Archive for Digestive, Immune and Nervous Systems – Page 2

Nutrition and Your Immune System Keep You Healthy

immune systemThe Immune system, or the part of the body which fights disease, is a very complex system supported by many different body organs. It is not located in one part of the body, but is the body working in harmony to fight off foreign invaders.

Many lifestyle factors, including drugs and stress cause our immune system to become suppressed. Often, the immune system becomes depressed when a person takes drugs. There are times when drugs are needed to fight off an illness or disease. However, extended use of commercial or illegal drugs will suppress your immune system to the point where your body can no longer fight off simple problems and diseases. Result: Drug abusers of both illegal and prescription drugs have suppressed immune systems which increases their risk for infection and disease. Read More→

Food Sex Connection – Aphrodisiacs?

Is there a Food Sex Connection?

Food Sex ConnectionA late night romantic dinner at a fine restaurant, a bottle of wine, soft music and scented candles. It sounds like the perfect evening and a prelude to a wild night of passion. All the aphrodisiacs are in place. What could go wrong?

Let’s see what we could do to make this night even more memorable. Let us begin with the timing of our date. Most of us have schedules planned out to the minute. By the time we have settled in to our quiet, amorous evening, we are ready for a nap more than a torrid romp in the sheets. Fatigue can ruin a perfect evening and can cause quite a rift between you and your lover. Often times if one partner is tired or under a lot of stress, the other partner will perceive this as lack of interest and take it very personally. Many times it is not discussed and festers until the relationship is put in jeopardy from this unspoken situation. Read More→

Supplements – Do I really need them?

SupplementsWhat’s the scoop, do I really need supplements?

A vitamin, by definition, is a substance that will cause a disease if the body does not have enough of it or if the body cannot utilize what it does have. Vitamins do not produce energy on their own. Once a substance is found to meet these guidelines, it will be called a vitamin.

A vitamin will help in food metabolism and assist in releasing energy from digested food. The amount needed for good health is relatively small, so vitamins are considered micronutrients, as opposed to macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Vitamins will also assist in enzyme functions in the body, so you may hear them referred to as coenzymes. Nothing in the body can occur properly unless we have an enzyme in the chemical interaction. Read More→

External Yeast Infections – Change Your Diet

External Yeast InfectionsRecently a radio show listener contacted me with a question about a rash caused by a yeast infection. She had tried pills and creams for the rash, but the rash was still spreading. As I was responding to her question, it occurred to me that this information could be useful to anyone suffering from external yeast infections.

What I have found is that a yeast infection on the skin is most likely coming from inside the body, specifically the digestive system. What seems to be happening is that the good bacteria in your intestines are in constant battle with yeast, called Candida Albicans, that also lives in your intestines. Read More→

Back Pain – Any Pain – What to do when it won’t go away

Back Pain - The SpineNeed some tips on what to do when your back pain (or any pain) just won’t go away? Read on…

Everyone, at some time in their lives, has been in such pain that they would give anything to make the pain go away. Back pain or any kind of pain. We’re willing to remove the painful part, give up a day, week or month of our lives, or even cut a deal with the creator to make the pain stop. In most cases, the pain does go away and we can return to our normal lives. However, in many cases the pain does not go away and sometimes the pain will even get worse as time goes on.

Orthodox medicine will begin with trying medication to alleviate the pain. This oftentimes does not resolve the cause of the pain it simply covers up the pain. The problem is still present, you are just not aware of it. This can be dangerous because the pain is actually a good thing, it is there to tell you something is wrong.

If we cover up the pain, the problem may actually get worse but you are not aware of the negative progression of the condition. The level of medication that once covered up the pain may not be enough anymore and you may have to increase the dosage or type of drug to achieve the same level of pain relief. The down sides of this style of treatment are numerous. Read More→

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome… It’s Not All In Your Head

Fibromyalgia - Eat nuts and seedsHardly a day goes by in my office that a patient does not come in and tell me that they have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue  syndrome. In both of these conditions, the causes are not really known. Many times these conditions are misdiagnosed as hypochondria, flu, depression,  premenstrual syndrome, and other disorders. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome is often only given by ruling out other  health and psychiatric problems. In fibromyalgia, there are nine pain points that are used to help diagnose this condition. They are the lower neck, the second rib, upper thigh bones, the middle of the knee, the base of the skull, the upper back, the middle back, the side of the elbow, and the upper and  outer buttocks. Some possible factors that may contribute to these conditions are the mercury toxicity, especially from mercury fillings in the teeth,  anemia, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, candida, and parasites. It is important to address these factors not only concerning these conditions but for  general health. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are not phantom conditions — they are the result of a stressed nervous system. Read More→

Digestive Problems – Do you suffer silently?

If you have digestive problems, you don’t need to suffer silently. There, I said it.

Digestive ProblemsHaving been in practice for over 30 years, I have found that a majority of patients have some type of digestive problem, but few are willing to talk about it. It seems that we can talk about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and just about any other health condition, but one of the most common conditions is a taboo subject. Digestive problems are not only uncomfortable and sometimes can cause embarrassment; they have a direct link to your overall physical and mental health. We spend billions of dollars each year to attempt to cover up the symptoms of digestive problems, but very few doctors talk about correcting the cause of the problem or avoiding the things that often cause the problem. Digestive disorders can often snowball from mild discomfort all the way to cancer. Let’s talk about the causes of digestive disorders, such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, belching and acid indigestion, and what we can do to help the body return to normal. Read More→

Your Immune System – Let’s Keep it Functioning Well

The immune system: How it works and how to make it work better

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. When the body is stressed, whether physically or emotionally, the body thinks it is being attacked. It will stimulate the immune system to prepare for the invasion. If this perceived attack continues for abnormal length of time, the immune system may begin to attack the body itself. The body acts in a similar way whether the stress is real or perceived. Long-term emotional stress will cause the overstimulation of the immune system and if there is no true invader, the immune system will have nothing to attack so it will attack the body and this can lead to autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Read More→

Homocysteine – Worse than cholesterol?

Healthy FoodsHomocysteine is a word most people have never heard of, yet not knowing what it is and what it does could cost you your life. Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid that is necessary for normal function of the body. The problem is that when it does not perform properly it can be the precipitating factor in cardiovascular diseases (heart and circulatory diseases) such as arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke.

For many years, experts have believed the theory that measuring the level of cholesterol floating around in your blood was the best way to measure your risk of cardiovascular disease. They believed that your blood cholesterol levels would increase by eating too much cholesterol and this, simply, was the cause of circulatory and heart problems. It became accepted theory and no one really argued with it. Read More→