinc Glycinate – highly absorbable form.
  4. Vitamin A – Bio AE Mulsion Forte is my favorite at 15 drops 3X/day
  5. Vitality C – at 8 to 16 grams per day.
  6. Biocidin – a synergistic blend of 17 herbs and essential oils with over 30 years of clinical use.
  7. Brain Relax Max – reduce stress and boost cellular energy to power our Immune system.

Call 623.776.0206 for a complimentary consult with one of our Renovare Wellness Mentors to help design a program to best support your immune system.