However, what's not as well known is that diabetes is, to a large degree, a mouth story.
Gum disease is a major issue for people who are diabetic, and the American Diabetes Association advises diabetics, if they see any of the warning signs starting to occur (white or red patches on gums, pain in mouth, swelling or pus around teeth and gums), keep their blood sugar under control before, during, and after dental treatment (i.e., surgery if need be).
In alternative medicine, a number of things bear consideration. First, it is perhaps worth noting that Traditional Chinese medicine has always viewed the meridian system as having a correlation to each and every tooth in the mouth. The examination of the tongue is also a necessary 'first step' undertaken by many, if not most, physicians when someone comes to them with a complaint. Also, if you think about it, the mouth would be a good first place to look, since it is food's first stop before being swallowed and, subsequently, digested. It is also a breeding ground for an array of different bacteria, making it essential to consider since bacteria are often key players in chronic illness.
Diabetes, later in life, is often linked to mercury exposure in young adulthood. At one time, it was almost ubiquitous in the world of dentistry to use amalgam for fillings (which contains mercury). While conventional wisdom still suggests this practice to be safe, it is becoming less and less common, and the better option may be to opt for composite resin fillings or glass ionomer cement fillings. It can be costly and even somewhat dangerous to try and have amalgam fillings removed, but if you find a reputable dentist who knows what he's doing, you would be wise to consider.
Mercury exposure in young adulthood and incidence of diabetes later in life: the CARDIA Trace Element Study.
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Were you around in the 1970’s? In general, Americans experienced better health in that decade than in those following.
In 1977, the U.S. released the first national dietary guidelines, which urged Americans to cut back on fat intake. In a radical departure from current diets at the time, the guidelines suggested Americans eat a diet high in grains and low in fat, with vegetables oils taking the place of most animal fats.
The recommendation has been a total failure.
Since 1980, the rates of many chronic diseases have increased dramatically. Prevalence of heart failure and stroke has increased significantly. Rates of new cases of all cancers have gone up. Rates of diabetes have tripled.
"The mantra that saturated fat must be removed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has dominated dietary advice and guidelines for almost four decades. Yet scientific evidence shows that this advice has, paradoxically, increased our cardiovascular risk ...” (Dr. Aseem Malhotra, cardiology specialist registrar, Croydon University Hospital, London)
Interestingly, a new American Heart Association (AHA) study claims eating the "right" fats could save 1 million lives per year. But what you may not realize is that it’s vital that you choose the right fats. A good way to start is to swap all trans fats (vegetable oils, margarine, etc.) for healthy fats such as avocado, raw butter, cheese, and coconut oil.
Don’t be deceived that vegetable oils are good for you.
Vegetable oils are problematic for a number of reasons. The increased consumption of industrially-refined vegetable oils has led to a severely lopsided fatty acid composition, for instance, as these oils provide high amounts of omega-6 fats. The ideal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats is less than 1:2, but certainly less than 1:5, but the typical Western diet is now between 1:20 and 1:50.
Eating too much damaged omega-6 fat and too little omega-3 sets the stage for nearly all chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, depression, Alzheimer's, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes, just to name a few. To correct this imbalance, you typically need to do two things:
1. Significantly omega-6 by avoiding processed foods and foods cooked at high temperatures Avoid using any industrially refined vegetable oils. The only exception would be coconut oil and MCT oil. Most olive oils are problematic as revealed by a recent 60 Minutes investigation that shows most olive oils are adulterated with cheap industrially processed vegetable oils.
2. Increase your intake of heart-healthy animal-based omega-3 fats, such as krill oil.
“For decades, the authorities have been warning us how bad butter and lard was,” according to Martin Grootveld, a professor of bioanalytical chemistry and chemical pathology at De Monfort University in the UK. “But we have found butter is very, very good for frying purposes and so is lard. People have been telling us how healthy polyunsaturates are in corn oil and sunflower oil. But when you start… subjecting them to high amounts of energy in the frying pan or the oven, they undergo a complex series of chemical reactions, which results in the accumulation of large amounts of toxic compounds.”
Ideally, you should aim for 75 percent of your total calories as fat. That leaves approximately 10 percent of your calories as protein and 15 percent as carbs which should be twice as many fiber carbs as non-fiber carbs, like vegetables, seeds and nuts.
Journalist Nina Teicholz, author of "The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet," stated that when researchers went back and analyzed some of the original data, heart disease was most correlated with sugar intake, not saturated fat.
We’ve had the wrong villain in mind for far too long.
By choosing the right fats, eliminating the wrong ones, and limiting the amount of sugar in your diet—which includes simple carbohydrates such as bread and potatoes that turn to carbohydrates when ingested—you can great improve your quality of health.
Feel free to contact our office or ask about dietary recommendations at your next appointment.
You are beautifully and wonderfully made, make no mistake about it.
Your immune system is incredibly intricate. Built-in beneficial actions such as long-taken-for-granted homeostasis allows your immune system to fight off foreign antigens and helps the body rid itself of dead cells and tissues. Your nervous system is built to last a lifetime, but diverse diseases or environmental insults can, and often do, overpower the capacity of neurons to maintain function or to repair after trauma.
What happens when an infection or extreme stress on your body exacerbates the delicate balance your body so dutifully works to maintain?
All too many people face this every Fall and Winter as the “flu season” abounds and they succumb to a debilitating bout of misery.
It is prudent to take preventative measures and to provide your body with the nutrients needed to withstand infections and maintain homeostasis.
One of the many quality supplements we have compiled here at our clinic from around the world is Monolaurin. Monolaurin is derived from coconut oil, but prepared into a mono-ester of lauric acid. Decades of research has demonstrated the germ-killing and disinfectant properties of this natural compound. Monolaurin is a component of breast milk, part of Mother Nature’s immune support that is passed from mother to child and vital to the survival of the human race. Anything in breast milk must be very gentle on the baby, yet effective at boosting immunity, underscoring the obvious safety and non-toxicity of this simple fatty acid nutrient.
Think about a baby just coming into the world who has no digestive competence or balance and no immune cells based on experience – how do they survive an infection if they get one? This helps you to understand the true power of Monolaurin and other immune support components that are naturally found in breast milk.
In more scientific terms, Monolaurin, also known as glycerol monolaurate, glycerol laurate, or 1-Lauroylglycerol, can provide broad immune support (Lieberman, Enig, & Preuss, 2006), can combat the toxicity of many gram positive bacteria (Peterson & Schlievert, 2006), and kill Candida albicans (Bergsson, Arnfinnsson, Steingrimsson, & Thormar, 2001). Monolaurin has been found to incorporate itself into the cell membrane of gram positive bacteria, blocking replication and making it an easier enemy for your immune system to take care of (Tokarskyy & Marshall, 2008).
How, specifically, can this help YOU right here, right now?
The beauty of our remarkable system here at the North Florida Spine & Wellness Institute is that we can help identify, first of all, which organ system is experiencing difficulty, and secondly, what will work to improve its function. Monolaurin might very well be the answer if you’re facing an infection, but we can help determine exactly what is needed with our unique Autonomic Response Testing.
There’s no need to go through another round of flu and colds that you may have heretofore thought unavoidable. Ask us, and we’ll be happy to determine, through our unique testing, what your body needs!
Call today for an appointment: 850-877-6790
Lieberman, S., Enig, M. G., & Preuss, H. G. (2006). A Review of Monolaurin and Lauric Acid: Natural Virucidal and Bactericidal Agents. Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 12(6), 310-14. doi:10.1089/ act.2006.12.310
Peterson, M. L., & Schlievert, P. M. (2006). Glycerol monolaurate inhibits the effects of gram-positive select agents on eukaryotic cells †. Biochemistry, 45(7), 2387-97. doi:10.1021/bi051992u
Bergsson, G., Arnfinnsson, J. O., Steingrimsson, O., & Thormar, H. (2001). In vitro killing of Candida albicans by fatty acids and monoglycerides. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 45(11), 3209– 3212. doi:10.1128/AAC.45.11.3209-3212.2001
If the statistics are true, then there’s something very wrong: 80% of women are unhappy with their bodies. Female body dissatisfaction is at epidemic levels, and it’s a top contributor of food addiction, eating disorders, metabolic syndrome, chronic stress, hormone misfires, accelerated aging, obesity, and diabetes.
Not only is something very wrong, it’s totally against nature.
The truth is that if you can determine why you’re feeling fat, cranky, overwhelmed, or don’t want to have sex; if you go to the root cause of your hormonal imbalances, you’re going to be better off than if you opt for a prescription that simply masks your symptom(s).
Here at the North Florida Spine and Wellness Institute, we believe there is a better way. It starts with connecting the right hormones with your symptoms:
If you have . . .
· trouble losing weight
· mood swings
· bloating or fluid retention
· autoimmune conditions
· PMS, depression
It could be ESTROGEN DOMINANCE.
If you have . . .
· sugar cravings
· high, low, or borderline blood sugar
· trouble going longer than 3 hours between meals
· muffin top (waist > 35 inches in women, 40 inches in men)
· exercise less than three times per week
You may have INSULIN RESISTANCE.
If you have . . .
· trouble sleeping / insomnia
· more than one cup of coffee per day
· anxiety or irritability
· gut problems
· thinning bones
· overeating when stressed
You may be struggling with CORTISOL RESISTANCE.
We can help you re-set your hormones, so that your body can function the way it was intended to.
Don’t wait. You need not suffer from these symptoms. Call our office at 850-877-6790 and schedule an appointment.
Believe it or not, the UK Daily Mail ran an article recently that said, “Women with extreme PMS will now be deemed ‘mentally ill’ following controversial revision of health manual.”
The health manual cited in the article is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by the American Psychiatric Association. The “extreme PMS” which the manual has deemed to be a form of mental illness, is actually called PMDD – Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.
Treating women with hormone imbalance as if they are stricken with mental illness is hardly a new phenomenon. Just ask any woman who has sought help for her perimenopause symptoms. She’ll tell you. But now that the American Psychiatric Association has officially listed it in their diagnostic manual then that makes it “official.” Women suffering with hormone imbalance are mentally ill.
We couldn’t agree less.
It’s amazing that in the 21st century we are still treating women as if there is something inherently wrong in how their bodies function. We do not believe our Creator designed a woman’s body to be out of balance, at varying natural cycles of life, to the point where she is considered mentally ill. It just doesn’t make sense.
Here at the North Florida Spine & Wellness Institute, we focus on finding the root cause of ANY illness or disturbance in the body, and we focus on treating the cause, rather than treating symptoms. Treating symptoms does not alter or improve the cause of the problem; in fact, it can actually make it worse or even compound the problem by causing “side effects”. We all have heard the commercials for the latest, greatest wonder drug in which the side effects listed are sometimes far worse than the original symptom!
Women’s hormone issues may be quite uncomfortable, but are nothing to be ignored.
Our body’s hormones are quite powerful, and it is to our advantage to get to know and understand them. When female hormones run amok, it can affect everything from weight, mood, sleep, sexual desire, and may have serious chronic effects.
There is no need to suffer!
We are offering a free seminar on the topic of “Women’s Hormones & Health” on Thursday, October 22, at 7PM. Seating is limited, and so it is necessary to sign up to attend. If attendance exceeds the capacity of our venue, we will move to a larger venue, and we will notify you.
Why not invite a friend?
Click HERE for details and to reserve your spot.
If you have any questions or simply don’t want to wait until October 22 to speak to us (we understand), please contact our office at (850)877-6790.
Are you plagued with insomnia? Do you wake up at about the same time each night?
Interestingly, if you can tell us what time you consistently wake up during the night, we can make a pretty good guess as to which organ of your body may be compromised in some way.
The body cleanses a different organ every two hours of the twenty-four hour clock. The body clock actually begins at 3 AM with the first organ of the day--the lungs, and cleanses for 2 hours until 5 AM. Are you one of those people that wake up during this time of night, and perhaps cannot go back to sleep until that time frame is over? That is a good indication that your body may have an energy block that is not flowing freely.
Your Body Clock Schedule:
3:00-5:00 AM – Lungs
The lungs are the first organs of the day that are up for repair and maintenance. Lungs begins loosening their waste between this time period and when you awaken, this is why you cough sometimes. Your lungs are trying to expel the loosened waste. If you are coughing in the morning, this indicates that your diet and lifestyle needs tweaking.
5:00-7:00 AM - Large Intestine or Colon
Your large intestine’s job is to flush waste matter 24/7, and it needs water to do its job properly. The morning is the most important time to drink plenty of water for this process, and the worst time to have caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic and takes water away from your colon to your kidneys and bladder for evacuation. Your body needs water in the morning to do its repair and maintenance of the large intestine and colon. This helps you maintain digestion, normalize weight, slow down the aging process. When you irrigate your system every morning with pure water (up to 32 oz.) your health improves. If you wait until you have a bowel movement before you eat in the morning, this is also healthier for your colon.
7:00-9:00 AM – Stomach
During this time period, the stomach is repairing and doesn’t need a big meal to deal with. While the large intestine and colon needs fluid to repair properly in the morning, the stomach actually needs very little.
9:00-11:00 AM – Spleen
During this spleen cleaning time or when the spleen is in a weakened state, you may suffer with allergies or not be able to shake a cold or flu. This is because the spleen works with the liver and your immune system. A healthy spleen produces antibodies when there is an infection and constantly watches the blood for invaders.
11:00 AM-1:00 PM – Heart
During this time, your body is removing waste from the heart and you may sometimes notice a rapid heartbeat, double beats and/or skipping beats. Seventy percent of heart attacks occur when the heart is in its repair period.
1:00-3:00 PM - Small Intestines
Have you noticed that between 1 to 3 p.m. you are more apt to have indigestion, pain and bloating? If this happens, two things could be wrong: (1) Your diet is not what it should be and your food is not digesting; or (2) Your diet is causing problems that are now causing you stress. A proper diet will help take care of these problems.
3:00-7:00 PM - Kidneys and Bladder
During this time period, you may notice you’re tired and want a nap. When the kidneys are healthy and working properly, you’ll feel energetic at that time, not tired.
7:00-9:00 PM – Pancreas
Do you have intense cravings for sweets or processed carbohydrates during this time period? The kidneys regulate the pancreas, and if you do consume sweets during that period, you may notice low back pain, which is a kidney symptom. The kidneys, bladder, and pancreas are all parts of the same whole. If you need a nap early in the evening it is just your pancreas, as directed by your kidneys, putting you out so it can do its repairs.
9:00-11:00 PM - Blood Vessels and Arteries
This is the time period when blood vessels go into repair mode. The impact on the body may be headaches and/or weakness while vessels are in heavy repair mode.
11:00 PM – 3:00 AM - Liver and Gallbladder
During this time period, these two guys go into action. Do you ever have nights when you can’t sleep at this time? This means that waste is not being processed by your liver and it acts as an irritant to your body causing insomnia and frayed nerves. Your brain just won’t stop.
If you’re noticing a pattern as to the time in which you’re unable to sleep, or in which you regularly experience uncomfortable symptoms, tell us about it at your next appointment. There are many ways we can help get you back on track.
Call our office at (850) 877-6790 to schedule an appointment.
Bentonite clay is one of the greatest tools there is when it comes to detoxifying the body of toxins. If you've never heard of it before, here are some things you ought to know.
We use it primarily for detoxification purposes, rather than a drug such as Cholestyramine. Cholestyramine (or CSM) is a cholesterol-lowering drug, of all things. It might seem strange that it is used in the context of chronic illness, but believe it or not, it often is. The difference though, unlike CSM, bentonite clay binds toxins without lowering one's cholesterol levels. It can also be used in conjunction with other binding agents for the purposes of eliminating toxins from the gut.
Bentonite clay has been shown to reduce the amount of fluoride in drinking water. While investing in a good water filter is a great way to go, don't discount the power of bentonite clay to filtrate and make drinkable what might've not been otherwise.
When the Spanish invaded Mexico, some of the natives who lived in Mexico managed to escape north toward the mountains. During that time, there wasn't much by way of food, and one of the main food sources was cacti. However, some of the cacti contained toxins that could actually be lethal, and so what they discovered was that, by eating the cacti along with the dirt that was next to it, they could get the nutrients from the plant without the accompanying toxins.
Among the most interesting biotoxins to be neutralized by bentonite clay is that of Clostridium difficile colitis. "C Diff" as it is called is a spore-forming bacterium that is notorious for causing diarrhea, flu-like systems, and mimics what is seen in Crohn's patients. By the time you're diagnosed as having it, a lot has probably been going wrong. Fortunately, this bacterium and its toxins can be neutralized, and bentonite clay is a great tool for doing so.
There are over 200 different types of Bentonite clay, and the problem with many of these Bentonites is that they have extremely high aluminum content. Some Bentonite clays are composed of 65-75% aluminum! You can be sure that the bentonite clay prescribed in our clinic is safe for ingestion.
Being a negatively charged, natural medicine/detoxifier, bentonite clay acts to bind and absorb other molecules, especially those with a positive charge, such as most biotoxins. It travels through the digestive tract, with few minerals, indiscriminately neutralizing chemicals, food additives, and bacterial emissions. Don't take it with food, and let it do its magic, and see if your bowel movements don't noticeably improve.
This article was originally posted one year ago, but we feel it is important enough to repeat for our readers. - NFSWI Staff Writer
Correcting a vitamin D deficiency may cut your risk of premature death in half, according to an analysis of more than 10,000 individuals (as published in the American Journal of Cardiology: http://www.ajconline.org/article/S0002-9149(11)02933-X/abstract).
Why are Vitamin D deficiencies so prevalent now?
Long ago, most people worked out in the sunshine, and absorbed approximately 10,000 – 20,000 IU of vitamin D in just 15 minutes, significantly more than the current FDA requirements of between 200 and 400 IU. Today, many of us have indoor jobs and don’t venture outside during the day, making it nearly impossible for us to gain enough of the sun’s healthy rays to create natural vitamin D.
What’s more, we have only had the technical ability to measure vitamin D levels commercially – outside the research labs – for about 10 years. So about 98% of what we know about vitamin D has only been discovered in about the last 10 years.
Think because you live in Florida, the ‘Sunshine State’, you’re getting plenty of Vitamin D? Not necessarily.
To optimize your Vitamin D level, you need to expose large portions of your skin to the sun, and you need to do it for more than a few minutes. The best time to be in the sun for vitamin D production is as near to solar noon as possible. During this time you need the shortest exposure time to produce vitamin D because UVB rays are most intense at this time. Plus, when the sun goes down toward the horizon, the UVB is filtered out much more than the dangerous UVA.
Going outside at solar noon in Florida during the hot and sticky summer months is usually something people avoid. Most choose to go outside early in the morning when temperatures are cooler, then come back in the air conditioning to avoid the hottest time of the day, thinking they’re getting their Vitamin D by being outside, but actually not getting the exposure they need.
If you do go outside at or near solar noon, how do you know when you’ve been in the sun long enough? You only need enough exposure to have your skin turn the lightest shade of pink. Once you reach this point your body will not make any additional vitamin D due to its self-regulating mechanism. Any additional exposure will only cause harm and damage to your skin.
If you have dark skin, you may need up to 10 times more sun exposure to maintain an optimal vitamin D level as a person with pale skin. Redheads have to be particularly careful, as they appear to be genetically predisposed to developing melanoma, regardless of whether or not they spend time in the sun.
There’s an actual way to know when the optimum times are to go outside, no matter where you live. The Navy has a website where you simply put in your City and State, and the date, and you can click on a table that will list the calculation of the sun’s position in the sky for each location on the earth at any time of day. If the number is below 50, then it doesn’t matter if it’s sunny and 80 degrees outside, there is not enough UVB radiation to produce Vitamin D. But if the number is over 50, then you will know that it is the optimum time to go outside and take advantage of this free health benefit!
USNO Sun or Moon Altitude/Azimuth Table: http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/AltAz.php
Finding out what your Vitamin D level is might be one of the most important things you can do for your health. Do you know your Vitamin D level? A simple blood test can tell you. Let us know if you would like for us to order a blood test for you and check your levels. And if your schedule does not allow you to get outside and enjoy the health benefits of the sun, then ask us about an effective Vitamin D supplement.
All grains cause a rise in blood sugar. But our modern wheat is worse than its ancient version. That piece of toast or muffin for breakfast can cause a higher blood sugar level than drinking a Pepsi for breakfast. Most of us recognize that drinking soda for breakfast isn’t smart, but we’ve been led to think that bread, especially for breakfast, is a healthy choice.
What’s wrong with our modern wheat?
Ninety-nine percent of our wheat today, including organic wheat, is a hybrid wheat which was developed back in 1970 by Norman Borlaug. His shorter, stockier, more drought and fungi-resistant wheat was able to survive in the some of the worst conditions and could be shipped to other countries, feeding millions of people. Easy to see why he won the Nobel Prize for his hybrid dwarf wheat plant.
The problem, however, is that when you create a hybrid plant, you also create new properties the parent plants didn’t have. This dwarf wheat also contained 14 new strains of gluten. It is estimated about 40% of our population could be gluten sensitive or intolerant, and many think this is one of the reasons why.
When you consider the sheer amount of bread Americans commonly eat every day—toast, bagel or muffin for breakfast, granola bar for snack, maybe a sandwich for lunch, crackers or chips for another snack and pasta and rolls for dinner—it’s easy to see that not only are we getting a higher percentage of gluten in our modern wheat, we’re eating much more wheat than our ancestors did.
Almost everything in our modern processed food supply contains gluten. Is it any wonder more people are showing up with gluten sensitivities?
But in addition to that, grains contain other anti-nutrients besides gluten. They contain gliadin, lectin and phytates which act as a sort of sandpaper in the gut, leading to common complaints and ailments such as leaky gut, bloating, gas, constipation, increased appetite and brain fog. If that isn’t enough, it is also thought to cause autoimmunity—a decreased immune response. Anti-nutrients are also toxic to your nervous system and your cells.
“What is there to eat if not bread?”
It’s still possible to add healthy grains to your diet. Some of the best ones are buckwheat, millet and quinoa. For the most part, these grains have not been altered by man and are the some of the best whole grains you can consume. They can be ground into flours for use in baking or you can cook and eat them much like you would rice.
A warning about gluten-free foods in the grocery
Packaged gluten-free foods often contain high amounts of sugar and very high glycemic flours--white rice, potato, or tapioca. They often produce similar reactions and symptoms to eating wheat. It’s best to use them as a very rare treat. It is also better to bake your own food at home where you can control each ingredient. Almond flour and coconut flour flours are delicious ones to try.
If you suspect your health issues are related to gluten, the ideal thing to do is to see a qualified nutritionist who understands this disorder.You can also try an elimination diet. Just stop eating all gluten. Then ask yourself, do you feel better? Are symptoms disappearing? You’ll need to eliminate ALL gluten in your diet for a minimum of 3-4 weeks.
Studies show that the smallest amount of gluten—even a cracker the size of 1/8 of your thumb nail—will have a prolonged inflammatory effect in the body for up to 6 months after ingestion if you are gluten sensitive.
That means that the occasional crouton from your spouse’s salad or the hidden gluten in certain processed foods have just excited your immune system for another 6 months. If you have “pretty much” been gluten-free for several months and wonder why you still have symptoms, this may be why.
But after you’ve been gluten free for enough time for your body to repair itself, you’ll reap the rewards of what it feels like to feel good again! So good, that you may never go back to the way you used to eat.
Tomorrow is a new day. Celebrate by skipping the toast.
- acrylamide (used in most foundations, face lotions and hand creams) has been linked to mammary tumors in lab research
- formaldehyde (used in nail polish and blush) is classified as a probable human carcinogen by the EPA
- dibutyl phthalate (commonly found in perfume and hair spray) is known to damage the liver, kidney and reproductive systems, may disrupt hormonal processes and increase breast cancer risk