Category Archives: Allergies

Brain Health: Effect of Wheat and Aspartame (17 min video)

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Eat Corn, Feel the Pain

Remember when we were younger and would often find worms in the corn when we were peeling it to eat or boil? Why don’t we see them any more?

Man in their infinite wisdom has genetically modified nearly all corn. “They” have modified corn to grow the pesticides directly into the corn kernel itself so worms won’t eat it. Could worms be smarter then human’s?

I find corn to cause increases in the stress hormone cortisol. Most of the people I work with have far more of this hormone circulating then they should just getting through our daily stressful lives. Corn makes it worse and causes a weakness in the muscles that support the knees, ankles and low back.  It also wreaks havoc on the digestive system which can cause spasms in the flank area muscle in the low back. I will have virtually guaranteed low back pain the morning after consuming a food which contains corn.  It is also one of the most common trigger foods for ovarian cysts.

INHIBIT VIRAL REPLICATION BY…

Did you know that in order for a virus to replicate (reproduce),  it needs to get through the fatty cell wall? If the cell wall is healthy and intact, it is virtually impenetrable to viruses. One of the best ways to enhance and maintain the integrity of the cell wall is to consume appropriate amounts of omega 3 fatty acids. Most commonly consumed as fish or flax-seed oil capsules.

The American diet, by and large is very deficient in omega 3 fatty acids, yet higher in omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 6’s (nuts and seeds) are also good for us and anti-inflammatory in nature, but the omega 3’s tend to get processed out of foods because of their short shelf life. This short shelf life is also why I typically recommend they be consumed in capsule form, though tasting them is also highly beneficial to the digestion/absorption process. A common dosage would range from 2-6 capsules per day. Look for dry finger tips if your levels are getting very low. I find that adding 1-2 capsules in the morning, the dryness on my fingers will often resolve by lunch time. Enjoy some fish tonight!

a virus penetrating the cell

Purification/Weight Loss Idea’s

http://www.standardprocess.com/display/displayFile.aspx?docid=369&filename=/Public/Lit/Miscellaneous/purificationguideL2605.pdf

I use the Standard Process Purification Program occasionally. The first time I used it I found that I raced quite well, so I now eat basically this way for the two weeks before my bigger races of the year.

Some protein shake ideas are:

I add an additional 1-2 scoops of rice protein (27 grams of protein) to most of my shakes during the cleanse. Other protein sources I may add with the detox powder’s are Goat protein powder from Myenburg or Whey Pro Complete (for B or AB blood types). A’s may consider an organic/nonGMO source of soy protein.

To all of my shakes I will add a source of EFA’s. Usually it is one of the many fine omega 3 products we stock at the office with olive oil also rotated in to assist in balancing the omega 3:6:9 ratio’s. I typically add about 2 tablespoons. I will also use raw walnuts or almonds in a few of the shakes. 1/day I will 2 tbls of the “super food” chia seed to add some fiber and more EFA’s.

Further valuable addition’s to many of the shakes I blend are beet leaves and kale. It gives thee shakes a food like feel and helps to keep me satisfied longer. Most of the shakes I blend will include organic frozen “highly beneficial” berries or fruit. Most common are pineapple and/or blueberries.

During the cleanse period meal times I enjoy big, glorious salads. Usually, these will contain baby spring lettuce, beets, carrots, celery, beet leaves, mushrooms, ++++. For dressing I prefer to squeeze lemon, dab some olive oil and a pinch of Celtic sea salt. emmm. Occasionally, I will use a vinegar free dressing to “spice” thinks up a bit.

I have lost as much as 2% body fat in 2 weeks on this program and felt great all the way through, though I did have some minor hunger pangs occasionally. The Gastro Fiber really helps to minimize them though.

As you begin to reintroduce foods in weeks 3-4, pay close attention to how you feel upon the reintroduction. Bloated, fat, sluggish? I really learn a lot about which foods I need to minimize for optimal life performance during this time.

Most of all, ENJOY THE PROCESS AND THE GROWTH THAT TAKES PLACE!

Benefits of Vitamin C

The famous source of C

The famous source of C

When I posted the question, “What are the benefits of vitamin C?” The response was surprisingly limited. I thought since this was one of the first popularized vitamins that their would at least be an outpouring from the Dr.’s that follow these posts?

Vitamin C with it’s main active component of ascorbic acid is great for the immune system in many ways. It helps fight infections, it is an antioxidant (prevents aging), as well as a metabolizer of histamine. It has both antiviral and antibacterial properties to feed your bodies fight against these infections. As a key antioxidant it slows the ravaging effects of aging, minimizes the negative effects of chlorine, and helps our body deal with the polluted world we live in. Metabolizing histamine means that it is a natural antihistamine 🙂 Therefore, may be helpful against allergies.

The lungs are very dependent on Vit C to neutralize the toxins they come in contact with.

Vitamin C also has the properties of a natural chelator. It is often used in treating mercury poisoning or copper over load. Therefore, before and after dental work may be a good time to load up on your vitamin C.

Overdosing on vit C can cause a copper deficiency which can lead to an exaggerated response to stress since copper plays a role in cortisol (the stress hormone) function.

Therapeutically, C can be very effective. For short term, acute need, one could “ramp up” to 3-4,000 mg or until bowel movements get soft. Then back down slightly until symptoms dissipate. For longer, more preventative oriented uses, one would do better to use a lower dosed source that is balanced with the synergistic antioxidants of vitamin A and NAC.  May this information assist your ability to endure the pending cold and flu season.

Allergy Triggers

[Archives May 2011] If the winds and abrupt weather changes are causing you challenges like allergies or sinus congestion, try limiting dairy consumption. Dairy is the most common trigger I see with “environmental” allergies. We also stock some very effective natural antihistamines that actually treat the cause as opposed to dehydrating and suppressing the immune system like most anti-histamines. 

Conversely, If you primarily experience symptoms like sinus pressure with only barometric changes, like when our weather rapidly shifts from warm to cold and vice verse, you may want to consider helping the thyroid. Remember some of our former suggestions? B1, iodine, tyrosine, limiting wheat?

Causes of Allergies

[Archives April 2011] A lot of patients are experiencing Spring allergies, and we have been discussing allergy issues in general. Some considerations as potential causes of allergies might include body washes, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, candles, air fresheners, lotions, etc., etc. This is part of the reason that I suggest rotating these items so that you are less likely to develop sensitivities, as well as becoming more promptly aware when you do experience symptoms. Remember some of the symptoms mentioned were vertigo, frontal or right sided headaches, sinus congestion, poor digestion or sugar cravings. Any others that you have experienced?

Vertigo?

[Archives April 2011] Have you or someone you know ever had the head spins? It is not fun and can be down right disabling. Besides being utterly disabled at times, one may even experience nausea and vomiting with it. Believe it or not, this is virtually always caused by an allergy. Perfumes are a common cause, but there are other possibilities. Allergies cause the first vertebrae to subluxate forward disrupting the brain’s balance mechanism. The challenge is finding and eliminating the allergen. 

Meniere’s Disease is a related condition, and I can you help you find the cause and find the right treatment.

Learn more about subluxation at: http://www.drvrzal.com/chiropractic/

Moderation in All Things

[Archives April 2011] Moderation is key. It is smart to rotate your foods as well as your beauty aids. Then when you are reacting to them it will be more obvious. One is far less likely to become sensitive to products when they are used intermittently as apposed to repeatedly using the same thing day after day, year after year.

Milk Sensitivy and Pasteurization

[Archives March 2011] At least 85% of the population is sensitive to cows milk. In fact if you were to feed a baby cow pasteurized milk it would be dead in less than 6 months. The milk protein (casein) triggers negative immune responses, so lactaid is not typically the answer. Better choices might be rice, almond or goat milks. What symptoms do you think milk might cause? All answers and guesses accepted. 

The 85% is the combined total of A and O blood types that are both highly dairy and especially milk sensitive. Raw is a better choice, but the A and O immune (lectin) reaction causes a suppression of the immune system, inflammation, and mucus.