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Good Foods Bad Foods

By Diane Irving

Several foods once considered good for us have been found to be bad foods for some people. Not everyone’s body reacts negatively to these products, but damaging reactions can occur. Researchers from Food Allergy Research and Education (F.A.R.E,) estimate 15 million Americans have food allergies. They suggest the most widespread disturbances are: milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, fish, and shellfish. While most of these cause severe immediate responses, some reactions to these foods and others can’t be seen or will take time to develop. It’s up to us to uncover nutritional disguises and their potential hidden harmful affects.

 

Don’t Toy With Soy

At one time, soy was considered a super health food. Many vegetarians use soy as a protein in their daily diet including tofu, soymilk, and veggie burgers. However, Dr. Steven Gundry, former surgeon and medical research expert, has reviewed hundreds of studies that point to problems for some individuals. He noticed a probable relationship between soy and digestive issues, disrupted thyroid health, infertility, cancer cell creation, heart disease, cognitive fog, and immune problems. If one of these diagnoses sounds familiar, try to cut soy out completely or reduce daily intake. Then, monitor what happens next. If a symptom goes away, soy may have been the problem’s source.

 

Deplete The Amount Of Wheat

Although for most, wheat isn’t a problem, it can cause an array of autoimmune diseases to sensitive consumers. On a typical nutrition scale, wheat grains are a part of a balanced diet. However, too much of anything can send our bodies in a tizzy. Autoimmune expert and well-known Functional Medicine leader, Dr. Amy Myers explains, “If you’ve been diagnosed with Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto’s, Multiple Sclerosis, or any other autoimmune disease, I can say without a doubt that gluten sparked the flame of your disease, and continuing to eat it is simply adding fuel to the fire.”

 

However, a gluten-free diet isn’t always the right answer. Whether we’re wheat eaters (grains, barley, rye) or gluten-free dieters with a high intake of starch and corn – beware of negative reactions. Gluten free products can increase the amount of starch and sugar in our diets, resulting in weight gain and ultimately lower energy levels.

 

Lectin, Lectin, Possibly A Wrong Selection

Beans (kidney, navy, pinto, lima, sweet green peas, lentils), grains (wheat, barley, corn, rice, oats, rye) and nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, goji berries) are a part of the food pyramid. However, all of these grocery items contain a high amount of lectins – a certain type of protein that attaches to cell membranes.

 

Dr. Gundry’s extensive research has led him to believe lectins have powerful toxic allergens.  After observation, Dr. Gundry concluded that lectins could prevent healing and cause leaky gut. Toxic bacteria gets through the digestive tract, which may result in inflammation, skin disorders, heart disease, diabetes, thyroid distress, immune diseases, and weak blood vessels. Dr. Gundry also suggests that cooking the vegetables helps reduce the amount of lectins. Groceries low in lectins are select fruits and vegetables, seafood, eggs, and meat such as poultry. Better choices for fats include olive oil, avocado, butter, cream and lard, all of which have lower levels of lectins.

 

It’s not always realistic – a strict all fruit, lean protein, and leafy green diet. However, if health problems persist, it may be worth a try. Though these foods aren’t bad for everyone, it is important to decipher which innocent foods are guilty of health issues inside our bodies. The process of elimination or an allergen test can be helpful tools in discovering the truth. Dr. Marone can provide Nutrition Response Testing for those who want answers to food allergy questions. The test also helps identify immune challenges, chemical and metal toxicity levels, and scarring. Call today for more information and to set an appointment.

 

See Also: Gluten Intolerance: Not Sure If You Have It?

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

 

 

Sources

  1. List Of Foods That Contain Lectins by Jessica Bruso: http://www.livestrong.com/article/305368-list-of-foods-that-contain-lectin/
  1. Fact Sheet from F. A. R. E.: https://www.foodallergy.org/facts-and-stats
  1. Video from Dr. Steven Gundry: http://drgundrymd.com/170207A.php?n=tab
  1. Dr. Amy Myers: http://www.amymyersmd.com/2017/02/3-important-reasons-give-gluten-autoimmune-disease/

 

 

 

 

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Have You Herb? Natural Herbal Remedies For Chronic Sinusitis

By Diane Irving

Sneezing, coughing, and congestion can wreak havoc in the lives of people who suffer from chronic sinusitis. It can prevent focus at work, cause an inability to enjoy the outdoors or seasonal activities, and create a general sick feeling. Sinusitis is an agitation of the sinus tissue, which can cause swelling of the nasal cavities. A cold can bring it on or an allergic reaction to indoor and outdoor irritants. The good news: Earth can provide herbal remedies to relieve chronic sinusitis.

 

Allergic rhinitis is a reaction to pollen or other irritants that causes itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and other symptoms. Hay fever is a seasonal form of allergic rhinitis, which causes the same symptoms. When our body reacts to an allergen, clear fluid fills the nasal cavities and can get infected. Common infections stem from bacteria or a virus of the upper respiratory system. If facial pain or pressure, stuffy or runny nose, cough, congestion, headache, pain in teeth, fatigue, or fever are present and bothersome, certain herbs can come to the rescue. It’s important to treat symptoms before they get worse. Chronic sinusitis can become a serious problem down the road, especially if symptoms persist for 12 weeks or more.

 

Herbs That Are Here To Help Chronic Sinusitis

 

There are several herbs that can act as natural remedies and help relieve symptoms of sinusitis. For some, herbs have even cleared or improved acute sinusitis, seasonal allergies, or chronic sinus infections. Any consumption of herbs needs to be done under the supervision of Dr. Marone or other trained professionals. The following herbs are used to treat sinusitis:

 

Echinacea Root – Helps the immune system.

Cayenne – Activates circulation and assists with absorption of other herbs.

Holy Basil – Is a plant in India that supports the immune response and adaptogenic activity.

Garlic – Improves swelling and upper respiratory infections.

Licorice and Elder Flower – Calms irritation and inflammation.

Ginger – Shapes the circulatory system and helps with herbal immersion.

Poke Root – Benefits the lymphatic system and potentially drains congestion from sinuses. Helps with inflammation and respiratory infections.

Eyebright and Golden Rod – Reinforces mucous membranes.

Golden Seal – Relieves mucous tissues and inhibits microorganism movement.

 

Many of these natural herbs are combined in tablets so they can work together to fight allergies and infections. Herbal supplements are useful alternatives to treat sinusitis. Sometimes our bodies can become resistant to antibiotics if they are taken too often. Resistance may cause an inability to fight more serious infections in the future. Dr. Marone can help guide patients to natural relief for sinusitis. In the past, these combination tablets have benefited sinus sufferers:

Euphrasia Complex Tablets – Treats nasal catarrh, sinusitis, and conjunctivitis. (Eyebright, Golden Rod, Golden Seal, Echinacea root, and Cayenne)

Andrographis Complex Tablets – For colds, flu, and fever. (Holy Basil, Echinacea root).

DiaCo Phytosynergist liquid – Protect against acute sinusitis conditions. (Elder Flower, Yarrow, Lime Flowers, Echinacea, Licorice, Ginger)

 

Other Natural Remedies for Chronic Sinusitis

 

NaturalNews.com suggest different forms of water as a huge helper. Therapy includes hydrotherapy (steam), moist heat, and cold compresses. Neti-pot is another solution during the early stages of sinusitis. The kettle-like container should be filled with warm salt-water and can clean out nasal cavities. Water must be boiled and then cooled prior to sinus rinse. In order to avoid nerve damage, the water temperature should not be too hot or too cold. A humidifier is another great way to gain sinus relief. It may help in keeping mucous flowing in and out of nasal passages. That way, it doesn’t dry up and cause further infection.

 

Spring is coming soon. Now is the perfect time to stop sinusitis from disrupting your enjoyment of the warmer weather. Find a natural way to heal allergies with herbal remedies for chronic sinusitis. See Dr. Marone for more information about plant-based options.

 

**All herbs need to be taken 6 weeks before the occurrence of pollen and continue during the season.

 

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

 

  1. “Why do 38 Million Americans Have Chronic Sinus Infections.” By Julie Wilson. http://www.naturalnews.com/053183_sinus_infections_natural_cures_diet_and_lifestyle.html
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Gluten Intolerance: Not Sure If You Have It?

Gluten intolerance is difficult to diagnose because several other issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome or celiac disease, may cause many of the same symptoms. There is no definitive test to tell a doctor that someone specifically has gluten intolerance, so doctors are often hesitant to attribute symptoms to it.

Self-Testing for Gluten Intolerance

If you suspect that you may have gluten intolerance, you can do some testing of your own. The first step is an elimination diet. For 1-3 months, remove all gluten from your diet. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley. This means eliminating most pizza, pasta, breads, cereals, cakes, cookies, etc. Watch food labels, as gluten is hidden in many of the processed foods we eat.

Instead, replace these foods with ones that have anti-inflammatory benefits such as fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, organic meats and raw dairy products. Also use alternative grains such as quinoa, amaranth, brown rice, almond flour, coconut flour, chickpea flour, millet, buckwheat, teff, or sorghum. At the end of this period, re-introduce gluten. If you felt better when gluten was out of your diet and worse when it returned, you probably have a gluten intolerance.

Muscle Testing to Determine Gluten Intolerance

Muscle testing is another way to determine if you are experiencing an allergic reaction to gluten. (This testing is done without penetrating the skin or using any invasive procedures.) Once the gluten intolerance is confirmed, we can modify the way the body responds to it. This is not necessarily a life-long issue. Once the body is desensitized and then when the proper digestive enzymes are added, gluten can be broken down by the body again without symptoms. If you are interested in muscle testing to determine your body’s reaction to gluten, give us a call at 864-963-9304 for a free consultation.

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.
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Dry Needling for Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Often patients come to see us with trigger point pain (often referred to as myofascial pain syndrome). One therapy that we use to help them is called dry needling. Our goal in dry needling is to release or inactivate trigger points. This then helps to relieve pain and improve range of motion. Because it goes directly to the source of pain, dry needling may help patients to see progress more quickly than other therapies.

Why “Dry” Needling for Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Dry needling is based in Western medicine and is backed up by much research. Practitioners have specialized training in the field. We call this therapy “dry” needling because no medication or injection is involved. The needle that we use is a very thin filament needle, unlike the thicker hypodermic needles used at a doctor’s office. Because of this, entry is much more comfortable. Often patients do not feel the insertion at all. After the needle is inserted and the muscles relax, there may be a slight sensation of aching or cramping, but typically patients notice an immediate improvement after treatment.

 

Dry needling has many benefits to patients. It improves blood flow and healing to the area, reduces muscle tension and tight muscle fibers associated with trigger points, and decreases pain while increasing function. We use this therapy for many issues including migraines, tension headaches, or chronic muscle pain.

 

If you are experiencing pain from myofascial pain syndrome, give us a call. Dr. Marone can perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment as part of a program designed to reduce your pain and improve your function.

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.