How turmeric may help you

I’d like to tell you about two of my new favorite products. Chances are that if you have a health issue, Theracurmin and Curcumax Pro will probably help! Theracurmin and Curcumax Pro contain a highly bioavailable turmeric, which has been found to outperform pharmaceuticals in preventing disease. It has been linked to a range of health benefits, including potential protection against prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s, protection against heart failure, diabetes, and arthritis. Two studies add to that mix with benefits for arterial aging and cognition.

Everyone could benefit from daily intake of turmeric. Curcumin is a compound found in turmeric (popularly called “curry powder”). It’s been shown to halt the process of tumor cells replicating, and helps ease the pain associated with arthritis. Incredibly, only 1% of the elderly in India develop Alzheimer’s disease – one quarter of the rate in the U.S. – and this is associated with the regular consumption of curry in India.

Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including six different COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme). By itself, writes Duke, curcumin – the component in turmeric most often cited for its healthful effects – is a multifaceted anti-inflammatory agent, and studies of the efficacy of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms.

Duke found more than 200 citations for turmeric and cancer and more than 700 for curcumin and cancer. He noted that in the handbook Phytochemicals: Mechanisms of Action, curcumin and/or turmeric were effective in animal models in prevention and/or treatment of colon cancer, mammary cancer, prostate cancer, murine hepato-carcinogenesis (liver cancer in rats), esophageal cancer, and oral cancer. Duke said that the effectiveness of the herb against these cancers compared favorably with that reported for pharmaceuticals.

Although beneficial, curcumin is poorly absorbed. That’s where Theracurmin comes in. Due to its high absorption and accessibility, it’s much more beneficial than simply eating curry, but is just as safe!

Feel free to call us for more information, or to order Theracurmin for all of its beneficial effects! (901) 763 – 7006.

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Back to school vaccinations: What you need to know

If you are one of my clients, you probably know I think many vaccines are unnecessary. It is not well publicized, but often vaccines cause many unwanted side effects. These side effects are suppressed by the media, but I have personally seen many children that have experienced these effects after being vaccinated, including seizures. When a child’s brain is developing, some vaccines may interfere with the brain’s communication and development process.

It’s important to know that often a vaccine may seem required, but parents can opt out. It may not be clear that exemptions are available, but

All state vaccination laws allow medical exemptions but they must be written by a medical doctor (M.D.) or doctor of osteopathy (D.O.) and usually must conform to federally approved contraindications to vaccination, which are very narrow.1

Every state except three—Tennessee, Mississippi and West Virginia—allow religious belief exemptions, but requirements for proof of religious belief can vary from state to state.

Research your state’s vaccine laws, as well as the harmful effects of some vaccines. Please read this article from the National Vaccine Information Center to learn more and share with others so that they can be more informed about the side effects from vaccinations.

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The Brain/Gut Connection

If you missed our latest monthly Health Support Group meeting, here’s some information about the brain-gut connection. (Stay tuned for our next meeting!)

How can food sensitivities affect brain inflammation? Let’s begin with an example: Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

Often autism is reduced to a simple diagnosis, but this simplification hides the complexity and context of the disease. Autism is not a single disease, but rather a variation of a theme of neurobiological behavior. It is not a consequence of a flawed gene or a damaged child. In fact, many people with autism are brilliant. They have insights, intelligence and capabilities that would be considered extraordinary, even while their behavioral patterns may not socialize comfortably in many settings. 

Autism is best served from a functional medicine approach. Functional medicine integrates diagnosis, signs and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances through the lens of the patient’s story into a comprehensive approach to improve both the patient’s environmental inputs and his or her physiological function. A functional assessment avoids a one-size-fits all approach to treating behavior problems. And functional medicine differs from traditional diagnostic medicine in that it is less concerned about diagnosis and more concerned about mechanisms. These biological mechanisms are deeper than signs and symptoms at the surface. 

And what are the mechanisms behind autism? Although complicated, researchers have found abnormalities at many levels, including “hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances, cellular oxidation-reduction imbalances and problems with energy metabolism in the subcellular mitochondria, the responses of cells from individuals with autism to challenges by toxins, the metabolic state of immune cells, cellular inflammation, and alterations in cellular membrane structure and function”. All of these deep biological abnormalities lead to changes in the behavioral level that we perceive. 

When researching the mechanisms behind autism, one focus is the gastrointestinal tract. It’s an important focus indeed; two-thirds of the body’s serotonin (a mood-altering chemical) is produced in the gut mucosal area. Thus looking at only the brains of autistic children is too restrictive, and other areas must be studied for signals and messages that modulate brain chemistry. 

Therefore medicine cannot focus on one area of the body, but must be broadened to healing the entire body, as all of the bodily systems interact in a delicate balance. Functional medicine must combine research from various disciplines and assess genetic risk factors, triggers (such as environmental or emotional stressors), and mediators (the nutritional state of the person). It is only by intervening at multiple levels that we can hope to treat a person as a whole.

Now that we know there is a link between the state of the gut and behavioral disorders, it is understandable why reaching the strongest health in the intestinal tract is so important for overall health. 

Now how do we rebuild the health of our gut? One approach is to determine if there are any foods to which we are allergic or sensitive to. The prevalence of food allergies have increased to more than 50% in adults and 70% in children over the past few years. Food-related sensitivities can cause a wide range of illnesses, from skin rashes and headaches to chronic intestinal diseases, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Other chronic and unexplained symptoms, like general fatigue, may be explained by food sensitivities.   

The symptoms may differ, but the allergy mechanism remains the same. A sensitivity to a food causes the production of antibodies, or stimulates the production of T-cells, part of the immune response. When the antibodies bind to the food that causes the allergic response, or allergen, it causes tissue inflammation and other symptoms associated with the allergy.

If you are concerned about an unexplained symptom, there are test kits available that measure the amount of antibodies in the system that have been generated in response to a food allergy. Of all the food sensitivity tests, here at the Integrative Wellness Center, we use the most sensitive test, provided by Brendan Biosciences.

This test “identifies foods that may be responsible for causing symptoms associated with inflammation by measuring food-specific Immune Complexes containing C3d (IC-C3d) and IgG together. The net result is that the test is more sensitive than other tests which measure only IgG. In addition, the test ensures that a sample is either positive or negative for a particular food antigen with 95% accuracy.”

Once a food group is identified as a cause of negative reactions, they can be eliminated or reduced from the diet. This will lessen inflammation and alleviate symptoms associated with food allergies.

Call today if you are interested in scheduling a food sensitivity test. (901) 763-7006.

For more information about the food sensitivity tests, please go to 
This is a sample of a food sensitivity test results by Brendan Biosciences. Notice that the patient is more sensitive to some foods than others.

This is a sample of a food sensitivity test results by Brendan Biosciences. Notice that the patient is more sensitive to some foods than others.

Please see Jeffery Bland’s “Functional Medicine: The way to treat Autism now” for the full article and more information.
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