Jun 122010

Natural medicine offers approaches to TMJ.

Our jaws are embedded in many very strong muscles. Stress, mineral imbalances, sleep disorders (tooth grinding etc.), may cause muscle tensions and result in TMJ, which we call joint misalignments in osteopathy. Even back and shoulder tension may take its toll on your ability to open your jaw.

If the problem is of structural physical nature, osteopathy and even acupuncture can prove rather successful in reducing pain and re-establishing range of motion (your bite–grrrr). Osteopathy works on the actual skeletal alignment and acupuncture mostly helps by releasing muscle triggers and spasms.

One often neglected occurrence of TMJ seems to be connected with metabolic diseases such as fibromyalgia, pre-diabetes or diabetes.
Overweight and obesity affect the oxygen transfer in these people and, along with sleep apnea or snoring, many of these individuals clench their teeth every night. Needless to say, this puts tremendous stress on the TMJ joint. Misalignments (blockage and reduced range of motion) or even joint wear are common results.

Last, but not least, celiac disease / gluten-sensitivity patients seem to show the same issues as diabetics.
This probably has to do with their carbohydrate metabolism problems. (We largely digest carbohydrates in our mouth – our mothers were right when they reminded us to chew our food!)

 Posted by at 8:12 PM
Jun 122010

Repost of a Q&A posted 2009-09-14

It’s interesting isn’t that a lot of individuals with ASD respond well to animals and often challenging sports eg surfing. Re: diet – you are absolutely right, in fact many of my clients (non-ASD) who suffer from depression, respond well to casein free diets (removing dairy products). One of the first things I ask them to do is to remove dairy for four days. It’s really surprising what a difference it makes to some, and the response time is so fast that it isn’t difficult to do – unlike removing gluten, which can take up to 18 months, with behaviour deteriorating before it improves.
A lot of Asperger clients drink copious amounts of coffee and like fairly strong flavours (bags of monosodium glutamate), but it’s really difficult to get them to change these habits – even though they understand that it could lower their anxiety. I haven’t managed to find any really good substitutes – any suggestions?.

you are absolutely right re the casein-free diet and how much easier it is to implement than the gluten-free diet. The big issue with gluten is the ever-present contamination factor. Gluten is used as a binding agent in everything from seemingly safe foods to toothpastes, chewing gums, and shampoos to the glue on our envelopes. MSG contains tons of gluten!!!

Are you aware that both, casein and gluten, carry an opioid-like component (A4, A5, B4, B5, and C)? e.g. the A5 gluten exorphine alone occurs on 15 sites in one single glutenin protein and equals 1nM of morphine? This is possibly responsible for the “addiction factor” to grain-carbohydrates and milk products.

Talking “addiction:” coffee and other strong flavored foods quite commonly are very high in copper. Copper is highly addictive and frequently leads to cravings.
Apart from being toxic and affecting the iron, zinc, and other mineral levels Cu also affects the electrolyte balance (sodium-potassium pump). This in turn affects the adrenals, leads to aldosterone level changes, and… and…

Keep in mind that as little as one cup of coffee a day doubles the rate of bone loss! No surprise that Ca:Mg imbalances and adrenal burn-out lead to heart palpitations and anxiety!

Zinc supplements may help reduce excess Cu. However, if Zn happens to be high also we may have to resort to high levels of vit. C to reduce some of the copper.

Because most of these patients also show gastro-intestinal issues absorption of most Rx is compromised. For this reason I mostly resort to specific homeopathically prepared forms and preparations for absorption via oral mucosa.

 Posted by at 7:32 PM
Jun 122010

Initially posted in response to posts on the Oprah Fibromyalgia Board

Over the past little while I have read many of your posts. My heart goes out to all of you who suffer from this debilitating condition, fibromyalgia, day in and day out. It is stunning how many of you are very young people in what is supposed to be the prime of your life. Many of you share the myriad of symptoms from muscle and skeletal pain, to bowel-related issues (IBS and the like), to endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), to sleep problems, depression, brain fog, painful muscle spasms, and more. In short, there are few parts of your body and its functions that are not affected.

For what it’s worth allow me to give you a natural medicine perspective on fibromyalgia–and with that, maybe, an ounce of hope…

All of the many symptoms of fibro, including those mentioned above, are connected with high levels of tissue acidity. In natural medicine we call this chronic metabolic acidosis. An acid body has a lowered pain threshold. That is why fibro pain becomes so uncontrollable and agonizing.

Unfortunately, most of the mainstream prescription drugs designed to suppress your body’s response are rendering it even more acidic… That is why you need ever more frequent and higher doses and additional remedies to cope with your pain and issues.

In addition, prescription drugs tend to block or otherwise negatively influence your body’s mineral balance. But mineral imbalance already is the result of an acidic body. You see, the snow ball turns into an avalanche. Minerals affect all your body’s systems and functions from its hormone and enzyme production to how it is able to absorb vitamins and nutrients.
Unfortunately, once your gut is affected (from simple bloating to IBS and other conditions) your mineral and nutrient absorption is the first to suffer. An aching body screams out to you that it is MALNOURISHED!

Honestly, who among you stays away completely from all
○ Soda drinks,
○ Alcohol and smoking,
○ Processed foods,
○ Margarine, lard, and other of the unhealthy fats and deep-fried foods, roasted and salted treats,
○ Grain products (and that may initially include the supposedly healthy whole grains) because they all include a morphine-like addictive components,
○ Sugars of any form (including the hidden ones) and fruit in excess of 2 small servings a day),
○ Dairy products, since lactose too is sugar and casein also contains some morphine-like addictive substances,
○ Starchy and high-sugar vegetables, such as carrots, some squashes, etc.?
All of the above make our body more acidic.

On the other hand, who among you sticks to a low-carbohydrate and maybe also low-calorie diet rich in
· Green and colored, lightly cooked vegetables,
· Blueberries, pomegranate, persimmons, and other highly antioxidant fruit at no more than max. 2 servings daily,
· Fish such as salmon, mackerel, and other great sources of omega-3s,
· Light proteins (e.g. chicken, turkey) and other leaner meats and servings no larger than the size of your palm,
· Olive oil, grapeseed oil or sesame seed oil for fats,
· Green or white tea, oolong tea, etc. to provide you with the necessary anti-oxidants (think of them as your pain-binders),
· Fresh, clean water to help flush the toxins out of your system?

These simple recommendations, if you resolve to follow them closely, will at least stop the daily aggravation and progressive worsening of your condition.

Our body replaces its cells roughly every 3 months–few at a time. This is your chance: Over time, you may find that by eliminating (not just limiting) the destructive foods and, instead, by providing your body with the necessary nutrients you will find improvement.

Unfortunately, there are no short-cuts. In most cases your over-the-counter supplements and vitamins will not work for two reasons:
1) your absorption is compromised if your gut is even mildly affected – and that is already a given if you are on any prescription drugs.
2) your minerals and vitamins are so out of balance that only a very specific and individual approach will not make matters worse.

Remember that most multivitamins are designed for people whose basic ratios are in tact but who may have some additional requirements. With fibro your basic ratios are compromised. Therefore, it would be best for you to find yourself a credible natural medicine professional experienced in these matters.

It can be done; your young age is all in your favor. So, for starters: stop putting diesel into your gas tank and brake oil into your windshield washer container, so to speak. Treat your body kindly with the nutrients it needs and deserves, help it clean out the toxins, and watch over the coming months a new you come back to life. Blessings and best wishes to all of you!

 Posted by at 7:20 PM
Jun 122010

Avoidiabetes LogoInitially posted 2009-09-14 in response to an article in Diabetes Health

Let us take a different look at why gastric bypass surgery may appear to offer such great promise and why it may lead to different conclusions and apporaches…

A major section the bypass eliminates is the duodenum:
1)duodenum and jejenum are the intestinal parts most strongly affected by gluten-sensitivity (and celiac disease).
2)the duodenum is the section responsible for absorbing calcium and other minerals.

Many diabetics experience bloating and chronic gastrointestinal inflammation after consuming carbohydrates. This leads to gastrointestinal absorption problems. Malabsorption leads to mineral deficiencies. Deficient minerals affect hormone and enzyme formation. Without proper enzyme function insulin release is impaired and easily results in uncontrolled blood sugar values.

Mineral deficiencies are a big issue for diabetics and celiacs alike. Interestingly, many diabetics and celiacs have in common the HLA-DQ8 marker. We already know of a type 1 diabetes and celiac link. Could an undetected low-grade gluten-sensitivity play part in the instant recovery from diabetes after bariatric surgery?

In addition, gluten contains opioid-like substances that affect more than just the cravings control center. These opioids interfere with the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal control function of the brain (the HPA axis) by stopping the endocrine glands from producing killer cells. For this reason people suffering from celiac disease and drug-addicts alike show similarly enlarged gastrointestinal lymph nodes. Due to the presence of these opioids in the gluten grains, gluten-sensitive people, and likewise (at least according to my experience) most diabetics, may develop compulsive eating habits.

 Posted by at 3:17 PM