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You Are What You Eat- Grains: By Paul Chek

The story or grains is part and parcel with the story of bread, neither of which the human machinery are designed to function optimally on. While I’m sure this comment is a surprise to some of you, significant amounts of scientific evidence suggests that for all of human evolution, right up until approximately 10,000 years ago, the primary staple in the diets of most civilizations was animal meat. There were times when meat was scarce for a variety of reasons yet in, general our consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds was seasonal and supplementary. Most of the animals we ate, such as deer, were plant eaters. These animals served to condense nutrition in their meats – one pound of meat contained the nutritional equivalent of several pounds of vegetables. Such a nutrient-dense source of nourishment allowed us a to have sustenance during the winter months when we had minimal … Continue Reading

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Food Intolerance

I do a lot of food intoleranc testing with blood labs with people. I find the most common food intolerances are dairy, eggs, beef, and soy. Now we ask ourselves why are we intolerant? Well, we create it most of the time. Sometimes it is genetic, but it was created by someone at some point or another and pasted on. When you eat crap foods, conventional foods, gluten containing foods, drink alcohol, take Rx or OTC meds, etc, you create various types of gut dysfunctions (dysbiosis, leaky gut, parasites, bacterial overgrowths, etc). When this happens, food particles slip through when you eat and drink with a meal. The body sees these particles (antigens) as invaders to the body and blood, so the immune system attaches antibodies to them. Then when you eat certain foods again, your body sees them again as antigens and begin having an intolerance. So what do … Continue Reading

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Welbutrin

 I have a client who has gone off Welbutrin. She was happy while on it, but now she is very sad, but aggressive?? This is a dragon that you have on your hands. Just going off without any type of herbal substitute is going to be a long and tough road. If you feel this is out of your hands, I would refer them out. The reason she as fine and now is not is because these drugs just keep serotonin on the synaptic cleft longer. They don’t actually create more of it. But because of the body’s down regulation from something that is constantly there, the body will stop producing its own. So the drugs actually make things worse!  So my rec would be to find someone like me, Dr Kalish, Dr Oliver, etc that can work with this person. I have found that with nutrition, as well as … Continue Reading

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Headaches: Where do they come from??

From years of working with clients, I have found headaches to come from: 1. Straight cervical spine or forward head posture. The head weighs 8% of your body weight. With forward head posture, each inch the head migrates forward of the axis of rotation, the head doubles in weight. This puts chronic stress on your muscles at the base of your skull and spine in order to hold your head on your shoulders. 2. Chronically chewing on one side of mouth 3. Using a phone without an earpiece, carrying a bag on one side, etc, creating a side tilt and rotation in the cervical spine 4. Chronic computer use, creating forward head posture and neck tension 5. Lack of stretching or getting weekly massages 6. Dehydration 7. Poor nutrition leading to blood sugar handling issues 8. Inability to handle stress in one’s life and not adapting any principles to work … Continue Reading

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Chronic Pancreatitis

Hi,I have a patient that is a sympathetic dominant for her metabolic type and has been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis. This is a situation where I personally feel that Metabolic Typing is not the key. I know this statement will ruffle some peoples feathers, but you have to ask yourself if what she is doing is actually helping her or maybe facilitating the situation. You know what a Sympathetic type (more carbs than protein and fat) is supposed to eat and in my opinion it is going to ask more out of the pancreas, than lets say a fast oxidizer (more protein and fat than carbs). Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach and close to the duodenum. The duodenum is the upper part of the small intestine. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine through a tube called … Continue Reading

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Crohn’s: Each client as an individual

Thank you so much for taking the time in writing such a informative and helpful emails. I think we all appreciate your input enormously. I just wanted to ask you wether you apply the same protocol to someone with Crohn’s Disease, considering this is also an inflammatory condition of the digestive tract. Well, unfortunately most of my comments are in the “generalized” sense. I take each client as an individual when I assess and work with them. I could have two clients, that same age, same gender, same symptoms, same diseases, etc, but I will treat each as an individual and their programs most likely will be structured differently. My recs for UC are some of the things that I have done and do with clients with UC. I do lots more, but I thought what I put out would give a direction and a head start. For someone with Crohn’s, it would be somewhat different and … Continue Reading

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Ulcerative Colitis

Frequently, I work with clients who have Ulcerative Colitis, as well as consult with practitioners who have clients that have UC and are suffering a great deal. In my clinical opinion, this is a self induced disease from an unhealthy diet. Whether it is nutritional related, parasitic related and so forth, in my clinical opinion from experienced, it can be healed. It takes time and a 100% effort from the client, but in the end, all of my clients have been symptom free.   What is ulcerative colitis? Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers, in the lining of the rectum and colon. Ulcers form where inflammation has killed the cells that usually line the colon, then bleed and produce pus. Inflammation in the colon also causes the colon to empty frequently, causing diarrhea. Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the general name for diseases that cause inflammation … Continue Reading

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Gluten Clarified: By Dr. Kalish

Gluten Sensitivity Since 1993 I have personally treated over 7,000 patients, only to find the majority of those with chronic, misdiagnosed health problems to be gluten sensitive. It is the most commonly missed underlying cause of many common health complaints from depression to fatigue, from female hormone imbalances to compulsive overeating. It has proven to be the single most important factor in the healing process of the majority of my most difficult cases. As a genetic, autoimmune disorder, gluten sensitivity can devastate whole families and you will see evidence of it in each generation, from an alcoholic grandparent to a child with constant tummy aches. My professional commitment to identifying clients with this problem was established by the benefits my family and I have personally received by implementing this simple dietary change and I welcome any questions or comments by those interested in the subject. You can contact me at … Continue Reading

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Morning Sickness and Herbs

I find that a common theme among pregnant women is the god awful side effect of morning sickness. I see this a lot in my clinic and I always am trying to find something that really works. There are so many schools of thought on this and of course each case should be treated and handled differently. Here are some of my thoughts of the causes from reading and research, as well as some recommendations to help: 1. Causes: chronic dehydration prior and during, being on the pill, going off and the influx of the hormones from getting pregnant, malnutrition prior and the body having a hard time handling the task of supporting life. 2. Symptom relief: a.  using peace and calming, di-geeze, peppermint or lavendar essential oils from Young Living on the belly and chest area b.  drinking room temp water throughout the day, drinking fresh cut ginger in tea … Continue Reading

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What is Gluten??

What is gluten?: Gluten is an amorphous mixture of ergastric (i.e., non-living) proteins found combined with starch in the endosperm of some cereals, notably wheat, rye, and barley. It constitutes about 80% of the proteins contained in wheat, and is composed of the proteins gliadin and glutenin. Gluten is responsible for the elasticity of kneaded dough, which allows it to be leavened, as well as the “chewiness” of baked products like bagels. It is the glutenins (specifically, low molecular weight glutenins) that are especially critical to gluten quality.What contains gluten?: Gluten is pretty much in every grain that you can think of eating except rice, buckwheat, corn, and oats (some think it does have it and other research shows that it does not). There are other grains that are gluten free, but most are very uncommon and most Americans do not eat them. Who is intolerant to gluten?: Gluten intolerance … Continue Reading

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