I have come upon an excellent video by cardiologist Dr. Steven Guntry that I believe everyone would benefit greatly viewing – well, at least to the first 30 minutes or so. The second half of the video is about his supplements, which are no doubt very excellent products, notwithstanding the high-pressure sales pitch. I think the doctor’s intentions are noble and compassionate and his heat is in the right place.
Disregarding the sales pitch, however, Dr. Guntry’s message is very sensible and worth the listening time. Our gut is truly where our health and our diseases all begin, and we are ignoring this fact by and large. If you are having digestive and bowel issues, or you can’t lose weight, or crave sweets or junk foods, feel bloated after meals, suffer with joint pains, have food allergies, then listen to Dr. Steven Guntry’s presentation of why we have all these problems and how we can easily solve them just by choosing our foods wisely. I will simply leave you to your discretion and interest with the link to Dr. Guntry’s video. Enjoy.
In my practice I use ProSynbiotic by Standard Process (90C $39) and Gut Flora Complex by Medi-Herb (40C $31.50) with excellent results in balancing the gut flora ecosystem. For a consultation and to order supplements, simply send me an email at email@example.com.
Here’s to your health
Anthony Palombo, DC – Doctor of Chiropractor and practitioner of Applied Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine)
“It’s hard to imagine that one the of the world’s most serious health problems, visceral (gut) fat, (dubbed the killing fat because of its association with heart disease and diabetes) can be reduced, if not eliminated, by simply ingesting a small amount of oil extracted from a tiny sea organism Calanus finmarchicus found off the coast of Norway,—a sea organism whose phenomenal health benefits lay dormant, actually ignored by leading scientists, until a Norwegian outlier, Dr. Jan Raa, decided to look deeper.”
We now have Artic Ruby Oil in stock at the clinic. Listen to this video for more information. This is a very promising nutritional supplement.
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Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.” Its unique combination of fatty acids can have profound positive effects on health. This includes fat loss, better brain function and various other amazing benefits.
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“If you make people think they think, they will love you. If you make them think, they will hate you.”
I trust that you will not hate me for helping you think for yourself on matters as personal and intimate to you as your health.
THE IMMUNE CONNECTION
Let’s talk about the immune connection to “fibromyalgia.” We’re talking about infection, a crucial step in the healing process. Without infection, we would quickly succumb to the ravages of toxic metabolic waste and invasive pathogens upon the body cells. Sounds like what “fibromyalgia” is all about—the ravages of toxic metabolic waste and invasive pathogens upon the body cells, which calls up an immune response to create an infection.
I’ve just made another “thought-process interrupt.” We automatically think of infections as something “bad” and a thing to “fight.” What I said above calls for different thinking—and that’s my intent in writing this blog: to help us think again and anew about dis-ease and health, but mainly about what we’ve called “disease.”
Notice I hyphenate that word when I use it, because there is no such thing as “a disease.” We’ve been programmed to think there is and that “disease” is our enemy that needs to be fought and destroyed with man-made chemical bullets, bombs and “surgical warfare.” But we’re only shadow boxing. Where diseases need to be gotten rid of is in human consciousness, where they are being invented, labeled and “cured” (as in preserved). That’s what you do when you cure something. You preserve it. Well, we need to stop curing disease and start supporting the healing processes of the body, which alone knows what to do about what we call “disease.”
There is a dis-ease created by such things as inflammation and infection. They don’t feel good. We’re not at ease with pain, and that’s as it should be, all things considered. Pain keeps us from hurting ourselves even further with inappropriate lifestyle activities. It should cause us to ask “Why does that hurt?” rather than “How can I get rid of this pain?” Pain is an alarm. You wouldn’t turn off the smoke or fire alarm. You would first look for the fire and seek to put it out. The smoke alarm will automatically shut off when the fire is put out and the smoke cleared out of the house. It’s the same with pain.
Our immune system creates fires all the time in order to burn up toxic waste. The only sensible thing to do is support it so it can do its job more quickly and efficiently. Fevers are life-savers and are not to be suppressed. They need to be allowed to burn at moderate temperatures (100 – 104). More than that is dangerous and should be brought down with cold applications to the head especially to prevent brain damage. Covering the body with blankets to help break a sweat will often break a fever.
So, let’s talk about supporting the immune system. Here’s its mechanism of action in medical terms. Read it first then I’ll break it down to help you understand it.
Cytokines mediate and control immune and inflammatory responses. Complex interactions exist between cytokines, inflammation and the adaptive responses in maintaining homeostasis, health, and well-being. Like the stress response, the inflammatory reaction is crucial for survival and is meant to be tailored to the stimulus and time. A full-fledged systemic inflammatory reaction results in stimulation of four major programs: the acute-phase reaction, the sickness syndrome, the pain program, and the stress response, mediated by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the sympathetic nervous system.
Phew! That’s a mouth-full. First, let’s understand what “cytokines” are. Here’s the Wikipedia definition:
Simply stated, these are the messengers that alert the body’s immune system that the body has been invaded by harmful pathogens or free radicals. They mediate and control immune and inflammatory responses, just as it says. There is the “Redox Signaling Molecules,” for example. They play an important role in the body by activating antioxidants and turning on the immune response naturally to restore and maintain homeostasis—balance.
Watch this 5-minute video clip put out by ASEA as it contains a graphic demonstration of how cytokines work. Just bear with the promo for their product, although it represents a remarkable scientific breakthrough in the healthcare field, and I use the product myself and in my practice. This is important information to help us understand such modern-day health issues as “fibromyalgia” and “chronic fatigue syndrome.”
As you can see from the clip, the message has to get through to the immune system or else the invasion of pathogens and free radicals and the vulnerability of the cell walls will go unnoticed by the body.
IMMUNE ALLIANCE, NOT SYSTEM
Let me explain the so-called “immune system,” which is a misnomer. We do not “have” an “immune system” as such, although the thymus gland, spleen and bone marrow play pivotal roles in producing immune-response cells to deal with “non-self” toxins in the body. What we do have in an immune alliance which involves all the organs of the body, especially the organs of elimination, which includes the skin, by the way. So, just keep that in mind in your approach to supporting your “immune system.” For example, if you simply take antibiotics, pharma grade of natural, without doing something to clean out the metabolic waste with herbs, for instance, then you’ll end up crowding your lymphatic system with too much to handle on its own.
I’ll often give a client Congaplex or Thymex, “natural antibiotics” put out by Standard Process Labs, to support the body’s immune-response to strep and staph infections respectively. In a day or two the client often comes down with sinus congestion or swollen lymph nodes. This tells me that the lymphatic glands are congested, so I’ll back off from supporting the body’s immune response and start supporting its elimination system.
Standard Process and Medi-Herb provide superior products for this purpose, even natural antihistamines, like Antronex, Allerplex, and Fen-Gre to break up congestion in the sinuses and lymphatic glands, and ResCo, Broncafect, and PulmaCo to help clear out congestion in the bronchial tubes and lungs. A company by the name of Energique also provides a product called Lymphapar, which almost magically opens up the lymphatic glands—very helpful with lactating mothers, for which this sublingual homeopathic was formulated. These are all non-invasive, non-toxic, “natural medicines.” They are also quite affordable when compared to the escalating cost of drugs. Unfortunately, they are not covered by most insurance policies.
Invariably, a “virus” appears on the scene from seemingly out of nowhere to scavenge the debris left by dead cells that gave their lives putting out the fire of infection. That’s what they are and what they do—and they do appear to come from out of nowhere because they are simply normal cells of the body that have been transformed, morphed, and re-programmed as scavengers to clean up the mess left by the immune response, which I think is simply amazingly ingenious. So, we can then turn our attention to helping the body clean house so as to eliminate the necessity for the viral activity. This includes viruses that originate outside the body. They are still scavengers and they will not invade your body tissues if there is nothing there for them to scavenge. This emphasizes the importance of Fall and Spring full-body purification rituals.
Immuplex and St. John’s Wort help the body respond to viral infections. Herbal teas are helpful in eliminating waste. Bowel, liver and kidney detox products are plentiful. All one has to do is use them. Standard Process has a complete full-body Purification Kit with all the nutrients needed to clean out the body’s systems and tissues. Email me for product acquisition. My readers enjoy a 10% discount on all supplement orders. *
ECHINACEA & IMMUNE-RESPONSE MODULATION
When we are sick we usually think in terms of “stimulating the immune system.” Well, that may or may not be the right call. It’s far better to think in terms of modulating your immune response. Modulation simply entails balancing the immune response, which will be under-active where infections persist and over-active where autoimmune conditions persist, such as AIDS and rheumatoid arthritis.
Echinacea herb is probably the most effective modulating botanical in Mother Nature’s cornucopia of natural medicines. Medi-Herb, a sister company to Standard Process, has the very best Echanicea product in their Echinacea Premium—and it can be taken daily as a preventative, by children and adults alike, to keep the immune response balanced and poised to act appropriately in response to infections and autoimmune issues.
Not all Echinaceas are equal. For example, the root of the augustifolia plant has more goodies for the immune system than the flowers of the purpurea plant. Traditional Echinacea is made from the flowers, which is why people who are allergic to plants of the daisy family have a sensitivity to traditional Echinacea (made from Echinacea Purpurea flowers). Echinacea Premium by Medi-Herb is made from the root of the Echinacea angustifolia. The natives in Australia, where Medi-Herb manufactures its products, would pass over the flowering purpurea plants and dig up the root type augustifolia plant, which resembles a carrot, because they knew it worked better than the flower type plants.
Master Herbalist Dr. Kerry Bone of Medi-Herb has discovered that it’s the high concentrations of alkylamides that impact the immune system and not the polysacharides, as traditional European herbalists believe. Echinacea Premium combines the roots of Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea purpurea to enlist properties unique to each one in supporting the immune system. The following are some of it benefits:
enhance immune system function (particularly non-specific immune function)
support and promote normal interferon production
support and promote healthy white blood cells
support healthy immune response following stress, sudden changes in weather or temperature
encourage healthy upper respiratory tissue
support and maintain healthy throat tissue
support healthy lymphatic system function
stimulate the body’s normal tissue support and renewal function.
For maximum benefit, combine Immuplex and Echinacea Premium in your supplement protocol for immune response modulation and support. Email me for product acquisition and dosages.
And friends, you just need to stock up your “Natural Medicine Cabinet” with these products if you’re going to make the break from pharmaceutical drugs and start supporting your body’s immune system naturally. In this day and age, supplementation with wholefood nutritionals and herbs is unavoidable. And I walk my talk. Personally, I take up to 30 different supplements daily. That’s about 60 pills and capsules, a handfull at each meal. But that’s not much when I compare it to the three plates full of food I eat daily—and these are essences of wholefood concentrates designed and prescribed to reverse the “disease” process by balancing body chemistry—not “vitamin supplements,” which I strongly advise against.
For a personal consultation, email me for my telephone number and to schedule a time. My fees are very reasonable. We’ll talk more about the inflammatory and stress response systems in connection with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, which includes the thyroid’s involvement, in my next post. Until then,
Here’s to your health and healing,
Anthony Palombo, DC, ACN
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To understand osteoporosis and the popular medical “remedy” Fosamax, it is necessary to understand the process of bone remodeling. And, yes, bones do remodel themselves. The cycle takes 100 days. It occurs throughout life through a regulated process of osteoclast-mediated bone resorption coupled to osteoblast-mediated bone formation.
Now, let me walk you through the process in terms easily grasped by the layman. Bone is a dynamic tissue that is constantly being resorbed and remodeled. As with all organs and tissues of the body, muscular and skeletal included, the cells that compose them die and are replaced, resulting in a renewal of these organs and tissues in cycles that are determined by their use, wear and tear. For example, the hardest working muscle in the body, the heart, is replaced cell by cell, on an average, every thirty days. The next most used organ, the stomach, is replaced over a period of ninety days; the remaining organs approximately every twelve months. Your skeletal and muscular systems, however, take much longer to replace themselves — seven years on an average.
What happens is simple: bone cells and the collagen that holds them in place are dissolved and the minerals that comprise the bone cells are reclaimed in a process called “resorption.” This is done by little workhorses called “osteoclasts.” These demolition cells, literally bone-breakers by derivation, are regulated by estrogen in women and estrogen converted testosterone in men.
Osteoblasts are cells that lay down the collagen matrix for bone remodeling. In a word, they replace bone cells after they are demolished by the osteoclasts.
THE ROLE OF ESTROGEN (Estrodiol)
In simple terms, the estrogen hormone estrodiol brings on the death (apoptosis) of the osteoclast cell once its role is completed. It simply attaches a protein molecule called Fas Ligand, that is programmed to kill cells that fail to perform their function. This allows a balance between the breaking down process and the rebuilding process of bone tissue by “osteoblasts.” In this sense, estrogen plays a protective role in bone health. In technical terms, estrogen induces a paracrine signal (endocrine hormone messenger) originating in osteoblasts that leads to the death of pre-osteoclasts, thereby regulating bone resorption and remodeling.
THE ROLE OF THE PARATHYROID GLANDS
The Thyroid Gland’s production of hormones is activated by the Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) produced by the Pituitary Gland. Parathyroid hormones (PTH) produced by the 4 parathyroid glands, located on the backside of the thyroid gland, stimulates Calcium and Phosphate release from bone, thereby increasing blood calcium and phosphate levels. It also stimulates osteoclasts, thus breaking down bone tissue, then stimulates Calcium resorption in the kidneys, where it also stimulates activated Vitamin D3 production.
THE ROLE OF VITAMIN D3
Vitamin D3 is a steroid hormone that plays an important role in regulating mineral metabolism. The target tissues of D3 are the intestines, bone, kidneys, and parathyroid glands.
OSTEOPOROSIS & OSTEOPENIA
Simply stated, when bone absorption gets ahead of bone matrix production and replacement, bones begin to get thin. This typically occurs in postmenopausal women and in men as they age. With women it’s a reduction is estrogen that results in a reduction in osteoclast apoptosis (cell suicide). With men it’s a reduction in testosterone and its conversion to estrogen that results in the same reduction in osteoclast apoptosis. So bone resorption continues at a higher rate than bone replacement, resulting in a thinning of the bones (osteopenia) which leads to osteoporosis if left untreated.
ENTER FOSAMAX (ALENDRONATE)
The bisphosphonate alendronate and conjugated equine estrogens are both widely used for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Acting by different mechanisms, these two agents decrease bone resorption and thereby increase or preserve bone mineral density (BMD).
Alendronate’s mechanism of action is to inhibit osteolast activity and thus slow down the resorption of calcium. This has both favorable and unfavorable consequences. While Fosamax slows down bone resorption, it prevents bone turnover and renewal. This doesn’t sound very wise to me. Basically, old bone is not replaced by new bone. Bone matrix continues to be laid down by osteoblast activity, however the new bone is formed on top of the alendronate which is then incorporated into the bone matrix where is ceases to be pharmacologically active. This creates the necessity for continued administration of the drug to suppress osteoclast activity. The end result is the creation of a thin veneer of bone matrix laid down on the back of the drug, which looks white on x-ray film giving the impression that bone density has been increased. But it has only been increased at surface levels and not at deeper levels.
The problem with this is that the bone tissue underneath this veneer is not being replaced leaving the bone hallow inside and brittle. This is particularly so with the more spongy bone that comprise vertebral bodies and femur heads, as well as the jaw bone. Compression fractures in the spine, along with hip fractures, are prevalent in older women who have been taking Fosamax for a lengthy period of time. The femur head breaks off the femur causing the elderly person to fall down. It isn’t the fall that fractures the hip in most cases, but rather the hip fracture that causes the fall. Necrosis of the jaw bone is a more devastating side effect of Fosamax drug therapy.
OSTEONECROSIS OF THE JAW BONE
A more notorious problem with Fosamax administration is the incidence of osteonecrosis, deterioration of the jaw bone, a disease for which there is no known remedy for reversal. Fosamax has a half-life of ten years, so its presence is long lasting. Go to the link above and read more about this detriment before you consider taking Fosamax or any of the other alendronate products. For more information, simply Google Fosamax Problems or go to www.fosamaxproblems.com.
A MORE NATURAL AND SENSIBLE APPROACH
Basically, a more natural and sensible approach to preventing and reversing bone-loss is to support the bone remodeling process with nutritional protocols, as the video clip demonstrated. In postmenopausal women, estrogen replacement therapy is favored over Fosamax administration. Testosterone replacement therapy is available for men. I will save a discussion of the natural alternative to hormone and drug therapy for my next blog post. So, stay tuned . . . .
To your health and healing,
Dr. Anthony Palombo
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Harvest time has come as we gather seasonal vegetables from our Spring and Summer gardens and prepare for Fall planting of winter crops: cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and kohlrabi; root crops such as carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips and radishes. And don’t forget to plant some sweet pea snaps to pick and eat right off the vine . . . with an added bonus of lovely flowers. Some of these are already available at farmers’ markets and grocery stores in your area as Fall gardens get planted in August here in the South. (Click on picture to enlarge it)
If you followed my suggestions in the last post, “Fall Cleaning,” and went through the 21-day purification program, you may want to follow it with a post-purification program. Standard Process offers some very excellent whole food supplements for this purpose.
SP’s Post Purification Kit ($157 + $13 drop-shipping) consists of the following whole food supplements:
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Prepare for the winter months by enhancing your immune system. Remember, you immune system is not limited to a single organ or gland. It’s more an “alliance” of many organs and glands, along with all the cells of your body. Liver, spleen, bone marrow, thymus gland with its lymph nodes, and, not the least important, your intestines which are lined with the lion’s share of your lymphatic glands. The parotid glands of your mouth are your first line of defense. Clean water, of course, is essential to toxin elimination and nutrient distribution – up to 8 glasses a day are recommended. To insure strong first-line defense in the mouth, I recommend a maintenance dose of Parotid PMG byStandard Process Labs.
I’ve had clients who hate water and drink diet sodas every day. Diet sodas are sweetened with aspartame. Go to this website for a full report on this and other chemical sweeteners http://www.sweetpoison.com/aspartame-sweeteners.html. Here is an excerpt about the side effects:
Aspartame has been linked to various neuropsychiatric disorders, including panic attacks, mood changes, visual hallucinations, manic episodes, and isolated dizziness. A small, double-blind crossover study of patients with major depression revealed a higher incidence of reactions in these patients compared with nondepressed volunteers after administration of 30 mg/kg for 7 days; symptoms included headache, nervousness, dizziness, memory impairment, nausea, temper outbursts, and depression.
I do not wonder about the relationship between the nerve and muscle pain associated with fibromyalgia and the consumption of diet sodas with aspartame, not to mention an aversion to drinking water. Drink water instead of sodas. Pure water is allowed to go where adulterated beverages are not allowed in the body tissues. A word to the wise.
We are all aware of the need for “Spring Cleaning” and we do it every year in our homes, many of us in the more immediate homes of our physical bodies.
But what about “Fall Cleaning” in the yard and gardens, even in our body temples? We have to do that, too, just to clean up what’s left after harvest time and when the leaves and blossoms have fallen to the ground. Likewise, our body temples can use a cleaning as the Fall and Winter months set in.
I recommend the “Purification Program” by Standard Process Labs for a thorough house cleaning – from the cellular level on out to the organs of elimination, including and especially the gastrointestinal tract that processes all the empty carbohydrate and fast-foods we tend to consume on the run, much of it still clinging to the lining of the gut in the form or mucous (protein) and undigested food (anywhere from 15 to 25 lbs. of it). Wouldn’t you just love to be rid of those kind of toxic pounds?!
Here’s what the Purification Program by Standard Process Labs. looks like (click on the link for more details):
For 21 days you simply take a number of capsules containing cleansing and rebuilding nutrients and have a few healthy, meal-replacement SP Complete shakes during the day. Add your favorite fruit or fruit juice to the shake mix and, voila!, you have a great and tasty meal in a glass. For a little more cost, you can snack on protein richStandardBars during the day to help with extra protein and low blood sugar. If needed, you can continue to eat your regular meals and have a SP Complete shake with them. Just serve yourself smaller portions to make room for the body-purifying shake. For a more healthy meal, click on Program Diet.
Here’s a sampling of what two of the products alone afford you:
SP Green Food provides a simple way for people of all ages to add vital phytonutrients to their diet.
Promotes healthy liver function
Supports overall cellular health
Supports cholesterol metabolism, already within a normal range
Supports the normal elimination of toxins
Adds vital nutrients to any diet, and can be used as nutritional support in the Standard Process Purification Program†
Whole Food-Fiber provides soluble and insoluble fiber to support the digestive system.
Encourages a healthy intestinal environment to help maintain proper intestinal flora
Cleanses the lower gastrointestinal tract
Encourages a healthy gastrointestinal tract pH
Supports healthy elimination
Contains fennel, which helps relieve gas, abdominal cramps, and indigestion
Maintains healthy lipid and blood glucose levels already in normal ranges
Adds vital nutrients to any diet, and can be used as nutritional support in the Standard Process Purification and Post-Purification Programs† Gluten Free & Vegetarian
The program comes with a user-friendly guide and recipe suggestions for the shake, so you’ll have all the information you will need to walk you through the program. You always have me, of course, to answer any of your questions.
Now, you have to eliminate the refined carbohydrate foods all together. Donuts and biscuits have to go, along with cakes, cookies and breads that are made with refined flour and sugar. Eliminating sugar all together for the 3-week cleanse period alone will profit you in lbs lost and not added.
The cost? $12 a day ($252 – postage included)! Order through me and enjoy a purification-day-on-me blog-reader’s discount of $12! [ For $40 more you can replace one of the SP Complete 28 oz. jars with 30 1-oz packets. That way you have the jar at home and packets in your purse or pocket to take with you to work or in your travels.
Note: The StandardBars are not included in this price and cost $50/18 bars ($45 for blog-readers) with no extra shipping charge if included with your initial order.
For details on the products and their function in the cleanse, simply visit Standard Process‘ website link provided here, then click on option Purification Program Products. Visit other options as well to learn more about the program and the need for whole-body purification.
Let me hear from you with any questions you may have and for product orders. I can have them drop-shipped to your doorstep by UPS in 3-5 business days.
To your health and healing,
Dr. Anthony Palombo
(Note: products cannot be ordered directly from the company but only from a licensed healthcare practitioner.)