Category Archives: AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

ALZHEIMER’S AND LOOKING AT BODY BURDEN

As I sit her writing to all of you, my family is watching my mother die of a wretched disease that has eaten away at her mind and body called Alzheimer’s. Many of you may have someone in your family or know of someone who has had or lost someone to this wretched disease.

In my mother’s case, and watching her grapple with diagnosis after diagnosis, she seemed to be in one pain after another in different parts of her body. It was harder each time to console her and to compel her to do something out of the ordinary to help herself outside of the traditional medical system. She could have instead trusted herself to know better of what would be better than drugs or some medical procedure which seemed to exacerbate her painful conditions. Now here we are here with late stage Alzheimer’s and third stage kidney disease.

With all of my Mom’s ailments, starting with high blood pressure, her raised anxiety stress levels over the years, with arteriosclerosis and age 58 heart attack and, before her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, she had two surgeries of carotid artery scraping, some mini strokes along the way, pre-diabetes, sub-optimal hypothyroidism and finally kidney disease, it is no wonder her body was overburdened with so many systemic inflammation issues. She especially had the increased cascade of cortisol levels never measured, hormonal issues with her HPA axis (hippocampus-pituitary-adrenal glands) with her weakened state of her sub-hypothyroid condition never addressed and toxicity from her environment that I could only guess from dental amalgams (mercury) and other hard metals from the environment. Scientists haven’t proven aluminum as a culprit in the Alzheimer’s, but haven’t ruled it out either.

Familial habit patterns came into play in my family and other families as well. Our food supply does not give us the essential minerals and vitamins in our diet to thwart disease or disorders. These diseases start in us and is not the germs from outside of our body. We need to measure it by different means of how we feel, urine, blood, bowels and saliva tests. Our body robs from itself in different parts of our body during the awake stage (catabolic) of the day of what is stored in our fat and organ tissues. At night, during sleep, is the repair state (anabolic).

If the minerals and vitamins that are needed are similar in its carbon, hydrogen and oxygen molecules, your body will use it to get what it needs. For example, iodine is so needed by the thyroid, breasts and other organs. However, our body cannot store it for very long in the body. On the chemistry element chart, most of us learned in high school, there are other metals that are similar in makeup to iodine; fluorine, chlorine and bromine. When the food industry took out the iodine out of our breads and the common table salt etc., our receptor sites that used to receive the iodine (weakest of all the halides) now our body’s receptor sites attach the fluoride from our toothpaste, water, and dental cleanings, etc., chlorine, that city or town municipalities do to the water to clean out the bacteria, goes to the homes, apartments, hotels, etc., where our bodies absorb it into our tissues through the skin from our showers and pools and drinking (unless we use filters to get rid of the chlorine, fluoride and bromine).

So measuring our body burden through urine, saliva, bowels and blood testing (not always through the medical system, who rely mostly on blood tests [if it gets into the blood, which tries to stay pristine, the weakest link in your body will start a cascade of inflammatory responses that may overburden the liver, intestines and kidneys and may not know how to rid your body of those foreign invaders without some form of natural detoxing]). So working with a knowledgeable individual to reduce your body’s toxic burden is imperative so as to not finding yourself one day with so many painful systemic ailments and you asking, “How did this happen to me?”

My mother cannot be helped with her Alzheimer’s (drugs don’t work in this disease) because there are multiple reasons for this brain inflammation. Getting the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and reducing toxic burden from the environment, will help prevent the ravages of inflammation and then losing the mind becomes a distant memory throughout the many stages of lifestyle changes. It starts with you by learning about yourself and your body burden. I can assist you in reducing the inflammation one step at a time.

Please contact me through my website on the contact form below for a serious, and also, a fun look at your life.

 

PULSED ELECTROMAGNETIC FREQUENCY (PEMF)-THE BODY BATTERY RECHARGER

Health is an energy dance, the more you have, the better you’ll feel, providing the energy is harmonious and beneficial to the body. The health of your body is dependent upon the health of your cells, as all your organs and tissues are composed of them. Our 100 trillion cells intelligently communicate with each other at faster than light speeds creating some 400 billion reactions every second involving over 100,000 biomolecules. Newtonian-based physics and biology are left speechless attempting to explain this complexity. This intelligence residing in the body knows how to heal itself; it only requires the essential elements food, water, sunlight, oxygen, as well as sleep, exercise and the earth’s PEMF.

At an energetic level, our cells act as wet battery-driven miniature pumps, which require food for fuel, oxygen for combustion; and ignition, a catalyst to drive the process. This spark is enhanced by the earth’s geomagnetic and Schumann energy field, but it can also come from PEMF therapy devices that are in alignment with what the earth provides. The human body, as well as the universe, is primarily a holographic field of energy, information and consciousness and secondarily physical and material. The energy field of your body extends outwards up to 15 feet (measurable by science) and operates primarily at frequencies matching the earth (0-30 HZ).

Through circulation, electric and magnetic currents and intelligent communication, these essential elements are delivered to each of our 100 trillion cells. These cellular pumps allow the good stuff to enter the cells needed for energy production (oxygen, and about 90 substances, like enzymes, glucose and nutrients), while removing waste products in the lymphatic system that arise from metabolism, infection and toxicity (CO2, heavy metals, and other waste products). The pumps require energy, namely ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and TMP or transmembrane potential. These are the two primary ways the body stores energy at the cellular level. The TMP is the voltage across the cell membrane and ATP is the main form of energy the cells use, like a rechargeable battery. Not only do earth-based energies dynamically ignite cellular metabolism, they also recharge the cell membrane (TMP) and ATP. Healing is a matter of charging up our cells to their optimal voltage. Using earth-inspired PEMF therapy is like hooking up our 100 trillion cells to microscopic jumper cables, giving them a full charge. PEMF therapy literally jump starts the healing process in the body at the cellular level.

After seven years of my nutritional therapies of food and supplementation, I had been using a PEMF therapy for over a year, I have seen such a difference in my energy levels and clearing up of my skin condition and, in addition, my nerve pain diminished  too. What was missing from my healing was the battery charging from the earth (PEMF device). I can say this because I could not clear up the red spots under the skin on my lower legs and I had peripheral neuropathy issues (tingling and numbness) in my hands and feet most likely from the autoimmunity issues.

When you live in a metal tube high above the earth (airplane), live half your life in hotels (high rise hotels with the legs on the beds), walking around with rubber soled shoes in airports and terminals, and driving a car with rubber tires in traffic, I was not getting the earth’s 0-30 HZ frequencies to heal my body down to the microcirculation levels (capillaries). Using earth-inspired PEMF therapy is like hooking up our 100 trillion cells to microscopic jumper cables by giving them a full charge.

In energy medicine, each cell is designed to run at a specific voltage, creating high-energy electrons available to do work. There are seven cellular benefits of the Earth’s PEMFs. Recharging the Trans-Membrane Potential or TMP, increases ATP production in the mitochondria, enhances the sodium-potassium pump (important with 3 Na+ (Sodium going out of the cell) and 2K-(Potassium going into the cell), increases the cellular pH (potential hydrogen) to make the cells and body more alkaline, improves oxygen uptake and assimilation into the cells, lowers blood viscosity and improves circulation and microcirculation, and creates a healthy level of electroporation (openings in the cells for improved nutrient transport and elimination).

Nobel Prize winner Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgi proposed that the proteings within the cell membrane can act as solid-state rectifiers, capable of capturing the energy of the earth’s alternating electromagnetic field (a rectifier converts AC or the alternating current into DC or direct current). (1) Even the biomagnetite, mainly found in the Pineal Gland and on cell membranes, can convert the electromagnetic energy from the earth into other forms of energy in the body, such as assisting the sodium-potassium pump. This helps to boost the cellular voltage or TMP.

According to Nobel Prize Laureate, Dr. Otto Warburg, cells maintain a voltage across their membrane, which is analogous to the voltage of a battery. He found that healthy cells have a measurable voltage from 70-100 millivolts, with the heart cells having the highest (upwards to 90-100 millivolts). Dr. Warburg found that due to the constant stress of modern life with a toxic environment and the aging process, cellular voltage drops. People with chronic illnesses and chronic fatigue unilaterally had a diminished cellular voltage (30-50 millivolts). Cancer patients displayed the lowest voltage at less than 15-20 millivolts. (2) Ever wonder why there is no heart cancer? It’s because the heart cells have the highest voltage of any cells in the body.

 

 

 

The connection between cellular voltage & Health (or Disease )

Health is literally an energy game at the cell-ular level! There truly are no exceptions to this rule; if your cells have energy, you are healthy, if not, you get sick. If we can keep our cellular voltage charged in the healthy range, we can radically extend our lifespan. This is why PEMF therapy devices are one of the most powerful and effective anti-aging tools available today!

 

 

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TELOMERES AND THE STRESS RESPONSES

Have you ever felt what it seemed like “overnight” you looked at yourself one morning and thought of how you used to perceive your youthful and vigorous self and then you looked in the mirror feeling like you have not gracefully aged?  After  going to various reunions from High School to higher education, have you ever noticed how some people seemed to have not aged so much and others who were so radically different that you would never have recognized them had you had not brought the yearbook?  That has happened at many of my reunions.

Some of us were born with longer telomeres (the tails of the DNA that divide and divide over the years) and some people have shorter DNA tails. However, with the stress response and challenge response we had developed from childhood into adulthood may have affected the lengths of these important physiological DNA telomeres. These responses can either lengthen or shorten the telomeres, which has to do with how we engage in the challenge response (to  fully engage , perform at your best, and win; or the threat response (characterized by withdrawal and defeat, as you slump in your seat or freeze and your body preparing for wounding and shame) as you anticipate a bad outcome. A predominant habitual threat response can, over time, work itself into your cells and grind down your telomeres.

After the first 18 years growing up in a high stress family environment, I carried that same threat response into my adulthood.  About 32 years later, I developed a severe autoimmune response from possibly carrying this chronic stress burden. With my  nutritional, including spiritual, recovery within the last six years, I must have lengthened my telomeres as I am looking younger and feeling more vibrant than I did at age 50. Back then, I carried so much “burden” in my family being the one who took the brunt of the psychological and physical abuse and tried to minimize the abusive behavior from my siblings. Being born into a family and feeling isolated and keeping things looking perfect outside the family walls did not help me to emotionally develop. I really learned “the walls of secrecy” that were not serving me or anyone I was involved with in my adult years. When I started my educational journey in the last six years with my nutritional and life coaching career, I did not know that I would be writing educational blogs or benefiting others with my coaching skills. So it is not too late to get more vibrant and youthful as our body ages.

Luckily, my wake up call happened to me over six years ago, when I developed my autoimmune disorder of psoriasis. What I have learned so far (a never-ending search for greater meaning in life), I have chosen and applied the challenge responses into my life. Change was hard because I wanted to go back to my old ways when it was really hard.  I am now working with more serious diligence on my challenge response with myself and others and turning the threat response on its head. Even my clients, when discussing difficulties in applying changes into their lives, they seem to finally realize they are doing similar things to themselves. As you build on your own challenge responses, you will start to see patterns of others with these conflicts of many thoughts and feelings when facing a stressful situation, then you can help them to adjust their behavior by being an example in your own personal relationships. Here are two different types of responses:  One is characterized by feeling threatened, by a fear of losing, or possibly being shamed. The other is characterized by feeling challenged and confident about achieving a positive outcome. In a study, there was a proportion of these responses that mattered most for telomere health. The volunteers who felt more threat than challenge had shorter telomeres. Those who saw the stressful task as more of a challenge than a threat had longer telomeres. (1) Over the years towards forgiveness of myself of being angry and feeling powerlessness within my family dynamics, I instead wanted to feel joy and gratefulness in my life. I, then, decided to control the difficult and stressful events in my life. In addition, I recently found out that I was helping my telomeres by shifting the way I viewed those past events.

Since I used to anticipate a stressful event (muscle tension, heart rate, and breathing) and its outcome as negative, I was not feeling the challenge response until I had learned to relabel it by saying, “This is good stress, energizing me so I can perform well!” This can help shape the body’s response to be more energizing, bringing more dilation to the vessels and more blood to the brain.  Reflecting on the incidents in my life, I tended to feel more threatened instead of challenged. I used to feel troubled and felt anticipatory threat about events that hadn’t happened yet and that may not ever happen. I did not have the skills back then or the people I surrounded myself with that could have explained how to change my thoughts from stress to a challenging response.  My body’s cells were diving under the covers and thereby shortening the telomeres.

Scientists used to believe it was a more linear process that we experience events in the world, our limbic system (amygdala) reacts with an emotion, like fear or anger, which causes the body to respond with an increased heart rate or sweaty palms. But it’s more complicated than that. The brain is wired to predict things ahead of time, not just react after things have happened. (2) The brain uses memories of past experiences to continually anticipate what will happen next, and then corrects those predictions with both the current incoming information from the outside world, and from all the signals within the body. Then our brain comes up with an emotion to match all of this. Within seconds, we patch all this information together, without our awareness, and we feel some emotion.

If our “database” of past experience has a lot of shame in it, as mine did, we are more likely to expect shame again. For example, if I feel high arousal and jittery, maybe it was from something from a strong cup of tea or coffee, and then you see two people who could be talking about you, your mind may quickly cook up the emotions of shame and threat. My mother taught us that well and I absorbed that into my being. Our emotions are not pure reactions to the world; they are our own fabricated constructions of the world. (3)

Knowing how emotions are created is powerful. Once you know this, you can have more choice over what you experience. Instead of feeling your body’s stress responses and viewing them as harmful, a common experience in your brain’s database, you can think about the arousal differently as a source of fuel that will help your brain work quickly and efficiently. And if you practice this enough, then eventually your brain will come to predict feelings of arousal as helpful. It took many years of daily practice. Even if you are one of those people whose brain is hardwired to feel more threat, you can feel that immediate instinctive survival response and then revise your story. You can choose to feel challenged.

A challenge response doesn’t make you less stressed. Your sympathetic nervous system is still highly aroused, but it is a positive arousal, putting you in a more powerful, more focused state. It was so helpful to me recently when I had an intense visceral reaction to a stormy night with maximum crosswind, icy conditions and  two snow storms on either side of the runway that if I had not converted that threat to a challenge response quickly, I would have needed to choose to do something different. I focused through the danger. I channeled this stress to give me good energy for this performance and told myself, “My heart is racing and my chest is tight. Fantastic and now let’s get this aircraft on the ground and visualize a good outcome.” It is good to be tested. This was a new normal for me once again.

It’s healthy to have times when your cardiovascular system is mobilized and psyche is primed for action. But our minds and bodies are not built to sustain this kind of high stimulation.  I used to do this on a consistent basis. Being able to relax, although it has been overrated as a sole source of stress management, is still necessary. I recommend that you regularly engage in an activity that brings you deep restoration. There is high-quality evidence that meditation, chanting, and other mindfulness practices can reduce stress, stimulate telomerase (your body makes this), and perhaps even help your telomeres grow.

Stress and stressful events do not live in each little moment, although they can visit. There is some freedom in each moment, because we can have a choice about how we spend this moment. We can’t rewrite the past and we can’t dictate what happens in the future, but we can choose where to place our attention in the moment. And although we can’t always choose our immediate reactions, we can shape our subsequent responses.

Some studies have shown that merely anticipating a stressful event has almost the same effect on the brain and body as experiencing the stressful event. (4) When you worry about events that haven’t happened yet, you’re letting stress flow over its time boundaries the  way a river overflows its boundaries, flooding the minutes, hours, and days that could otherwise be more enjoyable. I know those years of my life and how hard it was to keep focus on what mattered. I shut off my energies to relationships and focused all on my career because it didn’t make me hurt; avoiding pain and seeking pleasure.

It never fails. Just after you meet a deadline, or you’re going on a long-overdue vacation, you come down with a severe cold of sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and fatigue. Coincidence? Probably not. While your body is actively fighting stress, your immune system can be bolstered for a time. Chronic stress suppresses aspects of the immune system, leaving us more vulnerable to infections, causing us to produce fewer antibodies in response to vaccinations, and making our wounds heal more slowly. (5)

For years, scientists were unsure just how stress, which lives in the mind, could damage the immune system. Now, the important part of the equation is the telomeres. Our body makes telomerase only if our body has the right nutrition. People with chronic stress have shorter telomeres, and short telomeres can lead to prematurely aging immune cells , which means worse immune function. Our minds are not isolated from our body’s immune system.

It is never too late to change your life unless you your body expires before it’s time. We have choices in this life. However, two choices we don’t have is that we will die and we will live until we die. What will be your next step to check off on your bucket list? Please contact me below for a free consultation for your life patterns to change.

REFERENCES:

  1.  Epel, E., et al., “Can Meditation Slow Rate of Cellular Aging?” Cognitive Stress, Mindfulness, and Telomeres,” Annals of the New Yord Academy of Sciences 1172 (August 2009): 34-53, doi: 10.1111/j. 1749-6632.2009.04414.x.
  2.  Barrett, L., How Emotions Are Made (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in press).
  3.  Ibid.
  4.  Waugh, C.E.S. Panage, W.B. Mendes, and I.H. Gotlib, “Cardiovascular and Affective Recovery from Anticipatory Threat, ” Biological Psychology 84, no. 2 (May 2010): 169-175, doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2010.01.010; and Lutz, A., et al., “Altered Anterior Insula Activation During Anticipation and Experience of Painful Stimuli in Expert Meditators,” NeuroImage 64 (January 1, 2013): 538-46, doi: 10.2016/j.neuroimage. 2012.09.030.
  5.  Gouin, J.P., L. Hantsoo, and J.K. Kiecolt-Glaser, “Immune Dysregulation and Chronic Stress Among Older Adults: A Review,” Neuroimmunomodulation 15, nos. 4-6 (2008): 251-59, doi:10.1159/0000156468.

EATING THE WRONG FOODS LEAVES YOU VULNERABLE TO DISEASE

Reflecting on the previous five years since I developed the painful, final developmental stages of my autoimmune disorder of plaque psoriasis and going into menopause, would I have paid attention to the warning signs of inflammation? It started with acid reflux (it really was a lack of stomach acid) and pruritus (dry, itchy skin) and a lack of vitamins and minerals. If I had not wanted to know the root cause back (through measuring and tests that are not normally tested in mainstream doctors offices), would I have started on a life journey towards self-enlightenment and helping others while helping myself? Or would I have been satisfied with just the easy route of a "get-well" supplement that would cover up my symptoms until a bigger disease hit my immune system like heart disease and/or cancer? Your body is telling you something. Please listen to your body. It is craving for good food that gives you vitamins and minerals to reduce the aging process and feeling less pain. I am pain-free today and my psoriasis has receded exponentially since those days.

PICTURE OF LEGS EVEN AFTER 5 YEARS SINCE THE SEVERE PSORIASIS

SEVERE PSORIASIS DECEMBER 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is crucial to understand that there are just too many "good foods" that people are not willing to give up. However, it is so important to understand that what you eat makes the biggest difference in your health and longevity. I have been one of the "lucky" ones that if I eat wheat or gluten, that I might find a new spot or two that shows up and it becomes itchy. It reminds me not to do it again. So I tend not to go the painful route and instead to eat  a diet that is nutrient rich even when I travel half the month. I cannot control all the environmental assaults on the outside of my body (I detoxify), but I can control what foods I put in my mouth. If I cannot get good nutritious food in airports, I carry my own. I don't mean protein bars and such either.

Our bodies can adjust to occasional assaults, but the body cannot tolerate continuous nutritional deficiencies or excess food additives and omega-6 oils. When researchers deliberately produce a disease in experimental animals by using selected "bad" food products, such as omega-6 fats, high sugar foods, or certain food additives, it usually takes long-term exposure to cause disease. This is especially true with cancers of all types.

The wrong foods not only expose the cells of your body to direct harm, they also crowd out healthy nutrients from other sources. Using up your minerals to fight something your body doesn't recognize is really counterproductive. Eating the wrong foods also lowers your body's resistance to disease in a number of ways, which includes hampering the function of cells and organs, lowering the function of immune systems, impairing the body's natural detoxification, and making the brain work inefficiently and erratically. Unfortunately, most doctors read only a few articles in a handful of journals, usually the "New England Journal of Medicine," the "Journal of the American Medical Association," and maybe an additional journal that covers their specialty.  They don't seem to realize that they are unaware of other scientific journals from prestigious universities and scientists. Not only have I gone to nutrition schooling, I am widely read in the causes of cancer, heart disease and age-related diseases. I am continuously studying the intricacies of disease and all that science has learned so far about how the body's cells function and I am totally amazed about how the human body works.

Now when someone talks to me about an "incurable" disease, I tell that person that it may be incurable within the world of traditional medicine, but alternative medicine (this had been around longer than traditional medicine) often has either a cure or a good treatment to improve the condition. What most traditional doctors do not know is that alternative medicine or complementary medicine is based on hard science from some of the best researchers and laboratories in the world.

Studying the disease processes of inflammation and excitotoxicity, a condition in which cells (particularly brain cells) are overstimulated to the point where they are killed. Dietary over-stimulation occurs through glutamate receptors in cells that transmit signals within the nervous system. For example, a taste enhancing food additive like monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a powerful excitotoxin which means that it triggers excitotoxity by delivering too much glutamate to the brain. Another is aspartame, a key ingredient in artificial sweeteners, is another excitotoxic food ingredient.

What most people don't know is that glutamate sensors exist not just in the brain. They are in every organ and tissue. So that means that eating food that raises blood levels of glutamate can cause major problems in the body. When I was younger, I used to get breathing problems and small headaches after eating "Chinese foods" or processed cereal foods with MSG. I hear people say they are not sensitive to MSG. However, the truth is that most of the effects of MSG occur silently and accumulate in the body over a number of years.

Studies have shown that when you combine foods containing MSG with those containing aspartame, blood glutamate levels are twice as high as they would be if you ingested MSG alone. Unfortunately, young people especially, eat several high MSG foods such as chips, a frozen dinner and a commercial soup where your levels can rise as much as 20 times higher than normal. If you add a diet soda with aspartame, glutamate could increase an additional 40-fold higher. Because of the way excitocity works, we know that people who have poor nutrition, chronic diseases, and chronic stress, or are exposed to other toxins, are much more affected by excitotoxic food additives. There may be a few who are born with a powerful detoxification and antioxidant systems and will have special protection against excitotoxicity. However, virtually all processed foods contain one or more excitotoxins and many contain three to five. When combined, their toxicity is multiplied.

MSG is often hidden behind such innocent-sounding names as hydrolyzed protein, vegetable protein, soy protein isolate, soy protein concentrate, soy sauce, hydrolyzed oat flour, whey protein, natural flavoring, spices, enzymes, autolyzed yeast extract, stock, broth, bouillon, natural flavoring, seasoning, spices, enzymes, texturized protein, sodium and calcium caseinate. This is not an all  inconclusive list either.

MSG is associated with insulin resistance (Type 2 diabetes), hypertension, and high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol. These factors are called metabolic syndrome, which affects about 45 million Americans already and is growing. As I have mentioned in other blogs, insulin resistance is the real start of most irritable bowel issues and inflammation which translates to the start of disease. There is an expectation that there may be a significant increase in the number of young people in their 20s and 30s suffering heart attacks and strokes in coming years. Even when I went to a clients' home  to show the 13 and eight year old children some ideas to get them to eat a healthier diet, I brought my home blood pressure cuff for show and tell. The boys wanted to do it. So I placed the cuff on the 13-year-old who was lean; his reading was 100/75, but the youngest was a bit overweight and his reading was 138/92. I had to refrain from making any remarks to the child after I saw that result. Though, I did caution the mother to go see  their doctor about the high blood pressure. Also, a known fact is that Type 2 diabetes alone increases a person's risk of having a heart attack by more than 360 percent, as well as increasing the risk of blindness, impotence, stroke, heart failure and early death.

Newer studies have shown that feeding MSG to animals increases the free radicals and lipid peroxidation products in the artery walls. The increase lasted for the equivalent of decades in humans. Similar studies have shown that MSG also causes prolonged production of free radicals in the liver, kidneys and brain. When you couple MSG with the artificial sweetener aspartame, it doubles the risk. I even gave up my favorite Trident chewing gum (dentists recommend this too when you cannot brush) because there is aspartame in it. If your diet is filled with food additive excitotoxins, they will age you much faster and more intensely than normal, which increases your risk of developing a chronic disease.

Here are some steps you can take to reduce you risk of being poisoned by your food:

Growing you own vegetables and fruits in your yard or a hydroponic garden indoors (even in the winter). Natural insect control such as ladybugs or praying mantis to control more harmful species.

Buying locally grown food by talking to local farmers about pesticide and herbicide use.

Organically fed and free-range meats that are lean cuts of meat as residues accumulate more heavily in fat.

Washing vegetables and fruits is critical. Using a vegetable wash with a bit of white vinegar in a two gallon pot with purified water. Make sure to wash them individually and rinse and dry them before consumption.

Examine fruits and vegetable before buying. Plants with spots and bruises are not safe to eat. Sick plants infected with molds, viruses, and bacteria secrete toxic substances to protect themselves and are very toxic to people.

Wash your poultry well with a brush. Not the same one you use for your vegetables.

This list is not complete. So much more to say, but if you would like to learn more, please contact me in the form below for a free consultation.

 

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:

periodic-element-chart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

fluoride-and-thyroid-receptor-pic

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

FATS: FRIEND AND FOE

Fats have been shown to play a major role in the evolution of cancer. Some fats prevent it, while others promote its development and aid its ability to spread. These are called “good fats” and “bad fats.”

Among the bad fats are the omega-6 fats, which include corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, soybean and canola oils. A number of experiments have shown that these oils work as an activator for cancer, making it grow and spread like wildfire. How this happens is through a number of mechanisms in which one of them is increasing the COX-2 enzyme. These are called pro-inflammatory fats. So if you consume fried foods at restaurants or even order sautéed vegetables and the like, it usually in some sort of omega-6 fatty acid.

The good fats include the omega-3 oils and other oils that are converted into EPA and DHA, such as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). The omega-3 oils come from algae, which explains how fish obtain them. This is why farm-raised fish are devoid of omega-3 oils, which are composed of two nutrients – EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

Of the two, DHA has the more powerful anti-cancer effect and is especially efficient in preventing cancer of the colon, prostate and breasts. Pure DHA is derived from algae. DHA inhibits cancer using a number of mechanisms-principally inflammation reduction. There are a number of companies that sell DHA, but www.carlsonlabs.com sells both high-dose DHA (700 mg) and one of the purest fish oils, a Norwegian variety (500 mg) of DHA. All oils should be refrigerated.

Flaxseed oil is also one of the good oils. It is composed of alpha-linolenic acid, which the body converts into EPA and DHA. Not all people can efficiently convert the oil like infants, small children and the chronically ill are among those who have problems. And the oils easily becomes rancid.

The Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acid Profile, will indicate whether or not you are converting the oil. This test includes measures of trans fatty acids, saturated fats and the balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. This latter measurement is especially critical. A large number of studies have shown that the balance between these two classes of fats plays a major role in our risk of developing major diseases, such as strokes, heart attacks, cancer, autoimmune diseases, diabetes and neuro-degenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s).

In my own situation and my clients were completely unaware of their extreme abnormalities in this balance of essential fats. A significant number of studies have shown that the typical American diet provides very little omega-3 fats. The normal ratio should be 3:1 omega-6 to omega-3 fats. Most people have a 20:1 to 45:1 ratio.

A balance of these fats can save you a lifetime of misery. They make up all of the cells in your body and do much more. They play a critical role in endocrine function, brain maintenance, cell function, immune regulation and controlling inflammation. Once I got my body in sync, I saw the effects of reduced inflammation and reduced psoriasis plaques on my body.

Even though these tests may be expensive, you will not need to get them but twice in your life; 21 and then after 45 years old. A number of their tests are covered by Medicare and conventional insurance plans. The laboratories doing Special Testing include Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratories (www.gsdl.com) or  800-522-4762, Great Plains Laboratories (888-347-2781) or MetaMatrix Diagnostic Laboratory (www.metamatrix.com) or 800-221-4640.

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE RAVAGES OF ALZHEIMER’S AND OTHER DISEASES

Some of you may know that in my family there is dementia and Alzheimer’s disease that started well before the presence of the symptoms of the disorder and the doctor’s diagnosis. After age 40, most of us begin to worry about losing our memories and even worse, becoming demented. This is especially true once we reach our fifties. I started feeling brain fog at age 50 and then going into menopause and getting my second autoimmune disorder (the first was about five years earlier with another skin condition called sarcoidosis; it can also affect the lungs too in its other form) called plaque psoriasis. However, the real reason I am writing this blog to say that do we really need to worry? Yes and no.

Yes, because there has been an increase in the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease over the last two decades. Though medical scientists have no explanation for this increase, there are many strong clues.

No, because there is growing evidence that simple steps can be taken to significantly reduce your risk.

What causes the brain to age? As with most things in the universe, discovery of the secret of aging lies in commonly occurring events in the body, something shared by all cells. This common event is the accumulated damage to vital cellular components by free radicals. Most of us have heard of antioxidants and that they are good for us. Antioxidants are substances that neutralize free radicals.

Basically, free radicals are highly reactive submicroscopic particles that bounce around inside a cell like red-hot BBs, burning everything they touch. Each cell is filled with delicate factories that perform all sorts of vital functions like generating energy, making enzymes and other proteins and storing information, as with DNA. Free radicals chip away at these cell factories the way water dripping on a stone wears the stone away. In the beginning, the damage is so minute that little is harmed, but over time the cell’s function becomes impaired. The effects of this chipping away by free radicals depends on the types of cells affected and how severely they are damaged. We were born with a system to repair much of this damage, but our poor diets and constant exposure to environmental toxins severely impair this repair system.

As a result, diseases are appearing earlier, more often and to a much more severe degree. This is true not only for diseases affecting the brain, but also for most other diseases, including diabetes, autoimmune disorders, many cancers, arthritis, heart disease and strokes. All of these diseases share the same event:  massive production of free radicals over a long period of time (inflammation) and a depletion of the body’s antioxidant defenses.

Numerous studies have found that those with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s Disease have chronic nutrient deficiencies long before the disease presents itself. For example, most individuals with Alzheimer’s disease have low levels of vitamin C, beta-carotene, B1, B6, folate and vitamin B12. The latter three are particularly important since they regulate a special series of metabolic steps in brain cells necessary for forming neurotransmitter chemicals and repairing DNA.

When these nutrients are deficient, a special chemical called homocysteine accumulates. Recent studies have found that a large number of Alzheimer’s disease patients have elevated homocysteine levels. Besides being a sign of impaired metabolism, homocysteine is in a class of special brain cell toxins called excitotoxins. These toxins literally excite certain brain cells to death. They are considered a central mechanism in all of the neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Excitotoxins generate large numbers of free radicals in brain cells and brain cell connections (synapses).

Vitamin E, C, the carotenoids and special antioxidants from plants called flavonoids all act together to protect the brain from free radicals and, hence, excitotoxicity. Several studies have shown that increasing these antioxidants in the diet slows the course of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease and may prevent the disease in some.

This part one of a series of blogs about protecting you from the ravages of Alzheimer’s and other diseases. If you would like to find out how you can decrease your chances of slowing down the inflammation process in your brain functioning, please contact me to take action against these devastating diseases. It has taken years for your body to be depleted of essential nutrients and it will take time to start getting back your energy and living your best life. a

Until the next time, be conscious of your environment inside and outside your bodies.

Peace and Hugs

Coach Debra