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Functional Health Report
Every day, your body produces skin, muscle, and bone. It churns out rich red blood that carries nutrients and oxygen to remote outposts, and it sends nerve signals skipping along thousands of miles of brain and body pathways. It also formulates chemical messengers that shuttle from one organ to another, issuing the instructions that help sustain your life.

But to do all this, your body requires some raw materials. These include at least 30 vitamins, minerals, and dietary components that your body needs "but cannot manufacture on its own in sufficient amounts." If you don't eat these raw material your body becomes deficient and changes start to show up in your blood work. We call these changes "Bio Markers."

By analyzing these Bio Markers your deficiencies and excesses can be determined and nutritional intervention can be recommended.

So you can;

  • Understand your nutritional deficiencies and which supplements could help you.
  • Save time and money by purchasing only what your body needs.
  • Enjoy peace of mind that you are not accidentally harming your self.

You should get the Functional Health Report if;

  • You want to address an existing health concern or condition.
  • You want to optimize athletic performance.
  • You want to reduce medications.
  • You want to overcome an addiction.
  • You want to get pregnant.
  • You want to increase vitality.
  • You're at high risk of disease.
  • You simply want to feel better!

Functional Health Report takes your blood lab data and analyzes it to help you understand what's going on inside your body.

Our Functional Health Report Examines the Following Bio Markers

Diabetes Screen; Glucose, Hemoglobin A1C
Heart Health / Lipid Profile; Total Cholesterol, Triglyceride, HDL, LDL, VLDL, Total Cholesterol / HDL Ratio, Creatine Kinase
Kidney Function Test; Creatinine, BUN, Uric Acid, BUN / Creatinine Ratio
Thyroid Screen; TSH, T3 total, T3 uptake, T3 free, Reverse T3, T4 total, T4 free, T7, TPO antibody, TG antibody
Anemia Screen; Red Blood count with, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, Platelets, Iron, Ferritin (iron storage)
White Blood Cell Count (Immune); Neutrophils, Lymphocytes, Monocytes, Eosinophil's, Basophils
Liver Function Screen; LDH, SGOt(AST), SGPT(ALT), GGT, Total Bilirubin, Alkaline Phosphatase
Blood Minerals; Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Calcium / Albumin Ratio, Co2
Blood Proteins; Total Protein, Albumin, Globulin, A/G Ratio
Inflammatory Markers; ESR-Erythrocyte Sed Rate, CRP C-Reactive Protein

Dr. Eckert’s Liver Detox and Weight Loss Program

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Environmental toxins such as pesticides, preservatives, plastics, and heavy metals are processed by your liver to be removed from your body. An example is Mercury from fish or BPA from plastic bottles and the lining of cans.
If your liver can’t keep up due to the sheer amount you are consuming or if you liver lacks the nutrients necessary to do its work the toxins are stored in your fat cells.

In fact, there is plenty of research telling us that the stubborn fat that just won’t come off (especially around the middle) is stubborn because of the toxin storage.
When we are successful in losing weight we liberate these toxins back into the blood stream. This will make you feel weak and possible ill.

So when you lose weight you need to consider two things.
First, eat a diet that is free of toxins so you don’t over load the liver and second support the liver so it can remove the toxins that you are liberating from the fat cells. In doing this you will feel better with renewed energy instead of feeling weak and ill.

28 Day Detox / Weight Loss Challenge

First 10 Days:

Next 18 Days:

  • Continue following “The Modified Elimination Diet"
  • Continue Nutritional Support for the Liver -- Reduced Dose.
  • Nutrients that Helps Remove Heavy Metals
  • Whole Food Phytonutrients

Is Your Belly Turning You Into a Girl?

Visceral Fat (Belly Fat) is an Estrogen Factory

Low T
  • Over weight men are 9 times more likely to have lower testosterone levels.
  • Increased insulin resistance means decreased testosterone levels and increased visceral fat deposit.
  • Visceral fat then increases estrogen production to increase more fat storage.
  • Visceral fat also converts testosterone to estrogen causing more fat storage.
  • BPA (Biphenol-A) found in plastics mimics estrogen causing increased weight and decreased testosterone.

Putting All Together

  • Avoid plastic bottles and cans(BPA). See foods to Avoid
  • Start Dr. Eckert's weight loss and detox program
  • Cut simple sugars out of your diet
  • Eat cruciferous vegetables, Arugula, Bok choi, Broccoli, Brussels sprout, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Radish, Watercress, etc.
  • 4 additional foods that help reduce belly fat; Avocados, Lentils, Kiwi Fruit, and Green Tea.
  • Exercise!!! Squats, pushups, and burpee's burns more belly fat than running.
  • Ask about Dr. Eckert's nutritional support designed to help remove Estrogens and slow the conversion of Testosterone to Estrogen.

High Cholesterol is NOT the Cause of Heart Disease

The common belief is that eating cholesterol and saturated fat raises cholesterol levels in your blood, and that high cholesterol in your blood is what drives the risk for heart disease.

For the past 50 years you have been told that eating high-fat foods will increase your risk for heart disease. However, research over the past 10 to 15 years suggests that this isn't true. The problem is that in the early studies conducted in the 1960's didn't differentiate between critically important omega-3 and less healthy omega-6 fats. They were lumped together and it was assumed that we should avoid all fats. We now know that omega-6 fat has very different effects on the body that omega-3.

In fact the popular low fat diets may be harming your health. Good fats are not only essential for your brain

but also for

needed for cell walls (membranes) needed to carry Vitamins A,D,E,K needed to convert carotene to vitamin A
needed for mineral absorption Needed for hormone production Is antiviral
lowers total cholesterol modulates genetic regulation helps prevent cancer

What Are The Healthy Fats?

Olives and Olive oil Coconuts and coconut oil Butter made from raw grass-fed organic milk
Raw nuts, such as almonds or pecans Organic pastured egg yolks Avocados
Grass-fed meats Unheated organic nut oil

Understanding Cholesterol

We all know that oil and water don't mix. Cholesterol is a fat/oil called a lipid. Our blood is mostly water therefor cholesterol and blood don't mix well. So the cholesterol must be carried by a lipid-protein so it can be transported through out the body. These lipid-proteins are called lipoproteins.

If these carrier proteins are packed tight they are called High density lipoproteins (HDL) or half full they are called low density lipoproteins (LDL) and if these carrier proteins are mostly full of triglycerides they are called very low density lipoproteins (VLDL). It is important to understand that our liver will turn excess refined carbohydrate (junk food) in to Triglycerides. cholesterol Your liver has to deliver a certain amount of cholesterol to your body each day. And if you think of the lipoproteins as delivery trucks then if the trucks are mostly full of triglycerides and very little cholesterol the liver has no choice but to increase the number of trucks to deliver the cholesterol.

The old blood test measured what was in the trucks but not the number of trucks. That is why it isn't very accurate in determining your risk for heart disease. The cargo can look normal in regards to HDL, LDL, VLDL, and triglycerides but you can still be at risk because of the number of trucks.

Or you may appear at risk for heart disease because of low HDL, high LDL, and high VLDL, but have a small number of trucks and actually be at reduced risk instead of high risk.

Another factor is free radical damage (oxidation) to the LDL cholesterol. The more oxidized LDL you have the higher the risk for heart disease.
Current research is demonstrating that poor diet, excess refined carbohydrate consumption, insulin resistance, leptin resistance increases oxidative damage to the LDL, increases the number of LDL particles (delivery trucks), and poor Thyroid function are all contributing factors in heart disease.

Putting It All Together

If you are trying to lower your cholesterol with a low fat diet you may be making the situation worse.
Cholesterol drugs only suppress cholesterol production in the liver but cannot address insulin/leptin resistance, nor Thyroid function and they don't effect LDL particle size or the number of LDL particles.
What to do?
  • Diet: shifting toward nutrient-dense-foods-based diet with higher fat and lower carbohydrate intake
  • Intermittent fasting may be useful
  • Make sure you're getting enough sleep
  • Exercise regularly, and incorporate high intensity interval exercises
  • Avoid sitting too much, as that can have a direct adverse effect on insulin and leptin sensitivity
  • Minimize your exposure to toxins
  • Optimize your gut health by eating soluble fiber and beneficial gut flora
  • Ask for our Cardiovascular Panel with Lipoprotein Evaluation

Top 10 Foods to Lower Cholesterol

  • Almonds
  • Orange juice
  • Olive oil
  • Steamed Asparagus
  • Oat meal
  • Pinto beans
  • Blueberries
  • Tomatoes and Sauces
  • Avocados
  • Dark Chocolate

High Blood Pressure / Hypertension

The two terms are often used interchangeably, but do have a slightly different meaning. High blood pressure refers to a single incidence - such as, if your blood pressure went up for a brief period of time after a minor car accident. Hypertension refers to your blood pressure remaining elevated for an extended period of time.

Hypertension, or High Blood Pressure, is defined as the force that the blood exerts on the veins and arteries while it circulates around the body. Blood pressure is controlled by a variety of body systems, including the heart, the blood vessels, the kidneys, the brain and the adrenal glands, as well as the complex interaction between the body systems. We measure blood pressure by using two different numbers - systolic pressure (the top number) over diastolic pressure (the bottom number). Systolic pressure measures blood pressure as the heart contracts and pushes blood through the arteries. Diastolic pressure is taken when the heart relaxes. Normal blood pressure is around 120/80 or lower.

It is important to note that blood pressure varies from person to person and can fluctuate from moment to moment. One or two high readings does not necessarily mean that you have hypertension or high blood pressure.

Risk Factors for Hypertension

  • You are more than 10 pounds overweight.
  • You are over the age of 45.
  • You have poor dietary habits.
  • You eat salt and red meat.
  • You are consuming High Fructose Corn Syrup.
  • You have elevated Uric Acid Levels.
  • You have a high level of stress.
  • You do not exercise enough.
  • You smoke.
  • You drink 2 or more alcoholic beverages a day.
  • You have poor sleeping habits.
  • You have an underlying condition, such as kidney disease, hormonal disorders, thyroid disease, adrenal gland disease, and the use of certain drugs, such as oral contraceptives, or herbs such as licorice. This type of high blood pressure is called secondary hypertension.
  • You have a family history of high blood pressure.

Life Style Changes

  • Take responsibility for your health and make the necessary changes.
  • Get a home blood pressure cuff and track your progress.
  • Exercise!!! Simple walking for 1 hour an evening will help. Or do 30 minutes a day of aerobics.
  • Drink water, 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day. Example; if you weigh 200lbs. drink 100oz of water per day.
  • Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Relax--Reduce your stress level. Helpful link
    • Listen to relaxing music.
    • Do Yoga
    • Try meditation.
    • Qi Gong.
    • Bio feed Back.
    • De-stress yourself.

Nutritional Supplementation that Help

  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium **note** We use a buffered C powder that contains vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium and can be mixed with any drink.
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Lysine & Proline
  • Folic Acid
  • Vitamin B6 & B12
  • Niacin
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. I recommend Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar.

Foods that Help

  • Almonds--Raw
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Celery
  • Coconut water
  • Garlic
  • Gooseberry
  • Grapefruit
  • Green Tea
  • Lemon
  • Parsley
  • Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Water Melon Seeds (can be dried or roasted)

Herbal Support

  • Hawthorne
  • Hibiscus Flower
  • Juniper Berry
  • Olive Leaf Extract
  • Turmeric

Close to 1/2 of Americans will Develop Type 2 Diabetes

The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, Early Online Publication, 13 August 2014
Close to half (40%) of the adult population of the USA is expected to develop type 2 diabetes at some point during their lifetime. The future looks even worse for some ethnic minority groups, with one in two (greater than 50%) Hispanic men and women and non-Hispanic black women predicted to develop the disease.

This is alarming sad for our nation and should be a wakeup call for everyone. For the first time in human history the Life expectancy for our children will be less than the parents.

Research has made it clear that Adult onset Type 2 Diabetes is a result of life style choices the same as alcoholism is a life style choice. In the case of alcoholism the cure is to stop drinking alcohol. The same can be said for Type 2 diabetes. The cure is to consume foods that do not promote diabetes and stop consuming foods that do.

The devil is in the details. Foods that promote diabetes are addictive and taste good. Known as the S.A.D. diet (Standard American Diet). A diet high in refined carbohydrates such as white sugar and white flour; high amounts of cooked animal saturated fats; trans-fatty acids produced from cooking (and especially frying oils at high temperatures); low-fiber foods; coffee and caffeinated beverages; smoking; a lifestyle devoid of love and exercise; high stress; watching too much TV programming, and obesity. Obesity does not cause Diabetes but is a symptom of the same metabolic problem.

Max Gerson, MD, healed Albert Schweitzer of diabetes in 1920 with a live food diet.

The fact that diabetes is a curable disease is common knowledge in the live-food community.

Organic grown herbs and vegetables eaten raw are rich in enzymes, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, fiber, protein, healthy fats and phytonutrients that are essential to live. The Standard American Diet is deficient in these key nutrients due to the heavy processing, pasteurizing, heating, and canning. It's not surprising that diabetics are deficient in magnesium, chromium, vanadium, manganese, and potassium.

A study published in Nature today (Sept. 17, 2014), shows the non-nutritive sweeteners, saccharin, sucralose and aspartame, could actually hasten the development of glucose intolerance and metabolic disease Diabetes.

A meta-analysis described on September 11, 2014 in the journal Diabetologia adds evidence to an association between prediabetes and a greater risk of cancer. Prediabetes describes a stage between normal blood sugar levels and diabetes, and includes those with impairments in glucose tolerance and/or fasting glucose.

Live Style Changes

Suggest Reading

There Is A Cure For Diabetes
Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD.
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The Fast Metabolism Diet
Haylie Pomroy
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The Paleo Diet
Loren Cordain,Ph.D.
Linked Image Paleo

Nutritional Supplementation That Help

  • B3 Niacin, B6, B12, Biotin
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Essential Fatty Acids especially GLA and ALA
  • Acetyl-Carnitine
  • L-Arginine
  • Vanadium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Zinc
  • Manganese
  • Chromium

Foods That Help

  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Cabbage
  • Huckleberry
  • Bitter Melon
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Garlic and Onion
  • Beans
  • Nuts; Walnuts, Almonds
  • Sea Vegetables

Herbal Support

  • Gymnema Sylvestre
  • Curcumin (turmeric)
  • Fenugreek
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Bilberry

Natural Thyroid Support

An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and the majority are unaware of their condition.

This can lead to a host of health issues including mental slowing, depression, dementia, weight gain, constipation, dry skin, hair loss, flu intolerance, muscle stiffness and pain, even irregular menstruation or infertility.
There are a variety of factors that can contribute to the development of thyroid problems: Thyroid function is influenced by the Adrenal Glands, Stress, Hormones imbalances, Hypothalamus, Pituitary, nutritional deficiencies and the immune system.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism (An underactive thyroid)

  • Fatigue, exhaustion
  • Feeling run down and sluggish
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating, brain fog
  • Unexplained or excessive weight gain
  • Dry, coarse and/or itchy skin
  • Dry, coarse and/or thinning hair
  • Feeling cold, especially in the extremities constipation
  • muscle cramps
  • Increased menstrual flow
  • More frequent periods
  • Infertility/miscarriage

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism (An overactive thyroid)

  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Increased perspiration
  • Thinning of your skin
  • Fine brittle hair
  • Muscular weakness especially involving the upper arms and thighs
  • Shaky hands
  • Panic disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Racing heart
  • More frequent bowel movements
  • Weight loss despite a good appetite
  • Lighter flow, less frequent menstrual periods
The Thyroid Gland is your chief gland of energy and metabolism. It fires up the genes that keep cells doing their jobs. Every cell in your body has thyroid hormone receptors.
In most cases, hypothyroidism isn’t rooted in a thyroid problem in the first place. It’s rooted in an immune system gone awry, but most doctors don’t test for the antibodies that show the presence of autoimmunity.
According to Dr. Datis Kharrazian, 90% of people with hypothyroidism have Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune hypothyroid condition, whereby the immune system attacks thyroid tissue. Therefore, to cure thyroid disease, or any autoimmune condition, you have to get to the source of the imbalance; focusing on suppression of symptoms with medication is simply barking up the wrong tree.

Most patients with Thyroid Symptoms also have some level of Adrenal Fatigue. The Adrenal glands and the Thyroid gland are intimately connected. Stress and Adrenal Fatigue will down regulate Thyroid Function.

Adrenal Fatigue / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
The Glands of Stress.

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The purpose of your adrenal glands are to help your body cope with stresses and survive. They cope with ever type of stress from injury, infections, disease, problems at work and problem with your loved ones.

Your energy level and your very survival depend on the Adrenal Glands functioning properly. The hormones secreted by your adrenals influence all of the major processes in your body including how you feel. They affect how your body utilizes carbohydrates and fats, the conversion of fats and proteins into energy, the distribution of stored fat (especially around your waist and at the sides of your face), normal blood sugar regulation, and proper cardiovascular and gastrointestinal function. They secrete anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant hormones which help to minimize negative and allergic reactions to alcohol, drugs, foods and environmental allergens.

After mid life (menopause in women / andropause in men) the adrenal glands gradually become the major source of the sex hormones in both men and women. The middle age weight gain, especially around the middle, is a sign that the adrenal function may be low. The steroids hormones secreted by the adrenal glands effect our muscle strength and stamina. Even your ability to recover from an illness is influenced by the adrenal hormones. You cannot live without your adrenal hormones and how well you live depends a great deal on how well your adrenal glands are functioning.

People who suffer from Adrenal Fatigue

Frequently have erratic blood sugar levels ( hypoglycemia). They are more likely to experience allergies, arthritic pain and decreased immune response and catch colds easy. Women have increased PMS symptoms. People who suffer with Adrenal Fatigue have a tendency toward fear, anxiety, depression. They have bouts of confusion, trouble concentrating and memory problems. They are easily frustrated by situations and other people. They will have trouble sleeping. Trouble falling asleep or staying a sleep. As the Adrenal Glands become weaker over time it sets the stage for other seemingly unrelated problems such as upper respiratory infections, allergies, rhinitis, asthma, frequent colds, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypoglycemia, adult onset diabetes, auto-immune disorders and alcoholism.

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue;

  • Difficulty getting up in the morning
  • Continuing fatigue not relieved by sleep
  • Craving salt or salty foods
  • Lethargy (lack of energy)
  • Increased effort to do every day tasks
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Decreased ability to handle stress
  • Increased time to recover from illness
  • Slow healing from injury or trauma
  • Catch colds easily
  • Mild depression
  • Less enjoyment or happiness with life
  • Increased PMS symptoms
  • Feel worse if meals are skipped
  • Thoughts less focused, more fuzzy
  • Memory less accurate
  • Decreased tolerance of other people
  • Don't really wake up until 10:00 AM
  • Afternoon low between 3:00 and 4:00PM
  • Feel better after evening meal
  • Decreased productivity
  • Light-headed when standing up quickly

Live Style Changes

  • Relieve stress;
  • Change the stressful situation
  • Change yourself to accept the situation
  • Leave the situation
  • Focus on your breathing, "slow down"
  • Learn to relax
  • Unstructured time; make time for yourself
  • Sleep, it is mandatory
  • Laughter is the best medicine
  • Exercise
  • Investigate food allergies or dysbiosis

Nutritional Supplementation That Help

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • B vitamins; Pantothenic Acid, Niacin, B6,
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Manganese
  • Selenium
  • Molybdenum
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Iodine
  • Zinc

Foods That Help

  • Adrenal Fatigue can cause Low Blood Sugar
  • Eat 3 meals a day with small healthy snacks in-between
  • Stay away from energy drinks
  • Eat foods that are low on the "Glycemic Index"
  • 6-8 servings of vegetables per day
  • Avoid fruits in the morning
  • A strong Chocolate craving may indicate a Magnesium deficiency

Herbal Support

  • Licorice Root
  • Ashwagandha Root
  • Panax Ginseng for men
  • Korean Ginseng for women
  • Siberian Ginseng good for both men and women
  • Ginger Root
  • Ginkgo Leaf

Digestive Problems:

digestive problems
It is estimated that some form of digestive disorder affects more than 100 million people in America.

Proper gastrointestinal (GI) function is critical for adequate nutritional status and can impact all aspects of your health. If you are not digesting and absorbing your food properly nutritional deficiencies are sure to arise.

Symptoms of Digestive Problems

  • Repeated Gas
  • Foul smelling gas
  • Bloating
  • Heart Burn
  • Alternating constipation--diarrhea
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Food allergies
  • Leaky Gut
  • Auto-Immune Issues
  • IBS
  • Crohn's
  • Ulcerative Colitis

The 4 R's treatment protocol.

  • Remove: offending foods, medications, gluten (if sensitive) and reduce poor quality fats, refined carbohydrates, sugars, and fermented foods (if yeast is present). Consider antimicrobial, antifungal, and/or anti-parasitic therapies in the case of opportunistic/pathogenic bacterial, yeast, and/or parasite overgrowth.
  • Replace: what is needed for normal digestion and absorption such as herbs that aid in digestion, dietary fiber, and water.
  • Re-inoculate: with favorable microbes (probiotics). To enhance the growth of the favorable bacteria, supplement with prebiotics, and fiber.
  • Repair: the intestinal mucosal lining by giving support to healthy intestinal mucosal cells, goblet cells, and to the immune system.

Auto-immune Disorders:

There are more than 80 known types of autoimmune disorders.

The main functions of our immune system is to defend our body from bacteria, viruses, fungus, yeast, parasites, and other foreign invaders. Any cell that is not a part of our body is targeted. These foreign cells are tagged with anti-bodies which marks them for destruction by our immune cells. When our immune system is over run with a constant flood of foreign cells, such as in the case with leaky-gut syndrome, the system starts to go haywire. Anti-bodies start tagging our cells along with the foreign cells. The type of tissue or organ being attacked determines the type of Auto-immune Disease.

Common Signs of An Auto-Immune Condition

  • Pain, swelling, heat and inflammation are the “classic sign” of autoimmune disease. The malfunctioning immune system often attacks one part of the body – joints, in the case of arthritis. But it can also affect almost the whole body. In lupus, affected areas might include the skin and the heart.
  • Persistent Fever No matter what part of their body is being attacked, people who have an autoimmune disease often have a fever that lasts several days or more.
  • Extreme Fatigue If you are consistently tired despite getting enough rest and having a reasonable schedule of physical activity, it’s time to call the doctor. Fatigue is probably the most common symptom of autoimmune disease, indicating, among other conditions, chronic fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Swollen Glands Signs of an autoimmune disease, especially rheumatoid arthritis, include swollen glands (also known as lymph nodes) in areas including the neck, groin, armpits, under the jaw and behind the ears.
  • Abdominal Pain And Diarrhea Crohn’s Disease, an inflammation in the small intestine, is marked by stomach pain that may or may not include diarrhea, according to the NIH. Even though the illness is concentrated in the digestive tract, it can also show up in other areas of the body: Mouth ulcers are common.
  • Itchy Skin Or Skin Rashes can be a symptom of several illnesses, including celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, psoriasis and lupus. According to the federal Office On Women’s Health, psoriasis may be accompanied by arthritis that affects the joints and the fingers and toes.
  • Tingling A pins-and-needles feeling in the feet, or a loss of feeling altogether, can indicate diabetes. Tingling in the legs, which may spread to the upper body, could be a symptom of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. A symptom of multiple sclerosis is tingling in several spots, including the arms, hands, legs and feet.
  • Changes In Weight Celiac disease, an intestinal inflammation caused by eating foods with gluten, can be marked by either weight loss or weight gain. Symptoms for Graves’ Disease, characterized by an overactive thyroid, include weight loss. Generally, be on the lookout for a weight loss or gain of 10 to 15 pounds.
  • Change In Skin Color With autoimmune hepatitis, skin or whites of the eyes can become yellow. In vitiligo, an ailment Michael Jackson said he had, skin can become white even inside the mouth.
  • Food Allergy In an allergic reaction to food, your body thinks that some foods you’ve eaten are harmful invaders. Conditions linked to food allergy include rheumatoid arthritis and celiac disease.
Leaky gut is being researched as the root cause of many chronic health conditions including food allergies and autoimmune diseases.
This is extremely important information for those suffering with autoimmune disorders. Leaky gut syndrome (also called increased intestinal permeability), is the result of damage to the intestinal lining, making it less able to protect the internal environment as well as to filter needed nutrients and other biological substances. As a consequence, some bacteria and their toxins, incompletely digested proteins, fats, and waste, are not absorbed normally and may "leak" out of the intestines into the blood stream.

This triggers an autoimmune reaction. Antibodies are built in response the this leaked material as if it were foreign invaders. The cause of Leaky Gut Syndrome may be chronic inflammation, food sensitivity, damage from taking large amounts of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), cytotoxic drugs and radiation or certain antibiotics, excessive alcohol consumption, or compromised immunity.

All of these conditions have something in common.


Neuro-Transmitter Imbalances and/or Depletion

Mental Health issues such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, Bio-Polar, Foggy Brain, Memory Loss, Hyper-Activity, learning difficulties, ADD, ADHD, Asperger's, and Autism Spectrum share an underlying disruption in the neurotransmitter balance of the brain caused by various reasons.

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that allow nerve cells to talk to each other, resulting in powerful effects on thoughts, energy, mood, emotions, and appetite. Neurotransmitters also perform basic and important functions such as telling your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your stomach to digest. In fact, every single thought starts as a chemical reaction.

The neurotransmitters fall into two major categories: inhibitory and excitatory. The inhibitory neurotransmitters include serotonin, GABA, glycine, taurine, and agmatine. These tend to calm the brain and body. The excitatory transmitters include epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine, glutamate, PEA, histamine, and aspartic acid. These tend to stimulate the brain and body. More specifically, imbalances of serotonin may affect memory, emotions, appetite, wakefulness, and sleep.
We often see low levels of serotonin associated with depression or sugar and carb. cravings. Dopamine on the other hand is often associated with motivation, pleasure, and "wanting", movement, and mental focus. We often see abnormal levels of dopamine with ADD. As you can see, there are many factors involved in a balanced neurotransmitter profile.
The good news here is that all of these can be tested with a simple, cost effective test which can measure each of these neurotransmitters. Based on the test results, a program of natural targeted amino acids is recommended in order to bring the neurotransmitters back into balance and thus relieve the symptoms. Targeted amino acid therapy for neurotransmitter imbalance is just like everything else in medicine, in that nothing works well every time for everybody. However, in my experience we have had excellent results in most of our patients for many of the problems discussed above. In fact, a vast majority of my patients notice a clinically significant improvement, and the side effect profile of the natural amino acid therapy is excellent.
Recent research by William Shaw, PHD shows that certain species of Clostridia bacteria in the gut disrupts the conversion of dopamine to norepinephrine. This has been implicated as a major cause of many neuropsychiatric disorders. The severity of autism symptoms was directly related to the concentration of HVA a waste metabolite from Clostridia.
Excess dopamine has been implicated in the etiology of psychotic behavior and schizophrenia for over 40 years. Drugs that inhibit dopamine have been some of the most widely used pharmaceuticals used as antipsychotic drugs and have been widely use in the treatment of autism. Recent evidence reviewed indicates that dopamine in high concentrations may be toxic to the brain.
A significant number of studies have documented increased incidence of stool cultures positive for certain species of Clostridia bacteria in the intestine in children with autism.
These test can provide valuable information alone or in combination depending on the case, Neuro-Transmitter Test (urine), Intestinal Permeability Test (urine test), DNA Microbial Profile (stool Test) or the Organic Acid Test (urine test).

Three Levels of Care for Hormonal Imbalances

  • I. Lifestyle Changes
  • II. Alternative Medicine
  • III. Hormone Replacement Therapy
It is best to start with the least risky, lifestyle changes, then progress down the list if necessary.
Researchers have identified over 60 hormones working through out our bodies. Hormones are chemical messengers that are secreted directly into the blood, which carries them to organs and tissues of the body to exert their functions. There are many types of hormones that act on different aspects of bodily functions and processes.

Some of these include:

  • Development and growth
  • Metabolism of food items
  • Sexual function and reproductive growth and health
  • Cognitive function and mood
  • Maintenance of body temperature and thirst
Natural hormone production, especially as we age, is depend on our entire body being healthy. A poor diet, being over weight, stress, lack of sleep, or other health issues will disrupt hormone production. If you try taking bio-identical hormones in an unhealthy state the hypothalamus, which monitors levels, may reduce the levels back to where you started.
Hormonal health is no different from neurological health or digestive health. They are all interconnected and what is done to one system influences all the systems. To balance estrogen and progesterone levels is not as simple as just replacing the low levels with bio-identical hormones without considering the other systems involved. The best approach to balance the hormonal system is to balance the other systems of the body first, then if hormone replacement is needed, it will be in such small amounts that it will not trigger cancer cell formation.

The endocrine system or hormonal system is designed in priorities of importance.

  • 1st. is the pituitary gland (master hormone regulator) which is under the control of the hypothalamus
  • 2nd. is the thyroid gland (controls metabolism)
  • 3rd. is the pancreas (digestion and blood sugar)
  • 4th. is the adrenal glands (stress response)
  • 5th is the ovaries / testes (produce estrogen, progesterone / testosterone)
It takes more than taking a hormone to feel better. It takes balancing all systems in order of priority.

I. Live Style Changes

  • Avoid caffeine and Alcohol
  • Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep
  • Reduce stress levels; yoga, meditation, massage, chiropractic
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Increase intake of vitamins including B,C,D,E
  • Increase intake of omega-3 fats; flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
  • Increase intake of omega-6 fats; eggs, nuts, poultry

II. Alternative Medicine Recommendations

If lifestyle changes aren't enough then we have to take a closer look at the endocrine system. Below is a list of test we routinely use. Not all test are necessary they are selected based on the individual's situation. The goal at this level is to heal the body and bring the endocrine system into balance by removing interfering factors such as stress or food allergies. Then support the bodies ability to produce it own hormones in the proper amounts. Supplementation is recommended based on the system being treated. Treatment at this point is aimed at supplying needed or missing elements.

  • A good start is the Functional Health Report
  • Hormone Panel
  • Adrenal stress test
  • Thyroid Panel
  • Neuro-Transmitter Test
  • DNA stool Test
  • Food Sensitivity Test

III. Hormone Replacement Therapy

Once the highest level of overall health has been achieved and additional hormone replacement is still required then a much smaller amount will have to be prescribed. This will reduce the risk of estrogen sensitive cancers.

Most people believe that Bio-identical Hormones are much safer that synthetic. That may be true but they are still hormones. Estrogen is a growth hormone and taken in large amounts may increased the cancer risk.

Should Cancer Prevention be our Focus Instead of Cure?

"Cancer doesn't just strike you, an innocent victim, all of a sudden. You have been brewing conditions inside your body for probably decades."

Each newborn infant in America has 287 toxins in their blood the day they're born, and there are 83,000 toxic substances in the environment around us every single day.
In 1900, 3% of deaths in America were from cancer.
In 2000 that number was 24% and climbing.
Today's estimate is one in two men and one in three women will develop cancer in their life time.

In his book entitled Beating Cancer With Nutrition, Dr. Patrick Quillin provides us with a tremendous analogy: “Fungus grows on the bark of a tree due to the favorable conditions of heat, moisture and darkness. You can cut, burn and poison a fungus all you want, but as long as favorable conditions persist, it will return. Similarly, cancer develops in a human when conditions are right. Documented factors that favor tumor formation include toxic burden, immune suppression, malnutrition, mental depression and elevated blood glucose. . . Unless we correct these cancer inducers, cytotoxic therapies are doomed to failure.” What Dr. Quillin is saying is that we need to focus on the cancer causes rather than symptoms.

The lack of minerals and vitamins in the soil, the chemicals in our foods, drinking sodas, microwaving foods, eating junk foods, processed foods, foods contaminated with pesticides, and fake-foods are just a few of many dietary factors which have tainted our internal terrain, primarily altering our pH balance, and providing fertile soil for cancer to grow. Our acidic, junk-food, fast-food, empty-calorie diet is one of the primary villains in the rise of cancer.

The food we eat is either fighting cancer, or it is fueling cancer.

  • 1. Food that fuels cancer: Either by feeding cancer cells or preventing our immune system from killing cancer cells. These foods include the following: mycotoxins (toxic fungi), acidic foods, sodas, sugar, trans-fats, coffee, MSG, sodium nitrite, aspartame, processed foods, foods with pesticides, pasteurized milk & cheese, refined flours, fluoride, chlorine, etc.
  • 2. Food that fights cancer: Either by killing cancer cells, balancing our pH, or preventing cancer from spreading through nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. These foods include the following: spring water, apples and their seeds, apricots and their seeds, purple grapes and their seeds, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, carrots, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, avocados, garlic, lemons, limes, coconut oil, flax seeds, flax oil, raw walnuts, chlorella, spirulina, herbs, etc.

How Can Nutrients Affect The Cancer Process?

  • inhibit angiogenesis (blood vessel growth to the tumor)
  • dysregulate mutant p53 oncogene
  • alter immune cytokines
  • up regulate DNA repair
  • augment programmed cell death (apoptosis)
  • regulate gene expression
  • induce growth inhibition in cancer
  • alter cell differentiation
  • immune stimulation
  • enhancement of cell to cell communication, defuse carcinogens, etc.
  • affect oncogenes
  • vitamin A, C, E are regulators of cell differentiation, membrane biogenesis, DNA synthesis and may be cytotoxic and cytostatic in certain cell system

Can Fish Oil Improve Outcome in Cancer Treatment?

  • anti-cachectic: prevents and reverses wasting syndrome
  • induces apoptosis in cancer cells (programmed cell death)
  • up regulates immune function
  • reduces stickiness of cells to slow metastasis
  • competes with omega-6 arachidonic acid metabolites
  • improves insulin sensitivity, lowers blood glucose
  • impairs tumor angiogenesis
  • Omega 3 prolonged survival of all patients…resulted in significant increase in survival for all patients compared with placebo

Live Style Changes

  • Eliminate toxins -- pesticides, dyes, preservatives, processed foods, canned foods etc.
  • Plant based diet, Paleo, Mediterranean, etc.
  • Consume a variety of raw vegetables for their antioxidants, enzymes, natural vitamins and minerals
  • Alkalize your PH. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar etc.
  • Exercise to increase oxygen in your tissues.
  • De-stress- Meditation, yoga, relaxation, massage, me time.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates