Fri, 23 December 2016
You’ve probably heard it over and over: Stress raises the risk of disease. But how do you know if your stress is the disease-causing kind? It’s helpful to know some signs and tests to let you know.
Severe stress can either cause you to be fatigued all the time, wired all the time, or a mix of both. Or maybe stress manifests as sleep issues.
It’s not uncommon for people to become so used to being stressed out they fail to realize it’s an issue.
Symptoms of fatigue-based stress
Symptoms of wired stress
How to do a lab test for stress
You can also do a lab test to measure stress levels using your saliva; it’s called an adrenal salivary panel. Your adrenal glands are two small glands that sit atop each kidney that secrete stress hormones.
The best way to use the adrenal salivary panel is do the test a second time after following a health protocol. This shows you whether your health is improving.
This is because stress is always caused by something else, such as low or high blood sugar, an infection, or autoimmune disease.
Adrenal health should improve as you manage these conditions. If things do not improve, it means you must keep searching to find out what is taxing the body.
Measuring your sleep-wake cycle
Another way to gauge stress is to look at your sleep-wake cycle, or circadian rhythm.
Are you alert in the morning and sleepy at night? An abnormal circadian rhythm is one symptom of adrenal stress.
Your primary stress hormone, cortisol, should be high in the morning and low at night. Many people have a backwards rhythm causing fatigue in the morning and insomnia at night. Or, instead of a gradual decline of cortisol during the day, it may suddenly drop in the afternoon, causing an energy crash.
Where are you on the stress scale?
By measuring several markers, the adrenal saliva test can tell you whether you are in:
You do not necessarily have to progress from alarm reaction to adrenal fatigue. It’s possible to jump between phases, or stay in one phase for years.
The adrenal saliva test also measures immune cells called total SIgA. This measures how stress is impacting your immune system. If SIgA is low, it can mean you are more susceptible to food intolerances, infections, and weakened immunity.
Start with blood sugar stability to manage stress
Although diet and lifestyle factors are important in managing stress, the most common cause of chronic stress is a blood sugar imbalance. Addressing high or low blood sugar are vital to addressing chronic stress.
Additionally, various herbal and nutritional compounds can profoundly influence adrenal function. For instance, herbs called adrenal adaptogens are very beneficial regardless which stage you are in.
Ask my office how you can support your adrenal health, 704-895-2240.
Category:Blog -- posted at: 10:46am EDT
Mon, 29 August 2016
Gut health is a massive topic. There is no way to cover it in 1 episode, or 10. This episode lays the groundwork by covering gut anatomy and physiology. It then forays into the microbiota, food sensitivities, GERD, and your stools. This is a nice 10,000 foot view to get you started.
Direct download: Gut_Health_-_Scratching_the_Surface_2.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
Thu, 25 August 2016
Functional Medicine is the future of healthcare. What is it? What are the benefits? How is it different from mainstream medicine? All of these questions and more are answered using a case example of a patient with an Estrogen Dominance diagnosis.
Direct download: What_is_Functional_Medicine_-_Estrogen_Dominance_Example.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:30am EDT
Mon, 22 August 2016
Many doctors in mainstream medicine believe that gluten is harmless unless you have Celiac Disease or an IgE Wheat Allergy. Holistic clinicians and patients have observed otherwise clinically for years. Brand new research now confirms what Holistic clinicians and their patients have known and experienced...Glute Sensitivity is REAL! Now we have objective lab markers to prove it.
Wed, 17 August 2016
"Low T" is an ever growing complaint/diagnosis that men are entering my practice with. What is driving this increase in decreased T? Are testosterone injections the best answer for these men? What is the best way to evaluate testosterone to get the clearest clinical picture? How do lifestyle factors like sleep, nutrition, and exercise affect testosterone levels? What about genetics?
Fri, 12 August 2016
The movie Vaxxed, directed by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, is a must see. If you are a parent and you vaccinate your children, you want to see this movie before giving them the MMR vaccine. There is a scientifically validated reason why the pharmaceutical companies do not want you to see this movie. That same reason is why they pressured Robert De Niro to remove the film from the Tribeca Film Festival. Go see it!
Direct download: Vaxxed20-20MMR20Vaccine20and20Autism20Causation2028229.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:13pm EDT
Sat, 21 November 2015
Therapeutic Laser for Chronic Pain, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Brain Injury
[ctt title="Is Laser the missing link between your chronic disease and health?" tweet="#Laser therapy shown to yield significant benefits in #hashimotos #alzheimers #parkinsons and #chronicpain #lifeatoptimal" coverup="H14dp"] Scientific research continues to document the benefits of therapeutic laser in a wide range of chronic diseases. There seems to be unlimited potential for laser to benefit chronic disease patients of all kinds. On my YouTube Channel, I have documented the benefits of laser for Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism and Chronic pain. I have also detailed the mechanisms of complex ailments such as brain Excitotoxicity, which laser has been proven to significantly reduce. In this podcast epidsode, I share the results and conclusions of the research looking at the significant beneficial impact of laser on these common and escalating chronic diseases.
Direct download: Therapeutic_Laser_for_Chronic_Pain_Hashimotos_Alzheimers_Parkinsons_and_Brain_Injury.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:22pm EDT
Sat, 7 November 2015
Infertility - Causes and Treatments from a Functional Medicine Perspective
[ctt title="Infertility solutions via Functional Medicine" tweet="#FunctionalMedicine solutions for #infertility " coverup="5Gu2U"] Infertility has many causes that mainstream medicine never addresses. Unless you investigate the possible causes and address what you find, you have no hope of a successful pregnancy. In this episode, we will cover multiple under-investigated causes of infertility and discuss how to address them. Issues addressed are thyroid function, autoimmunity, birth control, gut health, and more. Hear what the latest research has to say on these causes of infertility.
Direct download: Infertility_-_Causes_and_Treatment_from_a_Functional_Medicine_Perspective.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:55pm EDT
Mon, 17 August 2015
Do you think that you are fat? Have you tried losing weight via diet and exercise to no avail? Does your self-esteem suffer due to your physical makeup? Before you judge yourself, listen to this podcast episode and learn how you may be healthier than all your skinny friends.
Mon, 22 June 2015
Are you on an Opioid drug such as Percocet, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, etc for chronic pain? Do you have chronic knee pain, chronic low back pain, etc.? Do you know your options beside drugs and surgery? Educating yourself could save your life.
Direct download: Is20Chronic20Pain20Increasing20Your20Risk20for20HIV.mp3
Category:General -- posted at: 8:34pm EDT