What am I……….CHOPPED LIVER?
This old saying relates to the feeling of being ignored, unimportant or treated as a "side dish". What I am asking you today, is could your liver be asking you this question? There are Millions of people in the U.S. that have some form of liver disease, but there are many, many more who have compromised liver function, AND DON'T KNOW IT! I AM GOING TO TELL YOU HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR LIVER'S FUNCTION, BUT FIRST, WHY YOU SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR LIVER: Your liver is the largest internal organ in the human body and you can only last 24 hours without its function. It performs over 500 separate functions, among those are storage of energy for use between meals, the production of bile to digest fats, production of cholesterol and many, many others. But, its most important job is to filter and cleanse your blood and body of poisonous chemicals, a process called detoxification. Some of these toxins are produced in the body and some we ingest or absorb from the environment. Some of the most common toxins we ingest are alcohol and prescription drugs. In particular, the class of drugs referred to as "statins" used to lower cholesterol, (Lipitor, Crestor, and Zocor) can be compromising to your liver function. Even our own hormones can be toxic. The liver breaks down and eliminates estrogen. If a woman has reduced liver function, she might have a higher risk of breast cancer due to a sustained high level of estrogen. The process of detoxification is so important that over 80% of the body's energy that is used for making new molecules, or chemicals, is used by the liver to help remove these toxins and wastes. If your liver is overloaded, as is the case for many Americans, you may be suffering from low energy levels since even more of your body's energy is being devoted to detoxification. Supporting or nurturing your liver can help increase your energy. The most commonly diagnosed liver diseases are: Fatty Liver Disease - a side effect of diabetes and obesity that affects as much as 20% of our population Viral Hepatitis - Hepatitis C has been diagnosed in over 5 million people. Many more have it and do not know it. Tufts University School of Medicine estimates deaths due to Hepatitis C will double in 2010 when compared to 1991 Alcoholic Hepatitis - when the liver has too much alcohol to handle, normal liver function will be compromised, leading to inflammation of the organ Cirrhosis - long term inflammation of the liver from alcohol or Hepatitis C can lead to permanent scarring of the liver tissue Liver Cancer - primary cancer can form in the liver from Hepatitis B & C and cirrhosis or cancer from another area in the body can spread to the liver.
So…….WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP YOUR LIVER? One of Mother Nature's best gifts to us is the Milk Thistle plant. For thousands of years, in Europe, milk thistle has been used as a liver restorative. Today, Germany's regulatory agency for herbs, "Commission E", approves silymarin (the active ingredient in milk thistle) as a treatment for toxic liver disease, and as a supportive treatment for chronic inflammatory liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver. Silymarin detoxifies the liver, protects it against damage from toxins and alcohol and can actually promote the regeneration and repair of liver cells, thus REVERSING LIVER DAMAGE.
The liver is an amazing organ. Its cells are constantly dying and being replaced, similar to your skin cells and hair. But…..the liver is so important that God gave it the ability to regenerate. Medical cases have shown that 75% of the liver can be surgically removed and the liver will regenerate itself completely! Silymarin has been shown to stimulate, or "fertilize" the growth of new healthy liver cells. Although silymarin won't cure cancer or reverse permanent liver damage like cirrhosis, it can help keep producing new liver cells that work normally, therefore helping to preserve normal function. Silymarin is available from many nutritional companies, but since health and dietary supplements are not regulated, you have to make sure you are getting a high quality supplement in order to reap the health benefits. Consumer Labs showed that "78% of consumer products failed quality testing". I have spent years studying the research and have found a combination of nutrients, when added to silymarin, provide a much greater benefit than silymarin alone. My "Liver Protection and Detox Support" not only helps your liver regenerate and support its detoxification, but it can help reduce your risk for cancer and is helpful for diabetics in balancing blood sugar and diabetic neuropathy. Whether you have one of the liver diseases above, or you are taking prescription medications, or you just want to be as healthy and energetic as you can, supporting your liver can be of great benefit. I want my liver to feel and act like a full, healthy, smiling liver………not like chopped liver!
FINDING YOUR WAY THROUGH THE VITAMIN JUNGLE! THE WORLD OF NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS IS A CONFUSING LANDSCAPE HERE'S SOME INFORMATION TO HELP KEEP YOU FROM GETTING LOST.
I do Nutritional Counseling and offer Natural Therapies for many common disorders, such as indigestion/reflux, hypothyroid, high cholesterol, adrenal fatigue, ADHD/ADD, Sports Performance, diabetes, PMS, menopause and many others. A high quality source of vitamins and minerals is the foundation of healing and optimal health. Here are some of the questions I have been asked:
Q: Why do I need to take a vitamin/mineral supplement?
A: 1) Foods do not contain the nutrients that they used to.
Because we have gone from small, organically grown farms to large, high production farms, the minerals have been leached from the soil and the vitamin content is much lower: "Over the last 50 years, potatoes have lost 100% of their vitamin A, 57% of vitamin C, 50% of riboflavin, 28% of calcium and 18% of thiamine", The Globe, Canada . "Our food has degraded so that you would now have to eat 8 oranges today to get the same amount of vitamin A that your grandparents got from eating one orange", Professor Tim Lang, Center for Food Policy 2) Our lifestyles get in the way of good nutrition. The National Cancer Institute has proclaimed that eating 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables, everyday, can reduce your chance of getting cancer. The American Heart Association says the same will reduce your change of heart attacks and strokes. It has been estimated that 1/3 of meals eaten away from home, are eaten in a car! 3) Vitamin and mineral supplementation can reduce your risk for diseases and infections: " Many food components commonly found in our food are being shown to be effective against disease and infection. However, the levels at which these nutrients are effective are higher than can be obtained in a "normal diet". Godfrey Oakley, M.D., New England Journal of Medicine Q: What kind of supplement do you recommend? A: A high quality supplement that will be effective. Scenario: You are taking a prescription drug to lower your blood pressure - to reduce your change of dying prematurely from a heart attack or stroke. You have a choice of buying the originally prescribed drug that has been proven in medical studies to provide this protection….OR….you can buy a lower priced generic version that has not been proven to be effective. It's obvious that trying to save a few cents per day might be giving us a false sense of protection. The same difference applies between a high quality and low quality supplement.
Q: What's the difference between a high quality and low quality supplement?
A: Here's a tip that can help you make a quick assessment - without having a degree in Biochemistry!
Low quality supplements are made with cheap ingredients. The cheaper ingredients are not as effective as the higher quality ones. Tip: Look on the label for the source of calcium, magnesium and zinc. If it contains calcium carbonate, magnesium oxide and zinc oxide, it is probably a lower quality supplement. If it contains calcium citrate, magnesium citrate or aspartate, zinc picolinate or a "chelated" version of any of these minerals, then it is probably a high quality supplement. A biochemist did an exhaustive study of the vitamin/mineral supplement market. ("The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements" by Lyle MacWilliam, BSc, MSc ) . He compared the quality of manufacturing, the quality and level of ingredients, and their absorption in the body. He analyzed over 500 products and gave them a numerical score with "100" being the best and "0" being the worst. This is excerpted from his book: Centrum 3.2 One-A-Day Active 5.1 Centrum Silver 4.7 One-A-Day Advanced Men 4.6 GNC Mega Men's 21.1 One-A-Day Advanced Women 1.9 GNC Ultra Mega Gold 37.1 Walgreen's Ultra Choice 22.1 The supplement that I take and prescribe to my patients is Douglas Labs Ultrapreventive X - it scored 95.4. If you would like to look up the results of your supplement, stop by our office and we'll help you compare it. Most of us wear a seatbelt when we travel in a car. Not because we believe it will prevent us from having an accident, but because if we do have an accident, statistics have shown that a seatbelt will offer us a much greater chance of survival. Taking a high quality vitamin/mineral supplement is like a "seatbelt for your health". However, if the quality of your supplement is too low, you not only are wasting your money, but it is the same as having your seatbelt pulled across your body, but not clicked in. You don't have the protection you think you do! The most expensive vitamin/mineral supplement that you can buy…….is the one that doesn't work!! There's An Epidemic Among Us!
WE HAVE A DISEASE THAT IS RAMPANT IN OUR SOCIETY BECAUSE IT GOES UNDIAGNOSED.
AMONG THE SYMPTOMS ARE:
· Weight loss resistance
· Bone loss
· Fatigue without cause
· Chronic fatigue
· Frequent illnesses
· Decreased thyroid function
· Decreased cognition
· Decreased libido
· Decreased muscle mass
· Can't fall asleep
· Can't stay asleep
WHAT CAN CAUSE ALL OF THESE?
Adrenal Stress leading to Adrenal Fatigue! The adrenal glands are two walnut sized glands located on top of the kidneys. They secrete over 50 different hormones including epinephrine (adrenaline), cortisol, DHEA, progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. The adrenal glands are your "first-responder" glands. When needed, they can instantly prepare you to fight or flight. They can increase your heart rate and blood pressure, release stored energy for immediate use, sharpen your senses, and slow your digestion and many other functions. Imagine the cave man walking out of his cave, relaxed, on his way to gather food for breakfast, when a mountain lion appears. His adrenals kick in, producing his fight or flight hormones. He experiences a sudden surge in stress, then it's back to a relaxed state when the mountain lion goes on his way in another direction. This is the way our adrenal glands are suppose to work…in surges. For many of us, the level of stress might not be as high as it would if a mountain lion jumped out in front of us, but our modern day stresses, unfortunately, are continuous. Stressful challenges like a demanding job, threat of losing your job, financial pressures, relationship turmoil, death or illness of a loved one and personality conflicts are just a few of the everyday stresses we face. These constant stresses can cause the adrenal glands to over produce some of the hormones and, if this hyper-stressed state continues then the glands will actually fatigue and become unable to produce the normal amount of hormones. When this happens, you can experience any or all of the above-mentioned symptoms.
HOW CAN YOU DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE THIS DISEASE? A simple take-home test, involving saliva collection 4 times from morning to evening, can give us a graph on how your adrenal glands are functioning.
IF YOU HAVE STRESSED OR FATIGUED ADRENALS, WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT? Depending on the stage of adrenal fatigue, a regimen of vitamins, herbs and pro-hormones can be used to support and eventually heal the adrenals.
WHY HASN'T MY DOCTOR TESTED ME FOR THIS? Conventional medical training focuses on the extremes of low or high adrenal function, and they have effective treatments for them. However, the vast majority of people with stressed adrenal do not present as an extreme case…just a "stressed out" case that reduces your quality of life, sometimes for years. An analogy would be a house fire. Conventional medicine knows what to do when they see flames, but my focus is looking for smoke!
ADHD and ADD…..
Up to 60% of these children will continue to experience some of these difficulties throughout adulthood. My ADD was not recognized until I was 45 years old!! The common symptoms of ADHD are distractibility, impulsivity and hyperactivity. These symptoms can interfere with daily activities at school, work and home. People with ADHD are also more likely to exhibit additional mental health conditions such as learning disorders (25%), conduct disorders (15%), anxiety disorders (20%) and depression (30%).
While the causes of ADHD have not been completely identified, and no preventive measures have been discovered, a number of findings have been consistent. These include evidence that an imbalance in brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) is an underlying factor in the development of these behavioral and cognitive issues. There are multiple causes for these imbalances which include both environmental and genetic influences. Results from twin studies show that 80% of the risk of developing ADHD is genetic and the remaining 20% is environmental. Some prenatal factors that increase the risk for ADHD have been identified. These include complications during pregnancy that limit oxygen supply to the brain, such as toxemia and eclampsia. Other factors during pregnancy that can increase the risk include smoking and fetal alcohol syndrome. Other environmental factors, such as stress, can significantly affect brain chemistry. Research has shown that prolonged stress to animals can permanently alter their brain function. It has also been shown to reduce their serotonin levels, a neurotransmitter that is important to maintaining normal mood. This observation has raised the suggestions that ADHD may result from increased stress exposure in individuals with a genetically susceptible temperament. Neurotransmitters or "brain chemicals" relay signals between nerve cells and are required for proper brain function.
It has been established that children with ADHD and adults with ADD have neurotransmitter imbalances. New research has provided us with a valuable tool to measure neurotransmitters. These brain chemicals are, obviously, in your brain and the cerebral spinal fluid that surrounds your spinal cord. The traditional medical method has been an invasive spinal tap to extract a sample of cerebral spinal fluid. This procedure is costly, uncomfortable and has significant risks. In contrast, new testing methods have been developed that allow us to measure your neurotransmitter levels with a simple urine test. This test is cost effective (about $225), pain free and has no risks.
"So…how would all this change my thinking about the best treatment for ADHD and ADD?" Your body makes all of the natural chemicals in your brain. The sources of these chemical "building blocks" are found in the the foods and nutrients that you eat. A proper balance of these brain chemicals can depend on the Quantity of nutrients you take in and the Quality of your metabolism of those nutrients. Metabolism is the complex function of absorbing, assimilating and breaking down the originally ingested food to the active form or "building blocks" that the body can use. We call these "building blocks" precursors. The Quantity of nutrients can be controlled by what you consume, the Quality of your metabolism is controlled by your unique genetic make-up and the state of the health of your digestive system. Therefore, if the Quantity of nutrients you take for your specific Quality of metabolism is insufficient…you can have an imbalance of neurotransmitters. With neurotransmitter testing, the specific "building blocks" that are not in balance can be identified and corrected with a specific nutritional supplement. Stimulant medications like Ritalin, Concerta, Focelin, Metadate, Adderall and Dexedrine have been the mainstay treatment for ADHD for 50 years. Neurotransmitters are produced by the body, perform their function in the nervous system then they are chemically broken down and excreted. These stimulants work by prolonging their "life" in the functioning mode. In contrast, supplementing the specific deficient precursors can increase the total supply of that transmitter and therefore negate the need to prolong its life….AND WITH NO SIDE EFFECTS!
I hope you are getting the picture that what our body takes in as nutrients is one part and how your body processes that nutrient is another. This fact is illustrated in other nutritional therapies for ADHD and ADD. Diets low in sugar and simple carbohydrates have been life changing for many children with ADHD. The Feingold Diet was recognized almost 50 years ago as an effective therapy for many children. More recently, the importance of omega 3 fatty acids has become known. The brain composition is 60% fat, with the most important type of fat being omega 3 fatty acids. Some children with ADHD have altered fatty-acid metabolism. A study at Purdue University showed a deficiency of omega 3 fatty acids in children that had been diagnosed with ADHD. When these children were given a fish oil supplement, 40% experienced a resolution of their symptoms. (I carry a fish oil supplement that has no taste or smell and children love it!) ADHD and ADD patients vary widely in the type and the severity of the symptoms they have. This variability creates a challenge to treatment. Many patients do well on stimulants, but these medications can have serious side effects as well as a significant potential for abuse. Neurotransmitters appear to play a central role in the development of ADHD and ADD. The need for new therapies and new approaches to address these disorders is significant. The new approach of assessing the neurotransmitter levels and correcting any imbalances through nutritional support is truly addressing the cause…..and not just the symptom!
From M.H. of Kingwood: "My son was diagnosed ADHD and he was put on medication. After a year of treatment I noted the negative effects the medicine was causing him. He improved on his grades at school but he started to loose weight, had difficulty sleeping and was feeling very anxious. We approached Dr Campbell's office to seek other alternative treatments. After being under his care for four months, my son has gained weight, energy, his sleeping problems have disappear, and he has being able to maintain his grades at school. He religiously takes his supplements and he acknowledges the fact that he feels better when he takes them. I am very glad that we seek out other options and that we were able to find help with Dr. Campbell."
"SEE.........You've got a REACTIVE PROTEIN"
Let's deal with the "why should you care" issue first. C-Reactive protein, or CRP, is a protein in the blood when an inflammatory process is present in the body. As we all know, cholesterol is an important indicator for the state of health of your heart and vascular system. But, cholesterol has had too much attention, while other more important indicators have been ignored. In predicting your risk for heart attack and stroke, three of the most important indicators are C-reactive Protein (CRP), homocysteine and cholesterol. To focus on ONE of these, would be similar to your piloting an airplane for a landing and only being concerned with lining up with the runway. If you don't also watch your altitude and speed, what happens won't be called a "landing".
Research that shows you should care about your CRP levels:
The Physician's Health Study (2001) showed that those with the highest levels of CRP
doubled the risk of stroke
tripled the risk of heart attack
quadrupled the risk of peripheral vascular disease
"C-Reactive Protein is a strong risk marker with the ability to predict risk (of a cardiac event) beyond what we already know". J.K. Pai, MD., Harvard Medical School, New England Journal of Medicine, Dec. 2004
Ten studies in the US and four in Europe have consistently shown that CRP is a powerful predictor of a future first coronary event (heart attack) in apparently healthy men and women.
CRP is an independent predictor of Type 2 Diabetes in women. Doctors Guide, Mar. 2004
CRP has a strong correlation with colorectal cancer. Journal of American Medical Assoc. 2004, 291
CRP is a risk factor for macular degeneration. HealthDay, Feb, 2004
In people with normal blood pressure, increased CRP level is a strong predictor that they will eventually develop high blood pressure. Journal of Clinical Hypertension, Oct. 2004
Elevated CRP is present in other chronic illnesses, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis, cancer, diabetes and depression.
There are many more reasons why you should care, but before I put you to sleep, I want to address:
CRP is a compound produced by the liver, in response to acute inflammatory processes. Inflammation is defined as:
" 1) response to cell injury that involves dilatation of small blood vessels, redness, warmth, pain, and migration of white blood cells (pus) to the region (2) part of the healing process that removes noxious substances and damaged tissue (3) can be destructive as a primary disease process".
We should be thankful for the first two parts of that definition for that is what we call "healing" when we suffer scrapes, cuts and other injuries to our bodies. The third part, however, is the process taking place inside our body that some think could be the root cause of most of our chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and others.
CRP is a way to measure how much inflammation is taking place. Consider your CRP levels to be the temperature on a thermometer, the more inflammation there is the higher the temperature. The mechanism of how CRP damages our organs and brain is not totally clear. Some studies have shown that CRP disrupts fatty plaque buildup inside blood vessels causing a blood clot, which then can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Other studies have suggested that CRP makes the blood "sticky" and therefore more prone to clotting.
After hearing all of this, you might be too scared to find out what your CRP is! But, this is where it gets exciting!! Even if your CRP is high.......you can lower it! Determining your CRP level should be done whenever you have blood tests performed. The name of the test is "hsCRP". The "hs" stands for "high sensitivity". A safe or desired level would be less than 1.0 mg/L.
The first three ways are effective and FREE:
Aspirin - one low dose tablet per day
Vitamin-Mineral supplement with added antioxidants and a good quality daily supplement that contains:
Vitamin C - 500 mg
Pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P5P) - activated form of B-6 - 50 mg
Lycopene - 5 mg
Choline - 50 mg
Lutein - 5 mg
Bioflavonoids and proanthocyanidins
Omega 3 fatty acids - the best source is molecularly distilled fish oil containing:
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) - 1,000 mg per day
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) - 600 mg per day
Coenzyne Q10 - oil emulsified or "Q-melt" - 60 - 120 mg per day
If you don't have elevated CRP levels, this therapy can help prevent it from happening. If you do have high levels, this therapy can help bring it down, but it will take 60 - 90 days for the maximum improvement to show up in your blood tests.
And, as "lagniappe" (that's Cajun for "little bit extra") these therapies have been shown effective for reducing your risk for diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer's and other diseases of the aging process.
I believe every person/patient should realize that they are the managers of their state of health. All physicians should be regarded as "consultants". You, the manager, should gather as much information as you can from your consultants and then decide the healthcare direction that feels right for you. I hope this information will help empower you in that direction.
RESISTANCE TO LOSING WEIGHT?
ADHD/ADD? SLEEP PROBLEMS? FATIGUE?
DON'T GIVE UP HOPE!!
There is new testing and treatment for these disorders. If you suffer from any of them, you might have tried treatments that marginally helped or maybe did not help at all. Today, our clinic is utilizing new tests and treatment that have provided breakthrough relief for many people.
The tests we provide are "take home" kits that involve a simple urine collection. This test measures your neurotransmitters, or brain chemicals. In most cases of the disorders described above, there is a neurotransmitter imbalance in the brain that is the root cause of the problem. In the past, the most common method of treating these challenges was prescription medication that would treat the symptom of the disorder, but not the cause. Our method of treating a neurotransmitter imbalance does not involve medications. It consists of a personalized regimen of healing nutrients that allows the body to rebalance the neurotransmitters, resolving the cause of your disorder. Let me give you an example of one that I, personally, have experienced.
Sometime ago, I went through a period of feeling really slow, mentally and physically, in the mornings and most of the day. It felt like I was becoming depressed because I did not want to go to work. When I wasn't at work, I didn't want to go anywhere or do anything. I performed a neurotransmitter test on myself and learned that my serotonin, the neurotransmitter most often associated with depression, was normal. But…..my epinephrine and dopamine were low! These are important for energy, focus and the feeling of well being. I started a supplement regimen, specifically designed for my imbalance, and within a couple of days, I was "up and running" again! Feeling 100% better! The difference in the way that it made me feel, was like the difference between crawling through a day, waiting for it to end, and running and enjoying the day, however long it lasted! And…..as a surprise benefit, that I was not looking for……I lost 7 lbs in 12 weeks!!
Even though I experienced great success with this program, as thousands of others have across the country, I am not saying it will work for everyone. But I will say, with confidence, that many of you with a neurotransmitter imbalance can achieve improvement that you have not experienced before!
AND MORE GOOD NEWS……this test is covered by Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare and other insurance companies. The amount of coverage or reimbursement may vary between specific plans. So check with your insurance company.
Question: "You want me to check my HOMO…WHAT!?"
Answer: "Your HOMOCYSTEINE!"
Homocysteine (Hcy) is a protein in your blood, which at normal levels, is used by the body to help build and maintain body tissue. Too much homocysteine, however, can result in a lot of BAD THINGS!
The danger of this protein was discovered in the 1960's when an 8-year-old boy died of a stroke. Kilmer McCully, M.D., Harvard Medical School, found that the child had suffered from severe arteriosclerosis, hardening of the arteries and plaque blockages, that would normally only be seen the very elderly. Dr. McCully learned that this boy had a rare genetic defect that severely raised his homocysteine level. He discovered that cholesterol was NOT the main culprit in blocking arteries in cardiovascular disease. The first step was the physical damage to the artery wall by homocysteine, AND THEN cholesterol would accumulate on that damaged site. Studies have shown that half of the individuals that die from a heart attack have normal cholesterol levels! Dr. McCully's discovery has continued to be validated by nearly 100 clinical studies and cited by The American Heart Association. These studies have connected high homocysteine levels with heart disease and other significant diseases:
Elevated homocysteine (Hcy):
· Increases your risk of dying from a heart attack by 50%
· Each 3 unit increase in homocysteine equals another 35% increase in heart attack risk
· Increases your risk of stroke by 80% (when Hcy is greater than 14.24 umol/L)
· Doubles your risk for Alzheimer's disease when Hcy is greater than 14 umol/L)
· Increases your risk of dying from cancer by 26%
· Increases the risk of birth defects
· Has been linked to deep vein thrombosis, Parkinson's disease and polycystic ovary syndrome
Checking your levels of homocysteine is easily done by itself or along with your regular blood test. The latest research indicates a desired level to be 5-6 umol/L or less.
NON-PRESCRIPTION vitamins and substances that come from Mother Nature can lower high levels of homocysteine! The wisdom of Nature is also the wisdom of the body! Vitamins B-6, B-12, folic acid and trimethylglycine (TMG) are effective in lowering most cases of high homocysteine and costs less than 23 cents a day! However, one third of the population has difficulty in converting B-6 and folic acid to the activated forms in the body. These individuals would need to take a special version of these vitamins.
The bottom line: High levels of homocysteine have been proven to be a significant risk factor for many fatal conditions. Testing for it is easy. Treating it is inexpensive and safe.
IS YOUR CHILD IMBALANCED?
IN A WAY THAT YOU ARE UNAWARE OF?
The intestinal tract of a fetus is sterile- it contains no good or bad bacteria. But, during the birthing process, the newborn is "seeded" with good bacteria from its mother. (This does not happen with a C-section) The growth of these bacteria in the infant's intestinal tract is very important. Seventy percent (70%) of our immune strength, our resistance to infection and disease, is derived from our gut. The gut, or intestinal tract has a surface area equivalent in size to a tennis court (for an adult). Bacteria populate this surface. The balance of good vs. bad bacteria can make the difference in being healthy and being ill. We are constantly ingesting foreign microbes through our food and environment that could cause an illness. Having sufficient good bacteria can protect us. An infant, however has to start from having no good bacteria to growing a full compliment in his intestinal tract. This can take two years. Anytime a child, or adult, takes antibiotics for a bacterial infection, it will wipe out the bad and the good bacteria. Supplementing, daily, with certain strains of Good Bacteria can help develop the immune system of a young child and it can restore the normal bacteria during and after antibiotic use. These supplements are called Probiotics and are defined by Dr. Vanderhoof of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, as "live microorganisms that when ingested, produce some therapeutic or preventive health benefit. They must be of human origin and have some demonstrable health promoting benefits proven by clinical studies".
Recent research has shown additional benefits of Probiotics:
· Reduced incidence of milk allergies in toddlers
· Eliminates or reduces allergic eczema
· Significantly reduces severity and duration of viral infections of the intestinal tract - the British Medical Journal reports a study indicating that Probiotic supplementation reduced Day Care Center infections by 70% (and therefore reduced adult absenteeism from work)
· Prevents yeast infections
· Helps the absorption of calcium and synthesizes B vitamins
· Aids in digestion
· Reduces risk of antibiotic associated diarrhea in children by 70%
· Helps protect against Traveler's diarrhea
· Helps reduce symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn's Disease
Supplementing with Probiotics can help assure your child's proper balance of good vs. bad bacteria. BUT…you need a little shopping savvy to make sure that you are getting what you are after. Yogurt is a source for Probiotics, but not all yogurts contain live cultures. Some yogurt is heated, to extend its shelf life, and this kills all the good bacteria. The label should state, "contains active (or living) yogurt cultures". Because of the high amount of sugar in most yogurts, I favor direct supplementation of the Probiotics by capsule or powder. This way you can be assured of the quality and quantity of live organisms. Here is where the shopping savvy comes in: two separate studies, one by Consumer Labs and the other by Bastyr University, found that one-third of the products they tested "off the shelf" failed to have 1% of the label claim. You should look for a statement on the label that indicates how many live organisms can be expected at the time of use (not when manufactured). The refrigerated products are the most potent and highest quality. A daily maintenance dose of 1-4 billion cells is adequate for children and adults. For treatment of an infection or to recover from antibiotic use, the dosage should be increased to 25-30 billion cells per day.
"Ultimately, we may view Probiotics as we now view antibiotics, with many choices of strains useful in different situations and many double-blind, placebo-controlled studies to direct our choice for prevention or therapy". J.A. Vanderhoof, M.D., Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, University of Nebraska Medical Center.
HEART ATTACK OR STROKE
Decrease LDL and increase HDL - it's FREE!
2. LOW FAT DIET? WRONG! LOW CARB DIET!
Don't Eat The Whites
Good Oils - No Trans Fats
3. SOLUBLE FIBER
15 grams of psyllium fiber equals 10mg Zocor
Oat bran can lower cholesterol by 10-15% (and blood sugar)
Whole wheat fiber and raisin bran do not lower cholesterol
4. PHYTOSTEROLS - PLANT STEROLS
Sytrinol = 24% reduction in cholesterol
19% reduction in LDL
23% reduction in triglycerides
5. OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS - FISH OIL
Decrease triglycerides and LDL, increase HDL
Decrease risk of Sudden Cardiac Death by 50%
1,400 mg EPA and 900 mg DHA per day
Also reduces risk of depression, dementia, Alzheimer's, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, breast, prostate and colon cancer, heart arrhythmias, stroke, dermatitis and diabetes
Reduces blood pressure and cholesterol
400 - 600 mg per day magnesium citrate, glycinate or chelate
RISK FACTORS FOR
HEART DISEASE AND STROKE
1. Cholesterol Panel: increased total cholesterol
2. LPP: decreased Apo B *
increased Apo A *
decreased LDL particle size
3. Increased CRP
Decreased Vit K
Adverse Effects of Statin Therapy
$ - For the rest of your life depression / irritability
liver damage peripheral neuropathy
muscle damage sex hormones
memory / cognition Co Q10
" A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words"
Coronary CT Angiography
Carotid Intima - Medial Thickness
WITH ACID REFLUX, GERD AND INDIGESTION………
1 + 1 = 3
Millions of Americans take the "purple pill", Nexium, Prilosec, Aciphex, Prevacid, Protonix and other drugs to quell their acidic stomach symptoms. The common belief is their stomach produces TOO MUCH ACID causing these problems. This is where 1+1=3! The REAL CAUSE is their stomach is producing TOO LITTLE ACID!
A properly functioning stomach will produce hydrochloric acid that is so strong it could burn your skin or clean concrete! This strong gastric acid serves two purposes: 1) it kills any bacteria or parasites that are in your food and 2) it starts the digestive process. The common scenario is: you eat something and your stomach is not capable of producing enough gastric acid, so the food sits there, putrefying. The putrefying process produces acid from the food that causes burping, fullness, indigestion and acid reflux. Then you need an antacid to counter the food acid. To prevent this scenario you can take a supplement with your meal that is similar to natural gastric acid called betaine hydrochloride (BH). I know it sounds crazy, but I can attest to this - I take BH with every meal and if I forget……..BOOM…….I will have acid reflux!
Using BH to help your digestive system work naturally is not only important to prevent acid reflux, but it also is very important to help you absorb the nutrients in food. The presence of gastric acid triggers the gall bladder and pancreas to do their job. Without this trigger, your ability to absorb life giving nutrients will be compromised.
There are possible serious side effects from using proton pump inhibitors (PPI) like Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, etc. Because they shut off the natural production of gastric acid, this reduces your absorption of nutrients. In 2011, the FDA issued two alerts on long term (1 year) use of PPI's. Research has shown that PPI's can cause osteoporosis and significantly increases the risk of fractures of the hip, wrist and spine. Another study showed they prevented the absorption of magnesium, which resulted in abnormal heart rate (arrhythmia), palpations, muscle spasms and convulsions. The FDA recommends taking PPI's no longer than 14 consecutive days and no more than 3 times a year.
Supplementing with betaine hydrochloride to support the natural digestive process is best used to PREVENT acid reflux. It can be contradicted in someone that has or is close to having a stomach ulcer. Certain foods and drugs can also contribute to acid reflux. Therefore, a comprehensive evaluation by a healthcare professional is recommended.
Dr. Charles Campbell
operates Campbell Chiropractic Wellness Center in Kingwood, Texas. He is licensed by the State of Texas to
practice Natural Therapies and Nutritional Counseling. He has had postgraduate studies at the
Institute of Functional Medicine and is a member the American Association of
Integrative Medicine-College of Clinical Nutrition, the American Holistic
Health Association and The American Nutraceutical Association.