October 23, 2015

The Truth about Cancer

Excellent site I would like to share with everyone. We also have a section called "Cancer" which showcases some of the videos. Really powerful stuff.

The Truth about Cancer

August 19, 2015

Chronic Mercury Poisoning


After a ten-year quest to understand my twenty years of health issues -- vision problems, increasing fatigue, intolerance to fragrances and fumes, digestive problems, and daily spells of acute physical and cognitive dysfunction -- I read Amalgam Illness:  Diagnosis and Treatment, a technical book on chronic mercury poisoning by Andrew Cutler, an independent chemical engineer.  Although amalgam illness is unrecognized by conventional medicine, my symptoms and lab anomalies were remarkably consistent with those described by Cutler.  His work unites many bits of existing knowledge and experimental evidence on how mercury affects humans, lab animals, cells, and molecules, into an elegant hypothesis explaining the toxicity of chronic, low-dose mercury exposure and how this manifests as illness.  Thus, when the results of a porphyrin profile -- a little-known lab test with high specificity for heavy metals -- confirmed mercury poisoning, I had my ten mercury dental amalgams removed and began chelation.

Cutler’s chelation protocol is used by a small number of people across the globe, with anecdotal success.  Since chelation can be dangerous when blood levels fall (causing redistribution of heavy metals), the protocol involves frequent low-level dosing to keep blood levels constant.  This means taking pills every three hours around the clock including at night, typically for three days per week, for several years.

After more than a year on the Cutler protocol, many of my symptoms are gone, others are vastly reduced, and I'm looking forward to a full recovery.
Introduction
Ironically, I'd considered the mercury issue previously -- enough to concur with the authorities who unanimously dismissed its risk.  And my neurologist had also ruled out mercury, based on a blood test.  Eventually I would learn that there is a wide misunderstanding, even among physicians, about the meaning of mercury blood levels.  In fact, mercury resides only briefly in the blood before migrating to fatty tissues like the brain, where it cannot be measured except on autopsy.  Thus the many epidemiological studies based on blood levels are of little value.

This misunderstanding has deep roots.  Due to its interesting chemical and biological properties, mercury has been widely used in medicine and dentistry for two hundred years.  And although the acute toxicity of mercury is undisputed, small exposures are still assumed to be harmless by most physicians, dentists, and health authorities.

Indeed, there is little direct evidence of harm -- many large epidemiological studies show no association between chronic mercury exposure and disease.  But epidemiology (analysis of populations outside the controlled lab environment) is a crude tool, and epidemiological studies of a low-dose poison that takes years or decades to cause non-specific symptoms no matter how serious, are unlikely to detect this association.

Dental amalgam, once believed to be non-volatile, is now known to release mercury vapor that is absorbed in small amounts.  And ample evidence exists from autopsy, animal, and in-vitro studies to suspect that chronic, low-dose mercury exposure may cause or exacerbate many neurodegenerative diseases.  However, a major missing link in understanding mercury's toxicity is the role of detoxification enzymes and their genetic variability.  In summary, when chronic diseases are the result of a dynamic interplay between multiple toxins and their gene-dependent detox enzymes, plus enzyme cofactors (nutrition), then population-based studies are unlikely ever to indict the toxin.  Meanwhile, from a cynical perspective, these negative studies provide cover for the toxic status quo.
Illness
After good health through young adulthood, minor symptoms slowly progressed into a debilitating illness affecting four organ systems -- the brain, hormones, digestion, and immunity.

Initial symptoms

By my twenties, what seemed like blood sugar problems had become severe.  Often overcome by a groggy weakness, some functionality could be restored by caffeine or food, triggering a vicious roller coaster.  The doctors I saw had no answers.  Adopting an ultra-low-carb diet was slightly helpful, but it was still necessary to time my food and caffeine intake to keep the inevitable crashes private.

Retinopathy (macular degeneration)

At age 30, I developed wet macular degeneration (also called subretinal neovascularization), diagnosed as Presumed Ocular Histoplasmosis Syndrome.  This retinal disease is found in the elderly, diabetics, people with immune activations, and neonates receiving oxygen.  Thought to be due to hypoxia (low oxygen), in my case it was probably caused by immune cells clogging tiny capillaries.  By age 33, the sharp, central vision in both eyes was gone.

Functional hypoglycemia

Within my family -- mother and brother -- we called our ongoing spells "hypoglycemia" or "our genetic metabolic defect", or simply, "a crash".  A mild crash with a slow onset could be addressed with a preemptive nap when feasible.  But a sudden or bad crash could be terrifying – as if my starving brain were screaming for fuel, despite a recent meal.  Without immediate food or caffeine, the torture would last about half an hour, when the symptoms would pass as quickly as they'd come, leaving me exhausted.

With a blood pressure cuff and a glucometer, I learned that such crashes involved normal blood sugar but low blood pressure, e.g., 85/55.  The low blood pressure certainly explained the physical and cognitive collapse, but since it was transient, my doctors had no advice.  Slowly, through proactive efforts to eat, sleep, and exercise well, to avoid stress, and to avoid scheduling anything in the mid-afternoon, the acute functional hypoglycemia subsided into mere variations in my increasing fatigue.

Neuropathy

In my mid-thirties, some numb spots had developed on my back, along with infrequent but disconcerting loss of strength in my arms.  I saw two neurologists to investigate MS, but neither could be certain.  Since the only treatments were expensive drugs with uncertain efficacy and probable side effects, and since the literature indicated that mild MS need not progress, I didn't pursue a diagnosis or treatment.
Certain nutritional supplements were suggested for MS, thus I began a growing regime of supplements.  Indeed, high-dose oral B-12 seemed to alleviate the numb spots (despite high serum B-12), and certain anti-inflammatory supplements seemed to control the arm weakness.

Multiple chemical sensitivity

For years I'd been sensitive to perfume, cigarette smoke, and auto fumes.  But after foolishly exposing myself to noxious textbook printing ink (held close so I could read it) for several days to prepare for finals, the resulting respiratory damage kept me bedridden for weeks and ill for months.  Recovery was never complete; I remained fatigued, hypersensitive, and generally unwell.

Too ill to get a life

After graduating, I briefly looked for a low-stress job, but openings were scarce and the commutes were daunting.  My vision disability provided some income, and my long-time boyfriend needed help with his home business anyway.  I postponed the job issue for a few years while we looked for a house and then oversaw a full remodel.
Quest For a Cure
During those years, the ill health that I'd tried to keep hidden had reached a crisis.  At age 42, I felt almost dead -- living to age 50 would be impossible unless I learned what was wrong.  Having already quit sugar and wheat in my quest for health, I now quit anything sub-optimal -- including decaf and all grains.  I spent my limited energy studying metabolism and genetics, forming hypotheses to explain my symptoms, and experimenting with the corresponding biochemical nutritional treatments.

My first failed hypothesis involved B-12.  I.e., my blood MCV (mean cell volume of red blood cells) had always been high, suggesting a folate or B-12 deficiency, but since the serum folate and B-12 lab results were high due to supplements, the hematologists I'd seen had dismissed the issue.  An organic acids test indicated good status for most nutrients but reiterated a possible problem with folate or B-12.  Since a defect in B-12 or folate metabolism or transport could cause symptoms in many organ systems, and since B-12 supplements had already addressed my neuropathy, I experimented with additional B-12 and folate, but neither helped.

Next, I considered the open-ended world of mitochondrial DNA defects, trying supplements like coenzyme Q-10 with only minor benefit.  Meanwhile, another treatment option emerged.

Growth hormone wonder drug

An endocrinologist (for whom I'd waited over a year to see) found abnormally low growth hormone and gave me a prescription for daily injections.  This hormone apparently improves the function of other hormones and enzymes.  The drug was expensive but the drug company had a generous charity program and I received it free for several years due to low income.

The injections were miraculous.  My health returned, albeit tenuously.  My fatigue was gone, and like a normal person I was limited only by hours in the day.  But when I no longer qualified for charity, my out-of-pocket costs for this wonder drug soared to $4000 per year.

Alpha lipoic acid backfire

Although growth hormone was great, I needed a cheaper way.  Studying metabolic chemistry and nutritional supplements, I tried many products -- not just vitamins and minerals, but essential oils, herbs, amino acids, etc..  The literature on alpha lipoic acid was intriguing -- it was a super anti-oxidant, both water-soluble and fat-soluble, and was alleged to help neuropathy among other things -- so of course I added it to my regime.  Later I would learn that alpha lipoic acid is a mercury chelator that can transfer mercury from existing dental amalgams into the brain.

Over the weeks as I slowly began to feel worse, I assumed the growth hormone was no longer working.  I continued this harmful supplement for at least a year before stopping it as part of stopping all supplements to reevaluate.

Decline

My gut problems began with gurgling, gas, constipation, and diarrhea.  Food intolerances became more numerous, and I lost weight.  A gastroenterologist did an endoscopy and colonoscopy but found nothing.  My bones felt fragile -- as if they might snap.  My joints rattled.  At age 48, I was falling apart.
My life had sunk to the basics -- preparing healthy food and researching health theories, while relying on my husband for shopping and errands.  At that time, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was becoming recognized as a failure to detoxify the normal metabolic byproducts despite adequate rest, resulting in cognitive as well as physical dysfunction.  Indeed, my poor memory and slow brain were becoming more intractable than my fatigue.  The future was frightening.  A friend took me to a local assisted living facility for a look-see, and to my relief it seemed okay.

For a year or two I existed in limbo -- trying to get healthy, waiting to feel better, and trying to enjoy easy activities while avoiding stress.  Feeling only 25% alive, what I really wanted was to move to assisted living and just rest, but since this might be a one-way trip I resolved to stagger through each day at a time.

Supplements

My supplement regime had evolved into a complicated program that would be incredible to anyone unfamiliar with mercury poisoning.  It included vitamin A, many types of vitamin B, vitamins C, D, E, and K, calcium, magnesium zinc, chromium, molybdenum, manganese, selenium, iodine, fish oil, borage oil, whey protein, 5-HTP, acetyl l-carnitine, arginine, carnitine, glycine, histidine, NAC, taurine, DHEA, 7-keto DHEA, melatonin, betaine HCl, ox bile, digestive enzymes, ubiquinol, and a number of herbs.  Typically I took a subset of these, four to six times a day.  Trying to cut down made me feel worse.  In retrospect, this dependency on nutritional supplements is a good indicator of late-stage mercury poisoning, which blocks metabolic enzymes and mineral transport proteins.

CFS specialist

There were no chronic fatigue specialists in my area, so after waiting six months for an appointment I traveled to a neighboring state to see a renowned expert who accepted insurance.  New findings included immune dysregulation -- many cell counts were off -- as well as leaky gut, dysbiosis, and many food allergies.

He had few answers but planned to treat each problem one-by-one, starting with the gut.  Patients in his waiting room raved about his thoroughness, but it would be a slow process.

He first prescribed an expensive gut sterilizer.  While fighting the drug insurance company for coverage, I learned that the drug may not kill all pathogens, and drug-resistance was a risk.  While looking into natural alternatives, I found many allegations of a link between dysbiosis and dental amalgams, but the arguments were poorly reasoned, so I dismissed them.

Diet -- nothing to eat

During this low point, there was almost nothing I could eat.  The food allergy test results showed IgG antibodies to almost everything, and my abdomen was constantly sore.  I lived on broth, chicken, and non-starchy vegetables, with a lot of butter for calories.

New direction

In January 2008, a free class called Graceful Aging at the local adult school was a turning point.  The subject was digestion, and the teacher was surprisingly good.  She held the same obscure nutrition philosophy that I'd developed after years of study, trial, and error -- exemplified by the Weston A. Price Foundation's philosophy of nutrient-dense, easy-to-digest, local, sustainable food, with emphasis on fat-soluble vitamins (from animal fats) and minerals.

During the class, the teacher mentioned a number of issues including dental amalgams, and referenced books by Huggins.  I was aware that crazy people get their filings removed in hopes of restoring health, but as an avid science reader and news junkie, and with degrees in environmental health and public policy, I knew that the authorities had found no credible evidence linking dental fillings with health problems.  Nonetheless, I reviewed two Huggins books, but found them short on logic and evidence, so once again I dismissed the issue.

I booked a consult with the teacher, hoping to determine which of my dozens of supplements were really necessary.  She ordered an organic acids test and concluded that most of my supplements were probably helpful.  She again asked me about dental amalgams and I told her that Huggins' arguments lacked credibility.  She noted that Huggins is for lay readers, and she offered me a technical manual -- Andrew Cutler's Amalgam Illness:  Diagnosis and Treatment.
Blindsided
At home I couldn't put the book down.  It described all my symptoms, all my lab clues, and all the supplements that I'd found helpful.  Cutler's explanation was comprehensive and plausible on many grounds.  First, because of mercury's high affinity for reduced sulfur, which is ubiquitous throughout the body, mercury is uniquely capable of blocking a myriad of reactions.  Thus, in addition to causing general oxidative damage, mercury blocks enzymes and transport proteins, causing non-specific symptoms across many organ systems -- neurological, endocrine, gastroenterological, and immune -- which would be hard to explain by any agent except mercury.  Surprisingly, chronic mercury poisoning is almost impossible to detect in lab tests; doctors don't know about it; and they certainly don't know how to treat it.

In addition to describing in eerie detail my myriad symptoms, the book described my personality -- called erethism -- a combination of shyness, diffidence, irritability, anxiety, and hypersensitivity to stimuli and to criticism.  While I found this subjective description rather unscientific, my husband found the close fit remarkable.
 
Cutler's hypothesis was strong, yet the possibility that my health problems could be blamed on a culprit I'd dismissed repeatedly was almost unthinkable.  So once again I researched amalgam safety, this time seeking evidence rather than hearsay.  To my surprise, I found shocking gaps in the science.  For example, population studies exonerating amalgam merely show that it probably does not cause overt symptoms in the general population -- but does not rule out health effects to genetically susceptible individuals or long-term health effects to the general population that resemble aging.  Yet regulators rely on such studies to set health policy.  Thus, it appears that amalgam has been deemed innocent until proven guilty -- and a high burden of proof will be required to indict such a useful and entrenched substance.

Since the evidence and reasoning behind the Cutler hypothesis was far stronger than that behind amalgam safety, I was forced to acknowledge that dental amalgam was for the time being the best explanation for my illness.

On the bright side, mercury could apparently be removed through chelation, and Cutler described an allegedly safe protocol.  In summary, I'd been thrown a bizarre life-preserver for which the potential benefits seemed by far to outweigh the risks.
Corroboration
Hair test

Cutler’s book suggested a hair test, which I'd assumed was unreliable since it hasn't been recognized by conventional medicine or insurance.  But Cutler's explanation was plausible:  Hair results appear counterintuitive when mineral transport proteins are blocked by mercury -- i.e., mercury itself may appear low, while the essential minerals may appear abnormal.  Indeed, my results contained many extremes, and my hair mercury was low.

Porphyrin profile

The book also described a little-known test called a porphyrin profile that can detect the heavy-metal footprint in cases of late stage toxicity.  I ordered the Metametrix test and it came back positive for mercury.

Incidentally, while waiting for the results I requested a similar test from my neurologist, covered by insurance, using the usual large, commercial lab.  The results for three of the five porphyrins requested were below the detection limit, which was set surprisingly high compared with the Metametrix results.  Since Cutler had indicated that careless handling at some labs can easily destroy the delicate porphyrins, and since the literature had indicated that the porphyrin profile has high specificity but low sensitivity, the positive Metametrix test seemed more credible.
Reflections
Exposures

The main sources of mercury are: maternal exposures (prenatal and breast milk), vaccines, dietary fish, and dental amalgams.  Minor sources are air pollution and food contaminants.  Other exposures may arise from certain occupations and from accidents.  In my case, not being a fish eater, my twelve dental amalgams were prime suspects.

Early signs

In retrospect, although I felt healthy through early adulthood, some mercury indicators were present long before.  Absent-minded and self-involved, I resented interruptions and preferred ample down time.  Lack of physical energy was a problem, but I assumed laziness was a demon everyone must fight.  Reading and learning were my pleasures.

Signs of oxidative stress began in childhood.   Mosquitoes gave me large, persistent welts while leaving others alone.  Sunburn was a regular problem.  My fragile skin and thin hair were always oily.  Teenage acne would have been severe if not for daily antibiotics.  My teeth felt unclean and my gums itched.  My fingernails were weak and prone to chipping.  Severe spring allergies began in my twenties and grew worse every year.

Siblings

On a side note, my brother was diagnosed with heavy metal at about the same time as I'd adopted the Cutler's hypothesis.  His primary-care doctor had given him a challenge test, which found a number of heavy metals including off-the-chart arsenic.  A test of his private well revealed he'd been drinking arsenic at fourteen times the standard for ten years.  But my brother's health problems predated his well exposure -- he'd had "our genetic metabolic problem" since his teens.
In retrospect, he also had earlier signs possibly caused by maternal exposures.  As a baby, he had a gut problem -- colic with projectile vomiting.  He had spooning fingernails and toenails, a sign of mineral deficiencies.  As a child, he had allergies and asthma, indicating oxidative stress.  But as a smart child, he was a joy, and we viewed him as reasonably healthy.  Although sensitive and shy, he lacked the outward irritability comprising erethism.  He matured into a quiet, philosophical, responsible young man, afflicted with allergies, oily skin, and metabolic crashes.

Our sister died long ago of a blood clot overseas at age 24.  We'll never know what caused this, but she did have the mercury personality.
Safe Amalgam Removal
My first step was to remove known exposures – my ten remaining amalgams.  Because amalgam removal can involve significant exposure if not done properly, I selected a local mercury-free dentist, and sadly dropped the sweet, careful, capable dentist that I’d seen for twenty years.

Since the new dentist was booked two months out, I passed those weeks in misery, repulsed by my mercury-filled mouth.  I chewed very little, put nothing hot in my mouth, and spit as much as possible.  Finally, August 21, 2008, I had half of my ten amalgams removed, and the next day had the other half out, leaving the existing two gold crowns.  Such an intensive schedule is perhaps not recommended, but it seemed better than waiting.  Recovering from the Novocain took several days of bed rest, probably due to poor liver function.
Chelation
DMSA

A few days after amalgam removal, I started DMSA chelation on the Cutler protocol -- a 6 mg capsule every four hours, including at night.  Although DMSA is over-the-counter, the low doses are not -- I'd ordered it compounded from overseas.

The DMSA was energizing.  On my first day, I bussed over to campus to complain that the environmental health curriculum failed to cover the dental amalgam issue.  (And for years I'd avoided unnecessary conflicts).  Unfortunately I couldn't find any of my old professors except one who brushed me off, asking me to call or e-mail.  I did both but she never responded.

At 6 mg, the DMSA felt a bit rough, so I tried 3 mg, which felt like nothing, so I returned to 6 mg and shortened the timing to every three hours, which felt better.
The DMSA feeling progressed from good-energy to wired-and-tired, either due to the drug itself or to sleep deprivation.  The drug was so energizing that I couldn't always fall asleep after the midnight or 3 am dose.  The protocol requires as many days off as on, so three days per week on this regime seemed the right schedule.  Night dosing was a problem for several months until I learned various sleep-improvement techniques.

On DMSA, the skin along my spine initially erupted into large patches of rough skin having a dry, scabby, woody texture, which subsided after a few days.

By the end of my second round I developed a bad case of apparent systemic yeast -- a known side effect of DMSA -- including much gut noise and gas, athlete’s foot, a yeast infection, and a disgusting slime in my mouth that would not wash out.  Lamisil was reasonably effective but inappropriate for long-term use.

Mercury specialist

To obtain prescription-only DMPS, which has fewer side effects, I called an out-of-state mercury specialist recommended on an Internet resource.  Although she didn’t take Medicare, she had reasonable rates, and she was familiar with chronic mercury poisoning and the Cutler protocol.  She required one in-person visit; follow-ups could be done by phone.  Being a poor traveler due to fatigue and chemical sensitivities, it was an arduous one-day trip, but it was a relief to find a practitioner knowledgeable about my health problems.  Also, she was interested in treating the secondary issues -- low hormones, poor immune function, and gut dysbiosis, as well as the primary problem of mercury poisoning.

For mercury, she prescribed DPMS, as I'd hoped.  For the gut dysbiosis, she recommended some herbal antimicrobials, saying I could try the prescription treatments if the herbs didn't work.  She recommended high-dose iodine to displace the inevitable chlorine, fluorine, and bromine load.  She also recommended hydrocortisone trials, with specific dosing and breaks, and sustained-release T3 on a rigorous protocol.

DMPS

DMPS was wonderful -- not only were there no side effects, but it actually cleared my head.  Although some insurance companies cover DMPS, Medicare does not, and I would be out $250 a month.
 
Despite a clearer head, I felt ill for several weeks, and just as I was about to stop all new treatments (DMPS, herbal antimicrobials, and high-dose iodine), it passed.  In retrospect, I suspect the illness was due to halogen detox by iodine.

DMPS dosing went well -- I started at 10 mg every six hours and ramped up every week, till reaching 35 mg.

I've taken DMPS continuously since then, except for a week or two.  

Alpha lipoic acid

Per the protocol, three months after amalgam removal, I started ALA chelation, at 6 mg every three hours, with rounds lasting three days.  Symptoms included a slight headache plus aches and pains.  Adding 1000 to 1500 mg of vitamin C with every dose helped.  Eventually I shortened the timing to every two hours during the day and three hours at night, which was more comfortable.

After six months I'd reached 25 mg dosing, and after a year, 50 mg.  I continue to need high-dose antioxidants with each dose.

Adrenals and thyroid

For poor adrenal function (as revealed in a four-point saliva test) the mercury specialist recommended a hydrocortisone taper followed by a 5-day on, 2-day off dosing schedule.  But this drug failed to provide the feeling of well-being or dynamic stress response for which I'd hoped, and it seemed to deplete my immune system, so I opted for the herbal alternatives, which did provide some improvement.  Perhaps the growth hormone I was already taking precluded the need for hydrocortisone.    

For my low body temperature and low T3 despite normal T4 and high-normal TSH, the mercury specialist recommended sustained-release T3, but the dosing schedule was at first too difficult for me.  After about six moths I tried the drug, ramping up to 45 mcg every twelve hours, and watched my average body temperature climb to 98.6, at which point I ramped off.  Later, when my labs revealed high TSH and low T3, I did another course of sustained-release T3.  However, I never felt good on this drug -- perhaps because it burdens the adrenals.
Issues
Money

Chronic mercury poisoning has many dimensions, perhaps the most important of which is money.  The Internet is full of tragic stories by ill people who either suspect or know they have mercury poisoning but can't afford to have their amalgams removed, and therefore can't chelate.

My gold replacements cost over $8000.  (Composites cost much less, but their safety is more uncertain).  My supplement regime is about $8000 annually.  (That's not a typo).  For this, I get reasonable day-to-day energy, but no stamina or resilience.  Medicare and Medigap premiums are $4000.  Non-covered doctors and labs have been about $3000 annually, but perhaps now will be $0.  Growth hormone co-pays are $4000.

If one can afford these huge outlays, the long road to recovery is possible.  If amalgam removal is not affordable, the only course is to try to improve the natural detox systems with healthy food and supplements.  If one can afford amalgam removal but little else, one can slowly detox with inexpensive alpha lipoic acid alone.

I'm grateful to have a hard-working husband who doesn't seem to resent my expenses -- they're uncomfortable but not beyond reach.

Cutler notes that the treatment for chronic mercury poisoning is actually inexpensive, relative to treatments for other conditions, and this is true.  But treatments for other conditions are not fully out-of-pocket, like this one.

Doctors

Over the years I've seen many different doctors.  They’ve included:  a primary-care doctor; an ophthalmologist; two endocrinologists; three hematologists; an allergist; a pulmonologist; two neurologists; a gastroenterologist; and an out-of-state chronic fatigue specialist, all covered by insurance.  Not covered were:  an alternative thyroid specialist; an alternative metabolic specialist, a Chinese medicine doctor, and finally the mercury specialist.   Most were helpful in terms of ordering labs, but only the chronic fatigue specialist ordered anything unusual.  All seemed to want to treat what they knew and no more.  None but the mercury specialist could diagnose my problem.

Family and friends

Chronic mercury poisoning is not yet recognized by conventional medicine or by insurance, and this situation is unlikely to change, as described in the introduction.  Having a serious illness unrecognized by conventional medicine or society has unique problems.

To others I appear to be a self-absorbed hypochondriac and know-it-all who will happily dispense advice on health food and supplements, yet who seems unable to cure herself and unwilling to consider approaches other than her own.  Although to others I look perfectly healthy, over the years I've complained of endless symptoms and developed endless theories, each of which has fallen by the wayside -- why should the mercury theory be different?  My problem is obviously psychological.

If I really wanted to feel better I'd drop all the pills, since they surely can't be healthy.  Yet not only will I not consider this, I also won't try testing them in any objective way.  

Despite never working in a medical or research field, I'm arrogant and delusional enough to think I know more than the health authorities.  Yet I seem unable to defend my unconventional positions with any scientific rigor, impatiently resorting to concepts like "common sense" or "common knowledge".

I'm unwilling to read anything that doesn't agree with my position.  For example, when asked to read studies that show no association between mercury and health problems, I dismiss them after a brief perusal, impatiently claiming that the flaws are so obvious that discussing them would waste my time.

Finally, I have little interest in friends or family who do not support my position or share my views, and I'm willing to write people off for these or other minor provocations.

From my view, I feel ill, exhausted, and barely functional, yet few know or care.  My illness has a political dimension, thus it's usually best not to discuss it.  Some friends and family have been supportive -- inquiring about my progress and not expecting much of me.  But my ongoing outrage about the mercury issue sometimes makes it hard to enjoy normal people or light conversation.  On the other hand, I can't handle debate either -- especially about mercury -- I feel weak, my brain is slow, and I can't articulate my thoughts.

From my view, daily diet is the most important determinant of health, yet so many people consume junk with reckless abandon.  I'm both jealous and appalled.  Many people of normal health seem to view health food as boring or ridiculous.  But with a chronic illness, one feels the effects of one's diet, for good or bad, almost immediately.  Sharing a healthy meal with like-minded friends and family is a true pleasure, while sharing a conventional meal with a conventional group is stressful.

A view of etiquette held by some can preclude discussing health -- even though much can be learned by discussion.  And certain friends and family view some people as "enjoying ill health" -- including me, no doubt.  Sick people just need a kick in the pants, or a change of scene, or some pie and coffee.  But I've never met a person who enjoys being ill -- the ones I know are searching doggedly and rationally for a means to feel better, but perhaps make the mistake of sharing too much.

After several requests, my husband had his five amalgams removed, in part because once I learned that amalgams contain mercury, I wouldn’t get near his face.  Although I asked him not do it "for me", but rather based on his own evaluation of risks and benefits, it’s clear he did it for us.  As an aside, he was unhappy to learn that BPA was a primary ingredient in his new composites, even though my dentist assured him beforehand that they would contain no BPA.

What really bothers me about my husband is that although he believes my problems likely have a physiological cause, he's unsure that mercury is the only explanation.  Rather, he thinks that mercury is a strong possibility, and that trying the Cutler protocol is a good idea. Thus, when he mentions my illness to others, he conveys an uncertainty that I don't appreciate.
While I’m grateful that he has helped me in many ways regarding my vision impairment and many health issues, and that he has never balked at the high costs or at the many inconveniences, I wish he were more “on board”.

If it weren't for the mercury specialist, my brother, and my nutritionist friend who is familiar with mercury, I'd feel quite alone.  Early on, my friend referred me to a man who had been chelating mercury on the Cutler protocol for several years.  Through him I learned of the Internet Yahoo group for people on the Cutler protocol, and this group became my lifeline for many months.  The stories related by these people about friends and family are tragic -- especially when the naysayers are medical professionals who inevitably influence other family members, further isolating the ill person in time of need.

On a webcast, alternative doctor Mark Hyman was asked how he dealt with patients for whom their health problems were apparently psychological.  He responded that even in cases in which he'd suspected psychology played a role, he found that when physiologic factors, often heavy metals, were identified and treated, the psychological issues vanished.

July 31, 2015

FDA speaking out for GMO labeling

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 275-150 for HR 1599, described by the food movement as the DARK (Denying Americans the Right to Know) Act.   

This bill is a total gift to Monsanto and the biotech industry.  It would nullify a state’s authority to label genetically engineered (GE) food, including Vermont, which has already passed a law requiring labeling. It would allow GE food to be labeled “natural.”  It would prevent states and counties from regulating the growing of GE foods.   

In short, it’s a disaster for those of us who feel we have a right to know the truth about what we eat. 

If you’re in the U.S., do you know how your member of Congress voted?   This site lists the votes of every state’s Representatives. 

But this isn’t over.  The next battleground is the U.S. Senate.  Congress is in recess during August, but Monsanto’s minions will introduce a Senate version of HR 1599 in September.  We will let you know when that happens, so you can contact U.S. senators to urge them to vote NO. 

In the mean while, we’re continuing to work closely with Center for Food Safety, Just Label It!, Institute for Responsible Technology, Friends Of the Earth, Food Democracy Now!, Environmental Working Group, Organic Consumers Association, and many other dedicated organizations in standing up for a healthy and transparent food system. Thanks for standing with us

February 16, 2015

God helps those who help themselves.

Cute story. So this guy got stuck in a storm out on the water in his small boat 20 miles off shore traveling to Bimini from Miami. He encountered a storm from out of no where. This little boat got tossed around so hard in the storm that it lost all power and was at the mercy of the 10 foot seas. He began to pray and ask God for help.

Please God help me I don't want to drown or be eaten by the sharks. He continued to pray for his life as the sharks circle the boat waiting for there next meal. Just as he was continuing his prayers a small vessel came by and offered some help. They couldn't get close enough because of the rough sees and decided to throw a rope and a life preserver. They shouted "Jump in the water and we will pull you to the safety of our boats". Not happy about going into the water the man refused and continued to pray. Finally the small resuce boat crew gave up. There was nothing more they could do for the man.

2 hours later a helicopter flew over and sent down a line and over a loud speaker you heard someone yell "Climb into the basket and we will pull you in. Not happy about climbing into a swinging basket the man refused and continued to prey to spare his life.

An hour later another giant vessel was in the area and came to assist the man who's boat was now beginning to sink. They sent a small boat to come close to his and they told him "Leave the boat and swim to there vessel. He replied "What about my boat it's kept me alive and I don't want to let go of it". For an hour they tried then the storm got even worse and they had to leave the man fight for himself.

A giant wave came and capsized the boat and down the man went to the bottom of the sea. As he floated up to heaven to meet God at the pearly gates when he saw God and was welcomed to heaven. The man said "God why did you let me down? Why did you let me die? How could you let that happen to me"?' God replied. Son I sent you 2 boats and a helicopter and you refused.You are here because of the poor choices you made, Ignoring any and all help.

The morel or the story is God helps those who help themselves

February 7, 2015

The Power Of The Drop





“In my opinion, based upon the evidence, every single chronic insidious disease process is related to one word—TOXICITY. You cannot address the issues of aging unless you address detoxification.” - Rashid O. Buttar, D.O.

Toxicology involves Finding & Eliminating Toxic substances stored in the body which are disrupting normal body functions via an innovative procedure called FCT or Field Control Therapy.

Toxins are destroying your health! Toxins are any compound or material that has an undesirable effect on the human body. Being toxic is an unavoidable consequence of living in the sea of synthetic chemicals that is our modern world. For decades, scientists have been studying the effects of pollutants in our air, water and soil. Now, they are studying the effects of these same pollutants in the human body and the findings are very troubling.

In a comprehensive study, the EWG (Environmental Work Group) discovered that the average person does not need to spend years being exposed to environmental pollutants to be affected. In fact, they found that toxicity begins in the womb. The study found an average of 200 industrial chemicals in umbilical cord blood of newborns. The blood has been found to contain pesticides, wastes from burning of coal, gasoline and garbage.

The study revealed that as we age, the levels of these contaminants continues to persist. These results reveal a frightening truth….We are bombarded with toxins from before we are born and throughout our existence.

Where Do Toxins Come From? Toxins originate from various sources-industry, manufacturing, burning, waste product processing and the like. MOST TOXINS are synthetic, man-made compounds that are found in our homes, our drinking water, our air and in our soil. Toxicology textbooks list the first symptoms of chronic toxic poisoning as low energy, fatigue, muscle weakness, inability to concentrate and intestinal complaints. A healthy body is an efficient eliminator of toxins. We are aware of our daily elimination of feces and urine, two vital forms of elimination provided by our colon and kidneys, but there are other important forms of elimination. We have to breathe frequently and eliminate toxic carbon dioxide from our lungs. Our liver filters our blood supply of toxins. Our lymph system moves toxins and excess fluids from the body, as do our sweat glands. Our skin is also an elimination system. Any restriction or malfunctioning of those systems of elimination can cause toxins to accumulate and illness or disease may result.We can tolerate a certain level of toxins in our body. For each person this tolerance level will be different depending on your exposure levels, your lifestyle, diet, drug intake, general habits, medical treatments, surrounding environment, and the strength and clear functioning of your faculties of elimination and the general strength of your immune system.

Symptoms of Toxic Overload
Headaches
Fatigue
Thyroid Symptoms
Depression
Joint pain
Allergies
Frequent colds
Peripheral Neuropathy
Nervousness
Sudden anger
Fibromyalgia
Chronic infections
Sensitivity to perfumes/odors
Etc…

Because so many of these symptoms could stem from a multitude of other causes, Toxicity is not often suspected.

The result of minimizing your intake of pollutants and reducing the body’s toxic load can result in lower risk of dozens of diseases, increased energy levels, elimination of various symptoms and/or conditions, and an overall greater sense of health and wellness.

“Most of the disease of aging-vascular, most cancers, arthritis, auto-immune disease and others-have been shown to be associated with toxic metals and persistent organic pollutants. Vascular diseases, stroke, heart attack, plus most of the cancers and macular degeneration, have been directly linked to lead. And that’s just lead.” Robert Nash, MD

SO………………………….HOW TOXIC ARE YOU ?

Our diets and our health from the womb to the grave are now shaped by three sectors of the economy: the processed food corporations, the medical/pharmaceutical giants, and the chemical industry. Together these economic interests have fostered a belief system – a belief that most of us have naively embraced – promoting synthetics as benign and superior to naturally occurring foods and medicines. Blinded by the ambition and the spirit of progress and commerce, we have unwittingly created an unstoppable force.

Did you know that there are over 100,000 chemicals in use today? Most of them have not been tested for toxicity in humans, either alone or in combination with other chemicals.

What’s even more disturbing is that in order to test all existing chemicals for synergistic effects on human health, it would take nearly 200 million different experiments which, with current technology, would take up to 1,000 years to complete. Safety is a myth. We are all toxic!

What is FCT?

FCT is known as Field Control Therapy. It also goes by the name of “Digital Medicine”. It was developed by a medical cardiologist by the name of Dr. Savely Yurkovsky. Dr. Lee S. Barbach, DC, is only one of approximately 50 practitioners in North America trained in this dynamic, safe and effective procedure. It is not a “One-Size-Fits-All” approach.
FCT is an innovative and cutting-edge system that uses both Diagnostic (testing) and Therapeutic (treatment) procedures to effectively and safely treat patients with a wide variety of health challenges. The approach is non-invasive, painless and very precise at uncovering & treating the deeper underlying CAUSES to one’s health issues.

FCT is a patient oriented; science-based system of determining and prioritizing which key tissues/organs have been affected by toxic elements (ie: heavy metals; chemicals; drug & vaccination residues; bacteria; virus; parasitic and/or fungal infiltrations and more). The testing outcomes then directs Dr. Barbach to treat the deeply hidden toxins with targeted homeopathic remedies to stimulate the body’s own immune system for removal. It is the premier system of finding and eliminating toxicity (& doing so with precision and safety). It is patient specific and customized to each individual’s specific unique needs.

1.) Diagnosis (testing) portion of FCT:

FCT (Field Control Therapy) empowers Dr. Barbach with the use of a novel bio-resonance testing algorithm aimed at the precise identification of the “Key” toxins that are blocking key energetic cellular domains (and at multiple levels) in “Key” tissues/organs. These blockages are what then results in a distressed state within the tissue/organ and a subsequent loss of health to the patient. Using a form of accurate reflex testing (NOT muscle testing, which is too unreliable), Dr. Barbach monitors a sequence of reflexes exhibited by the body in response to numerous stressor elements. Use of the FCT algorithm allows him to focus exclusively on the key pernicious (toxic) factors that disrupt the normal balancing (homeostatic) systems of the body and, of key importance, provides guidance as to how to critically analyze and prioritize the findings. The information obtained reveals, in precise terms, what the primary underlying factor(s) are CAUSING one’s health challenges. Finding the precise strength of the remedy; the exact order of when to give each remedy and the precise timing to use in spacing out each remedy is also revealed with the testing.

2.)Therapeutic (treatment) portion of FCT:

Involves a unique application of homeopathic remedies which are given in a very precise order with precise timing. These remedies are directed at the removal of the “Key” pernicious agents in the “Key” targeted tissues/organs which are the critical sabotagers of a patient’s distressed health state. This will automatically start the process of restoring homeostasis back within the body and allow the return of health.

For further information, please email or call:
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1-888-924-7664

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What does it mean to become a functional medicine practitioner

Let's define what conventional medicine is first. General practitioners  treat the symptoms or target a specific organ or location of the body's anatomy. Let's jump back and fourth here. So what does a functional medicine practitioner treat? Functional med practitioners look diligently for the underlying root cause of the problem  hardly interested in the side affects of the disease or ailment. Functional medicine doctors are medical detectives they work closely with the patient and spend the time they need to listen and do a prior history review to hone in on when problem began. They trace the steps backwards until it leads them to the root cause of the problem and then try to eliminate it.

General practitioners just look at the symptoms and then give drugs to mask them. Never getting to the cause of the problem and never eliminating it altogether, Basically they just accommodating it. 

They enable the underlying root cause of the problem to remain there, and they just accommodate it by giving you drugs and blockers so you don't feel it's affects but the damage is still being done! Eventually the drugs won't work anymore and you will need to add additional new drugs to help mask the symptoms.

Wouldn't it seem to make a whole lot more sense to remove what's causing the problem rather then accommodating it. The general practitioners are doing more harm then good. They have been led to believe that they been taught what's referred  to as the standard in medicine. Meaning the best and only rite way to treat patients. In fact what they thought was the best way to practice to help people without hurting them is not so at all. They are hurting and drugging people without even fixing chronic issues. 

Meanwhile there is a way to actually fix these problem and do it without drugs or surgery and not hurting the patients along the way. It may be hard to make the transition for most doctors they mostly have big egos and don't want to believe that there could be a better way to treat patients. 

They would have to take a few steps backwards before they could move forward. They will have to retrain the mind and there methods of diagnosing patients. They will have to forgive themselves for the unnecessary  hurt and pain they caused many people and there family's. Once they learn the new way of practicing medicine they will quickly embrace it and all the wonderful aspects that come with the new power to be able to cure and fix rather then treat and treat. 

There offices will go from gloomy to a much happier place, A place where people expect to get cured and when they do its a happy office and all will feel great about the new way of practicing medicine and helping people without hurting them. The future of medicine is here , and the results speak for themselves. People are getting cured and things make sense as they unravel the medical mystery's.

All the best
Michael Macaulso

January 26, 2015

Questions & Answers...GLUTEN!!!

This is a re-post i wanted to share with everyone. Comes from Dr. Lipman's Site and written by
Dr. Frank Lipman
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What is Gluten?
Gluten is what gives flour its doughy elastic consistency and what makes it chewy, which is why over the centuries, gluten-containing grains have come to be used so extensively in breads and other baked goods. It is made up of a group of several subfractions or families of proteins contained in certain grains, the commonest one being wheat. The 2 most studied subfractions are gliadins and glutenins. Different grain species, subspecies, and varieties contain varying proportions of glutenins and gliadins, with wheat containing the most. Gliadin is found in all gluten grains except oats.

Where do you find Gluten?
The commonest gluten grains are wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt, kamut, couscous, triticale, bulgur and semolina but there are others too, including, durum, seitan, faro, emmer, graham, malt and einkorn.
But it is hidden in so many things especially processed foods often used as additives or to bulk up foods. Some hidden sources include soup mixes, sauces, soy sauce, candies, salad dressings, frozen meatballs, cold cuts, low and no fat foods to name just a few.

They often appear labeled as “modified food starch.” Malts Starches Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) Texturized vegetable protein (TVP) Natural flavoring. Unfortunately, gluten is a staple of the American diet.
For a complete list of foods that contain gluten, check out www.celiac.com Celiac.com has a long list of label ingredients that typically contain hidden gluten.

Unfortunately, food manufacturers are not required by law to identify all possible sources of gluten on their product labels, so reading the label may not be enough.

Some medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins may contain gluten as a binding agent. And even lipstick, stamps and envelopes you have to lick, and Play-Doh often contain some too.

Non gluten grains include buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, rice and millet.
Why do you recommend removing Gluten from one’s diet so often?
This is true, I often do. The 2 diets I use frequently in my practice, the Be Well Cleanse diet and the Be Well Daily Living Eating Plan have gluten removed. This is because gluten grains have specific proteins, the most studied being “gliadin” which causes our immune system to react in such a way that it is responding to a foreign body. In my experience most people have a problem digesting gluten grains. It is not well understood although well described. In many people the body responds differently to gluten grains to the way it responds to nourishing foods. It can cause celiac disease, which is one end of the spectrum, but in the majority of patients who are intolerant to these grains, they have a non celiac gluten sensitivity which causes an immune reaction which can lead to a slow wearing down of one’s system. The reaction to gluten grains creates inflammation throughout the body, with wide-ranging effects across all organ systems including your brain, heart, joints, digestive tract, and more. The majority of people who have a gluten sensitivity, suffer chronically from a vague unwellness, which Dr’s don’t diagnose. It can be the single cause behind many different “diseases” and to correct these diseases, you need to treat the cause–which is often gluten sensitivity. For anyone has any chronic illness, I always remove gluten from the diet initially.

There are so many people who are suffering from gluten intolerance and are not aware of it…it is estimated that 99 percent of people who have a problem with eating gluten don’t know it. Their symptoms typically aren’t specific, and are often not even related to the GI tract, so they rarely think it could be gluten triggering it. And finally, there is a large group of people who have a “latent” form of gluten sensitivity, where their immune systems develop a response to gluten when triggered by certain conditions. The bottom line is celiac disease and gluten sensitivity masquerade as many other diseases with different names.

What’s the difference between Celiac disease and Gluten sensitivity?
With gluten intolerance, as with most illnesses, there is a continuum of disease, from mild gluten sensitivity to full-blown celiac disease. That means that celiac disease is just one subset of gluten intolerance.
Gluten sensitivity is much more common than full blown celiac disease. It is believed that celiac occurs in about 1% of Americans, whereas gluten sensitivity or where some immune reaction occurs to gluten occurs in at least 1 in 3 Americans. This is why so many people who are chronically ill or who have undiagnosed problems or just have a vague feeling of unwellness do so well when they stop gluten. Gluten sensitivity does not show up on blood tests for celiac, but it can still produce many symptoms.
It is not unusual for people to develop gluten sensitivity and even celiac disease later in life, It’s unclear why this happens.

Why is Gluten sensitivity so common?
Many people eat grains daily because they are so abundant and cheap, especially wheat. The commonest gluten grain that people have a problem with is wheat. This is because modern wheat is very different from the wheat our ancestors ate. American strains of wheat have a much higher gluten content (which is needed to make light, fluffy Wonder Bread and giant bagels) than those traditionally found in Europe. The proportion of gluten protein in wheat has increased enormously as a result of hybridization too. This super-gluten was recently introduced into our agricultural food supply and now has “infected” nearly all wheat strains in America. Until the 19th century, wheat was also usually mixed with other grains, beans and nuts; pure wheat flour has been milled into refined white flour only during the last 200 years.
A study comparing the blood of 10,000 people from 50 years ago to 10,000 people today found that the incidences of full-blown celiac disease increased by 400 percent (elevated TTG antibodies) during that time period.


1. What are the symptoms of GLUTEN sensitivity?
The inflammatory and autoimmune responses that arise from gluten sensitivity can impact almost any organ system, including your brain, muscles, skin, and bones, your liver and heart, and your endocrine system.
Here are the more common symptoms
General vague feeling of unwellness
Unexplained health problems

Fatigue
Aches and Pains
Weight loss or gain
Recurrent canker sores
Gastro-intestinal symptoms
Nausea, gas, bloating, digestive upset, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain

Neurological symptoms
Numbness in the extremities, impairment in mental functioning, depression
Dermatological symptoms
Rashes, itching, blistering
Gynecological symptoms
Infertility, early menopause

2. What diseases are associated with GLUTEN sensitivity?
As I said above, gluten sensitivity can affect any organ system.
A review paper in The New England Journal of Medicine listed 55 “diseases” that can be caused by eating gluten.
Here are the common disease associations
Auto-immune diseases

Thyroid disease
Rheumatoid arthritis
Lupus
Addison’s disease
Autoimmune liver disease
Sjorgren’s disease
Type 1 (autoimmune) diabetes
Multiple sclerosis
Gastro-intestinal diseases
Inflammatory bowel disease
Irritable bowel Syndrome
Neurological diseases
Migraines
Neuropathy
Epilepsy
Psychiatric diseases
Anxiety
Depression
Schizophrenia
Dementia
Autism
Osteoporosis
Cancer
Anemia

3. Is it possible to develop a GLUTEN sensitivity in adulthood?
It is not unusual for people to develop gluten sensitivity and even celiac disease later in life and although it’s well described, it’s currently unclear exactly why this happens.

4. How is it diagnosed?
The hallmark of a celiac diagnosis is either having specific antibodies in the blood or damage to the intestinal villi in the small intestine when a biopsy is done.

The classic antibodies checked in the blood are
IgA anti-gliadin antibodies
IgG anti-gliadin antibodies
IgA anti-endomysial antibodies

Tissue transglutaminase antibody (IgA and IgG )
But both of these are often negative with gluten sensitivity!
Therefore the best test for gluten sensitivity is to eliminate gluten completely from your diet for 2-4 weeks and see how you feel. But you must eliminate gluten completely including all the hidden sources.
Then after the 2-4 weeks, you introduce it again and see how you feel. You will know if you have a gluten sensitivity as some of the symptoms which had disappeared will come back.

5. What do you suggest?
My experience has shown me that eliminating gluten grains helps at least three quarters of the patients who come in to see me as it decreases their “total load”. It seems to give their system a break and makes it easier for them to recover from whatever they have. This could be because their body is expending less energy to deal with this hard to digest protein, giving it more energy to do other processes.

So my suggestion to anyone who thinks they may be sensitive to gluten is to eliminate it from their diet and see how they feel. Gluten sensitivity has such far reaching effects in the body — going without it is one relatively easy path to explore and it will be worth it to your health in the end. I promise, removing gluten from your diet isn’t as difficult as it seems. You can have a perfectly natural, delicious, and nutritious diet without gluten. There are many gluten free grains to choose from….rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat.

6. Can I eat oats?
Oats, although considered a gluten grain, does not contain the “gliadin” protein that people have a hard time digesting and breaking down. Gliadin is found in all gluten cereal grains except oats. The problem is that oats are usually handled with the same farm machinery and stored and milled in the same facilities as the other gluten grains and gliadin contamination happens. So pure oats are fine.

7. What resources do you recommend?
For all sorts of info on being gluten free, try these sites
http://www.celiac.com/
http://www.theglutensolution.com/beta/

For a gluten free shopping guide, try this book
http://www.amazon.com/Gluten-Free-Grocery-Shopping-Guide-2008-2009/dp/0979409411/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1225217558&sr=8-6

For gluten free recipes, try these sites
http://www.celiac.com/categories/Gluten%252dFree-Recipes/?/Gluten-Free-

Recipes/
http://www.glutenfreeda.com/index.asp
http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/
For gluten free products, try these sites
http://www.glutenfree.com/
http://www.glutino.com/
http://www.gilliansfoods.com/
http://www.glutenfreeflour.com/
http://www.glutensolutions.com/
http://www.reallygreatfood.com/

For gluten free oat products (pure oats), try these sites
http://www.creamhillestates.com/
www.GlutenFreeOats.com

Three myths you need to know autoimmune disease

This is a re-post i wanted to share with everyone. Comes from Dr. Lipman's Site and written by 
Megan McGran
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Autoimmune Disease

Being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease can be overwhelming. While you may have many questions about treatment and how to manage you condition, a few myths can complicate the full picture. Let’s dispel a few myths about managing your autoimmune disorder.
Myth 1: Your Diet Has Nothing to do With Your Illness

Conventional medicine will tell you that you have an autoimmune disease simply because your immune system is over reactive. What is often left out of the picture is that your diet can be making your symptoms worse. Chronic gut inflammation, food sensitivities, low-grade gut infection and toxic chemicals in our diet are thought to be related to our increased incidence of autoimmunity. Addressing gut dysfunction and food sensitivities are critical aspects of healing and thriving with autoimmune diseases.
Myth 2: You Are Destined for a Life of Illness and Disability

Statistics show that autoimmune disorders are one of the top causes of disease and disability in young women today. However, that does not have to be the case for you. By finding a functional medicine practitioner and a trusted medical team you can approach your autoimmune disease to treat your entire body, mind and spirit. A multifaceted approach that includes diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes can not only give you symptomatic relief but also change your outlook on your diagnoses and health.
Myth 3: Prescription Medications Are Your Only Hope

Often times patients believe that prescription medications are their only hope in relieving symptoms associate with their diagnoses. While prescription medications can be necessary in cases of severe autoimmunity, supplements like probiotics, vit D, turmeric and omega-3 fatty acids can decrease the inflammation and aid your immune system. Taking nutrients to heal the lining of your gut and finding supplements to support your current therapies can help ease your autoimmune inflammation.

Mind-body interventions such as yoga, meditation, and acupuncture are also wonderful in treating symptoms associated with autoimmune disease.

Finding a health practitioner to help you approach you autoimmune disorder with a variety of methods such as your diet, your stress level, sleep habits, and reducing your toxic exposures can be key to unlocking restored health and wellness.
Learn more about functional medicine at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center (What is Functional Medicine?) and how functional medicine can help you with your autoimmune disease.

January 25, 2015

9 Signs You Have A Leaky Gut

This is a re-post i wanted to share with everyone. Comes from Dr. Amy Myers
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The gut is the gateway to health. If your gut is healthy, chances are that you're in good health. However, there's a condition called leaky gut that can lead to a host of health problems.

What is a leaky gut?

The gut is naturally permeable to very small molecules in order to absorb these vital nutrients. In fact, regulating intestinal permeability is one of the basic functions of the cells that line the intestinal wall. In sensitive people, gluten can cause the gut cells to release zonulin, a protein that can break apart tight junctions in the intestinal lining. Other factors — such as infections, toxins, stress and age — can also cause these tight junctions to break apart.

Once these tight junctions get broken apart, you have a leaky gut. When your gut is leaky, things like toxins, microbes, undigested food particles, and more can escape from your intestines and travel throughout your body via your bloodstream. Your immune system marks these "foreign invaders" as pathogens and attacks them. The immune response to these invaders can appear in the form of any of the nine signs you have a leaky gut, which are listed below.

What causes leaky gut?

The main culprits are foods, infections, and toxins. Gluten is the number one cause of leaky gut. Other inflammatory foods like dairy or toxic foods, such sugar and excessive alcohol, are suspected as well. The most common infectious causes are candida overgrowth, intestinal parasites, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Toxins come in the form of medications, like Motrin, Advil, steroids, antibiotics, and acid-reducing drugs, and environmental toxins like mercury, pesticides and BPA from plastics. Stress and age also contribute to a leaky gut.

if you suffer from any of the following conditions, it’s likely that you have a leaky gut:

9 Signs You Have a Leaky Gut

1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
2. Seasonal allergies or asthma.
3. Hormonal imbalances such as PMS or PCOS.
4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, psoriasis, or celiac disease.
5. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
6. Mood and mind issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD or ADHD.
7. Skin issues such as acne, rosacea, or eczema.
8. Diagnosis of candida overgrowth.
9. Food allergies or food intolerances.

How do you heal a leaky gut?

In my practice, I have all of my patients follow The Myers Way comprehensive elimination diet, which removes the toxic and inflammatory foods for a certain period of time. In addition, I have them follow a 4R program to heal their gut. The 4R program is as follows.

1. Remove.
Remove the bad. The goal is to get rid of things that negatively affect the environment of the GI tract, such as inflammatory and toxic foods, and intestinal infections.

2. Replace.
Replace the good. Add back the essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption, such as digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile acids.

3. Reinoculate.
It’s critical to restore beneficial bacteria to reestablish a healthy balance of good bacteria.

4. Repair.
It’s essential to provide the nutrients necessary to help the gut repair itself. One of my favorite supplements is L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps to rejuvenate the lining of the gut wall.

If you still have symptoms after following the above recommendations, I would recommend finding a Functional Medicinephysician in your area to work with you and to order a comprehensive stool test.

Do You Have Leaky Gut Syndrome?


This is a re-post i wanted to share with everyone. Comes from Dr. Lipman's Site and written by Coach Kerry Bajaj
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Leaky gut syndrome happens when your intestinal lining has become damaged as a result of inflammation or irritation. Drugs, alcohol, gluten and processed foods can damage the lining of the gut wall. Leaky gut can also result from internal toxicity due to an imbalance of bacteria and yeast, which we call “dysbiosis.”

When this happens, the lining of the gut becomes full of tiny holes, like swiss cheese, or a leaky bucket. In many places, the lining of the gut is just one cell thick, so leaky gut or “intestinal permeability” can easily happen.


This is a problem because food particles and toxins from the gut are released into the bloodstream, triggering an immune response. A huge toxic burden is imposed on the liver. The liver is overwhelmed by digestive by-products, toxins and inflammatory irritants, and other organs are affected as well.

If you have been dealing with a ton of food sensitivities, and seem to be getting more sensitive to more foods all the time, it could be leaky gut. Instead of doing extensive allergy testing, we would recommend healing the gut, and sealing up those leaks. The food is not the main problem: the problem is that the food you eat is escaping into the bloodstream and triggering an immune response.
Signs You May Have a Leaky Gut
You have digestive issues like constipation, bloating, diarrhea, gas or IBS
You have sensitivities to many foods
You have skin rashes, hives, eczema, psoriasis, or breakouts
You have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chrohn’s disease, or celiac disease
You have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or fibromyalgia
You have allergies or asthma
You have aches, pains or arthritis
Potential Causes of a Leaky Gut
Dysbiosis (overgrowth of yeast, bad bacteria, parasites)
Alcohol consumption
Certain medications (NSAIDS such as Advil or Motrin, steroids, chemotherapy)
Food sensitivities
Environmental toxins
Low fiber, highly processed diet
Low stomach acid
Low digestive enzymes
Chronic stress
Chronic constipation
Intestinal infections
Autoimmune diseases
How to Treat Leaky Gut

1. Glutamine
Glutamine is key for helping to heal the lining of the gut. The Be Well GI Support product is a good choice, because it has glutamine as well as aloe vera and deglycyrrhizinated licorice which also help to heal the gut.

2. Cleanse
The Be Well Cleanse is a good protocol if you have leaky gut for a few reasons: ,
The Cleanse elimination diet will help you take out the foods that are most irritating to the gut such as gluten, sugar, alcohol and processed foods
The herbal antimicrobial supplements on the Cleanse will help to get rid of bad bacteria
The digestive enzyme supplements on the Cleanse will help you to break down the food you are eating
The liver support in the Cleanse shakes will help to support the liver from the burden of excess toxins
The glutamine will help to heal the lining of the gut

3. Probiotic
A strong probiotic is also essential for supporting your immunity and restoring the balance of good bacteria in the gut.
4. Bone Broth


Bone broth is also very healing for the gut. Incorporating a cup or two of bone broth into your daily routine can be helpful. We have more information and a recipe here.

January 24, 2015

Pick these up.

THE CLINICIAN'S HANDBOOK

GAPS GUIDE

CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY

CLINICAL NUTRITION
 THE HEAL YOUR GUT COOKBOOK

THE WAHLS PROTOCOL

CLEAN

AGAINST ALL GRAIN
ULTRA PREVENTION

THE DISEASE DELUSION

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM RECOVERY PLAN

THE AUTOIMMUNE SOLUTION
FIRE IN THE BELLY

GLUTEN TOXICITY
















WHEAT BELLY


















GRAIN BRAIN


















WHY ISN'T MY BRAIN WORKING



















Some point of references that I ingest and research to obtain all the great data that I use to help myself and others get to the underlying root cause of the problem . The functional medicine way. 


These are the great doctors who have decades of knowledge on the subject. Most of them having the chronic issues themselves. After exhausting the conventional way of treating the symptoms and never fixing the problem only creating more.

They became pioneers in the medical field . True healers , doing godly work , helping and healing without drugging or cutting or doing more damage then good. The future of medicine is here and growing very quickly . The results speak for themselves .

Educate yourself so you can protect your health and the health of your family and loved ones. At the least make a functional medicine dr part of your team to optimal health and prevent disease and cancers from robbing you of the quality of life and an early death .

January 7, 2015

Leaky Brain

The brain is precious and indispensible. So it has special protection to shield it from any
potentially harmful substances circulating in the blood -- the blood-brain barrier (BBB).
The BBB is semi-permeable -- it allows some substances to get through while preventing
others from crossing over into the environment of the brain.
The BBB’s function is similar to the way the intestinal/gut barrier acts as the “great wall”
between inner and outer -- the gut is the screening portal of entry from the outside world
into the body. The BBB is even more selective.

For example, the BBB is very effective in keeping bacterial agents in the blood and body.
These bacterial agents are screened out by the BBB and not allowed to cross into the
brain’s “inner sanctum”, making infections of the brain very rare.
The semi-permeable BBB can become too permeable = hyper-permeable or ‘leaky’;
It may then allow harmful substances to pass through into the brain. Often where the
gut/intestinal barrier becomes leaky, the BBB also becomes too permeable. Leaky gut often
leads to leaky brain. (And leaky brain can also lead to excess permeability in the brain.) We
now know that it is always necessary to treat leaky gut and leaky blood-brain barrier
together to achieve the best therapeutic results.

Testing for leaky BBB: how and why the GABA challenge works
GABA is a neurotransmitter synthesized in the brain. It is responsible for calming or
inhibiting over-activity. Some people can’t make enough GABA, and so can lose the ability
to calm down. Although some companies sell GABA supplements, the GABA molecule
in the supplement is too large to pass through an intact blood-brain
barrier. The fact that this supplement sells so well indicates the lack of integrity in the
satisfied consumer’s blood-brain barrier. Only if the BBB is leaky will GABA work.
“When the doorkeeper of the brain (the BBB) is properly deciding who gets to go in and
who should be kept out, GABA should be kept out. A healthy blood brain barrier should not
allow GABA to cross into the environment of the brain.”

We can observe for the effects of GABA slipping through a leaky BBB -- we would expect to
see a calming effect - feeling more calm, relaxed or sleepy than normal. This is the basis
for the GABA challenge. Take sufficient GABA. If you become more relaxed within a
2-hour time period, we can assume the GABA has crossed the BBB and created
an inhibitory/calming effect. This suggests a leaky blood brain barrier.
So the integrity of the BBB may answer the question as to why some people take GABA
and it has a calming effect, while the same GABA does not have any effect on others.
Some people have leaky brains and some people don’t. And now you can find out for
yourself.

Leaky BBB and autoimmunity
Besides allowing in foreign bacteria, a leaky brain is also more likely to be an inflamed
brain: it is more vulnerable to insult by the over-active immune reactions that we see in
many autoimmune conditions. For this reason, autoimmune people often have “fog brain”, poor memory and concentration problems, and low stress tolerance leading to anxiety,
insomnia, nervous tension, etc. When the immune system propels them toward “fight or
flight”, they find it difficult to “rest and digest”, so there are sleep and digestive difficulties
as well.

To restore BBB integrity, first make sure your diet is strictly gluten-free. Other foods, such
as dairy or eggs may also be also provoking the immune system. See
http://alternativethyroidtherapy.com/leaky-gut-food-sensitivities/ for more information
about elimination diets and food sensitivity testing.
Balancing blood sugar, supporting adrenal health and liver detoxification (especially via the
methylation pathway) and eliminating any chronic infections will help quench inflammation,
the saboteur of brain health.