Monday, October 30, 2017

Is One Calorie Just Like Any Other Calorie?

Obesity and cardiometabolic syndrome are two well-proven health conditions that provide an almost  straight-forward slide into heart disease and diabetes.  These two conditions are precursors to much misery.  Food sits as the major determining factor on addressing these two conditions.  It can be gasoline to turbo-charge the slide, or the brakes that get you off the slide.

There's no other way to say this.  Take your weight and your height measurements, click on the following link, and put them in the BMI calculator.  It will give you your grade, unless you are a body-builder and have lots of muscles.  That's your news on obesity.

To get the scoop on cardiometabolic syndrome you will need some other measurements.  You will need your waist measure (just above your belly button) and your hip measure (right where your legs meet your body.)  Then, from your doctor, you need your triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, random glucose, and Hemoglobin A1C.  You also need your blood pressure.  All those numbers can be used to calculate your risks for heart disease and determine how likely you have a blood sugar regulation problem.

Getting back to food.  This should be vividly apparent to you: 100 calories from sugar and 100 calories from broccoli are not the same.  Your body does not handle them the same, and you do not get a single milligram of nutrition from the sugar.  If you are getting more than 20 gm of sugar a day on most days of the week, you are increasing inflammation in your blood vessels, putting stress on your pancreas, and clogging up your cellular energy pathways.  Vegetables are your friend.  The sooner you get over your addiction to over-processed, sweet-tasting foods the sooner you strike a blow to the manufactured food cartel's destruction of your health. They work far slower and more insidiously than a drug pusher, but the end results are similar.

The other food info is that useful is that diets that are higher in proteins and fats burn 300 more calories a day than a high carb diet.  Protein and fat increase basal metabolic rate. The body uses energy to convert fats and protein to glucose, and protein will increase muscle mass, especially with exercise.

If you'd like to have a consult about your nutrition and help finding a new health-producing lifestyle, call or email me for an appointment.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Hair Analysis

Often people ask me if there's some test to find out whether they are deficient in vitamins and minerals.  Individual vitamins can be tested for in your blood, but it's a pricey proposition to test for each of them.  That is not the case with minerals. In addition, blood only reflects what is in circulation, not what is stored and also available.  Stored mineral levels can be checked through having a sample of your hair tested.  

Minerals get used throughout the body for a variety of chores.  They are strong ions, so they tend to work electrically - supplying electrons and gobbling up random electrons.  In addition, they form key molecules in the thousands of enzymes we have facilitating all our biochemical reactions.  We all know that calcium (and magnesium) is used in bones and teeth.  Sodium & potassium create the charges used in muscles and the nervous system to enable body motion.  Zinc is key to your stomach's ability to produce stomach acid among a host of immune system tasks.  Chromium is used in blood sugar regulation, selenium in thyroid function.  The list goes on, so, knowing your levels is helpful.  

What we've also learned is that vitamins and minerals both work best when they are in the right balance with one another.  Too much of one can force another out creating a deficiency, while simultaneously a certain amount of one is necessary to the absorption or utilization of another (synergism.)  As an example of this interplay, the following is a diagram of the mineral antagonisms from Dr. David L. Watts' book, Trace Elements and Other Essential Nutrients, c. 1995.  Antagonisms are mineral relationships that push those connected out of the body.  For example, calcium is at the 12:00 o'clock position and magnesium is at the 6:00 o'clock position. Their arrows go toward one another, so if one is in greater supply it will force the other out.

You can see how complicated it is!  This is a major part of the reason that some doctors recommend against multiple vitamin supplements.  Your body has a store of these minerals.  Your diet contributes a store of these minerals.  And yet, we know the mineral levels in our soils have also been declining, making it difficult to get some of the trace elements through food. So, who is to know if the supplements you're taking help the balance or hinder it?  

Hair Analysis
Hair analysis supplies us with a fairly good indication of the minerals stored in our bodies. From the information, we can then determine what supplementation might make the most sense.  

Another assessment provided through hair analysis is a reading of what heavy metal toxins you've been exposed to.  Heavy metals play havoc with your mineral balances by acting as decoys or bad substitutes for your other minerals.  Lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic are 4 especially common environmental toxins to which we can be exposed. Hair analysis measures the presence of these bad players in your health.  We can then determine a detoxification protocol to reduce or eliminate them from your body.

Hair analysis costs about $100 for all the main health-connected minerals and heavy metals. It takes a small amount of hair snipped from the back of your head.  Results come back in a week to 10 days.  Get hold of me if you're interested.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Computerized Regulation Thermography Machine

Hiding out in my clinic is an extraordinary health screening tool.  I just got it back from being totally upgraded.

Computer regulation thermography (CRT) is a tool used to get a functional picture of all the organ systems in the body. Testing is performed by measuring many different points on the skin which correspond to specific internal organs and tissues through viscerocutaneous reflexes. Thermography has been used in Europe for more that 20 years, and has recently been computerized to make interpretation easier and more accurate.

How does CRT work?

The autonomic nervous system, which controls automatic body functions, determines circulation to internal organs as well as the skin. It does this by altering the amount of dilation and constriction in blood vessels. Environmental temperature impacts the autonomic nervous system and, therefore, affects blood flow. By measuring the temperature of many different points on the skin before and after a cold stimulus, we can monitor changes in circulation. The actual temperature, as well as how it changes in response to the cold stimulus, provides information about the function of organs and tissues that correspond to the points being measured.

What will the thermography test be like?

After adapting to room temperature, the first set of measurements is taken. A ten-minute cooling phase follows before measuring the points a second time. After the results are interpreted, they will be explained during a follow-up appointment. Treatment will be based on the test's results, the patient's specific situation, and the doctor's assessment.

Why is CRT important for you?

Regulation thermography is effective in the early detection of many physical imbalances and diseases. Often times symptoms are affected by areas of the body that may not at first seem directly related. Thermography can help determine what additional lab work; if any; may be needed to determine the source of ill health; and can help avoid many unnecessary, expensive lab tests.

What can be determined by CRT?

CRT can discover possible sources of chronic disease and infections. Breast, ovarian, and prostate health can also be assessed. Possible cardiovascular, stomach, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder problems can be detected using the CRT. Unknown causes of infection and inflammation, allergic or toxic reactions to food, the presence of intestinal mycosis or dysbiosis, and possible correlations between dental health and disease can all be determined using CRT. Your overall vitality can be estimated by CRT.

How much will CRT cost?

The cost of thermography is $175. If you would like a thermography scan to determine the health of breast tissue only, the cost is $90. A dental thermogram is $65. 
Please consider the following before receiving your thermogram:
  1. Do not shower, exercise, or engage in any activities that will increase your blood pressure.
  2. Eat a light breakfast. Do not drink coffee, including decaf, or any caffeinated beverages, like Coke or Pepsi. Herbal and green teas are okay.
  3. Please do not smoke or drink alcohol for a minimum of 24 hours before your appointment.
  4. Take only medications that you take regularly. Your physician can give you further information.
  5. Wear comfortable clothing that covers your arms and legs to your appointment, make sure to wear socks. A lose button-down shirt is great.
  6. Please do not wear tight clothing, including belts. Anything that leaves a red mark when you remove it is too tight.
  7. Do not use any creams, lotions, or make-up on your skin. Men should avoid shaving on the morning of their appointment.
  8. Avoid confrontation or emotional stress on the day of your thermogram.