THE HEALTH OATH EVERYONE SHOULD TAKE:

1) Walking is mans best medicine- even 30 minutes of walking a day lowers your risk for diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. 

2) Know what person the disease has rather than what disease the person has. This means we should take a total approach to the patient including the personality, the home environment, relationships, diet, facial expressions even before diagnosing and treating someone. Its impossible to understand the illness without understanding the whole person. 

For example- many obese patients are in toxic relationships, have a stressful job, and poor sleep. Its hard to fix the obesity if the underlying cause is not fixed. Today a woman called who had gastric bypass 10 years ago at weight 300lbs. She went down to 130 and now is back at 200. Its important to analyze diet as well as job, stress, exercise- factors that contribute to rebound in weight gain.

3) Let food be thy medicine-

No matter what eating style you follow, if its based on unprocessed foods, colorful plants, and little added sugar, and unsaturated fats in moderation- you are likely to be healthier and live longer. 

Less stroke, or heart attack occurs in people who live a healthier lifestyle, whereas processed foods, sugar, animal fats, and artificial chemicals, can activate disease causing genes – they also lack the healthy nutrients that activate protective genes.

4) everything in moderation-Even water, exercise supplements and sleep can be damaging if taken to extreme. Too much VItamin A or Vitamin D can lead to headaches and increased pressure on the brain. Even too much kale can be harmful because it can prevent your thyroid from absorbing the iodine it needs

5) To Do nothing is also a good remedy

Todays medicine seems to tend towards ordering tests and doing procedures rather than listening to patients to make a diagnosis and treatment plan- even if some of the tests and procedures are unnecessary. Sometimes the best diagnostic tool we have is time. 

For example- Giving antibiotics for a cold- the antibiotics wont help and it could an allergic reaction, a yeast infection or dangerous diarrhea, not even to mention the development of resistant bacteria.

If your doctor wants to prescribe high blood pressure medicine or cholesterol lowering medicine at the first sign of a high number- consider that you can change your diet and exercise routine first.

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Leaky GUT

Leaky Gut could be implicated as a primary contributor to asthma, food allergies, chronic sinusitis, eczema, rashes, migraine, irritable bowel, fungal disorders, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory joint disorders including rheumatoid arthritis. It also contributes to chronic fatigue, crohn’s, celiac,thyroiditis, ulcerative colitis and other autoimmune conditions. Conditions associated with leaky gut include malnutrition, intestinal infections, autism, steroid drug use, parasites, excessive use of antibiotics and yeast overgrowth.

 

There’s no miracle cure for treating leaky gut, but there are things you can do if you’re suffering from it that can help heal inflammation and restore the integrity of your gut lining.

An anti-inflammatory diet that eliminates refined sugars, dairy, gluten, alcohol and artificial sweeteners – some of the biggest offenders when it comes to inflammation – can be very helpful. Consuming lots of anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids in fish and nuts, and filling up on green leafy vegetables, high-fiber and fermented foods that help to promote the growth of good bacteria is also crucial.

A robust probiotic that contains large amounts of good bacteria can help heal a damaged intestinal lining by restoring balance in the gut flora.

Supplements like glutamine have been shown in some studies to help with intestinal injury after chemotherapy and radiation and may be beneficial in leaky gut.

Most people will notice improvement within 6 weeks, although it may take several months and even years to heal a damaged intestinal lining in extreme cases of leaky gut. Because we’re still learning about leaky gut, many of the treatment guidelines are drawn more from anecdotal observation than from rigorous scientific studies. But they’re sensible recommendations that can lead to improvements in your overall health, whether or not you have increased intestinal permeability.

Leaky gut is one of those diagnoses that bridges the gap between conventional and alternative medicine, between what we can see and touch and what we can feel in our bodies. I refuse to believe that the hundreds of patients I see in my office with unusual and seemingly unrelated complaints are crazy, or just stressed out.

I believe them when they say they feel like they’re being poisoned, or that they think there’s a connection between all their symptoms, even though they don’t know what it is. My hunch is that as our knowledge grows, the theories behind leaky gut will become the foundation for lots of diseases that are widely prevalent in our society, and millions of people will be in a better position to find relief from their suffering.

Probiotics reduce lung infections and diarrhea in children

Among 336 children who
attended day care centers in Mexico City, those who received a daily dose of
Lactobacillus reuteri had fewer episodes of diarrhea and respiratory tract
infections than did those who were not given the probiotic supplements, a study
showed. The supplement group took antibiotics for an average of 2.7 days,
compared with 4.1 days among the placebo group. The findings appear in the
journal Pediatrics. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog

I have used this probiotic in my practice for children with constipation. It helps with constipation and diarrhea by reestablishing the normal intestinal flora. My patients with colic infants also use this with success. It sells in the stores under the name of GERBER SOOTHE>

Probiotics, Prebiotics, Acidophilus etc

Probiotics and Prebiotics

Probiotics are healthy bacteria and yeast that live in our gut where 70% of our immune system is located.
They help us digest food, fend off illness, and need to remain in balance to help us do these functions.
Stress, lack of sleep, unhealthy eating, infections, antibiotics, and certain drugs, can trigger digestive problems and illness. That’s where probiotics come in.
Probiotics keep the bacteria in check, restore balance, and promote health.
That’s why many doctors suggest taking probiotics while on antibiotics.
Probiotics may help reduce cold and flu symptoms.
Probiotics may also reduce the risk of allergy and eczema in children up to two years of age in mothers who took them late in pregnancy.
Certain strains of probiotics may help reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and ease colic in infants.
Probiotics and Prebiotics ( the carbohydrates that stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria) boost immunity in babies and are added to infant formulas.
Look for live yogurt cultures or formulas that contain lactobacillus or acidophilus and bifido bacteria.
Sauerkraut contains the probiotics leuconostoc, pediococcus, and lactobacillus. Choose unpasteurized sauerkraut because pasteurization (used to treat most supermarket sauerkraut) kills the helpful bacteria. Sauerkraut — and the similar but spicy Korean dish kimchi — is also loaded with vitamins that may help ward off infection.
While probiotic-foods contain live bacteria, prebiotic foods feed the good bacteria already living in your digestive system. You can find prebiotics in foods such as asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, bananas, oatmeal, red wine, honey, maple syrup, and legumes. Consider eating prebiotic foods on their own or with probiotic foods to perhaps give the probiotics a boost.