Category Archives: Balancing Body Chemistry with Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

Many symptoms are associated with mineral and vitamin deficiencies and/or excesses, such as:

Headaches

Allergies

Anxiety

Depression

Weakness

Arthritis

High Blood Pressure

Why test for minerals?

Trace minerals are essential in countless metabolic functions in all phases of the life process. Some examples:

-Zinc is involved in the production, storage and secretion of insulin and is necessary for growth hormones.

-Magnesium is required for normal muscular function, especially the heart. A deficiency has been associated with an increased incidence of heart attacks, anxiety and nervousness.

-Potassium is critical for normal nutrient transport into the cell. A deficiency can result in muscular weakness, depression and lethargy.

-Excess sodium is associated with hypertension, but adequate amounts are required for normal health.

What can cause a mineral imbalance?

DIET

Improper diet through high intake of refined and processed foods, alcohol, and fad diets can all lead to a chemical imbalance. Even the nutrient content of a “healthy” diet can be inadequate, depending upon the soil in which the food was grown, or the method in which it was prepared.

STRESS

Physical or emotional stress can deplete the body of many nutrients, while also reducing the capability to absorb and utilize many nutrients.

MEDICATIONS

Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can deplete the body store of nutrient minerals and/or increase the levels of toxic metals. For example, diuretics, antacids, aspirin, and oral contraceptives.

POLLUTION

From adolescence through adulthood, the average person is continually exposed to a variety of toxic metal sources such as: cigarette smoke (cadmium), hair dyes (lead), hydrogenated oils (nickel), antiperspirants (aluminum), lead based cosmetics, copper and aluminum cookware, and dental amalgams (mercury and cadmium). These are just a few of the hundreds of sources which can contribute to nutrient imbalances and adverse metabolic effects.

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

Taking the incorrect type of supplements or improper amounts of nutritional supplements can produce many mineral excesses and/or deficiencies contributing to an overall biochemical imbalance.

INHERITED PATTERNS

A predisposition toward mineral imbalances, deficiencies and excesses can be inherited from parents.

DID YOU KNOW?

Excessive mineral intake can negate the beneficial effects of vitamins, for example:

-Zinc can reduce the beneficial effect of Vitamin D.

-Calcium can reduce the beneficial effect of Vitamin A.

Excessive vitamin intake can negate the beneficial effects of minerals, for example:

-Vitamin C can reduce the beneficial effect of copper.

-Vitamin D can cause a deficiency of magnesium.

Taking too much iron can contribute to such symptoms as arthritis, high blood pressure and tension headaches with dizziness.

Frontal headaches (behind the eyes) are associated with too much copper.

Taking too much calcium alone can contribute to osteoporosis, weight gain and fatigue.

Toxic metals can contribute to learning disabilities in children.

DESIGN A NUTRITIONAL PROGRAM

It is essential in order to design an effective nutritional program that your holistic health practitioner is able to distinguish the basic underlying cause for symptoms that you may be experiencing. It is for this reason that upon evaluation, your practitioner may request a HTMA to be used in conjunction with other diagnostic tests. A HTMA can assist in providing your doctor with a more comprehensive picture on which to base the most appropriate therapy.

HTMA COMPUTER DESIGNED REPORTS

Each test report will provide you with the most complete and comprehensive computer evaluation of significant mineral levels and ratios as tested in the hair. Included is a listing of foods to eat or to avoid in accordance with food allergy indicators and individualized requirements. In addition, each analysis contains a highly specific listing of nutrients that may assist in balancing body chemistry.

REFERENCES

TRACE SUBSTANCES IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH VIII. Edited by D. Hemphill. Proceedings of the University of Missour’s annual conference on Trace Substances in Environmental Health. June 1974.

Jenkins, D. W., BIOLOGICAL MONITORING OF TOXIC TRACE METALS. 1980 E.P.A. (Pub.No. 600/3-8-089) Washington D.C. Hammer, D.I., TRACE METALS IN HAIR ARE EASIER TO STUDY. 1971, JAMA 216, (3): 384-5.

Maugh, T.H., HAIR: A DIAGNOSTIC TOOL TO COMPLIMENT BLOOD SERUM AND URINE. 1978 Science 202 (22): 1271-3.

Cheraskin, E., Ringsdorf, M., PREVALENCE OF POSSIBLE LEAD TOXICITY AS DETERMINED BY HAIR ANALYSIS. Journal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry, Vol. 8 No. 2.

Stevens, D. J., DETERMINATION OF ALUMINUM, COPPER AND ZINC IN HUMAN HAIR. 1983 Atomic Spectroscopy, Vol. 4 No. 5

Schroeder, H., TRACE ELEMENTS AND MAN. 1873 Devan Adair Co. Conn.

Katz, S., THE USE OF HAIR AS A BIOPSY MATERIAL FOR TRACE ELEMENTS IN THE BODY. Feb. 1979 American Laboratory.

Klevay, L.M., HAIR AS A BIOPSY MATERIAL…PROGRESS AND PROSPECTS. July 1978 Arch, Intern, Med. Vol 138.

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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 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.

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.

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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.

SPECIAL TESTING FOR WOMEN

Breast cancer prevention has gone from science and good medicine to a powerful business. I know that I as a spouse of a breast cancer survivor, this may be a bit of a controversial blog for those who have had their cancer caught in the early stages of the disease. I don't doubt that it has given those women a higher chance of survival. However, please read on.

High profits are driving the propaganda for mammograms. Capitalism is also driving innovation, something socialized medicine would never consider. Newer methods, such as digital mammography, have significantly lowered radiation doses and the need for extreme compression of the breast.

Recent studies have shown that yearly mammography increases the risk of breast cancer by 1 to 3% per year, depending on the study. This is significant, since the effect is additive as mentioned earlier. Even at 1% per year, in 10 years that is a 10% increased risk. For women with a high genetic risk of breast cancer and those with known impaired DNA repair disorders, the risk is even greater.

Safer alternatives include thermography, ultrasounds, careful self-examinations and MRI scan of the breast. MRI scanning has been shown to provide significantly better examinations of the breast without the use of radiation. For example, as a pilot for over 35 years, and others that travel many miles on aircraft for long hours during the year, have at least five times the radiation being so high in the atmosphere, and I have had my aversion to subject myself to additional radiation from routine mammograms. MRI scanning is especially useful for women with dense breast tissue, such as pre-menopausal women and those with significant fibrocystic disease. And no "smashed" breast is required for a proper mammogram!

The problem is that most insurance will not pay for MRI breast scans as a routine screening procedure. They will pay if the conventional mammogram suggests a need.

If you can do the less conventional testing as mentioned above, you'll subject yourself to less radiation exposure and to have a better chance of not getting your breasts "smashed" and rupturing naturally growing  cancer cells in the ducts (as our immune system will locate them if your body is working properly) from the conventional routine breast mammograms. Please ask for unconventional testing from your health care provider for less risk of increasing your breast cancer risks.

What I also find  fascinating is that there is no routine testing in pre-menopausal women for hormone replacement.  For the post-menopausal woman considering hormone replacement, it is essential. Unfortunately, most doctors, even gynecologists, never test these women; they just write a standard prescription and hope for the best.

Most of the hormones used contain estradiol, the most powerful of the estrogens, as the primary hormone. It is also the one most connected with breast cancer. Estriol is much weaker and may even protect against breast cancer.

Before taking a supplement, I would suggest a comprehensive female hormone test ( I can order that for you) that measures all three of the female hormones, testosterone, DHEA, sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and the sex hormone metabolic products. Once the test results come back, nutritional supplementation and going towards a more naturally minded practitioner to better design and adjust your hormone replacement from a compounding pharmacy.

Of special importance are the sex hormone metabolic products. These include 2-hydroxyestrone and 16-alpha-hydroxyestrone. The latter of these is associated with a significantly higher risk of breast cancer (and other cancers). This test measures the ratio of 2-hydroxyestrone to 16-alpha-hydroxyestrone. High ratios are protective against breast cancer and vice versa.

For bone density tests for women, there are better tests that do not involve special x-ray machines. In fact, better measurements can be obtained from blood tests. One of the best involves measurements of pyridinium cross-links and deoxypridinoline (DPD).

Pyridinium is a substance found in both bone and cartilage and deoxypyridinoline is found predominately in bone. High levels of DPD indicate osteoporosis when other bone disorders are not present.

Pyridinium is elevated in a number of conditions including osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and chronic alcohol abuse. These tests are very valuable in following responses to treatments.

Also, there is a new study that provides strong evidence that the same virus responsible for cervical cancer and some neck cancers causes breast cancer. Scientists in this study found human papillomavirus  (HPV) in 25 of 29 samples of breast cancer tumors using a very sophisticated technique. Infections by the virus are also increased by smoking, family history and female hormones as are seen in breast cancer. Likewise, high levels of 16-alpha-hydroxyestrone are also associated with an increased incidence of HPV infection, just as with breast cancer. Another reason to have yourself tested.

Useful information with alternative testing may cost you some money, but it is well worth knowing that they might save your life. I offer nutritional programs, detoxing and sending hair tissue to a reputable laboratory and hormone testing to rectify your body's need for the right minerals and foods so that your body can prevent future disease.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ANESTHESIA

After a week of visiting with my Mom and Dad, I learned many things about how to prepare for a surgery and recovery. With all the research I did before I arrived and reflecting on the lack of nutritional knowledge for my mother before and after surgery, it really opened my eyes that there needs to be more due diligence on the patients' nutrition by the patients themselves. How prepared are you if an illness, accident or a drug is introduced to your body that may affect your body on a DNA cellular level? Did you know that we are responsible for our own welfare and that to defer blame to others, whomever they are, is not a good way to develop a good knowledge base to get the best healthcare for ourselves? It starts with education about how to prepare our nutrition on a daily basis for surgery and recovery. This blog will be about anesthesia. My Mom's case would have been so much different had I not listened to my father about his consultation with the cardiovascular surgeon and the anesthesiologist just before the surgery.

If you are entering the hospital to have surgery, you need to take special precautions. While anesthesia is safer now than ever before, it is still not without hazard. People do die from anesthetic complications. My personal experience with anesthesiologist, and the anesthesiologist nurses especially, are some of the most highly trained, skillful and careful of all medical specialists. I think that they are the ones who are the most important people in the room. Yet even with the best care, things can happen and, when they do, they happen very rapidly. In any case, and that is where you come in, where an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure.

Anesthetic gas nitrous oxide can cause a sudden and catastrophic drop in the body's vitamin B-12 levels, leading to disorientation, confusion, memory loss and even coma in people with low B-12 levels prior to surgery, especially the elderly. Our bodies store vitamin B-12 for a longer period of time than other water-soluble vitamin B vitamins. As older people, some of us do not absorb vitamin B-12 and may need to get injections monthly. So please have your doctor measure your vitamin B-12 before a surgery.

Before my mom had her surgery, her B-12 levels were alright, but since she had an Alzheimer's diagnosis and she had many bouts of pneumonia immediately after her other past surgeries for vascular issues were most likely due to general anesthesia complications. One of the two cardiovascular heart surgeons  who was to operate on my mother's left leg blocked femoral arteries, consulted with my father and brother a week or so before the surgery. The surgeon came to an agreement it would be best to not use general anesthesia. However, I do not think the doctor was thinking about the fluoride levels because that is not an area where nutrition is on their radar.

Here are some of the reasons why general anesthesia may not be the best choice:

Most modern anesthetic gases are flouridated compounds, meaning they contain flouride, a known neuro-toxin, especially to the brain. Because anesthetics enter the brain easily, they pose a special danger to this key organ. With fluoride, it is a cumulative effect, because we may not know where we ingested the fluoride from our water supply, certain gelatin supplements, and even the dentist's office after getting our cleaning application after the plaque removal.

For example, the Battelle Institute announced its findings and released proof of the connection between fluoride and cancer of the mouth in February of 1989. It showed that at 45 ppm, there was a 12 percent increased incidence of oral cancers, such as cancer of the tongue and gums. Subsequent studies did indeed show that the incidence of oral cancers in fluoridated vs. non-fluoridated cities was 33 percent to 50 percent greater.

Toothpaste can contain between 1,000 and 1,500 ppm fluoride

Fluoride gels used in dental offices contain up to 15,000 ppm. I declined the fluoride gel on my last visit to the dentist since I found out in a urine test that I had fluoride toxicity which I am using chelated compounds to detox it out of my system.

New fluoride varnishes release a high concentration of fluoride continuously in the mouth.

Unknowingly we may be ingesting fluoride in our environment, and if you use deodorants with aluminum (antiperspirants), you are unwittingly absorbing more of the aluminum in your tissues. Please remember your underarms are where some of your lymph nodes (your body's waste system) are located.

Fluoride is also very toxic to the heart, so people with heart problems are at special risk. Fluoride poisons critical enzymes needed by the heart to produce energy and can cause abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). This could lead to stroke, sudden heart failure during the surgery or soon after, or even delayed heart failure.

Fortunately, several nutrients are known to protect against fluoride toxicity in both the brain and the heart:

Calcium (please confirm that you need calcium before supplementing)

Selenium

Vitamin D-3

Antioxidants

Magnesium is one of the most important protective nutrients for both the heart and the brain. Many studies have shown that extra magnesium can protect against sudden heart failure, arrhythmias, coronary spasms (heart attacks) and even post-operative blood clots which is a major killer of post-operative patients. In addition, it protects against fluoride toxicity. You may want to ask if the doctor would add magnesium to the intravenous fluids during the surgery and afterward. Doctors who do this have not experienced heart failure during surgery or a post-operative blood clot.

So far as I know, few surgeons or medical doctors add magnesium to a patient's IV, primarily because these physicians have not done their nutritional homework. Preparing for a surgery and recovery needs to be looked at from a nutritional standpoint in the future.

Luckily, I knew a lot of this nutritional information before the surgery and applied some of these principles to my mother and father. It could have been a longer recovery for my mother had I not been available to close the communication gap between my father and his heart surgeon consultation the week before, the cardiovascular surgeon and the anesthesiologist right before the surgery in which I read on surgery board "GEN" next to my mother's name, and the long conversation with the anesthesiologist about my mother's condition and the dangers involved with using general anesthesia. He, ultimately, listened and administered the spinal block.

My mother woke up with minimal confusion after her surgery. She was walking inside of 24 hours and did not have breathing problems due to not using general anesthesia. I am not against general anesthesia if the patient is well-informed of the risks and to prepare with the right minerals and antioxidants before the surgery.

Post-operative care is lacking too.  Without the needed post-operative nutrition of the already malnourished patient after the surgery and due to operative drugs that suppress their immune systems,  we need a knowledgeable hospital staff to assist with expediting the patient's quicker recovery. If older patients with a weaker immune system are not allowed sufficient time to become stable enough before being allowed to go home, they may have to come back to the emergency room via ambulance (it just happened to my mother because of a vasal vagus response {pooling of blood in the legs while sitting on the toilet}. It happens to young people too). My father thought it was a heart attack. If the hospital had allowed her to stay to have a bowel movement, they may have caught this before she went home.

I know we all have some stories and I thought this was worth the time for you to read and to be educated on the hazards of general anesthesia.

I offer hair tissue mineral analysis, nutritional feedback from the analysis, which supplements are safe to use, offering you access to ordering labs that a conventional doctor may not offer you to find out what your future risks of developing cardiac vascular disease and to prevent future illness if you use prevention as the most important tool to live a longer quality life.

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

 

FOOD REVOLUTION STARTS WITH US

With all of my education and applying that body of knowledge daily, I have realized the increased body energy and quality of life in this polluted world we live in since the Industrial Revolution. The era started when we migrated to the cities, which, in turn, created a demand for foods that could be transported long distances and stored without spoilage.

Over the past two hundred years, the natural fertility of our soil has rapidly declined. At first, when crop failures appeared, settlers simply abandoned their farms and moved west to virgin areas. Later, the application of manure, composed of animal or crop residues, and the rotation of crops were effective in maintaining fertility. Now, the increasingly availability of artificial fertilizers of high nitrogen content has enable the grower to harvest one crop after another without allowing the land to lie fallow, a custom which encouraged the multiplication of soil organisms that would release soil nutrients as needed by plants. Often, going against the modern farmers who have been forced to use monoculture, artificial fertilization, pesticides, herbicides and mechanization in order to keep ahead of taxation, inflation, and ever-increasing costs of production. The result has been production for "quantity" rather than "quality" and the gradual destruction of our precious top soil and mineral reserves.

As documented by Dr. William Albrecht of the University of Missouri, our markets are flooded with attractive, but relatively tasteless, vegetables and fruits. The protein content of wheat and other grains has steadily declined because of soil fertility. Animal foods such as fowl and meat reflect similar changes. Fowl are raised in cramped quarters and their food limited to that prescribed by man. As a result cirrhotic livers are common and egg quality is inferior. Both groups are frequently treated with antibiotics, anti-thyroid drugs and hormones which produce castration and water-logged tissues. These practices are designed to stimulate more weight gain on less feed. Advantages to the producer are obvious and, to the consumer, it is indeed questionable.

Nutritional surveys in the United States and Canada have indicated that malnutrition is just as prevalent on this content as in the "backward" countries. Since individuals in all walks of life are affected, the problem would seem to primarily one of neglect in the production of truly nourishing foods, together with ignorance regarding the selection, preparation and use of those available in the market place.

In addition, since most of us, through poor inheritance, are nutritionally crippled because our need for nutrients is often greater than normal. This because we are increasingly exposed to thousands of chemicals in air, food and water. Also, we are dosing ourselves or being dosed with a multitude of drugs. Chemical contacts with food additives, pesticides, herbicides, nitrates, and the effluents from modern industry. Many of these coal-tar products or their derivatives and other synthetic compounds completely foreign to the human biochemical makeup. Therefore, some individuals need larger amounts of vitamins, metals, trace elements, fatty acids and amino acids than can be obtained from even the best foods and will never be well until these are supplied as supplements.

We cannot turn back the clock and we cannot return completely to the ways of our forefathers, wherein they always had access to fresh food from fertile soil. However, we can and we must do everything possible to use this basic knowledge in a modified form. In this respect, we should get more involved and consider the following:

1/Reduce the volume of industrial effluents, including fluorides (I just did a urine test and found a high percentage of this in my body), now contaminating our air, water, and food as rapidly as possible, through federal, state and local controls.

2/Ban the use of untested food additives immediately. Reduce the number of those tested, considered harmless, and approved for use to an absolute minimum.

3/Rapidly phase out the use of long-acting pesticides and herbicides, unless proven harmless, except for emergency situations such as malaria control. Ban the sale of these pesticides for household use. Seek control of insect pests and weeds through other means (using Neem for my garden), including soil improvement (making your own soil with a recipe that would put minerals into your body). Well nourished plants are most resistant to insects and fungi than deficient ones.

4/Warning the public that all petrochemicals, whether in food, water, air, pesticides, cosmetics, detergents, drugs and other environmental contacts that are potentially dangerous to many, and probably to all, individuals (whatever you don't use of your drugs, to dispose of them properly).

5/Give the public access to fundamental knowledge of good nutrition. If we are to survive, this must be taught in every school grade from kindergarten through college. Primitive wisdom tells us that the production of healthy, normal babies depends upon optimum parental nutrition before conception, as well as during pregnancy. For example, many Russian peasants subsist primarily on vegetable soup, hard rye bread and occasional bits of meat. We need to know food values and nourishing food is not necessarily expensive.

6/Compost city wastes for use as fertilizers: return organic materials, mineral and trace elements to help rebuild our soil; and reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers high in nitrogen content which are contaminating our water and food supplies. Demonstrating this to farmers that this approach is economically feasible.

7/Raise foods for quality rather than quantity. High protein, high vitamin and high mineral foods have much higher survival value than those with more calories but less of the essential nutrients. Calories alone are not enough.

8/In line with the concept of "biochemical individuality," which postulates the inheritance of acquired partial enzyme blocks, many people need vitamin and mineral supplements for optimal health, and even for normal metabolism. These vitamins and minerals, along with a basic diet, are deemed necessary by the experience and knowledge of the individual practitioner.

9/Aside from a study of nutritional values of food, which most people will not undertake, there are a few steps available to everyone. If these were publicized and universally followed, the immediate and long-term benefits could be incalculable. The results would certainly be obvious in six months.

a. Reduce the consumption of sugar in all forms to an absolute minimum.

b. Avoid white or ordinary whole wheat bread. Eat only whole grain breads made from freshly ground flour, free of chemical preservatives. (The production of such bread would require a mill and adequate bakeries in every community). Use brown in place of white, polished rice. These simple changes in food production and habits would result in a much higher intake of protein, Vitamin B complex, minerals and Vitamin E. It is appalling to think of the millions of tons of these vital nutrients that have been extracted from our foods and fed to animals over the past century.

c. When available, use only fresh fruits, vegetables, especially dark green leafy lettuces that have been raised in fertile soil without the use of insecticides. Peeling fruit because of pesticide residues and vegetables thoroughly washed for the same reason. Home gardens encouraged. Frozen or canned vegetables and fruits are nourishing, but less desirable. Steam or lightly cook all vegetables which are not eaten raw and save any cooking water for soups.

There are so many more things you can do for your health and you could learn more from us or others of this enlightened way of being and living. What are you waiting for? Habits, good or bad, are so ingrained in our thoughts and from our familial habit patterns. Ignorance and resistance is however the greatest disease we have in our industrial society we live in. I could give you all the answers for better health, but I know the forces are against us because we believe that our governments and medical establishment "are looking out for our well-being." Question all things in your control.