Posts Tagged ‘illness’

“Why diseases don’t exist and what really makes you sick”

The title is quoted from Dr. Hyman’s recent blog. Dr. Hyman is a functional medicine doctor and mainstream well-recognized guru in the field of functional medicine. I encourage you to read this particular blog from top to bottom if:

  • You are 1 in 2 (yikes!) Americans that experience a chronic illness 
  • You have been give a name (chronic fatigue syndrome) for your illness, then it’s blamed (it’s because you have chronic fatigue syndrome) for your illness and then it was attempted to be tamed (here’s a medication).  
  • You don’t have results and are stuck in sickness.

My apologies if this comes across too harsh but the information is necessary.

Please read the blog here 

Always in your interest to be well,

Lynn

So you have your DNA results…now what?

genes

Many of you have expressed an interest in getting the results of your genetic makeup.   I’ve spent hours studying and a weekend in Seattle, WA learning about gene variances and what can be done about them.  The news is: your genes are fixed BUT they can be turned on OR off.  Lifestyle choices including diet, exercise and even supplementation can help determine whether those genes are turned on OR off.

I do find knowing your genetic variances helpful, but not necessarily the best directive.  I’m more interested in how the body is performing and can usually interpret by seeking certain metabolic markers from a variety of lab tests.

But if you’ve pursued your genetic makeup through the very affordable company 23andme.com ($99 at the time of this blog) you can get a highly beneficial FREE interpretation of those results detailing nutritional supports/supplements to take and to avoid.  This information is invaluable in promoting a body that performing optimally.  Did I mention free?

Here’s the link.

Nutrahacker

Genetic Genie is another option but I find nutrahacker provides more specific information on supplementation.  

If you are interested in more information on genetic variances, please refer to my blog article “Genetics do not cause Epidemics

Be well,

Lynn

Sources of all chronic illness

These 9 areas have been identified in the functional medicine world as the 9 sources of all chronic inflammation and illness.  Whether you are experiencing weight gain, chronic fatigue, autoimmune, skin issues, digestive issues or just want more energy (just to name a few), these 9 areas when addressed can get you where you want to be.  

 

What sugar does to the body – VIDEO – GREAT for kids too!

What’s at the root of many problems? (part 2)

As I mentioned in the last post, inflammation is at the source of many diseases.   Swelling, irritation and ultimately inflammation is at the source of many chronic dis-eases including but not limited to fibromyalgia, sinus problems, aches and pains, a compromised immune system, migraines and so much more. Last post I discussed sugar.  Today I’ll address #2 on the list: hidden food sensitivities.   Here’s a list as a refresher.

1. Sugar and refined foods.
2. Hidden food sensitivities.
3. Nutritional deficiencies.
4. Toxins including heavy metals.
5. Digestive issues (the gut is often referred to as ‘the second brain’.
6. Stress (emotional, trauma, social or work related)
7. Inadequate exercise.
8. Insufficient sleep.
9. Chronic infections (viruses, parasites,bacteria, fungus, etc).

“One man’s food is another man’s poison”.

Hidden food sensitivities has spurred a lot of interested in the past few years.  Mostly because progressive practitioners are recognizing that foods are irritants.  When a food is ingested and the body doesn’t recognize or accept the food it creates antibodies in an effort to protect the body.  The body becomes irritated as a response.  Irritation is thus inflammation. This inflammation places tremendous internal stress on the body. And if there are multiple foods that the body doesn’t recognize then the problem becomes compounded and thus a tremendous amount of stress is placed on the body. 

Add to food sensitivities any of the other causes of inflammation (named above) and the body is in a state of chaos.  Chaos causes disorder and even disease.  Remove the irritants and offer the body a bit of support and the body can then begin to do what it wants to do: heal.

Next topic we’ll discuss nutritional deficiencies.

Be well and healthy,

Lynn

What’s at the root of many problems?

Advocate for healingWhat’s at the root of many problems?

Inflammation.  Swelling, irritation and ultimately inflammation is at the source of many dis-eases.  Fibromyalgia, sinus problems, aches and pains, a compromised immune system, migraines and so much more result from inflammation.
Where does the inflammation come from you ask?  Inflammation results from one or several factors depending on the individual.
1. Sugar and refined foods.
2. Hidden food sensitivities.
3. Nutritional deficiencies.
4. Toxins including heavy metals.
5. Digestive issues (the gut is often referred to as ‘the second brain’.
6. Stress (emotional, trauma, social or work related)
7. Inadequate exercise.
8. Insufficient sleep.
9. Chronic infections (viruses, parasites,bacteria, fungus, etc).

Today, I’ll talk about sugar and refined foods.

Sugary and refined foods.  The average american eats about 159 pounds of sugar per year.  Eating sugar wreaks havoc on the stress hormones and provokes a surge of insulin and adrenaline putting the body on a long tumultuous roller coaster ride.  The body in a constant effort of trying to compensate for the sugar surges results in inflammation; inflammation that spreads throughout the body and can and will eventually inflame the brain.

I know. I’ve seen it first hand.  My 10 year old daughter who generally is a pleasant, energetic child lost the plot on Easter Sunday.  Following the departure of good friends, a raging temper tantrum ensued that lasted for at least one hour: stomping, screaming, lashing and more. I hadn’t seen one of these since she was a toddler.  A couple hours after the incident she apologized.  The next morning she woke up with a headache.  I helped her clean her room two days after the incident and discovered several opened,used sugar packets under her bed.  When I asked her what in the world were these doing there she then released the truth. Easter Sunday in the morning, her and a few friends ate from them.  Aha! She sheepishly acknowledged that the sugar explained her toddler-like rage that wildly took over her and the headache that she had the following morning.  Natural consequences work great for my daughter. Sugar + child = temper tantrum/headache.

Sugar significantly attributes to inflammation but there are more inflammatory markers to look at.    Hidden food sensitivities are the next topic of discussion, one of great importance. See you tomorrow!

Be well,

Lynn

 

I’m only sick if I have symptoms, right?

I’m only sick if I have symptoms, right? Unfortunately that is far from the truth.    It’s a long walk from great health, to symptoms, to disease, surgery and then death. 

The body wants to operate at a state of ease, otherwise referred to as homeostasis.  This we know as a fact.  We also know that when the body is subjected to stress (external or internal or both) it adapts to the stress and it attempts to restore normal functionality.  However if the body is subjected to repeat stress, it continuously attempts to adapt and compensate as needed.  This may work for a short or long time depending on the body’s ability to adapt and depending on the chronicity of the stress.

Let’s take, for example, that a person is stressed out at work.  The work environment, the crisis orientation of the work and the hours required are too much for this individual.  The chronic stress from the work environment is affecting this person’s response.  The body is equally responding to the stress: releasing blood sugar as needed to keep up with the exposure  and to help keep all of the other functions in the body ‘at ease’.  If the external stress continues; the internal body will become too stressed to respond. The body loses it’s ability to respond, cells become damaged and symptoms become present. 

As presented in the above example, symptoms come late in the game.  This emphasizes why it’s important to recognize early signs before symptoms appear.  It’s also essential to recognize that it takes time for the body heal.  It has backtracking to do, or in other words restoration. 

What can you do?

  1. Keep an eye on your external stressors and reduce them as needed.
  2. Don’t wait for the symptoms to appear. 
  3. ACT by contacting a practitioner that is willing to help.

Be well,

Lynn