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Interesting Facts About Blood Pressure

So, we’ll begin slow and introduce the essential material in as simple a manner as possible. Let’s start with some definitions.

What is Blood Pressure? Blood pressure is the balance in the circulatory system between the force of the fluid pushing out against the vessel wall and the force of the vessel wall pushing back. This balance has been determined to be best when the vessel wall pushing back (systolic) is maintained at approximately 120 mm Hg with the fluid pressure pushing out (diastolic) at 80 mm Hg, or a “normal” blood pressure of 120/80. This balance between the internal fluid pressure and the external vessel pressure is not unlike the same balance that exists in all closed fluid environments, such as your home plumbing, your automobile fuel line or your garden hose. Of course, there are differences in the materials in question…the plumbing using either PVC, copper or iron, the fuel line using copper and the garden hose some variety of polymer or stretchable fabric. The closest to the human body is most likely the garden hose because it has the characteristic of flexibility inherent in its properties; however, the fact remains if any one of these systems…whether plumbing, fuel line, garden hose or human blood vessel realizes a internal fluid pressure exceeding the external materials “push back”…rupture occurs. With all four, a rupture equals decrease pressure “in the line”. With plumbing you have a flood, fuel line you run out of gas, garden hose a trickle of water but with the human body, we refer to it as bleeding out. All represent trouble, but only the body rupture represents possible death.

What is the Purpose of Blood Pressure? The purpose of blood pressure is to carry the blood, which transports nourishment, to all the areas of the body including the distal parts: fingers of the upper extremity and toes of the lower extremity. Loss of blood to an area first results in loss of temperature but as the loss increases the risk of gangrene increases…death to the body part. Hence, it is essential that the blood pressure be maintained in an optimal range in order to maintain healthy tissue.

In what ways does Blood Pressure become out of balance? Most likely you are familiar with the two forms of Blood Pressure imbalances: the pressure either becomes too great, known as High Blood Pressure or Hypertension; or the pressure becomes too low, known as Low Blood Pressure or Hypotension. Hypotension is not normally a concern to most physicians especially in the young and fit unless an emergency event is occurring. Hypertension is the greater concern to healthcare professionals. There are two main types of Hypertension: primary and secondary. Primary Hypertension is hypertension unrelated to any other known or diagnosed disease process in the body; whereas, Secondary Hypertension is hypertension resulting from some other issue occurring , such as pregnancy which can lead to a condition known as gestational hypertension (normally occurring after 20 weeks, without other organ damage) which regrettably, in some women, leads to a more serious condition known as pre-eclampsia (which normally suggests other organ involvement and can become a fatal condition if left untreated).1

What causes the loss of proper Blood Pressure balance? This is an interesting question, primarily because we don’t always know what the causes are and because we don’t always know the causes, doctors in an effort to help the patient avoid a stroke or heart attack, deal with the problem from the symptom perspective, recommending treatments that effectively reduce the fluid status of the body. Some information as to the cause, in a general way, can be ascertained as a result of clinical trial and error as the doctor tries to bring a patient’s unbalanced pressure under control. This is a complicated process because there are hundreds of combinations of drugs. There are approximately eleven categories of anti-hypertensive drugs utilized today, including Diuretics, Beta-Blockers, ACE Inhibitors, Angiotension II Receptor Blockers, Calcium Channel Blockers, Alpha Blockers, Alpha-2 Receptor Agonist, Combined Alpha and Beta Blockers, Central Agonists, Peripheral Adrenergic Inhibitors and Blood vessel dilators (vasodilators).2

Is There Anything “New Under the Sun”? Funny you should ask. Recently I read an article presented by Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S., of the Functional Medicine University, in which Dr. Grisanti reports the following: “There is now a new natural weapon to combat against the growing population of high blood pressure sufferers. Now this new weapon is as close as your backyard. What I am talking about is good old sunlight. Blood pressure levels are commonly higher during winter months. The question you may ask is what is the mechanism that allows sunlight to lower blood pressure?3 British researchers have figured out why. The answer is nitric oxide (NO). “Nitric oxide is known to reduce blood pressure by evoking vasodilation either directly by causing relaxation of vascular smooth muscle or indirectly by acting in the rostral brainstem to reduce central sympathetic outflow, which decreases the release of norepinephrine from sympathetic nerve terminals. Basically, nitric oxide increases the elasticity of the artery walls and helps to normalize high blood pressure.”4 

Well, there you have it…there is something “new” under the Sun (not really!)…the Sun itself is more healing then we might have thought previously. If you suffer from high blood pressure you might find that getting out in the sun more often may reduce your need for medications and assist your body in doing it’s job more effectively. To your health!

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1. Mayo Clinic: Healthy Lifestyle High blood pressure and pregnancy: Know the facts http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/pregnancy/art-20046098  Checked on 20150523 @ 5:10 PM EDST.

2. American Heart Association, Types of Blood Pressure Medications: The Classes of Blood Pressure Medications http://bit.ly/1pyQu0I  Checked on 20150523 @ 5:29 EDST.

3. Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.; Lower Blood Pressure: Surprising New Study. http://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/926.cfm

4. Donald Liu, Bernadette O Fernandez, Alistair Hamilton, Ninian N Lang, Julie M C Gallagher, David E Newby, Martin Feelisch and Richard B Weller, UVA Irradiation of Human Skin Vasodilates Arterial Vasculature and Lowers Blood Pressure Independently of Nitric Oxide Synthase, Journal of Investigative Dermatology  20 February 2014 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/jid.2014.27

 
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Chiropractic versus Medical care

Can Chiropractic replace Medical Care? The short answer is no, but leaving it there would deprive so many people of such incredible help in the area of restoring and maintaining vibrant health.

The topic brings to mind a friend, and of late, a patient of mine. His entire life he has trusted the medical profession exclusively and considered Chiropractors to be what medicine had taught him they were: quacks. He and I served on the same civic organization and when he found himself unable to walk without a walker in his mid-sixties, he immediately sought their help. Weeks later…no help, no ideas as to why he couldn’t walk after seeing many medical doctors. I literally had to just about beg him to let me evaluate him, and if he hadn’t been so desperate, I doubt he would have agreed. I did not do surgery, prescribed no drugs, employed no physical therapy…just assisted him over a three week period in “balancing” some factors with his body that were amiss and he was able to put the walker away in that time period and it has persisted for over a year to date. I see him about every four to six weeks.  During the first eight weeks, he decided to limit some of the sixteen medications he was on after I helped him see some of the side effects they might be causing, he is now taking three…a lot easier for the body to accommodate. His testimony is recorded on this site as the “Outdoorsman”.

Some would say chiropractic is an alternative health care system, actually my own clinic is called The Alternative Health Center; however, it really is a misnomer. For something to be “alternative” suggests it exists in contrast or complimentary to a “primary” system, in this case healthcare. To those of us familiar with healthcare, both medical and “alternative” the notion that medicine is primary is disturbing. I believe Chiropractic should be the “primary”, first choice in keeping oneself healthy and medicine should be taken out of that role.

Don’t get me wrong, medicine has a very important place in healthcare delivery. If I fall out of a three story building, please do not take me to my Chiropractor until after you take me to the emergency room. If my blood pressure spikes to stroke/myocardial infarction levels, please first get me to the emergency room prior to my D.C.s office. The brilliance of medicine in certain areas is astounding, such as emergency medicine, plastic surgery, reconstructive and emergency surgery…to name a few, but in the area of “being healthy”, of fostering and maintaining “robust health”…let’s face it, medicine falls woefully short; hence, the common advice given by medical doctors every day…”I don’t find anything wrong with you, go home and if it GETS WORSE come back”.

Medicine is “crisis” care, “traumatic” care, “life or death” care but it is NOT healthcare. Medicine really knows very little about being healthy…it know a lot about saving a life. There’s a quip among alternative healthcare practitioners about medicine, “They save your life in the emergency room only to take you up to the ward where they let you die.” Obviously, not a fair quip, in my own health crisis, they certainly kept me alive during and after the event…for which I am very grateful.

Let’s face it, dying is fearful…we all know we will have to do it but we all want to think there is somebody who can stop it from happening. Truth is, we all will most likely one day need the help of a medical doctor if we live long enough…but, if we address the factors associated with “being healthy” from our youth, perhaps we won’t be in need of that care until well into our twilight years.

Chiropractic doesn’t have all the answers, if it had, I would never consult a medical doctor… but the fact is, I have and do. To me the issue isn’t Medicine or Chiropractic, it’s which one is primary.

Example: I have been grossly overweight since youth…lost it several times to one degree or another but I’ve always been overweight. Heart disease runs in my family…male cousins died at 45, grandfather at 49 and my own dad at 51…all thin, actually almost athletic, serious hunters. One would think with that history AND being overweight, I should have died in my 40s but here I am in my mid-sixties and still moving along. One major health crisis at 61 but I’m recovering. I attribute my survival…other than to the excellent medical care I received at UT Medical center…to the fact that, unlike my cousins, grandfather and father, I’ve been…like my mother who lived into her eighties, a chiropractic patient since I was two years old (dad never knew Mom had me adjusted when I would accompany her to her visits).

To me, the proof is in the pudding (sic). A case study of “one” but certainly one that matters a great deal to me. While considering a career path change in my early thirties, chiropractic just seemed a great, wonderful, helping career for me to pursue and I’ve never regretted it. Some say “chiropractic is like religion”…I say “Amen”!

So what do you think? Any experiences with chiropractic or are you still, figuratively speaking, drinking the medical cool-aid?

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Custom Orthotics and Your Back

When it comes to chronic pain, patients aren’t just looking for a quick fix, they want long-term relief. That’s why chiropractic care is the preferred choice of millions of Americans. Rather than just masking the pain, Doctors of Chiropractic treat the source of the pain, which in many cases is caused or worsened by dysfunction elsewhere in the body. One area commonly treated with the intention of improving spinal conditions is the lower extremities, specifically the foot and ankle. For these situations, often the best treatment comes in the form of custom foot orthotics, also known as shoe inserts, after the Chiropractor has adjusted and stabilized the joints.
What are Orthotics?
The need for orthotics is often related to the natural functionality of the foot. They are designed to correct foot posture and abnormal walking patterns. Patients use orthotics to help make everyday activities more comfortable and efficient by altering the angles at which the feet strike the ground.
Custom orthotics are often misunderstood because there are so many non-custom options available at the closest drug store. Most people assume the non-custom products will be sufficient enough. However, these products do not treat specific conditions, they are mostly used to improve comfort and decrease shock absorption. On the other hand, custom orthotics are custom made for your feet and your particular condition.

Orthotics are a lot more substantial than store-bought brands because they can actually improve the way you walk or stand. Orthotics help realign the feet and ankles to restore deficient foot function. Orthotics also enable a more even weight distribution, taking pressure off sore spots on the heels, balls of the feet, between toes and on the soles of the feet. The main purpose of an orthotic insole is to improve foot function, in many cases reducing pain and preventing problems and injuries in the future.
What can they treat?
Biomechanical problems affecting the feet can increase stresses within the foot structure and the surrounding soft tissue. This ultimately creates localized pain in the feet and ankles, as well as problems in the lower limbs, knees, hips and back. Orthotics align joints correctly and promotes efficient weight distribution whether you’re standing, walking, jogging or jumping. Using custom orthotics to correct poor foot mechanics can improve and prevent many types of pain and symptoms, including but not limited to:
• Achilles Tendonitis
• Lower Back Pain
• Ankle Pain
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Tendonitis
• Shin Splints
• Knee Pain
Chiropractic care in conjunction with custom orthotics is a great way to treat your chronic pain. We work with patients to determine a proper treatment plan that includes adjustments/manipulations, therapeutic exercises and anything else you might need to strengthen the supportive musculature of your spine. If we don’t offer any specific service, be assured we will assist you in finding it.
This article is not intended to replace the services of a doctor. It does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Information in this article is for informational purposes only & is not a substitute for professional advice. Please do not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating any condition.

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Fatty Liver Disease

With the traditional Western diet rich in processed foods, junk food, refined bakery goods and sugar, many diseases are linked to what is called fatty liver disease.

In the USA the incidence of fatty liver is 15 to 20% of the general population and is much higher than this in obese individuals.1 A condition that used to occur almost exclusively in people who drank excessively, fatty liver disease epidemics have now increased with the rise of diabetes and obesity.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, also known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), is a condition where the cells of triglyceride fat accumulate in liver cells. This accumulation is due to impairment of elimination of triglyceride fat. Non-alcoholic liver disease can lead to permanent liver damage. The liver may enlarge, and over time, liver cells may be replaced by scar tissue, which is then called cirrhosis. If cirrhosis becomes severe, a liver transplant may be needed. Risk factors associated with this disease include diabetes mellitus, obesity, protein malnutrition, hypertension, and irritable bowel disease.
An article published in The New England Journal of Medicine in late 2009 argued that the inflammatory factors of a fatty liver promote atherosclerosis, a process that damages the insides of arteries, and makes blood more likely to clot – a combination that can lead to heart attack or stroke.2 The authors of this article pointed to a study showing that, “People with NASH are twice as likely to die from heart attack or stroke as people without it. And NASH seems to add to the risks that come with excess weight.”2
Alcoholic induced fatty liver disease affects 90-100% of the 15 million people in the U.S. who abuse or overuse alcohol.3 When alcohol is metabolized in the liver, a cascade of events occur where free radicals damage mitochondria in the liver cells which also creates a depletion of oxygen for energy in the cells.4 One of the byproducts of alcohol metabolism is fat. This damage promotes the formation of fatty deposits which can progress to cirrhosis. At this stage, fatty liver disease can be treated by discontinuing the consumption of alcohol.
Fructose: Plumping up liver cells
Fructose is more commonly found in the traditional Western diet than it was before. It’s used as a major source of refined sugar in the making of breakfast cereals, pastries, sodas, fruit drinks, and other sweet foods and beverages. According to Manal Abdelmalek, MD, of Duke University, greater fructose consumption is associated with younger
age, male sex, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, decreased serum glucose, increased caloric intake, and hyperuricemia.5 Excessive dietary consumption of fructose has been linked to obesity and non-alcoholic liver disease.
Consumption these days mostly comes from high-fructose corn syrup, particularly in soda. A detailed process on how high-fructose consumption might influence liver disease, as described by Dr. Abdelmalek, involves an elevation of uric acid occurring due to chronic Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) destruction within the cell of the liver.5 ATP is used by cells for the transportation of energy for metabolism. The breakdown of fructose can elevate triglycerides, raise harmful LDL cholesterol, promote visceral fat, increase blood pressure, and can lead to diabetes – all, which you may have noticed, are signs of fatty liver disease.
Reversing a fatty liver
A fatty liver can be reversed, but it can take some time. The liver is one of the main organs that help us burn fat. Although the stomach is responsible for breaking down and processing fats, it is the gallbladder and liver which are the organs at work.

As Nancy Desjardin, RHN and weight loss expert says, “Don’t even try and think about losing weight until you are sure that the gallbladder and liver are both clean and working as they should.”6 The liver and gallbladder produce bile to help with the digestion of fats. Fats will start building up if the liver and gallbladder are not working efficiently. If you do not have a gallbladder then a digestive enzyme is recommended.
Dr. Sandra McRae M.D., who specialized in liver diseases and who also works with naturopaths, suggests that gradual weight reduction with as little as a 5-10% loss of initial body weight over 6 months is recommended.1 A study published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in 2006 also found that three months worth of nutritional guidance, plus a pair of one-hour exercise sessions each week, helped obese teens improve fatty liver disease.7
The body needs to be provided with the correct nutrients required by the metabolic and detoxification pathways to effectively improve the liver function. This needs to be a combination of correct eating principles that should be followed generally as a way of life and the correct supplementation to give the liver what it needs. Dietary guidelines and supplementation recommendations based on a comprehensive blood analysis can give you a detailed description of exactly what your body needs.

Get tested today to start making healthy lifestyle changes towards optimal wellness!

Get adjusted by your chiropractor. Chiropractors do not treat diseased livers; however, a chiropractor detects and corrects the vertebral subluxation complex. If there is restriction in vertebral segments this can cause interference with the nervous system. Therefore, maintaining or returning to normal function may help your body be more efficient with the nourishment you do provide it. Once the proper chiropractic adjustment is given the body usually responds in a short period of time.

References:
1. Dr. McRae, Sandra. Fatty Liver. SCB International Inc. http://www.liverdoctor.com/fatty-liver. Accessed on August 30, 2012
2. Harvard Health Newsletters. When the liver gets fatty. Harvard Health Publications. January 2011
3. Dr. Saenger, Michael. Fatty Liver Disease. WebMD, LLC. June 6, 2012. http://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/fatty-liver-disease?page=3 Accessed on August 29, 2012
4. Shepard, Bob. Antioxidant may prevent fatty liver disease. UABNews. May 2, 2011
5. Bankhead, Charles. Fructose Leads to Fatty Liver Disease. Medpage Today. April 29, 2010. http://www.medpagetoday.com/Gastroenterology/GeneralHepatology/19825 Accessed on August 29, 2012
6. Rafter, Jackie. The Liver’s Crucial Role in Weight Loss. Livlonginc. http://livlong.ca/374/the-livers-crucial-role-in-weight-loss. Accessed on August 29, 2012.
7. Dr. Mercola, Joseph. Exercise fights fatty liver disease. July 25, 2009. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/07/25/exercise-fights-fatty-liver-disease.aspx Accessed on August 31, 2012

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Mosquitoes

The long summer nights are upon us and with the stars in the sky and the sounds of the chirping crickets, it’s nice to sit outside and take pleasure of the warm season. As dusk approaches though, those pesky mosquitoes are out amongst us as well. Some experts are predicting one of the worst summers in decades for mosquitoes. The mild winter is one reason for the spike. The weather didn’t get cold enough to kill off all the eggs and because of the warmer winter, mosquitoes started laying eggs earlier this year1.

Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance; their bites can cause the transmission of diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis, and West Nile virus to humans and animals. “Symptoms of most of these diseases include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and rash, which are mild symptoms to severe symptoms that include neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, tremor, coma, vision loss, and paralysis. These severe symptoms could last weeks or could be permanent. The onset of symptoms usually begins three to 14 days after a mosquito bite. However, up to 80% of people who are infected with WNV will show no symptoms at all. People who are mostly likely to show symptoms if bitten by an infected mosquito are infants, the elderly and people with auto-immune deficiencies”2.

Some people are more prone to being bitten by a mosquito than others. Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide of the air we exhale. A pregnant woman may exhale up to 21 percent more carbon dioxide than a non-pregnant woman3. Mosquitoes are also attracted to lactic acid, which is produced in muscles during exertion and released by your sweat glands. Movement, sweat, moisture and dark colors also attract mosquitoes. There are ways to ward off these members of the fly family; however, some ways are more harmful than others.

DEET is the most common active ingredient in insect repellents and should be used with caution. Researchers suggest that humans may experience memory loss, headache, weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, tremors and shortness of breath with heavy exposure to DEET and other insecticides4. Children are particularly at risk of these side effects because their skin absorbs chemicals in the environment and these chemicals more potently affect their developing nervous systems.

The following precautions were issued by The New York State Department of Health for repellents containing DEET:
• Store bottle out of the reach of children and read all instructions on label before applying.
• Do not let children apply DEET themselves because they may put them in their mouths or touch their eyes.
• Avoid prolonged and excessive use of DEET. Use sparingly to cover exposed skin; do not treat unexposed skin.
• Do not apply repellents in enclosed areas. This is especially important when using sprays or aerosols.
• Do not apply directly on face.
• DEET can be applied to clothing, but may damage some synthetic fabrics and plastics.
• Wash treated skin and clothing after returning indoors.
• If you believe you are having an adverse reaction to a repellent containing DEET, wash the treated area immediately and call your physician.

There are less harmful ways to reduce your chances of being bitten by a mosquito.
In your backyard
Use LED light bulbs. The LED bulb will not emit wavelengths in the UV spectrum like others do which does not generate as much heat.
Nathan Powell, senior environmental health specialist at the Lexington Health Department, says a good way to control the populations of the bug is to empty any standing water around a home since it takes less than an inch of water for mosquitoes to lay eggs.
Merigolds, catnip, rosemary, and citronella are a few plants that ward off mosquitoes due to their oils and scents.
Burn a citronella candle. Mosquitoes avoid citronella and they hate the smoke.

Non-DEET products
Bite blocker Xtreme is an all natural insect repellent that is waterproof, sweat proof, and safe on kids. Its natural ingredients are soybean oil, geranium oil and caster oil.

There are citronella oils and soap which you can apply directly onto the skin. Citronella essential oil, Java Citronella, is 100 percent pure essential oil with no additives and no diluents. The soaps are made with olive oil for moisture and great lather, Aloe Vera to soothe the skin, and citronella oil to repel mosquitoes.

Mosquito bite relief
Dr. Mao Shing Ni, Doctor of Chinese Medicine, who sits with the panel of experts on the Dr. Oz Show, recommends a few natural remedies to help soothe the itch of a mosquito bite:
• Use an ice pack for temporary relief of severe itching and swelling.
• Place cucumber skins on top of the bites to sooth the itching and irritation. You can also cut 2-inch round slices from a fresh eggplant and place on top of bite to draw out toxins and sooth the irritation.
• Apply honey to a bug bite to sooth the skin. Because honey is a natural antibiotic, it can also help prevent infections.
• Apply a blend of essential oils of eucalyptus, winter green and peppermint or tea tree oil to bites every 2 to 3 hours to relieve itching and aid healing.

A strong immune system and high nutrient levels help repel insects and prevent the diseases they may carry. Getting your body as healthy as possible by knowing exactly what you need can be tested and determined by an experienced nutritional expert. Comprehensive blood and hair tissue mineral analysis determine your health status and, with the guidance of your doctor, can direct you in the right direction towards optimal health. Get tested today to know exactly what you need.

Get adjusted by your chiropractor. Chiropractors do not treat mosquitoe bites; however, a chiropractor detects and corrects the vertebral subluxation complex. If there is restriction in vertebral segments this can cause interference with the nervous system. Therefore, maintaining or returning to normal function may help your body be more efficient…have you noticed mosquitoes don’t bother some people?. Once the proper chiropractic adjustment is given the body usually responds in a short period of time.

References:
1. Associated Press. Mild Winter Means More Mosquitoes. Western Kentucky News. June 24, 2012. http://m.courierpress.com/news/2012/jun/24/mild-weather-may-mean-more-mosquitoes. Accessed on June 26, 2012.
2. Mosquito Magnet. Mosquito Diseases. American Biophysics Corporation. http://www.mosquitomagnetdepot.com/info/mosquitoinfo.html. Accessed on June 26, 2012.
3. Knight, Meridith. Why do mosquitoes bite some people more than others? ScienceLine. September 10, 2007
4. Hull, Janet Starr. How to beat those summer skeeters. May 2003. http://www.sweetpoison.com/newsletter/may-2003.html#skeeters. Accessed on June 26, 2003

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Gallbladder

The human gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver. Bile is released when foods containing fats enter the digestive tract. The bile helps neutralize excess stomach acid and break down fats to absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K.
Gallstones affect more than 25 million Americans with 1 million new cases diagnosed annually according to the American Gastroenterological Association. Gallstones can block the normal flow of bile and lodge in any of the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the small intestine. Common indicators of gallbladder inflammation or gallstones include:
• Pain or tenderness under the rib cage on the right side
• Pain between shoulder blades
• Light or chalky colored stools
• Greasy/fatty stools that float
The two types of gallstones are cholesterol stones and pigment stones. Hardened cholesterol forming stones account for about 80 percent of gallstones. Bilirubin, a waste product of red blood cells, forms pigment stones which are smaller. Gallstones can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball. The gallbladder can develop just one large stone, hundreds of tiny stones, or a combination of the two.1 Diabetes, cholesterol lowering drugs, obesity, poor diet, estrogen dominance, and hormone replacement therapy are just a few of the many causes of the formation of gallstones.
Gallbladder surgery is now just about as common as a hysterectomy, which is second only to Caesarean sections. Gallbladder surgeries have increased from 22 percent to 57 percent since laparoscopic cholecystectomy (the removal of the gallbladder through an operative laparoscope) was introduced in 1989.2
Up to 70-80% of the population can have “Silent Gallstones”.3 This term is used to describe gallstones which people don’t even know they have. Since the diet of the general American population is not improving, those numbers are rising. Dr. William Gracie, a private-practice oncologist at Huron Valley Gastroenterology, well known for his research on the gallbladder as well as the development of the Fiber Optic Colonoscopy, reported, “Innocent gallstones are not a myth, and that in some populations the majority of silent gallstones are inconsequential. Routine operation for silent gallstone disease, at least in white American men, is neither necessary nor advisable.”4
Hundreds of patients who have had their gallbladders removed also report that their surgeon did not advise them to do something to compensate for removing this important organ. William Brugge, MD, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston says, “In the first few weeks after your surgery, your doctor probably will recommend that you eat a mostly low-fat diet while your body adjusts to living without a gallbladder. After that, ninety percent of people go back to eating the way they did before.”

Side effects of having the gallbladder removed can include nausea, gas, diarrhea, bloating and abdominal pains. These may last for weeks up to years! In addition, according to General Surgeon, Dr. Buck Parker, anytime you have an incision in the abdomen, there is a chance to develop a hernia sometime down the road.
The following are ways to prevent gallstones and improve digestion without the use of medications or surgeries. Regardless of whether or not you still have your gall bladder the following tips are important to consider:
1. Don’t be afraid of fats! Omega 3 fatty acids are important to maintain good fatty acid ratios for proper nerve and liver function, reduced inflammation and clear arteries. Be sure to include at least 500 mg per day of quality Omega 3’s as provided in fish oil supplements. Dietary sources of healthy fats also include olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds, and salmon.
2. Strictly avoid trans fats and deep-fried, breaded foods.
3. Avoid foods that cause congestion of the digestive tract such as dairy products (cheese, cream, “cream of” soup, milk, sour cream), soda, fast food and cured meats (such as sausages, bacon and pepperoni).
4. Be sure to include fiber in the diet through beans and lots of raw vegetables.
5. Include 2-3 quarts of clean filtered water daily. It flushes the liver and dilutes the bile secretions that lead to gallstones.
6. Eat smaller meals more frequently to keep stress of the liver.
7. Do not take calcium supplements by themselves. The negative media reports you hear about “calcium causing heart disease” are experienced by people who only take calcium and no other vitamins or minerals. The food you eat doesn’t contain only one mineral or vitamin…right? It’s neither natural nor healthy to take only one mineral in supplement form. This would be true with any supplement. In addition, 99% of supplements you take should be taken with food.
8. If you still have your gallbladder and are experiencing indigestion or discomfort in the upper, right quadrant of your abdomen, try placing a heat pad** on the upper, right quadrant of the stomach for 20 minutes after each meal. This is directly under the ribs on the right side. The heat will help with bile flow.
a. If you do not have a gall bladder, your liver is still producing bile. You can still have symptoms of “gallbladder congestion” and you can still have “gallstones” even if you do not have a “gallbladder”. It’s still recommended you also apply heat** over the upper, right quadrant of your abdomen for 20 minutes after each meal, even if you do not have a gallbladder.
b. **DO NOT APPLY HEAT IF YOU’RE PREGNANT.
9. After removal of the gallbladder, it’s crucial to take digestive aides with each meal. Betaine hydrochloric acid is a digestive aide which promotes the production of digestive enzymes. Beets are a good source betaine too!
Absorption of nutrients will be impaired after removal of the gallbladder. Whether you do or do not have a gall bladder, proper testing and retesting to monitor progress can guide you in knowing exactly what you need to do in utilizing the right supplements and lifestyle changes to improve overall health. What are you waiting for? Set up an appointment today to get on your way to optimal health.

Get adjusted by your chiropractor. Chiropractors do not treat gallbladder disease; however, a chiropractor detects and corrects the vertebral subluxation complex. If there is restriction in vertebral segments this can cause interference with the nervous system. Therefore, maintaining or returning to normal function may help your body be more efficient resolving the issues you may have. Once the proper chiropractic adjustment is given the body usually responds in a short period of time.

References:
1. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Gallstones. NIH Publication. July 2007. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/gallstones
2. Brody, Jane. Personal Health; Gallbladder surgery is easier. Is it too common? New York Times. May 31, 1995
3. Graefer, Deborah. Gallbladder Attacks. http://www.gallbladderattack.com/gallbladdersymptoms.shtml Accessed on July 25, 2012.
4. William A. Gracie, M.D., and David F. Ransohoff, M.D.,The Natural History of Silent Gallstones — The Innocent Gallstone is Not a Myth, N Engl J Med 1982; 307:798-800September 23, 1982

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Sleep

Is the lack of a good night’s rest the simple answer to your problems? Did you know there is such thing as World Sleep Day which falls in March to draw attention to the issue of sleep deprivation? New research shows that throwing off our body’s natural circadian rhythms over the long term can critically disturb the body and brain, causing weight gain, impulsive behavior, and loss of memory. 1 Increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and thyroid deregulation are also side effects of not getting the right amount of sleep at night.
Natural production of leptin, a hormone produced that triggers our “fullness” or satiety feeling, is lessened when we are sleep deprived while ghrelin, a hormone which triggers hunger, is heightened. Results of one study conducted at the University of Chicago in Illinois showed that when sleep was restricted, leptin levels went down and ghrelin levels went up, appetite increased proportionally, and the desire for high carbohydrate, calorie-dense foods increased by a whopping 45%.2 Researchers suspect these cravings are due to the fact that your brain is fueled by glucose, therefore, when lack of sleep occurs, your brain searches for carbohydrates. When we eat carbohydrates, blood sugar levels increase. As a response, insulin is then released to manage concentrations of glucose, keeping it in optimal range. The American Diabetes Association reports that people who regularly do not get enough sleep can become less sensitive to insulin.4 This increases their risk for diabetes and high blood pressure.
Sleep deprivation also can affect the thyroid. One study showed that after 6 days of only getting 4 hours of sleep, the normal nocturnal thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) rise was strikingly decreased, and the overall mean TSH levels were reduced by more than 30%.3 TSH stimulates the production of T4 and T3 which fuels the metabolism of almost every tissue in the body. Dr. Nikolas R. Hedberg, author of the book “The Thyroid Alternative”, expresses any patients who suffer from insomnia and sleep problems also present with low thyroid symptoms and abnormal TSH levels.5
Lack of sleep can also result in difficulty recalling facts and information as well as reducing the ability to focus attention. Elizabeth Gould, lead researcher from a study done by the Princeton University concluded that sleep deprivation decreases neurogenesis by elevating stress hormones.4 The stress hormones accumulate in a part of the brain called the hippocampus, which stops the growth of cells that lay down new memories.
There are four different stages of sleep, each one deeper than the last. During the deep stages of Non-REM sleep, the body repairs and regenerates tissues, builds bone and muscle, and appears to strengthen the immune system. REM sleep plays a key role in learning and memory. During REM sleep, your brain consolidates and processes the information you’ve learned during the day. So next time you want to pull an all-nighter to prepare for the following days work, you’ll be better off going to bed sooner in the night to wake up early the next day.
If you are taking certain medications, they may be interfering with your sleep. “Certain heart medications for blood pressure, arrhythmia, and angina have been reported to increase your change of insomnia and nightmares” says James Wellman, MD, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Georgia in Augusta.6 Patients taking stimulant-like medications for ADHD to boost alertness have been reported to spend more time in non-REM sleep and less time in REM sleep.6 Of 25 drugs that are currently used to treat depression, 22 suppress REM sleep.7 Medications used for asthma, pain relief, colds and allergies also can effect sleeping cycles.
Many people will try taking the hormone Melatonin as an aid used to help with going to sleep. Melatonin is naturally produced by the body. “Melatonin is a sleep and body clock regulator, not a sleep initiator” says Dr. Michael Breus, seen on the Dr. Oz Show (known as The Sleep Doctor). According to research conducted at MIT, the correct dosage of melatonin for it to be effective is 0.3 – 1.0 mg. Dr. Breus explains that many commercially available forms of melatonin contain 3-10 times the amount your body would need! In fact, there is some evidence that higher doses may be less effective. In Europe, melatonin at very high doses has been used as a contraceptive.8 If you supplement with melatonin regularly your body’s natural production will lessen, creating even greater need for the hormone.
Tips for a better night’s rest:
• Exercise: Aerobic activity can help stimulate circulation, hormones and serotonin production. Serotonin is associated with mood, sleep, appetite, memory and learning.
• Find a bedtime routine that makes you feel relaxed, and repeat it each night to regulate your internal clock. Examples include reading, taking a hot bath, writing in a journal, meditation and prayer.
• Avoid drinking a lot of liquid right before bed to reduce the number of times you get up to urinate.
• Avoid stimulates such as caffeine several hours before bed.
• Avoid alcohol which will also keep you from entering the deeper stages of sleep.
• Avoid carbohydrate rich night-time snacks and include more protein rich foods. Protein can provide the L-tryptophan needed to produce melatonin and serotonin.
• Formula 303 (can be ordered for you by our office if none is in stock) taken 2 before bed time acts as a natural relaxant and contains valerian root which is used to calm your nerves and mood.
• Vitamin D levels should be checked. Lower levels of Vitamin D have been linked towards depression and low serotonin levels.
• Magnesium and B-Complex. Lower Magnesium levels have been linked to anxiety. B-Complex can optimize Magnesium performance.
Is it just the lack of sleep you are suffering from? Or is there something more important going on? Underlying deficiencies and toxicities can be determined with a comprehensive blood test which, in turn, can direct you towards the proper nutrients you need for your body. Get tested today and see how to enhance your body’s foundation towards optimal wellness… and a full night’s rest.

Get adjusted by your chiropractor. Chiropractors do not treat sleep disorders; however, a chiropractor detects and corrects the vertebral subluxation complex. If there is restriction in vertebral segments this can cause interference with the nervous system. Therefore, maintaining or returning to normal function may help your body be more efficient at bringing on a good nights sleep. Once the proper chiropractic adjustment is given the body usually responds in a short period of time.

References:
1. Society for Neuroscience. “Disruption Of Circadian Rhythms Affects Both Brain And Body, Mouse Study Finds.” ScienceDaily, 28 Oct. 2009. Web. 30 Nov. 2012.
2. Bouchez, Colette. Losing Weight While You Sleep. WebMD Jan 1, 2007. http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/lose-weight-while-sleeping. Accessed on 29, November 2012
3. Van Cauter, Eve. Knutson, Kristen. et.al The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Hormones and Metabolism. Medscape Neurology. 2005;7(1)
4. The Franklin Institute Online. Renew-Sleep and Stress. 2004. http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/sleep.html. Accessed on 28, November 2012
5. Dr. Hedberg, Nikolas. The Thyroid and Thyroid Hormones. The Immune Restoration Center. February 8, 2011
6. Sheehan, Jane. “Is Your Medication Making You Lose Sleep?” Everyday Health Media. August 18, 2010. http://www.everydayhealth.com/sleep/medications-that-affect-sleep.asp. Accessed on 29, November 2012
7. Smith, Mark. Hurd, Cameron, et.al. Sleep Deprivation. Macalester College. http://www.macalester.edu/academics/psychology/whathap/ubnrp/sleep_deprivation/ttitlepage.html
8. Dr. Breus, Michael. Melatonin: Not a magic bullet for sleep. September 24, 2010. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/melatonin-not-magic-bullet-sleep. Accessed on 28, November 2012

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Skip the Soy

With trendy marketing tactics and endless options, the soy industry has become worth hundreds of millions of dollars. John Pi, owner of the Soy Luck Club in New York City which features all things made of soy explains his inspiration: “Look at the soy section in the supermarket. It’s almost as big as the dairy department.” For a long time tofu was the best known human food made from soy, but now there are plenty of options to choose from that are soy based. These options are trendy and marketed as “healthier” for you. Why has soy become so popular? Are there underlying truths behind the soy market of which consumers are not aware? Let’s take a look.

More than 10,000 soybean varieties have been discovered by US researchers. Aside from food, soybeans are vital to the production of livestock feed, industrial oils, infant formula, soaps, and other household objects. In 1935, Henry Ford was building automobiles out of plastic made from soybeans. Even the automobile’s exterior! It wasn’t until the 1940’s that soybean farming really took off in America. The United States started producing it for China whose soybean fields were devastated by World War II. Currently the United States produces more soybean bushels than any other country at 32%.1

You might think, “What about the Asian diet which promotes soy?” Despite common beliefs, soy is not the main source of protein in the Asian diet. While they do consume small quantities of fermented soy such as miso and tempeh, the average diet only totals about 10 grams soy protein each day. They also pair soy with animal proteins such as fish broth which make it more digestible. American soy manufacturers recommend amounts 10 times higher at 100 grams daily. 2

American livestock currently consume about 25 million tons of soybean meal each year. No other high protein animal feed comes close. This boom in the use of soybean meal for livestock feed began in the 1950’s and has been on the rise since.

You might consume large amounts of soy daily without even realizing it. Did you know that almost 80% of the oil Americans eat is soy?2 Soybean oil is found in hundreds of processed foods and has replaced real fats such as butter, milk, meat, and fish in the standard American diet.

Soy oil is produced with immense heat and pressure. Oils tend to go rancid or spoiled when they are heat treated. Olive oil is “cold pressed” to prevent this damage. For soy however, the heat is not enough to finish extraction. Factories must treat the pulp with hexane, a chemical solvent, in order to extract the last bit of soy oil from the pulp. To help with preservation and to make it solid at room temperature, liquid soy oil may be further processed by blasting it with hydrogen and mixing with tiny nickel oxide particles in a process known as “hydrogenation”.

If you look on the ingredient list of many foods, especially processed foods in the aisles of the supermarket, you will see ingredients such as “soy lecithin” and “isolated soy protein”. Soy lecithin is an additive to many foods and also has purposes in the industrial field because it overcomes the natural repulsion between oil and water to keep mixtures from separating too quickly. Popularly used in cooking sprays, soy lecithin keeps your baked goods from sticking to the pan.
The drawback? Soy lecithin has known effects on reproductive abnormalities and sexual dysfunction. Containing the compound phytoestrogen, it produces similar effects on the body as estrogen. One study reported by Cornell University examined 28 women receiving soy supplements for six months. The women were found to have an increased growth of milk ducts in their breasts, which are a leading forerunner of cancer according to the Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors in New York State.3

Soy protein isolate is an ingredient used in meat and dairy imitators. It’s used extensively in school lunch programs, commercial baked goods, diet beverages and fast food products. The results of soy protein are not wholesome. Soy protein processing produces the natural form of monosodium glutamate (MSG).

The claim on soy protein isolate, states that it is 90%-95% protein based and nearly carbohydrate and fat free. However, when compared to whole egg and egg white, soy has a much lower amount of protein deposited per gram of protein absorbed. With low nitrogen retention, optimal muscle growth will not be achieved. Soy protein isolate contains certain anti-nutrients, like trypsin, that may cause the body to experience delay in digesting food and in effect, a delay in absorbing nutrients. This in time can lead to chronic nutrient deficiencies.

In men, soy protein has shown to reduce testosterone levels and lower sperm count. New York University’s Langone Medical School recommends that “men who struggle with problems related to lowered testosterone, such as a decreased libido, should avoid consuming soy supplements and soy foods.” 4

In the United States, about 25 percent of formula-fed babies receive soy-based formula. Soy-based formulas contain high levels of phytoestrogens like genistein. Genistein mimics that action of estrogen and it’s been shown that “genistein levels measured in the blood of soy-fed infants are roughly 10 times higher than phytoestrogen concentrations known to alter a woman’s menstrual cycle.”5 Some of these changes can persist into adulthood.

Goitrogens are another problematic component of soy. Goitrogens are substances that block the synthesis of thyroid hormones and interfere with iodine metabolism, thereby interfering with your thyroid function.

Vegetarians who consume tofu and bean curd as a substitute for meat and dairy products risk severe mineral deficiencies. The results of calcium, magnesium and iron deficiency are well known.6

Protein Options For Vegetarians
Beans Nuts Seeds
Sprouts Quinoa Cashew/Almond Butter
Flaxseed Pea Powder Rice Powder

However, a lack of vitamins and minerals doesn’t just occur in vegetarians. You cannot rely on the media to give accurate and non-biased knowledge. The fact is soy is one of the most highly processed foods on the market. Just because a food is “low in cholesterol” or “high in protein”, doesn’t make it “healthy”.

Do the research if you are not sure about the different views of marketed “health foods”. Get advice from a trained health care professional. Knowing exactly what your body needs can be assessed by a comprehensive blood analysis and hair tissue mineral test. These objective testing methods can lead you down the right path towards optimal wellness.

Get adjusted by your chiropractor. Chiropractors do not treat poor diets; however, a chiropractor detects and corrects the vertebral subluxation complex. If there is restriction in vertebral segments this can cause interference with the nervous system. Therefore, maintaining or returning to normal function may help your body be more efficient with the nourishment you do provide it. Once the proper chiropractic adjustment is given the body usually responds in a short period of time.

References:
1. North Carolina’s Soybean Producers Association, Inc. The History Of Soybeans. http://www.ncsoy.org/ABOUT-SOYBEANS/ History -of-Soybeans.aspx accessed on September 27, 2012

2. Planck, Nina. The billion dollar myth-How did soy get its reputation as a cure-all for modern ailments? Follow the money …Society For Culinary Arts and Letters. May 19, 2003 http://www.propertyrightsresearch.org/articles2/billion.htm

3. Cornel University; Phytoestrogens and Breast Cancer; Barbour S. Warren and Carol Devine, Ph.D.; 2002

4. “European Journal of Clinical Nutrition”; “Dietary Supplements of Soya Flour Lower Serum Testosterone Concentrations”; D. Gardner-Thorpe et al; January 2003

5. Cimafranca, MA, J Davila, GC Ekman, et. al. Acute and chronic effects of oral genistein administration in neonatal mice. June 2, 2010 Biology of Reproduction http://dx.doi.org/10.1095/biolreprod.109.080549

6. Fallon, Sally and Enig, Mary PhD. New soy update. Nexus Magazine, Volume 7, Number 3 (April-May 2000). http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/04/09/soy-research-update.aspx

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Gluten

What is gluten?

Gluten is a protein which is found in wheat, rye, and barley. Other grains, like oat and spelt, as well as processed foods can contain gluten as well without being labeled as such. The properties of gluten are what hold the bread and cake together. However, these same properties are what interfere with the breakdown and absorption of other nutrients. The undigested gluten can trigger your immune system and affect the intestines, which in turn can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and other systems that are gastrointestinal related.

Gluten Intolerance vs. Celiac Disease

A medical history along with clinical tests can diagnose celiac disease and/or wheat allergy. Blood tests for Celiac disease measure the amount of particular autoantibodies in the blood, specifically the IgA class and IgG class. These autoantibodies are produced as part of the immune response. A tissue biopsy of the small intestine is performed to confirm a diagnosis. Although there is a definite classification of Celiac disease, those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity is relatively poorly understood. This leaves gluten sensitivity a very troublesome diagnosis to make.

Certain criteria need to be met before gluten sensitivity can be confirmed. The spectrum of conditions that arise with gluten sensitivity is rather broad and includes everything from energy to brain function. Daniel Leffler, M.D., a gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School states that “Gluten is fairly indigestible in all people.” He also estimates that half of the 60 million people in the U.S. who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome are probably sensitive to gluten1.

Will a gluten-free diet work for you?

First, for the serological testing, you must currently be on a gluten containing diet for the tests to be accurate because the antibodies are produced by the immune system in response to substances that the body perceives as threatening2. If there is no gluten in the diet, then there is no response that can be measured. If Celiac is confirmed by a biopsy of the small intestine, then a lifelong commitment of a gluten-free diet must be made.

Those who think they have gluten sensitivity should try cutting gluten out of the diet for a week or so and see if they feel better. However, there is nothing essentially healthier about a gluten-free diet. Dee Sandquist, a registered dietician and spokesperson for the American Diabetic Association describes that “Much of the gluten-free products can be

unhealthy and junk due to the added sugar and fat to stimulate the texture and satisfying fluffiness that gluten imparts1.” These products are also found to have less Iron and Vitamins B and D in them as well. However, sales of gluten free products increased 16% in 2010.1

The rapid increase in gluten sensitivity is no surprise considering the modern Western diet consists of mostly grains. In the past years gluten was mixed with other grains, beans, and nuts. The use of gluten in products today has increased and pure wheat flour is now milled into refined white flour. Most people, in general, benefit from limiting or avoiding grains whether you have gluten intolerance or not. Grains break down into sugar which raises insulin. The rise of health problems related to insulin resistance is well known and has also influenced other health problems such as obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and cancer.

Gluten may be hidden in foods under labels such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, texturized vegetable protein, natural flavoring, malts, and startches.3 Just because a food is labeled as gluten-free doesn’t mean you can eat as much of it as you want. Eliminating processed foods, white breads, white pasta, corn, potatoes, and snack cakes will reduce gastrointestinal symptoms one might be experiencing. Naturally gluten-free products include brown rice, quinoa, and buckwheat.
Remember, carbohydrates are good for nothing but burning. If you are not burning them off with active daily activity and/or exercise then the body is storing them for future energy requirements. When eating gluten-free you need to be careful that you’re replacing the gluten-containing foods with healthy choices, like vegetables and other whole foods. If you instead go for gluten-free processed foods, like gluten-free cookies, pasta and breads that are now commercially available, there’s a good chance that you will actually gain weight and develop malnutrition. In one study of celiac diagnosed individuals, 81% actually gained weight over 2 years4.
Avoiding gluten does not replace a healthy diet. In fact, it is very common for gluten sensitive individuals to lack important vitamins and minerals due to the anatomical inflammation causing improper breakdown of nutrients.
It is important to know where start by consulting with a nutritional expert. Getting a comprehensive blood analysis will not only define your state of health but will allow an expert to advise you on specific amounts of vitamins and minerals you need to be healthier. Don’t hesitate. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

Get adjusted by your chiropractor. Chiropractors do not treat poor diets; however, a chiropractor detects and corrects the vertebral subluxation complex. If there is restriction in vertebral segments this can cause interference with the nervous system. Therefore, maintaining or returning to normal function may help your body be more efficient with the nourishment you do provide it. Once the proper chiropractic adjustment is given the body usually responds in a short period of time.

References:
1. Storrs, Carina. Will a gluten-free diet improve your health? Health Magazine. April, 4, 2011 www.cnn.com/2011/health/04/12/gluten.free.diet.improve accessed on March 28, 2012
2. Adams, Scott. Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results. 07/26/1996. http://www.celiac.com/articles/57/1/Interpretation-of-Celiac-Disease-Blood-Test-Results Accessed on March 27, 2012
3. Mercola, Joseph. Why is wheat gluten disorder on the rise? July 23, 2009 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/07/23/Why-is-Wheat-Gluten-Disorder-on-the-Rise accessed on March 27, 2012
4. Mercola, Joseph. Is gluten making you fat? April 12, 2011. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/04/12/is-gluten-making-you-fat. Accessed on March 28, 2012

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