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EXERCISE AND YOUR HEALTH -
BREATHING YOUR WAY TO HEALTH

Man breathes throughout his life. One cycle of digestion of food takes about twenty-four hours. One cycle of respiration, or digestion of air, takes about three seconds. During the course of a day one breathes about 24,000 times. Breath is vital and basic to life.

Unfortunately, we are a very oxygen deficient society. We don't breathe!! Most people suffer from what Doctors call "futile breathing". They breathe high in their chest and only get one-quarter to one-fifth of the amount of oxygen the lungs were designed to hold. That's a major deficit for cells trying desperately to process food, release toxins and provide energy for the body's needs.

Oxygen is one of the things our nervous system needs most to survive and function properly. Oxygen fights cancer, bacteria and viruses and few of us get enough of it. The average pair of lungs can hold two gallons of air. Most people inhale 2 to 3 pints.

Did you know that the key difference between a diseased cell and a strong healthy cell is a self-protective antioxidant coating? Healthy cells naturally protect themselves from oxygen potentially burning or oxidizing them (AKA free radical damage). Diseased cells can't. Diseased cells are using all of their vitality, their life force, and their chemicals, proteins, and electrical energies to manufacture more viruses, bacteria, fungi or whatever has invaded them. Diseased cells are used up feeding the pathogens and the mycoplasmas. No protective coat surrounds them. Only the weak cells are burned up and washed away.

A man weighing 150 pounds has 90 pounds of O2 in his body. A resting man consumes 575 liters in a 24-hour period. During activity consumption rises to 700 liters per 24-hour period. When we are not fully oxygenated our bodies have to make ATP under low oxygen conditions anaerobic ATP has a much lower energy potential and leaves lactic acid and harmful free radicals behind and causes a painful burning sensation in the muscles. We then have reduced efficiency and we are sore. Lactic acid causes muscles to fatigue and depletes our strength and endurance rapidly. Shallow breathing signals our nervous system that we are in a constant state of fight or flight. This asks our adrenals to pump out adrenaline. Our adrenals become burned out and we can't digest our food anymore, there are fewer enzymes in our body. We are under constant stress because we don't breathe.

Do you know that oxygen also burns fat? Just increasing your oxygen intake and respiration can assist your body in its fat burning efforts.

I have included several exercises that can be done anywhere to assist you in restoring your ability to breathe more fully.

1.) This method takes the exhalation of the full chest and abdominal breath to a radical extreme that dramatically shifts the pressure in the pelvic, abdominal and chest cavities. The exhalation continues, until it feels as if the body and organs are compressing toward the center. ABSOLUTELY every bit of air is expelled, the abdomen presses inward and the anus is pulled upward. It should feel as if the whole body is purposefully collapsing or contracting around the organs and the central core of the body. Momentarily, a deep desire to inhale will be felt. In a relaxed manner allow the diaphragm to drop and the air to rush in to fill the lungs, allow the lungs to fill all the way as the lung fill, breathe into the stomach. Put your hands on your stomach, to feel the stomach rise (not the chest). As children, we were belly breathers. When we breathe high in our chest, or when we breathe through our mouth, we stimulate the fight or flight response. As we breathe into our stomach area, we allow the body to relax. I usually suggest the people start with this lying down to practice before they "take it on the road." This exercise can be practiced in a concentrated way for 6 to 20 breaths and it can be practiced throughout the day. It will increase your energy while it unleashes a powerful healing potential that is always with you but rarely utilized.

2.) Once you get the hang of this, this exercise can be done sitting, standing, or lying down. In the beginning, it should be done at least once every hour to get into the habit and the swing of it. Let out all of your air. Breathe in slowly through your nose over a 20-count period, very slowly and deeply, keep going, Remember to breathe in and out with the rise of your stomach using your stomach muscles to pull the air into your lungs. And remember-you are under control of this activity. At the end of inspiration exhale through your mouth twice as long as your inspiratory phase. That means you've got to slowly, slowly, slowly exhale over a period of 40 counts. Try to aim for a one-minute cycle. This is not nearly as easy as it sounds, but practice makes perfect. If you cannot do the 20:40 count try a 15:30 count to start. The 1:2 ratio is very important.

Breathing exercises are very cortically demanding. For that reason breathing exercises are excellent for your brain. These exercises allow you to control your own respiration. When you do this, you become more efficient at reflexogenic breathing and naturally supply your body (and your brain) with higher levels of oxygen.

HERE ARE TWO MORE EASY, NO EXCUSE EXERCISES

Humans and animals were all designed basically to do one prime movement. This prime movement is their "ultimate exercise". Fish were designed to swim, reptiles to crawl, birds to fly and most other animals were designed to walk or run on all fours. Humans were basically designed to get up and walk or run on two legs.

Before humans can walk, before they can do anything of any consequence physically, they must execute a movement that is more or less unique to them. They must use all the muscles in their body to get up on their two feet - they must rise from the earth. Thus, THE ULTIMATE EXERCISE for people is to get up from the earth, the floor, the bed, the chair, or a kneeling or crouched position. The push up, the sit up, and the deep knee bend are all included and executed to a greater or lesser degree in this one movement, "THE GET UP". This basic movement works directly and indirectly most of the basic muscles in the human body if it is extended for 12 minutes or more.

The large anti-gravity muscles, the prime movers; the legs, the hips, the back, the stomach, the heart and the lungs are the most benefited. Even the muscles of the fingers toes, face, skin and scalp become involved in this exercise when the effort is sustained continuously for 12 minutes or more. There are also benefits to the internal organs. They are thoroughly massaged by the ninety-degree change of the body's position, from vertical to horizontal and back again to vertical, in repetition. The greatest benefit of all concerns the circulation to the brain and to every other part of the body no matter how remote. The blood is vigorously, yet gently pushed into areas that receive only minimal circulation under normal conditions. When you wash out a bottle, you shake it up and down when you want it really clean. This is what one does with the blood and the lymph in one's body when moving from a lying to a standing position in a continuous motion for twelve minutes or more. This exercise does everything in one simple motion that ever needs to be done by anyone to become and remain moderately physically fit, regardless of sex or age.

"THE ULTIMATE EXERCISE" is simple and needs no special equipment. It can be done by just about anyone. Stand erect on a carpet, grassy area or mat, lie down in any way you like, as soon as your head and your feet touch the floor or earth, get back up and stand erect. Lie down again immediately in another or the same position. You can lie down on your back, your side, or your stomach, it makes no difference, and you can change from one position to another each time. Do this exercise for 30 seconds once a day for 3 days, add 30 seconds every 3 days. In 36 days you will be working out for 6 minutes, in 72 days-12 minutes, in 120 days-20 minutes. A 12 minute exercise is all that is required however, if you want to take it up to 20 minutes, you can do it every other day as "THE ULTIMATE EXERCISE" and take a brisk 18 to 20 minute walk on alternate days. If you are handicapped or lying on the floor is not comfortable, lie on a bed or a couch, turn on your side, get up, stand on the floor and lie down again. (If you use the bed or couch, add one minute every 3 days instead of 30 seconds.)

SPEED IS NOT IMPORTANT - ENDURANCE IS!

My other favorite is what I call the Ubangi Bounce. It is really easy and it is a wonderful lymphatic mover.

Stand with your feet about 10 inches apart keep your knees slightly bent and lightly bounce. Don't even take your feet off the ground. Just bounce up and down for a few minutes by bending your knees. As you bounce, with your elbows slightly bent, shake your hands loosely in front of you as if you are doing a Karate Chop. Do this for about 10 minutes to get the chi (and your lymph) moving throughout your body.

 

 

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DETOXIFICATION QUESTIONNAIRE

(Copy document and it fill out. Add up all the numbers you circle. The higher the number, the more a detoxification program will benefit your health.)

1.) How often are you exposed to petrochemicals?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (5)
c.) Daily (10)

2.) How often are you exposed to pesticides?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (5)
c.) Daily (10)

3.) How often are you exposed to air pollution?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (2)
c.) Daily (4)

4.) How much time do you spend in cities?
a.) 1-2 days/month (0)
b.) 1-3 days/week (1)
c.) 4-7 days/week (2)

5.) How often do you take prescription or over the counter medication?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Once a month (2)
c.) Once a week or more (4)

6.) How often do you skip meals if you are not hungry?
a.) Never (2)
b.) Once a month (1)
c.) Once a week (2)

7.) How often do you eat organic food?
a.) Never (3)
b.) 30% of the time (1)
c.) 75% or more of the time (5)

8.) How often to you eat canned or frozen foods?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) 5-7 times a month (1)
c.) 3-7 times a week (2)

9.) How often do you drink alcohol?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Once a week (1)
c.) Once a day or more (2)

10.) Do you smoke cigarettes/cigars?
a.) Yes (2)
b.) No (0)

11.) How often do you exercise?
a.) Less than once a week (2)
b.) 1-2 times a week (1)
c.) 3-5 times a week (3)

12.) Do you have amalgam fillings?
a.) Yes (4)
b.) No (0)

Total from page 1___________

13.) Do you have any root canals?
a.) Yes (3)
b.) No (0)

14.) Do you suffer from fibromyalgia?
a.) Yes (5)
b.) No (0)

15.) How often do you suffer from arthritis?
a.) Rarely (never) (0)
b.) Weekly (2)
c.) Daily (4)

16.) Do you suffer from inflamed bowels?
a.) Yes (2)
b.) No (0)

17.) How often do you experience indigestion?
a.) Never (0)
b.) Once a month (1)
c.) Once a week (2)

18.) How often do you have belching or flatulence?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (1)
c.) Daily (2)

19.) How often do you have diarrhea?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (2)
c.) Daily (5)

20.) Do you suffer from anemia?
a.) Yes (3)
b.) No (0)

21.) Do you suffer from hepatitis or other liver disease?
a.) Yes (10)
b.) No (0)

22.) Do you suffer from gallbladder disease?
a.) Yes (2)
b.) No (0)

23.) How often to you have dry, tired eyes?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (1)
c.) Daily (2)

24.) How often do you have bags under your eyes?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (1)
c.) Daily (2)

25.) How often do you have circles under your eyes?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (1)
c.) Daily (2)

26.) How often do you have headaches?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (1)
c.) Daily (2)

Total from page 2 __________

27.) Do you suffer from chemical sensitivities?
a.) Yes (5)
b.) No (0)

28.) Do you suffer from frequent infections?
a.) Yes (5)
b.) No (0)

29.) Do you have chronic fatigue syndrome?
a.) Yes (7)
b.) No (0)

30.) Do you suffer from autoimmune disease?
a.) Yes (10)
b.) No (0)

31.) Do you have or have you had cancer?
a.) Yes (10) type _______________________________________________________
b.) No (0)

32.) Do you suffer from allergies?
a.) Yes (3)
b.) No (0)

33.) How often do you suffer from sinus problems?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (2)
c.) Daily (4)

34.) How often do you suffer from a swollen red tongue?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (1)
c.) Daily (2)

35.) How often do you feel apathetic?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (1)
c.) Daily (2)

36.) How would you rate your energy level?
a.) High (0)
b.) Moderate (2)
c.) Low (5)

37.) How would you rate your mental acuity?
a.) High (0)
b.) Moderate (2)
c.) Low (5)

38.) How often do you notice that you have poor concentration?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (2)
c.) Daily (5)

39.) Do you have a poor memory?
a.) Yes (5)
b.) No (0)

40.) How often do you suffer from drowsiness?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (1)
c.) Daily (2)

Total from page 3 _________

41.) How often do you get angry or irritable?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (1)
c.) Daily (2)

42.) How often do you have mood swings?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (2)
c.) Daily (5)

43.) How often do you feel depressed?
a.) Rarely 0)
b.) Weekly (2)
c.) Daily (5)

44.) How often do you suffer from insomnia?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (1)
c.) Daily (2)

45.) How often do you feel groggy upon waking?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (2)
c.) Daily (5)

46.) How often do you feel that it is difficult to relax?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (1)
c.) Daily (2)

47.) How often do you suffer from excessive stress?
a.) Rarely (0)
b.) Weekly (3)
c.) Daily (5)

Total from page 4 __________

Total from page 3 __________

Total from page 2 __________

Total from page 1 __________

GRAND TOTAL _____________

If your score is 101 or more: .............................................................................. Your lifestyle predisposes you to toxic buildup in your system. You are showing elevated symptoms and risk factors for toxic accumulation. It is recommended that you re-assess your lifestyle and implement a detoxification program into your schedule every 3 months.

Score of 66-100: ........................................................................................... Although you are not in as toxic a state as you would be if you were to score more than 100, you still have a lifestyle that predisposes you to toxicity and you are already showing symptoms and risk factors for toxic accumulation. It is recommended that you reassess your lifestyle and implement a detoxification program into your schedule every 4 months.

Score of 31-85: ................................................................................................... Your score shows you are generally healthy. However you are either showing some symptoms or have a lifestyle that predisposes you to toxicity. It is recommended that you assess your life for any possible changes that could be made and follow a detoxification program every 6 months.

Score of 30 or less: ............................................................................. Congratulations, you are living in a way that is very beneficial to your health. As a result, you are not showing any symptoms of toxicity. Continue in this preventative lifestyle and follow a detoxification program once/yr.

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ARE YOU TIRED??

If you are, you're not alone. So many people are affected by fatigue that many think it's normal to feel tired--even after a good night's rest. Have you ever wondered why some people seem to feel good when they get up in the morning and have plenty of energy, but others can barely function until they've had their morning coffee? Do you start out slow, do you run out of gas in the middle of the day, or are you just plain feel tired most of the time?

When you are tired your work suffers, your relationships suffer, even recreation is not as much fun as it should be. Being tired like this is not normal. Happily, fatigue can be corrected--but only after its cause has been identified.

Your answers to the following questions will help determine if you should have more energy then you do, and if so, what the underlying cause of the problem is in your case. Answering these questions may be the first step on the road to greater levels of energy and vitality for you. Please check any of the following problems you might be troubled with.

__Low or decreased energy
__Chronic morning headache
__Slow or weak heartbeat
__Eyelids swollen or puffy
__Bags under the eyes
__Emotionally explosive
__"Neurotic tendencies"
__Depressed or low moods
__Labored or difficult breathing
__Circulatory disturbances
__Cold hands, feet, or skin
__Low body temperature
__Extreme sensitivity to cold
__Poor equilibrium/vertigo
__Irregular or painful menses
__Excessive menstrual bleeding
__Premenstrual syndrome
__Loss of outer 1/3rd of eyebrow
__Head hair falls out easily
__Persistent tendonitis/bursitis
__Frequent sinus problems
__Low blood pressure.......
__Face swollen or puffy
__Fingers/hands swollen
__Ankles/feel swollen/puffy....
__Coarsening of hair..........
__Dry and brittle hair.....
__Muscle weakness........
__Muscle & joint aches
__Fibromyalgia............
__Chronic skin problems
__Decreased appetite........
__Easy weight gain......
__Hearing disturbances
__Irritable bowel syndrome
__Blood sugar problems
__Infertility problems (male/female).................
__Weak digestion.............
__High cholesterol.............
__Dry eyes/ears.......
__Bloat/flatulence
__Atherosclerosis............
__Night blindness.............
__Easy bruising
__Nervousness.
__Carpal tunnel syndrome
__General loss of interest
__Apprehensive or fearful.
__Poor concentration...
__Migraine headaches..
__Tension headaches.........
__Low motivation......
__Excessive fatigue...
__Decreased sweating
__Prematurely gray..........
__Fluid retention.......
__Repetitive infections.
__Frequent colds/flus.........
__Red face from exercise
__Frequent ear infections
__Reynaud's Syndrome
__Difficulty swallowing.....
__Thick or brittle nails......
__Slow growing nails...
__Constipation....
__Hoarseness......
__Stiffness.......
__Backache......................
__Neck pain.....
__Lethargy......................
__Slow pulse......
__Tinnitis..........
__Asthma...........>>>......
__Low libido.\.>...
__Halitosis...>>...
__Insomnia,,,>,,,,
__Eczema,,,>,,...
__Psoriasis...>>>>......
__"Winter itch".>>>>......
__"Fish skin"...>>>>...
__Chronic boils
__Hives/acne....>>>>>.....
__Slow speech,>>,,,,,,,,,,,
__Mood Swings....
__Anxiety...........
__Dyslexia>>>>>>>>>>
__Panic attacks??????.......?
__Gum Problems>>>.....>
__Poor memory .......

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YEAST QUESTIONNAIRE

(Please fill out this questionnaire carefully. The information and grand total score will help us determine if your health problems are yeast related)

GRAND TOTAL SCORE_____ (from next page)

This questionnaire is designed for adults. It lists factors in your past medical history that promote the growth of yeast and molds and symptoms commonly found when yeast is present in excessive amounts in the body.

Fill out and score this questionnaire to help you and your doctor evaluate how yeast and mold may be contributing to your health problems. For each "yes" in Section A, circle the point score in that section. Total your score and add it to the other scores at the end of the questionnaire.

Section A: History Point score

1.) Have you ever taken tetracycline or any other antibiotics for one month or longer? 25

2.) Have you taken other broad spectrum antibiotics for urinary, respiratory, or other infections for more than two months at a time? 20

3.) Have you taken several short courses of antibiotics within any one year period? 20

4.) Have you taken even a single course of broad-spectrum antibiotics? 6

5.) Have you been bothered by persistent prostatitis, vaginitis, or other problems affecting your reproductive system? 25

6.) Have you been pregnant two or more times? 5 one time? 3

7.) Have you taken birth control pills for more than 2 years? 15 for 6 months to 2 years? 8

8.) Have you taken prednisone or any other cortisone type of drug for more than 2 weeks? 15 ....For less than 2 weeks? 6

9.) Does exposure to perfumes, insecticides, fabric, shop odors, or other chemicals provoke moderate to severe symptoms? 20 Mild symptoms? 5

10.) Are any of your symptoms worse on damp, muggy days, or in moldy places? 20

11.) Have you had athlete's foot, ring worm, jock itch, or other chronic fungus infections of the skin or nails? Have these symptoms been severe or persistent? 20 .... Have these infections been only mild or moderate? 10

12.) Do you crave sugar? 10

13.) Do you crave bread or pasta? 10

14.) Do you crave alcoholic beverages? 10

15.) Does tobacco smoke bother you? 10

Total Score - Section A: _________

Section B: Major Symptoms

For each of your symptoms, enter the appropriate number in the Point Score column. If a symptom is occasional or mild score 3 points. If a symptom is frequent &/or moderately severe score 6 points. If a symptom is severe &/or disabling score 9 points.

1.) Fatigue or lethargy ____

2.) Feeling of being drained ____

3.) Poor memory ____

4.) Feeling spacy or unreal ____

5.) Depression ____

6.) Numbness, burning, tingling ____

7.) Muscle aches ____

8.) Muscle weakness/paralysis ____

9.) Pain or swelling of joints ____

10.) Abdominal pain ____

11.) Constipation ____

12.) Diarrhea ____

13.) Bloating ____

14.) Troublesome vaginal discharge ____

15.) Persistent vaginal burning/itching ____

16.) Prostatitis ____

17.) Impotence ____

18.) Loss of sexual desire ____

19.) Endometriosis ____

20.) Cramps or other menstrual irregularities____

21.) PMS ____

22.) Visual problems ____

Total Score - Section B: ________

Section C: Other Symptoms

If a symptom is occasional or mild score 1 point If a symptom is frequent &/or moderately severe, score 2 points If a symptom is severe &/or disabling, score 3 points

1.) Drowsiness ____

2.) Irritability ____

3.) Lack of coordination ____

4.) Inability to concentrate ____

5.) Frequent mood swings ____

6.) Headache ____

7.) Dizziness/loss of balance ____

8.) Pressure feeling above ears___

9.) Head swelling & tingling ____

10.) Itching ____

11.) Other rashes ____

12.) Heartburn ____

13.) Indigestion ____

14.) Belching & intestinal gas____

15.) Mucous in the stools ____

16.) Hemorrhoids ____

17.) Dry mouth ____

18.) Rash or blisters in mouth ____

19.) Bad breath ____

20.) Joint swelling or arthritis ____

21.) Postnasal drip ____

22.) Sore or dry throat ____

23.) Cough ____

24.) Pain or tightness in chest ____

25.) Wheezing/shortness of breath____

26.) Urgency/Urinary frequency ____

27.) Burning on urination ____

28.) Failing vision ____

29.) Eyes burning or tearing ____

30.) Recurrent infections ____

31.) Ear pain or deafness ____

Total Score - Section C: ____________

Total Score - Section B: ____________

Total Score - Section A: ____________

Grand Total Score: _____________

 

WOMEN's score: over 180 = yeast almost certainly present over 120 = yeast probably present less than 60 = the risk of yeast is low

MEN's score: over 140 = yeast almost certainly present over 120 = yeast probably present less than 60 = the risk of yeast is low

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HEAVY METAL TOXICITY

First take the "AM I METAL TOXIC?" questionnaire to see if heavy metal exposure could be a contributing factor to your feelings of ill health. If you score high, read the information below and perhaps give a call to set up an appointment for a free consultation.

You might also want to do a little fishing in your dentist's office - is he still putting mercury in your teeth?

I am not saying you should have your fillings removed, but I have seen many cases where metal fillings have been the underlying problem creating a low grade persistent immune challenge. You might want to see me or a doctor well versed in AK and NRT to check to see if your metal fillings are in fact stressing your autonomic nervous system.

Dr. Hal Huggins, a dentist who has been studying mercury toxicity for years, estimates that over 70% of all dental patients show some symptoms of mercury toxicity and more than 20% of the general population is sufficiently affected to hinder their lives. These metals can be passed from the mother to the fetus through the placental barrier. It is especially important for pregnant mothers to use specific products that can bind with mercury vapor while they are chewing to protect their unborn child. Dose requirements are dependent on symptoms and number of fillings. And remember, even if you have had your fillings removed, you still have metals lurking in your tissues from all those years of chewing and through life in general. They can be creating havoc in your body on the cellular level.
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Nickel, another widely used dental metal, also appears to affect the auto immune system. Skin sensitivities to nickel are common. Nickel is commonly used in alloys in dental prosthetic devices with the new alloys having 60-80% nickel and up to 1.8% beryllium. Other sources of exposure to theses heavy metals are tobacco smoke, orthodontic appliances, auto and truck exhaust, super phosphate fertilizers, air contaminated by industrial nickel, coal and oil burning, nickel, cadmium batteries, hydrogenated fats and oils and acid foods cooked in stainless steel cookware.

VACCINATIONS AND THIMEROSAL
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(This article covers: the growing distrust of drug companies; thimerosal; Merck press release - 1999 re thimersol in vaccines; Merck memo of 1991; Merck and Vioxx; more on mercury and toxicity.)

There has been an encouraging trend among many responsible parents - a reluctance to have their kids needlessly immunized. The reasons for this shift are twofold: First, a logical and informed evaluation of fact (like disease infection and mortality rates); and second, a growing distrust of drug companies.

According to a CBSNews.com story, many anti-vaccine parents feel the way they do because they think the major drug companies (and the government) are hiding the risks of childhood vaccines from the public.

Apparently, they don't want to be blindsided by the next Vioxx-type drug mortality scandal. Adding fuel to this fire is the fact that right now, the whole mainstream media seems abuzz with concerns about a popular vaccine preservative called Thimerosol - which contains almost 50% ethyl mercury, a known neurotoxin - that's thought by many to contribute to childhood autism.

Thimerosal is a water-soluble, cream-colored crystalline powder. It is 49.6% mercury by weight. In the human body, thimerosal is metabolized to ethylmercury and thiosalicylate. The literature on thimerosal metabolism and excretion is limited and old. Case reports have demonstrated toxicity after massive overdoses. Toxicological information on the chief metabolite of thimerosal, ethylmercury, is extremely limited.

During the recent controversy over the safety of thimerosal in vaccines, toxicologists have assumed that the toxicity of ethylmercury is equivalent to the toxicity of methylmercury. The toxicity of methylmercury is complex and depends on the type, level, and duration of exposure. The primary environmental exposure is through consumption of predatory fish. A 6-ounce can of tuna fish contains an average of 17 micrograms of mercury.

A pediatric dose of hepatitis B vaccine contains 12.5 micrograms. The major toxicity of mercury is manifested in the central nervous system. Many of us still remember forty years ago, when women at Minamata Bay, Japan, ate fish contaminated with methylmercury from pollutants. Their children were exposed to high levels in utero and were born with severe developmental and neurological disorders. Methylmercury poisoning also occurred in Iraq following consumption of seed grain that had been treated with a fungicide containing methylmercury.

Thimerosal is added to vaccines during manufacturing as a guarantee against production-related contamination. Its greatest value, is in the field, where it acts as a fail-safe against poor aseptic handling. It is valuable for multidose vaccine vials, in which the re-entry of needles greatly increases the risk of bacterial introduction.

Whether factually right or wrong, in response to rising public concern about childhood exposure to mercury (along with pressure from the U.S. Public Health Service in the late 90s), drug companies began to curb their use of Thimerosol. Or at least, they SAID they did.

According to an L.A. Times report, at least one major drug company, Merck, issued a press release in September of 1999 claiming to have eliminated mercury-based compounds from its entire vaccine line. But recently, evidence has surfaced indicating that they continued to dole out Thimerosol-preserved versions of vaccine until as late as October of 2001 - more than 2 years after they claimed to be mercury-free! Merck confirmed this in their response to an FDA inquiry generated by a recent Congressional investigation.

The drug giant admits no wrongdoing, however, insisting that they were indeed PRODUCING mercury-free vaccines at the time of the press release. They attribute the continued supplies of the old vaccine to the need to keep up with demand during a "transition period" between the two medicines. (I guess they didn't want to waste any inventory.)

It is easy to see why parents and people in the know have good reason to distrust the drug giants! If Thimerosol did indeed cause autism (or even if proof surfaces later that it does), vaccine-skeptical parents who believed Merck's slippery verbiage between 1999 and 2001 would have unwittingly exposed their children to risk. The fact that it may not contribute to the condition is irrelevant to my point. Why? Because Merck itself was worried about Thimerosol's effects, and they did nothing about it for a DECADE!

According to the Times expose, a "leaked" corporate memo from Merck shows that the drug giant was aware - and even concerned about - the levels of mercury in some of its vaccines for kids. The date of that memo: 1991. A full ten years before their vaccines were made mercury-free.

The memo came from a leading vaccinologist and former Senior VP of Merck and clearly highlights Thimerosol as a potential safety hazard. The bottom line is that Merck believed its vaccines contained unsafe levels of mercury years ago, yet continued to make and distribute them anyway.

The real problem is that this cover-up by Merck isn't an isolated incident - along with the recent Vioxx scandal, it's evidence of a continuing pattern of deception that could be KILLING PEOPLE.

Remember: Merck & Co. is presently facing massive legal actions because they also knew about the extreme risks of their Vioxx arthritis medicine years before the recent scandal - but they never made a move to change the medication or pull it from shelves until people started DYING in large numbers. And they most surely wouldn't have stopped selling the medicine if it hadn't been for increasing awareness among doctors and public health entities that something was amiss with the drug. The same goes for these vaccines, I'm sure.

The real question is: How many other drugs in their line does Merck believe (or know) are hazardous, that they are continuing to sell anyway? And if every other drug company's doing this same kind of covering-up, we're in a lot of trouble.

Many educated parents nowadays are having second thoughts about inoculating their children because of concerns about an increased risk of autism from the Mercury-based preservatives in many childhood vaccines. Whether these Mercury-preserved vaccines are safe or not, you're doing the right thing by your kids by erring on the side of distrust of drug makers.

And therein lies the silver lining: If this perception - right or wrong - prevents some parents from having their children needlessly jabbed with needles and injected with variations of a dozen or more deadly diseases, I say: BRAVO!

There are proven connections between mercury and autism. I've been talking about quicksilver's dangers for years - not just with regard to vaccine preservatives. I've been sounding the alarm about the deadly mercury we're surrounded with daily, and even INGESTING. It all stands repeating again.

Mercury is toxic to cellular membranes. It inactivates a number of enzymes and also suppresses the immune response.

Mercury is found in substances ranging from eye makeup to industrial waste to contaminated seafood. Nearly 3,700 pounds of mercury from industrial sites are known to have contaminated air, land, and water in Washington last year, and untold additional pounds went unreported.

A recent Reuters online article cited a University of Texas study of coal-fired power plant emissions in the area which uncovered once and for all a link between environmentally-absorbed mercury and autism. The study pinpointed a 17% increase in impairment per thousand pounds of atmospheric mercury released into Texas counties in close proximity to coal-burning plants.

How many pounds of mercury are belched into the air we breathe every year by the hundreds of coal-burning plants in the nation? About 96,000 pounds.

This may be a partial explanation why the rates of autism amongst children in the U.S. have increased dramatically over the recent years. This is the first time I've really heard atmospheric mercury pollution put into numbers, and it's pretty scary. But what's just as scary is the mercury we may be putting into our own mouths.

Distressingly Fishy Matters!

As you know, I've been a huge fan in the past of fish in the diet - for years, I've talked about the relative health of those from fish-eating cultures (like the Finns and the Japanese). For heart-vital Omega-3s, there's simply no better source than cold-water fishes like trout, salmon, cod, halibut, and tuna.

In the last few years, however, I've become more concerned about levels of mercury in fish. Much I've read from credible sources has lead me to believe that the mercury in our environment is finding its way more and more into fish-flesh. I've cautioned my patients against farm-reared trout and salmon because they have been shown to contain unsafe levels of mercury and other toxins.

Although I hate to give up Sushi, I am beginning to fear that there may be some degree of risk in ALL fish caught anywhere, if the trend in recent reporting is anywhere near accurate.

EPA mercury advisories have more than doubled just since the mid-90s - and as of 2002, 43 states had mercury advisories of one type or another pertaining to their lakes, rivers, streams, or coastal waters. Another EPA factoid states that because long-lived fish at the top of the food chain (swordfish, pike, etc.) subsist entirely on a diet of other fish, through "bio-magnification" they can accumulate as much as 10 million times the mercury concentration as the water they swim in! That can't be safe to eat.

Recently I read a Finnish study in the American Heart Association's journal that directly correlates a high-fish diet - more specifically, the high levels of mercury in the body (measured by hair analysis) associated with a high-fish diet - to a 60-70% increase in the risk of coronary events.

NOT good news: This means that we're beginning to transform, via mercury pollution, the very source of nutrition that's best for our hearts into a potential risk factor for heart disease!

For fish-lovers, I'm not sure what to tell you. I haven't yet tracked down any sources that can provide mercury-free fish (believe me, I'm looking). Of course, you can still get all the Omega-3s you need from other dietary sources like raw nuts and grass-fed, grass-dressed beef and buffalo, or through supplementation (if fish-oil based, make sure your supplements are pre-treated for mercury contamination).

A Little Background on Mercury

There are several forms of mercury, of which Methylmercury is the most toxic form. Mercury is a toxin that among other things affects the immune system, alters genetic code and enzyme systems, it settles in the heart contributing to arrhythmias, it settles in the thyroid and depresses thyroid function, it gets into the sinuses and causes irritation and congestion, it settles in the nervous system and causes damage, including loss of coordination, memory and the senses of touch, taste, and sight. It interferes with digestion as well as the assimulation of food.

Methylmercury is particularly damaging to developing embryos, which are five to ten times more sensitive than adults. It is passed to the embryo through the placenta where it lodges into the nervous system and other developing tissues.

Exposure to methylmercury is usually by ingestion, and it is absorbed more readily and excreted more slowly than other forms of mercury. Elemental mercury on the other hand, is absorbed relatively slowly and may pass through the digestive system without causing damage.

People are exposed to methylmercury almost entirely by eating contaminated fish and wildlife that are at the top of aquatic foodchains.

The National Research Council, in its 2000 report on the toxicological effects of methylmercury, pointed out that the population at highest risk is the offspring of women who consume large amounts of fish and seafood. The report went on to estimate that more than 60,000 children are born each year at risk for adverse neurodevelopmental effects due to in utero exposure to methylmercury.

In its 1997 Mercury Study Report to Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that mercury also may pose a risk to some adults and wildlife populations that consume large amounts of fish that is contaminated by mercury. Fish-eating birds in certain parts of the United States may also ingest large amounts of methylmercury in their diet.

Sources of Mercury

Alkali and metal processing, incineration of coal, and medical and other waste, and mining of gold and mercury contribute greatly to mercury concentrations in some areas, but atmospheric deposition is the dominant source of mercury over most of the landscape. Once in the atmosphere, mercury is widely disseminated and can circulate for years, accounting for its wide-spread distribution.

Natural sources of atmospheric mercury include volcanoes, geologic deposits of mercury, and volatilization from the ocean. Although all rocks, sediments, water, and soils naturally contain small but varying amounts of mercury, scientists have found some local mineral occurrences and thermal springs that are naturally high in mercury.

Methylation is a product of complex processes that move and transform mercury. Atmospheric deposition contains the three principal forms of mercury, although inorganic divalent mercury (HgII) is the dominant form. Once in surface water, mercury enters a complex cycle in which one form can be converted to another. Mercury attached to particles can settle onto the sediments where it can diffuse into the water column, be resuspended, be buried by other sediments, or be methylated. Methylmercury can enter the food chain, or it can be released back to the atmosphere by volatilization.

The concentration of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and pH have a strong effect on the ultimate fate of mercury in an ecosystem. Studies have shown that for the same species of fish taken from the same region, increasing the acidity of the water (decreasing pH) and/or the DOC content generally results in higher mercury levels in fish, an indicator of greater net methylation. Higher acidity and DOC levels enhance the mobility of mercury in the environment, thus making it more likely to enter the food chain.

Mercury and methylmercury exposure to sunlight (specifically ultra-violet light) has an overall detoxifying effect. Sunlight can break down methylmercury to Hg(II) or Hg(0), which can leave the aquatic environment and reenter the atmosphere as a gas.

Although mercury is a globally dispersed contaminant, it is not a problem everywhere. Aside from grossly polluted environments, mercury is normally a problem only where the rate of natural formation of methylmercury from inorganic mercury is greater than the reverse reaction.

Methylmercury is the only form of mercury that accumulates appreciably in fish. Plants exposed to natural UV-light during the growth process release any methylmercury. Birds and fish are unable to do that.

If you're worried about mercury in your body (which you should be, especially if you have silver fillings), I recently read in an issue of NeuroToxicology recently that daily supplementation with N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) can help protect your body against further mercury damage. I regularly use several supplements for all my patients with fillings. I use a special supplement to help assist with digestion (because it is often compromised from our diet and the constant assault of the metals vaporizing from chewing and eating heated foods.) A supplement that assists in salivary manufacture of enzymes necessary for the body to remove the vaporized metals, and a volcanic ash that can pick up many times its weight in toxic waste and carry it out.

Medical literature says that you can not undo cellular damage from mercury already in your body, but NAC can reduce further damage by more than 83%. NAC is something we should probably all be taking. In my practice I combine NAC with the three above mentioned products. When the insulted organ systems are supported, in my experience, they can eventually be rebuilt and healed.

Reference: http://www.usgs.gov/themes/factsheet/146-00/

 

Cadmium Poisoning, Which Can Harm Your Kidneys and Reduce Your Bone Density, Surprisingly High
by SixWise.com

There was both good and bad news in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) monumental "Third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals." Good news first. The study, which CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding says is the "largest and most comprehensive report of its kind ever released anywhere by anyone," found that secondhand smoke exposure among Americans has gone down significantly, as have lead blood levels in children.

Smoking is a major source of cadmium exposure.

Specifically, from 1999 to 2002, exposure to secondhand smoke, as measured by median levels of cotinine, a metabolite of nicotine, decreased (compared to levels from 1988-1991):

* 68 percent in children
* 69 percent in adolescents
* 75 percent in adults

And, only 1.6 percent of children between the ages of 1 and 5 had elevated blood lead levels, compared to 4.4 percent in the early 1990s.

Cadmium Levels Raise Concern

Now for the bad news. About 5 percent of people aged 20 and over had urinary cadmium levels at or near levels that may cause health problems. Studies have found that urine levels of cadmium as low as 1 microgram per gram of creatinine may be linked to kidney injury and an increased risk for low bone mineral density.

What is Cadmium?

Cadmium is a metal found naturally in the earth's crust, but because it reacts readily with other elements like oxygen, chlorine and sulfur, it's rarely found in pure form. Certain forms of cadmium, cadmium sulfates and cadmium chlorides also dissolve extremely easily in water, so much so that they're rarely found in solid form.

Is Cadmium Dangerous?

Cadmium is rarely found in this pure form--it's usually combined with other elements. Cadmium accumulates in the body and can stay there for many years. The metal accumulates most often in the bones, liver and kidneys and can cause damage to these areas.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) also says that cadmium and cadmium compounds may "reasonably be anticipated to be carcinogens."

Other potential health effects include, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR):

* Breathing high levels can cause severe lung damage and death
* Eating food or drinking water that contains high levels can irritate the stomach and lead to vomiting and diarrhea
* Lower long-term exposure from air, food or water leads to a buildup of cadmium in the kidneys and may cause kidney disease
* Long-term exposure can cause lung damage and fragile bones
* Animals given cadmium in food or water had high blood pressure, iron-poor blood, liver disease, and nerve or brain damage

Cadmium has been linked to other health risks as well, including:

* Weakening the immune system
* Lung cancer
* Prostate enlargement
* Reproductive risks including premature birth, low birth weight, stillbirth and spontaneous abortion
* Behavioral problems and learning disabilities

How are People Exposed to Cadmium?

More than 90 percent of people's exposure to cadmium comes from food, according to ATSDR. Low levels are found in all foods, with shellfish, liver and kidney meats having the highest levels. Cigarette smoke is another major source of the metal, and is absorbed by the body more readily than that from food and water.

Whereas only 5 percent to 10 percent of cadmium from food is absorbed into the bloodstream, 40 percent to 60 percent of cadmium inhaled from cigarette smoke is absorbed. Smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day can increase cadmium levels by tenfold, and the ATSDR says smoking doubles the average daily intake of cadmium.

Cadmium is also used in manufacturing batteries, pigments, metal coatings and plastics, so living near or working in one of these facilities could increase your exposure through air or water (it's estimated that 4,000 to 13,000 tons of cadmium are released into the environment every year due to such processes). Drinking contaminated water is also a source. Nickel-cadmium batteries should be kept out of children's reach.

How to Reduce Your Exposure

There are ways to reduce your exposure to cadmium, particularly if you work in a related industry (metal processing, electroplating, battery manufacture, ore refineries). If this applies to you, be sure to carefully follow all workplace safety procedures. Also take special care not to bring cadmium dust into your home via shoes, clothing and tools. You may also want to shower when you get home to remove any dust on your body and hair. For everyone, to reduce cadmium exposure to yourself and your family:

* Store products containing cadmium (nickel-cadmium batteries, fertilizers) safely out of children's reach
* Use cadmium products only as instructed
* Limit consumption of shellfish and liver
* Eat a balanced, healthy diet - your main weapon to strengthen your immune system
* Start taking NCD on a daily basis to help rid the storage of heavy metals in the cells of your body

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PERSONAL STRESS ANALYSIS QUESTIONNAIRE

My practice is devoted to treating and preventing disease using a holistic approach. The more I know about you genetically, structurally, psychologically, biochemically, and ecologically, the more complete is the care I can give you. The purpose of this stress analysis is to acquaint you with the major types of stress that our body must adjust to. Please answer the following questions honestly and without a second guess.

Circle the number in front of the sentence if you answer YES to the question. If your answer is NO, circle nothing. At the end of each section add up the circled numbers and total your score for that section. The areas with the highest scores will show areas of stress with which you and I will work on to improve your health.

This is no substitute for a THOROUGH history, this is only a method that may point to areas of stress that may have been overlooked in a regular history intake.

GENETIC:

10 A.) Do you suffer from any major genetic or congenital illnesses?

10 B.) Do you or does anyone in your family have diabetes?

. 5 C.) Does anyone in your family have skin problems, sinus roblems, asthma or allergies?

10 D.) Have any family members under 55 had a heart attack?

. 5 E.) Do you or your family members have thyroid disease?

10 F.) Have you or any close family member had cancer?

10 G.) Have you had heart disease or chest pain that was unexplained?

. 5 H.) Have you had frequent colds or infections?

. 5 I.) Are you getting more short-winded in recent months?

. 5 J.) Were either of your parents overweight?

. 5 K.) Is there a family tendency for mental or nervous illness?

. 5 L.) Do you or does anyone in your family have arthritis?

10 M.) Do you or your parents have high blood pressure

. 5 N.) Do you get more tired as the day progresses?

TOTAL GENETIC: __________________

STRUCTURAL

. 5 A.) Do you wake up with pain?

10 B.) Do you have a crooked spine?

10 C.) Have you had back surgery?

. 5 D.) Have you had a major injury from an accident?

10 E.) Have you ever had headaches after a fall or injury?

. 5 F.) Have you hurt your tail bone in the past?

. 5 G.) Do you have tingling or numbness in your arms or hands?

10 H.) Do you get back pain or stiffness often?

. 5 I.) Do you have weakness of one arm or leg compared to the other?

10 J.) Are you suffering from nearly constant pain from any cause?

10 K.) Do you have any buttock or leg pain?

10 L.) Do you pass out for no apparent reason?

10 M.) Do you have chronic neck pain, stiffness or headaches?

. 5 N.) Were you ever paralyzed?

TOTAL STRUCTURAL: __________________

PSYCHOLOGICAL:

10 A.) Are you usually abnormally tense or nervous?

. 5 B.) Do you have trouble falling asleep at night?

10 C.) Do you often feel blue or depressed?

. 5 D.) Do you feel that you hold too much inside?

. 5 E.) Have you been under the care of a psychologist?

. 5 F.) Are you unusually moody or do you have mood swings?

. 5 G.) Do you feel that people are turning against you?

10 H.) Have you ever considered suicide?

15 I.) Do you hear or see things that are not there?

10 J.) Do you need to take nerve or sleeping medicine?

. 5 K.) Are you having sexual problems that concern you?

. 5 L.) Do you feel especially bored with your life?

. 5 M.) Are you lonely and trying to cover it up?

. 5 N.) Are you just as tired in the morning as during the day?

. 5 O.) Do you wake up in the middle of the nite and have a difficult time going back to sleep?

. 5 P.) Do you anger easily?

TOTAL PSYCHOLOGICAL: __________________

BIOCHEMICAL:

10 A.) Do you crave or eat a lot of fruit, sweets, soft drinks, cakes, candy, chocolate or pastry?

10 B.) Do you eat a lot of pasta or other food made with white flour?

. 5 C.) Are you a big meat eater?

10 D.) Do you drink more than two cups of coffee or caffeinated tea per day?

10 E.) Do you drink soft drinks or diet soda on a daily basis?

10 F.) Do you smoke cigarettes or cigars? 10 G.) Have you ever had hypoglycemia?

. 5 H.) Have you lost your sense of taste or smell?

. 5 I.) Do drink more than one pint of milk per day?

10 J.) Do you skip breakfast?

10 K.) Do you skip lunch?

. 5 L.) Have you been gaining or losing weight unusually?

. 5 M.) Do you bruise easily?

. 5 N.) Has your hair been falling out lately?

. 5 0.) Do you awaken in the middle of the nite to urinate?

10 P.) Do you have cracking on the side of your mouth, a sore tongue, or sores in your mouth.

TOTAL BIOCHEMICAL: __________________

ECOLOGICAL:

10 A.) Do you work around any toxic chemicals or fumes?

10 B.) Do you have allergies?

10 C.) Do you get headaches from fabrics, perfume, paint, smog, or exhaust fumes?

. 5 D.) Do you have unexplained aches and pains?

. 5 E.) Do you have unexplained chronic headaches?

10 F.) Do you have sinus drainage?

10 G.) Do you have hay fever?

10 H.) Do you or did you ever have asthma?

10 I.) Are you allergic to any foods?

. 5 J.) Do you have a lot of stomach or intestinal problems such as gas, bloating or heartburn?

. 5 K.) Do you get dizzy or light-headed easily?

. 5 L.) Do you have eczema, psoriasis, or recurrent hives?

. 5 M.) Can you smell a gas leak before others can?

. 5 N.) Do you spend long periods of time sitting at a computer?

. 5 O.) Do you spend a lot of time on a cell phone or a cordless phone?

. 5 P.) Do you use an electric blanket or a heated waterbed?

. 5 Q.) Do you have an array of electric appliances at the head of your bed?

. 5 R.) Do you drive a lot?

. 5 S.) Do you or have you traveled a lot?

TOTAL ECOLOGICAL ________

TOTAL GENETIC ____________

TOTAL STRUCTURAL ________

TOTAL PSYCHOLOGICAL _____

TOTAL BIOCHEMICAL _______

GRAND TOTAL: ____________

 

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DIGESTION EVALUATION

Please check if you have any of the following:

PART I:

__chronic indigestion
__immediately after eating
__immediately after eating
__not relieved by eating
__cancer
__other chronic disease
__arthritis
__general debility
__loss of appetite
__relieved by eating
__allergies
__lower bowel gas
__fullness after meals
__birth defects or weakness
__constipation alternating with diarrhea
__poorly nourished
__excess use of antacids, alkalizers, etc.
__salt-free diet
__appetite changes
__pregnancy
__loss of taste for meat
__nervous tension
__foul smelling stools
__pale appearance
__coated tongue
__anemia
__bad breath
__fatigue

PART II: Answer appropriately, use a check for yes and leave blank for no.

__Do your stools float?
__Do your stools contain undigested food particles?
__Are your stools stringy?
__Are your feces sticky and hard to wipe off?
__Do you have mucous in your stools?
__Do your stools appear cauliflower like?
__Do you frequently pass foul smelling gas?
__Do you frequently burp with a foul smelling odor?
__Does your belly rumble with gas?
__Do you feel bloated and distended most of the day?
__Do you have a history of irritable bowel syndrome?
__Do you eat a lot and wonder why you don't gain weight?
__Do you eat little and gain weight immediately?
__Can you recall your dreams upon awakening?
__Do you have intestinal distress after eating?
How long after meals does this occur? ______minutes? _______hours?
__Do you get sleepy after eating?
__Can you consistently recall your dreams upon awakening?
How many bowel movements do you average each day? _______
What color are your stools?
(Please circle) BLACK ... DARK BROWN YELLOWISH ... TAN ... GREY ... WHITE ... GREEN

PART III: __I drink water regularly!! (please circle)
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ALLERGY & SENSITIVITY QUESTIONNAIRE: FOODS, CHEMICALS, INHALANTS, & POLLUTION

Please mark the appropriate response to each question: + is yes - is no

. 1. How varied is your diet? Do you eat foods from each of the following groups daily?
Fruit___
Vegetables___
Beans___
Whole grains___
Dairy___
Eggs___
Red meat___
Fish___
Poultry___
Nuts_____
Other_______________________________

. 2. What type of bread do you usually eat? (circle your choice) Whole wheat, pumpernickel, rye, white, sourdough, spelt, kamut, sprouted grains, other whole grain other______________________________________________________________________

. 3. How many servings of fruit do you have on an average/day?____
. 4. How many servings of vegetables do you have on average/day?__
. 5. How many times/week do you eat at fast-food restaurants?_____
. 6. How many alcoholic beverages do you have a week?___ a day?___
. 7. What do you usually put on your bread or toast?______________
. 8. How many servings of caffeine containing beverages do you usually drink in a day?_____ ......In a week?_____
. 9. What do you eat most frequently as a snack?__________________
10. What dressing do you usually add to your salads?______________
11. Do you have reactions to any of the following? circle answer:
MSG - Sugar - Fruit - Wheat - dairy - food - dyes - Preservatives Other__________________
12. What specific foods cause you symptoms when you eat them and what reaction do you have? ______________________________________________________________________ 13. Do you eat processed meats such as hot dogs, bacon, or sausage? + -
14. Did you have any allergies to foods or inhalants as a baby or young child? + -
15. Are other members of your family bothered by allergies? + -
16. Were you a hyperactive child? + -
17. Were digestive problems present in your childhood? + -
18. Have you had reactions to medications or drugs? + -
19. Do you drink sugared soft drinks? + -
20. Do you have cookies, candy, cake, or pie more than twice each week? + -
21. Do you feel uncomfortable if you are late for or miss a meal? + -
If so do you have headaches, fatigue, weakness, light headedness, depression or irritability? (circle answer)
22. Do you keep your favorite candy handy and munch on pieces of it all day long? + -
23. Do you cover everything possible with some item such as ketchup, mustard, relish, vinegar, soy sauce or some other sauce? + -
24. Do you have to make certain that you have a particular food or perhaps something sweet in the house all the time? + - Are you afraid to run out? + -
25. Do you have trouble facing the day without a donut or some particular food or beverage in the morning? + -
26. Do you have to eat bread, drink milk or coffee or have some special food or beverage every day for lunch or dinner, or as a snack between meals or late at night? + -
27. Do you crave pizza, pancakes, bread, cookies, cake, pretzels, spaghetti, or macaroni? + -
28. Do you have to eat a large dish of ice cream or something else before going to bed in order to sleep well? + -
29. Do you keep a snack on your nightstand ready for that absolute must have middle of the night hunger? + -
30. Do you insist on eating potatoes, bread or other form of wheat, or corn, in some form at every meal? + -
31. Are there are some foods you could not live without? + -
32. Do you find it impossible to stick to a diet? + -
33. Do you admit to being a junk food junkie? + -
34. Do you hide food in different places so you can always get at it? + -
35. Do you keep some food in your desk at work? + -
36. Do you feel good after eating your "favorite" foods? + -
37. Do you wake up in the morning with symptoms and find they stop after eating breakfast? + -
38. Do you eat because you don't feel right even though you are not really hungry? + -
39. Do you drink coffee, tea, or soft drinks for energy? + -
40. Do your symptoms decrease or resolve after removing the offending item or foods from your diet? + -
41. Do you experience fatigue, feel sleepy, droopy, drowsy, or do you yawn often? + -
42. Do you experience mood swings, irritability, depression, or anxiety if you have not had certain foods? + -
43. Do you have difficulty making even simple decisions? + -
44. Do you feel something is the matter with you, but you don't know what? + -
45. Have you developed dark circles or bags under your eyes?+ -
46. Do you sniff, clear your throat, or push your nose up? + -
47. Do you have post-nasal drip or are you bothered by a chronic cough? + -
48. Do you have unexplained chronic fatigue? + -
49. Is there constant or frequent pain in your joints? + -
50. Is there constant or frequent ringing in your ears? + -
51. Do you have frequent constipation or diarrhea? + -
52. Is your abdomen bloated with many stomach aches and much smelly gas? + -
53. Do you have muscular aches and pains? + -
54. Do you have headaches? + - Just after eating? + - When?_______________________________________________________________________ 55. Are the foods you eat usually organically raised? + -
56. Did you have colic as a baby? + -
57. Did you require any medical attention, hospitalization, or medications as an infant? + - Before age 2? + -
As a child up to 10 years old? + - (Please explain any yes answers in detail on an extra page.)
58. Were you fed anything other than breast milk during your first 6 months of life? + -
59. Have you had any recurring infections or inflammations such as tonsillitis, ear infections, yeast infections, jock itch, athletes foot, fungus infections on finger nails or toe nails, colds, flu, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, sore throats, sinusitis, or nasal congestion? (please circle which ones you have had) + -
60. Do you have mercury amalgam fillings? + -
61. Do you live in a mobile home, a newly constructed home, or one that has new carpet, new furniture, or new cleaning supplies? + -
62. Is there a smoker in your house? + -
63. Do you usually notice dust on your furniture shortly after cleaning? + -
64. Do you notice a musty or stale odor when the furnace or air-conditioner goes on? + -
65. Do you have dogs, cats, or other pets? + -
66. Have you ever been diagnosed with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory problems? + -
67. Do you find yourself reacting to multiple substances that are chemically unrelated? (An example would be formaldehyde, cigarette smoke, perfume, and some foods?) + -
68. Do your symptoms return with exposure to a particular substance and occur with reasonable consistency? + -
69. Do your symptoms vary according to the time of day or the season of the year? + -
70. Have you ever had worms or a parasitic infection? + -
71. Do you work in an office building where the windows do not open, is your building poorly ventilated, or is there recirculated air? + -
72. Circle any of the following chemicals that bother you: Cigarette smoke, cigar smoke, perfumes, paints/solvents, new carpet,s laundry products, cosmetics, fertilizers, strong odors, felt tipped pens, diesel fumes, hair spray, glues/adhesives, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, newsprint, smoke-wood stove, industrial pollution, gas ranges, air fresheners, shoe polish, aerosol sprays, fabric odors, chlorine, office supplies, formaldehyde, other________________ ___________________________________________________________________________

73. Circle any allergies or sensitivities that you have: Weeds, mold, animal dander, wood dust, trees, house dust, feathers, grass, dust mites, flower pollens, other______________________ ___________________________________________________________________________

74. Please circle any of the following symptoms you have:

depression, sleepiness, eczema, unexplained irritability, nausea, nerve problems, convulsions, watery or itchy eyes, red eyes, excessive mucous, runny nose, learning disabilities, difficulty breathing, hyperactivity, muscle aches/pains, joint pains, stabbing pain anywhere, sensory loss, migraine type headaches, orange urine, blank spells, starring spells, forgetful, accident prone, clumsy, burning urination, sleep difficulties, attacks of vomiting, loss of self-control, hives, arthritis, sluggishness, unexplained anger, anxiety, twists hair, pulls eyelashes, day dreams, suicidal intent, anal itching, mood swings, swollen eyelids, red eyelids, frequent illnesses, noises in ears, buzzing in ears, ringing in ears, congestion in ears, chest congestion, tongue swollen, tongue discolored, tongue ulcerates, tongue burns in spots, feelings of weakness, feelings of fatigue, unexplained fever, emotional outbursts, unsteady balance, impotence, fainting spells, dizziness, frequent falls, fearless, problems paying attention, finicky eater, rapid heart beat, heart burn, cheerful, past tremor, impulsive, weight gain, weight loss, lack of motivation, bangs head, metallic taste, sick all over, chronic sore throat, chronic cough, sneezing attacks, laughs/cries easily, constantly moving, touches everything, unexplained itching, unexplained rash, yeast infections, athletes foot, jock itch, frequent urination, muscle weakness, muscle cramps, electrical sensations, burning sensations, spastic colon, irritable bowel, cognitive impairment, reading problems, writing problems, restlessness, fidgety, gets lost frequently, Jekyll-Hyde behavior, basically unhappy, destructive behavior, irregular heart beat, inability to concentrate, spacey feeling

75. How long have you had reactions to foods, inhalants, chemicals or pollution? __________ __________________________________________________________________________
76. Do you have reactions with each exposure to food, inhalants, chemical or pollution? + -
77. Please list any toxic exposures to chemicals you have had during your life: ____________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________
78. What other substances cause reactions on a regular basis? ____________________________________________________________________________ 79. Have you had any exposure to antibiotics, birth control pills, cortisone, or other immune depressant drugs? + -
Which ones?_________________________________________________________________

How often?__________________________________________________________________

How long?__________________________________________________________________

YES answers to the above questions are often the signs and symptoms of allergies and sensitivities to foods, chemicals, preservatives and other allergens.

If you answered "YES" to many of these questions, then you need help in determining what dietary &/or environmental factors are causing illness and discomfort.

It is important to be aware of your eating habits and to evaluate the foods you eat on a regular basis.

Do the foods you eat daily contain too much fat and/or too little fiber?

Do they contain enough variety?

Do you rotate your foods so that you have at least three days in between times when you eat the same food?

By realizing where your diet falls short, you can begin to work to improve your eating habits. You can realize your health potential through proper nutrition, but be aware that the market place is loaded with food products that are unhealthy and of little nutritional value. Read labels and become informed about what you are really eating. Good nutrition is one of the keys to a healthy life.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FOR CHILDREN THAT ARE HYPERACTIVE OR HAVE ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER:

1.) In which area(s) does your child have problems? Speech & language, eye contact, repetitive behaviors, hearing, learning, visual perception, appropriate use of language, movement, interaction w others, other________________________________________________________________________

2.) What medical diagnosis has been used to describe your child? Autism failure to thrive ADD/ADHD allergies speech & language delay no developmental delays other:________________________________________________________________________

3.) What kind of water does your child drink? Tap filtered bottled If it is tap, what type of plumbing do you have? Copper cast iron PVC bottled

4.) Which additional symptoms does your child have? (circle) Destructive or aggressive behavior towards self, others, or property Repetitive, self-stimulatory behavior such as rocking Long periods of humming, singing, but little or no speech Scratching Facial tics Colic Frequent stomach aches Vomiting Trouble sleeping through the night Bothered by clothing, prefers minimal or no clothing Hair dry, thin, and/or stands on end Doesn't like to be touched Sensitive to certain noises Frequently walks on tip toes Allergies to ____________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Other (specify) _______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

5.) For what conditions has your child taken antibiotics? urinary tract infection ear infection sinusitis upper respiratory infection pneumonia other_________________________________

6.) About how many servings of milk products does your child have each day? _______________________________________________________________________

7.) If you used a milk based infant formula, did your child tolerate it well? + -
8.) Do you believe your child was developing normally as an infant? + -
9.) Did your child acquire babbling or speech then loose it at one time? + -
10.) Is there irritable behavior before or after meals? + -
11.) Does your child have behavior problems or get sleepy within two hours after eating sweets? + -
12.) Does your child crave soft drinks, sweets, junk food, or the same foods often? + -
13.) Does your child complain about the odor of perfumes, tobacco, or other chemicals or smells? + -
14.) As an infant, was your child bothered by colic lasting more than 3 months? + -
15.) Is your child often irritable, unhappy, hard to please, tired, depressed, or even violent? + - 16.) Has your child taken any calming medications such as Ritalin? + -
17.) Is your child's behavior destructive or disobedient, pouty or sulky? + -
18.) Does your child seem to have a problem hearing even if the hearing has been checked and is OK? + -
19.) Are there persistent complaints of aches and pains that do not respond to treatment? + - 20.) Is your child bored and never satisfied? + -
21.) Does your child blame others or deny any wrongdoing or mistakes? + -
22.) Is there inconsistent performance, okay one day but not the next? + -
23.) Is your child overly assertive or shy and withdrawn? + -
24.) Was your child very active in the womb? + -
25.) Were there many formula changes during infancy? + -
26.) Does your child have trouble finishing up work or does he goof-off? + -
27.) Does your child have trouble with spatial relationship? + -
28.) Did the mother have a normal pregnancy? + -
29.) Was the mother on any drugs, alcohol or did she smoke during pregnancy? + -
30.) Did the mother drink milk daily during pregnancy? + -
31.) Did the parents or grandparents have any of the following symptoms? + -

Please circle the appropriate symptoms: allergies, mood swings, insomnia, hay fever, headaches, obesity, sugar, cravings, eczema, alcoholism, bad temper, diabetes, asthma,

Often the symptoms of hyperactivity, behavior problems and attention deficits are due to what we eat, drink, and breathe. Hyperactivity and ADD can also be symptoms of diplopia or other visual problems. Besides looking at diet, be sure to have your child evaluated by an opthomologist.

Putting your child on drugs should be your last step.
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Constipated?

1.) Do you feel fatigued more than you feel energized? Yes____ No____ (YES =1, NO =0)

2.) Do you have 1 bowel movement or less every day? Yes____ No____ (YES =1, NO =0)

3.) Is your stool similar to toothpaste in consistency? Yes____ No____ (YES =0, NO =1)

4.) Do you experience an abundance of foul smelling gas? Yes____ No____ (YES =1, NO =0)

5.) Are your bowel movements dense and heavy? Do they plummet to the bottom of the toilet quickly? Yes_____ No_____ (YES =1, NO =0)

6.) Do you eat 30-40 grams of fiber per day? (1 apple = 1 gram fiber) Yes_____ No_____ (YES =0, NO =1)

7.) Are you unable to loose weight even though you eat a "healthy Diet"? Yes_____ No_____ (YES =1, NO =0)

8.) Do you take anti-depressants or pain medication? Yes_____ No_____ (YES =1, NO =0)

9.) Do you drink 8 - 10 glasses of water every day? Yes_____ No_____ (YES =0, NO 1)

10.) Do you exercise at least 3 times per week? Yes_____ No_____ (YES =0, NO =1)

(A score of 3 or higher indicates you may be suffering from constipation. Constipation is a wide spread serious problem that often is related to liver congestion and toxicity.)

 

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Is Liver Constipation
Behind Your Health Problems?

The liver has everything to do with how we live, that's why it is called the liver. The state of your liver has a huge bearing on the state of your health. It dictates how well you will live, how long you will live, and how you will look and feel as your life progresses.

In today's world, your liver has to work harder than ever before. All over the world liver problems are increasing. Globally, one in every ten persons suffers with some type of liver, bile duct or gall bladder disease. Liver cancer is one of the most common cancers in men and it has a poor outlook.

Your liver is a truly amazing organ. It is the largest internal organ in your body. It is your life - it keeps you living! It is a major organ of assimilation and digestion, helping to provide vital nutrients that keep you healthy and repair diseased or damaged tissue. It is your blood-cleaning filter. It helps eliminate toxic wastes from ingested food and the environment. It protects you by cleansing your blood of toxic chemicals and poisons that are in your food, water and air, plus emotional poisons like those from stress or anger.

Modern living and our modern diet, "the good life", overloads your liver. It gets congested with thick muddy, toxic sludge that concentrates and ends up filling your gallbladder with hundreds of tiny stones and rocks. (500,00 people yearly have their congested, impacted gallbladders removed from their body.)

Liver disease is the fourth most common cause of death in America. It ranks behind heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Each of these diseases is related to your liver's filtering ability. The liver's filtering ability impacts every disease.

Did you know that a toxic liver is one of the main reasons for elevated cholesterol problems? Your liver makes more cholesterol daily than you will usually eat. One of your liver's jobs is to filter cholesterol out of your blood before it settles in your veins and arteries. Another is to eliminate toxic carcinogenic chemicals, viruses and bacteria you ingest from your food, water and air before they take hold in your body and make you sick.

A toxic liver is a dysfunctional liver. Liver dysfunction is different from liver disease. The liver has not YET sustained permanent or sufficient damage to cause gross impairment of its vital functions. In those with a dysfunctional liver, the routine blood tests of liver function are generally normal. The dysfunctional liver is not working efficiently, and is overloaded, toxic or sluggish.

Liver dysfunction is much more common than liver disease. It may be a forerunner to liver disease. In my 25 years of clinical experience, I have found that approximately one in every three persons has a dysfunctional liver. Liver dysfunction is the forerunner of real trouble. Even if the level of dysfunction is only slight, it will still have a very negative impact on the function of your immune system and your energy levels.

Many unknowingly suffer with the symptoms and signs of a dysfunctional liver for years. Their treating doctor doesn't recognize the significance of the symptoms. The symptoms are treated. The underlying problem of an overloaded, toxic and inefficient liver is ignored. Over time, the patient's symptoms deteriorate, and increasing doses of drugs such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medication, immune-suppressants, painkillers, cholesterol lowering drugs etc, are needed.

Chinese doctors consider the liver to be the most important organ in the body. In Chinese medicine, the liver is called the "General of the Army" of the body. The liver is the most strategic organ in the body. By improving its function we are able to help all of the other body systems.

Common Symptoms Associated with Liver Dysfunction

Abnormal Metabolism of Fats:
Abnormalities in the level of fats in the blood stream, for example, elevated LDL cholesterol and reduced HDL cholesterol and elevated triglycerides. Arteries blocked with fat, leading to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. Build up of fat in other body organs (fatty degeneration of organs). Lumps of fat in the skin (lipomas and other fatty tumours). Excessive weight gain, which may lead to obesity. Inability to lose weight even while dieting. Sluggish metabolism. Protuberant abdomen (pot belly). Cellulite. Fatty liver. Roll of fat around the upper abdomen - (liver roll).

Digestive Problems:
Indigestion. Reflux. Hemorrhoids. Gall stones and gall bladder disease. Intolerance to fatty foods. Intolerance to alcohol. Nausea and vomiting attacks. Abdominal bloating. Belching, gas and flatulence. Constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome. Khron's Disease, GERD, Pain over the liver - (upper right corner of abdomen & lower right rib cage).

Blood Sugar Problems:
Craving for sugar. Hypoglycemia and unstable blood sugar levels. Type II or mature onset diabetes is common in those with a fatty liver.

Nervous System:
Depression. Mood changes such as anger and irritability. Metaphysically the liver is known as the "seat of anger". Chinese medicine has correlated the liver with anger for thousands of years. Poor concentration and "foggy brain". Overheating of the body, especially the face and torso. Headaches (especially pain at the vertex of the head and throbbing headaches. Recurrent headaches (including migraine) associated with nausea. Difficulty sleeping. Regularly waking at 2 or 3 am.

Eye problems:
I look at the eyes as the window to the liver. Symptoms such as blurred vision, eye pain, deterioration of vision over the years, dark circles under the eyes, swelling under and/or above the eyes, yellow discoloration of the eyes, red swollen itchy eyes (allergic eyes), decreasing eyesight, eye flutters or twitches, spots floating through the vision, zig zags of light, etc. are all manifestations of a dirty liver.

Immune Dysfunction:
Allergies - sinus, hay fever, asthma, dermatitis, hives, etc. Multiple food and chemical sensitivities. Skin rashes and inflammations. Increased risk of autoimmune diseases. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Fibromyalgia. Increase in recurrent viral, bacterial and parasitic infections.

External Signs:
Coated tongue, bad breath, skin rashes, itchy skin (pruritus), excessive sweating, offensive body odor, acne rosacea - (red pimples around the nose, cheeks and chin), brownish spots and blemishes on the skin (liver spots), vericose veins, red palms and soles which may also be itchy and inflamed, flushed facial appearance or excessive facial blood vessels (capillaries/ veins). .

Hormonal Imbalance:
Intolerance to hormone replacement therapy or the contraceptive pill (eg. side effects). Premenstrual syndrome may be more severe. Menstrual problems (such as too little or too much blood flow, blood clotting, cramps). Breast swelling. Premenstrual syndrome may be more severe. Menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes may be more severe. Testicular problems.

Musculoskeletal System:
Tendon or muscle problems (such as frequent sprain/strains or muscle injuries, delayed healing). Osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis, achiness and pain on arising or throughtout the day.

All of the above symptoms are common manifestations of a dysfunctional liver. However, they can also be due to other causes of a more sinister nature. In all cases of persistent symptoms it is vital to see a doctor. If you have seen your doctor and have any or many of these symptoms and a "normal" liver panel, you might want to have me or another doctor well versed in alternative medicine look your panel and help you set up a program for your detoxification and rebuilding program.

Fortunately alternative medicine has been able to help many people with liver disease, from hepatitis B and C, to auto-immune disease, so they can once again have a healthy normally functioning liver. It is never too late! Your liver has remarkable powers of healing and regeneration.

The purpose of this page is to assist people in understanding the value of your liver. It is not intended to encourage "self diagnosis" A reliable diagnosis of a liver condition can only be made by a qualified practitioner after many factors have been investigated and ruled out. This will involve a full medical history and perhaps more tests will need to be performed.

But my lab tests were normal.

 

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The Liver is the Star!

But my lab tests were normal?

Your liver detoxifies, metabolizes, renders harmless and eliminates harmful toxic poisons, chemicals and substances from your blood. It produces many different enzymes that convert toxic poisons into harmless chemicals so they may be eliminated in the bile that your liver excretes. Your liver must contend with the smog, the fumes from gasoline, cleaning compounds, synthetic perfumes, molds, parasites, viruses, bacteria, insecticides, pesticides, fungicides, food additives, fake fats, fake foods, fast foods, alcoholic drinks, emotional toxins, street drugs, over the counter drugs, pharmaceutical drugs, and all the other toxins in our environment. It only makes sense that the more intake you have of toxic substances, the harder it is on your liver, the more work it has to do.

What is a Liver Function Test?

Blood samples are analyzed for levels of specific enzymes in the blood stream - there are 5 - 6 specific things that are checked. Collectively these tests are called a "Liver Function Test". These enzymes are referred to as 'markers' of disease and dysfunction. This is not to be confused with a 'Functional Detoxification Profile" which tests the function of the detoxification pathways.

How Reliable is this Test?

The name "Liver Function Test" is actually quite misleading as this test does not actually measure the 'function' of the liver. It is more a marker of the status of the integrity of the liver cell membranes. Most of the standard or routine blood tests that your doctor will order to check "liver function" are in reality only able to detect liver disease. These tests are not sensitive enough to accurately reflect liver function. It is possible to still have liver disease even though blood tests are normal. Therefore the LFT alone is not capable of making a proper diagnosis of many liver conditions. No test is completely accurate - it is only an indication of what is happening at the time the test was taken. It is common practice to perform the test again on another occasion if any results are abnormal.

Different diseases of the liver will cause differing types of damage and affect liver function tests accordingly. It can be possible to give an idea of which disease may be suspected from a liver function test, but these tests are not the absolute way of diagnosing liver disease. The LFT is really only showing the level of enzymes present in the blood stream. It is only showing that some damage is occurring, but does not give an indication of the extent. This is where other tests are required to give a more accurate picture of the extent of the damage after the fact that damage is occurring has been established.

What is checked in a Liver Function Test?

A routine blood test for liver function will be processed by an automated multichannel analyzer, and will check the blood levels of the following :

A Typical Liver Function Test Result Unit Reference

AP (Alk Phos) U/L (30 to 120)
GGT (Gamma GT) U/L (5 to 35)
LD Lactate Dehydrogenase U/L (100-225)
AST (Aspartate aminotransferase) U/L (5 to 45)
ALT (Alanine aminotransferase) U/L (5 to 45)
Albumin g/L (38-55)
Clotting Studies (Prothrombin Time) Seconds (11 to 13.5)
Total Bilirubin - Normal range is 3 - 18 umol/L (0.174 - 1.04mg/dL).

Each laboratory will provide a "reference range" or ' normal values'. This is the average reading that is deemed 'normal' for the majority of the population. The problem is that the values are taken from the mean values of all the liver tests done over a range of time. As our society gets sicker and more pollluted, the values become more skewed.

Liver Enzymes:
ALT - (alanine aminotransferase) - previously called SGPT is more specific for liver damage. ALT is an enzyme produced in the liver cells (hepatocytes) therefore it is more specific for liver disease than some of the other enzymes . It is generally increased in situations where there is damage to the liver cell membranes. All types of liver inflammation can cause raised ALT. Liver inflammation can be caused by fatty infiltration (see fatty liver) some drugs/medications, alcohol, liver and bile duct disease.
AST - (aspartate aminotransferase) - previously called SGOT is a mitochondrial enzyme also present in heart, muscle, kidney and brain. It is less specific for liver disease. In many cases of liver inflammation, the ALT and AST activities are elevated roughly in a 1:1 ratio.
AP - (alkaline phosphatase) is elevated in many types of liver disease but also in non-liver related diseases. Alkaline phosphatase is a family of related enzymesproduced in the bile ducts and sinusoidal membranes of the liver. It is also present in many other tissues. An elevation in the level of serum alkaline phosphatase is raised in bile duct blockage from any cause. Therefore raised AP in isolation will generally lead a physician to further investigate this area. Conditions such as Primary Biliary Cirrhosis and Sclerosing Cholangitis will generally show a raised AP. Raised levels may also occur in cirrhosis and liver cancer. Alkaline phosphatase is also produced in bone and blood activity can also be increased in some bone disorders.
GT - (gamma glutamyl transpeptidase) is often elevated in those who use alcohol or other liver toxic substances to excess. An enzyme produced in many tissues as well as the liver. Like alkaline phosphatase, it may be elevated in the serum of patients with bile duct diseases. Elevations in serum GGT, especially along with elevations in alkaline phosphatase, suggest bile duct disease. Measurement of GGT is an extremely sensitive test, however, and it may be elevated in virtually any liver disease and even sometimes in normal individuals. GGT is also induced by many drugs, including alcohol, therefore often when the AP is normal a raised GGT can often (but not always) indicate alcohol use. Raised GGT can often be seen in cases of fatty liver and also where the patient consumes large amounts of Aspartame (artificial Sweetener) in diet drinks for example. Many clinical labs show 0 as being normal however it is also an indication of liver problems.
Bilirubin is the major breakdown product that results from the destruction of old red blood cells (as well as some other sources). It is removed from the blood by the liver, chemically modified by a process call conjugation, secreted into the bile, passed into the intestine and to some extent reabsorbed from the intestine. It is basically the pigment that gives faeces its brown colour. Bilirubin concentrations are elevated in the blood either by increased production, decreased uptake by the liver, decreased conjugation, decreased secretion from the liver or blockage of the bile ducts. In cases of increased production, decreased liver uptake or decreased conjugation, the unconjugated or so-called indirect bilirubin will be primarily elevated. In cases of decreased secretion from the liver or bile duct obstruction, the conjugated or so-called direct bilirubin will be primarily elevated. Many different liver diseases, as well as conditions other than liver diseases (e. g. increased production by enhanced red blood cell destruction), can cause the serum bilirubin concentration to be elevated. Most adult acquired liver diseases cause impairment in bilirubin secretion from liver cells that cause the direct bilirubin to be elevated in the blood. In chronic, acquired liver diseases, the serum bilirubin concentration is usually normal until a significant amount of liver damage has occurred and cirrhosis is present. In acute liver disease, the bilirubin is usually increased relative to the severity of the acute process. In bile duct obstruction, or diseases of the bile ducts such as primary biliary cirrhosis or sclerosing cholangitis, the alkaline phosphatase and GGT activities are often elevated along with the direct bilirubin concentration. (See Gilberts Syndrome)
Albumin - Albumin is the major protein that circulates in the bloodstream. As it is made by the liver and secreted into the blood it is a sensitive marker and a valuable guide to the severity of liver disease. Low serum albumin concentrations indicate the liver is not synthesizing the protein and is therefore not functioning properly. The serum albumin concentration is usually normal in chronic liver diseases until cirrhosis and significant liver damage is present. There are many other proteins synthesized by the liver however the Albumin is easily, reliably and inexpensively measured.
Platelet count - Platelets are cells that form the primary mechanism in blood clots. They're also the smallest of blood cells. They derived from the bone marrow from the larger cells known as megakaryocytes. Individuals with liver disease develop a large spleen. As this process occurs platelets are trapped with in the sinusoids (small pathways within the spleen) of the spleen. While the trapping of platelets is a normal function for the spleen, in liver disease it becomes exaggerated because of the enlarged spleen (splenomegaly). Subsequently, the platelet count may become diminished.
Prothrombin time (Clotting Studies) The prothrombin time is tested to evaluate disorders of blood clotting, usually bleeding. It is a broad screening test for many types of bleeding disorders. When the liver is damaged it may fail to produce blood clotting factors.

How do my Liver Cell Membranes get Damaged in the First Place?

Fatty liver can cause raised Liver Function Test results. One of the most common causes of liver inflammation is fatty liver. It is also known as NASH, which stands for Non- Alcoholic Steatorrhoeic Hepatosis. It is very common in overweight persons, over 30 who have had a long term poor diet high in processed foods, sugar, saturated fat and dairy products. An ultrasound will detect areas 'of increased echogenicity' meaning that the liver tissue is beginning to become infused with fat.

Chronic liver disease passes through a long period of minimal vague symptoms until the final stages of jaundice and mental confusion appear.

Inflammation is a common cause of damage to the delicate liver cell membranes. Liver inflammation is medically termed Hepatitis (hepato = liver, itis = inflammation). Liver inflammation has many different causes including long term alcohol excess, pharmaceutical and street drugs, some medications such as long term antibiotics, cholesterol lowering medications and pain killers, oral synthetic Hormone Replacement, viral infections of the liver such as Hepatitis A, B & C, auto-immune hepatitis, hemachromatosis, primary biliary cirrhosis, metabolic disorders and immunological factors, exposure to toxic chemicals such as insecticides, pesticides, organic solvents and incorrect diet.

Viral hepatitis (liver-inflammation) has reached epidemic proportions. There are 6 different types of viral hepatitis. Millions of American are infected with Hepatitis C-about 1 in 50. It is the #1 cause of liver transplants and it is the most rapidly spreading infectious disease in many countries. 350 million people worldwide suffer from hepatitis B, which kills more than 2 million annually. These problems are increasing, and thousands of people are waiting anxiously for liver transplants that many of them will never be lucky enough to receive. There are 25 million Americans with liver disease with thousands waiting for liver transplants. Unfortunately there are not nearly enough donor livers to meet the ever-increasing demand and so more than ever the message is that we need to take care of our livers from an early age.

In my practice where I do a lot of routine blood tests for hormone levels and liver function in overweight patients, I often find slight elevations in liver enzymes which signifies mild impairment of liver function and slight liver damage. This can easily be reversed with specific dietary principles and supplements. Those overweight patients who find it impossible to lose even though they may be eating normal amounts, usually start losing once I improve their liver function. Once they are five to six weeks into a "Liver Cleansing Diet" their liver-function tests are back to normal and the process of weight loss takes on increased momentum. The liver is the strategic organ, "the General of the Army of the Body" for those who have found it very difficult to lose weight or simply just to maintain a healthy weight as they get older.

Thankfully nutritional medicine has been able to help many people with liver disease, from hepatitis B and C, to auto-immune disease, so they can once again have a healthy normally functioning liver.

It is never too late! The liver has remarkable powers of healing and regeneration

You don't just get sick. Disease doesn't just happen; it is created. A sick, weak, overloaded, congested liver often creates disease and illness. It is sad that proper eating habits and natural liver cleansing could prevent the majority of deaths from liver disease. There are easy and effective ways to keep your liver healthy.

REMEMBER - the key word inside the word LIVER is LIVE!

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WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Weight problems are often the result of allergies, toxicities or endocrine disorders. Be sure to answer some of the other available questionnaires as well. Often several will apply.

STARTLING FACTS ABOUT BEING OVERWEIGHT

Sure, being overweight makes you feel uncomfortable and embarrassed about your looks but, the problems of being overweight go even deeper. So, just in case you needed a little extra convincing to start losing weight RIGHT NOW! Here are some alarming facts:

For every two pounds of fat, your body needs 1.25 extra miles of small arteries just to keep the surrounding tissues alive. As you gain weight, the skin must stretch to cover the excess bulk. Hence, dry skin, eczema, bruises and stretch marks are prone to occur.

Excess body weight causes the body to age more rapidly, more visibly. If you are 20% over your normal body weight (that's 24 lbs. for a 120 lb. woman), your likelihood of living until middle age or beyond is cut by 50%.

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a disease that affects nearly one-third of the adult American population (approximately 60 million). The number of overweight and obese Americans has continued to increase since 1960, a trend that is not slowing down. Today, 64.5 percent of adult Americans (about 127 million) are categorized as being overweight or obese. Each year, obesity causes at least 300,000 excess deaths in the United States, and healthcare costs of American adults with obesity amount to approximately $100 billion. Obesity is the second leading cause of unnecessary deaths.

Despite its toll taken in death and disability, obesity does not receive the attention it deserves from government, the health care profession, or the insurance industry. Research is severely limited by a shortage of funds. Inadequate insurance coverage limits access to treatment. Discrimination and mistreatment of persons with obesity is widespread and often considered socially acceptable.

Did You Know?

We learn how to eat from our parents. As young children we learn to acquire a taste for sugar and high carbohydrate foods. For this reason obesity is a chronic disease with a strong familial component.

Obesity increases one's risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes (type 2), heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, and cancer of the breast, prostate, and colon.

Health insurance providers rarely pay for treatment of obesity despite its serious effects on health.

Our environment fosters the tendency toward obesity: lack of physical activity combined with high-calorie, low-nutrient, low-cost foods.

If maintained, even weight losses as small as 10 percent of body weight can improve one's health.

The National Institutes of Health annually spends less than one percent of its budget on obesity research.

Persons with obesity are victims of employment and other discrimination, and are penalized for their condition despite many federal and state laws and policies.

High blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes, affects approximately 25 million Americans. Obesity is a chief cause of high blood pressure. Obese patients are more prone to angina pectoris, a "strangling of the chest." It is a temporary inadequacy in the blood supply to the heart muscle, resulting in shortness of breath and restrictive movement.

Obesity is one of the leading causes of heart attacks, which in turn is the leading cause of death in the United States.

Obesity is also the major cause of diabetes in the United States. Another killer! Diabetes islinked to the leading cause of blindness and surgical amputation in the United States.

THE BOTTOM LINE:
OBESITY IS A KILLER!

Strokes result from bleeding or blood clots in the brain. Obesity is a leading cause of strokes.

As fat builds up in your body, the weight of it causes strain and pain to joints and muscles, resulting in gout and conditions of arthritis.

As you can see, losing weight is crucial to your life and health, as well as how you look and feel.

MAKE UP YOUR MIND TO START DROPPING WEIGHT TODAY!

With obesity on the rise, it's obvious that traditional weight loss programs aren't working. Obesity is a signal that your cells are starving. It is a signal of low grade malnutrition and organ fatigue (Adrenal Burnout). You can lose and maintain your weight AND re-gain your health while you are at it with whole food concentrates. You can create a fortune by spreading the word about the nutritrient dense foods and the opportunity because there are so many people that need help.

YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO LOOK AND FEEL YOUR BEST!

For all of you with those New Years Resolutions regarding your weight, I have been having wonderful results with a great program. No cravings, no hunger, look better, feel better and grow your body healthier while you are at it.

Call me for an appointment at (818) 348-0848 or see the link for coming events for information on upcoming talks and seminars.

If you still want more information.

I also do personal coaching in the area of weight management. Usually this includes rebuilding your body with nutrient dense foods that assist you in handling your cravings. If you want to change your life for the new year, please e-mail me or give me a call at:.(818) 348-0848 so we can talk aboout it.

To dos for disguarding weight!

Reshape your attitude: Working on your mind is more important than working on your body, because true success depends on what's going on in your head! Set your mind on a goal -- for instance, I will only eat chocolate one day a week -- and keep telling yourself you can do it. Tell friends about your plan so they can encourage you, and be sure to praise yourself when you make progress.

If you slip up or hit a plateau, as you inevitably will, don't beat yourself up. And remember, if you truly want to accomplish a goal, whether it's losing five pounds or 150, you can do it.

Learn how to relax: Since stress causes many people to overeat, it's important to ease anxieties when you're trying to lose weight. Meditation is a great way to calm down and relax the mind, as are calorie-burners such as yoga and walking. Read the article on Exercise and Health.

Keep a food diary: Research confirms that writing down what you eat is one of the best ways to head off poor food choices. It's really easy to rationalize the random handful of M&Ms or that extra glob of cream cheese on your bagel, but once you write these down and actually tally up the calories, you'll get a better sense of exactly what you're putting into your mouth. And once you're eating more mindfully, you'll be more likely to make better choices.

Eat up: Contrary to popular belief, starving will not help you lose weight. Starving yourself is counterproductive. When you skip meals, you put your body under stress, your metabolism slows down to conserve energy -- and stops burning fat. So keep eating, but you may want to examine the timing of your meals and the portion size. Many find that downing several small meals a day, instead of three big ones, is a good way to jump-start the calorie-burning process.

Eat slower: As you eat, put down your utensil or piece of food between bites and chew, chew, chew. This simple pause will keep you from inhaling what's on your plate and give you time to get in touch with how full -- or hungry -- you are. Eat more, earlier. Follow the old addage to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen and dinner like a pauper. This will give your body time to burn off the maximum number of calories, while maintaining your energy for the day.

Forget the scale: It can give an inaccurate reading of the positive changes occurring in your body. A woman's weight can fluctuate by four or more pounds over the course of three weeks due to fluid retention and where she is in her menstrual cycle. If you're relying on what the numbers say rather than on how you feel and what your body looks like, you may end up disappointed, even if you're actually making progress.

A better way to chart your efforts: Before you begin your weight-loss plan, take your measurements around your upper arms, across your bustline, at your waist and the fullest point of your hips, and around each thigh (about three-quarters of the way to the hip socket). Every three weeks, measure yourself again.

Drink up: By now, most people know that downing eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day is essential to health, but drinking up is even more important for dieters. For one thing, if your shape-up plan includes exercise, you should stay well-hydrated. An added benefit: Water helps you feel full faster. So drink before, during and after workouts, as well as throughout the rest of your day.

Make it a habit, whether that means carrying a water bottle, leaving yourself reminders or keeping a bottle of water on your desk at work. As a rule, I try to drink a big glass of water before lunch and dinner, and I sip throughout the meal. This practice ensures that I get the water I need AND it also takes the edge off those hunger pangs.

Detoxify your cells: Sometimes the body creates fat and weight because of pollution problems. In the body's eyes, the solution to pollution is dilution. Sometimes, the cells are so polluted that the body cannot safely let go of weight. Sometimes your cells might need a little herbal assistance.

Have patience: If dieting was easy, then 64% of Americans would not be overweight. Don't throw in the towel just because you haven't lost 10 pounds in two weeks. Give your new diet and exercise regimen time to kick in, set realistic weight-loss goals (no more than two pounds a week), and savor the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle -- more energy, deeper sleep and clearer skin. It took you time to get where you are and it will take time and sometimes difficult lifestyle changes to change your body and your life.

Weight-loss don'ts

Get rid of the word diet: "A 'diet' implies something that you will go off at some point. Aim at making positive, realistic changes that you can stick with for life.

Never eat right before bedtime: When we are in a truly deep and restful sleep, our body functions slow down. We don't burn fuel as efficiently. Ideally, allow three hours between your last meal and the time you go to bed.

Lay off alcohol: Studies have proven that as little as four ounces of wine can slow your body's ability to metabolize food and burn fat. Alcohol also tends to make you feel hungrier and less motivated to stick to your healthy new eating goals. Finally, since alcohol can be a depressant, it can leave you feeling hopeless about your efforts to lose weight -- and more likely to binge.

Don't think of dieting as an all-or-nothing effort: If you don't allow yourself room for slipups -- not to mention the occasional treat -- you'll be less likely to stick with your diet over time. So while it's important to limit your intake of fatty, high-calorie foods, let yourself have at least a few of your favorite foods during the week. If you deprive yourself, you will be more likely to binge later.

Don't go too low: Extremely low-calorie diets may help you drop weight fast, but you'll be losing mostly water and muscle tissue. That is where nutrient dense foods come in. They can keep intake down while nourishing your cells.

Don't depend on just limiting your food intake: Healthful eating is key to losing weight, but so is exercise; the latter burns calories and boosts your metabolism. Yep, the news is that if you really want to lose weight, find a cardiovascular activity that you enjoy, such as walking, running, biking or swimming, and work up to doing it for 30 minutes, several times a week.

Fitness dos

Get psyched: Imagine yourself without those extra pounds -- and with a tighter tummy and more muscle tone in all the places you want it most. Post positive reminders (phrases such as "You can do it!" or "You deserve to feel good!") on your refrigerator, your calendar and your desk at work. Remember that every minute you exercise brings you that much closer to your goal.

Get the go-ahead from your doc: If you're starting a new workout regimen, check with your doctor to see if you need to take any precautions, especially if you're trying to take off post baby pounds. Women who have had vaginal deliveries should wait two to four weeks before exercising; those who've had a C-section need to wait six weeks before building up to full-fledged physical activity -- anything other than walking.

Make a workout date -- and keep it: Exercising at the same time each day makes it easier to get into a routine. If you can manage it, plan to work up a sweat first thing in the morning. The sooner we all get it over with, the less chance there is that we'll find an excuse not to do it!

Start gradually: Listen to your body and build on your regimen slowly. If you start off at too tough a level, you risk injury -- the most common reason why novices stop exercising. Start with 20 minutes of activity three times a week, and build up to 30 minutes by the third week.

Tailor your workout to your tastes: Do exercise you want to do (as opposed to what you think you should do) and you'll be likelier to stick with it, rain or shine. Shaking up your routine once in a while will also make it less likely that you'll fall off the workout wagon. Take advantage of your local video store's selection of workout tapes or find a buddy and join a gym.

Before you exercise, you need to warm up your muscles so that you don't shock your system and end up pulling something. Walk or march in place for two to three minutes before you get down to business, then cool off the same way for three to five minutes.

Fitness don'ts

Don't do the same thing, day in and day out: Repetition gets boring fast. So shake up your routine by varying your activities, AKA cross-training. You'll not only prevent burnout; you'll get the added benefit of working different muscle groups for a toned-all-over look. Try to vary four weekly aerobic workouts with a lunch walk or a morning walk with your pals. It's a perfect way to spend time with friends and burn fat! Play tennis, cycle or pushe your kids in a stroller to get a good aerobic walk, take the stairs and park across the parking lot. Walk where ever you can.

Don't forget to pump: Worried that lifting weights will add bulk to your frame? In fact, pumping iron regularly has the opposite effect. When you add muscle through weight training, your body burns calories at a faster rate. For best results, aim to weight-train twice a week, starting with light weights and a low number of repetitions; gradually increase them as you get stronger.

Don't expect exercise to do it all: Exercise may help you burn calories, but if you eat a ton of greasy, fatty foods, you're just working against yourself.

If you really want to change your life and your weight, you need to move your body and eat healthfully. That means increasing your intake of vegetables, fruits and complex carbohydrates and decreasing your consumption of red meat, fat, junk food and sugar. I recommend increasing greens by making shakes. I use a head of romaine, red leaf lettuce, chard, kale, spinach or even some of the weeds that grow around like lambsquarter, pursalane, or mallow - but three good handfulls, a little calli tea or water, some fresh tumeric, a green banana and some pineapple or some blueberries in a blender with some Nu+ and some Quinery, blend it and drink it through the day. It will pick you up while it improves your health!

And while you are thinking about the above here is this little cutie:

God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives. And the Devil created McDonald's. And McDonald's brought forth the 79-cent double cheeseburger. And the Devil said to Man: "You want fries with that?" And Man said: "Supersize them." And Man gained 5 pounds.

And God created the healthful yogurt, that woman might keep her figure that man found so fair. And the Devil brought forth chocolate and Ben and Jerry's. And Woman gained 10 pounds.

And God sent heart-healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them. And the Devil brought forth chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained 10 pounds and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.

And God brought forth running shoes and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds. And the Devil brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil to change channels between ESPN and ESPN2. And Man gained another 20 pounds.

And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And the Devil peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them in fat. And the Devil created Hiland French Onion dip. And Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol. And Man went into cardiac arrest.

And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery. And the Devil canceled Man's health insurance.

God showed Woman how to peel the skin off chicken and \cook the nourishing whole grain brown rice. And the Devil created light beer so Man could poison his body with alcohol while feeling righteous because he had to drink twice as much of the now-insipid brew to get the same buzz. And Man gained another ten pounds.

And God created the life-giving tofu. And Woman ventured forth into the land of Godiva Chocolate and upon returning asked Man: "Do I look fat?" And the man told the truth. And Woman went out from the presence of man and dwelt in the land of the divorce lawyer, east of the marriage counselor. And Woman put aside the seeds of the earth and took unto herself comfort food. And God brought forth Weight-watchers. It didn't help. And God created exercise machines with easy payments. And man brought forth his Visa at 21 percent. And the exercise machine went to dwell in the closet of Nod, east of the polyester leisure suit. And in the fullness of time, Woman received the exercise machine From Man In the property settlement. It didn't help her, either.

 

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