An Apple a Day? Healthy Choices vs. InflammationMy pre-60th birthday journey to improve my previous test results from Seasons of Farragut continues! This month I decided to focus on the first tenet in our Seasons wellness regimen - nutrition!
About two years ago I took the ALCAT test and was astonished at my lengthy list of reactive foods! The ALCAT is a fascinating food sensitivity test in which white blood cells are introduced to a variety of foods, chemicals, and herbs. The severity of the reaction determines if a substance is mild, moderate, severe, or normal within my body. Since knowledge is power, I decided to receive the news that gluten and dairy were on my "severe list" as a positive indicator rather than “buyers’ remorse” for having performed the test!
Lyn-Genet Recitas has written a book, The Plan, which explains how inflammation from food intolerance can cause symptoms such as joint pain, skin disorders, fatigue, weight issues, headaches, and digestive disorders. Whereas a food allergy can have almost an immediate effect, a food sensitivity may not show up for several hours to 3 days later. For weight gain, it’s not as much about the calories as the chemistry of the body. One person may benefit from last night’s salmon and broccoli but someone else may actually gain 2 pounds. Inflammation from food intolerance causes damage to the lining of the gut. As the lining becomes “leaky” with gaps present, foods begin to slip through not completely digested. This causes the body to attack undigested foods.
As we age, inflammation can increase which causes our systems to slow down. Many of us have much less stomach acid and digestive enzymes to break down food. This can ultimately alter our weight and our health. Reactive foods cause our bodies to produce more histamine which causes water retention via dilated capillaries. The brain responds by increasing the production of Cortisol. As more Cortisol is produced, fewer sex hormones are produced since both sets of hormones depend on the same building blocks. Increased Cortisol causes an increase in glucose which causes an increase in blood sugar! This domino effect alters the good bacteria in the gut and can increase yeast production. The altered gut flora leads to a weakened immune response since about 70% of our immune system is in the gut.
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History has a way of repeating itself
History has a way of repeating itself.
This is usually a phrase attributed to governments and/or politics. But history has a way of repeating itself in almost all aspects of life. Events separated by time. Mistakes forgotten, but mistakes refound through the blinders of time. Memory lapses that remake mistakes.
Medicine is not immune to these lapses in memory. The time in history is usually separated by centuries. But in medicine these momentary lapses can be just decades. No better example exists than that of the current marketing-based practice in the use of Testosterone in men.
Does One Size Fit All?
One size fits all approach to medicine never works. It doesn’t work in traditional allopathic medicine and it doesn’t work in natural medicine. Whether it is natural or not, a physician cannot treat all patients the same. This seems logical too most, but this is a tunnel of thinking that medicine cannot get itself out of. The reason for this spiral of thinking is the high volume, low quality business constraints of the current business model. But, this not the purpose of this post and will not be discussed further.
The use of Testosterone replacement therapies have increased by 500% over the last 2 decades. This increase use, based on marketing-based medicine, has brought about the commonly seen marketing phrases—“anti-aging”, “fountain of youth”, “ever young”.. present everywhere. This has led to inappropriate expectations by both patients and their doctors. The reason? Because the therapies are based on marketing and beliefs that neither of which have a foundation in the scientific evidence currently available. A belief is great if it is based on a foundation of solid data. But a belief based on no data is a fools errand and a belief in nothing at all.
Seasons of Farragut ~ Clinic
Balance your body. Balance your life. It’s more than just a couple of phrases. Seasons of Farragut is a wellness center with a refreshingly different approach toward health and wellness. Why the focus on health and wellness these days? At Seasons we believe that wellness is the body’s natural state, and giving your body the support it needs is the key to a vibrant and healthy life.
Seasons blends state-of-the-art testing and medical knowledge to design an individualized treatment program for each patient. Using saliva, blood and GI tests, actual levels of hormones, vitamins, amino acids, toxins, bacteria, and more can be determined. Identifying and addressing food and chemical sensitivities can dramatically improve complaints of weight gain, fatigue, mood swings, joint pain, headache, IBS and more.
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