Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Heavy Metal Toxicity (part 1 of 2)

Every single day we’re exposed to chemicals and toxins through the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink and bathe in. Over time, these toxic chemicals accumulate in our bodies.

Heavy metal pollutants such as aluminum, lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium can alter and damage cellular function and impair mental and physical health in adults and children. Heavy metals become toxic when they do not get metabolized by the body and end up accumulating in the soft tissue.

Not all metals are toxic though. Certain trace metals are required for optimal health and body balance, such as iron, zinc, copper, chromium, nickel, lithium, manganese and molybdenum, but if there is an excess of any of these they become oxidative and toxic.

Many research studies in the U.S. and Europe have linked heavy metal toxicity such as lead, mercury and aluminum with a wide range of illnesses and health conditions that cause serious damage to the lungs, brain, heart, liver, kidney, bones, GI tract and reproductive systems. Metals can directly and indirectly damage our DNA and can contribute to any imaginable illness.

Signs, symptoms & conditions related to heavy metal toxicity

  • Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and all autoimmune diseases
  • Mood swings, depression, anxiety, schizophrenic-like behavior
  • Neurotransmitter dysfunction
  • Thyroid dysfunction and adrenal insufficiency
  • Inflammatory brain conditions such as autism, Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Chronic infections (viral, bacterial, Candida)
  • TMJ
  • ADD, lower IQ and learning problems
  • Anemia
  • Food allergies
  • Infertility and reproductive problems in both men and women
  • Genital malformation
  • Hypertension
  • Cancer
  • Brain fog, confusion, forgetfulness, memory loss, dementia
  • Hair loss or premature graying hair
  • Chronic muscle and tendon pain or any soft tissues of the body
  • Kidney and liver disease
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive problems, IBS and gastrointestinal complaints
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Respiratory, lung and heart problems
  • Nervous system malfunctions: burning extremities, numbness, tingling
  • Premature aging
  • Visual disturbances

Metal toxicity is connected with all sorts of health problems and diseases that many people think are related to just getting older. These are also diseases many doctors suggest managing with drugs. Medical schools have failed to educate doctors of the dangers of heavy metal toxicity. If you ask your doctor to test and rule out heavy metals because you feel a sense of deep heaviness, are tired, depressed or experience achy, sore or chronic joint pain for no reason, all too often the request is dismissed and instead you’ll probably get a prescription for an antidepressant.

Heavy metals build up in the body over time and present no discernible symptoms in the early stages. Toxic metal body burdens are neurotoxic meaning that these metals trigger an inflammatory response and oxidative stress causing adverse symptoms that affect the psycho, neuro, immune and endocrine systems.

The top three heavy metals that are most harmful to our health include arsenic, lead and mercury, which was confirmed by The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) when they compiled a list of the "Top 20 Hazardous Substances."

According to a Brown University study, researchers found that nearly 23 percent of American women of childbearing age met or exceeded levels for all three environmental chemical pollutants (lead, mercury, and PCBs), and 56 percent of the women exceeded the median for two or more of the three pollutants. All but 17.3 percent of the women aged 16 to 49 were at or above the level for one or more of these toxic chemicals that are passed to fetuses through the placenta and to babies through breast milk.

Age is the most prominent risk factor associated with increased odds of having higher levels of lead, mercury and PCBs. Eating fish and heavy alcohol consumption also increase the risk of having higher levels of toxic metals. As we grow older, the risk of exceeding the level in two or more of these pollutants increases. Individuals age 30-39 have 12x risk, and those 40-49 have 30x the risk because these chemicals accumulate in the body over time and also these individuals were born in the 1950s and 1960s before most environmental protection laws were enacted.

Certain occupations are more susceptible to increased risk of toxic metal body burdens. Some of these include plumbers, construction and refinery workers, hairdressers, dentists, lithographers, farmers, painters, auto body paint and radiator repair, miners, welders, fertilizer and pesticide manufacturers. 

Heavy Metal Sources

        * Amalgams (silver fillings) * Vaccines and flu shots
        * Contaminated fish (especially tuna, shark, swordfish) * Tattoo dyes
        * Lipstick and cosmetics * Paint, plastics & enamels
        * Many Rx and OTC drugs including antacids * Baby formula and breast milk
        * Foods sprayed with fertilizers and pesticides * Some protein powders
        * Industrial exposure from coal burning * The water supply
        * Household cleaning products * HFCS and processed foods.
        * Foods cooked in aluminum cookware or foil * Some chocolate (high in lead)
        * Metal stints inserted in a surgical procedure * Exhaust and pollution
        * Non-organic and GMO foods * Hair dyes
        * Grains, candy, soda & baked goods * Heavy alcohol consumption
        * Deodorants and personal care products * Cigarettes
        * Costume jewelry, batteries, ceramics * Electronics, lamps & light bulbs

According to Ellen Silbergeld, Ph.D., a professor at John Hopkins University even low amounts of heavy metals can be harmful.

  • There are no safe levels of lead. Brain development is impaired in fetuses and infants exposed to lead. Lead toxicity, even low levels reduces a child’s IQ. For every 17mcgs of lead in the body, IQ is reduced by 10 points! (Richard L. Canfield, Ph.D. New England Journal of Medicine 2002).
  • Aluminum is the most abundantly found toxic metal in the Alzheimer brain. It is also highly implicated in Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s.
  • Mercury is one of the most toxic heavy metals and very damaging to the cells and organs. It is particularly destructive to the brain, liver and kidney.
  • Arsenic and cadmium pose health threats as well.

According to Jonathan Wright, M.D., our cell, tissue and organ function are impaired anywhere toxic metals are deposited. In addition to causing direct damage, the toxic metals also cause damage by displacing nutritional minerals in key positions in cellular function, which results in slowing down or stopping these functions altogether.

It is not possible to completely avoid exposure to toxic metals (Singh 2011), but one can minimize exposure with healthy eating and a healthful lifestyle. Even those who are not occupationally exposed carry certain metals in their body as a result of exposure from other sources, such as food, beverages or air (Washam 2011; Satarug 2010). However, it is possible to reduce metal toxicity risk through dietary and lifestyle choices that diminish the probability of harmful heavy metal uptake and promote the safe metabolism or excretion of ingested heavy metals (Peraza 1998). 

Part 2 of this article will cover dietary and lifestyle preventative measures to reduce the risk of heavy metal toxicity and safe, effective methods to detox heavy metals.

Heavy Metal Testing. Blood tests do not accurately measure the accumulation of lead, mercury or other heavy metals at the level of organs and tissues and are pretty worthless for detecting heavy metal toxicity. Hair tests only partially detect metals, unless it is a hair tissue biopsy test.

A simple urine test and a provoking, chelating agent that binds to heavy metals will accurately detect total body load.

In 2005, my test results indicated extremely high levels of lead. In part 2 of this article, I will share with you the tips I personally followed to excrete the high levels of lead from my body.

Be smart. Rule out toxic heavy metals with an inexpensive test. Contact me to order your kit today.

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Star Part 2 ►Dietary and Lifestyle Preventative Measures to Reduce Heavy Metal Exposure PLUS Safe and Effective Methods to Detox Heavy Metals

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Stop Sugar Cravings

Do you struggle with sugar cravings? If so, this article will shed some light and enlighten you with information as to why you crave sugar and provide you with solutions and strategies that will put an end to sugar cravings for good!

Research has shown that sugar is addictive…eight times addictive as cocaine! In 1821, each person consumed approximately ten pounds of sugar annually. Today that number is an astounding 160-190 pounds of sugar per person annually; 350 calories daily from added sugar (equivalent to roughly 22 teaspoons of sugar and 25 percent of daily calories). On top of that about 55 percent of the sugar produced in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, 95 percent of which have been genetically engineered.

It’s not just sugar that is addictive. According to a study in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition eating highly processed carbohydrates have a similar effect on brain chemistry as addictive substances

A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has shown that unhealthy maternal and early postnatal dietary patterns (sugar, processed and refined foods, high-sugar beverages, high-sodium snacks) elevate the risk of behavioral and emotional problems in children.

The most common sources of sugar are sugar-sweetened beverages, grain-based desserts, candy, dairy desserts and fruit juice drinks. Don’t be fooled by other hidden sources of sugar. Sugar is hidden in more foods than you can imagine including cereal, granola and protein bars, yogurt, tomato sauce, chewing gum, bread and bagels, juice, milk, salad dressings, sports drinks, low-fat and non-fat items, flavored coffee creamers, canned fruits and soups, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, infant formula, ketchup, and off-the-shelf vitamins. These processed foods quickly break down to sugar in your body.

When you consume sugary foods (corn, rice, wheat, candy, pasta, bagels, breads, muffins, soda, fruit juice and grains) that quickly convert to sugar, a hormonal message is sent to your body that says, “I’m going to store more fat.” Excess sugar and carbs that aren’t used by the body accumulate in the liver, leading to excess weight gain, stubborn belly fat, fatty liver and elevated triglycerides.

Sugar is often disguised in processed and packaged foods, such as evaporated cane juice, corn syrup, barley malt, maltodextrin, fructose, sucrose, sucralose, agave, brown rice syrup and any item that ends with –ose. Other forms of sugar include sugar alcohols such as sorbitol, manitol or xytlitol that often cause digestive distress for many individuals.

Excess sugar intake is directly linked to an increased risk of heart disease, hormone dysfunction, kidney and gallstones, diabetes, inflammation, leaky gut, fatty liver, memory loss and cognitive decline, increased appetite and cravings, damaged skin collagen, and is a fuel source for Candida and parasites.

According to Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist, sugar is making us obese and sick. The immune system is suppressed for 8-12 hours after consuming sugar. Sugar consumption amplifies pain and inflammation, and also triggers mood disorders and depression. Research shows that high-sugar and low nutrient-value foods are commonly consumed by those with depression, anxiety, and high levels of chronic distress, thus exacerbating the condition. Another study by the University of Copenhagen found that sugar actually aids the growth of malignant cancer cells. 

Sugar has also been shown to cause a more porous intestinal lining, the consequences of which include systemic access to food antigens, environmental toxins, endotoxins, and structural components of microbes

Diets high in sugar cause low energy and fatigue, brain atrophy and memory problems, wrinkling of the skin, acne and premature aging, low libido, elevated blood sugar, and rob your body of important nutrients. Eating sugar blocks absorption of essential minerals like zinc and magnesium. When you’re deficient in these important minerals, the tendency for sugar cravings intensify even more. 

Sugar is nutritionally-void and a poison for health, vitality, longevity and fat loss. When you consume sugar, glucose levels rise. Shortly after, glucose levels plummet and crash causing low blood sugar, which triggers intense and increased cravings for more sugar so glucose levels rise back up. This vicious cycle continues. The end result is low energy, moodiness, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, insulin resistance and an increased risk of diabetes.

Sugar stimulates pleasure and reward centers in the brain. Socializing, sexual behavior, alcohol and drugs also activate these reward centers. When these reward centers are over-stimulated too much and too often, it will cause a downward spiral out-of-control effect that results in intense cravings, loss of control, increased tolerance and addictive affects on the brain.

Cravings provide insight into your unique metabolism and are a sign of imbalances often in conjunction to specific nutrient deficiencies, hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances. 

It’s important to determine the root cause and understand why you experience cravings so you can break the cycle of addiction to sugar.

Sugar cravings will be different for each person and are triggered by…. 

  • You’re not properly nourished with a balance of nutrient-rich food
  • Candida, intestinal yeast and parasites
  • Hormone fluctuations and imbalances
  • Neurotransmitter imbalances
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Dehydration
  • Insulin resistance, blood sugar fluctuations and imbalances
  • Unmanaged stress
  • Adrenal dysfunction. High or low cortisol or a problem with the cortisol rhythm
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Digestive problems, bacterial imbalances and hypochlorhydria
  • Recovering alcoholic. Former alcoholics often replace alcohol with sweets and sugary beverages without realizing that sugar disrupts nutrient balance and intestinal flora, promoting Candida and other fungi. Under certain conditions these pathogenic yeasts actually convert sugars in the gut to alcohol. Walk into any AA meeting and you’ll find a spread of candy, cakes and cookies. Some recovering alcoholics will even convert the sugar to alcohol metabolically and maintain their alcohol addiction in this way. There are well-documented cases of inebriation caused by sugar consumption and Candida overgrowth in persons who abstain from alcohol.

Stop Sugar Cravings (taken from my books, Fat Loss Revolution and The Power of 4). Realize that it’s not uncommon to experience withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, fatigue and mood swings when you give up sugar. These symptoms subside in a few days.

Diet

  • Consume high-quality protein at every meal. Eat a protein-rich breakfast within 30 minutes of waking, which has a stabilizing effect on blood sugar throughout the day. Protein-rich meals send signals that travel between your gut and brain generating feelings of satiety.
  • Eat real food. Sugar, grains, fake and processed foods increase cortisol and are making us and our kids fat and sick. Get back to basics!
  • Don’t skip meals. Long periods without food trigger and intensify cravings for sugar. And, grabbing an energy bar is not considered a meal. Nip this in the bud by eating real food at breakfast, lunch and dinner that includes protein, fat, and fiber from veggies and leafy greens to increase satiety, prevent cravings and fluctuations in blood sugar.
  • Plan ahead so when you’re hungry there are healthy options readily available to choose from. 25 Healthy Snacks
  • Opt for a healthier alternative sweetener such as stevia that will not disrupt blood sugar.
  • Spice it up with cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom that help reduce cravings and stabilize blood sugar.
  • Include more fat in your diet from pastured egg yolks, grass-fed and pastured meat, coconut oil, avocado, pastured butter, nuts and seeds that provide fullness and satiety.
  • Remove all processed, sugary treats, artificial sweeteners, sodas and sugary beverages, any item with wheat and gluten, and processed junk foods from your home and office to avoid the ease of accessibility and the temptation for these foods. Artificial sweeteners and processed, fake foods can actually cause addiction and intensify cravings. Replace with healthier options (see options below and more options in my book Fat Loss Revolution.)
  • Include more fiber-rich foods in your diet from a variety of fresh dark green vegetables and dark leafy greens, which help prevent cravings, increase satiety and control blood sugar.
  • Be a label detective. Make it a habit to read the list of ingredients on every item to avoid hidden sugars and artificial sweeteners.
  • Drink plenty of clean water. Dehydration can trigger cravings.

Lifestyle

  • Investigate food sensitivities, which among other things can be the direct cause of intense cravings.
  • Don’t under estimate the importance of sleep. The amount and quality of sleep you get every night has a direct influence on cravings. Strive for seven to nine hours of restful sleep every night. When you’re sleep deprived or don’t sleep soundly, appetite increases especially for sugar, carbohydrates and junk food. Sleep Solutions
  • Be mindful of emotions, events and situations that trigger cravings for sugar and carbs.
  • Exercise daily. Walk every day preferably outdoors.
  • Balance hormones, specifically insulin (what you choose to eat) and cortisol.
  • Avoid medications, stimulants and excess alcohol consumption that not only deplete vital nutrients from your body, but also stimulate appetite, intensify cravings and encourage excessive eating.
  • Honor and listen to your body’s request for R&R. It’s more challenging for an exhausted body to make healthy choices. Schedule quiet moments for restoration, relaxation and deep breathing. Practice mindfulness and parasympathetic activities.
  • Re-direct your mind. When you experience an intense craving, shift your mind and focus your energy on healthier, more pleasurable activities. Call a friend. Meditate. Go for a walk. Light some candles and take a warm bath. Write in your journal about gratifying moments in your life or things, people and places that you love. Read a favorite novel or something spiritually uplifting.
  • Commit to a 7-day sugar fast. Although this can be quite challenging, the outcome and benefits are tremendous. Detox Tips Safe Enough to do Every Day
  • Investigate and rule out gut pathogens including Candida, fungus and parasites, which thrive on sugar.

Nutrient support that help reduce sugar cravings and support sugar withdrawal

Note: Nutrient selection and dosing is different for each individual based on their unique biochemistry, nutrient needs and deficiencies. Schedule a consultation to determine your specific nutrient deficiencies and needs.

Kick sugar cravings to the curb with these crave-busters

  • Simply taking a teaspoon of coconut oil will reduce sugar cravings
  • Two tablespoons apple cider vinegar in a glass of water help eliminate or reduce a sugar craving.
  • Ten grams of L-glutamine in a small amount of water or heavy cream has blood sugar-stabilizing effects, which helps to eliminate sugar cravings.
  • Protein smoothie: 25-40 grams of your favorite protein powder, 10 grams BCAA powder, 5 grams L-glutamine powder, 1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon blended with carrageenan-free coconut or almond milk and ice.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these healthier sweet treat alternatives 

  • Chia pods. My favorite flavor is vanilla bean.
  • Homemade cocoa. Mix one tablespoon of organic cocoa powder with a cup of hot water. One tablespoon organic heavy cream. Sweeten with SweetLeaf Stevia.
  • One half cup nuts with real maple syrup sprinkled with cinnamon
  • One cup of organic frozen berries with heavy cream sprinkled with raw cacao nibs.
  • Cocoa Berry Smoothie
  • Sliced banana, dipped in coconut oil, rolled in coconut flakes and cocoa nibs. Refrigerate.
  • Energizing Green Smoothie

Determine the root cause of your cravings and do what works for you specifically. We are each unique biochemically, physically and emotionally. As always, go slow, be patient and loving with yourself. Follow the guidance and healing direction of a trusted professional to allow your body to heal and restore naturally.  

Schedule a free 15-minute consult. I consult with men and women around the world via telephone or Skype and with clients locally in the Phoenix area. I will identify the root cause of your sugar cravings and design a lifestyle plan and protocol so you can heal and restore your health.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Teddy Bear, forever in my heart ♥♥♥

Teddy Bear vom Rayenhartz Owens, my rock, faithful and trusted friend, loving and loyal companion, protector and soul mate

February 2, 2002 – February 13, 2014

     Teddy Bear - 6 weeksTeddy Bear ♥

God blessed me with the gift of the sweetest and most loving Rottweiler I have ever known, Teddy Bear. My Teddy Bear was a gentle giant with a tender, loving disposition who loved me unconditionally. My Teddy Bear dispelled the misconception to many who were fearful or had the stereotypical opinion of the Rottweiler breed. Teddy was the neighborhood mascot for 12 years and loved by all who met him, especially kids of all ages. There were many times kids would ring the doorbell asking if Teddy could come out and play.

Teddy and I were there for one another through thick and thin. He was the light and love of my life; my strength when I was weak, and my devoted and loyal companion who I loved sharing life with. We were deeply connected at the soul level. He is deeply missed, and tears fill my eyes as I write this because my heart was ripped apart as I said good bye to him and thanked him for being the best dog in the world. As I laid next to him during his final minutes, his loving eyes looked at me and he gently kissed my face. I tried my best to stay strong for him, but the tears were hard to hold back. My spirit is weeping and my heart is broken beyond belief. There is a deep, empty void in my life, my heart and home without his presence. I feel numb and miss him more than words can express.

Teddy Bear was quite the dog…..He was a therapy dog in nursing homes providing love and comfort to many of the residents. When he was younger, we used to visit grade schools and teach kids how to behave around dogs, especially large dogs (Teddy weighed 125 lbs). Teddy was also a professional model for a national pet toy company, Tuffy Toys…so the next time you visit your favorite pet store look for my handsome Teddy Bear’s photo on the Tuffy Toys.

Slowly as time lessens the painful loss and heals my wounded heart, I will focus, reflect and re-direct my thoughts and energy on all of the joy, abundance of love, his sweet disposition and happy moments we had together and treasure them forever. There will never, ever be another Teddy Bear.

My dear friend, Dr. Eric Serrano sent a beautiful message to me years ago that said, “until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Thank you Teddy Bear for awakening a part of my soul that no one ever has and giving so much unconditional love.

Teddy Bear, my rock, trusted friend, loving and loyal companion, protector and soul mate you are forever and always in my heart. God rest your sweet, gentle soul. Red heart

Teddy Bear

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Natural Solutions for Chronic Sinus Infections

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes. Most cases of chronic sinusitis are not caused by infection but are actually an immune disorder caused by fungus. Mayo Clinic researchers found that “fungal organisms were present in 96% of patients who had surgery for chronic sinusitis, and that inflammatory cells were clumped around the fungi, which indicated that the condition was an immune disorder caused by fungus.”

Chronic sinusitis causes long-term nasal congestion, excess mucus production, nasal polyps, diminished sense of smell, and headaches. Over time, chronic sinusitis creates an environment for bacterial infections that exacerbate these symptoms.

Suppressive OTC drugs can trigger an infection and repeated doses of antibiotics are not the solution. Antibiotics destroy the friendly bacteria in our intestinal tracts. Watch this video if you've used antibiotics. Antibiotic overuse creates dysbiosis in the gut, which naturally weakens our immune system since 60-80 percent of our immune system resides in the gut. Fungal and yeast infections, Candida and sinus infections are common side effects of a weakened immune system from antibiotic use.

Excessive and inappropriate use has led to antibiotic-resistant bugs that can cause serious consequences and changes to the microflora. According to researchers it has been discovered that antibiotics were shown to be no better than a placebo and can actually make fungal infections worse. Unfortunately, even a single course of antibiotics can permanently alter the gut flora. An unbalanced microbiota in the gut is also a contributing factor in autoimmunity. The strategy is to thin the mucous and take nutrients that are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial in nature.

It’s essential to determine the root cause of sinus infections and rule out pre-disposing factors, which will be different for each person and may include one or more of the following:

  • Gut dysfunction, GERD, bowel inflammation and toxins in the bowel
  • Hidden food sensitivities
  • Consuming the Standard American Diet (SAD). Overconsumption of milk and dairy products and mucous-forming foods.
  • Bacterial and Candida infections
  • Blockages (polyps, cysts, tumors)
  • Oral contraceptives and exogenous estrogens
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Overuse of antibiotics
  • Autoimmune problems
  • Dental infections
  • Chronic stress, including emotional stress. Insufficient rest, relaxation and sleep.
  • Ileocecal valve (ICV) dysfunction
  • Constipation or biliary/liver dysfunction
  • Smoking and second hand smoke. Air pollution. Extremely dry, cold air.
  • Bacterial or viral infections. Biofilm bacterial infections were found to be present on the removed tissue of 80% of patients undergoing surgery for chronic sinusitis

As you can see from the lengthy list above, the healing protocol will vary depending on each individual’s unique biochemistry. However, the following healing therapies and strategies have proven effective for avoiding chronic sinus infections.

Natural Healing Therapies for Sinusitis (treat the cause, not the symptom)

Diet

  • Reduce the underlying causes of inflammation. This always starts by eliminating inflammatory and mucous-producing foods, which include gluten, wheat, corn, all grains, sugar and all dairy except for pastured butter
  • Avoid mycotoxic foods, such as peanuts and peanut butter, alcohol, hard cheeses, grains (wheat, corn, barley)
  • Avoid all artificial sweeteners and sugar, food additives, vegetable oils, soy products, alcohol and caffeine, processed, packaged, fake foods.
  • Bone broth, raw apple cider vinegar, garlic, onions, ginger, turmeric (curcumin), cayenne and fresh grated horseradish are helpful antidotes for sinus sufferers.
  • Drink plenty of clean, filtered water. Add fresh lemon or lime.
  • Vitamin A-rich foods not only maintains healthy immunity overall, it also keeps mucous membranes in top form. Foods rich in vitamin A include sweet potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, leafy greens, mango, papaya, egg yolk, and pumpkin. Daily green drinks.
  • Follow the Fat Loss Revolution lifestyle eating plan and an anti-Candida diet.
  • Healthy fats such as pastured grass-fed butter contains butyric acid, which is healing for the gut and organic coconut oil, rich in lauric acid is known for its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
  • Herbal teas: Pau ‘d arco, Nettles, Fenugreek
  • Natural Sinus Relief Cocktail: 12 oz. filtered water, 1 tbsp. raw honey, 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar, the juice from a fresh lemon, 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger, a pinch of cayenne pepper and pinch of turmeric.

Lifestyle

  • Heal the gut. Determining any underlying cause of gut dysfunction is a must. Sinusitis is often linked to toxins in the bowel and intestines.
  • Use a Neti pot to irrigate, rinse and cleanse the sinuses. Make your own preservative-free saline solution. In a 16 ounce jar mix 12 ounces of clean, filtered water or distilled water. Add one tsp. Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt and 1-2 drops tea tree oil. May also add liquid iodine forte or liquid zinc.
  • Aromatherapy oils such as tea tree, eucalyptus, goldenseal and rosemary applied as a compress to the nasal area or as steam inhalation are helpful.
  • Sinuses aggravated by weather changes often respond well to acupuncture.
  • Always get plenty of restful sleep. Use dust mite-free bedding.
  • Use HEPA filters. Change air filters monthly.
  • Visit the dentist regularly since infections in the mouth can easily spread to the sinuses.
  • Consider mental and emotional stress. Practice daily relaxation and restoration. Emotional stress weakens the immune system creating the perfect environment for infections to occur. Emotions are not separate from physical manifestations in our bodies. The extensive research from Dr. Robert Ivker and Dr. Geerd Hamer has shown that sinus problems are often triggered after the experience of an emotional “stink conflict.” This could be a severe emotional reaction to an actual odor or it could be the symbolic feeling that “this situation stinks.” Nearly all of Dr. Ivker’s patients with chronic sinusitis also had significant emotional issues, especially anger. Chronic sinusitis patients tend to be type-A, high-achieving perfectionists.
  • Enhance spiritual health. This may include meditation, prayer, gratitude, and spending time in nature.

Nutrient and supplemental support. As with all nutritional support, it’s not a one-fits-all approach. Schedule a consultation to determine your personal protocol unique to your biochemistry.

Natural Anti-bacteria and Anti-fungal Nutrients

  • ADP, an emulsified oil of oregano, which means that it is emulsified in a sustained release form. ADP is the ONLY oregano product that works throughout the small intestine.
  • FC Cidal
  • Homeopathic Fungal-Yeast Support

Nutrient Support helpful for Sinusitis

  • Bile salts (Beta-Plus). HCL with digestive enzymes (Digestzymes)
  • Essential Fatty Acids: EFA Sirt Supreme
  • Immune-boosting Multi Vitamin/Mineral: BioImmunozyme Forte and Cytozyme-THY
  • Liquid Iodine: Liquid Iodine Forte
  • Probiotics: Flora 20-40; Saccharromyces Boulardii; TherBiotic Complete
  • Intenzyme Forte contains therapeutic levels of pancreatin, bromelain and trypsin and the highest levels of alpha chymotrypsin
  • Zinc, a powerful cold-and-sinus infection fighter
  • Turmeric (curcumin) is a powerful anti-inflammatory that has antiviral and antibiotic qualities, and is very healing for the sinus cavity. Gargling with turmeric can help heal a sinus infection and reduce chronic sinus inflammation.
  • BioD Mulsion Forte, an emulsified liquid vitamin D

Everyone is different and each person reacts differently to different treatments. The key is practicing patience and persistent. Curing your sinus infection naturally builds up your immune system, rather than letting the antibiotics take over.

Schedule a free-15 minute consult. I consult with men and women around the world via telephone or Skype and with clients locally in the Phoenix area. I will determine the root cause and design a lifestyle plan and protocol so you can heal and restore your health.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Natural Remedies to Cure Constipation

Constipation is the #1 gastrointestinal complaint in the U.S. affecting almost 5 million people. It’s a subject that most avoid talking about or are too embarrassed to mention. Constipation is a condition of the digestive system often stemming from an unhealthy lifestyle, eating foods the body is sensitive to (specifically dairy), low fiber intake, pathogenic bacteria and lack of healthy flora, decreased peristalsis and GI dysfunction. Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from constipation, and it tends to be more common in people over 65.

Normal bowel transit time is 12-24 hours. From a functional perspective, an individual is considered constipated if a day passes without a bowel movement. Studies have found that a reduced number of bowel movements are associated with an increased risk of colon cancer.

Constipation leads to an accumulation of body wastes, metabolic by-products and toxins in the body. Signs of infrequent bowel movements can cause all sorts of ailments including gas and bloating, a distended belly, fatigue, irritability, headaches, bad breath, body odor, diverticulitis, a coated tongue, hemorrhoids, insomnia, dark circles under the eyes, varicose veins and malabsorption issues. Unreleased wastes can also become a breeding ground for parasites and an increased risk of colon cancer.

If you experience constipation, resorting to laxatives is not the answer. Regular use can be quite harmful, destroying healthy intestinal bacteria, damaging the colon and leading to laxative dependence, dehydration, chronic constipation and even death.

The first line of action is to determine the root cause of constipation.

The main causes for constipation

  • Dairy products. Diets high in sugar, processed carbs and grains. Grains contain anti-nutrients that irritate and inflame the bowel wall.
  • Insufficient fiber intake (leafy greens and vegetables)
  • Dehydration
  • Food sensitivities
  • Antidepressants, opiates, antacids, iron supplements, and many prescription and OTC medications
  • Long-term chronic constipation is almost caused by gut dysbiosis, decreased peristalsis, small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO), Candida or parasites
  • HCL deficiency, hypochlorhydria (lack of stomach acid) and insufficient production of bile and digestive enzymes.
  • Pathogenic bacteria and fungi. Insufficient bifidobacter, a species of bacteria in the colon

Other common causes for constipation

  • Gallbladder/Bile congestion with a need for bile salts
  • Pregnancy can cause temporary constipation
  • Some diseases (Parkinson’s diabetes, kidney disease, colon cancer, neurological or muscular diseases)
  • Environmental toxins. Aluminum toxicity.
  • Low thyroid function
  • Magnesium deficiency 
  • Lack of exercise
  • Sympathetic dominance, chronic stress, anxiety and unresolved emotional issues
  • Pyloric or ileocecal valve dysfunction
  • Pelvic floor disorder
  • Laxative overuse and abuse. Laxatives are the third top selling item at drug stores and roughly $725 million is spent annually on laxatives.

The good news is that you can cure constipation with the following dietary, lifestyle and nutritional remedies.

Diet

  • Always start with adjusting your diet. Eliminate all greasy, fried and processed foods, sugar, peanut butter, artificial sweeteners and GMOs. Specifically avoid and remove all dairy products, wheat, gluten and grains, which are culprits that trigger constipation and weaken the intestinal wall. It’s especially important to avoid all dairy products. Lactose intolerance is a major cause of constipation in children.
  • Drink plenty of clean, filtered water every day. Constipation is often a symptom of dehydration.This is especially important to pay attention to while traveling. Drink a cup of lime or lemon water upon rising.
  • Fiber is key. Increase fiber intake from non-starchy vegetables, leafy greens and fruits. Include artichokes, asparagus, onions, garlic and chicory root. Chia seeds and nuts. Daily green drinks.
  • Include fats, specifically coconut oil and butter, organic ground flax seeds, chia seeds, nuts and seeds, pastured butter and avocados.
  • Fermented foods such as sauerkraut
  • Bone broth
  • Teas: Dandelion root, senna, yerba mate, green tea, ginger, Smooth Move
  • Organic homemade apple sauce, especially helpful for kids. Add raisins that have been soaked in senna tea.
  • One tablespoon sesame oil before bedtime.
  • Aloe vera juice in the morning
  • Avoid carbonated drinks and chewing gum.
  • Include healthy herbs and spices like turmeric, cumin, garlic, coriander and ginger, which stimulate digestive fire. 

Lifestyle

  • Heal the gut. Many experts agree that 90 percent of all disease starts in the bowel making it extremely important to heal and optimize gut function. Determine the root cause of gut dysfunction. Possible causes include HCL deficiency, bacterial overgrowth, lack of healthy flora, gut pathogens such as H. pylori, IBS, Candida or parasites, SIBO, leaky gut or intestinal permeability.
  • When you sit on the toilet, place your feet on a stool so your knees are raised. 
  • Certain yoga asanas especially twists, forward folds, and inversions stimulate digestive fire and are very effective to cure constipation.
  • Maintain a good sleep routine.
  • Daily exercise. Rebounding. Take a walk after meals.
  • Address underlying emotions. Let go of what you’re holding onto. Release old ideas.
  • Optimize digestion with these tips.
  • Avoid OTC drugs, antacids, iron supplements and laxatives.
  • Use the bathroom when you have the urge. Do not hold it.
  • Rule out an underactive thyroid or irritable bowel syndrome (both of which can be an underlying cause of constipation).
  • Optimize liver function.
  • Practice deep, full belly breathing and relaxation techniques every day. Soak in an Epsom salt bath, listen to your favorite music, or any other activity you enjoy.
  • Castor oil compress over the abdomen, 2-3x weekly.
  • Acupressure. Place your fingertips below the navel and gently push in about an inch. Hold for 3 minutes while taking deep slow breaths.

Nutrient support

Primary: For colon health as well as regularity of bowel movements, it’s important to address balanced gut flora and magnesium intake.

Secondary

Other natural remedies include apple cider vinegar in a small amount of water before meals. Aloe vera juice in the morning and before bedtime. One tablespoon sesame oil before bed provides overnight relief. Drink 1 tablespoon of olive oil mixed with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice before bedtime.

Schedule a free-15 minute consult. I consult with men and women around the world via telephone or Skype and with clients locally in the Phoenix area. It’s important to determine the root cause of constipation so you can heal and restore your health.

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