For several years now, I’ve noticed an alarming connection between the water we drink and heavy metals accumulation in our thyroids—the large ductless gland in the neck that secretes hormones regulating growth and development.
Through Zyto testing, I’ve discovered the presence of heavy metals in the thyroid and para thyroid of every single patient I serve, young or old, and the numbers are unusually high, indicating a great deal of stress on the glands and affected organs.
Coincidently, thyroid medication is the #1 prescribed drug in the United States right now. One in eight women will develop thyroid disease, according to statistics. I wondered what was causing this epidemic in thyroid/endocrine disruption? I wondered why the majority of my patients were deficient in iodine, the chemical element that’s essential for optimal thyroid functioning and why obesity rates in the USA are so much higher than other western European countries? What’s more, I wondered, why was it so difficult to excrete and detox heavy metals toxicity even after years of taking care of my patients’ bodies?
Sources of Heavy Metals Toxicity
Heavy metal toxicity can come from a variety of sources. Patients may have a mouth full of dental amalgams or may have worn metal braces on their teeth, swallowing trace amounts of metal with every bite they take over the course of several years. They may be unaware of the hazards of exposure to heavy metals that come from cooking with aluminum pots and pans, or they may be unaware that the chemical used to prevent sweating in most deodorants is aluminum. Apples and rice products with arsenic are two more culprits that are often overlooked.
Patients over 50 often have lead in their tissues from lead gas fume inhalation in the days before unleaded gas. They may also be deficient in the glutathione and n-acetylcysteine that’s required to excrete heavy metals, or they may be overloaded with so many chemicals, pesticides and carcinogens that come from our environment and the food we eat, which prevent the body from executing the task of elimination. When toxins aren’t eliminated through the bowels due to chronic constipation—a common problem in the United States—they will try exit through the skin/epidermis.
When toxins can’t find an efficient way to exit our system they lodge in the body, where these toxins, metals, pesticides, hormones, and chemicals are stored in the organs, tissues, old injury sites, and fat cells. Basically, the body will store these toxins wherever it finds a weakness; and the thyroid is an obvious area of weakness because 750 million people suffer from iodine deficiency. Why wouldn’t our bodies absorb the iodine even after years of iodized table salt consumption? Well, as you may remember from high school chemistry, iodine lives in the same family as bromine—often identified as the blue color in sports drinks—and chlorine, which is added to our drinking water, pools and hot tubs, and fluorine, which had been added to our water in toxic amounts for 70 years.
Effect of Water-Borne Toxins On Thyroid Health
How do these water-borne toxins affect our thyroid health and why note that iodine lives in the same family as these other chemicals? These chemicals compete for the same receptor sites and are drawn into the thyroid, blocking the ability of iodine to get into the thyroid and do its job.
This is compounded by the fact that we’re receiving insufficient amounts of iodine from sea vegetables and our daily overdose of fluoride and chloride from our water supplies.
When the CDC added fluoride to our water supply in 1945 we were told that pharmaceutical- grade fluoride at 8mg/L was safe and effective, and that is was even good for decreasing dental cavities and making our teeth stronger. They lacked the scientific research we have today, establishing the fact that Fluoride is considered to be carcinogenic—a known neurotoxin causing interference with normal brain development. Recent research demonstrates that fluoride is, in fact, an endocrine disrupter causing severe thyroid disease and obesity.
Ever wonder why western Europeans have normal weight in spite of their late-night eating habits? Spoiler alert: These countries don’t have fluoride in their water. We do and, 70 years later, 70% of all Americans still suffer from tooth decay and a growing number of fluoridation- related diseases. Still fluoride remains in our water supplies at toxic levels according to today’s acceptable levels of .7mg/L, causing fluorosis, thyroid diseases, cancers and lower I.Q. levels in children who drink tap water (from a study done by Harvard in 2015).
Tracking the Growth and Widespread Use of Chlorine and Fluorine
How did this fluoride monster grow out of control so that we cannot rein it back in? In 1983, chemical companies that made aluminum had to find a way to discard the industrial waste product known as HSFA (Hexa-Fluorosilic Acid), which is what appears as the smoke billowing from chemical plants. It contains fluoride and trace amounts of harmful metals that accumulate in the body, including lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, thallium, radio-nucleotides and aluminum.
They approached the Environmental Protection Agency about a possible solution to recover this chemical by-product from fertilizing manufacturers. They would reduce the air pollution by giving it to the water utilities as a low cost source of fluoride. Voila! So where do the heavy metals come from? Our ordinary household filters don’t remove the fluoride and chlorine in our tap water, and tap water is used and contained in every household beverage and many foods, from infant formula, coffee, and tea, to soda, beer, soups and pasta—not to mention every fruit and vegetable watered with municipal water. We bathe, shower and swim in it, so that it soaks into bodies through the pores of our skin.
Other Water Toxins—Estrogen and Miscellaneous Drugs
During the Zyto testing I conduct with patients, high levels of estrogens, pharmaceuticals, and recreational drugs are often uncovered. Strange, right? I find it in patients who’ve never even thought of consuming these things, even children. Brace yourself: It’s been estimated that one glass of tap water from your faucet has been through at least six toilets! It’s outrageous but true that water municipalities simply don’t have the resources needed to purchase the sophisticated filtering systems required to remove these substances—especially hormones, which are microscopic. So—sorry to be graphic—for every woman on HRT (hormone replacement therapy) who urinates these hormones into the toilet, the public ends up with them in their drinking and bath water, if they are not properly filtrated. These trace amounts of hormones accumulate in our bodies over time, causing men, women and children to get daily dosages of estrogen. Is it any wonder why men are developing breasts and cancers in that area?
Remember the thyroid/endocrine system of most people is already in a compromised state from excessive dosages of fluorine and chlorine. Additionally, any pharmaceutical or recreational drug consumed by an individual that isn’t completely broken down and metabolized is excreted in the urine. What’s more, people flush medications down the toilet to discard them. This is another way they end up in our water supply, seeping into every unfiltered glass of water we drink.
How To Get Clean, Filtered Water
For clean, filtered water, I recommend an RO (reverse-osmosis) water system, which is highly effective at removing pharmaceuticals, drugs and other known contaminants, such as perchlorate, fluoride, VOCs, chloramines, chlorine, lead, arsenic, and bromine. It’s so effective that it removes some of the naturally occurring beneficial minerals in water as well though, so add a pinch of gray Celtic air-dried sea salt or Hawaiian pink algae salt to correct this mineral imbalance. But remember, salts are not created equal, so you should never use bleached white iodized salt: It’s void of essential minerals and can destroy your health. Hawaiian Pink salt is also an excellent way to help children fight tooth decay and support adrenal gland health.
The chemical composition of salt is Na+ CL-, where salt donates chloride to the body so the stomach can produce sufficient amounts of HCL, the natural stomach acid that helps us digest proteins and kill off bacteria. Adults over 30 should be tested for an HCL supplement that suits their body`s biological preference. Sufficient quantities of HCL help prevent plaque build-up up on teeth, and the probiotic for the mouth, DentaVen, can change an acidic PH to one more alkaline, preventing excessive bacteria build-up in the mouth. Adults should test to find the form and source of iodine that best suits their thyroid to achieve optimal function. Some nutrients are better than others too, so it’s best to test to determine which one will work best with your body’s individual needs.
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The spring season is here, ushering in a sense of renewal and fresh beginnings. Let me show you how a ZYTO scan can promote spring wellness and help you to achieve your personal wellness goals for summer.
Right now, we’re running a special $75 discount to new clients getting the initial two-hour ZYTO Scan, and a special $35 discount to returning clients getting a 30-minute re-scan.
Here are six reasons to get a ZYTO Scan today:
1 – To Gain Insights About Your health
Reports from your ZYTO scan provide you with information that may help identify your individual wellness needs. Identifying Virtual Items to which you have an unusual response may give you and your practitioner insight about wellness issues to keep you functioning at an optimal state.
2 – Identification of Your Biological Coherence for Nutrition
Does one size fit all when it comes to nutritional support? Of course not! ZYTO scans identify your body’s unique responses. Knowing your biological coherence helps you and your practitioner choose the nutritional supplements that will support your individual health needs.
3 – To Save Money
There are many good nutritional supplements but you probably don’t need them all. Knowing your biological coherence helps you to choose products that are right for you. Choosing well means your investment in supplements is more likely to pay off, providing you the benefits you need and saving money on things you don’t need.
4 – For Increased Energy
Your body consumes energy in its effort to maintain a healthy balance. When your body uses this energy to deal with life’s extra challenges, like fighting a cold, you will have less energy to perform your day-to-day physical activities. ZYTO helps you to identify the additional support your body may need to maintain wellness and keep your energy levels high.
5 – To Track Your Health
ZYTO scans give you information in real time. Tracking your scans over time can be beneficial, allowing you to identify trends or long term patterns that you will want to pay particular attention to. Keeping track of your past can help you predict the future, and reviewing your past ZYTO reports gives you essentially a look back through time.
6 – For Peace of Mind
Worrying about your health or the health of a loved one can be incredibly stressful. Sometimes it is hard to put into words what you are feeling, and then there is the added concern about things of which you may not consciously be aware. Biocommunication takes place at a subconscious level so you don’t have to worry about the words you choose to describe what you are feeling.
ZYTO scan reports introduce a new perspective about your unique biological coherence, enabling a more complete picture for making wellness decisions. Knowing more about your individual health can make all the difference… giving you an added measure of peace.
Email or call me at 914.305.4254 to set up your personal ZYTO Scan appointment today.
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Wouldn’t it be helpful to discover your body’s personal biological preference for nutrition—the exact nutrients, vitamins, minerals or enzymes your body requires for optimal health and performance?
I think so, and that’s why the biosurvey scan tool from ZYTO has become a touchstone of my holistic health and wellness practice. I use this technology to explore your body’s biological preference for medicine, nutritional supplements and treatments, bringing it back into chemical balance and enabling you to avoid illness and function at a higher levels.
Here’s five compelling reasons to understand your body’s biological preferences:
Gain Health Insights
Perhaps, like most people, you’ve never had opportunity to learn exactly what your body needs to function at optimal performance levels. But after completing your biosurvey scan with the FDA-approved hand cradle, a unique and comprehensive report will be generated describing your body’s biological preferences. Insights gained from this simple and painless process will prompt a closer look at specific organs and body systems, and together you and I will explore your body’s biological preferences for medicine, nutritional supplements, and treatments. Biological preference simply means the stimuli to which your body will most favorably respond. Using this information, you and I will decide on a clinical strategy developed specifically for you, based on your body’s responses.
Identify Your Body’s Nutritional Preferences
Do you shop regularly at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, purchasing nutritional supplements and vitamins in an effort to boost your health and wellness? Many people do, but you can’t do one size fits all when it comes to the human body. Each of us is a beautiful living organism with unique needs. The biosurvey results will identify your body’s exact nutritional preferences and identify the exact nutritional supplements and how much is needed to bring your body back into chemical balance for optimal performance.
Save Time and Money on Medical Costs
Once again, don’t spend time and money on nutritional supplements and health products your body doesn’t need. Starting with the ZYTO biosurvey scan means you get a correct diagnosis and understanding of your body’s biological preferences before proceeding with remedies. Remember, there are many good nutritional supplements on the market but you probably don’t need them all! Making the right choice up front when investing in health supplements will pay for itself over time and save you time and aggravation.
Achieve Improved Health & Performance
My patients report an increase in energy and fitness on a regular basis, the result of reducing the amount of energy your body consumes in its effort to bring about a healthy chemical balance—things like fighting off colds, or trying to bring an under-performing kidney, liver, gall bladder or pancreas back into line. The biosurvey tool helps identify what your body needs to maintain balance, keeping your energy levels high by giving your body the extra help it needs.
Benefit from Ongoing Measurement and Monitoring
The biosurvey process provides insights now and in the future so you can get healthy and stay healthy—and you can purchase the hand cradle to continue the monitoring process at home via computer. By studying the biocommunication scans over time we’ll be able to tweak and optimize your biological preferences for nutritional supplements and treatments. You’ll have what your body needs to feel good throughout your life, while monitoring the effects of long term and hereditary health issues on your body.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post. Make an appointment today for a mini-biosurvey scan with Dr. Seven-sky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-305-4254.
Most of us can hardly remember a time before there were cell phones and wireless technology. We’re accustomed to working with laptops, iPads and smart phones tethered to our person at all times. They’ve become de rigueur for our on-the-go lifestyles, enabling connection with friends, communication with colleagues and the completion of tasks more efficiently.
Consequently, invisible electro-magnetic fields (EMFs) are all around us, generated by everything from cell phones, laptops, microwave ovens, hair dyers and airport security body scanners, to MRIs, CAT scans, power lines, cell towers and the wireless networks we use in our homes and offices every day.
1/ Understand the Dangers of Electromagnetic Sensitivity
But what if wireless and microwave signals are gradually making us sick? What if wireless frequencies are creating chaotic signals that can be absorbed by the tissues and organs of our bodies, the effects of which are accumulative over time—similar to smoking cigarettes—causing tissue damage and cancers?
Most of us have an inkling that the radiation we receive from X-rays, MRIs, CAT Scans, air travel and airport security body scans isn’t good for us. Technicians working with these technologies are required to wear special badges to monitor radiation exposure levels. But what about GPS, electric cars and E-Z Pass, or the food we buy in grocery stores (which is scanned) or the body scans when we walk through the doors of most retail shopping establishments, banks and drug stores.
The convenience and usefulness of wireless technologies, devices, and diagnostic instruments are beyond dispute, but the effects of EMFs on our health should not be overlooked. It’s hard for us to conceive that wireless technologies could pose a serious public health risk in the near future. But it could happen if we fail to protect ourselves from the onslaught of invisible EMF frequencies, such as microwaves. We can’t see microwaves, but we know they work—they cook our food and warm our lukewarm cups of coffee. What’s more, cell phones emit microwaves, and the idea that power-frequency magnetic fields can promote brain tumors was substantiated by a July 2014 study—the largest epidemiological study of its kind ever undertaken—published in the the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. (1)
EMFs generated from cell phones are of particular concern, left on night stands only inches away from the heads of sleeping teenagers who use them to study, watch movies and set an alarm to wake up in the morning. Adults feel equally lost when cell phones aren’t tethered to their person. They check email and social media before getting out of bed in the morning; and they close each day perusing various news blogs and social media sites before going to sleep at night. What’s more, cell phones and tablets are comfortably propped on abdomens and torsos, with no thought given to the harm EMFs might do to the functioning of a woman’s uterus or ovaries or a man’s sperm count.
I’ve seen a maked increase in the number of patients visiting my office with symptoms related to EMF exposure—head aches, bags under the eyes, muscle weakness, chronic fatigue, general malaise, and flu-like symptoms. I’m seeing an increase in patients with thyroid imbalances that led to weight gain, and instances of infertility from women who read their tablets and smart phones in bed at night before going to sleep. I’ve seen an increase in the number of anxiety and depression cases, where EMFs affect the brain’s ability to produce its own neuro-transmitters, shutting down the patient’s brain metabolism. I’ve also seen a clear link between sleep deprivation/insomnia and EMF exposure.
I recall patients who visited me with weight issues: We addressed things holistically, as usual, examining a number of factors, such as dietary issues and proper digestion. We added an exercise regimen and applied “muscle testing,” or applied kinesiology, to test the organs involved. We tested for specific nutrient imbalances, applying homeopathic remedies or herbs to bring the organs back into balance. When their bodies were brought back to health and strength they had everything needed to balance their metabolisms; that is, until a cell phone was placed within three feet of their bodies. Then, the phone’s proximity, even when turned off, caused their thyroids to shut down and, invariably, weaken their metabolisms. But the thyroids tested strong again as soon as I provided my patients with protective EMF body shields to wear or place on their cell phones. The same thing happened with patients suffering from infertility. Coincidence?
I can think of a gentleman who crawled into my office because he worked next to two large mainframe computers. He turned his life around with EMF body shield protectors and a properly balanced nutritional regimen, which included Gamma Detox FX to help absorb the EMF radiation in his body and boost energy.
So why aren’t the health risks associated with cell phone usage adequately discussed?
Some see parallels to smoking and lung cancer. Cigarettes were recognized as the cause of lung cancer in the 1940s and 1950s, backed by a confluence of epidemiology, animal experiments, cellular pathology and chemical analytics studies. But cigarette manufacturers disputed this evidence as part of an orchestrated conspiracy to salvage cigarette sales. (2)
“It’s hard to talk about the dangers of cell-phone radiation without sounding like a conspiracy theorist,” writes Christopher Ketcham in GQ magazine. “This is especially true in the United States, where non-industry-funded studies are rare, where legislation protecting the wireless industry from legal challenges has long been in place, and where our lives have been so thoroughly integrated with wireless technology that to suggest it might be a problem—maybe, eventually, a very big public-health problem—is like saying our shoes might be killing us. Except our shoes don’t send microwaves directly into our brains. And cell phones do—a fact that has increasingly alarmed the rest of the world.” (3)
Ketcham documents several European studies related to the hazards of cell phone usage from 2004 to today: “…multiple reports, mostly out of Europe’s premier research institutions, of cell-phone and PDA use being linked to brain aging, brain damage, early-onset Alzheimer’s, senility, DNA damage, and even sperm die-offs (many men, after all, keep their cell phones in their pants pockets or attached at the hip). In September 2007, the European Union’s environmental watchdog, the European Environment Agency, warned that cell-phone technology could lead to a health crisis similar to those caused by asbestos, smoking, and lead in petrol,” he adds. (4)
As a practicing chiropractic and wellness physician, I feel compelled to echo these concerns because of the increase in the number of patients visiting my office with EMF-related symptoms and complaints—problems traceable to the strapping of cell phones to their bodies. Soft tissues like our eyes, thyroid and reproductive organs absorb EMFs more readily than other parts of our bodies. I’ve seen impressive results with infertile patients who were able to get pregnant after we implemented a detox nutritional regimen for their bodies, and found ways to limit their cell phone use and employ wearable EMF protection and body shields. EMFs affect brain metabolism and melatonin production; I’ve seen a number of patients overcome depression, anxiety and sleeplessness through nutritional detoxification and the use of wearable EMF protection and body shields.
2/ Get Help and Wearable EMF Body Protection
I’ve already touched on the value of nutritional detox strategies, and I’ve also tested several wearable EMF protection and body shield products on the market. Those that work well are formed with nano-crystalline technology and embedded and encoded with 230 resonating frequencies that transform chaotic and harmful EMF and wireless frequencies into frequency waves that are harmonious and beneficial to our bodies.
To set up a consultation or patient evaluation, contact me directly at email@example.com or visit my personal Safe Connect page at www.drsusan.safeconnectplus.com, where I distribute wearable EMF protection devices and body shields for my patients. You’ll also find additional products, research and videos there to help overcome the damaging effects of EMF exposure.
1., Microwave News, EMF Cancer Promotion: An Old Idea Makes a Strong Comeback (July 2014) Accessed Jan. 22, 2015, http://www.microwavenews.com/news-center/elf-emfs-cancer-promotion
2., Dr. Robert N Proctor, History Department, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA, The history of the discovery of the cigarette–lung cancer link: evidentiary traditions, corporate denial, global toll (Nov. 22, 2011), Tobacco Control, Accessed Jan. 19, 2015. http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/21/2/87.ful
3. & 4., Christopher Ketcham, Warning: Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to Your Health, GQ (Feb. 2010), Accessed Jan. 19, 2015.http://www.gq.co/cars-gear/gear-and-gadgets/201002/warning-cell-phone-radiation
Louis Slesin, who has a doctorate in environmental policy from MIT and in 1980 founded an investigative newsletter called Microwave News. http://microwavenews.com/
Hazardous to your health
Most people fail to connect the large intestine with a healthy immune system even though 60-70% of our immune system is located there—in the gut, as it were, in a vast network of lymph tissue referred to as GALT (gut associated lymphatic tissue).
Our large intestines are inhabited by trillions of bacteria often referred to as probiotics (pro=encouraging, biotic=life). These bacteria, consisting of acidophilus and bifidobacterium species primarily, are introduced to our system during the birth process and continue to play a vital role in our overall health throughout our lives. Without probiotics our immune system would be much weaker. We’d be vitally deficient in essential nutrients and vitamins and be extremely vulnerable to food-borne illnesses. (1)
Maintaining a Delicate Balance
Our large intestines must maintain the delicate balance between good and bad bacteria, a situation particularly exacerbated by infections where antibiotics are often used to restore health. Antibiotics greatly disturb the probiotic flora in the gut. Although these antibiotics are intended to kill only the bad bacteria, they also adversely affect the good ones. That’s why an experience of diarrhea and yeast infections often follows the taking of antibiotics. As good probiotic bacteria are killed off, bad (pathogenic) organisms like yeast begin to take hold in the system. Frequent or long-term antibiotic use can dramatically alter the gut flora and can be a significant contributing factor to other long-term health problems related to immune dysfunction and intestinal conditions. (2)
Other disruptive factors to this delicate balance in the gut include stress, poor diet, toxic chemicals and genetic issues. Consumption of fruit, fibers, vegetables, whole grains, spirulina and organic foods rich in protein like fish, chicken and organic free range eggs help cultivate an environment that’s friendly to the hosting and growth of probiotics in our large intestines. But even when we do eat right we don’t take the proper time to enjoy our meals and nourish our bodies, causing us to feel empty, hungry and less than satisfied. All too often our diets are unwittingly filled with hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, dyes, colorings and artificial flavors (MSG) and sweeteners. In terms of toxic chemicals, 20,000 new chemicals are being added to the polluted air we breathe each year. It only takes four minutes for these toxic chemicals to enter our entire systems, including dry cleaning chemicals, plastics, BPA, and herbicides used in lawn fertilization.
Stress, in particular, causes cortisol levels in our body to be elevated at the wrong times. Many of us are addicted to coffee to keep up with our fast-paced environments. This causes our adrenal glands to secrete more epinephrine and more cortisol, which produces bursts of energy in a false way—it revs us up to get more work done and accomplish things more quickly faster, but it also suppresses important neurotransmitters (like Gaba) that are used to calm and relax our bodies. Excessive consumption of coffee can be a strong contributing factor to anxiety, sleeplessness and attention-deficit issues as well.
Healing and Sealing the Gut
But we can repair the integrity of the intestinal lining/barrier and nourish the organs of digestion through the consumption of essential minerals and electrolytes; essential fatty acids, which promote the growth of probiotics; and the essential amino acids, which restores our body’s PH (acid-base) levels.
- Minerals: Magnesium, sodium, lithium, boron, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, molybdenum, chloride; sulfate, chromium, selenium
- Fatty acids: Omega 3 include EPA & DHA (from fish oils or algae), Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA): flax oil
- Omega 6: Hemp oil, CBD oil, sunflower; safflower, walnut, borage oil, GLA primrose oil, grapeseed oil, pumpkin seed
- Omega 9 FA: Olive oil, sesame; hazelnut, avocado, apricot oil—not essential fats
- Amino Acids: Alanine, arginine, cysteine, glycine, histidine; leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, serine, threonine, tryptophan, tyrosine, valine
Next, we’ll need to tone and strengthen the organs used for digestion, including the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, small intestine, large intestine and drain the filters and organs of elimination, including the liver, kidneys, bowels, bladder, skin, lymph, blood and lungs.
I’ll walk you through this process and we’ll clean up the congestion and get things moving again. The body is a flow system from our mouths right through the process of elimination. If there’s a blockage in the flow system, everything below it suffers. Like a storm drain, the sticks and leaves must be removed in order for the water to flow.
We’ll also detoxify areas of toxic load in your body, which involves removing toxins locked within the cellular matrix. We’ll start by eliminating the causative factors, including metal, yeast/fungus, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics, plastics, parasites and liver flukes, as well as chemical residue caused by cleaning products, and dry cleaning, and bacteria caused by viruses and flu vaccinations.
Typically, I also teach healthy maintenance and seek out ways to repair the areas caused by toxicity, pursuing deeper cellular repair through homeopathy, herbs, nutritional supplements, vitamins, and dietary changes.
Please contact me at DrSevenSky@optimum.net if you’re seeking the kind of health improvements I’ve referenced in this post.
- & 2., The Intestine/Immune Connection, Vitabase (2014) Accessed Oct. 28, 2014. http://www.vitabase.com/blog/allergy-immune/intestine-immune-connection.aspx
News about depression and its diagnosis and treatment dominated the headlines recently following the death of Robin Williams. Depression affects approximately 17.1 million American adults, or about 8 percent of the U.S. population ages 18 and older, in a given year. Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the United States for people ages 15 to 44, and 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men will experience it during their lifetimes.1
Symptoms of depression include a persistently sad or depressed mood, and a loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities once deemed enjoyable. A decrease in appetite and a lack interest in food, sex, exercise and social interactions are common. There may be feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt and worthlessness, along with physical fatigue and an inability to concentrate, remember and make decisions. Insomnia, fitful sleep, and weight loss or gain may present, along with restlessness, irritability and thoughts of suicide. Physical symptoms that don’t respond well to treatment may also appear, including digestive ailments like indigestion and constipation, or headaches, backaches and other chronic pain.2
Stress and Serotonin Neurotransmitters
Depression can best be understood as our body’s response to abnormal or constant stress (e.g., relationships, money, job), and it’s in this context that an understanding of serotonin can shed significant light.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter—a neuron or specialized nerve cell that receives, process and transmits information to other cells of the body. Serotonin neurotransmitters play an important role in the regulation of our emotions and mood—particularly, feelings of well-being and happiness—as well as our sleep, appetite and energy level. What’s more, the brain uses neurotransmitters like serotonin to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe and your stomach to digest.3
Digestion and Depression
Biochemically, serotonin comes from tryptophan, and is found primarily in our gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). The way serotonin works in our brain is through neural transmission, which coordinates a healthy immune response and GI function to our bodies.
But the digestion process is critical to our body’s production of serotonin—and hence, to our well-being— because serotonin is made from amino acids that are broken down from proteins in the food we eat. This critical digestive process requires digestive enzymes and a sufficient amount of HCL Betaine (stomach acid) to break down the proteins into the smaller amino acids that produce serotonin.
But low levels of serotonin resulting from our body’s reaction to stress will hinder the digestion process. Stress affects our body’s biochemistry by raising hormone levels in our adrenal glands. Adrenals, located atop the kidneys, control stress reactions by releasing a set of hormones called corticosteroids and cortisol. Steroid hormones like cortisol are designed to deal with emergency-like situations. However, some people live in a state of constant emergency-like situations, which causes the steroid hormones to be released constantly. This, in turn, produces a condition where elevated levels of stress hormones are flooding the systems of our body—typically in the morning, where you wake up feeling annoyed, angry, pressured, worried or overwhelmed.
Too much cortisol suppresses the release of serotonin, making us feel even more depressed, and the incidence and likelihood of suicide also increases proportionately with a rise in cortisol levels. Other neurotransmitters that affect the brain function are similarly suppressed, including dopamine and thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormones lower blood-sugar levels, inducing hypoglycemia and depressing the body’s reaction to stress, which causes anxiety, fatigue and nervousness.
Our body’s response to a stress through cortisol-overload leads to the malabsorption of digested food particularly because we need to be relaxed in order for digestive enzymes to flow. Again, our body’s reaction to stress hinders digestion, preventing proper hormone metabolization and causing us to feel bloated and generally unwell. In the end, if the body can’t digest protein into amino acids then the brain can’t get the neurotransmitters it needs.
The Importance of a Healthy Gut
The body produces neurotransmitters in the GI tract (gut) from the breakdown of protein into essential amino acids, arriving at the brain by way of a special pathway. But if there’s a problem in the gut with digestion—with breaking down/metabolizing or absorbing the food—the undigested food rots there due to the slow transition time. This results in decreased bowel movements and gut infections like candida and metabolic toxicity through the release of bacteria, co-infections, worms, parasites and viruses. Candida increases sugars and CHO, absorbing heavy metals into the body and metabolic toxicity is a condition where the brain is not being cleansed properly and there is a failure of the body’s autophagy process, which cleans the and recycles the body’s cellular components overnight, especially the brain. This toxic build-up produces hyper-acidity in the body, which can cause panic attacks and anxiety. (The ideal acid PH level for the body is 6.8 – 7.0 in the morning.)
The Importance of Brain Nutrients
Depression is also directly influenced by the lack of major brain nutrients—deficiencies in diet that are needed to support normal brain function. Major nutrients required for health brain function include: Co-Q10; Omega 3 & 6 and Fatty Acids; D3; Phosphytidyl Serene; B-Complex; Gutathione; and Selenium.
Amino acids like tryptophan formed from proteins in the digestive tract produce serotonin neurotransmitters that are transported to the brain and released as chemicals by the brain cells. These chemical signals travel from one part of brain to the other, communicating to the body about when to speed up or slow down. Neurology manipulates these neurotransmitters synthetically and chemically. In fact, the foods we have for breakfast impact our neurology for rest of the day. Serotonin is the most important neurotransmitter related to behavior. We can influence its rate of production in our bodies, and the rate it gets from our guts to our brains, nutritionally through something called restorative neurology.
Severe depletion of serotonin in the body causes depression because the brain is unable to repair itself. Symptoms of serotonin depletion mirror those of depression, including obsessive-compulsive behavior, anxiety, panic attacks, and excessive anger, due to the inadequate production of new brain cells. The key to restored health involves boosting serotonin levels, which, in turn, produces new brain cells so the brain and body can once again continue to repair and heal itself.
Please reach out if I can be of further assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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1. General statistics from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), http://depression.emedtv.com/depression/depression-statistics.html
2. Symptoms of Depression, eMedTV, http://depression.emedtv.com/depression/symptoms-of-depression.html
3. Neurotransmitters 101: The NeuroScience, Inc. Lab Report
Did you know your body has a second brain? That’s right: Dr. Michael Gershon was among the first to explain the connection between the intestines and digestive issues that prevent the body from making neurotransmitters needed for healthy brain function. His book, The Second Brain: The Scientific Basis of Gut Instinct and a Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestines will be useful to anyone seeking to understand the basics of physical wellness and the body’s intestinal functions.
“Dr. Michael D. Gershon’s groundbreaking work clearly demonstrates that the human gut actually has a brain of its own. This remarkable scientific breakthrough offers fascinating proof that gut instinct is biological, a function of the second brain.
An alarming number of people suffer from heartburn, nausea, abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, constipation, or related problems. Often thought to be caused by a weakness of the mind, these conditions may actually be a reflection of a disorder in the second brain. The second brain, located in the bowel, normally works smoothly with the brain in the head, enabling the head-brain to concentrate on the finer pursuits of life while the gut-brain attends to the messy business of digestion. A breakdown in communication between the two brains can lead to stomach and intestinal trouble, causing sufferers great abdominal grief and too often labeling them as neurotic complainers.”
There’s widespread ignorance on how the gut (intestines) really works, and I continue to encounter the results of it in my chiro and wellness practice on far too many occasions. The example of a toddler I worked with illustrates the type of problem I encounter with alarming frequency.
Symptoms of Heavy Metals Toxicity
The toddler had severe digestive issues for a long time. She was still using a feeding tube at two-and-a-half years old and had a number of swallowing disorders. Simply put, the child’s condition came from a widespread lack of nutritional awareness in the medical community. They were giving her a canned protein supplement along with an electrolyte supplement—garbage nutritional drinks that are loaded with chemicals and many different types of sugar. The ingredients in these products are listed by precedence, and four sugars topped the list of ingredients! They had this child on at least three bottles a day. It’s no wonder she had yeast—yeast is attracted to sugar and absorbs ten times its weight in heavy metals (yeast and sugar can not be separated). The child was literally starving to death from lack of quality nutrition, and yet she continued to gain weight—she was actually obese for her age! The doctor had instructed the mother to have the child gain weight and maintain lots of empty calories, but these unhealthy supplements filled with sugar and chemicals were making her obese.
The parents had been seeing a behavioral therapist, an occupational therapist, and a physical therapist for the child’s condition before they came to me, all to no avail. My recommendations for an alternative diet weren’t readily accepted by certain family members who, out of desperation and love to do the right thing, reasoned that the doctors recommending these sugar-loaded products “must know what they’re doing since they are specialists.” But specialists can be ignorant of how the gut (intestines) really works too, even when they’re acting out of the best intentions.
I wish I could say this case was the exception rather than the rule, but my experience has proved otherwise. Thankfully, my interactions with the toddler resulted in the first steps toward her health and wellness by exposing the root issues of the problem.
She tested extremely high for heavy metals toxicity on ZYTO and had a yeast-like fungal rash on her body (the usual way to test for the presence of heavy metals is through urine testing, but the child was still in diapers, so this was not possible). Again, the yeast rash was not surprising since she was consuming so much sugar from the drink and from fruit yogurts, which are loaded with sugar. The rash was the reason the child was brought to me in the first place.
Her body was loaded with heavy metals, which were acting like an anti-biotic in her digestive tract. Heavy metals toxicity can also be caused by vaccinations or other metals found in a mother’s body and transferred to the child during pregnancy. Outward signs include red cheeks, red lips and hyperactive behavior, all of which were observed during this child’s visit to my office, not to mention the ZYTO reading, which indicated that presence of heavy metals as the highest area of stress. This was creating a number of yeast/fungus and candida-like issues in her intestines, which caused other bacteria and co-infections to propagate.
Heavy metals trigger excessive inflammation in the developing digestive tracts of children, which results in raised insulin levels and a condition known as dysbiosis of the gut (intestines). This results in the production of fewer neurotransmitters, including serotonin, which functions like the brakes in an automobile: Serotonin slows the body down when it needs to slow down or stop. It’s also vital to the brain function, even though it is produced in the gut. Excessive inflammation also prevents the creation of neurotransmitters that are essential to the brain function. This lack of balance in neurotransmitter levels makes focus and concentration increasingly difficult for children, and can trigger hyperactivity, ADHD, ADD, and mood disorders like depression and anxiety as well.
I provided the toddler with healthy probiotics to assist: Flora chewables, in particular, are a great choice for kids. I also provided Mycoderm, a topical cream for the yeast-rash. The chewable probiotic taken several times a day helped to heal the gut. I also provided Mycocan-Chord drops, a homeopathic yeast and fungus detoxifier that cleanses cells deep inside the tissues, as well as an herbal tincture—a food—called Pau d’Arco which is known to kill fungus and yeast. As previously mentioned, healing the intestinal issues was extremely important to the toddler’s overall health and brain function. Next, once her immune system regained some strength, we used various nutritional supplements to help rid her body of the metals over a two-year time period.
Recommendations for a Compromised Immune System
I recommended a few things for her compromised immune system: First and foremost, a decrease in her sugar intake. Sugar lowers the immune system and will always contribute to her sickliness, causing the yeast to grow out of control. Remember, the yeast craves sugar in order to live—sugar is what it feeds upon. The dairy and the casein (protein in the milk) was creating so much mucus that her cells couldn’t breathe or take in proper nutrition. She needed to eliminate the milk or mucus would continue to be a problem.
Whey is smaller protein that can be more readily absorbed by the body, especially in powder form, particularly from organic free- range cows with no hormones or pesticides. Otherwise the body will have a leaky-gut condition, where the toddler’s body can’t break down proteins efficiently. Owing to the infections and candida, these undigested proteins go through the damaged intestinal lining and enter the blood stream. The toddler’s body reacts to it like a foreign invader, attacking the immune system and making her sick.
Butter can be substituted with “Organic Coconut Spread” or “Earth Balance.” Mayonnaise can be substituted for a product called “Veginase” (the purple top), a grape seed oil extract, which is kept in the refrigerator section at the health food store. Whole Foods has one called “Follow Your Heart.” I also recommended a guide and cookbook for milk allergies called Go Dairy-Free by Alisa Fleming. I caution against one suggestion in the book; namely, Soy—most of which is now grown from GMO seeds, which are very toxic. I also recommend staying away from soy substitutes. For milk or ice creams: Rice, hemp, coconut-based options, and for yogurt, there are rice-based options or soy—but again, I would NOT recommend soy.
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Most of us understand the importance of a healthy mouth and how essential it is to our overall health and wellness. We go to the dentist dutifully once or twice a year, seldom questioning the use of mercury in certain dental procedures and the effects this can have on the health of our teeth, gums, and supporting tissues.
But understanding the long-term effects of exposure to dental amalgam/silver fillings is particularly important. Amalgam fillings contain inorganic mercury, which is known to compromise the nervous system, brain and many other precious organs of the body. Exposure to mercury from amalgams is estimated between 3 to17 micrograms per day, simply from chewing, brushing, grinding and slow corrosion. Exposure to amalgams is toxic and dangerous to everyone’s health, but especially to children under that age of 18 and pregnant women.
Dental Amalgams/Silver Fillings
A study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found no significant neurological or behavioral changes in children who had mercury amalgam (silver) fillings compared to kids who had composite (white) fillings placed. But the study was flawed in a number of ways, including a failure to emphasize the significantly higher levels of mercury found in the urine of kids with amalgam fillings—proof from their own evidence that amalgam fillings release a mercury vapor that the body absorbs, and this applies to new and old fillings.
The International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), an allied group of dentists, physicians and research professionals, is concerned with the anecdotal claims of safety made by manufacturers and dental trade associations, which, they say, are at variance with published, peer-reviewed, scientific evidence to the contrary. This video documenting the release of toxic mercury vapor from a 25-year-old tooth with an amalgam filling was designed to illustrate the point.
Mercury, when removed from teeth, is considered toxic waste by the Environmental Protection Agency. What’s more, when released in vapor form the mercury released from an amalgam filling could challenge federally-accepted air quality standards, as the IAOMT video documents. But I’ve struggled to find the logic in the law as it stands today, which seems to say that it’s okay to put mercury in someone’s mouth, but not okay put it in the garbage—okay to have toxic mercury vapor in someone’s mouth, but not okay to have it in the air we breathe.
As recently as March 5, 2014, the IAOMT indicated that the battle is far from over, joining a group of plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against the Federal Drug Administration for failing to address the risks of mercury in dental fillings.
Detox from Dental Amalgams
Mercury can remain in the body for many years even after the dental amalgams are removed from the mouth. People with amalgam fillings have been found to have significantly elevated blood-mercury levels—3 to 5 times more in the urine, and 2 to 12 times more in their tissues. However blood- and urine-mercury levels don’t necessarily correspond to mercury loads in body tissues or the severity of clinical symptoms.
In research performed on sheep and monkeys with dental amalgams, blood-mercury levels remained low despite having raised tissue-mercury levels. There was also a low correlation between urine-mercury and tissue-mercury levels, since urine-mercury levels merely reflect the cumulative amount of inorganic mercury in the kidneys.
Pursuing Detoxification and Wholeness
But there’s good news in all of this: You can have amalgams safely removed from your mouth by a trained biological dentist. The IAOMT even offer a look-up service for member biological dentists by zip code.
But remember, amalgam removal is only the first step toward heavy metals detoxification of the body. The remaining mercury deposited in places like the brain, organs, and tissue must be removed with the right holistic nutritional approach.
I’ve helped many patients through the heavy metals detoxification process in my chiro and wellness practice, removing mercury from the body safely and naturally.
Please feel free to contact me to set up a free consultation at Dr. Susan Seven-Sky if you’re interested in discussing this further.
For further reading, please check out this informative article, Making the Right Dental Choice, Bob Marshall, PhD, CCN
Are you heavy? If so, it may be causing you to be sick and tired, and to age prematurely. I’m not asking about your weight. I’m asking if you’re heavy with heavy metals like mercury? It’s a question that needs to be asked, even as I encounter alarming trends in mercury toxicity in my chiro care and wellness practice.
We humans are poisoning ourselves with mercury at ever increasing rates—along with polar bears, beluga whales, ducks, otters, panthers and all river fish and most large ocean fish. Mercury is a malignant, disease-causing source of environmental toxicity. I should know: I suffered from it for many years.
How Do We Get Toxic Exposures to Mercury?
I polluted myself by eating tuna fish sandwiches and receiving immunizations throughout my childhood, and by having a mouth full of amalgam—a.k.a. mercury fillings—which I had removed all at once, producing a toxic vapor that I readily inhaled. These exposures, along with genes that effectively prevented me from detoxifying the metals in my body, led to a slow and significant poisoning of my cells and mitochondria (the energy storage center of every cell in our body).
The effects were readily apparent: I felt physically weak and tired, and couldn’t think clearly; I had muscle pain and twitches, and I suffered from insomnia, digestive problems, food allergies, weight gain, depression and symptoms of candida. Mercury toxicity is detected through hair and urine samples, and after testing myself I discovered high levels of mercury, which could be eliminated from my body over time through a slow detoxification process. Only then did I begin to feel better.
I’ve seen this over and over again in my practice—from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, autism, candida, anxiety and obesity, to dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, cancer, heart failure, and heart disease—the message is clear: Mercury toxicity.
This is such an important public health and personal issue that remains undetected in the lives of so many people.
Alarming Trends in Atmospheric Mercury Levels
Some disconcerting trends were shared during Tulane University’s conference on “The Impact of Mercury on Human Health and the Environment,” an international gathering of policymakers, environmental scientists, toxicologists, biochemists, journalists, academic physicians, practicing pediatricians, neurologists, and dentists.
Barry Kohl, Ph.D., an adjunct professor at Tulane’s department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, provided a unique overview of the impact of industrialization on environmental mercury levels through a description of the levels of mercury in the ice core extracted from the pristine Freemont Glacier in Wyoming.
There were small peaks in mercury concentration in the ice core from the 1815 Tambora volcanic eruption in Indonesia, the 1850-84 gold rush in California where mercury was used for smelting, the eruption in 1883 of the Sumatran volcano Krakatau 10,000 miles away, and the more recent Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980, he explained.
Overall, changes have been dramatic: There’s been a 30-fold increase in mercury deposition during the past 100 years—70 percent of which has come from human sources. For example, much of it comes from coal-fired industrial plants and from chlor-alkali plants using mercury to produce the chlorine used in plastics, pesticides, PVC pipes, and more. Major industrialization has caused an exponential spike in mercury levels during the past 4o years, even though we’ve had a reduction in industrial mercury emissions from 220 million pounds to 120 million pounds a year over the past 10 years—small consolation for a substance measured in parts per million not in millions of pounds.
How Does Mercury Enter the Body?
Sources of mercury exposure are widespread and include mercury vapors in ambient air, drinking water, large fish especially sushi, dental amalgams, vaccines, occupational exposures, and home exposures including fluorescent light bulbs, thermostats, batteries, red tattoo dye, skin-lightening creams, and over-the-counter products like contact lens fluid and neosynephrine.
The human body can absorb about 80 percent of inhaled mercury vapor and nearly 100 percent of the mercury found in fish through the gut. Mercury is then distributed in the kidneys and brain and can be readily transferred to the fetus by way of the placenta. Mercury is eliminated from the body through urine, feces, expired air and, unfortunately, breast milk, which can have harmful effects on unborn children and infants. Looking at children today you may have noticed an increase in instances of autism, and of bright red cheeks and lips and itchy skin, all potentially indicative of elevated mercury levels. A single vaccine given to a child with toxic mercury levels could push him or her over the edge into one of the autistic spectrum disorders we see so often today.
Symptoms Can Mimic Other Conditions
Toxicity results from mercury’s ability to bind to sulfur-containing molecules in the body (found in nearly every enzyme and in the mitochondria), as well as other chemical binding sites in the cells. Mercury toxicity has been traced to epidemics such as the Minimata Bay exposures in Japan, acrodynia or pink disease in children from the calomel (HgCl) used in teething powder, mad hatter syndrome or erethism, and methylmercury fungicide grain seed exposures in Iraq and Pakistan. The symptoms are varied and mimic many other conditions, especially nervous system conditions such as erethism, which has symptoms of shyness, emotional irritability, nervousness, insomnia, memory problems and an inability to concentrate.
Other symptoms which seem to mimic other conditions include: encephalopathy (non-specific brain malfunction; nerve damage, tremors, ataxia (loss of balance); impaired hearing; tunnel vision; dysarthria (slurred speech); headaches, fatigue, impaired sexual function, depression, and kidney toxicity, which includes proteinura (protein in the urine and acute renal failure).
Mercury and Candida
Mercury and candida are two sides of the same coin: Candida is an overgrowth of yeast/fungus/mold in our system. Mercury in the digestive tract creates candida because the metal acts like an anti-biotic, similar to when we may have used that orange topical mercuricum as children (on our cuts to kill bacterial infection), so it is with internal mercury which kills off most of the beneficial bacteria in our gut. Good bacteria is our first line of defense for healthy immunity.
Candida/fungus grows freely when friendly bacteria are eliminated by the presence of mercury because candida can absorb ten times its weight in heavy metals. That’s why many candida diets and cleanses fail and symptoms reappear: Metal must be eliminated from our system along with the cleanse.
Help is Available
Mercury toxicity can be turned around with the right holistic health changes and supervised detoxification regimen. We can help: Please contact me by email for further assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.