Is Intermittent Fasting for You?

What is Intermittent Fasting?

In a small nutshell, intermittent fasting is avoiding food of all kinds during certain periods of the day, typically for 12 to 16 hours, or for an entire day. For example, you might eat only between 8 AM and 6 PM, or you might fast for two full nonconsecutive days a week. There are a lot of variations.

The benefits: The idea is that by mimicking ancient eating schedules instead of having food available all the time you can improve health. Reportedly, you can increase your mental clarity, burn fat and lose weight, feel better overall and improve your health to avoid diseases.

Ahh! You picked up on that “reportedly” I dropped in the last paragraph. Which of course might mean that I disagree with intermittent fasting in general.

Really, I believe that some people may get wonderful benefits from intermittent fasting. I’ve read the research and rationales behind it, and some of this does makes sense.

What I don’t agree with is any diet, food, supplement or treatment that is purported to work with “everyone.” In my practice, I see mainly severe chronic cases. These people are physically very stressed. They are very toxic, and usually have some type of immune suppression. Intermittent fasting would be about the worst thing that many of these people could do to themselves.

“Testing,” a Weird New Idea?

I was explaining to a patient this morning that I can’t think of any single food, supplement or treatment that would be appropriate for every patient I’ve had in the past year. Well, except for maybe clean water.  Every person needs different solutions.

When I make this statement to people, they often ask, “But, how would you be able to tell who would benefit and who would not?” This shows how remote the concept of TESTING is from the general consciousness. If you could accurately test someone to determine what foods, supplements, diets and treatments would be effective and safe for them—why would anyone make any decisions without doing this?

In my practice, I don’t do ANYTHING without testing it first. And after 25 years of operating this way, I’ve learned a valuable lesson: If you test a lot, prepare to be surprised a lot! Often, what shows up in testing is NOT what you would have come up with on your own. There are so many variations on the causes of any symptom that I see.

Medicine’s Failure to Test

The lack of accurate testing is probably one of the main reasons that conventional medicine fails to effectively treat chronic health conditions. When treating diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, thyroid conditions, hormone imbalances, depression, etc., conventional medicine relies on protocols, not testing.

Medical doctors test to diagnose, but no testing is done to determine causes. Not knowing the cause, the doctor slavishly follows the treatment protocol for that diagnosis in order to treat the symptoms. The result is often a lessening of the symptom (which can be a very good thing in many cases) but there is no solution to the actual problem. The patient usually will suffer from the chronic health condition for the rest of their lives, and the undiscovered cause of their condition will continue to deteriorate their health.

“One Accurate Measurement is Worth a Thousand Expert Opinions”

—Admiral Grace Hopper

Medical practice relies on the doctor’s opinion as the primary method of deciding what is wrong with the patient and what treatment would be effective. This is so true that it’s normal to get a second opinion to see if you can get more than one doctor to agree on your treatment.

My long experience is that many—maybe most—people are so used to this that they’ll shrug and say, “OK, so what’s the problem with opinions?” The problem is that an opinion is really a guess.

Doctors have been practicing this way for so long that we think it’s normal. But what other profession could possibly get away with this approach? Would you get a “second opinion” on the engineering of a bridge or skyscraper or the design of your car? No, these and almost all other professions rely on accurate measurements and proven methods based on scientific and engineering principles that always get results.

Engineers do not guess. Neither do carpenters, chefs, pilots, accountants or carpet installers.

In our entire society, professionals are expected to “know their stuff” and get a predictable, effective result. Except for doctors! (And, maybe philosophers, sports bookies and politicians.)

The Takeaway:

Everyone is different.

Your genetics, damage from illnesses and injuries, diet you were raised on, preferences, environment, available food, drug history, stress history, personality and many, many more variables are all different from other individuals.

So, there is no “universal” diet, food, lifestyle, supplement, drug or treatment that would get good results on everyone. Far, far from it!

The ability to test any of the above items before recommending them to an individual is not only of critical importance, it is obvious.

Because, the only other option would be to GUESS.

How Could You Assist Your Body to Heal?

Here is a free booklet you can read online in 30 minutes that will explain how your body can be assisted to heal itself successfully from many “permanent” medical conditions.

Are You Fed Up with Medicine and Want Help?

I’d be happy to get you started on improving your health. If you’ll fill out a health assessment on this website, I’ll go over the clues with you on a free phone consult (limited to greater Atlanta area). This way you can get started doing something about your health problems quickly.

The CBD Oil Trap

A supplier sent me some samples of skin cream yesterday made with CBD oil… CBD in skin cream? I was a little amazed by this, though I know that CBD oil is apparently being sold by everyone for almost everything. After seeing the skin cream, I got a wild idea and looked up—yes!—CBD oil toothpaste! It’s a real thing!

You might think that I’m writing here about being either for or against the CBD oil fad. But to me, the claims for CBD oil isn’t the issue at all. In my experience, CBD oil along with a large part of the $120 Billion sold in supplements every year has created a very evil trap.

This trap can string along anyone with a health problem, wasting their time, money and hope. It can cause huge frustration.

But if you understand this trap, you will also understand some very important concepts about how your body heals. Avoiding this trap can put you on the correct road to long-term health improvement. And if you are a person who researches your health problems and takes supplements to improve them, this information can improve your health, your bank account and free up a lot of your time.

How the Trap Works

Here’s an example of this trap in action: You have a health problem, let’s say it’s sleep. You lie awake at night and have difficulty waking in the morning. So, you Google sleep problems and see that supplements with magnesium, 5 HTP, melatonin and GABA all are supposed to help with sleep. Hey, what have you got to lose? These are natural supplements, not drugs with side effects. You buy the supplements and a week later you get a couple of really great nights of sleep. Happiness! You have solved your problem.

Except that two weeks later you’re back to not sleeping. But you now know from experience that supplements can fix the problem, it’s just a matter of getting the right ones! Back to Google and the on-line supplement stores.

If you have experienced this then you know that the cycle can continue indefinitely. Sometimes your health problem seems to improve, then it gets worse. You can’t ever seem to find the right supplements to fix it permanently, but you get enough encouragement from temporary or partial successes that you keep trying.

Why Supplements Stop Working

Your body is a closed system. It is forced to work with whatever resources it has available and it has no way of notifying you if it’s running short on something.

Often, stresses and damage occur that your body does not have the resources to fully repair. It’s like fires that are burning and can’t be completely put out. In order to keep the fires from spreading, your body has firetrucks parked permanently around them constantly pouring on water. But there are only a fixed number of firetrucks, so if there’s a fire without enough firetrucks available to fully control it, the uncontrolled stress can produce a symptom.

By chance, one of the supplements you try might reduce stress on one of the fires. This allows the body to move some of the firetrucks away from this fire to another one that has been creating a symptom. So, you take a supplement and see that the symptom is improved. From this you conclude that the supplement you took is fixing this symptom, when really there is no connection at all.

After some time, another stress causes the body to reassign the firetrucks that had been controlling the symptom and you are back where you started (less the price of the supplements).

The real error you can make to get stuck in this trap is to try to treat health problems using a supplement as a drug. The entire concept of “take this supplement to help this symptom” is the medical model of treating symptoms, just using supplements instead of drugs.

What Does Work to Resolve Health Problems?

The effective method of solving stubborn health conditions is:

Find out where the body has become stuck or hung up in the healing process, then assist it past this stuck point until it’s healing normally again. If it sticks repeatedly, keep testing and assisting as needed until the body resumes its normal ability to maintain itself.

It helps to understand how health problems develop in the first place.

In our current environment, your body is under considerable stress all the time. There are toxins in the air, water and food. The food supply is highly processed and mostly grown with chemical fertilizers, creating significantly less nutrition than even 50 years ago. Emotional stress is pretty much constant.

Your body was originally designed a long time ago (we are still on version 1.0, there hasn’t even been an update!). This original body design was for a world without most of the toxic and emotional stress we deal with today. So, your body is being constantly damaged on a daily basis just by living in its current environment. This is fine, so long as your body can keep up with the repair and maintenance for the damage being done. But once it gets behind, the backlog of unrepaired damage can start to build up. When your body has too much stress from this damage to successfully hide it from you, you’ll get a symptom. This is the source of most chronic (ongoing or repeating) health problems.

The only real solution to this problem is to help your body recover its ability to heal itself to the point that it can get back on top of its maintenance and repair jobs.

How Do You Assist a Body to Heal?

Here is a free booklet you can read online in 30 minutes that will explain how your body can be assisted to heal itself successfully from many “permanent” medical conditions.

Are You Fed Up with Endless Trial-and-Error and Want Help?

I’d be happy to get you started on improving your health. If you’ll fill out a health assessment on this website, I’ll go over the clues with you on a free phone consult (limited to greater Atlanta area). This way you can get started doing something about your health problems quickly.

Are Millennials the Canaries in the Coal Mine?

I just saw some startling statistics from a recent Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) report:

  • After age 27, Millennials chances of major health problems increase sharply
  • Millennials have higher rates of common health conditions than their Gen-X predecessors did at the same ages
  • As their health continues to decline, Millennials are going to be a huge financial burden on the already overwhelmed healthcare system.

Think about this: Before they reach their third decade of life, Millennials are at risk for chronic diseases that their grandparents may be facing.

Two Questions:

ONE: Why? What is destroying the health of young people who have grown up with the latest advancements of medicine, diet and a cleaner environment?

TWO: How can this trend be reversed, and how can we make sure that the next generation isn’t in even worse condition?

Children’s Health Has Been Sliding for Generations

You’ve almost certainly noticed that there has been a long-term health slide for our kids. I can recall that when I was in grade school, kids weren’t on drugs for ADHD. The school wasn’t a “peanut free zone” because of severe food allergies. There weren’t any diabetics in my class. There weren’t more than a couple of “fat kids” in my class, either.

The reason behind this deterioration of children’s health would likely be a major reason for the data in this Blue Cross Blue Shield study.

The Reason? Gut Microbes

In your body, there are about 10 times as many microbes as there are cells. That’s about 360 trillion microbes… mostly in your small intestine. You can’t live without these gut microbes, as they provide many services for your body including digesting your food and producing most of your immune system.

Here’s an article from Scientific American on gut microbes

If you damage your supply of gut microbes, you become much more likely to develop many health conditions, especially those caused by a weakened immune system. This would include health conditions created by inflammation, auto-immune, allergies, etc.

Gut Microbes are damaged by:

  • Antibiotics (drugs you take, residual drugs in meat you eat, and environmental antibiotics in hand soap and many other products).
  • Food additives (preservatives, flavor enhancers, dyes, etc.)
  • Environmental chemicals you get exposed to all the time.
  • Eating too much sugar and refined carbohydrates (this causes fungus in your small intestine to overgrow and destroy the beneficial bacteria).

But the real catch is where your gut microbes come from: you get your mother’s microbe culture during your birth. So, if she had damaged microbes, you were born with a compromised digestive and immune system. If you were a C-Section birth, it’s even worse.

There are certainly many additional challenges that make it difficult to maintain good health in our society. However, most of these stresses piggyback on the gut microbe problem or are made much worse by it.

Then there’s the single largest and most vicious reason for declining health: The Big Lie.

The Big Lie

The Big Lie is:

“Many health conditions are permanent; you can’t get ever get completely well and will need ongoing treatment for the rest of your life.”

This Lie applies to diagnosed diseases as well as non-diagnosed symptoms.

Here’s a partial list:

Permanent Diagnosed Diseases:

Diabetes, high blood pressure, IBS, GERD, asthma, allergies, high cholesterol, depression, heart disease, arthritis, chronic respiratory diseases.

Permanent Symptoms (possibly without a diagnosis):

Fatigue, sleep problems, digestive problems, anxiety, hair loss, weight gain, back/shoulder/neck/knee/hand pain, brain fog, memory problems, menstrual and menopause problems, infertility.

I call this the Big Lie because I watch bodies become healthy and heal themselves of every one of these conditions on a regular basis.

None of these problems can be successfully solved using drugs or surgery, and our current medical system uses ONLY drugs and surgeries. So, medically all these conditions are permanent.

Also, our medical system considers that it is all-knowing, and that nothing else other than drugs and surgeries has any validity. So, if you can’t get well medically then you better just learn to live with your problems.

Are You Fed Up with Medicine and Want Help?

Here is a free booklet you can read online in 30 minutes that will explain how your body can be assisted to heal itself successfully from many “permanent” medical conditions.

I’d be happy to get you started on improving your health. If you’ll fill out a health assessment on this website, I’ll go over the clues with you on a free phone consult (limited to greater Atlanta area). This way you can get started doing something about your health problems quickly.

Recovering from Anxiety & Depression Without Drugs

Anxiey & Depression

Anxiety and depression can mess up your life.

Mental health problems are not understood at all. Research hasn’t gotten to first base on any of them. Treatment is limited to controlling symptoms, and often the treatment is worse than the disease.

Mental Illness Usually Results From:

Over the past 25 years, I’ve had upwards of 6,000 patients suffering from anxiety and depression along with their other symptoms. At some point in their treatment with us, almost all of them have either improved dramatically or expressed that they no longer had the problem.

This sounds very promising (and it is), however I’ve never treated a patient for anxiety or depression.

I have become convinced that many mental disorders could be a result of physical health conditions. When the patient recovers physically, they also improve their mental problems.

There is a lot of science behind this. It’s well known that hormone and blood sugar problems can cause even severe forms of anxiety and depression. Specifically, thyroid problems often cause anxiety, mental lethargy and physical fatigue. Sex hormone problems can cause depression and bi-polar symptoms. Blood sugar problems can cause extreme irritability, anxiety and irrational behavior.

Despite the research evidence, medical treatment for mental conditions is always for the specific symptom, not for the underlying cause. A case in point is the DSM, the manual listing all accepted mental diseases and used to diagnose mental illness. The “diseases” in the DSM are all statements of symptoms, not possible causes.

When Depression Isn’t An Illness

Many patients have told me that they were depressed because of a chemical imbalance in their brain.

However, no research has yet linked mental illness to brain chemistry (look it up… “belief” “suggest” “may result” “tend to” “strongly linked” but no actual science).

The depressed patients commonly have chronic illness, are often in constant pain, have no energy, can’t sleep, and have been told by multiple doctors that they should “learn to live with” their condition because there is no treatment for it.

So, I have asked the person, “Do you feel that you have much hope of achieving any of your goals in life, given your physical health problems?”

The patient thinks, and tells me that no, they’ve given up. I then have asked, “What emotional condition do you think would be normal for a person in your situation?” The patient will often start to laugh, and tell me, “Depression would be completely normal, I think!” They no longer worry about the chemical brain imbalances after this, either.

I agree, because I’ve observed that once a person recovers their physical health—they have energy, don’t hurt, sleep well, digest well—that they aren’t depressed anymore!

The Cause of Untreatable Mental Illness

In my experience (which is considerable), mental illness is often linked to or caused by physical health conditions. These health conditions are always chronic, and typically have no medical treatment.

Medicine treats symptoms, and chronic illness can only be addressed by helping the body regain its ability to heal itself. This is something that conventional medicine is not equipped to do.

So rather than find and improve the cause of mental illness and give the patient back their lives, medicine treats it as a symptom, the same as they do any other heath problem.

The result? Over 100 million cases of mental illness, many of which could be resolved completely, but instead will be drugged into some level of stupor for years, until their bodies become unresponsive to the drugs used.

It’s ugly.

I’m just so happy to be able to show the way out to so many of my patients who work hard to help their own bodies heal, both physically and mentally.

Want Help?

I’d be happy to get you started on improving your health. If you’ll fill out a health assessment on this website, I’ll go over the clues with you on a free phone consult (limited to greater Atlanta area). This way you can get started doing something about your health problems quickly.

 

Feel Wiped Out? Fatigue, Low Attention, Low Enjoyment, Less Life

Cat FatigueFatigue can stealthily invade your life.

Fatigue can be a health problem that eats your life’s lunch while you remain unsure of what is happening to you. Your drive and ambition are often still alive, but you can find that opportunities to do anything about them are somehow passing you by. You may find yourself rationing out your energy, avoiding difficult or stressful situations and craving time to just do nothing.

Do you remember “stamina?” This is that extra push you can make appear out of nowhere to get over the top hiking that big hill, finishing off that presentation before deadline or dipping into a deep well of patience to parent a teenager. Stamina is often the first thing to disappear with “stealth fatigue.”

Has your life become about just making it through the day and the week? Are you thinking, “I don’t think I’m fatigued, but I still struggle to make it through the week—and I don’t have much of that ‘stamina stuff’ left, either.”?  If so, you may be an example of stealth fatigue. Don’t let your life wind down because of this!

You’re not alone. Forty-three percent of U.S. workers believe they are too tired to function safely at work, according to a new report from the National Safety Council.

Your Lack of Energy May Be Caused by Something Else

People with stealth fatigue commonly believe that their problem is mental or environmental. “I’m just not excited about my life right now, so I don’t have a lot of energy.” Or “my schedule is killing me!” However, my observation is that most of these people have a physical problem that is causing the fatigue and that they are mistakenly blaming it on their mood or schedule.

I say this because when we handle the correct physical problems, the previously exhausted and burned out person starts a business, adopts a baby, gets married or starts training to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Just yesterday a patient who has only been at the clinic for two weeks told me she had so much energy that she was starting a cottage industry in her kitchen making fruit jerky.

Fatigue is often caused by “adrenal fatigue.” Adrenals are hormone glands that control many functions in your body… like how much energy you have. When they become fatigued, you can be exhausted in the afternoons, can’t wake up in the mornings, wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get to sleep at bedtime.

Fatigue can also be caused by thyroid problems. Your thyroid is a hormone gland that controls your metabolism and the energy production of every cell in your body. If your thyroid slows down, you can be tired all the time, constipated, have foggy-thinking, constant weight gain, dry skin and hair loss.

Fatigue can be from a long-term infection that your body can’t get rid of. There are many types of these, and often you’ll have joint pain or other symptoms as well.

There are many problems that can cause poor sleep, and this can lead to fatigue. Being overweight can cause sleep apnea, preventing sound sleep. Heart problems, hormone imbalances and nutritional deficiencies can prevent sound sleep as well.

How to Regain Your Energy

If you found yourself in the descriptions above, or if you feel backed-off from life, trying to ration out your activity to avoid running out of gas… here’s what to do:

  1. Investigate: Find out if you have a “stealth fatigue” problem. Become aware of all the things you aren’t willing to do or attempt just because thinking about them exhausts you. Spot the choices you make where you sit on the sidelines instead of playing the game. Catch yourself making excuses for doing less, especially those that use age, fitness, mental state and schedule as reasons (there are grandfathers out there doing triathlons, you know).
  2. Decide: Get a clear picture of how your life could be if you were attacking it full tilt instead of hiding from it. Drop all ideas about how you can’t do things, and instead refocus on what you’d have to change and correct to become alive and energetic again.
  3. OK! If you’ve done #1 and #2, you are ready to find out what’s making you tired and start really living again. There are several ways you can go about getting tested, but you must start with the idea that you are looking for a cause of your fatigue that EXISTS, not looking to SEE if it exists. Go back to #1 if you need more convincing.
  4. Conventional medical doctors aren’t well equipped to find sources of fatigue (which is one reason so many people have it) and are particularly unable to do much about most causes that they might find. Holistic and functional medicine doctors are much better at this. You want lab tests for adrenals, thyroid, anemia, infections, etc. With the right doctor, it won’t take long till you’re looking at the physical cause of your life slowing down. It’s a great feeling, second only to getting your energy back.

The Real Danger

We life in an age of epidemic chronic health problems. More than half the population is suffering from digestive, heart, immune, and mental problems that never go away. Blood pressure, diabetes, weight and pain get treated with drugs that just manage the symptoms (somewhat) while the cause of the problems remain untreated and continues to make the person worse and worse.

Fatigue is just one of these symptoms, and it has the power to stealthily destroy your life.

The real danger is in the fact that SO MANY PEOPLE have these problems that it looks normal! Your doctor expects you to develop chronic conditions—he thinks it would be weird if you were healthy.

My advice: DON’T SETTLE. You can be healthy, happy, productive and a huge help to your family friends and the world in general. Do NOT let your health slow or stop your boundless creativity and joy of living, even if everyone you know is dragging around.

Want Help?

I’d be happy to get you started on fixing your energy. If you’ll fill out a health assessment on this website, I’ll go over the clues with you on a free phone consult (limited to greater Atlanta area). This way you can take action on your fatigue problem right now!

 

Do You Feel Like Crap? (Functional Bowel Disease)

Functional Bowel Disease EmojiHow many important life events have you had compromised or just ruined by digestive problems? Because you just hurt too much, you felt too bad or couldn’t stray far from a restroom. These problems are termed “Functional Bowel Disease” or “FBD” in conventional medicine.

What about the mental effects caused by indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, cramping and the combination of all of these known as “Irritable Bowel Syndrome” (IBS)? These all cause mental and physical lethargy… so you just don’t feel up for much of anything.

Now I have something staggering to tell you, especially if you’re a woman:

In the US, over 66 MILLION people—one in five—suffer from these problems… and 70% of them are women. That means that 35% of women in the US have these problems.  66 million is greater than the entire population of the United Kingdom. That’s a lot of people.[i]

With a problem this common, it’s not surprising that people frequently seek help from their doctors. Medically, these symptoms are known as Functional Bowel Disease because no physical cause can be found for them. Every year, over $8 BILLION is spent on medical costs for these problems, and FBD is one of the top 10 reasons people see their primary care doctors. Also, patients diagnosed with FBD spend on average 74% more in direct healthcare costs than other people.

But…

There’s no known cause for these problems. Treatment is limited to mostly time-proven remedies to reduce symptoms which work on a hit-or-miss basis (this is something you’ll agree with wholeheartedly if you are a sufferer of Functional Bowel Disease).

Honestly, I wasn’t aware of much of this information until I started researching for this blog. In my practice, I see mostly severe patients; people don’t come to me just for Functional Bowel Disease symptoms. However, most of my patients have these symptoms in addition to all their other more severe problems. We handle diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramping, bloating, reflux, heartburn, stomach upset, nausea, etc. at the beginning of most patient treatment programs. These symptoms are usually gone or mostly handled in a few weeks, no big deal, so I was taken aback by the statistics I’m quoting here.

I’m just amazed: the public is spending 8 billion annually on what is honestly simple, easy to handle basic issues. I commented to my office manager that if the 66 million sufferers of Functional Bowel Disease all were given one specific whole-food supplement we use frequently it would probably solve the symptoms of about half of them.

Symptom Relief is Temporary: How to Solve the Actual Problem?

Most Functional Bowel Disease symptoms can be quickly relieved with basic food supplementation and some diet changes. But these symptoms are just evidence of underlying health problems. When I’m doing an initial consultation visit it’s very common that the patient’s severe problems began with simple digestive issues:

  • “At first, I just took Tums every time I had heartburn.
  • “Then, after a couple of years I had to prop up my bed, because I couldn’t sleep lying down flat anymore.
  • “Then I had to stop eating after about 6 o’clock.
  • “Then I was diagnosed with GERD and ulcers of the esophagus.
  • “Then I was put on a PPI drug (PPI is Proton Pump Inhibitor, a drug that reduces stomach acid).
  • “Two years later, I started having heart problems, which I’ve found may be related to my body not absorbing minerals because of the PPI drug. This might also be a reason my memory and concentration has become so poor.”

The underlying cause of digestive symptoms can be sex hormone problems (remember that Functional Bowel Disease symptoms mainly occur in women?), allergies, mental stress, thyroid problems, adrenal problems, liver problems… many, many possibilities. This is the reason that conventional medicine only treats the symptoms: they have no training or tools to discover the underlying causes, and no effective treatment techniques to apply if they did know a cause.

In almost all cases, Functional Bowel Disease problems can’t be cured by a drug. These problems are termed “chronic conditions” that can only be managed with (often) lifelong drugs but never cured.

[If you want information on how to actually solve chronic health problems, read this short booklet]

So, I find myself in an odd position of knowing what to do to solve the horrific digestive problems of 66 million people… most of whom think their problems can’t be solved and just keep taking drugs to try and take the edge off.

It’s a strange situation.

If you would like some help:

Call my clinic at 770.612.1100. We are always happy to talk to you and offer any help or advice that we can.

Here is a link to request a new patient appointment


[i] All statistics are from the Center for Disease Control website.

Stop the Madness of Hormone Problems

Hormone ProblemsIf hormone problems have ever made you ill, you know the madness I’m talking about.  If you have ever been sad for so many reasons and for no reason at all, you understand the madness.  If you are a young girl or woman troubled by extremely painful periods, missing hours or days of your life in a haze of pain and pain killers, you know the madness.  If you have hot flashes and night sweats, feeling heat rising off your body during that meeting at work or waking up soaking wet and having to change your pajamas and sheets, you know about the madness.  If you suffer from chronic skin problems and food allergies, or intolerances that cause stomach pain and nausea or other discomforts every time you eat, you know about the madness.  If you have ever become very angry at the drop of a hat and screamed at those you love and then later, with much shame and regret, realized it was really a trivial matter, then you too understand this madness.  Insomnia, exhaustion, mood changes, constant weight gain, depression, and anxiety are all part of the madness.

The madness is often connected to our hormones.  Those little microscopic amounts of substance can give us the time of our lives or make a ruin of them.

Hormone Problems often get Started Early

The beginning of the female cycle in adolescence is for many the start of a life of stress, pain, depression or worse.  Over the course of my practice I have seen many women begin their adult lives with hormone problems and other health issues that have never been resolved and have only worsened over time — sometimes for life, often because of the very solutions they have been offered.  Most of these early onset conditions, and their underlying concerns, were never diagnosed correctly. These young women have either been offered no solutions or solutions that include the birth control pill to “regulate” their cycle, or anti-depressants to “fix” their moods.  Women come to me in their 40s and 50s on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds, which they’ve been taking since their teen years. As a result, they have been unable to stop using them because the root cause of their hormonal problems or other health condition was never found.

The young girl who was once miserable with a flooding cycle and horrible cramps is now a nervous, anxious woman in her 30s or 40s, exhausted and stressed, possibly diagnosed with thyroid nodules, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or other hormonal problems.  This woman is likely taking anti-depressants and has often turned to other drugs and chemicals to survive.  She may smoke marijuana or drink wine at night to sleep and then drink copious amounts of coffee or take caffeine pills or drink energy drinks to be able to get through her busy schedule.

Or, as one of my patients described it, she had to “Elvis it” to keep going. To her, that meant alcohol at night to sleep and caffeine all day to stay awake. This woman was in graduate school trying to keep pace with her schoolwork and not understanding her exhaustion. She expressed dismay at how her body seemed to betray her when she needed it the most.

Often women in their 30s have young children and are exhausted by work and home responsibilities. These women also know that if they don’t get it all done no one else will.  The child rearing phase of life can be challenging, and many of the women I meet do not know there is help available. It is not normal to feel completely wrung dry all the time — this should be the time of your life!

The beginnings of more serious health issues have already taken root by the time you reach your 30s and 40s.

By now you may have struggled for years with nagging health concerns, doing your best to self-medicate or trying to ignore your growing health issues.

By the time they reach their 50s or 60s, many women have had a hysterectomy because of fibroids or continued heavy menstrual flow, leading their doctors to determine that their female parts are no longer useful and should be removed! Women are told they are in menopause now and do not really need these organs anymore, or other such questionable logic. This often leads to synthetic hormone replacement therapy, which carries its own health risks and complications.  For some women, this time of life can be fraught with ill health.  It is not uncommon for someone to be prescribed two or three blood pressure meds and possibly a statin drug for high cholesterol along with an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety drug.

This same woman could be battling pre-diabetes, high blood pressure or a full-blown case of diabetes, with stubborn weight that now won’t ever let go.  She is often exhausted, hot flashing, experiencing insomnia and facing even more serious health issues like osteoporosis and heart disease, often because of unbalanced or deficient female hormones.

If You Found Yourself Described Above…

There are answers to hormone problems at every stage of life. These aren’t medical “take a drug” or “remove a body part” solutions. The answers lie in understanding what has caused your body to become unbalanced and unhealthy and in doing the work to help it to recover.

One of the first actions I take with my patients with hormone problems is to have them become informed on their bodies and their conditions. If you have hormone problems, YOU will do most of the work to recover your own health. If you’re doing this blindly, on a “just tell me what to do” basis, you may have limited results.

Your Hormnes In Harmony BookFor this reason, I wrote a book for women who have hormone problems (or want to avoid them!). The book is easy to read, and:

  • Clarifies all the common medical diagnoses and other information you may have been exposed to but not fully understood.
  • Shows you how your body is designed in a beautiful way that can give you great joy—rather than the negative image so many women have of their bodies.
  • Teaches you the most important basics of how to be a woman and stay healthy, or how to recover your health if you need to.

You can pick up an ebook or paperback from Amazon here, or drop by the clinic and I’ll autograph a copy for you.

I have devoted most of my life to researching about and treating women with debilitating hormone problems. If you are suffering from this kind of problem, please contact me and I’ll help you in any way I can to get you back to the healthy, happy, beautiful life you should be experiencing.

Nervous System Switching: Health Damage from Tattoos

Nervous system switching from tattoosNervous System “Switching:” The Stealth Health Disorder

Nervous system switching isn’t taught in most medical schools, so your doctor has never heard of it. However, it’s quite common and can have a devastating but hidden effect on your health.

It’s usually caused by tattoos and scars. And you can probably fix it yourself (with a little help)!

What Symptoms Does Nervous System Switching Cause?

Switching causes the electrical orientation of your nervous system to “switch” back and forth from positive to negative. This can happen once every few minutes to once every few milliseconds.

Some common signs of nervous system switching:

  • Person suddenly gets worse or better from a health problem with no apparent reason and may switch back and forth between recovering and relapsing.
  • A treatment, remedy, supplement or drug that was working to help a person heal suddenly becomes ineffective.
  • Some drugs may have opposite effects (for example, coffee puts a person to sleep).
  • Drugs may work in extremely large or small doses only.
  • Extreme sensitivity to drugs.
  • Person has health conditions and they just can’t get well.

What Causes Nervous System Switching?

Your body runs itself using a special dedicated nervous system called the autonomic nervous system (“ANS”). This is a private network that you have no control over. It handles your heartrate, digestion, immune system, etc.

Most of the nerves in the ANS are right under your skin. In fact, there are so many nerves under your skin that if you took away the rest of your body and just left your ANS, you’d still be recognizable.

If you cut through your skin, you damage nerve cells which must then heal. If the cut doesn’t heal completely, it leaves a scar. Sometimes a damaged nerve cell inside a scar won’t heal and will partially block a nerve path. This blockage can store up electrical energy from the nervous system and then suddenly release it. This sudden charge into your ANS can flip the polarity (positive or negative electrical charge) of the entire nervous system for an instant.

Because nerve cells heal so slowly, this condition can go on for many years. The scars can be from surgeries, accidents, tattoos or other causes. If you have several scars, often only one or two will be causing the problems, so it’s important to test to find out which one(s) are involved.

There are other causes for nervous system switching that are much less common than scars. A person can also switch from overwhelming physical stress caused by infections, toxins and even dead teeth.

How to Test for Nervous System Switching

The most accurate way to test for switching is a lab test called Heart Rate Variability or “HRV” usually used for nervous system research. Your autonomic nervous system controls your heartrate beat to beat, depending on environmental factors both inside and outside of your body. By measuring the variability of your heart, beat to beat to beat, and comparing this measurement between standing and lying down, it’s possible to determine the condition of your ANS. The test takes less than 10 minutes and is extremely accurate.

Once an HRV test has shown that a person has nervous system switching, the cause must be determined. The most accurate way to do this is using another test of the autonomic nervous system called Autonomic Response Evaluation, or “ARE.” This test uses muscle reflexes to find very exact areas of stress in the body. With ARE, it’s possible to narrow down the cause of switching to a specific scar or tattoo or find another reason such as toxins.

Because it’s so quick and inexpensive to test for nervous system switching, it’s easy to work on the problem (see below) and then retest to see if the switching problem has resolved.

How to Help Your Body Stop Switching

Short Term: To temporarily stop switching (usually up to a few days) the scar can be lasered for about 5 to 10 minutes with a “cold” laser. This is a special laser using bio frequencies (600 and 700 nanometers). I use these lasers all the time in the clinic, and they can be purchased for a few hundred dollars.

Long Term: Repeatedly treating the scar with vitamin E (I use wheat germ oil) will eventually break down the scar tissue and assist the damaged nerve cells to heal. I usually tell patients to rub the oil on their scar twice a day for at least 3 months.

Both these techniques are effective on tattoos as well.

When other stresses are causing nervous system switching, more precise and specific treatment techniques need to be used.

Medical Treatment Focuses on Treating Symptoms

Because doctors have no training to test for underlying causes, there are untold numbers of people with ongoing health conditions caused by problems medical doctors don’t know to look for. Nervous system switching is a great example of this.

Find out more

Here is a webpage with a short summary of what I do.

Here is a free booklet with the story of how I developed my techniques and how those techniques work (very practical information).

Here is a link to a book I wrote about women’s hormones in every stage of their lives (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a book I wrote about my treatment technique (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a book my office manager wrote on staying healthy long-term (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a free online health survey that you can submit for a phone consultation on your health

Here is a link to request a new patient appointment

If you have a health problem with no solution other than to manage the symptoms, I can recommend that you stop accepting this and start researching a real solution. In many, many cases there will be a way back to health for you.

I wish you the best of luck, and offer you any help or advice I can.

PMS: The Real Reason Medical Science Can’t Cure It

PMS-Flower in the rainHow frustrated are you by your own body? Does it have a stubborn health condition like blood pressure, IBS or PMS? Is it overweight? Is there something about your body that drives you nuts, but you’ve almost given up finding out why or if something could be done about it?

I think I can make it clear why you’re frustrated and at least steer you toward some solution.

In a world where engineers can create working quantum computers and keep a manned space station in orbit for over 18 years, scientists are still incredibly frustrated by bodies. The reason for this is that the wrong scientific model is being used by doctors and researchers.

Scientific model: a representation of an idea, an object, a process or a system that is used to describe and explain phenomena that cannot be experienced directly.

The Medical Model:

The scientific model used in medicine is the body as a biological machine. In this model, the parts of the body work together to create overall function. Parts that get damaged or wear out from old age need to be repaired or replaced. If a body is ill in some way, it means that the machine is broken and needs to be repaired. Repair is accomplished by changing the chemistry with drugs or changing the structure with surgery.

This model is very effective for injury, acute illness, infections and the like. You can easily determine what health problems work well with this model. It’s the list of health problems where medical doctors get good results.

Where the model does NOT work with is “chronic” (continuing or repeating) health problems. This again is obvious, because medical doctors can do nothing with these other than manage the symptoms with drugs (PMS and hormone imbalances, digestive problems, pain, fatigue, depression, weight, diabetes, blood pressure, etc.).

Chronic problems are accurately represented by an entirely different scientific model. This is overlooked by the medical community, probably because only their old model works with pharmaceuticals— which is what their business model is based on.

The Chronic Model:

This could also be called “The accurate model” as it comes closest to how the body really works.

In this model, the body is seen as an organization of over 37 trillion cells, each one independently alive. These cells live an average of about three months, and our bodies replace about two million cells per second. Looking at your face in a mirror? How old is that face? How about three months!

Our environment is very stressful to a body. You don’t realize how many toxins are in the air and water, how much stress we’re all dealing with, how bad the food can be, the effect of drugs, and on and on. You don’t realize this because bodies are designed to hide stress and symptoms as much as possible. Your body is being damaged almost continuously; you just aren’t aware of this.

Your body is at its core really a mechanic. It is constantly repairing and rebuilding itself. If your body can keep up with the repair and rebuild work, you stay healthy. If it can’t, or if some damage to its “mechanicing ability” happens, then you will develop a chronic health condition.

If science turned its attention to how to use this model to help bodies restore their own healing ability, we wouldn’t be living in a society where over half the population has a chronic health condition— and maybe you wouldn’t have PMS. If science and government publicized the toxins and foods that cause so much misery, these things would change to everyone’s benefit.

Don’t hold your breath, however.

What you can do:

If you have a chronic health problem, it can be very helpful to recognize some facts:

  1. There is no medical “cure” or solution for your problem available from conventional health care. If it’s advisable to control your symptoms (blood pressure, diabetes, etc.) then you should take advantage of the excellent medical technology for this. Just understand that there is no final solution coming from this area.
  2. The solution to your problem comes from your own body regaining its ability to heal. The only doctor expert enough to make this happen is… your own body. No one else, no matter how well educated, has the slightest idea what needs to be done in your specific case. If you need help, you should look for like-minded practitioners who have expertise in testing the nervous system and using functional labs.
  3. In some cases, reducing overall stress can give your body enough additional resources to recover. Try it! Stop eating sugar, junk food and refined carbs. Eat regularly, don’t skip meals. Stop eating milk and cream. Quit alcohol and/or recreational drugs of all kinds. Get active several times each day. Make yourself get enough sleep. Avoid stressful people as much as possible.
  4. Supplements without testing are so hit and miss that it’s hard to even make recommendations. Stick with basic digestive enzymes and probiotics.
  5. If you have a serious condition, my experience is that DIY has little to no chance of success. You will need to find an expert in helping bodies to heal their own conditions.

Successfully recovering from a chronic health problem such as PMS in our current society isn’t easy or simple. But if you understand what I’ve told you in this post it IS POSSIBLE. You just must start by understanding the bankrupt nature of medicine regarding chronic problems and realize you must look elsewhere for help.

Find out more

Here is a webpage with a short summary of what I do.

Here is a free booklet with the story of how I developed my techniques and how those techniques work (very practical information).

Here is a link to a book I wrote about women’s hormones in every stage of their lives (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a book I wrote about my treatment technique (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a book my office manager wrote on staying healthy long-term (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a free online health survey that you can submit for a phone consultation on your health

Here is a link to request a new patient appointment

If you have a health problem with no solution other than to manage the symptoms, I can recommend that you stop accepting this and start researching a real solution. In many, many cases there will be a way back to health for you.

I wish you the best of luck, and offer you any help or advice I can.

 

Could a Functional Medicine Doctor Fix Your Health?

Earth with Syringe

If you have a chronic health problem and are going to a conventional medical doctor, you may be in trouble. Your problem might be blood pressure, diabetes, depression, hormone problems, thyroid, autoimmune, IBS, GERD or other digestive problem, etc.

You may also have no idea you’re in trouble.

Why should you think you’re making a mistake? After all more than half the population is managing chronic health conditions using drugs through the medical system. And, it’s paid for by insurance. Where is the problem, here? Your doctor will put you on drugs to manage your diagnosed condition for the rest of your life.

The problem is that your overall health will deteriorate from the stress of the untreated cause of your chronic condition and the stress of the drug. As additional problems from this stress show up, they will be treated with additional drugs, and your condition will continue to decline.

You probably already know this. First, you likely have friends and family members who have been put on additional medications as their health decreased. Second, if you’re reading this blog you likely are interested in how to effectively avoid this trap and actually get well.

Could Functional Medicine Doctors be Your Solution?

You may have heard about a relative newcomer to health care called “Functional Medicine Doctors.”

Functional medicine doctors are most often medical doctors who themselves are fed up with the standard treatment protocols for chronic illness and want to offer a better solution. They use some medical and some alternative forms of treatment, and use special labs designed to show underlying causes rather than to just prescribe drugs.

A functional medicine doctor will look for causes of stress behind your chronic condition and attempt to treat those causes instead of just treating symptoms.

The only problem with the brave new world of functional medicine doctors is that many of my patients tried functional medicine doctors without result before they found me.

I’ve heard some good reports and I know that the functional medicine doctor approach can be an improvement over conventional medical treatment. But I don’t believe functional medicine doctors are the entire solution that is needed.

What Conventional Medicine Doctors and Functional Medicine Doctors Have in Common:

Both are looking for a solution to a symptom by looking for ways to repair a biochemical machine called a “body.”

The medical doctor uses the scientific approach. This is a pre-packaged course of treatment proven with scientific studies. The doctor makes a careful diagnosis, then follows the scientifically proven treatment protocol. For many illnesses, injuries, infections and other accidents of life, this approach produces fantastic results and saves lives.

However, for most chronic illness, the treatment may stave off death or disability but without hope of restored health.

The functional medicine doctor looks for underlying toxicity, diet problems, oxidative stress… things that could be causing the stress leading to the body failing to heal. Special functional lab testing and good clue-sleuthing are used to find these causes. The functional medicine doctor treats these causes in an attempt to reduce the stress, build the health of the body and eventually reduce or eliminate the symptom.

A Third Solution to Recovering Health from Chronic Illness

Your body is made of about 37 trillion cells, each one is independently alive. This collection of living cells is organized into something you can walk around in by an “onboard intelligence” that runs your body, so you don’t have to. Otherwise you’d have no attention left for anything else.

This intelligence is in charge of maintenance and healing for your body.

A chronic health condition is caused by a stress that your body can’t handle. This stress causes your body to fail to keep up with its own maintenance. This leads to increasing damage, until finally you develop a symptom.

Two important things to remember about this:

  1. Your body intelligence knows what is wrong, what needs to happen and in what sequence to fix it.
  2. Your body never stops doing everything it can in an attempt to heal, even if it’s failing.

So, here’s a new, third solution to chronic health problems: don’t just treat the symptom (medical doctor), and don’t just treat random underlying stresses (functional medicine doctor).

This third approach is to let your body be the doctor, so that the health care professional becomes a knowledgeable assistant. By testing your nervous system directly it’s possible to get key information on what your body considers to be a priority and to test possible solutions. Combined with the functional medicine doctor approach of functional labs and excellent sleuthing, this is a new and effective method of allowing your body to overcome chronic health problems.

In this model, the solution to chronic health conditions is to allow your body to run its own treatment program, helping it to move past “stuck points” until it has regained its ability to heal without assistance.

This approach is called EvecticsSM. (“Evectics” is a 19th century word that meant “the method of obtaining health.”)

Find out more

Here is a webpage with a short summary of what I do.

Here is a free booklet with the story of how I developed my techniques and how those techniques work (very practical information).

Here is a link to a book I wrote about women’s hormones in every stage of their lives (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a book I wrote about my treatment technique (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a book my office manager wrote on staying healthy long-term (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a free online health survey that you can submit for a phone consultation on your health

Here is a link to request a new patient appointment

If you have a health problem with no solution other than to manage the symptoms, I can recommend that you stop accepting this and start researching a real solution. In many, many cases there will be a way back to health for you.

I wish you the best of luck, and offer you help or advice if you need it.