Friday, September 17, 2010

"Fats can Heal and Fats can Kill"

Many people are shocked to find out that eliminating fat from your diet altogether can be very bad for your health.  Advertising and media agendas often try to oversimplify the fat story by painting it as an "all or nothing" deal.  You might become convinced that all fats are bad and that low-fat and no-fat alternatives are better for you.  But what is well known in the nutritional and medical literature is how important the right balance of fats are in normal cell function and after all, our bodies are gigantic piles of cells!

The title of today's blog was taken loosely from a book title Fats that Kill, Fats that Heal by Udo Erasmus, Ph.D., ( one of the leading authorities on fat and nutrition.  A excellent title to have on the shelf especially for those in the health care field.  Another great resource that might lend itself more to the lay person is Know your Fats by Mary Enig, Ph.D. 

If you eat avacodos regularly, kudos to you!  If not, let me encourage you to give them a try.  They provide very nutritious fats, including mono-unsaturated fats and contain and many vitamins and minerals.  They are higher in protein and fiber than most fruits. They contain good amounts of manganese, phosphorous, iron, potassium, vitamin E, vitamin C, Beta-carotene, thiamin, and riboflavin.

Here is a great blurb on the healthy fats found in Avacados taken from WebMD:

High in the Good Fat

The avocado's image first took on some polish with a 1996 study by researchers at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social in Mexico (Archives of Medical Research, Winter 1996) that looked at the health benefits of daily avocado consumption. The 45 volunteers who ate avocados every day for a week experienced an average 17% drop in total blood cholesterol. Their cholesterol ratio also changed in a healthy way: Their levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein, or "bad fat") and triglycerides, both associated with heart disease, went down. Their HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or "good fat") levels, which tend to lower the risk of heart disease, climbed.
Researchers have also discovered that avocados are rich in beta-sitosterol, a natural substance shown to significantly lower blood cholesterol levels. In a review article published in the December 1999 issue of the American Journal of Medicine, researchers pointed out that beta-sitosterol was shown to reduce cholesterol in 16 human studies.

Guacamole is a popular spread/dip that is made primarily of avacados, red onion and lemon or lime juice, simple to make, and tastes good on just about everything, especially on anything mexican!

I like to slice a ripe avacado and put it on toast or an English muffin, with a little sea salt.  It's has the smooth buttery texture that I crave sometimes and when mixed with salt is one of my favorite things to eat.

Look for avacados in the grocery store that aren't quite ripe yet.  This will ensure that they are bruised and you can allow them to ripen at home on a counter top or in the refrigerator where they won't get roughed up.

Let me know what you think about one of my favorite foods!

-Dr. Darin

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

As Close to a Gaurantee to Feel Great and Lose Weight as Legally Possible

The idea of detoxification has become more and more popular in recent years. Seems everyone is aware that our food, our air, and our world just aren't as clean as it used to be and some time should be set aside to "clean house" with a good detoxification program.

But why do YOU need purification?  Because it can help you remove natural toxins from your body and help maintain a healthy weight.  We are exposed to external toxins everyday, including pollutants, pesticides, and chemicals.  Internally, our bodies produce waste byproducts as a result of normal metabolic function.  Although your body is designed to rid itself of these toxins naturally, it can become overburdened.  Purification offers your body additional support to expel natural toxins and minimize your weight, which is important to maintaining your health and vitality.

There are approximately 80,000 synthetic chemicals registered for use in the U.S.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports hundreds of these chemicals are present in our bodies.  Research has shown that many of these chemicals can disrupt our immune, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems.  The following are examples of external and internal toxins:

External Toxins
  • Air and water pollutants
  • Caffeine
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Cosmetics
  • Heavy Metals
  • Household cleaning products
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Preservatives

Internal Toxins
  • Ammonia
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Free radicals
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals Atlanta (GA), 2005 

Toxins can contribute to a wide range of conditions:
  • Stuffy head
  • Fatigue or difficulty sleeping
  • Digestion or other gastrointestinal problems
  • Food cravings and weight gain
  • Reduced mental clarity
  • Low libido
Do you eat processed foods?

Eat non-organic fruits and vegetables?

Consume genetically altered food?

Use artificial sweeteners?

Drink soda?

Drink coffee regularly?

Eat fast foods and/or eat out regularly?

Then you DEFINITELY would benefit tremendously from a good purification program!!!

We've been putting more and more people on a purification programs and are constantly amazed at the results.  So many issues that haven't responded to other treatments in the past are eliminated when the toxic load is taken off the body and it is free to remedy the problem itself, from the inside out.  People have experienced more energy, weight loss, better complexions, deeper more restful sleep, clearer thinking, better memory, dramatic improvements in metabolic panels including lower cholesterol and LDLs with higher HDLs, more regular and less painful female cycles.  It really is incredible.  Soon we will be posting testimonials and possibly daily journal entries of individuals who are going through the program.  Stay tuned!

-Dr. Darin

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

More Energy and Less Stress for Me, How about You?

Most people would say they could use just that, more energy and less stress.  But where does energy come from?  Caffeine?  Sugar?  It can, but they only provide short term energy before leaving you to crash and end up worse off than before.

I recently got married, which can be pretty stressful on the body and mind, but I feel great, feel energized and clear headed, and here is why.  About 5 months ago I started taking some specific supplements to help my body overcome the stress from seasonal allergies which were about to start in the spring, like the usually do.  And it worked, like it always does, and I eliminated the allergies I had been dealing with for several years.  But I stuck with it even after the allergies went away and I continued to notice improvements in how I slept and felt, and how I performed at work and even on my bicycle.

Why would supplements for allergies have those effects?   

Because they are NOT specifically for allergies!   

 They were to support the organs and body systems that were struggling in the first place that eventually would lead to allergies for me!

They focused on improving liver function (the body's detoxifyer, hormone synthesizer, food metabolizer, etc) and decreasing histamine production, and since I knew I had a wedding coming up I added supplements that directly support the body's ability to handle stress.

Better stress handling = better immune function = less allergies and more energy = less stress!

Not ramp up adrenaline and energy with chemicals like caffeine and sugar, like so many people do on a daily basis, but support normal function of the body's stress response.  The results are awesome and the difference in how I feel is fantastic. 

This is how I approach health every day with patients and family.  Symptoms they are experiencing point us toward areas of the body that are not functioning properly and by specifically supporting those organs and systems with the nutrients and stimulation they are lacking, they begin to function better.  For example, it's not uncommon for someone who suffers from fatigue to experience not just an increase in their energy levels, but also experience better sleep, a clearer mind, and better digestion, all from an approach that aims at improving body function, not suppressing symptoms.  Pretty awesome.

I'm always available to see if I can help you improve your health and look forward to sharing more successful patient stories in the future!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Health Begins at the Beginning - Digestion

The ability to break food down properly and assimilate it for growth and to make energy is one of the principle characteristics of a living organism.  But it's not uncommon for people to show the signs of digestive distress for months or even years without ever fixing it.  What's at risk is not just feeling crummy after a big meal or dealing with hearburn, these are significant signs that the system isn't working properly and needs fixed!  For example, if someone has LOW stomach acid, they may get heartburn, which can be painful and annoying.  But here are just a couple thing that you won't feel until it has become a serious problem:

  • An inability to absorb B12 and Iron, which may lead to chronic fatigue and anemia
  • An inability to absorb Calcium, which may lead to muscle cramps, brittle nails and dry skin, and speed up the development of osteoporosis and degeneration.

  • Low stomach acid will also slow down or stop the breakdown of protein, which will lead to subtle signs of malnourishment and fatigue.

There are several reasons one may have a slow or inefficient upper digestive tract, and finding the reason addressing that is a much better approach than relying on ant-acids to suppress only the symptoms of poor digestion.

If this has raised any questions about your own health, get them answered!  Chronic heartburn and indigestion are NOT just an inconvenience, they are a sign that the system needs a little help and isn't working well!  But don't fret, there are answers and there are great natural solutions that put the body's systems back in normal working order.  That's real "health-care"!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Seasonal Allergies, Still a Thing of the Past

It's the time of year again when my nose would normally start to run and I would start again with the sneezing, with itchy eyes, throat, etc.  I used to put up with varying degrees of seasonal allergies from spring all the way through to fall, but not anymore.

I started thinking about the connection between nutrition and seasonal allergies several years ago, and even noticed for myself that within 36 hours I could be totally symptom free if I changed what I ate in that time.  Even more curious was that in the winter I could eat the same foods with no allergy symptoms.  The more I understood the immune system, the digestive system, and the body's stress response, the better I became at supporting the body's systems that were in distress, until my allergies were non-existent all year long.  And even better is that it's worked for every patient with the same complaint!  It's not rocket science, and I've got it whittled down to about 1-3 nutritional products, depending on the individual and other factors that may be involved.  Pretty awesome.

I can't believe that I put up with the runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes and throat for so long.  If you're having these issues, WHY?  If you want to know what's been working in our office so well, I'd love to help you get rid of your allergies too!

-Dr. Darin