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After a crazy winter, most of us are all welcoming the nice weather of spring. But many allergy sufferers may not be so excited. As the trees and flowers bloom, their pollen becomes a major source of allergies, which can present symptoms like itchy eyes and throat, runny and clogged nose, and, in some cases, an annoying cough due to post-nasal drip.
What Are Allergies?
In simple terms, an allergy is an over-reactive response of the immune system to certain substances that are foreign to our bodies, called allergens. We acquire our allergies throughout our life, and some people are more susceptible than others. One must have at least one contact with a substance to become allergic to it.
Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion.1
Conventional allergy treatment attempts to block the immune response, or in more severe cases, to suppress the entire immune function with steroids. While this approach can provide symptomatic relief, it does nothing to address the underlying cause of the problem. Patients often become dependent on their medication, suffer from numerous side effects, and even worsen their overall health by constantly suppressing their immune system.
Treating Seasonal Allergies
A holistic approach to allergy relief is based on identifying and eliminating the underlying cause of the disease rather than masking its symptoms.
I’ve found that most people who suffer from seasonal allergies also have some underlying food allergies. Normally they don’t notice many symptoms from the food allergies, but coupled with allergens from the environment, the body becomes overloaded and symptoms occur.
The first obvious step is to change the person’s diet and remove the most allergenic foods through an elimination diet. In some cases, I will run specific blood tests for food allergies as well as environmental allergies such as pollen, grass, dust and mold, among others. Many times I’ll see dramatic results when patients have food allergies, and I do things to repair the integrity of the intestinal barrier through the use of different herbs and nutrients.
Supplements to Treat Allergies
To help strengthen the respiratory barriers in the nose and lungs, I may recommend a variety of different nutrients and herbs. The first supplements I use are Vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Both act to improve the integrity of the respiratory mucous membrane barriers.
Vitamin C has the added benefit of helping the body break down the histamine molecule, which is released by the body in response to allergens.2 A specific bioflavonoid called Quercetin can be effective in treating allergies by acting as a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.3 I also recommend an herb called freeze-dried stinging nettles leaf extract, which can lead to significant symptom relief.4
When I can uncover exactly what a patient is allergic to, I will often use desensitizing homeopathic drops made from the actual allergen in a diluted form.
So, if you’re dreading this spring due to seasonal allergies, visit a naturopathic physician who can work with you to identify contributing food allergies, correct your digestion and recommend some natural non-toxic treatments for allergy symptom control.
- American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Allergy Facts. http://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/allergies
- Carr, Anitra C, and Silvia Maggini. “Vitamin C and Immune Function.” Nutrients vol. 9,11 1211. 3 Nov. 2017, doi:10.3390/nu9111211. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5707683.
- Rogerio, A P et al. “Anti-inflammatory activity of quercetin and isoquercitrin in experimental murine allergic asthma.” Inflammation research : official journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et al.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18026696/
- Roschek, Bill Jr et al. “Nettle extract (Urtica dioica) affects key receptors and enzymes associated with allergic rhinitis.” Phytotherapy research : PTR vol. 23,7 (2009): 920-6. doi:10.1002/ptr.2763. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19140159/
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The thyroid is a small gland located in the neck and is responsible for producing hormones that regulate the rate at which our cells utilize the fuel that we take in from our diet. These thyroid hormones can have a major impact on how we feel on a daily basis. A dysfunction in this gland can lead to a wide array of negative signs and symptoms.
The following are a few signs & symptoms of low thyroid production (hypothyroidism):
* weight gain
* puffy face
* decreased sexual interest
* cold intolerance
* cold hands and feet
* brittle nails
* swollen legs, feet, hands or abdomen
* rough dry skin
* menstrual irregularities
Thyroid hormones can have a major impact on how we feel on a daily basis.
TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is actually not a thyroid hormone but a pituitary hormone that does exactly what the name implies; it stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones.
1) How to detox your liver 10,100
2) How to detox your body 5,700
4) How to detox your body from mold 4,100
5) How to detox 3,200
6) How long to detox from alcohol? 3,000
7) How to detox from weed 2,000
8) How to detox from alcohol 1,700
9) How to detox from sugar 1,600
…and that’s just people putting things into their bodies, intentionally for the most part, wanting to find and undo “button” or reverse the affects of too much fun.
But what about the toxins we don’t knowingly ingest or absorb?
High cholesterol is a sign that the body's hormones are not in balance. To treat the symptom (the high blood cholesterol), most physicians will resort to statin drugs to actually poison the liver's ability to produce cholesterol....not only can this worsen hormone imbalances, but it can greatly increase the person's risk of developing other more serious diseases.
Total cholesterol levels up to 300 were not considered important until there were pharmaceutical drugs available to lower the levels. In my practice I will first and foremost treat the cause of the cholesterol as a problem of nutrition and a problem of hormone imbalance.
So, when looking at the results of a lipid panel I tell patients to pretty much disregard the total cholesterol and primarily look at just the following 2 markers:
1) Triglycerides – these are fats in the blood that the liver will manufacture when you take in more sugar, carbohydrates and starches in your diet than what your body can burn. So, what the body does is that when there is too much fuel on board (glucose) the body needs to get rid of it so it turns it into a fat called a triglyceride which can be used later as an energy source or stored directly as body fat. When we see elevated triglycerides on a person’s fasting lipid panel, we can assume that they are in a state of carbohydrate and sugar excess and fat storage.
The ideal range for fasting triglycerides is between 60-90 mg/dL.
2) Total Cholesterol/HDL Ratio – this marker takes a look at the total cholesterol divided by the HDL cholesterol. Let’s discuss why looking at this marker is far superior to simply looking at total levels of cholesterol.
We ideally want to see this ratio below 3.5.
After looking at the above lab tests we will know how well your body is dealing with the amount of fuel you are taking in from your diet. Now we need to know how fast your cells are actually burning that fuel.
On a daily basis in my practice I get asked the question, "Dr. Aieta, what supplements do you personally take every day to maintain overall good health?"
My answer is that I change my supplement plan quite often based upon what symptoms I may be experiencing, the time of year, and my changing nutritional needs.
In a few short weeks our kids will hopefully be going back to school and I’m sure most parents are concerned with keeping their little ones and bigger ones healthy. This month I decided to highlight some of the products that I have found to be the most effective for illness prevention and immune support when dealing with viral and bacterial infections. You’ll be able to stock up your medicine cabinet with these products to have on hand or put together a care package for kids going away to school.
Most of our kids are back to school in way or another and with that comes parent concern with keeping their little ones and bigger ones healthy. This month, due to an overwhelming response, I decided to re-run last month's product specials, as well as add some additional kid-friendly products. I have found these products to be the most effective for illness prevention and immune support when dealing with viral and bacterial infections. You’ll be able to stock up your medicine cabinet with these products to have on hand or put together a care package for kids going away to school.
Summer is finally here! With the nice weather comes increased activity and that can mean achy joints and sore muscles for some of you. Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder in the United States. It primarily affects those over the age of 60 but it can also occur in people in their 40's and 50's, or even younger.
Types of Joint Pain
In my practice, treating osteoarthritis is a multi-step process that includes acupuncture, physical medicine, dietary modifications based upon food sensitivity testing and dietary supplementation. This month’s theme is joint health and we are offering 10% off the following joint related products.
Use the discount code at check out: JOINTHEALTH10
(Note: promotional code can only be used for online orders not for orders placed directly through the office)
From cholesterol in the diet and cholesterol manufactured in the liver originates many of the major hormones that fuel the human endocrine system.
Cholesterol is essential for the body's production of pregnenolone, progesterone, cortisol, DHEA, testosterone, estrone, estradiol and estriol.
Most people when asked about cholesterol simply equate it to heart disease yet they don't realize that cholesterol is actually vital for human life.
June's topic: Full Spectrum Hemp Oil & The Importance of Proper Dosing
Most of you reading this are very familiar with the various systems of the body such as the immune, nervous, endocrine, circulatory etc. There is one system in the body that more recently has been getting a lot more attention amongst those of us in the natural medicine professions.
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Fiber Detox: For 14 days, Mix 1 scoop into water in the morning and again at night. After drinking mixture – follow up with another glass of 8oz of water.
The Detox Program Overview
Let’s first discuss dietary changes that we can all gradually do to get back on track. Instead of jumping head first into a very strict diet plan that may be difficult to stick with, we can do it gradually in steps while taking some very specific natural supplements as an adjunct to the diet to help with overall metabolism and detoxification.
We can break it down to weekly dietary changes and supplements that build upon the previous week as we work towards achieving or re-achieving optimal health with a gradual cleansing.
For the first week as you are trying to get back on track simply alter your diet by avoiding all grain products – by just doing this you will significantly reduce your daily sugar and carb intake. This means taking out bread, pasta, cereal, crackers, rice, corn, cookies, and cakes etc. Don’t worry about tracking your carbs or calories just focus on being 100% grain free and try to just eat when your are hungry and limit between meal snacking. When you are ready move on to step 2
Continue to avoid the grain products as well as foods with added sugar. Now it’s time to start being more aware of how much fat you are ingesting daily in contrast to your protein. Most people forget this crucial step of adding more fat in. It’s easy to cut carbs and immediately start eating tons of protein and forget about the need for dietary fat. In order to get into ketosis, it’s important to eat higher fat (70% or more of your daily calories) moderate protein (around 20-25%) and low carb (around 7% or less).
Start checking for the presence of ketones either through urine (convenient, cheap but least accurate), breath (more expensive, very convenient, more accurate than urine), or blood (most expensive due to the cost of the test strips, most accurate, least convenient). Based upon your ketone status you can adjust your diet accordingly…..maybe less carbs, less protein and more fat.
Once you are in ketosis your appetite should be greatly diminished so you should start trying some intermittent fasting. Essentially only eat when you are hungry and try eating within a 6-8 hour window.
Week 5 and on-going:
if you hit a plateau – pick one day a week as a designated overfeed day where you may exercise more and increase your fat and protein intake but keep your carbs low (less than 20-30 Net Carbs). This will recharge your metabolism.
Download this 30+ page detox program guide for a deeper dive into Dr. Aieta’s approach to detoxification packed full of helpful information, checklist and food tips to help make your next detox outcome a successful one.
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Natural Detox Products aid in boosting the metabolism and start detoxifying the body by supporting the organs of elimination (the liver, kidneys and digestive tract).
Our first product is called: Thyro-Adrenal Support Complex– the typical dosage that I recommend to patients is 2 capsules every morning, with or without food. This product can be started right away during week 1 and taken on-going.
The first product is designed to support the adrenal glands, which are two little glands that sit on top of our kidneys that produce hormones that help with energy, focus, blood sugar regulation, metabolism, inflammation control, and one’s ability to properly deal with stress.
This same product also supports the thyroid gland.
The thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland located in the neck area that produces powerful hormones that regulate how fast our cells burn up the calories that we take in from our diets. It essentially dictates our metabolism.
As we age our metabolism can slow down and if our diets are not dense in specific nutrients that fuel the thyroid it becomes very easy to put on excess body weight and more difficult to take it off.
Natural Supplements In This Protocol For Detoxification
Now let’s look at some products to aid detoxification. The next three products comprise Dr. Aieta’s Two Week Detox Protocol: Most detox or cleanse kits contains harsh laxatives and other suspect products.
My detox protocol uses a gentle laxative, a tasteless fiber supplement to bind up toxins from the GI tract and provide satiety so one eats a little less and a well rounded liver detox product that also supports the gallbladder, kidneys and lymphatic system.
Tri-Mag (Laxative Formula): Day 1 through 7: Three tablets at bedtime with 8 ounces of water.
Day 8 through 14: Two tablets at bedtime with 8 ounces of water. Reduce dosage if you experience abdominal discomfort or diarrhea (you may only require 1-2 tablets opposed to 2 or 3). If discomfort persists, discontinue use.
Fiber Detox: For 14 days, Mix 1 scoop into water in the morning and again at night. After drinking mixture – follow up with another glass of 8oz of water.
Liver Detox Support: Day 1 through day 7: One capsule at night.
Day 8 through day 14: One capsule in the morning and two at night.
Dr. Aieta’s Two Week Detox Protocol will contain enough products for 2-3 more two week detoxes.
Dr. Aieta recommends doing his two week detox every 3 months or at every change of season for optimal health.
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