Below are some great links with information about Leaky Gut.
Could Leaky Gut Be What’s Troubling You
4 Tests To Determine If You Have A Leaky
GutGluten, Autoimmunity & Leaky Gut
Sucrose Breath Test
Intestinal Permeability Assessment
November 11, 2014
Caffeine Dialysis Process - Coffee Enema
Coffee Enema - Step by Step
The entire process is laid out step by step beginning with making the caffeine concentrate for dilution into therapy doses. Make 2 quarts of coffee dialysis concentrate to yield ten treatments for an adult, twenty juvenile doses.
This procedure was discovered by a nurse in a World War One German army field hospital. With no painkillers available, this nurse administered an enema to several badly wounded soldiers with the only warm liquid available, a coffee pot.
The results were astounding. Almost immediate relief from deep pain, relief that persisted for hours. This far exceeded any previous experience with orthodox pain killers and was immediately available for pfennigs.
Max Gerson, M.D., was a Medical Officer in the German army. He began losing patients in his otherwise wildly successful attack on cancer. He deduced that it was the avalanche of toxic material gushing out of tumors and hiding places all over the body jamming up the liver that was killing his patients. He remembered the coffee enema. He stopped losing patients. Today, the Gerson Institute in California carries on the late Max Gerson´s work. Website: www.gerson.org.
The perfection of the caffeine dialysis enema came with research into its mechanism.
The alkaloid, caffeine, dilates the bile ducts throughout the liver.
All the clogged channels filled with toxins that force incoming toxins to continue to re-circulate causing pain, are instead, emptied rapidly.
The newly arrived toxins, especially those molecules that trigger pain response, then make it right through to the outer world non-stop.
The fat-reducing digestive bile fluid generated in the liver that is crucial to the detox process is discharged out of the body on its first use rather than being taken back in from the colon and re-used up to 9 times as is normal. Toxic material is prevented from recirculating. This is the bottom line to detoxification- where all forms of detox efforts ultimately fail to avoid the Herxheimer Effect- the traffic jam blues (can be fatal).
You control your discomfort by the frequency of these caffeine concentrated osmotic dialysis enemas. This is the only process of its kind that is not self-limiting by its own toxicity.
Combined with any herbal detox protocol to reach individual cells, unlimited detox rates are enabled. You just keep on dumping. If it´s cancer, the disintegrating tumor material comes right on through without jamming the liver. No detox program should be undertaken absent the coffee enema, even if it is just once per day.
Gerson reports that unlike ordinary enemas used for other purposes, only the coffee enema can be repeated as often as needed without adverse side effects. The chemical transfer occurs as an osmotic process through the wall of the hemorrhoid vein. This vein runs alongside the colon (large bowel). It connects directly into the liver. The caffeine chemical enters without going through the digestive tract. You cannot achieve this result by drinking coffee. Putting caffeine into the digestive process is counter productive to the detox process.
The Merck Manual carried this procedure as an instruction until 1977. It was pulled without explanation or advance notice.
Healers that apply the Gerson Therapy use the caffeine dialysis non-invasive process to instantly remove all pain killer medications from incoming terminal cancer patients. No morphine, no opium derivatives, all of which are immune system suppressors. The pain relief is immediate and persistant. Terminal patients get the coffee enema every three or four hours while they disgorge pounds of awful stuff on their way to complete cures.
Equipment and Material:
enamel ware (vitreous enamel) 2 quart or more stock pot with lid. Or a Corning glass pot. Do not use a stainless steel pot. Nickel atoms will go into solution from the acid of the coffee. Nickel is the catalyst to the enzyme needed by E.coli to reproduce. It is a toxic heavy metal.
two 1-gallon, or four 1/2 gallon glass bottles. Milk bottles work well after thorough washing.
a plastic funnel to fit the glass bottles.
roasted brown beans coffee: electric appliance coffee or grain grinder($10-$20 price range.)
un-roasted green beans (preferred)coffee: do NOT use the foregoing coffee mill. Instead, use a grain mill as used for producing bread flour. The rock hard green beans (actually, they are flower seeds, not "beans") cannot be broken by the fragile high speed blade of the small coffee mill.
Water distiller (Sears Kenmore model 3444 one gallon capacity produces 4-5 gallons per day).
Two or three gallons of distilled water. Store in the glass bottles. Do NOT use plastic bottles. The coffee acids will trigger plasticizer chemical outgassing into the water.
One pound of organic coffee beans. Commercial coffee is loaded with herbicides and insecticides— organochlorines and organophosphates.
Grind one pound of coffee beans into regular grind sized particles, somewhat coarse particles big enough to be easily trapped in the cheesecloth filter you will make in the funnel.
Dump the coffee into the stock pot.
Add 2 quarts of distilled water.
Drop a foot/inch ruler into the liquid to measure its height. This measure will be used to restore the boiled off water lost in the concentrate boil.
Apply heat to bring this mixture to a roiling boil for 3 minutes.
Reduce heat to collapse the boil to a simmer for 15 minutes.
Let cool for 60 minutes. Add distilled water to bring the level up to original 2 quarts level.
Fill the funnel spout with cheesecloth thus making the funnel into a filter.
Move the two quarts of concentrate into the bottle(s) through the cheesecloth/strainer/funnel filter to trap coffee particulates.
Refrigerate this concentrate. It will retain strength for a week if the bottle is tightly capped. One way to cap a milk bottle which has lost its paper plug, is to stretch a sandwhich bag over the opening with a rubber band to secure it.
Dialysis Enema Solution
2 cups = 32 ounces = 2 pints of concentrate into a one gallon or two half-gallon bottle(s)
Add distilled water to fill the bottle(s).
Each of the eight pints that make a gallon is one treatment, unless you can accept two pints.
The Enema Procedure
Lie on your right side.
Knees drawn up to chest as far as possible.
Enema bag should be about 2 feet above your level.
Insert lubricated nozzle not more than 4 inches.
Release at room temperature.
Breath deeply to draw fluid in as far up into the large bowel (colon) as possible.
Set kitchen timer for 10 minutes.
Hold the fluid for as much of the 10 minutes as you can.
Beginning sessions will fall short of complete success. Each session will be more effective than the last, until the process becomes routine and complete retention is no longer a problem. The Gerson Therapy calls for a 15 minute process.
The caffeine triggers natural peristalsis (recurring contraction/ relaxation) of the colon which urges emptying. You will be battling a natural inclination to empty out. One early welcome result will be the tearing loose from the colon wall of patches of accumulated sticky tar. This is from gummy commercial white bread and other fiber free baked grains and starches- donuts and cakes. These yucky, sticky tars, harbor parasites. Removal of the patches will expose whatever has been hiding under them to the therapeutic effects of the herbs and extracts of the parasite detox program paramount in the Clark Therapy which are fundamental to any detox program, especially with small children, and households with dogs or cats.
Put on disposable rubber gloves available at any drug store; or cheaper but effective throwaway food handler clear plastic gloves.
Soak and wash the entire enema device in fragrance-free laundry detergent water and borax; a tablespoon of powder to a gallon.
Then a good rinse with very hot tap water.
Then soak the nozzle 5 minutes in a small pot with supermarket grade commercial 3% peroxide.
November 6, 2014
Over 600 thousand gallbladder removals last year. An increase of about 75 thousand a year over the last 6 years. More then 99 percent of those gallbladder removals what not necessary at all. Sad to say the least. And shame on you Doctors to make a quick buck . My gallbladder was full of stones and polyps,which polyps are expected when you have a gallbladder that's stuffed to capacity. The doctors wanted to remove my gallbladder .Told me it was necessary to otherwise i may end up with disease or cancer. So i done my research, and had some assistance by Dr. Cindy Gale.
I had options! much better options! matter of fact removal of my gallbladder was not an option anymore, it was a bad choice to say the least. So i went back to Dr who called himself a specialist when it came to gallbladders . I wont mention his name, but i can tell you he lost the bet. I told him about a special diet for 5 days that would allow the body to remove the stones by themselves without drugs or surgery . He laughed so hard he nearly fell over. Told me it was the craziest thing he ever heard,i started to second guess myself. I mean his specialty is gallbladders. So laughed out of his office with my tail between my legs i went home done my research and consult with Dr Cindy Gale. she has saved hundreds of people from the butchers , the surgeons eager to cut to make a buck. And i also spoke with many people who had there gallbladders removed. they all shared common ground. Most of them , these being the people who are more in sync with there body's . they all agreed that they never felt rite from the day after the surgery, and things dint get better they got worse. You see they never got to the root cause of the excessive stone problem. Also take note that the gallbladder is the garbage pale for the body, to store chemicals and pollutants that the body cant process.
The gallbladder was built just for this. unfortunately the toxic environment is growing faster then the body has time to evolve and grow larger gallbladders. Hence the stuffed gallbladders that are worked beyond there capacity. So if you remove the garbage pale rather then just taking out the garbage, then where will your body store the pollutants that are toxic for the body when you removed the organ designed for the job. Well bad news for you people. The next organ in line is your kidneys. And whats happening is the same toxic stones are being stored not in the safe place called the gallbladder. No they are now being formed in the kidneys, an organ not designed for this job. But that's all the Dr left for your body to work with, and in a desperate situation the body does the next best thing, it forms these stones in the kidneys,in an organ that wasn't designed for this task, and further more blocking the kidneys, clogging them up with toxic stones blocking the kidney from doing the job it was suppose to do. Wrecking havoc on your body, poisoning you as these toxins accumulate destroying your body and overall well being . And then your doctor will offer you laser treatment about 10 years later. Oh boy the hell this unleashes on your body and your mind,(toxic thinking) lots of negativity, mood swings and depression, just to mention a few. Shooting lasers into your kidneys cant be a good thing! lol sorry! and breaking down the toxic stones so they can recirculate around the body and make it to other organs causing more damage. But not actually leaving the body. So i did the 5 day special diet,hell y wife also did it,she thought how cool to clean out i lifetime of toxins in just 5 days seemed like a no-brainer.
Don't do this without consulting a physician like Dr. Cindy Gale or other physicians fully familiar with the process. this diet has to be followed to the T. First of all No PROCESSED FOODS for the 5 days leading up to the cleanse. For the 5 days you must drink one gallon of apple juice a day, again no processed foods,if you don't know what processed foods are dont even think about doing the cleanse without consulting a physician or a nutritionist about what is processed foods. also no red meat the last 3 days before the cleanse. and each day closer to the cleanse the diet will be refined more each day. More fruits and vegetables,and less meats each day. 2 days before the cleanse leave out all meats, fish and egg whites are OK in small amounts. 1 day before the cleanse leave out the egg whites and fish as well. only fruits and vegetables and the apple juice,a gallon a day. on the 5th and final day of the diet you will prepare for the cleanse. That night before going to bed you drink 4-6 ounces of extra virgin olive oil, mixed with half squeezed lemon, and half teaspoon of Epsom salts. ( the epsom salt is optional) but it will help remove more. i have a problem with sulfates so i do without it and still get amazing results.
So before bed you push this down and lay on your rite side and go to sleep. the rest is up to your body now to perform this little miracle. I mean if you like a clean house you will love a clean body. So your body will wake you up when its time to remove the stones. It actually will empty your gallbladder while your sleeping, so all that's left to do it poop them out.Yes you will defecate them out into the toilet. You will feel crappy for half a day,and all you should do that first half of the day is go from your couch or bed to the toilet. You will go many times, more the better. only drink water for this first half of the day,no food,anyhow you wont be hungry until all the stones have been passed, You feel crappy because of all the toxins passing through your intestines,some get reabsorbed hence the crappy feeling,but it will pass. At first movement of the day you will see large green balls or blobs. Its referred to as liver sludge, yes you are also cleaning your liver and removing a huge burden from your liver freeing it up to operate more efficiently. then you will begin to see the green turning to yellow,its the next layer of toxins that are in line to being stored in the gallbladder. Then eventually you will see tiny black stones the size of pees, these are the gallbladder stones, and you can expect to see hundreds of them! they will float because of the film that was formed around the stones from all the apple juice, making them very slippery and easy to pas through the tiny openings and out your butt hole. they may float but rest assure they are hard as stones. Some people out of curiosity or whatnot scoop them out with a strainer and try to break the stones in there hands. U cant break them,maybe with a hammer.
I had to see for myself. i repeated the process 4 weeks later then went for a MRI of my gallbladder and what do you think the doctors saw? To there disbelief my gallbladder was completely empty. I brought the results to the so called gallbladder specialist and he nearly feel out of his chair. he thought that maybe somebody was playing a joke on him. I explained the process to him and immediately he began calling his fellow doctors,and the doctors that taught him most of what he knows. He was enlightened to say the least, And somewhat embarrassed by it all, but i wasn't rubbing it in. It was a great feeling on my behalf, and if i have my way the dr will learn this treatment and stop butchering his patients. Depending on each individual and how well they follow the diet will depend on how many times you need do the cleanse, I have heard up to 4 times for some people , for me it was just 2 times. You wont believe how great you feel the next morning when you wake up, and you will notice many health benefits over the next few weeks as your gallbladder and liver are freed up to operate as they should with a fresh new start. Take out the garbage. Don't remove the garbage pale, your body will be a very messy place if you cut out your gallbladder. Oh and note that the polyps i had were already shrinking just 2 months later when they were scanned again. i took away what they were feeding on,toxins. i never felt better, i could see better, smell things and food like i never had. renewed energy and an overall never remember feeling so good.
Flush out the Gallbladder
Live Gallbladder Flush
November 2, 2014
Are you becoming intolerant to foods you used to eat that didn't bother you before. Are you becoming more and more intolerant to chemicals, strong smells, perfumes, colognes air fresheners and more. Wondering why they never used to bother you to suddenly making you sick to your stomach, headaches to mood changes just being exposed to these things, breathing them in or ingesting them. Then you find new foods to love and then suddenly the new foods don't love you anymore,they also begin to make you sick. Should you stop eating or eat less? lol of course not! That would be a bad choice. First thing is to get to the root cause of your intolerances. To understand what is happening so we can make good choices and eventually correct the situation and go from getting worse to getting better. All this is done through awareness and understanding.
So for starters i have leaky gut. So do so many people ,but most nearly all of them are clueless to whats going on and will never get better or ever know why they losing all there favorite foods. and why there immune system is failing them,setting off a whole bounce of chain reaction on the body mentally and physically. You may want to even ask how bad is leaky gut? Its the stepping stones to cancer and diseases and all kinds of autoimmune diseases,not to even get into the mental aspects that destroys good healthy thinking,making the glass always half empty and living a negative life style. well half the battle is knowing whats wrong with you. And the biggest hurdle here will be you taking responsibility for your health, or finding a functional medicine Dr. homeopathic Dr. to get you the proper diagnoses.
The main problem is that the Dr. you are seeing doesn't have the education to properly diagnose you nor begin what signs to look for or test to run. Why aren't they educated you wonder? that's because you cant fix leaky gut with drugs or surgery. So know you can count your regular Dr out. You fix leaky gut with a special diet,regular Drs aren't educated about the good and bad affects food can have on the body,and I'm not talking about fat or calories. Im talking about today gmo foods and processed foods,and even pure whole foods that can be one persons food but another persons poison. Everybody is different. but functional med Dr. know what test to run,to get the most data to make the best choices on which foods to pull from your diet and which foods to add. So back to leaky gut and how it affects the body and mind,robbing you of there quality of life and make you suffer to your last dyeing day,all the time clueless to why your body and immune system are under constant attack. leaky gut is a breach in the intestinal mucosa. The lining of the intestine made of of many layers of protection to keep things from being reabsorbed into the body via through the walls of your intestines wrecking havoc on your liver and immune system. So from your diet, environmental toxins,ex(smoke,caffeine,drugs) and lifestyle,ex(exercise,hobbies,sleep habits) and also genes.
So something in this list of things have gone wrong for you.one and probably more of these things in your life is tearing away at the protective layer of your intestines and stomach. Something that you do on a weekly basic and maybe probably somethings that you do on a daily basic is slowly destroying your body. These irritants to the body shred away at you eventually causing holes . Once these holes form they open the window to allow undigested foods and chemicals to breach through these openings and travel back into your system destroying your liver. How you ask? Sure ill tell you. When undigested foods make there way back into your system this way the body sees it as a foreign matter and labels it as bad and creates antibodies to attack it,just like the body should should do to protect itself. But heres where the problem comes from. Once the body labels a food as a foreign matter, it will send antibodies to attack it every time after that you ingest that food source attacking it, but here comes the double edge sword!.. the same antibodies that attack the foreign matter also attack the tissue and cells in your body.
Now this is acceptable to happen for a few days or even few weeks. But not for months, and certainly not for years without causing severe damage to tissue and cells, damage that includes severe inflammation,cutting off oxygen and nutrients to those areas most affected from the damaging inflammation. causing a die off of tissues and cells and deficiencies to can lead to cancer and disease. Is that serious enough,not to mention the mental fatigue and brain fog caused by a war in your body that you are losing . How do you know your losing,well when your not getting better,and your still having mysterious health issues and skin rashes, eczema, irritability and the negativity from the body being overworked,and the immune system breaking down.
It will take a lifestyle change to fix the problem, obviously the life style,diet or environment factors and toxins are not agreeing with you. It will also mean getting a new Dr. ,a functional med Dr. or homeopathic dr. because obviously your Dr. not a clue,because you wouldn't be hearing this from me ,you would have already gotten the properly diagnoses and on your way to healing and fixing yourself. Yes a few changes are a must to reverse the damage and be on your way to a healthier happier life. So open your mind and make the changes ,believe me its worth it without a doubt. I was suffering and miserable and irritable and so much more that i thought was normal, i was just making excuses for all my illnesses,excuses that never made sense. When you begin to feel better everything will make sense. Also its mostly about the food,so be sure to consult a nutritionist or dietitian, nobody knows more about food. But the functional med Dr have education with foods unlike the regular Dr. you visit who is clueless to all this,and may even laugh at you, go get your respect and understanding,and take control of your body and be all you can be.
5 Steps to heal leaky gut
October 23, 2014
What you will inherit at birth is your parents genes. What will cause cancer is environmental factors... Your diet and of with out a doubt the lifestyle you live. Having these so called pre-programmed genes will make you more susceptible to diseases and cancer. This is not the root cause of the problem.
So why does specific types of cancers appear to run in the family. It goes back to the lifestyle you live, Environmental factors and your diet. One or more of those 3 factors are in effect causing the immune system to breakdown and ultimately shut down and fail. Hence cancer and diseases. So why does the cancer seem to be programmed to pass on to the next generation.
The first generation knows or in most cases unknowingly poisoning themselves. The reason why the next generation will most likely get the same diseases is or cancer is because also knowingly or unknowingly making the same exact mistakes. Let us all reflect on an age old saying. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree" While we are at it let us reflect on another saying called "Tradition".
We learn from out parents repeat the cycle of "Tradition" passing it from generation to generation. if either of your parents have cancer or disease or illness of any kind then get to your doctor to start testing and get to the root causes of the problem. Not cut it out or mask the symptoms with drugs. It's a poor choice. Make better choices when you have more data to do so. The doctors aren't looking or your root cause. It's not important to them to spend time to fix and break the family cycle of cancer and disease. But the functional medical Doctors do exactly that. Get to the root cause an break the cycle of disease and cancer.
October 22, 2014
SIGN THE FORM AND SPREAD THE WORD
October 6, 2014
If you become aware of an issue that's been making a family member or friend sickly, and from being happy and healthy .They may even think or say they are happy or healthy but you know better,and they don't know how happy and healthy they could be if they removed the things that we're keeping them from being all they can be. I'm guilty of this myself. But that was before I applied what I learned in nutrition school and functional medicine programs . Once I did and I got better I never new you could feel so good and be so happy and healthy. The most important thing is to have a positive attitude. Once you see this you realize you been cheating yourself of a quality of life, and have been living a negative lifestyle,with a negative attitude towards all you see and do affecting not only the quality of life but affecting the people around as well. Misery does like company so they will be easy to find. Unfortunately there are a lot of miserable people out there to form bonds with and share the negative attitude. So what does that mean to a healer and how do we not waste our time with the people who don't want the help .
Well as a healer it's ok to share a little. Sort of like chumming for fish. You put a little out there and if they want more they will come for it. It's ok to share, especially friends and family are worth the risk. You will see how the information is affecting them. Sick, toxic people are negative, and if you share and they are raising doubt or questioning things in a negative fasion, defeating ways by just looking at the negative side and not embracing the news and the good part of it.
You may want to consider that even thought they are sick and obviously need help that you have to realize you can't help people who don't want to help themselves. If you continue to do so they will just raise doubt's and question your abilities. You'll have to respect that this is there decision to live a sickly life. But there will be people who embrace the information and want to get better. Work with these people who appreciate what you are sharing with them, and begin the amazing journey to a happy, healthy joy filled positive life style. Surround yourself with these people and avoid the negative people. It will be a waste of time when there are people out there who want your help.
Keep up the great work!! It's godly!! To have the ability to heal and change lives including your own is a gift. A gift that should be shared with all who seek a better healthier quality of life....share the gift!
Other inflammatory diseases such as allergies, asthma, arthritis, and autoimmune disease are increasing at dramatic rates. As physicians we are trained to shut off inflammation with aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Motrin, steroids, and increasingly more powerful immune suppressing medication with serious side effects.
But we are not trained to find and treat the underlying causes of inflammation in chronic disease. Hidden allergens, infections, environmental toxins, an inflammatory diet, and stress are the real causes of these inflammatory conditions.
Autoimmune diseases, specifically, now affect 24 million people and include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and more.
These are often addressed by powerful immune suppressing medication and not by addressing the cause. That’s like taking a lot of aspirin while you are standing on a tack. The treatment is not more aspirin or a strong immune suppressant, but removing the tack.
It you want to cool off inflammation in the body, you must find the source. Treat the fire, not the smoke. In medicine we are mostly taught to diagnose disease by symptoms, NOT by their underlying cause.
Functional medicine, the emerging 21st century paradigm of systems medicine, teaches us to treat the cause, not only the symptoms, to ask the question WHY are you sick, not only WHAT disease do you have.
I recently participated in a group discussion with a conventional doctor, a rheumatologist, and patient with an autoimmune disease, and one of my patients who was cured of a complex autoimmune disease by addressing the causes.
The focus of the other doctors, however, was on how to suppress the inflammation with medication, not finding and treating the cause. Functional medicine is a different way of thinking about disease that helps us understand and treat the real causes of inflammation instead of finding clever ways to shut it down. Medicine as it is practiced today is like taking the battery out of a smoke detector while a fire burns down your house!
Autoimmune conditions are connected by one central biochemical process: A runaway immune response also known as systemic inflammation that results in your body attacking its own tissues.
When my patient described how he cured his autoimmune disease by finding and eliminating the causes of inflammation in his diet and environment, it was dismissed as a “spontaneous remission.” In the face of a paradigm-shattering medical case, these doctors were hardly curious and quickly dismissive, describing what was shared as anecdotal.
My patient on that panel, a hard-working 46-year old father of three, was once so inflamed he could barely function. By treating the underlying causes of his inflammation he is now in vibrant good health, enjoying his life with his kids and fully capable of caring for them.
Stories like these (and the many others I have shared in my blogs, books, and on television) are not anecdotes but a giant compass pointing us in the direction we should be looking to find answers to our health problems.
In today’s blog, I will explain what autoimmunity is, how inflammation spirals out of control, describe some of the underlying causes for these fires in the body, and provide you with nine steps to cool the fires of inflammation and overcome conditions that range from allergies to arthritis and more.
Autoimmunity: What it is and How it Occurs
We are facing an epidemic of allergic (60 million people), asthmatic (30 million people), and autoimmune disorders (24 million people). Autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, celiac disease, thyroid disease, and the many other hard-to-classify syndromes in the 21st century.
These are all autoimmune conditions, and at their root they are connected by one central biochemical process: A runaway immune response also known as systemic inflammation that results in your body attacking its own tissues.
Your immune system is your defense against invaders. It is your internal army and has to clearly distinguish friend from foe — to know you from others. Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system gets confused and your own tissues get caught in friendly cross-fire.
Your body is fighting something — an infection, a toxin, an allergen, a food or the stress response — and somehow it redirects its hostile attack on your joints, your brain, your thyroid, your gut, your skin, or sometimes your whole body.
This immune confusion results from what is referred to as molecular mimicry. Conventional approaches don’t have a method for finding the insult causing the problem. Functional medicine provides a map to find out which molecule the cells are mimicking.
Interestingly, autoimmune disorders occur almost exclusively in developed countries. People in poor nations without modern amenities like running water, flush toilets, washing machines, and sterile backyards don’t get these diseases.
If you grew up on a farm with lots of animals, you are also less likely to have any of these inflammatory disorders. Playing in the dirt, being dirty, and being exposed to bugs and infections trains your immune system to recognize what is foreign and what is “you.”
In this country, autoimmune diseases, when taken all together, are a huge health burden. They are the eighth leading cause of death among women, shortening the average patient’s lifespan by eight years. The annual health care cost for autoimmune diseases is $120 billion a year representing nearly twice the economic health care burden of cancer (about $ 70 billion a year). (i)
Unfortunately, many of the conventional treatments available can make you feel worse. Anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil, steroids, immune suppressants like methotrexate, and the new TNF-alpha blockers like Enbrel or Remicade can lead to intestinal bleeding, kidney failure, depression, psychosis, osteoporosis, muscle loss, and diabetes, not to mention overwhelming infection and cancer.(ii)
When used selectively these drugs can help people get their lives back. But they are not a long-term solution. They shouldn’t be the end of treatment, but a bridge to cool off inflammation while we treat the root cause of the disease.
There is another way to deal with autoimmune conditions. Let me share the same story I told the doctors on that panel.
Recovering from Autoimmunity: Addressing the Root Causes of Inflammation
My patient Sam ended up on a long misadventure through the medical system before he came to see me. For years he went from doctor to doctor getting all kinds of labels for his problems but no real help in treating them.
This hard-working, once healthy trade professional had suddenly developed a series of inflammatory conditions including chronic sinus and prostate infections. Many doctors gave him many antibiotics for these infections.
Shortly thereafter, he developed severe chest pains and went to the emergency room. While he was there, doctors found swollen lymph nodes and told him he had lymphoma, a form of cancer. For three weeks he lived in despair until the biopsy results came back. It turned out he didn’t have cancer but an autoimmune disease. Which autoimmune disease? The doctors weren’t quite sure …
He had many abnormal blood test results — like low white blood cell and platelet counts, high levels of auto-antibodies of all types (antibodies that attack our own tissues), high immunoglobulins (the foot soldiers of the immune system), and autoimmune thyroid disease. But doctors had a hard time putting their finger on what was wrong. They couldn’t label him.
Meanwhile, Sam developed metabolic syndrome and weight gain (pre-diabetes) as a result of the runaway inflammation in his body.
Here is a quote from one his specialist’s notes:
“Whether he has lupus or Sjogren’s syndrome is a bit unclear. Regardless, he merely needs observation and no therapeutic intervention at this time.”
This unfortunately is all too common. What exactly did they plan to observe, how bad he felt? Or would they just wait for him to get worse before intervening?
That’s when he came to me. Using a functional medicine approach, a new way of thinking about the underlying causes and imbalances in chronic disease, I began by asking Sam some simple questions. Then I went hunting for toxins, allergens, and infections — all common causes of inflammation — and found the real causes of his symptoms.
He had taken so many antibiotics that altered his gut flora or bacteria and promoted yeast overgrowth. Fungus and yeast flourished in his body, growing between his toes, on his toenails, in his crotch, and scalp. He had Helicobacter pylori bacteria in his gut. He had a leaky gut and reacted to many foods, including dairy and gluten. He was exposed to toxins at his job and had high levels of mercury. And he had chronic sinus infections.
So we went to work cleaning house. I treated his yeast with anti-fungals and the H. pylori with antibiotics, got rid of his food allergies, fixed his gut, detoxified him from metals, and cleaned up his sinuses.
Then I helped heal his immune system by supporting it with nutrients. I gave him zinc, fish oil, vitamin D, herbs, and probiotics, and put him on a clean, whole-foods, allergen-free, anti-inflammatory diet.
At his next follow-up visit, I asked Sam how he was doing, expecting him to say that he felt a little better. However, his response surprised even me. He said he felt fine.
“What about the fatigue?” I asked.
“I have great energy.”
“What about the bloating and gas?”
“What about the reflux?”
“What about your sinuses and chronic phlegm?”
“What about your memory and concentration problems?”
And he lost 15 pounds.
When his labs came in, they confirmed what he told me — they were all back to normal. His white cells increased and his immune markers calmed way down.
Sam’s results simply reflect the application of a new model of thinking about problems called functional medicine — it’s a way to get to the root of health problems and treat the underlying causes of what ails you instead of suppressing symptoms with medications.
If you have an autoimmune disease, here is what you need to think about and do.
Nine Steps to Treating Autoimmune Disease
Check for hidden infections — yeast, viruses, bacteria, Lyme, etc. — with the help of a doctor, and treat them.
Check for hidden food allergens with IgG food testing or just try The UltraSimple Diet, which is designed to eliminate most food allergens.
Get tested for celiac disease, which is a blood test that any doctor can do.
Get checked for heavy metal toxicity. Mercury and other metals can cause autoimmunity.
Fix your gut. For details, see my blog on irritable bowel syndrome.
Use nutrients such as fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics to help calm your immune response naturally.
Exercise regularly — it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.
Practice deep relaxation like yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback, or massage, because stress worsens the immune response.
Tell your doctor about Functional Medicine and encourage him or her to get trained — go to www.functionalmedicine.org for more information and to get a copy of the Textbook for Functional Medicine.
Give these steps a try — and see if you don’t start feeling less inflamed. As I said earlier, the answers are right in front of you. Treat the underlying causes of your illness and you will begin to experience vibrant health once more.
Now I’d like to hear from you…
Have you been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease?
How is your doctor treating you?
Have you been frustrated by the medical advice that you’ve been given?
What steps have you taken to get to the root of the problem, and what have your results been?
Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below – but remember, we can’t offer personal medical advice online, so be sure to limit your comments to those about taking back our health!
To your good health,
Mark Hyman, MD
July 8, 2014
Taking your health to a better state through acknowledging other foods, and real whole foods that can cause damaging inflammation and deterioration of the lining of your stomach and overall health. Let's not forget destruction of your immune system.
June 9, 2014
January 20, 2014
Foods that were processed and foods that were pure whole foods. So lets start with the processed foods. The obvious one that many of us are discovering now. Gluten!!! probably makes more people sick then any other food source out there. Freaking Gluten! Americas number one food additive and food cut. Somebodys got to answer some day to all the misery Gluten has been and still is causing people. The FDA needs to step it up, because gluten free products don't mean gluten free!
The FDA considers under 20 parts per millionth to be Gluten free . In Australia and New Zealand it must be under 3 parts per millionth. We are nearly 7 times higher! 7 times!! And those countrys would be even lower then that but that's the smallest part per millionth that they can measure. We in the USA have the same ability of course but we still choose to lower the bar almost 7 times lower!..So the only real way to avoid it would be to eat pure whole foods.
I was diagnoses with gluten intolerance. So i left that out of my diet & felt a lot better, but still not well enough to be pain and issue free. Then i find out that i cant tolerate salicyaltes, which fruits contain lots of that was the end of eating fruit and eventually my hyperactivity went away. Who would have figured pure whole fresh fruit could make somebody sick. Then there was the amines! what the hell are amines? Doctors don't know what they are. Not in the USA!! Amines are just expired proteins for the most part. Anything dried, aged, turn brown, overcooked or rotting. ex, cheese, wine, aged meats. I removed that & eliminated a lot of the crazy mood swings. Then there was the food colorings, they gave me mood swings as well. suicidal! there are not fruit drinks that don't have food colorings in them. Then i felt even better. but not well enough yet.
So then i find out about my severe reaction to preservatives. So there went my sushi. All sushi is frozen and treated with chemicals so the fish don't brown or turn color & helps preserve the meat as well. then there was the severe reaction to sulfur as well. Sulfur is in high amounts in garlic, onions, scallions, so away with all that! life staring to suck at this point! with all these cants, how can you enjoy a meal. Well bottom line is i don't want to continue feeling this sick and getting these brain fogs and mood swings and discomforts from foods i cant process.
I don't eat for enjoyment i eat to survive and i'm still learning of more! This battle is not over but i just keep getting better and better feeling less and less sick, with the hopes to one day have all this in control and be able to manage it and control it instead of it controlling me and robbing me of a quality life
Well back to the drawing board. lots of work and trial and error and constant checking and testing more foods to eat..Maybe one day there will be a magic bullet, but until then its all the work and understanding and some madness along the way.
January 13, 2014
Lets get rite into it. Bottom line all diseases have one similar issue. INFLAMMATION !!!! So where am i going with this is exactly... where the researchers & the real healers are going. To the root cause of the problems. Fix the inflammation in any case and you will allow the body to heal itself & fix itself. After the disease is gone you check the inflammatory markers to keep the disease in check.
The inflammation is from something or things you are ingesting that has accumulated and or too much at once for your body to deal with. Causing a backup, a traffic jam of toxins that the body cant eliminate or deal with at the level or point. So now little things will become bigger things as this accumulative affect and inflammation take hold of your immune system. Basically 3 main factors to consider.
#1 One would be bacterias and viruses
#2 Would be toxins ,ex,mercury , gluten,toxic food additives
#3 Would be genetics.
Of course theres gonna be deficiencies to correct and supplements to take but i would first target eliminating the cause factors. It could take months and in most cases years to really one hundred percent correct the problem, each cause being individually different. But making progress with them all without adding drugs and masking the symptoms,and add more toxins to the bodies already over loaded system. Be your own doctor and don't look for a magic bullet. Just listen to your body, and don't make excuses for the uncomfort your body feels. If you do look for a doctors help, which is normal be sure its a functional medicine doctor . they will surely help you and not hurt you. drugs and surgery will be there last resort. But if they are educated this way, and you are open minded, then work together and get well ASAP.