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August 2008 Health Newsletter

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» We Want A Health Care Overhaul
» Vitamin C - The New Cancer Fighter?
» Chiropractic Care Offers A Better Quality Of Life
» Chiropractors Treats The Source, Not Just The Symptom
» Weight Loss/Gain-The Mysteries
» Thyroid Health
» Wealth & Your Body
» Spring Detoxification
» 'Tis The Season For Allergies

We Want A Health Care Overhaul

Been to the doctor lately? What about a recent surgery? Even if you haven't, simply paying your health insurance premiums will be enough for you to understand how expensive health related costs have become. In fact, the premiums for family health insurance increased from $1,275 in 1996 to $2,890, and for single coverage, from $342 in 1996 to $788 in 2006. For those of you without insurance, cost is most likely the reason. This is the primary reason why more than 80 percent of Americans feel our health system is due for, excuse our choice of words, a stick of dynamite. What's more, 32 percent of Americans agree that the health system is in need of an overhaul while 50 percent believe it would require a fundamental change. Only 16 percent of adults believe the health care system works relatively well with only minor changes needed. With these staggering cost increases, a 16 percent satisfaction rate and close to 50 million Americans uninsured, what exactly are we waiting for?

Source: Harris Interactive Poll. August 7, 2008.
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Vitamin C - The New Cancer Fighter?

New research shows vitamin C may have the potential to fight cancer in humans. While this particular study focused on ovarian, pancreatic and brain tumors in laboratory mice (considered aggressive cancers), these results could likely have similar effects in humans. In the study, researchers injected high doses of vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, to allow for larger concentrations in the mice. For those mice receiving the vitamin C injections, cancerous tumor growth was half that of the mice that did not receive the vitamin C injections. The researchers believe that the large amounts of vitamin C produce hydrogen peroxide within the body that kills cancer cells but doesn't appear to harm the normal cells. Their next step will be to test their findings on humans.

Source: National Institutes of Health. August 4, 2008.
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Chiropractic Care Offers A Better Quality Of Life

A number of studies have shown patients are more likely to be satisfied with their health care experience during a chiropractic visit when compared to a medical visit. One of the likely reasons is that chiropractors tend to educate their patients on their health condition. Actually, one of the wonderful qualities of a chiropractic doctor is their willingness to educate their patients. In a recent study published in the prestigious international journal Spine, researchers found women suffering from chronic low back pain who participated in back school had a significantly improved quality of life score when compared with those who had not participated. Not familiar with the term back school? Well as the name suggests, back school is simply a term referring to any program offered by a health care professional or related company that educates individuals on their back and spine. This includes the back and spinal anatomy, proper postural techniques, training in specific occupational-related tasks and techniques as well as other tips and suggestions to prevent future and manage current back and spinal related problems. While some chiropractors have their own formal back schools in place, most simply provide similar information to their patients on a more personalized, one-on-one environment. Interested in improving your quality of life? It could be as simple as calling your local doctor of chiropractic.

Source: Spine. 33(15):1617-1621, July 1, 2008.
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Chiropractors Treats The Source, Not Just The Symptom

As the economy continues to wander in unpredictable directions, the number of stress-related health ailments continues to rise. According to a recent Associated Press-AOL Health Poll, some of the more common stress-related ailments include headaches as well as overall stress-induced pain in various parts of the body. It's a good thing that most chiropractors are specially trained to deal with these rather common stress-related aches and pains. In fact, many chiropractors are not only experts in the soft tissues of the body and their related conditions, but additionally, are extremely knowledgeable in those things that degrade overall health and wellness, including stress. Many chiropractors also offer health and wellness related care programs in addition to the more medically-based, and some would argue, less logical symptom-based care. For instance, if you're suffering from headaches due to stress and/or improper posture, it makes far more sense to treat the stress and/or postural deficiencies than to simply seek temporary relief through the ingestion of pain medication. Without properly addressing the cause of the health problem, there is little chance to completely resolve the problem or prevent it from returning in the future. If you're suffering from stress-related aches and pains, give chiropractic a try. Chiropractic is safe, chiropractic is natural and chiropractors focus on the cause of your pain, not just the symptoms it produces.

Source: Associated Press. June 9, 2008.
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Weight Loss/Gain-The Mysteries

The Basic Formula:

Calories in [energy consumed] VS Calories out [energy burned]=Weight loss/gain.

But what happens in the middle makes all the difference!

So let's look at how the body system is designed to work first.

Some forty thousand years ago, our ancestors were a highly successful hunter/gatherer people. As a matter of fact, they were so successful that we have their gene pool in us. Our DNA is basically unchanged from that time, and is so complete that it helps us handle every situation that we encounter, just as it had for our ancestors. 

Now, on to the way our bodies are designed:  As a hunter/gatherer, you would search for food and eat what you found as you went.  This was a rather good system when you think about it - no bags, boxes or coolers to haul around!  Odds are good that you ate all you could when you found it because you didn't know when you would find the next meal. When seasons started to change, so did your metabolism.  In other words, how your body handled food storage started to change. Your body stored the food you ate as fat, which was ready to burn as needed. The next mechanism that comes into play is that when you eat fewer calories, your body's thermostat compensates and makes you burn energy more efficiently. Ever wonder why eating less doesn't cause you to lose weight? Now, here we are in the 21 century with lots of things to eat at any time of the day, regardless of the season.  We no longer have to store energy as fat to be used at a later time, and we don't have days of starvation. Therefore, the old paradigm of  "storing energy" is a bit of a problem.

The Main Hormones


Ghrelin/LeptinNo discussion of weight control, either loss or gain, is complete without acknowledgement of our body's amazing hormonal systems. This intricate system of "messenger" chemicals that communicate between the brain and body is all-important to how we function.  These messenger chemicals have a profound influence on the choices we make in our relationship to food.  What we eat, when we eat, and how we eat are the factors that determine fat loss or gain.  The messenger chemicals, otherwise called hormones, significantly influence these factors. Hormones also determine whether or not we break down muscle instead of fat for energy.  Isn't it a relief to know that weight gain and/or loss is not all about "will power!"The main hormones that relate to weight and appetite come in pairs.  The first pair of hormones directs how the body utilizes food. When we eat proteins, we release glucagon, which directs the body to burn fats. When we eat carbohydrates, we release insulin, which tells the body to store fats for future use.  The next pair, ghrelin and leptin, are often referred to as "hunger hormones." Ghrelin is produced in the stomach wall cells and in fatty tissues. This is the hormone that makes us feel hungry.  The larger your body size, the more you want to eat because your body produces more ghrelin. Fortunately, the hormone leptin is produced to counter ghrelin. Leptin gives you the feeling of fullness and is produced in the fatty cells of the body. Together, these hormones help the body regulate appetite for optimum energy storage and health. So what happened to this great plan?  Several things can, and often do, interfere with this plan. These things include excess estrogen, high Cortisol levels, and a highly toxic body.  Excess estrogen derails the glucogon path, which interferes with the way the body burns fat. By the way, both males and females have high estrogen levels these days due to the typical American diet.  Many foods contain hormones, such as estrogen and other excitor toxins, due to the way commercial farm animals are raised and fed.  Other foods, such as unfermented soy, contain high estrogen-like substances, and many of the plastic containers used to hold food or water release chemicals that mimic estrogen when the plastic is heated.  The other hormone that causes problems is Cortisol, an adrenal hormone that is released due to stress.  Lastly, toxins that are stored in our fat cells interfere with our body's willingness to burn excess fat.  No chemical reaction reacts well in a polluted environment, especially when that environment is your body.  Even in a lab, experiments will not yield the expected results when there are contaminants.  The bottom line is that our bodies do not want to burn toxic fat, because storing toxins in fat protects us from the toxins!

Foods that Promote Weight Loss

Our native diet "as a hunter/gather people" has been referred to as "The Paleolithic Diet." This diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, mostly uncooked. The ratio of fruits to vegetables is one fruit to three vegetable servings.  We should eat a combination of approximately 7 to 10 fruits and vegetables of a variety of colors each day. Each color represents different mineral groups. To date, in my travels across the country, I only met one family that does this with standard fresh foods. Don't fret, you can supplement in the missing groups with properly concentrated whole food nutrients. These may be in the form of supplements or specially prepared drink mixes, but be sure to watch what you are getting! Some are good, and others are just poor imitations for food. Supplements are not a total replacement for foods, as you still need the fiber from the real fruits and vegetables to absorb the excess hormones your body is trying to filter out. Without the fiber to bind and remove these hormones, they continue to re-circulate throughout your body. Studies have also shown that fruit and vegetable fibers work best, as opposed to grain fibers. We were not originally designed to eat grains in large quantities. In addition, many of today's grains are GMO's, which refer to "genetically modified foods and organisms."  The Paleolithic Diet also includes eggs, meat and fish. A modern gift to us that is also a good food is real organic butter. See for more information. (Vegetarians - don't get miffed - you just have to work harder to balance your proteins.)

Foods that Promote Weight Gain

Weight gain can occur for several reasons. The most obvious is eating more than you use. So, don't eat just because it tastes good, or feels good in your mouth because it is salty, sweet or crunchy. Salty and sweet cravings actually relate back to hormonal issues in many cases as well. Carbohydrates quickly turn into sugars, which the body will only tolerate so much of since they are dangerous to your system. Then they are turned into blood fats called "triglicerides."  These are then turned into stored fats.  You can also eat too much protein that will be turned into storage fats. Fats are so misunderstood. You do not get fat by eating fats. Fats are a fantastic energy storage system. Fat stores 2.4 times more energy than carbohydrates or proteins.

But here's the catch; there are good fats and bad fats. Trans-fats, concentrated vegetable fats, and toxic fats are bad. Goods fats are things like coconut oil, which is good for cooking. Olive oil is great to put on your food after you eat. There are also fish oils, a good source of Omega 3's, and cod liver oil, a good source of vitamin D. Take your oils about one half hour before meals and you should be less hungry because your body monitors oils to give you that full, or satisfied, feeling after eating. It's not the quantity of food by itself. Also, if you are using oils to cook, you may accidentally turn good oil into a trans-fat by overheating the oil. The fat from organic meats may also be good.  Remember, fats are used to store toxins, so if the animal has not been exposed to toxins, the fat would be good for you.

How Often Should You Eat?

We tend to eat three meals a day according to our watch rather than when we are hungry. This is not a good eating cycle. Experts tell us that eating more often, and in smaller quantities, is better for us. This makes sense in following with our hunter/gatherer origins mimicking what our ancestors probably encountered as an eating cycle. So, try for six smaller meals. Although it sounds backwards at first, it seems as if we need to eat more to lose weight.  However, what is most important is how our body perceives what is going on in its environment and how conservative it must be in its energy conservation

Rotate Your Diet

When you eat the same thing over and over, you will find weight control much harder as well. There is research that indicates that changing what you eat is very important in keeping your girth under control. This makes sense when you think about it. You need a wide variety of vitamins and mineral complexes to create that amazing body of yours. If you eat the same things over and over again, you will get many things you need, and some you don't. If your body wants something it doesn't have, you will feel hunger in an attempt to find what's missing. You will store the excess good stuff for future and whala! you gain excess weight while eating healthy but on a limited diet.


Another important factor is sleep. You need to get at least 5 hours of good sleep to clear the hormonal blockers. In my research, I found that after 5 hours, weight started to drop off with each additional hour of sleep. How much sleep is needed varies with each individual's needs. Taking a Cortisol reducing supplement can help if your Cortisol levels are high. High Cortisol can interfere with weight loss There are good testing procedures for that.


Lastly, exercise is a must in weight control. We have become much more sedentary these days. Our bodies were used to lots of physical activity. Today we are primarily involved in mental activity.  This can actually use more energy per unit of time than physical exertion. The problem is that we need to do more than burn energy; we need a physical challenge as well. The body is the most energy efficient system there is, and will shut down any system not being used or reduce the level of a system in relationship to the demands put on it.  Weight lifting is especially good, since you continue to burn at a higher caloric rate than at rest, for up to three hours following the end of your exercise. Cardiovascular workouts are good, as long as they are not too intense. With the rise in intensity, you start burning too efficiently, which is good if you are out in the wild – not so good if you are working out to change your body. Another suggestion is to get outside to walk. There is a huge positive physiological advantage to being out in wide-open spaces; healing takes place faster. The more muscle you have, the faster you burn calories. So, girls, don't be upset that it will take you a little longer than your guy friends, since guys normally have more muscle mass. It's physiology not chauvinism.


       In conclusion, weight control is a complicated biochemical formula.  Be aware that all diets work in the beginning, even eating twinkies. Of course, their success is often short lived. The good news is that by sensibly eating mostly organic foods with the addition of a few good quality whole food supplements, eating at natural intervals, reducing stress levels, exercising, and getting enough rest, you will have a good shot at having the body you want and need for optimum health. Why not start building your new body today?

Disclaimer: The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The nutritional information, suggestions, and research provided are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and should not be used as a substitute for sound medical advice. Please consult your health care professional in all matters pertaining to your physical health and before beginning any diet or fitness program.

Author: Dr. William H. Karl
Source: Dr. William H. Karl
Copyright: Dr. William H. Karl 2008

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Thyroid Health

Thyroid has been one of the most popular topics that I have spoken on in our series of health talks.  It becomes easy to see why there is so much concern when you consider all the body systems affected by the Thyroid. The reality is every that cell in your body is influenced by this little gland. Among the symptoms people may experience when this organ is not working right are the following.

Signs and Symptoms

- Axillary temperature test below 97.8 F or 36.5 C

- Chronic constipation

- Sensitive to cold weather

- Slow heart rate

- Chronic fatigue

- Excess hair loss

- Gain weight easily

- Recurrent infections

- Skin problems (dry, flaky skin)


- Depression

- Cold hands and feet

- Cry easily (may need iodine)

- Headaches/dizziness

- Myxedema (facial swelling, droopy eyes)

- Slow speech

- Feel worse in the morning

- Increased triglyceride and cholesterol levels due to increased fat utilization

- Feel better after exercising due to increased metabolic rate

- Cracking and peeling of skin on heels and hands (may need essential fatty acid support)

- Symptoms worse at change of season (spring/fall)

- Brittle fingernails

- Short windedness (can't breathe deep enough)

- Paranoia

- Memory loss (may need RNA support)

- Sudden change in personality

 -Loss of libido

Some of these are the common ones people think about, and then there are the others for which many people are being treated for things rather than the true cause and this isn't even the whole list.  This is where we see why so many people get frustrated with 'Health Care" especially conventional health care. Does this mean you should give up? No, of course not. This means we have incredible and amazing bodies that can be somewhat complicated at times so we have to listen to all the clues you the patient give us so we can all make the best possible choices to get well and stay well.

There can be a number of possible causes for thyroid dysfunction. 

Here are some of them:

Depressed immune function

Poor dietary habits

Food allergies/sensitivities

Nutrient deficiencies (mainly iodine, tyrosine, B-vitamins)

Hormone imbalances

Candida/parasites - a high percentage of Candida patients will not improve until thyroid function is addressed

Liver dysfunction - thyroid hormones are conjugated in the liver

Secondary hypothyroidism - due to anterior pituitary dysfunction (TSH<2.0 mcIU/ml)

Medications - estrogen compounds (i.e. the pill) will reduce T-3 uptake

Mercury toxicity - mercury inhibits the 5' deiodinase enzyme responsible for conversion to active T3 thyroid hormones

Now we that have the causes, what do we do about it?

First, of course, is based on which cause. In short, the most common cause of most modern health problems is having a lack of certain nutrients that, in the past, were common in our food supply.  The lack of these nutrients that our body depends on and their replacement with artificial and toxic substances that actually shut our body systems down are our major undoing.  We need the input of Vitamins A, B complex, E, specific amino acids, several different minerals. Iodine, Selenium, Zinc, Manganese, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper.

Yet, even when we provide the proper nutrition, we often find that we still aren't fully functional. Why? Because other body systems have to be working first. The adrenal, the filtration, and the elimination systems [Liver&Kidney's], all have to work or the thyroid doesn't function the way it should. In turn, some of these systems don't work until the thyroid works better too.

Now that you have a better handle on this little giant of an organ, you can see why there is so much interest in this subject.  Since most blood tests show you are okay when you know you're not, remember that you are not crazy. You are what is termed "sub clinical," which means that your condition does not yet warrant the use of drugs. This is a good thing as you may be helped with the right nutrition and be able to avoid the drugs.  If you go with nutrition, go with a wellness coach trained to help you avoid the pitfalls that can befall the less informed. Start with filling out the Thyroid Questionnaire that we have in the office and come to one of our Thyroid workshops to get the overview. We are having a workshop on Thiroid Health Monday, Nov 9 at the Livonia Civic Center Library.

Author: Dr. William H. karl
Source: Dr. William H. Karl
Copyright: Dr. William H. Karl 2008

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Wealth & Your Body


Minerals are a vital component of the human body, part of every process and reaction!  Our first mineral stores are from our mothers before birth.  If she has sufficient mineral stores, this works well.  If she is mineral deficient, problems begin.  Also, with less than two years between pregnancies, a mother's body does not have time to rebuild the proper mineral stores to create the most ideal health situation for herself and the next child.

Minerals are stored primarily in bone, but also in organs and other tissues.  Bone is approximately one-third mineral, one-third protein and one-third water.  Note to women who get bone scans: ask what your numbers are from your scan, and find out what these numbers are being compared to.  Did you know it is normal for postmenopausal women to have lower bone density than pre-menopausal women?  Why?  Because postmenopausal women do not have to store extra bone mineral for making babies, since that portion of their life is over.  However, this doesn't mean that their bone is any weaker than in pre-menopausal days.  Bone needs to be tough, not hard.  Excess and improperly packed mineral can make bone hard and easier to out for fluoride. 

Now, let's discuss what our body considers its most valuable minerals and why.  As you might guess, gold and silver do not hold the same value to the "body internal" as the "body external."   It's the same false assumption the Spanish made when they attacked the Mayans!   For those in need of a short history lesson, the story is that the Spaniards thought that the Mayans had huge piles of gold.  Only after destroying the Mayan's amazing civilization, they learned that their "gold" was actually maize (corn).   Since maize was valuable to the Mayans because it helped sustain their way of life, the Spaniards thought it must have been gold!

Minerals are important for certain reactions to take place, and also helps transport vitamins.  While the amount of minerals is important, more important is the ratio of the elements.  Dr. Janet Lang (author, teacher, researcher, and functional hormone expert) says that when you look at any system in the body, you need to look at more than just raw numbers compared to normal ranges.

The most important ratio is Sodium to Potassium (Na/K).  This ratio tells us about the condition of our adrenal glands, vitality, immunity, energy, and whether our body is building up or tearing down.  A high ratio indicates being in an alarm reaction, being under acute stress, or having feelings of anger.  Toxins can also elevate your sodium levels.  A low ratio can indicate a decreased adrenal effect, such as exhaustion.  It can show that you have chronic stress, low energy and energy reserves, decreased immunity, poor digestion or even allergic tendencies.  Abnormal emotions, such as frustration, resentment or hostility, can result from a sodium/potassium imbalance.  Before using drugs to treat these symptoms, know that these problems can be handled naturally.  Food is our best medicine and can treat almost every disease.

The Calcium/Magnesium (Ca/Mg) ratio tells us about your blood sugar and pancreas.  Do you overeat carbohydrates?  Are you emotionally defensive?  Are your cognitive (thinking) abilities off?  Do you lead a lifestyle not in your best interest?  A high ratio here could be causative.

The Calcium/Potassium (Ca/K) ratio can indicate a thyroid problem.  It also defines your oxidation rate, which is how fast you metabolize or burn your energy.  Too fast or too slow is bad. A fast oxidizer will have an exhausted body while their mind keeps going; they run on fumes, and if they don't stop, they often simply drop.  Fast oxidizers usually don't realize the severity of their problems until it's too late to do anything to save their life.  Do not depend upon symptoms to determine if you are healthy or not; get checked out by someone that understands health and knows how to help keep you healthy.  While checking your mineral ratios when you don't have symptoms goes against the mentality of "Don't fix what isn't broken," it is better to find out before it's too late!

Sodium/Magnesium (Na/Mg) indicates adrenal activity and also helps define the oxidation rate.  A high ratio may indicate being in an alarm reaction, acute stress (new stress) and/or toxins.  A low ratio can be old stress and exhaustion.

Zinc/Copper (Zn/Cu) can indicate male or female hormone imbalances.  Zinc correlates to progesterone effect in women, and testosterone effect in men.  Copper roughly correlates to estrogen effects in both men and women.  A high ratio can be misleading because of hidden Copper.  Too high a level can interfere with hormones but can't be reduced until the minerals are properly replaced, or the body will crash.  Calcium/Phosphorus (Ca/P) tells about your nervous system, both sympathetic and parasympathetic, as well as your protein usage.   In other words, are you breaking down the protein in the food, or is your body breaking down instead?

Dr. Paul C. Eck correlated this information on mineral ratios through years of research on hundreds of thousands of people.  This work has been continued and enhanced by Dr. Lawrence Wilson, M.D., and Dr. Janet Lang, D.C.  In order to learn about your mineral ratios, consider having a "Hair Analysis" done through a lab that will give you the most accurate information from the analysis.  This can be done at a relatively low cost and repeated to track your progress as you take steps to get healthier.  Call today to find out how to get a picture of your body's health and what to do about it with these amazing tests!

Author: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C.
Source: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C.
Copyright: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C. 2008

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Spring Detoxification

The ice and snow are on the way out and spring is almost upon us.  Spring is when most of us come out of hibernation, get more active and start trying to lose the fat stores that kept us warm over the winter.  Did you know that bears hibernating over winter often lose up to half of their total body mass by burning fat?   Bodies like to burn fat because there is a lot of fuel in fat, almost two and a half times more (2.4 x) than in protein or carbohydrates.   So why don't we lose our fat stores as easily as bears do?  Wouldn't you settle for losing 20-40 pounds, just by sleeping? 

The biggest reason we don't burn fat easily is because we are full of toxins, and our bodies store toxins in fat.  Our bodies do not want to burn "toxic fat" because the toxins would be re-released into the body.  To explain this further, the fat burning cycle is initiated by the hormone glucagon, which is released when we eat protein.  Three main things inhibit the production of glucagon.  The first is excess Cortisol, released due to stress.  The second is excess estrogen. (Even guys produce or have excess estrogen in their bodies, obtained through food, tap water or other sources in the environment.)  The third inhibitor is toxic overload within the body.  So, when toxins stress our bodies, our bodies do not burn fat.  Our resourceful bodies have stored toxins in fat so that they can't harm us, and will not start burning fat as long as our bodies continue to be stressed with toxins.  To make matters worse, when our fat stores are full of toxins, we develop even more fat stores to take care of our newly acquired toxins.  No wonder losing fat is so difficult!

Now, what to do?  First, avoid toxins whenever you can.  Do things like eating clean food.  (Organic is best.)  Drink pure water.  (Add a pinch of Celtic sea salt to your purified water so that it can become more like natural water that comes complete from nature with trace minerals.)  Second, detoxify your body.  Since detoxification can be done on so many levels, I won't go into all methods at this time but here are some basics. 

Detoxifying on a cellular level with homeopathic remedies stimulates the body's natural process of elimination in order to cleanse itself of toxins.  This process cleans the basement membrane between the cells and capillaries.  One of the best ways to detoxify is using a combination product such as Heel's Detox Kit.  Ask a wellness doctor versed in homeopathy about the best way to use this kit and other cleansing homeopathic remedies.

More intense detoxification can occur when cleaning your filtering organs, the liver and kidneys.  There are lots of things out there for doing organ cleanses, such as commercial products as well as ones you put together yourself.   Here are some important things to think about.  Any process that involves putting your internal organs through strong or violent contractions to expel debris has the potential for causing problems.  Always work with a trained healthcare professional to coach you so you can avoid major pitfalls.  Your goal is to get healthier, not create havoc for your system. 

When looking at your options for liver, gallbladder and kidney cleansing, keep in mind that there are two basic styles.  The first style, called a flush, is popular because it takes only a short period of time to complete.  A flush tends to put the organs into spasms to eject their debris, which has the potential for lodging stones in small ducts.  This would be bad news!  The second style consists of using herbs and supplements to slowly dissolve both calcium and cholesterol stones over time.  While not as flashy, this method is much safer. 

People who have completed detoxification programs generally report having more energy, weight loss, improved digestion, the ability to think clearer, and changes in their physical appearance, reflected in things such as clearer skin and shinier hair.  If you are ready to start a detoxification or purification program, make an appointment at Karl Chiropractic Clinic & Wellness Center to get the assistance you need.  Plan to wake up happily from your winter hibernation in a rested, completely restored and healthy body by detoxifying your body naturally!

*Disclaimer by law:  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.  This information reflects the opinions of the author and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Author: Dr. William H. Karl
Source: Dr. William H. Karl
Copyright: Dr. William H. Karl 2008

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'Tis The Season For Allergies

Does the word "Allergy" strike terror into your heart?  Do you sniffle, sneeze, or wheeze your way into spring?  If so, read on…  

Questions about allergies are numerous:  What are allergies?  Why do people get them?  Why do some get them, and some don't?  What can I do about them that won't leave me worse for trying?  The fact is that allergies are highly misunderstood by many people. They are often mistaken for colds, flu, food poisoning, and many other maladies.  So, what are allergies?  Allergies are a result of the bodies attempt to protect you from both common and foreign substances entering into your system.  The body's immune system sees these substances as a threat to your health and safety.  These substances could be almost anything, from dairy products to pet dander to unfamiliar substances such as the things found in genetically modified foods.  While protection sounds good- and is good- under most circumstances, an allergic attack is not.  This attack is also known as a  "Hypersensitivity disorder" [direct contact with allergen] or "Atopy" [indirect contact].  The allergic attack is an overreaction to the invaders in question. It is likened to the body sending out an entire army to take out an individual.  The problem with this is that your body's response to the threat causes you more harm than the threat itself! What is happening in an allergic reaction?  One of the bodies defense mechanisms called an imunoglobian (Ig X) where the X designates a particular Imunoglobulin, attaches to an offending particle, which is then taken off to a mast cell that will release a  substance called a " histamine."  This is to engulf the offenders and rinse them out of the body.  That is why drinking more water helps when you get an allergy.  The offending particle may also push out thru the skin, resulting in redness and itching as another way to get it out of the body. Too bad the body's methods cause so much turmoil! 

What kinds of allergic reactions are there?  First, there are airborne allergies that affect your nose, sinus cavities, throat, lungs, and any other mucus membrane surface that the allergen comes in contact with.  This is an IgE form, and takes place quickly, usually within two hours.  Next are the IgG's, which usually take 36 to 72 hours to show up.  Food allergens are in this group.  The delayed response makes it difficult to determine which food produced the symptoms.  A most interesting phenomenon is that eating this food can initially make the person feel better because endorphins are produced in response to inflammation from the offending food.  The result is that people often crave the foods that they are allergic to. 

Another allergic reaction  related to food is the secretory IgA-mediated response.  In this form, problems occur when there is repeated ingestion of an offending food.  After the body secretes mucus over a long enough period of time, it gives up, and the allergen comes in contact with body tissues and we get undigested food crossing over into the blood stream, producing inflammation.Why do people become allergic? There are several possible reasons. One of the biggest reasons is that your body has come in contact with "foreign proteins" at some earlier time, and created an arsenal of specific antibodies to dispose of the threat.  That earlier time may have been when you were an infant and your digestive system was too immature to process some of the foods that you were given, so they crossed into your blood stream not fully digested, and your body saw them as a threat.  This is very common.  You may have inherited the allergy from a parent.  Some allergies only show up after repeated exposure to the allergen, and your body can no longer fend off the irritant that they are allergic to! 

What should you do if you have allergies?  First, understand your body better, and work with it.  You may already be familiar with various medical treatments, including prescription and over the counter drugs that have various results; less well known are the many natural things that can be done to help your body cope with and begin to eliminate allergies. Here are a few suggestions: Avoid known allergens. Reduce exposure to environmental pollutants and toxins.  Strengthen your immune system by correcting nutritional defieciencies and starting a detoxification program.  Don't take medications that you don't really need.  Eat a healthy diet. Add some specific vitamins, minerals and herbs to your diet, such as vitamin C, selenium, zinc, some glandular support for your adrenal glands, Echinacea, fenugreek and goldenseal to help your body handle allergic responses better.  Acidifying your system back to the correct level is also very helpful.  Also, remember to drink plenty of water.

In the office, we use a technique called A/SERT (Allergy/Sensitivity Elimination & Reprogramming Technique) to desensitize a person to allergens. The method was initially developed by Dr. Nambudripad and further refined. It utilizes accupoints, and the allergen itself, to clear allergic reactions.  (No more having to "take something" to make it go away.) So, as you can see, allergies are nothing to sneeze at!

Author: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C.
Source: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C.
Copyright: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C. 2008

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