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Is Camel Milk the New Superfood? :072

Camel Milk is the New Superfood and (in my eyes) an Old-time Natural Remedy Being Revived by Walid, the Founder of Desert Farms

Walid, the founder of Desert Farms generously and quickly sent me a sample pack (which you can get for FREE too!) after our interview and I was super excited to try it – after learning all the amazing benefits. But it’s been nearly two decades since I’ve simply downed a glass of milk and for almost the same amount of time I’d made dairy the evil culprit to my former digestive problems. So while my mind was eager to try it, my long-held thoughts of “dairy will mess you up!” took some time to overcome.

Not only did I (finally) give it a try – I found out everybody was correct. It taste nearly indistinguishably similar to cow milk (as far as I can remember) – and being a huge foodie and herbalist who uses taste to decipher medicinal qualities – you’d have to be super picky to turn your nose to this stuff. It’s really great!

I didn’t plan on it, but I actually put the camel milk to the most stringent test for my body – I consumed it right before a hard workout. Why is this special? Well, when your body is stressed to physical capacity, anything that is not working well stands out. I can really tell how I’ve been eating for the last couple of days when I do a hard workout. Eggs slow me down – but I felt great and didn’t feel help back at all due to adding camel milk to my pre-workout shake. To me, this could support the evidence that camel milk is closest to human breast milk (not that I’ve had any of that lately either) but I’m happy to say that not only is the science good for camel milk – so is my personal experience!

 

I was blown away by what I learned preparing for this podcast and talking with Walid – and I think you will be to!

 

Here are some highlights of what Walid and I talked about in this podcast:

  • Walid shares his unique way of finding camel farmers
  • Where do the camels live? Who take care of them humanely and sustainably?
  • “Desert Farms… is a company that provides superfoods from the desert.” – Walid Abdul-Wahab, Founder of Desert Farms
  • The Paleo Diet
  • Immune-boosting colostrum and lactoferrin
  • Camel milk is the closest to human breast milk
  • Why camel milk does not cause the allergic reaction that bovine dairy does (A1 and A2 protein)
  • A case where camel milk actually improved Crohn’s Disease!
  • “Camel milk as a supplemental treatment seems less invasive and costly than specialist care, medications, alternative treatments, and behavioral interventions. Based on our findings, camel milk is safer for children, effective in the treatment of autism, improves general well-being, promotes body natural defenses, is a good nutritional source, and can helps the daily nutritional needs of humans.” (NIH)
  • How constituents in camel milk can improve diabetic conditions
  • Camel milk beauty products have been long-used in the desert regions to protect and nourish the skin
  • “A lot of people think the hump consists of water, when it’s actually fat – so that verifies that fat is essentially your source of energy because the camel does use the fat from its hump to survive the harshest desert climate and to go on without any food or water for a month. If you see a camel that has a flat hump that means it’s used all its energy.” – Walid Abdul-Wahab, Founder of Desert Farms
  • The history of camels: Surviving the ice-age, their role in the U.S. Civil War, their prevalence in Australia and did you know that they love snow!?
  • The character of camels: “A dog’s best friend” and well-trained camels.
  • See and pet a camel at Paleo FX
  • Bactrian (two hump) camels and Dromedary camel (one hump – Desert Farms uses these for milking)
  • What do camels eat in the desert and on the farms? (organic, non-GMO, gluten free…)
  • Camel milk is a prized beverage in the Middle East.
  • Why it is a “functional food”
  • “You don’t really need that much to see the benefits of it – a small amount goes a long way.” – Walid Abdul-Wahab, Founder of Desert Farms

 

Use code WFW at checkout to get your FREE sample pack! a $49.99 value!

Check it out here!

 

About Walid

Walid Abdul Wahab - DesertFarms.comWalid was visiting his family in his hometown of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, looking for raw milk. He was approached by a friend with a plastic bag of camel milk, he then quickly realized that camel milk was being used medicinally in the Middle East and the US for complex health problems.

When Walid moved to California, he appreciated how people valued a healthy lifestyle. He realized this was the perfect place to start a camel milk company. After selling camel milk at mosques and ethnic food festivals, Walid’s business plan won the Marcia Israel Award from USC, so he decided to leave his corporate real estate position and began his camel adventure.

Having made the big commitment, he went courting the world, trying to spark a Camel Milk Revolution, and found the greatest and most friendly people. While looking for US camel herders, in the Midwest he came across a group known for being polite and down-to-earth, a group who didn’t exist in the Middle East: the wonderful Amish community, who exemplify hard work and cooperation. Watching them work together was and remains awesome to Walid. Walid felt that they deserved an easier way to bring their products to market, and he loves the quality of their camel milk!

 






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Lupus – Survive, Thrive and Live Naturally! :068

Given a diagnosis of Lupus and only 10 years to live (without medication) – Sandie moved back with her parents and pulled out all stops to not only heal herself, but to fulfill her dreams!

Sandie’s amazing Lupus healing story would take more than a simple blog post to summarize, but here are the highlights: beginning at age 7, Sandie experienced debilitating migraines headaches. Eventually, resorting to the prescription medication Effexor for help, she found some relief, but nothing that truly restored her to a normal life.

Her fiery spirit  was not totally tamed by debilitating headaches, cystic acne, depression, mood swings, and insomnia (to name few). Sandie still managed to graduate from university with honors in biomedicine and lead a relatively normal life; until the fateful tuna salad incident that seemed to throw things into a tailspin.

After food poisoning, a Lupus diagnosis and moving back in with her parents, Sandie – with seemingly every last ounce of gumption left in her –  enrolled in a Functional Diagnosis Nutrition Course which, with her determination and spirit, probably saved her life – at least that’s what I heard from her story.

If you are suffering from mystery symptoms or have a diagnosis of Lupus (or any other autoimmune disease) you should definitely listen to this woman’s inspiring story! I had a great time getting to know Sandie, I bet you will too!

Here are some topics we covered:

  • Symptoms: Migraine headaches, insomnia, depression, manic, Interstitial Cystitis, Cystic Acne, Butterfly rash, Mood swings, Joint pain, Chronic throat infections
  • Body-typing
  • Heredity
  • “It changed my path. It changed my whole life… The biggest lesson of my life came from that diagnosis…” – Sandie Gascon, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Lupus Thriver
  • Zone of Genius from “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks
  • Raw vegan diet
  • Functional Diagnostic Nutrition
  • Un-labeling from disease
  • The difference between Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Functional Medicine
  • DUTCH testing, Hormone testing, Sex Hormones, Organic Acids Testing (OATs)
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and SIBOS (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)
  • Cystic Acne and Interstitial cystitis
  • How she healed more in 6 months than in 5 years of prior attempts
  • Why testing is better than trial and error
  • Why it’s easier/better to work with the Liver first
  • Mind-body healing
  • “You want to address the imbalances, but you also have to get to the root cause.” – Sandie Gascon, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Lupus Thriver
  • The true cost and value of health.
  • Her opinion and experience with social healthcare.
  • “Be positive. There is hope. Don’t give up.”  – Sandie Gascon, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Lupus Thriver

Watch, listen, learn… Enjoy!

About Sandie Gascon

Sandie Gascon - Motivated2Heal - Weight Free WellnessAs a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner I am living my dream helping people achieve their health goals. I have spent 6 years researching every aspect of natural healing and have made it my life long quest to continue that learning. I am able to pull knowledge from many sources including my 4 year Honor’s Degree in Biomedicine, my 3 year diploma in Massage Therapy, and many different natural healing courses.

Dogs are my passion. I train and hike with my dogs everyday. I compete in dog agility every weekend I am able. I love yoga, golfing, kayaking and hiking. I am a high energy, passionate woman and I love true, natural beauty. I cherish every moment I am able to do the things I love because it was not long ago that I was in constant pain, fatigued and unable to do anything.

In the photo is Sandie and one of her 5 dogs dogs, Missile, who is retired from agility. Her goal is to be on the Canadian world agility by 2019. She also has a horse named Secret.  Learn more about Sandie here.





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Functional Psychiatry with Dr. Reba Peoples :055

Functional Psychiatry is a growing field of holistically treating psychiatric conditions – going as far as to help patients ween off of and treat conditions without medication.

 

A Functional Psychiatrist will look at the whole picture of a person to help remedy what appear to be mental imbalances. They are trained to see the body as all connected and will look at how your gut health, let, exercise and lifestyle affect your mental and emotional well-being.

If you’re wondering how to treat anxiety, depression and a laundry list of other ailments that you might already be seeing a psychiatrist for; this is well worth listening to! Also, it’s a great way to learn to prevent these issues as well!

 

Functional Psychiatrist Dr. Reba Peoples shares her insights and some very helpful tools that she shares with her patients.

 

Highlights of our discussion:

  • Why she named her practice “Imara” – is a girl’s name in Swahili meaning “one with strength or fortitude”. In Arabic it is a boy’s name which means “one who build or constructs”.
  • Functional Medicine aims to find the root cause of ailments
  • Why Dr. Peoples became a psychiatrist and now is adding Functional Medicine to her practice.
  • Dr. Peoples noticed that patients on medication seemed to be “just existing”. Now she says she sees patients thriving and being treated in her Functional Psychiatry practice.
  • How gut health affects our mental and emotional health.
  • There is only about 33% success rate with anti-depressant medications.
  • Why depression is a symptom (a fire alarm) – not a disease (not the fire).
  • What is SMART wellness?
  • How sleep can likely prevent dementia. (beta-amyloid)
  • Studies have shown – People who get 20 minutes of aerobic exercise 4 times per week get as much benefit from the exercise as they do from an anti-depressant for mild to moderate depression.
  • “We have a very potent internal pharmacy that we can activate just through exercise.” – Dr. Reba Peoples
  • Avoid the ANTs (automatic, negative, thoughts)
  • How Dr. Peoples teaches someone to become aware of their (negative) thoughts
  • The importance and difference between “who you are”/ (inner self) and “what you do” (role)
  • How what we put into our bodies affects our health: food, products and even media
  • Is your relationship affecting your health?
  • “When people say ‘trust your gut’ there is a lot to back that up scientifically.” – Dr. Reba Peoples
  • How to keep a positive mindset during trying and emotional times.
  • What to do when Facebook is causing you to feel upset or anxious.
  • When being resilient is no longer a good strategy.
  • “When we do have depression… anxiety… negative emotions – these are functional adaptations to dysfunctional environments.” – Dr. Reba Peoples
  • How a person can start implementing these practices in a low-cost way.

 

 

Dr Reba Peoples - Imara Health - Functional Psychiatry

About Dr. Reba Peoples

Dr. Reba Peoples is a board certified psychiatrist and founder of Imara Health and Wellness. Dr. Peoples created Imara because she is passionate about helping each of her patients move beyond their symptoms and truly start to live joyful, healthy lives. She does this by utilizing a functional approach that helps people understand the impact of lifestyle, genetics and environment on health and the progression of disease. Having this understanding allows her to provide a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan that identifies the root cause of illness and really allows her patients to work toward healing rather than symptom management.

Although Dr. Peoples does prescribe medications when clinically necessary, she often finds that a lot of her patients either no longer need medications or are able to significantly reduce the amount of psychiatric medications that they are taking once they have been able to successfully incorporate certain lifestyle adjustments.

Dr. Peoples firmly believes that in order to truly achieve wellness, we must be willing to gently nurture our bodies, passionately expand our minds and lovingly cultivate our spirits. She is truly excited to partner with you on your wellness journey.

Learn more about Dr. Peoples and what she offers at Imara Health and Wellness

 






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How to Live Free of Medication: ADHD, Autism, Apraxia and Anxiety with Jennifer Kozek :049

ADHD, autism, and anxiety were familiar subjects to Jennifer Kozek, a board-certified psychotherapist.

When her four year old son was diagnosed with severe anxiety, apraxia, ADD/ADHD and a Pervasive Developmental Disability (PDD), she became much more interested in how to treat him naturally, despite her medical training.

In this podcast Jennifer shares her experience as a psychotherapist and mom. Most of all she shares her wealth of knowledge including insights from her book: Healing Without Hurting: Treating ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively Without Harmful Medication.

 

“Autism is an autoimmune, metabolic and digestive disorder.” – Jennifer Kozek

 

Here are some of the points of what we discussed:

  • What’s the difference between a counselor, psychologist, psychotherapist and psychiatrist?
  • The story of her son: born at 32 weeks and in NICU for 6 weeks because of undeveloped digestive system… Jennifer later learned this meant he had an underdeveloped immune system
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Hypotonia
  • The many symptoms that in hindsight were due to his diagnosis: delayed cognitive development, overly sensitive to tactile stimulation, speech apraxia, delayed to walk, “spacing out”, troubled sleep, social interaction, energy
  • “We had to reduce inflammation.” – Jennifer Kozek
  • Delays in development blamed on premature birth
  • Brain-gut Connection
  • Epigenetics
  • Allergy testing – how to test for accurate results
  • The truth about infant formula
  • Factors that a person can take for prevention
  • Managing necessary diet changes while keeping eating disorder prevention in mind
  • How still “live life” with diet restrictions with school activities, birthday parties, etc.
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • “Some of these kids don’t produce neurotransmitters well.” – Jennifer Kozek
  • Where to begin with elimination diet
  • Food sensitivities
  • Therapies: Neuro-feedback, Brain Balance Therapy, Brain Gym, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Shaman, Chiropractic, Naturopathy
  • What to do if insurance does not cover therapies
  • Blood types A and O
  • Prenatal care
  • MTHFR gene mutation
  • Why to take folate rather than folic acid
  • Whole food vs. synthetic vitamins
  • How babies get the beneficial bacteria into their bodies
  • Cord blood banking – beneficial or not?
  • Other benefits: Jenn is now off Zoloft and lost 20 pounds!

 

 

“What’s interesting about with these kids [ADHD and Autism Spectrum] is they either crave these foods that they are most sensitive to or they push it away.” – Jennifer Kozek

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“Don’t give up and trust your gut!” – Jennifer Kozek

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Helpful Resources Mentioned in Podcast

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics  – Dr. Bock, M.D., and Cameron Stauth – Book

The Feingold Diet

Vaccine Revealed- Documentary

Vaxxed – Documentary

 

“Nutritional deficiencies are really at the root of all these disorders [ADHD and Autism Spectrum].” – Jennifer Kozek

 

About Jennifer Kozek

I’m Jennifer Kozek, a board-certified psychotherapist and the author of “Healing Without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia, and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively without Harmful Medications.” I specialize in working with the families of children with Autism, ADHD, and their co-morbidities. I’ve seen firsthand the havoc these diagnoses can wreak, and was driven to explore alternative treatments. Thankfully I discovered natural solutions to address the underlying causes of these conditions without the need for harmful or intrusive medications.

For me this is not simply professional, but personal. At age four, my son was diagnosed with severe anxiety, apraxia, ADD/ADHD and a Pervasive Developmental Disability (PDD). Through extensive research and implementation, I began to see how much my sons mood and behavior improved with lifestyle changes and alternative treatments. These changes included a reduction of hyperactivity, depression, and anxiety symptoms. In addition, he was focusing better, his executive functioning improved and he began sleeping soundly. I discovered far better solutions than any of the conventional practitioners had to offer, made it my mission to support other children and families.

As a national speaker, I’ve toured the country conducting workshops, and sharing my expertise with parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals. Now I’m here to help you personalize and implement these strategies for healing. The time for struggle is over – healing without hurting is here.

Visit her website at HealingWithoutHurting.com

 

 






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Fatigue – It’s More than not Getting Enough Sleep with Dr. Rory :048

Dr. Rory, a Functional Medicine practitioner and chiropractor, shares how to get to the bottom of fatigue!

Fatigue can be different for each person. For one person it may mean not being able to sleep well. Others cannot exercise without feeling drained or experience low libido. For another, fatigue means they are not able to fulfill their daily tasks; the energy just may not be there.

Functional medicine aims to get to the root of the problem – not just addressing the symptoms.

 

Fatigue is also related to the following:

  • Varying symptoms: digestion, brain fog, physical fatigue
  • The role of Adrenaline
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Why and when we need Cortisol
  • Simple testing
  • Metabolic Reserve (explained using the Bank Account analogy) You build this with “downtime” to have reserve for stressful times
  • How do you know you’re restoring that account? What does downtime feel like?
  • Devices like FitBit and HeartMath (Inner Balance) and the Muse
  • The role of the Adrenal glands
  • The stages of Adrenal Fatigue
  • What adds to fatigue: low-grade stress, certain foods, caffeine, certain exercise, in some cases coffee
  • Dr. Rory answers a listeners question about feeling fatigued after exercise…
  • The relation between fatigue and being overweight and/or carrying excess fat in the mid-body
  • The role of the gut
  • What is (the role of) Perceived Stress
  • Description of the 4 Stages of Adrenal Fatigue
  • Adaptogens like rhodiola and supplements of DHEA and pregnenolone
  • Over-exercise

 

About Rory Faherty, D.C.

Dr. Rory is a chiropractor, and functional medicine physician with two decades of experience connecting with patients, and helping them find their journey to health.    Rory grew up on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in a large family.  Life on the Aran Islands is simple and about connection with people.  He brings the values and lifestyle he learned in Ireland to his practice and approaches to treating patients.
Dr. Rory earned a Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will complete The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Certification program in 2016 to join the less than 20 IFM Certified Practitioners in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Rory takes the complex world of medicine and creates simplistic plans for healing.
To contact Dr. Rory call  his office: 952-474-2395
Specialties include:
* GI Health with a focus on
     * diagnostics
     * gluten sensitivity 
     * treating infection
     * improving microbiome 
     * customized food plans
* Detoxification
* Chronic Inflammation
* Nervous system & sleep disregulation 
* Applied Kinesiology
* Spinal Adjustment and body work

 






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Parents Recover Daughter from Autism Naturally :046

Autism can be Overcome Naturally

Michael and Holly Larsen are parents to twin daughters. Their daughter Tula, Holly says, was born with three strikes against her – which they suspect were factors in their daughter’s autism:

  • She was born via c-section which did not allow her to receive the beneficial flora from the birth canal
  • Tula received antibiotics the first two days of her life (killing much of the beneficial flora she had)
  • She also was not able to consume breastmilk (she only had formula)

 

Michael and Holly realized that something was “off” with Tula compared to her sister; when her sister Thea would get a cold, Tula would get the flu or pneumonia for example. They had Tula’s stool and urine samples sent in and discovered that she had essentially no beneficial gut flora and the yeast was “off the charts”.

This means that Tula’s body was not able to absorb nutrients which was confirmed in tests – despite taking high amounts of supplements.

Tula craved breads, pastas and yoghurt, which Michael and Holly admit as young parents they thought were healthy foods for their family.

With myriad symptoms on the Autism Spectrum Tula was diagnosed at the age of 3. Determined to find solutions for their daughter, Holly began researching online and through a lot of trial and error finally discovered that a change of diet was necessary.

 

“I thought… I never want to look back and say that we didn’t try everything that we could.” – Holly Larsen, Mom who helped her daughter recover from Autism

 

First they took away the gluten and dairy, but the real changes happened when they eliminated high-glycemic foods (high sugar) from Tula’s diet – which fed the yeast in Tula’s gut.

 

“…yeast acts like a parasite. You are the host and the parasite is controlling the host. It does it in the form of cravings, changing your mood …your tastes change too.” – Michael Larsen, Dad who helped his daughter recover from Autism

 

Within a couple of weeks of using the coconut kefir they noticed a dramatic improvement in Tula, i.e. in speech, eye contact. Within that year her autism diagnosis was dropped.

 

“As her gut healed her tastes for food changed for the better. Now one of her favorite foods is broccoli. That was one of the toughest things on the list initially.” – Michael Larsen, Dad who helped his daughter recover from Autism

 

 

Not only did Tula Recover from Autism

Thea, Tula’s twin sister no longer has eczema or chronic yeast infections.

Michael lost 40 pounds. He used to be anxious, stressed and depressed which he thought was due to work. He no longer has brain fog and can do more and think faster with a smile on his face.

Holly no longer takes Prilosec, which she took for over 10 years for acid reflux.

 

“We really do attribute the crux of her recovery (from autism) to diet.” – Michael Larsen, Dad who helped his daughter recover from Autism

 

Tips for Helping your Child Overcome Autism

“Kids eat with their eyes first.” – Michael

  • Make food/eating fun. Michael would make pirate ships from food.
  • Find likeminded people; support. You’re not alone.
  • Join groups on Facebook.

 

“The only advice I have is that we really stuck to it. We never gave in.” – Holly Larsen, Mom who helped her daughter recover from Autism

 

Helpful Links

D.A.N. – Defeat Autism Now

Body Ecology Diet

GAPS Diets

ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis

BEDROCK Community

 

 

About Michael and Holly Larsen

(Left to right) Michael, Thea, Tula, Holly

Michael Larsen and his wife, Holly, are parents to twin daughters. One of their daughters, Tula, was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at age three. By focusing on their daughter’s gut health, they were able to recover Tula from autism. Today Tula enjoys a happy, healthy, normal life and Michael and Holly put their efforts into sharing their story so other parents may consider similar approaches to helping their children. In 2009, Michael and Holly founded a company that produces coconut kefir and strive to make healthy fermented foods readily available to people who are serious about their gut health. Holly is currently authoring a book that details their story. Learn more at Tulasstorry.wordpress.com






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Inflammation: Belly Aches – Leaky Gut – Dementia :012

Inflammation affects us every day

Inflammation is the body’s reaction, the “fire-alarm” (read: in-flame-ation) to trigger the helpers in the body to bring in reinforcements to help and heal the body. Prolonged inflammation can lead to everything from Belly Aches, to Leaky Gut and Dementia.

 

Inflammation is most commonly experienced as pain. But there are certain areas of the body that do not experience pain like others, namely the brain. The down-side to this is that when the brain is being injured and is inflamed, we don’t often notice until damage has been done.

 

In this talk with Dr. Rory, a Chiropractor in the greater Minneapolis area of Minnesota and Functional Medicine practitioner, we discuss how inflammation shows in our bodies and how to address it naturally and when more heavy-hitting drugs like corticosteroids may be the answer. Below is a summary of our talk.

 

Sign and Symptoms of Inflammation

Inflammation can occur from minor injuries like hitting the shin on a coffee table, to traumatic car accidents to long-term injury on the body from long-term digestive inflammation or environmental toxins.

No matter the stimulus, the results are similar when it comes to inflammation which is the bodies first response to injury. When this “fire alarm” goes off the body ushers in the healing forces of the body. The first signs are discoloration, swelling and usually a warming of the tissue.

 

Inflammation with Dr. Rory

 

Inflammation and The Brain

In most cases, we also feel the symptoms of pain or discomfort. Although, when the brain is inflamed we do not experience pain- rather we experience the symptoms or effects such as trouble remembering words, names and if the inflammation is prolonged, conditions such as dementia or Alzheimers. These signs and symptoms are showing up at younger and younger ages, as early as the 40’s in some people, which is a sure sign that inflammation needs to be addressed.

Because the signs and symptoms may not be evident until real damage has been done, it’s important to be familiar with how your body uniquely demonstrates inflammation.

 

Inflammation and The Gut

The digestive system, particularly the intestines show inflammation very readily in most people. Symptoms can include: bloating, aching, diarrhea, constipation and many more. In severe and chronic cases it manifests as Heart Burn (stomach), Leaky Gut Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease and Celiac Disease (intestines).

 

“I tend to work with peoples’ guts [environment] more because this seems to be the seat of inflammation.” Dr. Rory

 

Inflammation and Traumatic Injury

When there is a traumatic injury to the body whether it be from an accident or surgery, this can have not only a physical effect on the body, but there is often also an effect on the nervous system which can be treated with natural “calm-ers” such as rhodiola, valerian, passionflower and hops. This is true for emotional trauma as well. Retraining the para-sympathetic system helps the body to get back to a normal “rest and digest” function.

 

Inflammation and Stress

Did you know that symptoms of PTSD can be passed down from one generation to another? This learned programming happens as early as our time in the womb.

When you think to yourself, “This is not working for me!” this is a great point to institute change.

Does your body remember what it’s like to really relax? When’s the last time you felt the feeling of  “ahhhhh…”?

It’s important that we re-familiarize ourselves with how to turn our systems off and reboot, before we experience a crash.

 

“My grandpa used to say, ‘Is this a first world problem or a third world problem?'” – Dr. Rory

 

Pharmaceutical Drugs and Natural Alternatives for Inflammation

There is a time and place for everything. In certain cases, Dr. Rory shares that a corticosteroid can help a patient delay a hip surgery for example, until it’s a better time to have the procedure done.

It is important to note however, that too many anti-inflammatories drugs, corticosteroids and opioids (commonly used to treat pain) can impede healing response in the long-term. Working with a professional like Dr. Rory is essential to help understand if your particular situation can benefit in the short and long-term by the myriad therapies available.

For long-term health herbal remedies which are conveniently also food ingredients like turmeric and ginger (which are know for their benefits by their common constituent curcumin) are better in long-term because they aid the body in healing. While they are also anti-inflammatories like some drugs are called; these (and many other) herbs do not prevent the body from healing, but rather, help it.

By now it is well-know that Prince died from and overdose of the opiate drug, fentanyl. This  case “hit home” for many; but especially for us since many of us in this area pass Prince’s home and studio on a regular basis (I do every day on average!). But, on a humanly compassionate way, his passing affected many of us because, I believe, we innately recognize our similarities, and how real pain is for each of us these days. We have even more ability to connect, but are we really any closer?

 

“The biggest side-effect is that it (opiates) derail us and disengage us from life.” Dr. Rory

How to Address Inflammation Naturally

The change to reduce inflammatory responses induced by our thoughts (i.e. stress) can happen as actively as the renown techniques taught by Tony Robins or as simply as the built-in stress-reliever… spending time in nature!

 

Avoidance is easier than taking something…

Test lessening the burden on the body by removing gluten and other potential inflammatories (refined foods, carbohydrates, sugars.)

 

General Advice to Alleviate Inflammation

Taking herbal supplements with ginger, turmeric, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, passion flower and valerian can help a lot.

Dr. Rory also believes in taking a quality Omega-3. Remember, you pay for what you get. Krill oil is a higher quality.

It is, of course, very important to work with a knowledgeable health care practitioner who is educated in the philosophy of health care that match your values. What is mentioned in this podcast and blog is for information purposes only. You should work with your trusted health care practitioner to decide which supplementation and tests and marker CRP or iGG iGA to get more specific on how to address your signs and causes of inflammation.

 

Also in this Podcast… What are you inflamed by?

I do my best to summarize the important points of conversations with guests, but there is so much that can not be wrapped up into words. Watch and/or listen for the full experience!

 

 

Links and References:

Tony Robbins’ recent documentary: I am Not Your Guru

Golden Milk Recipe and other healthy recipes in the Weight Free Wellness Cookbook

 

Supplements mentioned:

AccutePhase (Metagenics)

TranQ (Metagenics)

 

About Rory Faherty, D.C.

Dr. Rory is a chiropractor, and functional medicine physician with two decades of experience connecting with patients, and helping them find their journey to health.    Rory grew up on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in a large family.  Life on the Aran Islands is simple and about connection with people.  He brings the values and lifestyle he learned in Ireland to his practice and approaches to treating patients.
Dr. Rory earned a Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will complete The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Certification program in 2016 to join the less than 20 IFM Certified Practitioners in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Rory takes the complex world of medicine and creates simplistic plans for healing.
To contact Dr. Rory call  his office: 952-474-2395
Specialties include:
* GI Health with a focus on
     * diagnostics
     * gluten sensitivity 
     * treating infection
     * improving microbiome 
     * customized food plans
* Detoxification
* Chronic Inflammation
* Nervous system & sleep disregulation 
* Applied Kinesiology
* Spinal Adjustment and body work

Rory Faherty, D.C.

 

 

 

 






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Should I go Gluten-Free? with Dr. Rory: 003

“Going Gluten-free” Does it really matter?

  • Is it just a fad?
  • What are familiar and unfamiliar signs of Gluten-Sensitivity
  • What is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?
  • Am I genetically destined to be sensitive to gluten?
  • Tips on how to start and stick-to a Gluten-free lifestyle

 

Dr. Rory Faherty will be a regular guest on the Weight Free Wellness Podcast and in his first appearance he shares his personal experience and that of working with patients for nearly 20 years helping people on their health journey. He is a Chiropractor and Functional Medicine practitioner.

*Show notes are a summary of the guest’s and, to some extent, the hostess’ thoughts in this podcast. Please listen or watch the podcast for full, complete content!

 

Familiar and Unfamiliar signs of Gluten-sensitivity?

  • Abnormal fatigue
  • Brain-fog and poor memory ( Dr. Rory says that this is usually the symptom that gets peoples’ attention the most and prompts them to come in for a help.)
  • Bloating
  • Painful digestion
  • Abnormally sore muscles
  • Stiffness
  • Chronic pain
  • General decrease in will
  • Skin problems
  • and a host of newer symptoms that are showing up in patients

Patients may report any of the symptoms listed above (and others) which may indicate gluten-sensitivity on some level.

 

 

 

Should I go Gluten-free? 003

 

Dr. Rory mentions that a number of patients have come to him after visiting the Gastroenterologist, with information that they test negative for Celiac Disease but still experience any number of the uncomfortable symptoms mentioned above.

 

This condition is called Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity…

A person can test negative for Celiac Disease (i.e. they do not have the auto-immune responses based on tests) but still be highly reactive to gluten because they may be reacting adversely to other proteins not targeted in the Celiac Disease testing.

 

“Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive are people who can eat a little bit of gluten and get a lot of response… for example bloat.” says Dr. Rory

 

 

With symptoms like these in mind, Dr. Rory may:

  • look into the toxin levels in the body
  • may suggest allergen testing or an elimination diet (ideally testing for 30-60 days)

 

So, can I still have a few Gluten-containing foods every now-and-then?

Everyone’s body is different. Keep in mind:

  • Gluten can create burden on the body. This is where chronic inflammatory states come from resulting in myriad painful and problematic conditions. (Dr. Rory and Tara share their personal experiences.)
  • Research shows that Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity could be more detrimental on a body in the long-term than Celiac Disease.
  • Gluten-Sensitivity is linked to mal-nutrition, causing stunted growth and other nutrition-related problems. Our diets are calorie-dense, but nutrient-deficient.

 

 

Certain populations like the Northern Europeans have a higher percentage of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitive diagnoses.

There are estimates that approximately 20-30% of the population experiences the condition Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.

BUT, Dr. Rory emphasizes, just because we have the genetic markers, does not mean that gene will be expressed as disease. In other words, you may see the genetic marker for breast cancer on your DNA report for example, but there are factors of environment, lifestyle and even a person’s thoughts that can turn the switch on for this gene and for the disease to show up as breast cancer in the body.

 

Why is so much gluten-sensitivity “popping up”?

It’s hard to say definitively, but clinical practice and observation show that factors such as: stress, toxicity, lifestyle, and the ways in which our food crops have been cultivated and genetically altered can be significant factors.

 

How will I get nutrients if I eliminate grains from my diet?

Compared to other foods such as organ meats, meat, fruits and vegetables; grains are relatively low in nutrients, says Dr. Rory.

 

What about fiber?

Considering that fruits and vegetables can easily provide our bodies with enough fiber, the risks far out-weigh the benefits to consume grains for fiber.

 

How to do an elimination diet, change cooking, and stay on-track?

Doing an elimination diet can be equally daunting and enlightening.

Here are a few great ways to start:

 

Will I even get to eat gluten again?

Each person’s case is different, but rest-assured, this process doesn’t have to be complicated.

Will and hope go up when we get data- whether this is in the form of lab tests or personal experience.

It’s about balance. Be informed. Take action!

 

About Rory Faherty, D.C.

Dr. Rory is a chiropractor, and functional medicine physician with two decades of experience connecting with patients, and helping them find their journey to health.    Rory grew up on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in a large family.  Life on the Aran Islands is simple and about connection with people.  He brings the values and lifestyle he learned in Ireland to his practice and approaches to treating patients.
Dr. Rory earned a Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will complete The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Certification program in 2016 to join the less than 20 IFM Certified Practitioners in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Rory takes the complex world of medicine and creates simplistic plans for healing.
To contact Dr. Rory call  his office: 952-474-2395
Specialties include:
* GI Health with a focus on
     * diagnostics
     * gluten sensitivity 
     * treating infection
     * improving microbiome, 
     * customized food plans
* Detoxification
* Chronic Inflammation
* Nervous system & sleep disregulation 
* Applied Kinesiology
* Spinal Adjustment and body work
Rory Faherty, D.C.