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February 15th, 2017

by Monte Kline, Ph.D.

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PMS, or Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, stands as one of the most prevalent health problems of our time.  One study indicates that PMS affects 50% of the premenopausal menstruating female population.  In other words, we’re talking about a problem that affects tens of millions of women.

And men . . . before you put this down as irrelevant to you, think again.  The behavioral results of PMS affect men at least as much as women.  The spouse, family, friends, and co-workers of PMS victims may suffer nearly as much from their behavior as the victim herself does.  PMS correlates significantly with marital conflicts and child abuse.

WHAT IS PMS?

PMS is a hormonal disorder that occurs 1-14 days before the menstrual period begins, though it has been known in some women to last for three out of four weeks a month.  It was first classified as a health disorder in the 1930’s by Dr. R. T. Frank, with symptoms including anxiety, nervous tension, irritability, mood swings, depression, crying spells, confusion, insomnia, rage, increased appetite, craving sweet or salty foods, water retention, weight gain, breast tenderness, swelling, headaches, fatigue and joint tenderness.

More than 20 or 30 years ago, medical doctors would have just told you these PMS symptoms were “all in your head, or maybe have given you tranquilizers.   It’s probably been only the advent of more female medical doctors that has changed the view on PMS to regarding it as a real, physical health problem.

One of the results of this problem being denied for so long by the medical profession is that many women consider PMS symptoms “normal.”  In fact, one scientific study I read about found that 74% of the women surveyed considered their PMS symptoms “normal” and just “part of being a woman  I have good news for you — PMS is not normal, it is not just “part of being a woman”!

JUST A “HORMONAL IMBALANCE”?

I’ll never forget a medical doctor telling me once that PMS was “just a hormonal imbalance.”  He never took it to the next step of what causes the hormonal imbalance.  Now if your M.D. thinks your PMS is “just a hormonal imbalance,” guess what the treatment is going to be?  You got it — synthetic hormones!

To answer the question, “What causes the hormonal balance?” we need to have some understanding of hormones.  Hormones are simply chemicals the body makes from various nutrients we take in.  Thus we can conclude that:

            Hormonal Imbalance = Nutrient Deficiency

Actually, this isn’t just my opinion, but that of Guy Abraham, M.D., who has written widely in the medical journals on the subject of PMS.  Dr. Abraham says there are four sub-categories of PMS that can be classified based on symptoms.  They are:

  1. PMS-A (anxiety) — PMS-A is characterized by anxiety, irritability and nervous tension between ovulation and the onset of menses and then improving.  In this type of PMS estrogen is elevated and progesterone is depressed.Estrogens stimulate the central nervous system, while progesterones depress it.  Therefore, estrogens stimulate anxiety and nervous tension.  Scientific studies on estrogen dominant birth control pills show they produce assertiveness, aggression and hostility.

So, why is the estrogen elevated?  The liver is the primary organ responsible for deactivating estrogen.  Morton Biskind, M.D. did research which found that decreased liver metabolism of estrogens resulted from  . . . B complex deficiencies. 

There’s also a strong correlation with lack of fiber in the diet.  Vegetarian women, who tend to have more fiber in the diet, have far less PMS problems than meat-eating women.  Why?  The bowels eliminate a significant amount of estrogen, which with the constipation associated with a low fiber diet will just be recycled.  Thus, the end result is estrogen excess.

Another cause of PMS-A is magnesium deficiency.  Muscular spasms, cramps and mood swings may be related to magnesium deficiency.  The connection here involves  neurotransmitters including serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine (adrenalin) and norepinephrine.  Magnesium deficiency lowers the dopamine without lowering the other three “brain chemicals.”  PMS-A symptoms result.

So, how do we get magnesium deficient?  Besides the fact that most people are deficient in not only magnesium, but in most vitamins and minerals, dairy product intake is a key culprit.  High calcium foods like dairy products interfere with the body’s absorption of magnesium.  The average PMS-A woman consumes five times more dairy products than women not having this type of PMS!

Our old enemy, refined sugar, again rears its ugly head.  As refined sugar intake increases, so does urinary excretion of magnesium.  On top of that, magnesium deficiency will increase your B-vitamin deficiencies, interfering with the liver’s ability to break down the excess estrogen.

  1. PMS-H (hyperhydration) — Weight gain, edema, abdominal bloating and breast inflammation identify PMS-H.  The hormone aldosteroneis elevated, resulting in sodium and water retention symptoms.  Magnesium deficiencyis again tied to this category of PMS in that elevated aldosterone can result from a magnesium deficiency.

Then there’s emotional stress, which increases the ACTH (adrenal corticotrophic hormone), which in turn increases the aldosterone resulting in fluid retention.  Vitamin B-6 deficiency in the kidneys produces a dopamine deficiency.  This, in turn, inhibits the kidneys from excreting sodium, and thus you get water retention.  Refined sugar gets into the act by causes excess insulin production, which decreases the production of chemicals called ketoacids, that normally would keep the kidneys clear of excess sodium and water.

  1. PMS-C (craving) — Craving for sweets, increased appetite, fatigue, fainting spells, headaches and palpitation characterize PMS-C.  Refined sugar consumptionis the primary cause of PMS-C.  B-vitamin deficiencies result in less of the stored glycogen in the liver being converted to glucose (blood sugar).  This lowered blood sugar in the brain results in craving for sweets and a corresponding increased intake of refined sugar.  It’s a vicious circle — sugar produces magnesium deficiencies and magnesium deficiencies produce craving for more sugar!

Another cause of PMS-C is prostaglandin deficiency.  Prostaglandins are chemical regulators produced in the tissues to control various functions.  Prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) deficiency in the pancreas results in increased insulin production, and therefore, more sugar cravings to soak up that extra insulin.  Without going into the details, let me just say that several nutrients are involved in prostaglandin synthesis.  These include certain essential fatty acids from certain vegetable oils, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-3, Zinc, and Vitamin C.  Deficiency of any of those may result in prostaglandin deficiency.

  1. PMS-D (depression) — Though rare in the absence of PMS-A, PMS-D is actually the most dangerous kind of PMS.  By itself, PMS-D, is the opposite of PMS-A — low estrogen and high progesterone.Its severe depression is mainly the result of a deficiency of norepinephrine.  According to Dr. Abraham, this norepinephrine deficiency may be due to deficiency of the amino acid, tyrosine, or simply due to the low estrogen levels.

DRUG APPROACHES

The conventional medicine approach to PMS (like everything else) is symptom-treating drugs.  The most commonly used are synthetic hormones.  Like all drugs synthetic hormones have side-effects.  Though there have been contradictory studies on the subject, the fact that some studies have indicated increased cancer risk from taking synthetic hormones should at least make you cautious about moving in that direction.

The other primary drug approach to PMS is anti-depressants, such as Prozac.  Guess what?  You don’t have PMS because your body has a deficiency of Prozac!  The side-effects of anti-depressants, their addictive nature, and the fact that they are only treating symptoms should make you very hesitant to use them.

The broader problem is that synthetically replacing the deficient hormone by-passes ever finding out why the hormone is deficient.  The underlying nutrient deficiencies that are causing the hormonal deficiencies will probably produce other health problems as well.  Taking the drug prevents you from pursuing the problem to its root cause.

DIETARY FACTORS

Not surprisingly, some basic “junk food” areas that are good for anyone to avoid just for overall health, are also issues when it comes to PMS.  Likely offending foods which should be avoided include caffeine (coffee, tea, cola, chocolate, caffeine-containing pain relievers), alcohol, salt, sugar, refined foods, animal fats, hydrogenated oils, and fried foods.

A significant part of why PMS seems to be more of a problem today than in the past is the crummy eating habits most people have.  With more and more dependence on fast food and instant everything, many health problems are worsened, PMS being just one of them.  If you need help in transitioning into a healthier diet, my booklet, The Junk Food Withdrawal Manual is recommended.

NATURAL MEDICINE APPROACHES

Though in Dr. Abraham’s research he found different types of PMS caused by different hormonal imbalances, the common denominators of B-vitamin deficiency, magnesium deficiency, and essential fatty acid deficiency are primary concerns.  The possible supplements (subject to individual testing) might include:

  1. A PMS Multi — We use a couple of different formulas that combine the vitamins, minerals, and essential oils appropriate for correcting PMS symptoms, along with specific herbs that provide a natural hormone supplementation.
  2. Extra Vitamin B-6 — Though for most women the amount of B-6 in the PMS Multi is adequate, some will still test deficient after using it.  In such cases we use extra B-6 in its active form, Pyridoxal 5’ Phosphate.
  3. Glandular Supplements — Though the PMS multi supplements usually contain some glandulars, a separate supplement may be appropriate as another way of providing some natural hormone stimulation.  The typical glandulars used are ovarian, uterine, pituitary, and adrenal.
  4. A Chelated Multi-Mineral —Almost all women, especially those with PMS need a separate multi-mineral to get adequate calcium and magnesium.  Most often a higher magnesium formula is best with PMS.
  5. An Essential Fatty Acid Supplement — G.L.A. (gamma linoleic acid) is another hormonal “building block.”  It’s richly supplied in primrose, flax or borage oil supplements.
  6. Herbs — Herbs including Dong Quai, Mexican Wild Yam, Damiana, Raspberry, and others have hormone properties.
  7. Natural Progesterone Cream — Progesterone is broken down by the stomach acid if taken orally, so the most effective progesterone supplements are creams that are rubbed into the skin.  If you are progesterone deficient, this can be a helpful product.
  8. Homeopathic Formulas — Specific homeopathic formulas have been very helpful over the years in helping deal with PMS problems.  Homeopathics use micro-dilutions of different plant, mineral or glandular materials to address PMS solutions without harmful side-effects.

Let me emphasize that not everyone with PMS needs to take all the above supplements.  Rather, the above are possibilities that would be used based on individual testing at the clinic.

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Better Health Update is published by Pacific Health Center, PO Box 857, Sahuarita, AZ 85629, providing remote “virtual health screening” appointments anywhere in the world.  Phone (800) 255-4246.  E-Mail: drkline@pacifichealthcenter.com. Monte Kline, Ph.D., Author. Reproduction Prohibited.

 

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained in this publication is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose illness nor prescribe treatment.  Rather, this material  is designed to be used in cooperation with your nutritionally-oriented health professional to deal with your personal health problems.  Should you use this information on your own, you are prescribing for yourself, which is your constitutional right, but neither the author nor publisher assume responsibility.

 

 

 

 

Depression Natural Answers

February 12th, 2017

by Monte Kline, Ph.D.

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Depression ranks as one of the most frequent complaints among our clients.  It is truly a problem affecting tens of millions of people today.  I wish I could say this is a non-Christian’s problem, but I cannot.  Christians are often particularly tortured by depression, thinking that there must be something wrong with their spiritual life to be thus afflicted.  Yet many biblical characters were affected by depression — Saul, David, Jonah, Jeremiah, Elijah, and of course, Job — so I guess you’re in good company!

Like most health problems, depression can have many causes spanning the physical, emotional and spiritual realms of health.  Therefore, any truly successful approach to depression must involve discerning and dealing with the root causes, wherever they lie.  First, however, let’s define depression.

DEFINING DEPRESSION

The American Psychiatric Association in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, lists eight criteria for the diagnosis of depression:

  1. Poor appetite with weight loss, or increased appetite with weight gain.
  2. Insomnia or hypersomnia (too much sleeping).
  3. Psychomotor agitation or retardation.
  4. Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, or decrease in sex drive.
  5. Loss of energy and feelings of fatigue.
  6. Feelings of worthlessness, self-reproach or inappropriate guilt.
  7. Diminished ability to think or concentrate.
  8. Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

UNIPOLAR vs. BIPOLAR

Depressive disorders are broken down according to whether the victim suffers from depression only, or also from mania (i.e. mental illness characterized by great excitement, delusions and/or violence).  “Unipolar Disorder” refers to suffering only from depression, while “Bipolar Disorder” refers to suffering from mania alone, or mania alternating with depression, in which case it is called “manic depressive.” With this background in mind, let’s look at possible causes.

PHYSICAL CAUSES

1.Chemical Imbalance — I shudder to say “chemical imbalance,” since many depressed people are told they need to take this or that drug to correct their “chemical imbalance,” as if it’s just there without any reason and nothing can be done about it.  To the contrary, there are reasons whypeople have chemical imbalances.

Brain chemicals called “neurotransmitters” greatly affect how we feel.  Neurotransmitters affecting depression include serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine.  Neurotransmitter imbalances are often a function of nutrient deficiencies — particularly Vitamins C, B-6, B-12, Folic Acid, and various amino acids.

  1. Nutrient Deficiencies — Virtually any nutrient deficiency can lead to depression.  However, some of the more definite vitamin deficiencies with a depression connection include Vitamins C, B-1, B-3, B-5, B-6, B-12, Folic Acid, and Biotin.  Mineral deficiencies may also be very significant, especially magnesium.  Three of the amino acids are very important in synthesizing neurotransmitters—tryptophan, tyrosine, and phenylalanine.
  2. Toxic Minerals — Here we’re talking about heavy metals like aluminum, cadmium, lead and mercury.  Mercury toxicity from mercury amalgam dental fillings has frequently been observed to produce depression symptoms.
  3. Drug-Induced Depression — Various categories of drugs often produce depression as a side-effect.  These include oral contraceptives, caffeine, tobacco, corticosteroids, beta-blockers, and other anti-hypertensives.  Often, even drugs that are used to treatdepression, will have depression as a possible side-effectlisted in the Physician’s Desk Reference.  The late Dr. Robert Mendelsohn quipped:

I admit I don’t know how to use a drug like this; what am I supposed to do if I prescribe it and the symptoms continue?  Stop the drug or double the dose?

  1. Aspartame Reaction — The artificial sweetener Aspartame (trade name — “NutraSweet”) contains aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol.  In animal experiments prior to its approval, aspartame decreased the amino acid tryptophan and the resulting serotonin.  Methanol is very toxic, especially to children, who through soft drinks might easily consume ten times the EPA’s limit for methanol.
  2. Hypoglycemia — Along with producing fatigue and various other symptoms, low blood sugar often causes depression.  Hypoglycemia is primarily caused by consumption of refined sugar and flour.
  3. Hormonal Imbalances — Female hormonal imbalances, whether from PMS, pregnancy, post partum, or menopause can all cause depression symptoms.  But there are other hormonal imbalances that can also be the culprit—thyroid, adrenal, pineal, and pituitary imbalances, for example.  A wide range of possible hormonal problems can thus produce depression.
  4. Allergic Sensitivities — This is one I very frequently observe in my practice.  Reactions to common foods, believe it or not, can drastically affect your emotional mood.  Environmental reactions can do likewise.
  5. Self-Produced Toxins — Also known as “endotoxins,” the toxins you make primarily in your digestive tract adversely affect the body in many ways, depression being one possibility.
  6. Systemic Candidiasis — Overgrowth of the common yeast organism, Candida albicans, generally makes people feel fatigued and at least somewhat depressed.  Most clients I see who complain of depression, test positively for candidiasis.  Candidiasis is primarily the result of using antibiotic drugs.
  7. Inadequate Sleep —Beware of ignoring the obvious.  I’ll never forget a very fatigued and depressed woman that wasn’t responding to our program.  By chance I happened to ask her how much sleep she was getting.  She replied, “Two or three hours a night.”  For most people, consistently getting less than seven or eight hours of sleep per night is a sure-fire formula for depression.   And don’t forget God’s design of resting one day in seven — even if sleep is short during the week, you can at least catch up then.
  8. S.A.D. Disease — Seasonal Affective Disorder occurs when people react to shorter daylight hours in the winter.  This is related to the pineal gland hormone melatonin and the balance of the body’s circadian rhythms.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES

Though there are many possible physical causes of depression, emotional issues, issues of the mind rather than the body, may be at stake.  Some of the more common ones might be:

  1. Low Self-Esteem —If you have a low, negative view of yourself, you’re probably going to be depressed.  We pretty much define our own reality at this point.  You can either choose to believe you’re very important and special because God created you and Christ died for you, or you can choose instead to be down on yourself.
  2. Self-Pity —This is closely related to low self-esteem.  I like the formula Dr. Tim LaHaye gave in his book, How to Win Over Depression:

INSULT or INJURY or REJECTION

+

ANGER

x

SELF-PITY

DEPRESSION

  1. Lack of Goal-Orientation — A missile has a mechanism that guides it toward its target by constantly measuring its position and making mid-course corrections.  Should this guidance system fail, the controllers push the Self-Destruct button to prevent unintended damage.  People work the same way, but when they get off course, they push their own “self-destruct” buttons, leading to depression, various other health problems, or even suicide.

SPIRITUAL CAUSES

If you want to read a good description of depression, read Psalm 51 or 69 or 32 or others where we see the depression David experienced in a state of unconfessed sin.  If there’s anything standing between you and God, you won’t solve your depression problem without dealing with it.  Bitterness, immorality or other issues can also create a “spiritual stronghold,” a jurisdictional place in your soul from which Satan can afflict your body, mind and spirit.  Refer to our Better Health Update on Spiritual Strongholds for more information on this cause of depression.


CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE APPROACHES

Because they don’t deal with the root causes of depression, conventional medicine’s approaches are pretty disappointing.  They pretty much consist of (1) EST (electro-shock therapy), (2) Drugs, or (3) Psychotherapy.  EST is thankfully fading from the popularity it had in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  It’s anti-depressant effect comes from producing convulsions and temporary amnesia — I guess you forget what you were depressed about.  In a word, it is barbaric!

Anti-depressant drugs usually work, but have side-effects and create dependencies.  Because they treat symptoms, not causes, taking anti-depressants may actually prevent you from discovering the root causes of your depression.

Most psychotherapy is based on a false, unbiblical worldview.  Psychotherapy and most counseling (even “Christian” counseling) approaches are non-directive.  They assume the “answers” are in you, and the counselor should not interject their feelings, but rather be a sounding board.  Biblical counseling assumes that God has revealed the design and principles by which we should live,  and we solve our problems by lining up our ways with God’s ways.  The counselor exhorts us to do that.

NATURAL MEDICINE APPROACHES

This article has hopefully shown that there are many possible causes to depression.  Individual testing is therefore essential to determining the right approach.  Having said that, the possible natural medicine approaches for the physical causes include vitamins, minerals, glandulars, homeopathics, herbs, full spectrum lighting, and exercise, to name a few.  Individual Electro-Dermal Testing, as done at Pacific Health Center, can determine specifically which supplements are compatible with your body and show a correcting effect.  Without a specific testing method, you can try this supplement and that till the cows come home trying to find an answer.

Keep in mind that there’s probably no one “magic bullet,” no one supplement that’s going to solve your depression problem.  Because depression is typically caused by a combination of factors, there isn’t going to be one single vitamin or mineral or herb or whatever that’s going to solve your problem.  A comprehensive approach is essential.

EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL APPROACHES

Biblical counseling, as discussed earlier, is essential.  When we truly understand the Cross and God’s sovereignty over our lives, a lot of problems can be solved — including depression.  Meditating on God’s Word, especially the Psalms, is essential.  They are a “manual” on dealing with depression.  Ultimately remember, there are causes and there are answers to your depression.

To get a FREE 30-Minute PHONE CONSULTATION ($80 value) with Dr. Kline to discuss your health concerns, with no obligation, click on the link below:

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Better Health Update is published by Pacific Health Center, PO Box 857, Sahuarita, AZ 85629, providing remote “virtual health screening” appointments anywhere in the world.  Phone (800) 255-4246.  E-Mail: drkline@pacifichealthcenter.com. Monte Kline, Ph.D., Author. Reproduction Prohibited.

 

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained in this publication is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose illness nor prescribe treatment.  Rather, this material  is designed to be used in cooperation with your nutritionally-oriented health professional to deal with your personal health problems.  Should you use this information on your own, you are prescribing for yourself, which is your constitutional right, but neither the author nor publisher assume responsibility.

 

 

 

 

The Drug Fraud That Costs Millions

February 8th, 2017

Through the corridors of sleep

Past shadows dark and deep

My mind dances and leaps in confusion

(“Flowers Never Bend” by Paul Simon)

Millions and millions of Americans take antidepressant drugs, but do they really work, or is it mostly just in your head (pardon the pun).  A University of Connecticut study back in 1998 by Irving Kirsh found that as much as 75% of the effect from an antidepressant was placebo affect — that is, you feel better because you expect to feel better, even though there’s little or no physiological effect involved.

But this isn’t the most amazing part:  Drug companies definitely know about this placebo effect and have buried the results of studies.  According to the New England Journal of Medicine drug companies suppressed 74 studies between 1987 and 2004, all of which indicated the antidepressants did no more than a sugar pill.

There are better ways of dealing with depression — physical solutions, emotional solutions, and spiritual solutions — depending on the source of the depression.  Some of my favorites are exercise, sunshine, vitamin D, serotonin homeopathic, tryptophan, and reading situation-matching Psalms.  Read more about natural solutions to depression in Better Health Update #11 by clicking the link below:

http://www.pacifichealthcenter.com/blog/?page_id=146

–Monte Kline, Ph.D., Clinical Nutritionist

 

Fighting Fibromyalgia

January 16th, 2017

by Monte Kline, Ph.D.

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It might be called the “mystery disease.”  While fibromyalgia might seem to cynics as the latest “fad” disease for everyone to be diagnosed with, it is very much for real and very common among our clients at Pacific Health Center. Dr. Don Goldberg, Chief of Rheumatology at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, estimates that there are three to six million Americans affected by fibromyalgia.  Typically, victims are between the ages of 26 and 35, with 86% of them being women.

FIBROMYALGIA SYMPTOMS

Common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • Muscular pain, aching and/or stiffness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon (hands white/blue and cold)

Though many suffer from generalized muscular aching and pain, these symptoms are only considered “Fibromyalgia Syndrome” (FMS) when the aching is also accompanied by pain in 11 out of 18 tender point sites when pressed.

SOUNDS LIKE CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

Many researchers and practitioners, including myself, feel that fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are basically two names for the same problem.  A 1993 study found that at least 75% of the people diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome also met the criteria for fibromyalgia.  From my perspective which it is called pretty much depends on whether the muscle aching or the fatigue symptoms predominate.

Both conditions affect primarily young adult females, are unknown in cause, are chronic, have normal lab tests, normal pathological findings, and are disabling.

FIBROMYALGIA CAUSES

Though conventional medicine generally regards fibromyalgia as “cause unknown” and typically offers no treatment, most natural medicine practitioners see it a little more clearly.  Several problems, or more likely a combination of them are often associated with fibromyalgia:

  1. Adrenal Exhaustion — At my clinics we virtually always find adrenal weakness in fibromyalgia clients.  Adrenal exhaustion is characterized by two primary symptoms — fatigue and muscular achiness — the same primary symptoms as fibromyalgia!  Going along with this, fibromyalgia sufferers are “stressed out”, thus weakening the adrenals.
  2. Immune Depression — People with fibromyalgia usually have had something compromise their immune system with chemical, heavy metal or dental toxins being common.
  3. Candidiasis — Overgrowth of the common yeast organism, Candida albicans, is generally noted with most of our fibromyalgia clients.  Carol Jessop, M.D. of San Francisco, reported in a 1990 symposium that of 880 patients tested, 82% had yeast present in stool samples and 30% had parasites.  Most had a history of recurrent antibiotic and oral contraceptive use, both of which typically cause candidiasis.

But does Candida albicans cause fibromyalgia, or is it the result of fibromyalgia?  Candida, parasites, Epstein-Barr virus, and the like, I believe, are best understood as opportunistic organisms that gain a foothold when the body is weak.  More on that later, though.

  1. Food and Environmental Sensitivities — Virtually all of the fibromyalgia clients I’ve seen always test out with a lot of food and environmental allergic sensitivities.  Conversely, fibromyalgia clients usually experience symptomatic improvement from getting off the foods they’re sensitive to and taking homeopathic desensitizing drops.

The allergic sensitivity reactions weaken your immune system, making your body more vulnerable to fibromyalgia.  A 1992 study at East Carolina University School of Medicine found that about half those studied with hayfever and allergic rhinitis also fit the criteria for fibromyalgia.  It again might be argued that an already weakened body and immune system results both in the fibromyalgia and the allergy symptoms.

  1. Chemical Sensitivities — There seems to be a strong chemical sensitivity link with fibromyalgia.  Some type of toxic contamination may have triggered the condition.  Professor Gunnar Hauser, M.D.  of UCLA states:

Toxic exposure doesn’t always occur in factories.  There are many chemicals in our everyday environment (as well as those acquired from medical and social drug usage) that can lead to serious health problems, including household cleaners, new carpets, perfumes and certain types of paints.

We could again pose the question, “Did the chemical exposure compromise the immune system and cause the fibromyalgia, or did an already compromised immune system open the door for greater allergic reactivity?”

  1. Breathing Problems — Breathing irregularities often produce anxiety symptoms, and fibromyalgia sufferers are more likely to experience anxiety or panic symptoms, especially when in a stressful situation.  Though we end up with the question of whether the stress produced the breathing difficulty, or the breathing difficulty produced the stress, here’s a possible scenario:First, a person breathes shallowly in response to a stressful situation.  This breathing pattern becomes habitual, even when sleeping.  Breathing muscles, which connect the neck and head with the upper ribs, become overactive, tense, and painful.  Headaches may develop from this, sometimes associated with lightheadedness.  This breathing pattern can expel too much carbon dioxide causing the blood to become too alkaline.  This alkalinity can lead to anxiety or panic symptoms, as well causing nerve endings to become more sensitive.  The insufficient oxygenation of the muscles and retention of acid wastes makes muscles painful.
    Osteopathic physician Leon Chaitow notes in his book, Fibromyalgia and Muscle Painthat he has seldom, if ever found a fibromyalgia sufferer without some degree of breathing problems.
  1. Serotonin Deficiency — The neurotransmitter, serotonin, is often deficient in people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.  This imbalance will affect sleep, pain, and depression or anxiety symptoms.
  2. Impaired ATP Synthesis — Without getting too heavy into biochemistry, ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, is a basic component of our metabolism via the Kreb’s cycle.  Increased lactic acid and other changes can result from this deficiency, which in turn could produce muscle pain.
  3. Aluminum Toxicity — Aluminum toxicity can have a role in magnesium deficient fibromyalgia sufferers, since magnesium is necessary to blocking its toxic effects.
  4. Magnesium Deficiency — Magnesium is one of the most frequently deficient nutrients in general and with specific problems like fatigue, depression, PMS, menopausal problems, and muscular aches and pains.

CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE APPROACH

Basically, there is no conventional medicine approach to fibromyalgia.  Ibuprofen has been found in a study to be no more effective in relieving fibromyalgia pain than a placebo.  Amitriptyline anti-depressants have provided short-term relief, but are also associated with serious side-effects—heart attack, stroke, arrhythmia, coma, seizure and allopecia.    Gout medications, which increase the urinary excretion of uric acid reportedly help some people.  Overall, conventional medicine pretty much looks at fibromyalgia as “no known cause and no known cure.”

NATURAL MEDICINE APPROACHES

As with any health problem, our approach at Pacific Health Center would begin with a complete electro-dermal testing evaluation to determine nutrient deficiencies, allergic sensitivities and toxicities, and then checking compatible supplements and remedies for correcting all of the above.  Avoiding foods that test sensitive and taking the homeopathic desensitizing drops is particularly important.  Other possible supplements (subject to whether or not they test compatibly) might include:

  1. Vitality Support Formula — This is a multi-vitamin/mineral oriented toward Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  It is basically our Ultra Preventive III formula with additional herbal and other ingredients for immune system stimulation.  Since CFS and FMS are probably just two names for the same basic condition, it seems to work well with fibromyalgia.
  2. Malic Acid + Magnesium — This is probably the most specific supplement we use with fibromyalgia clients.  Magnesium deficiency can be very significant with both fatigue and muscular pain.  In addition to the aluminum detoxifying effect of malic acid, it also has a relationship with decreased cellular oxygen (hypoxia) and phosphate levels.
  3. Adrenal Formula — A bovine adrenal glandular supplement is frequently helpful for building up exhausted adrenals.  Less often, herbal supplements like licorice root or ginseng may be helpful.
  4. B Vitamins — B vitamin supplementation is appropriate with many problems, including generalized fatigue.  Again, most fibromyalgia clients we see have significant B vitamin deficiencies.  Testing dictates which  supplements are appropriate.
  5. Serotonin Supplements — We regularly use a homeopathic supplement of serotonin called Serotonin-Dopamine Liquescence.  This has a natural anti-depressant effect, as well as helping sleep and reducing pain.
  6. Candidiasis Supplements — If Candida albicans yeast overgrowth is indicated, dealing with this is essential to overcoming fibromyalgia.  Acidophilus, homeopathic remedies, caprylic acid, oil of oregano, or other supplements may be helpful.
  7. Anti-Oxidants — Several anti-oxidant supplements can help by stimulating the immune system.  Pycnogenol and Grape Seed Extract are the most common.  While we occasionally use these, they do not as often test compatibly.
  8. Alkaline Diet — Muscular pain can be related to over acidity.  Acidic end products of metabolism like lactic acid, uric acid, and pyruvic acid have been shown to contribute to fibromyalgia.  Acidic foods like fried foods, wine, coffee, alcohol, tea, vinegar and too much grains or meats will tend to make your pH more acidic. Alkaline forming foods like vegetables and fruits (except cranberries, prunes, corn, and artichoke) can help restore the right pH balance.

Above all, remember there is hope for fibromyalgia.

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DISCLAIMER:  The information contained in this publication is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose illness nor prescribe treatment.  Rather, this material  is designed to be used in cooperation with your nutritionally-oriented health professional to deal with your personal health problems.  Should you use this information on your own, you are prescribing for yourself, which is your constitutional right, but neither the author nor publisher assume responsibility.

The Colonoscopy Myth

December 13th, 2016

Here I am again shouting, “The Emperor has no clothes!” To even suggest that colonoscopies are not a vital preventive health measure is bound to label one a heretic, but I’m used to it.  First, let me define this further:  I am NOT saying colonoscopies should never be done. What I am saying is that they should not be done as a routine screening procedure for the average person not at high risk for colon cancer. I have never had a colonoscopy because I learned of a very accurate, non-invasive test alternative — more on that later.

COLONOSCOPY RECOMMENDATIONS

Theoretically conventional medicine offers three colon cancer screenings:
  • Annual Fecal Occult Blood testing (FOBT) to check for blood in the stool
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years
But the reality is that doctors almost exclusively recommend the colonoscopy.  The Fecal Occult Blood test lends itself to false positives rather easily, such as from hemorrhoidal bleeding. Though it’s just dealing with the lower colon, the sigmoidoscopy is about as much bother as the colonoscopy, so you might as well go the whole nine yards and get a more complete exam.
Another alternative is the virtual colonoscopy.  This involves a CT scan that produces 3-D images of the colon after it is inflated somewhat with air. Many doctors will argue that with a regular colonoscopy, polyps discovered can be removed as part of the procedure, whereas the discovery of such growths on a virtual colonoscopy will then requires a standard colonoscopy to remove.  From a natural medicine perspective I would add that you may do more harm than good in removing a polyp. These can go away on their own or in response to a natural colon restoration program. If they are cancerous, you may spread the cancer by cutting out this sealed up pouch.

BUT ARE THEY EFFECTIVE?

Up until recently it was assumed that colonoscopies were totally accurate, essentially the “gold standard” for determining colon disease. However, a Canadian study on over 10,000 people found that the usage of colonoscopies produced “essentially no reduction” of cancer deaths when the cancer was on the right side of the colon (ascending colon). In fairness, the study did find a “large mortality reduction” in cancers on the left side of the colon (descending colon). Dr. David Ransohoff of the University of North Carolina said that physicians should not say that colonoscopies reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 90 percent, with 60-70% being a more reasonable number based upon this study. In 2008 the American Cancer Society stated:
…There are no prospective randomized controlled trials of screening colonoscopy for the reduction in incidence or mortality of colorectal cancer.
The National Cancer Institute is even more definitive:
…it is not yet known for certain whether colonoscopy can help reduce the number of deaths from colorectal cancer.

WHAT ABOUT SAFETY?

A colonoscopy is hardly a totally safe procedure. Dr. Michael Greger notes that 1 in every 350 colonoscopies results in serious harm. Furthermore, 1 in 1000 colonoscopies result in death. Now that sounds like pretty good odds, but given there are 15 million colonoscopies done annually in the U. S., that means we’re talking about 15,000 people dying from colonoscopies! Though sigmoidoscopies have one-tenth the complications, the full colonoscopy is recommended 95% of the time by physicians. Risks of colonoscopies include:
  • Perforation of the colon
  • Dysbiosis (bad bacteria imbalance in the intestines) from the harsh laxatives used to cleanse the colon before the procedure
  • Anesthesia complications (colonoscopies are normally done with general anesthesia)
  • False positives
  • Infections from improperly disinfected scopes — as high as 80% of scopes are not properly sterilized with peracetic acid

THE FINANCIAL INCENTIVE

I regret to have to say so often, “Follow the money,” to understand why medicine is practiced the way it is. It’s no different with colonoscopies.  Colonoscopies typically cost $1000 – $3000.  The AMA makes recommendations to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and private insurance companies on allowable billing amounts for different services.  They say that a colonoscopy takes 75 minutes of a gastroenterologist’s time, though most of these doctors only allow 30 minutes for the procedure.  Many GI doctors do a dozen or more colonoscopies per day — that can be over $20,000 a day!  Is it any wonder that doctors recommend expensive colonoscopies over cheaper, non-invasive alternatives?

WHEN A COLONOSCOPY IS APPROPRIATE

As mentioned in the beginning, there is a time for colonoscopies.  But to start with the negative, this is not the best alternative for mass screening of the population. Colonoscopy is very appropriate for anyone with elevated risk of colon cancer. In other words, if you have a family history of colon cancer, have had abnormalities revealed on a previous colonoscopy or have symptoms such as rectal bleeding, by all means get a colonoscopy.

A RECOMMENDED ALTERNATIVE

I never did a colonoscopy because of the above concerns, though I did do a lot of research on alternatives. The one I discovered has recently been promoted with TV ads — Cologuard. Cologuard is a stool test, but nothing like the rather ineffective occult blood tests.  Instead, Cologuard is a DNA test, described on their website (www.cologuardtest.com) this way:
Every day the lining of your colon naturally sheds cells. If you have cancer or precancer in your colon, abnormal cells shed into the colon – along with normal cells – where they are picked up by stool as it passes through. Cologuard uses advanced stool DNA technology to find elevated levels of altered DNA and/or hemoglobin in these abnormal cells, which could be associated with cancer or precancer.
In a 10,000 patient study, Cologuard found 92% of the colon cancers and 69% of the high risk pre-cancers. False positives occurred 13% of the time. Any positive test would be followed up with a colonoscopy to confirm disease.

I know no one gets really excited about collecting a stool sample, but their kit makes it really quite easy. This is a prescription item, so your physician must order the test after which Cologuard will ship the collection kit to you. You simply collect the sample and ship it with a pre-paid UPS label.  Your doctor then gets the results. The test is covered by Medicare and private insurance. The Cologuard test is for people over age 50 at average risk for colorectal cancer. Again, for anyone at higher than average risk, this test is not appropriate.

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you want to survive conventional medicine, be skeptical of almost everything. So much is done out of propaganda promotion and the toxic excuse of, “We’ve always done it that way.” There is a huge financial incentive for the conventional medical profession to push various drugs and tests, many of which may be not only a waste of time and money, but actually harmful.  Become an informed consumer!  Let the buyer beware! And, most of all:
Never ask a barber if you need a haircut!
— Monte Kline, Ph.D.

The Sugar Trap

November 28th, 2016

by Monte Kline, Ph.D.

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I often think that the dietary theme song of the average American should be the old McGuire Sisters tune that goes:

Sugar in the morning, sugar in the evening, sugar at suppertime


Refined sugar consumption has skyrocketed in recent decades making sugar intake the number one dietary problem.  Eliminating refined sugar from your diet is the single most important thing you can do for your health.  In 1830 the average per capita consumption of sugar was 7 1/2 pounds per year.  Today, the average American consumes over 130 pounds of sugar per year!  Anything we consume so much of is bound to have an awesome effect on health.


PROBLEM OF SUGAR REFINING

In my booklet, The Junk Food Withdrawal Manual, I describe junk food as “dead, refined, and adulterated.”  It is the refining of sugar that produces its ill-health effects.

Refined sugar is made from either sugar cane or sugar beets, both of which contain significant amounts of vitamins and minerals. The final product, white sugar, is totally devoid of any vitamins or minerals.  Guess where all the nutrients ended up?  They’re in the blackstrap molasses, which contains 70-90% of the iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium.  It is indeed a “foodless food.”

That’s only half the problem, though.  Not only does sugar contribute nothing to the diet in the way of nutrients, it actually depletes the body of nutrients.  Here’s how:  To metabolize sugar you need certain B vitamins and minerals like magnesium and chromium.  Since those nutrients are not present in refined sugar, your body has to “steal” them from its reserves.  Thus, the more sugar you eat, the more nutrient deficient you become!  Sugar has thus been described not as a nutrient, but rather as an anti-nutrient, stealing the nutrition you take in from other sources.

Another aspect of sugar is that it crowds out other nutrients.  To the extent you satisfy your hunger and caloric needs with sugar, to that same extent you have crowded out nutrient-containing foods you would have eaten to get those same calories.  Bottom line is the same:  the more sugar you eat, the more nutrient-deficient you become.


GOOD SUGARS AND BAD SUGARS

So what kind of sugar am I talking about?  Refined sugar includes regular white granulated sugar (which is sucrose), but also powdered sugar, brown sugar, so-called “raw sugar,” turbinado sugar, corn syrup, corn sweeteners, dextrose (corn sugar), maltose, lactose (milk sugar), and even fructose (fruit sugar).  Granulated fructose is possibly less of a problem than other refined sugar, but it is still refined sugar, and it’s rather expensive as well.

Our bodies run on glucose, which is what we’re talking about with blood sugar levels.  Glucose is found, usually with other sugars, in some fruits and vegetables.  But basically the glucose fuel of our bodies comes from the metabolism of the foods we eat, eventually turning them into glucose.

So are there any “good” sugars?  Yes.  I recommend raw, unfiltered honey (that is a non-heat processed honey) used sparingly.  Honey contains enzymes and trace elements that make it a health-producing food, though it doesn’t have high amounts of vitamins or minerals.  It’s the only food I can think of that God specifically describes as “good” (Proverbs 24:13), using it as a symbol of spiritual wisdom.

Pythagorus lived exclusively on a diet of honey and wholegrain bread, to which he accredited living to age 90.  Apollonius, one of Pythagoras’ disciples lived to be 130 on the same diet.  Hippocrates, the father of medicine, prescribed honey to those who wished to live long.  He did — he died at age 109!

Blackstrap molasses, the strongest form of molasses, is where most of the nutrients ended up in manufacturing refined sugar.  It’s a little more limited than honey as a sugar substitute.  It works well in baking or as a syrup on your whole grain pancakes, though.

Date sugar, which is basically just a concentration of dates, I think is an acceptable sugar substitute as well.  Keep in mind, however, that even these more natural and nutrient-containing sugars should be used sparingly.  The best way to get your natural sugars is in the natural sweetness of the fruits and vegetables God put them in in the first place.  The more we think we have to tear apart food from the way God made it, isolating out this factor or that, the more trouble we get into health-wise.  Bottom line:  Eat whole foods.

HIDDEN SUGAR

Many people feel that if they’re not adding sugar to food, they’re not taking in a lot of sugar.  Unfortunately, there’s a lot of “hidden sugar” in food, such as:

1 piece of cherry pie a la mode             20 teaspoons

1 piece of two layer chocolate cake      15 teaspoons

1 glazed donut                                         6 teaspoons

1 chocolate candy bar                              7 teaspoons

12 oz. soft drink                                      8 teaspoons

Some breakfast cereals are over 70% sugar.


SUGAR-CAUSED HEALTH PROBLEMS

Nancy Appleton, Ph.D. in her book, Lick the Sugar Habit, lists 59 Reasons Why Sugar Ruins Your Health:

  1. Sugar can suppress your immune system.
  2. Sugar upsets the minerals in the body.
  3. Sugar causes hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
  4. Sugar produces a significant rise in triglycerides.
  5. Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection.
  6. Sugar can cause kidney damage.
  7. Sugar reduces high density lipoproteins (HDL).
  8. Sugar leads to chromium deficiency.
  9. Sugar leads to cancer of the breast, ovaries, intestines, prostate and rectum.
  10. Sugar increases fasting levels of glucose and insulin.
  11. Sugar causes copper deficiency.
  12. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  13. Sugar weakens eyesight.
  14. Sugar raises the level of serotonin.
  15. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
  16. Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
  17. Sugar can raise adrenalin levels in children.
  18. Sugar malabsorption is frequent in patients with functional bowel disease.
  19. Sugar can cause aging.
  20. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
  21. Sugar can cause tooth decay.
  22. Sugar contributes to obesity.
  23. High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s Disease, and ulcerative colitis.
  24. Sugar can aggravate gastric and duodenal ulcers.
  25. Sugar can cause arthritis.
  26. Sugar can cause asthma.
  27. Sugar can cause Candida albicans.
  28. Sugar can cause gallstones.
  29. Sugar can cause heart disease.
  30. Sugar can cause appendicitis.
  31. Sugar can cause multiple sclerosis.
  32. Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.
  33. Sugar can cause varicose veins.
  34. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.
  35. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
  36. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
  37. Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.
  38. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
  39. Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
  40. Sugar can decrease growth hormone.
  41. Sugar can increase cholesterol.
  42. Sugar can increase the systolic blood pressure.
  43. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
  44. Sugar can cause migraine headaches.
  45. Sugar can interfere with absorption of protein.
  46. Sugar can cause food allergies.
  47. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
  48. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
  49. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
  50. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
  51. Sugar can impair the structure of DNA.
  52. Sugar can change the structure of protein.
  53. Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
  54. Sugar can cause cataracts.
  55. Sugar can cause emphysema.
  56. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
  57. Sugar can promote an elevation of low density lipoproteins (LDL).
  58. Sugar can cause free radicals in the blood stream.
  59. Sugar can cause hunger pains and overeating.

Are you convinced that sugar just might be your number one enemy of health?  I hope so.  It is a dead, refined, foodless food.  It has absolutely no health benefits or need in human nutrition.  Do yourself a big favor and get the sugar out in favor of honey and blackstrap molasses.  You’ll notice the difference.


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DISCLAIMER:  The information contained in this publication is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose illness nor prescribe treatment.  Rather, this material  is designed to be used in cooperation with your nutritionally-oriented health professional to deal with your personal health problems.  Should you use this information on your own, you are prescribing for yourself, which is your constitutional right, but neither the author nor publisher assume responsibility.

 

 

Helping Your Health Non-Invasively

November 19th, 2016

by Monte Kline, Ph.D.

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What if you could conduct an “electronic interview” with your body, to determine where it’s weak and what it needs with a simple electronic instrument? 

Doing just that is precisely what “electro-dermal,” or sometimes called, “bioenergetic testing” is all about.  This is the testing method used at our Pacific Health Center clinics, the method I have exclusively used in my practice since 1986.  In this Update I want to explain the background and discovery of this incredible testing method, how it works, and what it can do for you and your health.

BACKGROUND & DISCOVERY

A German physician, Reinhold Voll, M.D., developed the first electro-dermal testing instrument in 1953 after having cured himself of terminal bladder cancer with acupuncture.  In his struggle to integrate the very different system of acupuncture with his knowledge as a western, anatomically trained medical doctor, he found that there were electrical resistance differences that could be measured with a modified galvanometer on the surface of the skin (no needles!) on these reputed acupuncture points.

However, the idea that the body’s fundamental nature was electromagnetic can be traced back to 1935 when Dr. Harold Saxton Burr, Professor of Anatomy at Yale University School of Medicine published his Electrodynamic Theory of Life. Dr. Burr designed a voltmeter to measure energy fields surrounding every living system, which he labeled “L-Fields.”  He theorized that L-Fields were pre-physical fields which organize the physical body as it continually goes through the processes of growth and metabolic change.  In other words he felt there is a deeper level of life beneath the physical and chemical levels we normally measure—an electrical level that is ultimately responsible for producing our physical and chemical bodies.
G.W. Crile, M.D. was a surgeon and the founder of the famous Cleveland Clinic.  He wrote a work entitled, The Phenomenon of Life—A Radio-Electric Interpretation.  Addressing the American College of Surgeons in 1933 he predicted that a “radio-diagnostician” would detect the presence of disease before it becomes outwardly apparent.  He stated that man is a radio-electric mechanism, emphasizing that when life ends, radiation ends:

It is clear that radiation produces electric current which operates adaptively the organism as a whole, producing memory, reason, imagination, emotion, the special senses, secretions, muscular action, the response to infection, normal growth, and the growth of benign tumors and cancers, all of which are governed adaptively by the electrical charges that are generated by the short wave or ionizing radiation in protoplasm. 

That is pretty incredible—here’s one of the giants of conventional medicine in the 20th century stating the basic foundation for the electro-dermal testing done today.

ACUPUNCTURE CONNECTION

Over 3000 years ago the Chinese recognized there was an energy flow in the body that could be measured and manipulated to achieve healing.  The idea of energy flow along so-called “meridians” has been scoffed at by many conventional doctors, though acupuncture has gained pretty wide acceptance within conventional medicine, simply because it can be observed to work (You don’t have to see too many people having open heart surgery with only acupuncture anesthesia to know that it’s for real).
Research done in Paris since the mid-1980’s has proven the existence of the acupuncture meridians, as a distinct system from the nervous, lymphatic or vascular systems.  Jean Claude Darras, M.D. and Paul DeVernejoul, M.D., by injecting a radioactive tracer at acupuncture sites and photographing the movement, found the acupuncture meridians different from these other known systems.

E.A.V. TESTING

Dr. Voll was the developer of E.A.V. testing (Electroacupuncture According to Voll).  A Voll-type instrument measures galvanic skin resistance (G.S.R.) on acupuncture points on the hands and feet using a 1 volt, 6-12 microamp current.  In this type of electro-dermal testing, electrical resistance measurements are taken by the practitioner touching the positive probe to the point while the subject holds the negative probe in the opposite hand.  There is no feeling of electrical shock due to the extremely low voltage involved.  The ideal reading would be at “50” on the scale.  Higher readings suggest inflammation or infection, while lower reading suggest degeneration.  Readings that drop after a few seconds suggests chronic conditions.  

VEGA TESTING

With E.A.V. testing involving over 800 possible measurement points, it was inevitable that simpler methods would be introduced.  One of these was Bioelectronic Functions Diagnosis, or BFD, which uses fewer measurement points.  An offshoot of BFD is VEGA testing, developed by another West German doctor, Helmut Schimmel, M.D.  At Pacific Health Center we primarily use the VEGA testing method, though we use E.A.V. testing instruments.
Instead of using hundreds of different measurement points on the hands and feet, VEGA testing uses hundreds of different test vials electronically put into the circuit to measure health factors like nutrient deficiencies, allergic sensitivities, and toxicities.  The test vials are normally homeopathic dilutions of substances whose resonance corresponds with a particular health problem.  Dilutions of vitamins and minerals are used in the D30 potency to measure deficiencies for example, while D6 potencies of toxins are used to measure toxicities.
VEGA testing is characterized by first electrically “stessing” the body with a Piezo electric device which induces a very slight shock into the testing point.  This is called “decompensating” the body, that is, confusing the body’s normal compensating mechanisms for its various problems so that you get a clearer picture of what’s really going on.  Normally either nothing or only a very slight tingling sensation is briefly felt.
A second distinctive of VEGA testing is the use of “amplifier vials” in the test circuit.  The amplifier vials are D26 dilutions of pineal glandular.  These have an energetic correcting effect on the body, what I call “artificially making your body perfect.”  Starting from that perfect “baseline” reading, different test vials are introduced into the circuit to see which ones throw off that baseline reading.  In this way nutrient deficiencies and allergic sensitivities are determined.

CAUSAL CHAINS

No, this isn’t a new fashion.  The main reason I switched from E.A.V. to VEGA testing several years ago in my practice was the ability to determine “causal chains,” that is what is causing what.  For example, we check about 40 different organ and gland areas with homeopathic dilutions of those glandular supplements.  Suppose we find that your adrenals, pancreas and thyroid are weak.  Causal chaining enables us to find out which is causing which to be weak, such as the adrenal is weakening the pancreas which in turn is weakening the thyroid.  This tells you the root cause of the body’s weakness, so you can then focus testing remedies against that particular area of the body.  Strengthen the weakest area, and you strengthen the body overall.
In this instance, I would put the adrenal test vial in the test circuit and see it produce a high reading from the baseline indicating its weakness.  Then I would add different adrenal glandulars, DHEA hormone, or maybe licorice root herb to see which ones will correct that weak reading on the instrument.  Then I know which supplements are right for balancing that client’s body.
Another example would be correlating a particular toxin, sensitivity, or deficiency with a weak area of the body.  Let’s suppose the sinus test vial shows a weak reaction.  We could correlate a toxin like Candida albicans or dental mercury to see if it is affecting the sinuses.  The information possibilities with this type of electro-dermal testing are almost endless.

RESEARCH FINDINGS

You may be wondering if there’s any scientific research validating this revolutionary method of testing?  Indeed there are, two of which I’ll mention.  A study was performed at the U.C.L.A. School of Medicine to determine if the E.A.V. lung test readings would be worse on confirmed lung cancer patients as compared to controls.  A high degree of correlation was noted with 26 of the 30 E.A.V. examinations matching the chest X-ray results in a blind test.  [“Evoked Electrical Conductivity on the Lung Acupuncture Points in Healthy Individual And Confirmed Lung Cancer Patients,” American Journal of Acupuncture, Vol. 13, No.  3, July-Sept 1985.]
Another fascinating study sought to measure the effectiveness of E.A.V. testing in measuring food allergy.  It compared the electro-dermal testing with five conventional medicine methods of food allergy testing—skin, RAST, IgE, history, and food challenge.  Results showed a high degree of correlation, particularly with food challenge, probably the most accurate of the conventional methods.  [“A Food Allergy Study Utilizing the EAV Acupuncture Technique,” American Journal of Acupuncture, Vol. 12, No. 2, April-June 1984.]

21ST CENTURY MEDICINE

We’re getting closer and closer to the electronic medicine practiced by Dr. McCoy on Star Trek.  Modern physics has proven that the fundamental nature of everything is energy.  Measuring the body on the energetic level offers the greatest potential for getting to the root causes of your health problems.
What I’ve described here presents quite a contrast from just guessing about what’s wrong, what supplements to take and so on.  You don’t have to guess — you can test!  It is possible to conduct an electronic interview with your  body.  Welcome to the world of electro-dermal testing.

 

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DISCLAIMER:  The information contained in this publication is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose illness nor prescribe treatment.  Rather, this material  is designed to be used in cooperation with your nutritionally-oriented health professional to deal with your personal health problems.  Should you use this information on your own, you are prescribing for yourself, which is your constitutional right, but neither the author nor publisher assume responsibility.

 

 

 

Don’t Drink Your Milk!

November 11th, 2016

by Monte Kline, Ph.D.

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What a heretical statement!  Dare I suggest that milk is not “the perfect food for every body?”  I dare.  For a number of different reasons cow’s milk is probably exceeded among foods in its ill-health effects by white sugar and white flour. Let’s talk about it.

MILK VS. CULTURED MILK

My concern is with straight, uncultured cow’s milk.  I’m not talking about cultured cow’s milk dairy products such as natural cheeses, cottage cheese, cream cheese, buttermilk, yogurt, or kefir.  Very often in testing, when clients find  they’re sensitive to cow’s milk, but okay on cheese and yogurt, they’ll say, “How can that be?  Aren’t they milk?”

The answer, of course, is that cheese and yogurt are not milk — they are made from milk.  Big difference!  When beneficial bacteria are added to straight milk to culture it into cheese, cottage cheese, cream cheese, buttermilk or yogurt, the protein is broken down — it’s predigested.  This eliminates the major problem causing the food sensitivity to milk — its indigestibility.

PURPOSE OF MILK

Milk was created by God for the sole purpose of nourishing the newborn.  Milk is an infant food.  It was never designed for adult people or adult animals to have.  We can learn so much about God’s design for things if we simply observe the creation.

Do animals keep drinking milk from their mothers forever?  No, it lasts for maybe a year or so.  Therefore, how long did God intend for the baby cow or baby goat or baby deer to drink milk?  As long as Mom produces it. Now, let’s carry this over to humans.  When does a woman stop lactating?  If she’s really healthy and well nourished, she can lactate for two or three years after birth, though after a year the milk flow will be slight. Therefore, how long did God intend for human babies to drink milk?  Same answer—as long as Mom produces it.

FOR BABY COWS

Observing the Creation teaches us another key point about the usage of milk for nutrition.  Not only is it an infant food, but the milk should match the animal.  God made sheep milk for baby sheep, whale milk for baby whales, deer milk for baby deer, goat milk for baby goats, AND (a little trumpet fanfare, please) COW’S MILK FOR BABY COWS!   What could be more obvious for simply look at the way God created things?

Milk is a unique substance that is designed for the unique nourishment needs of each mammal.  Consider the differences.  A baby cow or goat or sheep is on its feet and pretty much functioning within moments after birth.  A baby human can’t walk till it’s nearly a year old.  Human babies are virtually helpless the first year of life in particular.

The cow’s milk is designed to grow a very large animal that is by design a beast of burden.  So if you grow up drinking a lot of cow’s milk, what are you likely to produce by way of weight and body structure?  God’s design in the Creation is crystal clear:  Each mammal consumes its own mother’s milk.  So, the only one for whom cow’s milk is the “perfect food” is a baby cow.

PASTEURIZATION & HOMOGENIZATION

The basic incompatibility of cow’s milk for humans is further complicated by two awful things we do to milk— pasteurization and homogenization.  Pasteurization involves generally a flash heating of the milk to 161 degrees  for 15 seconds.  The purpose of pasteurization is to destroy disease-causing organisms.  It also destroys spoilage microorganisms extending the shelf life of the milk.

Sounds good, until you learn the extent of nutrient losses in pasteurized milk:  50% of the vitamin C, 90% of the enzymes, alteration of 10 of the 18 fatty acids, one-third loss of vitamins A and D, 38 – 80% destruction of B vitamins, and 50% loss of calcium and probably other minerals.

The ironic part of this is that pasteurization didn’t really solve the problem of “dirty” milk on the market — actually it increased it.  Bernard A. Bellew, M.D. in his book, The New Diet Dynamics, comments:

 . . . those dairymen who did not wish to clear up their herds . . . could claim the milk they produced was pure because it was pasteurized. For this reason it was 1941 . . . before bovine tuberculosis was wiped out of every dairy herd in the United States.

Certified raw milk (guaranteed to come from disease-free cows, is in reality much safer than the potentially diseased pasteurized milk.  While cow’s milk, even if it’s raw with all its nutrients intact, isn’t the appropriate food for humans, it is made much worse by pasteurization.

But that’s not all, for we have further health problems created by homogenization.  Homogenization is a mechanical process designed to break the fat globules in the milk down into a smaller size so that the cream doesn’t rise to the top.  Among other things, it has been suggested by cardiologist, Kurt Oster, M.D.,  that this denaturing of the fat in milk causes hardening of the arteries.  It also causes the milk to be less digestible, further increasing its allergic problem.

HEALTH PROBLEMS CAUSED BY COW’S MILK

Because our digestive systems weren’t created for cow’s milk, we tend to react to it.  In the extreme that may produce abdominal cramping or diarrhea.  More commonly it just produces congestion — mucous, as an immune system reaction.

This excess mucous is a significant factor with colds, sinusitis, asthma and ear infections, just to mention a few common ailments.  This is most often observed in children.  Almost all the children I see in my practice that have ear infections or asthma are drinking cow’s milk.  Many will solve these problems just from eliminating cow’s milk.  Often even the cultured dairy products like cheese and yogurt will also be a problem in these cases.  However, unlike the straight, uncultured cow’s milk, the cultured forms can usually be desensitized using homeopathic dilutions.

Frank Oski, M.D., Pediatrician and then department head at New York University, wrote a book back in the late 70’s called Don’t Drink Your Milk!  Among other things, he notes that 25% of the children fed cow’s milk in their first six months of life will develop allergies.  Dr. Oski writes:

The infant should never receive cow milk in an unmodified form.  After the first year of life, the child requires no milk of any type.

WHERE WILL I GET MY CALCIUM? 

Thanks to decades of consistent propaganda from the dairy industry’s advertising, the average American has been duped into thinking that cow’s milk is the only place they can get significant amounts of calcium.  Not true! First of all, for most people, avoidance of cultured dairy products is not necessary.  So, I’m usually not telling people to avoid all dairy products, but rather just the straight cow’s milk.  A cup of yogurt actually has slightly more  calcium than a cup of plain cow’s milk.
But even if you were sensitive to all dairy products, there are numerous non-dairy sources of calcium and other minerals.  High calcium foods include soy, buckwheat pancakes, brown rice, bulgar wheat, fish, dried apricots, papaya, oranges, cooked prunes, cooked rhubarb, most meats, almonds, Brazil nuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, broccoli, Swiss chard, kale, collard greens, spinach, garbanzo beans, and a whole lot more   A wide variety of non-dairy foods has an abundant amount of calcium and other minerals.  You need not be dependent on straight milk. 

COW’S MILK SUBSTITUTES 

So, if we should avoid plain cow’s milk, what do we substitute?  Let me first tell you some milk substitutes that are not recommended:

  1. Acidophilus Milk — Acidophilus milk is simply that — acidophilus bacteria added to milk. The problem is that it isn’t a cultured milk like yogurt. It’s just acidophilus added to the milk.  You therefore get the uncultured milk with all its indigestibility and allergy problems with simply some acidophilus added to it.  If you want acidophilus in your milk, may I suggest using a high quality yogurt like the Mountain High, Cascade Fresh, or Nancy’s brand names, where the acidophilus has predigested the milk, making it more compatible with your body.  Acidophilus Milk is, in my view, just a marketing gimmick of no real value.  It will pretty much be as allergenic as plain milk.
  2. Mocha Mix — This is a soy milk product primarily, but one look at the lengthy ingredient list of numerous synthetic food additives would label it as a junk food.

So what are the good milk substitutes then?

  1. Rice Milk — Rice Dream Beverage, and now other brands of rice milk, are my preferred cow’s milk substitute.
  2. Almond Milk — As long as you’re not sensitive to almonds, this a great substitute.
  3. Goat’s Milk ­­— I know what you’re going to say—goat’s milk is for baby goats. That’s true. However, goat’s milk is more like human milk and is much more digestible than cow’s milk.  A relatively small percentage of people are sensitive to it.  Basically I recommend goat’s milk for infants that should still be getting mother’s milk, but are unable.

Having identified these three as possible cow’s milk substitutes, let me say that other than milk on cereal or some cooking situations, you shouldn’t have much need for milk anyway.  I do not recommend just drinking a glass of milk, whether cow’s milk or a milk substitute.  Just say “no.”

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DISCLAIMER:  The information contained in this publication is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose illness nor prescribe treatment.  Rather, this material  is designed to be used in cooperation with your nutritionally-oriented health professional to deal with your personal health problems.  Should you use this information on your own, you are prescribing for yourself, which is your constitutional right, but neither the author nor publisher assume responsibility.

 

Transforming Your Health with Water

October 29th, 2016

by Monte Kline, Ph.D.

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What’s the most important ingredient to good health?  If you think it’s good, natural food, you’re wrong?  If you think it’s the right kind of vitamin supplements, you’re wrong again.  You can live without food for 30 or 40 days.  What you can only live without for a couple of days is water.  Water is therefore the supreme health ingredient. Our bodies are 70% water, and all that water is replaced every five to ten days!  But what is the quality of the water you drink?

Drinking water that’s full of poison would obviously not be very beneficial to your health.  Thus, we must approach water from the point-of-view of both quality and quantity.  For good health you must have enough water (quantity), but almost more important, you must have pure water (quality) for it to really benefit your health.

WATER QUALITY PROBLEMS

Several problems emerge when it comes to water quality.  Here are some possible sources of contamination:

  1. Air Pollution — So what does air pollution have to do with water pollution? Rain and snow fall through the atmosphere and pick up whatever contaminants are in the air. Once upon a time rain or snow water would have been pretty pure, but not today.  Keep in mind that this is where all the fresh water ultimately comes from.  So, even before anything else happens to water, its original source is polluted.  It only gets worse from there on.
  2.  Agricultural Chemicals Pesticides, herbicides and nitrates from synthetic fertilizers all eventually end up in the underground water supplies. While I’m big supporter of organic farming, and am an organic gardener myself, that can have it’s drawbacks too. Cattle manure, that good organic fertilizer we like to use, also contaminates the water.  This has become a significant issue particularly around feed lot operations. The nitrates from synthetic fertilizers can form cancer-causing compounds called nitrosamines.  High nitrate levels are very common in major agricultural areas such as the central valleys in California.
  1. Industrial Chemical Wastes — Benzene, Trichloroethylene, and Trihalomethanes are but a few of the common industrial chemicals that can affect water.
  1. Heavy Metals — The EPA says that 38 million Americans are drinking water that exceeds the 50 ppb maximum for lead. Other toxic metals like arsenic, excess copper, mercury and others can also affect the water. Lead and other heavy metals can come from water pipes, soldered joints on copper pipes, and brass fixtures.
  1. Pathogenic Organisms — Here we’re concerned with bacteria, viruses, protozoa, amoebae and the like. Of particular concern is the Cryptosporidium protozoan parasite. The largest recorded outbreak of a waterborne disease in U. S. history was caused by this organism in Milwaukie, Wisconsin in 1994.  The statistics are incredible:  400,000 people ill, 41,000 treated for abdominal cramps and diarrhea, 4000 hospitalized, and 104 people dead!  As is probably obvious, chlorine doesn’t kill Cryptosporidium.
  1. Chlorination — What? Chlorination as a source of water contamination? I thought that’s what we did to water to make it healthy?  Well, yes and no.  Chlorine does kill harmful bacteria and viruses, but it also can combine with organic contaminants in the water (like sewage) to form chloroform and Trihalomethanes (THM’s), both of which are potent carcinogens. F. Von Deltinger, M.D. stated that injury to the mitral valve of the heart and cardiac insufficiency may result from severe exposure to chlorine. To further complicate this, Vitamin E, often thought of as the “heart vitamin,” is destroyed by chlorine exposure. This may be part of the reason for the link between heart disease and water chlorination.
  1. Fluoridation — If I was on controversial ground on water chlorination, I’m really pushing the envelope on water fluoridation. Fluoridation of public drinking water supplies is an emotional issue to say the least. Never has so much energy been exerted attempting to persuade the public that something was good for them.  Opposing fluoridation often gets one caricatured as a little old lady seeing communists behind every tree.  The proponents of fluoridation are excellent propagandists, who understand the principle that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will eventually accept it as truth.Sodium fluoride is an industrial waste product that is a by-product of aluminum manufacturing.  Its primary usage, prior to water fluoridation, was as rat poison!  Fluoride, like lead,  is a cumulative poison.  In chemistry it is used to poison enzymes.  No less than 31 essential enzymes to bodily function are inhibited by fluorine, which may result in magnesium deficiency, according to the late Robert Olney, M.D. of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Dean Burke, Ph.D., the late head of the Cytochemistry Division at the National Cancer Institute and John Yiamouyiannis, Ph.D., former editor of Chemical Abstracts, found that fluoridated cities have an average cancer death rate 20% higher than non-fluoridated cities.

Fluoride proponents have cited various studies that supposedly prove that fluoridated reduces tooth decay.  Not all scientists agree.  It is known that excess fluoride, which is easily received from water and dental treatments, causes mottling of the teeth and is actually destructive.  Philip Zanfagna, M.D. states in his book, Fluoridation and Truth Decay:

Dental researchers recognize that dental decay is not due to a lack of fluoride in the diet or water, but rather to genetic differences, lack of calcium and poor diets, and to the excessive use of sugar.

Many more examples of water contamination could be cited.  The point is simply this:  I can almost guarantee your tap or even well water is contaminated.  The question then becomes, “What is the best way to get pure water?”

WATER PURIFICATION METHODS

  1. Boiling — Boiling water for long enough (20 minutes) does kill bacteria, viruses, and parasites like Cryptosporidium. However, this basically makes your water a graveyard for dead germs. Not particularly appetizing, is it?  The other problem with boiling is that it concentrates the contaminants.  Understand that you have boiled off some of the water, but kept all of the solid contaminants, simply creating even more toxic water relative to some pollutants.
  1. Rain or Snow Water — As mentioned earlier, due to atmospheric pollution, water or snow falling to earth can become quite contaminated. Prior to the modern industrial age this might have been a good option, but not today.
  1. Filtered Water — This ranges from inexpensive filters that attach to your faucet or that you pour water through to expensive solid carbon block filters that fit under the sink. Filters will reduce chlorine taste and odor. They are not that effective in eliminating arsenic, lead, nitrates, parasites, sodium, sulfates, bacteria, and viruses.  In fact, the filter medium often makes a great breeding ground for germs.  All filters are less effective the longer they’re used, so you don’t get a consistent purifcation.  Replacement of the higher quality solid carbon block filters tends to be expensive.
  1. Reverse Osmosis — This type of purifier, which fits under your sink, forces water under pressure through a semi-permeable membrane. Performance varies according to water pressure. Also, you waste six gallons of water for every one gallon of purified water you produce.  The membranes are expensive to replace, and like filters, their effectiveness diminishes over time.
  1. De-ionization —This method removes organic minerals well, but the resin beds used in the process can become breeding grounds for bacteria. Also, de-ionization does not remove pesticides, herbicides, and industrial solvents.

THE BEST PURIFICATION — DISTILLATION

Distillation refers to boiling the water into a vapor and then condensing that steam back into water, leaving the contaminants behind.  For over 20 years I have drunk distilled water and recommended it to my clients.  Distillation, combined with the post-carbon filtration featured on the WaterwiseTM distillers available at our clinics, significantly or completely removes algae, arsenic, bacteria, benzene, chloride, chlorine, fluoride, Cryptosporidium, lead, mercury, nitrates, odors, pesticides, rust, salt, sulfates, and viruses.

Distilled water is constant.  Your distiller won’t produce less pure water the longer you use it.  It will maintain the same purity.  I like to remind people that distillation is the method by which God has been purifying water since the Creation.  Water from the rivers and oceans evaporates into clouds, is condensed, and falls back to earth as rain or snow.

DISTILLED WATER CONCERNS

Some people express concerns with distilled water, having heard some of the distilled water myths:

Myth #1 — Distillation removes essential minerals.  Actually there are no “essential minerals” in water.  We get our minerals from our food primarily.  For example, it would take 676 glasses of Boston, Mass. tap water to get the R.D.A. of calcium, or 1848 glasses to get the R.D.A. of magnesium!

Myth#2 — Distilled water leaches essential minerals.  Distilled water does a great job of flushing out discarded, unusable minerals from the body.  But it is physiologically impossible for distilled water, or any other kind of water, to remove minerals from inside your cells.

Myth #3 — Distilled water doesn’t remove organic chemicals.  Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC’s) are chemicals that boil at a temperature lower than water, and therefore could be condensed in the water vapor from a distiller.  The distillers we use feature a volatile gas vent to get rid of these, plus post carbon filtration, which results in a 99% removal.

Distillation, particularly the economical way of owning your own distiller, can’t be beat.  Use distilled water for awhile, and you’ll settle for no other.

 

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DISCLAIMER:  The information contained in this publication is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose illness nor prescribe treatment.  Rather, this material  is designed to be used in cooperation with your nutritionally-oriented health professional to deal with your personal health problems.  Should you use this information on your own, you are prescribing for yourself, which is your constitutional right, but neither the author nor publisher assume responsibility.

 

 

Fighting Fatigue

October 25th, 2016

by Monte Kline, Ph.D.

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We may joke about being “sick and tired” of being “sick and tired,” but in reality fatigue is no laughing matter.  Virtually every person that walks into one of our clinics mentions fatigue as one of their symptoms, if not their major complaint. No matter whether your malady is allergies, depression, PMS, menopausal symptoms, candidiasis, arthriitis, fibromyalgia, cancer or whatever . . . fatigue is probably one of your symptoms.  Let’s take a look at possible causes of fatigue, wrong approaches to resolving fatigue and effective natural medicine approaches for fatigue.

CAUSES OF FATIGUE

If you figure out what causes your fatigue, you’ve come at least half way toward solving it.  Fatigue, like most health problems, may have physical, emotional or even spiritual ingredients.  As always, individualized testing will indicate specific causes, but here are the possibilities:

  1. Junk Food Diet — The food we eat is probably the number one cause of fatigue. Refined, adulterated food, such as most people consume daily, simply is not the right “fuel” for the human body. God created your body to “run” on the food He causes to grow on the earth — living, whole, pure foods.

Man always thinks he knows better than His Creator, so he turns that “living, whole, pure” food into “dead, refined, adulterated food.”  The reasons, of course, for thus perverting the natural food supply are to (1) improve taste, (2) improve appearance, and/or (3) to extend shelf life.  In other words, make all the money you can off of the food, and who cares what the resulting health problems may be.

So what are the big offending foods when it comes to fatigue?  Number one is refined sugar.  Let me be blunt:  you cannot be healthy in general, or fatigue-free in particular, as long as you’re consuming refined sugar.  The sugar has to go!  Whether it’s white sugar, sucrose, dextrose, brown sugar, so-called “raw” sugar, turbinado sugar, corn syrup or foods with any of these sugars added, they are all basically the same — a product refined and devoid of the vitamins and minerals necessary to metabolize it.  This results in a leaching of nutrients from your body as your body in effect has to “steal” vitamins and minerals from what you already have to metabolize the sugar coming in.  Therefore, sugar not only adds no nutrition to the body, but rather it depletes already exisiting nutrients, classifying it as an “anti-nutrient.”  This junk food diet produces nutrient deficiencies and resulting fatigue.

All of your body’s nutrients go into the product of energy, and therefore any nutrient deficiency could contribute to fatigue.  Having said that, though, the most common nutrient deficiencies associated with fatigue are the B vitamins.  Few clients complaining of fatigue at our clinics do not test out deficient in B vitamins.  Other significant “anti-fatigue” nutrients include magnesium, chromium, and occasionally iron. 

  1. Food Sensitivities — Perhaps the least suspected, yet one of the most common causes of fatigue are food sensitivities. Unlike the restrictive medical definition of “allergy,” the term “sensitivities,” as applied to foods, refers to any way eating a particular food produces an undesirably reaction. Fatigue is probably the most common food sensitivity reaction.

Though potentially any food could produce a sensitivity reaction of fatigue, some of the most common are cow’s milk, wheat and baker’s yeast.  Again, individualized testing is essential to determine which foods are a problem and to get on a desensitizing program.

  1. Adrenal Weakness — The adrenal glands, which sit on top of the kidneys, provide various stress hormones. Adrenal hormones the “emergency fuel” for stressful situations like the so-called “fight or flight” responses. We infuse ourselves with adrenal hormones whenever our body is under any kind of stress.  It might be a physical stress like an infection, injury, or allergic reaction.  Or, it might be (and usually is) an emotional stress reaction that triggers adrenal activity.

Because most people live in a near-constant state of stress, they’re constantly demanding the adrenals pump out anti-stress hormones.  Remember, the adrenals were created to be an emergency system, one required only occasionally.  Is it any wonder that our adrenals become exhausted.  Once that happens, you have major fatigue at the least and Addison’s Disease (adrenal failure) at the worst.

  1. Toxicities — Toxins (poisons) from a variety of sources may produce fatigue. We can categorize these as either, (1) External toxins, such as from chemicals, heavy metals, food additives, bacteria, viruses, and drug residues; or (2) Self-produced toxins, such as Candida albicans yeast overgrowth, or other digestive tract toxins. Whichever type of toxicity is present, fatigue is a likely result.
  1. Poor Elimination — When the sewer backs up into the kitchen your home doesn’t function so well. The same thing happens in the body with lack of bowel regularity — the toxins really need to get out to have good health and good energy. Now think about it for a moment:  If you eat three meals per day, yet only have one bowel movement every day or two or three, can that possibly be healthy?  Obviously not.  Those who study primitive peoples eating whole, natural food diets find that they generally have the same number of bowel movements per day as there are meals.  Otherwise, you’re just recycling toxins and that’s going to make you fatigued.
  1. Emotional Stress — Here’s two questions to assess your emotional stress levels: (1) Are you happy? and (2) Do you like yourself? When you’re unhappy and have low self-esteem, you’re not going to have a whole lot of energy.  Your mindset can deflate your energy levels in a few moments, in some cases.  Other emotions like anger, bitterness, resentment, fear, or feeling overwhelmed effectively shut down your body as a escape mechanism. Mental attitude is a choice.  You decide whether the glass is half-full or half-empty.  But if you really want more energy, you’d better decide to see the glass half-full.  Instead of problems, see possibilities and opportunities.  Truly vibrant people know this and do this.
  1. Spiritual Roadblocks — If you’re not a Christian, you are disconnected from the grace, love, forgiveness, and power that come from being “in Christ.” That can mean fatigue. But if you are a Christian and are not walking with the Lord, again you invite a lot of problems including physical fatigue.  The Bible describes the spiritually fatigued person this way:

The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own     ways, but a good man will be satisfied with his.(Proverbs 14:14)

Restore your fellowship with God through confession of any known sin (I John 1:9) and turning from it.  A side-benefit of this will be more energy.

WRONG APPROACHES TO FATIGUE­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

  1. Drugs — Illegal drugs like cocaine, crack, LSD, marijuana, speed, and the like have often been tried by the foolish who want to feel better. But now, legal drugs like Prozac and other anti-depressants are routinely prescribed for low energy. There’s one basic problem, though:

You’re not fatigued because you’re body is deficient in Prozac! 

Taking drugs, whether legal or illegal ones, only covers up the symptom while concealing the root cause of your fatigue. Don’t you really want to know why you’re fatigued and solve the underlying problem?  I hope so.

  1. Caffeine — Caffeine is, of course, a drug, but I’ve included it separately because it’s usually thought of (unfortunately) as a food. Caffeine is not only in coffee, but also in black tea, colas, and chocolate. It is an adrenal stimulant that basically makes you feel good by giving the body a shot of adrenalin.  This constant, overstimulation of the adrenals eventually exhausts the adrenals . . . and then you’re really fatigued. 
  2. Sugar — Refined sugar has, unbelieveably, been promoted as an “energy food,” of all things! How many of us as kids ate candy bars for energy? Just the opposite is true.  Eating refined sugar produces a drug reaction that sends the blood sugar high only to quickly come crashing down.  That, of course, requires another “fix” of sugar.  This rapid “up and down” blood sugar curve produces extreme fatigue at the low end of the curve, not to mention weakening or even destroying the pancreas.

NATURAL APPROACHES TO FATIGUE

  1. Better Diet — Avoiding refined sugar, refined carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, refined cereals, etc.), and caffeine helps greatly.
  2. Avoid Sensitive Foods — Though you might get some idea of which foods make you tired by careful observation, testing, such as we do in the clinic, greatly helps in identifying these problems.
  3. Improve Bowel Elimination — If you’re having less than one bowel elimination per day, you definitely need help. Most often our Pro Bulk M psyllium/herbal supplement works well for correcting this.
  4. Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation — Though many different supplements are possible, most people test favorably to our multi-vitamin/mineral, Ultra Preventive III, for covering their main deficiencies. Extremely fatigued people will sometimes need an additional B-Complex on top of the multi, such as Hypo B-50.
  5. Adrenal Supplementation — Because most people have weakened, if not exhausted adrenals, an adrenal glandular supplement can greatly help energy levels. At the clinic we use Adrenplus 300 with a high percentage of our clients.

Other supplements are possible, but the above are the basics that are most often used.  A combination of the right diet, compatible nutritional supplementation, release from emotional stress, plus a vital spiritual life can solve your fatigue problems.

 

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DISCLAIMER:  The information contained in this publication is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose illness nor prescribe treatment.  Rather, this material  is designed to be used in cooperation with your nutritionally-oriented health professional to deal with your personal health problems.  Should you use this information on your own, you are prescribing for yourself, which is your constitutional right, but neither the author nor publisher assume responsibility.

 

 

 



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