CholesterolMost of the time when we hear the word “cholesterol” we often think of fatty globules choking our arteries and causing heart attacks. However, there is another side of cholesterol that we often do not hear much about. Often we hear only the negative and none of the positive aspects of cholesterol.

 

To begin with about 70-75% of the cholesterol in your body is manufactured in your liver and another 10-15% from your small intestine, adrenals and sexual organs. The rest comes directly from our diet. So, essentially a “cholesterol problem” is primarily a “ liver problem” and from direct consumption of cholesterol from the diet. So, controlling cholesterol by avoiding foods that contain it is not very effective

 

Cholesterol is an important and vital component of all cellular membranes. Cholesterol and saturated fats make the membranes firmer. Without them they would be more fluid and flabby. Different cells use different amounts of cholesterol in their membranes, some up to 50%! Cells that form a protective barrier (like the lining in the sinuses) must be strong , sturdy and resistant to invasion by other organisms. Organelles inside the cell may have to be soft and fluid so they may contain less cholesterol.

The ability to firm up and strengthen the cellular membranes is used in our blood vessels. This helps to resist the pressure, pounding and turbulence within the blood vessels. This is especially important in areas that the blood vessels bend or twist particularly in large to medium arteries. Sometimes “fatty streaks” of cholesterol are found in these areas and are totally normal. It is only with excessive deposits of fat that they become known as atherosclerosclerotic or hardening of the arteries.

 

Cholesterol helps cells to communicate with one another via proteins found in the cellular membrane. Cholesterol and saturated fats allow these proteins to operate properly. A fatty substance made up of 20% cholesterol that surrounds most nerves is called myelin. Myelin acts a an insulator, protector, a source of nourishment and especially allows proper conduction of nerve impulses. Without proper levels of myelin, nerve degeneration along with memory loss can occur. Other cognitive function can also suffer. About 25% of all cholesterol is found in the brain and spinal cord.

 

Cholesterol is also essential for the production of adrenal and other steroid hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, aldosterone, and cortisol. It an important component of bile which helps in the absorption of Vitamin A, D, E and K. Cholesterol also has a direct involvement with the synthesis of Vitamin D in the body. It is a vital substance that the immune system uses as well to help fight infections and to heal. Cholesterol also acts as an antioxidant and is important in wound healing.

Find out more in my review here or give me a call @ 480-732-0911:
Cholesterol.pdf

Arizona Family Health Centre
2430 W Ray Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224‎
(480) 732-0911
http://www.eastvalleychiropractor.com/

catinthehat

 

 

 

 

Most people have heard of fibromyalgia, but most patients and even other physicians do not understand this condition. For many years this was an unrecognized condition and most physicians simply thought this condition was completely psychosomatic. However, in 1990 The American College of Rheumatology finally gave physicians some criteria to determine if someone had fibromyalgia. This criteria was recently updated in 2010. Let me summarize this criteria:

  1. Widespread Pain Index (WPI) is a survey which lists the areas of the body that the patient experiences muscular pain. You should have 7 or more areas listed .
  2. Symptom Severity Scale (SS) is a survey measuring the intensity of symptoms. You should be a 5 or more.
  3. OR have a WPI from 3-6 and SS 9 and higher.
  4. These symptoms should be fairly consistent for a period of at least 3 months.
  5. You should not have another disorder that would explain your symptoms, such as hypothyroidism, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sleep apnea, Lyme’s disease, interstitial cystitis, Chiari formation, cervical spine stenosis, depression or irritable bowel syndrome. Please note that that 25 to 65% of the conditions above can also co-occur with fibromyalgia. This might suggest some of these different conditions may have some common origins.

You can obtain a copy of these surveys by going to: www.fibroknowledge.com/ downloads/2010_ACR_CRITE RIA..pdf. See how you perform! Please remember these surveys will strongly suggest you may have fibromyalgia, but will not totally confirm your diagnosis.

According to The American College of Rheumatology in 2004 it is estimated that 1 in 50 people have fibromyalgia or about 3-6 million Americans.According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the ratio of women to men having fibromyalgia is 7:1. Other estimates are that 80-90% of those with fibromyalgia are women. Most people are diagnosed during middle age and the incidence increases with age. It is the second most common musculoskeletal problem besides osteoarthritis, according to The American College of Rheumatology. 5.5 million visits per year are made to physicians for fibromyalgia and it also accounts for a significant loss of time from work. About 50% of those with fibromyalgia suffer from constant headaches or migraines. People with fibromyalgia are 3.4 times more likely to suffer from depression.

 

Find out more in my review here or give me a call @ 480-732-0911:
Fibromyalgia.pdf

Arizona Family Health Centre
2430 W Ray Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224‎
(480) 732-0911
http://www.eastvalleychiropractor.com/

 

Everyone has experienced times in which we feel sad, lonely, isolated and melancholy. However, “clinical” depression is much more intense and much longer lasting than our isolated times of sadness.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) it is estimated that 1 out of 10 Americans are clinically depressed. The median age of those being depressed is 32 years old. As many as two times the number of women versus men are depressed. The most likely to be depressed according to the National Institute of Mental Health are women ages 45-64, being Afro-American, Hispanic, mixed racial background, having less of a high school education, previously married, unable to work/disabled, unemployed and those without health insurance. Another interesting fact is that depression is the major cause of disability in the US ages 15 through 44!

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America found that it is not uncommon to treat those who suffer from depression and from anxiety. Approximately 1/2 of those with depression also have an anxiety disorder. The brain is an incredible organ, but also very sensitive to alterations in biochemistry which can have profound effects on behavior

 DEFINITION OF DEPRESSION:

 “Clinical” depression is also known as major depression. Generally a person would be considered depressed if at least 5 of the 8 criteria below are experienced for more than 2 weeks:

  1. Little interest or pleasure in most activities.
  2. Feeling down, depressed, hopeless nearly every day with thoughts of death and/or suicide
  3. Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or sleeping too much
  4. Feeling tired and fatigued everyday
  5. Poor appetite or overeating. Weight loss or gain.
  6. Feeling bad about yourself or that you are a failure or let yourself or family down, Poor self-esteem.
  7. Trouble concentrating on things like reading or watching TV.
  8. Moving or speaking so slowly or being so fidgety or restless that most people will notice.

Depression significantly impacts a person’s life where they have great difficulty functioning on a daily basis. Most people are incapable of working, go to school or keep up with daily tasks, chores and social activities. Over 90% of those that commit suicide have clinical depression. If you or someone needs help call the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Our mission is to help inform and educate the public about alternative treatments that are less invasive and employ more natural therapeutics. We in no way are suggesting that regular medical treatments should not be sought and with some conditions we will suggest a referral to the appropriate specialist.

We wish to provide hope to those people suffering and especially to those with chronic conditions. It is our purpose to provide you with knowledge that is helpful and can provide better health.

Find out more in my review here or give me a call @ 480-732-0911:
http://chiropracticchandleraz.com/Depression.pdf

Arizona Family Health Centre
2430 W Ray Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224‎
(480) 732-091
http://www.eastvalleychiropractor.com/

Both celiac disease and gluten sensitivity are conditions in which the bodies immune system responds to proteins found in grains such wheat, barley, spelt and rye. The bodies immune system response is not just isolated to the gastrointestinal tract but, can cause inflammation by the immune system throughout the body and brain! These conditions can lead to an enormous number of symptoms and other conditions that are often misdiagnosed,, treated improperly or go untreated for years.

The existence of celiac disease (CD) is often suspected when there is chronic spells of diarrhea, malabsorption, muscular weakness/wasting, general swelling, anemia, low blood calcium, low B vitamin levels, vitamin D deficiency and osteopenia/osteoporosis. Many times these symptoms will vary in intensity and frequency. This often can to treatment of the symptoms of CD and not the actual cause of CD.

Most physicians will confirm CD with a battery of blood tests, but ultimately a biopsy of the intestines is done to actual examine the tissue change of the lining of the upper portion of the intestines, namely the duodenum and jejunum. Normally the intestines contain a velvety lining the contains finger-like projections called villi. These villi would be analogous to a shag carpet. This is where we get our absorption of our nutrients. However, with CD these villi are flattened, shortened or missing, there are increased “crevices” in the intestinal lining and there is a huge increase in white blood cells called lymphocytes that invade the lining. So it almost looks like there are bald spots, flattened spots, holes and stains in the shag carpet.

Gluten sensitivity (GS) is very similar to CD and involves an immune system response but, does not seem to demonstrate the same intestinal changes or level of symptoms as full blown CD. However, GS should not be ignored and it can cause huge problems in the body. Often, if someone is not having a lot of gastrointestinal symptoms they can have what they call “silent” CD or GS. Both “silent” CD or GS can have effects particularly on the nervous system, brain, musculoskeletal system and many other organs in the body.

Find out more in my review here or give me a call @ 480-732-0911:
http://chiropracticchandleraz.com/Gluten-Sensitivity-and-Celiac-Disease.pdf

What exactly is the prostate gland? It is a donut shaped gland that weighs about an ounce and is about the size of a walnut. It is located below the bladder and just in front of the rectum. The prostate wraps around the urethra which is the tube that allows urine to flow from the bladder to the penis.

The prostate helps to regulate the urine flow, it adds a slightly alkaline, milky white fluid to the semen. It mixes prostate fluid with fluid from the seminal vesicles and sperm from the testicles to form semen.

The prostate gland contains both glandular and muscular tissue. The glandular portion helps to prevent urinary infections, helps with maintaining the proper consistency of semen, helps to keep the sperm healthy, removes toxins, and is sensitive to hormones such as testosterone, DHT and estrogen.

The muscular portion helps with mixing different fluids to get the correct balance to help with the keeping the sperm healthy. The “two valves “or sphincters one at the top and one at the bottom of the gland regulates the flow of urine. It also regulates the flow of semen during ejaculation. The prostates unique tissue structure makes it sensitive to hormone levels. It appears that this is probably one of the main mechanisms that leads to an enlargement of the prostate as men age.

Prostate cancer is the number two leading cancer cause of death in American men.

SYMPTOMS OF BPH

Here are some of the more common symptoms of BPH or enlarged prostate:

1. Increased frequency during nighttime hours

2. Excessive urinary dribbling

3. Difficulty to begin urination or need to apply more pressure to begin urination

4. Sudden urge to urinate

5. Intermittent stopping and starting while urinating

6. Feeling of incomplete voiding of urine

7. Less ejaculate is produced and appears a bit clearer

8. Fewer hard erections and some difficulty maintaining the erection

Some more severe symptoms:

1.Painful or minimal urination

2. Loss of sleep at night due to urges to urinate

3. Painful or minimal semen during ejaculation

4. Uncontrollable frequency, urgency and dribbling

All of these symptoms can lead to a lose of bladder function, backflow could lead to
bladder or kidney infections or eventual kidney failure.

Find out more in my review here or give me a call @ 480-732-0911:
http://chiropracticchandleraz.com/The-Prostate-Gland.pdf

The last few entries have had to do with other sweeteners such as Splenda, high fructose corn syrup and asparmatame. I decided to discuss these since these are very frequently used products that are found in our diet and we should really know how they affect our bodies. So, we have to discuss Stevia. This is a plant derived product that comes from the leaf of  a shrub called Stevia rebaudiana which comes from the sunflower family that is found primarily in South America. It has been used by the natives in around Paraguay and Brazil for over 1500 years. It has been used widely in South America for about 300 years. It is extremely popular in Japan especially for the last 20 years.  It was not until 2008 that the FDA approved stevia as a food additive but, prior to this allowed this as a food supplement. Yet the FDA approved aparmatame despite the problems with asparmatame. Hmmm….

The leaf itself is 30-45 times sweeter than sugar and in concentrated form is about 300 times sweeter than sugar. The glycosides that make up stevia are stable at high temperatures so it can be used in baking and cooking. There are no known bad side effects to stevia. However, stevia can reduce blood pressure and reduce blood glucose levels so patients taking medications for high blood pressure or diabetes should monitor their blood pressure and glucose levels more carefully. It has also been found that stevia inhibits the growth of different bacteria and may help with dental decay, gum problems and some intestinal problems. In 2008 the Cocoa- Cola company came out with their stevia containing product called Truvia and PepsiCo came out with their stevia product called Pure Via.

it is probably best to use unadulterated stevia and use in small amounts. Constantly stimulating your sweet tooth may cause you to want to consume more food. At this time someone who is pregnant or breast feeding may want to avoid this product to be on the safe side.

Dr. Reade

 

male menopauseFrom a strict medical standpoint andropause is defined as a loss of androgen dominance. What exactly does that mean? Androgens are hormones such as testosterone which are naturally found in higher quantities in the male gender. When a man looses his “androgen dominance” this simply means that he has low testosterone or as you may have heard, “ low T”. However, this could also mean that someone could have a “normal” testosterone level but increased estrogen levels and therefore no longer has a dominance of testosterone or other androgens. So, that is the technical definition, but what does andropause look like and how would someone know if they have symptoms of andropause?

SYMPTOMS OF ANDROPAUSE:

1. Decreased libido

2. Increased body fat especially around the abdomen

3. Loss of muscle strength, size and ability to gain muscle mass

4. Erectile dysfunction

5. Mood disturbances, including depression, irritability, loss of drive/ambition and fatigue

6. Sleep disturbances

7. Bone loss/osteoporosis

8. Night sweats, sleep apnea

9. Male breast development

10. Enlarged prostate

11. Increased cardiovascular/heart problems

The problem with identifying andropause is that in men the changes are very gradual and may develop over several years unlike in women were menopause can develop within months. Often many men chalk up these changes to “ I am just getting older”. They often ignore chronic fatigue or are embarrassed by their lack of interest in sex or sexual performance. It is sad because a simple salivary test is a great tool to detect andropause and it only takes minutes to collect a sample. There are also some blood tests that can be performed as well. It is estimated that 30 million American males from ages 35 through 70, suffer from some degree of andropause. 30% of men 60-70 years and 70% of men 70-80 years of age have low available levels of testosterone. 60% of men 40-59 years have enlarged prostates. One out of two men between the ages of 40-60 will experience andropause! Five of the main causes of death in men are heart disease, stroke, diabetes, suicide and Alzheimer’s. It is interesting that many of these diseases can have some of their causation due to lack of androgen or testosterone dominance. Andropause potentially has huge health effects on men especially as they age. Most men should be evaluated for this condition before serious health conditions develop.

Find Out More in my review here or give me a call @ 480-732-0911:
http://chiropracticchandleraz.com/Andropause-Male-Menopause.pdf

So what is the story about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)? To begin with this product is derived from corn stalks and goes through several stages in order to produce this product. There are a few varieties of HCFS but the most common form is HFCS 55. This form is made up of mostly 55% fructose and 45%glucose and are unbound single sugar molecules. Table sugar or cane sugar (CS) is 50%fructose and 50% glucose and are bound together and need to be broken down by enzymes in your gut. The reason for the rapid rise in HFCS is due to the government having extra tariffs on CS and subsidies to grow corn. This effectively makes HFCS less expensive than CS. Furthermore, HFCS is much sweeter than CS and you can use less, again this saves the manufacturer in producing their product. HCFS is widely used in most soft drinks and many different processed foods. The widespread usage in our food supply started in 1975 and rapidly increased through 1985 and beyond. Read some labels, you will be surprised how many products contain HFCS.

Due to its chemical nature HFCS spikes up blood sugar levels more rapidly than CS. The elevate free fructose levels require more energy to cross the intestinal lining depleting energy stores of these cells more quickly and literally punching “holes in the lining probably leading to “leaky gut”. Furthermore, the high fructose levels causes huge metabolic problems to the liver leading to excessive fat production and contributing to a condition called “fatty liver” which affects about 70 million people in the U.S. Lastly, HFCS has been found to be contaminated with a considerable amount of mercury.

So is HCFS natural? Certainly not a normal food substance that you find in nature! The amounts of fructose are extremely concentrated and fructose levels in fruits is much, much lower and fruits contain many other nutrients and healthy fibers. For further info check this link out: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/high-fructose-corn-syrup-dangers_b_861913.html

Splenda also known as sucralose, was discovered by accident in 1976 by scientists in Britain while searching for a new pesticide formulation. They found that if the sucrose molecule (white sugar) was chemically changed by substituting chlorine atoms that they found a product that was very sweet. This is the claim that Splenda is derived from sugar and is ” natural”. Sucralose is hardly similiar to sugar due to its chemical alteration. It is actually closer in structure to many pesticides called chlorocarbons.

Manufacturers supplied the FDA with a few studies based on rodents and did find that with very high doses that sucralose did cause shrunken thymus glands, enlarged livers and kidney disorders. A more recent study in 2008 published in, The Journal of Toxiclogy and Environmental Health, has shown that Splenda had significantly altered the normal microflora in the gut of rodents. This could possibly lead to leaky gut patterns. The FDA did approve the usage of sucralose as a food additive in 1999 and felt it was safe for human consumption since these few short term studies were based on rodents and not human trials. Since then only 6 very short term (3 months or less) have been performed. There have been no longer term (more than 6 months) studies performed on humans and the studies have not been conducted independently of the food industry.So, taking this product long term and on an a regular basis, you could be part of a long term human experiment!

The side effects of Splenda is slowly accumulating. Self reported adverse reactions are collected by, Sucralose Toxicity Information Center. They have found the following major side effects: skin rashes/flushing, panic-like agitation, dizziness, numbness,diarrhea, swelling, muscle aches,headaches, intestinal cramping, bladder issues and stomach pain.