9 Steps to Perfect Health – #5: Heal Your Gut

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All disease begins in the gut.- Hippocrates

Hippocrates said this more than 2,000 years ago, but we’re only now coming to understand just how right he was. Research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and that an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism spectrum disorder, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.

In fact, many researchers (including myself) believe that supporting intestinal health and restoring the integrity of the gut barrier will be one of the most important goals of medicine in the 21st century.

There are two closely related variables that determine our gut health: the intestinal microbiota, or “gut flora”, and the gut barrier. Let’s discuss each of them in turn.

The gut flora: a healthy garden needs healthy soil (more…)

How Inflammation Affects Every Aspect of Your Health

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Dr. David M. Marquis, DC, DACBN

Inflammation controls our lives. Have you or a loved one dealt with pain, obesity, ADD/ADHD, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, or cancer?

If you answered yes to any of these disorders you are dealing with inflammation.

Sadly, most of us are suffering from one or more of these disorders but have no idea how to eliminate inflammation. Most doctors are utilizing pharmaceuticals in lieu of getting to the root cause.

It often seems extremely foreign to most people when they realize the majority of inflammatory diseases start in the gut with an autoimmune reaction which progresses into systemic inflammation. To truly be effective at managing or hopefully overcome a disease it needs to be addressed on all levels. Taking a look at where this process starts is the key.

Where Does Inflammation Begin? (more…)

One Enzyme That Destroys Candida

Candida is a fungus that naturally lives in the human body.

A leaky or permeable gut lining, antibiotic use, and a sugary, gluten-filled diet invite systemic Candida overgrowth.

While Candida is native to the mouth, the digestive tract, and the birth canal, it can overgrow—especially when we are under physical, mental, or emotional stress.

Candida is opportunistic and can change its form when necessary. The two most common forms of Candida are yeast cells and hyphae. (more…)

The Amazing Olive Leaf

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by Jeffrey Dach MD

History of the Olive Tree and Leaf

The Fruit and Leaves of the Olive Tree have been used for thousands of years.  Ancient writings contain abundant references to Olive Oil, Olive Trees and The Olive Leaf.  An early reference to olive leaf is from the Noah’s Ark story.  The appearance of a Dove with the Olive Branch symbolize the end of the Flood and the beginning of peace”. (Bible)(link)The medicinal use of Olive Leaf extract began fairly recently in 1995-1996 with the work of the chemist, William Frederickson who patented his extraction technique. (37) (Patent )

Left Image:  Olive leaf, Olea Europaea courtesy of wikimedia commons.

Beneficial Properties of Olive Leaf Extract (more…)

Death by Fungi

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In Nature this month there is an essay about natural catastrophes that might overtake us. One of these focuses on the threat posed by local fungus populations:

Although viruses and bacteria grab more attention, fungi are the planet’s biggest killers. Of all the pathogens being tracked, fungi have caused more than 70% of the recorded global and regional extinctions, and now threaten amphibians, bats and bees. The Irish potato famine in the 1840s showed just how devastating such pathogens can be. Phytophthora infestans (an organism similar to and often grouped with fungi) wiped out as much as three-quarters of the potato crop in Ireland and led to the death of one million people. (more…)

Bacteria Respond to Your Hormones: How Stress Feeds Candida

You’re not the only one that can sense stress. The bacteria living in your body can too! Stress signals to bacteria that you are weak and that it is time invade.

Stress is largely perceived.

Stress initiates what is known as your fight-or-flight response, which causes the release of stress hormones like epinephrine from the adrenal gland.

Stress hormones stimulate a feeling of excitement, causing the heart to race and the breath to become quick and shallow.

Adrenal stimulants like caffeine, road rage, traveling across time zones, a fight with your spouse, and even a television program can do the same thing – they can all activate the fight-or-flight signal within the body. (more…)

Depression and Leaky Gut from Michael Maes by Jeffrey Dach MD

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A 52 year old  male came to see me in the office.  He is a successful business man with a string of lucrative stores.  He is currently under the care of a psychiatrist who prescribes two different anti-depressant drugs for chronic depression, an SSRI drug and Lithium carbonate.  In spite of the medications, the patient complains of continued symptoms of depression, chronic fatigue, vague body aches and pains and arthritis.

Upper left image: Painting by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) entitled At Eternity’s Gate”  May 1890,  oil on canvas in the Kröller-Müller Museum.  Courtesy of wikimedia commons.

Abdominal Symptoms Evaluated with Enterolabs Panel

The patient also complains of abdominal gas and bloating, especially after meals.  Laboratory studies showed a low testosterone level of 267 (Total Testosterone).  His Enterolabs stool antigliadin IgA antibody was markedly elevated (90 with normal less than 10).  His Enterolabs panel also showed multiple food sensitivities.  This was strongly suggestive of “Leaky Gut ” originating from wheat gluten sensitivity, along with other food intolerances.  He was immediately started on Testosterone supplementation and a Gluten free diet, and noted improvement in symptoms.  The patient was able to taper off one of the antidepressant meds (the Lithium) and reduced the SSRI drug dosage.  A calcium score test was done showing a high calcium score of 490 (95th percentile) indicating high risk for underlying coronary artery disease, and the patient’s cardiologist started him on a statin anti-cholesterol drug (Crestor).

Leaky Gut Causes Inflammation in the Brain and Heart (more…)

Iodine Dosages

Treatment of Influenza and other Diseases

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After testing over 500 patients, I found that 94.7% of my patients are deficient in inorganic iodine.– Dr. David Brownstein

There are several reference points we can use to plot out iodine dosages for a variety of disorders that beg for the use of iodine for successful treatment. In this chapter I will present different views and practices from present as well as from the long past when iodine was vastly more popular as a medicine than it is today. For whatever irrational reason, doctors and patients fear iodine thus en mass do not use to its fullest potential. (more…)

What Should You Eat To Heal a Leaky Gut?

What Should You Eat To Heal a Leaky Gut?

We make it clear that we are in no position to expertly and thoroughly explain the science behind the Paleo Diet. So many people, though, ask us about it. In response, we went out and found a scientist for you. Meet The Paleo Mom, a scientist-turned-at-home-mom. She has written a series of posts for us on the “why” of this way of eating. We hope this will be informative and fun for you. Check out her website, an adorable place full of interesting posts and cute drawings.

Part 4 of 4 in this guest series: What Should You Eat To Heal a Leaky Gut?

If you are concerned that you may have, or could develop, a leaky gut, then changing your diet to one that protects the gut is a natural next step for you. If you are already battling health conditions related to having a leaky gut, then you will have to be more strict with your dietary choices and also address other lifestyle factors like getting good quality sleep, managing stress, finding time for low-strain exercise, and getting outside. (more…)