Good news…..medical science has added “new evidence” that BERRIES are good for you! Those of you who were kind enough to attend the health class series dealing with the Immune System became aware of the research that supports: “food is our medicine and medicine can be our food”! The latest in the journal “Phytother Res. 2016; 30(8): 1265-86” Pharmacology and Health Benefits of Anthocyanins (the ‘blue’ of blueberries) reports the biological effects as: “antimicrobial” (germ fighting), “cell-protective” (antioxidant), “antitumor”, “lipid-lowering” (cholesterol effecting), “neuroprotective” (brain aging protection). Just as our grandparents would say: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”… now science has added another food to keep our bodies strong and resistive to disease. Can’t wait to learn what else they “discover” in our food because there are more than 10,000 food based chemicals identified so far …. I guess “they” will be real busy figuring out all of what that means!! So, add 1-2 cups of mixed berries to your 2-4 servings of fruit per day.
For those of us watching the Olympic athletes compete to be their best, we get a chance to see how far one will push themselves to accomplish this. Many competitors train excessively and make great sacrifices to achieve their quest for greatness. It is not surprising that many of the participants look to a variety of approaches to treat and manage their strains, sprains, and injuries. We have seen them wearing supportive “taping” techniques (kinesio taping) popularized in the previous Summer Olympics by the USA Beach Volley Ball team. Now the “newest” example of specialized procedures to help has been observed with Michael Phelps, the USA swimming champion, exhibiting those “mysterious perfectly round” bruises! He is using a method called “cupping” to treat Acupoints more commonly called Myofascial Trigger Points in Western Medicine terminology. Many folks have heard of “Acupuncture” but are not aware that there are multiple ways to address “Acupoints/Trigger points” without “puncturing” them. Pressure has been and still is the most popular, beneficial and least risky approach to treat them. Needling (Acupuncture), Scraping (Gua sha is the Asian term; IASTM and/or Graston are the Western terms) and Cupping techniques were developed as additional ways to stimulate the “points”. Today we have a better understanding of these areas of the body that include muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia, skin, and periosteum (tissue that covers the bone) and how they have a huge influence on how we feel and function. Most of us are not “gifted athletes” competing on the world stage but we are all working and playing hard in our daily lives…. either pushing ourselves hard, doing the same thing over and over again at our jobs, or just not taking care of ourselves the way we should. Myofascial (Acupoints) treatment should be part of your health care for maximum health and function.
One of my patients (who is an official member of the “seasoned citizens” club) posed a common question- “I am 75+ years old but I feel (and everyday tell myself) that I am 45+ years old. I am always active with my family, my Church and my favorite hobby-Golf. But I have noticed that my skin is thinning, bruising easier, and just looking older than I feel…Why and is there anything I can do??”
Well, first off this individual is starting their day off the “right” way with positive and prayerful affirmations for their Mind. Secondly, each one of us has a specific gene makeup that is passed down from our parents that directly influences our health in all aspects. It is what we do during our lifetime that we can control that either minimizes or maximizes these genetic predispositions. The skin is called the integumentary system and is an organ system consisting of the skin, hair, nails, and exocrine glands. The skin is only a few millimeters thick yet is by far the largest organ in the body. Under what we see in the mirror is a fiber mesh work of collagen and elastin–type’s proteins that keep skin firm. As we age, this fiber network weakens and skin sags. In addition, it thins because it loses fat. Some of this “aging” is related to our genetic code. But no matter what kind of skin one has inherited, you can keep the skin you have looking young by taking action!
The outside elements-sun, wind, cold, etc. greatly stress this incredible “organ” so protecting it would be the first line of defense to slow the process. And as with every other part of our body, what we nourish it with also has a tremendous influence. At this time, medical science has affirmed that adding flax seed and fish oil to the diet has improved the overall health of skin by enriching from the inside out (‘British Journal of Nutrition’ Sept. 2008; Ray Sahelian, M.D.). Hydration was also noted for skin health-eight 8oz. glasses of water each day (just like we all have heard a ‘thousand’ times before!). Japanese researchers have shown the antioxidants (a sub category of 40,000+ phytonutrients in food) found in edible seaweed, algae, chlorella, spirulina, etc. protect the skin from damage done by ultraviolet B (UVB) light. Tomatoes provide an important chemical-Lycopene- that also is an antioxidant that has been linked to protecting the skin. In addition, it was discovered that more of this antioxidant becomes available with cooking. The list continues with a variety of vegetables and fruits (carrot, pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, green leafy veggies, apricot, watermelon, all berries, etc.). Olive oil, Coconut oil, Almonds, Walnuts, and Brazil nuts all contain essential types of fats, “EFA’s”, that keep the skin supple. Topical applications of some these oils, in particular coconut and almond oil, are very popular. Many companies now add “antioxidants” (vitamin C, A, and others) to their skin formulas with all types of ‘celebrity’ endorsements and ‘clinical’ testing to promote these products. It is my opinion, we should put as much emphasis on “what we put in our body” as well as “what we put on our body”. And lastly, there are more than 40 muscles that contribute to our facial expressions, so remember to “exercise” your face not just your body muscles.
Everything with getting one’s health back and staying healthy boils down to Risk vs. Benefits. For example, patients will ask…”if I add more veggies/fruits to my diet won’t I be getting more chemicals into me …and that’s bad. Right?” Well the ‘knee jerk’ response would be- Yes, but there was an interesting finding in “Food and Chemical Toxicology Journal (2012 Dec; 50(12):4421-7) as well as the Journal of Nutrition, (2005; 135 (11):2639-2643). The authors observed by adding 1 extra serving of vegetables and fruits to our diets that 20,000 cancer cases per year could be prevented as opposed to just 10 cases of cancer per year being caused by increased pesticide intake. Now don’t get me wrong… chemical ingestion is a problem in the American diet. This is evident by the fact (also verified by one of my patients who works in the chemical food business) that other countries do not allow many of these “chemicals” into their food supplies. This is a “home grown” problem for the U.S… So, look at labels of “processed” foods but have peace of mind that just adding 1 extra serving of plant based foods has a greater Benefit when compared to its Risk!
Acid-suppressing drugs called proton pump inhibitors or PPIs are considered so safe that they can now be purchased over the counter as Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec. House brands include esomeprazole, lansoprazole and omeprazole. But two new studies presented at the annual conference for doctors treating kidney problems indicate that regular use of such medications can increase the likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease. In one study of 10,000 individuals, those taking a PPI were 20 to 50 percent more likely to develop chronic kidney disease over fifteen years. The other study included more than 240,000 people for 17 years. They, too, were more susceptible to chronic kidney disease if they were taking a PPI. (ASN Kidney Week, Nov. 3-8, 2015)……today digestive disturbances plague Americans more than ever before! WHY??…not an easy answer but part of the the solution is the realization that we need to accept the following responsibility: what we eat, how we prepare and or modify what we eat, when we eat it and how much we eat has a tremendous influence on “how we feel”…..answers to these issues sometimes is a “bitter pill to swallow” because many of us eat based on convenience rather than a way of nourishing ourselves…keep a food diary of your daily food intake and play ” Sherlock Holmes” to uncover possible food situations that accentuate your symptoms…and if you feel the need for a “Dr. Watson” input, we are always available for you.
Vascular headaches have long troubled many people, and if you have never had one, you should consider yourself fortunate. Whether it is once in your life or each week, one migraine is one too many. Many people subsist in fear of the potential triggers and factors that can bring on a migraine, struggling to try and understand what is happening, why their head hurts so badly.
The questions are why do the vascular mechanisms that supply the brain become abnormal, and then what can be done about it. The standard of care in the health community seems to focus only on symptom suppressing pain management, which, even at best, is merely a mild palliative in the real management of this malady. In nutritional practice using foundational measures to bring about balanced body physiology, a great deal of success has been achieved in learning about the underlying cause and supporting the body to prevent headaches from ever developing.
First, let’s review what we know about migraines from experience: A prodromal phase precedes the pounding pain characterized by hallucinations, visual disturbances with halo effects around objects, photophobia (light sensitivity), impaired thinking and nausea. A secondary phase follows, characterized by severe pain and pounding, more severe photophobia, and nausea. In fact, the migraine usually abates after finally throwing up. This resolution to normal following vomiting may be the greatest insight into the causative mechanisms at work.
There are two stages leading to migraine, both characterized by profound changes in the vascular (blood) supply to the brain. The first stage (prodromal), is experienced because of an initial vascular constriction or starvation, creating secondary localized hypoxia (loss of oxygen), and this is why the brain hallucinates without the necessary blood/oxygen for proper function. Then the vasculature, apparently fatigued by the effort of constriction, seems to lose its tone and simply dilate, sagging into the surrounding structures and creating the pounding pressure that is so crippling. Most drug therapies seek to interrupt this vascular phenomenon. In fact, in the past, certain drugs called ergotamines, were employed, even though they potentially compromised circulation to the heart at the same time. Even now very little is offered except to attempt to interrupt the vascular dilation, which, while it provides essential relief, is not a correction to the cause of the condition, and it also costs the person a few days of being mildly drugged.
It seems that the questions that need to be asked are: Why does this vascular phenomenon occur, and what sets it off?
We will deal with these questions in the next installment in this continuing series on migraine……………
Idiopathic hypertension is the name of elevated blood pressure with no explainable etiology/cause. The elevation of systolic and diastolic blood pressure represents an increase in vascular tone for the purpose of of increasing blood pressure.
Often, elevated blood pressure is a body response to high levels of inflammation and allergy in the environment, or diet. The body interprets all stress as a wild animal trying to attack it, and so stress that comes from eating certain foods has a reaction of stress that is similar to societal stress, or stress that comes from truly being in danger. They both register the same on the endocrine system, making no distinction between psychological stress, biochemical stress and circumstantial stress.
As we reduce the stress of our lifestyle and our diet, we significantly reduce the adrenal responses to stress attempting to elevate its metabolism and prepare itself for fight or flight responses. A subtle but consistent factor that should be explored in high blood pressure situations is the presence of chronic food allergies. Most typically corn, soy, milk or wheat can influence the inflammatory levels, creating chronic inflammation resulting in elevation of corticosteroids. Often, simply by eliminating the food allergies, the blood pressure will be falling within three days, and within two weeks it is within normal range.
It is always best to correct high blood pressure by determining the cause of the elevation, rather than to suppress the symptom only. When natural interventions fail, reduction of food allergies should always be employed to correct the possible cause of the elevated blood pressure. Blood pressure medication is very difficult to reduce and discontinue once the body has become accustomed to it. It is always desirable to avoid the need for medication until it is absolutely necessary. Often blood pressure medication will interrupt other functions of the body such as energy level, ability to respond to stressful situations, and libido, especially in men.
High blood pressure is an intelligent body response to imbalance. The difficulty is to determine what that imbalance is. Blood pressure may be naturally balanced, bringing about the elimination of symptoms instead of symptom suppression. There are many herbal remedies being employed for this purpose. The only real correction is to assist the body back into balance and eliminate its need to elevate pressure.
Lighten your toxic load and manage your weight through the Standard Process Purification Program. You’re on your way to a clearer, brighter, lighter future!!
The SP program stimulates specific detoxification organs in the body — the liver, kidneys, and intestines. With help from these organs your toxic load can decrease, and your body can concentrate its energy on purification and weight reduction.
PROGRAM BASICS: The 21–day purification program includes eating whole, organic, and unprocessed foods; taking whole food supplements; and drinking plenty of water. You will eat a variety of vegetables and fruit for the first 10 days, with select proteins added on day 11. Some of the supplements you will use are in capsule form, some in tablet, and some in powder form. On days 1 thru 7, you will drink 2 to 3 SP Complete shakes per day, plus your supplements as outlined in your program booklet. Then, on days 8 thru 21, you will continue with your shakes, but your supplements will change. This is all outlined in detail in your program booklet. Your booklet also contains tasty recipes for both food and shakes, which help make your detox pleasant.
Some of our staff have done this cleanse, all with very good results. This is a three-week program that is sure to give your body amazing, healthy results which you will feel, and weight loss that you will definitely notice!
So give us a call today and make an appointment to come in and get started! 314-353-1477
Why do I need purification???? Purification, also known as detoxification, can help you remove natural toxins from your body and help maintain a healthy weight. We are exposed to external toxins on a daily basis. These include pollutants, pesticides, and chemicals. Internally our bodies produce waste byproducts as a result of normal metabolic function. Although your body is designed to rid itself of these toxins naturally, it can become overburdened,. Purification offers your body additional support to expel and metabolize these toxins and minimize your weight, which is important to maintaining your health and vitality. Toxins can contribute to a wide range of conditions:
Stuffy head, Fatigue or difficulty sleeping, Indigestion and other temporary gastrointestinal upset, Food cravings and weight gain, Reduced mental clarity, Low libido, Skin that’s not looking its best, Joint discomfort.
There are also approximately 80,000 chemicals registered for use in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that hundreds of these chemicals are present in our bodies. Research has shown that many of these can disrupt our immune, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems. The following are some examples: Air and water pollutants, Cigarette smoke, Personal care products, Heavy metals, Household cleaning products, Pestcides and herbicides, Phrmaceuticals, Preservatives and additives, Trans fats, Ammonia, Carbon dioxide, and Free radicals. SO — how do you determine your toxic load? If the majority of your answers to the following questions are “yes”, it is likely that your diet, personal care products, cleaners, etc., contribute significantly to your toxic load……….
Do you or have you eaten processed foods? Do you eat non-organic fruits and vegetables? Do you eat meat and poultry that are not free-range? Do you or have you ever used artificial sweeteners? Do you drink soda, barbecue your food, drink coffee or alcohol or tap water?
If your answer to any of the above is “yes”, then you will be interested in our next installment coming in a few days. We offer an amazing 21-day cleanse/detox that will cleanse your body, make you feel amazing, and drop some weight!! Watch this BLOG in the next few days.
For many decades in my practice one of the first dietary changes I had recommended to patients was the elimination of wheat from their diets so they may observe any changes in their complaints . Initially this was done mainly for digestive problems and sinus congestion because early studies had shown evidence that it increased the immune responses within the body. But as more and more patients got off wheat it became obvious that other conditions improved: chronic joint and muscle pain, depression, skin problems, headaches, even blood sugar problems. Most patients noticed improvements in their health within a few weeks of quitting it, though there were some who didn’t notice a change.
Fast forward to today and there maybe another reason to avoid wheat, even if you don’t feel better right away. In the recent book “Grain Brain,” neurologist and nutritionist David Perlmutter talks about how eating wheat can contribute to brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia and even ALS. These diseases may not show up until after decades of eating wheat, when the damage has already been done. Wheat causes problems for the brain primarily through inflammation. The gluten molecule — there are actually several, not just one — first inflames the lining of the bowel, which enables it to enter the bloodstream. Once there, it sets off alarms throughout the immune system. The body’s attempts to attack it causing “collateral damage” to the tissues, including the brain. It appears genetics may also play a role in who is sensitive and in determining which tissues are affected.
We consume so much of it. We eat wheat products at almost every meal, either in the form of bread, snacks, crackers, pasta, cereal and pizza (there is actually extra gluten in pizza dough, used to thicken it, which allows the chef to twirl the pizza dough in the air to spread it out). And this does not include what is in other processed foods-soups, condiments, etc.
Gluten sensitivity is not just a fad. More and more evidence is accumulating about the downside of this extremely common protein and the fact that celiac disease and gluten sensitivity are on the increase. The reason for this increase is not clear, and the debate continues about its cause. So be honest with yourself, take inventory of your daily and weekly eating habits….you maybe surprised!!!