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How To Tell If Your Depression Is Psychological or Biochemical – Excerpts From The Book “7 Weeks To Sobriety” – By Orthomolecular Medicine, Orthomolecular Psychiatry, Holistic Drug Addiction Treatment, Alcohol Dependency, Medication Detoxification,Chemical Dependency, Depression and Anxiety – Minneapolis, Minnesota

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How To Tell If Your Depression Is Psychological or Biochemical – Excerpts From The Book "7 Weeks To Sobriety"By Joan Matthews Larson – Orthomolecular Medicine, Orthomolecular Psychiatry, Holistic Drug Addiction Treatment, Alcohol Dependency, Medication Detoxification,Chemical Dependency, Depression and Anxiety – Minneapolis, Minnesota

How to Tell if Your Depression Is Psychological or Biochemical

Biochemical depression has certain symptoms that distinguish it from the depression stemming from negative life events. You have reason to suspect that you are biochemically depressed if any of the markers listed below describes your depression:

  • You have been depressed for a long time despite changes in your life
  • Talk therapy has little or no effect; in fact, psychological probing– questions like "Why do you hate your father?"–leave you as confused as Alice at the Mad Hatter's tea party
  • You don't react to good news
  • You awaken very early in the morning and can't get back to sleep
  • You cannot trace the onset of your depression to any event in your life
  • Your moods may swing between depression and elation over a period of months in a regular rhythm (this suggests bipolar, or manic-depressive, disorder)
  • Heavy drinking makes your depression worse

How Serious Is Your Depression?

As important as identifying the cause of your depression is determining the depth of your feelings. If you often have suicidal thoughts, please confide in your physician and a close friend or relative. You will recover, but in your present state you need the support of someone you trust. Share this information and together do the detective work needed to discover what is responsible for your continued depression. 

The Seven Kinds of Alcoholic Depression

As I noted earlier, at HRC we have identified seven sources of biochemical depression affecting alcoholics:

  • Neurotransmitter depletion
  • Unavailability of prostaglandin E1
  • Vitamin/mineral deficiency
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Food and chemical allergies
  • Candida-related complex.

Where do you fit in? Let's begin with the most likely biochemical scenario.


Neurotransmitter Depletion and Depression

In earlier reading of this website you became acquainted with neurotransmitters-the natural chemicals that facilitate communication between brain cells. These substances govern our emotions, memory, moods, behavior, sleep, and learning abilities. Neurotransmitters are manufactured in the brain from the amino acids we extract from foods and their supply is entirely dependent on the presence of these precursor amino acids.

Alcohol destroys these essential precursor amino acids, which is probably why alcoholics seem so emotionally muddled and depressed. Without adequate amino-acid conversion, neurotransmitters are no longer produced in sufficient amounts; this deficiency causes "emotional" symptoms, including depression.

The two major neurotransmitters involved in preventing depression are serotonin (converted from the amino acid L-tryptophan) and norepinephrine (converted from the amino acids L-phenylalanine and L-tyrosine). You can resupply these vital neurotransmitters and reverse depression by taking daily amino-acid supplements.

Your symptoms will determine which amino acid you will take for depression: tryptophan if your symptoms are sleeplessness, anxiety or irritability; L-tyrosine or L-phenylalanine if your symptoms a lethargy, fatigue, sleeping too much, or feelings of immobility.  

Tryptophan to Serotonin

The amino acid tryptophan, found in large amounts in milk and turkey, is the nutrient needed to form serotonin, which controls moods, sleep, sex drive, appetite, and pain threshold. Eating disorders and violent behavior have also been traced to serotonin depletion. Replacing serotonin can lift depression and end insomnia. In one notable study, a medical researcher in Holland demonstrated that a combination of tryptophan (2 grams nightly) and vitamin B6 (125 milligrams three times a day) could restore patients with anxiety-type depression to normal in four weeks. Depression accompanied by anxiety and sleep disturbances is most likely to respond to tryptophan.

New research (1997) from McGill University in Montreal has found that men produce 52 percent more serotonin than do women. This in-formation seems to explain why more women than men appear to experience a shortage of this critical chemical that modulates moods and so are more likely to suffer from depression and/or eating disorders.

Until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration prohibited the manufacture and sale of tryptophan in the United States in the fall of 1989, we used it for ten years at HRC without any ill effects. This amino acid has also been widely used in England and Canada. In 1989, however, a number of deaths and illnesses in the United States were traced to batches of tryptophan manufactured in Japan. In response, the FDA removed tryptophan from the U.S. market. The FDA has finally allowed this essential amino acid to be restored to baby food and also has made it available by prescription only. Unfortunately, the price of it has now quadrupled.

Tryptophan is now available at Bio-Recovery

Tryptophan is not a drug. It is an essential amino acid much needed to support life and sanity. In an interesting coincidence, Prozac made its first appearance within days of the ban on tryptophan. Now there is a whole family of serotonin-stimulating drugs, but none of them can create more serotonin; they can only speed its firing into the brain and partially block the reuptake into the neurotransmitters, and so the low levels of serotonin in those neurotransmitters are slowly becoming even more depleted.

At HRC almost everyone comes into our program taking one of the serotonin-firing antidepressants (Zoloft, Paxil, Desyrel, Serzone). Our physician switches them to the natural serotonin precursor, tryptophan, which promptly restores the missing serotonin levels. Usually the firing mechanism works fine; the problem was that it simply has had very little serotonin to fire.

Here are the guidelines for substituting tryptophan for a serotonin enhancing drug:

  • Tryptophan alone will not be converted to serotonin. To insure that it is properly used, you must also take vitamin C and vitamin B6 (Table 25, Seven Weeks to Sobriety).
  • Tryptophan is converted to niacin before its final conversion into serotonin. If your body is deficient in niacin, the tryptophan you take will supply you with niacin, not serotonin. For this reason, it is a good idea to take a B-complex vitamin daily. This will give you both vitamin B6 and niacin and allow the tryptophan to be converted to serotonin.
  • Inositol changes into a substance that regulates serotonin's effectiveness within nerve cells. A recent (1997) study confirms its effectiveness with depression. Therefore, we include inositol in this formula.

Of all the amino acids, tryptophan is least able to cross the blood-brain barrier. It must pass this biological hurdle in order to be converted to serotonin. You can give it a nudge by taking it in fruit juice. This will trigger insulin release, which will assist the tryptophan across the blood-brain barrier. Always take your tryptophan on an empty stomach.  


Seven Weeks to Sobriety


When her teenage son committed suicide after completing a three-month alcohol rehabilitation program, Joan Mathews Larson turned her devastating loss into a search for answers. Why had conventional treatment failed her son? Why has understanding alcoholism as a disease become clearer, while advances in treatment have not? Through painstaking study, Dr. Larson found answers and initiated a revolutionary treatment program that has become one of the most successful models ever developed for this disease. Her findings are the basis for her best selling book, Seven Weeks to Sobriety, making it possible for millions to have access to this proven program.

The book’s breakthrough self-treatment program is designed to take an alcoholic from addiction to sobriety in just seven weeks. Based on the format developed at Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis, psychological problems (mood swings, anxiety, depression) are proved to be distortions of brain chemistry brought on by alcohol use or genetics; thus treatment involves stabilizing the brain at a molecular level by utilizing specific “biochemical repair.”

To purchase the book “Seven Weeks to Sobriety”

Excerpts from Joan’s best selling books Seven Weeks to Sobriety and

Depression Free, Naturally.

To read more about Joan Matthews Larson and the Health Recovery Center, Please Go Here. You can also see her Videos on My Healthiest Life TV. Joan Matthews Larson is also an expert contributor to My Healthiest Life.


Dr. C. E. Gant, MD, PhD – Functional Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Alternative Medicine, Holistic Medicine – Washington D.C., New York, California, Florida, Nationwide

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Dr. C. E. Gant, MD, PhD – Functional Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Alternative Medicine, Holistic Medicine – Washington D.C., New York, California, Florida, Nationwide

About Dr. Gant

Functional Medicine , Predictive Genomics and Psychotherapy

Practice Philosophy:
Functional Medicine is a way to determine the underlying biochemical causes/risk factors of all medical and psychological disorders, and I meld nutritional, detoxification and standard medical care with mindfulness-based psychotherapies to provide an authentic, holistic (mind, body & spirit) approach to care.

Areas of Focus:
Non-pharmaceutical natural options for AD/HDAddiction/Substance Abuse  (drug, alcohol, nicotine addiction), and Mood Disorders (depression, anxiety). Supporting the body with natural remedies.

Formal Training/Education:

B.S. in Chemistry – Hampden-Sydney College

M.D. – University of Virginia Medical School

Postgraduate Training in Family Practice, Psychiatry and Psychology  (Ph.D)

Watch Dr. Gant's video interview on The Integrative Medicine Experience

Dr. Gant specializes in Functional Medicine and Predictive Genomics (gene testing). By defining his patient's unique biochemical and genetic risk factors, he is able to address many root causes of their chronic medical and psychological problems. Dr. Gant also integrates mindfulness-based psychotherapies to address psychospiritual issues.

Dr. CE Gant has practiced Functional Medicine , Holistic and Integrative Medicine and Psychotherapy for  over 36 years. While in private practice and while serving in medical directorships and consultancies to many clinics and hospitals in the Central New York area over decades, Dr. Gant instituted and perfected various integrative treatment regimens of nutritional therapy, detoxification, neurotransmitter, hormonal and metabolic rebalancing, and mindfulness-based, reconstructive psychotherapies, to support the recoveries of his patients from all kinds of common, chronic medical and psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Gant has treated many kinds of medical disorders such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, but a significant portion of his work has focused on natural, drug-free treatments for brain disorders such as AD/HD, Addiction (prescription drugs, tobacco, alcohol, other drugs), and Mood Disorders (depression). His work spanning most of 4 decades is summarized in various publications such as the books: ADD and ADHD: Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) Solutions (2008- 2nd edition),End Your Addiction Now (2010- Square One Publishers)End Nicotine Addiction Now (2010- 2nd edition), and ADHD (Attentional Disintegration of Hurt and Distress) Therapies, Basic Concepts in Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2003).  He teaches these topics via lectures, workshops and webinar trainings (see: www.AcademyofFunctionalMedicine.com.)

Dr. CE Gant's philosophy. Dr. Gant concentrates most intensively on the molecular aspects of care because of the astonishing paucity of such therapeutic opportunities for those suffering from causative nutritional deficiencies, toxicities, neurotransmitter, hormonal/metabolic abnormalities, and genetic vulnerabilities to all of the above. Amassed scientific research strongly suggests that the solutions to alcohol, tobacco and drug addiction (#1 cause of death and disability), to common mental disorders such as AD/HD, depression and anxiety, and to most chronic medical disorders, awaits us at the molecular level of understanding. Rather than merely covering up symptoms with drugs, we should be using a science-based, diagnostic approach to precisely identify and reverse the molecular causes of psychological and physical suffering. Dr. Gant has been branded a "healer" but he believes that identification with  such egotistical labels is limiting. He does not envision healing as an end unto itself, however well perfected certain methodologies become. Instead he sees healing as a means to an end, because the longer we can stay reasonably healthy and enjoy mental clarity, the more potential we have to discover a spiritual purpose for being alive and functional, and to joyfully share our human experience with others.


First Priority in Providing Health Care

Diagnose and Treat the Root Biochemical Causes of Suffering

For nearly 4 decades I have provided “healthcare” for 10s of thousands of patients. In my opinion, authentic “care” entails taking the time and making the effort to deeply understand the root, unique, physical causes of each patient’s suffering. I have become skilled at reversing chronic medical and psychiatric disorders because I address the actual biochemical causes, but I would never label myself as a healer. I only facilitate a release of my patient’s biochemical potential for self-healing, which is already written into the very fabric of their 100+ trillion cells. Practitioners who define themselves as “healers” could not possess such knowledge about our vast, innate, self-regulating capacity to heal, and they must consequently limit their capacity to provide authentic “care.”

The knowledge originating from providing decades of health “care” has led me to realize that the so-called “healthcare crisis” is a crisis of ignorance, a preoccupation with diagnostic labels and diseases which somehow magically “just happen” without well-defined causes. I “care” to much about my patients to allow them to suffer from this delusion, so one of my first tasks as a healthcare provider is to make it clear that all chronic diseases, maladies, disorders and illnesses are merely fantasized labels for various types of mental and physical suffering that we had invented over the ages before we had the science to know what the underlying causes actually were. Now that the physical causes of most diseases are well known, I “care-fully” and urgently suggest to my patients, practitioners and now to you, that we all break through this ignorance and achieve far better outcomes than we are currently getting.

The healthcare field uniquely epitomizes a level of ignorance which I have not seen in other walks of life. For example, highway engineers would never describe a breakdown of transportation infrastructure in terms of certain “bridge diseases” or “road disorders.” Instead, they would describe that breakdown in terms of the infrastructure’s composition, such as the wear and tear on its constitutional steel, concrete and asphalt. Furthermore, they would describe certain factors which are “toxic” to the longevity of our roads and bridges, such as salt and extreme weather conditions, and suggest methods for limiting those “aging” effects. Why has the healthcare system failed to define health problems in this way?

Essential Molecules

Essentially, the infrastructure of your body is made of certain classes of molecules: 20+ amino acids (from protein), several essential fatty acids (e.g., omega 3’s from fish oil), essential vitamins, essential minerals, oxygen, fiber, water, sunlight (photons are particles too) and enzymes (from raw foods like uncooked fruit). Note that these are essential, which implies that if any of these are deficient enough, the basic mechanisms underlying life must (by definition) breakdown, and symptoms, maladies, illnesses, disorders and diseases must occur.

Functional Medicine Testing

Out of “caring” for my patient’s “health,” I must not let this happen, so I routinely order functional medicine testing to diagnose precisely what is deficient in each and every patient, and then replenish those missing, essential items. (seewww.AcademyofFunctionalMedicine.com,www.FunctionalMedicine.org and www.HealthSolutionCenter.com)

More importantly, I also order in-depth, diagnostic testing for toxins (AKA – “Toxic Load”), which accelerate a breakdown of my patient’s infrastructure, contributing to the appearance of symptoms and “diseases,” accelerating aging and causing premature death. If you cared for someone being poisoned, would you sit idly by and let it happen? How can we practitioners let this happen under the guise of providing “care?” And since medications are also contributing toxins, mostly prescribed to merely cover up symptoms, I am interested in eventually detoxifying those as well, so that my patient’s innate, self-healing mechanisms can be restored.

Some of the classes of toxins which I routinely test for and address are:

1) All drugs, especially addictive, brain-injurious, psychotropic chemicals (alcohol, tobacco, illicit or prescribed chemicals).

2) Heavy metals, especially mercury, cadmium, arsenic and lead.

3) Mycotoxins (myco = mold or fungus toxins, derived from chronic intestinal, sinus infections, toxic living environments).

4) Toxic, allergy-causing food proteins.

5) Environmental toxins, especially petrochemicals (toxins from solvents, cleaners and petroleum products) and halogens (chlorine, fluorine and bromine).

6) Toxins derived from chronic infections such as Lyme, gastrointestinal organisms (unfriendly bacteria and parasites), dental toxins (abscessed root canals and implants).

7) Junk-food toxins, especially trans fats and all processed carbohydrates (also addictive).

8 ) Polluted air and water (requires air and water purifiers).

9) EM pollution (EM = ElectroMagnetic – microwaves, fluorescent lighting, generators).


A third important class of molecules which contributes to a healthy functioning of our body’s and brain’s infrastructure are the cell-to-cell communicators called neurotransmitters and hormones, which are synthesized from nutrients. If these are imbalanced or deficient, especially during certain hormonally stressful periods of life, like menopause or when my patients use drugs, take medications and/or abuse alcohol, I routinely replenish these natural (bio-identical), “feel good” molecules to help stabilize their mood, clear thinking, attentiveness and function.

How could I let my patients struggle through life with easily correctable depression, anxiety and AD/HD and continue to call myself a competent, caring doctor? Why would I prescribe bizarre, psychotropic chemicals with serious side effects when natural interventions are safer, less expensive, sustainable and more effective?

Genetic Testing

Finally, some of my patients suffer from a fourth infrastructure problem – genetic quirks (called polymorphisms) – which interfere with their proper utilization of nutrients listed above, with their detoxification abilities and with their optimal synthesis of hormones and neurotransmitters. Genetic testing is especially useful when nutritional repletion, detoxification and neurotransmitter/hormonal balancing is unsuccessful, which is unusual. To “care” for my patients means to fully understand them, and I am compelled to go the extra mile and understand their genetic vulnerabilities too. Genetic testing can be an integral part of that care in some patients.

Warning! Unless specially trained, your healthcare practitioner is not functional medicine competent. They probably don’t know how to diagnose or treat the underlying causes of chronic medical and psychiatric disorders. Your doctor was probably trained like me, to prescribe toxic chemicals (drugs) to cover up the symptoms caused by these root determinants of chronic diseases described above, or to perform surgery or radiation therapies (e.g., poison, cut and burn respectively), all of which can be life saving technologies for the very worst, acute or end-stage breakdown of one’s infrastructure.

But if you actually cared for someone, would you only offer to cut, burn or poison them? Would you only declare war on their bodies or would you also look for sustainable, diplomatic solutions?

TV and Hollywood shows such as Bones and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCSI) have popularized the power of functional medicine testing in solving crimes. Strangely, these powerful technologies are not taught to healthcare practitioners to “catch” the culprits causing chronic medical and psychiatric problems!

However, they are becoming increasingly available in a direct-to-consumer testing format (e.g., www.labcorp.com), so that smart consumers like you don’t have to wait several decades for the over-regulation-stymied and pharmaceutical-profit-obsessed healthcare system to catch up with this technological revolution.

Integrative Medicine

Care for yourself and those you love by self-testing for nutritional deficiencies, toxicities, neurotransmitter and hormonal imbalances, and even genetic quirks, and release your/their inner, innate healing capacities. Your consumer activism can take us all one step closer to authentic healthcare reform.

Unfortunately, medical school curricula do not include courses such as “caring for and loving your patients 101” or “authentic healing technologies 203.” The terms love, care and healing are hardly even mentioned. We are taught to maintain a “clinical detachment” and to not get too wrapped up in a deep, abiding concern for our patients. But I am certain that a career of deeply caring for my patient’s outcomes has been the essential element which has compelled me to go beyond the superficial “covering up” of symptoms with drugs, and to search more deeply for the actual roots of my patient’s suffering.

As I have become an expert in nutritional, toxicological, hormonal and genetic science, I now see that all healthcare systems throughout the world are misrepresenting themselves by suggesting that authentic care is actually being delivered. “Caring” for our patient’s minds, bodies and spirits must be inextricably linked to competence in functional medicine otherwise we are guilty of fraud.

Call it good science or a higher standard of care. Call it holistic, integrative or complementary medicine. I simply call it caring, and I encourage you to expect nothing less from your healthcare practitioner.

The Academy of Functional Medicine, Dentistry and Psychology

The Academy of Functional Medicine, Dentistry and Psychology offers training courses in functional medicine to healthcare practitioners and health coaches. Functional medicine examines primary prevention and underlying causes instead of the symptoms for serious chronic disease with the goal of understanding each individual patient’s physiological, environmental, and psychosocial contexts within which his or her illnesses or dysfunctions occur.

Functional medicine seeks to control or reverse each person’s physiological imbalances through individualized therapy based primarily on laboratory diagnostic testing performed by certified, specialized laboratories. Enhancement of patients’/client’s self- empowerment with a collaborative relationship between patient/client and healthcare practitioner or health coach, based on an understanding and knowledge of a patient’s/client’s unique biochemistry, metabolism, toxicology and genetics as determined by laboratory testing is the goal in all encounters.

The textbook: Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine by Drs. Lord and Bralley (also on CD) will be provided.

For more info visit: http://www.academyoffunctionalmedicine.com




What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know about Nutritional Medicine – Get in the Anti-Inflammatory Zone Naturally – By Dr. Karen Wolfe – Wellness Doctor, Nutritional Healing Doctor, Wellness Coach, Holistic Health Coach, Sugar Addiction, Cleansing, Digestive Health – Orange County, Southern California

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What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know about Nutritional Medicine – Get in the Anti-Inflammatory Zone Naturally By Dr. Karen Wolfe – Wellness Doctor, Nutritional Healing Doctor, Wellness Coach, Holistic Health Coach, Sugar Addiction, Cleansing, Digestive Health – Orange County, Southern California

By Karen Wolfe

The Australian Physician who brings mind and spirit back to medicine.


A headline in USA Today, and an article in Men’s Health and a book by Dr. Barry Sears, The Anti-Inflammation Zone, all highlight the dangers of silent inflammation that occurs within the cells of the body.

The USA Today article by Steve Sternberg quotes studies that appeared in New England Journal of Medicine.  It says: “Inflammation is as potent as bad cholesterol: Two leading research groups independently report today that lowering blood levels of a protein that promotes artery inflammation is just as important as reducing bad cholesterol for preventing heart attacks and strokes.  Their conclusions reflect a major shift away from the notion that bad cholesterol, or LDL, is the primary villain in heart disease.  Levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) also must be reduced to halt the disease’s progression, researchers said.”

The article in Men’s Health, Bonfires of the Arteries, sites “Inflammation is the slow burn that sparks thousands of heart attacks and strokes every year.” 

Half of all heart attacks and strokes in the United States each year occur among people with essentially normal cholesterol levels, says Paul Ridker, M.D., a professor of medicine at Havard medical school.  There’s more to heart disease than just lipids.  In addition to the problem of cholesterol, there’s the problem of the immune system or the inflammation response.  A heart attack occurs when plaque ruptures inside your blood vessels.  But that rupturing hinges not just on how much plaque you have but also on the degree of inflammation, Dr. Ridker says.  Your level of CRP – measured by a simple blood test – helps detect this condition so you can predict whether you’re in danger of cardiovascular disease and stroke.”

Many people take drugs to dampen down inflammation. After numerous months of controversy, the FDA removed Bextra from the market this month amidst reports that it posed health risks to the heart and stomach, and can cause a potentially fatal skin condition. Vioxx was also taken off the market in September 2004 because of dangerous and life-threatening cardiovascular side effects. The FDA established new warning labels for anti-inflammatory drugs, both prescribed and over-the-counter and older, popular non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), are also coming under increased scrutiny.

This is a big step in protecting the consumer from the dangers of these drugs, but it’s left many wondering what to do now.

Top Ten Tips to help reduce inflammation (CRP) levels in the body naturally
1. Take a High Quality Multi-Antioxidant A study in the American Journal of Medicine showed that people who took a multivitamin each morning for 6 months decreased their CRP by 0.7 milligrams per liter.  And a University of California at Berkeley study found that people who took 500 mg of vitamin C saw a 24 percent drop in CRP after just 2 months.
2. Get in Anti-Inflammatory Food Zone – people who most closely followed a Mediterranean diet – one rich in olive oil – had CRP numbers 20 percent lower than those of their less oily brethren. Here are some other specific diet tips

·         Reduce your intake of high glycemic foods. White foods of all kinds (pasta, French fries, white bread, white sugar products) all produce inflammatory chemicals in the cells. Eliminating or greatly reducing these will make a difference immediately. To speed up the process and see for yourself, I recommend a digestive cleanse process.

·         Avoid all partially hydrogenated fat. These fats create inflammatory chemicals and also damage cell membrane function.

·         Hold the red meat, eggs, and night shade vegetables. Some people are intensely sensitive to the arachidonic acid in red meat and eggs. When they stop eating these foods, their joint pain goes away quickly. Others are sensitive to the nightshade vegetables, which include tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and zucchini. It’s easy enough to stop them for ten days to see if you notice a difference. Sometimes this is all that is necessary!

·         Get enough omega-3 fats in your diet. Getting enough omega-3 fats in your diet is a natural and highly effective way to help the body resist inflammation. Wild Alaskan salmon is loaded with omega-3 fats, as are omega-3 rich eggs, sardines, and flax seeds. You can also get omega-3 fats in supplement form. I recommend 1000-5000 mg per day in divided doses.

·         Eat colorfully! Follow a diet rich in plant foods of all types, especially the highly pigmented ones such as blueberries, raspberries, kale, collard greens, sweet potatoes, and squash. These are loaded with naturally-occurring antioxidants that decrease inflammation and thwart oxidative stress caused by free radicals. For more information about this, see the book The Color Code.

3.     Floss – inflammation effects of periodontal disease also cause inflammation of your arteries.

4.      Stop smoking. Smoking takes toxic chemicals into the lungs and distributes them to every cell in the body, accelerating the aging and inflammatory process exponentially.

5.      Get Good Fats – In a new Harvard study, people who consumed the most omega-3 fatty acids (1.6 grams per day) had 29 percent lower CRP readings than those who ate the least.  Fish oil has a direct anti-inflammatory effect by either: inhibiting the formation of arachidonic acid (AA), or inhibiting the enzymes that transform AA into pro-inflammatory eicosanoids.”  Dr Barry Sears tells us “On a scale of 1 to 10 for supplements, I give high-dose fish oil a 12.  It’s the number-one anti-inflammatory supplement you can take – as long as you take an ultra-refined product that has had the vast majority of the inherent toxins removed…  If you only take one supplement in your life, make sure it’s high-dose fish oil… 

6.     Increase lean muscle mass and reduce body – Reducing fat helps reduce CRP.

7.     Get Fiber  Consume your recommended 20-plus grams of fiber..

8.     Practice the Friendship Solution Social interaction helps reduce depression which helps to lower CRP.

9.      Release resentment. According to Louise Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life and the famous little blue book Heal Your Body, arthritis is associated with feelings of criticism and resentment. A good affirmation for this is the following

I now lovingly release all past hurts, resentments, and grievances and open myself up to love and approval on all levels.

  1. Be moderate. It is certainly true that some people need a bit of NSAID or COX-2 inhibitor to get through their day at least while they’re making other lifestyle changes. If this is true for you, don’t spend a moment worrying about it. This just leads to more stress chemicals. Sometimes taking a small risk for significant pain relief is worth it. Just use the least amount that does the job, make the changes you can make as lsuited, and then let it go.


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Acupuncture Is Proven To Be Effective In Reducing Fertility Stress – By George Mandler, LDN, LicAC – Acupuncture, Nutrition, Digestive Disorders, Food Sensitivities, Infertility, Pain Management, Fatigue, Allergies – Stow, Massachusetts

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Acupuncture Is Proven To Be Effective In Reducing Fertility Stress – By George Mandler, LDN, LicAC – Acupuncture, Nutrition, Digestive Disorders, Food Sensitivities, Infertility, Pain Management, Fatigue, Allergies – Stow, Massachusetts

Acupuncture and in particular Chinese Medicine is a proven technique for increasing conception rates.   Massachusetts is one of 16 states that require insurance companies to cover ART (Assisted Reproductive Technologies) which is a cost we all incur.  The cost for a single IVF cycle is at minimum $10,000.  The goal of ARTs is to have a baby, but ignores the health of the mother and father.     A much more cost effective approach that improves the well being of all involved is Chinese Medicine which includes acupuncture, herbal medicine and diet.    ART is necessary in cases where conception naturally is not possible.  However in the vast majority of cases by utilizing Chinese Medicine alone a couple will conceive a healthy baby – especially for couples with 'unexplained' fertility.   Most often Chinese Medicine diagnosis will uncover imbalances that are hindering conception.  Appropriate treatment with nutrition, acupuncture and herbal medicine will correct imbalances thereby having healthier mother and supporting conception, implantation, carrying pregnancy to term, and a healthier postpartum.

One of the mechanisms whereby acupuncture may help with conception is by reducing stress.   There is little doubt that inserting needles into someone causing positive physiological responses that are beyond one just lying on a table listing to relaxing music. Also we've heard stories where a couple 'tried and tried' to get pregnant, but then gave up or went on vacation and got pregnant.    A recent study concluded (full text here) that "Acupuncture may be a useful intervention to assist with the reduction of infertility-related stress."    It certainly depends on each individual.  Some people just cannot turn off their minds to calm their nervous system (which is a major cause of 'unexplained infertility') enough to let the needles do their job (it is subtle energy).   The individuals may benefit from other mind-body awareness exercises such as biofeedback and deep tissue massages or just a vacation with their loved one to a warm and sunny place.  But for the majority of fertility patients acupuncture is a wonderful tool to assist the conception process whether they are choosing to use ART or conceive naturally.

Yours In Health,

George Mandler

Licensed Acupuncturist, Licensed Dietitian, Chinese Herbalist

Dr. Karen Wolfe – Wellness Doctor, Nutritional Healing Doctor, Wellness Coach, Holistic Health Coach, Sugar Addiction, Cleansing, Digestive Health – Orange County, Southern California

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Dr. Karen Wolfe - Wellness Doctor, Nutritional Healing Doctor, Wellness Coach, Holistic Health Coach, Sugar Addiction, Cleansing, Digestive Health – Orange County, Southern California

Dr. Karen Wolfe is an Australian physician, Health Coach, Author and International Speaker. Born in Sydney Australia, Karen graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and completed a Masters Degree in Psychology from National University in California.

Her vision is to integrate the best of Western and the west of complementary approaches to wellness. She is the author of seven books which include Medicine from the Inside Out and Create the Body Your Soul Desires. She is an international speaker on wellness and nutrition and she is a regular lecturer to the public as well as hospital groups, women’s conferences and professional organizations throughout USA and abroad. She cares that her audiences get it, so her presentations often include demonstrations and participation that bring personal meaning to her audience members.

Karen lives in Mission Viejo, California with her American husband, daughter and two dogs.

I’m a wellness physician, author,  nutrition coach, business mentor, entrepreneur and speaker, specializing in supporting individuals to live the life of their dreams.

I want to share my personal story so you can see how I have come to the place of believing in limitless possibilities and how I created my ten Prosperity Lessons


I was quite the “tomboy”. I loved to explore and get dirty and challenge match the toughness of any boy. I became a competitive swimmer at the age of 11 and I put my heart and soul into training to reach my dream of the Olympic games.

Prosperity Lesson #1

Things don’t’ always turn out as you expect them to!

I made it all the way to the training team for the Olympic games and my shoulders developed bursitis and I had to retire from swimming

Prosperity Lesson # 2

When one door closes another door opens

After retiring from swimming at the age of 17 years , I studied hard and gained acceptance to Sydney University Medical School

Prosperity Lesson # 3

You have to do things you don’t like to work out what you do like (OR A mistake is only a mistake if you don’t learn from it)

Medical school was not congruent with my passion. I took third year off and became a tour guide in Sydney and LOVED it.

Purpose Lesson # 4

When something is not working, do something different

I wanted to stay being a tour guide, but I was not a quitter. I reluctantly went back to medical school and graduated with an MBBS in 1983. I completed internship and residency and quickly found a job I liked as Medical Director of the Australian Government health Service. I started a Master’s Degree in Psychology because if my interest in Mind body medicine and gave myself the gift of attending the American Psychological Conference in Anaheim, California in 1990. IT was on this trip to USA that I fell in love and my life was about to change.

Prosperity Lesson #5

The heart has powerful intelligence that might conflict with the rational mind, follow your heart

I fell in love and within six months I moved to the United States without a plan but with an expanded heart. My career was put on hold while I took time to explore where this new adventure was leading. We were married within a year and I became an instant step mom and no license to practice medicine.

Prosperity Lesson #6

Be willing to follow your bliss even if it takes you into the unknown

I did not want to go back into clinical practice so I re awakened my interest in mindbody medicine and wellness. I completed my Master’s degree and began working as a wellness specialist. Eventually I realized my expanded vision of health and healing could not be contained within a corporate environment so I stepped out into my own wellness Business

Prosperity  Lesson #7

Find a mentor who is doing what you want to do and do what they do!

Being an entrepreneur was new to me and I was blessed to have many wonderful mentor who guided and supported me. I developed a very successful speaking and coaching career and finally found my “tribe” of like-minded people who enriched my life and partnered with me. The only problem was, I was traveling to much and I was missing my husband and daughter. It was at this time that I met Dr Northrup who introduced me to a new model of business where I could reach and help more people while building a business form my home

Prosperity Lesson #8

Learn to work smarter not harder

I loved the idea of working from home in a created more balance in my life. Even though I had a very negative view of Network Marketing, I was willing to follow the leadership of some very trusted and amazing people and dive into the unknown yet again.

Prosperity Lesson #9

Prosperity is a personal growth journey

I found that my business grew in exact proportion to how willing I was to live in the realm of believing in infinite possibilities and having the intention to be of service first and foremost. I created The Prosperity Partners with my best friend Deb Kern (www.drdebkern.com) and together we provide leadership to our teams of business owners. The Prosperity Partners is a personal growth business disguised as a network marketing company. Our business model is based on being healthy, growing personally and for those that chose, creating an additional, residual income stream through this unique way of doing network marketing.

Prosperity Lesson #10

The only way to fail is to give up!

I see people “giving up” just before they hit a success! Prosperity in body, mind and finances requires resilience, patience, personal growth and self responsibility. No one is going to do it for you. Now is the time. In The Prosperity Partners, we create the environment and resources for oyu to be as successful as you choose to be! 

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"Create The Body Your Soul Desires" By Dr. Karen Wolfe and Deborah Kern, Ph.D.

Here is a book that revolutionizes all the tired, time-worn methods of trying to fight the battle of the body: Create the Body Your Soul Desires: The Girlfriends’ Guide to Body Image, Weight, Food, Energy and Sexuality by Drs. Karen Wolfe, MBBS, and Deborah Kern, Ph.D. A fun read, this unique book blends science, nutrition, psychology and spirituality while at the same time offering practical down-to-earth tools that you can apply to your life beginning right now.

One of the distinguishing features of this remarkable book is that it highlights the importance of soul-level friendship in accomplishing the sacred work of taking care of the body. The authors describe the nature and importance of maintaining a faithful buddy system as the major support for accomplishing the goals so beautifully set out in their Conscious Body Methodä.

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This book, which is endorsed by best-selling author, Dr. Christiane Northrup, is about the magic and power of creating not only a healthy and vital body, but also a life that is congruent with your soul’s purpose. To purchase Dr. Karen's Book, Please Go Here.

To Watch More Of Dr. Karen Wolfe's Videos Please Go To My Healthiest Life TV.

Your Digestive Tract Truly Is Your Second Brain – By Dr. Screven Edgerton, Ob/GYN – Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Doctor, Functional Medicine Doctor, Anti-Aging Doctor, Digestive Health, Nutritional Healing – Austin, Texas

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Your Digestive Tract Truly Is Your Second Brain – By Dr. Screven Edgerton, Ob/GYN – Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Doctor, Functional Medicine Doctor, Anti-Aging Doctor, Digestive Health, Nutritional Healing – Austin, Texas

G.I. Health

The gastrointestinal tract is truly the second brain of our bodies.  Nearly all nutrition, vitamins, bioidentical hormones and medications must go through this system. If there is inflammation, disease, or irritation then individuals could be compromised.  Gut dysfunction can lead to poor absorption of nutrition and more.  You may have common symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and reflux but many patients have poor digestion without symptoms.

Did you know that many of the neurotransmitters that our brains use are made in the gastrointestinal tract? Approximately 70% of all serotonin is made in the gastrointestinal system.  This is the amino acid that virtually all anti-depressant technology is based upon.  If you have problems with your gut, it could affect your brain and your mood.

The majority of our immune system also lies within our gut.  A healthy GI system allows us to maintain the best defense against stress and illness.

We realize that if we address the dysfunction of the GI system, we will promote overall improved health.

We use DNA BASED tests to evaluate the presence of inflammation, immunity, bacteria, parasites, yeast and more.  This test far exceeds the capability of culture based analysis by detection of organisms that cannot be cultured. Correcting any problem here facilitates the proper function and absorption of the gut.  We then take the next step and recommend the right supplements to restore vitality to your GI tract.  We will show you what to take for normal digestion such as prebiotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes.

FOOD ALLERGY TESTING is another way that we can evaluate and promote better GI health. As humans we are creatures of habit and often eat the same foods repetitively.  This however often pushes our system to become intolerant to these foods.  Inflammation can increase and the system/body can be compromised.  Testing for sensitivity to food has been beneficial for reducing IBS, improving immunity, losing weight, asthma, skin disorder, headaches, and more.

Unfortunately, the American diet is nutritionally poor.  Our food industry changes food so that they are processed or modified to stay on the shelf longer at the grocery store.  If you compound that with the fast food nation we have become, we are at a disadvantage even when we try to eat as healthy as possible.

By understanding the gastrointestinal tract and what the underlying problems may be, we can create a state of ultimate digestion plus maximal absorption for food, supplements, and medicines.

Here are 10 Rules to Promote Optimal Gut Function and Weight Loss

1. The “80/20” Rule If you don’t give yourself a break once in a while you will fall off your diet program.  Be diligent 80% of the time and give yourself a treat for the remaining 20%. (Example: one beer, a glass of wine, small dessert, etc)  Remember to regain your focus if you have the occasional indulgence.

2. The “Rule of Whites” Avoid white sugar, flour, rice and salt.  These things have little nutritional benefit and actually may strip your body of vital nutrients.  Strive to eat whole grain, brown rice, sea salt, and stevia type sugar substitute instead.

3. Eat Protein with every Meal Our bodies, brain, and muscles need protein for fuel and metabolic activity.  We should have a minimum of 20 grams with each meal.

4. Portion Control The American Diet is out of control!  We have grown up on huge portions and a supersize mentality.  Start focusing on eating smaller portions of better foods.  If you go out to eat, get in the habit of splitting a meal with a friend or taking half home.

5. YOU NEED WATER Most of us walk around dehydrated.  Water helps us detoxify our body.  Adequate water intake also reduces overeating.  Some of your hunger cravings could actually be thirst!  Divide your body weight (lbs) by 2.  That is the amount of ounces you should consume daily.

6. Journal your Calories and Exercise If you make an effort to record what your intake is on a daily basis then you are less likely to make poor choices. Documenting your exercise lets you see the calories you burn. Having a daily calorie goal gives you a target that will result in weekly weight loss. A variety of free internet sites and phone applications can assist you with documenting your foods and exercise.

7. Exercise You will not achieve your weight loss goals or attain optimal health without exercise. Start at your comfort level and then push yourself.  Strive for 40 minutes of exercise 5 days a week.  A variety of exercise will prevent you from becoming burned out. Find something fun or buddy up with a friend to increase your focus and success

8. Avoid Processed Foods  You should stay away from foods that contain MSG (monosodium glutamate), partially hydrogenated anything, genetically modified GMO, high fructose corn syrup, etc.  The more lean meats, fruits and raw vegetables you can eat – the better. A handful of almonds and is a great snack to satisfy cravings between meals.

9. Smoothies  A great “on the go” meal (especially for breakfast) is a smoothie shake.  There are tons of these on the market but beware of high carbs, fructose, and calories.  Premier Health and Wellness has created a new type of “Slender” Smoothie that is a detoxifying meal replacement shake. We use a hypo-allergenic pea protein (20g) for optimal metabolism. It is low calorie, low carb, and low sugar. If you replace 1-2 meals a day with a smoothie, you have reduced your calorie total tremendously heading into your evening meal!

10. Consider a Nutritionist Consultation Most of us have had little or no training on how to eat well. Invest some time in your health and get the proper information.

Dr. Screven Edgerton is a Contributor to My Healthiest Life and an Expert on Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement, Nutritional Healing, Anti-Aging and many more topics. Please visit him at Premier Health and Wellness and watch his Videos My Healthiest Life TV

Dr. Screven Edgerton, OB/GYN – Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Doctor, Functional Medicine Doctor, Anti-Aging Doctor, Weight Management, Nutrition and Detoxification, Brain Wellness, Acupuncture Treatment – Austin, Texas

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Dr. Screven Edgerton, OB/GYN - Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Doctor, Functional Medicine Doctor, Anti-Aging Doctor, Weight Management, Food Allergies, Massage Therapy, Natural Menopause Treatment, Adrenal Fatigue, Perimenopause Nutrition and Detoxification, Brain Wellness, Acupuncture Treatment – Austin, Texas

Dr. Edgerton is a board certified OB/GYN. His interest in bioidentical hormone replacement started years ago when he realized many of his patients were not improving with some of the standard medical regimens.  Research and study led him to understand that there is a wealth of scientific literature to support supplementation with more natural forms of many medicines.  He now feels he can best help his patients and add life to years as well as years to life.

He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University and completed his training at the University of Texas in Houston.  Dr. Edgerton and his family have lived in the Austin area since 2005. His outside interests include sports, exercise, family, friends and nature.




About Premier Health And Wellness:

My staff and I have created a new dynamic for medical care. We strive to understand the physiologic cause for your illness.  It is our mission to go beyond what is normal and find what is OPTIMAL!  We use the highest quality bioidentical hormones and supplements to get you feeling your best. 

It is our mission to go beyond normal and find what is OPTIMAL! 

Unfortunately in medicine today, physicians have very little time to spend with patients and therefore we fall in to the rhythm of poor diagnosis which commonly means writing a prescription for symptoms. Even worse, if the underlying issue isn't clear, then many patients are prescribed anti-depressants and sent on their way.

We pledge to spend more time with you so that we may deliver the best care possible.  We use a variety of tests to determine how multiple organ systems are involved with your problem.  We offer programs that address hormone imbalance, gastrointestinal function, brain wellness, adrenal fatigue and all natural weight management.

If you desire a new, all natural personalized approach to your health care — let Premier Health and Wellness provide the personal attention you deserve.

We also understand the long journey it can take to find a Board Certified Medical Doctor who knows the science, has done the research, and has the experience to treat the symptoms the can keep you from enjoying life to it's fullest.

Premier Health & Wellness offers consultations by telephone giving you a chance to discuss your symptoms, ask questions and find out how Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can change your life!

Call 512-459-4405 today to find out how Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can change your life!

Our Services:

   – Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
   – Food Intolerance (Allergy) Testing
   – Gastrointestinal Function Evaluation
   – Brain Wellness and Adrenal Gland Evaluation
   – Weight Management

Bioidentical Hormones

There is a continuous symphony of processes in our body that work in a harmonious way. Our bodies, however, change as we age. Additionally, we are being constantly bombarded by stressors that alter this balance in our systems. The environment, our diet, relationships – they all have a stressful impact on our health. Hormones are a vital part of keeping our systems functioning at their best.

It is hard to believe that the standard of current medical thinking states that replacement of the hormones women and men have enjoyed their entire life will all of a sudden put them in grave danger.

Regaining Hormonal Balance is Easier Than You Think

You’d be surprised how quickly you can restore your hormones to optimal levels and start looking better, feeling better, and living better, free of the Menopausal & Andropausal symptoms that haunt you.

Yes, the same hormones that nurture a growing fetus and keep women and men youthful. The same hormones that keep the breasts full, bones strong, the colon healthy, the mind sharp, skin vibrant, and sexuality soaring.

Yet, instead of embracing our physiology and the hormones we need for survival, physicians have been blindsided by the pharmaceutical industry and the notion that synthetic hormones are as safe as what our body naturally gives us.

Brain Wellness

Having optimal hormone levels can make a huge difference in health and how we feel. We must not, however, overlook our brain and the adrenal gland.

Humans are complex and there are a number of body systems that must function in perfect harmony. There is a beautiful symphony of processes and interplay between our gastrointestinal system, hormone producing glands, tissues and brain. If one system is under functioning, multiple processes can suffer & ultimately compromise optimal health.

Anti-depressant and anxiety medication use in this country is at an epidemic proportion. When physicians don’t try to understand why someone feels poorly, it is an all too easy fallback to prescribe antidepressants. Despite the many appropriate uses, patients are staying on these medications for far too long and are not educated on the proper way to wean off them.

In our opinion, these medications are band-aids. We strive to understand the physiology of what may be deficient instead of tricking the brain to keep more of a neurotransmitter in the brain.

By evaluating the amino acids (neurotransmitters) of the brain and adrenal gland, we can improve health and well-being for a multitude of problems:

  – Depression               

  – Anxiety
  – Fatigue                      

  – Irritability
  – Poor focus                 

  – Weight control
  – Poor memory            

  – Chronic pain             

  – Sleep disturbances
  – Headaches                

  – Mood changes

Stress over time can cumulatively wear on the human body. Stress comes in many forms – environmental, relationships, dietary, physical, etc. When we don’t replenish our bodies with proper nutrients, we suffer the consequences.


We use specialized urine and saliva tests that are collected at specific times and then sent to Germany for analysis.

The results then allow us to construct a treatment protocol of high grade supplements. We retest in 2-3 months and adjust the protocol from there.

This test is being used internationally and by professional athletes.

Brain wellness evaluation has been an incredible addition to our practice and has provided multiple breakthroughs for optimal physical and mental health.

Weight Management

THE PLAIN TRUTH: No pill, injection, gel, or cream will provide healthy sustainable weight loss. Popular diets using phentermine or HCG put our bodies in an un-natural state. Most patients we see on or after these diets have already gained the weight back. The reason is that proper nutrition and exercise were ignored!

We have put together a system to diagnose and treat abnormal weight gain.  We look at it as a puzzle with multiple pieces needing to be arranged in perfect order.

Our Menu Includes:

  – Hormone deficiency testing
  – Gastrointestinal evaluation (bacteria, parasites, inflammation, etc.)
  – Evaluation for diabetes /insulin resistance
  – Food Intolerance testing

We have designed a 28 day diet that will show you how to eat more nutritious foods (Farm to Table), boost your energy, detoxify you system, and above all lose weight. Average weight loss is 6 to 20 pounds depending on exercise. 

We use natural protein shakes and supplements to replace key meals during the day without adding unnecessary sugar or additives.  

Get all the details at www.premierwellnessproducts.com


Dr. Screven Edgerton has been featured in the first edition of: North America's TOP DOCTORS – Share Secrets To Anti-Aging & Wellness

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What The Heck Is Leaky Gut? – By Dr. Donielle Wilson – Women’s Health Issues, Autoimmune Disorders, Thyroid Disease, Chronic Fatigue, Nutritional Healing, Detoxification, Cleansing, Natural Hormonal Balance, Food Sensitivities And Allergy Elimination, Naturopathic Doctor- New York, Long Island, Port Jefferson, New York and Greenwich, Conneticut

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What the heck is leaky gut? - By Dr. Donielle Wilson – Women’s Health Issues, AutoImmune Disorders, Thyroid Disease, Chronic Fatigue, Nutritional Healing, Detoxification, Cleansing, Natural Hormonal Balance, Food Sensitivities And Allergy Elimination, Naturopathic Doctor- New York, Long Island, Port Jefferson, New York and Greenwich, Conneticut

Think, for a moment, of the intestinal lining as a tile floor. For a tile floor to not leak, we put grout between the tiles. When the grout is damaged, the floor leaks.  

The same goes for your intestinal lining. The space between the cells (call Tight Junctions) is like grout, ensuring that undigested food does not make it into your body.  

Food must be digested all the way down to the most simple substances (glucose, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, fats) in order to be transported across the cell wall, through the cell, back out the other side, then through the space between the intestinal lining and the blood vessels, and finally into the blood stream.

When the "grout" in the intestinal lining is damaged (due to stress, antibiotics, yeast, gluten, to name the known causes), then partially digested food (stress reduces our ability to digest food) can get between the cells into the area where your immune system is "on guard" waiting to attack "foreign substances." 

This is where IgG food intolerances develop. 

Once the immune system attacks, it sends inflammatory signals throughout the body (what I refer to as an "inflammatory cloud"), which is why symptoms of food intolerance and leaky gut can appear anywhere, not just in the digestive tract.

Just as a drop of ink discolors an entire gallon of water, one exposure to an intolerant food can cause severe symptoms (usually within 1-4 days) after consumption. But not only that! The exposure becomes an additional stress on the body which perpetuates the susceptibility to illness.

It makes sense that the immune system reacts to the foods that are coming through – the foods that you eat most often.  So an important distinction is that the priority solution is to heal the leaky gut, not just to avoid the foods that are triggering the reaction.  

How to know if you have leaky gut? 
There are tests available that specifically measure whether substances that don't usually traverse the intestinal lining, are getting through.  Another way to identify leaky gut is by doing an IgG food intolerance panel. Based on the number and severity of IgG reactions, as well as the types of foods that show as reactive (beans for example), we can presume that leaky gut exists.

How to heal leaky gut?
Avoiding the foods that the immune system is attacking is the first step to healing leaky gut because it helps to reduce inflammation and to prevent the perpetuation of leaky gut. 

The second step is to address the underlying cause of the leakiness.

  • The single best thing you could do to address the underlying cause is to avoid gluten because it directly causes leaky gut by disrupting the "grout" (by stimulating a substance called zonulin).
  • Taking digestive enzymes (and hydrochloric acid when needed) helps to ensure that all food is fully digested by the time it gets to the intestines.  
  • Address intestinal yeast overgrowth, heavy metal toxicity, and infection anywhere in the body (Lyme, Mono, tooth infection, etc) when it is present.  

The third way to address leaky gut is to take nutrients and herbs that have been shown to heal it.  These include, but are not limited to, L-glutamine, N-acetyl glucosamine, zinc, berberine, herbal licorice (Glycyrrhiza), quercetin and aloe vera leaf extract.  To see products that contain these ingredients, intended to help heal leaky gut, click here.

What is the impact of leaky gut? 
While leaky gut (also known as Intestinal Permeability) is established in the medical community, and significant research on the subject is coming out every year, it is not often addressed in conventional medical care. 

Meanwhile, it is a major underlying cause of illnesses of all sorts, in every system of the body.  From chronic fatigue, sinusitis, and interstitial cystitis, to anxiety, depression, hypothyroidism, autoimmunity (of all types) and cancer, leaky gut is both an originator of illness and a result of illness.  

Stress and the adrenal response (cortisol and adrenaline) are both a result of leaky gut and a cause of leaky gut, due to suppression of digestion, immunity and hormone function. Supporting and rebalancing adrenal function is an important part of healing leaky gut. 

How long does it take to heal?
Putting a stop to this snowball effect and vicious cycle associated with leaky gut is not done overnight. It requires diligence, consistency and changes both in diet and lifestyle over months to years. 

The good news is that it is possible to heal.  I've seen it in practice. Patients report a gradual decrease in symptoms and tendencies to illness.

Overall, healing leaky gut is a TOP priority for achieving optimal health.

Dr. Doni 

DONIELLE WILSON, ND is a natural health expert and Naturopathic Doctor with a private practice in New York City, Port Jefferson, NY, and Connecticut. She specializes in showing women and their loved ones how to achieve their wellness goals by finally getting the answers they’ve been looking for to their most perplexing health challenges. To learn more about Dr. Doni and her unique approach to achieving health naturally, please visit Dr. Doni today. 




Leaky Gut Syndrome… I’m leaking from where now?! – By Jim Chialtas, L.Ac. – Acupuncture, Functional Medicine, Autoimmune Disorders, Pain Management, Thyroid Conditions, Nutritional Healing, Chinese Medicine, Gluten Sensitivity – San Diego, California

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Leaky Gut Syndrome… I'm leaking from where now?! - By Jim Chialtas, L.Ac. – Acupuncture, Functional Medicine, Autoimmune Disorders, Pain Management, Thyroid Conditions, Nutritional Healing, Chinese Medicine, Gluten Sensitivity – San Diego, California

Is anyone else out there fascinated with the colon… Or is it just me? And why on Earth would I want to talk about “Leaky Gut Syndrome” anyway? It is a rather eloquently named pathology don't you think? Contrary to the graphic image that it hints towards, Leaky Gut Syndrome does not have anything to do with that synthetic fat substitute that came out in the 80’s whiched caused anal leakage. I suppose that would be called "Leaky Butt Symdrome." Leaky Gut Syndrome is much more dangerous than that. And here’s why:

Quite simply put leaky Gut Syndrome is no more than a nasty inflammation problem. In fact it is inflammation in a big way that is located along the lining of the gastro-intestinal system. The lining of the gut is an extremely important part of the body not only in the digestion and absorption of our food but as a barrier to the outside world. Even though it is located within the confines of our skin it really is still technically touching the outside. This being the case it is surrounded with over half of our immune system. And when the immune system is activated we have inflammation.

In a healthy gut the cells are packed tightly together to form the lining of our intestines. Once our food is broken down appropriately the very small particles are then actively transported through the lining and into the blood to be made into energy. (That’s the short story!) Once the lining of the gut has become inflamed due to infection, drugs/medication/alcohol, food allergies, high cortisol, or a myriad of other things, the cells that make up the lining of the intestines begin to swell and separate just a little. Once this has occurred there is no longer a nice tight junction between the cells and slightly larger particles of food can pass through the lining. As I mentioned before the body is only used to very small particles which it chooses. These larger particles are now recognized as foreign invaders and an immune response is launched against them. This response is inflammatory in nature. So from then on you have a viscous cycle taking place. The more inflammation you have the more the cells allow larger particles to pass through and then more inflammation… Do you see the pattern? Very quickly the things that you like to eat most become damaging to your system and you get more and more inflammation. This is bad news! "Does that mean that I can't eat my Hot Pockets anymore?" Well yes, I think it probably does since the four most allergic foods are egg, soy, dairy and grain. So sorry.

Most people think of inflammation as something that leads to pain like in diverticulitis. And it certainly can. But people get into trouble when the inflammation is low grade and goes under the radar. The body recognizes this inflammation as a stressor on the body and sets the person up for big problems like heart disease, stroke, cancers and again, a myriad of other conditions. Leaky Gut Syndrome is often not noticed by the person, but with some basic tests we can screen for this condition and practice true preventative medicine. And from there you can get this condition under control.

If there is one thing that I want you to take home from this blog entry it is this: The surface area of the gut is enormous and has a huge impact on health in general. Take care of your gut. Do not fill it full of poison (even if it tastes like Hot Pockets!) and keep an eye out for inflammation in the body. Just about all chronic diseases have their start in low grade inflammation. Once the GI system is inflamed the disease pathway is well on its way.

Feel free to contact me with your questions or concerns. Geographical location is not a problem. All of these tests can be done long distance.

Long-Term Prevention Through Immune Support – Dr. Isaac Eliaz – Preventive, Integrative, Nutritional Healing, Immune Specialist Doctor – Sebastopol, California

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Whether you’re talking about a cold or the flu, there are various recommendations for preventing and treating them. If you start early on prevention, you'll likely be among the lucky people who sail through the winter without catching either. By far the best defense is prevention. A strong immune system will prevent a cold or the flu and speed up recovery time if you do in fact get sick.

One of the best preventive measures is medicinal mushrooms, which are well-documented for their ability to enhance immune function and help combat infection, especially on a long-term basis. Medicinal mushrooms are literally immune system coaches, and it is more efficient to train your immune system when you are not already sick. The beauty of medicinal mushrooms is that they are also highly beneficial in times of distress and when your immune system is under an increased risk.

The best way to use medicinal mushrooms is to take them regularly at a maintenance dose and then increase the dosage when you are at greater risk or when you have a cold. At times of distress or if there is an increased risk for colds and flu, doubling the dosage of medicinal mushrooms is extremely beneficial.

Mushrooms naturally contain Beta glucans, which are simple polysaccharides (sugar/carbohydrate molecules) that enhance immune function by boosting macrophage activity. Beta glucans can be cultivated in yeast cells and extracted and added to mushroom products for a booster effect. Thus, when you select a mushroom product, it is important to choose one that contains additional Beta glucans for the best benefit. Additional herbs that are valuable for immune health include Echinacea and Goldenseal. Various Chinese herbal formulas such as Yin Qiao San, Gui Zi Tang, Ge Gen Tang can also be effective, depending on the specific characteristics of the flu or cold. Tonifying and adaptogenic herbs, such as Astragalus, Ginseng, and Eleutherococcus (Siberian ginseng) are also powerful defenses, but consult an herbalist knowledgeable in TCM herbology before taking them.

Finally, when you have a cold or the flu, high dosages of vitamin C and zinc are quite helpful. Daily doses of Vitamin C can boost the immune system, offering potential protection from viruses and colds. Vitamin C is a nutrient that has been demonstrated to have a substantial impact on human health. Taking a dose of up to 1,000 mg of Vitamin C can strengthen your immune system and that, in turn, can help you avoid colds and nasty viruses.

Zinc helps to eliminate already existing free radicals and helps to prevent new ones from forming. Zinc is the most important mineral to the thymus gland, which orchestrates the immune function in the human body. Supplementation with zinc increases the ability of the immune system to fight viral infections and enhances the ability of the immune system to do its job.

Research continues to show how important these vitamins and supplements are for your immune system, and since most of us are deficient in the winter, a daily supplement can boost your immune system even more. For more immune-boosting health tips, download a complimentary wellness guide by visiting www.dreliaz.org/wellness-guide/cold-and-flu