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Vitamin B—A Deficiency Syndrome

Vitamin B—A Deficiency Syndrome

Substantial amounts of B complex are used by the body just to deal with the stress all of us deal with daily. Highly refined white breads, pastas and rice common to most diets have been stripped of most of the B complex. And refined sugar, found in just about everything under many aliases, also depletes the body of this critical nutrient. No wonder B complex deficiency syndrome is so common!
Some signs of vitamin B complex deficiency include:

• Chronic or unexplained fatigue
• Adrenal fatigue
• Insomnia
• Inability to handle daily stress
• Mood swings
• Irritability/quick tempered
• Hyper-activity in children and adults
• Difficulty concentrating/short attention span
• Muscle tension and aches
• Indigestion
• Immune dysfunction

Can you relate to some of these? If so it might be time to make some specific changes in your diet and consider supplementing with vitamin B complex. When choosing a supplement it’s important to know that not all B complex supplements are created equal. Allow me to explain why.
Vitamin B, a very complex nutrient, is composed of 25 or more parts—B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B12, Folic Acid—just to name a few. In the interest of time and for discussion purposes, we will only look at the functional differences between natural and synthetic thiamine, known as vitamin B1.
The body is basically a chemical production plant. So let’s talk simple chemistry. A tremendous amount of energy is required just to carry out the daily requirements for maintenance and repair. In order to produce this energy, certain substances must bond—or hook up—chemically. One of these is the vitamin B complex (remember, we’re looking at thiamine-B1 for simplicity’s sake). It needs to bond with phosphoric acid molecules that naturally occur in the body. This chemical reaction allows the metabolic system to produce the energy you so need. There are numerous other nutrients required for this process. These will be discussed in other blogs. Let’s consider the following diagrams to illustrate how this process works.

Phosphoric Acid
Natural Thiamine
Phosphoric Acid

molecules. Chemically, these
molecules “fit” and are in position to
combine, completing a crucial step in
the energy production cycle.

Phosphoric Acid
Synthetic
Thiamine
Synthetic
Thiamine

The synthetic thiamine (like all vitamins created in a laboratory) leaves your body unused—as evidenced by the yellow urine experienced after taking it. The same process holds true for the rest of the B complex when taken in a synthetic form. A synthetic B complex cannot eliminate the deficiency that is producing your troublesome symptoms.

So what can help you overcome a deficiency of vitamin B complex? Here are a few suggestions.
• Eat a diet composed of whole foods (supplementation can’t compensate for a diet filled with processed food)
• Supplement your diet with a vitamin B complex, made from whole foods, that provides all the nutrients in a form your body can use
• Drink plenty of pure, non-fluoridated water to help your body absorb nutrients
• Develop ways to deal more effectively with daily stress
• Remember it takes time—up to 1 to 2 years—to overcome a nutritional deficiency. Be patient and stick with the program in order to achieve lasting results.

In order to obtain a whole food B-complex supplement or get suggestions for improving your diet, please give our office a call at 773/262-7611. We’d love to be of help!

Vitamin A—Taking a Closer Look

Vitamin A—Taking a Closer Look

Vitamin A deserves a closer look because it’s essential to so many critical functions in our bodies. A partial list includes:
• Maintaining healthy skin, including prevention of dry skin, eczema and acne
• Optimizing adrenal, thyroid and liver function
• Producing new cells throughout the body
• Keeping eyes healthy
• Building strong bones and muscles
• Producing new blood cells and insuring normal blood clotting
• Building a strong immune system
• Maintaining a healthy nervous system
• Assuring a healthy lymphatic system (thymus gland, tonsils and appendix)
• Healing inflammation or infection
• Sustaining all aspects of pregnancy
• Supporting normal growth in young children

After considering this list, it becomes apparent that an adequate levels of vitamin A is extremely important in order for us to enjoy good health. So, it’s worth taking a closer look.
Let’s begin by revisiting the list, starting with the lymphatic system. A deficiency of vitamin A causes the thymus gland to atrophy and be considered useless by adulthood. Adequate levels of vitamin A can actually cause the thymus gland to return to its normal size and function. An important fact because the thymus is often referred to as the master gland responsible for helping people stay healthy and overcome disease.

As far back as 1966 Howard Bierman, MD, of Loma Linda Research Center, alerted the American College of Surgeons that removal of an unhealthy appendix could lead to leukemia. This is another reminder of the importance of our lymphatic system. ¹

In regard to the immune system, vitamin A is called the anti-infection vitamin. People tend to experience more infections (e.g. colds, flu, sinus and bladder) when they are deficient in this nutrient. Left uncorrected these problems may become chronic resulting in repeated use of antibiotics and deteriorating health.

Vitamin A is also referred to as the growth vitamin. When a child falls below normal range on growth charts, a vitamin A deficiency should be considered as a contributing factor. It would also be a very important factor in a situation where there is failure-to-thrive.

Considering the above, I believe it is clear that adequate levels of this vitamin are needed to avoid or recover from countless health challenges. This can be accomplished in two ways: 1) eating foods rich in naturally occurring vitamin A and 2) supplementation. Let’s begin by looking at food as our source.
Like all other naturally occurring nutrients, vitamin A is actually a whole family of compounds: retinol, retinal, carotenes and carotenoids. In food you always find them with other nutrients such as essential fatty acids, chlorophyll, other vitamins (C, D and E), proteins and minerals. ²

Retinol and retinal, called preformed vitamin A, are found in animal food. They can be used by the body within three to five hours of eating. Carotenes and carotenoids are found in vegetables and fruit. In order to be used as vitamin A, these compounds must be converted to retinol. This process takes place in the liver and requires much more time. Depending on the health of a person’s liver, no more than ¼ to ⅓ of the carotenes are converted to retinol. ³

The best sources of retinol, or preformed vitamin A, are non-gmo organic eggs (including the yolk), beef (grass-fed is best), and dark meat of chicken and turkey. I recommend two to three servings daily from any of these preformed sources. All brightly colored vegetables and fruit (red, orange, yellow and dark green) have carotenes and/or carotenoids. I also recommend five or more servings daily from these sources. A good principle to remember in regard to any essential nutrient (vitamins and minerals) is to eat a variety of organic foods.

Now let’s consider using supplements to build up our vitamin A levels. It’s critical to understand that not all supplements are created equal. They are either natural (not manufactured) or synthetic (created in a laboratory). Raw, fermented cod liver oil is a natural food source of preformed vitamin A and the only supplement I recommend using. Synthetic forms of this nutrient are actually created in a laboratory and have a different chemical structure. Our bodies are unable to recognize or use these synthetics to build health. You may have heard some of their names: beta carotene, retinoic acid (Accutane) and vitamin A palmitate. Furthermore, the synthetics are actually harmful and toxic.

Consider this partial list of possible side effects caused by these supplements:

• Abnormal growth of the liver and spleen
• Elevation of liver enzymes
• Development of high blood pressure
• Hardening of the arteries
• Leaching of calcium out of bones (osteoporosis)
• Accumulation of calcium deposits in soft tissue
• Gout
• Thinning of hair
• Irregular menstrual periods
• Insomnia and/or night sweats

If we take a closer look, we’ll discover that:

Any inflammation or infection in our body greatly increases the body’s demand for vitamin A. Yet using its synthetic form—such as beta-carotene—does not give good results.

Natural vitamin A is very helpful in healing excess inflammation. Synthetic vitamin A—as pure retinoic acid (retin A)—interferes with healing and repair when we have excess inflammation and infection.
The use of synthetic retinols can give short-term results but will almost always result in vitamin imbalances and toxicity. “A cumulative effect of toxicity with increasing doses of synthetic vitamin A has been shown.”⁴

Natural forms of vitamin A definitely help clear up acne. Whereas, “Carefully controlled studies using synthetic A failed to be effective”.⁵

Accutane—a synthetic vitamin A product— is used to treat acne, psoriasis and other diseases. Some very common side effects include depression, anxiety, crying spells, fatigue and forgetfulness.

Having taken a closer look at vitamin A and considering the facts, we have to conclude it is a very important nutrient. Equally important are the sources we choose to insure adequate levels to sustain or regain vibrant health. Organic food sources should always be our first choice. Foods contain the entire vitamin A complex, not just beta carotene for example. It is the combination of all these factors working together that helps you to be well. One factor separated out of the food is foreign to your body. It may hurt you, it may not, but it does not have the capacity to help you.

When including supplementation, raw, fermented cod liver oil is the only choice. It’s hard to find so call my office for the one I recommend (773-262-7611).

• The Journal: Biomedical Nitty-Gritty, Richard P Murray, D.C., P.A., “Inflammation Part III”, December, 1981
• The Real Truth About Vitamins And Anti-Oxidants, Judith A DeCava, MS, LNC, pp 83-99
• The Vitamins In Medicine, Bicknell and Prescott, Third Edition, pp 1-16
• The Real Truth About Vitamins And Anti-Oxidants, Judith A DeCava, MS, LNC, pp 83-99
• ibid

Unsaturated Fatty Acids—Part II

Unsaturated Fatty Acids—Part II

There are two major concerns in regard to UFA’s:
• Getting enough from the correct sources in order to maintain good health.
• Avoiding refined oils, or foods containing them, that will deplete us of UFA’s and lead to various illnesses.

If we are diligent with our diets (see UFA’s Part I) we can easily get plenty of UFA’s/EFA’s. The second point is the main concern. Let’s look at why some foods and oils are a problem.
• Oils such as safflower, corn, soy or canola are heated and refined. The nutrients—vitamins A and E and minerals—have been removed. If we eat these oils we become deficient in these vitamins as well as minerals.
• Refined oils also contain pesticide residues and chemical solvents that are very toxic and can cause many severe problems in our bodies.
• Refined oils contain 20% or more trans-fatty acids.
• Partially hydrogenated oils have 10-60% trans fats.
• In the refining process, oils are deodorized. This step produces trans fats in very high amounts. Canola and soybean oils are particularly susceptible to developing high levels of trans fats during this process.
It is important to understand why trans fats are so unhealthy. The explanation is as follows:
In their unrefined state fatty acids are in the natural cis form (it is all about chemistry). In refined oils some of these fatty acids are converted to the unnatural trans form. The problem with this is that fatty acids, in their cis form, are designed to be a part of the covering (membrane) around cells. The purpose of the membrane is to protect the insides of the cell and to allow for proper movement of nutrients and water into the cell and for waste and water to move out.
Trans fats also enter the cell membranes. These fatty acids clog the pores (openings) of the membrane leading to reduced movement of nutrients and water into the cell and waste and water out. Once they become lodged in the cell membrane, they take up permanent residence. Over time almost any problem could occur as a result of this situation. Most frequently we see high blood pressure and increased toxicity.
What is the answer? There is a tremendous opportunity here! Every hour we make approximately a billion new cells. In that same hour we break down a billion old cells. This is the key to good health—making healthy new cells. The following are some tips:
• Eliminate refined oils from your diet (i.e. canola, corn, soy, sesame and safflower).
• Use organic extra virgin olive oil for salad dressing.
• Use organic butter or organic unrefined coconut oil for cooking (Reminder, no oil should be heated too high or too long. Frying food is not healthy.)
• Use butter, coconut oil, or raw seed butters as spreads on bread and crackers. (Almond butter is sold raw and other nut and seed butters can be made in a food processor from raw, organic nuts and seeds.)
• Homemade mayonnaise is easy to make from organic extra virgin olive oil. Follow this

well-tested recipe:

3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
Slightly less than 2 cups of organic extra virgin olive oil
Blend the eggs, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic and salt in a food processor or blender. With the machine still running, SLOWLY add the oil in a thin stream. Continue mixing till mixture thickens. Place in glass container with tight fitting lid and refrigerate immediately. Mayonnaise will thicken further when cooled. Must be kept refrigerated and used within one week.

In conclusion, I encourage you to choose your fats carefully using the recommendations listed above. In addition strive to follow the dietary guidelines suggested in the first article on fatty acids.

Unsaturated Fatty Acids—Part I

Unsaturated Fatty Acids—Part I

Unsaturated fatty acids (UFA’s), including essential fatty acids (EFA’s) are necessary for our overall health and for the prevention and healing of many conditions. UFA’s are also known as vitamin F. Studies have shown that the great majority of people in the US are deficient in this vitamin. Doctors have seen a correlation between this deficiency and the development of chronic disease states. Some of these are coronary heart disease (CHD), diabetes, cancer, hormonal imbalances, skin problems, nerve disorders and many more.

It can be difficult to identify the best sources of this vitamin in food and supplements. There are actually many sources including:
• Fatty fish: salmon, herring, sardines, all types of white fish, blue fish and mackerel
• Extra virgin organic olive oil
• Green leafy vegetables: spinach, kale, collards, Swiss chard, leaf lettuce (all are best eaten raw, juiced or lightly cooked)
• Vegetables and fruits: mushrooms, turnips, asparagus, broccoli, sweet potatoes, avocados and bananas (organic is always best)
• Whole grains, especially whole grain oats (Steel cut oats work well and are easy to cook. 1 cup oats to 3 cups water makes a nice, creamy oatmeal.)
• Whole organic or non-GMO eggs (the yolk contains the fatty acids)
• Organic butter
• Walnuts and other nuts and seeds (raw and organic are essential)
• Supplements: cod liver oil, wheat germ oil (call my office for the healthiest sources 773/262-7611) I only occasionally recommend fish oil. It is best to get these fatty acids from the fish listed above or cod liver oil.

Limit fatty fish to 3-4 servings per week. The remaining foods can be eaten regularly in moderation and the greens can be eaten in abundance.

In conclusion: eat plenty of the foods listed above and, in general, follow a diet of organic whole foods with plenty of raw vegetables and fruits. Feel free to email me at (madelinepermutt@gmail.com or call me at 773/262-7611 with any questions regarding this information and how it applies to yours and your family’s health.

Coconut Oil: One of the Best Kept Secrets-Part III

Coconut Oil: One of the Best Kept Secrets-Part III

As I have said in earlier blogs, germs do not make us sick. Again you might ask, “How is that possible since people do develop infections?” In reality, germs (bacteria and viruses) are all around us and on us. There’s no escaping them. We’re bombarded every day. These microorganisms only become a problem when our bodies are unable to live in harmony with them. What causes this to happen? The three keys are: maintaining a strong immune system, a healthy liver and overall good health. Numerous factors contribute to developing and maintaining this level of health. In past blogs we have discussed the role of diet, pure water, a positive attitude and exercise. In this blog we will discuss the part coconut—both fresh and oil—play in helping us maintain a strong immune system and healthy body.

It is those medium chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) that strengthen our immune system and help us handle all the microorganisms that come our way. There are three major sources of MCFA’s: breast milk, coconut oil and butter. It is well known that breast milk helps to strengthen the baby’s immune system. It is interesting to note that the more MCFA’s the mother eats (coconut oil/butter) the more she will have in her breast milk.
The skin is also an important defense to help protect the body from germs. One of the ways the skin does this is by secreting oil from the sebaceous glands—located at the root of every hair. This oil contains MCFA’s. As with breast milk, the more regularly we eat coconut oil or butter the more MCFA’s we will have in this oil and the stronger our immune system.

You may have heard of or used caprylic acid as a supplement for yeast/fungal infections. Caprylic acid is a medium chain fatty acid derived from coconut oil. These infections can be found in the GI tract, vagina and the feet. It takes a strong immune system to keep all opportunistic microorganisms in check. Two more great reasons to use coconut in your diet! Unlike coconut oil, polyunsaturated vegetable oils put a heavy strain on the immune system. Another good reason to eliminate them!

There are so many ways to use coconut: fresh, dehydrated (Lets Do® Organic is a great brand) or unrefined organic coconut oil. Try spreading this oil on toast or crackers as a snack or on potatoes and/or other steamed vegetables. You can even bake with it. Unrefined coconut oil has a great taste that can add flavor to many foods. Be adventurous in your use of this amazing oil and ENJOY! Your body will thank you!

Coconut Oil: One of the Best Kept Secrets Part II

Coconut Oil: One of the Best Kept Secrets Part II

Today it is very common for saturated fat and heart disease to be mentioned in the same sentence. We’ve been led to believe that one leads to the other. But is that really true? Let’s take a few minutes to look at some facts that just might challenge your way of thinking about this subject.

Fact #1: Because medium chain fatty acids are burned almost immediately for energy they are not turned into cholesterol. Therefore they do not affect cholesterol levels. Dr Fife states: “One of the factors that increase blood cholesterol is low metabolism. Because coconut oil stimulates metabolism it actually protects against high cholesterol”.

Fact #2: One of the factors involved in the development of heart disease is the blood’s tendency to form clots. Platelets, in the blood, cause clotting when they become sticky. Many studies have shown that all fats except for two cause platelets to become sticky. The two exceptions are 1) fish oil (from eating fish itself) and 2) medium chain fatty acids (especially coconut oil). Taking too much fish oil in supplement form can lead to the weakening of blood vessel walls and bleeding in extreme cases. Quoting from Dr Fife, “Twenty five percent of all strokes are caused by excessive bleeding in the brain”. By contrast MCFA’s, because they are burned up immediately, do not affect platelet stickiness one way or the other.

Fact #3: Native populations of Polynesia and India, whose diets are high in coconut and coconut oil, are surprisingly free from heart disease and other chronic degenerative diseases. For example, in Sri Lanka, the average consumption of coconuts has been reported to be 90 per person annually. Their heart disease rate, according to Dr Fife, is far lower than that of non- coconut eating populations. It has been reported as low as 2.3 people per thousand.

Fact #4: Vegetable oil is the main source of fat in western countries (including the US). Interestingly enough heart disease accounts for 50% or more of all deaths in these countries. Given this information it would seem wise to replace polyunsaturated vegetable oils with organic extra virgin olive oil and organic unrefined coconut oil.

I trust this has given you some food for thought. If you have further questions about this subject in regard to you or your loved ones, please feel free to give me a call at 773/262-7611.

Coconut Oil: One of the Best Kept Secrets Part I

Coconut Oil: One of the Best Kept Secrets Part I

Would you like to hear something amazing about coconut oil? It can actually help you lose weight! I can almost hear you thinking, “A fat can help me lose weight? You must be kidding!” No, coconut oil actually can help take off those unwanted pounds! And there is more good news!

Let’s consider this quote from Dr Bruce Fife’s book Saturated Fat May Save Your Life. “There is a new health food sweeping the nation. This remarkable product can protect you from the effects of many degenerative diseases, aid you in losing unwanted weight, give your skin a more youthful appearance, and help you feel years younger.”

He goes on to say, “This new health food is coconut oil. Yes, ordinary coconut oil, which by the way, is predominantly a saturated fat.”

What is it that makes coconut oil different from other fats? The answer lies in considering how different types of fats are metabolized in the body. Coconut and palm kernel oils are considered medium-chain fatty acids. They are easier to digest than other fats. Quoting again from Dr Fife’s book, “Unlike other fatty acids, medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) are absorbed directly into the portal vein and sent straight to the liver where they are, for the most part, burned as fuel much like a carbohydrate.” He goes on to say, “MCFA’s are unique in that they can easily permeate both membranes of the mitochondria without the need of enzymes and thus provide the cell with a quick and efficient source of energy.”
Normally, when we eat fat, it is broken down into fatty acids, sent into our blood and then taken into our fat cells. Both fat and carbohydrate can be converted to energy. Therefore, if we are eating enough carbohydrate to satisfy our energy levels, over consumption of fat will lead to weight gain. Even though coconut oil has fewer calories than other fats, calories in excess of what the body needs will lead to weight gain.

Researchers have demonstrated the link between coconut oil and weight loss. This may be due in part to the fact that MCFA’S actually increase metabolic rate. The reason for this is due to the fact that they are easily absorbed and rapidly burned and used as energy for metabolism. Quoting again from Dr Fife’s book, “Long chain fatty acids are like heavy wet logs that you put on a small camp fire. Keep adding the logs, and soon you have more logs than fire. MCFA’S are like rolled-up newspaper soaked in gasoline. They not only burn brightly, but will burn up the wet logs as well.”

Quoting again from Dr Fife, “Polyunsaturated vegetable oils depress thyroid activity, thus lowering metabolic rate—just the opposite of coconut oil. Eating vegetable oils will contribute more to weight gain than any other fat. According to Ray Peat, PhD, an endocrinologist, unsaturated oils block thyroid hormone secretion, its movement in the circulation, and the response of the tissues to the hormone. When thyroid hormones are deficient, metabolism becomes depressed.” Another strong reason to replace polyunsaturated vegetable oils (such as canola, safflower, soy and corn) with unrefined organic coconut oil.

In conclusion, remember that moderation is important when dieting and there must be fat in the diet. The best oils to use are unrefined organic coconut oil for cooking and baking and organic extra virgin olive oil for salad dressings. Foods with good fat include coconut, olives, avocados, raw organic nuts and seeds, organic or free range eggs, chicken, beef, fish and lamb.

Saturated Fat May Save Your Life, Bruce Fife, N.D., pp 107-111

Brain Fog—Bringing It Into Focus

Brain Fog—Bringing It Into Focus

Brain fog—we’ve all heard people complain about it, maybe even experienced it ourselves.

What is it? Brain fog is difficult to define. When trying to describe the condition people often say “My mind feels “foggy”. I can’t think clearly or remember things from one minute to the next. I find it hard to focus my thoughts and concentrate. My head feels heavy”.

What causes it? There can be many contributing factors. When I treat people with this condition I take an extensive history and complete a non-invasive physical exam. The information gathered reveals some common threads in these patients. Here are a few of them.
• Diet-many patients describe diets high in foods made with white flour and white sugar. Over time these foods deplete the body of the vitamins and minerals needed for good brain function.
• Aspartame and NutraSweet®-consuming beverages (sodas, teas and fruit drinks) and desserts (cookies, ice cream, candy and gum) sweetened with aspartame or NutraSweet® is a major cause of “brain fog”. These sweeteners can even cause mild to severe depression and many other serious symptoms.
• Vitamin B Complex deficiency—this nutrient is essential for proper brain and nerve function.
• Alkaline mineral deficiency—calcium, magnesium, potassium and other minerals are also essential for proper brain and nerve function.
• Childhood stress—unusually stressful experiences in the formative years can lead to diminished access to certain brain functions or pathways. These alterations in the brain cause it to try to adapt in order to learn and perform ordinary tasks. These children have much difficultly focusing and concentrating and are usually seen as unwilling to do their best in school and at home. If these problems aren’t corrected, they continue into adulthood and can cause difficulties in life. (See the “Treatments Offered” tab on my website to learn about the Brain Integration Technique (BIT) I offer in my practice. I’ve seen some amazing results.

What can I do to make the fog lift?
• Begin by working to replace refined food with whole, unprocessed food—include plenty of raw vegies and fruits. Choose organic as much as possible. Drink only pure water, not from the kitchen tap.
• Eliminate diet or sugar-free foods and beverages sweetened with artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame and Nutrasweet®.
• Add a whole food vitamin B complex supplement to your diet. Nutriplex Formulas is the only one I recommend.
• Introduce an organic, raw green supplement to supply an adequate amount of the alkaline minerals. Pines International Barley Grass (tablets or powder) is an excellent choice. Available on line and some health food stores.
• Consider BIT treatments. If you’ve followed through on my suggestions for a period of time (at least 6 months) and still suffer from “brain fog” consider looking into Brain Integration Technique (BIT). Call me and we’ll determine if you or your child might be a good candidate for this therapy (773-262-7611). I’d love to discuss the possibilities with you!

Biochemistry of Inflammation Part IV

Biochemistry of Inflammation Part IV

I would like to share a couple of examples of how I applied the principles of the biochemistry of inflammation successfully in my practice. A mother brought her seven-year-old son into my office after months of unsuccessful treatment for throat infections, coughing, sinus infections, high fevers, ear infections, mysterious leg pains and headaches. He had been prescribed and he took antibiotics and used an inhaler for 5 months. When he came to me, he was still experiencing an ear infection (a very red ear), dizziness, difficulty waking in the morning, night sweats, leg and finger cramping, frequent urination and headaches.
After reviewing his medical history and completing an examination, I determined that the child was experiencing chronic inflammation (remember—redness, heat and swelling). In order to bring his body back into harmony with itself I recommended proper diet, supplements and pure water. This program was designed to build his immune system and to help his body successfully complete the biochemistry of inflammation. After two weeks the child went back to his medical doctor and was given a clean bill of health. All of his symptoms were gone! As we learned earlier, antibiotics block the movement of white blood cells into the area that needs healing. As a result the biochemistry of inflammation could not be completed in this child’s body, and therefore he could not heal. When we provided his body with the required nutrients, through diet and supplements, he healed quickly.
On another occasion a 20 year old woman entered my office with the following symptoms: migraines, severe joint pain, back and neck pain, hair loss, extreme fatigue and hormonal imbalance. Her rheumatologist diagnosed her with autoimmune disease and prescribed various medications (most of which were anti-inflammatory in nature). She suffered from serious side effects but enjoyed very little relief.
When she came to my office I took a comprehensive history and completed a physical exam. She still reported having all the above symptoms. It became apparent to me that she, too, was suffering from unresolved inflammation. I determined that the causes of her symptoms were food allergies, vitamin and mineral deficiencies as well as high levels of anxiety. In order to help resolve the inflammation and treat the causes of her problems I developed the following treatment program for her. It included: pure water, proper diet and whole food supplements. I also eliminated her allergies and we discussed ways of reducing her anxiety. She decided to slowly cut back on her medications. Her healing time was longer than it would have been without medications. Within six months of faithfully following the program she reported feeling great. Even an occasional dietary indiscretion did not cause a setback in her healing.

Both these cases involved high levels of unresolved inflammation. Each patient was trying to eliminate symptoms through the use of medication. Neither one was getting better. In fact, their conditions were deteriorating. In my opinion, healing is impossible without the ongoing resolution of the biochemistry of inflammation. This is done through natural means, including pure water, diet and whole food supplements in order to bring the body back into harmony with itself and its environment.

Biochemistry of Inflammation Part III

Biochemistry of Inflammation Part III

When any of the situations mentioned in part two exist, there will be debris from dead cells that is not being cleaned up by the immune system. The result is similar to what happens when food has been left out in the kitchen and not cleaned up in days. We all know that microorganisms—bacteria, yeast and fungi—would be growing on the leftovers. The same thing can start to happen in our bodies in the area of unresolved cellular debris. We’re left with a perfect breeding ground for microorganisms. This is how infections develop in our bodies—not from exposure to germs living outside our bodies.

In other words, we don’t “catch” a cold or the flu. In reality we are constantly bombarded with microorganisms from other people, the air or things we touch. They also live normally on our skin and in our bodies. If we make healthy choices, we will live in harmony with the microorganisms outside and inside of us. It is only when we consistently make unhealthy choices that the microorganisms in us will begin to multiply in the area of unresolved cellular debris. If this situation continues, these microorganisms can actually become virulent—ones that cause disease. Microorganisms do change from healthy to virulent or virulent to healthy, depending on what we do to our bodies over time. The environment we create inside our bodies and around us determines whether we will be healthy or not.
In summary, infections or illness develop as a result of our life choices—not as the result of exposure to germs outside of us. If we make poor choices we will develop a weakened immune system that is unable to fully complete the biochemistry of inflammation.

Traditional medicine has taught us to believe that symptoms, including excess swelling, must be eliminated quickly, with specific substances to help us feel better. Various medications, such as those mentioned above, have been developed to bring the body into line. Through my clinical practice and ongoing studies I have come to a different understanding of how the body works and what will help it be healthy. After finding the causes of a patient’s problems, through a medical history and examination, I develop an individualized program to bring his or her body back into harmony with itself and its environment. My goal is to eliminate the causes of my patients’ problems, rather than provide them with temporary, symptomatic relief. I use nutrition (including diet, supplements and water), positive thinking, exercise, good sleep habits and any other modalities I deem necessary. Don’t miss part IV of the series.