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Signs That You Are B12 Deficient..

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In a world where there is food available on almost every corner, vitamin deficiency is still a major factor of poor health in developed countries. While some say changes in our soil are to blame for nutrient deficiencies, there are many reasons why in a country where people eat too much, they still fall short nutritionally.

 

7 Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies

Nutrient deficiencies occur when your body does not absorb the necessary amount of a given nutrient. This is usually caused by poor intake (low-quality diet lacking in variety or a restrictive diet), certain diseases and conditions such as colon cancer or Chron’s disease, bariatric surgery, aging, and pregnancy. The amounts of each vitamin and mineral you need depend on your sex, age, activity level – even ethnicity and race can be factors.

Some of the most common nutrient deficiencies in North America are:

Iron

Iodine

Vitamin A

Vitamin D

Calcium

Magnesium

Vitamin B12

 

Vitamin B12

Also known as cobalamin, Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin responsible primarily for blood formation, brain, and nerve function. Our bodies cannot make B12, so we have to get it from our diets on a daily basis, and it needs the help of the protein intrinsic factor to be absorbed. It is found only in animal-based foods, with a few exceptions.  Neurological symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency may be irreversible, so early diagnoses is crucial.

 

Increased Risk Factors from B12 Deficiency

Cognitive Disorders

Studies link low B12 levels in the body to depression and the onset of dementia. Even scarier, research suggests that supplementing had no effect on reversing the damage for those already suffering from dementia.

 

Elevated Homocysteine Levels

Homocysteine is an amino acid created from the breakdown of protein. High levels of this amino acid is a risk factor for several diseases, including Alzheimer’s Disease, heart attack, and stroke.

 

Megaloblastic Anemia

Megaloblastic anemia occurs when your bone marrow produces unusually large, structurally abnormal, immature red blood cells (megaloblasts). This causes your overall red blood cell count to decrease, which means less oxygen gets carried to the tissues and organs that need it. Symptoms include numbness in your extremities, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, muscle weakness, and wasting.

 

Impaired Infant Development

B12 deficiency in mothers can be detrimental to both the physical and cognitive development of their babies — risking severe abnormalities and impaired brain function.

 

High-Risk Individuals of B12 Deficiency

Individuals who are most at risk for B12 deficiency are:

Vegans and/or vegetarians

Pregnant or breast feeding women

Gastrointestinal issues such as stomatitis, anorexia, or chronic diarrhea

Gastrointestinal disorders such as Chron’s disease, stomach infections, and stomach restrictions

Bariatric surgery patients

 

Signs and Symptoms of B12 Deficiency

Iron Deficiency

B12 deficiency is often masked by an iron deficiency — especially in menstruating women. B12 aids the absorption of iron, so one deficiency will lead to the other.

 

Constant Fatigue

A lack of B12 in the body means that your cells are not getting enough oxygen, leaving you feeling tired and lethargic. Constant fatigue despite proper sleep is a big red flag of potential B12 deficiency.

 

Pins and Needle

Unexplained pins and needles, numbness, and shock wave-like feelings throughout your body may be a sign of the nerve damage that results from lack of oxygen to your cells.

 

Forgetfulness

Sure, we all occasionally forget a family member’s birthday or search frantically for the sunglasses sitting on our head, but when forgetfulness becomes more severe, this could be a sign of B12 deficiency.

 

Dizziness

While it is normal to have the occasional head rush when we stand up too quickly, too frequent episodes of dizziness and vertigo are a sign of a bigger problem.

 

Muscle Weakness

As women, we often play our difficulty with certain everyday tasks off as just being weak. Chronic struggle to complete daily tasks, however, is a sign of B12 deficiency.

 

Vision Trouble

Extreme light sensitivity, blurred vision, and spotting are common problems experienced by those with B12 deficiency, not just due to aging. If untreated, permanent damage can be done to the optic nerve.

 

Pale Complexion

One of vitamin B12’s main responsibilities is red blood cell formation. A paler-than-usual complexion may be a sign of deficiency or anemia.

 

5 Ways to Increase B12 (Without Supplementation

Food

Whole foods are one of the best sources of our daily required nutrients.  Dietary sources of vitamin B12 include:

Shellfish, especially clams and oysters

Organ meats

Meat, especially red meat

Eggs

Milk products

Nori and Tempeh*

* Vegetarians and vegans are a high-risk group and eating plenty of these foods may not be enough to meet requirements.  It’s always a good idea to work with your healthcare provider to get regular lab work done in order to monitor your B12 levels and supplement if needed.

 

Limit Alcohol

Excessive alcohol intake may decrease absorption of B12 interfering with the body’s ability to produce intrinsic factor, the protein required for the body to absorb B12.  According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate alcohol consumption is defined as having up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. This definition is referring to the amount consumed on any single day and is not intended as an average over several days.

 

Proper Calcium Intake

Calcium aids in the absorption of B12, so be sure to include plenty of calcium-rich foods in your diet, such as green leafy vegetables and dairy products.

 

Add Pepper to Your Food

Besides adding flavor, “piperine”, a compound in black pepper, may increase the absorption of B12 from your food. Crack some fresh pepper on your next meal.

 

Drink Cranberry Juice

Studies have found that cranberries, cranberry juice, and cranberry capsules may help to increase absorption of B12. Avoid sugar-loaded cranberry cocktails and fruit drinks.

Do You Have Antibiotics in Your Food?

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There are more antibiotics in your food than you realize. What’s worse, many strains of these antibiotics only have limited research of their effects on human health. It’s long overdue that North Americans take a good hard look at the widespread use of antibiotic drugs in farming. Conventional farming administers antibiotics to both individual animals on an as-needed basis, and to large groups at once. For example, 16% of US dairy cows receive antibiotics to treat an infection, but almost 100% will be administered antibiotics for disease prevention. Similarly, 88% of US pigs are given antibiotics in their feed for disease prevention and growth promotion. Recent estimates suggest almost 25 million pounds of antibiotics are used non-therapeutically for chickens, pigs, and cows each year (compared to 3 million pounds of antibiotics prescribed to people!).

Thankfully, a recent report is taking the right step to help the public stay informed about what’s really on their plates.

What’s Wrong with Antibiotics in Meat?

Overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and farming is not just a problem in itself, but a symptom of a deep underlying problem with modern meat industry. Steven Roach, food safety program director at Food Animal Concerns Trust and analyst for Keep Antibiotics Working says, “The meat industry’s misuse and overuse of antibiotics reflects larger problems of poor animal welfare and farm management practices in U.S. meat production.”.

However, antibiotic use also creates a serious problem for public health. As David Wallingo, MD, Senior Health Officer with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) explains, “Overusing antibiotics in meat production helps to create drug-resistant superbugs—our nation’s largest chain restaurants can be part of the problem, or part of the solution.” Wallingo goes on to say, “Restaurants billing themselves as a ‘healthier’ option, like Subway, have a particular responsibility to live up to that image by reducing antibiotics. Consumer demand for meat raised without routine antibiotics is transforming the marketplace; the companies that continue with business-as-usual will be left behind.” The truth is, antibiotic resistant superbugs aren’t a threat looming in the future- they’re already a serious problem. In the USA alone, 2 million people contract antibiotic-resistant infections every year- 23,000 of those people die.

Luckily, you as a consumer can take advantage of resources that have been made available to the public to help you make informed decisions about the food you choose to buy. One such project is known as Chain Reaction II.

How Much Antibiotics Are in Fast Food?

Chain Reaction II is the second annual collaborative report that provides the public with information about antibiotics in the food they eat. It was researched and written by organizations Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Consumers Union, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Keep Antibiotics Working, and Center for Food Safety. In the report, food companies are given a comprehensive grade for their corporate policies on antibiotics and the implementation of those policies.

What were the main findings?

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Compared to the first Chain Reaction report, Chain Reaction II showed that twice as many fast food chains could receive a passing “grade”. This is certainly encouraging and demonstrates that the public’s cry for transparency in the food industry is not entirely falling on deaf ears. However, the report also reveals that there is still a far way to go.

Out of the 25 companies analyzed only 2, Panera Bread and Chipotle, received an A grade, which is “reserved for companies that have policies limiting the routine use of antibiotics across all the meat and poultry they serve and publicly affirming that the majority of their meat and poultry is sourced accordingly.”

Fast food chains receiving B or C grades have mixed progress and remain concerns. McDonald’s, for example, managed to source 100% of its chicken from antibiotic-free farming but made no similar progress for their pork or beef products. Other mediocre grades were given to:

Wendy’s

Taco Bell

Subway

Chick-fil-A

 

D grades were earned by companies who made some, but very little efforts to curb antibiotics use. Papa John’s, for example, created good corporate policies, but only implemented them to a fraction of their meat purchases. Meanwhile, the 16 fast food chains that earned a pitiful F grade, were noted to have taken no steps at all to minimize antibiotic use. These failing chains include:

KFC

Dunkin Donuts

Sonic

Olive Garden

Denny’s

Starbucks

Jack in the Box

Burger King

Applebee’s

Domino’s Pizza

Chilis

Little Caesar’s

Buffalo Wild Wings

Dairy Queen

Arby’s

IHOP

 

The Chain Reaction report can provide a map to help consumers navigate the tricky waters of the fast food industry, but if you want to avoid antibiotic-filled meats more effectively, it’s important to stay informed while grocery shopping as well. Opt for organic meats whenever possible. Under the National Organic Program, organic meats must be raised without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones to receive the NOP Organic label. If you’re shopping locally, ask your butcher or farmer about how your meat was raised. The more meals you’re able to make yourself from scratch with whole foods, the better.

The Truth About Birth Control Pills.

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ACCORDING TO A LOT OF DOCTORS:

Got acne? Take the pill.

Got PMS? Take the pill.

Got irregular cycles? Take the pill.

Don’t want to get pregnant? Take the pill.

 

BUT WAIT A SECOND—SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT.

 

Why not instead:

  • Address the gut for inflammation, digestive weakness, and food allergies for acne?
  • Address nutrient deficiencies to regulate progesterone production NATURALLY to address PMS?
  • Address malnutrition, a calorie deficit, hormone synthesis for irregular or non-existent cycles?
  • Address relationship status and have a real talk about how to responsibly prevent pregnancy without taking synthetic hormones than can be harmful?

 

WHAT IS THE PILL?

Birth control pills are made up of synthetic hormones estrogen (estradiol) and progestogen (progestin). And what are hormones exactly? In short, hormones are messengers, “a chemical messenger that transports a signal from one cell to another” So if hormones are messengers, then taking oral contraception is essentially a message to override your body’s natural hormonal rhythm. Do you really want something made in a lab sending messages in your body telling it what to do, instead of relying on your body’s own innate intelligence?

 

THE DOWNSIDES AND BIRTH CONTROL SIDE EFFECTS

1)      Doesn’t address ROOT cause of symptoms

The pill makes you ignore what your body is ACTUALLY trying to tell you by suppressing your symptoms. I see this as one of the biggest dangers, since PMS, infertility, and irregular cycles are a HUGE indicator of your health and your ability to reproduce! If you are not having a regular cycle, it’s a key indicator that your health and nutrition are seriously suffering. Your body naturally lowers progesterone at times of malnutrition, starvation and stress as a protective mechanism to keep you alive (if you don’t have nutrient stores for yourself, supplying them for a baby is pretty unreasonable).

 

2)       10-30% increase in the risk of breast cancer (!)

According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation “A pooled analysis of data from more than 50 studies found that while women were taking birth control pills (and shortly thereafter), they had a 10 to 30 percent higher risk of breast cancer than women who had never used the pill. Once women stopped taking the pill, their risk began to decrease and after about 10 years, returned to that of women who have never taken the pill.”

 

3)      Pill-induced nutrient deficiencies

According to the Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook, oral contraceptives can result in the following nutritional deficiencies: zinc, magnesium, selenium, vitamin C, vitamins B2, B3, B6, and B12, along with folate. These deficiencies can occur because the liver uses more of these nutrients to metabolize estrogen and detoxify it out of the body. According to Dr. Ray Peat, PhD, “Infant brain damage can be caused by a deficiency of the B vitamin, folic acid. Taking estrogen, as in birth control pills, tends to deplete the body’s supply of folic acid, so that if pregnancy occurs right after stopping the pills it is more likely to lead to miscarriage or deformity from folic acid deficiency.” The pill confirms this by addressing it on their warning label “Serum folate levels may be depressed by oral contraceptive therapy. This may be of clinical significance if a woman becomes pregnant shortly after discontinuing oral contraceptives.”

 

4)      Increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Synthetic estrogen’s cardiovascular risks have been known since 1940 including its ability to cause blood clots, varicose veins, miscarriage and PMS. “It is the estrogen in oral contraceptives which correlates with their effects on the clotting system. In the last 20 years, there has been a general agreement that increased risk of cardiovascular disease, rather than cancer or immunodeficiency or depression, is the most important concern about the effects of oral contraceptives” Ray Peat, PhD.

 

5)      Depression

According to a recent study out of JAMA Psychiatry, depression can be a side effect of hormonal birth control, especially with teens, “Use of hormonal contraception, especially among adolescents, was associated with subsequent use of antidepressants and a first diagnosis of depression, suggesting depression as a potential adverse effect of hormonal contraceptive use.”

 

6)            Poorer Periodontal Health

If healthy dental health is important to you, you’ll want to hear this one loud and clear. According to a 2007 study, “Current users of oral contraceptives had poorer periodontal health.” The study’s findings are as follows:

“Forty-two percent of subjects were taking the contraceptive pill at the time of periodontal examination. Current pill users had deeper mean probing depths compared to non-users (3.3 mm versus 2.7 mm; P = 0.006) and more severe attachment loss (2.6 mm versus 1.7 mm; P = 0.015). Pill users had more sites with bleeding on probing (44.0% versus 31.1%; P = 0.017).”

 

7)            “Other” birth control side effects from the warning label

Aside from the well know side effects such as weight gain, bloating, breast tenderness, moodiness, and reduced libido, I thought I would share some other side effects that you may not know about.

 

  • Headaches: “The onset or exacerbation of migraine or development of headache with a new pattern which is recurrent, persistent or severe requires discontinuation of oral contraceptives and evaluation of the cause.”
  • Fluid Retention: “Oral contraceptives may cause some degree of fluid retention. They should be prescribed with caution, and only with careful monitoring, in patients with conditions which might be aggravated by fluid retention.”
  • Emotional Disorders: “Women with a history of depression should be carefully observed and the drug discontinued if depression recurs to a serious degree.”
  • Nursing Mothers: “Small amounts of oral contraceptive steroids have been identified in the milk of nursing mothers and a few adverse effects on the child have been reported, including jaundice and breast enlargement. In addition, combination oral contraceptives given in the postpartum period may interfere with lactation by decreasing the quantity and quality of breast milk. If possible, the nursing mother should be advised not to use combination oral contraceptives but to use other forms of contraception until she has completely weaned her child.”

 

The choice on whether or not to take the pill is a very personal one. I encourage everyone to make an informed decision on what is right for their own body

How to treat Lyme disease naturally

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Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks (1). Very recently, this infection has also been shown to be transmitted by mosquito bites and fleas (2, 3). This would explain the rapid increase of Lyme disease across the country.

 

Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, the nervous system and eventually the whole body. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks.  Laboratory testing could be helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods but these tests can potentially miss a significant number of patients who are left undiagnosed. Long term treatment with antibiotics is usually the only option that doctors use to treat this infection. Unfortunately, in the great majority of cases, this does not work and the disease worsens. The medical approach does not look at the complexity of this infection, but just treat it with unlimited cycles of antibiotics.

 

From a holistic perspective, we need to analyze the different factors involved in Lyme disease, not just kill this bacterium with a medication which most of time fails. We need to ask questions like: What is the condition of the “terrain”? Why is the immune system so suppressed and can’t fight the infection? Why do some people develop symptoms of Lyme when other don’t? What about co-infections like Bartonella or others? What are the factors that drive the disease process?

 

There are three major factors we need to uncover in order to start the healing process: a) identify the organ(s) that have been affected by this micro-organism, b) identify and address the co-infectious micro-organisms, c) identify the nutritional deficiencies that are caused by this disease

 

Liver is the primary players in Lyme

The liver is the primary organ of filtration. It filters out the blood and lymphatic fluid. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. The lymphatic system primarily consists of lymphatic vessels, which are similar to the circulatory system veins and capillaries. Once the lymphatic fluid passes through the liver, this organ neutralizes and eliminate the toxins found in it.

 

There are primary two major toxic elements that we need to consider in any Lyme case. Let’s focus on mercury toxicity first. The list of symptoms of mercury toxicity alone, includes virtually any illness known to humankind: chronic fatigue, depression and joint pains are the most common. Simply stated, mercury alone can mimic or cause any illness currently known or at least contribute to it.

To diagnose metal deposits in the different body compartments on a living patient is not easy at all. Blood work falls short of this. It is highly not specific to determine what metals are present in the body and most importantly where. Hair analysis and urine testing have similar shortcomings. They may identify the presence of some metals but most likely miss the identification of some. None of these tests accurately and precisely pinpoint the types of metals (or any toxins for that matter) that interfere with the patient’s health and more importantly where they are located in the body. Knowing these two factors is primordial for establishing a plan to restore one’s health.

Dr. Yoshiaki Omura discovered a resonance phenomenon between identical substances that led him to develop autonomic response testing. However, this testing had a few shortcomings. Fortunatley, Dr. Freddie Ulan improved this technique to a level of precision never achieved before. His testing, Nutrition Response Testing is a very accurate and specific diagnostic tool that makes it possible to find out where in the body which metal (or toxins) is stored. In addition, his technique is useful to identify exactly which metal detoxifying agent is most suitable to remove the toxic metal from that particular body region and how and what speed that metal will be eliminated by the pathways of elimination of the body.

In addition to mercury, these are the metals found most commonly: lead, aluminum, and cadmium. So, the key approach to treating Lyme disease and every illness has to include the following:

  1. Finding out where the metals are localized in the body
  2. Identifying the exact type of metal
  3. Identifying the exact herb or supplement that will remove this metal
  4. Assuring that the channels of elimination of the body are open and working appropriately (kidney support, lymphatic drainage, liver and gallbladder support, small and large intestines supporting agents, etc.)
  5. Making sure that the metal is actually being eliminated
  6. Monitoring the detox program carefully from visit to visit
  7. Identifying and monitoring the route of elimination of other metals

Every single patient that I have seen over the years had a dysfunctional liver. Consequently, the liver cannot perform one of its main jobs which is to neutralize and eliminate the toxins out of the body. An accumulation of mercury and other metals suppresses the immune system which makes the body more prone to a Lyme infection. That explains why some people develop full blown Lyme as opposed to other who can get rid of it quickly.

Parasitic infection is the lead cause of Lyme disease severity

Clinically, parasites are the major cause of virtually every major illness. In regards to Lyme disease, it is the primary co-infection of Lyme that underlies the severity of the disease. We know that more than 70% of the immune system is located in the gut. As the primary mechanism of defense, the immune system fights hard against the presence of parasites anywhere along the GI tract. As a consequence, the immune system shuts itself down and cannot fight pathogens anymore. Parasitic infections are

are often missed by Lyme-literate doctors who mostly focus more upon the common tick-borne infections than other causes of symptoms. And if they identify parasites in a Lyme patient, they do not have the necessary tools to properly handle this situation in order to get rid of them once and for all. Parasites can cause a diverse array of symptoms, including gastrointestinal problems, malabsorption, vertigo, skin rashes, fatigue, memory loss, brain fog, depression, allergies, pain, among others. In other words, parasites can mimic symptoms of Lyme disease. Often time doctors are misled to believe that Lyme is the main problem, but in fact the parasites are the actual underlying factor to contribution to the progression of the disease. In the majority of cases, if not all, parasites can make the patients sicker than the Lyme infection by itself. It is therefore important to get rid of parasites and avoid contamination. Below are several steps you can do the minimize your risk of infections:

 

1) Make sure your body makes enough hydrochloric acid (HCl). If you are having Heartburn (often thought to be caused by too much stomach acid), indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation, undigested food in stools, acne, rectal itching, chronic Candida, hair loss in women, multiple food allergies, iron deficiency, weak, peeling, or cracked fingernails, chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, dry skin, and various autoimmune diseases, among others, very likely you are deficient in HCl. A proper level of acidity in the stomach in the first line of defense for parasitic infections.

2) Don’t let your pets sleep with you or lick you, especially your face! Dogs and cats are the main carrier of parasites. They carry them and their eggs in their fur and saliva.


3) Thoroughly wash all produce. Fruits and vegetables should be soaked for 15 minutes in vinegar mixed with a gallon of water. Most organic produce in the US is imported from Mexico, where human waste is used as fertilizer, so even organic produce needs to be disinfected.

4) Wash your hands after using the bathroom, cleaning the litter box or changing your baby’s diaper. Parasites hang out everywhere on toilets.

5) Don’t drink tap water, which nowadays is laden with microbes such as giardia and cryptosporidium.

As for the metal detoxification, Nutrition Response Testing is a wonderful tool to use in order to efficiently get rid of parasites. Be wary of products or programs that claim they can eliminate parasites in a day or a month. This is impossible. Parasite cleansing takes in average somewhere between 1-2 years. To key is to properly handle the eggs that parasites lay along the small and large intestines. If those eggs are not eliminated, they will hatch leading to more parasites. Therefore, using the right herbs for the right types of parasites for the right amount of time is critical if you want to eliminate the parasites present in the bowels.

 

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/
  2. http://www.lymedisease.org.au/transmission/
  3. http://www.truthaboutlymedisease.com/

Is Fish Oil as good as they claim it to be?

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For over a decade, fish oil has been touted by doctors, nutritionists, and armchair health enthusiasts alike as a near cure-all for health. Whether you have heart disease, depression, diabetes, or joint or skin problems, or you just want to stay healthy, somebody has probably told you to take a fish oil supplement.

The general notion was that it might help, and at the very least, it couldn’t hurt. Unfortunately, that isn’t necessarily the case. Fish oil supplements continue to gain in popularity, but the research supporting their efficacy is shaky.

Does fish oil really prevent heart disease?

It’s safe to say that the benefits of fish oil supplementation for heart health have been significantly overstated. But a majority of the evidence available now suggests that fish oil provides no benefits for preventing or improving heart disease.

For example, two randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published in 2010 found that in adults with preexisting heart disease, long-term supplementation (three-plus years) with fish oil had no significant impact on cardiovascular end points.

Some studies do still come up with positive results. For example, one meta-analysis published in 2013 found a protective effect of fish oil for preventing cardiac death, sudden death, and myocardial infarction. But there are also studies with negative results. Overall, the majority of studies show neither benefit nor harm from supplementing with fish oil for heart disease.

Does fish oil improve metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a collection of symptoms and biomarkers that often precedes heart disease or diabetes.

On the positive side, a recently published RCT found that in adults with metabolic syndrome, supplementation with 3g/d of fish oil along with 10 mL/d of olive oil for 90 days improved several blood markers. This includes a statistically significant lowering of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, an improvement in LDL/HDL ratio, and improved markers of oxidative stress.

It’s interesting to note that the fish oil plus olive oil group had better results than either the fish oil or olive oil group alone. One possible reason for this is that olive oil is rich in antioxidants and may have protected against the potentially greater risk of oxidative damage from consuming more polyunsaturated fat.

On the negative side, a recent study in women with metabolic syndrome found that 3g/d of fish oil resulted in an increase in LDL cholesterol, blood glucose, and markers for insulin resistance after 90 days, although they did observe a decrease in blood pressure. And in overweight men, supplementation with 5g per day of krill and salmon oil resulted in increased insulin resistance after eight weeks, compared with a canola oil control.

As you can see, the evidence for fish oil supplementation for metabolic syndrome is mixed, with some studies showing a benefit, others showing harm, and still others showing no significant effect either way.

Recently, attention has been drawn to the quality of over-the-counter fish oil supplements. Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, including DHA and EPA, are especially susceptible to oxidation due to double carbon bonds at multiple locations.  Light, oxygen exposure, and heat can all contribute to oxidation. Oxidized lipids have been linked to a number of health issues, including organ toxicity and accelerated atherosclerosis—the exact opposite outcomes usually desired by those who supplement with fish oil.

In 2016, the top three selling fish oil supplements in the United States were shown to have oxidation levels up to four times higher than recommended “safe” levels. As oxidation level measurements of omega-3 supplements have increased over the last several years, this has been the common finding. Studies examining fish oil supplements available around the world, including in Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa, consistently show that a vast majority (up to 80 percent!) exceed at least one of the measures of acceptable oxidation levels. Also noteworthy is that most of these supplements contain lower levels of DHA and EPA than the labels claim, probably partly due to oxidation.

Furthermore, the most recent study from 2016 demonstrated that over-the-counter omega-3 supplements had a decreased ability to inhibit small, dense LDL oxidation in a laboratory setting compared to pure omega-3 fatty acids. This means that whatever supposed benefits omega-3 supplements should have on blood lipids could likely be completely counteracted by the oxidized lipids also contained in the pills.

I think we still have a lot to learn about this subject. One of the challenges is that the effects of polyunsaturated fats on overall physiology are complex and probably depend on multiple factors that can vary individually, including uncontrolled oxidation, eicosanoid production, cell membrane effects, and signal transduction via specialized fatty acid receptors (i.e., PPAR receptors). This could explain why we see such a wide variation in study results. Is it possible that 3g/d of fish oil is beneficial for one person and harmful for another? Absolutely. Unfortunately, at this point, it’s difficult to predict that individual response with accuracy and certainty.

5 Golden Rules of Insomnia

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Insomnia is a condition in which you have trouble falling or staying asleep. Some people with insomnia may fall asleep easily but wake up too soon. Other people may have the opposite problem, or they have trouble with both falling asleep and staying asleep. The end result is poor-quality sleep that doesn’t leave you feeling refreshed when you wake up. Insomnia is a common health problem. It can cause excessive daytime sleepiness and a lack of energy. Long-term insomnia can cause you to feel depressed or irritable; have trouble paying attention, learning, and remembering; and not do your best on the job or at school. Insomnia also can limit the energy you have to spend with friends or family.

So, to combat insomnia it is imperative that we live our lives by the 5 Golden Rules of Insomnia, and they are:

1) Avoid caffeine.

Ok, we know that sometimes you really do need a cup of coffee or can of soda here and there.  But, making it a habit, and consuming it several times a day will ensure your restlessness.  It is a stimulant that keeps the mind going, forcing your body to remain ‘on the go’, making it hard for you to relax enough for a good night of sleep.

2) Try to go to bed at the same time every night.

Sometimes we need to assist our bodies with a schedule, such as sleeping.  Though the first week might prove difficult, after awhile your body will become accustomed and develop a natural sleep cycle.  Soon, your body and mind will feel that drowsiness, and you will be well on your way to preventing bouts of insomnia.

3) Try aromatherapy.

Using some pleasant and gentle aromas on your linens or throughout your room will help you to feel more relaxed and ease you into a gentle slumber.  Whether you use a spray, diffuser or sleeping mist, create an odoriferous sleep environment for yourself.

4) Do not eat or drink late.

We all get those late night cravings, but you really should avoid eating something heavy, particularly close to bedtime.  Often times, you feel hungry due to your insomnia, and you have this need to overcome stress by snacking.  But this will not do anything to help with your trouble sleeping, and in fact, will make it much worse.  Even your dinners should be scheduled so that they are at least three hours before bedtime.  Also, try to avoid any alcoholic beverages, especially hard liquor when you are going to bed.  Many people believe that the effects of liquor will make you drowsy right away, and though you might get a nap or two, this will greatly throw off your sleeping patterns.

5) Make lists.

More often than not, we lie awake at night battling with insomnia because we tend to freak out about the day ahead.  With all that is going on in our busy lives, we sometimes feel like we shouldn’t be sleeping because there is too much to do.  Before you put head to pillow, write out everything that you need to accomplish the following day.  That way, you and check them off with ease and not have to avoid sleep to worry about doing all the tasks.

Better sleep habits and lifestyle changes often help relieve insomnia.

Antifungal Herbs that Destroy the Fungus Candida!

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If you have nail fungus infections (like toenail fungus), strong sugar cravings, major seasonal allergies, recurrent vaginal infections, mood swings (irritability, anxiety, depression), skin rashes, brain fog, fatigue, GI problems among other issues, you may have a problem with Candida or other related fungi. Sugar feeds the yeast and worsens your symptoms so the first thing you need to do is cut out sugar as much as possible from your diet . This may include avoiding all forms of sugar including carbohydrates (wheat, corn, rice, quinoa, etc.).

Below is a list of some well-known antifungal herbs that we successfully use to get rid of all forms of fungi.

Calendula

Calendula is an annual herb with yellow to orange flowers, native to the Mediterranean region (1). This plant has been shown to contain several compounds that are strong anti-yeast. You can take it either by mouth or apply on the skin.

Pau D’arco

Pau d’arco is native to South America, where it has been used to treat a wide range of conditions, including pain, arthritis, inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis), fever, dysentery, boils and ulcers, and various cancers (2). One of the best herbs we use to treat Candida overgrowth.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera creates an environment that impacts Candida’s development. Aloe Vera has anti-fungal and anti-cancer properties. It also very beneficial for healing the intestines and any other of the GI tract.

Garlic

Fresh garlic is a powerful anti-fungal fighter, yet it does not destroy the beneficial bacteria in the intestines. It is an old remedy to boost the immune system and fight off various infections

Clove oil

Clove oil is yet another very powerful anti-fungal fighter, which also possesses abilities of strengthening the immune system.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is another powerful anti-fungal agent with an abundance of numerous beneficial properties. Consume at least a teaspoon of the oil 1-2 times a day.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is another well-known anti-fungal. May not be the strongest anti-yeast, but it can be very beneficial as a supporting tool to fight it off.

Oregano oil

Oregano oil is strong antifungal that we use regularly. Oregano oil is also very rich in antioxidants. You can either take it internally or apply it on the skin.

Black walnut

Black walnut has been proven to be very effective against the fungus Candida (3). Actually, it was  shown to combat Candida better than several commercial antifungal drugs.

 

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3768360/
  2. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/pau-darco
  3. https://www.thecandidadiet.com/blackwalnut.htm

How About Saliva Testing?

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Why Saliva Testing?

When looking at hormone levels in the body, a common method used is by taking a blood test that measures the blood serum or blood plasma content of the hormones. These tests are irrelevant because the bioavailable “free” hormone is not soluble in serum. Bioavailable sex hormones circulate in the blood via fatty substances such as red blood cell membranes and are not found in the serum.

Hormones made by the ovaries, testes, and the adrenals are wrapped in protein envelopes called either SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) or CBG (cortisol-binding globulin) so that they can be carried in the blood. These protein-bound hormones are not fully biologically active. The more important and more relevant hormone levels are the 1-10% that are unbound and therefore biologically active. Saliva contains only the unbound, biologically active hormone molecules.

The non-protein-bound hormone molecule, when circulating through the saliva tissue, will filter directly into the saliva, whereas protein-bound (non-bioavailable) hormone does not. Thus, saliva levels reflect tissue levels of sex hormones whereas the serum tests do not.

For example, Progesterone..

Progesterone is a female sex hormone produced by the ovaries and the adrenal glands. It is extremely important for women’s health, and it plays a crucial role in the female reproductive system including the menstrual cycle and fertility, as well as the development of the fetus and the maintenance of pregnancy.

Imbalances of progesterone levels may cause infertility, an increased risk of miscarriage, increased PMS symptoms, depression, thyroid dysfunction, fibrocystic breasts, weight gain and irregular menstrual cycle. But how do you know if you have low progesterone to be able to fix it? By having a saliva test!

Saliva testing is quicker, less expensive, less painful, and a more reliable way to measure hormone levels and test for hormone deficiencies. In other words, blood tests are useless in determining hormonal imbalances and Saliva testing has to be performed.

Fortunately, there are many natural ways to increase progesterone levels and maintain a proper hormonal balance in your body. Once you know where you levels are low, you can then take action with natural herbs or creams and a good diet to get them back where they should be.

Call us today and set up your appointment to get your saliva testing done now! 281-616-3816

Breast Cancer and Bras. Is there a link between the two?

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Many people have heard the theory that wearing a bra, especially with an underwire, can clog the lymphatic tissue, therefore causing toxins to build up, resulting in lumps and possible breast cancer.  In the book by Singer and Grismaijer ( Dressed to Kill, Avery Press, 1995), Singer and Grismaijer found that the odds of getting breast cancer dramatically increased with bra-wearing over 12 hours per day.

  • Women who wore their bras 24 hours per day had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer.
  • Women who wore bras more than 12 hour per day but not to bed had a 1 out of 7 risk.
  • Women who wore their bras less than 12 hours per day had a 1 out of 152 risk.

Women who wore bras rarely or never had a 1 out of 168 chance of getting breast cancer. The overall difference between 24 hour wearing and not at all was a 125-fold difference.

 

The results of this study are compelling, even considering that it was not a “controlled study” for other risk factors. Bear in mind that known (published in medical journals) risk factors for breast cancer are mostly in the range of less than three-fold differences. It should also be noted that Singer and Grismaijer surveyed bra-wearing behavior of the past, which is excellent for a disease with such a long development period. In their book, the authors show how most of the known risk factors can be related to bra-wearing behavior and/or the lymphatic system.

 

For example, breast feeding and pregnancy cause full development of the mammary lymphatics. Also, women of higher economic status have higher breast cancer rates, and one would expect that they would wear their bras more hours per day. Women who exercise have lower risk, which could relate to better lymphatic circulation (and I would add, more breast movement). Every subtle bounce of the breast while moving, walking, running, etc. gently massages the breast and increases lymphatic flow and thus cleans the breast of toxins and wastes that arise from cellular metabolism.

 

To this discussion, I would like to add that lymphatic circulation in many tissues (especially the primary lymphatics) are highly dependent on MOVEMENT. When you sit for a long time on an airplane flight, your feet and ankles can swell, because lymphatic circulation goes to near zero. Wearing a bra, especially a constricting one with underwires, and especially to bed, prevents normal lymphatic flow and would likely lead to anoxia (lower than normal oxygen content), which has been related to fibrosis, which has been linked to increased cancer risk.

 

Of course, there may be other mechanisms for the damage that bras apparently cause. One such mechanism could be temperature. Breasts are external organs and have a naturally lower temperature. Cancers can be temperature-dependent. Breast cancer is hormone-dependent. Temperature can alter hormone function. Breast temperature changes throughout the monthly cycle.

 

Now how can this issue be resolved? Thankfully there are different styles of bras with no underwire that are supportive and do not clog the tissues. My suggestion would to be start there. Also, If you are having any issues or just want a different approach from the “Medical World”, Call today and make an appointment. We can make a custom protocol that fits your needs and help you feel like a better you! Call us today, 281-616-3816

Breast Cancer.

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Breast Cancer. This word is a scary word. If you or someone you know have been diagnosed with breast cancer, or any kind of cancer, it has rocked your world. There is so much talk on this matter and advertisements about how the medical world is trying to find a cure, but has all the experiments and treatments actually found a cure, or have they made it worse? Is the reason for the increase of people who are diagnose with breast cancer from all the pollution, the poor diet, deodorant, or all the chemical we put on and in our bodies? And what do you do when the medicine and therapy isn’t working? Is there a holistic approach that will help? Something that has been used from the beginning of time?

How about Frankincense?

 

Frankincense Benefits

For over 5,000 years, frankincense has had many vital uses that go well beyond just being an anointing oil. It was used to support the immune system, fight infection and cure disease, even as a potential natural treatment for cancer. Today, the most common frankincense benefits include:

 

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Cancer-fighting properties
  • Spiritual awareness
  • Boosts immunity
  • Fights infections
  • Improves anxiety
  • Heals skin and reduces acne and scarring

 

Research conducted by the University of Leicester in the U.K. has rekindled the theory that the “wise men” weren’t just bringing wealth to Jesus, but medicine.

Using the compound AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid), the Omani government-funded research has for the first time shown frankincense’s ability to target cancer cells in late-stage ovarian cancer patients. Lead researcher Kamla Al-Salmani explained:

 

After a year of studying the AKBA compound with ovarian cancer cell lines in vitro, we have been able to show it is effective at killing the cancer cells. Frankincense is taken by many people with no known side effects. This finding has enormous potential to be taken to a clinical trial in the future and developed into an additional treatment for ovarian cancer.

 

Bear in mind that this research concerned Boswellic acid — a water soluble compound that is only found in the powder form of frankincense. However, there are other compounds found in frankincense oil that have been show to be beneficial in test tubes when treating cancer cells.

 

Potential Cancer-Killing Properties of Frankincense

Used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, frankincense, also known as Boswellia serrata, has been a favorite folk medicine for several health concerns, including asthma, gastroenteritis and skin conditions. New research, like the University of Leicester study, has recently suggested that frankincense’s disease-targeting power may be even more encompassing than previously suspected. Successfully linking AKBA as a potential treatment for brain, breast, colon, pancreatic, prostate and stomach cancers, research trials are filling medical journals like Carcinogenesis and PLoS One about boswellia serrata’s cancer-targeting prowess.

 

According to researchers out of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, the potential cancer-killing properties of frankincense are due in part to it regulating cellular epigenetic machinery, which highlights its ability to influence genes to promote healing. Baylor cancer scientists emphasize that this potency makes Boswellia a viable candidate for both cancer prevention and treatment.

 

Natural Treatment of Cancer with Frankincense Oil 

People who have added Boswellia serrata into their natural health cancer care plan may find themselves experiencing double-benefits from this amazing essential oil.

 

Frankincense Benefits Immune Function

A growing body of research has recently unlocked the doors to our understanding of why frankincense benefits our health. In a study published by Phytotherapy Research, for instance, when mice took 1–10 milligrams of Boswellia serrata orally, it was discovered that multiple levels of their immune systems were stimulated including:

  • Delayed hypersensitivity reaction (early 24 hours, delayed 48 hours)
  • IgG
  • IgM
  • Cytokines (interferon gamma, interleukin-4, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha)
  • T-cell interactions (i.e. CD4/CD8, which are generally low in AIDS patients)

In layman’s terms, frankincense can significantly boost the immune system. Two fundamental ways this is accomplished is by proliferating lymphocytes (white blood cells, which are the body’s primary defense team) and by keeping inflammation at bay (which is arguably the primary risk factor for most chronic diseases).

 

This may also explain why frankincense is so effective in treating autoimmune conditions like bronchial asthma, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis.

 

Implement frankincense into your natural health regimen today and see how frankincense benefits your immune function. This essential oil can be used in diffusers with ease to treat respiratory conditions, or you can use it as an essential oil or salve directly on your skin. Finally, you can also take frankincense (Boswellia) as a supplement with a few essential oil drops placed under your tongue, on the roof of your mouth or in powdered capsule form for treatment of many health conditions.

 

Here at Mind and Body Solutions, we believe in a natural and holistic approach to fight and prevent cancer. We have hundreds of natural whole food supplements along with herbs. Call us today to set up an initial consultation and see how we can help you be a healthier you! 281-616-3816

Omega-6, Good or Bad?

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Omega-6 is a type of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) that is essential to human health. Today, most consumption of PUFAs is dominated by vegetable oils from soybeans, corn, and sunflower. Before these industrial seed oils were readily available, most of our omega-6 consumption was from fresh, whole foods like nuts, seeds, and pastured meats.

The more concerning form of omega-6 is in vegetable oils. Repeated heating of vegetable oils is common practice in the food industry, particularly in large deep-fryers, because it significantly reduces the cost of food preparation. In deep-fat frying, oil is heated to temperatures greater than 400 degrees Fahrenheit, while also being exposed to moisture and air. This causes thermal lipid oxidation, resulting in the formation of polar compounds and yielding new chemical functional groups that deposit in the cooking oil. Repeated heating also degrades the natural antioxidant vitamin E, which normally protects fatty acids against lipid oxidation.

Consuming heated vegetable oils has been associated with CVD risk, and there is a direct relationship between CVD risk and consumption of cooking oil polar compounds. Regular consumption of repeatedly heated vegetable oil has been shown to increase blood pressure, decrease nitric oxide, and increase total cholesterol. Repeatedly heated oil can also cause vascular inflammation and changes to vasculature that predispose to atherosclerosis.

So if the problem is high heat, can unheated canola, soybean, or sunflower oil be a part of a healthy diet? To answer this question, we really need to understand how these oils are made.

There are three ways that oils are commonly extracted from their source:

  • Rendering: this method uses heat only
  • Chemicals: this method uses a solvent (usually hexane) and then subsequent heating to evaporate off the solvent
  • Press it out: this method is purely mechanical. These oils are commonly labeled as “cold-pressed” or “expeller pressed.”

The majority of oils high in omega-6 PUFAs are produced using the second method. This means that even if you don’t heat your vegetable oil during cooking, it has likely already been heated long before it made its way to the supermarket. After this extraction process, many oils are further refined, removing even more nutrients. The ultimate result? Energy-dense, nutrient-poor oils. Even if you choose a cold-pressed seed oil, you’d still be better off choosing a more nutrient-dense and flavorful option like olive oil or coconut oil.

At Mind and Body Solutions we have a protocol to help you bring in healthier omega-6 fats into your diet, along with a healthier lifestyle to help you feel like a better you. Call us today to set up an initial consultation and see what we can do for you! 281-616-3816.

Allergies are nothing to sneeze at!

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Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies each year.

Allergies are versatile. They can show up just about anywhere in your body and provide a variety of symptoms. They can affect your nose, eyes, throat, lungs, stomach, skin and nervous system. They can give you a bellyache, a rash and even bring on fatigue and headache.

Did you know that some of these symptoms are cause by the food that you eat and not your cat or the pollen count? Food allergy has become an epidemic in our modern world. Whereas a food allergy was considered an anomaly just a few decades ago, today one in 13 children in the United States suffers from a life-threatening anaphylactic food allergy. And this figure does not include those with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, lactose intolerance, or any other type of food intolerance.

As the major site of dietary absorption and the home to 80 percent of your body’s immune cells, it makes sense that the gut is a key player in the pathology of food allergies. Your gut is lined with millions of epithelial cells that are responsible for maintaining a barrier between your gut contents (the intestinal lumen) and your bloodstream.

In a healthy gut, small nutrients are absorbed, but large dietary proteins are unable to cross this barrier and enter the bloodstream. However, when the intestinal barrier becomes compromised (i.e., “leaky gut” syndrome), these large dietary proteins are able to enter the blood, stimulate an immune response, and produce symptoms characteristic of various allergic diseases.

Allergic diseases have risen dramatically during the last decades. They represent a major health problem that experts now think affects one third of the whole population. And if they are not managed properly, people begin to deal with it by avoiding the modern world.

In our experience, when major allergies, both food and/or environmental, are present and not handled, they are often interfering with the body’s normal function, repair and self-correcting mechanisms.

All of the sneezing, sniffling, and itchy eyes don’t have to be something that you put up with every year! Here at Mind and Body solutions, we have a healthy alternative on how to treat your allergies that don’t include medications or shots! Call us today for your initial consultation and see how we can help you feel like a healthier you!

The Harmful Effects of Sunscreen

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It’s that time of year where we all start enjoying the weather outside, but did you know that 4 different studies conducted in the 1990’s indicated a higher risk of malignant melanoma among individuals who used the most sunscreen! More than 2 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. And even though more and more people are using sunscreen each year, the incidence of skin cancer continues to climb worldwide.

In 2014, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published their guide to safe sunscreens. They reviewed over 2000 sunscreens and over 257 brands. They found more than 75% of the sunscreens contained toxic chemicals that can increase your risk of cancer and other health issues. According to research from the EWG: Our review…shows that some sunscreen ingredients absorb into the blood, and some have toxic effects. Some release skin-damaging free radicals in sunlight, some act like estrogen and disrupt hormones, and several can cause allergic reactions and skin irritation. The FDA has not established rigorous safety standards for sunscreen ingredients. Sunscreens haven’t been regulated since 1978 in the USA, and the SPF factor only tells you how effective a sunscreen is against UVB rays which cause sunburn.

A recent study published in Environmental Science Technology has also shown the common sunscreen ingredients oxybenzone, methoxycinnamate, and PABA are estrogenic chemicals linked to cancer. Here is a list of unsafe, Toxic Chemicals that you should avoid in your sunscreen:

  • Para amino benzoic acid
  • Octyl salicyclate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Cinoxate
  • Dioxybenzone
  • Phenylbenzimidazole
  • Homosalate
  • Menthyl anthranilate
  • Octocrylene
  • Methoxycinnamate
  • Parabens

Like we said in the last blog, the sun is essential for your health. Think about it. Without the sun, most plants couldn’t grow and we would perish from a lack of Vitamin D3. Of course, you can have too much of a good thing. We don’t recommend letting your skin burn, and this is a common point people miss. Getting a moderate amount of sunshine daily (Approx. 20 minutes) can actually help decrease your risk of certain types of cancers.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are times that you should wear sunscreen. But what is the best kind to buy?

The best sunscreen is a hat and a shirt. No chemicals for the skin to absorb, no questions about whether the product works and no bogus claims like “sunblock.” But if that is not enough, mineral sunscreens are the way to go!

Non-mineral sunscreens penetrate the skin, are potentially disruptive to hormones, are allergenic, and like we mentioned earlier, can release free radicals when they break down. Oxybenzone is the most common ingredient found in sunscreens. Scientists recommend not using sunscreens containing oxybenzone on children because of this hormone disruption.

Mineral sunscreens are ones containing zinc, or titanium.  These do not breakdown in sunlight, are not usually absorbed (so do not disrupt the body’s hormones), are not allergenic and are more effective at blocking UVA rays than non-minerals.  These sunscreens are a good choice for children and according to EWG have the best safety profiles of the choices in the United States.

These healthier sunscreens contain Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide as a more natural form of sunblock. However even these ingredients aren’t flawless as you’ll see in the EWG ratings system. According to the American Cancer Society, oxidative damage can increase your cancer risk. Here at Mind and Body solutions, we have a supplement protocol (along with a diet change) that we recommend which can potentially decrease your risk of skin cancer and help with the effects of sunburns.

 

Call us today! 281-616-3816

 

 

sources:  http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2012sunscreen/

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Vitamin D, good or bad?

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Have you ever been told by a healthcare practitioner that you are low in vitamin D?

Healthcare practitioners are increasingly aware of the risks of low vitamin D levels, but many are not aware that high levels of vitamin D can have toxic effects. Vitamin D is extremely important for the body. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the intestine and maintains calcium and phosphate levels in the blood, protecting against osteoporosis, rickets, and bone fracture. It also regulates immune function, cell growth, and neuromuscular function.Vitamin D deficiency has been found to increase the risk of heart attack, cancer, diabetes, asthma, and autoimmune disease. Our modern indoor lifestyle limits our sun exposure, and we can only get a small amount of vitamin D from diet.

Low vitamin D is not the only issue, you can have risks with too much vitamin D as well. This is called vitamin toxicity. Sadly, few practitioners are aware of the danger of vitamin D toxicity. Consequences of vitamin D toxicity include heart attack, stroke, kidney stones, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, weight loss, and low bone density.

Now that you know the effects of high or low vitamin D, How do we fix the issue? While you can take vitamin D supplements, you are not always guaranteed that your over the counter or prescription vitamin it is 100% vitamin D. So what is the best way to get vitamin D? Sunlight.

Sunlight is the optimal source of vitamin D, and has numerous benefits above and beyond improving vitamin D status. Vitamin D is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of sunlight. A recent 20-year study following 29,518 subjects found that those individuals avoiding sun exposure were twice as likely to die from all causes. In other words get out there and get some sun!

Now if you don’t have all day just to play in the sun there is another option! Here at Mind and Body Solutions, we can address your deficiency with whole food supplement that are 100% pure. Along with the supplements and a change of diet, We can get your level back to where they need to be.

So if you need help, or just want to change the way you feel, call us today and make an appointment! 281-616-3816

Resource:

http://chriskresser.com/vitamin-d-more-is-not-better/?utm_source=mailchimp&utm_medium=email&utm_term=vitamin-d-more-is-not-better&utm_content=&utm_campaign=blog-post

Heart Disease. How can I reverse the curse?

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Heart Disease. How can I reverse this curse?

Ok, so heart disease isn’t really a curse, BUT it is a MAJOR issue here in the U.S. One study says cardiovascular disease affects 65 MILLION people in America. 65 Million! And close to one million Americans have a heart attack each year. It continues to say that 1 of 3 deaths that occurs in the U.S. is cause by cardiovascular disease and one person dies every 39 seconds because of cardiovascular disease. This, my friend, is a MAJOR issue.

But how can we go about reversing this? SURELY there is something we can do that will actually work! Well I am glad that you asked, because there is!

A recent study compared the relationship between heart disease and lifestyle and showed 90% of cardiovascular disease is caused by modifiable diet and lifestyle factors. According to the INTERHEART study, which examined cardiovascular risk factors in 51 countries, 9 out of the 10 strongest risk factors for heart disease are modifiable by changes in diet and lifestyle. Do you see where I am going with this?

While taking action now does not guarantee that you’ll never get heart disease, it does vastly improve your chances of avoiding it or at least delaying it significantly.  Here is how we can reverse this curse called heart disease.

  • Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet:

Avoid diets that emphasize nutrient-poor foods such as whole grains and vegetable oil, and unnecessarily restricts nutrient-dense foods like red meat, animal fat and cholesterol.

Start eating a diet that emphasizes an optimal balance of fats, eliminates highly processed and refined foods, and reduces other food toxins that interfere with nutrient absorption, such as a Paleo diet.

  • Live a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle:

Exercise. Yes I said it, exercise. By exercising it can prevent the development and progression of atherosclerosis, improve lipids, and reduce vascular symptoms in patients that already have heart disease. To keep our bodies happy and healthy, whether you have heart disease or not, we need to exercise. Our bodies just need it.

Go to bed! Sleep deprivation has been associated with weight gain, insulin resistance, increased appetite and caloric intake, overconsumption of highly palatable and rewarding food, decreased energy expenditure and a reduced likelihood of sticking with healthy lifestyle behaviors. In other words, sleep is very important for our bodies.

  • Boost Your Heart-Healthy Nutrients:

In addition to the basic heart-healthy paleo diet that I mentioned above, there are several specific foods/nutrients that have been shown to improve cardiovascular health. Such as: Cold water fatty fish, Monounsaturated fats, Antioxidant-rich foods, and Nuts.

So as you can see, everything we do and eat, affects how well our bodies work. You are what you eat, make your diet clean and unprocessed, exercise and SLEEP!

If you already have an issue plaque build up, don’t worry, we have a protocol that will help clean your arteries and your body. By making a choice of living a healthier lifestyle and taking the natural whole food supplements that we recommend, you could not only feel great again, but also add more years to your life. Call us today to make an appointment and let us help you make these changes in your life that way you can avoid, or reverse, the curse of heart disease.

 

Resources:

(1) https://chriskresser.com/the-diet-heart-myth-statins-dont-save-lives-in-people-without-heart-disease/

(2) https://chriskresser.com/the-diet-heart-myth-how-to-prevent-and-reverse-heart-disease-naturally/

 

Why Whole Food Supplements

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The Best Of The Best!!


Whole food supplements are made from REAL foods! Most of the foods we eat today have little to no nutrition. Whole food supplements contain plant and animal
extracts or other ingredients as required to create the best dietary supplement for each health indication.


All patients take Whole Food Supplements in out practice. We can replace the nutrition you lack in everyday life using these types of supplements.


The Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine have been around for hundreds of years. The premise of this healing mode is that Mother Nature has provided us with
everything necessary to cure every conditions encountered. We use the same principle but we mostly use whole food supplements.


As the words indicate, these supplements are made from actual foods like carrots, broccoli, beets, just to name a few. The very great majority of
supplements available in stores are made from synthetic vitamins and minerals.

These are not natural because you will never find them “as is” in nature. As a matter of fact, several studies show that our body is treating them as foreign
substances.


Vitamin C is a very good example. Vitamin C supplement you can buy at the grocery store says: “Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)”. Vitamin C from real foods
are made of about 150 components, taking the Vitamin C with ascorbic acid isn’t necessary. However, because it is not your body’s favorite choice, you will have
to take a gigantic amount to produce the same effect as taking a pill of the whole food Rose Hips for example (very high in vitamin C) that also contain
carotenoids, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and lycopene. 


Vitamin B is another good example. Vitamin B sold in the stores only contain about 8-9 different B Vitamins, the B Complex is made up of 24 different B
Vitamins.


By overtaking an isolated, synthetic nutrient, you create an unbalanced environment for other essential nutrients. As an example, overtaking calcium may
have important repercussions on your level of magnesium, Vitamins K2, and D which increases your risk of heart disease, cataracts, and kidney/gall bladder
stones.


The other major issue from over the counter supplements is their rate of absorption. The body does not absorb the nutrients used in these supplements
very efficiently. Indeed, about 10-20% is being absorbed. In other words, more than 80-90% of the money you spend on these supplements is wasted. Therefore,
only buy whole food supplements from reputed companies that are testing and regulating their whole food sources. The best company is without any doubt
Standard Process. I have had remarkable results using their supplements as the absorption rate is close to 100%.


I would recommend you consult with a holistic doctor in order to address the root cause of your concerns and how to maximize your results by taking the right
supplements for your own health conditions.

 

 

I’ve decided this is my new beginning!

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Now starting a new life isn’t easy, along with the responsibility of your health comes other road bumps. Almost ALL of our patients struggle in the first 2-9 weeks.

NO ONE said this would be easy…

…but it will be worth it!

So today I’m typing this entry so you don’t feel like you’re the only one who has come to complications.

Detox

The first part of all of this healthy living is DETOX! Get rid of all the nasty junk in your body so you can begin to feel better.

Some patients find themselves not feeling too well or even sick within the first 3 weeks of the program. Most of the time this means either your detox is too much to handle all at once for your body so a step back may be needed OR, this may further confirm that you are doing EVERYTHING RIGHT!

This detox is a must for your body: some “Detox Reaction” or “Healing Crisis” signs can consist in acne, constipation, loose bowels, cold/flu like symptoms, itching or even a small rashes. Don’t be alarmed by any of these things, they are all normal reactions to a new detox.

See it this way: you are RE-teaching proper nutrition to your body and correcting all the things accumulated over the years. You have most likely taken all kinds of medication for these issues and it hasn’t helped, don’t give up on us that easy!

Diet

Another issue patients have to deal with is their diet. Each patients’ diet protocol varies depending on what their body lacks.

Sometimes it takes about 3-12 weeks for patients to comply with their diet. We know you can’t give up all these yummy but harmful foods all at once such as bread, ice cream, snickers, cereal or McDonald’s…it’s a process!

Until I’m confident you are giving your body the fuel needed for it to be the healthy machine you were made to be, you’ll have to turn in your food log: at every visit, you and I will go over what you have eaten for the past 7 days. I will then give recommendations to other health options and work with you on your diet guidelines.

If you aren’t sure how to read labels or how to tell if the food you’re eating is directly affecting you: JUST ASK!

I will advise that you bring your chosen food on your next visit and we can test it using NRT to see if it is harmful to your immune system.

What’s next?

After the initial shock of this life-changing experience, you’ll start feeling better. You will begin to realize other health problems you may have dealt with for a while. For example: you have had chronic migraines for 7 years and this is why you sought help from our practice. Once the root cause of your migraines is found, by following a nutrition program and reversing the affect it has had on your day to day life, you may realize that your joint pain may have diminished since you could not function with migraines.

Now the only pain you have is the pain in your hands and feet? Let me know! Your hands and feet pain may be the next step in your overall healing.

Never omit to mention something if doctors have constantly told you it can’t be reversed or “cured”, all things are possible!

Nutrition Response Testing… How does it work?

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Well, over time I have seen many patients come in and out of my office with this same question… Don’t worry you are not the only one.

How does it work?

Using Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) we can evaluate your overall health. This tool is very different from other “natural” health solutions. The analysis is done by testing your body’s reflexes and acupressure points. The reflexes can show that any of your organs are deficient in a vitamin/mineral, also it can detect if you have an immune challenge such as: Bacteria, Virus, Fungi, Parasites, Any food sensitivities, Chemicals or Metal buildup in the body. After finding out what kind of deficiencies you have we make a nutrition plan just for you! This in tales taking whole food supplements and or homeopathic remedies, along with some diet restrictions.

For the first few months of your new healthy life you will detox your body from all of the harmful substances you have acquired over the years. Don’t be too frightened, we have all eaten and done toxic things to beat our immune system down, I promise, been there done that! With that being said, it takes about 12-24 months of complete compliance before your body is completely “fixed”. After the detox layer there is sometimes other secondary issues that come up. Most of the time they are small things you may have dealt with in the past but you just pushed them aside because life was too busy or other health issues arose.

How important is it to stick to the entire program?

All in all most  health issues don’t come about overnight. You have become chronically sick or ill over the past few years, not minutes. Although it’s hard to believe, you have got yourself in this situation with a poor diet and a lack of general nutrition. The sooner you correct your eating habits and life style choices the sooner you will see results in your health. If you don’t give your body the full amount of time and effort to correct the root cause to your health concerns your condition may not improve. All things considered, you should take a step back and ask yourself IS THIS FOR ME?

Do you have a histamine intolerance?

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Headaches, rash, fatigue, cramps? Do you experiment these symptoms?

Do you feel worse after eating yogurt but you feel fine drinking milk?

Red wine gives you headaches?

Mushrooms bring you to the bathroom?

When you body is fighting a pathogen, you body release histamine to create a inflamed and swollen environment for white blood cells to get through more easily. Inflammation is most of the time, a good thing. However, when the inflammation is chronic, you end up with an inefficient immune system.

Eventually, the histamine is controlled by an enzymes called diamine oxidase except if your body is lacking this special enzyme. If you have too much histamine floating around in the interstitial fluid, you experience symptoms. Even without a Diamine oxidase deficiency, you may experience these symptoms if you have a bacterial infection, allergies, leaky gut or if you over consume histamine-rich food.

Symptoms of histamine intolerance

* Headaches/migraines
* Sleeping disorders
* Hypertension
* Dizziness
* Accelerated heart rate
* Abdominal cramps
* Nasal congestion, sneezing, difficulty breathing
* Hormonal imbalances
* Hives
* Fatigue
* Inflammation

Foods naturally high in histamine:
Note: probiotics are very good for your health, however, many produce histamine within the body.

* Fermented alcoholic beverages (wine, champagne, beer)
* Fermented foods: sauerkraut, vinegar, soy sauce, kefir, yogurt, kombucha, kimchi, miso etc..
* Preserved food : pickles, olives etc.
* Cured meats: bacon, salami, pepperoni, hot dogs etc.
* Soured foods: sour cream, buttermilk, etc
* Dried fruit: apricots, prunes, dates, figs, raisins
* Most citrus
* Aged cheese ( blue cheese is the worst)
* Nuts: walnuts, cashews, and peanuts
* Some Vegetables: avocados, eggplant, spinach, and tomatoes
* Smoked fish

Foods that trigger histamine release:

* Alcohol
* Bananas
* Chocolate
* Cow’s Milk
* Nuts
* Papaya
* Pineapple
* Shellfish
* Strawberries
* Tomatoes
* Wheat Germ
* Preservatives and dyes

Foods that block Diamine oxydase.

* Alcohol
* Energy drinks
* Black & Green tea

That is a long list! The good news is: We can help!

By identifying the underlying causes of your overflow of histamine and/or the cause of your diamine oxydase deficiency, we can re-balance your immune system by repairing a leaky gut, normalizing your stomach ph and validating your allergies.

Ground meat is cheap. Let’s make Gyro meat!

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I’m not a big fan of lamb so when I found out Gyro meat was half beef half lamb, I was very surprised!  I don’t taste the lamb at all!
The taste of this meat is so different than any other meat that you almost have the impression it’s sort of the meat of an exotic animal..
This recipe is amazing, fast and easy to make.  I used fresh herbs because I grow them in my garden.
Ingredients
  • 1 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pounds ground lamb
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Marjoram or 1/2 tablespoon dried marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic or powdered garlic
  • 2 tablespoon fresh oregano or 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons  sea salt ( I use Himalayan salt)
  • 1 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
To Make the Gyro Meat:
  1. Place the onion in pieces in the food processor until they are super finely chopped. Add all the ingredients and blend until smooth.  Let the mixture sit for at least an hour ( overnight is ideal).
  2. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  3. Grease a cookie sheet with butter or non-hydrogenated palm shortening. Make little balls and press  each of them with your fingers to make it flat and thin. Cook for 15 minutes. Transfer your meat to a clean and dry cookie sheet and cook again for 5 minutes. Turn off the oven and open the door.
  4.  Let the meat rest like this for 20 minutes (inside the oven).
Enjoy!
Note: if you prefer a meat with moisture, just forget about the cookie sheet transfer.

Gluten and grain free bread!

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I don’t like the taste of bread… said no one ever…

We have to face it..  Bread is addictive!

Fortunately, you can make your own bread, every morning in less than 10 minutes.. and it taste wonderful!

  • 2 Cups of Tapioca Flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Table spoon of oil ( we like olive, red palm and avocado)
  • Salt
Crack the eggs in a bowl and slowly add the flour and whip at the same time.
Add the oil and salt and whip until you have a smooth mixture
Pour into a bread pan (we did it with cupcake molds) or you can even pour the mixture on a flat cookie sheet (with parchment paper for a tortilla shape)
Bake in the oven ( 350 degrees) for 10-20 minutes ( 10 minutes for a tortilla and 20 minutes in a bread pan)
Enjoy it warm with our blueberry jam or our macadamia Nutella!

Sugar craving remedy : Low carb mint chocolate

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Avoiding sugar can be a little stressful for your body.  Some people like to do it cold turkey while others like to transition to a better lifestyle.

This recipe will really help you with sugar cravings.  It tastes good, it’s healthy and low carb!

Even your children will love them!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa butter  ( food grade)
  • 1 T  Cacao powder
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut oil ( organic is the way to go)
  • Xylitol or stevia ( add some until it tastes wonderful to you:)) Note: if you use Xylitol, you should give it a ride in the coffee grinder to make a powder
  • 10 drops of pure peppermint extract

 

Melt cocoa butter and add cacao powder. Mix the rest of the ingredients and pour in molds ( or cupcake liners).  Let it rest in the fridge for an hour! Voila!

 

Do you know the real cause of your medical condition?

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Sophie met with Doctor Serge because she was struggling with weight gain, lethargy, insomnia, and chronic pain. At that time, she was taking about 12 prescriptions for a variety of health problems. The testing identified food allergies and chlorine poisoning from decades of swimming.

 A year later, she is pain free, her sleep is deep and restful and she is 100 lbs lighter. More importantly, she was off all the medication except Armour for her thyroid… and working on that.
Our tests are very reliable to identify the real causes of symptoms. In the office, the most frequent symptoms we see are: fatigue, constipation, weight gain ( or the inability to lose weight), insomnia, inflammation and depression.  However, all our patients have different origins for their medical issues.
Knowing the cause help you find the motivation to change and we’ll support you every step of the way…

Chick-Fil-A night? Gluten free, low carb chicken fingers

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Can you believe something can taste better than Chick-Fil-A  and be healthy at the same time?

I do not expect you to believe.  I expect you to TRY!

We all like the crunchiness of chicken fingers…. but it’s usually made of flour, unhealthy oil and other unpronounceable ingredients. This recipe has 3 ingredients.. well 4 with the chicken.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 packages of organic chicken
  • 3 eggs
  • Your favorite spices ( I like chili spices or indian spices ( garam masala)
  • 1 medium bag of pork skin ( chicharones or cracklins )
 Use a food processor to crush the pork skin or use your hands and smash the bag ( don’t forgot to make a small hole to let the air out if you don’t want the explosion)
Mix spices with the crushed pork skin
Use two bowls: one for the blended eggs and one for the pork skin mix
Dip uncooked chicken pieces ( shaped like nuggets or fingers) into the egg blend then in the pork skin mixture
Place on a cookie sheet and cook in the over ( 425 degrees) for about 20 minutes
Enjoy with some spicy homemade mayonnaise
Feed a family of 4

Will my intolerance go away?

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It depends how serious you are about getting rid of it but the answer is YES!

I once had a case of unexplained leg pain, insomnia and digestive issues.  She met with the best pain specialists,  took all kind of pain medication. Nothing worked. As her last resort, she came to see us.

We identified a soy and wheat sensitivities as well as pesticides poisoning from years of gardening. We cleaned her diet and gave her supplements to get rid of toxins in her body . After a few months,  she was feeling better but not 100% well which did not make sense. We went over the data we collected since the beginning and analyzed her diet and lifestyle. We found out that her leg pain started right after she bought this very expensive blanket with a unique fabric from Italy. We tested her and her body was reactive to the blanket. Because she spent a lot of money on it, she did not want to get rid of it. We had to find a solution. We actually eliminated her sensitivity to the fabric using Accelerated Allergy Clearing Technique (AACT)  and her leg pain completely disappear in a few sessions.

Our patients usually met with a conventional health specialist before they meet with us.  When we assess them, they already tried several things in vain.

Being able to help them is a giving and this kind of stories are our daily motivation…

Are you plateauing?

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Carolyn came for weight loss, fatigue, insomnia, allergies and overall ache. She struggled her whole life with weight and she claimed that she had done everything to help her and nothing ever happened.  After following our customized program, she started losing weight but after several months into the program, She plateaued. We performed several tests but they all came back negative. Finally, we decided to look at her diet and identified what was the real issue. We found out that she was eating about 10-12 cucumbers a day in her juices/smoothies and unfortunately her body developed a sensitivity to it and was preventing her from  losing weight. We recommended her to stop eating/drinking it and she started losing weight again.

Cucumbers? Really?

Our body can develop an intolerance to anything.  This could be your food, mold in your environment or even substances in your mattress.

There are so many diets out there claiming to be THE BEST weight loss program!  And this is probably true. They all work to some extent.
The truth is, there’s no one-fit-all diet.  That’s why you may fail where someone else succeed.

We’ve seen a patient with inflammatory bowel disease caused by the garlic supplement she was taking ( to be in better health) or a lady who decided to replace cow’s milk with soy milk with disastrous results.

Changing your diet is like joining a gym. You may need help making sure your are not worsening your condition.

And this is what we do…

Is sugar that bad?

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Dr Nancy Appleton has compiled a list of reasons to avoid consuming sugar. Here’s the very first one on this list:

Sugar suppresses the immune system.

Stevia is currently the best sweetener out there. Try it out!
Yours in Health,
Dr Serge

Should we increase our fiber intake?

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Hi,

I hope everything had a great weekend!

I recently came across this great article on fibers titled:

** Stopping or reducing dietary fiber intake reduces constipation and its associated symptoms.
What researchers demonstrate is that lower the intake of fiber alleviates constipation and its associated symptoms.

Forget Metamucil. Instead increase your intake of fruits and vegetables for a great source of fiber

Yours in Health,
Dr Serge

My final thoughts on the thyroid

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Over the last few weeks, I have received multiple questions and requests following my articles on the thyroid and what to do about it. Here’s my final thoughts on this.

We have learned that factors like chlorine (or other toxins), gluten, and infectious agents (like virus, yeast/fungi, parasites) trigger thyroid issues like hypo/hyper, Hashimoto’s, Grave’s disease, goiter, among others.

The first step that has to be taken is to identify these factors. To my knowledge, the best tool to perform this is Nutrition Response Testing. It allows to pinpoint exactly what stresses your body. Once we know what is causing or aggravating your situation, we can handle it using a personalized design nutritional program. Each person is different and the causes may be different as well. I have seen several patients with thyroid issues in the office and each of them was unique, meaning their nutritional programs were adjusted based on their individual needs.

Once these factors are eliminated, it is time to properly nourish the thyroid. Most people know that the thyroid is needing iodine to function. But most of us forget that the thyroid also needs several B vitamins, zinc, selenium, tyrosine, manganese, vanadium, vitamin C, among others. Consuming a variety of foods is important to cover all the nutrients that the body required on a daily basis. Taking nutritional supplements design to support and heal the thyroid is also important to rebalance your body and hormones.

Yours in health,

Dr Serge

Infectious agents and auto-immune thyroid disease

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Over the last few weeks, I have written articles that described some of the major causes of thyroid disease.  This week, I am going to cover the last major factor that lead to hormonal issues.

We have learned that chlorine and gluten are two important triggers of thyroid problems. The last one is infectious agents.

Micro-organisms such as Rubella, Epstein-Barr Virus, retrovirus, Influenza B virus, Coxsakie virus and Yersinia are well-know to trigger or contribute to thyroid dysfunction and hormonal imbalance.  The mechanism behind this is what scientists called “mimicry”. In other words, these infectious agents release in the body molecules that are almost identical to the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) receptors located in the thyroid gland itself. Once the body detects these molecules, it will produce antibodies that will destroy them. The problem is that these antibodies start attacking the thyroid gland as well, leading to auto-immune thyroid disorders, such as Hashimoto’s, Grave’s disease, hypothyroidism, among others.

If your thyroid does not seem to stabilize despite medication or anything else you might be doing or might have tried, I can almost guarantee that an infectious agent is involved. Addressing this would be the key to stabilize the thyroid and help you regain your health.

If you have any comments, please feel free to contact me.

yours in health,
Dr Serge

The Gut: one major factor causing thyroid dysfunction

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Since I published my article on the link between chlorine and thyroid issues a few weeks, I have had several comments and questions from people. This week I want to elaborate more on the factors that cause thyroid dysfunction.

Beside chlorine, there are 2 other factors that are well known in the medical literature to cause or contribute to a variety of thyroid problems.

As we could suspect, the diet has a direct impact on these conditions. Specifically, wheat is a major trigger. What explains this observation? The structure of gliadin, which is a portion of the protein gluten found in wheat, rye, barley, among other grains, is closely similar to that of the thyroid gland. When the integrity of the small intestine is compromised, gliadin enters the bloodstream, the immune system tags it for destruction. Following this, the body makes antibodies that will destroy the gliadin molecule. But these antibodies will also attack the thyroid gland.

At this point, you may ask what compromises the function of the small intestine? Chlorine is one factor! Heavy metals like mercury is another one, as well the diet.

The goal here is to restore the function of the gut in order to stop the auto-destruction of the thyroid gland.

Next week, I will cover the second major factor that lead to thyroid disorders.

Hope this answer the question. If you have any comments, please feel free to contact me.

yours in health,
Dr Serge

 

Thyroid and chlorine: what do they have in common?

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This week, I wanted to elaborate on one main factor that causes thyroid malfunction.In more than 90% of cases of hormonal/thyroid issues we see in the office, we find chlorine as being a major endocrine disruptor.

An endocrine disruptor is a chemical that interferes with the hormonal system. Based on chemistry, chlorine is similar to iodine. And when there is accumulation of chlorine in the body, chlorine would displace the iodine in the thyroid gland. In order words, the thyroid would utilize chlorine instead of iodine, leading to thyroid dysfunction. In addition, it is well known that chlorine neutralizes iodine in the body making it inert. Consequently, the thyroid is lacking iodine and can’t function properly.

In most cases, a gentle detox of the thyroid gland is the first step. Then, supplementation with iodine is required in order to restore the function of the thyroid.

If you have any comments, please feel free to contact me.

yours in health,
Dr Serge

Do we need to supplement our diet with calcium?

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In my last newsletter, I briefly talked about bone disease and I got several emails asking if it is good to supplement our diet with calcium. This week, I am going to cover this topic. 

Over the last few years, calcium supplementation has been quite the controversy. There are reports that calcium supplementation has been connected to heart issues, such as calcification of the arteries of the heart. In addition, for years postmenopausal women have criticized the little evidence that calcium supplementation actually prevented fractures in healthy women.

The issue is that the great majority of the calcium supplements are not bio-available, meaning that the body can’t assimilate it well and can’t utilize it correctly. When calcium supplements are poorly formulated they leave calcium deposits in the body outside the bone, leading to problems such as cataracts, kidney/gall bladder stones, calcification of the arteries, joint issues, arthritis, and so on. Which lead to the theory of calcium being connected to the conditions mentioned above.

Like I mentioned previously osteoporosis is a disease of sugar metabolism and protein deficiency. There may be no need to supplement once you address these 2 factors.

The best source of calcium is bone/chicken broth.  Other good sources of calcium are kale, spinach, collard greens, almonds, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds, okra, among others.

If you have any comments, please feel free to contact me.

yours in health,
Dr Serge

Whole wheat: friend or foe?

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Virtually on a daily basis, I am asked by patients if whole wheat is better than wheat.

Here’s my thoughts on this question:

First, wheat and grains in general are in fact a large supply of starch. This starch decomposes into sugar in the intestines in a 2-phase process. Thus, they are very hard to digest properly. The problem is that the human body is not fit for this job and a part of the starch is not absorbed and descends into the large intestines, feeding critters, causing inflammation, gasses, damage to the wall of the intestines, among other problems. Over time, one will develop insulin resistance, hypoglycemia, diabetes type 2, obesity, heart problems, and osteoporosis.

Second, whole grains, like whole wheat, contain anti-nutrients. These molecules bind to essential vitamins and minerals, making them worthless or impossible to absorb for the digestive tract. Therefore, people develop nutritional deficiencies, like a lack of iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, among others.

By the way, carbohydrates are not essential. The body can make some from fats and proteins. Therefore, you can survive and feel perfectly well on a very low or no carb diet. In addition, there is no nutrients in wheat that you can’t find in other food.

Hope this answer the question. If you have any comments, please feel free to contact me.

yours in health,
Dr Serge

Your thyroid is fine, but you are still suffering from thyroid symptoms?

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Almost on a daily basis, I have patients asking me why my blood work shows that my thyroid is fine but I still have thyroid symptoms.

There are a few key points to this question:

1. When you go see your doctor, he will order a blood work to measure TSH, the primary hormone that regulates the thyroid. And then you obtain your number for the thyroid. Doctors use we call a “functional” range as a reference number for TSH. Usually, when the number falls between 1.0-5.0, the doctor would consider that the thyroid is fine. However, this reference number is an average of all patients who have done this blood work in the past. You can see that this is a problem. You have people who are healthy, people who have some issues and people who are very sick. This average is very broad. Clinically the reference number should be tighter, around 1.5-3.0. Using this new definition, many people will be considered as either hypo or hyper.

2. The second problem with this measurement is that the doctor does not consider all the other hormones that are known to interact with the thyroid. They only measure TSH and missing a lot of information. They should order the full thyroid panel in order to have a good idea of the situation.

Because of this broad definition, many people who suffered from thyroid symptoms like fatigue, hair loss, brittle nails, weight gain, extremities cold, bowel issues, muscle pain, etc. are considered to have normal thyroid by their doctors.

Nutrition Response Testing analysis is a great tool that we use to determine the actual cause of thyroid symptoms. We only use natural products. We don’t use drugs, medications or any types of cream. We believe that by give the body the right nutrition, it will heal itself.

yours in health,
Dr Serge

Sugar: the good, the bad, and the ugly

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We have been hearing more about sugar lately. In the 80s, scientists and doctors recommended to cut down our fat intake in order to avoid heart disease. Consequently, this led to an increase in the consumption of sugar and carbs. Nowadays, scientists are starting to realize that they may have made a mistake and that sugar is the actual culprit behind the epidemic of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and several other chronic issues.

Refined sugar is empty calorie. There is no nutrients in it, it is just 100% sugar. As a consequence, the body recognizes and processes sugar as it is a toxin. It depletes the tissues from calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and a variety of other minerals. This leads to the issues mentioned in the first paragraph.

Sugar may or may not include refined table sugar, grains like wheat, corn, rice, etc. and fruits in some cases. How strict you have to be about sugar depends on the severity of your conditions and how long what you have been struggling with them.

After saying this, there is some options out there to sweeten our foods. Stevia is the best sweetener. Then we have coconut sugar, dates, and honey. These are highly rich in vitamins and minerals which help the body in processing and assimilating these sweeteners. The negative impact on the body is greatly reduced.

If you have any comments, please feel free to contact me.

yours in health,
Dr Serge

Are you having a hard time losing weight? Here’s why.

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This time of the year, several people have a motivation to get back in shape and specifically to lose weight. Today,  I wanted to relate my experience with people who are having a very hard time to lose weight.

I always see at least 2 components in these cases:

1. The diet has to be looked at very carefully. Any type of food can slow down weight loss and stop it completely. I have seen people having issues with crackers, apples, bananas, cucumbers, nuts, etc. In other words, the body was sensitive to these foods and the body couldn’t lose weight. Therefore, the diet is the primary component I will look very carefully.

2. The second factor that underlies stubborn weight issue is what we call “obesogenic” molecules. These are another word for toxins. These toxins are hormonal disruptors meaning they lead to a hormonal imbalance that makes it hard to lose weight. Different glands like the thyroid and the adrenal are being affected and it will take time to rebalance everything out to normal function. But the good news is that there is hope and Nutrition Response Testing can definitively help with this situation.

yours in health,

Dr Serge

Cruciferous and thyroid health: what you should know.

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This week I wanted to touch upon a topic that we do not hear a lot about: the cruciferous vegetables and the thyroid health.

The cruciferous family of vegetables include cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, cress, bok choy, kale, collard greens, among others.

These vegetables are “goitrogens” meaning they can act as antithyroid molecules, slowing down the thyroid function, and ultimately causing thyroid dysfunction. Thus, if you have thyroid issues, you may want to look at your cruciferous intake and figuring out which ones may be part of your situation.

Clinically, these are the foods that I regularly see to be a problem for some patients:

African cassava
Babassu (a palm-tree coconut fruit found in Brazil and Africa)
Bod Choy
Broccoli
Broccolini
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Chinese Broccoli
Collards
Daikon
Kale
Kohlrabi
Millet
Mustard
Peaches
Peanuts
Pine nuts
Radishes
Red Radish
Rutabaga
Spinach
Strawberries
Turnips
Watercress

Cruciferous vegetables are great for healthy people. They provides anti-cancer molecules for examples. But when we are handling the underlying causes of your problems, abstaining eating them may be very beneficial. Each cause is different and that is why an individualized approach is recommended.

Yous in health,
Dr Serge

What you know about bone health may be wrong!

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This week I want to cover a topic that the great majority of people is confused about: bone health.

American are the ones who consume the most dairy products in the world (along with the Finnish), but have the highest rate of osteoporosis. This is paradoxical as we are told to drink milk to prevent bone issues.

99% of the population drink pasteurized milk. Pasteurization is the process by which milk is heated to kill dangerous pathogens. In this process, most of the nutrients are rendered inactive. In addition, to determine whether the pasteurization process was effective, scientists use the “phosphatase test”. Phophatase is an enzyme present in the milk that is heat sensitive. Scientists demonstrated a long time ago that if this enzyme is inactive (dead), the milk is pasteurized and there is no longer pathogens in it. Therefore, pasteurized milk is literally a dead food.

Phosphatase is required by the body to absorbed calcium present in the milk. Consequently, most of the calcium present in the milk is not being absorbed by the body due to the lack of the enzyme phosphatase in the pasteurized milk.

So far we have learned that the body needs phosphatase to assimilate calcium present in the milk. On the other side, milk is also high in phosphorus. However, it is readily absorbed by the body, i-e the body does not need anything to absorb this element. As a consequence, the phosphorus level increases in the body after drinking a glass of milk. It is well established that the body keeps a ratio of 10:4 of calcium:phosphorus respectively. In other words, at any time, there is 10 times more calcium in the blood than phosphorus. However, in our situation, milk increases only the level of phosphorus in the blood. In order to counteract this phosphorus increase, the body will actually pull calcium out of the bones, leading to brittle bones!

In conclusion, milk or dairy products do not prevent osteoporosis and may actually contribute to it. That explains why Japanese women, who do not consume dairy products, have the lowest rate of osteoporosis in the world.

Osteoporosis is a disease of sugar metabolism and protein deficiency. In order to prevent bone disease, consume enough good quality proteins, greens, and chicken/bone broth on a daily basis.

If you have any comments, please feel free to contact me.

yours in health,
Dr Serge

Is Salt bad for you?

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For more than 40 years, doctors and cardiologists have promoted a low salt diet in order to prevent and cure high blood pressure. But the truth of the matter is that this diet does not work.

In fact, long term studies on a low salt diet suggested that people following a low salt diet are sicker and die at a younger age than people who do no refrain their slat intake.

Therefore, there is no reason to abstain from using salt.

I recommend to use real sea salt like Celtic Sea Salt, Real Salt or the Himalayan Salt.

Yours in health.
Dr. Serge

 

Cholesterol Fear

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It’s everywhere… “cholesterol-free, low cholesterol, get your cholesterol down, get your cholesterol level screened, don’t eat saturated fat because it raises your cholesterol, cholesterol causes heart attacks, cholesterol causes clogged arteries, cholesterol will kill you, statin drugs are lifesavers, get your cholesterol below 150, etc.”

Fortunately, this is all nothing but a scam!

The truth is that cholesterol is a type of fat essential to life.

Therefore, be afraid to plenty of cholesterol containing foods like yogurt, meat, cheese, eggs, etc.

Yours in Health,
Dr Serge

Coconut oil: friend or foe?

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Is coconut oil good or bad?

In one study, when coconut oil was fed as 7% of energy to patients recovering from heart attacks, the patients had greater improvement compared to untreated controls, and no difference compared to patients treated with corn or safflower oils.

Populations that consume coconut oil have low rates of heart disease. Coconut oil may also be one of the most useful oils to prevent heart disease because of its antiviral and antimicrobial characteristics (Journal of the American Medical Association 1967 202:1119-1123; American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1981 34:1552).

Therefore you should not afraid to use this wonderful oil on a regular basis.

Yours in Health,
Dr Serge

Should we take statins?

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This week, I’ll briefly talk about statins. To me, statins are one of the worst medication out there. Here’s why:

Not only are statin medications failing to impact on our most prevalent disease, but they are causing more harm than good.
Cholesterol is crucial for energy, immunity, fat metabolism, leptin, thyroid hormone activity, liver related synthesis, protection from stress, adrenal function, sex hormone syntheses and brain function.

Only middle aged men with coronary heart disease benefit from taking statins, but even in these cases statins may only work in the short term and should be stopped before adverse effects can take hold.

High cholesterol levels have been found to be protective in elderly and heart failure patients.

The statin industry is the utmost medical tragedy of all times.
A government report in Canada found an overestimation of benefit and underestimation of harm where statins are concerned.

Statins are associated with triple the risk of coronary artery and aortic calcification.

Yours in Health,
Dr Serge