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Breast Cancer Prevention and Then Some

Susan here today…

First of all here’s what The American Cancer Society says…

Cancer is caused by changes in a cell’s DNA-its genetic “blueprint.” Some of these changes may be inherited from our parents, while others may be caused by outside exposures, which are often referred to as environmental factors. Environmental factors can include a wide-range of exposures, such as the following:

Poor nutrition, tobacco use, physical activity, ultraviolet light, radon gas, infectious agents like bacteria, fungus and parasites, chemotherapy, radiation, immune system-suppressing drugs …interesting that they don’t come right out and say that cancer treatment can cause cancer:(, chemicals, solvents, sprays, cleansers, vapors, air quality, herbicides, pesticides, paint vapors, gasoline, other chemicals, xenohormones or estrogens in water, herbicides, pesticides, and toxic air.

Substances and exposures that can lead to cancer are called carcinogens. Some carcinogens do not affect your DNA directly, but lead to cancer in other ways.

Carcinogens do not cause cancer in every case, all the time. Substances labeled as carcinogens may have different levels of cancer-causing potential. Some may cause cancer only after prolonged, high levels of exposure. And for any particular person, the risk of developing cancer depends on many factors, including how they are exposed to a carcinogen, the length and intensity of the exposure, and the person’s genetic makeup.

In October there is a lot of attention on breast cancer. Cancer plays a role in the lives of most people, either directly or indirectly. So why is breast cancer, in particular so prolific. In the US alone, breast cancer takes the lives of 45,000 women a year. Many in the prime of life! 95% of all breast cancer cases are caused by excess estrogen. So we will be looking at managing estrogen here and to manage your estrogen levels you need to understand the principles of apoptosis (limited cell life) and liver health. The liver is responsible for clearing excessive estrogen from your body so adapting habits that keep it healthy is a must.

Iodine (which most of you know is extremely important to thyroid health) is antagonized by three halides (bromine, fluorine, chlorine). All of these deplete your iodine sources. Iodine is not only needed for thyroid health, but it assists in proper colon function and reduces liver stress thus allowing it to function better and eliminate excess estrogen more efficiently.

bromides3Where do we find halides? Municipal drinking water, bakery products (after 1960, bromine was substituted for iodine due to misinformation about iodine), Gatorade and other sports drinks, some water purifiers so be careful what you buy, medications, pesticides (methylbromide used on foods such as strawberries), pools, hot tubs, car interiors (Love that new car smell!!), flouride toothpaste. Basically flouride, flourine, bromide, bromine, chloride and chlorine all are a problem. See the link for more info on iodine inhibitors.

http://www.co-creative-health-solutions.com/Common-Conditions.html

Here’s an excerpt from a previous blog that further explains how it’s not only estrogen that’s the problem but estrogen mimics.

Years ago, it was found that estrogen added to cancer cells caused the cancers to grow like wild fire. (Hmmm…is that why in their infinite wisdom, the medical world was promoting estrogen replacement? Big pharma, MORE $$$$$ MORE CANCER MORE $$$$) Later researchers accidentally found that cancers cultured in plastic petri dishes had dramatically accelerated growth even without adding estrogen. It turned out that the phthalates leeching out of the plastic containers were such potent cast estrogen mimics that they turned on the growth of cancer cells.

It’s obvious then that synthetic estrogens, whether they are from prescriptions or from estrogen mimics, can alter our chances for breast and other types of cancer. The bad news is that our society is swimming in a sea of estrogen.

Estrogen mimics or xenoestrogens are used in plastic bottles that hold pop and bottled water. They’re also used in plastic wraps that wrap supermarket meats and vegetables, etc. (Best to avoid microwave ovens all together but for sure DO NOT put plastic wrap over food and reheat it in a mikey.) So don’t be drinking water from plastic bottles either. Have you ever seen a big flat of bottled water sitting outside a store like say Walmart in the hot sun? What do you think is happening to the water? Yep…toxins from the heated plastic are going into the water. Also, think about cosmetics…full of chemicals. Find a company that produces natural cosmetics. Take a further look into the sources of these chemicals and how they get into our food and water supply so you can be more savvy. Check out the link below to Dr. Mercola’s chat with Dr. Christine Horner, author of ‘Waking the Warrior Goddess’. She has some good info and options for screening instead of mammograms. You can read the full blog and get the link to this interview here.

http://drdiffrant.com/2013/10/23/what-you-probably-dont-know-about-breast-cancer-prevention/

So what have we learned here? First of all avoid halides as much as possible. Not only will it help prevent cancer but it will help to keep your thyroid gland functioning normally. I call the thyroid your ‘happy’ gland. A great way to become depressed and end up on anti-depressants is to let your thyroid go without the support it needs. What I do is take some Iodine every day, not only for my thyroid but for prevention of cancer. Biotics make it in 2 forms one in a tablet form and one liquid.

http://www.co-creative-health-solutions.com/Common-Conditions.html   more info here on iodine inhibitors.

So I know that you are thinking, ‘How can I avoid halides when they are in my drinking water and I can’t drink bottled water’. Get a decent filter for your house and take your own water with you in a non-plastic container. We have a Kangen machine but they are $4000 approx. You can buy them on a payment plan so that might work for you. If you can’t afford one of these types of machines, Santevia filters are reasonable. It’s better than drinking from the tap and consider that reverse osmosis and distilled water are pretty much devoid of minerals and that’s no good either. We hydrate from minerals. So if you drink water that is devoid of minerals, you will deplete your minerals. You don’t want to do that considering our food is already pathetically low in minerals these days. Modern farming practices have seen to that. A hundred years or so ago 1 apple had almost 1/2 the daily recommended iron. Now…you have to eat 26 apples to get the same amount. Shocking!! Read this if you want to get depressed:( http://drdiffrant.com/2012/04/13/shocking-statistics-about-our-food-supply/

So basically eat a healthy organic diet as much as possible. We tend toward the vegetable based paleo diet and I’m not talking about vegetarianism here. Use the 80/20 rule so you don’t get too stressed out over things. We still have to have some fun! Avoid halides, get an iodine supplement, and support your liver. Another good thing to do is use a mineral supplement. And don’t get some cheap brand. Get a nutraceutical brand like Biotics Research – Multi Mins, Standard Process – All Organic Trace Mins or Nutri West – Trace Min +. These need to be purchased through health care practitioners and there’s a reason for that. These are high quality supplements designed to treat conditions so the products need to be really high quality and properly formulated. We mostly use Biotics. If you get cheap mins, you can’t absorb a lot of them and they can deposit where you don’t want them and cause issues. I recommend using nutraceuticals for any supplement you take.

Another really great thing to use for many reasons is Vitamin D as it is commonly deficient for reasons such as avoiding sunshine, sun screen, where you live and your age. Adequate vitamin D improves apoptosis. So when there is lots of sun, you may be able to get away without a supplement but people with darker skin may tend to have lower D levels so may consider supplementing always. We generally use Biotics Bio D Mulsion but there are other nutraceutical companies with Vitamin D products.

For liver support…Phosphatidylcholine (Biotics). This may also enhance gut function, adrenal efficiency, neurological capabilities and short term memory.

TRIVIA:

In Japan the average daily intake of iodine is 13.8 mg. The US RDA is 150 mcg. Japan has lower incidence of breast cancer, hypothyroid and feminizing cancers. Iodine deficiency is the main predisposing factor for breast cancer and fibrocystic disease. Women share their iodine with thyroid, breasts and ovaries. Before 1960, risk for breast cancer was 1:20. After 1960, iodine in bread was replaced with bromide. Breast cancer is now 1:8 and rising at 1% per year.

So contact us to order any of the products mentioned.

 

Why Test for Heavy Metals?

First of all, how do we end up with concentrated amounts of heavy metals in our bodies? There are various sources…mercury amalgams (tooth fillings-silver), fumes like gasoline, other petrochemicals, air pollution, our food and water, excessive use of aluminum (pots and pans, deodorant, canned foods) and paints containing lead and or mercury. Strange that as children in school, we were allowed to play with mercury. That was a while ago and it isn’t happening now but most of us were fascinated with it and handled it regularly. I remember having a little vile of it in my desk!!

So what are the symptoms of heavy metal toxicity?
· Chronic pain throughout the muscles and tendons or any soft tissues of the body
· Chronic malaise – general feeling of discomfort, fatigue, and illness
· Brain fog – state of forgetfulness and confusion
· Chronic infections such as Candida
· Gastrointestinal complaints, such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, heartburn, and indigestion
· Food allergies
· Dizziness
· Migraines and/or headaches
· Visual disturbances
· Mood swings, depression, and/or anxiety
· Nervous system malfunctions – burning extremities, numbness, tingling, paralysis, and/or an electrifying feeling throughout the body

Note: Heavy metal toxicity can produce vague symptoms that sometimes are mistaken for other chronic conditions such as Autism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, depression, Multiple Sclerosis, and a host of other serious disorders. Discuss heavy metal toxicity with your healthcare professional before receiving any diagnosis or treatment for a serious chronic condition.

Something many people don’t know is that chronic or reoccurring infections, parasites, fungus (candida) can occur due to heavy metals. The organisms bind to the metals and make them impossible to get rid of. This causes a host of other issues and can damage the gut lining and throw the gut balance off.
So in order to deal with this properly we not only need to detox the metals but restore health and balance to the gut.

So to test for heavy metals, there is only one accurate method although there are people testing through blood, hair and urine. It is done by using a provocative challenge and then taking a fecal sample that we send to the lab. This means that we use Chela-Zyme for 7 days. 6 – 2 x a day on an empty stomach, starting on a Monday and then the following Monday the sample is taken and you call FedEx to pick up the test kit. So essentially, the Chela-Zyme chelates the metals into the feces and when we take the sample, the metals can be measured properly. The cost is $130 + GST. Shipping by FedEx is included.

What happens if you have heavy metal toxicity?

Well, fortunately Biotics Research have a very specific product for this problem, which is the same Chela-Zyme you used to do the provocative challenge along with some other products to support the detoxification process. See the protocols at the end of this document. Remember, we also need to heal your gut and balance it so those protocols are there too.

Here is the story of how Biotics developed Chela-Zyme…

In 1980, Biotics Research Corporation began investigating the use and production of Spirulina plankton. A leading expert from the University of Texas provided insight into methods of production, as well as pure Spirulina cultures that were the starting culture for their research and production.

Production was halted when scientists at Biotics isolated what they considered the “active” principal of Spirulina the porphyrin ring of chlorophyll. While many claims for the nutritional value of Spirulina have been made, the consensus was the most significant value in Spirulina was chlorophyll. However, the chlorophyll content in Spirulina is low (typically less than 1%).

Chela-ZymeTM – A Concentrated Porphyrin Product

Unlike traditional chlorophyll products, Chela-ZymeTM is a concentrated porphyrin supplement. By increasing the porphyrin content, the heavy metal binding capability is also increased, providing clinicians with a natural, effective “chelating” tool.

Porphyrins have the ability to bind divalent metal ions due to the nitrogen atoms of the tetrapyrrole nucleus. The central ion in chlorophyll is magnesium, which is freed from chlorophyll under acidic conditions, permitting other metals to bind in its place. Toxic metals, such as mercury, lead and arsenic, are complexed first. Then excess amounts of other divalent metals, such as calcium, can be complexed by porphyrins.

Investigational Data on Chela-ZymeTM

Scientists at Biotics Research Corporation studied the ability of Chela-ZymeTM to bind heavy metals in vitro. Chela-ZymeTM was dialyzed against aqueous solutions of heavy metal ions. Afterward, the concentration of heavy metal ion remaining in the dialysis medium was determined. As can be seen by the Investigational Data Chart, Chela-ZymeTM proved to be very effective in binding heavy metals. Using dialysis, the following exchange range for toxic metals was established: See Investigational Data Chart. Measurements were made using atomic absorption techniques (flame, furnace and hydride methods), using a Perkin-Elmer 603 spectrophotometer.

Protocols

Generally once we know we are dealing with metals, we heal the gut, then balance it and then detox.

Healing the Gut Protocol

Gastrazyme gut healing/intestinal support 3 tabs 3 x a day Empty Stomach
IPS gut healing/intestinal support 3 cap 2 x a day Empty
L-Glutamine Pwd gut healing/intestinal support 1 TBSP 2 x a day Empty
ADP If leaky gut is present 3 tabs 3 x a day Food/Empty
Bio HPF If h-Pylori present 2 cap 3 x a day Empty
Note that after using ADP, Bio Doph 7 should be used for one month. 1 cap in the am and one before bed. One bottle will take care of this. Bio Doph 7 is a pre and pro biotic with 7 strains.

Gastrazyme contains Gamma Oryzanol, Methionine Ferulic acid and Chlorophyllins for gastric distress, inflammation, healing gut wall, hiatal hernia, acid reflux, heartburn and protecting DNA.

IPS-intestinal permeability support. Prevents food from leaking though gut.

L-Glutamine caps or powder-Gastric inflammation, peptic ulcer and supports metabolism to reduce sugar cravings. Aids in formation of Glutathione.

This is a 2 week program and then follow with Balancing Digestion Protocol.

Balancing the Digestion Protocol (this is also a sugar balancing program)

Hydrozyme HCl and enzymes 2 tabs with meals with Food
HCl+ acidity for gut 2 tabs with meals Food
Betaine Plus HP Acidity for gut 2 caps with meals Food
Intenzyme Forte Enzymes for healthy digestion and assimilation 2 tabs 3 x a day During meals

Secondary Support
GlucoBalance Balances blood sugar-limits cravings 3 cap 2 x a day Food
Bio-Immunozyme Forte Immune Support 2 tabs daily with meals Food
Aqueous Zinc Digestive support 2-4 tsp with meals Food
Mo-Zyme Forte Digestive support 2 tabs with meals Food

HCl+ is used for people up to 40 years of age. Betaine Plus HP for people over 50. For a vegetarian formula instead of Intenzyme use Bromelaine Plus CLA.

Toxic Metal Detox Protocol
Chela-Zyme Chelates metals 2-6 tabs, 2 x day Empty
Bio Detox pks or MCS 2 General liver detox 1 pk daily or 2 cap 2 x a day Food
Renal+ or Nephrazyme Kidney support 3 tabs 2 x day Empty
Mixed Ascorbate Pwd Buffered Vit C chelates copper ½ to 1 tsp a day Food
Mixed EFAs Binds to metals 2 tsp a day Food
*Nitrogreens may be added to NutriClear (1 TBSP) to speed up metals detox.

This can be done safely pre, during and post amalgam removal for 3 months then re-test for metals. This can be used for children but a different format is followed. Please ask.

Once we have completed all the steps, we can give you an affordable maintenance program.

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Why is the Paleo Diet the Best?

Paleo-Diet---chart-1-One wonders if any one way of eating is right for everyone and of course there will always be variations for each individual. However, from all our time in the holistic health business, the one way of eating that stands out is the Paleo Diet. For one thing…it isn’t a ‘diet’ per se. It’s just the right way to eat so if you are doing that, you shouldn’t gain unwanted fat. Just be aware that there are 2 takes on the paleo diet. One is protein, protein, protein so high in meats, fish and other proteins. The other one, which I think is a better way for most is the vegetable based paleo diet. This can be vegetarian but not necessarily and for myself, I don’t feel great on a veg diet so I prefer to include meat and fish but just not tons. So just be aware of that as you plan out what works best for you.

So what does it entail…basically, think about what our early ancestors would have eaten…before farming started. They would have had some meat, fish, vegetables and greens they could gather, nuts, seeds, berries and other fruit when in season. They would not have eaten out of season and they would not have had grains so therefore no gluten. It is becoming more and more known how much harm gluten does to us. So I know it’s hard to give up bread and the like but if you truly want to be healthy you must cut it out or severely limit it. Watch the media in the future and you will see this start to become mainstream much to the grain farmers chagrin. But it isn’t just wheat…rice is a starch too and there are some other grains that don’t have gluten but still give you a big sugar hit due to the starch content so they really should be limited too. We really don’t need grains so eat them either not at all or sparingly.

Then there’s dairy…it is one of the biggest allergens that we consume along with corn (most is GMO), wheat and other gluten foods, soy (also GMO). So unless it’s goat’s milk or fermented it’s best to also keep dairy low on the totem pole of foods you consume. A true paleo diet would not include dairy.

They also would have gotten fat in their diet from the food so the fat in meat, fish, maybe eggs to a certain extent (some people can be allergic) , seeds and nuts. They would not have used oils. However, if you use cold pressed oils like olive and grape seed that’s acceptable but be careful in cooking that you aren’t burning the oil. Coconut oil is a good choice too.

I am of the mind that moderation is always best. When we go too extreme, it’s hard to live in this world but do your best to adhere more to this type of diet and you will reap the benefits health wise.

So do eat….

Meat and Poultry from organic sources, fish (not farmed) and be aware of the radiation content due to Fukoshima so think of where it’s coming from. The Pacific got the big blast unfortunately.

Eggs in moderation as long as you aren’t sensitive to them

Fermented dairy in moderation

Lots of greens and other non starchy vegetables

Moderately from the starchy veg category such as beets, squash, potato family, carrots, parsnips

Low glycemic fruit such as berries and other fruit in season but consider moderation due to sugar

Nuts and seeds and also sprout them

Small amounts of cold pressed oils…NO Canola!! Olive and grape seed are best, Flax, coconut.

What we do in the morning is either raw granola (see my other blog ‘Good Nutrition in a Nutshell’ for recipes), poached eggs with some raw flat bread or some veggies or berries, raw flat bread with nut/seed pate and sprouts. A Paleo Wrap with scrambled eggs and veg or nut pate and sprouts etc. So we try to put some emphasis on raw food at breakfast and lunch.

Lunch could be soup with veg and meat, raw falafels with tzatziki and olives in a lettuce leaf wrap, raw flat bread with avocado, tomatoes, sprouts, and whatever else you want on there…maybe some left over organic chicken etc. Salad…I keep some cider/lemon marinated veg handy so that if I’m rushed I don’t have to chop etc and that way I can make sure I get my veggie quota for the day. We make our own dressings too. I would suggest investing in a dehydrator so you can make the raw foods and they keep really well so make lots of the flat bread and granola so you are good to go for a while. When preparing food in the dehydrator, temp must not be above 113 F or enzymes and goodies will be destroyed.

Dinner will consist of some cooked protein, a big salad and some other cooked veg. Sometimes it’s just a big salad with some protein added.

Do we ever make fried chicken, lasagna and all those favourites? Yes, but rarely and we use organic chicken and a reasonable oil for frying but deep frying doses cause the oil to change for the worst so it is best to do this only occasionally. I use non gluten noodles for pasta or I use my spiralizer to make zucchini noodles or maybe some spaghetti squash on occasion. So you can see even when you are breaking the rules, you can still make better choices. It’s also a REALLY good idea to take digestive enzymes when eating the odd meal like this or if eating out.

So our take on things is a combo of the paleo diet and raw foods. In our raw food recipes we do use some sprouted buckwheat and garbanzo beans but the sprouting makes them easy to process in our bodies. So we aren’t strictly adhering to the paleo diet but this combination works well for us. You have to find your own balance.

I’m attaching a food list and menu plan from Biotics ‘Control-It’ weight loss program. It’s stricter than my take on things but it is specifically for weight loss. They also recommend an appropriate EFA supplement, adrenal support and nutrient packed rice protein powder to go along with the food plan.

Control-IT_ApprovedFoodList    Keep in mind they are saying tofu, edamame are ok but they are trying to cater to the vegans as well so I personally wouldn’t eat these. This is not entirely a paleo diet as some might see it as they are allowing a very small amount of starch from grains like rice and oats.

Control-IT Meal Plans

If you want more info about the whole Control-It plan. Video  ControlITSheet

My parting words are…don’t go nuts (no pun intended) beating yourself up. Make the transition slowly and remember we also need to have fun and stuff our faces with pizza once in a while. LOL Just remember…heavy on the ‘once in a while’! AND if you are allergic or sensitive to gluten…maybe choose a gluten free crust:) Anyway…basically…take one day at a time and think about the consequences of continuing to eat the way modern society has taught us. Go back to basics and you will be glad you did. I’ll be posting more raw and paleo oriented recipes on my other blog as I go along but there are some up there now for you.

Here’s a couple of links to other paleo diet sites…one says no salt but that I can’t go with. Use grey, celtic salt, himalayan or any other GOOD quality sea or land salt.

http://thepaleodiet.com/what-to-eat-on-the-paleo-diet/

http://robbwolf.com/what-is-the-paleo-diet/

Susan

Tough Thyroid Cases

Overview of the thyroid system (See Wikipedia:...

Dr. David Brownstein estimates over 40% of Americans have suboptimal thyroid function.  Some say it’s close to 80%. Part of this can be attributed to our food supply and the lack of minerals in the soil but there are other contributing factors.

First of all, how do you know that you have a thyroid problem? Blood tests aren’t always conclusive so we use a temperature test. Download a Thyroid Temperature Chart so you can record your basal temperature. Also, here are some symptoms that might help you determine if this is something you should look into.

Hyperthyroid Symptoms (overactive)

Racing heart or increased heart rate, nervousness, tremor, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, increased problems sleeping, excessive weight loss, excessive sweating, and elevated basal temperature over 98.2. Dr. Broda Barnes (a reknowned researcher of thyroid dysfunction) said if the basal temperature went over 98.2 an immediate reduction in therapy is indicated. In his case he reduced the desiccated porcine thyroid.

Hypothyroid Symptoms (low function) Hypothyroid Questionnaire

Fatigue, morning headaches that wear off during the day, increase in weight, sensitivity to cold (rule out anemia and atherosclerosis), dry brittle hair, hair that falls out easily, dry, scaly or itching skin, reduced initiative, mental confusion, poor memory, low axillary temperature (below 97.8), muscle cramps at rest, reduced immune function, edema especially facial (myxedema), constipation, loss of outside portion of eyebrows, breast, ovarian or uterine cysts/fibroids, increase in serum lipids, increase or decrease in blood pressure, tinnitus, impaired hearing, depression, premature grey hair, red hair, type 1 diabetes, B-12/folate anemia, and vitiligo.

Adrenal Function Hypoadrenia Questionnaire

Additional symptoms of adrenal deficiency include feeling hot all the time, palpitations, low blood pressure (systolic of 100 or less), very slender build, dizziness (especially on standing up quickly), severe allergies, anxiety and feelings of impending doom, hypoglycemia, arthritis, weakness and fatigue after exercise, muscle twitching. There is an overlap between the symptoms resulting from hypothyroidism and adrenal insufficiency. Sometimes it is necessary to support the adrenal glands and thyroid simultaneously. For example, we’ve found clinically that when you place a patient on correct thyroid support, their basal metabolic rate increases and as a result of this, their utilization of minerals increases dramatically. In other words, they begin to utilize them correctly rather than storing them in soft tissue, arteries, the intercostals spaces, the aorta, etc.

*Very often if a person is calcium or magnesium insufficient when beginning treatment for the thyroid and aches and pains are present, they will exacerbate. Iron and copper (Fe/CU) free Multi-Mins at 3-5 tablets twice a day will generally take care of the aches, pains and cramps in a week or so.

Here are two cases that are not often associated with hypothyroidism: sleep apnea and elevated homocysteine. The Southern Medical Journal connected sleep apnea and thyroid hypofunction many years ago. In their report once the thyroid hypofunction was resolved, the sleep apnea resolved. Not all cases of sleep apnea are thyroid related, but it’s worth checking out.

Homocysteine, known as homocystinuria is an indication of B complex deficiency, mainly, folate, B-12, B-6, betaine and recent information indicates certain gene types need B-2 as well. There is a strong correlation between thyroid hypofunction and increased levels of homocysteine. Obviously when homocysteine is increased, dietary changes and supplementation with Bio-B Complex and Beta-TCP is certainly required.

By the way, the Beta-TCP is used for the betaine, also called trimethylglycine. Some companies use the term beta and some use the term trimethylglycine, however both are betaine.  The betaine used by Biotics Research is concentrated from organic beets and is called Beta TCP.

The conversion from T-4 to the active molecule T-3 is dependent upon selenium, iodine, glutathione, zinc, copper and a host of other nutrients and this is why Biotics Research put Meda-Stim into their line. The product Meda-Stim is used to assist with the T-4 to T-3 conversion. Some doctors have called it “one of the best supplemental products available in the country.”

Also, excess cortisol and use of exogenous estrogen will to some degree, interfere with the conversion of T-4 to T-3, therefore any person with adrenal cortical hyperfunction or any person on exogenous estrogen should be checked to determine if they are making the T-4 to T-3 conversion. A common pattern seen with under-conversion is a free T-4 above the midline of the lab range with a free T-3 below the midline of the lab range. When this pattern is present, Meda-Stim is needed.

Here are some other factors that block this conversion.

T4 to T3 Inhibitors

Nutrient DeficienciesIodineIronSeleniumZincVitamin AVitamin B2

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B12

Theophylline

Medications AmiodaroneBeta BlockersBirth Control PillsIodinated Contrast AgentsLithiumMethimazole

Phenytoin

Propylthiouracil

SSRI

Other Factors
AgingAlcoholAlpha-Lipoic AcidBPAChemotherapyCigarette SmokingCruciferous Vegetables

Diabetes

Fasting

Fluoride

Growth Hormone DeficiencyHemochromatosisLeadLow Adrenal StateMercuryPesticidesSoy

Stress

Surgery

Radiation

Here’s a clinical pearl especially useful for resistant cases. Dr. George Goodheart years ago found that cellular resistance to T-3 can often be overcome with RNA using Nuclezyme-Forte at 2 capsules, three times a day or in some cases with riboflavin using Bio-GGG-B at 2 capsule, three times a day.

Another reason why people may not respond to the appropriate treatment is thyroid hormone resistance. Their lab tests are normal but still have hypothyroid symptoms. In other words their Free T4 and Free T3 are above the lab median so the conversion from T4 to T3 has been made but somehow the receptor sites have been blocked. This could be caused by competitive binding of the receptor sites.

Here are some of the factors causing competitive binding and thus thyroid resistance: Bisphenol A, found in many plastics and reusable water containers (a study of 394 adults detected BPA in 95% of urine samples); perchlorate, found in ground water; triclosan, used as an anti-bacterial, antifungal agent in soaps, toothpaste, skin care products, and fabrics (detected in 75% of urine samples especially those with the highest income); PCBs, outlawed in 1979 due to their half life are still in the environment; PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), not outlawed and are used as flame retardants in carpet, foam and building materials (detected in meat, fish, vegetables, dairy products, indoor air and household dust).

In some cases, a person’s symptoms and lab tests are normal after a detox. The detox process re-sensitizes the receptor sites and their own thyroid hormones work better. Never underestimate the value of clean food and water and an intentional avoidance of household toxins. Even diabetes patients can need less glucose support after a detox.

So if you’re doing all the right things and still not better, implement the 3-Step Detox from Biotics.

ITS TIME TO FEEL GOOD AGAIN

Dietary Recommendations

Eliminate refined carbohydrates, dairy, gluten and processed foods. Reduce total daily carbohydrate intake if the patient is overweight to 60 gram or less. Eliminate food in the cabbage family, soy, red clover, the skin from poultry, fatty beef, cosmetics containing estrogen and millet. Use only pure water (no well or city water). Increase oil and quality protein. If an increase in dietary protein causes gas and/or bloating, add Betaine Plus HP at 1 capsule in the middle of the meal (increase every third day until the patient experiences a slight burning in their stomach and then reduce).

Additional Notes and Nutrients to Consider

Selenium 200-400 mcg: Se-Zyme Forte provides 100 mcg of a food based selenium.

Iron – make sure ferritin is over 100 for men and 130 for women but under 200. Fe-Zyme provides 25 mg of iron as well as 8 mg of zinc and 2 mg of copper.

Iodine/ Iodide – Iodizyme-HP 1 tablet per day supplies 12.5 mg.

EFAs for cell membrane integrity. Optimal EFAs is a mixture of organic GLA, ALA and EPA/DHA from small fish. Use 3 capsules, twice a day

Magnesium 600-1000 mg – Mg-Zyme supplies 100 mg of aspartate, gluconate and glycinate,

Aqua Mag-Cl supplies 200 mg per tsp. (Due to a salty taste it must be mixed with juice to increase patient compliance.)

Porcine glandular: Biotics Research has the only porcine glandular on the market called GTA. GTA by law has to have the thyroxine removed; however, it has many of the co-factors necessary to feed the thyroid and enhance physiology. GTA has 5 mg of porcine thyroid with trace amounts of selenium, rubidium and SOD and catalase, GTA-Forte II has 20 mg of porcine thyroid with zinc, selenium, copper, rubidium, with SOD and catalase.

Dr. Broda Barnes used 1 grain or 60 mg and added ½ grain or 30 mg every month until the patient bloomed. Dr. Starr found out that sometimes the recommendation of desiccated porcine thyroid made patients worse. This may happen to patients with severe allergies, chemical sensitivities and chronic pain. These were the patients that needed the therapy the most and yet due to toxins and nutrient deficiencies patients would have an aggravation of symptoms. At these times therapy would have to be reduced and then a detox would be instigated. You see, environmental toxins interfere with thyroid as well as other hormonal functions. If the receptor sites of the cell are already full or blocked, then the body will signal a heightened or alarmed state. Therapeutically we need to explain the process and go back to the basics of clean food and some form of detoxification. So in some cases, starting with a detox may be the best way to go.

Contact us for more info.

Hiatal Hernia and IBS

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) one aspect, known as HH (Hiatal Hernia)

hiatal_hernia_hiatal_herniaThink about this for a moment … your esophagus, stomach and intestines, your entire intestinal tract from mouth to anus; is really the same muscle.

It is just shaped differently along the way to deal with specific digestive duties!!! And because of this, your guts are not internal, but external anatomy, open to the outside environment. (This also applies to your nose, throat and lungs; they too are connected to the outside environment.)

How do muscles react to irritation? They SPASM. A spasm is a contraction or shortening of muscle length. As this muscle, your intestinal tract, shortens, it pulls up into the diaphragm. This forces the top valve of the stomach, the cardiac valve, to open and allow hydrochloric acid to reflux up from your stomach into your esophagus. This creates “heartburn” and chronic sore throat. It probably started years ago with belching, burping, nausea and even vomiting.

***It’s not necessarily true that your stomach is making too much acid, it’s because bile is irritating your stomach so much that acid is leaking up out of your stomach. So taking antacids is not a good idea and if fact will likely make the situation worse over time. Most people do not have enough stomach acid but that’s another story.

If your diaphragm should weaken, slacken or even tear, the spasm can force the stomach up through the diaphragm into the chest cavity. This is called a HIATAL HERNIA. (At birth, this is referred to as a hiatus hernia, in older age it is called a bell-pulsion esophageal hernia; both require surgery). A hiatal hernia can interfere with breathing (sleep apnea) and even cause heart attack-like symptoms. The hernia can force more acid from your stomach, especially when you are lying down or bending over. Don’t do a lot of bending over after eating as this can send your stomach into spasm and give you grief.

Note: Surgery for hiatal hernias is not usually very successful and can even make it worse. As a result of the hiatal hernia, secretions of toxic bile weaken the duodenal membrane and make it susceptible to Helicobacter pylori. I call this the helicopter bacteria, because it comes from houseflies. Once inside you, your immune system recognizes it as a criminal (one of the 4 criminals; bacteria, fungus, parasite and the super criminal, I call the terrorist, the virus). This criminal bacteria, H. pylori, uses ammonia to neutralize stomach acid, so it can get a foothold under your mucous membrane. Once spotted by the immune soldiers, H. pylori are attacked and the resulting fight produces gastritis and eventually ulceration. Small ulcerations are known as micro-perforations and under chronic distress, the area becomes permeable to other criminals and the end product is dysbiosis or LEAKY GUT. So when we treat an HH (as we call the hiatal hernia), we check for all these things and may need to treat a patient for a number of digestive issues to get the whole scenario under control. You will see later on that there is a way to push the stomach down and therefore give the patient a tool to help relief the situation at home. Some chiropractors know how to push a hernia down and seeking out someone who can assist is a wise idea especially if your hernia is severe.

Leaky gut leads to other criminals invading the area. When there are three of the four present, the gut becomes fatigued, the lymph system congests and toxic debris from the criminals invades the bloodstream. This leads to AUTO-IMMUNE DISORDERS. Eg. Rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and the like.

Spasms in the muscular intestinal tract can interfere with the production of digestive juices and enzymes and result in your food being fermented and not digested. This means the dreaded B & F disease, Belching and Farting. And that means GAS!!! = tiny bubbles of olfactory offensiveness!!!

HOW TO DEAL WITH A HIATAL HERNIA? SIMPLE … GET RID OF THE SPASM.

Sit on the front edge of a chair, slouch so your legs are stretched out in front of you, heels on the floor, your head on the back of the chair and your back bent towards the seat. So a severe slouch… Place the backs of your fingers together to form a point where the fingers touch. The fingers are about 90 degrees to the backs of your hands. Place the apex of the fingers, the third digits, just under the area where your breastbone ends in a small projection of cartilage. This is the xiphoid process and it acts like a relief valve. (The hiatal hernia has opened this valve too and allows pressure to move into the thoracic cavity and even into the head. This can make you feel air hungry (lots of yawning) or put you into a brain fog.) It can also cause upper back tension and pain.

Point your fingers into and then downward towards the rectum. DO NOT PUSH DIRECTLY DOWN TOWARD THE SPINE! Hold pressure towards the rectum while exhaling. Repeat and increase the pressure as you exhale and inhale 3 times in a row. On the fourth inhale, hold as much air in as possible and start pushing towards the rectum, at least 7 times, increasing the depth until your fingers cannot go any further. On the eighth push, exhale as hard as possible while your fingers continue to push. Rest for three minutes on the chair in a less slouched position.

Perform this procedure, a visceral self-correction, first thing in the morning, before lunch and supper and once more before bed. Be reasonable about the pressure you apply; you will know if you overdid it! Once you reduce the spasm, the diaphragm will need to be retrained. This is done by a specific breathing sequence called aerobic breathing. AEROBIC BREATHING Download.

There is also a yoga like exercise that can help strengthen the diaphragm. Lie on the ground on your back with your hands by your sides. Bend your knees so that your feet are flat on the floor. Slowly raise your buttocks off the ground so that your back is arched (head and shoulders should be on the floor). Hold for a few seconds and then gently roll your spine back to starting position. Repeat 10 times as often as you can but at least 3 x a day.

If you would like some one on one help with this really annoying problem, email cchs@shaw.ca and ask to do our very extensive online assessment called the Nutri-Q that can help us determine if there are any other factors behind your HH such as endocrine issues. If the pituitary isn’t communicating with the thyroid, then digestion can begin to go down-hill and could result in an HH. The NQ is modestly priced at $19.95. It is included in our in office consultations along with the Zyto Bio-Communication scan. If you are not in close proximity to our office, the NQ can be very revealing and worth doing. Go to our store on our website and you can purchase the NQ and we can then send you the login info to get started. Once we receive your submission, the NQ will be analyzed and recommendations made. This way we can make much more specific nutraceutical recommendations to correct the problem behind your HH. If you are in the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada, call us for an appointment. 778-788-4325.

Pain-A DiffRANT Approach

drugsPain is the most common reason people seek medical advice. Is it any surprise that pain medication is the most frequently purchased?

There are natural alternatives to NSAIDS that you might not be aware of that are just as effective and in some cases even more. It’s important to understand that although NSAIDs are effective for the short term, they can cause arthritic changes in joints, internal bleeding…even death.

According to the July 27, 1998 issue of the American Journal of Medicine, “Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for NSAID related GI complications and at least 16,500 NSAID deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone.”

Let’s face it, nothing works for everybody. However, diet is essential. We want to stop feeding the inflammatory fires created by a diet that is drenched in refined sugars and starches and hydrogenated oils. Also, the standard North American diet is sorely lacking in dietary antioxidants and buffering minerals.

The best way to reduce pain via diet is to go on a gluten/dairy free diet designed to be devoid of the major allergens. We always tell clients do the best you can with the diet and keep a food journal. See if you can detect any foods associated with your pain and stiffness. Become part of the healing process and take responsibility for what goes into your mouth.

Of course physical manipulation is always suggested whenever possible. Movement creates an environment where cells can be nourished and toxins removed. So this could be in the form of chiropractic manipulations, gentle exercise, walking, yoga or maybe pilates.

BioDMulsionPain strategies can be broken into 4 categories: EFAs (essential fatty acids), vitamin D, enzymes and botanicals. We’ve covered EFAs and vitamin D on other blogs and enews, so we won’t belabor them here. You can check out the links for more info. Just to be clear, at one time we thought that it was really only people in sun deprived areas that had D deficiencies but this has been proven to not be true so consider supplementing with a good quality Vitamin D. We use Bio D Mulsion Forte from Biotics or Cataplex D from Standard Process. Our preference for EFAs are varied depending on the situation but mainly we use Optimal EFAs, EFA SIRT Supreme or Bio Mega 3 Liquid from Biotics. From SP it would be likely Tuna Omega 3 Oil.

In terms of botanical combinations, Sculacia from Biotics works well. It comes from two different plants; Skullcap and Catechu from Acacia. Skullcap is used for its anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor activity and also has the ability to reduce the TH2 fraction of the immune system. Catechu is historically used to treat hypertension, diarrhea and stomach problems like dysentery and colitis. This botanical compound provides an all natural patented blend of two different classes of flavanoids: free-B-ring flavanoids and flavins.

Various environmental factors increase cytokines which in turn increase the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and 5-lipoygenase. At a cellular level, these enzymes convert aracadonic acid to inflammatory metabolites like prostaglandins, thromboxanes and leukotrienes. The beauty of this blend of flavanoids is the inhibition of both Cox-2 and 5-lipoygenase; however, it does not block the anti-inflammatory enzyme COX-1.

Sculacia is Biotics Research Corporation’s premier product for the joint pain associated with osteoarthritis. One could use 1-2 capsules three times a day. As mobility and stiffness subside reduce to patient comfort levels.

Saligesic from SP could be considered as an alternative. Another product from Priority One that works well for some is PRF (Pain Relief Formula).

Proteolytic enzymes are substances produced in animals and plants that are used to break down proteins. They are involved in digestion, cell turnover, blood clotting, cell division, immune functions, and inflammation reduction.

Unfortunately, if inflammation is severe enough, these naturally occurring enzymes are either inactivated or cannot get to their sites of action.
Proteases can be supplied as nutritional supplements to correct local deficiencies.

Proteolytic enzymes have been documented in hundreds of medical literature reports to have effectiveness for the following conditions: bruising,
sprains, strains, fractures, low back pain, dental surgery, digestive difficulties, arthritis, etc.
L. Bucci, Proteolytic Enzymes and Acute Injuries, The Nutritional Supplement Advisor; Chiropractic Products; June 1988

Intenzyme Forte is Biotics answer to proteolytic enzymes and must be taken on an empty stomach to work properly for inflammatory conditions.

For more info on obtaining and how to use these products which are only available through health care practitioners, contact us.

Are You Out of Your Mind?

thiamineARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?   Can’t sleep, crave sugar.?

This could be an acid problem, no not stomach acid, but pyruvic acid. Never heard of it?

Do you experience drowsiness after a meal, urinating several times a night?  Do you feel a tight band around your head, difficulty holding your breath, yawning, fatigue, bloating? Poor appetite, really sore after exercising, burning in the soles of you feet?  All these symptoms can be the result of too much pyruvic acid in your system.

Pyruvic acid is a residue of incomplete carbohydrate metabolism, basically too many carbs in your diet for your digestive system to handle.  You’re eating too many sweets or starches that convert to sugar.  A decent diet will contain the necessary nutrient that removes this acid, thiamine pyrophosphate.  See those first four letters … pyro, yes to burn.  Like a pyromaniac who likes to light fires, thiamine pyrophosphate aka Vitamin B1 handles the burning up of this acid.If not, you might have burning in your feet or the most common side effect  SCIATICA.  This is when the pyruvic acid builds up on the head of nerves. And the head of the sciatic nerve is the size of your baby finger.

If this acid gets into general circulation and enters the brain, the inflammatory reaction here starts with the band around your head from the acid in the cerebrospinal fluid that your brain floats in. This worsens into depression, anxiety, a fear of doom and gloom, don’t want to leave home and weird sounds and sights disturb your senses.

For a malnourished drug addict this comes up as seeing bugs crawling under the skin with sensations like ants biting (formication). What do they do about it? They try cut them out.They call them ‘coke’ (cocaine)  bugs!

Dietary sources are grains, pasta, rice, etc. which if you are gluten-gliadin sensitive defeats the purpose and chronic deficiency requires supplementation.  We recommend Biotics Thiamin B 50 to start with.  You need to take enough to loosen the bowels which means you have activated the removal of the pyruvic acid. Once there is relief, switch to Bio GGGB for 90 days. And watch those symptoms disappear.

We believe this is the cause of FM or Fibro-Myalgia.

Contact us re ordering these nutraceuticals. They are only available through health care practitioners.

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