What is Causing my Health Problems and Why has my Medical Doctor been Unable to Help Me?
Here’s a disturbing fact: 99% of health problems are chronic (continuing or recurring) and medical doctors admit to not being able to cure almost all of them. To me, this seems like the huge debate we should be having as a nation about health care, not just “who is going to pay for it.”
The information below is from the CDC website:
- Chronic diseases cause 7 in 10 deaths each year in the United States.
- About 133 million Americans—nearly 1 in 2 adults—live with at least one chronic illness.
- More than 75% of health care costs are due to chronic conditions.
- Approximately one-fourth of persons living with a chronic illness experience significant limitations in daily activities.
- The percentage of U.S. children and adolescents with a chronic health condition has increased from 1.8% in the 1960s to more than 7% in 2004.
Although chronic diseases are more common among older adults, they affect people of all ages and are now recognized as a leading health concern of the nation.
So what’s the answer to this dilemma? I go with the solution that we have used to solve thousands and thousands of chronic cases here at the clinic. Read below to get a better understanding of how we go about doing this!
Dr. Melodie Billiot
A chronic health problem is one that happens continuously or recurs frequently, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, menstrual problems, joint or muscle pain, digestive problems, fatigue, depression, etc. Medical doctors manage these types of problems, usually with drugs. There is little effort spent on discovering the cause of the problem or permanently resolving it.
You could define a “chronic” health problem as “a problem that medical doctors don’t know how to fix.” This is why the problem continues on even with medical treatment.
Medical doctors are “allopathic physicians.” Allopathic means, “Treating the system that causes the symptom.” For example if a bone is broken, the system causing the symptoms of swelling and pain is the bone itself. An allopathic doctor will treat the bone, with good result. As long as the problem is a medical emergency the allopathic model works well.
Chronic health problems are caused by the body’s normal healing ability being interrupted. This isn’t general, where the body overall “can’t heal” but in one or more specific areas (such as the heart or kidneys or ovaries or small intestine). There are specific causes for the problem in each area, such as, the kidneys can’t heal because of viral stress, or the ovaries can’t recover because of fungal stress. When this healing interruption occurs, the body compensates: it adapts to the stress of the unresolvable problem to keep itself functioning. If the body is successful with this, the person will not experience a symptom at all. Over time with the body still not able to heal, the stress mounts up. The body compensates repeatedly and the person still experiences no symptoms or minor symptoms. When the stress finally becomes overwhelming and the body fails to compensate, it is forced to have a major symptom. This can occur soon after the problem starts or many years later. This major symptom occurs at the end of a series of compensations by the body, and the specific symptom generally has little to do with the original problem.
An allopathic doctor will treat the symptom created by the body at the end of this series of compensations. Because this symptom has little to do with the original cause of the problem and because only the body can restore its own ability to heal, the treatment will only suppress the symptom temporarily. This requires continuous treatment to control the symptom, usually with drugs. Meanwhile, nothing has been done about the actual cause of the stress, which becomes worse over time.
Here’s an example:
Your car’s fuel injection system fails and it won’t start. You can’t fix the problem, so you COMPENSATE by calling a friend for a ride to work. Next day, the car still won’t start so you ride the bus (a second compensation). This continues on for a long time, each day you figure out another way you can get to work, compensating for the problem (fuel injectors) that you can’t solve. One day all your efforts fail, you can’t get to work and you lose your job. This is the major symptom, and in our analogy would be the first time the person found out that they had a health problem. If the person goes to an allopathic doctor for help, the doctor would give them a drug that gets them another job… “Treating the system that causes the symptom”. Of course, without a car the person loses that job right away and so needs to continue to take the drug each day to get another job. This would continue indefinitely, because nothing is being done about the fuel injection system to get the car back running.
The solution to chronic health conditions is to identify the specific areas in the body that are unable to heal, and assist the body to heal them itself. Attempts at invasive treatment (i.e. medical drugs or surgery) are ineffective here, as proven by the simple fact that chronic health problems don’t get well when treated this way.
Alternative Health Atlanta uses a new approach to health care called EVECTICSSM that assists the body in healing itself, while allowing the body to “be its own doctor” and decide for itself what needs to be done and in what sequence.
What experiences have you had with chronic health conditions? Let me know…
Fats are Essential to Life
Fat has gotten such a bad rap that I think it’s time you really understood what are the good fats, the bad fats and the trans fats and how each impact your body. So get ready! This is definitely going to be a shift in your thinking!
Fat’s Role in the Body
What is fat, really? We think of fat as blobs that hang on our hips and thighs, arms and belly, clog our arteries and cause all sorts of problems. Actually, it is not eating fat that makes a body look like this.
Fatness is a symptom that your body is not healthy. If you are struggling with weight, you may have allergies, hormone imbalances or some other stress that your body can’t handle. (We can help you with these!) If you want to find out what could be causing these problems, call the clinic for a complete health evaluation. 770-937-9200. Or you can fill out the “Have a Health Question” form in the right hand column.
Fat on our bodies really is tissue (called adipose tissue) that holds fatty acids. Fatty acids are the building blocks of fat. When there isn’t enough sugar available for the body to use for energy, it will burn fatty acids instead. In an upcoming article I’ll explain how overeating sugar is making you fat and sick!
We can’t live without fatty acids. Every single cell in your body has a membrane (the outside “skin” of the cell) that is made from fatty acids. So if there were no fatty acids, there would be no cells, and ultimately no life. It’s that basic. Here are some of the bodily functions and how they use fatty acids:
- Heart: 60% of the heart’s energy is from burning fatty acids, and fatty acids help keep the heart beating in regular rhythm.
- Brain: 60% of the brain is made out of fat. Fat in the brain helps to move nervous signals quickly.
- Eyes: Eyes have a high percentage of fatty acid in them, specifically the rods and cones, where images need to be transmitted into the nervous system rapidly.
- Nerves: The nerves are surrounded by something called a myelin sheath which surrounds, insulates and protects the nerves, keeping the electrical impulses in and speeding up their transmission. The myelin sheath is made up of fatty acids.
- Hormones: Fatty acids are the basic building blocks of hormones.
- Soft skin & hair: When you feed oil to a dog, its coat gets all shiny. The same is true for humans. Fatty acids are like an internal moisturizer, so much better than any product you could put ON your skin.
- Lungs: There is fluid in the lungs called lung surfactant that enables the lungs to work and keeps them from collapsing. This fluid has a high concentration of saturated fatty acids.
- Digestion: Fat in a meal slows down the digestive process so that the body has enough time to absorb the nutrients from the meal. Specifically the Vitamins A, D, E & K require fat in order to be absorbed. The slowdown also provides a nice constant level of energy instead of the shooting up and down that happens with a high carbohydrate (sugar), low fat meal. Moods are better and the slowdown keeps you from getting hungry longer. Did you know that there is actually a shutoff mechanism in your body that stops you from eating too much fat? That is why you can’t eat a cup of olive oil without getting sick.
- Energy: The body burns fatty acid for fuel and stores extra fuel in the adipose tissue. Adipose is the perfect storage medium for energy. It’s light weight. If the body was to store the same amount of energy in the form of carbohydrates it would weigh twice as much and take up more space. The adipose also cushions and protects organs (like the kidneys) and acts as insulation, keeping us warm.
So, fat is one of the very things keeping us alive. This is significant, especially when you consider that our nation has such a great fear over eating fat.
The Fatty Acid Families
Fats and oils are made up of fatty acids. Each type of fat or oil is a mixture of different fatty acids. They are categorized into Fatty Acid Families:
- Saturated Fats
- Mono Unsaturated Fats
- Poly Unsaturated Fats, if it is a Poly Unsaturated fat it is either an:
Each family has its unique traits and characteristics. But each member of the family has its own unique traits and characteristics as well. In the simplest of terms what separates the characteristics of the different families is the number of bends the fatty acid molecule has. Let’s take a look:
Saturated fat molecules have no bends:
Mono Unsaturated fat molecules have one bend:
Poly Unsaturated fat molecules have more than one bend:
Omega 3: first bend happens in a particular spot (position 3):
Omega 6: first bend happens in a particular spot (position 6):
Note: Omega 3 and Omega 6 is just a numbering system that scientists use to determine what family the fatty acid is in. It has nothing to do whether a fat is good or bad.
The bends in the fatty acid molecules give them very different characteristics. The more bends the fatty acid has the more alive, electric and vibrating it is. Alive, electric and vibrating is important because in your body there are high activity areas and low activity areas. Your body uses the appropriate fatty acid to do the correct job. For example, the Poly Unsaturated fatty acids (multiple bends) are used in the areas with the highest activity, like the brain and the eyes. Saturated fatty acids (no bends) are used more for stability and structure, like maintaining cell and lung function. This tells you that one fatty acid is not more important than another. The body uses the fatty acids from all of the families.
What about that Bad Saturated Fat?
Saying that saturated fat is bad so avoid eating it is like saying that the air is polluted so avoid breathing it. It’s only bad if you get too much of it. Too much of any of the fatty acids is going to cause problems.
Saturated fatty acids are a family of fats. There is not a single, evil saturated fat. Some members of this family of fats protect us from disease. So avoiding the entire family is not a good idea.
Saturated fat is so important to proper function and good health that nature has incorporated saturated fat into almost all of the foods we eat both of animal and plant origin. A lot of people believe that the less saturated fat we eat the better. But this is simply not true. Nature doesn’t put saturated fat in vegetables, mother’s milk, and other foods for kicks; it’s there for a reason. We need ALL the fatty acids and ALL fats are good if they are natural. The closest to their natural form the better they are for you. You can find fatty acids straight from nature in:
- dark leafy greens
- animal products
- dairy products
The Importance of Fat Ratios in Foods
In nature foods will never contain only one type of fat; they will contain some combination of all three of the families. Some examples:
Some foods contain more of one kind of fatty acid than another, so you may get the impression that a particular food only contains one type of fat. For example, flax seeds are very high in Omega 3 and sunflower seeds are high in Omega 6.
All Saturated Fats are NOT Created Equal
Coconuts are 92% Saturated fats, and 65% of the Saturated fat is what is called “medium chain” (there are short, medium and long “lengths” of fatty acid molecules, each working differently in the body). Medium chain has unique characteristics that put them in a different category from the other fatty acids.
Medium chain fatty acids don’t require bile from the liver to digest so they are quickly absorbed into the body. Since they are absorbed rapidly, the body uses these fatty acids for ENERGY instead of storing them away for later use as adipose tissue. They also protect us from disease by disabling and killing viruses, bacteria and parasites.
Until recently coconuts have been given a bad rap. Scientists and nutritionist have begun to realize their extraordinary benefits from the medium chain fatty acids they contain. Manufacturers have started extracting specific compounds from the medium chain saturated fats. The three medium chains in coconut are Lauric, caprylic and capric acids. Check the image below for the breakdown:
Note: Manufacturers pull out caprylic and capric acid and label it as MCT oil (Medium Chain Triglyceride) on their products. So that is a triglyceride with 3 medium chain fatty acids.
Definition of Triglyceride
Triglycerides are the chemical form in which fat moves through the bloodstream to your body’s tissues. They are derived directly from fats in your diet and are also made in the body from other energy sources such as carbohydrates. A Triglyceride is basically three fatty acids attached to a Glycerol molecule (an alcohol substance). When calories you consume are not used immediately, they are converted to triglycerides, sent through the blood stream and then stored in fat cells. Hormones are used to regulate the release of these stored fats to meet energy needs. Although they contribute to the calculation of total cholesterol, triglycerides themselves are neither bad nor good. They’re either too high or they’re not.
High triglyceride levels can be genetic, and may be related to obesity or untreated diabetes; however your diet plays a huge role in their levels. Carbohydrates in the diet are the main factor affecting triglyceride levels in the blood, especially quick-digesting ones such as processed foods. In many people, these foods elevate insulin levels, (Insulin is the substance that regulates the sugar in the blood. The higher the sugar in the blood the more insulin is needed to regulate it) and insulin affects triglyceride production and the storage of fat. High triglyceride levels usually accompany low HDL cholesterol and often accompany tendencies toward high blood pressure and belly fat. These are the conditions that increase the risk of developing insulin resistance, a very common disorder underlying obesity and increased risks of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
In my opinion, the conventional medical recommendation for a low-fat, high carbohydrate diet to lower triglycerides and bring down cholesterol is dead wrong. Instead you want to be eating a healthy combination of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
Next I want to talk to you about Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids in greater detail — the Omega 3’s and Omega 6’s. I’ll cover why they are essential fatty acids–meaning that our body can’t make them– why we need them, and what special role they play in our body. Stay Tuned!
Do you, a friend or family member have trouble with allergies?
This article will give you a whole new viewpoint on this common health problem! You or someone you love can be fully and accurately tested for allergies–absolutely painlessly, too! This test will let them know if they have allergies, what they’re sensitive to and what they can do to be free from allergic stress and the health problems caused by this forever.
Call us and ask how to get tested.
So what does an allergy look like? Have you been around someone with puffy red eyes, constant sneezing and they just look miserable? Did you think, “Wow, that person is really having a bad allergic reaction to something?” Those poor people suffering from allergies are easy to spot a mile away, aren’t they? But what if I told you that the majority of allergy sufferers aren’t so easy to spot? It’s true. And unfortunately many of them spend their lives suffering in silence.
- Do you know some young person who is hyperactive, can’t stay focused or has a terrible time with school?
- Someone who is over or under weight?
- A child who is a very picky eater or a bed wetter?
- Someone dealing with a chronic health issue that the doctors just can’t diagnose?
I would venture to say that you don’t normally relate these issues to allergies. However the chances are pretty high these people are having an allergic reaction to something.
Some children’s health problems are directly related to “silent allergies.”
We’re all too familiar with immediate allergic responses of itchy eyes, runny nose, hives, sneezing, etc. However, almost 60 million Americans suffer from allergies that don’t present these “allergic” symptoms immediately. These “hidden allergies” can be very devastating; changing someone’s quality of life drastically.
Both of these responses, however, can be handled so they are no longer a problem. But before I get into how we deal with them, let’s talk about why these responses occur.
Definition of an Allergy
An allergy is a condition of unusual sensitivity to one or more substances which may be harmless to the majority of other individuals. The allergic substance, known as an allergen, is viewed by the brain and nervous system as a threat to the body’s well-being. Therefore, for our purposes, an allergy is defined in terms of what a substance does to the communication flow in the body. When contact is made with an allergen, it disrupts the normal flow of communication through the nervous and hormone systems. Interference in communication between the brain and body occurs when a communication flow becomes blocked. This blocked flow is the first step in a chain of events which can develop into an allergic response.
All substances on this earth have energy, whether it is a living organism or a nonliving object. In the human body, these energies are either compatible or adverse. When you are exposed to a compatible energy attraction takes place–harmony occurs! When adverse energies are introduced repulsion occurs. Your body fights these adverse energies. Keep in mind, though, that you are not exposed to only one energy at a time. You are exposed to hundreds of them from everything you come into contact with daily. So while your body is trying to defend itself from an adverse energy in one area, the chances are good that there are others in other parts of your body under attack as well. If your defense fails, it can cause any weakened communication pathway to become blocked.
If you are continually subjected to adverse energies, your communication pathways remain blocked all the time. The continuous blockage causes poor body function. When the brain is not able to coordinate with the vital organs, physiological functions are impaired. Poor function of the organs due to lack of good communication can create toxic buildup. The list of health issues presented when this occurs is long, but I’ll give you some examples:
- The network of the nervous system: poor memory, brain fog, insomnia, hyperactivity…
- The respiratory system: shortness of breath, sinus trouble, asthma, pneumonia…
- The circulatory system: high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, varicose veins, atherosclerosis…
- The gastrointestinal system: inability to absorb nutrients, indigestion, over or under weight, high cholesterol, diabetes, IBS, ulcers, fatigue, body aches…
- The urinary system: water retention, frequent urination, sluggish kidney function…
- The reproductive system: poor sexual function, infertility, menopausal disorders, tumors, cysts…
- The joints, muscles, ligaments: arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscle aches, spasms, joint problems, eczema, rashes, warts, rough skin…
Do You Suspect that You or Someone You Love Has Allergies?
So now you know that “typical” signs of an allergic reaction do not need to be present for someone to be allergic, and that those silent allergies are quite possibly the cause of many health problems. Can you or your loved ones be suffering from allergies? Imagine how much your or their health could improve if you knew the answer to that… and what to do about it!
So, consider this: If you or they are experiencing any of the health issues I’ve listed above, chances are very good that allergies are involved. And then ask yourself, “Are things happening that just don’t make sense to me?” Such as:
- Symptoms are so disconnected with each other that the doctors can’t diagnose the problem.
- Lab tests come back normal, or don’t support the complaints.
- A situation where the normal treatment isn’t producing the expected recovery, for example, high blood pressure medicine is prescribed but blood pressure readings are still dangerously high. If you’ve read this entire article, you now have an idea why this might be!
- The suggested medical treatment for your problem is unacceptable to you—your hyperactive child is prescribed psychotropic drugs that will only mask the problem, you are recommended for a hysterectomy, gall bladder, back surgery or drugs with dangerous side effects.
One final note that I’d like to make is that food is not the only culprit. Remember that all living and nonliving things have energy, so:
Anything under the sun, including the sun, can be an allergen.
The good news is that when the communication pathways are restored, the vital organs resume their routine work. The brain and body will remove any toxic buildup through the body’s natural elimination pathways. You will get back into balance and your health issues will resolve.
Unblocking those communication pathways is one of the things we do best at Alternative Health Atlanta. We can desensitize you to the allergens that are ruining your health. That’s exciting, isn’t it? I think it is pretty awesome to see someone’s life change. So let me tell you about a couple of my patients!
Kiara – Severe Allergic Reactions
Kiara, a young woman, had severe life-threatening allergies to peanuts and shrimp most of her life– just touching them would trigger a dangerous response. She had been in the emergency room a number of times.
We helped her body to stop misidentifying those harmless items as toxic. After which, being understandably anxious, she still avoided those items at all cost. After great encouragement, she decided that at one of her visits to the clinic she would “test” to see if she truly had been desensitized to the offending items. She brought in a bag of the “nasty stuff” as she called it. Under supervision, and with epi-pen on hand, she ate the peanut and held the shrimp. To her amazement she had no reaction. She cried that day, well to be truthful we all teared up. It was very moving and exciting!
Sam – a “Troubled Youth”
Then there is Sam, who was labeled by the school district as “a troubled youth.” He had undergone a professional psychiatric evaluation and was given the labels of ADHD, bipolar, OCS and ODS. Medications were recommended. He also behaved badly at home, and his mom was at her wits end.
When he came to us he was doing poorly in school; he couldn’t sit still in class. We modified his diet and started him on an allergy desensitization program, as he was allergic to everything we tested—at least 20 of the common allergens!
A few months later in the following school year, his first semester grades showed a huge improvement! He received A’s, B’s and C’s. At the end of the second semester he had straight A’s. During his individualized education planning meeting his mom learned that he scored 133 out of 100 on his sensory processing. Mom said the school panel was baffled. He also scored at or above grade level on all other tests and his GCRCT (Georgia’s standardized testing) came back EXCEEDS in every subject. With the psychiatric re-evaluation that occurred recently all his ADHD, bipolar, OCD and ODS LABELS WERE REMOVED.
Sam went from a “troubled kid” to a highly-functioning student! Needless to say, Sam is quite happy these days and his mom is beaming with pride.
Curious to find out more about allergies?
We can help with chronic health issues. Find out if you or someone you care about has allergies and whether communication pathways have become blocked because of it. We’re making it super easy for you to do just that. All you need to do is make an appointment for an initial health evaluation:
- Call 770-937-9200 or
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We look forward to seeing you soon.