Root Cause of AutoImmune Dis-Ease

  When diagnosed with an autoimmune problem like Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Endometriosis, Chron’s, Grave’s and even, one could argue, Cancer, among many others, the prescribed solution never addresses the root of the problem.  In fact, the question of WHY this condition occurs in the first place is rarely addressed. There’s a (controversial) theory circulating in natural healing groups that the underlying cause of most types of AiD (autoimmune dis-ease) are covert, or hidden, pathogens. Pathogens, including things like viruses, protozoa, helminths (worms), bacteria, fungi, and mycoplasmas are really smart little creatures.  They can hide in your body, hide from your immune system, for years.   New scientific research has found that Ebola, for example, can survive for years in eyeballs and also in testes!  The influenza virus can enter the body virtually undetected by our immune systems because of a protein coat surrounding its DNA structure.  Herpes virus has a way to eliminate the toll-like receptors that attach to its surface that would normally tell your body to seek and destroy it.   Tuberculosis bacterium releases a protein that triggers a response within a microphage so that instead of engulfing and destroying the bacterium, it allows the bacterium to live and replicate inside of the macrophage.   The trigger for Lyme disease, Borrelia Bacterium, is like a super-villan.  It has a flagella structure to speed through your body, even through structures that would stop most invaders, like thick mucous.  Then, it can change shape.  An invader is brought to your body’s attention via its unique cell wall protein structure, but Borrelia can alter its structure.  So when your body...

Why Do I Need So Many Treatments?

I was reading some online reviews of my business.  Have you ever heard of “negative bias?”  It’s a psychological phenomena where regardless of all the positive experiences we have, when we see, hear or experience something negative, we hold on to that memory instead of the positive stuff.  This is deeply ingrained in our mammalian brain as a survival mechanism, but in today’s world it just makes us anxious and depressed.   For every 5 good reviews, there’s 1 bad one that I focus on. Watching “Real Actors Read Yelp” on youtube makes it all better.  But, the bright side of a bad review for me anyway is that I always learn from it and I always try to improve what the complaint originated from.  One thing I saw in the reviews was that “…I have to keep coming in to get better…” Well, there’s nothing I can do about that.   Why does acupuncture (or any natural way of healing for that matter) take so darn long? Because the problem doesn’t happen overnight 90% of the cases.   Your symptoms are the LAST things to show up.  Think of someone who has a heart attack.  Did their heart go bad suddenly overnight?  No way!  It’s been heading in that direction for years probably.   People think allergies happen overnight.  While the symptoms of allergies can happen suddenly, the underlying cause of the allergies has been building up (slowly increasing histamine reactions in the liver for example) for months or even years.    It often seems that weird pains can start overnight.  Again, unless you fell down and bumped...

PRE-biotics

I’m sure you’ve heard of PRO-biotics before.   If not, probiotics are bacteria naturally found in your gut in a good supply if you’re healthy.  After taking antibiotics or if your digestive system needs a little extra help, you may take probiotics in supplement or food form. These bacteria that help your digestive system uptake and transport nutrients; synthesize vitamins K, B12 and biotin; enhance your immune function; and help with intestinal transit.  You absolutely need them there.   Probiotic foods are fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, and pickles.  The bacteria in probiotics supplements and foods help keep things working and moving in your intestines. Your intestines naturally also have a small amount of “bad” bacteria as well.  But the “good guys” keep them in check.  That is:  if everything is healthy.   But, what in the heck is a PRE-biotic??? If you find that you are constantly needing to take probiotics to stay well, chances are what you really need are PRE-biotics. When you take antibiotics (which wipe out a lot of the intestinal flora – good and bad), the clostridium difficile, candida, and other potentially harmful intestinal flora have a chance to multiply. When they overgrow without the good bacteria there to keep everything in check, inflammation happens. These bacteria are “bad” because when their populations explodes, they start releasing toxins that make you sick. These toxins can start deteriorating the cells that comprise the lining of your intestine. And thus, the beginning stages of ulcerative colitis, leaky gut, Crohn’s and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). To combat this, your MD gives you more antibiotics, but I’m...

Why Arteries Get Clogged (Really)

Tell me if this sounds familiar:  “My doctor said I need to give up eggs and bacon.  I have high triglycerides and my blood pressure is rising.”   Me:  “You eat eggs and bacon every morning?”   Patient:  “Yes.” Me:  “JUST eggs and bacon?” Patient:  “No.  I eat them with a large glass of orange juice and either toast or flour tortillas.”   Me:  “It’s not the eggs and bacon; it’s the juice and refined flour products (i.e. white tortillas and bread) that’s causing your problem.”    In fact, your heart ♥‘s fat for energy. People think it’s the cheese or the meat that causes their high triglycerides or hypertension, and their doctors (usually) agree, but I do not.  It’s the stuff you’re eating WITH the cheese, eggs, and meat that’s causing the problem.   And the stuff you’re not eating with it (vegetables, whole grains) that leads to these circulation problems. When you eat carbohydrates – as a general term here – the good (broccoli, quinoa, sprouted grains, carrots, etc.), the bad (white flour, white rice, pastured skim milk), and the ugly (corn syrup, pastries, sugary drinks, etc.), your body metabolizes it as sugar.   If it doesn’t have a mother or a father, your body digests at least part of that food as a sugar.  The more fiber and other nutrients you have there, the less “sugary” it is.   If all goes well, when you eat carbohydrates (which we do need in some quantity), your pancreas releases insulin to use the carbs for energy as glucose or to store it as glycogen in your liver and muscles...