Obesity and Weight Loss

Experts tell us it takes 40 days to change old habits and develop new ones. There are certain habits you MUST develop if you want to lose weight and keep it off forever. You develop new habits by religiously disciplining yourself to do the following, every day, for 40 days

Natural Cure For Arthritis

he natural cure for arthritis exists for all forms of arthritis symptoms and pain. Arthritis is considered to be the most common muscular-skeletal disorder. Most people suffering from arthritis are of the opinion that no cure for the disorder exists, so they depend on the conventional medicines to get relief from pain.

Ayurvedic Medicine: A Gift From The Gods

Ayurvedic medicine is traditional Indian medicine where mixtures of herbs and minerals are used to cure ailments. The word Ayurveda comes from Ayus which means life and Vedas which means knowledge.

Holistic Health: Empowers You With Optimum Body, Mind, and Spirit

Holistic Health refers to all parts of the individual, not just the physical aspect of a person where manifested illnesses are often most apparent. When problems arise through physical discomfort or pain signals; our mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects also indicate imbalances and “dis-ease”

Exercise

Alternative medicine has historically been at the forefront of recommending exercise for good health. Now, there is a library full of information on exercise and proper diet. Books such as Dr. Phil's Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Mediterranean Diet, the Atkins Diet, the Zone Diet

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder

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 Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Alternative medicine offers most of the research and hope for families experiencing these disorders. An excellent resource for this condition is the Autism Research Institute. You will find their web address below at the end of this discussion. The ARI offers exhaustive information on secretin and other beneficial protocols for autistic children. The alternative medicine protocols we will discuss herein include food allergies, leaky gut, yeast or candida overgrowth, vitamins, nutrition, and more.

Autism is a man made epidemic. The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients reported in January 2002 that in California it took 25 years from 1969 to 1994 for 5,100 cases of autism to be diagnosed. Then, the next 5,100 cases were reported in five years (1994-1999) and now only 2.5 years have passed for another 5,100 to have been reported. Autism is on the rise at an exponential rate. It is in one way or another connected to immunizations, overuse of antibiotics, poor diet, environmental toxins such as heavy metals and the complicated matter of food allergies. Is it only coincidence that the drastic increase in the number of immunizations has paralleled the increase in autism? Did you know that the average child now has about twenty-five immunizations by early school age? The drug industry has persuaded our state legislatures to make the use of their products mandatory. Beyond that, it is an industry with so much political clout that it has successfully lobbied the government to provide a fund to compensate families whose children were injured by immunizations. The Center for Disease Control maintains that the immunization risk-benefit ratio justifies the harm done to some children. Well, that sounds good until it is your child who was perfectly normal one day and the next day after an immunization was clinically autistic. We are not dogmatically opposed to immunizations. But we are in favor of informed consent starting with the drug companies completely educating the doctors and the doctors in turn informing the parents of the risks . Then, let's give the parents the right to choose.

There are other environmental factors involved in autism as well. The exposure to heavy metals such as lead are still a threat even though the EPA has done a lot to remove the threat. Then there are insecticides, pesticides and all kinds of toxic chemicals in the environment that have an adverse influence on the immune system, especially of children.

Food allergies and the "leaky gut" are major players in autism. Simple elimination of dairy and gluten containing foods from the diet of autistic children is usually very helpful and should be done with every autistic child.

For parents who are not aware of the wealth of information available but probably not offered them by their pediatrician, autism becomes a lonely venture into the unknown for which they certainly did not ask. Assertive and aggressive parents pursue the information available on the web and other sources. And, they find answers. In our practice we have seen successes ranging from partial but nonetheless significant improvement to complete elimination of autism symptoms. The purpose of this web site is to share that information with those interested parents.

Food Allergies and Autism

Even though a child can be allergic to any food in the kitchen, there are two foods that have been implicated in the development of autism. Those two foods are the proteins from certain grains and milk products. Those proteins or peptides as they are scientifically termed are the gluten from grains and casein from milk. The grains containing gluten are wheat, oat, rye, barley and to some degree, buckwheat. A study done at the University of Florida in 1996 found high allergy to gluten in 87% and to casein in 90% of autistic children. These peptides have an opiate-like effect on the brain of autistic children. It's like a drug addiction and you will often see children with these allergies actually craving the foods containing them. Sometimes they will go to any length to get their "fix" of gluten or casein. You will see them restrict their diet to exclude nearly all foods except those which make them feel better, namely, the gluten or casein. There are several sources of gluten and casein restricted diets. They are listed below. It is very important that you study and understand the Food Allergy pages of this web site (links to follow). It will help you understand why food allergies happen and the impact they have on your child's health.

Intestinal Disorders and Autism

A significant number of autistic children have related intestinal disorders which can lead to or complicate the autism picture. These intestinal disorders are very closely related to food allergies. Every autistic child should be evaluated for intestinal candidiasis, parasites, leaky gut, and functional abnormalities. Please study carefully the very important Gastrointestinal pages pages of this web site to understand the connection (links to follow).

Yeast and Autism

Almost without exception, my autistic patients have all exhibited an overgrowth of yeast in the intestine. This is usually referred as intestinal candidialsis which is an overgrowth of the yeast called "Candida albicans". My observation from years of seeing candidiasis patients has been that there is a tendency for the problem to run in families. Some have suggested that the yeast or at least the predisposition to yeast overgrowth is passed from mother to fetus during pregnancy or delivery. I have found this to be the case with nearly every child presenting with candidiasis. There is a strong correlation with autism here, and you need to educate yourself in the matter of yeast. Study carefully the Yeast pages of this web site (links to follow).

Autism Treatment with Alternative Medicine

It is a monumental task to sort through the mountain of material presented herein and the other resources listed below. I have found that the most effective way to approach the problem is to go back to the beginning of the child's life, meaning before birth and question any thing that may have happened to trigger the autism onset. Using a detective's mentality, you will want to ask yourself about anything at all that may have adversely influenced the development of the child; illnesses of the child or mother, accidents, drugs, both prescribed and illegal, immunizations and antibiotics and their timing related to the autism onset, allergies, etc. Did your child have ear infections treated repeated by antibiotics? A big clue. If you can associate any such life's events of the child to the onset of autism, you have a uncovered some possible direction as to the treatment protocols. Question everything you can think of, even the unlikely. I am reminded of one patient, not autistic, but the most hyperactive child I have ever had in my office. He nearly destroyed the office and himself in a :30 time period, and his mom said he was medicated! During the course of the history and exam, it was learned that he had fallen a few years earlier and hit the bridge of his nose across the edge of a step. His nose looked like a boxer's. A simple chiropractic cranial manipulation completely resolved his hyperactivity. The point is, pursue all possibilities as you sort out the causes of your child's autism. Then, share them with your physician.

I strongly recommend you find a nutrition certified chiropractor or clinical nutritionist to assist you. There are lab tests and other helps such a practitioner can offer which will be of tremendous benefit. You will find them discussed other pages of this site listed below.

Vitamin B6 and Magnesium

Studies have shown a strong benefit from use of vitamin B6 in autism. B6 should be used in conjunction with magnesium and also a good vitamin B complex. The B6 dosage can be from 300 to 500 mg. per day with 200-400 mg. of magnesium based upon the size of the child. You may need to go to higher doses but, again, your nutritionist is an important resource in setting dosage levels. Vitamin B6 has been researched for decades in many different health settings. Unless taken in radical doses of thousands of milligrams per day which no person ordinarily would do, it is not toxic and has no side effects. As much as possible, your child should have three good meals a day emphasizing fruits and vegetables as a source of these vitamins.

Cod Liver Oil

Cod liver oil which is high in vitamin A has been shown beneficial in autism. I suggest it be given twice a day at a dosage level which will equal about 2500 i.u. of vitamin A.

Glyconutrients

Glyconutrients are a rapidly rising star in the world of alternative medicine. There are a number of good studies and many anecdotal reports and case histories reporting the effectiveness of glyconutrients in dealing with autism. To read the science and studies behind glyconutritionals please visit Glycoscience Links. We strongly urge you to make a study of glyconutritionals and the benefit they may offer your child.

In Summary

You might proceed in approximately the following sequence of actions:


1. Eliminate gluten and casein,. even if they don't test positive on a food allergy test.

2. Begin Vitamin B6, magnesium, and cod liver oil.

3. Test for food allergies.

4. Identify presence of candidiasis.

5. Identify gut and digestion problems.

6. Identify life events which may have contributed to the problem.

7. Fix all the problems you have identified under the guidance of a clinical nutritionist.

A very good starting point for any parent with an autistic child is to test him/her with an online Comprehensive Health Assessment. I consider this assessment to not be optional but required information on all my autistic patients. The assessment will evaluate your child for food allergies and other risk factors for autism which we have discussed here. It is done completely online at a very reasonable fee. Please visit www.eHealthAssessment.com for details.

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Books on Autism

Seroussi, Karyn, Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Shaw, William, Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD Available from Great

Plains Laboratory (above).

Saturday, January 30, 2021

General Alternative Medicine Health Principles Appropriate to All Types of Cancer

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General Alternative Medicine Health Principles Appropriate to All Types of Cancer

Twenty-five years ago anyone such as the brilliant Dr. William Donald Kelley who had the audacity to suggest that cancer was environmentally or nutritionally related was labeled a "quack". Today, the official position of medical authorities is that at least 70% of cancer has an environmental or nutritional component. And, finally, the protocols of Dr. Kelley are being investigated by government funded studies. Alternative medicine has subscribed to that position for decades. Environment and nutrition are two areas you can deal with without drugs or physicians. You can take charge of this component of your health and you will be surprised at what appropriate changes will do for you.

There is an incredible maize of confusing information on the different non-medical approaches to cancer. You have probably already discovered that fact as you have searched the web. The information is so vast and the therapies so numerous that we will offer only a broad outline of how you can organize your search with the goal of arriving at a logical plan for your particular problem. You will find at the end of these pages listings of books, web sites, resources and laboratories that can provide you with information. If you combine the general principles we provide you here with what those resources have to offer, it will give you a good start in your quest for better health.

You will greatly appreciate the services of an alternative medicine physician to guide you through the information on cancer that is out there. To approach the subject without a professional consultant will be a very confusing and frustrating and probably unsuccessful endeavor.

Healthy bodies do not get cancer. Sick bodies get cancer. To conquer cancer you must first get that concept firmly in mind. If you have breast cancer, it is not just your breast that is sick. The same applies to prostate or any other kind of cancer. Cancer must be viewed for what it is; failure of the body to maintain health. The lump or bump that the surgeon removes is not the whole problem. It is a manifestation of the problem. So often, we are told after surgery that "we got it all". Yes, the lump has been removed but health has not been restored. The lump may appear again. To overcome cancer is probably the biggest challenge you will ever face. It is not a problem where you can go to the doctor and say "here is my body, fix it". Medicine can fix the lump but it is up to you to regain your health. Your doctor will probably not offer much help in this regard. It is your challenge to return your body to that state wherein the cancer will not reoccur. It requires a tremendous amount of self discipline. But, you can do it. Thousands of others have regained their health and so can you. To do so, you must think in terms of what it was that gave you cancer and what you must do to reverse the problem. Regardless if you are currently undergoing cancer therapy or not, these principles still apply. With that in mind, here are the steps you will want to consider to achieve your goal: 

Step 1. Try to identify the causes of your cancer.

  • a. Are you a smoker?
  • b. Did you spend time working in a toxic environment? Heavy metals such as lead and cadmium are implicated in cancer as well as many other illnesses. Cadmium is found in cigarette smoke, welding rod, and old galvanized water pipes. How about chemical exposure such as insecticides or other products?
  • c. Do you have allergies to petroleum products?
  • d. Have you recently gone through a period of high stress?
  • e. Have you spent a life time of bad eating habits especially void of fruits and vegetables?
  • f. Are you obese? Chronically constipated?
  • g. Have you used drugs or medications such as birth control pills long-term? Have you abused alcohol?
  • h. Have you lived near industrial sites giving off pollutants? Near high tension power lines? Near freeways?
  • i. Have you been exposed to radiation?

Step 2. Work to reverse the identified causes.

  • a. If you smoke, quit. If you are not willing to quit smoking, probably the protocols we outline here are not for you because of the self discipline they require. Frankly, if you will not quit smoking, there probably isn't much hope.
  • b. Regarding toxins and their effect on your health, the ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies Laboratories page offers a blood test which can identify dozens of environmental toxins and food allergies. The report from the lab includes suggestions for you to remove identified toxins from your system. We enthusiastically recommend their ELISA/ACT test to help you identify hidden causes.
  • c. Detoxify your body. There are a number of good ways to do this and you will want to choose a detox protocol which fits your specific needs. Again, a clinical nutritionist experienced in cancer will help you.
  • d. Adopt a strict organic health food diet. Our food supply contains pesticide residue, herbicide residue, hormones, antibiotics and numerous other additives and preservatives which compromise the immune system. Your goal is to eat as closely to the garden as possible. Avoid all the chemicals. If there are words you can't pronounce on a food label, it's probably an additive that you should avoid. Among the worst are nitrates and nitrites which are primarily used as preservatives in meats.
  • e. Limit your intake of red meat. In his book Cancer, Curing the Incurable, Dr. William Donald Kelley stated that meat should be restricted to fish and fowl and should be eaten before 1:00 P.M. All meat should be organically grown. Studies have shown that vegetarians live longer.
  • f. Limit your intake of animal fat. Fat has been linked to the incidence of several types of cancer. Particularly bad and to be avoided at all costs are the partially hydrogenated oils or trans-fats. These are the oils used for deep frying and in snack foods.
  • g. Eat a high fiber diet. Fiber from fruits, vegetables and grains have shown to be protective against various forms of cancer.
  • h. Avoid alcohol, white sugar, white flour, caffeine, soda, fried foods, junk foods, processed, packaged foods, and fluorinated water and toothpaste.
  • i. Take supplements appropriate to your metabolic type and cancer. Here are a few core supplements which are common to most cancer dietary protocols. It is beyond the scope of our purpose to detail how each of these products work or if they are appropriate for you. However, the resources listed at the end of this article will do just that.


Pancreatic and digestive enzymes. We usually recommend the product "Wobenzyme". Also consider a hydrochloric acid digestive supplement.

Antioxidants including B complex, vitamin A, E, C, D, CoQ10, folic acid, n-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) and selenium.

Herbs including garlic, onion, indol-3-carbinol (from broccoli), curcumin, Esiac tea, green tea, and a whole food supplement such as Juice Plus.

Minerals, preferably in the ionic form which is much better absorbed at the cellular level. Minerals associated with improved cancer risk are calcium, magnesium, iodine, selenium, and zinc.

Other basic products include omega three and six fatty acids, conjugated linolenic acid, flax oil, whey protein, shark cartilage soy (especially in breast and prostate cancer. Estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer patients should NOT use soy products), lactobacillis acidophilus, and apricot pits (source of the controversial Laetrille).

Breast cancer patients should become familiar with the benefits of natural progesterone creme as explained in Dr. Lee's book What Your Doctor Didn't Tell You About Breast Cancer (see below).

Breast cancer patients should also be aware of a product called "calcium d-glucarate".

Glyconutrients

Glyconutrients are a rapidly rising star in the world of alternative medicine. There are a number of good studies and many anecdotal reports and case histories reporting the effectiveness of glyconutrients in dealing with cancer. For case histories and other related valuable information please visit Glyconutrition. To read the science and studies behind glyconutritionals please visit www.Glycoscience.org. We strongly urge you to make a study of glyconutritionals and the benefit they may offer.

j. Avoid obesity. Yes, obesity is associated with a variety of types of cancer. If you are overweight, loose it!

Step 3. Fine tune your musculoskeletal system with chiropractic.

Chiropractic works with the nervous system. Virtually every body function has a nervous system component. Chiropractic is based upon the premise that spinal misalignment can adversely affect your nervous system. For optimal health, you need the spine and nervous system checked and maintained by your chiropractor. Adjunctive modalities which chiropractors may offer are acupuncture, physical therapy, and massage. In addition, some chiropractors are board certified in clinical nutrition which makes them your choice for primary care alternative medicine physicians. Nutrition certified chiropractors can usually order your lab tests, monitor your progress and work with your other physicians.

Step 4. Prayer. There are good medical studies that have shown that people who are prayed for get well faster than those who are not prayed for. In the studies, the patients did not know they were being prayed for and still exhibited better improvement than those similar cases who were not prayed for. Find a good Bible centered evangelical Christian pastor and ask him and his church to pray for you.

Step 5. Your spiritual health. If you or a loved one have cancer, reality says that you may be closer to meeting God face-to-face than you were before you had cancer. With that in mind, we are obligated to offer you the following verses from the Bible describing the state of man and what each individual can do to find peace with God. Adapted from a booklet published by Billy Graham, please consider:

We have all fallen short of God's standard. Romans 3:10.

We're all sinners. Romans 3:23.

Because we're sinners, we all die physically and spiritually. Romans 6:23.

Christ solved the sin problem by dying in our place. Romans 5:8.

We have to accept the free gift of salvation by belief in what Christ did. Romans 10: 9-13.

Having believed, we can know for sure we are saved and on our way to eternal life in heaven one day. I John 5:11-13.

If you have never done so, you can talk to God in a prayer something like this: “God, I know I am a sinner and that Christ died to pay the penalty for my sins. I now invite Jesus Christ to be my personal savior and forgive me of my sins. Thank you for hearing my prayer”. If you prayed that prayer, find another Christian and tell him/her about it.

The Bible, in First John 5:11-13 assures you that when you die, whether from cancer or other causes, if you prayed this prayer, you will have eternal life in heaven with Him.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Cardiovascular Disease... What Your Doctor May Not Have Told You

Cardiovascular Disease... What Your Doctor May Not Have Told You
 

Cardiovascular Disease... What Your Doctor May Not Have Told You

If you are experiencing cardiovascular disease either personally or are looking for information in behalf of another person, this page has some important tips for you. The information to follow is based upon the assumption that you either already know you have cardiovascular disease, have had a heart attack, stroke or other CV event, have elevated cholesterol or triglycerides or other known CV problem. The problem people face is how to sort through the maize of dietary and nutritional protocols on the market. What is best, Dr. Phil's Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Mediterranean Diet, the Atkins Diet, diet pills, or one of many others? We will offer some general principles and alternative medicine protocols to help you sort through the choices. We also address type 2 diabetes, obesity and weight loss, exercise and other cardiovascular associated conditions elsewhere in this web site.

Cardiovascular disease is our number one killer. Typical medical intervention for CVD is cholesterol lowering drugs. In advanced cases, surgery is the treatment of choice. There are 500,000 bypass surgeries performed annually in the U.S. at an average cost of $45,000 each. Add to that the cost of cholesterol and blood pressure lowering drugs which are prescribed by the truck load. Perhaps the greatest tragedy is that the deleterious consequences of this disease are preventable!

If you have already had your bypass surgery or other intervention, it is still not too late to do what is necessary to prevent further deterioration and reoccurrence requiring repeat surgery.

If you have not had surgery but it is just a matter of time, take advantage of this window of opportunity. Do more for yourself than just rely on medication and maybe a half-hearted attempt at some dietary changes. CVD can be reversed if you act now.

Listed below are the lab tests available for assessment of cardiovascular status. Some of the tests are routine and certainly have been done by your physician and some of them have probably not. The reason all the tests are not routinely performed is that the physician requires only certain ones to give him the information necessary to prescribe your medication. However, if you intend to go beyond just the medication and take charge of your cardiovascular health by changing your diet and lifestyle, the additional tests we list here will give you essential information. The tests accompanied by an asterisk (*) are those you may not have previously had done. Each test is accompanied by suggestions for what you can do to improve the lab results. These tests also have a number of other indications which your physician will want to consider. A Comprehensive Cardiovascular Assessment which includes all the tests discussed here is available from Great Smokies Lab. See our Laboratories page.

Cardiovascular Disease... What Your Doctor May Not Have Told YouGeneral Protocols for Management of Cardiovascular Disease

  1. Find a clinical nutritionist to guide you through the deeper aspects of
  2. cardiovascular disease which go beyond the scope of this report.
  3. Do not smoke.
  4. Avoid alcohol.
  5. Avoid partially hydrogenated or "trans-fat" oils and fats.
  6. Minimize your white sugar intake
  7. Minimize the consumption of coffee, tea, and soda.
  8. Maintain optimal weight.
  9. Minimize the stress in your life.
  10. Increase you fiber intake to 25 grams a day.
  11. Maintain a high fruits and vegetables diet accompanied by high intake ofcereal grains, ocean fish and olive oil (usually termed the "Mediterranean diet").
  12. Exercise daily.

Your basic supplement program should include:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from fish oil or flax seed.
  • Vitamins B6, B12, and Folic acid.
  • Coenzyme Q10 50 to 200 mg. per day depending on your heart condition. Patients with congestive heart failure should have larger doses.
  • Magnesium , about 400 mg. per day.
  • Vitamin E (be sure you get d-alpha tocopherol not "dl-alpha tocopherol which is synthetic) 400-800 i.u. daily.
  • *Caution* Males in the CVD high risk age group of 40 and over should NOT take supplements containing iron. Iron has been found to add to the risk for heart attack in that age of group of men only.

Laboratory Tests for Cardiovascular Health

Triglycerides

If your triglycerides are high, you are probably consuming too much sugar. You will definitely want to minimize your white sugar and also white flour consumption. You also should be sure you are not a candidate for non-insulin dependent diabetes. If you are overweight, refer to the Weight Loss page of this web site and do get on a good weight loss program. You should increase your fiber intake to 25 grams a day. (Most of us are getting about half that amount). Fiber comes in the fruits, vegetables and cereal grains. You should decrease your fat intake by adhering to a low fat diet. Supplements which are helpful are gugulipid, inositol hexaniacinamide, garlic, and omega 3 fish oils.

Total Cholesterol

If your total cholesterol is too high, follow a low cholesterol diet which restricts animal fat, eggs and organ meats. Your diet should include fiber, especially oat bran and fruits and vegetables. Supplements should include gugulipid, garlic, milk thistle, niacin, chromium, and vitamin C.

  • * Lipoprotein levels including:
  • LDL (Low density lipoprotein)
  • *Lipoprotein (a)
  • *Lipoprotein B

LDL is sometimes termed "bad cholesterol" and therefore the lower the number, the better. Lipoprotein (a) and B are similar to LDL in their effect on the cardiovascular system. The principles for managing these lipoproteins are similar for all three. Lowering your LDL is usually more difficult than lowering your total cholesterol but the protocols are about the same. You should do what is suggested above for triglycerides and cholesterol but in addition antioxidant supplements including vitamins E, A, C, B complex are good. Exercise is particularly important. High fiber intake is cannot be overemphasized and you might want to consider a fiber supplement product as well. You should be eating 25 grams of fiber a day, at least. Particularly good for CVD is oat bran fiber.

 * Homocysteine

Cardiovascular Disease... What Your Doctor May Not Have Told You

Studies have shown homocysteine, a toxic amino acid found in the blood, to be a good indicator of cardiovascular risk. Elevated blood levels greatly increase the risk for CVD. It is strongly recommended that you have your levels tested. Even though the typical laboratory may consider the "normal" range to be below 11, studies have shown the lower the better with a level below 7 to be best. To lower your blood homocysteine levels, in addition to the general protocols above, pay particular attention to adequate amounts of Vitamin B6, B12, Folic acid, zinc and trimethylglycine (TMG) . These five supplements have been repeatedly successful in lowering homocysteine levels.

* C-Reactive Protein

If this test is elevated you need the consultation of your nutritionist or physician to further investigate the reason. The test indicates the presence of inflammation somewhere in your body.

* Fibrinogen

Fibrinogen is associated with the blood clotting mechanism and consequently is important to assess in stroke and heart attack victims. Its levels in the blood may be reduced by Vitamin E, C, EPA and GLA Fatty acids and using Olive Oil as the main source of dietary fat. In addition, natural anti-clotting factors include garlic, onions, pectin, licorice and ginger will help lower fibrinogen levels.

HDL (High Density Lipoprotein)

HDL is sometimes termed "good cholesterol". Therefore, the higher the number on your blood test, the better. HDL levels can be improved by the suggestions made in the paragraphs above with particular emphasis on exercise, fish oils and high fiber.

* Apolipoprotein A-1

Apo A-1 is the major component of HDL cholesterol and therefore, the higher the number, the better. The blood levels of Apo A-1 will increase with the protocols listed above for HDL, Triglycerides and the High Lipoprotein Levels. Please refer to those paragraphs.

Herbs Beneficial for CVD

Gugulipid is an excellent herb for improving cholesterol and lipoprotein levels. It has performed well in studies comparing it to Lipitor and other statin drugs. Take a product which yields 25 mg. of the standardized extract three times a day.

Hathorne Berry is a practitioner's favorite herb for CVD. Take 160 mg. daily in two divided doses. For intensive treatment you can start with 160 mg. three times a day.

Garlic is a proven cholesterol reducing herb. Take enough to get 2500 mcg. of allicin, the active ingredient, twice a day.

Psyllium seed is the high fiber ingredient in most high fiber products.

In Conclusion

It is astounding to see the number of cardiovascular patients who make no effort to lose weight! Such a simple thing to do, yet it has life saving effects upon the heart and circulation. Shame on the doctors who do not insist that their CV patients lose weight. If you are overweight, lose it now! See the Weight Loss pages of this web site (links to follow).

Cardiovascular disease is preventable! Even though it is the number one cause of death and disability in the world, the good news is you can do something about it on your own. If you are already a victim, maybe you've had a bypass, and you're wondering if there is hope, the answer is a resounding YES! Find a good nutritionist who can apply the lab tests we've discussed above, follow the protocols we've given you here, lose weight and get on with your life. You'll do just fine. It requires lifestyle changes and self discipline. But it sure beats a life of drugs, surgeries inconvenience and disability, or worse. Get started today. You can do it.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Depression



Depression

Depression is often a symptom resulting from some other condition rather than being a primary issue. For example, depression can be one of a group of yeast infection symptoms, intestinal yeast infection or overgrowth termed “candidiasis”. Depression can be associated with adrenal gland insufficiency or anxiety attack. It can be associated with the thyroid gland or underactive thyroid, food allergy, hypoglycemia, adrenal gland insufficiency and anxiety attacks. At the end of this discussion you will find a list of other pages of this web site which address these other issues associated with depression.

The questionnaire below is provided by the American Psychiatric Association as a screening tool for depression. It is a suggestive screening tool only and you should not use it to diagnose yourself as depressed. It is only an indication. As there are other conditions that can cause depression such as underactive thyroid, glandular problems or side effects to prescription medications, you should definitely discuss this with your physician if you think you may be experiencing depression.

Remember that the answers to the questionnaire can be perfectly normal for certain of life's crises such as a death in the family, divorce or financial troubles. Do not consider yourself clinically depressed if you are experiencing these symptoms as a result of a crisis of life. To be applicable, the feelings must be exaggerated or inappropriate to the occasion.

To answer the questionnaire correctly , you must have recently experienced the symptoms indicated for at least two consecutive weeks. In order for your answers to be suggestive of depression the following criteria must be true:

  • A. You must answer "yes" to both questions #1 and #2.
  • B. You must answer "yes" to at least five of questions #3 through #11.
  • C. Questions #12 through #20 are additional questions that may or may not apply to you but can be helpful in assessing yourself.


  • 1. Y N Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety or "emptiness".
  • 2. Y N Loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities, including sex.
  • 3. Y N Changes in appetite-either no appetite, often resulting in weight loss, or eating ravenously so that you've gained weight.
  • 4. Y N Sleep problems-insomnia, or, wanting to sleep all the time.
  • 5. Y N You have no energy and are often fatigues.
  • 6. Y N You're restless and irritable.
  • 7. Y N Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness or inappropriate guilt.
  • 8. Y N Difficulty thinking, making decisions or concentrating.
  • 9. Y N Thoughts of death or suicide or attempts at suicide.
  • 10. Y N Chronic aches and pains that don't respond to treatment.
  • 11. Y N Excessive crying.
  • 12. Y N You feel pessimistic about your life.
  • 13. Y N You have a "what difference does it make?" attitude (you don't use a seat belt any more).
  • 14. Y N You avoid old friends.
  • 15. Y N Crowds bother you.
  • 16. Y N You don't get along with people.
  • 17. Y N You have a poor memory. You've started writing things down.
  • 18. Y N You're not doing nearly as well as you used to at work or school.
  • 19. Y N You have unexplained headaches, backaches and bellyaches.
  • 20. Y N You've made a will and have been thinking about your funeral.


Our nervous system contains chemical messengers called neurotransmitters which become deficient or inactive in depression. The two most common neurotransmitters relating to depression are serotonin and norepinephrine. Antidepressant drugs such as Prozac and Paxil work to reduce the deficiencies in neurotransmitter function. These and other similar drugs are effective but are not without potentially serious side effects. There is even some evidence that these drugs will further deplete an already deficient supply of neurotransmitters over long term use. If you are on antidepressant medication, you should educate yourself about all the potential side effects and interactions with other medications. It is possible to treat depression with more natural protocols and products which are relatively free of the threat of side effects. It is the alternative medicine approach to depression that we discuss below.

There is known correlation between faulty amino acid (protein) metabolism and depression. Clinical studies have shown that amino acid deficiency can lead to neurotransmitter deficiency and subsequent depression. This information may be new to your medical physician but a good clinical nutritionist or other alternative medicine practitioner will be familiar with it. An amino acid "precursor" is the amino acid which your body requires to make a neurotransmitter. For example, the amino acid tryptophan is a precursor of serotonin, the neurotransmitter influencing sleep, appetite, and mood. Tryptophan imbalances can definitely affect serotonin performance. Tyrosine is the amino acid precursor to the production of norepinephrine, another key player in depression. An amino acid analysis which is performed on a urine sample is available from Doctor's Data Lab and Great Smokies Diagnostic Lab, definitely worth the investment for any person with depression. It will show amino acid deficiencies and guide your alternative medicine practitioner in the resolution of the problem. Tyrosine can be taken orally. Tryptophan is not available over the counter but its metabolite 5HTP is. Both these amino acids can be beneficial but should be taken under the supervision of a clinical nutritionist.

In addition, there can be environmental influences on depression which your physician may not consider. For example, heavy metal intoxication (not “poisoning”) can have a profound influence on the nervous system. Lead is one very toxic metal found in some industrial settings. Cadmium is a common heavy metal found in our environment. It is in welding rod, cigarette smoke, and old galvanized water pipes. You should review your life history and see if there has ever been an exposure to toxic metals, even as a child. If you have experienced past toxic metal exposure , a hair analysis for heavy metals can be ordered by your practitioner from either of the two labs mentioned above. Refer to the Toxic Metals page of this web site (links to follow) for details on the surprising impact toxic heavy metals can have upon your neurotransmitters.

Certain environmental chemicals can lead to depression. These include insecticides, herbicides, and thousands of other industrial and household chemicals. They can have a profound effect on your health in a very subtle manner. Review your history to see if you can recall any such exposures during your life time. If environmental chemicals may be a problem for you, your practitioner can order an ELISA/ACT test from Serammune Laboratory which will identify sensitivities to environmental chemicals.

Another frequently overlooked contributor to depression is food allergies. Please visit the Food Allergy pages (links to follow) of this web site for a discussion of the subject. Food allergies often come in a package with other related problems including intestinal dysbiosis, yeast overgrowth, increased intestinal permeability and hypoglycemia.

The point to be understood here is that there are a number of seemingly unrelated conditions that can indirectly contribute to depression. With that in mind, we wholeheartedly recommend a Comprehensive Health Assessment . It is a simple online self assessment of your health history and symptoms designed to help you sort through conditions that contribute to depression such as we have discussed here. 

St John's Wort is a popular antidepressant herb that has been shown in studies to be effective in mild to moderate depression. Do not take St. John's Wort if you are taking Prozac, Paxil or other prescription antidepressants without first talking to your physician. They should not be taken together.

Another supplement which studies have shown effective against depression is S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe). It is produced from the amino acid methionine. SAMe is available over the counter but is expensive.

Lifestyle changes you can make include exercise, relaxation, avoidance of alcohol, B complex vitamins, and good diet. Talk to your clinical nutritionist for the best plan for you.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome X

Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome X

 

If you think that you may have diabetes you will definitely want to discuss it with your medican or alternative medicine physician.

Statistics indicate that problems with carbohydrate metabolism, diabetes and their resulting health problems continue to be some of the most costly expenditures in the health care budget. Insulin resistance, poor regulation of blood sugar, obesity and adult-onset diabetes (non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitis, NIDDM) (type 2 diabetes) are increasing at an alarming rate. Sixteen million individuals in the U.S. have NIDDM and one third of them don't even know it! An additional 30-40 million have problems with glucose tolerance, the precursor to full-blown diabetes. There are numerous popular dietary approaches which can be of benefit to the diabetic. How to know which is best is the problem. They include the Dr. Phil's Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Atkins Diet, the Mediterranean Diet and others. We will discuss the proper dietary approach including information on the glycemic index in the paragraphs to follow.

There are two types of diabetes mellitus. Type I or “insulin dependent” diabetes is hereditary and usually of early age onset. Type 2 or “non-insulin dependent” diabetes usually begins later in life and is a direct result of a life time of bad dietary and lifestyle habits. Type 2 is perhaps the most common of the serious illnesses directly associated with diet. Obesity is the most common contributing factor to development of type II diabetes.

Type II diabetes is most likely to occur in persons with family history of diabetes. Given the near epidemic proportions of Type II, now is the time to do something about your risk for developing it, even if you don't have it now, and even if there is no family history. If you do have diabetes, Type I or II, syndrome "x" or the prediabetic condition known as dysglycemia, there are a number of dietary and supplement measures you can take to minimize your symptoms and even reduce your insulin requirements.


First and foremost, if you are overweight, lose it. Diabetes can be spelled o-b-e-s-i-t-y! Please refer to the Weight Loss (see below) pages of this web site for tips on losing weight.

Second, you must exercise . This is beginning to sound like not much fun, isn't it? Well, sorry, if you have had a lifetime of fun as a couch potato now is the time to get serious and extract as many more years of quality life out of that body as you can. There is a difference between growing old and growing old in a state of misery. Now is the time to return to activities of quality living. You need to burn more calories than you eat and exercising is the way to do it. The type of exercise is not as important as your enjoyment of it. Do something you enjoy so you will have a chance of staying with it. It doesn't have to be aerobic. Just burn some calories exercising 20-30 minutes a day. Even a walk is better than nothing. If you have cardiovascular risk or there is any doubt about your fitness to exercise, see your doctor before beginning. Please see our exercise link below.

Third, reduce your caloric intake and eat balanced meals. This means you should get about 40% of your calories from complex carbohydrates, 30% from protein and 30% from fats. Here is a quick reference chart of the caloric requirements of a person with the average sedentary lifestyle:


DAILY CALORIC REQUIREMENT FOR SEDENTARY ACTIVITY

IDEAL
WEIGHT
TOTAL
CALORIES
40% CARBOHYDRATE30%
PROTEIN

30%
FAT

120

1560

624

468

468

130

1690

676

507

507

140

1820

728

546

546

150

1950

780

585

585

160

2080

832

624

624

170

2210

884

663

663

180

2340

936

702

702

190

2470

988

741

741

200

2600

1040

780

780

To calculate the number of calories you are eating you must first know the carbohydrate, fat and protein content of the food you are eating. When you eat out, it's easy, restaurants are required by law to have a chart giving those statistics. Otherwise, you will need to get a textbook or other nutrient content of foods chart from your library, dietitian or the internet www.ntwrks.com/~mikev/chart1.html With the chart in hand, here's how to calculate your caloric intake:

  • One gram of carbohydrate = 4 calories
  • One gram of protein = 4 calories
  • One gram of fat = 9 calories
  • One gram of alcohol = 9 calories (this is FYI only, avoid alcohol)

So, to calculate your daily intake, simply take the total grams consumed of each nutrient and multiply by the appropriate caloric number and then total the three.

For example let's say today you ate:

  • 225 grams of carbohydrate x 4 = 900 calories
  • 40 grams of fat x 9 = 360 calories
  • 55 grams of protein x 4 = 220 calories
  • Total caloric intake = 1480 calories

Get it? O.K. Go get skinny. You need to do this if you expect to control diabetes. Please see the Weight Loss pages of this web site listed at the end of this discussion.

Fourth, eat the right foods . You should increase the fiber content of your diet. The recommended daily intake is fiber is 25 grams. The average American gets, maybe, 12 grams. Fiber lowers your blood sugar and cholesterol as well as protects you against colon cancer and heart disease. You should eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, preferably raw, a day. See the section of this web site on My Favorite Supplement. Increase your intake of the omega-3 fats and oils including fish oil, flax oil, canola oil and olive oil. Avoid partially hydrogenated and trans fat oils like the plague! These bad fats are found primarily in deep fried and packaged snack foods.

There are certain foods which increase insulin resistance and should be avoided. The first is milk. Historically, one component of the legendary food pyramid is that of the “dairy group” and it is commonly recommended to diabetics. Recent studies, however, have disclosed that milk increases insulin resistance. Besides, milk is for calves, not humans. We don't recommend milk for anything under most circumstances. See www.not m ilk.com for a few eye openers. Other foods which are detrimental include hydrogenated fats and sugar. It is now known that if you have food allergies, those allergenic foods will also increase insulin resistance. Avoid all this stuff, it's bad for your blood sugar levels!

Fifth, take supplements . Again, see My Favorite Supplement . Other supplements which have been reported in the scientific literature to have a positive effect on the maintenance of blood sugar levels are vanadyl sulfate, chromium picolinate, magnesium, niacinamide (the best is inositol hexanicotinate), and vitamin E. Herbs known to be effective are gymnema, fenugreek seeds, and Siberian Ginseng. If you have or are at risk for diabetes, it would be a good idea to take your supplements under the guidance of a nutritionist.

Glyconutrients

Glyconutrients are a rapidly rising star in the world of alternative medicine. There are a number of good studies and many anecdotal reports and case histories reporting the effectiveness of glyconutrients in dealing with diabetes. For case histories and other related valuable information please visit Glyconutrition. To read the science and studies behind glyconutritionals please visit www.Glycoscience.org. We strongly urge you to make a study of glyconutritionals and the benefit they may offer.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Exercise

Exercise


Exercise

Alternative medicine has historically been at the forefront of recommending exercise for good health. Now, there is a library full of information on exercise and proper diet. Books such as Dr. Phil's Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Mediterranean Diet, the Atkins Diet, the Zone Diet and recent discoveries concerning the glycemic index of foods have all contributed to the wonderful resources we now have available. Weight Watchers has always been an advocate of exercise as well.

Overweight kids and childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic as our kids spend more time on electronic entertainment and less time playing outside. Please see the links to other pages of this web site listed below for nutritional and weight loss information which is intimately associated with exercise.

Robert A. Anderson, M.D. in his book The Scientific Basis for Holistic Medicine states that no drug offers the promise of slowing aging more than what you can gain from exercise. The goal for a healthy life is to avoid "medicated survival" and exercise is just the ticket to get that accomplished.

Just look at the health benefits of exercise:

  • Decreases risk of death comparable to quitting smoking.
  • Reduces morbidity and mortality due to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries.
  • Reduces risk of heart attack.
  • Reduces risk of stroke.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Lowers cholesterol .
  • Raises "good cholesterol" HDL.
  • Reduces risk of coronary artery disease.
  • Reduces risk of diabetes
  • Improves control of non-insulin dependent diabetes.
  • Helps you live longer.
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Helps you lose weight.

There is so much information available about exercise we will limit our discussion here to some general principles concerning exercise which should apply to everyone.

Principle #1 Be Sure of Your Capabilities

There are certain times when you should consult your physician or exercise specialist before starting your program:

  • You have had a cardiovascular event, heart attack, stroke, etc.
  • You are experiencing chest pain or other possible heart symptoms.
  • You are extremely overweight.
  • You have other physical limitations or conditions such as diabetes. For example, if you are diabetic, exercise will LOWER your insulin requirement.
  • You are really out of shape or have some other limiting physical impairment.
  • You smoke.

Principle #2 Consult With a Fitness Center

People who operate fitness centers really know their profession. The money spent will be a very good investment for your health. If you do not have one conveniently nearby do what you can to find a consultant who can help you get started. Also, at times when you are tempted to quit, the accountability factor is very helpful for you to remain dedicated to your exercise program. Having other people around who are going through the same thing is a good reinforcement and encouragement.

Principle #3 You're Not Training for the Olympics

There is no need to set unrealistic goals. You have spent most of your life getting out of shape, now spend the rest getting back in shape. If you are overweight, a loss of one pound a week is 52 pounds a year. A long term "I'm doing this for life" attitude is what you need. Don't do this just to lose 10 pounds before the swim suit season. Make it a life style, forever.

Principle #4 Keep an Exercise Diary

Keep a log of every time you exercise noting the type of exercise and the length of time spent. It is a known fact that if we keep a diary in exercise as well as eating habits, in 40 days we can change old habits and secure new ones. This is a very simple yet profound habit to develop. Do it.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Eye Disorders Including Cataract, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration

Eye Disorders Including Cataract, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration


Eye Disorders Including Cataract, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration

Even though alternative medicine practitioners have prescribed various vitamin and food supplements for eye problems for years, only recently have these supplements become common in mainstream medicine. Vitamin supplements incorporating the phytonutrient lutein are commonly recommended for macular degeneration. Eye floaters, glaucoma, cataract and other eye problems commonly receive vitamin supplement recommendations.

In January 1999 researchers at Harvard Medical School stated that

oxidation plays a major role in development of age-related eye disorders. In 1983 the American Academy of Sciences reported that free radical damage to eye tissues is instrumental in development of cataracts. It is an accepted fact in medicine that this oxidative damage to the eye is responsible for degenerative eye disorders. With that established, three questions arise which, if answered, will help us in combating cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration. They are:

  • What exactly is a "free radical" or "oxidative" damage?
  • What can be done to prevent oxidative damage?
  • What can be done to reverse oxidative damage and associated disorders?

Oxidation or production of free radicals is a normal part of the daily life of the cells of our body. A "free radical" is a chemist's term for a certain type of oxygen molecule which has been chemically altered during the normal course of daily life to become an undesirable molecule which is damaging to the tissues. This altered molecule, having gone through the process of "oxidation" is then considered to be "oxidized". The body normally uses "antioxidants" to neutralize these undesirable "free radical" oxygen molecules. Antioxidants are very important and life could not go on without them. The body synthesizes some antioxidants on its own such as glutathione and others it receives from nature such as vitamins and minerals.

The obvious question to follow is "what can I do to minimize the oxidation process in my body?". We can best answer that question by looking at what causes oxidation and then minimizing the causes as much as possible. Oxidation can be reduced by healthy living. The main causes of oxidation are bad diet, lack of exercise, smoking and all the other bad things we do to our bodies in this modern day culture. Write it down, anything that is bad for you is producing an excess of free radicals. So, the answer is, live as healthy a life style as possible, eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, eliminate as much stress as possible, quit smoking, minimize alcohol consumption, avoid junk foods, caffeine and excessive sugar and fat consumption. A particularly strong free radical producer to be avoided is the partially hydrogenated or trans-fats that you find in deep fried and snack foods. Wear sun glasses. U.V. radiation from the sun causes oxidation in the eyes. Then, you should take a good source of antioxidant supplements.

GlaucomaWhat to do to reverse or slow progression of degenerative eye disorders including cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration? First, you should identify all the causes of excessive oxidation in your life that you can. This is where a Comprehensive Health Assessment will be of great value to you. Completion of the assessment will assist you in identifying areas of your life style and health which can use improvement. The health assessment is a very inexpensive way to gain a lot of information about your health. It's like an extensive consultation with your doctor without leaving the convenience of your computer. See the web link below for information on a Comprehensive Health Assessment.

The number one cause of oxidation outside the obvious bad habits like smoking and alcohol is poor diet. We Americans wrote the book on bad diet. The American Dietetic Assn., the American Cancer Society, Mayo Clinic, every authority everywhere all emphasize that we should be eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, preferably raw. Of course, very few people do that so we have to try the best we can and to make up the deficiency.

To fill the void in your diet, turn to the one outstanding fruits and vegetables supplement which we recommend to everyone who will listen. That supplement is Juice Plus . Detailed information is found at the link listed below. The reason whole food supplements are so important is that antioxidants work synergistically as a team. Whole food contains all the antioxidants in the right proportions accompanied by thousands of other nutrients called "phytochemicals". Phytochemicals are essential to good cellular health and play an important role as well. Conversely, if we use factory manufactured supplements containing only a few antioxidants, we miss out on those thousands of ingredients that our bodies require. This is why whole food supplements like Juice Plus work so well and are so important.

Lutein is one phytochemical that has gained much attention in regard to eye disorders. It is the red coloring in tomatoes and other foods. It has been found to have good antioxidant properties beneficial to the eyes. Other phytochemicals worthy of note are zeaxanthin and genistein. All three of these phytochemicals have been extracted from food and incorporated into food supplements. Why not take the whole food like Juice Plus instead?

We eat way too much fat, sugar, junk food, and processed food. We drink too much caffeine, soda and alcohol. If you are prematurely aging and find your- self with a degenerative eye disease, poor diet is probably as contributory a factor as any other in your progressive decline to poor eye health.

Exposure to environmental toxins plays a much greater role in aging and oxidation than is appreciated by the medical community. If you have been exposed to chemicals such as insecticides or heavy metals such as lead or cadmium (found in welding rod and old galvanized home water pipes) you need to pay close attention to the Toxic Metals (links below) of this web site.

If you have used prescription drugs long term, you should consult with your pharmacist and ask if they produce excessive oxidation. For example, Tylenol is reported to be a potent oxidizer.

Antioxidant Supplements

Eye DisordersGlutathione is known to be one of the most powerful antioxidants. Unfortunately, it isn't well absorbed into the body when taken orally. Therefore, we must find other supplements which will support the production of glutathione within the cells. One product is N-Acetyl-cysteine which is a compound the body uses to produce glutathione. NAC works especially well when used in conjunction with Garlic. You can probably find NAC at your health food store.. Another source of glutathione is found in milk whey. If you don't have a milk sensitivity or allergy you will benefit from whey protein extract which is a strong precursor to glutathione. There are several companies which sell whey products. See below.

Vitamin C is well known for its antioxidant properties. The lens of the eye is particularly deficient of vitamin C during the development of cataracts. 1000 to 2000 mg. in divided doses during the day is usually adequate. Used in conjunction with vitamin C and also strong antioxidants are the bioflavanoids, quercetin, myrcetin and ginko. Vitamin C and the bioflavanoids were found to reduce intraocular pressure in glaucoma studies.

Vitamin A and beta-carotene have been found in studies to be preventive against cataract onset. Interestingly, spinach was more consistently related to prevention than carrots. One study found cod liver oil to be beneficial for glaucoma in rats. Cod liver oil is high in vitamin A.

Retinol , one of the ingredients in vitamin A has been use in eye drop form for eye inflammation and ointment form in dry eyes. Talk to your physician about this if you want to try it.

B vitamins are also essential to good eye health, particularly vitamins B2 and B6. B2 is destroyed by U.V. radiation and thus your need for wrap around sun glasses. Both B2 and B6 need to be replenished daily.

Melatonin is another antioxidant which has been shown beneficial in eye health. It is actually a hormone which is involved in your daytime-nighttime or circadian rhythms. You should take it under supervision of a nutritionist and only at the specified time of day.

Vitamin E and Selenium are both beneficial antioxidants and when used together with the other antioxidants are more effective.

Zinc is a commonly used supplement for eye disorders. It has been helpful in macular degeneration and night vision. If you use zinc supplements, you should also use copper as the two tend to deplete one another. Use about one-tenth the dosage of copper as you do zinc. Also, it is good to know that some cereals containing oats tend to decrease your absorption of zinc. Therefore, take your zinc at a different time of day than at breakfast.

Magnesium is a mineral very important to eye health. Supplementation utilizing the liquid ionic form of the mineral will offer better absorption. In tablet form, the typical dose is 400 mg. per day even though in one study intraocular pressure was improved in glaucoma patients at 120 mg. per day.

Herbs

Bilberry (Blueberry) is the herb of choice for eye problems. The story is told that during WWII the British pilots found their night vision to be better when they ate Bilberry jam. Bilberry is used in most all eye supplements.

Ginko biloba is a great antioxidant herb. It is useful in many conditions including eye disorders. One caution is necessary here. Many people have food allergies and may not even know it. Please read the Food Allergy pages (links below) of this report. Occasionally, people with food allergies are sensitive to herbs because herbs in their natural state are foods. Ginko is one that has occasional allergy symptoms.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Gastrointestinal and Digestion


Gastrointestinal and Digestion


Gastrointestinal and Digestion

It has been said “you are what you eat”. In alternative medicine, we are more likely say “you are what you digest”! There are many health conditions that have their root in gastrointestinal problems. GI disorders including intestinal yeast infection, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohns disease, acid reflux and numerous others are frequently part of the picture in other seemingly unrelated conditions. Health problems such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue, food allergy, hypoglycemia, stress related fatigue and a long list of others often have a GI component which, when undetected leaves the patient and physician with less than satisfactory outcome. Of all, intestinal yeast infections are probably the most overlooked or even denied by physicians.

This discussion will address three common gastrointestinal conditions which your doctor may not have adequately considered. There are many symptoms related to these three conditions which are frequently overlooked by physicians, even gastrointestinal specialists. The symptoms range from the obvious such as gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea to those not usually thought of as relating to the digestion including arthritis, muscle and joint pain, allergies, food sensitivities, yeast infection, immune disorders, asthma, headache and many others. Good digestion is paramount for good health. If you have a health condition that is not responsive to medical diagnosis and treatment and you have anything but the best of good regular eating, digestion and elimination habits, you should carefully consider the following information. However, for a complete picture of the gastrointestinal impact on your health it is imperative that you study the related pages found elsewhere on this web site. Please see the Related Pages of this Web Site information at the end of this Gastrointestinal page.

Gastrointestinal and DigestionHypochlorhydria is a condition of insufficient hydrochloric acid (HCl) levels in the stomach. As acid secretion decreases with age, many people are deficient in HCl and do not know it. Medical literature states that 40% of people past the age of 60 are low on HCl. There are even studies of asthmatic children being low on HCl who, upon receiving supplemental HCl experienced improvement in their asthma symptoms. There is a problem. It lies in the fact that the symptoms of low HCl are nearly identical to the symptoms of excess HCl and consequently we find people taking antacids looking for relief of excess HCl when they in reality have LOW HCl. Just exactly the opposite to what they should be doing. HCl insufficiency leads to incomplete digestion, poor absorption and resultant symptoms related to poor nutrition in spite of the fact that you may be eating well and even taking supplements.

You can do a simple test to see if HCl may be of benefit to you. You should do it under the auspices of your clinical nutritionist if you try it. That is simply to take an HCl tablet after eating and observe your response. You should see a decrease in gas, belching, or bloating. Do not do this test without professional supervision if you have a history of stomach ulcers, irritation or inflammation. There are other tests for hypochlorhydria which your physician can perform if indicated including a Comprehensive Stool and Digestive Analysis (CDSA).

If you are hypochlorhydric, you can supplement your digestion by taking hydrochloric acid supplements. They should be taken after meals. Most all good nutrition supplement companies carry an HCl product usually referred to as “Betaine HCl”. Other oftentimes beneficial supplements include replacement of the friendly bacteria in the gut with Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. Increased dietary fiber will promote healthy digestion especially soluble fiber which is found in vegetables. Certain herbs stimulate gastric acid production including gentian, ginger, and peppermint.

Malabsorption occurs for a variety of reasons. These include hypchlorhydria (low stomach acid), pancreatic digestive enzyme insufficiency, and intestinal dysbiosis (an imbalance in the intestinal bacterial colonies called “flora” which normally reside in the gut). Malabsorption occurs when, though a person is eating well and maybe even taking supplements, the nutrition that is being consumed is not making it into the blood stream. Rather than being absorbed it is being eliminated through the stool.

The presence of malabsorption can be confirmed by a laboratory test called the Comprehensive Digestive and Stool Analysis (CDSA). Another less comprehensive test is the Urinary Indican test which measures incomplete digestion of protein. It can be ordered by your clinical nutritionist.

If you are experiencing malabsorption, you will get the guidance you need from lab testing to know what to do about it. Typically, hypochlorhydria is addressed by taking HCl tablets. Pancreatic enzyme insufficiency can be supplemented with pancreatic enzyme or vegetable based enzyme tablets. Intestinal dysbiosis will best be treated by first removing abnormal overgrowth of unfriendly microscopic flora and or microscopic parasitic organisms and replacing them with friendly flora. This is not the end of the story regarding malabsorption but for our purposes here further in-depth discussion would only be confusing. Suffice it to say that if you have a CDSA performed, the report your practitioner receives back from the lab will include a detailed explanation of the lab findings. A knowledgeable clinical nutritionist will provide you with all the dietary guidelines, supplements and other information to successfully deal with malabsorption.

Gastrointestinal and DigestionParasites come in many different forms. Usually, when we think of parasites, we think of intestinal worms or some other disgusting critter. However, the smaller microscopic organisms are much more common findings than worms. These organisms include yeast, amoeba (that's the single cell one you looked at under a microscope in school), giardia, and several strains of bacteria. All of these “unfriendly” organisms can be found in the intestinal tract under normal conditions living in balance or synergy with normal healthy “friendly” bacteria. It is when an overgrowth of the unfriendly cultures occurs at the cost of lost friendly cultures that it becomes a deterrent to good health. If you have spent time in foreign countries, even a little, had parasites as a child, lived in close proximity to animals, have ever had food poisoning or unexplained diarrhea, or have a history of parasites, you could be entertaining these unwanted visitors. If you suspect you may have parasites of some type, talk to your clinical nutritionist about a Complete Stool and Digestive Analysis (CDSA). Treatment of parasites is specific to whatever organism is being addressed. Any practitioner who is familiar with the CDSA will know what to do.

The Comprehensive Health Assessment available through the web site link below is a good tool to evaluate your gastrointestinal symptoms and their relationship to other conditions discussed on the site. Medical research continues to document the connection between good gastrointestinal health and a number of other difficult health conditions. The good news is that the G.I. conditions discussed above and their related symptoms are treatable through alternative medicine and nutritional protocols. If you have completed the Comprehensive Health Assessment and believe there may be a G.I. component to your health, present this information to your alternative medicine practitioner.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Hypoglycemia



Hypoglycemia

Functional hypoglycemia or reactive hypoglycemia has historically been much more recognized by alternative medicine practitioners than traditional physicians. This has led to a confusing set of criteria for diagnosis and treatment of hypoglycemia. Today, we are faced with an array of diets for the condition including the Dr. Phil's diet, the South Beach diet, the Mediterranean diet, the Atkins diet and others. All these have some benefit and we will help you sort through the maze in the paragraphs to follow. One topic, that of the glycemic index of foods, is one you will want to pay close attention to. Also, as you read, you will want to grasp the concept that hypoglycemia plays a role in many other conditions including fibromyalgia, depression and diabetes.

Hypoglycemia is a condition of low blood sugar, (somewhat the opposite of high blood sugar which is diabetes). Hypoglycemia is usually a problem secondary to some other primary condition such as insufficient function of the adrenal gland, the thyroid, liver or pancreas. Sometimes allergies, and especially food allergies, can lead to symptoms of hypoglycemia as well. Commonly, it is associated with the craving and over-consumption of sugar. Of the 40 plus symptoms of hypoglycemia, the most common include:

  • Chronic fatigue with a mid-morning or mid-afternoon let down.
  • Craving of sweets, caffeine or soda.
  • Overconsumption of sweets, caffeine or soda.
  • Shakiness or lightheadedness.
  • Constant hunger.
  • Headaches.
  • Muscle tension that won't go away.
  • Feel better after eating.
  • Frequent heart pounding.
  • Anxiety, panic attacks.
  • Depression.
  • Family history of diabetes.
  • Momentary lightheadedness upon standing.
  • Alcoholism.

If you feel you may have hypoglycemia, you will benefit greatly by doing a self-evaluation utilizing a Comprehensive Health Assessment. See below for details.

If your Comprehensive Health Assessment suggests you may have hypoglycemia, it would be a good idea to have your alternative medicine practitioner do an evaluation. Included in the available testing which may be indicated are a 5 hour glucose tolerance test, adrenal cortisol/DHEA test, liver function and thyroid function. An easy test your physician can to do to assess the adrenal component is to take your blood pressure lying supine (on your back) and again immediately upon standing. The BP should rise 10 points. If it doesn't, it is suggestive of adrenal insufficiency which is often one of the players in hypoglycemia.

Please study the related pages of this web site listed below for additional information on other conditions which may be involved with hypoglycemic symptoms.

Your Recovery

If there are no other major contributing factors such as those listed above, the typical patient can expect to start feeling better after a couple weeks of being on a hypoglycemia diet. The first few days of sugar and/or caffeine withdrawal can be difficult because of the addictive nature of these foods. But, as a rule, after the first few days patients begin to notice a significant improvement in their symptoms. It takes from 6 months to a lifetime to completely recover but the rewards in how you feel and perform are well worth the effort. Get the help of a good clinical nutritionist to help you progress through this difficult condition.

The diet for hypoglycemia is typically a sugar, caffeine, alcohol and simple carbohydrate restricted diet accompanied by supplementation to support function of the involved glands. Eating five times a day using low or moderate glycemic index foods helps stabilize the blood sugar levels and smooth out the associated symptoms. In general, any the following supplements may be utilized depending on what is indicated from testing:

For the adrenal gland:

  • Licorice Root herb (must not be deglycyrrhinized)
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B 6
  • Vitamin C

For the pancreas

  • Chromium picloinate
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium

For the liver

  • B complex
  • EPA/DHA
  • For the thyroid

Thyrotrophin (a product from Standard Process Laboratories) Iosol ( a very good water soluble iodine product from TPCS, Costa Mesa , CA 92626 )

Friday, January 22, 2021

AIDS and HIV


AIDS and HIV

It may be possible to avoid AIDS completely with a strong immune system in spite of being HIV positive. Studies have shown that HIV positive individuals with poor immune function are at greater risk of contracting AIDS than those whose immune systems are functioning up to par. That statement, taken from the medical literature should get your attention. If you learn nothing else from this web site, acting on that immune system statement alone will add years to your life and life to your years. Correcting underlying problems such as yeast infections, hypoglycemia and other yeast infection related disorders will give you a jump start toward living with HIV. Alternative medicine offers protocols for HIV which you will not hear about in your physician's office. Read on to learn about control of yeast, the effectiveness of olive leaf extract and other HIV protocols.

The information contained in this web site is required reading for everyone who has an interest in HIV and AIDS. It offers a wealth of knowledge compiled for you from the exhaustive accumulation of literature on AIDS. The information contained herein is from the archives of alternative medicine only and your information for the traditional medical protocols will be found elsewhere. Our prayer for you is that you will study this information closely and that it will benefit you in your HIV/ AIDS quest.

The HIV and AIDS information offered by alternative medicine is different from traditional medicine in that it includes protocols for actually improving your immune system. The medical industry, on the other hand, offers you mostly HIV drugs and leaves the notion of improving your immune status to others. You may wonder why conventional medicine pays little attention to such an important aspect of health as strengthening your immune system. The reason may be that natural immune boosting protocols and products such as vitamins cannot be patented, are not sold by prescription and therefore offer little profit incentive to drug companies. Since much of what your doctor learns comes in one way or another from the drug companies, he is not likely to have received the information available through alternative medicine and this web site.

How to Boost Your Immune System


HIV and AIDS patients need to understand that they are not just fighting a virus which destroys the immune system. No, there are MANY things which compromise the immune system. Happily, there are also many protocols from alternative medicine which enable you to enhance or boost your immune competency. So, as we study the subject, we find there are two major good health promoting steps which really need to be well understood by the HIV patient. They are, simply:

  • 1. Eliminate all elements of your environment, diet and lifestyle which compromise the immune system.
  • 2. Add everything you can from an environmental, dietary and lifestyle perspective to enhance and boost your immune system.

Unfortunately, many HIV victims are prone to environmental, dietary, and lifestyle habits that compromise the immune system long before the HIV virus is contracted. For example, the use of street drugs, smoking, alcohol, poor diet and hygiene and the like are notorious assaults on the immune system. Not only that, but such bad habits set the stage for the onset of other opportunistic immune offenders such as candidiasis. For those people, cleaning up the act, so to speak, is especially difficult. However, it could have life or death consequences and is imperative if success is to be expected. I have spoken at HIV support groups where the number of people in the room who were smoking was appalling. Smoking is just really not acceptable for anyone wanting to achieve good health. Another observation is that HIV seems to be prevalent in persons of lower socioeconomic status. This, too is unfortunate. However, it costs nothing to quit bad health habits. In fact, it pays because money spent on bad habits could then be used to purchase helpful, immune boosting supplements.

Olive Leaf Extract is a potent antimicrobial agent which has been reported very effective in reducing the total body viral load in HIV/AIDS patents. In anecdotal literature it has even improved patients to the point of being HIV negative! This supplement is most important and should be utilized by every HIV positive person. An excellent book on the subject is Olive Leaf Extract by Dr. Morton Walker, published by Kensington Books. A good resource is the Keep Hope Alive organization, Box 27041 , West Allis , WI 53227 .

Beyond the known common bad habits which adversely affect the immune system, there are a number of not-so-obvious immune compromisers about which your doctor may not have told you. Yet, they play a very, very important role in your health. Those immune enemies include, among others, candidiasis, parasites, leaky gut, food allergies, adrenal insufficiency, low thyroid, toxic metals such as lead and cadmium, and inadequate nutrition. Utilizing an online in-depth health assessment questionnaire, a Comprehensive Health Assessment, www.eHealthAssessment.com will do an evaluation of those issues in your life and give you a risk rating for each. The report you receive from the assessment gives you specific information on identifying those factors in your life. The assessment is an easy and inexpensive online way get some insight into these issues' impact on your personal situation. We strongly recommend it. So, there we have the first step outlined above, the identification of immune compromising factors.

Protocols for Addressing the HIV Problem


If you are HIV positive, there are certain pages of this web site that are required reading and understanding for you. Even if your Comprehensive Health Assessment did not have a moderate or high score on these subjects, they are very important for you to understand from an immune system perspective. The pages where we discuss them are listed below. Do every thing you can to follow the protocols listed in those various pages to boost your immune system. The culprits discussed therein are notorious immune compromisers and need to be strongly dealt with and put to rest for a lifetime.

Your Diet

Adopt a "health fanatic" attitude in your eating. Stop use of alcohol, tobacco, street drugs, prescription drugs, especially antibiotics and steroids as much as possible, caffeine, soda, sweets, sugar, and junk food. You should also minimize the consumption of milk and dairy products. Avoid all artificial food additives such as preservatives, colorings and sweeteners. Aspartame (Nutrisweet) should not be used. Partially hydrogenated or "trans-fats" should be avoided like the plague. These fats really interfere with your immune system by producing the pro-inflammatory hormones called prostaglandins. The fats and oils used in deep frying and most snack foods and fast foods are the culprits. Partially hydrogenated fats are a major dietary threat to our health. The fast food restaurants are quietly removing trans-fats from their cooking. They don't want to get sued. These products all compromise your immune system so get them out of your life.

Try to eat an alkaline diet emphasizing fruits and vegetables, at least 5 servings a day. This is very important and cannot be overemphasized. Try to maintain a Mediterranean diet of primarily fruits, vegetables, fish, fowl, olive oil and grains. Red meat should be reserved for special occasions and should be baked or broiled. Eat organic foods when possible. Drink only distilled or at least good quality filtered water. Off the shelf bottled water is not good enough because you never know for sure what's in it.

Exercise

Exercise moderately. Excessive heavy exercise can compromise your immune system but moderate exercise is very good. A study published in 1991 demonstrated the positive effect of exercise on the immune systems of HIV positive males. See the Exercise of this web site (links below).

Supplements

There are many excellent immune boosting supplements on the market and you need to know about them. If you scored high on any health issues addressed in the Comprehensive Health Assessment , as discussed above, you should place top priority on the supplements recommended in this web site relating to those issues. Otherwise, the supplements are prioritized here in their approximate order of importance.

Olive Leaf Extract is a potent antimicrobial agent which has been reported very effective in reducing the total body viral load in HIV/AIDS patents. In anecdotal literature it has even improved patients to the point of being HIV negative! This supplement is most important and should be utilized by every HIV positive person. An excellent book on the subject is Olive Leaf Extract by Dr. Morton Walker, published by Kensington Books.

Glutathione is an amino acid within the cells that is powerfully linked to antioxidant function and the immune system. It plays a major role in the detoxification processes within the cells, liver and kidneys. Numerous studies have demonstrated glutathione to be a critical factor in the development of immune depression and AIDS. Glutathione alone when taken orally is difficult to assimilate. Therefore, other supplements which the body uses to synthesize glutathione must be taken instead. They are:

  • Whey protein products
  • N-acetylctyteine (NAC)
  • Vitamin C
  • Selenium
  • Alpha-lipoic acid

Vitamin C has been the subject of a number of studies and anecdotal reports in the medical literature. To use vitamin C effectively, you should do so under the supervision of a clinical nutritionist. See the How to Find A Clinical Nutritionist of this web site. The usual protocol us to take the maximum dose tolerable before diarrhea begins. This is most effective using a buffered C which allows a much higher dose. Benefits of vitamin C to HIV and AIDS patients have been most encouraging as reported in Lancet in 1990 and Medical Hypotheses in 1984.

Beta carotene has been shown to increase immune cell counts in HIV subjects taken at the level of 180 mg. per day.

Vitamin A is a common deficiency in HIV patients. There are a few different forms of A and you should consult with your nutritionist for the best form and dosage.

Coenzyme Q10 is beneficial. It is expensive at the recommended dosage of 200 mg. per day but should be included in protocols even at a lower dose.

Protein malnutrition is commonly seen in HIV and AIDS patients. In addition to the healthy diet suggested above, persons experiencing clinical signs of AIDS related disease manifestation should take a good quality protein supplement.

Vitamins B6, B12 and Folic acid are essential to any nutrition program. HIV and AIDS patients are consistently found to be deficient in these and other nutrients. The problem is that their requirements to bring these nutrient levels up to normal ranges often exceeds that of HIV free people. Therefore, their dosage requirements are higher. Again, a good clinical nutritionist is a great asset.

Selenium is a potent immune boosting and antioxidant trace mineral. As mentioned above, it is an important precursor to glutathione.

L-glutamine is an amino acid which is essential for healthy intestinal function. Persons who are experiencing any type of intestinal disorder should be supplemented with this product. It should not be taken in certain cases of liver disorders. If you have liver disease, Reye's disease or other nitrogen metabolism problems, consult your nutritionist.

General nutrients including protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids are found to be deficient in HIV patients. One study showed benefit for patients when given these nutrients as a multiple in a supplement containing aloe vera.

Herbs are beneficial in their ability to enhance liver detoxification and in some cases such as olive leaf extract, directly affect HIV. Detox herbs include:

  • Silymarin
  • Goldenseal
  • Black Radish
  • Dandelion Root
  • Aloe Vera is excellent for the digestive tract and may have a direct effect on HIV as well.
  • Liver Detoxication

Liver detoxification is very important in all illnesses and especially so in immune compromised people. The phytonutrients in whole foods are key players in the health of your liver and thus the importance of a good whole food organic diet. People who have abused their health with bad life style habits are probably in need of liver detoxification beyond what is available through whole food. A good technique, though sounding a little disgusting, is the coffee retention enema. Coffee enemas have been used by thousands of cancer and other seriously ill patients for decades. Your clinical nutritionist can give you directions on this surprisingly effective procedure.

 
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