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Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson's Chronic Condition Natural Treatment Blog

Intentional musings of a unique Shelby Township Michigan Chiropractic Physician dedicated to helping people find solutions to improving their health by rooting out causes to chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, thyroid disorder symptoms, balance disorders, migraines, sciatica, ADD/ADHD/ASD, back pain, peripheral neuropathy, gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disorders so they can Reclaim Their Life!

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Can Optimized Methylation Be The Key To Your Health Recovery?

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Thu, Aug 06, 2015

Chronic health challenges are very disruptive to living the life you deserve. Just treating the symptoms with drugs obviously is not the answer, or you would be back to vibrancy.

Many people just exist day to day with low energy, pain and dysfunction. If this decscription fits you, then you need to learn about a concept that may be new to you called methylation. My aim is to help you reclaim your life by deciphering your metabolism.

Since my professional mantra is "The more you learn about how your body works, the better you can take care of your health", I am happy to provide this introduction to methylation. In fact, part of my driving force to my continuing education is to learn more about what drives the illness that plagues my family lineage. My father, his father and his mother all had Parkinson's disease. My mother had Hashimoto's, rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and dementia. You can bet my family history is one strong driving force to my incessant investigation into the nuances of functional medicine.

Methylation allows us to be human. Essentially methyl groups (CH3 in chemical format) act as keys or switches to turn reactions on or off. In some situations, adding methyl groups stops reactions (DNA replication) and in some situations adding methyl groups allows chemical reactions to occur. Millions of methylation processes occur every second in every organ in every cell, and in the fluids between our cells. Methylation plays a role in our physical, chemical and emotional status.

Reduced methylation capacity and defects in methylation can be tied to nearly every chronic disease and disorder (see the list below). The level of our health is really determined by the function of our methylation processes. By definition, methylation is the process of adding a methyl group (CH3) to a chemical (hormone, toxine, gene, etc.) to change its function, activate the chemical, or deactivate the chemical.

I promise you that learning about this concept of methylation can bring you joy and hope! Dive in and learn the answer to this question: Can optimized methylation be the key to your health recovery?

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Topics: Methylation

5 Reasons Why Eating 'Gluten-Free' Can Keep You Ill [Infographic]

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Jul 14, 2015

I bet you are wondering why eating gluten-free can keep you ill, don't you?

There are many advocates of adopting a gluten free diet for the purpose of regaining health and reclaiming ones life from the ravages of an autoimmune or other illness. I am one of those advocates. I have witnessed first hand how removing gluten from ones diet can bring about a massive improvement in very ill patients.

Trying to heal your body on a gluten-free health supporting diet can get you into trouble, if you don't know what you are doing. This article can help you understand why eating gluten-free can be like opening Pandora's Box...when it comes to your health and healing. Keep reading and I promise you I will explain. You may have to read a couple of other article I wrote to totally "get it". It will be worth your efforts to dig into this important topic.

Some of the  patients who I have served had been searching for answers for their "mysterious" health challenges for 50 years! 

After a thorough case review and adequate testing to reveal the underlying causes of the patients body dysfunction, a proper course of action can be commenced. Often I place the ill patient on a very clean, limited food choice diet in order to curb inflammation and reduce exposure to food intolerances noted on the patients' test results. Commonly the patient is advised to avoid gluten among other substances.

After celebrating with the patient for doing such a great job with their health supporting diet over the course of 1-2 months, we start expanding their food choices. At this point is when a health transforming care plan can go very wrong without expert guidance...

Patients often think that using so-called gluten-free foods to replace items they gave up to regain their health is totally okay. Unfortunately for many, eating the gluten-free analogs of the foods they used to eat habitually, often leads to a regression of their health. Substituting gluten-free prepared food items in an effort to be compliant with a health supporting diet is a newbie mistake.

In this article I will outline 5 reasons why eating gluten-free products can keep you ill.

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Topics: gluten, gluten free, inflammation, Leaky Gut, gluten intolerance, gluten epitope, Chronic Illness, autoimmune disease

The Non-Drug ADD and ADHD Success Equation

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Wed, Jun 17, 2015

ADHD can be very stressful for families and for teachers. Although many of those diagnosed with ADHD are highly intelligent, parents worry whether or not their child will be able to cope successfully with future jobs and family life. A parent's worse nightmare might be having their ADHD child living at home with them in their 30's, not being able to hold onto a good job or vocation.

One sobering statistic is a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD are the number one reason children are medicated in the United States. The children of the United States consume three times the quantity of stimulants consumed by the rest of the world’s children combined.

As of 2011, 11% of kids in America carry an ADHD diagnosis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show a greater percentage of Michigan children are considered to have ADHD according to their parents. [1]

With a diagnosis of ADHD there are often a lot of misunderstandings. Some say it is not real. Some say it is due to parenting. Some say teachers aren’t handling the kids appropriately. Evidence points to ADHD being very real and being a result of imbalances in the brain’s chemistry and neuronal (electrical) integrity. The good news is there is hope…and it doesn’t have to be medications!

With ADHD there tend to be imbalances in the way the brain is firing. When certain areas of the brain fail to develop as quickly or efficiently as other areas it can result in a neurological imbalance that can lead to many of the trademark symptoms of ADHD like inattentiveness, impulsivity, hyperactivity, etc. For example, the pre-frontal cortex of the brain plays a vital role in regulating focus. If the frontal lobe is not as strong as it should be it often results in ADHD like symptoms.

The good news is the brain can be changed (exercised and strengthened) like a muscle. It also can be fed the special nutrients it needs to function at its peak. Read on for more details on what action steps you can take to get help for you or your childs' ADHD without resorting to medication.

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Topics: ADD, ADHD, Neurofeedback, Neurobehavioral Disorder,, Neurointegration,

What Foods Contain Gluten and What Code Words Mean Gluten?

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sun, Jun 14, 2015

If you are experiencing gluten intolerance symptoms, or you have been tested and you have been found to have gluten intolerance, the products in this blog post should be avoided. Instead, concentrate on gluten free, brain-healthy foods, which you will also find listed in this blog post.

Although this list is not exhaustive, you will find it quite complete and will get you off on a great start to healing from the ravages of gluten:

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The Answer to Diabetic Leg Pain (Neuropathy)

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Thu, Apr 09, 2015

One of the complications of diabetes is peripheral neuropathy.

Peripheral neuropathy is a result of nerve damage which often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet.

People generally describe the pain of peripheral neuropathy as tingling or burning as well as a loss of sensation compared to a feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove.

Peripheral neuropathy is a serious disease of blood vessels that supply the nerves as well as the nerves themselves

The most common drug prescribed for people suffering with diabetic related leg pain is Lyrica®.

But it comes with a huge price.

To be quite honest I have to wonder how this drug was ever approved. One look at the PDR will get you wondering to.

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Topics: Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson DC, Neuropathy, Diabetic Neuropathy, Vitamin Deficiency,

Are Diabetics Being Cheated?

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sat, Mar 28, 2015

A recent diabetic patient was concerned that despite watching her diet and taking her diabetes medication her hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) keeps going up.

Remember, Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c or A1c) is a lab test that shows the average level of blood sugar (glucose) over the previous 3 months. It shows how well you are controlling your diabetes.

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Topics: Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson DC, Diabetes, Mineral Deficiency,, Vitamin Deficiency,, HbA1c

Can Diabetes Be Managed Naturally?

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sat, Mar 14, 2015

Diabetes Type 2, once called non-insulin diabetes mellitus and by other names such as adult onset diabetes is a disease process that can be managed naturally and even reversed in certain situations. The key is not to think of managing type 2 diabetes, but rather helping the individual with diabetes to resolve the underlying cause or causes before the condition is irreversible. There is a point of no return.

The biggest concept to understand is that of labeling a disease process and then going about treating the label. Treating the label is NOT what the topic of this article is about. Rather the thrust of the information you are about to read is how can YOU reverse the process that led to your body’s inability to control blood sugar.

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Topics: Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson DC, Diabetes, insulin resistance, Neuropathy, Blood Sugar,, Functional Medicine,

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