Monthly Archives: May 2011

Grains on the Brain?

[Archives March 2011]

Gluten is a protein present in grains, mainly wheat, rye, oats, barley. Casein is a milk protein, present in cow, goat, sheep, human and all other milk and milk products. In the bodies of children and adults with autism and schizophrenia these proteins do not get digested properly due to the fact that their digestive systems are full of abnormal microbial flora and hence unhealthy. As a result of misdigestion gluten and casein turn into substances with similar chemical structure of opiates, like morphine and heroin.

Incidentally, these substances were also found in patients with depression and rheumatoid arthritis. These opiates from wheat and milk get through the blood-brain barrier and block certain areas of the brain, just like morphine or heroin would do, causing various neurological and psychiatric symptoms…by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (human nutrition), in 2004 after working with hundreds of children and adults with neurological and psychiatric conditions, such as autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD), schizophrenia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, obsessive –compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder and other neuro-psychological and psychiatric problems.

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Iodine, Radioactivity, and the Thyroid

[Archives March 2011] In light of nuclear power plant leaks in Japan, many patients have asked about Iodine supplementation. Here’s a few thoughts on this subject.

KI Potasium Iodide

Although KI is considered very safe (the iodine is the same as that found in table salt) clinicians should make patients aware of the rare but real risks, says Dr. Kloos, who is also Co-Director of The Ohio State University Thyroid Cancer Unit in Columbus, Ohio. Allergic reactions are always a concern. 

“When large populations took potassium iodide in Poland after Chernobyl, it was shown to be quite safe,” he says. “But small numbers of people did experience things like skin rashes, abdominal discomfort, and vomiting.”

In addition, the same process that makes iodine protective in radiation exposure can also alter thyroid function in the longer term. The thyroid acts like a sponge in the presence of iodine, so saturating it with regular iodine prevents the uptake of radioactive iodine found in nuclear fallout.

From March 14…Here is a some good info for those of you following the radioactive threat from Japan. Hopefully the pending rain and weather will eliminate or at least minimize our exposure. http://www.thyroid.org/patients/brochures/NuclearRadiation_brochure.pdf

From March 15…A patient asked about kelp supplements? While kelp is a good source of iodine, it has a slightly lower dosage then “authorities” are claiming we should take for nuclear protection.

From March 18…Praying for rain to minimize any potential radiation exposure. Though some sources say that those of us over 40 have “no need for iodine,” I’m taking it anyway. Having lots of trouble keeping it in stock.

Onion Joy

[Archives March 2011] Our old friend the onion has elements initial that are both anti-inflammatory and antihistamine alike. This means they are good for the brain as well as a relative fountain of youth. This benefit is present whether cooked or raw. Enjoy.

Digesting Fats

[Archives March 2011] I recently talked about flaky skin on my fingers being caused by not having enough good fats.  Remember good fats help us make hormones, feed cells and stabalize blood sugar. Dry skin on the heels is another common issue, and is due to gallbladder congestion. When the gallbladder is congested, one would have trouble digesting fats. This could lead to heart burn (hiatal hernia), bloating, constipation, right sided headaches and if that isn’t enough, even anxiety could prevail. Eat more beets, and less coffee and packaged foods.

If your gallbladder is congested, see my liver cleanse protocol here: http://www.drvrzal.com/liver-cleanse/

My Fingers Point to More Good Fats

[Archives March 2011] Even though I use olive oil in everything, add nuts wherever reasonable, eat fish often and take at least 3 fish oil capsules every AM, my finger tips occasionally get flaky. The good news is that they will typically resolve within hours by simply increasing my good fat consumption by 1-3 capsules.

The American population is typically EFA (good fats) deficient because unfortunately, the good fats are typically processed out of food to increase shelf life.  Good sources of EFA’s are fish and nuts. Much fish is now farm raised which often reduces EFA content and most nuts are consumed as roasted which can destroy the EFA’s. 

We need good fats to make hormones, to feed cells, and to stabilize blood sugar.

Relieving Psoriasis

[Archive March 2011] A patient asked, Is psoriasis helped by a gluten free diet? Psoriasis is a liver detoxification problem. Cutting grains would help some, but your biggest gain will come from cleaning the liver with appropriate herbs and determining where the toxins are coming from. Processed foods or medications are likely to be culprits.

The Effect of “Stinkin Thinkin” on the Body

[Archives March 2011] I just got exposed to some amazing research on the power of our thoughts. If you have ever wondered how “stinkin thinkin” may effect the entire body, check out the first 10 minutes of this video. I can’t wait to see how the Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) done at Vrzal Chiro impacts these brain pictures.

http://lifetoday.org/video/your-body-his-temple-series-28/

Pearls of Health

With my blog, I hope to share information with my patients and those interested in Health and Vitality.  During treatments, reading, and research, I am always learning more and more about optimizing health through nutrition, supplementation, reducing additives and other environmental factors, and reducing the neural and physical impact of emotional stress. Many of these posts originated or were created to be shared on my regular health related posts on Facebook. Friend or follow me at www.facebook.com/drscott.vrzal to get more regular pearls.

I have placed many posts here from other articles and posts over the last few years.  I wanted to have a single place to post these pearls for your benefit, and to continue to give you current and updated information. Please feel free to give me feedback!  And, learn more about my treatment office.

Is your Shampoo Safe?

Recently, a patient was looking for a way to know if shampoo, lotions, etc had ingredients to avoid.  A good resource is www.cosmeticdatabase.com.

Health Success

[Archives March 2011] On of my patients, Charlie, was disciplined enough to avoid chicken, corn, and tomatoes for 6 weeks. His total cholesterol went from 341 to the lowest it’s ever tested with or without medications at 240. Even better, his PSA (prostate specific antigen) went from a scary 7.5 to a no-risk 1.9. The trigger foods would likely be different for you, but a hardy congratulations go out to Charlie.