The Insider's Guide to Holistic Health

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.

 

 

 

Yes, the strike is still on and back to school might not happen in BC immediately but it is inevitable and so is the spread of colds, flu and other fall and winter time maladies. Consider ordering Influaforce from BioActive Nutritionals to act as a homeopathic way to prevent the flu. It’s used instead of flu shots for those of you that recognize the dangers of vaccines. Also, remember that Vitamin D is an integral part of keeping healthy all year long but particularly in the months when the sun takes a vacation. So Bio D Mulsion Forte is a highly absorbable way to get Vit D.

BioDMulsion

Astute parents likely sound like broken records, telling there kids to wash their hands…trying to instill in them that it prevents sickness. Once back to school, the hand washing likely goes out the window so to avoid and deal with those issues like ear infections, colds, flu, coughs and fevers if they occur, keep these protocols in mind to get everyone back to normal as quickly as possible. Keeping some IAG powder (easy to give to kids) on hand is a great way to start helping right away. Bio Immunozyme Forte can be used like a multi vit during fall and winter to keep immune systems humming!

 

These protocols are all Biotics Research products.

Bronchitis (Infants/Young Children)

¼ tsp IAG™ powder

½ tsp C/Cal/Mag™ powder

1-2 capsules Neutrophil Plus®

2 drops Bio-D-Mulsion®

1 capsule NAC

*Double the amount for older children.

Ear Infection (Infant and Children)

2-3 tsp IAG™ powder in acute phase

1 tsp IAG™ powder in chronic phase

1-2 capsules Bio-Immunozyme Forte™

1-3 capsules Neutrophil Plus®

3-9 tablets Bromelain Plus CLA™ between meals

6 tablets Cytozyme-THY™

2 tablets Cytozyme-Parotid-TS™

1-2 capsules Immuno-gG®

1 tablet Mn-Zyme™

1 tablet Bio-C Plus 1000™

1-2 tablet Zn-Zyme Forte™

*Reduce protocol by half for infants less than 6 months of age.

Pneumonia (Children)

3 tablets ADHS®

6-9 tablets A.D.P®

3-6 tablets Pneuma-Zyme™

3-6 capsules Neutrophil Plus®

3-6 capsules Bio Immunozyme Forte™

1-2 drops Bio-D-Mulsion Forte®

Sore Throat (Children)

1 tsp IAG™ powder

1 tsp C/Cal/Mag™ powder

1-2 Neutrophil Plus®

*Same protocol at double the dose works well for fevers in children.

Vomiting (Children)

1-6 tablets Lactozyme®

1-8 tablets Bio-6-Plus™

1-3 capsules Saccharomyces boulardii

1-8 tablets Beta-TCP™

10-20 drops Super Phosphozyme™ Liquid as needed to control vomit response.

Our fingers are crossed that you don’t need any of these protocols. However, if you do at least you’ll have them accessible. If you are unsure, bring your kids in for a check and scan. We recognize that some of these protocols are lengthy. Best to ask us what is most important in each individual case. This is just a guideline.

Here’s to beating the snot, ear aches, sore throat, coughs, and fevers this back-to-school season!

Bio Immuno

A unique, broad-spectrum multiple designed to specifically support normal, healthy immune function. Provides a wide array of vitamin, mineral, botanical, amino acid and organ/glandular specific support.

Iag

Modulates and optimizes immune function to increase natural killer (NK) cells for chronic bacterial and viral infections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of :

Lacy Waltermeyer
NTP, Nutritional Training Manager

Biotics Research NW, Inc.

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.

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

fukoshimaBiotics Research Corp. is our main nutrition provider. We are fortunate that within this FDA approved facility there is an outstanding educational provider,  Dr. Alex Vasquez,  with degrees in Chiropractic, Naturopathy and Osteopathy.  (You can see why Dr. Van Dueck is so keen on their products)!

On January 8 Dr. Vasquez presented a webinar on radiation, particularly in regards to Fukoshima’s nuclear meltdown.  He is a member of the AMA program called Advanced Disaster Life Support, which deals with chemical and terrorist warfare.  His credentials are exemplary.

The title was chosen because of this … the results of nutritional deficiencies are very similar to those of poisoning from radiation!!!  The body suffers similar reactions in both cases!

BOTTOM LINE:    effects in organs such as the stomach or glands like the thyroid is rusting, called oxidation.  This can occur in the bone marrow as well.  But in the brain it is called liquefaction.  That just sounds awful, but is the reality.  In radiation exposure it happens quickly.  Nutritional deficiencies take time, but can end up just as devastating (dementias, parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, etc.)  So what do we do in both cases; – learn how to shield and protect!  That’s what anti-oxidants are all about.

Who would of thought of that connection? – Biological researchers, that’s who!  After all, our brain is a basic nuclear power plant; it’s fueled by blood sugar to produce power.

The exposure from Fukoshima was estimated at 30% of that at Chernobyl.

BUT in this case 5% returned to Japan and  95% went into the ocean and air.  Is that why seastars show wasting syndrome, sport salmon stocks are down and walruses and seals have severe skin lesions?

The biological effects in both radiation poisoning and nutritional deficiencies over time rearrange our electrons and therefore change our DNA. And these changes we pass on to our children.  (There has been a 16% increase in congenital hypothyroidism in newborns according to records from 2011)!   Here are suggestions:  cchs@shaw.ca for more info.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SHIELDING AND PROTECTING PRODUCTS FROM Dr. Vasquez:

Paleo plant based diet…this isn’t necessarily a vegetarian diet. It generally consists of mostly fruit, nuts and seeds, vegetables and small amounts of animal protein.

Biotics Research  3 Pro-Multi +, 1 scoop NitroGreens,  2 drops Vit D3 (Bio D Mulsion Forte) and 3 Bio-Protect

Chronic exposure protection:  2 Biodoph 7 and  2 Optimal EFA

(Check TSH levels in blood) Thyroid Stimulating Hormone

To order products, email us. Products are available through health care practitioners only.

PS…it isn’t over yet with Fukoshima…it isn’t entirely under control and the effects that have already been unleashed will last at least another 20 years. Certain foods like tuna, concentrate the radiation more so since there is no clearly established safe level of radiation, limiting these foods is a good idea.

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.

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.

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