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Why EVERYONE Should Heal & Seal

There exists a growing body of fascinating research that continues to point to the gut as the seat of all health or disease.  This notion has been around since Hippocrates, and thankfully appears to be taking center stage as more frustrated patients search for what they’ve been lead to believe are solutionless health problems.

We’ve touched on the various aspects of why this is so important in previous posts, and virtually everyday with patients in the office.  Today we will break down yet another eye opening correlation between gut dysfunction and neurodegenerative disease.

You should know by now that the gut is home to billions of vital bacteria.  The bulk of these bacteria are coated in something called LPS (lipopolysaccharide).  This is all good for the function of these bacteria and thus us, provided they stay in the gut and are not allowed passage into our bloodstream.

The only way LPS gains access into our blood is if we have intestinal permeability or a “leaky gut.”  This can occur for a plethora or reasons including gluten consumption (for everyone, not just Celiac sufferers), habitual antacid or anti-biotic use, or glyphosate (the unwashable, carcinogenic herbicide that laces your GMO food) exposure.

Once the intestinal wall is permeable or leaky, items that should not get into the blood and thus the rest of your body, get in.  This creates an immune response and a cascade of issues from there.  The test used to determine whether or not someone does indeed possess a leaky gut does so by determining whether or not these LPS are present in the blood, because as we stated they should remain self contained in the digestive tract if all is well.

The game changing correlation that has been observed in numerous studies is the presence of LPS in the blood and a variety of neurodegenerative diseases.  MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s; even Autism all have been shown to also carry the presence of LPS in the blood.  To take it one step further, in many cases the level of severity of the condition is in proportion to the volume of LPS detected in the circulatory system.

For those that still have a tough time correlating intestinal issues to much beyond heartburn, constipation or diarrhea, this is yet another wake up call.  The gut has been called the second brain and is in close two way communication with it via the vagus nerve.  The linkage between the two and direct impact one has on the other is becoming more and more well documented.

As always, at this point the question becomes what are you going to do about it?  We already know that knowledge without application is useless.  Get ahead of the curve and be sure to build the foundation for health and longevity by fortifying, healing and sealing that gut if for no other reason than the fear of the devastating diseases mentioned above.

This is something we do weekly with those motivated and open minded patients, with exciting and hope restoring results. This is something we live ourselves.

As always, if you would like to learn more about this empowering knowledge or get to work on fortifying your own foundation for a better quality and quantity of life, make a move and reach out today (321-848-0987).  It is our passion on both a personal and professional level, and we’re here when you’re ready to take control.

Hormonal? Fertility Issues? Have You Addressed the Adrenals?

Being a practitioner that places a heavy amount of emphasis on nutrition, I’d be remiss if I didn’t continue to elaborate on the far reaching hands of the adrenal glands.  Being a beaming new father who has been blessed with a beautiful and healthy wife and baby, I’d also be remiss if I didn’t go into more detail about how adrenal dysfunction can influence the sex hormones responsible for reproduction and beyond.  Well, nobody wants to be labeled as remiss, so here we go.

In the simplest terms, the adrenal glands are our stress glands.

(For a review on these essential workhorses feel free to refresh: https://clarkechiropracticwellness.com/2013/03/12/de-stress-your-life-part-1/

and

https://clarkechiropracticwellness.com/2013/03/19/de-stress-your-life-part-2/ .)

When they are overworked for any of a variety of reasons (mental or physical stress, food intolerances, etc.) they shift towards an overproduction of cortisol in order to help us deal with stress.  One of the many downsides to this is that the production of hormones like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone decreases.

In order for the adrenal glands to make cortisol in response to sustained levels of elevated stress, it ends up stealing the cholesterol precursor that would normally be used to make something called DHEA, which is the precursor to our sex hormones.  This is a phenomenon called pregnenolone steal and can result in hormonal imbalances, PMS, infertility, male menopause, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Your hormone production is also dampened by overactive adrenals on a cerebral level.  As we’ve discussed in the past, the adrenal glands are under control of a part of the brain known as the hypothalamus, which in turn directs the pituitary gland.  The pituitary gland either makes, pumps out or sends the signal to trigger hormones like growth hormone, thyroid stimulating hormone, oxytocin, as well as hormones that signal the adrenals.

The anterior pituitary is also responsible for LH (luteinizing hormone) and thus progesterone, and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and thus estrogen.  These hormones are intracle in properly regulating the menstrual cycle, reproduction and beyond.  Adrenal overdrive overworks the pituitary causing it to be sluggish in its output of other hormones, like LH or FSH.

Another fact to be cognizant of is the fact that an inflammatory diet or unknown food intolerances will also have the adrenals logging extra hours at the office.  This not only attenuates hormone production for reasons described above, but it also downgrades the immune system.  This is critical for us all, but especially for a mother and her un or newborn child.

When dealing specifically with pregnancy, studies have shown that a mother with adrenal dysfunction can actually pass it on to her unborn baby by drawing hormones through the umbilical cord.  We’ve illustrated the systemic effects of adrenal dysfunction in the past, so a newborn child with this condition is highly susceptible to immune and gut dysfunction, allergies, eczema, food intolerances, even autism.

The best thing to do if you are having issues that have been deemed or you presume are hormonal is to consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner.  Cleaning up the diet and repairing the gut, identifying potential food intolerances, providing adrenal support if necessary, making lifestyle changes, making sure the nervous system (which ultimately controls ALL) is balanced, and just taking a deeper look inside for the root of the issue is the logical course of action.

If you or anyone you care about is going through any of this, please give us a call (321-848-0987) and we’ll work through it together.

On a personal note, as I prefaced in the intro, my wife and I are proud new parents.  Going into 2013 we didn’t have a time table to begin trying.  However, my wife is a patient of mine and we actually had her on various adrenal support and supplements due to symptoms she was having and the results of an exam.  After that we both partook in a fast/detox/cleanse together, while congruently sticking to an elimination/provocation diet.  A couple of months later we decided to “stop not photo 4trying” to get pregnant.  A month later Ashley was pregnant. And 9 plus months later we have a healthy baby boy.

I realize there are always other factors that contribute to hormonal imbalances and things such as pregnancy.  But don’t rule out these seemingly simple things. Don’t fall victim to the current status quo and believe that “that’s just the way it is,” or you need a pill to fix that. Keep hope alive.  Trust the body and treat it well and most likely it will return the favor.  This goes for the current topic or any other.

Good luck and do not hesitate to call for a consult if any of this resonates with you.

Vaccination: A Healthy Dialogue

We’re going to change up the format on this week’s post as I would like to share a recent text conversation I had with a friend.  We are both blessed in that we have little ones on the way, and being such issues like this are quickly catapulted to the forefront on our list of concerns.  I felt like the thoughts and emotions are similar to what many have experienced or are experiencing out there so I hope that this will encourage further dialogue.

X:

“I just wanted to get your thoughts about the flu vaccine.  I’m kind of weary about vaccines in general but her doc and the internet say it’s important. What do you think?”

O:

“Many doctors will say that, and some pediatricians won’t even accept or work with you if you don’t follow the recommended regimen.  You need to find one who’s open to the lack of evidence and opposing statistics; and more importantly, personal choice.”

X:

“I’m focusing on it a lot more now.  It can be so confusing because I am in no way trying to act like I’m a professional or even half that for this type of thing. I honestly would like to leave it up to them to inform me.

But when you think people in this industry are constantly trying to deceive you for a buck, it becomes very scary. Who the hell can you really trust? Just because a doctor says they are for vaccines for this and that reason doesn’t give me a great sense of trust, especially because they are influenced by money (to some degree as well).

I’ve never been a fan of any kind of medicines, drugs, or vaccines. I literally don’t even like taking Tylenol.  But aren’t there two sides to everything? Is the existence of a vaccine primarily due to big business trying to make more money? I’m not saying I’d be surprised if that were so, but are there any real concrete benefits and reasons why we should at least consider administering vaccines?

The internet is chalk full of “good” reasons why. Are the normal, relatively informed public to ignore the consensus of information out there and go at it “on their own?” It just fosters a very paranoid culture that is obviously unfortunate.

And to think, I’m going to trust these people to deliver our most precious thing in the world, but I’m not supposed to trust them to advise me on anything regarding drugs.  Where does the line get drawn?  Am I supposed to become the doctor and tell him what to do or not do? Very confusing my man.”

O:

“I hear you. It’s rough. Ignorance is bliss, until something happens and it’s not. Do you get me?

To your point, how are the doctors who are against vaccination or for choice motivated by money?  Maybe they will get a few patients because they get the reputation as a forward thinking doctor, but they lose out on incentives from the government and inflated bonuses from pharmaceutical companies for administering or prescribing as much as possible.  We can go as deep as you want as far as unethical practices, but the bottom line is there aren’t any long term studies confirming the safety or efficacy of vaccines, in some cases quite the contrary.  Just like with most drugs on the market, we’re the Guinea pigs in this real life experiment.  Personally I trust the human body to protect itself as it was designed to do, if allowed to do so.

I don’t judge or envy anyone else having to make the decision; to each his own.  Obviously everyone does what they do in the best interest of themselves and their family.”

X:

“What do you say to us all raised in a time where forward thinking was probably not as advanced – all probably being administered vaccines at some point, but turning out “ok” nonetheless?

Are we just “lucky?”

O:

“Perhaps. Like I said, there are no long term studies. Who is to say some of that aluminum in the shots that has bioaccumulated in our brains isn’t going to eventually contribute to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s?

But I hear you; many are fine from the surface and time being. But what about the other percentage that isn’t and all of the sudden is deemed autistic, has severe digestive issues and allergies from all antibiotics administered in the vaccine and thereafter for every other issue.  I guess the difficult thing about this position is we are now calling the shots for another human who we want the best for.  What if your child is one of those cases that could’ve been prevented? That’s where the issue is.

I’ve seen parents whose child was “fine” prior to a vaccination and then all of the sudden, is symptomatically autistic. I’ve met other couples whose child was vaccinated and provided non-stop anti-biotics for ear infections and now has noticeable digestive issues, allergies and they’re noticing “odd” personality traits.

These people search for “alternative” medicine because for whatever reason, (money, stubbornness, too much pride to admit past error, etc.) traditional medicine dismisses that it could quite possibly be the surplus of vaccines and over medication that could be contributing to, if not causing the problem.  So what’s the mainstream answer? More drugs, which is a whole other conversation.

All I’m saying is it comes down to what you believe, as you can find “research” and “evidence” for either side. I believe that our bodies possess the power to heal and protect ourselves, provided they are presented with the proper nutrition and environment; overall lifestyle to do so.  Contemporarily, we run into issues here because of the abundance of poor choices being made and the body and quality of life subsequently suffering, but again, another topic for another time.  So with vaccines, it’s all about if you want to roll the dice; which can be construed in either direction depending on what you believe.”

Why Gluten Free???

It seems that one of the trendiest topics being thrown around the health food arena today is a gluten free diet. However, unlike other diet fads, the reason to eliminate gluten from your diet is backed by a sound scientific explanation and significant positive changes have been seen when the gluten is kicked to the curb. This should be reassuring news to anyone who has heard the negative spin on gluten, but wondered whether or not it is just another excuse for food manufactures and restaurants to up-charge that gluten-free item.

What is Gluten Anyway?

Gluten is a protein that is found in grains like wheat, rye oats, millet and barely. Gluten, or wheat germ agglutinin (WGA), is a type of protein called a lectin. (Keep in mind as you read that ALL grains [whole grains, corn, rice, etc.] contain these lectins, so all can wreak the same havoc I am about to describe.) Due to the structure of these lectins, they are not able to be broken down during the digestive process as other more friendly foods would. That leaves large protein structures intact and imbedded in your intestinal lining. Eventually, they make their way through your intestinal lining and this is where the problems begin.

Now that these lectins have entered the blood stream, they have access to your entire body. I’m talking everywhere from your reproductive organs, to your pancreas, to your brain. Once this unfamiliar protein structure is detected by the immune system, anti-bodies are created in order to get rid of the inappropriate foreign invader as it would a bacteria or virus. To understand what happens next, it needs to be understood that everything in your body is made up of a sequence of amino acids strung together to form a protein. Unfortunately these lectins have a remarkably similar amino acid sequence as many of the tissues in your body. So, now as your immune system works properly to destroy the unwanted foreign structure, it also begins to attack your own tissues due to something referred to as micro or molecular mimicry, and thus you have the start of an autoimmune disease. The situation is even further amplified due to the fact that when the large, awkward lectin (in this case WGA) makes its way through the intestinal lining, it also damaged it. This is what is commonly referred to as your “leaky gut.” The cascade continues, and now other proteins pass through the intestinal wall before being adequately broken down by the intestinal digestive enzymes. Immune responses are now generated to otherwise harmless foods. Food allergies and the start of other autoimmune diseases now have the green light to commence.

But Wait, There’s More?

Grains must be looked at as living things. They are a simple people with their objective being to survive long enough to reproduce. To do this, they must receive nourishment and have some sort of defense mechanism. Grains contain these things called phytates (or anti-nutrients) which tightly bind to minerals like calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium in order to nourish the grain and enable germination. All good for the grain, but not so good if that sucker is making a home inside of you. The phytate property of the grain enables it to powerfully bind the above listed essential minerals. This leaves you deficient and the door wide open for osteoporosis, iron deficiency anemia, reduced immune function and wound healing, and fatigue and heart problems, respectively. For survival, the lectin also comes equipped with protease inhibitors, meaning it actually inhibits some of the enzymes from breaking it down. This means that all food being digested is now subject to your digestive tracts reduction in breakdown capability. Translation: less absorption of the nutrients you need to survive.

Many people suffer from and are diagnosed with celiac disease. This is an autoimmune disease, able to be directly correlated with gluten as the cause. Many people suffer from various conditions and symptoms to which the medical community remains baffled as far as a cause. Often times, people feel completely fine or have minor issues and therefore dismiss their diet as having any effect on their health. Even if there are no external signs and symptoms present, some potentially hazardous, internal destruction could still be taking place. Gluten sensitivity is a lesser version of an outright allergy and is much more common. Conditions such as RA, MS, fibromyalgia, insomnia, depression, Parkinson’s, autism, and hypothyroidism (to name a few) have all benefited from cutting gluten (and other grains) out of the diet.

Do You Have an Issue With Gluten?

Well, if any of the above conditions or mechanisms of internal destruction described above doesn’t sound that pleasant to you, it may be worthwhile to find out. A simple way to do this is to eliminate the grains from your diet for 30-60 days. I know this may seem crazy, especially since another devious characteristic of gluten is that it comes fully loaded with molecules that fit into opiate receptors in your brain. Translation: It is actually addictive. But a simple period of trial and error may actually result in some of those seemingly minor issues disappearing. Upon completion of the gluten free period, you may even notice an instant headache or stomach issue when you attempt to reintroduce the beloved grains. This is your body politely asking you to knock it off before it gets worse. You now have evidence of an otherwise undetectable food sensitivity, and are empowered to make a change before things potentially get worse. Seems like this would be a better solution than taking side-effect carrying medications, or worse, winding up with some debilitating disease in the golden years, all because those cookies were calling your name.

A great read providing further explanation behind the mechanisms and possible destruction that can occur, along with meal plans and recipes to attempt a gluten-free lifestyle is: The Paleo Solution, The Original Human Diet, by Rob Wolf. Much of the above information was referenced from there.

Other References:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10884708
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1737870/
http://paleodietlifestyle.com/11-ways-gluten-and-wheat-can-damage-your-health/

Flu Shot???

With all of the information out there, the possibilities for the first “real” post were endless. However, I decided to go with something that has been in the headlines quite frequently these days and is always the subject of constant controversy and debate. It is something that pertains to each and every one of us as we all have the desire to remain healthy and feel good. The topic I am referring to is the infamous flu shot and whether or not to take part in the injecting of the masses.

First let’s look at your choices. In this country, for the moment, you still have the right to refuse the vaccine. Although if you’ve clicked on any of the recent headlines that pop-up on your computer screen, you’ve seen that people are beginning to lose their jobs due to refusing vaccination. Your other two choices are to receive an injection (the Flu Shot) of an inactivated or “killed” influenza virus or utilize a nasal spray which contains a live, but weakened influenza virus, sprayed directly into your nostrils. The concept behind the vaccine is that the virus contains these things called ‘antigens.’ When antigens are detected, a properly functioning immune system will respond by creating anti-bodies to combat the foreign invader. The idea is that if you happen to come across that identical viral strand, you should be protected due to the fact that you were previously armed with specific antibodies by the vaccine. You usually do not contract the flu virus from the vaccination, because it is supposed to be deactivated by nutritious substances like formaldehyde, therefore creating an immune response, but not an outright infection.

Unfortunately the flu virus is one that is constantly mutating and the viruses used in the vaccinations are predictions based upon data compiled by the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control. It is at best, a guess based on trending viruses and past successes. Even further, the CDC makes no denial that you can still actually still contract the flu. This isn’t just due to being infected with a strand that it isn’t included in the vaccine, but actually still contract the flu from the identical strand featured in the vaccine. Even further, The Lancet (a general medical journal) recently published a study noting actual prevention of influenza in 1.5 for every 100 people vaccinated. That is a 1.5% chance that the vaccine will actually work in its “intended” manner. In comparison, the same study illuminated that with the concoction of toxic chemicals used in the vaccines, the likelihood of serious neurological side effects occurring is 7.5%. By these numbers, that would make you 500 times more likely to be harmed than helped by the vaccine.

Another issue with the influenza vaccine and other vaccines is that there are no long term studies done on them. A recent Natural News article presented an interesting perspective: “Vaccines are considered “effective” if they merely prevent the flu. But what if they also cause a 50% increase in Alzheimer’s two decades later? Is that still a “success?” If you’re a drug manufacturer it is, because you can make money on the vaccine and then later on the Alzheimer’s pills, too. That’s probably why neither the CDC nor the FDA ever conducts long-term testing of influenza vaccines.”

If you’re already convinced that you need/want the flu vaccination, you should know exactly what else you are putting into your body. Despite many tireless searches on the CDC website to uncover the exact ingredients contained in the latest flu shots, they only make mention of a few common characters that appear in vaccines.

Aluminum

Why? Per the CDC, it is “To promote an earlier, more potent response.”

The Hazard they do not tell you about is it: Amplifies the toxicity of Mercury. Has been linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Anti-biotics

Why? Per the CDC: “To prevent the growth of germs/bacteria during the production and storage of the vaccine.”

Hazard: Anti-biotics do not discriminate. They destroy all bacteria, good and bad within your body. It is essential to cohabitate with a healthy population of intestinal bacteria also known as flora (pro-biotics). These bacteria line your gut and allow for proper digestion, absorption of nutrients and protection against entrance of foreign invaders. While the anti-body-antigen combination described above is crucial in the make-up of you immune system, it only compromises about 30% of your immune system. The other 70% is made up of your flora. So by taking a vaccine or any anti-biotic for that matter you are automatically wiping out 70% of your immune system.

Formaldehyde

Why? “To kill viruses and bacteria that may contaminate the vaccine during production.” – CDC

Hazard: This is the same well known carcinogen (cancer causer) that is used to embalm corpses. It has been linked to blindness, brain damage, seizures, liver damage, gastrointestinal issues, reproductive deformations, respiratory distress and cancer. Recent studies have shown that on occasion formaldehyde actually fails to deactivate the virus in the vaccine, leading to an actual injection and infection with a live virus. Opps.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

Why? “To stabilize the vaccine” – CDC

Hazard: This substance is well known to be toxic to your nervous system; the nervous system that includes your brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves; the same nervous system that governs pretty much every function in your body. We are talking about voluntarily poisoning it and opening the door for a multitude of disorders and brain damage.

Thimerosal (mercury containing preservative)

Why? “Used on vials that contain more than one dose to prevent contamination or bacterial growth”
– CDC

Hazard: In as far back as 2003 the government published a report acknowledging a direct link between vaccines containing thimerosal and neurodevelopmental disorders in children, mainly autism. There is no safe limit of mercury exposure due to the fact that mercury accumulates in your body when you are exposed to it. Small doses add up to accumulated, toxic amounts.
While many vaccines claim to be “preservative” free, the flu vaccine is not one of them. The use of mercury is needed to continue to produce the mass quantities of the vaccine at a favorable price as well as prevent contamination in vaccine doses that contain more than one strand. This year’s flu vaccine is tri-valent, meaning it contains 3 different strands.

As with all posts, the intention here is to provide information to be used at your discretion. Once provided with the information and knowledge, you can become empowered to make an educated choice based upon your own personal belief systems and the information presented before you. Can the flu shot prevent the flu in some people? Maybe. Does everyone that is exposed to the accompanying ingredients demonstrate immediate symptoms? No. Do these ingredients increase the likelihood of serious, life altering conditions in the future? More and more research points to yes. So it comes down to a probable cost vs. a statistically unlikely benefit analysis. If you do choose to forego the flu vaccine, it is all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition, supplementation, sleep, exercise, hydration and chiropractic care in order to optimize the functionality of your immune system. More on how to do that to come in the future…

Good luck out there….

References:

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099%2811%2970295-X/abstract
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/additives.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/flushot.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/additives.htm
http://www.naturalnews.com/038420_flu_shots_toxins_chemical_preservatives.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/036748_thimerosal_vaccines_neurological_disorders.html