Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Thu, March 27, 2014 00:00
I read the headline on this news, and thought, you see how great your joints feel carrying around all that extra weight? Okay some folks do not exercise and have fallen into some bad habits, but for the most part, what they need is a lifestyle program to learn how to work nutritionally with their metabolism to help them feel a little more energy and perhaps the exercise may come later. Read this study info.
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Wed, March 26, 2014 00:00
The small study was based on data from 135 people, of which 65 people had suffered from a blood vessel rupture in the brain- intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke. Researchers looked at the levels of vitamin C in participants' blood. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in Discussions at Mon, March 24, 2014 16:13
Autoimmunity and Its Aggravating Factors
Just what does "autoimmune" mean? It is a word used in a medical context where the body's immune defences react in error against its own tissue. This makes our immune system cells, white blood cells react and create inflammation and attack a particular organ in error. The damage that happens can be mild to severe. Some people have not heard of this type of condition but if you know anyone who has had the following, you know someone with an autoimmune disease:
· Hashimoto's thyroiditis
· Rheumatoid arthritis
· Crohn's disease
· Ulcerative Colitis
· Type 1 Diabetes
· Guillain Barre Syndrome
· Celiac disease
· The list goes on....
It seems that more and more people are developing autoimmune diseases. For some reason 70% of people who get autoimmune conditions are female. The most common types of autoimmune diseases are type 1 diabetes, lupusand hashimoto's thyroiditis. The medical community is scratching its head as to why more and more people are acquiring with these disorders.
Some research has found a link between vaccinations and autoimmune reactions, such as hepatitis shots and type 1 diabetes. The increased use of vaccinations in the medical community has grown exponentially. Be sure you discuss with your doctor all of the potential side effects and the ingredients including preservatives in any vaccine you may want to use. Vaccinations are things like tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, influenza, hepatitis, polio and meningitis vaccines for example. Children that are ill should postpone vaccination. Their immune system will be working on another bug at that time. Some doctor's claim that those who don't vaccinate their children make the rest of them ill. However, given that vaccination is supposed to protect one from acquiring certain illnesses, this just proves that vaccines may not work as well as they are advertised to. Studies have shown that flu shots actually don't workto protect people from illness. A long term study found that those who have more than five flu shotsin their lifetime actually have a ten times increased risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. An interesting resource is a website by Dr. Sherri Tenpennyon vaccines. Here is one of her articles on the flu shot.
Some other known reactions are as follows:
· the disorder guillian barre syndromethat causes paralysis after the influenza B vaccine as noted in the book called "the Autoimmune Epidemic". Many other vaccinesseem to be linked to this autoimmune type of paralysis as well.
· Researchers have found a 17% increase in this disorder after administering the H1N1 shot. A mass lawsuit was launched after young children developed narcoplepsy after receiving the H1N1 flu shot.
Another trigger for autoimmune conditions are bacterial, viral or fungal infections. Our immune system may misfire and recognize and tag a foreign microbe for destruction and also an innocent cell in the body with a similar looking structure. A latent virus or microbe may keep our immune system active and may be allowed co-exist without too much activity. However, any infection of the gastrointestinal tract will potentially up regulate the immune system because 60 to 80 percent of the body's immune system in found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. There are both good and bad bacteria in the GI tract that are usually kept in a fine balance. If one tends to have more bad bacteria than good, it becomes harder to keep pathogens at bay. It can also create irritation in the cell lining and tight junctions in the gastrointestinal tract that cause leaky gut. It is also important to have a healthy digestive tract that makes proper digestive enzymes, bile and hydrochloric acid to help digest and absorb food as well as kill any bad bacteria that you may ingest. Those with poor digestion tend to suffer with more GI infections than those that do not. What can you do to help yourself?
1. Taking beneficial flora such as bifidobacteria or acidophilus
2. Determine if you need digestive support with enzymes, hydrochloric acid or bile.
Proper digestion is key in keeping your system healthy in general and prevent infections. What bugs are known to cause disease?
· Epstein Barr Virus has been known to cause chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and possibly lupus.
· Camplyobacter jeujuni has been known to trigger guillian barre paralysis.
· Klebsiella has been known to trigger anklyosing spondylitis.
· Rheumatoid arthritis is linked to the herpesvirus, Epstein-Barr virus(EBV) and Human Herpes Virus 6, chronic Entamoeba histolytica and G. Lambia infections
Heavy Metal Exposure
Another condition that causes a faulty immune reaction can be related heavy metal exposure. Heavy metals are aluminum, mercury, lead, arsenic and so on. We all have exposure to heavy metals in our food supply, soil, environmental pollutants, medications, cosmetics, drugs and dental amalgams. What heavy metals are linked to autoimmunity?
· mercury can up regulate T-cellsthat lead to autoimmune conditions.
· Cadmiumand lead can lead to autoimmune kidney disease.
· Aluminum is also linked to Alzheimer's disease which may be related to an autoimmune reaction.
· pesticides and xenobioticscan be related to a misfiring immune system.
We live in a toxic world, try and reduce your exposure by choosing organic produce and grass fed meats.
Food Allergies and Sensitivities
Food allergies and sensitivities can trigger autoimmune responses. The most common food allergens are wheat, corn, soy, citrus, sugar, chocolate, peanuts and yeast. It can be difficult to determine what food is a trigger because it can take up to three days to get a response. A food elimination diet may be a prudent idea, however it still may be difficult to detect the culprits.
An IgG antibodytest for food allergies is helpful for those who have autoimmune disease. People who have a condition called leaky gut may have many food triggers but they are not true allergies. They are more susceptible to reactions due to their gut or their gut flora. If you have a suspicion that food sensitivities are your issue, contact the clinic for an assessment.
Stress can predispose one more so to autoimmune conditions. One study has shown that up to 80% of all peoplewho acquire an autoimmune disease have experienced an abnormal amount of stress. The notions that stress can make you sick or believing could make you well have been embedded in the popular culture for thousands of years, but only recently have scientists and physicians had the tools to prove that these ideas are real.
What Can You Do to Help Yourself?
Treat your body like a temple by eating foods in their original state (whole unprocessed foods), drink plenty of clean filtered water and exercise daily. Avoid any known food allergies or sensitivities. If you are not sure check out getting assessed for any potential triggers. People with autoimmune conditions do well on a hypoallergenic diet. That means dropping dairy products, sugar, corn, gluten (wheat, barley, spelt), soya, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. Some people find the paleo diet helpful who suffer from autoimmune disease. Check in with a holistic nutritionist to have a program tailored to your specific needs.
If you know you are experiencing abnormal amounts of stress make some concessions for yourself and life and schedule some down time. Do some stress relief activities like journaling, meditation, yoga, counselling or exercise.
Be sure your gut is healthy. You may have a hidden bacteria in your gut causing a lot of your symptoms. You may also need to follow a diet that doesn't allow bad bacteria to overgrow. Seek help from your holistic practitioner or contact the officeto determine what types of digestive support you may need.
Avoid any unnecessary medical treatments that may cause harm. Research everything before conceding to take any medication or vaccination. Seek the help of your local homeopath, holistic nutritionist or naturopath for successful ways to help reduce the impact that autoimmune disease has on your life.
Heather Caruso is a homeopath, holistic nutritionist and registered orthomolecular practitioner in private practice for the past 15 years in Guelph Ontario. For more information on how we can help you, contact us.
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Mon, March 24, 2014 00:00
There is more evidence that people who adopt a whole diet approach - such as a Mediterranean diet - have a lower risk of heart attack and cardiovascular-related death than those who follow a strictly low-fat diet. This is according to a new study recently published in The American Journal of Medicine. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Fri, March 21, 2014 00:00
A new research has found that moderate-intensity physical activity like brisk walking or playing tennis is enough to reduce the risk of stroke in women. Sophia Wang, the study’s lead author and professor at the Beckman Research Institute in Calif., said that she was surprised that moderate physical activity was most strongly associated with a reduced risk of stroke. More strenuous activity such as running didn’t further reduce women’s stroke risk and moderate activity, such as brisk walking appeared to be ideal in this scenario, Wang said. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Thu, March 20, 2014 00:00
A new research has found that exposure to common infections may up risk of memory decline, even if the infections never made you ill. Researchers found an index of antibody levels caused by exposure to Chlamydia pneumoniae, Helicobacter pylori, cytomegalovirus, and herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2 was associated with worse cognitive performance, including memory, speed of mental processing, abstract thinking, planning and reasoning ability. Read more
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Wed, March 19, 2014 00:00
By Stephen Daniells, 13-Feb-2014
Daily supplements of the probiotic Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07 may improve the activity of white blood cells in elderly adults, a population with higher susceptibility to infections.
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Tue, March 18, 2014 00:00
These days, it seems like there’s nothing bacteria can’t do. It can cure nasty diarrheal infections through a trendy fecal transplant. It can help heal leaky guts. And now, research is showing that it can even clear your skin.
That might seem counterintuitive to anyone who’s been prescribed rounds of acne-fighting antibiotics by their dermatologist. But some derms are now prescribing probiotics alongside the antibiotics. This pairing can help calm antibiotics' negative side effects, like yeast infections—but they may also have an unintended benefit for acne sufferers, said Dr. Whitney Bowe, a New York-based dermatologist and researcher. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Mon, March 17, 2014 00:00
According to the latest study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Bio markers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, drinking as little as two soft drinks a week appears to nearly double the risk of getting pancreatic cancer. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in Discussions at Fri, March 14, 2014 00:00
It seems that in the news, more and more information on eating a gluten free diet is surfacing. So many products are matching the consumer's interest . Celiac disease is a type of autoimmune disease where the immune system destroys the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. People who suffer with celiac disease have damage to their intestinal lining from consuming gluten. This damage impairs their ability to absorb the food and nutrients they eat. The best course of action for these types is to avoid gluten all together. However, not everyone who is sensitive to gluten has celiac disease. Researchers have found a new disorder related to gluten consumption, that they call "gluten intolerance or sensitivity". What researchers now know about gluten is that there are many components in wheat, other than gluten, such as gliadin that can cause a whole host of symptoms, not all related to the same processes as celiac disease.
What symptoms and diseases may be related to gluten consumption?
· Weight gain, obesity, apple shape
· Mood and psychiatric disorders such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and schizophrenia
· Autism spectrum disorder, ADD, ADHD
· Vertigo and dizziness
· Hereditary gluten intolerance may be passed on to offspring
· Digestive issues such as bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation
· Bumpy dry skin on the back of the upper arms (also may be related to an essential fatty acid deficiency), keratosis pilaris
· Tiredness and lack of focus after eating gluten
· Migraine headaches
· Joint pains and muscle stiffness
· Female hormonal issues such as fibroids, polycystic ovaries and pms
· Underactive thyroid and hashimoto's thyroiditis
If anyone has read the book, Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, by Dr. William Davis, you know that he makes quite the case against our grain focused society. He says that wheat has been genetically modified to contain up to five times more gluten than our native wheat would contain. This means that eating one slice of bread, may actually equal five.
Why you may not be doing yourself a good turn substituting prepackaged gluten free goods
In the clinic gluten is one of the most common sensitivities that clients have. The next is dairy products, eggs and then nuts. We strongly recommend people avoid their food allergies and sensitivities. However, what we do see in the clinic is that people are choosing the wrong types of foods to replace their gluten containing foods with. Our son is gluten intolerant and I hate to say it, he loves his starches. If we buy crackers, he will eat the whole pack. We do buy our kids whole grain replacements such as brown rice pasta, teff and quinoa. However, most of the prepackaged goods on the grocery store shelves are not any more healthy than eating wall paper paste. They certainly don't contribute to weight loss. Corn and potato starch, white rice flour and tapioca have very little nutrition. I can understand how people may think they will lose weight on a gluten free diet but buying prepackaged gluten free goods are not the answer. They are high glycemic, which means they flip into a sugar quickly in the blood stream and may in turn cause weight gain. Eating gluten free cocoa puffs or Count Chocula cereal are a good recipe for constipation, fatigue, ADD and weight gain. It is still high glycemic and has very little nutrition other than what they add to it.
The question is, do I really need to eat 8 to 10 servings of grains a day?
In the clinic I see many clients who read our food pyramid and choose to consume 8 plus servings of grains per day. That is a very high carbohydrate content in one's diet. Dr. William Davis author of "Wheat Belly" went on the "Dr. Oz Show" and showed that both groups of people eating white flour and whole grain bread had an equal rise in their blood sugar. For years researchers have known this fact, why it is so slow to catch on in the medical community is beyond me. Recommending diabetics eat lots of whole grains with their high carbohydrate content actually may contribute to weight gain and further increases in blood sugar. Interestingly a lot of "whole grain" products are deceivingly high in sugar and carbohydrate content.
In our house my husband and I follow a diet where we eat little to no grains at all. Many people look aghast when we tell them this. Straight up, no we don't pass out from fatigue, are not anemic or constipated. Here is why we decided to eliminate grains for the most part in our diet. Most of the nutrients in grains have been added into them, such as folate and B vitamins. They may be a source of carbohydrates and fibre, but so are fruits and vegetables. For energy, if we were going to exert ourselves with an exercise routine, we may choose a starchier vegetable for our energy such as a sweet potato or squash. We have loosely followed this diet for months and more strictly since January first. I cannot tell you how great I feel and every week I am down another pound without starving myself. This diet we follow, rich in plant foods, nuts, seeds, healthy fats, fish and grass fed proteins helps us feel well. It has also turned my husband's blood report into a healthy one in a single short week. The GAPS diet is a similar diet to what we follow and it has been found to benefit those with psychiatric disorders, autism, autoimmune conditions and ADHD. If you do decide to eat grains, make sure they are really whole grains like gluten free oats, brown rice, quinoa or teff. That way you will not be choosing pre-packaged high carbohydrate goods that contain hidden sugars and additives.
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Thu, March 13, 2014 00:00
The February 2014 issue of the journal Nutrition Research described the outcome of a trial conducted by Iranian researchers which revealed a benefit for cinnamon in men and women with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease includes steatosis, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), fibrosis, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, and can result in death if left untreated. Read more
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Wed, March 12, 2014 00:00
There are deep fears about the possibility of losing your mind as people age. Reports of the deteriorating cognitive health of many older people are always emerging. In order to lessen the chances of cognitive decline with aging there have been suggestions a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition may help. Recent research shows a potent nutritional supplement may just do the trick in helping to protect cognitive functioning in the elderly. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Tue, March 11, 2014 00:00
Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Michigan State University followed nearly 2,800 children, ages 5-12, in Bogota, Colombia, over the course of a year. They found that the less vitamin A (retinol) in the children's blood, the more incidence of diarrhea with vomiting and cough with fever.
Previous research on vitamin A deficiency had focused on infants and children under the age of 5, and has been somewhat inconsistent about the impact of vitamin A supplementation on respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Mon, March 10, 2014 00:00
The world is facing a “tidal wave” of cancer, the World Health Organization says in a new report, warning that obesity and poor diet are two of the biggest culprits in rising cancer rates, but warning that many people are still unaware of the risks they pose.
The WHO’s World Cancer Report 2014 said that new cancer cases in 2012 rose to about 14 million globally, and in 20 years from now the world will likely see about 22 million new cancer cases per year.
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Fri, March 07, 2014 00:00
Some people who try to cut down on calories by drinking diet beverages could be negating their dieting efforts by eating more food, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed information from nearly 24,000 U.S. adults who reported the food and beverages they consumed in a 24-hour period as part of a survey. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Thu, March 06, 2014 00:00
MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have long thought extra sugar in a person's diet is harmful to heart health because it promotes chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes.
But the added sugar Americans consume as part of their daily diet can -- on its own, regardless of other health problems -- more than double the risk of death from heart disease, a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Wed, March 05, 2014 00:00
Reuters Health) - An at-home test that reacts to blood in a person's stool can identify most colon cancers, according to a fresh look at some previous studies.
Researchers found the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is able to detect 79 percent of colorectal cancers without making people change their diets or stop taking their medications, as some other screening tests require. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Tue, March 04, 2014 00:00
An interesting study of 1865 elderly women and men found that a healthy diet and good sleep was linked to longevity. In men a good night's sleep seemed most important and in women a diet high in B6 was key.
In the clinic we notice that folks that have poor sleep tend to crave a lot more junk food and carry weight around their midsection. If people have poor sleep habits, such as sleeping in a room that is not dark enough, keeping unusual sleeping hours, having noises or computers or tvs on, we recommend they change those habits. If that is not enough we use an interesting little survey to ascertain whether stress if affecting their sleep and how to deal with their unique symptoms. Some folks feel wired and restless, others are worried, some improve with melatonin, some don't. Everyone is different but I have this sleep remedy working quite well for my patients now.
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in Discussions at Mon, March 03, 2014 00:00
Heather Caruso has been my homeopath/nutritionist for about 15 years. The first time I went to her I was suffering with sciatic nerve problems. I had been suffering longer than I should before I went to see her. It had been disrupting my sleep and I spent countless nights tossing and turning trying to get comfortable. I tried a heating pad and various pain relief, but those things only masked the issue. Heather started me taking the appropriate homeopathic remedy and it wasn’t long before I was sleeping through the night. My pain was gone. I kept taking it as she prescribed and I have been pain free ever since.
As a mature woman, I suffered with heavy menstrual cycles. The last five years had been horrible. They lasted for up to ten days. I had days where I simply couldn’t leave the house. I had mornings where I would wake up in the morning in a pool of blood. I had been to my family doctor about it, but other than putting me on a birth control pill, there didn’t seem to be any other options. I even had to go to the hospital one night because I was becoming anemic from losing so much blood. I thought I was going to lose my mind. I would finish one period and then two or three weeks later I would start all over again, just as heavy. I didn’t understand how that was even possible. I also went to see an Ob-gyn and his solution was for me have an ablation. It just wasn’t something that was for me. I went to see Heather and with a combination of supplements and homeopathic remedies she got me back on track and within a couple of months I never had another problem with my cycle. She saved my sanity!
For the last few years, I have had this annoying little cough. It wasn’t anything serious, I had been to the doctor about it. I could have had a battery of tests done if I wanted, but it simply an annoyance more than anything. It seemed to come and go and I could never quite pinpoint what started it. Heather noticed my cough several times when I had been to see her. She suggested to me that I have some food allergy testing done. With a little convincing, I decided to have her test me. The results came back and I did have some foods sensitivities. With these results, I was able to alter a few simple eating habits and my cough is gone.
I would recommend to anyone that they see Heather. She is a caring and thorough homeopath that has your optimum health as her priority. If you can follow her advice and take a natural remedy instead of prescription drugs, why wouldn’t you? I prefer it and I feel great.
~Sherry P. Barrie Ontario
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in Discussions at Fri, February 28, 2014 00:00
I shared this on my personal page last week and it got such a warm response, I thought I would share it this morning as well. Can I tell you why I got into homeopathy? 26 years ago my husband developed a rare autoimmune kidney disease after he did a bone marrow transplant. Of course the docs said that there was no way a bug got into his blood, lodged in his kidney and triggered an immune reaction. He was told that within five to ten years he would need a transplant or dialysis. If he got the transplant, there would be no guarantee that the immune system would not destroy his new kidneys either. Although his nephrologist was the best in his field, he didn't address any root problems, just gave him drugs to relieve his symptoms. Which we were thankful for. I gave him a homeopathic remedy and after 25 years, he still has his own kidneys, no dialysis. He did acquire a horrible stomach bug 2 summers ago and he developed Guillain Barre Paralysis. Another miracle, he went from wheelchair and emaciated with barely any voice to shoveling the driveway this winter. We addressed his condition with diet, avoiding food allergies, healing leaky gut, improving digestion and that little constitution remedy that never failed him. Sometimes he waivers from his diet, (much to my dismay) but do I love my job, YES! If I didn't do this I would have no doubt that my beautiful husband would not have been around to enjoy life. It takes a lot of work to repair the body when it is in such an inflammatory state, but boy is it worth it! Consider homeopathic medicine and addressing your unique needs. It is so worth it.
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