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How to Reverse Stress Response Damage

Changing health habits related to diet, sleep, exercise, and stress management are difficult in any stage of life. But it is especially true when you are already in the throes of chronic stress. The lack of motivation, mental fog, and low energy levels that usually accompany chronic stress are obstacles that are difficult to surmount without a powerful boost. That’s the purpose of this chapter and the nutrient supplements that will be discussed here.

The particular supplements discussed are those related particularly to the issues associated with the tide of metabolic dysfunction that can accompany chronic stress exposure. Just because certain nutrients are not mentioned doesn’t imply that they aren’t necessary.

Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Transform Your Life

A Dangerous Dietary Shift

During the last 100 years we have seen a shift in the American diet away from fats and protein towards carbohydrates. Presumably this push was motivated by a desire to lower cholesterol and improve heart health. In reality, this directional change encouraged diets filled with refined grains and sugars and has actually facilitated an epidemic of diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and cancer.

It seems as though every week I am seeing new patients in my Chicago area office, with a complex of bizarre symptoms. The common denominator is a recent Gardisil vaccination.

Gardisil is a vaccine produced by Merck with the implication it will prevent cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the 19th leading cause of cancer death among women in the US and in other countries where cervical screening is the norm.

The patients who suffer adverse reactions to this vaccine often present in specific ways;

Illinois has recently passed a bill allowing the use of medical marijuana for very specific conditions. And, unlike other states with similar bills, registered users may not grow their own plants. They must buy their supply from a designated dispensary and that dispensary only.

Marijuana or Cannabis, is still on the DEA schedule as a schedule 1 drug. This classification is for substances with no medical uses. This could not be farther from the truth.

Cannabis has an abundant amount of compounds which have amazing and beneficial effects. Some of the most amazing effects include reduction of microglial activation and tightening of the blood brain barrier. Microglia are immune cells in the brain, which when activated, are equivalent to inflammation and set up a bad domino affect in terms of oxidative damage. Chronic microglial activation has been implicated in a number of neurodegenerative diseases.

Yes, the title of this blog entry is provocative, it is provocative for a reason.

I am tired of hearing about cancer patients dying because they were told there was nothing they could do, or they agreed to the standard treatment even if that treatment didn’t have good statistics associated with it.

It is important to understand how cancer cells proliferate in order to understand why something so simple as staying on a ketogenic diet can keep cancer at bay.

Most patients with chronic complaints, describe feelings or sensations in the body of generalized anxiety.

Whether their list of complaints include things like insomnia, hot flashes, tingling in their extremities, irritable bowel. Or, more specifically, chronic back pain, an inability to move past an injury, or issues in a relationship, the one thing in common is an associated underlying anxiety.

Anxiety in it’s pure form and in it’s disguises, can be quite crippling. So much energy is expended trying to “move past’ or “deal” with the sensations, it often leaves the person physically and emotionally depleted and, often with a sense of isolation.

Every week, new patients present to my Chicago area office, with pain in one of their joints. And often there is pain in many joints.

Pain in multiple joints can be an autoimmune arthritis, systemic inflammation or side effects from medications, while pain in one or two joints is most likely due to wear and tear on the ligaments, tendons or cartilage.

It is very common for athletes and people in their 40’s and up to experience some form of joint pain from time to time. Often over use or repetition, can lead to tendonitis, most commonly, pain from overstretched tendons.

December 22, 2013

While the concept of IV saline as fluid replacement was written about, Prior to the 1950’s, I.V. fluid replacement therapy was not widely used.

This equates to people dying from dehydration from all viral or bacterial infections which can lead to diarrhea and/or vomiting; just about any illness.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) used to be termed, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or RSD. In fact, the older name is truly a more accurate description of the syndrome.

For some susceptible people, once injured, the autonomic nervous system does not stop sending pain signals to the brain, long after the actual injury should be healed. In many cases, it is from a simple injury such as a needle stick or a contusion, for others, it is from a surgical procedure. Either way, the pain is neuropathic.

The term neuropathic implies the pain is no longer useful or from mechanical stress but rather the nerves are firing without a purpose. In addition to the nerves firing, there is a discreet change in the autonomic nervous system tone in the area of pain. Typically, the skin is mottled, red, purple, warm and sweaty and there can be swelling. The pain is intractable and is described as intense burning.

Every few days, I put up a new batch of cabbage with salt and water in a large mason jar to ferment for my daily dose of lactic acid producing bacteria. While it doesn’t sound appetizing, rest assured, it tastes a whole lot better than it sounds. In addition, fermenting raw cruciferous vegetables increases the levels of the cancer fighting compound called isothiocyanates and reduces the amount of phytates.

The benefits of this drink are numerous: it is an easy ,inexpensive source of healthy bacteria for bowel and immune function, vitamin production and source of nutrients which are known to heal the lining of the intestines as well as fight cancer and boost detoxification.

One characteristic that sets cruciferous vegetables apart from other vegetables is their high glucosinolate content. Glucosinolate can help prevent cancer by enhancing the elimination of carcinogens before they can damage DNA, or by altering cell-signaling pathways in ways that help prevent normal cells from being transformed into cancerous cells. Some glucosinolate metabolites may alter the metabolism or activity of hormones like estrogen in ways that inhibit the development of hormone related cancers.

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