Alkaline pH and Mineral Absorption
MINERAL ASSIMILATION and UTILIZATION is affected by pH of the gut terrain and blood. Minerals have different pH levels at which they can be assimilated into the body. Minerals on the lower end of the atomic scale can be assimilated in a wider pH range, and minerals higher up on the scale require a narrower and narrower pH range in order to be assimilated by the body. For example….
There are those that are taking Iodine supplements for their “thyroid condition”, who are also “alkalizing”. What do you think their chances are that they are assimilating the iodine?
pH control impacts every biochemical process in the body including…
ENZYMES which are part of that biochemical process. There are hundreds if not thousands of enzyme processes which take place in the body. Many are so specific that they are like complex square pegs that need to “fit” into specific square holes in order to carry out their duty. If blood or gut pH is off balance even a little, some important pegs are not “fitting” their respective slots. Enzyme function and thus life itself begins to suffer.
Are you confused about flares/cycles/herxes of Lyme disease! When you started the antibiotics, you started to feel better and would say most of your symptoms were gone! You were feeling so hopeful and then BAM…it hit you again. If you are taking antibiotics…why would you flare? Aren’t the bugs supposed to be killed off? Is your main complaint is muscle and body pain. Do you walk around like a 90 year old! Are you unable to get out of bed?
One reason for some of the confusion about Lyme disease is that the incidence of Lyme disease varies so widely from state to state. So while awareness of Lyme disease might be high in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and the other states that get a thousands of cases each year, it is likely low in states like Arkansas or Louisiana, that may only have one or two cases each year.
Understanding more about Lyme disease can help you recognize and may also help you avoid confusing Lyme disease with other conditions such as Cytokine-Induced Sickness Behavior.
Lyme Disease Symptoms
Cytokine Induced Sickness Symptoms
Within 2 days
|Bull’s Eye rash||Low moods|
Within 30 days
|Fatigue||Intermittent Hot Flashes|
|Body aches||Swelling and reddness|
Several Weeks to Months
After the Cytokine Storm
|Meningitis||Little motivation to eat|
|Bell’s palsy||Withdrawal from normal social activites|
|Numbness in limbs||Fever|
|Impaired muscle movement||Burning muscles|
|Irregular heartbeat||Aching joints|
|Severe Fatigue||Inability to experience pleasure|
|Exagerated responses to pain|
Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in North America and Europe. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. You are more likely to get Lyme disease if you live or spend a lot of time in grassy and heavily wooded areas where ticks carrying the disease thrive. It’s important to take common-sense precautions in areas where Lyme disease is prevalent.
Lyme’s disease is not any unexplained illness, where using the horseshoes, hand grenades and healthcare (HHH) approach your symptoms are close enough. Lyme’s disease is real but many are ignoring the criteria for diagnosis and will find any reason to diagnose you with it. Lyme disease is the result of a tick bite, where the tick has been attached long enough to become engorged with blood. Finding one on your pant leg when you were eight years old does not count. Although one patient told me their Lyme Literati, told her that is when it started. For most cases, even an attached tick will not result in Lyme’s disease as there must be additional symptoms after the tick bite.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of Lyme disease vary and usually affect more than one system. The skin, joints and nervous system are affected most often.
Early signs and symptoms
These signs and symptoms may occur within a month after you’ve been infected:
- Rash. A small, red bump may appear at the site of the tick bite. This small bump is normal after a tick bite and doesn’t indicate Lyme disease. However, over the next few days, the redness may expand forming a rash in a bull’s-eye pattern, with a red outer ring surrounding a clear area. Looks like a walking advertisement for Target.
- The rash, called erythema migrans, is one of the hallmarks of Lyme disease. Some people develop this rash at more than one place on their bodies.
- Flu-like symptoms. Fever, chills, fatigue, body aches and a headache may accompany the rash.
Later signs and symptoms
In some people, the rash may spread to other parts of the body and, several weeks to months after you’ve been infected, you may experience:
- Joint pain. You may develop bouts of severe joint pain and swelling. Your knees are especially likely to be affected, but the pain can shift from one joint to another.
- Neurological problems. Weeks, months or even years after you were infected, you may experience inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain (meningitis), temporary paralysis of one side of your face (Bell’s palsy), numbness or weakness in your limbs, and impaired muscle movement.
Less common signs and symptoms
Several weeks after infection, some people develop:
- Heart problems, such as an irregular heartbeat. Heart problems rarely last more than a few days or weeks.
- Eye inflammation.
- Liver inflammation (hepatitis).
- Severe fatigue.
In the United States, Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which is carried primarily by deer ticks. The ticks are brown and when young, they’re often no bigger than the head of a pin, which can make them nearly impossible to spot.
To contract Lyme disease, an infected deer tick must bite you. The bacteria enter your skin through the bite and eventually make their way into your bloodstream. In most cases, to transmit Lyme disease, a deer tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours. If you find an attached tick that looks swollen, it may have fed long enough to transmit bacteria. Removing the tick as soon as possible may prevent infection.
What You Need To Know
- Lyme disease is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, which spread to people from infected deer ticks (Northeast and Midwest U.S.) and Western black-legged ticks (Pacific states), who become infected when feeding on infected mice, squirrels, and other small mammals.
- Most cases of Lyme disease occur in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
- Lyme disease is most common during May, June, and July — the months when the ticks that transmit Lyme disease are most active.
- The American dog tick and the Lone star tick do not transmit Lyme disease.
- Lyme disease is thought to be often over-diagnosed, both because many Lyme disease symptoms are non-specific and because tests for Lyme disease often give false positive or true negative results, especially if done very early in the course of the infection.
Lyme Literate Doctors
If you make an appointment at Johns Hopkins, Harvard or the Mayo Clinic to see a “Lyme” specialist, you will see a doctor whom the Lyme Literati claim doesn’t believe in chronic Lyme disease. It is not that they do not “believe” in Lyme disease. In fact they understand that Lyme is a specific disease with specific criteria (See Table above) for diagnosis. You must fit under that bar to be diagnosed with Lyme.
Why is there political controversy and legal challenges facing Lyme doctors, that makes most of them prefer to keep a low profile. Because they are pushing people over the bar to fit anyone into the Lyme disease diagnosis. Physicians who have established themselves as “Lyme Literate Doctors” are a diverse group of practitioners scattered about the country. They all operate out of paradigms, which vary with one another. They generally believe in chronic Lyme, but in other ways disagree. Some use IV antibiotics, others will not. Some use herbs and alternative medicines, others do not. Some focus on co-infections. Some believe that Bartonella is the key to chronic Lyme morbidity, while others emphasize Babesiosis. Others look for a host of other infections including Epstein Barr virus, Herpes virus 6, parasites and others. Some are focused on Chlamydia and Mycoplasma yet others think its all about Lyme.
I have seen real cases of Lyme, fulfilling all the criteria for the diagnosis of Lyme. They went to the Medical Doctor that prescribed the antibiotics for Lyme bacteria. They got better quickly and were back to living their normal life.
Lyme doctors may or may not order Lyme Western blots, Lyme C6 peptide antibody index scores, complement levels, vitamin D levels, CD57 counts or co-infection panels. I have seen many patients that have never had these labs done. The Lyme Literati will tell you that the labs are falsely negative for the majority of people with Lyme. They will convince you because they are convinced that everyone is suffering from Lyme. One thing can be said for Lyme doctors. They all agree; even though more often than not, they are wrong! So I am sorry to report; Lyme specialists are fixated on Lyme and will ignore the criteria for diagnosing Lyme, treating you for it regardless. Some are so adamant about Lyme they stretch the boundaries beyond belief. One Lyme Literati posted an article claiming Robin William’s death was due to Lyme. In essence, they have drunk the LymeAid and will convince you to drink it too.
Are You Sick and Desperate to Feel Better?
I get it. I understand what it is like to live with Cytokine-Induced Sickness. Unfortunately, I did it to myself, because I was sipping the Alternative Medicine theories KoolAid. I was doing what was supposed to be good for me. It came back to bite me hard. I was also able to pull myself out of it as I have done for numerous patients.
My “Eureka” moment came when I was one of five doctors in the country granted unlimited lab testing. After doing over a hundred labs, many on “Lyme” patients, most on severe autoimmune patients, I recognized it was the unbalanced Neuro-Endo-Immune Supersystem that needed to be addressed to restore health. The individual pieces of the NEI Supersystem are understood separately with the exception of the immune system and treated as separate issues. When in fact, the individual system works synergistically exerting influence and control over the other two systems.
When you tell me you are sick and don’t feel well. I believe you. When you tell me you have these weird symptoms – I will believe you are actually experiencing them. If you choose to work with me, I will introduce you to the concept of Cytokine-Induced Sickness Behavior. Your flares/cycles/herxes are Cytokine Storms and we will work together to understand what is triggering them and then control them. The good news is you will know within the first thirty days, something is happening in a good way. The bad news is it will depend on the status of your NEI Supersystem as to how long it will take to get you to the point where you can maintain yourself through diet and lifestyle as I am doing now.
Cytokine Induced Sickness Behavior
Due to their commonality, symptoms of sickness are frequently ignored by physicians because they are trying to fit you into a diagnosis based on their specialty. They are not looking at the NEI Supersystem as a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts.
Since it was established in the late 1980s and early 1990s that proinflammatory cytokines induce sickness behavior, much has been learned about the way these mediators alter the Neuro-Endo-Immune (NEI) Supersystem functions and of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that are involved in these actions.
Cytokine-induced Sickness individuals experience weakness, malaise, listlessness, and inability to concentrate. They become depressed and lethargic, show little interest in their surroundings, and stop eating and drinking. Their range of preoccupations is limited to their own body and the suffering they are experiencing. This grouping of nonspecific symptoms is collectively referred to as ‘’sickness behavior.’’
The amount of energy that is required to maintain the processes of the NEI Supersystem is quite high since. Because of the high metabolic cost of an unbalanced NEI Supersystem, there is little room for activities other than those favoring preservation of energy. Essentially, your body goes into power-saver mode. Read More:
Instead of trying to lump nonspecific symptoms of infection and inflammation that include hot flashes and profound physiological and behavioral changes into some named disease. I recognize the behavioral symptoms of sickness represent, together with the NEI Supersystem responses and the associated changes in the body, it is a highly organized strategy to maintain homeostasis.
Exposure to, lectins and bacterial endotoxins or pro-inflammatory cytokines induces a number of NEI Supersystem symptoms collectively referred to as ‘flu-like syndrome. The degree of overlap between flu-like syndrome and depression symptoms is considerable and there is a close linkage between to excessive uncontrolled and unregulated production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and activation of the Neuro-Endo-Immune Supersystem. Read More …
Both the cranial and abdominal brains recognize cytokines as molecular signals of sickness. Clarifying the difference in the way the brains process the information generated by the immune system is accompanied by an increased understanding of the NEI Supersystem components that mediates cytokine-induced sickness behavior. We are still far, however, from understanding the whole. Among the hundreds of genes that proinflammatory cytokines can induce in their cellular targets, only a handful has been examined functionally. However, by working with the individual components of the NEI Supersystem synergistically. Your sickness can be reversed. For more information, call or email me today.
Fibromyalgia symptoms and Hip Degeneration are relieved or eliminated by Correction of the Category 2 Structural Distortion Pattern.
Fibromyalgia and the Category II Sacroiliac Slip Separation
When ligaments in the pelvis stretch and tear the sacroiliac joint separates and the sacrum slips on one side; the spine becomes imbalanced, the vertebrae of the spine become misaligned and the nerve roots down the entire spinal cord can become irritated and compressed, effecting normal neurological function.
The separation of the sacroiliac weight bearing joint as shown on the cover results in reciprocal distortion in the shoulder girdle and neck, as well as disrupting the balance of other weight bearing joints such as the knees, ankles and arches of the feet.
Thus Category II symptoms may be varied and distant from the vicinity of the pelvis, and may include some of the following:
* Jaw problems * groin pain
* Neck pain * lateral thigh pain
* Ear pain, loss of balance, tinnitus * knee, ankle and feet problems
* Lateral headaches * hypoglycemia
* Shoulder, arm, hand pain * menstrual problems
* Lateral chest pain * low back pain
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The pelvis is the foundation for your body, held together only by ligaments. These ligaments are full of nerve endings. Theses nerve endings monitor movement, non-movement, stretch and pressure within the sacroiliac joint. Think of the pelvis the same as you would the foundation on your house. Do you want the foundation level and stable or loose and moving? Correct – Level and stable. What happens when the foundation on a house starts sagging? Doors and windows stick or will not open. Walls crack. Plumbing does not work. The roof sags and the chimney does not stand up straight anymore. Sound familiar?
The pelvis has three joints. The pubic symphysis (1) in front serves as a pivot point to allow slight movement, torsion with movement or expansion during pregnancy. The two sacroiliac joints (2&3) in the rear have more nerve ending monitoring than any joint in the body. The temporomandibular joint would be second. The sacroiliac monitors the body’s center of gravity located between the sacroiliac joints. The temporomandibular joint acts like a plumb bob monitoring the location of your head. Gravity provides a constant pull against these joints so they always have a reference point. Both the sacroiliac and temporomandibular joints serve as satellites providing the brain with information on the position of your body. An example of this would be global positioning satellites providing information to the GPS in your car. The brain then sends signals to muscles throughout the body to maintain posture and stabilize your body as you go through your daily activities.
No part of the body can be understood except in relation to the whole.DeJarnette
Understanding that a 16% reduction in the diameter of the blood vessels cuts the blood flow in half. A Category 2 posterior-inferior ilium tightens the acetabulum ligaments, essentially applying a tourniquet, to the femur head. This tourniquet is periodically released as the person sits, bends over going through the activity of daily life. Blood is never completely shut off. But reduced daily depriving the cells of the bone and connective tissue of oxygen and nutrients necessary for good joint health.
Over the course of a week or month, the reduction is insignificant. However, over the years of living with an uncorrected Category 2, the degradation of the bone and joint accumulates. It is assumed a consequence of age. Rather than a correctable, reversible condition.
This reminds me of a scene in the original Stargate movie when Daniel discovered the meaning of the seven symbols. In order to determine the location of an object in space you must know the location and a point of origin. This become more complex when movement is involved, i.e. movement of your body during exercise because now direction of movement must be factored in. Your body has an onboard GPS system continuously monitoring the location of every joint in your body relative to two specific points – your center of gravity located between the sacroiliac joints and the center of your head located between the temporomandibular joints.
The vestibular system of the inner ear (semicircular canals, the saccule and the utricle) monitors movement three dimensionally in the X, Y and Z planes. The gyroscopes or vestibular system in the inner ear use this information to determine direction of movement. Information from the vestibular system of the inner ear is sent to the cerebellum where it is processed with location of the sacroiliac and temporomandibular joint. This combined information is then used to control muscle tone, tension and movement throughout your daily activities. Simply put this information is used to keep your head over your butt. The muscles used to do this are attached to bones at every Fibromyalgia “Trigger Point” location.
Why doesn’t your GPS work in a parking garage? It lost a good signal from satellites! Why does a person have vertigo? It is due to scrambled signals from the sacroiliac joints and temporomandibular joints and not from an exclusive inner ear problem. In the past I spoke with a Medical Doctor specializing in vertigo by treating “ear rocks.” The Doctor with great enthusiasm explained the treatment of having the patient roll their head around until all the ear rocks had settled to the bottom of the vestibular system. He hung up on me when I asked what happens when they bend over to tie their shoe.
Prior to 2000, GPS signals were scrambled making them useless for anyone but the military. The scrambled signals would report your location miles away shifting constantly from where you actually were. When the GPS signals from the sacroiliac and temporomandibular joint are scrambled your muscles will be constantly attempting to maintain their location. This causes a build up of lactic acid and carbon dioxide in the muscles. Many people associate this with their burning muscles. Eventually, the muscles fatigue and adhesions will form to compensate for the lack of strength. Many notice reduced flexibility when this occurs.
You can check if your internal GPS is scrambled. First look at your stance.
- Are your feet under your shoulders?
- Do you have a wide bipod stance?
- Are the feet pointed to the front or off to the side?
- Do you have to watch where your feet are when walking or running?
- Do you stumble or fall if you look away?
- Are you considered clumsy?
- Stand with your legs barely touching with your feet pointing towards the front. Close your eyes and take in a deep breath and quickly let it out. Do you start swaying or clunk off to either side. Be careful because some of you will fall over because your system is in dire need of help.
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The wider the stance and the more the feet are pointed out – the more instability your sacroiliac joints are suffering from.
Pelvic Foundation Becomes Unstable
As you go through life events can traumatize or distress the pelvic and temporomandibular joints. Birth trauma starts it off. Fall-down-go-boom would be next continuing through out life. This causes a bad case of “CB” AKA Crooked Butt. Maybe you do a face plant or get hit in the face. Either way, it doesn’t matter. The satellite signal starts getting scrambled. Inflammation corrodes connective tissue and ligaments holding the sacroiliac joints stable. Add to the influence of excess hormones causing ligaments to loose their elasticity. The pelvis shifts causing a twist (AKA scoliosis or spinal curvature) throughout the body up to the temporomandibular joint.
Category 2 Muscle Irradiation
The separation and stretch of the ligaments stimulates the Category II muscle groups to irradiate muscle contractions though out the body to maintain structural stability. The Category II muscle irradiation is driven by the influence of gravity into the weight bearing sensory nerves of the sacroiliac. This effect is the same principal used by Crossfit and Kettlebell enthusiasts. The principle is called muscle irradiation and works by creating tension in surrounding muscles which increases neuro-muscular recruitment within the target muscles. This principle is described in “Power to the People” by the well-known Russian trainer, Pavel Tsatsouline (you can ask me how to pronounce that!). The difference is the sacroiliac separation causes an involuntary defensive response while those exercising seek to induce the effect to develop more power.
The most profound aspect of gravity induced muscle irradiation is that astronauts do not snore in space. They were able to induce slight snoring when the astronaut wore a EEG cap (much like the tight fitting bathing caps worn by swimmers) to measure brain waves. I previously snored like a freight train until my Category II was corrected. To experience muscle irradiation, you can stand up, relax your body. Shake out your arms and relax them. Now with one hand make a tight fist while keeping the rest of your body relaxed. You will feel the tension creep up from your hand to the elbow. Then the shoulder and across the chest and into the neck. That is muscle irradiation.
The extra stretch in the sacroiliac prompts the psoas/diaphragm muscle to start tightening. This pulls on the esophagus stretching it. Making it hard to swallow in addition to constant stimulation of the production of saliva. This constant drip of saliva neutralizes stomach acid. The abdominal organs are compressed. They now have trouble expanding and contacting which is necessary for proper digestion.
Chewing should stimulate digestive chemistry but the twist makes chewing uncomfortable. Digestion begins to suffer. Bacteria ferment food improperly chewed and not chemically digested. Fermentation produces the gas seen in an x-ray. In order for gas to be seen on an x-ray, it must reach atmospheric pressure. That is 14.7 pounds per square inch (psi). That is half a car tire pressure. The exercise balls used in gyms have a pressure of two psi. A 350-pound football player would pop the ball long before the air in the ball could be compressed. Fourteen point seven pounds of pressure in the colon pressed down on by the psoas/diaphragm contraction into the hipbones will stretch the weakened ligaments separating the microgrooves in the sacroiliac providing weight-bearing stability to the pelvis allowing the pelvis to further shift. This stimulate more muscle irradiation. The pain produced by sacroiliac separation is often mistaken for sciatica.
This pelvic twist causes the lumbar disc to twist in the opposite direction to keep your head over your center of gravity. The extra wear and tear on the disc results in a bulging disc. If the pelvis is stabilized using the Sacro Occipital Blocking procedures, disc bulges have an excellent chance or repairing.
Organ Function Compromised
Not only are the organs of digestion – stomach, pancreas, gallbladder, small intestine, and colon function impaired. The sex organs are compromised. The uterus is suspended from the pelvic hipbones and anchored at the pubic bone. The twist occurring in the pelvis causes the uterus and cervix to twist. The uterus must now cramp to force menstrual flow through the narrowed cervix. Circulation of blood to the pituitary is impaired as the cranial bones torque in response to the pelvic twist. This alters hormone production impacting the monthly cycle and fertility.
Inflammation necessary for healing is increased. Muscles strength weakened from chronic inflammation is compensated for by inflammation stimulating the formation of adhesions wound throughout the body like a spider web. Flexibility begins to suffer. Circulation is reduced not only in the blood but also the lymphatics. Toxins build up in the body. Adrenals go into alarm stage until they become fatigued.
Most doctors practice in a manner that is a direct reflection of the expectations of their peer group. Healthcare peer groups partition the body out into the various specialties. All health conditions are then viewed through the prism of their specialties. Every once in a while someone fills the specific criteria for that specialty to have a miracle cure. Only by looking at the complete body can conditions such as Fibromyalgia be understood. At Wellness Alternatives, we evaluate your unique physiology to develop a treatment plan specific to your needs. Call us today for your assessment.Concerned about your Health?
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When your see the words New Year, what comes to mind? For many people it is a time to start BIG changes, new beginnings, and finding ways to improve your health. Above all, a good detox to kickstart your weight loss and/or healthy living goals for the new year.
After all the festive splurging – both financially and holiday food – this is a good indicator that a healthy detox is in order to help reboot your body and mind for the start of a new year.
A New Year’s detox can incorporate your whole lifestyle – from your body to your home. So, here are 9 ways to kickstart your New Year’s detox.
#1 — Lemon Water
Squeeze the juice of a half a fresh lemon into a cup of warm water. Alternatively, this detox drink is a great way to kick your body back into gear. When consumed first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, it can help make a world of difference to waking your body up and helping you feel closer to 100% again. Thanks to their high vitamin and antioxidant content, lemons make a great detoxifying food to incorporate into your daily routine.
#2 — Apple Cider Vinegar
A naturally fermented food, apple cider vinegar contains a wealth of beneficial probiotics and enzymes. This can be a saving grace if your digestive system is feeling a bit sluggish after overindulging from Halloween to NYE.
Dilluted with water and taken before a meal, it can help aid digestion and get things moving along a lot smoother.
About the product
- Rich in enzymes & potassium.
- Support a healthy immune system.
- Promotes digestion & ph Balance.
- Relieves muscle pain from exercise
- Soothes irritated skin.
#3 — Toxaway Tea
For most people, they’ve gone from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s Eve, bouncing from one party to the next.
A few (or many) alcoholic beverages may have been consumed during this time. Alcohol consumption is extremely taxing on the liver which plays one of the most important detoxifying roles in your body. It’s time to consider giving your liver a chance to catch up.
This Toxaway Tea contains a whole host of liver-loving ingredients like dandelion root, burdock root, milk thistle seed, and tulsi (holy basil).
Avoid alcohol completely and drink two to four cups of this tea for the first few weeks of the New Year to give your liver a break and help facilitate full-body detoxification.
If you like drinking loose tea from a cup but like being able to easily clean it then you will love this ceramic mate gourd. It fits the hand nicely while the curve holds the loose tea much like a regular Mate gourd. This makes it easier to let it steep in the initial cooler water before adding in successive amounts of hot water.
#4 — Cut The Sugar.
If you’re embarking on a new diet plan to help you feel more energetic and vibrant, then you may want to consider doing a full sugar detox. After all the holiday treats, your body is likely desperate for some relief from the insulin rollercoaster ride.
Try cutting out all sweets, sugar, processed carbs, and high-glycemic fruits for three weeks. Empty your pantry of tempting, sugar-loaded packaged foods and restock your pantry with these 21-Day Sugar Detox Pantry Staples.
If this sounds too hard, then you can start by replacing highly processed sugars with more natural and less processed alternatives.
#5 — Ever Heard Of The Ketogenic Diet?
The keto diet was one of the most widely searched diet terms in 2017. It’s focus on high fat eating, while restricting carbs, may help the body switch from a sugar-dependent mode to fat-burning machine.
Toxins are stored in your body’s fat cells, so if you have a few pounds to lose, a keto restart may be just what your body needs. Be sure to consult your physician to make sure this is the right approach for you first. If you get the green light, then this Essential Guide for Beginners is a helpful place to start.
#6 — Deodorant Detox
It would be silly to go through all the trouble of detoxing your diet and kitchen without taking a look at what you’re putting on your body.
One very minor tweak to your daily body care regime could have a big impact on your body’s ability to detox itself. This involves switching out your commercial deodorant!
Many commercial deodorants contain a host of harmful ingredients. These are designed to clog your pores to stop your body from sweating. While this sounds like a great idea in theory, practically speaking, it’s doing your body a major disservice. Our body uses sweat as a natural process for detoxification. You excrete toxins from your body when you sweat! This is why after a night of drinking, you can not only smell alcohol on someone’s breath, but you can often smell it through their sweat.
Learn more about just how toxic deodorants can be, plus how to make and use a natural and healthier alternative.
#7 — Spirulina
Spirulina is one of those magical superfoods that seems to be able to do just about everything except the house cleaning. It’s green, and therefore, it must be good for you right?! Jokes aside, it’s nutrient-density is actually second to none. It’s useful in fighting free radicals due to its high antioxidant profile.
Incorporating spirulina into your daily routine can be as simple as adding half a teaspoon to your morning smoothie.
#8 — Detox Baths
What a better excuse to take a nice long, warm bath than to declare it’s for the sake of your health! After all the chaos of the festive season, some genuine TLC is in order.
Epsom salt baths are a wonderful addition to your bathing ritual. Epsom salts are high in magnesium which aids your body’s detoxification process. Furthermore, a few drops of essential oils in your bath or using a chamomile lotion bar afterward will induce a blissful state of relaxation. #selfcaregoals
#9 — Skin Detox
Some days our skin is extra dull or breaking out, especially after long holiday seasons, and women know it when they slept in their makeup, ate too much bad food, neglected their skin after cold days, or, god forbid, all of the above. If any other part of your body isn’t functioning properly, from your gut (too much junk food) to your brain (too much stress), it can show up on your skin because your pores get clogged up when trying to compensate for the other incorrectly functioning systems in your body.
At least for your detox days, while your skin is being cleaned from the inside out, swap your morning cup (or three) of coffee for hydrating and skin-clearing green tea. Avoid alcohol, sugary juices, and all other liquids except water/tea and try your best to get your daily recommendation.
Health Food products are containing Stealth Fiber that is labeled as a “Natural Fiber”, “Natural Sweetener”, and/or a “Natural Prebiotic”. This “Stealth fiber” is being increasingly added to processed foods, while not a problem for most; it can cause gastrointestinal discomfort for some who may not know they’re consuming too much of it. The fiber is called “Inulin.” Food companies hit the trifecta with inulin. They can market inulin in three different ways but only one ingredient.
Inulin is commonly found in:[i]
Do you have problems when eating these common foods? If you do you may have an Inulin Sensitivity.
Food manufacturers, faced with demands to reduce calories. sugar, fat, and sodium while increasing fiber and flavor, are increasingly turning to products like inulin. They have discovered they can chemically manipulate the chemical structure of inulin to mimic tastes and textures consumers want in food. Their use is likely to continue to grow and “there is the potential for overuse.”
All ingredients present in whole foods work harmoniously with each other. The opposite occurs when refining a single ingredient out of an herb and calling it “medicine” often results in a deadly poison, so too does refining a single ingredient out of whole food often turns that ingredient into a toxic substance. Do not be seduced by those only looking at the so-called benefits of Inulin. It has a very real dark side.
Inulin can be found in high fiber breakfast bars, yogurt, ice creams, and beverages among other processed foods. The label may list inulin, chicory root extract, oligosaccharide, or oligofructose. For example, the Fiber One Chewy Bar with 9 grams of dietary fiber lists chicory root extract as its top ingredient.
Because of its expanding use in processed foods, allergic reactions to this dietary ingredient may occur more frequently than currently recognized.[iv] The identification of an association with allergic reactions to natural foods labeled as containing a “Natural Fiber”, “Natural Sweetener”, “Natural Prebiotic” with inulin being this ingredient should be considered with reoccurring health problems.
Inulin is increasingly used in processed foods because it has unusually adaptable characteristics. Its flavor ranges from bland to subtly sweet. It is being used to replace sugar, fat, and flour. Due to the body’s limited ability to process fructans, inulin has minimal increasing impact on blood sugar. It is used in Diabetic friendly food with claims that inulin is helpful in managing blood sugar-related illnesses. This is advantageous because inulin contains 25-35% of the food energy of carbohydrates (starch, sugar) and is touted as being “high fiber”, “naturally sweet”, and “low glycemic”.
Because products are being labels as containing “All Natural Fiber, All Natural Sweetener or an All Natural Prebiotic” people are consuming high quantities of Inulin. In addition to ingesting inulin in the form of a whole food; by eating chicory root, Jerusalem artichokes or other foods naturally high in this substance such as bananas, plantains, onions, Jerusalem artichokes, asparagus, leeks, and garlic.
In terms of nutrition, it is considered a form of soluble fiber and is sometimes categorized as a prebiotic. Conversely, it is also considered a FODMAP, a class of carbohydrates, which are problematic for some individuals through causing overgrowth of intestinal methanogenic bacteria.
Symptoms Associated with Inulin Consumption
The consumption of inulin (in particular, by sensitive or unaccustomed individuals) can lead to gas, flatulence, bloating, abdominal pain, excess gastrointestinal rumbling, and diarrhea and products that contain inulin will sometimes include a warning to add it gradually to one’s diet. Generalized wheal-and-flare reaction, laryngeal edema, nasal itching, cough, and breathing difficulties. Severe Th2 responses (anaphylactic-like) can occur after eating types of health foods containing inulin.[v]
For this reason, a food is considered unacceptable if it causes one of the following symptoms:
- Generalized wheal-and-flare reaction
- Laryngeal edema
- Nasal itching
- Breathing difficulties.
- Too much flatulence
- Too much intestinal pressure
- Too much pain
- Too much intestinal noise
- Too many intestinal cramps or diarrhea, as observed and evaluated by the person themselves.
At high doses, increased flatulence and osmotic pressure can cause intestinal discomfort. These doses vary widely from person to person and also depend on the type of food in which inulin or oligofructose is incorporated.[vi] With regard to labeling, both inulin and oligofructose are gradually being accepted as “dietary fibers” in most countries around the world. The mention of their “bifidogenic effect” on food labels has also been legally accepted in several countries.
These symptoms are difficult to measure objectively. Moreover, the same amount of flatulence can be acceptable to one person while being too much for another person, i.e. Women won’t admit to it. Guys think it’s a badge of honor.
Based on inulin’s ability to cause digestive distress in some, I would recommend avoiding inulin (in its food sources and as an ingredient) if you suffer from gastrointestinal issues — celiac disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), candida (no sugar), SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).
It has been speculated that people fall into one of three categories regarding sensitivity to inulin:
1) Nonsensitive persons can consume 30 g/d (grams per day) or more of the compound with little or no symptoms as described;
2) Sensitive persons can consume 10 g/d of the compound without discomfort but might experience undesirable reactions with doses of 20 g/d;
3) Very sensitive persons can experience symptoms of intolerance at doses as small as of 10 g/d.
Only the person who eats inulin containing foods can judge the intestinal acceptability of a food. Diarrhea is certainly a symptom of nonacceptability, but soft stools may be an acceptable or even desired phenomenon.[vii]
Enzymes in the small intestine break down lactose. In cases of true lactose maldigestion, lactose passes to the large intestine without breaking down and is fermented there by the bacterial flora. In lactose-intolerant subjects this causes gastrointestinal symptoms such as flatulence, bloating, abdominal pain, excess gastrointestinal rumbling, and diarrhea. Many lactose-intolerant subjects claim that they cannot tolerate any lactose at all in everyday life.[viii]
Symptoms of inulin intolerance usually include flatulence, bloating, cramps, abdominal pain, diarrhea and rarely, constipation. Although inulin is increasingly used as a food ingredient because of its potential health benefits,[ix] i.e. dietary fiber, prebiotic, natural sweetener, & diabetic-friendly. A double-blind placebo- controlled food challenge has shown an increase of sensitivity with inulin.[x]
The increased use of inulin, as a food ingredient has led to a greater incidence of hypersensitivity but any gastrointestinal distress would be attributed to being lactose intolerant because of the increased addition of inulin into dairy products.
[i] van Loo J, Coussement P, de Leenheer L,Hoebregs H, Smits G. On the presence of inulin and oligofructose as natural ingredients in the western diet. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 1995;35:525-52.
[ii] van Loo J, Coussement P, de Leenheer L,Hoebregs H, Smits G. On the presence of inulin and oligofructose as natural ingredients in the western diet. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 1995;35:525-52.
[iii] Moshfegh AJ, Friday JE, Goldman JP, Ahuja JK. Presence of inulin and oligofructose in the diets of Americans. J Nutr 1999;129(7 Suppl):1407S-11S.
[iv] F. Gay-Crossier, G. Schreiber, C. Hauser. Anaphylaxis from Inulin in Vegetables and Processed Food. N Engl J Med 2000; 342:1372May 4, 2000
[v] Franck P, Moneret-Vautrin D, A, Morisset M, Kanny G, Mégret-Gabeaux M, L, Olivier J, L, Anaphylactic Reaction to Inulin: First Identification of Specific IgEs to an Inulin Protein Compound. Int Arch Allergy Immunol 2005;136:155-158
[vi] Paul A. A. Coussement. Inulin and Oligofructose: Safe Intakes and Legal Status. J. Nutr. 129: 1412S–1417S, 1999.
[vii] Briet, F., Achour, L., Flourié, B., Beaugerie, L., Pellier, P., Franchisseur, C., Bornet, F. & Rambaud, J.-C. (1995) Symptomatic response to varying levels of fructo-oligosaccharides consumed occasionally or regularly. Eur. J. Clin. Nutr.49:501-507.
[viii] U Teuri, H Vapaatalo, R Korpela. Fructooligosaccharides and lactulose cause more symptoms in lactose maldigesters and subjects with pseudohypolactasia than in control lactose digesters. Am J Clin Nutr 1999;69:973–9.
[ix] Roberfroid MB, Van Loo JA, Gibson GR: The bifidogenic nature of chicory inulin and its hydrolysis products. J Nutr 128:11-19, 1998
[x] Chandra R, Barron JL: Anaphylactic reaction to intravenous sinistrin (Inutest). Ann Clin Biochem 39:76, 2002
Did you know that many diseases could be traced to a breakdown in the gastrointestinal tract?
Do an internet search for neurotransmitters and the common result will be: “Neurotransmitters are biochemicals produced in the brain that affects us mentally, emotionally and physically.” Despite the fact that Ninety nine (99%) percent of the neurotransmitters in your body are actually created in the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract or your Second Brain), and every brain chemical known as a neurotransmitter is found there. Doing some quick math, this means that the majority are focusing on the the 1% formed in the brain and ignoring the 99% made in the gut.
For proper thyroid function, 20% of the thyroid hormone in your body must be converted into its active form, which is done in the GI tract. The secretion of TSH is inhibited by elevated levels of dopamine, and stimulated by elevated norepinephrine. Conversely, a study published in 1987 in the “European Journal of Endocrinology” found that low levels of dopamine were associated with elevated thyroid hormone levels in patients with Graves’ Disease. The effect of Serotonin pathways remained an open question. This means the GI tract, or gut, plays a very important role in achieving optimal thyroid health.
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Neurotransmitters & Thyroid Interactions
Serotonin & Thyroid Interactions
- Thyroid hormone levels are directly related to platelet serotonin levels.
- Low thyroid hormone levels (especially T3) dampens cerebral bioenergetic metabolism which has been directly correlated to Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).
- Thyroid hormones activate 5-TH2A serotonin receptors
- Serotonin is used as a messenger to relaese TSH from the pituitary
- Serotonin is involved with modualting intracellular T3 prodction via type II 5’deiodinase
Dopamine & Thyroid Interaction
- Dopamine levels in the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) stimulate the paraventricular nucleus
- The paraventricular nucleus stimulates the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Thyroid Axis
- The HPT Axis modualtes TSH and T3 prodcution
Acetylcholine & Thyroid Interaction
- Thyroid hormone levels affect the activities of AChE in the
- frontal cortex
- Hypothyroidism leads to a global loss of cholinergic activity, but with the greatest potential to develop cerebellum degeneration.
GABA & Thyroid Hormone Interactions
- Thyroid hormones
- modulate GABA Release
- Activate the conversion of glutamate to GABA
- Enhances GABA receptor sensitivity
- GABA Issues
- Low levels and/or low receptor sensitivity leads to anxiety
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- Normal melatonin stimulates TSH production in pituitary
- Short day and long nights increase melatonin production
- Melatonin is immune stimulating in Autoimmunity
- Increased melatonin levels suppress TSH production through:
- Short days and longer nights
- Melatonin supplementation
- Free T3, T4 and TSH levels are lower with melatonin supplementation
Seventy (70%) percent of your immune system resides in this area – your gut, and the GI tract has many important functions for your health including digestion, nutrient absorption, elimination, detoxification, hormone metabolism and energy production.
What Are Neurotransmitters and How They Affect Your Life?
Just like hormones govern many chemical functions in the body, the nervous, endocrine and immune system (NEI Supersystem) chemical functions are governed by messengers called neurotransmitters. Read More …
Nearly every chemical that controls the brain is also located in the gastrointestinal region, including hormones and neurotransmitters such as Serotonin, Dopamine, Glutamate, GABA and Norepinephrine. The gut contains 100 million neurons – more than the spinal cord. But there are also two-dozen small brain proteins; major cells of the immune system; one class of the body’s natural opiates; and native benzodiazepines.
A neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger used by neurons (nerve cells) to communicate in one direction with other neurons or receptors in the NEI Supersystem. These neurotransmitters are either excitatory or inhibitory. Think of them as text messages or emails between the nervous, endocrine (hormone) and immune system.
Inhibitory neurotransmitters are the system’s “off switches”, decreasing the likelihood that an excitatory signal is sent. Inhibitory transmitters regulate the activity of the excitatory neurotransmitters, much like the brakes on a car. Physiologically, the inhibitory transmitters act as the body’s natural tranquilizers, generally serving to induce sleep, promote calmness, and decrease aggression.
Excitatory neurotransmitters are the system’s “on switches”, increasing the likelihood that an excitatory signal is sent. Excitatory transmitters can be likened to the accelerator of a car, regulating many of the body’s most basic functions, including thought processes, higher thinking, and sympathetic activity, i.e. stimulates heartbeat, raises blood pressure, dilates the pupils, dilates the trachea and bronchi, stimulates the conversion of liver glycogen into glucose, shunts blood away from the skin and viscera to the skeletal muscles, brain, and heart, inhibits peristalsis in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and inhibits contraction of the bladder and rectum. Physiologically, the excitatory transmitters act as the body’s natural stimulants, generally serving to promote wakefulness, energy, and activity.
Special molecules in the nerves and on the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and hormone producing glands are called receptors. They are shaped to receive only one type of neurotransmitter, which fits it like a key in a lock. The result is that if an excitatory neurotransmitter reaches the specific receptor, the cell tends to stimulate a response. If an inhibitory neurotransmitter reaches the receptor, the cell shuts down or does not respond.
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Neurotransmitters in Short Supply
If neurotransmitters of either type are in short supply, or if they are blocked from reaching their proper receptors, (as a result of either genetics and/or chemical use) cell function tends to be abnormal. The lack of neurotransmitter function then results in unsuitable or counterproductive performance. Microbes are not the dumb little paramecium we studied in junior high biology. We now know microbes have evolved strategies to survive in our bodies and evade detection or avoid provoking an immune response. Microbes can hack into the NEI Supersystem disrupting neurotransmitter communication and at the same time over producing gasotransmitters. This cause certain neurotransmitters to be either under or over produce as the body tries to re-establish control of the the NEI Supersystem. Read More …
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Imagine trying to communicate with a family member by text messages while hackers are in your computer. You are trying to tell them to turn off the oven. Your family member will have trouble receiving your message because the system is being overwhelmed with spam. You have a limited number of texts before the bill gets really expensive. Or you send the message and it is blocked by the spam filter. Any number of scenarios can occur simultaneously throughout this very complex system.
Actually, 95% of all serotonin in the body is in the gut, where it triggers digestion. Nerve cells in the gut also use serotonin to signal back to the brain. This information can train us not to eat certain foods by communicating pain, gas and other terrible feelings.
Two brains are better than one.
Two brains are better than one. At least that is the rationale for the close – sometimes too close – relationship between the human body’s two brains, the one at the top of the spinal cord and the hidden but powerful brain in the gut known as the enteric nervous system.
Just as the cranial brain can upset the gut, the gut can also upset the brain.
The cranial brain is protected by the blood-brain barrier.
The abdominal brain is protected only by the intestinal lining. When threatened will begin directing the immune cells to defend itself.
The gut has no such protection.
In fact, anyone who has ever felt butterflies in the stomach before giving a speech, a gut feeling that flies in the face of fact or a bout of intestinal urgency the night before an examination has experienced the actions of the dual nervous systems.
The Second Brain in the gut, known as the enteric nervous system, is located in sheaths of tissue lining the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon, and plays a key role in human emotions. But few know the enteric nervous system exists, and therefore gut health is often overlooked. Symptoms from the two brains can get confused, and just as the brain can upset the gut, the gut can also upset the brain.
Brain-based neurologist will correctly say neurotransmitters cannot be lab tested. This is due to the blood-brain-barrier that protects the brain. Very little can cross that membrane and if it is you are likely heading for the hospital. However, gut-based splanchnologist (those who study the viscera AKA: organs) know you can use neurotransmitter testing for the Second Brain. There are two types of testing that can be done effectively. One type of test measures the neurotransmitter levels. The other measures the pre-cursor components to determine which neurotransmitters are or are not being made. For more information on neurotransmitter testing call 530-615-4083 or email email@example.com.
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The human brain is very capable of automatically manufacturing the quantity of chemicals it needs if it is given the raw materials (nutrients from foods) to do so. However, while the normal diet supplies enough of the raw materials the brain needs to manufacture the needed level of neurotransmitters with a healthy, normally functioning gastrointestinal tract. Microbes make significant contribution not only to imbalanced neurotransmitters but also to the creation of a Ghetto Gut. Those with a Ghetto Gut are not capable of providing nourishment for the body or the production of neurotransmitters. Additionally, stress, worry, chemical use, poor nutrition, pollution and other factors of modern life are known to deplete neurotransmitter levels.
The role of the enteric nervous system is to manage every aspect of digestion, from the esophagus to the stomach, small intestine and colon. The Second Brain, or gut brain, accomplishes all that with the same tools as the big brain, a sophisticated nearly self-contained network of neural circuitry, neurotransmitters and proteins. The independence is a function of the enteric nervous system’s complexity.
Have you ever wondered how a quadriplegic can digest food when the rest of the body is unable to communicate with the brain? Answer: The Second Brain
When someone skips lunch, the gut is more or less silent. Eat a pastrami sandwich, and contractions all along the small intestines mix the food with enzymes and move it toward the lining for absorption to begin. If the pastrami is rotten, reverse contractions will force it – and everything else in the gut – into the stomach and back out through the esophagus at high speed.
In each situation, the gut must assess conditions, decide on a course of action and initiate a reflex. The gut monitors pressure. It monitors the progress of digestion. It detects nutrients, and it measures acid and salts. It’s a little chemical lab. The enteric system does all this on its own, with little help from the central nervous system.
But 95 percent of the body’s serotonin is housed in the gut, where it acts as a neurotransmitter and a signaling mechanism. The digestive process begins when a specialized cell, an enterochromaffin, squirts serotonin into the wall of the gut, which has at least seven types of serotonin receptors. The receptors, in turn, communicate with nerve cells to start digestive enzymes flowing or to start things moving through the intestines.
Serotonin also acts as a go-between, keeping the brain in the skull up to date with what is happening in the brain below. Such communication is mostly one way, with 90 percent traveling from the gut to the head.
The enteric and central nervous systems use the same hardware, as it were, to run two very different programs. Serotonin, for instance, is crucial to feelings of well-being. Hence the success of the antidepressants known, as S.S.R.I.’s that raise the level of serotonin available to the brain by blocking serotonin receptors in the gut.
Many of those messages are unpleasant, and serotonin is involved in sending them. Food sensitivities cause serotonin to be released in the gut, leading to pain, gas and other terrible feelings. The gut is not an organ from which you wish to receive frequent progress reports. These constant updates deplete the serotonin levels leading to symptoms of:
- Low mood
- Sleep difficulties
- Weight difficulties
- Cravings/poor impulse control
- Hot flashes
- Intestinal complaints
- Low libido
Serotonin is also implicated in one of the most debilitating gut disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, or I.B.S., which causes abdominal pain and cramping, bloating and, in some patients, alternating diarrhea and constipation. Therefore, a healthy stomach is essential to keep the precise balance of chemicals for optimal mental and physical health.
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Those with health conditions may be more prone to symptoms of Jet Lag, which are remarkably similar to Altitude Sickness. The common explanation for Jet Lag is Time Zone changes. Here is a different take on it. For the duration of the flight, you are sitting in a Hypobaric Chamber. That is the opposite of the Hyperbaric Chamber used to push oxygen into the body.
Jet Lag Symptoms
Symptoms of jet lag can vary. You may experience only one symptom or you may have many. If you have ever experienced higher altitude, you may have experienced symptoms similar to Jet Lag. The symptoms of Jet Lag may include:
- Disturbed sleep — such as insomnia, early waking or excessive sleepiness
- Daytime fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating or functioning at your usual level
- Stomach problems, constipation or diarrhea
- A general feeling of not being well
- Mood changes
- Symptoms are worse the farther you travel
Time Zone Jet Lag Theory
Let me ask this. Have you ever had to get up early or stay out late for some event? Essentially, having to get up early or staying out late is the same as changing time zone. Another example would be Day Light Saving that just occurred. You gain or lose an hour every year. Yet, you do not experience Jet Lag. Something else must be occurring.
Hypoxia Jet Lag Theory
If you have ever experienced higher altitude, you may have experienced symptoms similar to Jet Lag. But you knew you were at a higher altitude and knew that when you returned home the symptoms would disappear. Some reading this will claim they feel better when flying or vacationing at higher altitudes. That is indicative of having low blood pressure and the gas in the body expands increasing their blood pressure. I have several patients that go to mountain retreats or visit relatives at higher elevations reporting they feel better. Again it is always attributed to the meditation or relief from daily stressors and never the altitude changing their physiology.
Jet lag symptoms usually occur within a day or two of travel if you’ve traveled across at least two time zones. Symptoms are likely to be worse or last longer the more time zones that you’ve crossed. Said another way, the more time zone you cross, the longer you are sitting in a Hypobaric Chamber. Airline Cabins are pressurized to 8,000 feet. It usually takes about a day to recover for each time zone crossed.
Altitude sickness —also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, the altitude bends, or soroche —is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 8,000 feet (2,400 metres).
What causes Altitude Sickness?
Air is “thinner” at high altitudes. When you go too high too fast, your body cannot get as much oxygen as it needs. If you are hiking or vacationing at high altitudes, the symptoms may be worse if your body is slow to acclimate. It takes hours to get to the high altitude. However, if you are flying it takes minutes to arrive at 8,000 feet.
What are the Symptoms?
Mild- to moderate- instances of altitude sickness are very common among travelers to higher elevations: at 4,900 feet (Denver is 5280 ft.) and above, 75% of people will experience at least mild altitude sickness. Altitude sickness has a wide range of potential symptoms and has often been described as feeling like a hangover or the onset of the flu. Symptoms can appear as early as two hours after arrival and can include:
- A headache, which is usually throbbing. It gets worse during the night and when you wake up.
- Not feeling like eating.
- Feeling sick to your stomach. You may vomit.
- Feeling weak and tired. In severe cases, you do not have the energy to eat, dress yourself, or do anything.
- Waking up during the night and not sleeping well.
- Feeling dizzy.
Your symptoms may be mild to severe. They may not start until a day after you have been at a high altitude. Many people say altitude sickness feels like having a hangover.
Altitude sickness can affect your lungs and brain. When this happens, symptoms include being confused, not being able to walk straight (ataxia), feeling faint, and having blue or gray lips or fingernails.
Airline Cabin Air Pressure
Although aircraft cabins are pressurized, cabin air pressure at cruising altitude is not at the air pressure you took off at or at your destinations. At typical cruising altitudes in the range 33,000 – 40,000 feet (11,000–12,200 m), air pressure in the cabin is equivalent to the outside air pressure at 6000–8000 feet (1800–2400 m) above sea level. As a consequence, less oxygen is taken up by the blood (hypoxia) and gases within the body expand. Have you ever noticed the need to pass gas occurring more often when flying? The effects of reduced cabin air pressure are usually well tolerated by healthy passengers.
Oxygen and Hypoxia
Cabin air contains ample oxygen for healthy passengers and crew. However, because cabin air pressure is relatively low, the amount of oxygen carried in the blood is reduced compared with that at sea level. Passengers with certain medical conditions, particularly heart and lung diseases and blood disorders such as anemia (in particular sickle-cell anemia), may not tolerate this reduced oxygen level (hypoxia) very well. Those with Insulin Resistance and/or Autoimmune conditions may also experience symptoms.
As the aircraft climbs in altitude after take-off, the decreasing cabin air pressure causes gases to expand. Similarly, as the aircraft descends in altitude before landing, the increasing pressure in the cabin causes gases to contract. These changes may have effects where air is trapped in the body. Have you ever boarded the plane with a plastic water bottle, drinking it while in flight? Did you notice how the bottle collapses as the plane descends. It was the air pressure that did this.
Passengers often experience a “popping” sensation in the ears caused by air escaping from the middle ear and the sinuses during the aircraft’s climb. This is not usually considered a problem. As the aircraft descends in altitude prior to landing, air must flow back into the middle ear and sinuses in order to equalize pressure. If this does not happen, the ears or sinuses may feel as if they are blocked and pain can result. Swallowing, chewing or yawning (“clearing the ears”) will usually relieve any discomfort. As soon as it is recognized that the problem will not resolve itself using these methods, a short forceful expiration against a pinched nose and closed mouth (Valsalva manoeuvre) should be tried and will usually help. For infants, feeding or giving a pacifier (dummy) to stimulate swallowing may reduce the symptoms.
Individuals with ear, nose and sinus infections should avoid flying because pain and injury may result from the inability to equalize pressure differences. If travel cannot be avoided, the use of decongestant nasal drops shortly before the flight and again before descent may be helpful.
As the aircraft climbs, expansion of gas in the abdomen can cause discomfort, although this is usually mild. This is why people feel the urge to pass gas when flying.
HOW DO YOU PREVENT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
Though extremely common, it’s impossible to predict how Altitude Sickness Jet Lag will affect you. Your fitness level, age and sex have nothing to do with whether you’ll be more or less susceptible, and your best indicator might be whether you’ve experienced it on previous high elevation trips or air trips. However, there are some behaviors that may set the stage for the onset of symptoms, and avoiding them might ease your transition to high altitude.
This is the best way to help your body adjust to high altitude. Generally the low humidity at altitude keeps the air dry, so you should drink twice as much water as you would at home.
Also keep in mind that you want to add water to your body, not deplete it. At least initially, avoid caffeine and alcohol.
Foods rich in potassium are great for acclimating. Some good staples to eat include broccoli, bananas, avocado, cantaloupe, celery, greens, bran, chocolate, granola, dates, dried fruit, potatoes and tomatoes.
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You’ve been planning an epic travel vacation for months. But this is the first time you’ve logged any time above 6,000 feet. You will feel the effects of after landing. Movement will help get oxygen back into your system.
- Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is part of the B-complex of vitamins that are integral to many of the body’s functions. One of the most important roles of vitamin B12 is in the production of red blood cells. These cells carry oxygen throughout the body with the help of a protein called hemoglobin. A lack of vitamin B12 can cause a decrease in the amount of red blood cells and hemoglobin carrying oxygen in the blood stream.
Chlorophyll attaches to toxins and heavy metals and removes them from your body. It also increases your blood's oxygen-carrying capacity by stimulating red blood cell production. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of chlorophyll contribute to its cleansing effects.
Chlorophyll is the molecule in plants that traps sunlight and converts it into energy. The chlorophyll molecule is also identical in structure to hemoglobin, the molecule that carries oxygen in your bloodstream, with one exception. Where hemoglobin attaches to oxygen, the chlorophyll molecule contains an atom of magnesium. The structural similarity lends itself to functional benefits, as well. Chlorophyll is thought to assist in various aspects related to cleansing and maintaining healthy blood.
All of the health benefits of liquid chlorophyll are easy to get on a daily basis. The simple way? Eat your greens and drink your greens.
I know we are always going on about the importance of greens in your diet, but this is one of the main reasons why – it ensures you’re getting plenty of chlorophyll!
Here are a few sources:
Green Drinks: Juiced yourself or made from powdered greens – green drinks are a dense source of alkalizing, chlorophyll rich greens that are easily assimilated by the body.
Chlorophyll: This is one of my top, top supplements – a concentrated, dense, tasteless (almost) source of liquid chlorophyll that you can add to any drink (water, juice, smoothie) to give your body a constant source of chlorophyll. It is amazing the difference it makes to your energy. Brilliant. And unlike most liquid chlorophyll supplements it isn’t refined and highly processed (killing the goodness) or packed full of sweeteners.
Green Food in General: Eat loads of greens! Think of great big salads and veggies – spinach, lettuce, broccoli, Asian greens, green capsicum, asparagus, peas, beans, kale etc.
Any food that is green is that way because it contains chlorophyll – so eat up!
While most people have been indoctrinated it’s best to steer clear of putting salt in food or high-salt foods like movie-theater popcorn and French fries. If you are avoiding Sodium in your food, you may need to rethink the whole salt avoidance doctrine.
Americans love sodium chloride, also known as common table salt. According to the Medical community, they consume far too much. Their theory is unfortunately for savory-food fans, a diet high in sodium can wreak havoc on your health. According to the Harvard School of Public Health excess sodium increases your blood volume and with it, the strain on your heart and blood vessels. Where sodium goes, fluid flows.
In all of these studies were they using “Salt” or “Salt with all the bad additives”.
Bad Ingredients In Salt
In the medicals studies reporting the bad aspects of “Salt”, or “Sodium”, which form were they using. Were they using pure Sodium Chloride, or were they using the store bought Salt with additives or Iodized Salt? Were they taking into account for the Sodium in the drug they were using? In all likelihood, they were using the additive ladened “Salt”.
Now, the bad news. If any of the following additives are in your table salt, relegate it to the laundry room and use it as an abrasive sink scrub instead.
Yellow prussiate of soda:
Yellow Prussiate of Soda is Sodium ferrocyanide in its hydrous form (which means Sodium ferrocyanide with water).
Sodium ferrocyanide is a chemical additive known as E 535. It is added to road and food grade salt as an anticaking agent. When combined with iron, it converts to a deep blue pigment called Prussian blue. In photography, it is used for bleaching, toning, and fixing. It is used as a stabilizer for the coating on welding rods. In the petroleum industry, it is used for removal of mercaptans. Sodium ferrocyanide is produced industrially from hydrogen cyanide.
So why it it in table salt? As it turns out yellow prussiate of soda kills two birds with one stone. Despite its name, it isn’t there to turn grey salt into yellow salt. Instead, it acts as a bleaching agent, turning grey salt into the white salt that westerners have come to associate with purity. Secondly, this additive also doubles as a flow agent. Without it, presumably your saltshaker would get clogged up.
Sodium silico-aluminate: Also known as E554, this additive is used to prevent caking and clumping. Remember, aluminum is NOT an essential mineral and in fact, the vast majority of chemists will agree it is a toxic metal for the human body. Less of a health concern is silica, a major element in sand and glass and possibly an essential mineral (silicon). Verdict? I’d avoid E554.
So how much sodium can you safely eat each day? First let us ask what is Sodium? Is there a difference between Sodium and Salt? What about Sodium Chloride?
Here is where the confusion begins. Salt, Sodium, and Sodium Chloride are all used synonymously. However, they are not the same.
What is Salt?
Salt is a doubles act. A double act, for an example, a comedy duo, is a comic pairing in which humor is derived from the uneven relationship between two partners, with drastically different personality or behavior. The straight man sets up jokes and then “feeds” them to his partner achieving the desired result – comedy.
Often one of the members of the duo – the straight man, – is portrayed as reasonable and serious, while the other one – the funny man, – is portrayed as funny, less educated or less intelligent, silly, or unorthodox. They are recognized as a pair, i.e. Penn & Teller, Aykroyd & Belushi, Martin & Lewis, etc. One goes with the other. When it involves Salt the recognized pairs are Sodium-Chloride, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Nitrite, Lithium Sulfate, etc. There are so many more with 50% of prescription drugs being salt.
In chemistry, a salt is an ionic compound that can be formed by the neutralization reaction of an acid and a base. Salts are composed of related numbers of cations (positively charged ions) and anions (negative ions) so that the product is electrically neutral (without a net charge).
In comedy duos, the audience rarely identifies primarily with one character. It would be like referring to the duo as Teller – who does not speak; Belushi – who died of drug overdose; and Martin – who was always seen with a drink in his hand. It puts them totally out of the true nature of how they functioned as a duo.
When they split up, their careers as a result of the split are different. When Salt splits the positively charged Cation and the Negatively charged Anion do different functions in the body. Sodium (cation) is like the athlete that moves from team to team winning championships. When it is paired with a good team. Sometimes the other member of the pair does good things. Sometimes they do bad.
Why Would The Medical Community Tell Us To Avoid Sodium
Sodium is a necessary element for good health. 50% of the drugs they prescribe are “Salt”, some made with “Sodium”.
Drug Names and Their Pharmaceutical Salts – Clearing Up the Confusion
You may given the pharmacist a prescription for a medication. Not realizing you have been prescribed a “Salt” from the very same Doctor that is telling their patients to avoid “Salt” and “Sodium”.
For those with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or Diabetes, they are prescribed a Salt Drug called metformin hydrochloride, but when you receive your bottle and look it up on the internet, all you see is “metformin”, not “metformin hydrochloride.” Why is this? Is it the same drug your doctor ordered? What is “hydrochloride”?
Why Do Some Drugs Exist As A Salt?
The drug form is not always optimal for dissolution or absorption into your body. A drug needs to be absorbed to have a therapeutic effect, and it usually needs to be water-soluble. Therefore, drugs are often chemically made into a salt forms to enhance how the drug dissolves and to boost its absorption into your bloodstream. Over 50% of all drug molecules used in medicine exist as salts, most frequently as hydrochloride, sodium, or sulfate salts.
The Top 15 Most Common Drug Salts
- Hydrochloride (15.5%)
- Sodium (9%)
- Sulfate (4%)
- Acetate (2.5%)
- Phosphate/diphosphate (1.9%)
- Chloride (1.8%)
- Potassium (1.6%)
- Maleate (1.4%)
- Calcium (1.3%)
- Citrate (1.2%)
- Mesylate (1%)
- Nitrate (0.9%)
- Tartrate (0.8%)
- Aluminum (0.7%)
- Gluconate (0.7%)
But why are Doctors telling their patients to avoid “Salt” and “Sodium”, when 50% of drugs are Salts. The answer is simple. It depends what is attached to the Sodium. What other additives, i.e. anti-caking ingredients. An anticaking agent in salt is denoted in the ingredients, for example, as “anti-caking agent (554)”, which is sodium aluminosilicate, a man-made product. This product is present in many commercial table salts as well as dried milk, egg mixes, sugar products, flours and spices.
You May Explode If You Consume Sodium?
A possible reason that the Medical community recommends avoiding Sodium is that you may explode. What else could it be? In the Medical community, they identify primarily with one character – Sodium. Sodium is not stable without its “funny man”. Sodium is explosive in nature, especially when exposed to water.
There’s nothing like an explosion to get your attention. Remember when your high school teacher dropped a lump of sodium into water? Bang! Lesson learnt: “sodium” is highly reactive. The human body is 50% water. Therefore, if you consume “Sodium” you may spontaneously combust? Really? All Doctors have to attend college and are required to take multiple chemistry and physics classes. They had to have high GPAs to get into Medical school. Did they forget what was taught in Chemistry class?
Chemistry teachers love to use the sodium-water reaction when they are teaching students about the periodic table. Elements are grouped according to their properties. In the far right hand column of the table are the noble gases, stable and unreactive thanks to their full complement of orbiting electrons. Sodium on the opposite side of the table has the opposite properties. Its single outer electron makes the metal highly reactive and ready to combine with others at the first opportunity – such as the moment the Sodium hits water.
Sodium’s explosion in water has long been a mystery. Thanks to high speed super-fast video footage, scientists can now understand better sodium’s energetic reaction with water.
Spikes of metal could be seen shooting very rapidly out into the water, within less than half a millisecond of the two surfaces coming into contact. And there was a flash of a bluish purple color at about the same time.” ~ By Jonathan WebbScience reporter, BBC News (article – http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30983141
What Is Sodium?
The Sodium atom Na+is not a stable atom. The Na+ion will spontaneously attract an electron, but the Na+ atom will not spontaneously emit an electron.
Doctors may reasonably argue that they were thinking of real chemical contexts, where the cation is commonly found as part of real chemical substances (sodium drugs, sodium chloride, sodium preservatives, etc). However, the Na+atom alone would be highly unstable. Sodium can not exist alone. It must be paired with a negatively charged element to be stable.
Health Benefits of Sodium
Sodium is an extremely important electrolyte and an essential ion present in the extracellular fluid (ECF). One of the health benefits of sodium is the pivotal role it plays in enzyme operations and muscle contraction. It is very important for osmoregulation and fluid maintenance within the human body. Other health benefits include improved heart performance, nervous system, and glucose absorption.
What is the Importance of Sodium?
Sodium is needed for blood regulation and its absence can cause serious impairment of bodily functions. It is a versatile element and occurs in more than eighty different forms. As an electrolyte, it regulates the bodily fluids and transmits electrical impulses in the body. Unlike other vitamins and minerals, heat has no effect on it. Therefore, it can be used in different ways and preparations without losing its effects. Also, it is an important constituent of nerves and helps to regulate muscle contractions.
Salt Controls Bacterial Growth
Salt controls bacterial growth in fermented foods. The bacterial growth is regulated by a sodium to water ratio. Using a salt with minerals and or additive will dilute the sodium ratio. The minerals already exist in the food being fermented. This applies to those using the popular Himalayan Salt. The mineral that give the pink color to the Himalayan salt dilutes sodium concentration. Plus, certain bacteria use the minerals to outcompete other bacteria creating an imbalance in the microbiome.
The Roles Salt Plays in Fermenting
There are several reasons why salt is preferable over other things when it comes to fermenting foods. Here are a few roles that salt plays in the process:
- Preservation—Salt inhibits the growth of undesirable bacteria and molds while allowing the growth of Lactobacilli.
- Dehydration—Salt pulls the moisture from the food product that bacteria require for growth.
- Promote texture—Salt hardens the pectin in vegetables, which results in a crunchy, more flavorful product.
Chloride is the lesser-known half of a better known as part of the double-act “sodium-chloride” otherwise known as table salt. Collectively referred to as “Sodium”.
It’s not a mineral you’ll read much about in the health magazines but it is still important to your health nonetheless.
Chloride is a type of electrolyte, which works in conjunction with sodium and potassium. This particular electrolyte is found mainly in the body fluids surrounding cells. It works with the other members of the electrolyte family to help control fluids within the body and maintain electrolyte balance.
Because our bodies prefer to be pH neutral, chloride helps maintain this by reducing acid levels. Chlorides act as neutralizing agents and their work helps to bring the acid/alkaline level back into balance.
Within the stomach, you’ll find that chloride appears in the form of hydrochloric acid. In order for your body to effectively digest food, hydrochloric acid helps break the food down and stimulates the release of pancreatic enzymes and bile, so that it can be absorbed by the small intestines.
In the liver, chloride may also help in the process of removing waste.
Sources of Chloride
You’ll find chloride in many processed foods such as ketchup, French fries, canned meats, canned vegetables and olives. Chloride is plentiful in processed foods because of the high levels of preservatives needed to keep these foods fresh.
Here in the USA there’s been a lot of bad press about salt. There’s been lot of TV ad campaigns encouraging us to reduce our salt intake because most people consume too much. However our bodies do require chloride and it’s suggested we take 750 mg/day.
Because of the bad press salt has many people don’t realize that salt is required by our bodies, so instead of reducing salt intake they cut it out all together.
Low blood pressure and a general feeling of weakness are two symptoms of a chloride deficiency. When chloride levels drop the body usually experiences a simultaneous loss of potassium via the urine. A condition known as alkalosis can develop if acid levels in the body drop too low. This is a dangerous condition that causes the blood pH to become elevated. When pH is elevated and the body becomes more alkaline, Red Blood Cells cannot release oxygen.
If your body is not getting enough chloride and potassium you develop hypokalemic metabolic alkalosis and its symptoms cause the affected person to lose the ability to control muscle function. This in turn causes problems with breathing and swallowing, and if not addressed, may lead to death. Learning about health is important, especially if you are wanting to build muscle quickly.
If you have suffered serious bouts of diarrhea, vomiting, excessive use of diuretics, or excessive fluid loss due to sweat then this can create a deficiency of the mineral. Many athletes take supplements of salt because drinking more water that is lost in sweat can dilute the salt within the body. Also when you exercise salt is excreted through your sweat so it’s important that it’s replaced.
A 40ish year old woman came to the office with unresolved fatigue, gastro, thyroid symptoms, despite following a Gluten Free diet for nine years. Having done mostly GAPS/AIP/SCD eating protocols in that time frame. She recently was food tested and determined that IgGs were positive for Casein, chocolate, coffee, corn, egg, peanut, tomato, wheat, and yeast. Limiting these foods has allowed some weight loss to begin, but other symptoms are still present.
She was being treated for the usual Social Media Memes of SIBO, Adrenal Fatigue with probiotics and supplements made with whole food without any improvement. Analysis of the Genova 2200 Gastrointestinal Stool Profile was presented as everything was okay. She was referred to my office for a different opinion.
This was the assessment after triage of the labs she brought to the office. There was a disagreement as to whether the mouth was a problem that being it was not what she was there for. She wanted to know why she felt so bad and nothing seemed to have any affect. Turns out it started in the mouth and was all down-stream from there.
Would you like to see how this case is broken down? What are the thought processes as different components of her case are broken down? Let’s get started.
Her Cycle of Dysfunction
- Bad Root Canal contributing to Oral Infection
- Food Sensitivities | Allergies
- Bacteria Cleave Immunoglobulins
- Anemia of Chronic Inflammation
- Sulphate Reducing Bacteria
- Short Bowel Syndrome
- Oral Bacteria Contribute to Endometriosis
- Unexplained Underperformance Syndrome