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How Your Body Talks When You Have Hay Fever or Allergies

allergy-1738191__340Spring is in the air, with lovely flowers and trees blossoming around us. For some of us, the spring fragrances are invigorating and refreshing. But for others, springtime triggers an unwanted cascade of stuffy noses, scratchy throats, infected sinuses and miserable headaches. And then there are some of us who experience these unpleasant symptoms year round, as we are exposed to pet dander, dust, mold, or other allergens.

Why do some people get hay fever and others do not? It’s frustrating to be suffering from allergies when others around you are energized and feel fine, even though the exposure to pollens, animal dander, dust and mold is the same in all people.

What is the trigger that tells the body to mount an allergic response in some people but not others? Although we may not know exactly why that happens, fortunately we now can understand much about the immune system and how it talks in the body. With that information, maybe we can ameliorate some of the unpleasant symptoms that make springtime (and other times) miserable for some of us.

Normal Immune Response

 When a microscopic foreign body enters your body, your white cells identify it as foreign (or the enemy). Foreign bodies may be infectious agents, or food that has not adequately broken down, or chemicals, mold spores or even pollens, animal dander or dust. Your white cells send out signals immediately to get the enemy under control.

 One message goes to the macrophages. Macrophages are like little garbage trucks, but instead of coming once or twice a week they are constantly available on demand. As soon as they get the SOS signal from the white cells, they come quickly and digest the foreign body, thereby rendering it harmless.

 The white cells send another signal to the basophils. These little guys release substances that cause inflammation, including pain or itching, and swelling. We might refer to the basophils as an early warning system: something is not right, or “you just ate (inhaled, swallowed, touched) something that is not good for you.”

If your body recognizes the allergen as a trigger it has experienced before, it will notify the bigger immune system, which we might compare to a spy detection system. Your larger immune system is activated to attract previously formed antibodies (it remembers the previous exposure) and other cells to get rid of the offending ‘foreign body.’ If your body has not seen this particular foreign body before, it may form new antibodies to help fight and get rid of the offending (enemy) agent. (Yay for 007!)

 Allergic Immune Response

 If you have allergies like hay fever or allergic asthma, your body has formed immunoglobulin (which are also called antibodies). The allergy antibody we are most familiar with is called immunoglobulin E (IgE). Each IgE is specific to one trigger, like dog dander or certain tree pollens. You probably have many IgE immunoglobulin, each reacting to a different substance.

Immunoglobulin remembers your previous exposure to the pollen, or animal dander, or even dust and mold in the house. When the IgE receptor is stimulated with the foreign exposure, the mast cells release chemicals that cause an immediate inflammatory reaction, and start to make more of these inflammatory chemicals. The chemical most commonly associated with allergies is histamine, which is the major culprit in hay fever.

 Itchy is a good word to describe the effects of histamine. Histamine causes the eyes to have tears and swell and become itchy. The nose becomes congested, itchy and has a clear liquid discharge. The throat becomes itchy. The bronchioles (small connecting pipes to the lung where air exchange takes place) become smaller and produce mucus. We call this asthma or wheezing.

 Treatment for Allergies

 So what do we do to become allergy free? Or is there such a thing? We have found some things that can help tremendously:

  1. Be healthy
  • good diet
  • basic supplements
  • exercise
  1. Instead of taking anti-histaminics (with their lengthy list of side effects), try
  • Quercetin and
  • Stinging nettle,

both of which reduce the amount of histamine released from the mast cell.

  1. Avoid offending substances, if you can.
  2. Allergy desensitization, through any number of ways:
  • NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique). This technique that I have used successfully for years in my practice involves exposure of offending substances in homeopathic vials while stimulating the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, along with tapping of certain acupuncture points
  • LDA (Low Dose Allergen)–low dose exposure of the offending allergens by injection or under the tongue
  • Homeopathic drops that address predetermined allergens by season; otherwise placed under the tongue
  1.  Signaling molecules help the body’s natural immune system to more appropriately respond to allergens: now available as a supplement. Contact my office for details.

Dr. Gardner works out of his Riverton office, Keys to Healing Medical Center. He can be reached at (801) 302-5397 for appointments.

How Nutrients Communicate: How Your Body Talks

How Your Body Talks:

How Nutrients Communicate

Stan Gardner, MD, CNS

With all of the conversation online and everywhere about nutrients, we might find our heads spinning, or find ourselves getting bored. So many options! So little definitive information!

Perhaps we might think there can be nothing more boring, yet there is nothing more important for our health, than to talk about and understand nutrients.

What this article is NOT:

  • This article is not about dieting, but it is about understanding what the various components of food ultimately do in our body.
  • This is not a treatise on the benefits of each individual vitamin, mineral, and essential fatty acid (which would take up volumes), but rather it is a simplified overview of major nutrients and their importance.

What is a Nutrient?

A nutrient is a biochemical substance the body needs for the normal functions of growth, reproduction and to maintain health. These are substances the body cannot make, so they must be ingested. Food is the best source of all nutrients. Supplements supplement our food; they supplement critical nutrients that have been identified.

The six traditional categories of nutrients include:

  • vitamins
  • minerals
  • proteins
  • fats
  • carbohydrates
  • water

I am also going to include fiber’s important role in the body.

Vitamins and Minerals

In my office in Cleveland, Ohio, we had 3 biochemistry charts on the wall that were 2 1/2 feet tall and 2 feet wide. The small print had all the known biochemical pathways with known enzymes and co-factors responsible for the reactions to take place. Those biochemical reactions are extremely slow unless there is an enzyme. An enzyme is a protein that accelerates (acts as a catalyst) the reaction, near the reaction site. Co-factors are needed so the enzyme works efficiently, or works at all. And guess what the majority of the co-factors are called? Vitamins and minerals!

There are over 300 reactions on the chart that require magnesium. It is fascinating to see where each of the B vitamins participates and is needed for optimal functioning. You can see where vitamin K fits into the clotting mechanism, vitamin A helps with night vision, and molybdenum and copper fit in with iron metabolism.

Proteins

Proteins are made up of amino acids, some of which cannot be made in the body (essential) and others that are made in the body. Amino acids are the building blocks of enzymes, hormones, all of the proteins in the body and most tissues in the body. All organ tissue repair requires amino acids as building blocks.

Fats

The proper role of fats has been muddied by 30 years of anti-fat marketing, cholesterol fears and heart disease. A short review of how the body uses fat includes:

  • transports fat-soluble vitamins—A, D, E, and K
  • healthy skin
  • eyesight
  • nerve and brain develop and maintenance, including the myelin sheath
  • source of energy
  • regulates production of sex hormones
  • forms protective cushion for internal organs (although some of us have too much)
  • muscle movement
  • forms prostaglandins (hormone-like), which regulate inflammation

Each of our 75 trillion cells has a cell membrane with thousands of phospholipids composing the cell membrane. Each phospholipid has 3 strands coming out of a base (glycerol) that connects them. I call it a “threek.” For years our family has called three-pronged forks “threeks” (instead of a four-pronged “fourk”). Typically, two of the three strands of the phospholipid are made up of saturated fats, while the third strand has an omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) or omega-6 (linoleic acid) fatty acid. These are the parent compounds and not the downstream products of DHA and EPA found in fish oils. The proper ratio of saturated fats to omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is important to maintain the proper fluidity and functioning of each cell.

Trans fatty acids, partially and fully hydrogenated oils are seen by the body as omega-3/omega-6 fatty acids and are placed into the ‘threek’ (phospholipid) in the cell’s membrane. Unfortunately, they do not function the same. The cell membrane becomes stiff and no longer functions optimally. The hormones don’t work as well, energy is not produced well, glucose does not enter the cell properly, cell-to-cell communication does not take place, and the list goes on.

Carbohydrates

There is no daily minimum requirement of carbohydrates as there is for fats and proteins. We get plenty of carbohydrates in the normal eating of grains, fruits and vegetables, so we do not need to worry about the amount we eat. Carbohydrates are a good source of glucose for production of energy, especially needed in the brain.

Whole grains not only have carbohydrates, but the hull also contains the vitamins and minerals necessary for their metabolism, in addition to fiber that slows down absorption. “Refined” grains means that those critical nutrients in the hull have been polished off, and the breakdown of the carbohydrate into glucose necessitates depleting vitamins that are in storage. This is what happened in Japan when white rice was introduced and beri-beri, a deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B1), occurred. Because of the immediate and long-term effects of refined sugar in our body, sugar should be treated as a toxin and avoided.

Water

With all the trillions of dollars of research money spent, there is no solid science behind the recommendation of how much water to drink on a daily basis. The critical nature of proper hydration and the devastating effects of dehydration on the body are well known. Every organ of the body and every cell needs water to function properly. Perhaps the best guide to determine if we are getting enough is to note the color of the urine (darker yellow means dehydration) and perhaps the frequency and volume of urine output. However, these are also dependent on other factors.

The quality of the water we consume is important, because water can carry toxins that are brought into the body and interfere with function. All tap water for drinking should at least have a filter. Distillation and reverse osmosis are much more effective at eliminating toxins from the water supply.

Supplements

We live in a society where many in the farming and marketing industries are more interested in color and visual appeal of their products and less with nutrient value. Herbicides and pesticides are heavily used and remain on the surface (and deeper) in the food. Crop rotation is not practiced like it was 100 years ago. Fruits and vegetables are often picked before the ripening season so they can be transported thousands of miles. Sometimes they use ripening retardants to preserve food products until they reach market. We are being exposed to a greater number of toxins in the environment, so our need for nutrients for detoxification purposes is greater.

In view of the above concerns, and the fact that we do not have good inexpensive laboratory measures that are clinically significant of the vitamins and minerals we need, and because each of us has different needs of each nutrient (biochemical individuality), I recommend that we all need basic supplements to help ensure we get the nutrients we need.

Recommendations

  • Potent multivitamin (4 to 6 per day), vitamin D, essential fatty acids
  • 60 grams of protein per day (about deck of card size of meat, legumes, eggs). Emphasis should be on legumes for our protein sources.
  • Omega-3 oils—2 to 4 grams per day, both flaxseed and fish oil, omega-6 oils—2 to 4 grams per day
  • No sugar, no processed food
  • Whole grains (if not allergic)
  • At least 6 to 8 cups of water per day; more if indicated

If you would like to order high quality, custom-formulated supplements, or learn more information about Dr. Gardner and his practice in Sandy, Utah, call Keys to Healing Medical Center at (801) 302-5397

Want to Learn More About Your Body’s System of Communication?

 

Announcing a New Series:

How Your Body Talks:

Estrogen and Progesterone

Stan Gardner, M.D., CNS

Women are different than men (believe it or not!). Some of that difference is related to different levels of messengers called hormones. Two of the hormones–estrogen and progesterone–communicate different things to the same organ. To make matters more complicated, their levels change, depending on the time of month or stage of life.

The Reproductive Years (About age 11 to 45 to 50)

During the reproductive years, most women have regular periods. Part of the purpose of menstruation is to prepare the uterus and body for pregnancy. Of the two hormones I mentioned in the previous paragraph, estrogen levels only change a little during the month. Your body’s hormones are always talking to various tissues. Progesterone levels are quite low from the start of the period until the egg is released from the ovary (ovulation). The scar tissue (corpus luteum) generated where the egg leaves the ovary produces high levels of progesterone until a day or two before the next period starts.

In the uterus, estrogen tells the inside of the uterus (the lining) to produce more cells. When progesterone is produced, it tells the newly produced cells to develop or mature to get ready for a fertilized egg. The fertilized egg loves the newly developed cells, burrows in and starts to divide and divide, becoming a new human being 9 months later.

If the egg is not fertilized, the corpus luteum stops producing progesterone. It tells the uterine cells to remove themselves from the uterus (through the menstrual cycle) and starts the whole process over again.

Estrogen and progesterone talk to nine other organs, and for the most part they confuse the organs by giving them opposing directions.

In the ovary, estrogen stimulates the maturation of the egg. Estrogen tells the egg to move toward the outside of the ovary as it matures. Meanwhile, progesterone suppresses further egg release. If these two hormones were not giving conflicting information, twins and triplets would be much more common.

Balance and Counterbalance

Here are some other fascinating ways that estrogen and progesterone balance and counterbalance in the body:

  • In the breasts, estrogen stimulates tissue growth, occasionally so much that it causes discomfort. Progesterone provides protection from cancer. Because of high progesterone levels during pregnancy, women with multiple pregnancies have a reduced rate of breast cancer.
  • In the bones, estrogen slows bone loss. When estrogen levels drop at menopause, bone loss (osteoporosis) accelerates as the FSH level (follicular stimulating hormone, another hormone messenger that talks to the ovary) rises. Progesterone stimulates new bone growth.
  • In the thyroid, estrogen interferes with the thyroid hormones, while progesterone talks to the thyroid gland and improves its function.
  • In the brain, estrogen stimulates function and improves mental sharpness. Progesterone helps to calm the brain and acts almost like an anti-depressant.
  • Estrogen increases deposition of fat, especially on the hips and thighs. (Testosterone tends to put fat in the abdomen.) Progesterone tells the fat to break down.
  • Estrogen tells the cells to make more progesterone receptors, while progesterone up-regulates estrogen receptors.
  • Estrogen increases retention of water, including helping to hydrate the skin. Progesterone acts as a natural diuretic.
  • Estrogen decreases libido, while progesterone increases it.

Estrogen speaks exclusively to two organs, without counter-talk from progesterone:

First, it talks to support the lining in the blood vessels.

Second, estrogen increases collagen production. Collagen is the connective tissue in the body. Faster healing and softer, more elastic skin take place when estrogen speaks to the connective tissue.

What happens when Estrogen levels are too high, compared to Progesterone levels?

When estrogen talks too loudly, and progesterone influence is minimized, it is called estrogen dominance. This condition causes some classic symptoms:

  • Water retention
  • Breast tenderness, lumps, cysts
  • Moodiness, emotionally labile, anxiety, depression
  • Decreased libido
  • Heavy bleeding, clotting, and/or cramping
  • Fibroids, endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome

What Happens When Estrogen (and Progesterone) Levels Drop?

When neither estrogen nor progesterone talks to the body, some women have no problems, while others are incapacitated. This time of life is called menopause, and may happen naturally or after surgical removal of the ovaries.

The following difficulties may arise with onset of menopause:

  • Mental fog, forgetfulness
  • Anxious, depressed, mood change
  • Hot flashes, night sweats
  • Dry eyes, skin, vagina
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Pain and stiffness
  • Palpitations, (racing heart)
  • Headaches
  • Feeling bloated

Is There Any Help?

Yes, there is help, if it is needed.

First, however, let me state that I am opposed to synthetic, chemically changed forms of estrogen. These forms of treatment include a chemical group(s) that has been added to the chemical structure of estrogen the body makes, so it can be patented and sold as a pharmaceutical.

Unfortunately, that extra chemical has caused unwanted side effects. This causes a number of problems, which come from communicating to the wrong organ in the wrong way:

  • Blood vessel clots, causing heart attack, stroke
  • Endometrial and breast cancer
  • Double the risk of dementia
  • Double the chance of surgery to remove the gall bladder

If there is a reason to treat hormonal issues, my first choice is to choose herbs and natural products that function as phytoestrogens and support, or speak to the ovaries.

Some of these include:

  • Angelica sinensis
  • Blessed thistle
  • Licorice root
  • Wild yam
  • Motherwort herb
  • Black cohosh
  • Cramp bark
  • Dong quai

Although these natural products may not be as strong as bio-identical estrogen and progesterone, they may talk to your organs well enough to solve the problem.

Bone Density

Bone loss around the time of menopause is a reason to be aggressive with reducing the FSH level. In treating patients with bone loss, I typically start with progesterone, to see if stimulating the estrogen receptors is enough to solve the problem. If not, then bio-identical estrogen is usually needed.

If, on the other hand, estrogen is talking too loudly in your body (dominating), then bio-identical progesterone is usually needed. I generally prefer that a local compounding pharmacist formulate the progesterone, rather than a pharmaceutical firm, which tends to use unnecessary fillers. Unfortunately, insurance companies tend to pay for pharmaceuticals, rather than healthier, more natural products.

When neither estrogen nor progesterone is communicating with your body, and you need help (sometimes desperately!), I always start with a natural product. If that is insufficient, the next step is progesterone. Everyone likes progesterone—just look at what it does to the body. If more is still needed, I pay attention to symptoms and response to what has been added, and then add bio-identical estrogen until the symptoms resolve.

To your dynamic health and energy,

Dr. Stan Gardner

If you would like more information about Dr. Gardner and his philosophies, please feel free to explore this site. Dr. Gardner’s office is in Sandy, UT. Phone number 801-302-5397. 

A Unique Treatment for Fibromyalgia: Jin Shin Jyutsu

A 71-year-old female presented three years ago with diagnosed Fibromyalgia in 1997 and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 1993. She had seen three previous Integrative Medicine physicians and was much improved on B6 and B12 shots and compounded thyroid hormone.

I placed her on intravenous vitamins and minerals with high dose vitamin C. She also received FSM (Frequency Specific Microcurrent) treatments, which were designed to treat spinal cord injury, one of many causes of Fibromyalgia. Her depression improved and her pain diminished. She also wasn’t dropping things as much.

Up and Down, then Finally UP!

 Over the next three years she continued with an up and down course, partly because of other medical conditions—asthma, allergies, insomnia, migraines and adrenal fatigue. Three months ago we decided to try Jin Shin Jyutsu, an ancient energy art from Japan, similar to acupuncture but no needles. During each treatment, her husband learned where to place his hands so he could give treatments at home.

Since the three treatments in the office and 3 to 4 treatments each week at home, her energy level and vigor for life have improved to a new level.

We as human beings are both a physical and energetic body. There are 12 well designated flows that occur throughout the body over every 24 hour period, healing and cleansing our organs and body. There are hundreds of other flows that circulate in various places in the body. Injury, emotional trauma, toxins and poor nutrition can block the energy flows.

The hands act like jumper cables in this art, permitting the energy to overcome blockages and permit healing to take place. Clearing these energy flow lines can help everybody with their health issues, and offers an excellent option for all who have vague or difficult to diagnose and treat issues. Fibromyalgia is caused by many, many different possible sources. It always has “a” cause or trigger, but is often the result of multiple issues over many years. Jin Shin Juytsu is one of many treatment options.

Acid Reflux and Esophagitis

Dr. Gardner,

Can you recommend a supplement please for grade one esophagitis and a small sliding hiatus hernia? I refuse to take any conventional medication.  Thank you.

Esophagitis is usually caused by reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus. Conventional medications decrease stomach acid so it is not so harmful to the esophagus, but the stomach acid kills organisms introduced in food and is the major mechanism to break down proteins.

Many people on long-term acid blockers have amino acid deficiencies after months or years. I recommend the following:

  1. Try to identify which foods are contributing to the reflux and avoid them–usually it is carbohydrates or meat
  2. Swallow aloe vera liquid which will coat and soothe the esophagus and stomach
  3. Try a number of other supplements and decide which ones work for you:
  • DGL also coats the heals the stomach
  • panacreatic enzymes to help digest food
  • Betaine as an acid stimulant (some reflux is caused by inadequate acid production and food sits in the stomach for a longer period of time)
  • a homeopathic called Nux vomica helps tighten the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach, thus reducing reflux

Just Say No to GMOs!

Today an article I wrote appeared in Meridian Magazine, regarding California’s upcoming vote on Proposition 37, requiring foods to be labeled if they contain any genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  This is NOT the same stuff as grafting or selective breeding techniques, as you can discover if you explore this subject in greater detail.  However, the importance of this bill passing cannot be overstated.  It is interesting to note that Monsanto and other companies (that make their money producing pesticides and insecticides, as well as GMO seeds) are pouring over $1 million per DAY into trying to convince voters not to pass the bill.  Here’s the full text of my article:

Ten Top Reasons Why Food with GMO Ingredients Should Be So Labeled

By Stan Gardner, M.D., Certified Nutrition Specialist

This article is time sensitive, because voting is just around the corner.

As California goes, so goes the nation.  In a few short days, California will be voting on Proposition 37, which requires retail food items made with, or containing, genetically-modified ingredients (GMOs) to be so labeled.  Monsanto and other companies that manufacture genetically modified seeds (and sue farmers who wish to grow their crops organically) have poured millions of dollars into defeating Proposition 37.  One has to ask, if genetically modified foods are safe, why it is such a big deal to label them?

Here are ten top reasons why those of you in California should vote for Proposition 37:

1. GMOs contain foreign genes for which the harmful side-effects are largely unknown.  This is much different than selective breeding or hybridization.

2. We have a right to know what is in the food on the store shelf.  The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938 recommended food labeling, while the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 required ingredient labeling of food.  If GMO food is so good for you, why do Monsanto and the corporate food industry put millions of dollars behind fighting this label?

3. There has never been a single long-term safety study conducted on any GMO.  Animal studies have shown that GMOs cause sterility within three generations.  Recent rat studies show enormous tumors on rats fed with GMO.  For more information about these studies, please see the bottom of this article.

4. GM crops are not the same as their non-GMO counterparts, both nutritionally and compositionally.

5. Early short-term studies in animals showed significant allergy problems, which you would expect with the introduction of foreign proteins in the body.  Could this be contributing to the marked rise in allergies and other immune disorders since their introduction 20 years ago?

6. Monsanto has assured the public of the safety of the GMO food experiment on the American public, even against the recommendations of its own scientists.  In the past, Monsanto also assured us of the public safety of DDT and Agent Orange as household items, both of which were produced by Monsanto with devastating results.

7. GMO labeling has nothing to do with excessive government intervention and regulation, and everything to do with promoting honesty and transparency.

8. More than 90 percent of Americans in numerous surveys have indicated they support mandatory GMO labeling.

9. GMO corn (Bt corn) contains its own pesticide inside the plant that cannot be washed off before consumption.  Perhaps this is why cows fed Bt corn are dying, while it induces spontaneous abortion in lab rats.

10. Pesticide use has markedly increased with the introduction of GMO crops which are resistant to the specific brand, Roundup, sold the by same company that sold them the GMO seeds in the first place, Monsanto.

Much of the above information is taken from the blog Fooducate.com, compiled by Hemi Weingarten.  The above list is why labeling should exist.  It does not take into account other problems that have emerged, such as:

1. Recent emergence of “superweeds” which are herbicide resistant, which at the present time have no known solutions.

2. Cross-pollination of GMO corn on one side of the highway with non-GMO corn on the other side is well documented.  The time may come when there will be very little non-GMO corn that hasn’t been contaminated, even though the seeds were non-GMO.

3.  Most countries in Europe do not allow GMO crops.  A recent study completed in France elucidates the dangers of GMO, below.

Further information can be obtained through the Institute for Responsible Technology.  Jeffrey Smith, executive director of the Institute, has written many books, including Seeds of Deception, which is scientifically based.

Dear Healthy Thinkers in California, before voting, please take time to review all of the implications of this Proposition, and vote yes on Proposition 37.

Thank you!

Dr. Stan
“Monsanto Roundup weedkiller and GM maize implicated in ‘shocking’ new cancer study” wrote The Grocery, a popular UK publication. (http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/topics/technology-and-supply-chain/monsant…)

It reported, “Scientists found that rats exposed to even the smallest amounts, developed mammary tumors and severe liver and kidney damage as early as four months in males, and seven months for females.”

The Daily Mail reported, “Fresh row over GM foods as French study claims rats fed the controversial crops suffered tumors.” (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2205509/Fresh-fears-GM…)

It goes on to say: “The animals on the GM diet suffered mammary tumors, as well as severe liver and kidney damage. The researchers said 50 percent of males and 70 percent of females died prematurely, compared with only 30 percent and 20 percent in the control group.”
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/037249_GMO_study_cancer_tumors_organ_damage.html#ixzz2AnKqLZB3

S-T-R-E-S-S

I am 39 yrs old and female. For about a week I have been having pain in my stomach directly below my sternum and sometimes I have pain in my chest. It feels like it would be an ulcer, even though Ive never had one before, but it doesnt really seem to help if I take any OTC meds for it. Milk helps slightly, but not for long. When it gets really going it doesnt seem to help if I eat or not. My 13 yr old daughter then came to me with the same symptoms last night. The only thing I can think of is we both have bad case of stomach flu couple weeks ago.. could that have caused injury to our stomachs? I HATE it! Help

Some ideas on dealing with stress:

1) If you can’t reduce the stress you are now under in the short term, you must start the ball rolling to reduce the stress long term. It will eventually kill you.

2) Recognize all events in life can be categorized into 2 categories: a. things you can’t control b. things you can control. On the things you can control, you have to decide which ones are worth the battle, and let the others go. Sometimes you need a confidant to help with these tough decisions.

3) Release the stressors you can release.

4) Learn stress-reduction techniques–prayer, meditation, massage therapy, Jin Shin Jyutsu, biofeedback.

5) If the stress has been going on for a long time, and adrenal and other hormone exhaustion may have taken place, you may need to see an Integrative Medicine Practitioner to do lab work and prescribe natural products to support you.

Bone Density

this is my dilemma, they have diagnosed me with osteoporosis, I fell last year and broke my wrist, right away, they told me to go on fosomax, and I read so much about it, that i was totally discouraged, right now i’m taking 10,000 vit d, and calcium, and a multivitamin, when I took my bone density, they told me that i was borderline, therefore, I kept a copy of my bone density of 2006 and they compared it, and were surprised that my results were that 2010 was better than 2006, their answer was that sometimes the machines make mistakes, and insisted that i take the fosamax, and scared me, that im looking for problems, as im browsing i saw your site, and found it very interesting, please give me your opinion, thanking you

As you can tell, there is much subjectivity in the practice of medicine. However, the science of Fosamax is this: it improves the DEXA scan score by interfering with the repair process of normal bone. This means that the score improves while the strength of the bone diminishes because it can no longer repair itself.

This is why there is an increase in jaw and hip fractures in people taking Fosamax (or Actonel).

My approach is this: supply the minerals (nutrients) needed for bone repair. These are all found in a potent multivitamin (about 6 per day, as the 1 to 2 per day can’t have sufficient calcium or magnesium because they take up too much space) except strontium and silicon. I sell these out of my office because it is so hard to find them. Vitamin D is a good idea, although levels should be obtained if you maintain that high dose for an extended period of time. Vitamin K is also important.

High Cholesterol and Statin Drugs

I recently had a blood test and found my cholesterol level was 272, HDL 44 and LDL 183.  Should I be on medication? How serious is this?

What you have brought up is a major issue that is widely misunderstood.

There is no scientific correlation between total cholesterol level and heart disease. Total cholesterol levels in the 300s and above still have no correlation with heart disease. A good study done on elderly women demonstrated that levels of 272 (how coincidental is that?) imparted the longest longevity, inferring those levels were the most healthy.

Statin medications do reduce cholesterol levels, and (in a very minimal way) reduce heart disease, but not because of the reduction in cholesterol levels. It is because statins are antioxidants, albeit expensive antioxidants.

The statin medications also interfere with the production of energy in the body, which is why people on statins typically become fatigued after a few months on the medication. The muscle pain is related to the production of insufficient energy production, and the deaths associated with statins are related to muscle breakdown leading to kidney failure when the muscle proteins are excreted out the urine. You should not be on statin medications.  Talk with your physician or get one who understands how our body energy, cholesterol, statins, and inflammation are interconnected.

Vitamin Shake?

I’ve had muscular dystrophy for 46 yrs, am on a respirator for 41 yrs [I’m 51] My right leg has severe osteoporosis & the energy level is very low due to my meds. 4 in specific Can a vitamin shake serve me?

Certainly a vitamin shake is going to do you well. However, with the serious conditions you are describing, if you want the best possible assistance with care, you will want to add an Integrative Medicine physician to your health care.