Category: Clinical Update

Milk Thistle – Not Just for Detox

Milk ThistleWith the holidays, parties, and eating splurges behind us, there is no better time than now to detoxify the body and shed some extra pounds. Your patients/clients, whether they tell you or not, are likely thinking about starting their 2016 detox. And they will have lots of company. There are many detox recommendations out there ranging from helpful to just plain silly, and even dangerous. You can help your patients sort through the information and detox safely by offering them guidance and an effective protocol to use.

One key agent to include in any detoxification protocol is Silymarin (or milk thistle). Silymarin is well known for its liver support and cleansing properties, and there is research showing it can help decrease blood sugar levels in those with diabetes. It has also been shown to improve insulin resistance – a precursor to diabetes and a huge trigger factor for weight gain. Read more.

Since regular detoxification not only removes unwanted toxins and helps with weight loss, but also strengthens the immune system, increases energy and improves skin quality, now really is a great time to detox!

Detoxification is one of five key elements of the clinically validated Well Guard training. In this presentation by Dr. Russell Jaffe you'll hear strategies for getting the bad stuff out and the good stuff in. You'll also learn about PERQUE Liva Guard Forte containing silymarin and the complete PERQUE Detox Program that provides comprehensive nutrients for a complete multi-system detoxification.

 

Travel Tips for Sustained Wellness

DrJaffeTravelTipsMEMEDr. Jaffe was recently asked how he maintains his health-promoting routines given his heavy travel schedule. Here are Dr. Jaffe's recommendations for staying well while you travel.

Travel Tip From “Road Warrior, Dr. Russell Jaffe

  1. Plan a travel day because delays and diversions occur so often now that it makes sense to provide flexible time. When schedules work, there might be time to see an exhibit or catch a show. When on planes, drink 8 ounces of water per hour of flight. Chair hatha / prana yoga and active meditation help balance out the flight.
  2. Know where you are staying, find a green grocer or Whole Foods type market so that you can stock your room with whole foods — those we can digest, assimilate and eliminate without immune burden. Stay out of restaurants to the extent possible. Find organic / raw food / whole food local restaurants when ‘en suite’ eating is not feasible.
  3. Line up supplements next to the array of colorful foods.
  4. Carry stretching bands to help with stretching — before bed and on waking while in bed, in the shower, in the hot tub and / or somewhere for a total of 20 minutes along with a 20-45 minute amble… in the greenest place nearby.
  5. Noise canceling headphones and eye shades are helpful when you want to cocoon.
  6. Schedule a Feldenkrais / Trager / Alexander technique session when possible. Seek out word of mouth referrals to people with healing hands.
  7. Use the basics of the health club from sauna to hot tub when available. Avoid spa or hotel massages because there are a lot of inexperienced body workers.
  8. Use travel as a challenge to our usual habits… bring a beginner’s mind, a sense of ourselves as beings of light within larger spheres of light and gratitude for meaningful work.

 

 

Measure Mineral Status & Metabolic Acidosis Risk

The pH level of urine after 6 hours of rest reflects pH throughout the body. Levels below 6.5 indicate metabolic acidosis. Low pH also suggests mineral deficits, because minerals are pulled from bone and body fluid during metabolic acidosis to buffer and reduce acids and maintain pH within a health range.

Acid-alkaline balance is important. Tiny changes in pH have profound implications for cell metabolism. Life exists poised exquisitely just above the neutral point of 7.0. Levels of pH above 7.5 can indicate catabolic illness in which amino acids are used as energy sources.

Any unusual variation in urinary pH is usually reflected in the first morning urine. This calls for changes in diet and/or nutritional supplements to restore acid-alkaline balance. Simply checking the pH level each day provides ongoing monitoring to see whether pH has been corrected. (Click here for 1st AM Urine pH test protocol) This is an important aspect of biochemistry – so if there is an abnormality, that has to be monitored regularly.

Healthy values are urine pH in the 6.5-7.5 range.

Measure your 1st AM Urine pH with the 15-day self-test kit available from ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies. Call 1.800.553.5472 to order yours.


Autoimmune Thyroiditis

Autoimmune thyroiditis is the most common undiagnosed autoimmune disease. This will make patients resistant to a variety of therapies, while often going undiagnosed as the cause of fatigue or other problems (i.e., failure to heal or respond to other therapies). Read More

Gut Hyperpermeability

The gut is a major, potential portal of entry into the body for foreign antigens. Only its intact mucosal barrier protects the body from foreign antigen entry and systemic exposure.

This mucosal barrier is made up of non-immunological components (mucous coat, mucous membranes) working independently and in concert with the local mucosal immune system (secretory IgA, lymphoid elements in Peyer’s patches). Its effective functioning is peripherally assisted by a competent immune system (especially IgA production, RES function), specific hepatobiliary functions (Kupffer cell activation/phagocytosis, hepatocyte function, bile production and elimination), a healthy/balanced population of host-friendly microflora (roughly a 20-40/60-80 ratio of Gram negative to Gram positive with sufficient percent of Lactobacillus species), and optimal digestive processes (adequate HCI/pepsin and pancreatic digestive enzyme activity, optimal soluble fiber intake, low transit time). 

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