Notes from The Thyroid Summit by Suzy Cohen and Dr Tom O’Bryan
Suzy Cohen - Thyroid Healthy
Dr Tom O’Bryan - Non-Coeliac gluten sensitivity
Wheat is NOT an essential nutrient.
Diseases of inflammation are ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, IBS etc.
symptoms of these are gluten sensitivity.
Alzheimer’s and autism regenerate after removing gluten from the body.
People with Attention Disorders (ADD), migraines, and ADHD have gluten sensitivity in the brain.
Coeliac, Type 1 Diabetes and thyroid disease are diseases which are brought on by gluten and autoimmunity.
If your test comes back positive, you have gluten sensitivity. If it comes back negative, you might still have gluten problems.
Beware of coffee.
43% of gluten sensitive people have immune reaction and inflammation in the gut. There is a correlation between Coeliac disease and Hashimoto’s.
Your TSH should be below 3.
If you have thyroid problems and gluten sensitivity you need 49% more medication to balance thyroid problems.
Go to the Coeliac support group to find a dietitian.
Children with Coeliac disease have a 3.2 times risk of early death from suicide. They need a lot of support.
It is best to go grain free as it reduces antibodies in your body.
People do respond to a gluten free and dairy free diet.
The lining in the intestines renews every 3-7 days. It heals itself.
If you are gluten sensitive and keep eating gluten, eventuality it will affect somewhere in your body and it will break down.
NOBODY can DIGEST GLUTEN. Gluten causes inflammation.
NF-Kappa B is highly elevated with gluten sensitivity.
Diabetes without drugs by Suzy Cohen
"Zinc is a trace element essential for cells of the immune system..."
We are told minerals are good for us but do we know why we need them?
We are told that Calcium is good for bones.
Magnesium is also good for bones but we never hear that. Much of the magnesium in our body is stored in our bones.
Magnesium is known as the great relaxer. As many of us eat few green, leafy vegetables, we get little magnesium into our body. Magnesium eases anxiety, cramps, insomnia and lots more.
Sodium is needed in the body but too much can make us ill. It is connected to the water balance in the body and the kidneys. Generally we have too much salt when we eat a of processed food. Salt is included in canned food and processed food as it helps preserve the food. People with Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and Adrenal Fatigue (AF) need a lot more salt than most people.
Zinc is known for its benefit to the immune system. Another important way zinc is used in the body is connected to our breathing.
A single atom of zinc is held in place by three amino acids inside an enzyme - carbonic anhydrase, which is one of the fastest enzyme known. It can process over 600,000 carbon dioxide (CO2) molecules every second. It works with haemoglobin which takes oxygen to the cells.
Hemoglobin is the protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the body's tissues and returns carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs.
Oxygen - Carbon Dioxide Connection
When the hemoglobin releases oxygen, this enzyme grabs the carbon dioxide. It travels back to the lung and releases it. Each enzyme lasts about 3 months then needs to be replaced.
When people are ill with chronic illnesses, oxygen can get low in the body. Is it a far stretch to say they need more zinc? Zinc may help replenish the carbonic anhydrous enzyme that is so helpful in the transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
Reference: TCE The Chemical Engineer May 2010, Nature's Way
It is well known that more and more Americans are suffering from serious allergies and that the number of allergy sufferers is on the rise. However what many people don’t know is exactly why the number of allergy sufferers is rising or what the cause of this complaint could be.
Theories on the Allergy Epidemic
There are several theories that surround what is often referred to as America’s allergy epidemic. Some researcher have suggested, for example, that there isn’t actually such a huge increase in allergy sufferers, rather that greater allergy awareness has led to more people coming forward with allergy symptoms. However this seems rather unlikely, as whilst it might account for a small increase, it simply wouldn’t account for all of the many new allergy sufferers.
Other theories include what is known as the ‘hygiene hypothesis’. This is a theory that poses that changes to our environment and a wider understanding and avoidance of what is considered to be poor hygiene means that we are now exposed to fewer variety of germs during our early formative years. This means that our immune system doesn’t have to form so robustly, and therefore puts us at greater risk of developing food allergies, dust allergies and other common environmental allergies as well.
Finally, another theory that is getting widespread media coverage suggests that increased allergy numbers are actually the result of infants being weaned too early (before they are 6 months old) and this causing, as a side effect, an increase in food allergies in children. These allergies can often continue through to adulthood.
Getting Help and Further Reading
Whatever the cause, allergies are now a very real problem for more than 50 million people in the United States alone. If you are suffering from allergies then it is important to know that you are not alone and that with a more informed network of medical professionals, help is available to help reduce your symptoms as much as possible.
To find out more about America’s allergy epidemic, read on here.
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Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue can be a debilitating illness. The problem is the medical profession for years did not even believe it was an illness because they could not prove the patient had anything wrong with them from their tests. This put the onus back on the patient to find some relief for themselves. They turned to the Alternative health professionals who would at least listen to them. Read more ...
It has been noticed by the medical community that there are similarities in symptoms between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Multiple Sclerosis. MS is believed to be caused by an abnormal immune reaction.
A new study has shown that people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) have lower level immune system proteins called cytokines in their spinal fluid, as do people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). However, people in the ME/CFS group and the MS group had one cytokine, eotaxin, that was elevated.
This may be why they have brain fog. Brain fog is a collection of thinking-related problems such as confusion, difficulty with concentration and short term memory. Eotaxin is involved with allergy-like responses.
Testing for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Because nothing physical has shown up in the already available tests, many doctors thought CFS was ‘all in the mind’. People with ME/CFS have not been believed that they are ill and because of lack of scientific evidence most people did not believe their illness.
The finding of this biological marker have given evidence of some kind of disease process.
The Immune System
It is thought that the immune system of people with CFS and MS may go into overdrive against a virus and not be able to turn off. Eventually the immune system wears sown and the body is subject to weak responses from mild infections. A healthy person would be able to fight these weak viruses or bacteria easily.
Many people are working behind the scenes studying these illness like said Suzanne Vernon, a virologist and scientific director of the Solve ME/CFS Initiative, based in Los Angeles and lead researcher Dr. Mady Hornig, a professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City.
We hope that it will not be too long before they develop objective tests that can diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome early.
ME/CFS affects about 2.5 million people in the US.
For the full article go to WebMD News
More information on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
New Name for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME)
Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Brain Changes in People with ME/CFS
People with auto-immune diseases and chronic diseases are always looking for that extra supplement that may help them get better.
N-acetyl-cysteine, often referred to as NAC is one of these supplements that can help.
Glutathione is the major antioxidant in our body. This means that its job is to go around and knock off all those free radicals that we are always hearing about. Now don't bother taking Glutathione itself. It is for sale but you will be wasting your money as it is not absorbed as a supplement by our body. It does a vanishing trick before it is of any use.
So what do we do? We take NAC. It can be manufactured by our body into Glutathione. Magic! Then the glutathione can zap around our body and gobble up those free radicals again.
It is very important to take NAC if you have a chronic disease such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia or Adrenal Fatigue. Also it has a great effect on auto immune diseases. When we are in a state of prolonged ill health we make lots of free radicals and it is not good to have too many of these floating around.
Have a look here at what Jay Mattingly, MD has to say about its benefits.
I have been taking it for years and can really notice when I don't take it.
Recovering from Major Illness
Natural supplements are a great way to improve our health especially if we are or have been very unwell. The medical profession have difficulty in diagnosing some illnesses. Just because doctors can't find what is wrong with you or put a name to it does not mean that you are not ill. There are many other health professionals who have expertise in other health modalities.
This why my favourite modality is Homeopathy. I call this the 'Designer Medicine'. The remedies are prescribed for you according to your symptoms, not the generalized symptoms of an illness. You may have more than one illness. There are over two thousand remedies.
My favourite supplement is N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC). This supplies the ingredients for our body to make glutathione, the major antioxidant in our body. Glutathione cannot be absorbed in our body if taken as a supplement therefore we need to give our body the basic ingredients to make it. NAC is very good for Depression or Bi Polar. Research studies have been done on this in Australia with positive results. Glutathione is found especially in the heart and the brain as well as all over the body.
Vitamin C is another important antioxidant. We have all heard of the importance of this for many years. We cannot make this vital vitamin in our body so must absorb it in our food or as a supplement. Most people will not get enough of this in their diet so supplementation in important. Vitamin C is found in the fluid in our eyes so to protect these important organs take some Vitamin C every day.
Minerals are the backbone of our body. We all know about Calcium and we know the names of many other minerals we need to keep us healthy. There is chloride, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. We also need iron and many trace elements. Trace elements are needed in very tiny quantities in our body, but we still need them.
What is the best way to get our minerals? By eating vegetables. The minerals have been absorbed by the roots of the vegetables and these are easily absorbed by our body.
Magnesium is my favourite mineral. It is wonderful to ease spasms. Spasms can manifest as cramps in the legs, period cramps, cramps in the gut in Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other bowel illnesses where the bowel goes into spasms. Magnesium also eases sneezing - a spasm, and coughing and asthma. It can help ease a migraine too. It also helps build our bones.
There are different ways to take magnesium.
Next time I will talk about other supplements that may help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. ME, CFIDS, Fibromyalgia, Adrenal Fatigue the Immune system and Thyroid problems.
Below are some other articles I have written about Magnesium
Feet and Leg Problems
How Tissue Salts Work
More about Magnesium and MS
Our feet are a very important part of our anatomy. They help us to move around. They were so important to our ancestors that a unit of measurement was centred around the foot.
For thousands of years our ancestors walked barefoot. What, you say? I don’t have any ancestors who walked around barefoot. Well, in that case, you just haven’t traced your ancestors back far enough. It is a fact that every one of us had many ancestors who walked around in bare feet.
Their first shoes were made from leather and during the last fifty years, the soles of shoes have moved away from natural products to synthetic products. Instead of walking in leather shoes as our parents or grandparents used to, we now wear some form of plastic soled shoes.
Our feet are the most sensitive part in our body. There are about 1300 nerve endings per square inch (2.5 square centimetres) of skin on the soles of our feet. All those nerves come from different parts of our body. This is why Reflexology works so well.
Reflexology was formed on the premise that every part of the foot affects some part of the body. So now you can see why. If there are 1300 nerve endings per square inch (2.5 square centimetres) of our foot, there are enough nerves there to reach all of our body. In Reflexology, every part of our foot is stimulated with massage to benefit our whole system.
Looking after our feet is very important otherwise many things can go wrong with them and this makes it difficult for us to walk.
The state of our feet can also tell us the state our body is in. If we have any of the following we know we have to do something about them - corns, warts, blisters, cracked heels, ingrown toenails, hammer toes, psoriasis, tinea, sweaty feet, hot feet, cold feet, pain, calluses.
Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
Walking barefoot is good for our feet as it helps to sensitize all those nerve endings. Because we encase our feet in solid shoes, we lose the sensitivity in them. By walking barefoot it increases their sensitivity. This has been found to be of benefit to people with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
As these diseases progress, balance is lost and people can tend to walk in a shuffling movement and with feet wider apart to get their balance. Stimulating their feet by walking barefoot and by using Reflexology may help to bring them into balance.
It is also very important to walk barefoot on the Earth, that is, on the garden grass, in a park or at the beach on the sand. Walking barefoot brings our body into balance with the earth. Science has now been able to prove that the electrical energies of the earth are of great benefit to us. To maintain you health or to improve it, walk in bare feet for 30 minutes daily in contact with the earth.
It has been shown that walking barefoot on the earth each day can ease the inflammation in our body. It is now recognised that inflammation causes many major diseases like diabetes and heart problems.
Earthing by Clinton Ober, Stephen T Sinatra MD & Martin Zucker
This eBook takes a natural approach to improving your health, especially if you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). CFS is also referred to by different names around the world. It is called ME and Fibromyalgia and CFIDS.
Jacob Teitelbaum MD, a well known world expert on CFS, thinks that there may be many causes of CFS/Fibromyalgia. However the most important thing is for people to start to sleep well, control their pain, to start feeling healthy and be part of a community. Dr Teitlebaum had CFS himself as a young man and has specialised in treatment of the illness using a natural approach.
In my ebook I also use a natural approach to improving health. Medical men seemed to have no answers and I was left to myself to find simple, natural things that worked for me. I share this information in my ebook. I tell the story of my experience with CFS/Fibromyalgia. For a long time it seemed that I would not get better but gradually my health improved.
There are different levels of CFS. Some people feel tired for a few months, some are racked with pain in every nook and cranny, joint and muscle of their body and others suffer from prolonged sore throat, sinusitis and chest infections for months or years on end.
Here are some suggestions of different modalities you can try from crystal healing to flower essences to homeopathy to herbs.
You choose. It's your body, your life.
Pain relief, many names, one product:
All these names are talking about the same drug for pain relief.
'What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;'
Spoken by Juliet
from Romeo and Juliet
by William Wordsworth
Because this drug, which is used for pain relief around the world, is used so frequently. people become blase about it. It was the same with aspirin until it was realized that it can cause bleeding of ulcers and toxicity to kidneys and liver.
Each tablet contains 500mg paracetamol (acetaminophen, Tylenol)
Dosage should not exceed 4000mg daily, that's 8 tablets a day.
For chronic use, take no more than 2000 to 3000mg daily. That is 4-6 tablets a day.
Chronic use at a high level can cause liver or kidney problems.
Doses of 1000mg daily of paracetamol (acetaminophen, Tylenol), that's only 2 tablets, depletes a major antioxidant called glutathione. We desperately need glutathione in our body. It is a master antioxidant and detoxifier. It strengthens the immune system and fights inflammation.
Taking glutathione does not help but we can take N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC). Our body uses NAC to make glutathione. So when taking more than a couple of tablets of paracetamol (acetaminophen, Tylenol) in a day, it is also a good idea to take a capsule of NAC. These usually come in 500mg -650mg capsules.
If you can have dairy products, high quality whey protein has also been shown to raise glutathione levels.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) US, 56,000 people presented to hospital emergency rooms with serious side effects from accidental overdosing of paracetamol (acetaminophen, Tylenol). There are also 100, yes, 100 deaths a year from this drug that is sold in supermarkets and touted as being everybody's friend.
Spring and Autumn are the two 'change of season' times of the year. These are preparatory seasons, seasons where we get ready for the hottest or coldest season of the year.
Springtime has traditionally been a time of the year when housewives took to cleaning. They cleaned out the dirt and the damp of winter, the spiders and cobwebs, they washed the smoke from the wood fires and the dust from the curtains and the walls and scrubbed the front doorstep.
These days houses are not locked up as much throughout the winter. We are lucky to have the cracks in our walls plastered and heating turned on. Not so many of us have wood fires for heat these days.
Change of Season
However at the change of season, whether it is the Autumn season or Spring season, we are changing our clothes and our bedding. Because I live in the southern hemisphere and it's Autumn time here, I'll talk about that.
Washing Stored Clothes
As the days get cooler we start to get out our lighter winter clothing - long sleeved T shirts, singlets, jumpers, long pants, socks and a jacket occasionally for the rainy days. Let's not forget the clothing we wear at night - pyjamas, nighties. Let's also remember the bedclothes we sleep in - sheets, blankets, doonas, underblankets.
These clothes and bedding have been stored in the cupboard for 4 - 6 months. They get musty. When clothes get musty they can affect out health. People who have a low immune system or allergies or who get asthma must be especially aware. Mustiness can affect our breathing. Just think of lying for eight hours in musty sheets and pillowcases and in musty nightclothes. Make sure to wash all these clothes before wearing them.
Children and Asthma
Autumn time is a time when people, especially children get asthma as the air gets damp, the nights get longer, the heating gets turned on and the winter clothing comes out.
Wash the Bedding Too
I always find it beneficial to use this time to wash the winter sheets and pillowcases before use and to vacuum the mattress and under the bed before putting on the new sheets. This cuts down on the dust that accumulates in the mattress and carpet and makes for a better sleep.
One day I was listening to a radio presenter who said that luxury to her would be fresh sheets on her bed every night. 'Yes,' I thought, 'we always sleep better in fresh sheets.'
By washing the sheets we get rid of some dustmites and dust. We get rid of the residues of our skin and hair. We encapsulate the sunshine and fresh air into the sheets. These deodorize the sheets. All round, a good exercise.
If you have children, make sure that you wash all their clothing and bedding too. This is more important the younger the child is as his immune system, being underdeveloped, is more susceptible to outside influences. If your children get a good night sleep then you get a good night sleep too. The children are happier in the daytime too, and so are you. It is worth doing that extra bit of work to have happier and healthier people in your family.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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