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PART III: IS HYPOTHYROIDISM THE CAUSE OF OBESITY, HYPERTENSION, DIABETES, HIGH CHOLESTEROL, HEART ATTACKS, DEPRESSION, ETC?

As I mentioned in the second part of my three-part series, up to ninety percent of the American population has not been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. This epidemic is creating havoc with our mental and physical health. It is easily and inexpensively treated. The primary causes are fluoride in our water, dental products and lack of iodine. Soy also shuts down the entire endocrine system including the thyroid.

With the changing to the higher range of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) testing numbers (0.4-4.6) in the 1960s-1970s without knowing the root cause led to the  resulting evaluation by the allopathic medical doctors towards indiscriminately prescribing synthetic prescriptions without explanation of how the thyroid got out of whack. I am doing this as a service to you to help you prevent future disease from happening because of dietary habits and lack of sufficient vitamins/minerals in the diet.

I urge you to strongly read the website http://poisonfluoride.com/pfpc/index.html

You will quickly discover how toxic fluoride is and that the symptoms of how fluoride is related to the same symptoms of thyroid dysfunction (lack of iodine). The list is very long between the fluoride poisoning and thyroid dysfunction (iodine deficiency) and the numbers are the references to medical articles from which the data was taken. The left column is fluoride poisoning symptoms and the right column is hypothyroid symptoms. They are essentially the same.  If you want the references, please go to the website listed above.

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Doctors tend to order thyroid tests (mostly TSH). If they are “normal,” the doctors tell you that your thyroid is functioning just fine and don’t consider your physical findings are diagnostic of hypothyroidism. I am going to tell you why the lab tests haven’t been working. As you saw from the charts above, there can be many causes for the hypothyroidism. Do you want to know your root cause?

The active form of thyroid hormone is T-3. For a consistent thyroid function throughout the day, mammals normally make eighty percent T-4 and almost twenty percent T-3. (We also make a small amount of T-1 and T-2). Thus, the T-4 must be converted to the active form of T-3 for energy to the body (50 percent of the iodine goes to the thyroid). This conversion requires iodine, selenium, zinc, iron, progesterone, cortisol and glutathione. If you are missing one of these, you can’t convert T-4 to T-3 but instead convert it to a fake hormone called RT-3 or Reverse T-3. RT-3 blocks a receptor site but doesn’t work. Thus, you have normal levels of TSH and T-4 (and perhaps normal levels of T-3), but the thyroid isn’t functioning at the cellular level!

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In addition, glutathione (master hormone) is necessary to move the T-3 from the cell membrane to the mitochondria inside the cell. If everything else is fine, but you don’t have glutathione, your thyroid system can’t work at the power station (mitochondria) that needs it!

You cannot absorb glutathione if you eat it. You must make it from three amino acids. You cannot make amino acids if you don’t have stomach acid to break your proteins into amino acids. Thus a person without stomach acid will not have a functional thyroid system because that person cannot make glutathione, and without glutathione, the thyroid does not work in the mitochondrial power station where it is used to keep voltages adequate.

This clearly explained a major problem I encountered; too much fluorine which affected my iodine levels and the lack of stomach acid to make glutathione to convert into energy at the mitochondria level. I have spoken to my clients (and I was one of those uneducated people too) to get off antacids and drugs that stop the production of stomach acid. They see no connection between stomach acid and why they are chronically tired, so they ignore instructions to get off the antacids and drugs and then cannot figure out why they are too tired to enjoy life. Their doctor tells them that it is okay to block stomach acid and so it goes a nation of people too tired to care and depressed because without stomach acid, they can’t absorb zinc, and without zinc you cannot make neuro-chemicals like serotonin and you cannot convert T-4 to T-3 either. What we have then is a nation of people fat, tired and depressed and all with normal blood tests!

Iodine is a halogen. The halogens are a series of nonmetal elements from the periodic table, comprising:

  1. Fluorine, F
  2. Chlorine, Cl
  3. Bromine, Br
  4. Iodine, I
  5. Astatine, At

Here are the halogens in the periodic table:

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As you can see, the halogens are in a column in the periodic table of elements.

The problem is that fluoride is a “bully.” Any time an atom of fluoride and an atom of any other halogen are in the same vicinity, the fluoride will displace the other halogen and take its place. This is called a thyroid receptor site.

The thyroid hormone T-4 is a protein called tyrosine that is attached to four iodines. You can see it represented in the graphic as “thyroid hormone.” However, when you consume fluoride, it displaces the iodine and you get the fake thyroid hormone noted in the right of the graphic seen below.

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One problem is that our blood tests cannot tell the difference between the real and the fake hormone. Another problem is that the fake one does not work. Thus your blood tests are normal but your body is really deficient of functional thyroid hormone. This is called type II hypothyroidism. This form of type II hypothyroidism is often due to glutathione deficiency.

Type II hypothyroidism can also be due to a failure of the hormone to work at the cell membrane or mitochondrial level. Because most Americans consume fluoride in water, toothpaste, visits to the dentist, etc., most Americans have type II hypothyroidism!

Many assume that if you stop consuming fluoride and take iodine, the thyroid function will return to normal. This is rarely the case. In 1996, Mahmood investigated the effects of low doses of sodium fluoride on the thyroid glands of guinea pigs.  The findings were a depletion of colloid from the follicles, shrinkage of follicles, disruption of follicular basement membrane associated with edema and degeneration of the follicular epithelial cells, increased follicular vascularity, and fatty degeneration in the inter-follicular connective tissue.

There is also a condition of the thyroid gland called Hashimoto’s disease. It is assumed it is an autoimmune disease. However, the description of Hashimoto’s disease is the same as damage from fluoride. It is possible that Hashimoto’s disease is simply fluoride damage.

Since fluoride permanently damages the thyroid gland, most people require both iodine for it anti-infective effects and thyroid hormone to have normal thyroid function.

In studies, there are an increasing number of people with Hashimoto’s disease. Remember, that it is characterized by having antibodies to the thyroid gland. These antibodies will attack desiccated thyroid such as Armour and Nature-Throid. There is controversy about whether this matters. Even though the antibodies attack the proteins in the desiccated thyroid pills, it appears they do not attack the actual hormones since the blood tests of people on desiccated thyroid with antibodies are still altered as you change the dosage of hormone.

Although fluoride is perhaps the major cause of hypothyroidism, there are other things that cause/contribute to it. A major issue is estrogen dominance.

Estrogen dominance means that you have effectively more estrogen than you do progesterone. That is true for female and males. Estrogen dominance shuts down the thyroid as well as often being associated with other issues such as breast and prostate cancer.

Estrogen dominance can be caused by soy, petrochemicals, fuel exhaust we breathe, estrogenic hormones in meat and chicken, plastics, propylene glycol (deodorants), sodium laurel sulfate in toothpaste and ointments, herbicides, and pesticides. These potent estrogenic substances block the production of thyroid hormone and greatly magnify the incidence of estrogen-dependent cancers. All males and females in developed nations have estrogen dominance. You should attempt to avoid these things:

  1. Antibiotics
  2. Chlorine from our water purification systems
  3. Fluoride
  4. NSAID drugs used for arthritis all kill the healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract. This results in overgrowth in the intestines of Candida, fungi, mycoplasma, and anaerobic bacteria (yeast syndrome). These dangerous organisms release powerful neurotoxic substances into the blood stream that damage the hypothalamus, often resulting in multiple endocrine disorders including under-activity of the thyroid gland.
  5. Mercury released from our dental amalgams is toxic to the thyroid gland.
  6. Selenium deficiency is related to lack of trace minerals in our soil. The proper conversion of precursors into thyroid hormone depends on a selenium-containing enzyme which is lacking.
  7. Lack of iodine in our soil and diet leads to decreased thyroid hormone production.
  8. Diagnostic x-rays injure the thyroid gland (dental, neck and spine).
  9. Perchlorates widely found in drinking water inhibit the production of thyroid hormone by blocking the re-uptake of iodine.
  10. Another cause of hypothyroidism is lack of Vitamin C. The body uses Vitamin C to make hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is necessary to convert T-4 to T-3.

There are diagnostic tests outside of blood tests that can help you find out if you have too much fluoride, lack of trace minerals to help convert T-4 to T-3 and taking body temperature tests when awakening in the morning.

Our labs are about ten years late in updating the normal range of 0.5 and 2.0 mIU/L for the TSH test. The lab report comes back say at 4.0. The normal range says is between 0.4-4.6. Thus your doctor will tell you that your thyroid is working normally. However, with the updated normal of 0.3-2.0 means you are very hypothyroid!

There are other problems with the TSH. It is unreliable while undergoing chemotherapy and with a fever. The amount of TSH produced by the pituitary gland is controlled primarily by the amount of T-4 made by your thyroid gland. Thus the feedback mechanism of TSH/T-4 can be balanced so that the levels of TSH and T-4 are normal with current normal values. However, T-3 is the active form of hormone. So even with a normal TSH/T-4 balance, if you cannot convert T-4 to T-3, you are still hypothyroid.

So, to convert T-4 to T-3 requires iodine, selenium, zinc, iron, progesterone, glutathione, cortisol and hydrogen peroxide. In addition, the thyroid is under the control of the parasympathetic nervous system. If you are missing any one of these vitamins/minerals, you will be deficient in T-3 even if your TSH/T-4 are normal.

So the next time you go to get your labs completed, please ask for T-4, T-3, rT-3 (reverse T-3) levels so that when the TSH/T-4 numbers comes back in the normal range, you will see the numbers of T-3 and rT-3 too to see if T-4 is converting to T-3 the active part of the hormone which gives energy on the cellular level.

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PART II: IS HYPOTHYROIDISM THE CAUSE OF OBESITY, HYPERTENSION, DIABETES, HIGH CHOLESTEROL, HEART ATTACKS, DEPRESSION, ETC?

As I wrote about in my first part of this series on hypothyroidism with regards to obesity and metabolic syndrome X with insulin resistance, this is often due to an increase in rT-3 (reverse T-3) relative to T-3 (active form of the thyroid hormone). In this section, I would like to give you my thoughts on iodine deficiency. Part 3 will be how the rT-3 and T-3 and how it affects the body.

Most people know that the thyroid uses lots of iodine to make thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland gets to use iodine before the other parts of the body. However, most people don't know that every gland in the body that secretes something needs large amounts of iodine. Iodine is the "truck" that carries the secretion from inside the cell to outside the cell. Thus most cysts in the body are due to iodine deficiency as the secretions are accumulated inside the cells to form cysts. I remember before I went through menopause, I had numerous ovarian cysts (one even burst while I was grocery shopping which made me double over like I was in labor! It was very painful and, before I knew anything about this phenomena, it made me feel fear and I went to the emergency room). Now, I laugh about that fear because I know so much more about the endocrine system. That is why I write to you so that you can be well-informed and to fear less about what your body does chemically.

A partial list of cells that secrete is given below:

Thyroid: has the highest concentration

Salivary glands

Cerebrospinal fluid and brain

Intestinal mucosa (esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine)

Choroid plexus

Breasts

Ovaries

Vagina and uterus

Prostate

Ciliary body of the eye

Nose, sinuses, mouth

Substantia nigra of the brain

Conjunctiva of the eye

Stomach acid

Digestive enzymes in pancreas

Liver and gall bladder

Skin

Bone marrow

Pancreas

Adrenal glands

Kidney

Lung

Please note that this list is the same organs that typically get cancer!

The Japanese consume a lot of seaweed and thus a lot of iodine. They have the least amount of cancer of anyone on the planet. The only kind of cancer they have in excess is stomach cancer. Iodine is inactivated by nitrates (found in processed meats like bologna and hot dogs), and when they eat processed meats, this deactivates the iodine in their stomachs, allowing them to get stomach ulcers and stomach cancer. It is apparent that iodine is protective against cancer.

Iodine kills all single-celled organisms like viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa. For example, Jean Lugol, a Paris physician, in 1829 discovered that iodine is more soluble in water that contains potassium iodide. Lugol's solution implies that it is water based. "Tincture of iodine" means it is in an alcohol base whereas Lugol's solution is water based. Iodine is bactericidal even at dilutions of 1:170,000! Microorganisms do not develop resistance to iodine.

Iodine is so important in brain development that iodine deficiency is the leading cause of intellectual impairment in the world. (ADD/ADHD?)

Hypothyroidism is one of the leading causes of violent behavior in the world.

For instance, it was suggested by Campbell in the "China Study" that the reduction in cancer and heart disease in Asia was due to a vegetarian diet, but the difference may well be in the amount of iodine consumed and not in the amount of meat eaten. The China Study was an epidemiological survey and not a study in which one group gets one substance and the other group gets a placebo.

The parts of the body exposed to the outside world have iodine levels thirty times the blood level. Iodine is the immune system's "bug killer." That is, it is the bug killer for bugs trying to enter the body. For example, if you breathe in a flu virus and you have enough iodine in the lining of your nose, it will kill the virus before it has a chance to enter the system. Once a microorganism is in the body, it is attacked by white blood cells. Neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, contain hydrogen peroxide to kill the bacteria. Vitamin C creates hydrogen peroxide in the body, increasing the efficiency of the immune system.

Drinking Lugol's solution or taking dehydrated Lugol's in capsule form is the best treatment for food poisoning as it kills the bacteria. (It is so sad that we recently lost a coworker due to food poisoning while traveling on a trip).

Lugol's solution will inactivate snake venoms.

Nitrates (hot dogs, bologna, processed meats) inactivate iodine and allow Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori) to grow in the stomach and cause stomach ulcers/cancer.

If large foreign proteins are ingested, they are inactivated by iodine preventing them from becoming allergens. As I mentioned in part I of my series about low stomach acid in relation to obesity and metabolic syndrome X with insulin resistance, iodine is necessary to make stomach acid. Humans should never absorb proteins. We must only absorb amino acids to make our own proteins. When we don't have stomach acid because we are deficient in iodine, zinc, and vitamin B1, we absorb whole proteins. (I figured out that when I went Paleo and gluten free at the beginning of my autoimmune disorder of plaque psoriasis, I did not know much about the nutrition factors of the right combinations of foods and supplementing with the right vitamins and minerals. Once I did, my psoriasis has diminished and I have not had the flu and maybe just a sniffle or two in the past five years since changing how I administer my supplements).  The immune system recognizes that the body didn't make these proteins and assumes they are invaders. It makes antibodies to attack them. Having enough iodine to make stomach acid thus helps prevent food allergies.

The energy in fats is contained in their double bonds. These double bonds are protected by iodine.

Fetal iodine is five times the level in the mother. Low maternal iodine can lead to miscarriage, birth defects, failure to thrive, mental retardation, etc.

There are only micrograms of iodine in table salt and some of the companies are using bromine instead of iodine because it is cheaper (and toxic). Sea salt contains almost no iodine (unless you use Celtic or Himalayan Course salt). Adults need 12-15 milligrams of iodine per day. Because of our farming practices, there is very little iodine in our soils. About the only people in the United States with normal levels of iodine are those who eat seaweed frequently. You see we do not store iodine in our bodies, so it is very important to get daily dosages of it!

Every person should be taking iodine to prevent infections and cancer. One can take it orally since it doesn't go into the large intestine to kill the good bacteria. It isn't well absorbed through the skin.

Remember that you need iodine to protect you against infections and cancer whether your thyroid is functioning normally or not. You also need it to make every organ that secretes something work.

Up to ninety percent of the American population has undiagnosed hypothyroidism. This epidemic is causing havoc with our mental and physical health. It is easily and inexpensively treated. The primary cause is fluoride in our water and dental products and lack of iodine. Soy also shuts down the entire endocrine system including the thyroid.

This last paragraph is very important and it will be Part 3 of my series on how fluoride is a toxic hallide that overwhelms the iodine because it fills in for the lack of iodine in our bodies. If you look at the element chart from chemistry class, you'll see that is it similar in the carbon factor and your body mistakes it as iodine. When you don't store the iodine, but you keep on adding fluoride to your body from water or chemically from other sources, it will not help you to ward off those nasty little critters that surround us everyday.

 

PART I: IS HYPOTHYROIDISM THE CAUSE OF OBESITY, HYPERTENSION, DIABETES, HIGH CHOLESTEROL, HEART ATTACKS, DEPRESSION, ETC.?

Recently, I received my blood test results for fasting blood glucose, cholesterol and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). There had been improvements since I took the tests six months ago or so due to concentrating on my thyroid and my skin condition plaque psoriasis. How many of you even know what your blood tests really mean? Are you in the dark on some things, especially with your health?

The symptoms of the epidemic of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart attacks, depression, etc. are well-known.  The root causes of these major epidemics in the United States of the above miseries are not well-known.  To discuss hypothyroidism, we must first discuss metabolic syndrome X and iodine deficiency. This is necessary to understand hypothyroidism. However, most doctors agree that what is called metabolic syndrome X is responsible for most of the illnesses in America. So what is metabolic syndrome X?

The symptoms and features of metabolic syndrome X are:

Fasting hyperglycemia-diabetes mellitus type II or impaired fasting glucose, impaired glucose tolerance, or insulin resistance

High Blood pressure

Central obesity (also known as visceral, male-pattern or apple-shaped adiposity), overweight with fat deposits mainly around the waist

Decreased HDL cholesterol and elevated triglycerides (MOST IMPORTANT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HEART DISEASE)

Obesity requires some special attention. When you are bigger around the waist than around your hips, you are said to have “apple obesity.” This type of obesity is associated with illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, gall bladder disease, and cancer. When you are bigger around your hips than around your waist, you are said to have “pear obesity.” This is associated with hormonal imbalances but is not likely to cause heart attacks, strokes, and cancer.

A major contributor to obesity is MSG. Leptin is a hormone released to tell your brain that you are full. MSG damages the brain so that it does not recognize leptin. Thus you always feel hungry. MSG is put in foods because it is addicting and makes you want to eat more, resulting in more profits for the food manufacturers.

MSG is hidden in foods by calling it “other spices.” Additives that always contain MSG are called texturized protein, autolyzed yeast and hydrolyzed oat flour.

Metabolic syndrome is an epidemic that also includes stress, anger, heart attacks, ADHD, migraine headaches, and childhood and adult obesity with depression. Traditional medicine has not found a solution for metabolic syndrome X except for diet and exercise. Often diet and exercise alone will not reduce blood pressure, correct diabetes, correct blood lipids, or allow you to lose weight. Metabolic syndrome X often proceeds to fibromyalgia. Doctors typically prescribe pills to lower blood pressure, pills to lower blood sugar, pills to lower cholesterol and a band around your stomach without asking why you got these illnesses in the first place.

It is in my opinion, and other doctors who are aware, that metabolic syndrome X is simply type II hypothyroidism. After six to twelve months of therapy for hypothyroidism, most cases of hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity return to normal without other therapies. Studies have also shown that eighty percent of arthritic people will be normal.

After emailing my traditional doctor about her responses (she was asking if I wanted to put me on a low dose hypothyroid drug without asking me what I had been doing to lower my TSH and she did not look at my previous blood results to see that I had improved) to my blood tests (I only ask my doctor to order blood tests and then I find the answers through my own research to rectify the situation and try to return my body to a homeostasis or balance). My significant reason, to which my doctor does not know or believe, is my leaky gut status due to low stomach acid.  I have had stomach low acid where my  body did not break down the food well enough to get the amino acids out of my animal proteins (you do not want the animal protein to absorb into your body) and vegetables (lectin- the protection around the plant for survival which makes it difficult to get all the nutrients into our bodies) to break down in my stomach and my small intestine. So to get the right nutrients into my body I have had to figure out numerous ways to help my body to break down the foods so that my body could “absorb” the nutrients needed to improve my compromised endocrine system, which includes my thyroid. Also, I had to find the right supplements to repair my leaky gut syndrome.

So a significant cause of obesity is a lack of stomach acid. Another significant cause of obesity is consuming high fructose corn syrup, especially in sodas. One soda a day increases your weight one pound per month. If you gain twelve pounds per year, in five years you are sixty pound overweight just from one soda per day! Even another cause of obesity is high glycemic index foods. These are foods that are rapidly digested and results in a spike of insulin. The excess glucose is stored in fat cells and the body cannot use this glucose when insulin is present. These high glycemic index foods are primarily white foods such as white flour, white rice, white sugar and white potatoes. Instead, use whole grains (gluten-free if you can), stevia and sweet potatoes.

Part II of this series will be another major source of Hypothyroidism and how it contributes to numerous health problems and to its prevention.  Metabolic Syndrome X with insulin resistance is often the result of an increase in rT-3 (receptors that inhibit T-3 from being used in the organs) relative to T-3 (this is the part of the thyroid hormone that is converted from T-4 which is utilized in the cells all over the body for energy). Please listen to your body and find the causes and not to cover up your symptoms with drugs and to improve your nutritional status. For more information on how I might assist you with your health, please contact me on the form below.

 

 

 

 

HOW TEETH REMINERALIZE

Recently, I had a traumatized tooth extracted. It was not an easy choice. I already had other teeth traumatized by the drilling of my teeth with childhood cavities, by overfilling the holes in the teeth with silver amalgams (mercury), by replacing the silver amalgams with a composite white material as an adult, and when I needed crowns (gold at first) because the fillings fell out with parts of the tooth, and finally there was more drilling involved to place a porcelain (composite) crown. After all the drilling and fillings, which gives you more microscopic breaks in the enamel and the dentin (hard bone-like middle layer of teeth), and if there is not enough blood supply to the tooth with certain nutrients through the dental lymph, the tooth can become decayed unless you remineralize your teeth with a nutritional intake of minerals. How do you know if you are deficient? Please read on.

I was born number two of five children. All of my siblings' teeth lacked in the right minerals in our mother's womb because of familial dietary habits she brought from her family origin. A lack of minerals she would have received from fresh whole foods and my mother taking medicine during the time of the growth of our teeth made us susceptible to "soft" teeth.

Understanding the process of tooth cavity healing (mineralization) and tooth cavity formation (demineralization) takes us on a path to see our body as a system and not as body parts. Decades ago, there were many heated discussions between doctors of medicine that would and could not agree in principle that the teeth had anything to do with our general health. Today, there are many studies supporting the theory that as the health of the teeth go is how the body goes. I am still looking for the dentist who will assist with nutritional advice and not only the drilling and replacing of teeth with crowns and root canals.

For example, in my case, for months I knew the crowned tooth (#3 tooth right upper jaw, energy association to that tooth is the pancreas, stomach and thyroid) was slowly dying. I felt the dull pain. I went to see the dentist and I had my teeth cleaned. Within a week, I had inflammation develop quickly with gum swelling. I went back to the dentist and she advised that I take antibiotics and then go get a root canal. I remembered my last root canal which was quite time-consuming and expensive to boot within the last few years and I then decided to do research. In the meantime, I decided to not take the antibiotics and to not get a root canal. I utilized my BEMER technology (a frequency machine that enhances the general blood flow to the microcirculation level) and it reduced the pain and swelling to virtually nothing for a few months. I also did a lot of nutrition research of how to get the right minerals in the blood supply to the tooth by measuring my hair tissue to balance the minerals in my body for the past 18 months, which I do every 8-12 weeks by sending it to a lab for analysis.

anatomy of a tooth

In my research, the anatomy of the tooth is as follows: dentin is the hard, bone-like middle layer of teeth; enamel is the hard white surface covering your teeth; the root of the tooth is embedded in the jaw; the tooth pulp is in the middle of the tooth. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and cellular elements including tooth building cells. Each tooth has a blood supply and a nerve that travels through the center of the tooth roots into the jaw bone via the mandibular nerve. The mandibular nerve is a branch of the largest cranial nerve in our body, the trigeminal nerve. This nerve connection is what makes toothaches so painful and debilitating. The periodontal ligament lines the root of the tooth. It connects the tooth to the jaw through millions of taut fibers running in different directions. These fibers absorb the shock of chewing, and hold the tooth firmly in place. The cells in the periodontal ligament can degenerate and regenerate. A worn out periodontal ligament is a primary cause of tooth loss.

Each tooth contains about three miles of microscopic tubes called dentinal tubules. Dentinal tubules are 1.3-4.5 microns in size. (1) This is close to one thousandth the size of a pinhead. Dentinal tubules are filled with a fluid that is estimated to be similar to the cerebral spinal fluid in the spinal cord and brain. (2) The tooth enamel contains about two percent of this fluid. In addition to the tooth fluid, the tubules can contain parts of tooth growing cells, nerves and connective tissue. (3)

Dentin and enamel are fed from tooth building cells called odontoblasts which transport or diffuse certain nutrients through the dental lymph. Ondontoblasts contain microscopic structures that act as pumps. In effect, a healthy tooth cleans itself out. Microscopic droplets of nutrient-rich solution from our blood are pumped through the tiny tubules. In a healthy tooth, the fluid flow from within the pulp moves outward in a pressurized system that protects our teeth from corrosive substances in our mouths. (4)

A dentist Ralph Steinman discovered that our teeth's ability to remineralize is based upon the regulating action of the largest salivary glands, the parotid glands. Located near the inside of our jaw bone, the parotid glands regulate the activity of the nutrient-rich dentinal fluid. The signal to the parotid glands comes from the regulating center of the brain, the hypothalamus. When the tooth fluid flow is reversed due to a signal from the parotid glands (as a result of a poor diet or otherwise), food debris, saliva and other matter are pulled into the tooth through the dentinal tubes. When this happens over time, the pulp becomes inflamed and tooth decay spreads to the enamel.

Dr Steinman identified the loss of certain key minerals in this process of tooth decay. These are magnesium, copper, iron and manganese, all of which are active in cellular metabolism and necessary for the energy-production that allows the cleansing flow of the fluid through dentin tubules. (5) An interesting note is that phytic acid, an anti-nutrient in grains, nuts, seeds and beans, has the potential to block the absorption of each one of these vital tooth building minerals. If you'd like to learn more about how to reduce the amount of phytic acid in these foods, please do not hesitate to do your own research or to find a knowledgeable holistically minded individual to help you with this. It takes time to truly heal the body as it does to make foods that your body can absorb. I even advise my clients in how to prepare food to be readily absorbed into the body.

Before I had my tooth extracted, I had been measuring my blood sugar daily and it was actually in the high range (102-112 when I awoke). When I had my tooth extracted (root canals only take the nerve pain away, but the tooth is still diseased), and within 36 hours I awoke to a blood sugar of 82; a twenty to thirty point difference!

There are a number of glands that are responsible for healthy gums. The master gland, called the pituitary gland and its two discrete sections, are based on the hormones of the anterior and posterior pituitary. The posterior pituitary gland is to work in conjunction with the pancreas to control blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels, when chronically out of balance, can often cause tooth decay or gum disease. If the posterior pituitary cannot regulate the blood sugar properly, then this can create a biochemical imbalance that will cause phosphorus to be pulled from the bones. The primary cause of this deficiency is white sugar. The posterior pituitary can be brought slowly back to health by eating a diet low in sugar which includes avoiding natural sugars as well.

Gum disease is caused by an overactive anterior pituitary gland. One of the roles of this gland is to produce growth hormones. This gland is balanced with testosterone or estrogen. The lack of growth hormone production is therefore intimately connected with gum disease.

Another gland affecting tooth decay is the thyroid gland which is regulated by the anterior pituitary gland. Often the relationship of the thyroid to the pituitary is not considered, leaving thyroid treatments ineffective. A malfunctioning thyroid also plays a role in producing tooth decay and gum disease because the thyroid plays a role in maintaining blood calcium levels. To repair thyroid function, the anterior pituitary gland usually needs attention. People on medications that affect their thyroid can have significant tooth decay problems.

Even excess testosterone can be linked to inflamed gums and excess levels of phosphorous in the blood stream. (6) Excess estrogen can also cause inflamed gums.

The reason for highlighting the role of glands is because prescription drugs, birth control pills, and other toxic or stress factors can significantly influence on or several of our glands leaving us susceptible to tooth decay. Conversely, supporting the health of our glands can support a faster tooth decay recovery. The regulation and balancing of these important glands will support healthy parotid gland function and thus promote tooth remineralization. If you feel that your glands are out of balance, or you are taking prescription drugs that influence your glands, then you will need to seek additional treatments beyond diet. In particular, herbal therapies, glandular supplementation therapies, and traditional medicines like Ayurveda, Tibetan or Chinese medicine including acupuncture and the use of the BEMER technology can all help enhance the flow of blood to strengthen and balance your glands. It is never too late to reclaim your health if you take action now and not wait until you come down with a diagnosis.

For those who would like to take charge of their health including the health of their teeth, please contact me via the contact form below. You might be able to save yourself from future pain and a healthy mouth for the rest of your life.

REFERENCES:

  1. Cook, Douglas DDS "Rescued by My Dentist.": 27
  2. Berggren G., Brannstrom M., "The Rate of Flow in Dentinal Tubules Due to Capillary Attraction." J Dent Res. 1965; 44: 307-456.
  3. Ten Cate A.R. Oral Histology: Development, Structure and Function. Mosby, St. Louis, Boston, Toronto 1998; Chapters 5,9,10,11 and 18.
  4. Roggenkamp, Clyde L., and John Leonora. "Foreword." Dentinal Fluid Transport: Publications of Drs Ralph Steinman and John Leonora. Loma Linda, CA:  Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, 2004. IX. Print.
  5. Huggins, Hal A., DDS. Why Raise Ugly Kids. Arlington House Publishers, Westport, CT, Copyright 1981, ISBNO-87000-507-3, pages 143-149.
  6. Forbes, R. The Hormone Mess and How to Fix It. 2004:  12.

LOVE AND TRUTH EMBODIES OUR HEALTH OF BODY AND MIND

As my parents age with illnesses, I have come to realize that death is part of the life cycle first hand. There are many perceived family pressures associated with my father’s beliefs and expectations of my mother with Alzheimer’s disease by him saying that this was not part of their retirement plans.

Any disease that happens to us or others, we cannot plan for every health contingency.  However, the key is prevention to live the best quality of life and to keep on learning about ourselves each and every day.

Dr. Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist at Stanford University, said in his research that the thing that causes illness and disease is stress. And the thing that always causes stress is a wrong belief. Those wrong beliefs are embedded in our cellular memories. Dr. Lipton goes on to say that if you can heal that wrong belief, the stress goes away and the immune system in the body can heal everything even genetic illnesses and disease.

When my mother had her mental facilities, she seemed at odds with practically everyone. I truly believe her belief source came down to that she could not please her own mother. I felt that if she could heal this one belief, she would have had a better life. I still have not given up on taking this challenge on with her even with her state of mind.

You see, when you heal the wrong belief, you also heal the thing that is blocking the success and prosperity in life. I know this first hand. I have been working on so many aspects of fear-based thoughts on both the conscious and unconscious levels so that I can have love and truth for my success goals, which need to be 100 percent under my control. Why? Because stress drains your energy and it dumbs you down and it causes you to come at everything from a negative perspective. How in the world are you going to be successful when you can’t think straight, you don’t have energy and you are coming at everything from a negative perspective? Every negative thing flows from fear.

And the wrong belief, according to Dr. Lipton’s research, causes us to be afraid when we should not be afraid. So what comes from fear? Anger, sadness, depression, manipulation, dishonesty, every crime that is ever committed, as well as, fear of failure and fear of other things. So this category of unhealthy beliefs can absolutely change your life.

Some of the unhealthy beliefs are:  “I’m unlovable. I’m insignificant. I’m flawed. I’m hopeless. I’m worthless. Something bad is going to happen. Something must change right now for me to be okay. People are going to take advantage of me. I am bad. I’m not good enough. I’m unforgivable. People are out to get me. I must be in control. It’s not fair. People must think well of me for me to be okay. I can’t do it. I’m not capable. Others should do it for me.”

Those are the unhealthy beliefs that block us from living the life we want to live. And that, when they are healed, can change our lives forever. I know I have lived with most of the above even while looking successful on my resume and the plaques on the wall. However, my body remembered and expressed its dissatisfaction with my negative beliefs by throwing my immune system upside down with the development of my severe plaque psoriasis. Not only did I look at my nutrition, but I had to look at the how and why I could truly heal my autoimmune condition. My heart knew.

Let’s look at some of the positive transforming beliefs. I am lovable. I am significant. I’m whole. I’m a person of worth regardless of my circumstances or what anybody thinks. I have unbounded hope for the future. Wonderful things are in store for me. My future is not tied to the past. I am free. I am always okay. Even though I’m always learning, growing and getting better, I am satisfied and content right now. I love everyone. Everyone is different, but all have worth and value. I will receive all good things by surrendering to love and truth. I can lay down control. I don’t have to try to be someone I’m not in order to be loved. I will believe and live the truth of who I am. I am capable. I can do it. I don’t have to get others to do it for me. I have a say over my life.

Which of these beliefs would you rather hold? How would you rather live? Well, that is why we want to heal those destructive beliefs, and to infuse the healthy ones. I promise you, if you do that in just this category, you will never, ever be the same.

I know how success looks for me everyday and that includes a healthy mind, body and spirit. What does it look like for you?

LEGAL DISCLAIMER:  The statements herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. We make no curative claims. This information in this blog is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only with regard to healthy living. It is a self-help tool for your own use, it is not medical advice. Always consult with your doctor when considering dietary, exercise, or prescription changes.

Please contact me if you’d like further information on how I can assist you in resolving your challenges by contacting me in the form below.

 

 

 

HOW POTATOES CAN GIVE YOU CANCER

Even if you don’t smoke, a high-glycemic diet can lead to lung cancer. There was a surprising new study by the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. It found that people with a high-glycemic diet have a dramatically higher risk of lung cancer even if they did not smoke. (1)

Researchers studied more than 1,900 lung cancer patients and more than 2,400 cancer-free people. The scientists focused on the glycemic index of the subjects’ diets. Starchy foods, such as white bread and potatoes, have high-glycemic indexes. They cause spikes in blood sugar levels. Ever since I and my clients have given up or reduced our white starchy foods, I, and my clients, blood sugar levels returned to normal. Each time that your blood sugar goes above 100-110 (eating or not), it tears up and scars your arteries of not only your cardiovascular system, but  plays havoc in the development of lung cancer.

The people with the highest glycemic diets had a 49% greater risk of developing lung cancer than those with the lowest. (2) Among non-smokers, a high-glycemic diet more than doubled the odds of lung cancer.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of lung cancer. But researchers have long been puzzled by non-smokers getting the disease. This new study helps provide the answer. (3) Besides white bread and potatoes, high-glycemic foods include white rice, bagels, pretzels and corn flakes.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. It kills more than 150,000 Americans a year.

REFERENCES on Request.

THE NATURAL SECRET TO GREAT SEX AFTER MENOPAUSE

Over the years, it seems that much more attention has been paid to male sexual health and satisfaction than it has to the female sexual health. Contrary to what the mainstream medical community might want you to believe, that women are interested in having fulfilling sex lives too and even after menopause. But sometimes it just physically isn’t that easy. Atrophic vaginitis can make sex downright unpleasant for many women. This condition is very common and includes symptoms like vaginal dryness, itching or burning, painful sexual intercourse, light bleeding after intercourse, and sometimes incontinence.

You may have all of these symptoms or just a few. But, since the usual treatment for this problem is hormone replacement therapy (HRT), you may decide to “just live with it,” rather than face the risks that have surfaced regarding synthetic hormone replacement.

Keep in mind that you can take hormone replacement safely with all-natural, identical-to-human HRT, but there may even be a simpler solution; an all natural ginseng.

Decades ago, a British researcher found that Panax ginseng can be used effectively to treat atrophic vaginitis. Women with a history of vaginal dryness and painful intercourse were asked to volunteer for biopsies of the vaginal mucosa. When examined microscopically, the biopsy specimens showed typical atrophy, with a thinner skin and little to no mucous production. Physical examination prior to biopsy showed the same changes.

The women were asked to take Panax ginseng for two to three months. Repeat biopsies showed significantly thickened mucosa with more normal surface mucous. Physical examination showed the same types of changes, and women reported disappearance of vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.

I advise 100 milligrams of standardized Panax ginseng extract three times daily. After comfort has returned and symptoms have diminished, you can usually lower your dosage of ginseng to an appropriate maintenance level that works for you.

No one should give up hope, comfort, or great sex after menopause. If any of the symptoms listed above apply to you, Panax ginseng is certainly worth a try. It’s available in almost any natural food store, as well as many pharmacies and supermarkets. Look for the most pure form with as little additives listed in the other section on the bottle.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER:  The statements herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. We make no curative claims. This information in this blog is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only with regard to healthy living. It is a self-help tool for your own use, it is not medical advice. Always consult with your doctor when considering dietary, exercise, or prescription changes.

Please contact me if you’d like further information on how I can assist you in resolving your challenges by contacting me in the form below.

 

 

CANCER CAUSING ESTROGENS AND HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

We now live in the environment of xenoestrogens and the research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that a shocking 93 percent of Americans over the age of six have BPAs (Bisphenol A) in their bodies. BPAs are only one of at least 800 chemicals that are “capable of interfering with hormone receptors, hormone synthesis or hormone conversion,” according to a recent World Health Organization-United Nations study of the 100,000 or so chemicals used in global commerce and industry. (1)

Today, xenoestrogens (the prefix “xeno” literally means foreign, and xenoestrogens means “foreign estrogens.”) contaminate almost everything you eat, drink and touch. And when they’re ingested, they interact with your body’s estrogen systems in a far more powerful way than natural estrogen. Our food supply is loaded with traces of herbicides, pesticides and petrochemical residues from plastics, all of which contain xenoestrogens.

They are in the coatings of food and drinks cans, water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings and sealants. They are in your eyeglass lens, DVDs and CDs, electronics and sports equipment. They are in nail polish, makeup, lotions, soaps, deodorants, shampoos, household cleaning products, even cash register receipts and garden hoses. The list goes on.

However, the biggest source for xenoestrogen exposure is plastics, particularly the soft plastics that come into contact with the foods and beverages we consume. You see, when plastics are exposed to heat or sunlight, or even just left to sit for a long time, these chemicals begin to break down and leach into our foods.

A recent U.K. study detected xenoestrogens in the breast tumors of 19 of 20 women tested. (2) In another study, researchers tested 40 breast cancer patients. They found higher xenoestrogen levels in the same area where the breast cancer tumors developed. (3) These are only two out of hundreds of global clinical studies that reveal the devastating impact of xenoestrogens.

I wish that in 2007 I knew of this during the time my spouse was diagnosed with breast cancer and we had the tissue biopsied to see if it had any of the xenoestrogens from chemical sources. Even then and now, doctors are under the belief that estrogen dominance is just a matter of having too much estrogen or too little progesterone. Most mainstream physicians still refuse to acknowledge the dangers of xenoestrogens and the estrogen dominance it creates in the body. In recent years, the recognition of excess estrogen as a cause of severe pre-menopausal and menopausal symptom has led to hundreds of brands of creams containing progesterone, that levels out estrogen levels in the body. However, they rarely work.

First and foremost, most xenoestrogens are fat soluble, so they accumulate for years in your fat cells. That means that these foreign chemicals might not reveal themselves for decades or, even into the next generation, if there was high exposure during the pregnancy. The breasts are especially vulnerable, because breasts are mostly fat.

Some of these different xenoestrogens act together to magnify estrogenic properties. Your hormones are chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream and send signals that instruct the cells at various target sites to carry out key biological tasks. They do not act alone though. All of the female sex hormones, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA interact with each other. How much or how little of these hormones is made at any one time relies on a complicated feedback system between your brain, your adrenal glands and your ovaries.

Our hormones are dynamic. And when xenoestrogens bind to the estrogen receptors around your body, they interfere with the natural communication process and they unbalance the entire endocrine system.

Estrogen’s target sites include the breasts, uterus, and other parts of the reproductive system. That’s why cancers develop in these target areas when xenoestrogens disrupt your natural hormone balance. I am not a big fan of mammograms due to the dangers of pressing so hard on the breasts that if there are “cancer cells” that are forming in the duct and that extreme pressure can open up the pathways for the cancer to possibly grow. These xenoestrogens mimic the estrogen chemically and will find its way to the estrogen receptors in the breasts.

Because xenoestrogens are structurily similar to estrogen, they trick the body into thinking they are real hormones. But those BPAs, phthalates, parabens and others overload the estrogen receptors and essentially destroy them. Research published last year at the Morgridge Institute for Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison revealed that “gynocological cancers” are often triggered when your body’s estrogen receptors get overwhelmed.(4) Cervical cancers for example, virtually start from the human papillomarvirus (HPV) infection. Morgridge Institute researchers revealed the condition switches gears from precancerous to cancerous when the estrogen receptors deplete to “the point of being undetectable.” (5)

What happens when all that excess estrogen has flooded to the target site and nothing to attach to because the receptors have been destroyed, then that’s when estrogen begins fueling the division of precancerous cells and turns them cancerous. Other studies reveal the similar impact of overwhelmed estrogen receptors on breast cancer, ovarian, uterine and endometrial cancer. (6,7,8,9)

These high levels of xenoestrogens begin to produce a flood of destructive free radicals. This causes the DNA to “misfire”  and produce other cellular defects that help cancer thrive. At the same time, high estrogen levels decrease the level of one of your body’s master antioxidants, glutathione. This raises oxidative stress in your cells and can often be another early step in the formation of cancer cells.

In other words, xenoestrogens not only overwhelm and deplete your estrogen receptors, they raise the levels of cancer-causing free radicals and wipe out your body’s best defense against them. Also, these abnormal estrogens also slow down your thyroid function. Multiple studies have linked thyroid dysfunction to breast cancer and numerous gynecological cancers. (10) We are all suffering from estrogen dominance. You might have sinus problems, headaches, dry eyes, asthma or cold hands and feet, and not know to attribute them to your exposure to xenoestrogens.

If you ask mainstream doctors how to get rid of xenoestrogens in the body, you will most likely see a bemused face at best. Even with all the multiple studies, most doctors will answer similarly to the companies that manufacture xenoestrogens and will say that the quantities are so small and they are harmless. And, besides, we have kidneys and a liver to detoxify the body.

What most people don’t know is that the liver and kidneys were designed to filter organic toxins (the waste the body made naturally, back when we lived in a xenoestrogenic environment). Lowering excess estrogen can look like this:

Avoid products that contain xenoestrogens as best you can;

Keep food and drinks away from plastics whenever possible;

Stop buying foods and beverages packaged in plastic;

Replace plastic dishes and Tupperware with glass and ceramic;

Never put plastic dishes in a dishwasher. Not only will the plastic contaminate the next food it comes into contact with, the other dishes will be coated in a film of xenoestrogens.

There are plenty other tricks that I have that you may want to add to your supplement roster that will chelate with these xenoestrogens to help your body to detox the years of gunk that has built up in our fat cells. To expedite some of this process on the microcirculation level, I can have a conversation with you about the BEMER Technology related to expediting the nutrients to those areas of your body that need it the most.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER:  The statements herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. We make no curative claims. This information in this blog is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only with regard to healthy living. It is a self-help tool for your own use, it is not medical advice. Always consult with your doctor when considering dietary, exercise, or prescription changes.

Please contact me if you’d like further information on how I can assist you in resolving your challenges by contacting me in the form below.

 

REFERENCES:

(1) World Health Organization, United Nations Environment Program. “State of the science of endocrine disrupting chemicals.” Published 2013.

(2) Darbre PD, et al. “Concentrations of parabens in human breast tumors.” J Appl Toxicol, 2012;32(3), 219-232.

(3) Barr, L, Metaxas, G, et al. “Measurement of paraben concentrations in human breast tissue at serial locations across the breast from axilla to sternum.” J Appl Toxicol, 2012;32(3), 219-232.

(4) den Boon J, Pyeon D, et al. “Molecular transitions from papillomavirus infection to cervical precancer and cancer: Role of stromal estrogen receptor signaling.” Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2015 Jun 23.

(5) Ibid.

(6) Shaaban AM, O’Neill PA, et al. “Declining estrogen receptor-beta expression defines malignant progression of human breast neoplasia.” Am J Surg Pathol. 2003 Dec; 27(12):1502-12.

(7)Bardin A, Nathalie Boulle N, et al. Loss of ERβ expression as a common step in estrogen-dependent tumor progression. Endocr Relat Cancer. 2004 Sep; 11(3): 537-551.

(8) Shah, YY. “Regulation of estrogen receptor signaling in breast and endometrial cancer by the src kinase pathway, the micronutrient selenium and by novel tamoxifen-regulated biomarkers.” (2005). Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1459.

(9) Berger C, Y. Qian Y, et al. “The p53-Estrogen Receptor Loop in Cancer.” Curr Mol Med. 2013 Sep.

(10) Brinton LA, Sakoda LC, et al. “Relationships of Uterine and Ovarian Tumors to Pre-existing Cronic Conditions.” Gynecol Oncol. 2007 Dec; 107(3): 487-494.

 

 

Links of Infections and Stomach Disease

In 1984, Dr. B.J. Marshall made a revolutionary medical discovery when he uncovered the connection between ulcer disease and the germ known as Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori). Prior to his study, the medical world had accepted the notion that ulcers were caused by stress, which was known to increase levels of stomach acid.

But now we know that this organism is also responsible for chronic gastritis, as well as several forms of stomach cancer. In fact, infections involving this germ cause a loss of stomach acid and an eventual shrinking of the stomach lining (gastric atrophy). This in turn caused the cells lining the stomach to begin their transformation into pre-cancerous cells (metaplasia). Of course, curing the H. pylori infection often leads to the return of stomach acidity. The germ also depletes the stomach’s level of vitamin C, which is critical for iron absorption and protection against stomach cancer.

In fact, H. pylori infection boosts your risk of getting stomach cancer by 600%. Smoking, alcohol abuse, a poor diet (devoid of fruits and vegetables) and low vitamin C intake all dramatically elevate this risk.

What else needs to be considered is the finding that bacterial overgrowth in the stomach (the result of a reduction in stomach acid) also amplifies the cancer risk posed by nitrites and nitrates in processed foods.  Hot dogs, other package meats (such as bologna, ham, turkey, sausage, etc.) and some canned foods are packed with these additives.

One recent study within the last ten years found that those who regularly consumed nitrite-filled foods were 62 times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.

As I mentioned in my latest blog, STOMACH HEALTH: STOPPING ACID REFLUX, PREVENT CANCER AND IMPROVE YOUR LIFE, there is a dramatic increase in digestive disorders, especially acid reflux which is a condition in which acid rises out of the stomach and into the esophagus. As we age, the occurrence of digestive disorders increases dramatically. To a large degree, this is the result of inadequate nutrition, excessively bad diets and exposure to a number of harmful food additives and toxins.

Also, the complications increase when the bacteria called H. pylori exists in the stomach, which researchers believe to be responsible for the majority of peptic ulcers, and even curing the infection that person of the organism also resolves the dilemma of acid depletion if the action is taken early enough.

You can achieve both goals by employing a combination of antibiotics (I found I was allergic to certain strains of antibiotics), bismuth preparations (this mineral has proven effective in combating stomach ills) and certain nutrients. However, the danger is that this treatment also kills the good bacteria in the colon and that can cause a number of problems too.

Several studies have documented that certain flavenoids and vitamin C can inhibit the growth of H. pylori. The most potent were:

-Epigallocatechin gallate ( a component of green tea extract and white tea)

-Luteolin (celery and artichoke extract)

-Quercitin and

-Curcumin

Green tea is very high in fluoride, so I would instead recommend white tea, (like I drink because I had fluoride levels measured from a urine test which is not a common test authorized by the traditional medical system) which has much less fluoride. Plus the white variety actually has higher levels of the beneficial flavonoid than green tea.

The H. pylori germ secretes a toxin that causes most digestive problems and even ulcers. Researchers were excited to discover that quercetin and curcumin block this harmful toxin. These two powerful flavonoids also promote healing of the stomach lining and aid in preventing the formation of cancer. Meanwhile, studies show that curcumin and hesperidin boost the amount of protective mucus in the stomach, which safeguards the stomach lining from the acid. These supplements are available from natural health stores and suppliers.

Even several studies found that both quercitin and green tea extract (EGCG) enhanced the effects of antibiotics used to kill H. pylori. This would allow you to use smaller doses of antibiotics and get the same results than you would would with higher, more dangerous dosages. Incidentally, researchers also found that these two flavonoids were effective in fighting antibiotic-resistant strains of H. pylori.

Another useful supplement was licorice extract. The journal Life Sciences reported on a finding that licorice extract both inhibited the growth of the H. pylori and promoted healing of the stomach lining at the same time. Because pure licorice extract can cause high blood pressure, you should use only the deglycyrrhizinated form of licorice (DGL). DGL has proved to be effective against those strains of bacteria that are resistant to commonly used antibiotics.

One way to combine all of these flavonoids for maximum efficiency is to dissolve 250 mg of quercitin, 250 mg of hesperidin and 250 mg of curcumin in one tablespoon of either extra-virgin olive oil or omega-3 oil. All of these are fat soluble, which enhances absorption and penetration into the stomach lining. Also, add 1/4 teaspoon of pure liquid vitamin E to the oil. Mix well and swallow.

This mixture will expedite the destruction of H. pylori and simultaneously promote healing of ulcers and gastritis. It can also prevent cancer development.

If you have ulcers, you can also take two DGL capsules three times a day between meals, plus two capsules at bedtime. This regimen has been shown to be just as effective as taking prescription medications. Bolster this treatment by drinking a mixture of white tea and rosemary tea at least twice a day.

Healing our gut will heal our immune system against the barrage of toxins all around us. All of us need to do our part to find out as much about what keeps us healthy because we are all different. Please tell me what is working in your life and give me suggestions of what you would like to know about in future blogs.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER:  The statements herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. We make no curative claims. This information in this blog is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only with regard to healthy living. It is a self-help tool for your own use, it is not medical advice. Always consult with your doctor when considering dietary, exercise, or prescription changes.

Please contact me if you’d like further information on how I can assist you in resolving your challenges by contacting me in the form below.

 

STOMACH HEALTH: STOPPING ACID REFLUX, PREVENT CANCER AND IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

 


Today, the most common sold over the counter medications are those used to treat gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, including indigestion, bloating, heartburn, diarrhea and constipation, and even excessive flatulence. Billions of dollars are spent on these remedies, which often only temporary relief or none at all.

There is a dramatic increase in digestive disorders, especially acid reflux (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD), which is a condition in which acid rises out of the stomach and into the esophagus. Before I knew more information of how to rid oneself of acid reflux, I began a downward spiral and took drugs like Omnaprasole and Nexium for too long which drained my energy. Acid reflux can bring on heartburn, damage to the lower esophagus, difficulty swallowing, unexplained coughing, the feeling of having a lump in the throat and even cancer of the esophagus.

As we age, the occurrence of digestive disorders increases dramatically. Yet, like so many chronic diseases, digestive maladies are now affecting younger people in larger numbers and even preteens. To a large degree, this is the result of inadequate nutrition, excessively bad diets and exposure to a number of harmful food additives and toxins.

The gastrointestinal tract extends from the mouth down through 15 feet of hollow tubing to the anus. Most think of the GI tract as something that allows us to eat. But this tract is the vital passageway and plays a major role in many aspects of human health. It is the largest component of the immune system.

Buried within its walls is an extensive system of immune cells, lymphatics, and lymph nodes. It is important to appreciate that the interior of the gut connects directly with the outside world, which means that it exposed to all of the germs, pollutants and toxins in the environment. Along with the skin, the GI tract serves as a first line of defense for the human body.

It is one of the more complicated systems in the body and has, in fact, been referred to as the second brain. This is because it contains an extensive network of nerves, neurotransmitters and nerve receptors that allow it to operate largely independent of the brain. This does not mean that the brain ignores the GI tract. In fact, the brain modulates many of the “gut brain’s” activities.

Now let’s see one of the most important yet often overlooked aspects of digestion–chewing our food. As a small girl, my mother used to tell me to chew my food before I swallowed it and to eat slowly. Then as I got older, it became harder because of being so hurried for time. A good example, was when I attended the Air Force Academy, and we were given an allotted time to eat and chew our food. An enormous amount of food with little nutrition value until the last couple years where I chose to eat at the “salad tables” or the “girl cadet tables.” Heaven forbid that you see any of the guys at our salad tables.

Most assume that the stomach is solely responsible for breaking down food and digesting it. In fact, the stomach can do its job only if the food has been well chewed first. Often, when I see people eating a salad, I watch them give the lettuce a couple of weak chomps before they swallow. Remember that vegetables, especially in their raw form, are very difficult to digest if they are not mechanically broken down first. This is because plant cells are coated with an indigestible layer called a cellulose cell wall.

If this protective sheath is not broken, especially with raw vegetables, the rich nutrients inside will merely pass through the GI tract unabsorbed. And that nullifies the effects of eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, because they will do little to improve your health.

To get the maximum nutritional value from your foods, even meats, you should chew them until they are finely dissolved where they are almost a liquid mush. This greatly assists digestion in the rest of the GI tract and helps prevent acid reflux. It also aids in reducing the volume in the stomach, which is vital to stopping acid reflux. Again, the “gut brain” is playing a role.

As we chew our food, it is mixing with our saliva. While saliva does contain a digestive enzyme called amylase, it actually plays only a minor role in digestion. Saliva’s main function is to moisten the food so that it can slide down the esophagus more easily. By eating more slowly and chewing our food more thoroughly, we stimulate more saliva secretion and give it time to mix well with the food.

As we age, we often produce less saliva. In addition, many medical conditions and medications can cause dry mouth, interfering with proper breakdown of foods. In this event, drinking water with the meal becomes critically important. My advice is to drink a glass of water about ten minutes before eating for a fullness effect and to lubricate the esophagus before the food is introduced. Also, while eating you can sip water to help break the food down into smaller parts, improving digestion and absorption.

The essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) can increase the amount of moisture in the mouth. The dose is 1,000 mg a day. In fact, when taken orally it greatly amplifies moisture in the eyes, mouth and vagina, while keeping the skin from drying out.

You can beat acid reflux largely by eating slowly and chewing your food until it is almost mush. This practice aids digestion and prevents stomach distention. Overeating is harmful because it over-distends the stomach, resulting in increased pressure and reflux of food and acid into the esophagus.

If you take acid-reducing medications, like Tums, Maalox or Rolaids makes matters worse, since the calcium in these products actually stimulates acid release. There is a rebound effect when too much buffer enters the stomach, and the result is an outpouring of stomach acid. Some of these antacids also contain dangerous aluminum.

Another contributor to the problem and for the possible increase in GERD is the frequent consumption of carbonated drinks. The carbonation increases the pressure within the stomach, forcing acid into the lower esophagus. How about swishing down a soda with those fries and hamburgers?

Also, complicating digestion problems is the bacteria called H. pylori, which researchers believe to be responsible for the majority of peptic ulcers. Several studies have shown that even after you cure this bacterial infection, GERD risk actually increases. This may be due to the fact that while H. pylori lowers levels of stomach acid, once cured the levels return to normal and GERD occurs only when stomach acid is normal or high. Also, H. pylori reduces stores of Vitamin C in the stomach, lessening protection against free radicals in the stomach lining.

One more problem is inflammation in the lower part of the stomach (pyloric gastritis), which slows the emptying of its contents, causing acid to back up into the esophagus. Curcumin and hesperidin bolster mucus production in the lining of both the esophagus and stomach, providing protection against this acid reflux.

A significant amount of research has shown that low stomach acidity, as commonly seen with acid lowering drugs, dramatically increases the bacterial growth in the small intestine. As we age, our ability to generate sufficient hydrochloric acid can decline significantly in the stomach. The stomach is a minor player in the digestive process. It has two main functions:  Killing dangerous organisms in the food we eat AND Mixing, grinding, and preparing that food mixture for digestion and absorption in the small intestine.

Most treatments to improve digestion have been incorrectly designed to lower stomach acid levels. But this reduction can interfere with the absorption of several nutrients and has been linked to a number of medical conditions, including cancer of the stomach. The lack of stomach acid interferes with vitamin B12 and iron absorption as well. Gastroenterologists are especially concerned about B12 deficiency in the elderly and particularly those who use acid-lowering medications such as Prilosec, Pepsid AC and Zantac. Research also suggests that virtually all people with Alzheimer’s disease are vitamin B12 deficient, and a shortage of this vital substance increases the risk of cancer in a number of organs. Be careful of using certain B12 supplements, because you might not be absorbing them very well due to deterioration of your digestive system from years of abuse with the Standard American Diet (SAD).

In my next blog “The Link of Infections and Stomach Disease.”

Please contact me if you’d like to learn more about what you can do to ward off many disorders or diseases, especially autoimmunity and heart disease and even cancer with reducing your inflammation burden in your life.

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