From the Refresh Revive Restore 10-Day Detox Book by Dr Cobi Slater…. coming soon!
¼ cup Hummus
4 large collard green leaves
2 cups chicken breast thinly sliced or ground turkey
½ cup red pepper, thinly sliced
½ cup shredded red cabbage
½ cup grated beets
½ cup grated carrots
¼ cup green onions, finely chopped
Lay collard greens flat on a cutting board and remove the stems, keeping the leaves connected at the top.
Spread 1-2 Tbsp. of hummus on each leaf.
Top with chicken or turkey. Layer the vegetables on top.
Wrap each collard leaf like a burrito, folding the bottom up first and then the sides. Continue to roll until all the contents are tucked inside.
Food sensitivities can affect the body with a myriad of symptoms. Often people are not aware of the many ways that the body can react to foods. There are different types of food allergies or sensitivities. The less obvious and non-life-threatening type of food sensitivities are usually the culprits that are much harder to recognize as the offenders as the reaction is often delayed.
Symptoms related to delayed response food sensitivities normally occur within 30 minutes to 3 days after eating the offending food! The symptoms can be anything from headaches, digestive issues, eczema and chronic colds to name a few. 95% of people with food allergies have this type of allergy. Delayed onset sensitivities can be detected through a blood test called an ELISA IgG Food Allergy Panel or by an allergy elimination diet.
Immediate response food allergies or IgE allergies usually occur within 30 minutes of consuming the allergen and the symptoms are often severe and even life threatening. Only 5% of people with food allergies have this type of allergy. Scratch testing is often how these allergies are detected.
Common Food Sensitivity Symptoms
1. Chronic sinus congestion
Sinus congestion, infections and sinus pain are a common result of food sensitivities. Ingesting allergenic foods can cause the sinus passages to inflame and produce mucous. Elimination of the offending allergenic food leads to clear passages and easy breathing!
2. Childhood Bed Wetting
In childhood bed wetting, spasms chronically constrict the bladder muscles which leads to smaller bladder volume and less ability to hold urine, especially overnight.
One researcher measured bladder volume in bed wetting children by threading a balloon into the bladder and inflating it to measure the volume. After the offending food allergies were eliminated, not only did the bed wetting disappear but when he measured the bladder volume again, he found that it had increased by as much as 50 percent (and even more in some cases). Discovering which food your child is sensitive to will very often eliminate bed-wetting!
3. Recurrent Ear Infections
Food sensitivities are common especially in the first three years of life. As many as 79% of children with recurrent ear infections develop them because of food sensitivities or allergies. The most common foods that children may be sensitivities or allergic to are:
The reaction can cause the tube connecting the ear to the throat to swell. When this happens, fluids that normally contain bacteria in the throat get trapped in the ear. The warm, dark tube in the ear is a perfect place for bacteria to grow. This can cause an ear infection to develop. Once the underlying food sensitivity has been identified and eliminated, the ear infections clear up.
Food sensitivities are the number one cause of acne and the worse the acne the more likely food sensitivities are involved. Eating a food to which the body is reactive to leads to a continuous toxic reaction. In such a case, the immune system fights the food as if it were an invading organism. This can cause inflammation in the skin resulting in acne. Eliminating the specific food sensitivity completely clears the skin in most cases!
5. Joint Pain
When the immune system overreacts to certain foods, the increased histamine in joint tissue causes inflammation and irritation. The inflammation of the joint tissue causes swelling which places excess pressure and stress on the joints, leading to pain and arthritis symptoms! Eliminating food sensitivities dramatically decreases the pain!
6. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have been linked to delayed onset food sensitivities. Certain foods produce inflammation and irritation in the digestive system. This inflammation results in symptoms like gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhea and/or constipation. Studies have shown that elimination of foods producing an IgG reaction can alleviate IBS symptoms. This has been proven MANY times in my practice with patients! Removing the food sensitivity eliminates the IBS symptoms time and time again!
7. Mood Disorders
Researchers have discovered that the deposition of antibody-allergen complexes in nervous system tissues may contribute to hyperactivity, depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate and other mood disorders. There is also compounding evidence that eliminating IgG food sensitivities improves attentiveness in children as well as depression and/or anxiety in all ages.
8. Weight Gain
Antibody-allergen complexes which occur in food sensitivities or allergies cause inflammation which then leads to fluid retention and weight gain. To fight the inflammation, the body releases a chemical called ghrelin which also happens to be an appetite stimulant. Thus, IgG food reactions can cause weight gain in two ways: fluid retention and increased appetite!
9. Chronic Headaches and Migraines
Many people with chronic headaches suffer from them for years with no permanent relief. Whether you have migraine headaches, tension headaches, sinus headaches or an undetermined form of headache, it is very possible that you are suffering from food allergy or sensitivity-induced inflammation. Recent research on migraines indicates that food sensitivities mediated by IgG-type antibodies can be specifically to blame. I personally suffered with chronic headaches for over a decade until I discovered that I had an egg sensitivity. Once I stopped eating eggs, my daily headaches completely went away!
It is estimated that nearly 100% of people suffering with itchy and bothersome eczema have some type of allergy or sensitivity! Testing can uncover the culprit and by eliminating the offending food the eczema often clears quite quickly.
The best way to determine if you have a delayed onset food sensitivity is to get tested! The ELISA 95 IgG Food Allergy Panel is a simple blood test that can be done through Dr Cobi and includes testing for 95 different food sensitivities as well as a full Celiac Panel (an autoimmune intolerance to gluten) and Candida (a common yeast over growth). Book your testing today by calling 604 467 9554.
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating and complex disorder that is characterized by profound fatigue that has lasted for at least six months and is not relieved or improved by rest. There are no proven causes of CFS and there is no specific CFS test to positively diagnose a person. Due to the fact that many other conditions can cause fatigue, all other conditions must be ruled out before a diagnosis of CFS can be made. CFS usually affects women in their 40s to 50s but in reality anyone can develop CFS.
In addition to fatigue, CFS includes eight other characteristic symptoms:
- Postexertional malaise (relapse of symptoms after physical or mental exertion)
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Substantial impairment in memory and/or concentration
- Muscle pain
- Pain in multiple joints
- Headaches of a new type, pattern or severity
- Tender neck or armpit lymph nodes
- Sore throat
There are many other symptoms that are common to CFS that typically include mild fever, flu-like symptoms, depression, irritability, allergies, weight changes, digestive disturbances, night sweats, palpitations, severe PMS and a cough. This list is not exhaustive as there are many more symptoms that have been reported.
Possible Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
There are many different theories of the cause of CFS, although none have been proven. Researchers do agree however that there are multiple factors that contribute to CFS including infectious agents (viruses, bacteria, candida, parasites etc), immune dysfunction, thyroid problems, toxicity (from environment, food, dental amalgams, and drugs), enzyme deficiencies, underlying allergies, nutritional deficiencies and lifestyle factors (stress, emotional and psychological factors).
Testing to Determine the Contributing Factors
Studies show that each individual may have CFS for various reasons and would therefore require different treatment protocols. The importance is in knowing that each person will respond in their own unique way to treatments and therefore there is no cookie-cutter approach to CFS. Certain tests can reveal hidden imbalances which will help to discover the individual cause and treatment approach. Some tests that may be helpful include a Complete Digestive Analysis which exposes candida, parasites, bacterial pathogens, H.pylori, pH levels, intestinal immunity, enzyme levels, food allergies, inflammatory markers, bowel flora health and any type of worm. Hormone testing can also help to determine any imbalances in the thyroid, adrenal glands or reproductive hormones. Heavy metal tests will reveal the presence of any dangerous build-ups in the body and Allergy testing will determine the immune systems reaction to certain substances.
The Keys to the Treatment Plan
Although each patient’s treatment plan will be different there are some common approaches that can be discussed. The main treatment topics for CFS are:
1. Strengthening the Immune System
Detoxifying the Body
Healing Psychological and Emotional Factors Strengthening the Immune System
The immune system is a complex network that affects all functions of the body. In order to restore and rejuvenate the immune system, a multi-factor approach must be taken.
Steps to Re-building the Immune System:
Re-establish healthy sleep patterns
Restore adrenal gland function
Boosting the immune system
Eliminating viruses, bacteria, candida and parasites
The first area to address is sleep. Most CFS patients haven’t slept well in years and are taking tranquilizers, muscle relaxants and over-the- counter sleep aides to get them to sleep. Although they are taking these medications, few actually go into deep, restorative sleep. It is in this deep sleep (REM sleep) that the body repairs itself by making human growth hormone (HGH) and other hormones that help repair damaged muscles, tissues, and organs. Deep sleep also builds and rejuvenates the immune system. Restoring sleep often results in an immediate increase in energy and well-being.
5-HTP is a potent natural sleep aide which is derived from the plant Griffonia simplicifolia. 5-HTP is converted directly into serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, or brain hormone, responsible for regulating sleep, pain, mood, digestion, and mental clarity.
Serotonin is created by the amino acid 5-Hydroxytrtyptophan (5-HTP) in cooperation with magnesium, and the B vitamins (especially B6, B3 and B12).
Serotonin helps promote deep restorative sleep. Serotonin also raises a person’s pain threshold (decreases pain), normalizes digestion (eliminates problems associated with irritable bowel syndrome), increases mental function, elevates mood (reduces anxiety and depression), and is known as the “happy hormone.” The higher one’s serotonin level, the higher their pain threshold (less pain).
Melatonin is the primary hormone of the pineal gland and acts to regulate the body’s sleep/wake cycle (circadian rhythm). Normally melatonin levels in your body begin to rise in the mid to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then decline in the early morning hours. Some things can work against your body’s production of melatonin. Levels gradually decline with age, and some older adults produce very small amounts or none at all.
What Can Decrease Melatonin Levels?
- exposure to bright lights at night
- exposure to electromagnetic fields
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) (Celebrex, Mobic, Alleve, Bextra, )
- Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), yes the very same antidepressants that many take for CFS, including Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Paxil, and
- anxiety medications (benzodiazepines) like Klonopin, Ativan, Xanax, Restoril, anti-hypertensive meds (beta-blockers, adrenergics, and calcium channel blockers) including, Inderal, Toprol, Tenormin, Lorpressor,
- over 3 mg. of vitamin B12 in a
- evening exercise (for up to three hours afterwards)
When administered in pharmacological doses (1-9mgs), melatonin acts as a powerful sleep regulating agent that controls the circadian rhythm (the sleep/wake cycle).
Restore Adrenal Function
The adrenals are a pair of pea-sized glands located atop each kidney. The adrenal gland consists of two sections: the medulla (inner portion) and the cortex (outer portion). The adrenal glands release certain hormones that allow us to be able to deal with immediate and long term stress. These glands and the hormones they release enable us to be resilient to stress.
Under-active adrenal glands are evident in about two-thirds of CFS patients. They have literally burned out their stress-coping gland. Amid years of poor sleep, unrelenting fatigue, chronic pain, excessive stimulants, poor diet, and relying on a plethora of prescription medications, the adrenal glands and the hormones they release have been used up. Once adrenal exhaustion sets in, it’s not long before the body begins to break down. Getting “stressed out” and staying “stressed out” is the beginning of chronic illness.
Effects of Adrenal Fatigue
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
- Decreased mental alertness
- Excessive facial/body hair
- Salty food cravings
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Low body temperature
- Slow metabolism
- Low immune function
- Weight changes
- Loss of scalp hair
- Digestive disturbances
- Muscle or joint pain
Self Test Methods
There are 2 self tests that you can do to see if you have adrenal fatigue:
Orthostatic Blood Pressure: normal blood pressure is approximately 120/80. The first number is called the systolic pressure and the second number is the diastolic pressure. Have someone take your blood pressure while you are lying down and then again after quickly standing up. The systolic (the first number) pressure should rise 8- 10mm. A drop or failure to rise may be an indication of adrenal fatigue.
Pupil Dilation Test: face a mirror and shine a flashlight in one eye. If after 30 seconds the pupil (black center) starts to dilate (enlarge), adrenal fatigue should be suspected. During adrenal insufficiency there is a deficiency in sodium and an abundance of potassium. This imbalance causes an inhibition of the muscles of the eye to constrict (shrink).
The most accurate way to detect adrenal fatigue is through a lab test using a saliva sample.
Nutrients to Reverse Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal cortical extracts help to repair and restore normal adrenal function. Adrenal extracts are used to replenish and eventually normalize adrenal function. They have a strong advantage over prescription adrenal hormone replacement in that they can be immediately discontinued once they have done their job of repairing adrenal function.
Adrenal extracts have been used successfully to treat many conditions related to adrenal fatigue. They can increase energy and help to speed recovery from illness.
Certain herbs also have a direct impact on the adrenal glands. Herbs such as Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus), Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Borage (Borago officinalis), Ashwagandha (Withania somniferum) are classed as “Adaptogens”. Adaptogens strengthen the adrenal glands and help the body to adapt easier to emotional and physical stress.
Vitamin C is the most important nutrient in facilitating adrenal function and repair. Daily Vitamin C supplementation has shown to increase the strength and function of the adrenal glands.
Not Enough DHEA
The adrenal cortex, when healthy, produces adequate levels of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
- sex drive
- resistance to stress
- self-defense mechanisms (immune system)
- general well-being and helps to raise:
- cortisol levels
- overall adrenal function
- cellular energy
- mental acuity
- muscle strength
DHEA is notoriously low in CFS patients. Chronic stress initially causes the adrenals to release extra cortisol. Continuous stress raises cortisol to abnormally high levels. Then the adrenal glands get to where they can’t keep up with the demand for more cortisol. As the cortisol levels continue to become depleted from on going stress the body attempts to counteract this by releasing more DHEA. Eventually they can’t produce enough cortisol or DHEA. Aging makes holding on to DHEA even tougher. Even in healthy individuals, DHEA levels begin to drop after the age of 30. By age 70, they are at about 20% of their peak levels. DHEA levels should be confirmed by lab testing before supplementation begins.
Boosting the Immune System
Thymus extracts have proven to be one of the best immune-boosting agents for treating CFS. A recent study published in the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine showed that patients taking a thymus extract, obtained dramatic improvements in their CFS symptoms. The increase in their immune function, as demonstrated by blood tests, resulted in myriad benefits: a 47% improvement in sleep quality, a 43% reduction in food sensitivities, a 53% reduction in chemical sensitivities, a 47% improvement in short-term memory, a 79% improvement in depression symptoms, and a 100% improvement in panic disorder symptoms.
A substantial amount of clinical data now supports the effectiveness of using thymus extracts. They may well provide the answer to chronic viral infections and low immune function. Double-blind studies reveal not only that orally administrated thymus extracts are able to effectively eliminate infection, but also that treatment over the course of a year significantly reduced the number of respiratory infections and significantly improved numerous immune functions.
There are also a number of herbs that restore immune vitality. These herbs work by increasing immune resistance, endurance, energy, resistance to stress and decrease the effects of mental and physical exhaustion leading to a strong and resilient immune system. These herbs include Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), Wild Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria), Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia), Poke root (Phytolacca decandra), Pau d’arco (Tabebuia avellan edae), Ashwagandha, (Withania somniferum), Cleavers (Galium aperine) and Cat’s claw (Unicaria tormentosa).
Eliminating Viruses, Bacteria, Candida and Parasites
Viruses, Candida, parasites and other infections are often present in patients with CFS. Whether these infections in combination are the cause of CFS or opportunistic invaders of a weakened immune system has not yet been proven. In either case, compromised immunity is a central feature of the syndrome, and the infections involved perpetuate and deepen immune dysfunction by further taxing an already overloaded system.
Candida albicans is a particular form of yeast found living in the intestinal tracts of most individuals. Yeasts cohabitate in a symbiotic relationship with over 400 healthy intestinal bacteria. These bacteria help produce short-chain fatty acids, vitamin K, biotin, vitamin B12, thiamin, and riboflavin. These bacteria also keep the yeast that inhabit our intestinal tract in check. When these good bacteria die (from antibiotics) or are suppressed (by prescription steroids), the yeasts are allowed to grow to unhealthy levels, causing dysbiosis (unhealthy balance between the good and bad bacteria). Yeast overgrowth is similar to food allergies in that there are a plethora of associated symptoms. This can lead to skepticism in many doctors; the symptoms are tough to define. Candidiasis commonly infects the ears, nose urinary and intestinal tracts.
Signs and Symptoms Candida
- constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome
- abdominal pain
- bloating, gas, and indigestion
- bladder spasms and infections
- ear infections
- sinus infections
- rectal itching
- itchy ears or nose
- sugar or starch cravings
- white tongue (thrush)
- toe or finger nail infections
- jock itch
- chronic vaginal yeast infections
- intestinal permeability
- increased body odor
- chronic fatigue
Like most opportunistic infections, Candida and other yeasts may increase during times of stress. This overgrowth leaks toxins into the bloodstream or other tissues, allowing antigens (foreign invaders) to set up residence in various bodily tissues. Antigens then trigger complex allergic reactions. (This might explain why most individuals with chronic yeast overgrowth develop food, inhalant, and environmental allergies).
Allergic reactions can manifest in a variety of symptoms: fatigue, brain fog, depression, joint and muscle pain, digestive disorders, headache, rash, and breathing problems. Inflammation of the nose, throat, ears, bladder, and intestinal tract, can lead to infections of the sinus, respiratory, ear, bladder and intestinal membranes. In an attempt to arrest these infections, doctors might prescribe a broad spectrum antibiotic. Such antibiotics promote yeast overgrowth and often times, additional symptoms. It invades the intestinal wall creating intestinal permeability. This allows toxins from microorganisms and protein molecules from your food enter the blood stream.
Remember, yeast feeds on sugars and on carbohydrates that easily convert to sugars. In turn, yeasts produce a series of chemical products as waste, among which are acetaldehyde and ethanol.
Ethanol is alcohol, and there are cases of people who have never drunk a drop of alcohol yet are daily inebriated. Acetaldehyde is produced as the alcohol breaks down and is about six times more toxic to brain tissue than ethanol.
Possible Causes of Candida?
Birth control pills, food allergies, antibiotics, chronic stress, poor diet and corticosteroid therapy are all initiators of yeast overgrowth. A minor increase in intestinal yeast is usually not a problem, leading possibly to infection of the mouth (thrush) or vaginal lining (vaginitis or “a yeast infection”). The body’s immune defenses are usually strong enough to keep the yeast from taking over the intestinal tract.
However, if yeast overgrowth is left unchallenged, more sinister symptoms appear. Yeasts can change into an invasive mycellial fungus with rhizoids (tentacle-like projections) that penetrate the lining of the intestinal tract. These projections can cause intestinal permeability and leak toxins across the cellular membranes.
Treatment of Candida The Candida Diet
Avoid sugar for at least three months. Sugar is the chief nutrient for Candida albicans, so restricted sugar intake is an absolutely necessity to effectively treat chronic Candidiasis. Avoid refined sugar, honey, maple syrup, fruit juice, milk, white potatoes, corn, beans, processed or bleached (white) flour, bakery goods, muffins, cereals, and anything containing sugar. This includes ice cream, cake, cookies, and other sweets; potato or corn chips, pretzels, or crackers; and dried fruits, including raisins.
Avoid alcoholic beverages for at least two
Avoid mold- and yeast-containing foods for at least two months. These include peanuts, dried fruits (including prunes, raisins, and dates), vinegar, pickled vegetables, sauerkraut, relishes, green olives, vinegar-containing salad dressings, ketchup, mayonnaise and,
Avoid milk and dairy products for at least two months. All natural (unsweetened) yogurt is ok.
Avoid fruits and fruit juice (for at least two weeks. After two weeks, try introducing apples and pears to see if you have any reactions. (Reactions might include fatigue, depression, aches and pain, rectal itching, itching of the ears or nose, and digestive disturbances.) If not, then try berries: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Avoid all others.
- Many vitamin and mineral supplements purchased at a drug store may be contaminated with
What Can I Eat?
- vegetables and salads
- meats and proteins (lean cuts)
- fish and shellfish
- game birds and wild animals
- nuts and seeds
- cold-pressed or expeller-pressed, non-hydrogenated oils
- sweeteners (plant-based like Stevia or FOS are best). Fructo- oligosaccharide (FOS) is a short-chain polysaccharide used in Japan for dozens of years. It isn’t digested by humans but does stimulate the growth of good bacteria within the intestinal tract. It also helps with liver detoxification, lowers cholesterol, and eliminates various toxins. It can be used as a natural sweetener. Dosage for powder is 2,000– 3,000 mg. daily. Stevia is a remarkable (no calories, no carbs) herb, native to Paraguay. It has been used as a sweetener and flavor enhancer for
- whole grains (brown rice, white rice, oats, quinoa, millet, spelt, kamut)
Sometimes, when a lot of Candida organisms are killed off during initial treatment, a sudden release of toxic substances results in an immune response and intensified symptoms, called the herxheimer reaction. The body becomes extremely acidic. This is known as a die- off reaction. It normally lasts no longer than a week and is frequently confused as an allergic or adverse reaction to the antifungal treatment.
If the reaction is severe, you might need to reduce your antifungal medications. Half the dosage (or take every other day) for a week and then return to the original dose. Then continue antifungal medications for a minimum of three months. If treatment is discontinued too early, symptoms will gradually return.
Once fungus overgrowth has subsided and yeast levels have returned to normal (three–four months), medications and supplements can be gradually decreased over six–eight weeks, and you can gradually add previously forbidden foods to your diet. Continue to be vigilant in monitoring your sugar and simple carbohydrate intake.
Yeast Overgrowth Protocol
Eliminate yeast-producing foods with the Candida diet above. Also make sure you’re taking yeast-free
Improve digestion. Gastric hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzymes help keep Candida from overgrowing in the small Patients on Zantac, Nexium, or other acid-blocking drugs increase their risk for developing yeast overgrowth.
- Supplement with pancreatic enzymes with each
- Supplement with betaine hydrochloric acid with each meal. Yeast can’t live in an acidic environment.
Replace good bacteria, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. catnaforme, L. fermentum, and Bifidobacterium bifidum. These normally inhabit vaginal and gastrointestinal tracts; help digest, absorb, and produce certain nutrients; and keep potentially harmful bacteria and yeast in Yogurt contains certain strains of good bacteria, but it isn’t standardized for a particular amount. Also, most yogurts are made from L. bulgaricus or Streptococcus thermophilus. Both are friendly bacteria, but neither will help colonize the colon.
- Supplement with probiotics for three months: 5–10 billion organisms on an empty stomach each day. Some extremely resistant yeast infections may need continuous probiotic replacement.
Reduce liver toxicity. Always take milk thistle or alpha lipoic acid when taking antifungal prescription or natural
Natural Antifungal Medications
Caprylic acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid and a potent antifungal medicine. It should be taken as an enteric-coated timed- release capsule.
Oleic Acid, the major (56–83%) component of virgin olive oil, hinders conversion of Candida albicans yeast to the more harmful mycelial fungal
Berberine (sulfate) has a wide range of antimicrobial properties. It is a proven herbal medicine used successfully to treat fungal, bacterial, and parasitic
Garlic has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. It is an effective treatment for the overgrowth of Candida albicans and other yeasts.
Oregano, Thyme and Peppermint contain pungent oils that are effective in destroying yeast in the body, thereby inhibiting an overgrowth of Candida.
Detoxifying the Body
Alternative Medicine Practitioners working with CFS know that removing toxins from the body is an essential phase in restoring their patients to health and vitality. Every year people are exposed to thousands of toxic chemicals and pollutants in air, water, food and soil. People living today carry within their bodies a “chemical cocktail” made up of industrial chemicals, pesticides, food additives, heavy metals, general anesthetics and the residue of conventional medications.
Today, people are exposed to chemicals in far greater concentrations than were previous generations. For example, over 70 million North Americans live in areas that exceed smog standards, and most municipal drinking water contains over 700 chemicals, including excessive levels of lead. Some 3000 chemicals are added to the food supply and as many as 10 000 chemicals- in the form of solvents, emulsifiers, and preservatives- are used in food processing and storage. These can remain in the body for years!
Detoxifying the body is another component in promoting the health of the immune system and addressing other factors that may be contributing to the CFS. As our environment and food are increasingly saturated with chemicals, the body’s mechanisms for elimination of toxins cannot keep up with the chemical deluge. The constant circulation of toxins in the body taxes the immune system, which must continually strive to destroy them.
When combined with multiple infections and nutritional deficiencies, this toxic overload may be the proverbial last straw in the development of CFS. Given that many people with CFS have chemical allergies it is advisable to take measures to remove the toxins stored in the body.
How to Rid the Body of Toxins
There are many different ways to rid the body of toxins. The most important thing to remember is that cleansing the liver is the key. The liver is the main filter of the body; therefore everything that enters the body must be processed by the liver. Other organs of elimination that also need cleansing are the kidneys, lungs, skin, lymphatic system and the blood.
Steps to Detoxification and Healing
1. Eliminate the intake of toxins
You must stop bombarding your body with more toxins. Cleansing cannot take place until the intake of the toxic load is reduced. Avoid processed foods that contain additives and preservatives. Consume organic foods whenever possible. Stop smoking. Drink filtered water and use natural products whenever possible.
2. Detoxify the body and unblock detoxification pathways
Even though you have reduced the entry of new toxins into your body, old toxins are still in your bloodstream, lymph nodes and organs.
Treatments should include herbal cleansing, detoxification diets, infrared sauna treatments and if needed colon hydrotherapy treatments. A cleanse should include dietary modifications to eliminate the most inflammatory and toxic foods from the diet. Avoidance of the following foods during a cleanse is best: wheat, dairy, sugar, refined, processed foods, additives, colorings, preservatives and any other known allergens.
The addition of cleansing herbs and nutrients will help to not only detoxify the body but also re-build it from the damage. Herbs such as Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinalis), Milk thistle (Carduus marianus), Burdock root (Arctium lappa), Red clover (Trifolium pratense), Barberry (Berberis vulgaris), Turkey rhubarb (Rheum spp.) and Cleavers (Galium aperine) are all example of cleansing herbs.
Certain nutrients that are also beneficial include glutathione and alpha lipoic acid.
3. Provide the body with biochemical and nutritional support
Now that the cleansing is complete, it is time to support your body’s natural restoration and defenses. To support the body’s biochemistry, the addition of minerals, enzymes, probiotics, vitamins, pure water, amino acids, herbs and essential fatty acids should begin as needed.
Many CFS patients suffer from unknown food allergies. Uncovering and avoiding these foods often yields substantial improvement in their lingering symptoms. Allergy is defined as a hypersensitive state acquired through exposure to a particular allergen and subsequent re- exposure to the same allergen. This then triggers an inappropriate immune response such as breathing in pollen and then sneezing. An allergen is defined as a substance capable of inducing an allergic response.
The two most common allergy tests, a skin prick test and the radioallergosorbent test (RAST), are good at detecting acute or immediate allergic responses (IgE antibodies). But, they don’t measure the delayed sensitivity responses to food.
95% of all food allergies occur one hour to three days after eating allergic foods. These delayed reactions must be measured using a different antibody, immunoglobulin G1-4 (IgG1-4). Two tests that do measure delayed IgG1-4 reactions are the Enzyme-linked Immuno- absorbent Assay (ELISA) test and the Food Immune Complex Assay (FICA) test. Both offer the convenience and accuracy of measuring both types of antibodies.
Intestinal Permeability or Leaky Gut
Intestinal permeability occurs when the lining of the digestive tract becomes permeable (leaky) to toxins that cause chronic inflammation. Intestinal permeability allows toxins to leak out of the digestive tract and into the bloodstream. This triggers an autoimmune reaction that can create pain and inflammation in any of the body’s tissues. The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, antibiotics, antihistamines, caffeine, alcohol, and other prescription and nonprescription drugs renders the intestinal mucosa permeable to toxins and undigested food particles.
Intestinal permeability is associated with such illnesses as
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Food allergies
- Crohn’s disease
- Cystic fibrosis
- Chronic hepatitis
- Autoimmune diseases
Studies show that most individuals with CFS are plagued with intestinal permeability. A treatment program for patients with CFS that reduced allergic foods and used nutritional supplements to increase liver detoxification yielded an 81.2% reduction in symptoms.
Rotation Diet: once someone has become sensitive to foods, damage to the intestinal tract has most likely repetitive exposure to the same foods may initiate allergic reactions. Left, untreated, intestinal permeability and over stimulation of the immune system can create an allergy to almost any food. A rotation diet helps reduce the chances of developing further allergies. On a rotation diet, you eat non- allergenic foods every day for four to seven days. Allergic foods are slowly reintroduced into the diet over a period of months.
Treat intestinal permeability with digestive enzymes, probiotics, omega oils, glutamine and healing herbs (Marshmallow root, Licorice root, Comfrey root, Plantain, Goldenseal and Slippery elm).
Treat the Adrenals. Adrenal gland fatigue is directly associated with food allergies. Once the adrenals are restored and the immune system is functioning optimally, allergic reactions are greatly
Natural antihistamines such as Quercetin, Nettles, Astragalus, Turmeric, MSM and Vitamin C decrease the histamine response by the immune cells (mast cells) responsible for the allergic reactions and resulting symptoms.
Healing Psychological and Emotional Factors
“Why did this person get this illness at this time?” Alternative Medicine Practitioners ask such questions because they realize that illness is more than a matter of imbalanced physiology. There are always psychological and emotional aspects to every health problem and unless these are thoroughly addressed, no cure will ever be complete and lasting.
Lifestyle choices, including how one thinks and acts, can contribute to chronic fatigue. For example, a lifestyle of high-paced overachievement or workaholism characterizes the lives of many CFS sufferers prior to becoming sick. For some people dealing with unremitting fatigue is the only way they will ever take the time to focus on their internal world. While not all CFS patients have the same psychological make-up, all of them do have psychological issues that play a contributing role in their illness, and these mental and emotional factors constantly interact with their physiological condition. For true and complete healing to be successful the CFS patient must “learn the lesson of the disease”. They must not to repeat the emotional, psychological and lifestyle patterns that contributed to their illness. Working with a trained professional to help deal with some of the emotional baggage is one of the keys to healing.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complex multi-symptomatic disorder which requires a broad spectrum of treatments. There are no known proven causes, but rather a variety of contributing factors that are unique to each person with CFS. Studies show that this syndrome may eventually burn itself out within an average of 8 years. In the meantime there are many natural treatments to lessen the severity of the symptoms and to reverse the underlying causes. Once a diagnosis has been achieved through the symptom picture and a process of elimination of all other similar conditions, specific tests will determine one’s own unique causative factors.
The specific tests that can help to pinpoint an appropriate treatment plan are:
Complete Digestive Analysis
- Food Allergy testing
- Complete Thyroid Panel
- Adrenal Stress Index
- Candida testing
- Heavy Metal testing
- Hormone testing
The main areas that are commonly treated in CFS patients include:
- Strengthening the Immune System
- re-establishing healthy sleep patterns
- restoring adrenal gland function
- boosting the immune system
- eliminating viruses, bacteria, candida and parasites
- Detoxifying the Body
- Addressing Allergies
- Healing Psychological and Emotional Factors
There have been many people treated successfully for CFS using natural remedies. Natural medicine can help people get their health back and live life with abundant joy, peace and well-being.
Adrenal fatigue is thought to be one of the many health issues that can be attributed to our high-stress lifestyles.
STRESSED? TIRED? CRAVING SUGAR? CAN’T SLEEP?
These symptoms can be related to the constant stress we feel in our lives. We know that stress can have a huge impact on our health and wellness. The adrenal glands produce hormones in response to any type of stress so that we can respond appropriately. Adrenal fatigue or “HPA (Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Adrenal) Axis Dysregulation,” is a popular topic due to the ever-increasing stressors in our lives.
The adrenal glands look like walnuts that are located on top of the kidneys. These important glands produce many hormones, including the stress hormones, Cortisol, DHEA and Adrenaline to name a few.
Adrenaline and Cortisol are the stress hormones that give you the commonly known “adrenaline rush”. This feeling is known as your body's "fight or flight" response. The release of hormones in the fight or flight response is your body's normal reaction to stress. Stress can sometimes be positive, like when it helps you to swerve your car and prevent a crash. Once the stress is removed or resolved, the fight or flight response dissipates and your body goes back to normal.
Unfortunately, for many people the stressors do not get resolved and they often become chronic. The adrenal glands do not differentiate between “types” of stress. They respond equally to all forms of stress including mental and emotional stress as well as pain, inflammation, blood sugar imbalances, environmental, digestive and toxic stress.
DO YOU HAVE ADRENAL FATIGUE?
Your adrenal glands can become depleted from over-secreting stress hormones on such a regular basis and dysfunction can occur. In the case of adrenal fatigue, the level of Cortisol that is produced is much less than optimal. Many symptoms like fatigue, difficulty sleeping, mood swings, weight gain, joint pain, allergies, anxiety, sugar cravings, frequent infections such as colds and flus are signs that your adrenals are overworked. The following questionnaire will help to determine your adrenal health status:
ADRENAL HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE
The following questionnaire will help to determine your level of adrenal fatigue.
Read each statement and decide its degree of severity based on the ranking system below.
1= Occasionally (1-4 times per month)
2= Moderate in severity and occurs moderately frequently (1-4 times per week)
3= Intense in severity and occurs frequently (more than 4 times per week)
****Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology Michael Friedman, MD pg. 218-220
- I get dizzy or see spots when standing up rapidly from a sitting or lying position.
- I urinate more frequently than others and may need to get up at night.
- I feel as though I might faint or black out.
- I have chronic fatigue.
- I have mitral valve prolapse or get heart palpitations.
- I often have to force myself in order to keep going.
- I have difficulty getting up in the morning.
- I have low energy before the noon meal -approximately 11:00 a.m.
- I have low energy in the late afternoon between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- I usually feel better after 6:00 p.m.
- I often feel best late at night because I get a “second wind.”
- I have trouble getting to sleep.
- I tend to wake early (approximately 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.) and have trouble getting back to sleep.
- I have vague feelings of being generally unwell for no apparent reason.
- I get swelling in the extremities such as the ankles.
- I need to rest after times of mental, physical or emotional stress.
- I feel more tired after exercise or physical activity either soon after or the next day.
- My muscles feel weak and heavy more that I think they should.
- I have chronic tenderness in my back area near the bottom of my rib cage.
- I have a weak back and/or weak knees.
- I have restless extremities.
- I am allergic to many things such as foods, animals and pollens.
- My allergies are getting worse.
- I get bags or dark circles under my eyes which may be worse in the morning.
- I have multiple chemical sensitivities.
- I have asthma or get regular bouts of bronchitis, pneumonia or other respiratory infections.
- I have dermatographism (a white line appears on my skin if I run my fingernail over it and the line persists for one minute).
- I have an area of pale skin around my lips.
- The skin on the palms of my hands and soles of my feet tend to be red/orange in color.
- I tend to have dry skin.
- I tend to get headaches and a sore neck and shoulders.
- I am sensitive to bright light.
- I frequently feel colder than others around me.
- I have decreased tolerance to cold.
- I have Raynaud’s syndrome (extremely cold hands/feet).
- My temperature tends to be below normal when measured with a thermometer.
- My temperature tends to fluctuate during the day.
- I have low blood pressure.
- I become hungry, confused or shaky if I miss a meal.
- I crave sugar, sweets or desserts.
- I use stimulants such as tea or coffee to get started in the morning.
- I crave food high in fat and feel better with high-fat foods.
- I need caffeine (chocolate, tea, coffee, colas) to get me through the day.
- I often crave salt and/or foods high in salt such as potato chips.
- I feel worse if I eat sweets and no protein for breakfast.
- I do not eat regular meals.
- I eat fast food often.
- I am sensitive to pharmaceutical or nutritional supplements.
- I have taken steroid medications for a long term or at a high dose.
- I have symptoms that improve after I eat.
- I tend to be thin and find it difficult to put weight on.
- I have feelings of hopelessness and despair or have been diagnosed with depression.
- I lack motivation because I do not feel I have the energy to get things done.
- I have decreased tolerance toward other people and tend to get irritated by them.
- I get more than two colds per year.
- It takes me a long time to recover from illness.
- I get rashes, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis or other skin conditions.
- I have an autoimmune disease.
- I have fibromyalgia.
- I have had mononucleosis or been diagnosed with Epstein Barr virus.
- I do not exercise regularly.
- I have a history of large amounts of stress in my life.
- I tend to be perfectionist.
- My health is negatively affected by stress.
- I tend to avoid stressful situations for the sake of my health.
- I am less productive at work that I used to be.
- My ability to focus mentally is generally impaired.
- Stressful situations hinder my ability to focus.
- Stress causes me to become overly anxious.
- I startle easily.
- It can take me days or weeks to recover from a stressful event.
- I tend to get digestive disturbances when tense.
- I tend to get unexplained fears and phobias.
- My sex drive is very low or non-existent.
- My relationships at work and or home tend to be strained.
- My life contains insufficient time for fun and enjoyable activities.
- I have little control over my life and I feel “stuck.”
- I tend to get addicted easily to drugs, alcohol or foods.
- I suffer from post-traumatic distress disorder.
- I have or have had an eating disorder.
- I have gum disease and/or tooth infections or abscesses.
- I have symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)- for women only
- My periods are irregular and/or affected by stress- for women only
Under 40: Very slight or no adrenal fatigue
41-80: Mild adrenal fatigue
81-120: Moderate adrenal fatigue
Above 120: Severe adrenal fatigue
The following action steps are essential for achieving optimal adrenal health and stress management:
ACTION STEPS FOR OPTIMAL ADRENAL HEALTH
- Get tested- Salivary Adrenal testing will help to determine your level of adrenal fatigue. (This test is available through Dr Cobi).
- Find an outlet for your stress -exercise, dance, art, music etc.
- Recognize your stress- learn to identify your stress before it consumes you.
- List all your stress and eliminate the stress that you can change.
- Balance your blood sugar by eating every 3-4 hours.
- Eliminate the top dietary stressors-gluten, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and dairy.
- Get adequate rest, sleep and gentle exercise -walking, stretching, swimming etc.
- Take adrenal restoring herbs like Licorice root, Ashwagandha, Relora, Rhodiola, Siberian ginseng and Schisandra- Adrenomend, Exhilarin
Take supportive nutrients such as Vitamin B-complex, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Fish Oils and Vitamin D3.
- Take adrenal cell extracts to boost adrenal function- Cortrex, Adrenplus 300
The delicate symphony of hormones that occur within the endocrine system can be easily disrupted in many different ways. The sheer act of aging can result in the endocrine system being upset.
As reproductive functions play out over time, hormone levels naturally decline. If the hormones decline too quickly, this can trigger the onset of early menopause and can cause other hormone imbalances associated with the change of life. Lifestyle habits play a major role in the pace of hormonal decline and premature aging.
Hormone balance is deeply connected to many different factors including nutrition, exercise, detoxification capabilities, obesity and stress levels. At midlife, the already overstressed adrenal glands must take over much of the hormone production previously handled by the ovaries. Chronic stress which exceeds the body's capabilities causes excess cortisol to consequently flood the system and disrupt the total hormone production.
The body sacrifices its own progesterone in order to make even more cortisol in response to the chronic stress. This depletes the key balancing hormone progesterone with obvious implications for estrogen dominance. Prolonged stress deteriorates our bones, atrophies our muscles, decreases strength and energy, lowers libido and overwhelms our immune system. This puts women at serious risk for severe menopausal symptoms as well as chronic illnesses and autoimmune diseases. Many women's ailments are linked to specific hormonal imbalances which can be triggered by any one or a combination of the following:
- Stress and overexertion
- Not enough time for relaxation and play
- Improper breathing
- Improper diet- excess saturated or hydrogenated fat, sugar, refined carbohydrates, meats, dairy, toxins in fish
- Nutritional deficiencies- such as vitamins B5, B6, C, zinc, selenium, magnesium, tyrosine, tryptophan, essential fatty acids
- Food sensitivities
- Environmental allergies
- Infectious organisms and/or imbalances in intestinal flora
- Intestinal toxins, such as yeast toxins
- Impaired liver function or liver stagnation
- Elevated blood sugar
- Excess alcohol
- Exposure to electromagnetic chemicals, including PCB's, dioxin, pesticides, phthalates, Bisphenol A, PVC, fire retardants, parabens in cosmetics
- Exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals or hormonal excess in utero
- Pharmaceutical drugs, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy
- Heavy metals, particularly cadmium, mercury and lead
- Lack of exercise or excessive exercise
- Light at night
- Lack of exposure to sunlight
- Shift work
- Obesity or being underweight
- History of emotional trauma or abuse
- Negative thought patterns and emotions
Top Lab Tests to Uncover Hidden Road Blocks to Weight Loss
Thyroid Panel - Imbalances of the thyroid are connected into many female hormone issues. These can include unwanted weight gain, breast cancer, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, infertility, postpartum depression, and miscarriage, PMS and cycle abnormalities. Hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid is often linked with adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency. A dysfunctional thyroid can affect almost every aspect of health. It is one of the most under-diagnosed hormonal imbalances together with estrogen dominance and metabolic syndrome. A complete thyroid profile includes free T4, free T3, TSH, and TPO and can indicate the presence of an imbalance in thyroid function. Hypothyroidism include feeling cold all the time, low stamina, fatigue (particularly in the evening), anxiety, depression, low sex drive, weight gain, and even elevated cholesterol
Adrenal Panel - The main function of the adrenal glands is to provide stress coping and survival responses. Higher and more prolonged levels of circulating cortisol (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as:
- Impaired cognitive performance
- Dampened thyroid function
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Decreased bone density
- Sleep disruption
- Decreased muscle mass
- Elevated blood pressure
- Lowered immune function
- Slow wound healing
- Increased abdominal fat
Female Hormone Panel - Dr. John Lee, the world's authority on natural hormone therapy, coined the phrase "estrogen dominance". This condition occurs when deficient, normal or excessive estrogen levels are not equally balanced with progesterone. Estrogen and progesterone work synergistically with each other to achieve and maintain hormonal balance in the body. The main cause of many hormonal issues is not the absolute deficiency of estrogen or progesterone but rather when estrogen dominates the hormonal pathway over progesterone. This domination of estrogen causes weight gain, especially around the
Food Allergy Panel - The presence of antibodies in the blood to certain foods comes from deep within the immune system. Consuming allergenic foods on a regular basis results in escalating inflammation in the body which can result in weight gain. Blood testing for food allergies can reveal the hidden allergies that are contributing to
Insulin Resistance Testing – Insulin resistance is a condition in which normal amounts of insulin are inadequate to produce a normal insulin response from fat, muscle and liver cells. This can be a major underlying cause to unwanted weight gain. This occurs because the process by which glucose passing through the cell wall with the help of insulin to be converted into energy becomes impaired. As a result of this impairment glucose remains in the blood stream causing an increase in blood sugar which is then sent to the liver for once there, the sugar is converted into fat and carried via the blood stream throughout the body. This process can lead to weight gain and obesity.
All of these tests are available at Essential Health Natural Wellness Clinic. Book an appointment to uncover your roadblocks to weight loss.
WHAT ARE XENOESTROGENS?
In 1991, the field of xenoestrogens was first introduced to the world. Xenoestrogens are foreign estrogens as “xeno” literally means foreign. Not found in nature, man-made toxins are estrogen imposters that make their way into the body, pretending to be our own estrogen. They mimic the effects of the real hormone but over-stimulate cellular activity to an uncontrollable extent. Xenoestrogens are present in our soil, water, air and food supply as well as in personal care and household products. Xenoestrogens accumulate in the fat tissues of our bodies and have the capability of locking into our own estrogen’s receptor sites. Xenoestrogens are highly toxic and harmful to our body and are one of the top causes of hormone imbalances!
HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING FACTS TO CONSIDER:
By the time the average North American woman has completed her morning routine, she has exposed her face, body and hair to over 126 chemicals from 12 different products.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 60% of what you put on your skin enters your blood stream and every organ in your body within 26 seconds!
The average North American contains 148 synthetic/toxic chemicals stored in the body.
Only 11% of the 10,500 chemicals in cosmetics have been tested for safety!
Xenoestrogens are not found in nature as they are man-made toxins that are estrogen imposters.
Xenoestrogens mimic the effects of the real hormone but overstimulate cellular activity to an uncontrollable extent.
There are 70,000 registered chemicals known as estrogen disruptors (xenoestrogens)!
HOW TO REDUCE YOUR EXPOSURE TO XENOESTROGENS IN YOUR HOME
According to Environmental Defence, you should avoid the following eleven toxic ingredients:
- Artiﬁcial Musks
- Coal Tar Derived Colours
- BHA & BHT
- 2 Formaldehyde Releasing Agents
- Silicone Chemicals
- Bisphenol-A (BPA)
Avoid canned foods that are lined with plastic coating that contains Bisphenol-A (BPA)
Avoid processed and packaged foods and choose packaged goods in glass or paper containers
Purchase grains, nuts, dried fruits and beans in bulk and store in glass or stainless-steel containers
Try these brands: San Remo Organics, Eat Wholesome Food Co., Amy’s Organics, Pacific, Trader Joe’s and Imagine
SIDE NOTE- BPA- WHY YOU NEED TO AVOID IT!
The Environment Defense recently set out to test 192 food cans that were collected from major retailers in North America and this is what they found:
17 of the 21 cans we tested contained BPA in the inner lining
All three Canadian retailers included in this study sold food cans with BPA, including BPA in their private labels (President’s Choice, No Name, Great Value, Compliments and Signal)
All of Campbell’s food cans tested contained BPA
Broth and gravy cans were the most likely (100 per cent of tested cans overall) to contain BPA
Corn and peas cans were the least likely (41 per cent of tested cans overall) to contain BPA
Many companies are replacing BPA-based resin with problematic types including polyvinyl chloride (or PVC which is a known carcinogen), polystyrene (a possible human carcinogen) and polyesters resins – all related to plastics
BPA was officially declared toxic in Canada in 2010 but it clearly still lurks in most of our canned food sources. BPA has been shown in repeated scientific studies to greatly increase the risk of breast and prostate cancers, infertility, early puberty in females, type-2 diabetes, obesity, asthma and impaired neurological development in children. Purchase BPA free canned goods only!
Avoid all pesticides, herbicides and fungicides
Choose organic, locally-grown and in-season foods
Peel and thoroughly wash non-organic fruits and vegetables
Buy hormone-free meats and dairy products to avoid hormones and pesticides
Try these brands: Organic food delivered right to your door- www.spud.ca; www.bluemoonorganics.com; www.chefsplate.com
COOKING AND PLASTICS
Do not heat food in plastic containers
Only use glass containers when heating foods
Avoid Styrofoam containers as they contain BPA (drinking coffee out of a Styrofoam cup causes the BPA to leach out into the coffee)
Avoid Teflon-coated nonstick pans which, if overheated, can release endocrine-disrupting compounds
Try these brands: Click here for the top 10 nonstick pans http://www.allcookwarefind.com/Non-Stick/
Store your food in glass, ceramic or stainless-steel food storage containers
Some plastic cling wrap is made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) which contains several types of xenoestrogens and other endocrine disruptors and should never touch food
Do not microwave food in plastic containers
Do not leave plastic containers, especially your drinking water, in the sun
If a plastic water container has heated up significantly, throw it away
Do not refill plastic water bottles
Avoid freezing water in plastic bottles to drink later
Try these brands: Click here for a variety of safer food and beverage storage options https://well.ca/categories/natural-food-drink-storage_2902.html http://www.naturalathome.com/product-category/food-storage-containers
Click here for more information on water filtration systems https://wellnessmama.com/8079/water-filter-options/
Use chemical free, biodegradable laundry soap and avoid dryer sheets- try adding ½ cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle for softer laundry
Use chemical free household cleaning products
Choose chlorine-free products and unbleached paper products- toilet paper, paper towel and coffee filters
Use a chlorine filter on shower heads and filter drinking water
Try these brands: Use this link to order Norwex cleaning products and partial proceeds go towards the Dr Cobi Scholarship fund to help those in need with health issues-http://sandraoben.norwex.biz/en_CA/customer/party/2009734
Click here for Do It Yourself Recipes http://greatist.com/health/27-chemical-free-products-diy-spring-cleaning
HEALTH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Most people do not have the resources to replace all their products at once. Start with the products that you use the most often. Examples include: moisturizer, sunscreen, mascara, soap, face wash, deodorant, makeup, lip products, shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste.
The following 3 tools will help you to determine if what you are using is toxic to your body:
- Download and print the Environmental Defence’ s wallet-size green beauty guide. Check out the ingredients of your products to determine if they contain any of the top 10 body care toxins!
- Get the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep database app. This will help you to scan and search products for their toxicity ratings and find better alternatives.
- Download the Canadian app called Think Dirty Shop Clean. This app scans products and ranks them according to their toxic ingredients corresponding to their “dirty meter”. It often provides a cleaner alternative as well. The products are ranked in the following scale:
3 or below is safe to use
4-6 need replacing with a better product once it runs out
7-10 needs immediate replacement (especially if pregnant)
HERE ARE TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED:
Avoid creams and cosmetics that have toxic chemicals and estrogenic ingredients such as parabens and stearalkonium chloride
Minimize your exposure to nail polish and nail polish removers
Use naturally based fragrances such as essential oils
Use chemical free soaps and toothpastes
Choose organic and natural feminine hygiene products
Choose natural tooth paste
Use chemical free Hair care products
TRY THESE GREEN BEAUTY BRANDS:
What can be done...
Stress is an unavoidable fact of life. Fortunately we have physiologic systems in place to help us cope in our response to stress. When our bodies are under stress, our adrenal glands produce hormones in order for us to respond to the stress. The adrenals or stress glands produce the hormones cortisol and DHEA which create the short and long term hormone responses. The adrenals also produce adrenalin which stimulates the instant stress hormone response otherwise known as "fight or flight". Chronic exposure to stress can result in what is known as the General Adaptation Syndrome, which has three major stages.
In the Alarm stage, bursts of the hormones cortisol and adrenaline are released in response to a stressor, resulting in the traditional "fight, flight or freeze" responses.
In the resistance stage, the body uses high cortisol levels to free up stored energy that helps the body physically resist the stressor. It is now known that a prolonged resistance stage may increase the risk of developing stress related diseases. If cortisol levels remain elevated, symptoms may include feeling tired but wired, having difficulty sleeping, weight gain around the waist, high blood pressure, hair loss, muscle mass loss and anxiety. Excess cortisol also interferes with the action of other hormones like progesterone, testosterone and thyroid which further creates more imbalances and increasing symptoms.
At this stage, the adrenals are either depleted from producing too much cortisol or are reacting to the detrimental effects of high cortisol. This reduces the cortisol production significantly. Symptoms of low cortisol include fatigue (especially morning fatigue), increased susceptibility to infections, decreased recovery from exercise, allergies, low blood sugar, a burned out feeling, depression and low sex drive.
How can you tell if you have Adrenal Fatigue?*
You may be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue if you regularly experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Increased abdominal fat
- Tired for no reason
- Trouble getting up in the morning even when you go to bed at a reasonable hour
- Feeling rundown or overwhelmed
- Lowered immune system
- Increased startle response
- Food cravings
- Blood sugar imbalances
Adrenal function can be measured through a saliva test called the Adrenal Stress Index or ASI and can be done by a natural medicine practitioner. The ASI measures the levels of the adrenal hormones throughout the day in order to get a true account of the fluctuations that should occur. Levels of DHEA and cortisol vary according to the level of stress and for how long that stress has been occurring.
Increasing cortisol production is the normal response to stress and is highly desirable as long as the stress is removed and the adrenal glands can recover. Ongoing, unremitting stress means the adrenal glands and the whole body is in a constant state of alert, does not get time to recover, and eventually becomes exhausted. Identifying which stage you are in is extremely important in order to have the right treatment plan implemented.
With proper treatment most people can fully recover from Adrenal Fatigue. Improving your weakened or exhausted adrenals should include several measures including:
- Reduce consumption of refined carbohydrates like white bread and high sugar foods. Refined carbohydrates cause insulin to be released. The release of insulin triggers the release of more cortisol, which causes further stress on the adrenal
- Eliminate caff Caffeine stimulates the release of adrenalin which in turn increases the stress response.
- Relieve and reduce emotional stress as much as possible. Learn stress management techniques and practice them
- Get to sleep by 10pm every night and sleep in as often as life permits. At least 8 hours of sleep are needed to properly rest the adrenal glands. It is important to not watch television or review work or other stressful material while in bed as these activities may raise cortisol
- Visit a natural health practitioner and have a specific supplement and treatment protocol designed for your specific needs. There are many vitamins, minerals and nutrients that will help to dramatically improve the state of the adrenal glands and bring the body back to
Being plagued by the unbearable symptoms of seasonal allergies does not have to be a life-long battle. Whether it is your friend’s cat or the spring pollen that causes the sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, wheezing and more, a holistic approach will treat the underlying cause- the immune system.
It is suggested that 60% of the population suffer from some type of allergic response. As we subject our bodies and immune systems to more stress, this number is rising. In truth, anybody can be allergic to anything and the reactions can express themselves in any area of the body. The question remains, why are some people affected while others are left unscathed?
An allergic predisposition may be inherited if one of both parents has allergies. The 3 most common allergenic reactions know to be inherited are hay fever, asthma and eczema. A person with one or more of this triad is said to be “Atopic”. Atopic individuals have a strong family correlation even though the form may switch or even skip a generation. Atopic individuals have up to 50% more T-Helper cells (immune cells) and therefore react more rapidly to low levels of offending invaders. Studies also show that low levels of digestive enzymes and depleted levels of immune cells in the lining of the gut permit easier entry of allergens into the blood stream.
Any factors which impair immune function will predispose a person to allergies. These factors include stress (emotional or physical), poor nutrition, smoking, drugs (prescription or recreational) and over-consumption of artificial and processed foods.
Our immune system manifests the allergy symptoms as a way of detoxifying the body of what it sees as invaders. This response is not normal and occurs mainly in those who have a hyper stimulated or overly sensitive immune system.
Treating allergies with pharmaceuticals is a purely symptomatic approach with dependency on the drugs often occurring. There are many undesirable side-effects of the drugs which often lead to the need for more drugs to treat the side-effects. This cycle continues to weaken the immune system and the allergies tend to get worse each year.
The holistic approach to allergies is the rebalancing and the regulation of the over- stressed immune system through the use of herbs, nutritional supplements and nutritional changes. Once the immune system is functioning optimally, it will not continue to produce the same strong reactions and then allergies decrease and most times disappear.
During seasonal allergy issues, avoiding certain foods can dramatically help to reduce symptoms. The main foods to avoid if you are experiencing allergy symptoms include: wheat, sugar, dairy, peanuts, corn and soy. Patients often report a significant reduction in symptoms when avoiding these food triggers.
A netti pot can also be very helpful. Rinse nasal sinuses twice daily with warm water and ½ tsp. sea salt to help to clear sinuses of all allergens.
Dr Cobi’s Top Picks for Seasonal Allergies
Allergiplex- Dissolve 1 under the tongue 1 time per week to prevent allergies or 1 time daily to treat allergies.
Histaeze- This is one of my favourite products! Take 2 capsules 2 times daily to treat allergies. In many cases, this works better than most pharmaceutical allergy treatments.
Quercetin Hi P- This compounded product (available to patients only) is the highest dose Quercetin product on the market. Quercetin is a natural anti-histamine.
Hydrastis Nasal Spray- Spray 1-2 times into each nostril for immediate relief!
Pleo Muc Eye Drops- Place 1-2 drops into each eye as needed for relief of itchy eyes.
Allergy Desensitization Program- Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) treats the cause of allergies by giving small doses of the allergen to the patient. Exposure to these small doses over time increases the immunity or tolerance to the allergens and reduces the allergenic symptoms.
HOW DOES SUBLINGUAL IMMUNOTHERAPY WORK?
Dr Cobi Slater has joined forces with a compounding pharmacy specializing in allergy desensitization. A customized formula is compounded for each patient. SLIT is given as drops under the tongue. The patient will take 1 drop under the tongue twice daily (that is it!). Research shows then when an allergen is presented this way, the immune system learns to tolerate the allergen. The result is less allergy symptoms when the body is exposed to the allergy source such as airborne pollen or pet dander.
SLIT OR ALLERGY SHOTS?
Like injection therapy, SLIT directly changes the body's ability to react with allergens. Allergy shots are effective, but need to be given in a physician's office. This inconvenience results in high drop off rates for many patients. Sublingual immunotherapy offers a great alternative treatment option for people reluctant or unable to undergo allergy shots.
WHAT ARE MY CHOICES?
Pre-seasonal: a quick buildup of antigen 30 to 60 days prior to and throughout the offending allergen season (this is done yearly).
Co-seasonal: Year-round treatment for an average of 2-3 years to eliminate allergy symptoms for good.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE RESULTS WITH SLIT?
The vast majority of patients’ experience marked symptom relief within the first few months of starting treatment. As with all allergy immunotherapy, long term, lasting results require 2 to 5 years of treatment (average length of treatment is 3 years). Research shows that committing to the full therapy can result in permanent symptom relief. No more allergies!
SLIT IS PROVEN!
With over 60 clinical trials proving efficacy, endorsement from the World Health Organization, the World Allergy Organization and the Cochrane Collaboration, SLIT is proven to be effective, safe and well tolerated.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Book your appointment with Dr Cobi to discuss your custom compounded allergy desensitizing program.
Here is what a few patients had to say......
''My son absolutely refused allergy shots so we decided to try the drops. I can't believe the difference. He is no longer suffering at night with sneezing and itchy eyes and his snoring has stopped entirely.
- L. Martin, Calgary AB
"Thanks to allergy drops I no longer have to rely on antihistamines for relief of my grass and tree allergies. I can enjoy golf again."
- K Grant, Victoria BC
"I am so relieved and happy that I can now live allergy free with my dogs now that I am on the SLIT program!"
- M Cartin, Maple Ridge, BC
Cold laser therapy, otherwise known as low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a painless and non-invasive physical therapy procedure that has been scientifically proven to increase healing in a targeted area by over 400%! LLLT is approved by Health Canada as an effective procedure to manage chronic pain and it has been shown to achieve long-term results when other therapies have failed. Laser therapy at Essential Health involves a Class 3 laser, which is today’s standard in LLLT care, producing effects on everything from skin and muscles to nerves and bones. The laser therapy technicians at Essential Health are certified and have extensive experience and are always working under the supervision of Dr Cobi.
Conditions commonly treated by laser therapy:
- Accidental Injuries
- Bulging and Herniated Discs
- Calcifications (e.g. Bone Spurs)
- Carpal Tunnel
- Discongenic and Vertebrogenic Radiculopathy
- Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Fractures with Soft Tissue Injury
- Knee Injuries
- Ligament and Tendon Tears
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Repetitive Strain Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Injury
- Spinal Stenosis
- Sports Injuries
- TMJ Dysfunction
- Torn Muscles
- And more….
A laser therapy appointment at Essential Health will involve:
- An initial assessment and screening by Dr Cobi, who will also oversee the entire treatment.
- A personalized and detailed treatment plan that includes approximately 10 sessions (typically, 3 visits per week), depending on your body and health.
- Sessions of approximately 30-45 minutes each during which time you will be required to wear eye protection and a trained cold laser technician will apply the painless treatment.
- Other recommendations to help you heal quickly and naturally.
Laser Therapy FAQs
What is laser therapy?
Low Intensity Laser Therapy is the use of low intensity lasers to treat musculoskeletal injuries as well as chronic and degenerative conditions.
This advanced technology utilizes super-luminous laser diodes of specific wavelengths to treat tissue with photon energy. These particles of energy are absorbed by the mitochondria within a cell. Mitochondria's function is to produce a fuel called ATP. Laser therapy increases the amount of ATP produced in the mitochondria thereby greatly accelerating the body’s natural healing process.
How does laser therapy work?
Laser arrays are placed in contact with the skin allowing light energy to penetrate tissue where it interacts with cells resulting in restoration of normal cell function. This enhances the body’s natural healing abilities, reducing inflammation and pain, improving range of motion and reducing the need for medications and even surgery.
Low Intensity Laser Therapy does not heat or cut tissue. Unlike many pharmacological treatments that mask pain or only address the symptoms of the disease, Laser Therapy treats the underlying condition or pathology to promote lasting healing.
Is laser therapy safe?
Yes. Hundreds of research studies have shown Laser Therapy to be safe and effective. Laser Therapy is non-invasive, non-toxic and non-thermal. Laser Therapy is beneficial rather than harmful to tissue.
Does it hurt? What will I feel?
No, the procedure is non-invasive, non-toxic and non-thermal. As opposed to high-intensity lasers, the lasers used in this procedure are considered cold lasers as they do not produce heat and have no associated discomfort.
How long does a treatment take?
Depending on the area being treated as well as patient factors, treatments typically take between 30 to 45 minutes.
How many treatments are necessary?
The average number of treatments required is 10 but will vary with regard to the individual problem as every patient and condition responds to Laser Therapy uniquely.
Are there any contraindications?
The only instances in which laser therapy should be avoided are treating over the womb of pregnant women and over the site of a cancerous tumor as the research on treating these areas are limited.
Please note that it is NOT a contraindication to have pins, metal plates, plastic or pacemakers.
What else will I need to do alongside laser treatments?
Nothing is necessary to do alongside laser treatments. If stretching or other exercises are needed, they will be prescribed on an individual basis. Laser therapy is a passive treatment; all you need to do is show up, we will do all the work. The great thing about it is that the healing effects of the laser continue to work long after treatments stop. Low intensity laser therapy initiates a process that lasts long after ‘the lights go out’.
Are treatments covered by extended medical?
Many extended medical plans do cover laser therapy. However, it varies between plans so you should check with your provider.
How much do laser therapy treatments cost?
A single treatment of 1 area is $50. A double treatment of 2 areas is $75.
Call our clinic to book your laser therapy appointment at 604 467 9554.