Monday, August 18, 2014

Something Illegal?

by Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath

On  a recent trip back to the Chicago area to visit my father, I just happened to be listening to a sports talk radio show as a I was driving. The shows host were talking about LeBron James and some other well known athletes that have seemingly overnight, become very lean as compared to the past. Now they did not insinuate that they had done anything illegal but they did mention that in professional sports, it is hard to not question the use of some type of illegal drug when witnessing a quick change in somebody's body. Heck, I get it, as we recently witnessed the "steroid era" in baseball as well as so many other recent "questionable" acts by professional sports icons.

So I guess the question may be, can these athletes become so lean seemingly overnight without the use of any illegal substances? The answer to this question is a resounding YES! 

It is first important to understand that for many of us, of our weight or "puffy" issue is really not an issue with too much fat on our body, but rather an inflammatory issue. I will share that when people address their personal triggers for inflammation and actually follow a rather simple, yet effective, anti-inflammatory protocol, the inflammation can fall off extremely quickly. This can leave you with a lean, healthy body in a short time frame and honestly, shock most people that witness this shift. I have seen this many times with programs that I have used with clients in my office as well as those that I have worked with online via programs that are delivered within webinar series.

Actually, such a program will be released soon referred to as "The PAIN of Inflammation." In this program we address the triggers for inflammation, the inflammation itself and the feedback loops that recycle inflammation.

What are the triggers?

The most common triggers for inflammation would be the SAD or standard American diet, high in processed foods and sugar, food sensitivity, infection and chronic stress. These are the most common but we could also include obesity, addiction and the use of chemotherapy as secondary triggers. Understanding and addressing your triggers are a key because following an anti-inflammatory protocol without getting to the core cause of this is futile.

Addressing the inflammation is not as easy as simply taking an anti-inflammatory supplement either. Yes, using a powerful anti-inflammatory protocol is important but you to create a high level of success quickly you also have to support other areas that play a role in inflammation such as your immune function, gut health, gut/brain connection and detoxification. When you pull all this together, it provides optimal support in assisting your body in the anti-inflammatory process.

It is also essential to address the missing piece of the puzzle for most anti-inflammatory programs which is the recycling of inflammation in your body. Understand that even once you remove your triggers, there are feedback loops that can continue your chronic inflammatory response. Here are four feedback loops that cannot be ignored.
  • Inflammation - rise in cytokine production - autoimmunity - more inflammation
  • Inflammation - breakdown in the tight junctures of the gut - leaky gut - autoimmunity - more inflammation
  • Inflammation - poor liver biotransformation - inadequate phase I & phase II liver detoxification - more inflammation
  • Inflammation - increase in fat cell production - insulin resistance - insulin surges - more inflammation
So you see, addressing inflammation is more than just taking your omega 3 fatty acids and when inflammation is not taken care of properly, this can leave us in a very challenging space. This is due to the fact that chronic inflammation is not just about looking "puffy" or being overweight, chronic inflammation is actually at the core of almost every chronic illness known to man.

This PAIN of inflammation can show it ugly head in many ways such as:
  • Obesity
  • Chronic aches and pains
  • Mental/emotional disorders
  • Chronic disease states
  • And so much more...
With this information provided today, I truly hope you understand that chronic inflammation is a significant issue for almost everyone with a health issue. More importantly, these inflammatory challenges can be overcome and much quicker that most would be led to believe. When using these programs in the past, I have seen people lose more than 30 pounds in 6 weeks and often 10 pounds or more in just the first 7 to 10 days. So when you see recent pictures of LeBron James or other athletes that have achieved that "lean" look very quickly, recognize that any one of you can achieve this naturally also. Of course this does not mean we are all going to look like LeBron James, but we can tap into the athlete within us that is much leaner, much happier and much healthier.

Look for the upcoming "The PAIN of Inflammation" coming out soon and until then at least make sure you begin by cutting back on processed foods and sugar and assess the most common food sensitivity which is gluten sensitivity. Get your complimentary gluten assessment by visiting www.DepkeWellness.com and visiting the Gluten Intolerance page. Here you will find a complimentary gluten sensitivity assessment to gain a simple understanding of your personal challenges with gluten.

If you have any comments or questions about this article, please feel free to leave a post below for us to answer personally.



Sunday, August 10, 2014

What's the BUZZ about Methylation?

by Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath
Methylation Pathway

What's the buzz about? How about the fact that methylation is essential to regulate genetic expression in the body. Kind of like the traffic cop for your genes and genetic expression. In essence, you need proper methylation to function at a high level and to heal properly.

Before we go any further, let's define methylation in the simplest way possible:

The methylation cycle is part of the basic biochemistry of the body, and is believed to operate in every cell. In biological systems, methylation is catalyzed by enzymes; such methylation can be involved in modification of heavy metals, regulation of gene expression, regulation of protein function, and RNA processing. Methylation of heavy metals can also occur outside of biological systems.

Lower levels of methylated DNA could lead to over activity of genes, including over activity of the genes that control immune responses  and the body's tendency to attack its own cells. Methylation also regulates proteins, histones and stem cells. This is not simply methyl group regulation at a DNA level, this is truly a holistic regulation.

It is also my intention to make methylation understandable. When researching this subject, the technical aspects can be overwhelming to most health care practitioners as well as the general public. I sincerely hope this article, and more to come, will shed light on methylation that is easily understood.

There are critical roles that methylation plays in your body's biochemical reactions. 
  • Without an adequate supply of methyl groups, you cannot form certain base molecules that make DNA and RNA and without these, the function of making new cells that your body needs to renew itself as the old ones die and slough off is impaired
  • You are not likely to be able to form cells with fast turnover as quickly as you need them and red blood cells are especially vulnerable to this problem
  • Other fast growing cells that are impacted by low methyl group availability are the white blood cells needed to mount an immune response
  • Cells of your gastrointestinal mucosa normally turn over very rapidly, thus creating a challenge will slow cell formation
  • You age more rapidly
  • You do not learn new tasks readily or have the ability to adapt to the changes in your environment easily
  • Your energy may sink to new lows
  • You may develop high homocysteine and the vascular inflammation and heart disease that come with this condition
  • It takes methyl groups and methylation to deactivate histamine and to reduce the inflammatory response to the allergen, thus leaving individuals suffering with chronic inflammatory responses
  • If you do not have adequate methyl groups and you are pregnant, you are at risk for having a child whose spinal cord does not fuse properly, a child with a neural tube defect, or spina bifida
  • A child's ability to grow may be impaired by insufficient methylation
  • One of the causes of Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the inability to properly regulate the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine due to the lack of proper methylation needed to deactivate
  • The metabolism of tryptophan, the precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin, and melatonin formation requires proper methylation
  • Methylation is essential for neuronal cell survival, development, function, and longevity

What are some common challenges with methylation?

Heavy metals:
Heavy metals is to impair your ability to make methyl groups, thus hindering your ability to methylate other molecules is reduced. Ultimately, reduced methylation diminishes your body's capacity to rid itself of heavy metals. So you are less able to deal with toxins if you can't methylate properly. And round and round we go...

Low protein intake or poor protein absorption:

A major source of methyl groups in your body is the amino acid methionine. It comes from meat and other protein sources in your diet. The answer is not just eating enough protein but also protein absorption. This is why I am such a strong proponent of a quality Prebiotic/Probiotic Formula, a quality full spectrum enzyme such as the Prime Enzyme Support and stomach acid supplementation such as the Prime Stomach Acid Support. All three of these can be found in the 1, 2, 3 of Digestion.

Low lithium:
Lithium enhances the uptake of B12 and folic acid into your cells. As such, it is critical to methyl group production. At the same time that you are activating the shortcut pathway, you are holding B12 supplementation to minimal amounts until you see from the Hair Elements Analysis test in particular, and the Urine for Toxic Metals and Essential Elements test to some degree, that lithium has increased in your body. Too much B12 before this time can further deplete lithium and lead to a stalemate. After lithium has come more into balance, you add B12 carefully so as not to deplete lithium again.

Low vitamin B12:
When there isn’t enough methylcobalamin, methionine synthase has to slow down its reaction. Its reaction lies at the junction of the methylation cycle and the folate cycle, so when this reaction slows down, it affects both these cycles. This is why the use of vitamin B12 in the liquid methylcobalamin form is essential. A key with both the methylcobalamin form of B12 and folate below is to start slow because this can activate a fast release of toxins and further symptoms. I always recommend the Pure B12 5000 liquid in the methylcobalamin form.

Low folate levels:
The importance of folate to the human body’s ability to remain in optimal health has recently been emphasized. Folate is a member of the B vitamin family of supplements. Its main function is to enhance the body’s metabolism and promote and restore cellular growth.The vitamin folate is a key source of the one carbon group used to methylate DNA and low levels of folate can also lead to homocysteine accumulation. The use of vitamin B12 as mentioned above will likely assist in the conversion of folate but it would almost always benefit to supplement with folate. In my office I recommend a liquid sublingual product called Folidreen, which contains Folic Acid (folate), B6 and B12 (methylcobalamin). A key with both the folate and methylcobalamin form of B12 above is to start slow because this can activate a fast release of toxins and further symptoms.

Low glutathione levels:
Glutathione plays many important roles in the biochemistry of the body, including serving as the basis of the antioxidant enzyme system, participating in the detoxication system, and supporting a cell-mediated immune response. The key here is to understand the implication that glutathione plays with methylation. When an individual is undergoing protocols to lift the partial methylation cycle block, this value usually rises into the normal range over a period of a few months. This is very important, because glutathione normally participates in the intracellular metabolism of vitamin B12 and if it is low, a deficiency of vitamin B12 results, leading to an insufficient methylation cycle. This means that when you are suffering from glutathione depletion methylation will also suffer. At Depke Wellness we recommend an A/C glutathione to build up glutathione levels, then switching to a glutathione recycler to assist in maintaining these levels.

So in the end I want you to understand that methylation plays a significant role in your personal health and happiness and if this process is dysfunctional, the ability to heal can and often will be severely hindered or restricted. For those challenged with methylation due to lifestyle issues, correcting these challenges and using the recommended supplementation can assist your body into achieving this natural cycle over time. For those with genetic challenges in methylation, life long supplementation may be needed. With that said, I would also argue that the many of the "so called" genetic issues can also eventually balanced when addresses your underlying triggers.

If you have any comments or questions on this topic, feel free to leave these below and I will address this personally.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Addison's Disease, Adrenals & Autoimmunity

by Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath

Addison’s disease is an autoimmune, inflammatory condition of the adrenal glands, resulting in the gradual destruction and inability to make sufficient amounts of adrenal hormones. 

The most common symptoms of Addison's disease:
  • weight loss
  • muscle weakness
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • low blood pressure
  • darkening of the skin in many cases, more noticeable on scars, pressure points, lips and mucus membranes
  • low blood sugar
  • mood changes, depression or irritability
  • half of patients experience nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting
Addison’s disease can be difficult to diagnose with the clearest symptom as a darkening of the skin, but it may not be present in some patients and it is never present in secondary Addison’s disease. Diagnosis is made by assessment of Cortisol levels in blood.
Common test used to diagnose Addison's Disease include:
  • ACTH Stimulation Test
  • Insulin-Induced Hypoglycemia Test,
  • CT scan of abdomen,
  • NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance imaging) scan of head
Addison’s disease occurs when more then 90% of adrenal gland tissue is destroyed (primary Addison’s disease). The destruction can occur due to various causes:
  • Most frequently, it is due to autoimmune process, when immune system attacks adrenal glands
  • Tuberculosis as a cause of Addison’s disease is more common in developed countries
  • Rarely, adrenal glands can be destroyed by infections, cancer metastasis, amyloidosis, or hemorrhage. When pituitary gland fails to produce enough ACTH, adrenal glands are not stimulated to produce Cortisol and a secondary Addison’s
*Thank you to Daniela Cihakova MD, PhD from John Hopkins Medical Institutions for some of the stats and info above. See more....
 
The point that is key to make here is the most frequent underlying challenge with Addison's Disease which would be autoimmunity. When this disease state is diagnosed I see the same issue in conventional treatment as I do with those diagnosed with Hashmoto's Disease (thyroid autoimmunity.) Just as with Hashimoto's viewed as a thyroid issue, Addison's is viewed as an adrenal issue and in my mind, this cannot be further from the truth. The problem is not the adrenals specifically, it is the autoimmune reaction and the triggers for autoimmunity.

Unfortunately, this is often not addressed with the most common treatment is to give the body some form of cortisol. While there may be a time and place for this treatment, I have to share that this is simply a symptom care as the individual continues to lose adrenal function as time progresses.

So what's the key?

As mentioned above, it is the autoimmune reaction and the triggers for autoimmunity.

One of the challenges here is that conventional medicine does not feel that autoimmunity can be overcome and in fairness, this is true. Based on the symptom/prescription model, there is very little on can do with an autoimmune condition. Thankfully from a holistic model, there is quite a bit that can be accomplished with autoimmunity.

The first key here is to take care of your fundamentals of health. You know, the simple things that unfortunately, most of us do not take care of. For your complimentary four part video series on the fundamentals of health go to www.depkewellness.com and click on the purple "Sign Me Up!" button at the bottom of the page. You will have a video emailed to you each day for four days to engage you in your fundamentals of health.

The next step is to assess adrenal function and get yourself on a protocol to assist your body in resetting your HPA axis (hypthalamus, pituitary, adrenal axis) as well as balancing your adrenals at the core. This is a key because the HPA axis plays a significant role in your body being able to balance from stress, whether this is physical stress due to infection, injury or inflammation, mental/emotional stress, chemical stress or even spiritual/vibrational stress. This is a key because without the HPA axis, all your stress is accumulative and this further depletes to adrenal insufficiency and adding to the autoimmune triggers.

After this, it is key to assess your triggers for adrenal insufficiency and autoimmunity. The most common triggers are as listed:

  • food sensitivity
  • chronic mental/emotional stress
  • standard American diet (SAD) 
    • high in sugar and processed food
  • chronic inflammatory condition
  • chronic infection (commonly GI infections)
Of course we would also want to support immune system and gastro intestinal system along with all else mentioned above. After all, about 70 - 80% of your immune function originates in your GI.

So when you can focus on your fundamentals of health, assist the body in resetting the HPA axis and balancing your adrenal function all while addressing your individual triggers while supporting immune and GI function, this provides the best opportunity for shifting the autoimmune response.

So in the end, understand that autoimmunity and Addison's Disease typically go hand in hand and that you do have power to shift this condition.

If you have a comment or question pertaining to this article, please leave this below and I will address this personally.

If this subject intrigues you and you are not currently a client of Depke Wellness, we always offer a complimentary 20 minute phone consultation to assist you in understanding this further. Feel free to call our office at (949)954-6226.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Hormone Trilogy

by Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath
The Adrenal Summit

You've heard me discuss estrogen dominance in the past but today we need to dive deep into this health issue for both men and women. Yes, I did say men and women.

Most often it is thought that estrogen dominance is a female issue. While it is true that many women in my practice are challenged with estrogen dominance for a variety of reasons, it is equally as challenging for men in my practice.

First off let's look at the primary causes for estrogen dominance. For both men and women I feel that the main issue is an overproduction of an enzyme aromatase. Too much aromatase in the body will convert testosterone into estrogen type hormones and leave both men and women with low testosterone and high estrogen hormones. High estrogen is a risk factor for breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men, both of which are a significant concern for each gender. The other issue is tied into the health challenges due to low testosterone. Testosterone influences mood, memory, metabolism, bone density, energy, and ability to burn fat and build muscle. In women, a small amount of testosterone is produced in the ovaries while most is produced in the adrenal glands. Testosterone binds to receptors inside the body’s cells where it exerts its effects.

As an example, I had a male client that came to see me due to symptoms of hormone imbalance. He had seen another practitioner in the past that tested his testosterone due to symptoms shared. Low energy, lack of motivation, lack of sex drive and weight gain. When his testosterone testing came back, this did show low testosterone. At this time, this practitioner suggested the implants of "rods" under the skin that would slowly release testosterone over the next year to help this person achieve optimal testosterone levels. By the time this client came to Depke Wellness and we reviewed a comprehensive adrenal panel, he not only showed very little improvement but this estradiol specifically was at 16. This was for a man that should have an estradiol level of 1-3. Yikes! I knew this gentleman personally and I joked that he was becoming a woman, except it really was not a joke. When I shared this he mentioned that his breast tissue was increasing and his moods were changing dramatically. Basically what was happening is that the increased testosterone due to supplementation was being converted into estrogen hormones. That is not what we're looking for.

Obviously with this example, the low testosterone was not the issue but rather the conversion of testosterone into estrogen hormones. This is not just a male issue though, I see this in women with regularity also.

From here there are two different focal points. Number one, if you do have elevated estrogen hormones, this should be addressed ASAP because as mentioned above, this is a risk factor for breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. When I do find this estrogen dominance, I recommend Myomin, which is a collection of Chinese herbs that assist the body in lowering the aromatase. Remember, this is the enzyme that converts the testosterone into estrogen hormones.

But let's not stop there. I feel that it is important to get to the bottom of why the aromatase is high in the first place. This is where the insulin comes in. When we are consuming foods that are high glycemic foods or if we are chronically stressed, this will leave us with high blood sugar levels. This high blood sugar will require an increase in insulin to assist in removing the sugar from the blood. In the end, the high insulin will lead to an increase in aromatase, thus the conversion of testosterone into estrogen hormones.

Hopefully you can see the necessary steps already. First, when you are looking at hormones, look at all of them and not single hormones. At Depke Wellness, we do this with a comprehensive adrenal test kit. You really want the full picture of what is going on in your adrenal glands as well as ovaries and testicles. Once you recognize estrogen dominance, address this ASAP with Myomin and also be sure to focus on your nutrition and stress to get to the core of your challenge.

There is one more disturbing challenge for estrogen dominance that I have to share. I often see women estrogen dominant due to the use of estrogen creams. I do not want to say that other practitioners do it wrong and Depke Wellness does it right, I am just going to say that we do it different. At Depke Wellness, we never recommend estrogen creams because these vascular creams tend to build up in the fat tissue with very little making it into the blood, which is where it needs to be actually. This build up in the fat tissue will often leave women estrogen dominant, and we see this so often in our clinic.

The other challenge with using estrogen creams is that this is simply a symptom care because you are working with a "end result" hormone. If you are tested with low estrogen hormones, we recommend that you focus on balancing your adrenal gland function and get to the bottom of what is triggering this. That's dealing with your estrogen issues where it's really off.

So in the end, be sure to understand that your potential low testosterone, estrogen dominance and insulin are creating a trilogy that is less than enjoyable for you.

Thankfully, this can all be balanced when tested and addressed properly.

Please leave a post below if you have a comment or question about this article or visit us at The Adrenal Summit Facebook page for ongoing discussions on similar topics.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

An AMAZING Discovery!

by Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath

Last week I wrote and article "One of our BIGGEST Challenges" in which we discussed the issues created by food sensitivity and how to properly test to discover your underlying nutritional issues. While I do recommend the BloodPrint154 from Immunolabs as discussed last week, I also wanted to provide further opportunities for you in regard to food sensitivity. After all, not everyone has the ability to afford proper testing, but we do not want finances to get in the way of your health and happiness.

Actually, I have to thank my wife for sharing a book with me that not only changed my life but the lives of so many others also. This book is called "The Plan" written by Lyn-Genet Recitas and it is AMAZING! Lyn-Genet has spent decades working with individuals nutritional and has developed a protocol to understand what foods are most likely to be issues for you. This is done by following a regimented way of eating for 20 days while weighing yourself daily to understand the effect of food on your body based on and inflammatory response.

Remember how many times you have heard me mention that food sensitivity will lead to inflammation in your body?

My wife had originally followed this program with great success, recognizing weight loss, decrease in inflammation and even noticed and improvement in hormone balance. After she had this success, of course I had to give it a try and honestly, it was the last missing piece of my food sensitivity puzzle for me. Personally this helped me achieve a much deeper understanding of food combinations that while didn't have an effect on their own, showed as inflammatory challenges when eaten together.

One of the enjoyable aspects of Lyn-Genet's process is that she actually adds some "fun" foods relatively early in the process. You'll test wine and chocolate soon in the program because she recognizes, as do I, that it is not about a rigid nutritional program. We actually need to enjoy our food choices but also be sure that we are not making choices that are creating deeper issues overall.

I was so impressed with Lyn-Genet's book, her plan and honestly, who she is as a person, that I have agreed to create a bit of a partnership with her. Lyn-Genet had asked me to jump on her Facebook page to discuss adrenal function with her followers twice weekly as well as assisting her clients with personal adrenal care, which shows me the type of person that she is. Lyn-Genet is the "community" focused individual that truly cares about everyone that she touches and wants to offer the best care available. 

First and foremost, I would recommend that you purchase Lyn-Genet's book "The Plan" and not only read through this gift of information but more importantly, follow her program and make some discoveries in your life that may assist you in finding a deeper level of health and happiness.

Most clients or followers of Depke Wellness would also benefit from Team Planning. These are individual groups that are formed the assist in walking your through the process of the plan with professional guidance and creating a true community experience for you all.

I will provide this information for you below. Even if you are working with me one on one, this will still be amazing experience for you.



OATMEAL. SALMON. GREEK YOGURT. STRAWBERRIES. ASPARAGUS.
Think these foods are healthy? Think again!

Surprisingly, it’s not the carbs, calories or fat that sabotages your weight; it’s that they cause an inflammatory response, which is the basis for premature aging, disease and weight gain. Discover which foods do and don’t work for your unique chemistry!

The Plan improves weight loss, thyroid function, and digestive function, skin conditions, sleep patterns, energy levels and well-being.

The Plan is not about deprivation, in fact Planners consume 2,000 calories a day and wine, cheese and chocolate are part of the regimen!

        Sign up for The Lyn-Genet Team Plan*

A special three-week weight loss program with the support of a Health Coach, Lyn-Genet and your peers.  During this program, you’ll receive:


·         Access to Lyn-Genet via a kick off webinar
·         Access to a Health Coach who you will guide you during our 20 day menu, under the direct supervision of Lyn-Genet
·         Daily email check-ins with your Health Coach for the 20 days, M-F
·         Access to our private Facebook group
·         Menu planning guidance for future success

August upcoming kick-off meetings include Wednesday, July 30th at noon EDT. The fee for the program is $275. To enroll, please email info@lyngenet.com. Please put your preferred program date in the subject line of the email and include your full name, address and phone number within the email.  Space is limited for up to 10 participants per Team.

What Team Planners are saying:

“I learn so much from LG and the other people on Team Plan. Folks ask great questions. I started planning "on and off" since LG was on Dr. Oz. Doing The Plan "on and off" I have lost 20 lbs and have 10 more to go. It is amazing having access to LG…PRICELESS!”
Could I do this on my own? Yes, maybe, but participating in the Team Plan makes me accountable and gives me a support group that I find helpful. I'm just a week into my restart, but down a few pounds and noticeably up in my energy and enthusiasm, so I'm certainly motivated to continue.”


* Weight loss results vary with each individual.
 
If you have any comments or questions about Lyn-Genet, "The Plan" or food sensitivity, please leave these below and I will address them personally.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

One of our BIGGEST Challenges

By Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath

By far one of the single biggest challenges I see for my clients and those that follow Depke Wellness are tied directly into food sensitivity. You may ask yourself, why is this such a significant issue when you do not feel this is a problem for yourself personally? The answer to this is simply this, if you have a food sensitivity it is approximately a 86% chance that you are almost completely asymptomatic to this. That is correct, most of you living with a food sensitivity do not even know this is a significant health issue for you.

To define, when you have a food sensitivity, this will lead to inflammation in the gut. This inflammation will hinder you digestion, weaken your immune function and eventually blow out your adrenal gland function. Beyond this, since you have inflammatory receptors throughout your body, over time this will also lead to chronic inflammatory states and from there any chronic ailment known to man can develop. All because of a simple food choice. Yikes!

I know this first hand. I am just about to turn 50 soon (very excited!) and I first went gluten free at 42 years of age. When I originally did this, I did not even think I had a gluten issue, I simply did this because this was what we were recommending to patients when I was working along side Dr Mercola in the Chicago area. At the time, I figured that if I was going to suggest that everyone do this, I should do the same. Low and behold, I found that I had a gluten issue. So for years, I focused on living a gluten free life with some small windows of time that I would eat gluten on occasion. Eventually I learned that even these small windows were an issue and gluten was completely eliminated, except for the accidental exposure of course.

This all seemed to be fine but I still had some lingering personal health issues that it seemed impossible to find the root cause. Then came the Cyrex Array #4 Gluten Cross Reactive Food testing. This test addressed proteins that were similar in structure as compared to gluten that we could possibly develop and sensitivity to also. When this one came back, I then began to refer to myself as the cross reactive poster boy since I had about 17 different cross reactivities. Choices such as dairy, eggs, corn, rice, soy, coffee and all grains except for quinoa and buckwheat. This was a huge help for me to know that these foods were creating issues because ultimately, I wanted to get to the bottom of this.

While this did help, there was still something missing that had yet to be addressed. The problem though, was the fact that I was ignorant of this "something missing."

Thankfully from there I was introduced to a company called Immunolabs and their Bloodprint panels. I absolutely love Immunolabs words which were taken directly from their website, "70% of chronic diseases are preventable. You could be eating a balanced diet and doing what you can to improve your condition, without suspecting that the very foods you're eating are contributing to (or even causing) your problems."

I could not have said it better myself and the only thing I would add is that I feel they were potentially even a little low with their 70%. I actually feel that this is an even much bigger challenge by looking at my client base over the years.

So how did Immunolabs help me and how can they help you?

First off, when I did the cross reactive food testing, this only tested 27 different possible food sensitivities. This is absolutely correct though since they were only testing gluten cross reactive sensitivity. I needed and likely you need more than this. This is where Immunolabs come in. The actually have several different bloodprint panels, the BloodPrint154, BloodPrint115, BloodPrint88, BloodPrint Kosher and BloodPrint Vegetarian. Personally and professionally I recommend that BloodPrint154 because this assesses the largest amount of food choices. Take a look at the food choices of each test below.

When you are ready to move forward in understanding the nutritional choices that you may be making that are hindering your health and happiness, call our office at (949)954-6226 and we will get your Immunolab test kit sent out to you.

*Be sure to read beyond the test kits for more invaluable content.

BloodPrint154
  • Alfalfa
  • Almond
  • Amaranth
  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Barley
  • Basil
  • Bay Leaf
  • Bean, Green
  • Bean, Kidney
  • Bean, Lima
  • Bean, Mung
  • Bean, Navy
  • Bean, Pinto
  • Bean, Yellow Wax
  • Beef
  • Beet
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Buckwheat
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrot
  • Catfish
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cheese
  • Cherry
  • Chicken
  • Cinnamon
  • Clam
  • Clove
  • Cocoa - Chocolate
  • Coconut
  • Cod
  • Coffee
  • Corn
  • Crab
  • Cranberry
  • Cucumber
  • Cumin
  • Currant
  • Date
  • Duck
  • Egg
  • Eggplant
  • Flounder
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Goose
  • Grape, Concord
  • Grape, White
  • Grapefruit
  • Greens, Mustard
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Herring
  • Horseradish
  • Lamb
  • Lemon
  • Lentil
  • Lettuce
  • Lime
  • Lobster
  • Mackerel
  • Malt
  • Melon, Honeydew
  • Milk, Cow’s
  • Milk, Goat’s
  • Millet
  • Mint
  • Mushroom
  • Mustard
  • Nut, Brazil
  • Nut, Cashew
  • Nut, Filbert
  • Nutmeg
  • Oat
  • Olive
  • Onion
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Oyster
  • Papaya
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Pea
  • Peach
  • Peanut
  • Pear
  • Pecan
  • Pepper, B/W
  • Pepper, Cayenne
  • Pepper, Green
  • Pepper, Red
  • Peppermint
  • Perch
  • Pimento
  • Pineapple
  • Plum
  • Pork
  • Potato, Sweet
  • Potato, White
  • Pumpkin
  • Quinoa
  • Rabbit
  • Radish
  • Raspberry
  • Rhubarb
  • Rice
  • Rye
  • Safflower
  • Sage
  • Salmon
  • Sardine
  • Scallops
  • Sea Bass
  • Seed, Caraway
  • Seed, Dill
  • Seed, Rape (Canola)
  • Sesame
  • Shrimp
  • Snapper
  • Sole
  • Soybean
  • Spinach
  • Squash, Yellow
  • Strawberry
  • Sugar, Cane
  • Sunflower
  • Tangerine
  • Tapioca
  • Tea
  • Thyme
  • Tomato
  • Trout
  • Tuna
  • Turkey
  • Turnip
  • Vanilla
  • Venison
  • Walnut, Black
  • Walnut, English
  • Watermelon
  • Wheat
  • White Fish
  • Yeast, Baker’s
  • Yeast, Brewer’s
  • Zucchini
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  • Alfalfa
  • Almond
  • Amaranth
  • Apple
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Barley
  • Bean, Green
  • Bean, Kidney
  • Bean, Lima
  • Bean, Mung
  • Bean, Pinto
  • Bean, Yellow Wax
  • Beef
  • Beet
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Buckwheat
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cheese
  • Cherry
  • Chicken
  • Cinnamon
  • Clam
  • Clove
  • Cocoa - Chocolate
  • Coconut
  • Cod
  • Coffee
  • Corn
  • Crab
  • Cranberry
  • Egg
  • Eggplant
  • Flounder
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Grape
  • Grapefruit
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Herring
  • Lamb
  • Lemon
  • Lentil
  • Lettuce
  • Lime
  • Lobster
  • Mackerel
  • Milk, Cow’s
  • Milk, Goat’s
  • Millet
  • Mushroom
  • Mustard
  • Nut, Brazil
  • Nut, Cashew
  • Nutmeg
  • Oat
  • Olive
  • Onion
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Oyster
  • Papaya
  • Parsley
  • Pea
  • Peach
  • Peanut
  • Pecan
  • Pepper, B/W
  • Pepper, Chili
  • Pepper, Green
  • Perch
  • Pineapple
  • Plum
  • Pork
  • Potato, Sweet
  • Potato, White
  • Pumpkin
  • Quinoa
  • Radish
  • Rice
  • Rye
  • Safflower
  • Sage
  • Salmon
  • Scallops
  • Seed, Rape (Canola)
  • Sesame
  • Shrimp
  • Snapper
  • Sole
  • Soybean
  • Spinach
  • Strawberry
  • Sugar, Cane
  • Sunflower
  • Tangerine
  • Tea
  • Tomato
  • Trout
  • Tuna
  • Turkey
  • Walnut
  • Wheat
  • White Fish
  • Yam
  • Yeast, Baker’s
  • Yeast, Brewer’s
  • Zucchini
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  • Almond
  • Amaranth
  • Apple
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Barley
  • Bean, Green
  • Bean, Kidney
  • Bean, Lima
  • Bean, Mung
  • Bean, Pinto
  • Bean, Yellow Wax
  • Beef
  • Beet
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Buckwheat
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cheese
  • Cherry
  • Chicken
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Cocoa - Chocolate
  • Coconut
  • Cod
  • Corn
  • Crab
  • Cranberry
  • Egg
  • Ginger
  • Grape
  • Grapefruit
  • Halibut
  • Herring
  • Lamb
  • Lemon
  • Lentil
  • Lettuce
  • Lime
  • Lobster
  • Milk, Cow’s
  • Milk, Goat’s
  • Millet
  • Nut, Brazil
  • Nut, Cashew
  • Nutmeg
  • Oat
  • Olive
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Papaya
  • Pea
  • Peach
  • Peanut
  • Pecan
  • Pepper, B/W
  • Pepper, Green
  • Pineapple
  • Plum
  • Pork
  • Potato, Sweet
  • Potato, White
  • Pumpkin
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Rye
  • Safflower
  • Sage
  • Seed, Rape (Canola)
  • Sesame
  • Soybean
  • Spinach
  • Strawberry
  • Sugar, Cane
  • Sunflower
  • Tangerine
  • Tea
  • Tomato
  • Tuna
  • Turkey
  • Walnut
  • Wheat
  • Yam
  • Yeast, Baker’s
  • Yeast, Brewer’s
  • Zucchini
Obviously the BloodPrint Kosher would eliminate non-kosher food choices and the BloodPrint Vegetarian would eliminate most animal based meat products.

So why did I provide this information today?

So you can get your butts out there and assess what nutritional choices you are making right now that are leading you down a path of chronic inflammation and chronic disease. I would like to share some inspiring quotes from one of the owners of Immunolabs, who be the way is and amazing man with high intergrity.

  • Are you on the right diet, but eating the WRONG foods?
  • Do you know which GOOD foods are BAD for you?
  • If there was just one food that was causing your symptoms, wouldn’t you want to know what it is?
  • 95 out of 100 people are suffering from Toxic Food Syndrome…Are you one of them?
  • When you sit down to eat a meal, how do you know which foods are right for you?
So I welcome you to visit the Immunolabs website and enjoy an amazing video about food sensitivity and grab a "boatload" of free information for yourself. And when you are ready to move forward in understanding the nutritional choices that you may be making that are hindering your health and happiness, call our office at (949)954-6226 and we will get your Immunolab test kit sent out to you.

If you are anything like me, you will greatly appreciate this information, it could just save your life, as it has mine.

Please let me know if you have any comments and/or questions by posting these below and I look forward to discussing your Immunolab results with you soon.