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    Optimal Health

    We’ve all seen the television commercials touting the benefits of prescription drugs, followed closely by the long list of disclaimers which warn of the possible side effects. There doesn’t seem to be a malady that can’t be addressed by popping a pill, and Americans are drowning under a tidal wave of pharmaceuticals.

    According to Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center Researchers, nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two. (HealthDay News 2014) In fact, one in ten Americans admitted to having taken five or more prescription drugs in the month previous to the survey.

    In addition to concerns about potential drug interactions, there is also the reported prescription drug spending which reached an astronomical $374 billion in 2014, according to the Wall Street Journal. (April 2015)

    Our fast food, on-demand, instant gratification society has led us to apply the same principles to our health care. “Conventional medicine is a quick fix. You take a pill and you get immediate relief. And that’s what Americans love…and that’s why they gravitate to it because it’s instant relief,” explained Christine Andrew owner of Center of Holistic Health & Nutrition in Vacaville.

    She went on to reveal the insidious consequences of taking a pill for anything that ails you. “…The pills are quick fixes, but…every pill as side-effects, and then you’re going to need another pill to combat that side-effect…then the list can go on and on…never, ever addressing the root cause of the underlying problem of: ‘Why that high cholesterol…depression…diabetes…gall stone…arthritis…asthma?’…it’s a band aid approach…”

    Christine was quick to add her thoughts regarding the proper use of Western medicine in our quest for healing and wholeness. “Western medicine has its advantages, absolutely. ‘Have I needed Western medicine in my past?’ Absolutely…without question I have been grateful for it. But there are somethings that are completely unnecessary that can be dealt with through food and natural methods…”

    Through her own personal health crisis, Christine discovered alternative methods which ultimately restored her where conventional medicine had failed. “My own health was declining. I hit 40 and I felt like I hit a ton of bricks, and nobody could help. Conventional medicine was not able to find…or solve the problem. So I turned to alternative health and that’s where I got healthy and healed,” she said.

    A holistic approach to health care includes looking at a person’s lifestyle and eating habits, with the aim being to restore balance, rather than mask symptoms. “…we don’t diagnose disease and we don’t prescribe medication, that’s the number one difference…What we want to do is find where there are some imbalances…We look to see where there are some root problems, where there are some nutritional deficiencies, and (we) support the immune system, repair the gut, and bring that back into balance…through either nutritionals, environmental changes, lifestyle factors, timing of meals, what meals…and making sure the food that you are eating – you don’t have allergic reaction to those foods. So we look at what you eat too – and are you getting the nutrients from that food? And if not, what’s blocking or preventing the absorption of those nutrients?” Christine explained.

    She went on to depict the problem with simply treating a patient’s symptoms. “And we can’t just go by symptoms, because there are multiple causes for multiple symptoms. Like a migraine – there’s not one cause, there are several causes.”

    A variety of tests can be done to determine a course of treatment, including many that are familiar to us such as blood and urine tests, and some that may be brand new. She described a few of the unique modalities they employ.

    “We have micro-nutrient testing: it tests all the vitamins from A-Z, it tests the anti-oxidants, and it has an immune index to see how strong your immune system is.” Another method they use is through an Asyra machine, where they gauge a person’s health in a systematic way. “We offer what we call bio-energetic assessment, which…finds out underlying deficiencies or imbalances in the organs and various systems of the body, as well as nutritional deficiencies,” said Christine.

    These methods allow a sneak peak into cellular activity that could perhaps be missed through traditional screening procedures. “There’s bio-chemical, and then there’s bio-energetic (testing). Bio-energetic is looking at the sub-clinical, before it will show up on a blood test. We use different methods, and one is that Asyra machine. Disturbances always start at the cellular level – the frequency of the cells. Its either functioning optimally or sub-optimally. And we can find those disturbances…” explained Christine.

    She stressed the importance of early detection and intervention in the prevention of disease. “We can see signs through looking through a different lens that there are imbalances long before they really blow up into a huge medical issue. So we can see those subtleties (of disease) long before (it manifests) – like diabetes, cholesterol, gall bladder. There are definite signs long before it shows up at a clinical stage. So, we look at the sub-clinical and intervene so it doesn’t get to that point.”

    Once specific imbalances are detected, a proper course of treatment is given to help a patient’s body restore its own natural balance. The route that natural healing follows is a slow and steady journey to optimal health, although some fundamental adjustments at times can bring amazingly quick results.

    Christine elaborated, “And natural healing, it just is not instant…some cases it is…a simple change just in food can bring instant relief, very simple changes. I’ve seen that, I’ve seen that a lot. Still kind of surprising, but it does. But with natural healing, because it took them so many years to get where they are at the chronic degenerative state, it didn’t happen overnight, it took years to accumulate to that state….It’s going to take a process of just peeling that away, slowly and steadily, progressively until you bring that healing.”

    A commitment to the process of natural healing can bring unprecedented health benefits that can’t be found otherwise, and it is also an ideal way to bring the functional systems of the body into unity with one another.

    Christine elaborated, “…we have 12 systems in our body and they all interact with each another. It’s like a matrix…One system does not work all by itself, which is (what is) so wrong about specialties (in Western medicine)…the GI doctor isn’t communicating with the urinary doctor, and the urinary doctor isn’t communicating with the GYN doctor – the respiratory doctor isn’t communicating with the GI doctor…and every part of the body works in concert. So with us, we start with one area of the most concern, usually it is digestion…once we get this going in the right direction and healing (is occurring), then we look at some other parts – like say the adrenals or the thyroid, and we work systematically on those systems to bring them into balance…We work on one thing at a time until those systems are now communicating with one another, and the liver is clearing out toxins, hormones are balanced, their sleep is better, their energy is better.”

    Some of the most common ailments that Christine sees involve digestion and the thyroid. She described some of the recognizable symptoms of thyroid problems as, “dry hair, depression, weight gain – with repeated trying (to control it) with diet and exercise – (and) no change (is experienced) – that’s almost always a thyroid.” She added, “…and thinning hair on the eyebrows.”

    Christine also debunked some common thinking regarding the effects of genetics on health. “Eighty-five percent of our problems come from our diet; the other 15% (is) environmental, (and) genetics. People think…’Oh, it’s my genes.’ It’s an excellent excuse! You can turn genes on or off at any time just by changing some environmental and dietary factors, it is called epigenetics – you have a lot more control than you think. People are running in droves trying to get their genes tested. ‘Well, I have this gene so I’m going to get breast cancer.’ It’s not what that means. You may be higher at risk, but it’s absolutely not an automatic. We all have bad genes, every one of us, but which person is going to express that gene, and what person isn’t?”

    She lays the burden of prevention squarely on the shoulders of each individual, urging people to do a personal assessment of any risk factors to which they might subject themselves. Her checklist included examining things like, “our environment and what we eat, our stress level, our emotional health, all of that plays a part in whether than gene is going to be expressed or not, it’s not automatic,” she insisted.

    Since food plays such an important part in health, Christine advises taking a stricter stance, and committing to a higher standard for what we eat, emphasizing the benefits of minimally processed and organic foods. “I would trust raw milk over any pasteurized milk. I would trust grass-fed organic beef over any commercial beef…the organic…has higher mineral content, much higher nutrient content – the organic grass-fed – than the conventional. Yes, it’s all regulated (conventional) it’s just food that’s devoid of nutrients, which is going to be a factor in our health. Or do we want to support the local farmer that goes out of his way and works harder at maintaining the soil that has the proper nutrients to feed us…so that our immune system can maintain good health? Some foods don’t have to be organic, like bananas, avocados – they’re not generally sprayed, or citrus that has really thick skin. You’re getting a better quality food when you do organic or in season. It always pays to buy organic as much as possible,” she recommended.

    Addressing one of the common objections that people tend to raise regarding the higher cost of eating organically, she said, “We pay a farmer or we pay a doctor, it’s a matter of choice. We also pay now or we pay later. The cost of a gall bladder surgery alone (is) $300,000. You think about other things – the cost of cancer. One dose of chemotherapy can cost $15,000, that’s one dose! So is that per day, per week, times six weeks, (or) six months, you have to be on that?…Consider the costs of these chronic auto-immune conditions. Surgeries – you know (they cost) hundreds of thousands of dollars! Brain surgery – that’s well over $300,000!

    So all these complications, heart surgeries, heart disease, (a) heart attack – that’s (going to cost) tens of thousands of dollars, and that’s (for) standard care. Okay, but natural (treatment), it’s never going to cost that much, ever. Okay, maybe several thousand dollars in a year, maybe. Then you have to look at the quality of health you’re going to have (through natural treatment) vs. standard care (which is) sub-optimal. And again (you can experience) multiple reactions – side-effects, which (then) you have to be on more medications, as opposed to vibrant health with no chronic degenerative disease later in life, where they’re going to be in a convalescent home, and somebody (as to) take care of them, and they can’t manage their daily living functions, or (would they rather) live well in their 80s (and) 90s with vibrant health?

    Christine boldly challenges the commonly held belief in our society that most of us will lose our quality of health as we age. “It has nothing to do with age, that’s the standard way of thinking. ‘Oh it’s just your age, that’s the way old people are supposed to be.’ That’s not true! That’s a sign that your body is out of balance. It’s not a 50-year-old thing, or an 80-year-old thing…it’s a sign they have a messed up gut.”

    Anyone can make simple changes to positively impact their health. To begin your quest for improved health today, Christine offered three things that can be implemented right away.

    1. Drink water – Drink spring, filtered, or Brita water. To restore the mineral content removed by filtering processes, she also recommends adding a pinch of Himalayan pink salt to the water.
    2. Eliminate sugar – Just a teaspoon of sugar depresses the immune system for up to five hours. Consider the effects of drinking one Pepsi, which contains over eight teaspoons of sugar! Drinking soda throughout the day means your immune system would be constantly depressed, leaving you vulnerable to disease. Beware of hidden forms of sugar in your foods by checking the labels for: high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, maltose, dextrose, fructose, glucose, galactose, lactose, cane juice, maltodextrin, barley malt, beet sugar, and the list goes on. A Google search will provide you with even more names for sugars lurking in your foods and beverages.
    3. Buy organic – You can find a pretty good selection of organic food at affordable prices at Costco and Trader Joe’s.

     

    If you are thinking about taking the next step toward optimal health, there are a variety of natural treatments available at The Center for Holistic Health & Nutrition to help you on your journey. They offer familiar routes of cleansing, such as internal detoxification utilizing supplements and nutrition. They also use less commonly known mode of external detoxification which utilizes mud-packing, a process that zeros in in trauma sites like scars and surgeries in the body. Another popular service is breast thermography, which involves the use of an infrared camera to examine the physiology of the breast tissue. There is no compression or radiation, and Christine suggests it as an excellent choice for younger women who fall below the recommended age for mammograms, which has recently been raised to 40 years old.

    Recently relocated to Dobbins Street, they have expanded to become a true center for holistic health, offering services from an esthetician, a massage therapist, and a Pilate’s instructor, along with nutritional counseling, functional medicine, high quality excipient-free supplements, and food-based products.

    You can read more about food and wellness in Christine’s book, Food Isn’t What it Used to Be, contact her online at www.individualized.wellness.net, or make an appointment by calling 707-451-4058.

    Originally published in Vacaville Magazine. Reprint permission on this website granted by Lauren Runow.

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    Not Feeling Good but No Idea Why

    Dear Christine,

    I am just so grateful that you came into my life, for the first time in 8 years, I am not fighting off a cold! My roommate got it and I DIDN’T!! I know this is because of you and your healing methods. You knew immediately that my teeth were a problem, we may not have known which one, but you knew that everything else we were doing to heal my body would not be as effective if we didn’t first heal the teeth. For 10 years I have been told that I was either making up the pain or there was nothing that could be done about it, and you gave me hope. I almost didn’t believe it but you and Dr. Mehta (Endodontist) made it so effortless to resolve something that has been slowly deteriorating my health for most of my adult life.

    When I came to you my mind and body were week and tired, you asked me if I was willing to do whatever it took to get healthy and my spirit cried out. I was at flight or fight and with your help I was able to choose fight. I had desperately reached out to my healthcare providers and friends, but everyone said I was fine, I was starting to feel like maybe I was crazy. Maybe this was all made up? But when I came to you, you listened. You spent the time with me to dig into the reality of my life, habits and history. You figured out what my body was lacking, and you started me on track to healing. In just 1 month my hair was thicker and growing, my nails weren’t flaking or peeling, and I had energy. I hadn’t had energy in an entire year. Now just two months out and I haven’t been sick once, my hair is noticeably longer, and the brain fog as significantly lifted.

    You not only gave me back my health, but my sanity too. When I felt hopeless and helpless you were the only one who truly saw my pain and for that I will forever be grateful to you.
    – Katy G.

    This is one of many testimonies from clients that I have worked with during my 13 years in practice. Many health issues have been dismissed as “It’s in your head,” or “Are you depressed?” from mainstream medical. As a healthcare practitioner, I have an obligation and duty to inform my clients, and desire to inform my community, that their dental infections matter and that their dental infections could be contributing to their systemic problems.

    When you have stress, pollution, Heavy Metal toxicity, loss of cell membrane integrity, consume inflammatory foods, lack of sleep, imbalanced hormones, pesticide exposure, emotional stress, physical trauma, and then throw in a dental infection; traditional medicine will try to medicate you. Our bodies were not designed to run on pharmaceutical drugs. You cannot pharmacologically intoxicate someone into health, especially when there is a hidden or known dental infection. Robert Kulacz, who wrote Root Canal Procedures, says, “80% of disease symptoms are related to problems in your mouth.”

    Just one uneducated visit to your dentist can have devastating effects on your health. That is why I am so passionate about educating the community about dental health through my upcoming seminar, Making the Right Dental Choice: Healthy Teeth, Healthy Bodies January 18, 2020. Topics will include Mercury toxicity– an epidemic, Gum Disease, Biofilms– friend or foe, Root Canals-Truths vs Myths, Cavitations, Fluoride- Truths vs Myths, Dental Materials- why that matters, Alternatives for oral health. Space is limited, but for more information find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/events/539124706880170/ or call our office 707-451-4058. If you missed the event, call to schedule a one-on-one talk.

    Christine is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and functional diagnostic medicine practitioner. She operates a natural healthcare practice at Center for Holistic Health, Nutrition, & Vacaville Thermography, Inc 97 Dobbins St. Ste C in Vacaville.

    Originally published in Vacaville Magazine. Reprint permission on this website granted by Lauren Runow.

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    ABC Health and Nutrition Tips for the Holidays

    Two of the major issues that we all face during the holidays are weight gain and resisting temptation. With so many parties, get-togethers, and family gatherings during the holidays, food seems to be the primary focus that connects these activities. Imagine a gathering without cheese, wine, and tantalizing pastries of all kinds. It is also hard to imagine a family gathering without heavy meat dishes, old traditions of family casseroles, and rich desserts.

    Holistic Nutrition During The Holidays

    Although difficult to resist the pressure to eat these “special” and rich dishes and so that family members and friends will not be offended, there are ways to enjoy the festivities without guilt. It is at these holiday times that old tastes and preferences surface along with a compelling need to feel emotionally satisfied with these nurturing family traditions – whether they are healthy or not.

    So, how do you break out of this emotional cycle and not be seduced by unhealthy choices?
    Here are some tips that should help you get through the holidays, avoid gaining weight, and feel good about your ability to make healthy choices:

    1. Go Light on the Appetizers – Chips and dips, candied nuts, breads and cheeses can be filling and cause bloating before the real eating has even started. Before parties, fill up with two cups of water. You’ll have a sense of fullness and helps you to avoid over-consumption of the appetizers.
    2. Skip the Breads and Rolls – You don’t really need these highly refined carbohydrates. With mashed potatoes, stuffing and yams, the extra carbs from refined bread is too much. Wheat bread expands in the stomach (especially with beer) and is one of the most common causes for digestive upset. Stick with whole grain crackers.
    3. Use real Butter – Margarine is not healthier than butter. It is a highly processed food that contains trans-fats, which are oils that have been structurally altered and are known carcinogens. Skip the Crisco for pie crusts. Use real butter or coconut oil; your crust will be flaky and rich, and it won’t give you cancer.
    4. Serve Sparkling Cider Instead of Soda – Kids love it! It’s a drink they don’t get to have everyday and is much healthier than commercial sodas. Add a little lemon or lime juice and frozen raspberries for a festive color and fruity taste.
    5. Do a fruit-fast or juice-fast once a week or bimonthly during these holidays. It will help rid the body of the extra toxic load.
    6. Eat before the party or gathering. Don’t go to the party hungry or famished. Eat a piece of fruit and some cheese or a hard-boiled egg or several deli turkey slices before you attend the event. This should take the edge off of your hunger and, hopefully, give you better control of your eating.
    7. Continue to Exercise even on the cold or rainy days. Jumping jacks on the living room floor or running in place for 15 minutes is still better than doing nothing.
    8. Don’t Pile Food more than 1 inch high or within 2 inches of the plate’s edge. Larger portions equal more calories. (As per Dr. Oz)
    9. Don’t Graze at parties or home. Plan your meal before you open the refrigerator; get what you need, and close the door. Opening it throughout the day leads to impulsive choices and overeating. At parties, plan on filling your plate with what you want and eat what you’ve chosen. Grazing at parties leads to over-consumption of food without realizing what you’ve done.
    10. Choose only the Hors d’oeuvres that are the most healthful. If there are any fresh vegetables available, mix in-between the hors d’oeuvres.
    11. Limit sweets as much as possible during these months. Sugars will lower your immune system and leave you vulnerable to colds and flu. Instead of having a slice of every pie available, choose one slice of one pie.
    12. Try Maple Syrup Instead of Brown Sugar – Commercial brown sugar is refined white sugar with caramel color (molasses if your lucky) added back to it after refining. Although it is a simple sugar, maple syrup absorbs slower into the bloodstream than refined sugar. Use it for candying yams and pumpkin pie filling.
    13. Offer to bring some of your own food if you are on a special diet, and won’t be able to eat beforehand, to complement your meal with the dishes that you can eat.
    14. Stay Alkalized – To much dietary acid from meats, dairy products and sweets can throw the body’s delicate pH balance out of whack. This causes stress, irritability and acid indigestion. To balance pH, try 10 ounces of water mixed with 1 drop lemon essential oil and 1 drop peppermint essential oil for several days after a holiday party. Chlorella will also help balance pH as well.
    15. Relax and Find Some Alone Time – Holidays can be stressful, and family can sometimes add to the load. Throughout the weekend, make sure to take some time alone for a walk, to read, take a nap or just sit by yourself and breathe. Even 15 minutes by yourself with your feet propped up can bring you back into a calm and balanced frame of mind.
    16. Make a Wild Rice Stuffing – Unlike refined bread and stuffings that are high in simple carbohydrates, wild rice is a whole grain complex carbohydrate that absorbs gently into the bloodstream. It’s high in fiber (your guests will thank you later!) and is a good source of B vitamins and minerals.
    17. Choose an Organic Turkey – Ask around at your local farmers’ market for small farms that raise holiday turkeys. Small and local farms are best: the birds are better cared for and the meat is that much fresher. Always choose a farm that doesn’t use antibiotics, hormones or preservatives on their turkeys.
    18. Enjoy the harvest and winter season with an abundance of vegetables. These foods are packed withvitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, and naturally make for colorful centerpieces.
    19. Drink Lots of Water – Staying hydrated is key. The digestive organs need additional water to process the extra amounts of carbohydrate and alcohol. Make a point to drink at least a half a cup of water every hour, and make sure your kids are drinking water throughout the day, too.
    20. Make it Yourself – If you make it, you know exactly what’s in it. It’s also fresher. Skip the canned cranberries, salad dressings, candied yams, packaged pies, and pumpkin puree; making them yourself with fresh ingredients is easy and the food will taste markedly better. You can also monitor the sugar content.

    Most of all, enjoy the company during these holiday times, and don’t make the food the only reason that you are attending or organizing the gathering. Food is to nourish, not nurture.

    By Christine Andrew, C.N.C.

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    Is Gallbladder Surgery the Answer?

    Symptoms of Gallbladder Problems – Acute pain in the upper abdomen, pain in the back between the shoulder blades, nausea, bloating, frequent burping, loss of appetite, fatty stools that float, skin itching, pain often following a fatty meal. Do these sound familiar at times? They could be signs of gallbladder problems and incomplete fat digestion. More than 20 million Americans are affected by this problem yearly.

    What is the Gallbladder and is it necessary?

    The gallbladder sits next to the liver and acts as a storage unit for bile made by the liver. When fat is consumed, the stomach signals the gallbladder that fat is on the way. The gallbladder in turn contracts, sending bile into the small intestine to emulsify the fats. Bile also helps the absorption of fat soluble vitamins of A, D, E and K. Another use of bile is that it helps the gastrointestinal tract reabsorb cholesterol, and increase peristalsis.

    For those who eat the Standard American diet of excessive hydrogenated oils and fatty diets of French fries, fried foods, salami, pastrami, pepperoni, chicken skins, marbled beef, greasy hamburgers, etc., the bile can concentrate and thicken. This creates inflammation at the bile duct which is terribly painful. Even baked foods are offenders. Crackers and cookies are not fried foods, but the oil in the cracker or cookie has been heated to a high temperature because it has been baked. Highly heated oils initiate destructive free radical cascades, stressing and aging the liver. When the liver is subjected to this dietary stress over time, the bile becomes thick and forms sludge, which can form small clay-like balls and stones which lodge in the bile ducts, liver, and elsewhere. This is why “baked” over “fried” choice is not any better a solution.

    Doctors believe stones form when there is an imbalance in the bile. It may contain too much cholesterol or not enough bile salts. Or, stones may form if the gallbladder does not empty correctly. Gallstones form in the gallbladder and are composed primarily of cholesterol, which have separated out of solution in bile and formed crystals, much as sugar may form in the bottom of a jar of honey. Gallstones may be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball, and the gallbladder may contain any- where from one stone to hundreds. With these gallstones, bile flow is reduced and much less cholesterol leaves the body. Consequently, cholesterol levels may rise. The typical allopathic solution to this is statin drugs. A consequence of these bile salt binding medications results in deficiency of bile salts, or a reduction in gallbladder contractions which causes incomplete emptying of bile—leading to stone formation. A vicious cycle.

    Gallbladder problems are common in people who are on non-fat diets. If the body doesn’t have the good, healthy fats, then bile is not produced. If there is not adequate bile, then the essential fatty acids won’t be absorbed. Women over 40 and who are often overweight are also more likely to experience gallbladder problems. Studies also show that women on HRT have an increased risk of gallbladder problems.

    What are the Gallbladder treatments?

    Traditionally, the treatment of choice has been surgery. Some doctors believe that once the gallbladder disease is rampant and the gallbladder is filled with gallstones that the gallbladder isn’t needed and surgery is the only answer. According to the American Gastroenterological Association, even with surgery abdominal pain can persist in up to 50% of patients. Other complications may occur. Stones could be left over in the bile duct. Bile could leak from the gallbladder bed in the liver which could cause abscess formation requiring further surgery. A cystic duct “stump” could be left behind becoming a mini-gallbladder and still form stones later.

    According to the Journal of American College of Radiology, from 1994-2009 annual gallbladder surgeries increased 567%. By 2011, this amounted to nearly 800,000 surgeries at a cost of $6 billion annually. This statistic is astounding. But given the fact that so many Americans consume a large amount of fatty foods, it is not surprising and yet largely preventable. Diet and lifestyle play a key role in prevention of gallstones.

    Are there alternatives?

    There are alternative approaches that are just as effective and correct the underlying problem. One approach is Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM. This is an ancient system of medicine that originated in China thousands of years ago. Acupuncture, which uses hair-thin needles to stimulate points throughout the body to unblock energy channels, has been shown to be effective at relieving pain, a common symptom associated with gallstones. Acupuncture also may be helpful to patients whose gallbladder issues cause spasms or inhibit bile flow to the liver.

    Another approach for gallbladder support is using herbs. Herbs come in a variety of forms, including dried extracts dissolved in glycerin and tinctures. Although many herbs are generally considered safe, patients should discuss all forms of herbal therapy with their health care provider before consumption.

    One well known herb for liver and gallbladder diseases is milk thistle, or Silybum marianum. This flowering herb from the Mediterranean region, is thought to provide gallbladder detoxification support.

    Another herb that may be beneficial for gallbladder problems is turmeric. Officially named Curcuma longa, turmeric is an herb that’s native to India and other parts of Asia. It has been used for centuries as an anti- inflammatory, but needs to be used with caution and with supervision in those with gallstones. Other herbs with bile salts, hydrochloric acid, plant enzymes, as well as pepper- mint oil are also beneficial to support the gallbladder.

    Another alternative and preventative approach to dealing with gallbladder problems involves food. People with gallstones or other gallbladder conditions should avoid any suspected food allergens such as dairy, wheat, soy, corn and eggs. Food allergies and sensitivities can cause inflammation and swelling of the bile duct. Those looking to reduce gallstone symptoms also should not only avoid overeating, but also avoid:

    • Fried foods

    • Foods that contain saturated fats or trans-fatty acids

    • Commercial oils such as canola, cottonseed, margarine, mayonnaise, salad dressings and peanut oil

    • Soft drinks

    • Onions

    • Coffee

    • Tobacco

    • Pork

    • Beans

    • Alcohol

    • Sugar

    Instead, patients should eat foods that are high in B- vitamins and iron (whole grains and dark leafy greens), as well as those high in antioxidants, like fruits and vegetables. The more fiber from vegetables the better, and remember to cook with healthy oils such as olive oil or coconut oil. Certain foods are known to improve bile flow. These include beets, fresh artichokes, radishes, cucumber juice, carrot juices, organic apple juice, organic dandelion greens and olive oil. Flaxseeds help reduce inflammation in the gallbladder. There is also sufficient evidence to suggest that eating a diet with plenty of vitamin C rich foods and rich in calcium such as dark greens may decrease the risk of forming gallstones in the first place.

    Dehydration is also a contributing factor in gallbladder problems, so it is essential to drink plenty of fresh filtered water daily.

    In addition, another alternative remedy is castor oil packs, which can help ease gallbladder pain and abdominal swelling. According to Robert Marshall, PhD, the castor oil is theorized to induce a high frequency resonant effect which allows the castor oil to deeply penetrate through the skin, helping to trigger a release of waste particles.

    An ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure. Gallbladder pain can be severe, and can lead to complications if it persists. If a patient has any gallbladder problems, most likely the liver is toxic and not working efficiently as well. It is advisable to see a healthcare practitioner knowledgeable in digestive disorders for an accurate diagnosis before considering any surgery or alternative therapies.

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    Hormones: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

    September 28 marks the annual National Women’s Health and Fitness day. Our society does many things to honor women’s health—health fairs, health screenings with annual Papand Mammograms, and other tests, all with the goal of encouraging women to have vibrant health due to the screenings. This is commendable, but often misses the mark on what is truly underlying a potential major health problem. Most of these tests do not routinely take into consideration women’s hormones.

    Obesity is one of the top current health issues of our time. Current research indicates 33% of adults and 17% of children are obese. And according to AARP, 70% of the nation is regarded as overweight. Standard care of treatment has been diet and exercise. As simplistic as this sounds, it does not work for the majority of people. $40 million are spent on some kind of weight loss diet annually, yet statistics continue to stagger upwards. Weight loss schemes abound promising unsuspecting women to lose weight quickly, only to gain it back later.

    If diet and exercise alone were the answer, why have the statistics not decreased? What is the missing piece of this puzzle? There are many factors to take into consideration. The standard American diet, overeat- ing, medications and sedentary lifestyles are several of these factors. However, the crux of the missing piece of this health issue puzzle, that is rarely assessed, are hormones.

    What are the hormones and how do they affect weight gain?

    There are various hormones categorized by their deriva- tives. They are either derived from cholesterol, glycopro- teins, amino acids, long chain fatty acids or derived from neurotransmitters. All hormones are chemical messen- gers in the endocrine glands. They regulate rebuilding and use of chemicals and keep metabolism working. The main cholesterol derived hormones are estrogen (three

    forms), testosterone, progesterone and DHEA. Glyco- protein derived hormones are FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone). An amino acid derived hormone is TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone).

    As estrogens are cholesterol derived, if we eliminated cholesterol from the diet what would happen to our hormones? In order to maintain optimal metabolism, all hormones have to be kept in balance. You can’t have one out and not affect the others. Nutrition that addresses and balances one hormone will help balance the others. A low or non-existent hormone may be the reason that health and weight is not improving. Take estrogen. Estro- gen stores fat. The biosynthesis of estrogen occurs in fat tissues. Extra estrogen causes an increase in the size of estrogen-sensitive fatty tissue. Enlarged fatty tissue pro- duces more estrogen which induces more fat gain. Too much estrogen, called estrogen dominance, compared

    to progesterone leads to weight gain and is also impli- cated in breast cancer as shown in many studies. One of these studies in a post by Dr. Steven Hotze, explains the results of a study conducted by John Hopkins University’s School of Public Health. The study was originally set up to research infertility in a group of women who were having trouble conceiving. The group was divided in two; those whose fertility issues were caused by non-hormon- al reasons and those who were deemed infertile because of progesterone deficiency and estrogen dominance. For more than 30 years, the researchers also recorded the cases of breast cancer among the women. The end result? The premenopausal women with estrogen dominance turned out to have a whopping 540% greater risk for developing breast cancer than the other women.

    Where are these extra estrogens coming from?

    We call these xenoestrogens and they come from hormone injected meat and dairy, parabens in cosmetics and lotions, soy, pesticides, petroleum based chemicals, artifi- cially scented products, dryer sheets, sunscreen, Bisphe- nol A, phthalates in plastics (such as in water bottles), food containers, protein powder cans, PVC, solvents or adhesives. These synthetic estrogens metabolize into estrone which can damage DNA. Low estradiol with low testosterone may also lead to weight gain.

    Why is soy considered a xenoestrogen? First of all, soy is one of the top Genetically Modified (GMO) food crop. Our bodies do not recognize genetically altered foods and sees these foods as foreign invaders. When this occurs, the body will naturally launch an attack and a by-product of this is inflammation. According to Leo Galland, MD, soy is also considered to further accelerate the existing harmful effects of xenoestrogens. The body recognizes the highly bioactive form of soy isoflavones as harmful toxins that need to be neutralized and eliminated. High intakes of soy may rob the liver from its pool of glucuronic acid leaving it vulnerable to the ongoing assault of other environmental and endogenous estrogens.

    Another piece of this puzzle of estrogen dominance is that it affects another hormone; the thyroid. Estrogen dominance affects the thyroid receptor making it less sensitive to thyroid hormone. Low thyroid means less thyroid activity, which means less body activity, which means more fat, which equals weight gain.

    In addition, melatonin, a hormone produced after one falls asleep, plays a part in the puzzle. The Harvard Women’s Health Watch suggests that chronic sleep deprivation may cause women to gain weight by affect- ing the way we process and store carbohydrates and may impact the hormones that affect appetite. Accord- ing to this study, too little sleep can also ultimately alter

    immune function, making one more susceptible to disease. According to Sherrill Sellman, ND, melatonin inhibits the release of estrogen. If there is low melatonin, then there is the possibility of higher estrogen levels. High estrogen levels, weight gain.

    As part of a woman’s healthcare screening I advocate having women’s hormones tested as a way to measure cur- rent levels of hormonal health so that early intervention can support imbalances. Hormone assessment panels are helpful for women with fertility concerns, weight gain, carbohydrate cravings, fatigue, dry skin or other pre- peri- or postmeno- pausal symptoms. Nutritional support for hormone imbal- ances may include the following:

    • Reduce xenobiotics (environmental pollutants or foods that mimic estrogens or contain synthetic hormones).

    • Consume whole foods such as seeds, raw nuts, brown rice, greens, chicken, fish, turkey, eggs, healthy fats, colorful fruits and vegetables for hormonal health

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    Help! Am I Methylating?

    Are you suffering with diabetes, multiple chemical sensitivities, hypertension, fibromyalgia, insomnia, frequent miscarriages, thyroid dysfunctions, fatigue, anxiety, chronic viral infections, ADD, Lyme’s, cancer, or other issues that don’t seem to resolve? It could be that you have a methylation deficiency and methylation defects, or traits, reduce a person’s ability from properly detoxifying, repairing damage, and from fighting infections due to the deficiency of glutathione and CoQ10.
    Knowing a little about the liver and its Liver process of detoxification helps in understanding the importance of methylation. The liver converts toxic chemicals into less harmful ones through reactions of oxidation, reduction, and hydrolysis during Phase 1 detoxification. During this process however, free radicals are produced. This is okay unless there is an excess which can damage the liver. Fortunately, we have foods and nutrients that contain powerful antioxidants that reduce the damage caused by the free radicals.
    On the other hand, many toxic chemicals such as pesticides can interrupt the liver enzymes if consumed in excessive amounts. If the toxins are not further broken down by Phase 2 “conjugation,” they may cause damage to proteins, RNA and DNA within the cell. Medications, heavy metals, sugars, trans-fats, and toxic compounds from the gut also inhibit Phase 1 detoxification. In Phase 2 of liver detoxification, the conjugation process attaches compounds to the toxin to neutralize the toxin and makes it more bioavailable for ease in excretion through the bile or kidneys during Phase 3 process. Six enzymes are needed for this to take place in Phase 2. One of these is methylation.What is methylation? – This is a chemical reaction that occurs in every cell and tissue in our body. It is the process of taking a single carbon and three hydrogens, known as a methyl group, and applying it to countless functions in the body. Enzymes, hormones, and genes are proteins. Adding methyl groups to a protein, for example, changes how that protein reacts to other substances in the body. This affects how the protein behaves and is also important in the detoxification process.Methylation is responsible for thinking, repairing DNA, turning on and off genes, fighting infections and getting rid of environmental toxins. It is also important to help enzymes, hormones, and vitamins work efficiently. For example, if a person can’t break down estrogen and get the excess out of the body, all sorts of disorders follow such as weight gain, and breast cancer. Folate and choline are considered methyl donors. How well our body can methylate is important to our overall health.Other factors that interfere with Methylation pathways:

    •  Poor diet, poor probiotic status, digestive issues, medical conditions like Crohn’s or Celiac
    • Xenobiotics which are chemicals found in air, water, food, home, work, schools, parks, beds, cosmetics and many more
    • Medication, which steal methylation nutrients, such as methotrexate, metformin, antacids, acid blockers, proton pump inhibitors, corticosteroids, estrogen-containing drugs
    • Alcohol. Yes, alcohol will pretty much shut down your methylation and wipe out your glutathione stores, says Suzy Cohen, M.D.
    •  Green Coffee Bean Extract. Yes, all those glorified weight loss supplements promising you quick weight loss has a dangerous side effect. This extract is high in catechols and these use up your methylation pathway nutrients quickly. So while losing those unwanted pounds your methyl groups are losing too.
    •  Lyme disease germ uses up magnesium. Magnesium is one nutrient that busts up biofilms. With low magnesium status, the germs hide out in biofilms and reduces one’s ability to methylate.
    • Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic
    • Anxiety or high stressWhat is folate?Folate is a very important brain food and is needed for energy production and the formation of red blood cells. It strengthens immunity by aiding in the proper formation and functioning of white blood cells. It is important for healthy cell division and replication, which is needed during fetal development to avoid neural tube defects.How would I know if I have a folate deficiency?If you lack zinc, B2/riboflavin, magnesium, B6, B12, due to dietary intake or gut disorders such as Celiac, the body’s ability to drive the methylation pathway is limited. It is these nutrients that are needed to help make the most active form of folate in body known as methylfolate. Some signs of end stage folate deficiency are sore red tongue, insomnia, memory loss, anemia, fatigue, premature gray hair. Inadequate consumption of fruits and vegetables or lack of fresh food due to overcooking or microwaving food, oral contraceptives, or alcohol use are some other causes of folate deficiency and are the prime justification a person needs to engage in a detoxification and folate support program. Additionally, increasing consumption of folate rich foods will be helpful.What sources have folate?I don’t recommend taking Folic Acid supplementation. The body uses methylfolate, not folic acid. Consume natural folate from foods. Folate is a water soluble nutrient found in pinto beans, navy beans, asparagus, spinach, broccoli, okra, Brussels sprouts, beef, brown rice, brewer’s yeast, cheese, chicken, dates, green leafy vegetables, lamb, legumes, lentils, liver, mushrooms, oranges, split peas, pork, tuna, and whole unrefined grains.What are some solutions?Have you ever heard of MTHFR? Chances are most have not. I am sure you might be familiar with Genotyping, however. Gene testing has become quite popular. Most people think that this has to do with genes and the common thought is that genes can’t be changed. New research is now showing that we can change or turn off “bad” genes. We can also turn off “good” genes as well. A common excuse, “It’s in my genes to live a long life,” or “It’s in my genes to be a diabetic,” or any other disease process, ignores the fact that we all have a responsibility with our own health regardless of our ancestry.MTHFR is an enzyme that converts folic acid into a usable form of folate that our bodies need. It is a key enzyme in the detoxification process. It converts homocysteine to methionine. If detoxification is impaired it can lead to high homocysteine levels damaging arteries and blood vessels leading to increased risk of cardiovascular disease. If the MTHFR gene is impaired, other methylation reactions are compromised as well affecting neurotransmitters, migraines, fertility, birth defects, and possibly cancer. The MTHFR gene controls how well this enzyme works.

    How do you know if you have the MTHFR gene or a gene mutation? Why is it important to know?

    Gene typing is one important way to determine if the enzyme is efficient or not. If it is not, then your body will not methylate efficiently. Adding more specific B vitamins or other nutrients will compensate as well as changing dietary habits. But, determining what genes you have gives you the ability to compensate accordingly and correctly. Blood chemistry to test homocysteine levels is another test available, especially if you have risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, have been on oral contraceptives, cancer therapy, or have any other signs of folate deficiency.

    MTHFR gene testing is not generally done in a doctor’s office. It is a simple low cost test, covered under insurance, and done in the privacy of your own home.

    Another solution is to support the methylation pathway deficiency with detoxification using specific nutritional compounds in supplement form. If you have any questions about the assessment tool available or wish to get started on a detoxification program, call us at 707-451-4058.

    Sources:

    Phillips, Theresa, PhD. (2008) The role of methylation in gene expression. Nature Education 1(1) DNA Methylation. Premier Biosoft

    Cohen, Suzy, M.D. Methylation Problems Lead to 100s of Diseases. www.dearpharmacist. com/2013/08/08

    By: Christine Andrew, CNC

     

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    Vacaville Thermography

    Breast Thermography is one of the best early warning systems available today. Alternatives to mammography can be found in breast thermography and Center For Holistic Health & Nutrition promotes the precision and lack of risk you can find in breast thermography technologies. Based out of Vacaville California, we offer breast thermography for anyone in Northern California seeking a productive capacity to identify thermal signs known to be correlated with cancer symptoms.

    • Breast Thermography doesn’t necessitate x-rays – This means no radiation or compression.
    • Thermography is F.D.A. Approved
    • Thermography is Painless and Harmless – Non-invasive, safe and painless.
    • Only 10% of cancers are missed with breast thermography as opposed to 20% and 40% for mammograms.
    • Thick breast tissue does not pose a problem with breast thermography technology.

    What is Breast Thermography?

    breast thermography is a breakthrough imaging procedure utilizing infrared images of the breast to analyze and detect asymmetrical blood vessel circulation (physiology) within the breast. By doing so, we are able to determine the breast health. Breast thermography is non-invasive, radiation-free and safe. The infrared imaging process allows you to see the range and amount of heat or thermal energy emitted from the body.

     

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    Milk: It Doesn’t Do a Body Good

    The Lord in scriptural reference describes the “land of promise” as the land flowing with milk and honey. Today, America could be referred to as the land of soda and chips. USDA reports that Americans consumed an average of 1.8 cups of dairy per person, per day in 2005, and drink an average of 56 gallons of soda per person, per year. So, in spite of high soda consumption, Americans still con- sume milk…thinking that it is doing their “body good.” It is not surprising with all the cute milk ads displaying happy cows and beautiful women with milk mustaches influencing consumers into believing that milk does their “body good.”

    Is this milk the same milk that was consumed thousands of years ago or even a hundred years ago? Not in the least. Today’s milk is altered, stripped and reconstituted leaving it no longer the pure viable nutritious product it used to be. “With all the processing and additives involved, guarantees that you’ll be consuming a mixture of substances from all over the country, not just from the one cow it originally came from,” says Kristin Wartman. Today’s milk consists of cow’s milk, raw milk, almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, Similac, and all varieties of 1%, 2%, low-fat, non-fat and skim.

    The subject of adult humans consuming cow’s milk today is a very controversial one. Many scientific studies have linked milk intake with intestinal colic-irritation-bleeding, anemia, allergies and Salmonella infections in infants, Bovine Leukemia Virus, and childhood diabetes, as well as many other disorders. Dr. Hugo Rodier warns that even a half liter of milk consumed daily increases risk of diabetes three times.

    How is it that milk is not what it used to be?

    It’s called Food Politics. – Media deception – Money. From ancient civilizations up to even one hundred years ago, milk went from the cow to the table in its raw form and provided healthy proteins, enzymes, calcium, vitamins and met the caloric needs of the individuals. The process from cow to table now involves many steps.

    One step is homogenization which is the process of passing it at high speeds through very small holes to create a uniform texture and prevents the cream from separating and rising to the top. This high pressure smashes the milk molecules so hard that it splits and exposes the molecules to oxygen. When molecules are exposed to oxygen the fats become oxidized. Oxidized fats are the main culprit for high cholesterol, atherosclerosis and high LDL. This damaged cholesterol is much different than the good cholesterol that is found in eggs, butter and whole or raw milk. These foods raise HDL. According to Kristin Wartman and other research studies, it is the oxidized cholesterol that raises the LDL.

    In addition, the milk is pasteurized and heated to at least 145 degrees. Pasteurization destroys all enzymes, growth factors and vitamins which makes milk very difficult to digest, and can lead to lactose intolerance and other intestinal disorders. Dr. Bernard Jensen states that up to 32 percent of available calcium is destroyed when food is heated above 150 degrees F. Consequently, this pasteurized milk is a limited source of calcium. In some states, non-fat milk solids are added to the milk in order to thicken it and give it a better mouth feel. Since the nutrients have been stripped, synthetic vitamin A and D are added. Consequently, contrary to popular belief that you need milk for vitamins, the body does not absorb synthetic vitamins well. Americans drink skim milk or low-fat milk due to the media frenzy alerting consumers that whole milk will make them fat, on the other hand they are consuming more milk fat in the form of ice cream, processed foods or half and half with their coffee and then they wonder why their cholesterol levels are so high.

    According to Dr. Rodier, milk has been found to have 80-200 toxins, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, sugar, etc. These excess hormones can contribute to estrogen dominance and weight gain. It can also increase the risk of gluten allergies.

    The Benefits In Raw Milk

    Raw milk, on the other hand, is non-pasteurized, from animals that eat fresh grass and other fodder. Raw milk has all of the nutrients and enzymes needed to digest it and be fully assimilated in the body. Raw milk is very difficult to buy, especially in California. It is best to try to find a farmer that will sell fresh milk directly. If not, use only cultured milk products such as: kefir, whole milk yogurt, cultured buttermilk, raw cheeses and cultured cream. Grass-fed, or pasture-grazed cow milk is also an alternative

    Is low-fat, non-fat, 2%, or skim milk healthy?

    First of all, the milk our ancestors ate (recent ancestors as well) was whole raw milk. It wasn’t homogenized or pastuerized. There wasn’t a cholesterol or heart disease problem such as what we are experiencing in today’s society. Second, there is no such thing as a two percent, low-fat, non-fat or skim milk cow! Period! Again, this is food politics. It is media hype and dairy industry generated. Third, it goes back to deception. Non-fat milk solids are created through a process of evaporation and high heat drying which removes the moisture from skim milk. Exposure to high heat and oxygen causes fats to oxidize. In low-fat or skim milk, powdered milk usually is added. And powdered milk contains oxidized fats. According to Michael Pollan, “the low-fat campaign coincided with a dramatic increase in the incidence of obesity and diabetes in America. There is a growing body of evidence that shifting from fats to carbs may lead to weight gain.

    These refined carbs interfere with insulin metabolism in ways that increase hunger and promote overeating and fat storage in the body.” And, to make dairy products low-fat, the fat is removed. Then great lengths are taken to preserve the creamy texture by working in all kinds of food addi- tives. That means powdered milk for low-fat or skim milk. Because this milk is now oxidized, the food makers add antioxidants to the milk to compensate; further adulterating the milk. “Removing the fat makes it much harder for your body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins that are one of the reasons to drink milk in the first place,” continues Michael Pollan. Blinded to the fact that kid’s waistlines are not growing from drinking whole milk, but rather from the fast-food and sugary eating habits, The Doctors recommend low-fat milk for children because…“it has only 100 calories.”

    Dr. Schwartzbein of The Schwartzbein Principle adds, “Eating a low-fat, low-calorie diet over a period of years is one of the surest ways to develop a lifestyle-based endocrine and mood disorder. Hair loss may not be due to a biotin deficiency, it may just mean to get off low-fat foods.” Since the brain is mostly made from fat, you need fats to help your brain produce neurotransmitters. Eating healthy fats is essential to mood and a healthy brain. Again, if the milk product is anything other than whole milk, it has been altered from its original state. The body doesn’t recognize the foreign or synthetic sub- stances and reacts accordingly by launching an attack. This sets up the cascade of inflammation in the body and can lead to food allergies or other disorders.

    Lastly, remember that media and marketing are central in deceiving people into consuming low-fat or non-fat dairy. With all the valuable nutrients stripped, synthetic vitamins added, diabetes and mood disorders increasing, milk does not “do the body good.”

    Reasonable Milk Strategies

    1. Drink raw milk if available and raw cheese products.

    2. Hemp milk and coconut milk are good alternatives as well as organic almond and rice milk in moderation.

    3. Consume cultured organic milk products in moderation. Organic Pastures is a California based milk company that sells good quality milk. Drink only whole milk.

    4. Consume processed milk products very sparingly, if at all. This includes processed cheeses and yogurt. Purchase hormone free milk and milk products, as well as Greek yogurt.

    5. Remember, calcium is derived from other non-dairy food sources such as: lamb, amaranth, broccoli, kale, greens, sardines, seeds and nuts.

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    Holistic Post-Surgery Recovery

    Post-surgery recovery requires care from the individual recovering and guidance from the professionals assisting the individual with recovery. With the right supplements, the individual’s time of improvement can drastically advance. We here at Center For Holistic Health & Nutrition understands this and we work alongside our clients to insure their Post-Surgery Recovery is holistic.

    The first important factors to evaluate when recovering from a surgery is stress levels, diet and proper supplements, nutrition and the amount of rest you are receiving. As you see from this post regarding Holistic Health, the direction you must take is huge.

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    Energy Medicine: The Health Care of the Future?

    ©2011 by Christine Andrew, CNC

    Recently, Dr. Oz commented  that the future of medicine is in energy
    medicine.  I am not a medical doctor, or a physicist, therefore I am not licensed to diagnose, however, I am a Certified Nutrition Consultant and do provide energy evaluation to my clients, and have been utilizing one technology of energy “medicine” called Photon Resonance Optimization, in my practice.

    There are many alternative therapies all with one goal—to achieve optimum health.  These include: raw food, Blood type diet, Gerson therapy, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Psychotherapy, yoga, massage, Reiki, Bowen, Homeopathy, Cold laser therapy, Quantam Reflex Analysis, etc.  Now, energy medicine, or Energy therapy, can be added to the list.  The standard of western medical health care has been dominated by prescription drugs and surgery.  You have a symptom, a pain, a complaint, or an x, y, z disease; the answer is an x, y, z drug or perhaps an invasive surgical procedure.  Western society has accepted this mode and any deviation  from these conventional  procedures  is usually regarded as bunk.  Peter Frazer of Decoding the Human Body-field states that “history shows us that
    most truly fundamental leaps forward in scientific understanding are shunned at
    first.  Truly new insights are sometimes too radical an over turning of accepted theory or too threatening to business or academic interest to be evaluated impartially.”   Think
    of germ theory.  It took years for that theory to be regarded as valid. (Of course on his death bed Louis Pasteur declared that the germ is nothing; the terrain is everything.)  Energy “medicine” has also taken awhile to be accepted.

    Symptoms are a consequence of the breakdown of biochemistry; as distortions or blocks in the underlying energy and information of the human bio-(body) field.  According to Hans
    Reckeweg, M.D.,  numerous symptoms of dis-ease are actually manifestations of the body attempting to detoxify or to heal. Suppression of these symptoms with Over-the-Counter  or prescription drugs results in accumulation of toxins within the body’s cellular matrix and eventually within the cellular organ structures.

    In the body, besides organs, tissues, bones, cells, and muscles, etc., we also have a liquid substance called the living matrix.  This functions as the largest organ.  It is the information processor that integrates all body systems –muscle, skeletal, gastrointestinal, nervous, immune, endocrine, etc.  It is in this matrix where toxins can build up.

    How does all this relate to energy medicine?  Let’s start with what is energy.   Energy is the ability of a physical system to change and is manifested in two ways.  One is force and movement and the other as information exchange.    Energy “medicine” has been around for several decades.   Actually, according to James Oschman, the use of electricity for healing dates back to 2750 BC when sick people were exposed to shocks produced by electric eels.  Energy is information, and the process of all life.  All living things rely on energy to be able to grow.   Matter is what life is made of: particles, molecules, cells, tissue,
    organs, and systems.   Cells and tissues are always engaged in energy exchange.   That is how they communicate.  In so doing they create patterns of oscillation or vibration.   When
    two or more systems resonate together they impart information.   This information can be measured in  waveforms.   Energy is very efficient at carrying  information through matter—throughout every part of our body.  Certain information can only be carried
    through matter and some only through energy.   Pharmaceuticals, nutritionals, herbs, and foods carry information to the  body through matter.  Homeopathics, electromagnetics, radiation, and even thoughts can carry information through  energy.

    Our bodies are electric.   This is a form of energy.  You’ve experienced electrical shock, no doubt, so you understand that energy flows throughout the body.  Dis-ease and disorder alters the flow of energy.  According to Hans Reckeweg M.D., disease process first alters the body’s energetic field.  This is why standard blood tests don’t often reveal disease before it has manifested into chemical changes.  Blood tests show pathology, not energetic
    disturbances.

    Correcting the distortions and imbalances in the human bio-field at the energetic level first, which is what energy “medicine” therapy accomplishes, can help return the body to homeostasis, or balance.

    How is this done?  There are several ways.  One way this is accomplished is through a computerized machine, called Asyra, using photon resonance optimization technology.  The original concept came from Reinhold Voll, M.D. in the early 1950’s.  Through his studies, he found that the amount of current that passes through the cellular structure of the organ, gland, or body system reveals the functional status of the tissues.  The assessment is based on defined parameters of health so any deviation from the standard can be detected.    The basic law of physics states that when an electric current flows through a conductor, such as the circulatory system, a magnetic field is created in that
    area.  According to James Oschman, human tissues respond to pulsating electromagnetic fields, and the entire matrix forms an electromagnetic and photonic network.    The design of the tissue matrix allows for specific transfer of information through the cell and throughout the organism by direct transmission of vibrational chemomechanical energy through harmonic wave motion.    These waveforms can be reconstructed by adding together correct sets of simple frequencies.  The collection of all the body’s possible sets of vibrational “fingerprints” are stored, analyzed, compared with baseline values, and modified at the discretion of the practitioner.   In the evaluation, the cells and tissue measured are either healthy, depleted, or stressed.  This is the basis of the computerized technology that is used in my practice.

    By identifying the functional organ disturbances first allows the practitioner to identify and correct the distortions, or the red flag warning light, of the cells or tissues, so that disease does not manifest.  This technology reveals how to re-establish balance to the energetic pathways, and directs the body towards homeostasis—- health.

    The assessments using this completely noninvasive FDA registered device self-calibrates to each individual and automatically proceeds through one of the many assessments that have been selected.  Some of the many available functional assessments include:  Allergies,
    Addictions, Chemical toxicities, Dental disturbances, Digestive maladies, food sensitivities, Heavy Metal burdens, Hormonal imbalances, Emotional Stress, Neurotransmitter imbalances, and others.

    Having a series of assessment scans allows the device to peel back the layers of the bio-field—the information imbedded in organs, the matrix, and cells, and records this energy evaluation.   Over time these assessments reveal the effects of therapeutic interventions.

    Energy “medicine,” or therapy, is a cost effective method that may provide help for those who have not found relief using conventional medical approaches.

    If you wish to partake in an assessment, please contact the office at (707) 451-4058.

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    What’s All the Fuss About Gluten?

    by Christine Andrew, CNC, CFDM

    Ten years ago I never heard about gluten intolerance or celiac disease although it has been in existance for over 100 years. Five years ago after being diagnosed with gluten intolerance, it was difficult to find a gluten- free loaf of bread, let alone any other gluten-free product. Now there are rows and aisles filled with gluten-free products from which to choose.

    • Why has there been such a skyrocket in gluten-free products in such a short span of time?
    • Has the number of people with gluten intolerances and celiac disease increase that much, or are more people adopting the gluten-free way of life as a healthy choice?
    • Is this truly a healthy choice?

    First, let’s look at what gluten is. It is the insoluble protein called gliadin in wheat, barley, and rye. It is the “glue” that binds ingredients together and allows flour to rise. Gluten is in all breads, cakes, cookies, crackers, cereals, pie, noodles, and other flour containing food products. Essentially, it is what the standard American diet has flourished on over the past 50-70 years.

    Celiac Disease on the other hand is an auto-immune digestive disorder triggered by gluten intake or genetics. It is a disease of malabsorption where the mucosal villi of the intestinal wall is so damaged nutrients, vitamins, and minerals cannot be absorbed. Each time gluten is eaten, the body’s immune system attacks the small intestine and results in inflammation. When the villi are damaged enough, the body doesn’t absorb the nutrients. Failure to thrive is one result.

    It is reported that 1 in 100 are diagnosed with CD. Fifty years ago 1 in 700 were diagnosed. Dr. Mark Hyman reports that there has been a 400 percent increase in the incidences of celiac. How does this happen? How does someone acquire food intolerances? One reason is our lack of genetic adaptation to grasses and gluten in our diet. According to Mark Hyman, M.D., American strains of wheat have a much higher gluten content which is needed to make the light fluffy, “Wonderbread” and bagels. Celiac is doubling every ten years possibly because of changes in how wheat is grown and processed. Modern practices like hybridizing alter molecules in the body, which in turn change the body’s immune response. Genetically modified wheat crops have much higher gluten content which may overburden the digestive system.

    Another possibility is the over indulgence in certain foods. Americans have been taught by the former USDA food pyramid to consume the bulk of their daily diet with grains. Add to that the introduction of fast food, Americans have been indulging in breads, cakes, pies, cookies, bagels, hamburger/hotdog buns, muffins, cereals—all thinking these are healthy. Gluten protein causes an immunological reaction in the small intestine, then over time with constant indulgence in these foods, leads to damaged villi from inflammation. This is what is known as “leaky gut.” A poor diet will eventually lead to an inability to cope.

    A third way we acquire gluten intolerance and celiac is through trauma- whether physical or emotional. Accidents, surgery, emotional strain, etc., stresses the body and creates inflammatory processes that could very well lead the intestinal environment vulnerable.

    Is going on a wheat-free/gluten-free diet the healthiest choice? Not necessarily. First, wheat-free is not necessarily gluten-free. Second, food labels currently do not always refer to gluten. Also, there are dangers with cross contamination. Oats do not contain gluten, but if oatmeal is processed in a facility that also processes wheat, then there is cross contamination. Next, many people when embarking on a gluten free diet start substituting the alternatives to what they were previously consuming, i.e., gluten- free breads, cakes, pies, cookies, crackers, muffins, etc. These foods are still refined carbohydrates and will lead to blood sugar spikes, inflammation, and will precipitate other food intolerances and further damage the small intestine. Refined carbohydrates are low in nutrients and fiber, high in starch, increases appetites, and can cause difficulties in concentration and weight management. All grains are proinflammatory. Gluten-free grains are not any healthier. Taken in moderation with conscientiousness of thought, a “gluten-free” diet is a healthy choice. However, a “gluten-free” diet can also mean, no grains at all.

    To truly manage gluten intolerance and celiac, you must first eliminate all wheat and gluten products—which are hidden in many processed foods and non-food products. I advise people to refrain from even gluten-free grains as much as possible . The intestinal villi need time to recover, and substituting with another refined carbohydrate will prolong the recovery process and lead you vulnerable to another food intollerance. If you have to have a grain food, then there might be an underlying condition that needs to be addressed. Second in gluten/celiac management, is support with nutrient deficiencies. All cases of celiac and gluten intolerance have nutritional deficiencies caused by the compromised gut health. It is important as part of the healing process to find the correct nutrients that are deficient.

    In addition, I recommend receiving education about the condition. Read books, or attend classes on Gluten-free eating. If you wish to have a consultation to evaluate your health or to find out if you are gluten intolerant or have celiac, then fill out the form in the contact section of this website.

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    pH Explained

    Christine Andrew, CNC

    “A well tuned body doesn’t run well on inferior fuel.” MT. Morter, M.D.

    Getting an engine into top running form, you have to put in the right parts, fuel, and oils. I can adjust the mechanical and electrical systems and get the parts working correctly, but if the owner put the wrong kind of fuel in the tank, the well-tuned engine could be ruined.

    pH stands for potential hydrogen. It is the measure of the relative acidity or alkalinity of a solution. There are different potencies for different fluids in the body and out of the body. Citric acid in fruit will not harm you. But hydrochloric acid in a chemistry lab can drill a hole through flesh.

    Water has a pH of 7.0. It is neutral. The lower the number, the more acidic the solution. The higher the number, the more alkaline the solution. There is a tenfold difference between each unit. For example, ph 5.0 is ten times more acid than ph 6.0, but pH 4.0 is one hundred times (10×10) more acid than pH 6.0. Minor variations in the pH can make a significant difference in the way your body functions and in your health potential.

    Your body is an alkaline entity by design, except for the stomach. yet acid-producing by function. All bodily fluid is supposed to be 7.0 or above on the pH scale. Cells operate in an alkaline environment, yet acid is produced as they function, and cells that are alive, function all the time. This acid by itself won’t damage your body because it is a weak acid that is easily eliminated by your lungs. When you exercise your body is getting rid of the acid generated by the hard working cells.

    Another source of acid comes from acid ash food. This must be neutralized before it can be eliminated through the kidneys. If you eat the same kinds of food as the Standard American Diet, day after day, acid ash is left as it is processed in the body. Excess acid from acid ash foods can be eliminated, but it can’t be eliminated through the lungs. Dietary acid ash is eliminated through the kidneys. In this process, vital minerals are lost with it. Acid ash from foods can be eliminated through the kidneys and bowels, but it must first be neutralized through buffering. Otherwise, it would burn sensitive tissue on their way through the digestive tract.

    Pain or burning on urination, or heartburn, is an indicator that the reserves of neutralizing minerals such as calcium are exhausted and that the body has adapted the way it functions for survival, not comfort. Natural treatments to ease the pain can help such as cranberry juice or ginger tea. This won’t affect the underlying cause and unless the person changes the way they eat, they will get sicker. The only way to improve the condition that caused the problem in the first place is to eat alkaline foods. If the acid ash produced by food isn’t neutralized, your body will become so toxic that it can no longer function.

    Minerals are used by the body to buffer dietary acid ash foods. The most important minerals are sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium. You get these in fruits and vegetables. Just like having a bank account where you deposit and withdraw, you can take out all of the money at once and the bank account will be empty, or you can take out a little each day and it will take longer to bring down the amount. If you don’t make any deposits, eventually your money will be gone. The same goes with your Wellness Bank Account. Every time you eat acid ash foods, some of the precious minerals, sodium, from your bodily bank account is used up. If you don’t replace it with the minerals from fruits and vegetables, your valuable reserve of alkaline minerals will vanish and your body will become acidic. When your sodium reserves are used up, then your body will start to rob calcium from the bone bank. Osteoporosis develops when “your calcium has gone off to play hero and bail you out of the mess caused by your dietary habits.” Dr. Morter

    Every day think about whether you are making a deposit or withdrawal with your Wellness Bank Account. What you eat, drink, think, and do will either make a deposit or withdrawal. Producing acid without depositing alkaline, your body must fight to maintain pH levels, and you are a prime candidate for progressive degenerative disease, or worse. What would an empty bank account do to you?