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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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A Little Something You Probably Didn’t Know About Sciatica

What is sciatica? Here’s the stock answer…

The main nerve traveling down the leg is the sciatic nerve. Pain associated with the sciatic nerve usually originates higher along the spinal cord when nerve roots become compressed or damaged from narrowing of the vertebral column or from a slipped disk. Symptoms can include tingling, numbness, or pain, which radiates to the buttocks legs and feet. BUT what if it isn’t from the spine??? Read on…

Anyone who’s had sciatica knows that it isn’t a little problem. It can be horribly painful and make it difficult to get around and to sleep! What you probably don’t know is that there are different causes of sciatica. As mentioned, sometimes it’s positional. For example, you are out of place possibly in the low back/hip or there are disc issues and pressure is put on the large sciatic nerve. It is a large nerve in circumference so that’s part of the reason the pain is so great. So seeing a chiropractor might help but if it doesn’t, then you may have another reason for the sciatica to be present. If it’s a disc issue, there are possible ways to rehab the disc but not all chiropractors do this. You may need to seek out a Pettibon trained chiropractor. I’m sure there are others out there who specialize in this area too.

The other cause can be a chemicals built up in the nerve or acids like lactic acid. We often see this as a cause and we must use a high dose of nutraceutical Thiamine  (B1) to get rid of it. There is a specific way this is done once we know that this is the root cause of the sciatica.

Other possibilities are poor carbohydrate metabolism and dehydration but as I said, we mostly see the acid build up or a positional issue. So there is hope but typically the chemical/acid problem is not addressed and people go on suffering without an answer in sight.

For more info, email us at cchs@shaw.ca.

 

 

 

Essential Fatty Acids-The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Biomega3Ola!

No, not hello, but O for oil, L for low and A for acid.

Put that with Can and we have Canola, Canada Low Erucic Acid Rape (LEAR). Canola sure sounds better than rapeseed oil.

The oil from the rapeseed is the most toxic of all food oil plants. It is part of the mustard family, from which came mustard gas as a chemical warfare agent and blistered the lungs of many World War One soldiers. Canola oil contains large amounts of isothiocyanates, cyanide. It is an industrial oil used as a lubricant, synthetic rubber base and as an illuminant for the slick color pages in magazines.

Rapeseed oil was in widespread use in England and Europe between 1986 and 1991 till it was thrown out because of cows, pigs and sheep going blind, lost their minds and attacked people; they had to be SHOT!!! Remember Mad Cow; right. It wasn’t scrapie, it was canola oil :(.

It does not belong in the human body.

Here son, take this, it’s good for you! Yuk Dad, it tastes awful. Yes son, but it’s good for you.

Remember that? It was CLO or cod liver oil. Who sold my Dad on that? Grandpa did. Our Van Dueck ancestry has been traced back 8 generations to the areas of the North Sea. My metabolic profile is a parasympathetic fast. If we divide the earth latitudinally from zero at the equator to 10 at the north pole, I’m a 9! I need the ocean fish fats and the animal and land ones as well.

50 years later I understand what my Grandpa was doing. And I finally found a way to explain it to myself and patients. Fish oils, specifically the deep ones or Omega 3’s act like… believe it or not…ANTIFREEZE. Think about it for a sec, those fish live in frigid water, yet thrive. Some toads can freeze and thaw months later. That’s what antifreeze does. Compare it to the radiator in your vehicle; same thing. It keeps the motor hot in freezing temps and cold in hot temps. The oils in our body keep our blood and lymph moving, but the omega 3’s ‘radiate’ our temp control thermostat, which by the way is in the brainstem. So neck problems plus antifreeze issues can cause temperature fluctuations.

So check your antifreeze levels by contacting (Contact Reflex Analysis) the oil and salt (dehydration ) reflexes. Trace a finger along your collarbones towards the breast bone. You will come to a notch and a bump. Press hard down into these notches. If tender, it could be an indicator of deficiency of oil and/or salt. 50% of our brain and nerves are DHA or Omega 3. The brain is essentially a glob of cholesterol in a pool of salt water. When doctors convinced the food industry to restrict salt and fat; they made a powerful monetary move to keep us sick. No salt, no fat equals a shrinking brain, aka dementia, alzheimers, MS etc. Add some canola or other irradiated trans fats and voila MadHuman Disease.

*Just a note…get good salt like Grey Salt, Celtic Salt, Himalayan etc.

I was born in Vancouver and love seafood. I have startled many of my fishing buddies by eating eyes, roe and raw liver at the dock! But I can get my 3’s easily from our product company, Biotics, Omega 111 liquid. It has a pleasant lemon flavour to it. No longer is it YUK Dad.

You can’t lose fat unless you eat fat, but the right fat. If your cholesterol is above normal, eat Omega 3 liquid 2 grams/day if slightly elevated and up to 4 gm/s day if severe. If you have arthritic conditions you will need 5 or even more/day. Contact us for more information.

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.

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