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

Saturday, February 13, 2021

What is acupuncture?



What is acupuncture?

The history of acupuncture dates back at least 2,000 years. In the tradition of Eastern medicine, acupuncture is described as a form of healing which causes the movement of Qi (energy) in channels called meridians. What is Qi? It is a vital substance; the combination of the air we breath the food we eat and movement. Some describe it as an electromechanical force, some describe it as life's energy, others the essence of life. In Einstein's formula E=mc 2, there is a relationship between energy and matter. It is the blockage of Qi, deficiency of Qi or imbalances, that are responsible for illness. Unblocking the Qi, balancing either Qi, or other vital substances relieves the pain or corrects the source of the disease or discomfort.

How do we access this energy, but through acupuncture points. Western scientist have tried to define the meridians and acupuncture points. Interestingly, in one study there was a 71% correlation between trigger points, motor points in muscles and acupuncture points. Biopsies at acupuncture sites show a great collection of blood vessels of nerves at these sites. When radioactive tagged dye is injected in an acupuncture points it follows the trajectory in the limbs of the meridians described over thousands of years. Very good research done over the last 20 years on the release of neuropeptides with acupuncture by Bruce Pomeranz Ph.D. and Gabriel Stux MD. It apparently causes the release of endorphins and we do have 16 different kinds of experimental models to explain their effect on and treatment of pain.

There is also evidence that acupuncture causes the release of beta endorphins in the CSF, Rossier J, Nature (1977). Pituitary beta endorphin and ACTH are released on an equimolar basis into the circulation. The ACTH then goes to the adrenal cortex where cortisol is then released into the blood. This may explain why acupuncture also helps with inflammation and why it is so useful in the treatment of Asthma. There have also been experiments on the involvement of other neuropeptides monoamines and serotonin and norepinephrine to explain the effects of acupuncture. Functional MRI's have shown the correlation of acupuncture points turning off pain pathways in the brain and classical points having relationship to particular brain centers.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Adrenal Axis-Stress the Cortisol Connection

Adrenal Axis-Stress

Adrenal Axis-Stress the Cortisol Connection

You will likely find the most help in pursuing adrenal axis problems with your alternative medicine practitioner. Alternative medicine routinely gives a lot more attention to the nutritional and lifestyle issues that are associated with stress and the adrenal cortisol connection.

The adrenal glands are two small glands one of each which sits on the top of each kidney. They secrete a number of hormones, the most well known being adrenaline which you will remember is the emergency hormone which enables people to do miraculous feats of strength such as lifting a car off a child. The adrenals also are involved in secretion of DHEA, and get involved in the cycling of sex hormones as well. They are a primary gland in metabolism of sugar and can be involved in hypoglycemia. The problem is, they are capable of becoming stressed out with their function becoming “insufficient” or even “exhausted”. The scope of severity can range from a simple excessive craving of sugar to full blown anxiety attacks. The type of stress that leads to adrenal problems is usually more of a chronic nature as opposed to some type of high stress emergency. For example, long-term stress such as financial troubles, marital troubles, work troubles, or chronic physical illness, long term use of Prednisone or physical disability can cause a constant drain on the adrenals leading to stress related symptoms. The adrenals can also be over stressed by severe physical trauma such as severe burns or automobile accidents.

The symptoms of adrenal axis stress and cortisol imbalance are very similar to hypoglycemia and are typically characterized by:

  • Adult attention deficit disorder or adult ADD or adult ADHD
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue with a mid morning or mid-afternoon let down.
  • Craving of sweets, caffeine or soda.
  • Over consumption of sweets, caffeine or soda.
  • Shakiness or lightheadedness.
  • Lightheadedness upon standing.
  • Constant hunger.
  • Headaches and muscle tension.
  • Feeling better after eating.
  • Frequent heart pounding.
  • Anxiety, anxiety attack, panic attack, depression.
  • Family history of diabetes.

There are a number of diagnostic tests available to your physician for detection of adrenal axis stress. Please see the Laboratories page of this site. They include:

Five hour glucose tolerance test. Be sure your practitioner knows all the interpretations of the results of this test as they relate to the adrenals.

Adrenal Stress Index test from Diagnos Tech Lab.

Cortisol and DHEA from Great Smokies Lab.

The pupils constrict upon exposure to light followed by immediate dilation. Normally, they should remain constricted without fluctuating open and closed.

Upon standing from the lying position, the blood pressure should increase 10mm. If not, it's suggestive of poor adrenal function.

The typical nutritional approach for adrenal stress is a low sugar, complex carbohydrate diet similar to that of hypoglycemia. Supplementation usually includes B complex, especially B5 (pantothenic acid) and B6. Vitamin C is important as well as herbal support for the adrenals such as glycyrrhinized licorice.

Resources

There are a number of other conditions which can contribute to adrenal axis stress and the myriad of symptoms caused by it. A Comprehensive Health Assessment found at www.eHealthAssessment.com d oes a very good differentiation of your symptoms of adrenal axis stress versus other conditions which produce similar symptoms. Please study carefully the related conditions listed below for additional information.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS Chronic Fatigue Immunodeficiency Syndrome)

See also Fibromyalgia.

CFIDS is usually a multicausal condition, meaning that there are many different facets of underlying cause each of which may or may not be having an effect on you. CFIDS can be a very frustrating problem, resistant to most orthodox medical treatments, and a severe test of a person's resolve to solve it. This is where alternative medicine can help. If you have CFIDS you will definitely want to seek the best alternative medicine professional you can find to help you walk through the maize of confusing proposed treatments that are available. The problem lies in identifying those causes and then correcting them. So often a physician will diagnose a person with CFIDS and/or fibromyalgia (FMS) (they are commonly found together in the same person) and to the physician, the diagnosis has been made, end of discussion. It is what has been termed a "dead end diagnosis". Physicians often fail to pursue the myriad of potential underlying causal factors leaving the patient to fend for him/herself. Rarely are such seemingly unrelated problems such as adrenal gland stress resulting in anxiety attacks considered as part of the chronic fatigue picture. To best organize this discussion, we will list below, in approximate order of significance, those potential causal factors each of which should be considered. Your physician will want to address them as well as others including lyme disease which may be appropriate but not on the list.

  • Intestinal dysbiosis, parasites, digestive disorders. Very important.
  • Food allergies
  • Candidia yeast infections or candidiasis
  • History of heavy metal intoxication, lead, cadmium, mercury, etc. including surgical metal implants.

Environmental allergy from insecticides, chemicals, sprays, etc. Note: intoxication from heavy metal or environmental chemicals can cause impairment of liver detoxification pathways leading to CFS symptoms.

  • Adrenal Axis-Stress
  • Hypoglycemia and reactive hypoglycemia
  • Neurotransmitter (chemical) imbalance
  • Hypothyroid
  • Wilson 's Syndrome (borderline hypothyroid)
  • Cyclical hormonal imbalance in females
  • Mercury toxicity from dental fillings. (Controversial, but possible).
  • Obesity

You can sort through the potential presence of these causal factors by completing an online Comprehensive Health Assessment which is discussed below. Once the causal factors have been identified they will be appropriately addressed by your practitioner. There is commonly a history of overuse of antibiotic therapy sometime in the life of a CFIDS patient resulting in candidiasis (yeast overgrowth) which by itself can create many of the symptoms. As you pursue the solution to your condition, try to look for medical, traumatic, emotional or environmental factors which may be contributory.

Laboratory tests which may be indicated are:

  • ELISA/ACT test for food and environmental allergies. ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies Lab.
  • Food Allergy Panel. Great Smokies Diagnostic Lab., Alletess Laboratories, Immunolabs.
  • Adrenal Cortisol/DHEA test. Great Smokies Lab, Diagnos Techs Lab.
  • ACT test. Diagnos Techs Lab.
  • Heavy metal hair analysis. Doctor's Data Lab.
  • Comprehensive Digestive and Stool Analysis. Great Smokies Lab, Meridian Valley Lab.
  • Female Hormone Profile. Great Smokies Lab.
  • Complete a Comprehensive Health Assessment which you will learn about at

his personal assessment is a great tool to address the underlying causes of CFIDS which we have discussed above. It will help you and your physician determine which of those causes may apply to you. It is inexpensive and conveniently done online. We strongly recommend it to all CFIDS patients.

There is an emerging body of medical evidence that associated chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia symptoms with Lyme disease. We suggest you type Lyme disease in your search engines for web sites that can inform you about this important subject.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Alcoholism

Alcoholism


 Alcoholism

Alcoholics are almost always nutrient deficient. This may be a result of the poor diet associated with alcoholic lifestyle. In addition, they may be predisposed to alcoholism by pre-existing conditions and nutritional deficiencies. To do a truly comprehensive assessment of the alcoholic state, other physical and nutritional factors in addition to the traditional social and psychological evaluation must be considered. Those often overlooked factors include chronic intestinal yeast infection or overgrowth, food allergy, cortisol or adrenal gland insufficiency, hypothyroidism, functional hypoglycemia and nutritional status. Unfortunately, the usual case is that alcoholics are given excellent emotional support but their physical status goes wanting. Please read on for more information on this essential component of alcoholism.

Melvin R. Werbach, M.D. in his book Nutritional Influences on Illness states "There are many nutritional deficiencies which may be caused by excessive alcohol ingestion and the deficient nutrient intake often associated with alcoholism. By boosting the nutritional intake, not only may it be possible to reduce the toxic effects associated with alcoholism, but there is preliminary evidence that alcohol craving and the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may also be ameliorated”.

Laboratory Tests

Alcoholism is often associated with a problem in the metabolism of amino acids. Amino acids are the basic building blocks of protein. It would be valuable to have an amino acid test run. You can learn more from the web sites of the labs listed in the Laboratories page of this web site. Talk to your alternative medicine physician about an amino acid test. Other appropriate lab tests are discussed in the related pages of this web site referred to at the end of this section. You must read each page because they have important information to help your recovery from alcoholism.

Vitamins and Supplements

Nutrients which studies have shown to be helpful in addressing alcoholism include:

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is effective in reducing both alcohol cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Folic Acid, C, and E.

Minerals, especially Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium, and Selenium.

Amino Acids. We use the product "Seacure" which is a hydrolyzed, easily digested form from fish protein.

Essential Fatty Acids. Also found in "Seacure". Omega 3 Fatty Acids as well as Omega 6 Fatty Acids found in Evening Primrose oil are also good.

Food Supplement. "Juice Plus" is an excellent fruits and vegetables in a capsule supplement.

Diet

It is imperative that alcoholics adhere to a strict health food diet. All foods containing caffeine, high sugar, "Nutrasweet", highly processed, packaged foods, junk foods, fast foods, deep fried foods, soda and partially hydrogenated oils are to be strictly avoided. In other words, a good healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, fish and some red meat are required.

Given the complexity of recovering from alcoholism, I strongly urge people to get under the guidance of a qualified physician/nutritionist who understands the subjects we have discussed here.

Resources

Seven Weeks to Sobriety , by Joan Matthews Larson This book is required reading.

Comprehensive Health Assessment is an online self-assessment of the potential for presence of various alcoholism-related health issues discussed herein. Visit www.eHealthAssessment.com for details.

Lab Tests Which May Be Helpful ( See the Laboratories page of this web site.)

  • Amino acid analysis
  • Adrenal Axis-stress
  • Five hour glucose tolerance
  • Food allergy panel
  • Candida Albicans IgG, IgA, IgM
  • Vitamin analysis from Spectracell Lab

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Dementia

Dementia


 Dementia

Dementia is almost a certainty if you live long enough. Statistics tell us that as many as 2/3 of the population over the age of 90 suffers from some form of dementia or depression. Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of dementia in the elderly. There is no known cure for Alzheimers disease. There are certain drugs on the market which offer some encouragement in that they slow the progression of the disease. Alternative medicine, a good healthy lifestyle and exercise also offer some benefit.

The medical approach to dementia should include an assessment of the aspects of life style somewhat unique to the elderly. Therefore, we should consider the following as possible contributory causes of dementia: oxidative stress, lack of exercise, poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, and need for food supplements.

Seniors are notorious for getting little to no exercise. Yet, it has been established that they live longer, healthier and happier if they get regular exercise, even as little as a 20 minute walk a day.

Seniors are also known for their diet of tender roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, some Jello and green beans or corn with a cup of coffee or tea. This, of course, falls pathetically short of the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables, preferably raw, a day. This is where the oxidative stress enters the picture. Oxidative stress or the formation of free radical molecules in our bodies is a chemical process that leads to aging. The antidote for this oxidative process is consumption of "antioxidants". Antioxidants such as vitamins and certain minerals are nutrients found in food, especially fruits and vegetables.

Studies published in the June, 2002 issue of the "Journal of the American Medical Association" have shown certain antioxidant supplements to be of benefit in reducing the risk of Alzheimer's. The most commonly recommended is folic acid at a dosage of 2.5 to 10 mg. per day. The herb ginko biloba is also commonly used and is a good antioxidant for the brain and entire body. Other supplements including vitamins B12, C, E, zinc, beta-carotene and phosphatidyl choline are also beneficial.

Comprehensive Health Assessment

Anyone seriously seeking guidance into what alternative medicine has to offer persons with dementia will benefit greatly from a Comprehensive Health Assessment to be found at www.eHealthAssessment.com . You can complete it in behalf of another person if you like. You will need their presence as you complete the comprehensive questionnaire included with the assessment. Your assessment will not only identify possible personal causative factors contributing to dementia but will also give you detailed guidance for improving your own risk factors including cardiovascular disease and nutritional deficiencies. The assessment is not complicated and easy to complete, all done online. Another wonderful benefit of the Comprehensive Health Assessment is that it will help you be proactive and slow the aging process through better life style and nutrition. Review the web site for details.

Your approach to combating Alzheimer's and dementia involves three components:


A. Alteration of lifestyle as much as possible.

B. Good nutrition.

C. Dietary supplements.


NOTE: If you are dealing with a younger person with dementia, pay close attention to the related pages of this report which are listed below.

Since most dementia patients are elderly, there probably isn't too much we can do to realistically alter the lifestyle. However, there is one thing, albeit it controversial, that should be addressed. That is the matter of aluminum which has been shown in some studies to be a causative factor in Alzheimer's disease. The main sources of aluminum in our environment are cookware, cigarette filters, and antiperspirants. These sources of aluminum should definitely be eliminated from the environment. If there has been excessive exposure to aluminum in the patient's life, it would be a good idea to have a hair analysis for toxic metals. If high in aluminum or other toxic metals, you can follow protocols for their removal. See the Toxic metals of this site. (Link to follow)

The second concern for most senior citizens is good nutrition. The Center for Disease Control says we all should eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, preferably raw, a day. Very few of us do that, let alone seniors. An excellent dietary supplement which is comparable to the five servings is called Juice Plus . It is fruits and vegetables juiced, dried and condensed into a capsule. 

Your third concern is food supplements. The nutrients which have been found deficient and helpful in Alzheimer's and dementia are listed below.

Folic acid is a vitamin found commonly deficient in patients with a variety of psychiatric illnesses. Your physician can test your blood level. If deficient, a supplementation of 2-10 mg. daily or as directed by your physician or nutritionist should help.

Vitamin B6 is commonly deficient in Alzheimer's patients. There are little to no risks with B6 supplementation at a level of 100-200 mg. per day.

Vitamin B12 has been found to be helpful. You should have your physician measure the blood B12 and supplement, probably with injections or sublingual tablets accordingly.

Antioxidants including Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) at 400-800 i.u. per day, Vitamin C at 1000-5000 mg. or bowel tolerance per day, and zinc have been shown to be of benefit .

Phosphatidyl choline or lecithin has been associated with Alzheimer's and dementia and supplementation may be of benefit. Choline is an important brain chemical and should be a part of every patient's supplement regimen. You should be careful to read the label because there is a great variation in the content of different products. The usual dose of phosphatidyl choline in the studies was 20-25 grams in divided doses per day.

Another promising supplement is glycerylphosphorylcholine (GPC) . GPC is a choline precursor which means it is involved in one of the steps of choline metabolism. It has been found to be effective in improving patients' clinical conditions in a number of studies. It is sold as a prescription drug in Europe but as a food supplement in the U.S.

In some studies estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) has been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's in women. A natural approach to ERT without the risks of prescription estrogen replacement includes the use of the herb Black Cohosh, indole-3-carbinol extracted from broccoli and natural progesterone crème made from the wild yam. All these products should be taken under the direction of a clinical nutritionist.

The September, 2002 issue of the "Life Extension" magazine published by the Life Extension Foundation www.lef.org offers a few articles on the subject of Alzheimer's and dementia. They also offer products containing these and other nutrients.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Anemia

 Anemia

Anemia can be associated with many different medical conditions, some of which are serious. If you think you may be anemic you should definitely tell your doctor. Though most types of anemia are uncommon, there is one type that is common, that is iron deficiency anemia. We will limit our discussion here to iron deficiency anemia only. Any good nutritionist or alternative medicine practitioner should be able to help you with iron deficiency anemia. Anemia occurs when the blood loses its ability to carry oxygen via the red blood cells. Anything that causes a decrease in the number of red cells or a decrease in their oxygen carrying capacity can lead to anemia. Iron deficiency is the most common of those causes. Internal bleeding of known or unknown source can be a significant cause of anemia. Heavy menstrual flow or bleeding ulcers are examples.

The most common signs of developing anemia are chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, headaches, irritability or loss of concentration. Pale color of the skin is common.

Iron supplementation by your physician will be most likely. In addition, you should emphasize foods high in iron including red meat, liver (can be taken in capsules), blackstrap molasses, plenty of fruits and vegetables and eggs. You should avoid foods that interfere with absorption of iron including alcohol, sweets, dairy, chocolate, most nuts and beans, coffee and tea.

Dietary supplements include, of course, iron. You should use the product your doctor prescribes, however, he/she might not be aware that the most absorbable iron product is "heme" iron and the brand name is “Proferritin”. Ask if you can use it. B complex vitamins are very important, especially folic acid and vitamin B12. Vitamin C is helpful in the absorption of iron and you certainly want to be sure you have adequate production of stomach acid, HCl if you expect to absorb your iron. Click on the Gastrointestinal page of this web site below.

Speaking of absorption, do not take calcium, vitamin E, Tums or Rolaids, etc., or eat a lot of fiber at the same time as you take your iron. It will defeat the purpose. Take these products 3 hours removed from your iron supplement.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Arthritis including Osteoarthritis OA and Rheumatoid Arthritis RA

Arthritis including Osteoarthritis OA and Rheumatoid Arthritis RA

Arthritis including Osteoarthritis OA and Rheumatoid Arthritis RA

There are few diseases for which less hope is offered by traditional physicians than arthritis. Happily, alternative medicine has a lot of hope to offer arthritis sufferers. Arthritis is one of the conditions sometimes termed a "dead end diagnosis" meaning, "there's no more we can do for you". Arthritis patients are offered only pain and anti-inflammatory medications to enable them to tolerate the pain until the disease progresses to where more radical procedures such as joint replacement can be justified. Rarely is the CAUSE of arthritis addressed let alone a plan to actually correct the cause. Modern medicine is great at treating crises and emergencies but when it comes to chronic degenerative illnesses such as arthritis, conventional medicine is woefully lacking. Yet, the good news is, you will routinely find arthritis sufferers gaining good relief under the guidance of alternative medicine and nutritional practitioners.

Arthritis is often associated with an intestinal disorder termed "leaky gut" or leaky gut syndrome, a problem commonly addressed by alternative medicine practitioners but overlooked by medical doctors. Usually associated with leaky gut is a wide variety of food allergies which create toxicity to the muscles and joints eventually leading to arthritis. Food allergies and leaky gut are discussed in detail elsewhere on this web site.

Low stomach acid levels are also commonly found to be involved with arthritis. In spite of what the TV commercials tell you, 40 to 50% of the population over the age of 50 is LOW in stomach acid. Low acid leads to incomplete digestion of food and ultimately to the leaky gut and arthritis in some individuals. This hypochlorhydria, as it is called, is discussed in the Gastrointestinal pages of this web site (Link to follow). There are several vitamins, minerals, and herbs which studies have shown to be beneficial for arthritis, as well.

Food Allergies and Arthritis

There is a class of foods known as nightshades which, when eliminated from the diet afford not only long term relief but in some cases an improvement in the development of joint deformity. The study regarding nightshades and arthritis was long term, 7 years, so don't expect an immediate fix when you eliminate these foods. The improvement was progressive over time. Nightshade foods include white potato, tomato, all peppers except black pepper, eggplant, and tobacco. If you have arthritis, you should eliminate these foods from your diet even if they don't test positive on a food allergy blood panel. Remember, you have to do it for months to see if it will help.

Leaky Gut, Leaky Gut Syndrome

Increased intestinal permeability or "leaky gut" is a problem commonly seen in arthritis patients, both OA and RA, by alternative practitioners but not usually considered by conventional doctors. It can be a very important player in arthritis and you should study carefully the Gastrointestinal pages of this web site.

Low Stomach Acid

Unless you have a known stomach lining inflammation such as ulcers or esophagitis, It may be of benefit to use hydrochloric acid supplements. You should do this under the supervision of a physician who understands the use of HCl supplements (most traditional physicians don't). Please refer to the Gastrointestinal pages of this web site for details. If you are deficient in HCl, supplementation will support the function of your digestive tract and help heal the leaky gut.

Over-consumption of Toxic Foods

It is astounding how often we see "arthritis" symptoms disappear with the simple elimination of coffee. Some people drink incredible quantities of coffee, measured in pots, not cups, consumed per day. If you are one of those people, now is the time to kick the habit. Coffee is addictive, and you will go through withdrawal for a few days. To make it easier, drink a lot of water and eat frequent between meal healthy snacks such as fruit and vegetables. Co-conspirators to coffee are tea, soda and chocolate. Even though we usually think of the caffeine as the culprit, it is actually the acidity level of those drinks. So don't think you can get away with decaffeinated drinks. It won't work. Decaffeinated drinks are still highly acid. If you are consuming more than a soda every few days or an occasional tea or coffee, you may be pouring gasoline on the fire of your arthritis.

If you expect to succeed in improving your arthritis, it is essential that you stick to a very good healthy diet with at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Fruits and vegetables enable you to maintain an alkaline diet. We strongly recommend the food supplement "Juice Plus " which is comparable to five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. You can learn more about this product at the web site listed below. If you want Juice Plus, contact us and we will give you information on how to order the product. You should avoid alcohol and minimize the consumption of red meat. Try to replace red meat with fish. Do not use any partially hydrogenated oils which are found in deep fried foods, packaged snack foods, chips and all butter substitutes and spreads. Partially hydrogenated or "trans fats" are one of the most dangerous foods (if you want to call them food) in our environment. They promote inflammation in the body and with arthritis, that's the last thing you want. The food label will say something like "partially hydrogenated oil". Avoid it.

In addition, a low fat diet is important for RA sufferers. Try to have about 70% of your calories from carbohydrates, 15% from fats and 15% from protein. See the Diabetes and Weight Loss pages of this web site (links to follow) for details on calculating your caloric intake of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

Toxic Metal Overload

Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and others are much more common in our environment than most people, including physicians, realize. The really overlooked issue here is the dramatic impact these toxic metals can have on your health. Commonly, when the body burden of these metals is excessive, the symptoms manifest in the form of muscle and joint complaints. This is because heavy metals interfere with the normal biochemical processes involving calcium, magnesium, zinc and other nutrients in the cells of your body. When these essential healthy minerals in the body are disrupted by heavy metals, musculoskeletal symptoms such as muscle and joint pain commonly occur. Please read carefully the Toxic Metals pages of this web site for details (links to follow).

Vitamins and Other Supplements

One very effective nutritional support protocol effective for arthritis is offered by the Metagenics company (see Vitamin Supplement Companies page). The product is called UltrainflammX. It is specifically formulated to address the inflammation and leaky gut associated with arthritis. It includes the nutrients and antioxidants specific to the needs of arthritic patients. Included with the protocol is a booklet outlining the dietary requirements which will make the program more effective. It is a rice based product. Except for those who test positive for rice allergy, we recommend it for every arthritic patient. A nutrition oriented and experienced chiropractor or other alternative medicine practitioner can help you with the protocols and supply you with the product. Metagenics products are not sold over the counter, only through professionals. You can order the product online through our clinic website Performance Plus Rehabilitation Center. You will need to log in, get a password and then click on Online Store You can then order UltraInflammX and be sure to ask them to include the patient guide book.

For years Niacinamide has been recognized as a successful supplement for osteoarthritis. If you take niacinamide, you should have your doctor monitor your liver enzymes. One problem with niacin is the "flush" feeling some people get when taking large doses. The preferred form of niacin is inositol hexaniacinamide which eliminates the flushing problem.

Vitamins C and E have been helpful in studies to assist in combating arthritis.

Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is supportive of adrenal function. The adrenals secrete your body's cortisone, essential for pain free joints.

Glucosamine sulfate and Chondroitin sulfate are very popular supplements for arthritis. You should take about 500 mg. of each three times a day. Be sure you get products containing these two ingredients. Others, such as glucosamine HCl are not found to be as effective.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are always beneficial in inflammatory conditions and apply to arthritis, especially RA. Omega 3 FA's are found in fish oil and flax oil and are available at your health food store.

Herbs which have been shown beneficial include Boswella, Horse Chestnut, Garlic, Cayenne , Ash, Blackcurrent, Rose Hip, and Feverfew. Of this list, Boswella is probably the most commonly used.

There are a number of minerals which have been studied and found helpful. The most common is probably copper. We have all seen people wearing copper bracelets for arthritis. One study done in 1976 found the bracelets to be helpful in arthritis pain. The most effective form of copper for oral use is copper salicylate.

Zinc has been found helpful in joint swelling and pain. The typical dose is 25-50 mg three times a day. If you want to take a larger dose, you should consult a nutritionist. It is important to also understand that zinc and copper should be taken together because they have an antagonistic effect against one another in the body. You should take the two in a 10:1 zinc to copper ratio. Also, zinc is bound in the digestive tract by cereal grains, especially oats, and some of its effectiveness is lost. If you are a large cereal consumer, you will want to take your zinc a few hours removed from the cereal.

Arthritis, particularly RA can be a result of impaired amino acid or fatty acid metabolism. Your amino acid and fatty acid status can be measured by laboratory tests. We suggest you talk to your alternative physician about these tests. You can learn about them on the Great Smokies Laboratory website. Laboratories are listed elsewhere on this site.

Arhritis is a condition that requires ongoing management. There is hope for you to be completely free of symptoms if you are successful with the suggestions made in this report. If you are able to heal your leaky gut, rid yourself of offending toxins and restore the gut to normalcy through good nutrition, you will, indeed, feel much better.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Asthma

Asthma


Asthma

Alternative medicine practitioners frequently see amazing results with the protocols we will outline here for you. Common with asthmatics, yet usually overlooked by physicians are conditions which can play a major role in asthma. These include hypoglycemia, adrenal fatigue, adrenal gland or cortisol insufficiency, yeast or candida overgrowth, food allergy and others.

There is a major component of asthma to which many physicians and even allergists seem to be oblivious. It is a problem that is present to some degree in many if not most asthma patients. Yet, due to the relatively recent understanding of this problem, physicians are yet to be informed as to its importance. The problem is that of delayed onset food allergies or sensitivities. Asthma patients are routinely tested for allergies, including food. But, the problem is, they are not tested for delayed onset food allergies. A delayed food allergy is one in which you eat the food today but don't have an asthmatic reaction until tomorrow or even the next day. Unfortunately, the gold standard allergy test, the skin scratch, does not identify delayed onset allergies. There is a detailed explanation of this phenomenon to be found below and in the Food Allergy pages of this web site.

Adrenal gland insufficiency or exhaustion is another factor commonly involved with asthma but usually overlooked in physicians' offices. The adrenals produce the body's cortisone and are often overstressed by the long term use of Prednisone. Adrenal insufficiency results in hypoglycemia and associated asthma potential. Don't miss the Hypoglycemia pages of this web site.

Another often undetected problem is the overgrowth of yeast which results from extensive use of prednisone and antibiotics. Yeast overgrowth, termed

"candidiasis" is commonly found accompanying food allergy and adrenal insufficiency. Please see the Yeast pages of this web site.

Asthma and Food Allergies

Food allergies are the commonly overlooked villain in asthma. I will never forget the case of one adult asthma patient who learned the hard way just how great an impact made upon her allergy. We discovered her to be allergic to dairy products. ( Most asthmatics are allergic to milk and should avoid it.) When placed upon a treatment regimen similar to the one you will read about here, she was completely free of asthma and her medications. She decided to try some dairy rich foods at Thanksgiving and ended up in the ER with an asthma attack. Food allergies are a very important component of the asthma picture and must be addressed. Every asthmatic should have an IgG food allergy blood panel done. Please see the Food Allergy page of this web site for details (link to follow).

Asthma and Functional Hypoglycemia and Adrenal Axis Stress

The adrenal glands and their teammates the thyroid and hypothalamus are major players in asthma. The adrenals are responsible for production of your body's cortisone. It would seem only logical to reason that if your adrenals are producing enough cortisone, medications such as Prednisone would not be necessary. With Prednisone being one of the most potent, destructive prescriptions on the market, it behooves us all to avoid it if at all possible. That is where you can do yourself a world of good by paying close attention to the function of your adrenal axis system. Please study carefully the related pages of this web site listed below. Complete understanding of these related topics is essential to your seeing the big picture of asthma and how it occurs. With all these issues understood, asthma becomes a SYMPTOM. It is commonly a RESULT of all these other health conditions which join together to produce the picture we call asthma.

Asthma and Diet

Studies have shown that a vegetarian diet is beneficial to asthmatic patients. A vegetarian diet basically eliminates most of the allergenic foods. In light of the availability of simple blood tests for food allergies, it is a lot more convenient to just have the test as opposed to trying to determine by experimentation what are the offending foods.

Sugar and fat are major offenders with some asthmatics. In a study of 102 children with asthma, they were found to consume 25% more fat and 23% more sugar than non-asthmatics. Junk foods certainly are more of a threat than is commonly appreciated. Avoid them like the plague. I will never forget one of my first big successes with asthma. We treated a 12 year old boy for asthma and he was not responding. When we took him off Pepsi the asthma ended. The point is, avoid the junk foods, sweets and everything that is obviously bad for you. Take heed to what your mama said. Eat good food. That means 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Asthma and Obesity

If you are overweight and serious about getting over asthma, you must lose weight. Obesity is a common component of the asthma picture and is completely reversible. See the Weight Loss pages of this web site for details (links to follow).

Asthma and Food Supplements

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) is a mainstay in the asthma nutrition protocol. Several studies have shown it to be beneficial. It should be taken in conjunction with Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) which is supportive for the adrenal glands. We use a product called "Cortico B5B6 from the Metagenics company. B6 dosage for adults usually ranges from 100-250 mg. in divided doses daily. For children, the dose should be decreased proportionately according to body weight.

Vitamin B12 was given by injection to 100 children in a study done in 1989. They all improved except one and 60% stopped wheezing entirely. In a difficult case, ask your physician about this. Meanwhile, Vitamin B12 can be taken orally at the dosage level suggested on the label.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are products derived mainly from fish oils. They are very beneficial if the patient is not allergic to the fish (another reason to be tested for delayed food allergies). Typically, one gram a day will improve asthma but don't expect immediate results. In one study, it took nine months to see improvement. If you are allergic to fish oils, try taking flax seed oil instead.

Magnesium is a major player in the protocols for asthma. There have been a number of studies looking at magnesium treatment for asthma given orally, by inhalation and by injection. They all were beneficial. The typical dose for oral Magnesium is 400-800 mg. per day for adults, less for children according to body weight.

Antioxidants play a role in all hyperimmune and allergy conditions, asthma included. Zinc is a good antioxidant which has been shown effective in reducing the production of histamine. If you take zinc, a dosage of 25 mg. per day and possibly increasing to double that amount is typical. Zinc is antagonistic to copper and therefore copper should be taken concurrently with zinc at a dosage of about 10% the level of zinc. In other words, if you take 25 mg. of zinc take about 2.5 mg. of copper.

Quercetin is another antioxidant which, similar to zinc, has a good antihistamine effect. Usual dosage is 250 mg. two to four times a day.

Vitamin C at a dosage of 1-2 grams per day is shown to be of benefit. In times of acute asthma vitamin C can be taken up to 5-6 grams per day depending on bowel tolerance. When you increase dosage to the point of it giving you diarrhea, that is about your limit. Buffered ascorbate powder is a form of vitamin C which allows larger dosages without the bowel effect. You should consult a nutritionist before using this product long-term.

N-acetylcysteine is a precursor to the very powerful antioxidant glutathione. NAC is useful because glutathione is not easily utilized by the body when taken orally. NAC is transformed into glutathione. 600 mg. twice a day is a typical adult dose.

Hydrochloric Acid (plain old stomach acid) was found to be deficient in a study of 200 asthmatic children. No, it's not a misprint, they were deficient, not high, in stomach acid contrary to what the ads for antacids would have us to believe. Hydrochloric acid can be purchased as a food supplement and you can try it if you have no stomach ulcers or inflammation. Take it according to the label, after meals. Visit the Gastrointestinal page of this web site for more information.

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 immune deficiencies relating to asthma. 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.

Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractors routinely have success with spinal manipulation for asthma. It helps with varying degrees of success depending upon the patient. Every asthmatic, especially children should consult a chiropractor to see if it will help.

Lifestyle Considerations

An air filter in the patient's bedroom is often helpful. Since we can't spend 24 hours a day indoors, the second best is to breathe filtered air at night.

Another successful home unit is the negative ion generator. This is an instrument that is placed in the home. Medical studies have discovered that negative ionic air is beneficial for asthma and other allergies.

Studies have also shown that dust mites, a common allergen are significantly lower in homes where dehumidifiers are used and the carpets and furniture are kept as clean as possible.

 
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