Ethyl to Methyl, Come In Methyl

Remember those Lucy episodes- Loved Ethyl

Now to more serious business- the business of Methylation- those  little carbon and three hydrogen groups that are responsible for

New cell synthesis and repair of all cells and tissues which require DNA to build themselves,for example, bone marrow, red cells, white cells, and platelets and nerve tissues.

With problems in folic acid metabolism and methylation it is harder to overcome damage from stress on tissue because you may not produce the amount of DNA you need to do the repair.

This methylation issue is also related to heart disease and energy production as seen in chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

Methylation is also associated with mood problems due to poor dopamine production- as seen in attention problems and other mood issues.

The methylation cycle can be investigated by a physician once certain DNA tests are ordered and it may help solve or treat autoimmune conditions, allergic reactions, environmental toxin and even aging.

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Update on Celiac

Celiac is an autoimmune disease cause by a permanent sensitivity to gluten found in wheat, rye, barley in people with a genetic predisposition to the disease. There is both a genetic part and an environmental trigger necessary for celiac.

Stomach and intestinal presentations of celiac include belly pain, not wanting to eat, constipation, diarrhea, poor weight gain, weight loss and vomiting.

Other ways in which celiac may present include: anemia from lack of iron, mouth sores, swollen tender joints, behavioral problems, teeth enamel problems, depression, skin rashes, headaches, poor muscle tone, poor bone density, delay in puberty,

Celiac is associated with autoimmune liver disease, diabetes, down syndrome, Immunoglobulin A deficiency, inflamed thyroid, and turner syndrome.

For routine blood testing a tissue transglutaminase IgA level and total serum IgA level is recommended

For those who have low levels of IgA, additional tissue transglutaminase IgG should be ordered

A gluten free diet consists of eliminating foods that contain gluten and also includes avoiding barley or malt extract, bran, bulgar, coucous, durum, farina, graham flour, kamut, matzo flour or meal, orzo, panko, rye, semolina, spelt, triticale, wheat, wheat bran, wheat germ, wheat starch.

Potentially hidden sources of gluten may be found in ales, beers and lagers, breading, brown rice syrup, coating mix, communion wafers, croutons, candy, luncheon meats, broth, pasta, sauces, soup base, stuffing, self- basting poultry, imitation bacon or seafood, soy sauce, marinades, supplements, prescription medicines, over the counter medicines, vitamins and mineral supplements, lipstick, gloss and balms. Consult with the manufacturer to get all the ingredients

Gluten free grains and starches include amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, corn, flax, nuts, beans and seed flour, millet, potato starch, potato flour, quinoa, rice, rice bran, sago, soy, tapoica

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.

Cancer, Stress, Illness, Poor Health, Depression, Diabetes, etc…

For every ailment under the sun, there is a cure or there is none;

If there is one, try to find it:

If there isn’t one, never mind it

Foods to improve memory, lower blood pressure, help Immune system

coffee- The antioxidants in coffee can protect against cell damage and reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke

salmon ( wild type)- omega 3 fats fight against aging and lower inflammation in autoimmune diseases and enhance heart health

avocados- glutathione-an antioxidant that improves the function of your hormones

olives and olive oil- lower blood pressure and cholesterol due to their unsaturated fats

walnuts – have twice the amount of antioxidants as any other nut and contain high levels of vitamin E and omega 3 fats which enhance heart health.

green tea- catechins-an antioxidant that protects cells and may reduce the risk of cancers like stomach and esophagus.

sweet potatoes- b6 and potassium protect the immune system, lower blood pressure. The skins are high in fiber

dark chocolate-flavinoids-decrease blood cholesterol and blood pressure, heart attack and stroke risk

Asparagus-potassium and B12, for cell repair and maintenance. B12 can boost hearing

Garlic-sulfur compounds-when crushed releases allicin which wards off heart attacks and strokes

blueberries-antioxidants that help stave off memory loss

testing for celiac

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this video describes the proper testing for the diagnosis of celiac. It also describes how one obtains celiac thru genetic and the environmental trigger which precipitates celiac- an autoimmune disease. When the lining of the stomach is inflamed, gluten, leaks into the blood, triggers an antibody reaction on the lining and absorption in the intestines. Monitoring of celiac progression or remission can be accomplished by blood testing

Antibodies to Pork occurs in some with Crohn’s disease

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Antibodies to Pork occurs in some with Crohn's disease

Some patients with the Auto immune disease Crohn’s have been shown to make antibodies to pork proteins. They would fare better if they avoided pork in their diet, giving the immune system a break from the offending protein. Its not the only cause of Crohn’s. Infections have been associated as a precipitating factor as well in people who have inherited the gene profile for Crohn’s disease.