Molecular Health and Healing

by CEGant on December 8, 2014

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I specialize in molecular health and healing, especially as it supports psychospiritual growth and mental health recovery from problems such as AD/HD, autism, mood problems, addictions, food and carbohydrate compulsions and nicotine dependence.

I routinely order functional medicine testing to diagnose precisely what is deficient in each and every patient, and then replenish those missing, essential items.

See my article on: First Priority in Providing Health Care

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Learning About Mindfulness

by CEGant on December 8, 2014

On-line research for “mindfulness education in schools” gets about 34,000 hits. Believe it or not, enormous resources and research are being devoted to educating children about mindfulness and the development of their relatively dormant, frontal structures. Congressman Tim Ryan, author of A Mindful Nation, has promoted mindfulness practice in Congress and has supported the delivery of mindfulness education to at-need populations, including veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and children in inner city public schools.

As more and more people practice various forms of meditation (contemplation and self-reflection), there seems to be an increasing appreciation that mindfulness is a completely separate faculty of consciousness, independent of the other four faculties: cognition (thought and visualizations), emotion and intuition, behavior and kinesthetic-related activity and sensation (the five senses).

Mindfulness-based psychotherapies are becoming popular and are being combined with many kinds of earlier approaches such as cognitive therapy—now being relabeled as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). Formal, peer-reviewed, psychological testing instruments can measure improvements in the psychological and behavioral function of patients who have engaged in mindfulness-based therapies, and are even being standardized to measure the facets of mindfulness itself.

More recently, mindfulness is being appreciated as not only a faculty of consciousness—an experience—but also as a faculty which is conferred by certain brain regions. Neuroimagery studies have demonstrated dramatic changes in brain function of mindfulness practitioners, especially in the prefrontal cortex and associated structures.

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Chronic Emotional and Physical Pain

by CEGant on November 10, 2014

In looking at the physical body, most patients who suffer from chronic pain actually suffer from a more generalized condition — inflammation, which classically exhibits four symptoms: redness, heat, swelling (edema) and pain. These symptoms are often the observed effects of a systemically (whole body) activated immune system which tends to get directed at a localized injury.

Although emotional and physical pain can have many causes, the experience of pain is “in the eyes of the beholder.” Healers who address the mind, body and spirit levels of their patient’s suffering are addressing both sides of this equation; they diagnose and treat possible causes or risk factors, and they also address the perception of pain, which in most patients, especially for those suffering from emotional pain, is the most important factor.

If an acute traumatic injury like low back strain or an acute infection does not resolve, usually inflammation has set in. Swelling is an attempt of the body to dilute the toxicities from dead or injured tissues or germ toxins, analogous to how toxic waste spills are handled environmentally. Specifically, “the solution to pollution is dilution” as diluting toxins lessens the harmful effects. Swelling (edema) can cause pain by putting pressure on nerves which must pass through small openings between and around bones and cartilage.

The cause of chronic pain from inflammation can have localized symptoms, but it is usually caused by a systemic challenge to the immune system, which when activated, will direct its wrath toward any part of the body which appears suspicious. When severely activated, even autoimmune symptoms can occur and various parts of the body are attacked for no obvious reason.

Activation of the immune system which causes chronic inflammation and pain is usually derived from four kinds of infections. Diagnostic testing is available to rule out these causes so that they can be properly treated.

Four Kinds of Infections

1) Gastrointestinal overgrowth of unfriendly flora like candida or parasites, which also is worsened by “leaky gut” which causes food allergies.

2) Dental infections from root canals and cavitations (abscesses in tooth sockets, often caused by anaerobic bacteria)

3) Chronic, year-round, non-seasonal nasal congestion and sinusitis (caused by candida and other fungi)

4) Tick-borne germs like Lyme, Babesia and Bartonella

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Detoxing For Life

by CEGant on October 31, 2014

Chronic psychiatric and medical problems are often caused by toxins derived from chronic infections, environmental exposures from the air, food and water, psychotropic drugs, medications, genetic vulnerabilities and gastrointestinal imbalances. Efforts to help patients detoxify can take up the lion’s share of the clinical time in an integrative medical practice.

Detoxification is a two-step process of oxidation and conjugation.

This is analogous to a two-step process that many people use to get rid of trash in their backyards, by first burning it (oxidation) and then carting it away (conjugation). In the body, toxins are first oxidized to make them reactive, and then conjugated to (connected to) certain molecules, which generally make the toxins more soluble in water and easier to excrete.

Here are a few simple things you can do to help your body’s attempts to rid itself of toxins.

* Sweat more—while exercising, in saunas or in the bathtub. Many toxins are removed through sweat. For baths, add a few cups of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate, which assists in the conjugation process) to hot bathwater and soak 30 minutes daily.

* Eat more detoxifying foods, such as garlic, onions, broccoli and parsley, which are high in sulfur, a toxin conjugator and take probiotics.

* Drink lots of purified water—three to four quarts a day.

* Eat plenty of fiber.

* Get genetically tested to determine if you are especially vulnerable to living in the modern age.

* See a biological or holistic dentist to get your mouth cleared up from toxic metals such as mercury amalgams (silver fillings).

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Depression and the Tragic Case of Robin Williams

by CEGant on September 9, 2014

The tragic suicide of beloved comic actor, Robin Williams, left most of us with sadness and shock. It is time to ask the difficult questions: how and why do tragedies like this happen, and what can be done about it?

The solution to this epidemic begins by asking — how many people, including professionals, are aware that depression can have many biochemical causes which are reversible and that the symptoms labeled as depression are the natural responses of the body to biochemical imbalances?

As an example, researchers are now finding that a significant proportion of chronic psychiatric problems like depression and schizophrenia are caused by chronic Lyme, candida and other co-infections.

9 Causes for Depression:

Here is a partial list of causes for depression:

1- Chronic infections

2- Allergies, like gluten allergy or celiac

3- Toxins like mercury or lead poisoning (neurotoxicity poisoning from heavy metals)

4- Poly-pharmacy toxicity – the taking of many medications at the same time

5- Regular psychotropic drug use – illicit (e.g., cocaine), recreational (e.g., alcohol) or prescriptive (e.g., codeine or sedatives)

6- Metabolic disturbances like hypoglycemia

7- Endocrine imbalances like testosterone deficiency

8- Nutritional deficiencies (neurotransmitter imbalances from amino acid precursor deficiencies; nutritional deficiencies for specific vitamins and minerals; brain neuroplasticitydistortions from essential fatty acid imbalances and oxidative stress; gastrointestinal imbalances from mal-digestion)

9- Genetic quirks called SNPs or single nucleotide polymorphismsthat seriously predispose people to addiction and depression

Once one understands that there are many biochemical causes, the next question is, why would the body respond to these causes of depression by exhibiting the symptoms of depression?

To answer this, a more fundamental question must be asked: why do symptoms happen at all? The answer is simple. Symptoms are the attempts of the body to heal itself and bring itself back into balance, called homeostasis.

Cough and diarrhea are attempts of the body to rid itself of toxins. Fever is an attempt of the body to preventor inhibit microorganism replication by turning up the heat. These symptoms should not be thwarted out of the mistaken impression that they are harmful, unless they are so extreme that they might pose a threat. Severe diarrhea can cause dehydration. Interminable cough can prevent normal sleep and rest. Very high fevers can cause convulsions. Otherwise, symptoms should be redefined as beneficial attempts of the body to heal itself.

How does depression fit into this line of reasoning? A clue concerns the effects of what is called cytokines on the pituitary, the master gland. Cytokines, acting like hormones, are cell-to-cell communication molecules in the immune system. The master gland, the pituitary, when exposed to high cytokine levels starts cutting back on the pre-hormones which govern much of the endocrine system.

Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) lowers and the thyroid consequently decreases production of thyroid hormone. Anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) levels drop, which causes us to urinate more often, get thirstier and drink water more often, a detoxification strategy. Pre-hormones that control sex hormones like testosterone and estrogen all fall, making us relatively less interested in sex and less capable of reproduction. Growth hormone (GH) drops, decreasing anabolism, metabolism and hunger.

Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) lowers and cortisol levels fall, so the protective value of cortisol on stress is minimized and we become easily exhausted, burned out and inclined to rest more.

In an attempt to deal with immune stress, the effects of cytokines on the pituitary essentially causes more downtime, lowering of energy levels, causing more sleep, driving disinterest in daily activities, creating vegetative symptoms.

Do these symptoms sound familiar? Yes, they are the symptoms of depression. Depression is a protective response to immune stress.

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