Archive for Digestive, Immune and Nervous Systems

Hiatal hernia, indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux and GERD

The biggest and strongest muscle in your body is not the heart or the legs; it is your diaphragm, the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen. It is not a muscle that you think much about unless you have trouble with it. Diagnosing a diaphragm strain or spasm is almost never done, yet if we could find a quick, simple way to evaluate the diaphragm for normal function we could avoid many unnecessary treatments based on improper diagnoses and save huge amounts of money needlessly spent on unnecessary drugs. Read More→

Food Related Allergies – Part One

Food Related Allergies – Wheat

Food Related AllergiesMany people suffer from food related allergies. One of the most common allergies is to gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Symptoms of a gluten allergy include runny nose, gas, diarrhea, and bloating. In children, it can also cause ear infections. The best way to test if you have a gluten or other food allergy is to totally avoid the suspected food for five days. On the fifth day, eat a serving or two of those foods, and if you get a reaction you will know which foods to avoid.

Food Related Allergies – Dairy

Dairy is one thing that all humans are allergic to at some level. Contrary to the ads for dairy digestive aids, lactose intolerance isn’t something that happens to just a few of us. It’s estimated that at least 75% of human beings are lactose intolerant. If that isn’t a loud and clear, neon-signed message that we should be avoiding dairy, I don’t know what is. Read More→

Food Allergies – Part Two

Could you have food allergies and not know it?

Food AllergiesLet’s begin by defining what food allergies are. Food Allergies happens when a specific food or foods affects the immune system and triggers the production of an antibody known as IgE to fight it.

When the immune system responds in this manner, symptoms can occur within a few minutes or not show up for several hours. A person may experience mild to severe or even life threatening reactions, anything from a skin rash to swelling of the throat and tongue (known as anaphylactic shock).

A much more common negative reaction that people have is a food intolerance. This can be similar to food allergies, but the immune system does not produce the antibody IgE. Just like food allergies, the symptoms can appear very quickly or be delayed several days. If the reaction is delayed, it can make the intolerance more difficult to detect. A runny nose on a Tuesday may be hard to relate back to eating a sandwich on the previous Sunday. Food intolerance reactions are not life threatening, but can make life miserable. Read More→

Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Pain Management

Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Can What You Eat Determine How Much Pain You Feel?

Omega 3 fatty acidsIt is well documented that what you eat can determine how healthy or unhealthy you are. However, can what you eat determine how much pain you feel when the body is injured? Certain foods will facilitate the healing process and other foods can actually exacerbate a painful condition. One of the foods that, in large doses, eventually will break down into a component known as Prostaglandin E2 is Omega 6 fatty acid.

Omega 6 fatty acids are one of the essential fatty acids. They are necessary for normal hormone production and proper cellular function. Another essential fatty acid is known as Omega 3. The ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids should be 1:1. Even if your consumption of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fax Acids goes as high as 4:1, it can still be considered a safe range. However, the average American has as high as a 40:1 ratio. Read More→

Pain Management – Dietary treatments

Pain ManagementPain management and your diet.

This may come as a shock to many of you. If you suffer from pain, any pain, what you eat may be making the pain worse! In my many years of practice I have seen patients with pain that was difficult to manage with conventional methods improve dramatically when we made some simple changes in their diets. Certain foods are considered excitotoxins, this means that they will excite the nervous system. An excited nervous system can cause nerves to send more impulses to the brain and the person can perceive this as pain. Read More→

If you can catch a disease, can you catch health?

Health – How to Catch it!

Health - Can you catch it?It seems that every day we see more and more advertisements for a new drug to help with everything from the common cold to menstrual cramps. My question is “if each drug does what it says it will do, why do we need to keep inventing new ones”?

I want to start by saying I am not against the use of drugs, I am against drug abuse. We as a society are taught that if something is wrong with our health, it must mean we have to take a pill to correct it. I submit a different approach to this universal problem. My proposal is to build up and maintain the immune system so we are less likely to get sick. And in many cases, if we do get sick, it may not be such a bad thing.

The fact we do get sick is a sign that our immune system has been overloaded and is no longer able to deal with the problem in a subclinical manor. Subclinical means the problem is being worked on internally and there are no obvious symptoms. It is a much wiser approach to try to find out why we are unable to deal with the problem subclinically and correct the cause, not just treat the symptoms.

There are many reasons why our immune systems may not be functioning at peak performance. The most prevalent cause of immune malfunction is the food we consume. Food is the one thing we are all exposed to, usually several times a day. It is a good idea to consume foods that will help enhance the immune system or at the very least, not weaken it. Read More→

Allergy Season – Home Remedies

Well, it’s that time of the year again – allergy season.

Allergy SeasonTime for the plants to do their yearly mating ritual and for us to suffer from the ravages of their pollen. If you are to believe the advertisers, the reason we are suffering so badly is because we must be lacking the magic medication that will make all our symptoms disappear. If we take their drug of choice, somehow all will be well. This false way of thinking may make us feel better short term, however the side effects from the medications may be worse than the suffering caused by the allergens. Before you take any medication, please read the side effects enclosed in the medication package and then decide if the treatment is worse than the problem.

Now let’s ask ourselves a question, if there were a way to get similar results as taking drugs with no side effects, and was less expensive than the medication, would you be interested? Read More→

Your Immune System – How to Make It Work Better

Your Immune SystemThe function of the immune system is to recognize, attack and destroy foreign invaders while not attacking what normally belongs to the body. In order for the immune system to function normally it cannot be over stimulated or suppressed. The goal of obtaining a healthy immune system is to normalize the immune system. The organs involved in immune function are the spleen, thymus, tonsils, and lymph glands.

There are essentially three primary causes of over stimulation or suppression of the immune system. The first primary cause can be related to emotional and lifestyle stress.  Read More→

Osteoporosis and Arthritis Prevention – The Facts

Arthritis and Osteoporosis Prevention is very possible with the proper intake of nutrients your body needs.

OsteoporosisIn the United States alone 25 million people are affected by osteoporosis and more than 55 million Americans suffer from Arthritis and related conditions. It is estimated that the cost of treating osteoporosis, arthritis and related injuries is over $10 billion a year. Osteoporosis and arthritis are not the result of the natural aging process. There many people who age without suffering from these conditions. This article will try to discuss what causes or aggravates these conditions and what you can do to slow down or reverse these health issues.

First, let’s discuss the differences between osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Osteoporosis unfortunately is a major epidemic in the United States. It is the weakening of the bones which can cause the bones to fracture, sometimes with almost no force applied. Osteoporosis is responsible for least 1.2 million fractures per year. The most common management therapy used for this condition is estrogen supplements and calcium supplements. This may work in a limited way in some cases but the success is limited. Read More→