Do you ever wonder why we have so many health concerns today? Maybe it is the way we are eating and living?

Healthy Living in Today’s World is a series of workshops designed to help you protect, and even regain, your health. You will discover the benefits of organic vs. conventional food, the rise of diabetes, how to avoid chemicals used in farming and food production, and how to identify toxins in and around the home.

Sign up for individual sessions or take advantage of a $50 savings by enrolling in the series.

The type of gut bacteria you have could be influencing your health and you don’t realize it. We should have a ratio of about 85% good bacteria to about 15% bad bacteria living in our digestive tract but for most people that relationship is inversed. Yes! That means 85% bad bacteria!

The issue is that these bacteria effect a lot more than just our digestive system. They can have far reaching effects. Depression and anxiety are linked to this imbalance, as are auto immune issues, behavioral problems in children and many of the chronic disease we are seeing today.                             

The “gut” is basically the digestive system.  However, it does so much more than just digest the food we eat.  The gut helps to regulate metabolism and weight, and is responsible for most of our immune system response.  It is estimated that 70% of our immune system is controlled in the gut.  It communicates with the brain and regulates our sleep and our moods.

The problem is that we have been putting almost anything in our mouth and expecting our digestive system to deal with it.  It is a part of our body most people take very little care of.  Most of us don’t realize the harm they are doing without even realizing it.  You may be thinking, “Well, I’m not sick, my gut is fine”.  Unfortunately, the problems in the gut usually go unnoticed until there is a bigger problem.

Many of the physical and mental disorders that plague America today start in the digestive system.  Gastrointestinal illnesses are on the rise, many that we had never heard of before.  Acid reflux, IBS, colitis, diverticulosis, Crohn’s to name a few.  Even seemingly unrelated issues such as autism, heart disease, arthritis can be traced back to the gut.

The problem occurs when the bad bacteria outnumber the good bacteria.  The bad bacteria damage the small intestine.  The small intestine’s job is to absorb nutrients from the food we eat but when it is damaged it cannot do this well.  Eventually, the damage can cause microscopic perforations in the lining of the small intensities causing Leaky Gut Syndrome.   As the food particles are permitted to leak into the blood, it can cause all kinds of issues.  Food allergies and sensitivities, as well as skin conditions, such as eczema. These substances can even cross the blood-brain barrier and cause anxiety, depression, mood swings and behavioral problems in children.

Researchers have discovered across the board that children with autism all have these types of issues in their digestive systems.   

The Standard American Diet (SAD) that we have been eating for the past generation has allowed the bad bacteria to proliferate. This coupled with a diet high in processed foods and low in nutrition has created dysfunction within the gut.

The good news is that the body will heal itself, given half a chance.  Once you realize how important your digestive system is to your overall well-being, you may feel motivated to give the good bacteria a fighting chance.  After all, they are on our side! 

First you need to stop feeding the bad bacteria. By removing food that converts quickly to sugar feed the bad bacteria, by doing this we can rework the balance of bacteria in the digestive system.  Then we give the good bacteria what it needs in the form of prebiotics and probiotics, with fermented food and supplements.

I have had clients that have seen their rheumatoid arthritis symptoms disappear, had anxiety alleviate, behavior and mood issues improve, not to mention solving digestive issues like IBS and colitis.

Dysfunction in the gut is an issue for almost all of us, as very few people today have a properly functioning digestive system.  There are many ways to optimize this important system of the body.  I will be teaching classes on digestive health and its many benefits in both Southgate and Monroe. If you are unable to attend these classes but are interested in more information, please contact me. 

Learn the age old secrets to keeping yourself healthy.  Clean up your gut, and your health and feel better!  

All Disease Starts in the Gut

Southgate –Asher School

Mondays – 3 weeks (2 hour class)
April 8 – April 22
6:30-8:30pm
Click here to Register

Monroe County Community College

Thursdays – 6 Week Class
May 2 – June 6
6:30-7:30pm
To Register, Call: 734-384-4127

We hear more and more about mercury in the environment. One of the sources of mercury exposure is amalgam dental fillings. You know the ones we all had as kids, the “silver fillings”, these actually contain mercury.

Amalgam fillings are made from a variety of metals, 50% mercury along with a combination of silver, tin, copper and sometimes zinc. The problem with these fillings is that they can emit mercury vapor. Studies have found the amount of vapor from amalgams can vary from 1- 3 micrograms per day to 27 micrograms per day.

The World Health Organization has stated that the exposure to mercury vapor from fillings can significantly increase with activities such as grinding of the teeth, chewing gum, and drinking carbonated drinks. There could be five times the amount of mercury vapor being emitted due to these practices.

The U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination, in 2001, conducted a survey of 31,000 adults and found that the number of dental fillings they had correlated to the incidence of cancer, mental conditions, thyroid conditions, neurological issues (including MS), diseases of the respiratory system, and diseases of the eye.  Although, the FDA and several Supreme Court justices determined that “the correlations do not sufficiently demonstrate causation.”

Swedish studies indicate a 78% improvement in pre-existing neurological and Chronic Fatigue-type symptoms when amalgam fillings were removed.  However, in the U.S. official studies hired by the FDA and National Institute of Health stated that “the current data is insufficient to support an association between mercury release from amalgams and the various complaints that have been attributed to this restorative material.”

Scandinavian countries banned the use of these fillings back in 2008, however here in the U.S. approximately 47% of dentists are still using amalgam fillings. In fact, several years ago we had a pediatric dentist ask us if we wanted to pay extra for composite fillings (white fillings) because our insurance would only pay for amalgams!

According to the American Dental Association and the FDA amalgams are “a safe restorative material”. However, there are many dentists who disagree. Some who have suffered the health consequences first hand and have seen their health improve as the fillings were safely removed. If you are considering having these fillings removed, look for a dentist specializing in safe removal of amalgams.

Want to learn more about natural dental care and how dental issues can significantly impact the health of the body and how to cure them?

Heal Thy Mouth, Heal Thy Body and Strengthen Your Immune System

Southgate – Asher School
2 Hour Class Monday March 11 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
REGISTER HERE

Monroe County Community College
Thursday March 21 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE
TO REGISTER, CALL  734-384-4127

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…An old saying but is just as true today.

So how do to ensure that you stay healthy, especially this time of year?

 

Wash Hands – I do not advocate using hand sanitizer constantly but it is easy to pick up germs when we are out and about. Hand sanitizer is not as effective as washing your hands, so wash when you come home, before eating, try not to touch eyes, nose and ears before washing your hands and encourage your kids to wash their hands when they come home from the germ-factory (otherwise known as school!).

Vitamin D – optimizing vitamin D is essential to immune health. Living in the Great Lakes area, leaves us vulnerable in the winter. The cloud cover (caused by the lakes) means that we don’t get much sunshine and the cold temps mean that we aren’t out in the sunshine much, thereby leading to low vitamin D levels in most people. Use Vitamin D3, not Vitamin D2 as it is synthetic and our bodies don’t know what to do with it. Be aware the Vitamin D that is in milk is D2! Supplement with D3 and have your levels checked occasionally, Vitamin D can build up in the body over time.

Avoid sugar and white foods – while these foods seem to be most people’s favorite, they definitely leave the immune system more vulnerable. Watch how much bread, pasta, rice and dairy you are eating, especially if those around you are sick or if you are feeling run down or stressed. Believe it or not, eliminating these foods when the immune system is stressed can keep you from getting ill.

Fermented Foods – Try eating or drinking some fermented foods each day. Some people swear by this! Try kombucha (fermented iced tea), properly made sauerkraut or pickles or kvass (a drink made from beets).

Sleep – even just a couple of nights of poor quality or not enough sleep can wear the body out and leave your immune system susceptible. This is another good time to watch what you eat! Don’t discount the power of sleep to resist illness and disease. The body repairs and rejuvenates while we sleep. If you do get sick, sleep is one of the best ways to get you back to health.

Many of these health tips aren’t just for colds and flu, most of them can actually protect us from chronic disease like high blood pressure, diabetes and even cancer!

 

Want to learn more ways to stay healthy and the best ways to recover as fast as possible if you or your family does get sick? Join me for my next class:

 

Strengthen Your Immune System and Heal Thy Mouth, Heal Thy Body

Southgate – Asher School
2 Hour Class Monday March 11 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
REGISTER HERE

Monroe County Community College
Thursday March 21 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE
TO REGISTER, CALL  734-384-4127