Archive for February, 2012

Does Leaky Gut Exist?

A great article written by Alexander Rinehart, DC, CCN is at :

http://www.linkedin.com/news?viewArticle=&articleID=5580206345241497696&gid=2151541&type=member&item=97825488&articleURL=http%3A%2F%2Fcoactivehealth%2Ecom%2Fgastrointestinal-disorders%2Fdoes-leaky-gut-exist%2F&urlhash=BhIo&goback=%2Egde_2151541_member_97825488

Leaky gut is a phenomenon caused by modern living.  With the introduction of antibiotics, normal gut flora that keep the gut lining healthy have been destroyed in most of the population.  So toxins and particles that would normally remain in the gut and be eliminated are now being absorbed.  This leads to chronic diseases like fibromyalgia, cancers, arthritis, etc.  Just as with fibromyalgia, since the cause is not something conventional doctors understand–toxicity–they write it off as “in your head”, “doesn’t exist”.  But the population knows better. 

In my opinion, (and this is purely my opinion) conventional doctors today are no better than the blood letters of their ancestry allopaths.  They continue to do things that have proven to not be beneficial, and ignore that which works simply because of status quo.  If you are interested in truly healing from disease, look to doctors that do alternatives.  You can get started on a program even without doctor consult on my web site, www.lindacheekmd.com.

As for leaky gut, the main solution is HMF.  That is human form bacteria that repopulates the gut and heals the barrier in the intestines to toxin absorption.  HMF can be found on my web site.

Thank you, Dr. Rinehart, for your terrific article.

http://www.dailyrx.com/news-article/heroin-and-oxycontin-addiction-may-be-curbed-housing-programs-post-detox-17773.html

What this article shows is that if you give someone a change of living environment he is less likely to abuse drugs.  Duh.  Living conditions and feeling trapped in your situation is one of the main causes, not the pill itself.  We should be helping people get out of poverty instead of attacking doctors.  If the money being spent on US Attorney’s salaries and DEA investigators that just harass doctors were applied to helping relieve poverty by giving people training and jobs to get out of their dead-end life, there would be less drug abuse.

Why reinvent the wheel?  When you find like-minded people writing what you would also write, just pass the word.  So I would like to pass the word on this blog by Penny Kane.  The basics are trying to make your children’s exposure to chemicals as little as possible to help improve their health.  She has several interesting posts, like the one about the different types of plastic, being gluten-free, and so on.  Please check her blog out, and if you have children, bookmark it (and mine t00), and come back to it.

The site is:  http://mysoulsrole.com/

If you live a healthy lifestyle, avoid sugar and cleanse, you should not be vaccinating.  Even if you live a conventional bad life style, there are vaccines you should not be giving your children.  The body works on exposure to energetic instruction.  When we give a genetically engineered vaccine like Hep B to infants, they are being exposed to information that is not only foreign to them, but not even human.  When we give them vaccines against harmless childhood diseases like chicken pox, we are not allowing their immune systems to develop.  I am completely opposed to mandatory vaccination.  Here is a link to a fantastic article by Dr. Mercola on www.mercola.com.  Please read it in its entirety and become active in the fight against mandatory vaccination.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/04/big-profits-linked-to-vaccine-mandates.aspx

I couldn’t write anything better or more comprehensive and I agree with every word.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/homeopathic-medicine-_b_1258607.html?ref=health-and-fitness&ir=Health+and+Fitness

In this article, the swiss government approves and pays for the use of homeopathy for its citizens.  The article has some interesting points.  A lot of the information out there that is negative about homeopathy is staged by people  that don’t want homeopathy recognized.  Studies are done with the express goal of showing homeopathy to not be effective.  When studies are done that are truthful and honest, homeopathy is effective.  The article also speaks to the ineffectiveness of “evidence based” medicine.  If we used evidence based medicine and controlled studies on surgeries, many would be found to be ineffective.  But we still do them.

Homeopathy is a well-tested science, done so by Hahnemann himself through testings.  The problem with using homeopathy today is that society is so toxic.  One remedy or similimum will usually not be enough.  But if you use several remedies, different potencies, remarkable results can occur.  Rescue remedies that you find at your usual health food store might help something acute, but for long-standing problems, you need the guidence of a trained homeopath. 

My training in homepathy was from Dr. Gerard Guinot, a French MD and natural practitioner practicing out of Belgium.  He was a master at his practice, and passed that knowledge on.  I look forward to doing it again, hopefully by mid-summer.  Homeopathy is cheap, quick, effective and permanent.  Something not many allopathic treatments can boast of.

Whitney Houston had died

Whitney Houston has died.  What an amazing voice.  What a terrible loss of talent.  I extend my sympathies to her family, friends and fans, including me.  But the headlines around are death are:

Whitney Houston yet another victim of pharmaceutical drug industry

She was found with prescriptions of Xanax, Valium, and Ativan plus a sleeping pill in her hotel room. So the blame is the drug industry?  Or is that just what gets the headlines?  Let’s see, didn’t Hitler use these kind of tactics against the jews, blaming them for what was wrong in society?

 
Let’s get real.  If the same doctor prescribed all three benzodiazeprenes and a sleeping pill, they must not have been directed to be taken at the same time.  They probably weren’t prescribed at the same time, or even by the same doctor.  Of course, we don’t have the results of what was in her system, and probably won’t be privy to that information.  But it doesn’t matter.  The damage is done.  The public again blames a pill for the actions of a person. 
 
Comments were made in articles that her behavior was off, that she acted moody.  I wonder if anyone close to her informed her doctor of these behaviors?  Probably not.  They probably watched her under the effects of too many meds, and did nothing.  But the pill and the medical treatment is to blame.  What’s wrong with this picture?

Ran across the following article.  The idea to use this for pain that is more than would be expected for the problem, or RSD (CRPS) is good.  As an alternative practioner who can get to the cause and fix it, I would rather do that.  It seems to me that since pain is the body’s message that something needs to be fixed, that even if you got rid of the pain with this technique, it would only be temporary until you fix the problem.

 Brief Opioid Therapy May Eliminate Chronic Pain

According to team leaders, Ruth Drdla-Schutting and Jürgen Sandkühler along with their research team at the MedUni Vienna’s Department of Neurophysiology (Centre for Brain Research); opioids can be used for more than temporary pain relief. Apparently, a strong enough dose can actually erase our memory traces of pain in the spinal cord.

At the most basic level, opioids bind to specific sites, called µ-opiate receptors (MOR), which suppresses the stimulation of pain. Characteristically, opioids are only known to alleviate pain while bound to these sites, therefore once treatment is ceased, pain resumes.

Typically, for chronic pain, opioids are administered continuously in moderate doses in order to achieve a permanent binding. This method may result in pain relief, however the treatment is long-term and the cause of pain cannot be eliminated.

To test their theory, that memory traces of pain can be erased with a large enough dose of opioids over a short period, “scientists recreated a surgical procedure in vivo in which pain fibres were stimulated under controlled conditions”.

“Although deep anaesthesia prevents any sensations of pain, we were able to reserve long-term synaptic potentiation in the spinal cord. Despite anaesthesia, there appears to be a memory trace for pain and a pain amplifier has engaged.”

“Long-term potentiation (LTP) is a long-lasting enhancement in signal transmission between two neurons that results from stimulating them synchronously.”

Researchers administered high doses of intravenous opioids over a period of an hour and discovered that this completely removed the long-term potentiation. By doing so, this can reverse the cellular changes that cause pain memories. As such, this could actually rid the memory of the sensation that pain is amplified and longer lasting than in actuality and avoid the development chronic pain syndrome.

If proven to be an effective method of treatment, this could mean more than pain management for many people suffering with chronic pain. Current methods temporarily relieve symptoms of pain and typically require long-term opioid use. This type of treatment could greatly reduce the risk of a rapidly growing form of addiction.

Pain worsens cognition

The following article was in Medscape News.  I agree with the basic premise, although fibromyalgia is a unique pain problem.  The cognitive deficits with fibromyalgia can be explained by alternative knowledge through homeopathy, but I will accept anything in print that shows that people in pain are possibly more dangerous on the highway than people appropriately treated with medication.  We need to stop the charges of DUI just because someone is on pain medication.  The side effects (except constipation) of opiates wear off in about a month and a person is functioning normally.

From Medscape Medical News

Pain Negatively Affects Cognition in Fibromyalgia

February 6, 2012 (Miami Beach, Florida) — Pain is the primary factor contributing to cognitive impairment in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome, over and above depression, anxiety, fatigue, sleep complaints, and medication use, reported Stefan Duschek, PhD, from the University of Munich, in Germany, here at the 6th World Congress of the World Institute of Pain.

Patients with fibromyalgia scored worse than healthy control subjects on mathematical thinking and attentional control. “A large part of the variance on these tests was explained by pain,” said Dr. Duschek in an interview with Medscape Medical News. “The most important factor underlying these deficits is pain, nothing else; it’s not depression, it’s not anxiety, but pain.”

The findings corroborate the presence of substantive cognitive impairment in patients with fibromyalgia, although the debate remains open, said Dr. Duschek.

This study “adds evidence to the suggestion that the most important factor is pain. There are interactions between pain, anxiety, depression, and cognitive function…but the most important factor seems to be pain.”

The researchers compared 35 patients with fibromyalgia and 29 healthy control subjects. All participants completed the Uchida-Kraepelin test, a neuropsychologic instrument that quantifies numerical ability, attentional control, and speed of cognitive processing. Performance is measured in 5 separate 1-minute intervals to evaluate improvement in performance over time.

Possible predictors of cognitive function were measured, including pain (using the McGill Pain Inventory), depression (using the Beck Depression Inventory), anxiety (using the State–Trait Anxiety Inventory), fatigue and sleep (using the Fatigue Severity Scale and the Oviedo Sleep Questionnaire), and medication intake, including antidepressants, antianxiolytics, and opiate and nonopiate pain medication.

During each of the 5 task periods, the number of calculations performed was lower in the fibromyalgia group than in the control group (P < .01), and improvement in performance over time was less pronounced (P < .05).

Of interest, patients taking opiate medication performed better than those who were not (P < .05). “Our hypothesis was the opposite — that opiates disrupt cognitive function — but it makes sense; it reduces pain intensity so people can concentrate better,” said Dr. Duschek.

In fact, higher pain ratings predicted lower cognitive performance (P < .05), whereas depression, anxiety, fatigue, and sleep complaints were unrelated, he said.

“Pain is an attention-demanding condition; one may suppose that central nociceptive activity detracts from cognition by requiring enhanced neural processing resources.”

The research was supported by a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and cofinanced by Fonds Européen de Développement Régional (FEDER Proyect PSI2009-09812). Dr. Duschek has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

6th World Congress of the World Institute of Pain: Abstract 112. Presented February 4, 2012.

Cauliflower

The following was found on George Mateljan’s newsletter on WHFoods Weekly Newsletter.  You can sign up to get them too, at www.whFoods.com.  I find the site very imformative.

Food of the Week . . . Cauliflower
Did you know that, along with its wealth of vitamins and minerals, cauliflower, like the other cruciferous vegetables, contains powerful sulfur compounds that have repeatedly been found to help prevent diabetes, heart disease, and obesity? Since 1993, the National Cancer Institute has been demonstrating that prevention, rather than cure, is the way to decrease deaths related to cancer. And they have found the way to promote prevention is eating the proper foods! Research on prevention all points strongly to the foods we eat as a key factor that has the potential to cut back dramatically on the rates of all chronic diseases. And some of the best foods for disease prevention are the sulfur-containing cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower.

WHFoods Recommendations

You’ll want to include cauliflower as one of the cruciferous vegetables you eat on a regular basis if you want to receive the fantastic health benefits provided by the cruciferous vegetable family. At a minimum, include cruciferous vegetables as part of your diet 2-3 times per week, and make the serving size at least 1-1/2 cups. Even better from a health standpoint, enjoy cauliflower and other vegetables from the cruciferous vegetable group 4-5 times per week, and increase your serving size to 2 cups.

As with all vegetables be sure not to overcook cauliflower. We suggest Healthy Sautéeing cauliflower rather than the more traditional methods of boiling or steaming, which makes them waterlogged, mushy and lose much of its flavor. Cut cauliflower florets into quarters and let sit for 5 minutes before cooking. For great tasting cauliflower add 1 tsp of turmeric when adding the cauliflower to the skillet.

Health Benefits

While cauliflower is not a well-studied cruciferous vegetable from a health standpoint, you will find several dozen studies linking cauliflower-containing diets to cancer prevention, particularly with respect to the following types of cancer: bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer. This connection between cauliflower and cancer prevention should not be surprising, since cauliflower provides special nutrient support for three body systems that are closely connected with cancer development as well as cancer prevention. These three systems are (1) the body’s detox system, (2) its antioxidant system, and (3) its inflammatory/anti-inflammatory system. Chronic imbalances in any of these three systems can increase risk of cancer, and when imbalances in all three systems occur simultaneously, the risk of cancer increases significantly.

Detox Support Provided by Cauliflower

The detox support provided by cauliflower includes antioxidant nutrients to boost Phase 1 detoxification activities and sulfur-containing nutrients to boost Phase 2 activities. Cauliflower also contains phytonutrients called glucosinolates that can help activate detoxification enzymes and regulate their activity. Three glucosinolates that have been clearly identified in cauliflower are glucobrassicin, glucoraphanin, and gluconasturtiian. While the glucosinolate content of cauliflower is definitely significant from a health standpoint, cauliflower contains about one-fourth as much total glucosinolates as Brussels sprouts, about one-half as much as Savoy cabbage, about 60% as much as broccoli, and about 70% as much as kale.

If we fail to give our body’s detox system adequate nutritional support, yet continue to expose ourselves to unwanted toxins through our lifestyle and our dietary choices, we can place our bodies at increased risk of toxin-related damage that can eventually increase our cells’ risk of becoming cancerous. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to bring cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables into our diet on a regular basis.

Cauliflower’s Antioxidant Benefits

As an excellent source of vitamin C, and a very good source of manganese, cauliflower provides us with two core conventional antioxidants. But its antioxidant support extends far beyond the conventional nutrients into the realm of phytonutrients. Beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, caffeic acid, cinnamic acid, ferulic acid, quercetin, rutin, and kaempferol are among cauliflower’s key antioxidant phytonutrients. This broad spectrum antioxidant support helps lower the risk of oxidative stress in our cells. Chronic oxidative stress – meaning chronic presence over overly reactive oxygen-containing molecules and cumulative damage to our cells by these molecules – is a risk factor for development of most cancer types. By providing us with such a great array of antioxidant nutrients, cauliflower helps lower our cancer risk by helping us avoid chronic and unwanted oxidative stress.

Cauliflower’s Anti-inflammatory Benefits

As an excellent source of vitamin K, cauliflower provides us with one of the hallmark anti-inflammatory nutrients. Vitamin K acts as a direct regulator of our inflammatory response. In addition, one of the glucosinolates found in cauliflower – glucobrassicin – can be readily converted into an isothiocyanate molecule called ITC, or indole-3-carbinol. I3C is an anti-inflammatory compound that can actually operate at the genetic level, and by doing so, prevent the initiation of inflammatory responses at a very early stage.

Like chronic oxidative stress and chronic weakened detox ability, chronic unwanted inflammation can significantly increase our risk of cancers and other chronic diseases (especially cardiovascular diseases).

Cauliflower and Cardiovascular Support

Scientists have not always viewed cardiovascular problems as having a central inflammatory component, but the role of unwanted inflammation in creating problems for our blood vessels and circulation has become increasingly fundamental to an understanding of cardiovascular diseases. The anti-inflammatory support provided by cauliflower (including its vitamin K and omega-3 content) makes it a food also capable of providing cardiovascular benefits. Of particular interest is its glucoraphanin content. Glucoraphanin is a glucosinolate that can be converted into the isothiocyanate (ITC) sulforaphane. Not only does sulforaphane trigger anti-inflammatory activity in our cardiovascular system – it may also be able to help prevent and even possibly help reverse blood vessel damage.

Cauliflower and Digestive Support

The fiber content of cauliflower – nearly 12 grams in every 100 calories – makes this cruciferous vegetable a great choice for digestive system support. You’re going to get nearly half of the fiber Daily Value from 200 calories’ worth of cauliflower. Yet the fiber content of cauliflower is only one of its digestive support mechanisms. Researchers have determined that the sulforaphane made from a glucosinolate in cauliflower (glucoraphanin) can help protect the lining of your stomach. Sulforaphane provides you with this health benefit by preventing bacterial overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori in your stomach or too much clinging by this bacterium to your stomach wall.

Other Health Benefits from Cauliflower

The anti-inflammatory nature of glucosinolates/isothiocyanates and other nutrients found in cauliflower has been the basis for new research on inflammation-related health problems and the potential role of cauliflower in their prevention. While current studies are examining the benefits of cruciferous vegetables as a group rather than cauliflower in particular, promising research is underway that should shed light on the potential benefits of cauliflower in relationship to our risk of the following inflammation-related health problems: Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, insulin resistance, irritable bowel syndrome, metabolic syndrome, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and ulcerative colitis.

Dear APF Members,

Growing membership is vital to creating a powerful movement and
improving the lives of people living with pain. We need your help!
This month’s Action of the Month is to ask five people you know
to join APF.
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Pain affects millions of people – we can reach those who feel
alone with their pain experience and join together to be a voice for
change. Please forward this message to people you know who may
benefit from joining APF.
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APF has a variety of programs and services to help people living with
pain and their caregivers and family members, including

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APF’s website – where you can Learn about Pain
and find ways to cope and Get Involved in our movement to
improve pain care
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SPEAK OUT for the rights of people with pain! Join the American Pain
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By building our membership, we will reach the critical mass required
to TAKE ACTION when issues arise on a state or national level. In
addition, we will extend our reach to those who need our help and want
to be involved.

Together we CAN make a difference!

Sincerely,

American Pain Foundation