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In my practice I see all kinds of acute problems like colds, flu, coughs etc and treat them naturally. This often helps people to avoid using antibiotics. An interesting article highlights how we can help prevent antibiotic resistance with the use of homeopathic medicine. http://www.ijrh.org/temp/IndianJResHomoeopathy94219-6039392_164633.pdf

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Many people take iron ongoing and are still anemic. They may have an underlying issue such as poor digestion, use of medications like antacids, not taking iron with co-factors that aid in absorption like b vitamins and vitamin C or excess menstrual flow. Low stomach acid in particular affects iron absorption. Supplementing with hydrochloric acid in these cases may be helpful for absorption. Aside from vitamins homeopathy is helpful with the symptoms of poor digestion, heavy menses and iron absorption. An example of how homeopathy is tailored to the individual for iron absoprtion is as follows:

  • Ferrum phos is useful to help with absorption of iron and for women who tend to be low iron
  • Aletris is useful for uterine fibroids and heavy flow leading to anemia
  • Lecithin helps to strengthen the red blood cell membrane and improve anemia
  • China off helps with fatigue after loss of blood from surgery, injury or menstrual flow

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In the clinic we often hear of people who have trouble after receiving certain shots from their doctor. The problems can range from fever, fatigue, headaches up to neurological symptoms. Homeopathic remedies are great because they are suited to someone's symptom picture and can help to clear up symptoms of vaccine damage. For example:

  • Thuja is good for general ailments from vaccines, like flatulence, eczema, rashes, fatigue and neuralgia
  • Silicea is more suited to the symptoms of chilliness, weakness, low appetite, convulsions and cysts
  • Vaccinium is used in those with patchy rashes, red pimples or blotches afterwards

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In the clinic we often hear of people who have trouble after receiving certain shots from their doctor. The problems can range from fever, fatigue, headaches up to neurological symptoms. Homeopathic remedies are great because they are suited to someone's symptom picture and can help to clear up symptoms of vaccine damage. For example:

  • Thuja is good for general ailments from vaccines, like flatulence, eczema, rashes, fatigue and neuralgia
  • Silicea is more suited to the symptoms of chilliness, weakness, low appetite, convulsions and cysts
  • Vaccinium is used in those with patchy rashes, red pimples or blotches afterwards

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Homeopathic medicines are great because they are suited to someone's unique symptom picture. They don't have any side effects and they are tailored to the person. Homeopathy can be helpful in bedwetting, for example:

  • Cina is useful in bedwetting the occurs from a parasitic infection
  • Helonias may be useful in people who suffer from diabetes
  • Pulsatilla is often indicated in children who urinate easily when coughing or laughing and may be flatulent
  • Sepia for bedwetting in the first part of sleep
  • Bacillinum in children with hereditary tendencies

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It is very concerning that depression and anxiety is like the common cold now. The fastest growing rates of suicide are found in young girls aged from 10 to 14 year old. Antidepressants have a high relapse rate and some can increase the risk of suicidal tendencies. In fact one study shows that 40% of patients relapse within 15 weeks, 20% are incapacitated in some way or attempt suicide and 66% suffer from residual symptoms.

Often children are nutrient deficient due to diet, absorption issues, genetic problems and maternal nutrition. Our depressed or anxious children may be suffering with heavy metal toxicity, poor nutrition, being low in magnesium, b and d vitamins, omega three fatty acids, little to no outdoor time, exercise and experience bullying or experience an abusive or chaotic home life.

We can give our children less toxic choices to improve the quality of their life and reduce the need for toxic medications. Homeopathic remedies are great because they help with the individual's unique symptoms and may help with the emotional aspects of home life. For example:

  • Staphysagria is a remedy for ailments from abuse with suppressed shame and anger.
  • Ignatia is good for acute grief, sighing and weeping.
  • Natrum mur is a remedy for sullen types who ruminate and keep to themselves.

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Gout is caused from an excess of uric acid in the joints. People who are on blood pressure medicine and are diabetic tend to suffer from gout more often than others. Gout may also be caused from an excess of purines in the diet (brewers yeast, beef, pork, organ meats etc), niacin supplementation and excess alcohol intake. Natural remedies can help with the symptoms of gout very nicely. Homeopathic remedies include:

  • Benzoic acid has symptom such as joints cracking on motion, pain in Achilles tendon, bunion of great toe, gouty and asthmatic, urine hot, dark brown and strong foul odor.
  • Ledum pal has a swollen big toe, that looks bruised and purple and is better for cold applications.
  • Urtica Urens is usually used in a tincture from to clear excess crystals from the blood.
  • Supplements such as digestive enzymes, quercitin and tart cherry juice may help reduce the inflammation of gout.

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Medical Study Finds This Healthy Fat Dramatically Reduces Cancer Growth

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O.,D.A.C.B.N., M.S

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A new study has found that the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) has an anti-tumor function and has proven to dramatically reduce the expression of various types of cancers.

GLA is found in grapeseed oil, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, pistachio nuts, sunflower seeds (raw), olive oil, olives, borage oil, evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil and chestnut oil.

Javier A. Menendez, Ph.D., of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Research Institute in Illinois, has found that GLA substantially reduced Her-2/neu protein levels on the expression of the Her-2/neu (erbB-2) oncogene.

Her-2/neu (erbB-2) oncogene is involved in development of numerous types of human cancer. 

What is HER-2/neu?
HER-2/neu (also known as HER-2) is a protein that is found on the surface of breast cells. It sends messages to the cell from 'growth factors' outside the cell. Growth factors tell cells to grow and divide.

What does it mean to be HER-2/neu positive?

Everyone has the HER-2/neu protein. 

But in some breast cancers, the cells produce many more HER-2/neu proteins than normal. 
These breast cancers are called 'HER-2/neu positive cancers.' 

Breast cancers that have very few HER-2/neu proteins, or none at all, are called 'HER-2/neu negative cancers.' 
HER-2/neu positive breast cancers grow faster than HER-2/neu negative breast cancers.

Oncogene is a gene that causes the transformation of normal cells into cancerous tumor.
Her-2/neu is an oncogene. 

Normal cells contain two copies of the Her-2/neu gene and produce low levels of the Her-2 protein. 
In about 20-30% of invasive breast cancers (and some other cancers, such as ovarian and bladder cancer), many more copies of the Her-2/neu gene are produced and its protein is over-expressed (an abnormally large amount of the protein is produced). 

Tumors that have this over-expression tend to grow more aggressively and resist hormonal therapy and some chemotherapies, and patients generally have a poorer prognosis.

GLA treatment substantially reduced Her-2/neu protein levels in the Her-2/neu-overexpressing cell lines of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and gastrointestinal tumors. 

The lab test to determine if you have a positive or negative HER-2/neu is called Human epidermal growth factor receptor.


References

Menendez JA, Vellon L, Colomer R, Lupu R. Effect of gamma-linolenic acid on the transcriptional activity of the Her-2/neu (erbB-2) oncogene. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2005 Nov 2;97(21):1611-5. 
Menendez JA, Ropero S, Lupu R, Colomer R. Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (18:3n-6) enhances docetaxel (Taxotere) cytotoxicity in human breast carcinoma cells: Relationship to lipid peroxidation and HER-2/neu expression. Oncol Rep. 2004 Jun;11(6):1241-52. 
Menendez JA, del Mar Barbacid M, Montero S, Sevilla E, Escrich E, Solanas M, Cortes-Funes H, Colomer R. Effects of gamma-linolenic acid and oleic acid on paclitaxel cytotoxicity in human breast cancer cells. Eur J Cancer. 2001 Feb;37(3):402-13. 

The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Grisanti and his functional medicine community. Dr. Grisanti encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. Visit www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com for more information on our training in functional medicine. Look for practitioners who have successfully completed the Functional Medicine University's Certification Program (CFMP) www.functionalmedicinedoctors.com. This content may be copied in full, with copyright, contact, creation and information intact, without specific permission, when used only in a not-for-profit format. If any other use is desired, permission in writing from Dr. Grisanti is required.

 

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Sudden Arrhythmia from an Underappreciated Danger

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S., CFMP

An underappreciated highway danger has been shown to cause sudden cardiac arrest or clotting off of a coronary artery

In addition, this highway danger has been found to cause sudden arrhythmia that makes a person pass out or have a heart attack.

The highway danger I am referring to is diesel and other traffic exhausts.

Diesel exhausts have been known for decades to create clots, arrhythmias and heart attacks.

What baffles me is that this has been known for over ten years and has even been published in cardiologists' leading journal, Circulation (published by the American Heart Association)!

We now know the mechanisms by how this happens.

Research has shown that diesel and traffic exhaust fumes (unavoidable chemicals) poison the ability of the body to make nitric oxide (it poisons the endothelial nitric oxide synthase enzyme).

The endothelial cells of our vasculature protect us against atherosclerosis and thrombosis. A major weapon of endothelial cells to fight vascular disease is endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), an enzyme that generates the vasoprotective molecule nitric oxide (NO·). However, many of us unintentionally mistreat our endothelial cells.

From diabetes to hypertension, cancer to strokes, memory and learning disorders to septic shock, male impotence to tuberculosis, there is probably no pathological condition where nitric oxide does not play an important role.

But there is a way to fix it.

As a brief review, our body's make our own nitroglycerine (nitric oxide, actually) to dilate our blood vessels out of the amino acid arginine. So for any long drives especially, whether it's business or pleasure, it is a good idea to take 1000 mg of Arginine Powder.

But remember this heart triggering can happen with very short auto exhaust exposures as well. At least you now know how to protect yourself and your loved ones from diesel induced arrhythmias and heart attacks.

Good solution

A car air purifier would be a great addition to the interior of your car or truck, and to put the air on recycle rather than sucking in highway fumes.

So where are the cardiologists who should be telling folks these simple things to do to protect themselves?

 

References:

Peretz A, et al, Diesel exhaust inhalation causes acute vasoconstriction in vivo, Environ Health Persp 116:937-42, 2008

Peters A, et al, Exposure to traffic and the onset of myocardial infarction, New Engl J Med 351:1721-30, 2004

Rich DQ, et al, Association of short-term ambient air pollution concentrations and ventricular arrhythmias, Am J Epidemiol 161:1123-32, 2005

Dockery DW, et al, Association of air pollution with increased incidence of ventricular tachyarrhythmias recorded by implanted cardioverter defibrillators, Environ Health Persp, 113:670-74, 2005

Mills AL, et al, Diesel exhaust pollution causes vascular dysfunction and impaired endogenous fibrinolysis, Circulation 112:393036, 2005

Cherng T-W, Mechanisms of Diesel-Induced Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase Dysfunction in Coronary Arterioles, Environ Health Perspect. 2011 January; 119(1): 98–103.

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The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Grisanti and his functional medicine community. Dr. Grisanti encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. Visit www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com for more information on our training in functional medicine. Look for practitioners who have successfully completed the Functional Medicine University's Certification Program (CFMP) www.functionalmedicinedoctors.com. This content may be copied in full, with copyright, contact, creation and information intact, without specific permission, when used only in a not-for-profit format. If any other use is desired, permission in writing from Dr. Grisanti is required.

 

 

Most people are way too concerned about their total cholesterol when in fact the focus should be on achieving an optimal HDL (good cholesterol) level.

The ideal level of HDL should be between 60-70 ng/dL.

HDL acts as a wheelbarrow to carry oxidized or "bad" cholesterol off from the arterial wall and shrink away vessel plugging plaque.

At least half of people who suffer a heart attack have total cholesterol levels well within normal ranges.

The key again is to strive to meet the optimal cholesterol to HDL ratio. The magic number is <3.0.

To calculate your ratio, simply divide your total total cholesterol by your HDL. For example if your total cholesterol is 220 and your HDL is 70, your cholesterol/HDL ratio is 3.1.

Now let me present a life saving question:

Let's say your total cholesterol is 180 and your HDL is 25 what would your cholesterol risk ratio be?

If you answered 7.2 you would be correct.

Now who is more at risk, the patient with the total cholesterol of 220 or the patient with the total cholesterol of 180?

I hope you said the patient with the cholesterol of 180.

Don't be mislead. Focus on your ratio not the total cholesterol.

Remember you want your HDL over 60 ng/dL.

Of interest there are many people with cholesterol levels in the 300s, but because their HDL is so high, they are protected and have no coronary plaque.

The following should be considered when attempting to raise your HDL:

  • Niacin
  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine
  • Taurine
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphatidyl Choline
  • Vitamin E/ Tocotrienols

In order to determine which of the above nutrients would be best to take to increase your HDL, I recommend asking your doctor to order a Cardio-ION Test. This will help pinpoint which of the above nutrients are needed to increase your HDLIt takes the guess work out of knowing what action steps to take to improve your patient's cardiovascular health. It is the best blueprint for cardiovascular health. There is nothing that compares to it.

You need to take a pro-active role in your cardiovascular health. Go ahead and test your doctor and ask him/her what they recommend to increase your HDL. If they immediately recommend a statin like Crestor, then you know you have a doctor who has no knowledge of the root causes of low HDL.

The bottom line is don't fall for the fictitious norm for HDL of around 30, as most labs report. Make sure yours is over 60. This is a risk factor that is under-appreciated in medicine.

Simple lifestyle changes and nutrients can make huge differences in this important parameter that is measured in most Americans. However, it is either disregarded as the doctor reviews the laboratory results or is seen as a deficiency of the latest statin drug. Again, don't fall for this.

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The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Grisanti and his community. Dr. Grisanti encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. Visit www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com to find practitioners thoroughly trained in functional medicine. Look for practitioners who have successfully completed the Functional Medicine University's Certification Program (CFMP).  

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In clinical practice I see a lot of musculoskeletal issues and one that is ever increasing due to computer use is carpal tunnel syndrome. Homeopathy is great because it suits someone's unique symptoms. For example:

  • Hypericum parts have burning, shooting pains and slight movement sends shocks up the arm.
  • Ruta has a lame sensation to the wrist. It feels bruised and painful as if sprained.
  • Guaicum pain in the left wrist in particular with stiffness, immobility and a contracted sensation.

Also certain nutrients help with inflammation and nerve impingements and that is B6, zinc, omega three fatty acids and B12.

 

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Homeopathic medicines are based on your symptoms, some people have trouble with their field of vision. It is important to have your doctor check you out thoroughly to discover the cause.

  • Vision only in the lower field of vision: AURUM METALLICUM
  • Vision only in the left half: LITHIUM CARB OR LYCOPODIUM
  • Vision only in the right half: LYSSINUM, CALC CARB
  • Double vision with one item below the other: SYPHL.
  • Must look sideways to see things: OLEANDER

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Homeopathy is great because it is individualized to a person's symptoms not their disease name. Headaches can be quite annoying and homeopathy can help reduce its symptoms and frequency.

Belladonna is a remedy that is useful for congestive headaches, that pound and throb. Symptoms may be more in the forehead and or the right side. The face may be flushed and pupils dilated.

Bryonia has a headache that feels like the head would burst. These types are thirsty and irritable. They feel worse stooping and with any kind of motion.

Natrum Mur types have headaches that are worse from warmth and the head feels like it is pounded by a 1000 tiny hammers.

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Homeopathic medicine is suited to one's unique symptom picture not a disease name. For example the remedy, Eupatorium Pur, as described in "Johnson's Therapeutic Key", has shooting pains in the left sciatic nerve, producing a palsied sensation, especially after motion. There is gnawing in the hip bone, legs felt tired, particularly left. Neuralgia of the right shoulder, pains come instantly and go as quickly.

A book called "Johnson's Therapeutic Key" describes homeopathic medicines for the symptoms of ingrown toenails. He recommends to remove all pressure from the toes with ill fitting shoes. He recommends cutting into the toe nail and applying some salves. We of course recommend you go to doctor to have this done by a professional.

Dr. Johnson recommended four key medicines for the symptoms of ingrown toenails such as

Arsenicum: pains of a burning character, parts have a blackish look and emit a foul odour

Phosphorus: parts are hard and dry, with pain as if frozen, with easy bleeding

Silicea:  ingrown toe nails with offensive discharge, proud flesh, stings and burning. Sweaty and smelly feet

Sulphur: thin, shining, swelling of the toes, parts suppurate, proud flesh springs up which is tender and painful

Interestingly, pharmacists are the go to for any prescription. However, people don't realize that druggists have ample information on the use of pharmaceutical drugs and almost nothing on homeopathic medicines. Why is that? It is not because there is no information on homeopathy, it is because they are mostly funded by the prescription on patent drugs by medical doctors. There are the odd and awesome pharmacist who has been trained in homeopathy, most have not been.

Asking your family doctor or pharmacist for advise on homeopathy is like going to your mechanic for a hair cut. It is not within their scope of practice. If you would like to have more information on homeopathy, look at journals such as "Homeopathy" or contact a registered homeopath. You will be glad you did and get accurate information.