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Top 11 Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods To Thwart Autoimmunity

  
  
  
  
  
  

Autoimmune Attack OrgansWhen you are suffering with mysterious health challenges, including autoimmune issues such as Hashimoto's, Celiac disease, Scleroderma, Diabetes, vitiligo, etc., you need to know how to reduce inflammation. Using foods known to reduce inflammation at every meal and snack while also eliminating pro-inflammatory foods is a health promoting strategy that is easy to implement. 

Processed sugars and other high-glycemic starches increase inflammation, just as they raise blood sugar and feed cancer cells, according to an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

What we eat is either pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory inside your body. Here are 11 of the best anti-inflammatory foods (because I think that the best way to get your nutrition is through your food):

 

1. Cold-water fish

including salmon, contain ‘whole food’ anti-inflammatory fats. Wild salmon have more of these super-healthy fats than does farmed salmon so never buy farm-raised fish of any kind s they are fed processed, fish-food. Shopping tip: All salmon from Alaska is wild, whereas Atlantic salmon is usually farmed. Eat fish – wild-caught, cold water fish but don’t buy the fish oils; getting PARENT omegas from cold-pressed seeds IS BEST!

2. Grass-fed beef

and other animal foods that are organically raised. As opposed to traditional, grain-fed livestock, meat that comes from animals fed grass contains anti-inflammatory omegas, but in lower concentrations than cold-pressed seed oils. Free-range livestock that graze in pastures build up higher levels of omega-3s. Meat from grain-fed animals has virtually no omega-3s and plenty of poor quality saturated fat.

Cooking tip: Unless it’s ground, grass-fed beef may be tougher, so slow cook it.

3. Olive oil and Coconut oil

Olive oil is a great source of oleic acid (omega 9), another anti-inflammatory oil. Researchers wrote in the October 2007 Journal of the American College of Nutrition that those who consume more oleic acid have better insulin function and lower blood sugar. Coconut oil is BEST!

Shopping tip: Opt for extra-virgin olive oil, which is the least processed, and use it instead of other cooking oils. Other “cold-pressed” or “expeller-pressed” oils can be good sources, too. Use Coconut oil whenever cooking at higher temperatures as it is more stable than olive oil.

4. Salads

Dark-green lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, and other salad veggies are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, nutrients that dampen inflammation.

Suggestion: Opt for olive oil-and-vinegar salad dressing (vinegar helps moderate blood sugar), and skip the croutons – grains are VERY pro-inflammatory.

5. Cruciferous vegetables

These veggies, which include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kale, are also loaded with antioxidants. But they also provide one other ingredient — sulfur — that the body needs to make its own high-powered antioxidants like glutathione.

6. Cherries

A study in the April 2006 Journal of Nutrition showed that eating cherries daily can significantly reduce inflammation. Cherries are also packed with antioxidants and relatively low on the glycemic index. They are one of the ‘stone fruits’ (fruits with pits) that are great for diabetic and cancer patients.

Tip: Frozen cherries are available all year long and make a tasty treat when blended in a smoothie.

7. Blueberries

These delectable fruits are chock-full of natural compounds that reduce inflammation. Blueberries may also protect the brain from many of the effects of aging. Frozen blueberries are usually less expensive than fresh — and just as good for you.

8. Turmeric or Curcumin

This spice contains a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory compound, according to a report in the August 2007 Biochemical Pharmacology. There are perhaps a thousand more studies out on the benefits of Turmeric in cancer and inflammatory disorders. Curcumin has long been part of curry spice blends, used in southern Asian cuisines and is best assimilated in the body when blended with a good fat. Therefore cooking with this spice greatly increases its absorption. When I recommend it for a supplement (almost every patient with cancer must be on this) I use a brand that is pre-emulsified in a fat (coconut oil) so it is more readily used by the body.

To use in food: Buy powdered curry spice (which contains high amounts of turmeric and other spices) and use it as a seasoning when pan-frying chicken breasts in coconut oil.

9. Ginger

This relative of turmeric is also known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, and some research suggests that it might also help control blood sugar, heal the stomach and digestive tract, and help breakdown walls of inflammation that surround cancer.

Suggestion: Brew your own ginger tea to sip between juices (juicing vegetables is a must for cancer). Use a peeler to remove the skin off a piece of ginger, then add several thin slices to a cup of hot water and let steep for a few minutes.

10. Garlic

The research isn’t consistent, but garlic may have some anti-inflammatory and certainly helps increase Th1 responses that are necessary to kill cancer cells. At the very least, it won’t hurt and makes for a tasty addition to food.

11. Green tea

Like fruits and vegetables, green tea contains natural anti-inflammatory compounds. It may even reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. The EGCG compounds found in Green Tea extracts are absolutely essential for every cancer patient. Green Tea is typically a Th2 stimulant except that it also is one of the only compounds that reduce the only pro-inflammatory cytokine in the Th2 reaction – interleukin 6 (IL-6).

Suggestion: Drinking Green Tea is NOT going to give one enough EGCG to reduce IL-6 levels but it certainly helps. I suggest one take Green Tea Extract as a supplement.

For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

Thanks go out to Dr. Kevin Conners for permission to use this guest blog post here on my blog.

Dietary Culprits in High Blood Pressure and Autoimmunity

  
  
  
  
  
  
Omron Blood Pressure Monitor

One of the most prevalent health challenges I see in my patient population is high blood pressure. Patients don't come into my office specifically asking me for help with the chief complaint of hypertension. However, since I do a thorough health history, with current medical problems and family history, the topic of what can be done about it comes up. Many times the patient will as me what natural means could be implemented to help with getting to the cause of this common, potentially deadly health challenge.

There are several natural strategies can be employed to deal with the underlying causes of hypertension and many of the same helpful diet and lifestyle changes that help with patient who do come in with autoimmune issues, such as Hashimoto's, help with high blood pressure as well.

Here are some of the sobering statistics about high blood pressure:

  • Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, leading causes of death in the United States.[1] People of all ages and backgrounds can develop high blood pressure. Fortunately, it's mostly preventable.
  • 67 million American adults (31%) have high blood pressure—that’s1 in every 3 American adults.[2]

  • 69% of people who have a first heart attack, 77% of people who have a first stroke, and 74% of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure.[3] High blood pressure is also a major risk factor for kidney disease.

  • More than 348,000 American deaths in 2009 included high blood pressure as a primary or contributing cause.[3]

  • High blood pressure costs the nation $47.5 billion annually in direct medical expenses and$3.5 billion each year in lost productivity.[4]

  • About half (47%) of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control.[2]

  • Almost 30% of American adults have prehypertension—blood pressure numbers that are higher than normal, but not yet in the high blood pressure range.[3] Prehypertension raises your risk of developing high blood pressure.

Here are a few dietary rules (ones you won't hear about in the popular press) to follow if you already have high blood pressure:

1. Stay away from High Fructose Corn Sweetener – it increases blood pressure through several mechanisms. It stimulates the sympathetic nervous system function (so it’s bad for anxiety patients too); reduces urinary sodium excretion (so it makes you retain water), increases uric acid which then reduces nitric oxide (heart patients need more nitric oxide as it helps dilate the blood vesses and red blood vessel inflammation). Dietary hint: Stay away from corn sweeteners and even high consumption of fruits that aren’t stone fruits (ones with center seeds like peaches and plums). Don’t drink fruit juice except pomegranate juice – drink 8oz of that each day.

2. Completely avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague! Talk about the most poisonous thing you could do to your body, all artificial sweeteners should be banned. Use stevia if you must but you’d be better with locally grown raw honey or maple syrup. I’d rather see a patient use some table sugar then artificial sweeteners.

3. PCBs (polychlorinated bipenyls), Heavy Metal Toxicities (especially exposure to mercury, cadmium, lead and iron), and other environmental toxicities such as pesticides and herbicides are very toxic to blood vessels. Most people don’t realize that iron supplements can be very toxic, especially if you are using an elemental form of iron like ferrous sulfate. It is similar to eating dirt. Also I found that almost no one knows that artificial colors contain heavy metals...it's what gives them their color. Lifestyle hint: Stop spraying (or even having sprayed by someone else) your lawn with toxic chemicals. Stop using toxic bug, bee, and insect sprays/repellants. Start buying natural products for your home including natural cleaning products, detergents, laundry soaps, etc. Use vinegar to clean; learn to read every label on everything! A great source for natural lawn, garden and household plant plant and pest products is Garden's Alive. I've been using their awesome products for years and they are in Lawenceburg, Indiana. Check them out at http://www.gardensalive.com

4. High blood glucose levels are an early warning sign to heart disease. Fasting blood sugar levels (taken right when you wake) should not exceed 100 and I like to see HbA1C levels at around 5.5 or less. Even if you are not diabetic yet, these elevated glucose levels raise insulin levels and damage your endothelium (the lining of your blood vessels) and your kidneys. Dietary hint: Start to limit carbohydrate intake. Even complex carbohydrates will still raise your blood sugar. I make every diabetic patient as well as all metabolic syndrome patient (fasting blood sugar 100-124) start counting carbs. You’ll be shocked at how many carbs (in grams) you consume every day. Try limiting yourself to first 75 grams per day (you can subtract out the grams of fiber) and then drop down to 50 grams per day. I don’t make patients add the carbs from whole vegetables but they must count those from potatoes (just eliminate white potatoes) and non-stone fruit. 

Limiting toxic exposure to high fructose corn syrup, poisonous sweeteners, toxic chemicals, and too many carbohydrates will help you in many ways, other than reduction of blood pressure (including reducing autoimmune inducing triggers). It’s really just a good, sensible way to live. 

Reclaim Your Life Book 3D Reflect

For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

Thanks and appreciation to many of the tips found in this article to one of my colleagues, Dr. Kevin Conners. He has written many helpful books including: http://www.beatchroniclyme.com/, http://www.stopfightingcancer.com/, http://www.immunebook.com/ and http://www.crazybrainbook.com/.

References:

1. Kochanek KD, Xu JQ, Murphy SL, Miniño AM, Kung HC. Deaths: final data for 2009. National vital statistics reports. 2011;60(3).

2. CDC. Vital signs: prevalence, treatment, and control of hypertension—United States, 1999-2002 and 2005-2008. MMWR. 2011;60(4):103-8.

3. Roger VL, Go AS, Lloyd-Jones DM, Benjamin EJ, Berry JD, Borden WB, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2012 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2012;125(1):e2–220.

4. Heidenreich PA, Trogdon JG, Khavjou OA, Butler J, Dracup K, Ezekowitz MD, et al. Forecasting the future of cardiovascular disease in the United States: a policy statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2011;123(8):933-44. Epub 2011 Jan 24.

5. Palar K, Sturm R. Potential societal savings from reduced sodium consumption in the U.S. adult population. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2009;24(1):49–57.

Why Tyrosine Can Ruin Your Chances With Hypothyroid Symptoms

  
  
  
  
  
  

Thyoid Hormone ProductionIf you are like the dozens of patients who come to see me for help with their stubborn health challenges, you are frustrated beyond belief. Many have low thyroid symptoms even though they are being medically managed with thyroid replacment hormones. Unfortunately this one size fits all approach to dealing with hypothyroidism often falls short, leaving you to continue searching for treatment that can restore your zest for living.

There are several mistakes I see patients make when it comes to finding a natural solution to their faltering health. One mistake is thinking that taking a supplement known as tyrosine can help.

Thyroid hormones are made by your thyroid gland via the enzyme thyroid peroxidase which combines the amino acid tyrosine, the mineral halide iodie and hyrogen peroxide. So it would follow that tyrosine would be a very popular supplement in health food stores for people suffering with thyroid problems. Unfortunately this strategy is not a good one. Give me a few minutes to explain why.

Typically, if you walk into a health food store and you speak with a store clerk or the manager about supplements you could benefit from in you have hypothyroidism, they will often recommend iodine and tyrosine (also known as L-tyrosine). If you take their advice you may be making a big mistake.

Just like iodine, tyrosine is an integral part of thyroid hormone production but supplementing with it has the potential to suppress thyroid activity.

In fact, there's not a single study out there that shows the ability of tyrosine to increase thyroid hormones, even when they are sub-par or too low. Tyrosine is the precursor to the neurotransmitter, dopamine, which in turn is a precursor to the adrenal "fight or flight" hormones, epinephrine and norepinephrine. Increased adrenal hormones, epinephrine and norepinephrine, will suppress thyroid function. Too much of these adrenal hormones can cause you to have:

  • anxiety and nervousness
  • heart palpitations
  • high blood pressure
  • headaches
  • insomnia
  • irritability

In addition, people who have migraine headaches should avoid tyrosine, as it can trigger migraine headaches and stomach upset.

"It's rare to be deficient in tyrosine. Low levels have been associated with low blood pressure, low body temperature, and an underactive thyroid. This does not mean, however, that taking tyrosine supplements will help any of these conditions." [1]

Dietary Sources of Tyrosine:

"Tyrosine is found in soy products, chicken, turkey, fish, peanuts, almonds, avocados, bananas, milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, lima beans, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds." [2]

Rather than risk getting an over production of adrenal hormones by taking tyrosine containing supplements, I recommend that all patients who are on thyroid medication get tested thoroughly by a knowledegable health practitioner trained in functional medicine and DO NOT walk into a health food store and ask the person behind the counter, who most likely does not have a medical degree, what they should be taking to fix their thyroid problem.

The number one cause of low thyroid in America is an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s.

If you have Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis, it needs to be controlled right now.

You know from reading my previous articles on autoimmune thyroid that if you don’t get Hashimoto's under control, the autoimmune process is going to march through your body and find other things to kill…such as your pancreas, brain, cartilage. I think understand how these could ruin your life.

So it’s time to continue your research.  If you’ve got low thyroid problems, please, don’t take tyrosine.  Find a doctor that can actually do the detective work and find out what’s wrong.

If you would like, you can download my thyoid ebook "The Ultimate Strategy for Ending Your Thyroid Symptoms so You Increase The Zest in Your Life" that helps you understand why you may not be responding to your thyroid medical management.

 

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

 

All the best – Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC – Digging Deeper To Find Solutions

References:

1. Tyrosine http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/tyrosine-000329.htm

2. Tyrosine http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/tyrosine-000329.htm

Three Lesser Known Causes of Hypothyroidism

  
  
  
  
  
  

What do you do when you haveThyroid Symptoms symptoms of hypothyroidism, but your doctor says your thyroid levels are normal? You may have one of three lesser known causes of this frustrating condition.

If you are like many of the patients who I work with to track down the elusive culprit, your many symptoms are often treated with medications. Some of the most common hypothyroid symptoms are:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Coarse, dry hair
  • Dry, rough pale skin
  • Thinning hair on scalp/hair loss
  • Loss of body hair
  • Cold intolerance (you can't tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
  • Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
  • High Cholesterol
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles/Heavy period
  • Infertility
  • Decreased libido

Three lesser known causes of hypothyroidism are:

  1. High Prolactin levels
  2. Anemias
  3. Altered levels of Thyroxin Binding Globulin (TBG)

Let's take a look at all three because one key to having vibrant health depends on proper thyroid activity in the body.

High Prolactin Levels

Prolactin is a hormone that's made by your pituitary gland. High levels of prolactin suppress TSH or Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone. Prolactin is balanced by the hormone, progesterone and the one of the nerve communication chemicals called dopamine.

When someeone has a dopamine deficiency, or progesterone deficiency, their prolactin will increase, and that will decrease the function of the pituitary's production of thyroid-stimulating hormone.

If you are lucky this imbalance will show be respresentin in your blood labs, as the TSH being in a lower, but not quite out of the reference range. This is why it's important to
know that there are "optimal" or "functional" levels.

Prolactin also suppresses luteinizing hormone (LH) in women. Excess prolactin can cause infertility. In men, excess prolactin depresses testosterone so they have low libido. High prolactin can cause tumors that are called prolactinomas as well.

The bottom line is that excess levels of prolactin, whether caused either by a tumor or some other problem, can suppress your thyroid function.

Anemias

In other posts, I've explained that the number-one cause of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune thyroid, but the question I get is, "What if the patient isn't autoimmune?"

For a smaller number of people who have hypothyroidism, their hypothyroid symptoms are due to having an anemia of one type or another. "Anemia is the most common blood disorder, and according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, it affects more than 3 million Americans. Anemia occurs when you do not have enough red blood cells or when your red blood cells do not function properly." [1]

"Many people are at risk for anemia because of poor diet, intestinal disorders, chronic diseases, infections, and other conditions. Women who are menstruating or pregnant and people with chronic medical conditions are most at risk for this disease. The risk of anemia increases as people grow older. People who engage in vigorous athletic activities, such as jogging or basketball, may develop anemia as a result of red blood cells breaking down in the bloodstream." [1]

If you have any type of anemia, attempts to help other conditions will be thwarted, or ineffective, since anemia literally starves your body of oxygen.

Oxygen is very important in healing your body. Your brain and nervous system need two things to survive: fuel and activation. Fuel comes in the form of oxygen and glucose (recently I explanied why low thyroid symptoms can be affected by blood sugar (glucose) levels). When you deprive your body of oxygen, you deprive your red blood cells (RBCs) of oxygen. The basic function of the RBCs is to maintain, regenerate, and heal the body. With RBC's functioning at less than optimal levels, the body simply cannot operate adequately!

It is vital that the clinician address the anemic patient. Anemia can be due to a variety of reasons and factors, including B12 anemia or pernicious anemia, which is another autoimmune disease. Some forms of anemia don't seem to respond to iron supplements because the red blood cells break down. So when this happens, supplementing won't increase iron levels and can, in fact, make the problem much worse. Too much iron in the body is much more
toxic than mercury, lead or other heavy metals.

A huge key to solving tough non-autoimmune cases is to look at the five body chemistry imbalance priorities. The  five priorities are:

  1. Anemia
  2. Blood sugar or glucose imbalance
  3. Gut function abnormalities
  4. Liver malfunction
  5. Fatty acid metabolism abnormalities
ALL of these systems need to be checked in a methodical and thorough approach to help people with stubborn health challenges.

Altered Levels of Thyroxine Binding Globulin

When thyroid hormones are secreted from your thyroid gland, they are attached to a carrier, a protein taxicab. This protein is called "thyroxine-binding globulin" or TBG. So TBG is similar to a taxicab, and your thyroid hormones, T4 and T3, get into the cab, and are transported to the cells of the body where they are needed. For example TBG escorts T4 hormone to the liver, where it is converted to T3 hormone.

The thyroid hormones then "jump back into the cab" and they're transported to the rest of the body where they exert their effects. You have this little carrier going anywhere and everywhere inside your body. Trouble occurs when there are so many of these TBG carrier proteins taxicabs, that the normal free amount of T4 and T3 that should be floating free in the blood, waiting for a taxi are all in the taxicabs. It's as if they all get sucked up by this big sponge, by all these little taxicabs, these thyroid-binding globulins and now the free hormones can't exert their effects on cells as they are meant to. In essence, the taxi's (TGB) are so numerous, they don't want to let their fare go (T4 & T3) for fear there won't be another to replace the ones they release.

On a blood test your TSH will look normal; your total T4 will look normal; your total T3 will look normal. If those are the only markers your doctor is checking, then the problem is completely missed. This is why you need ALL of the thyroid testing done, just not TSH, T3 and T4. You need TSH, Resin T3 Uptake, free thyroxine index, reverse T3, and the thyroid antibodies, in addition to the TBG thyroxine-binding globulin, Free T3, Free T4, and Total T4. If
your TBG is too high, even though your TSH is normal, including T4 and total T3, your doctor needs to check your T3 Uptake. It will show that, actually, the T3 Uptake is low when the thyroid-binding globulin, or TBGs, are high.

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Remember that the lab reference range of T3 uptake is extremely broad, where the optimal or functional range is much narrower.

Excess estrogen can elevate TBG. Birth control pills contain estrogens. Some face creams and cosmetics contain undisclosed estrogens. And these estrogens can elevate in your body and they're detoxified through the liver. If you have poor liver function, or inability to detoxify, this is yet another reason you could still have thyroid-type symptoms. It's not necessarily a thyroid gland problem, but it's more of a liver problem.

It's important to realize that there can be many more causes of thyroid malfunction! More than just, "My TSH is low." My approach is to perform a thorough exam with the proper breadth and depth of testing to get to the root cause of what's happening with each patient.

If thyroxine-binding globulin (TBG) is high, you could have low thyroid symptoms, but normal lab numbers, even though you are currently taking thyroid medication.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

All the best – Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC – Digging Deeper To Find Solutions

1. http://www.hematology.org/patients/blood-disorders/anemia/5225.aspx

Hashimoto's: Is It a Thyroid Problem or An Immune Problem?

  
  
  
  
  
  

Hashimoto's was the first disease recognized as an autoimmune disease. It was first described by the Japanese specialist Hakaru Hashimoto in Germany in 1912. Hashimoto's is also known as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis or HT. In this autoimmune disorder the body produces an antibody that attacks the thyroid gland resulting in inflammation, and often decreased thyroid function (hypothyroidism).

"Hashimoto's thyroiditis very often results in hypothyroidism with bouts of hyperthyroidism.

Symptoms of Hashimoto's thyroiditis include:

  • myxedematous psychosis,
  • weight gain,
  • depression,
  • mania,
  • sensitivity to heat and cold,
  • paresthesia,
  • fatigue,
  • panic attacks,
  • bradycardia,
  • tachycardia,
  • high cholesterol,
  • reactive hypoglycemia,
  • constipation,
  • migraines,
  • muscle weakness,
  • cramps,
  • memory loss,
  • infertility and
  • hair loss." [1]

"Hashimoto's thyroiditis is often misdiagnosed as depression, cyclothymia, PMS, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and, less frequently, as ED or an anxiety disorder." [2]

If you are like the many patients I have seen who have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's, your physician likely prescribed some form of thyroid hormone replacement therapy in an effort to help with restoring your thyroid hormones and TSH to "normal levels".

Commonly patient's are asked to follow up with thyroid blood tests such as TSH and T4 periodically. Medication dosage is altered to keep the aforementioned thyroid test numbers within a range that is considered normal. Unfortunatly this approach doesn't end up helping a large number of patients control their symptoms based on all the patient that I see at my office. These patients were told that their thyroid managment was succesful and that remaining symptoms must be dealt with additional medications. Sometimes patients with multiple symptoms unresponsive to thyroid hormone replacement therapy are due to some other issue such as depression or fibromyalgia. Here is the story of one such patient who went for years trying to get help:

Although treating the HT patient with thyroid hormone replacement is necesary if thyroid hormone levels are low, the immune component of Hashimoto's is ignored.

My opinion is this approach is missing a key objective; finding out what triggered the immune system to launch an attack on the thyroid in the first place. It is similar to treating high cholesterol without launching an investigation into why the cholesterol is elevated.

Hashimoto's Triggers

Johannes Ott and colleagues from Kaiserin Elisabeth Spital and Medical University of Vienna, Austria, report that women with higher levels of anti-thyroid antibody had a significantly higher number of symptoms, even though their levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) -- a measure of thyroid function -- did not differ from TSH levels measured in women with lower antibody levels. In the article, "Hashimoto's Thyroiditis Affects Symptom Load and Quality of Life Unrelated to Hypothyroidism: A Prospective Case-Control Study in Women Undergoing Thyroidectomy for Benign Goiter " the authors conclude that hypothyroidism is only one factor contributing to HT symptoms.[3]

In other words, the antibodies that are elevated in Hashimoto's have a negative effect on the body. This is a problem with the immune system. Therin lies the problem with typical medical treatment of HT; it is treated as a thyroid problem and thyroid hormone replacement therapy is often the only treatment deemed necessary or adequate for the standard of care. The immune system imbalance is ignored. I wrote a 55 page eBook entitled, "The Ultimate Strategy for Ending Your Thyroid Symptoms so You Increase The Zest in Your Life", which you can request for free by clicking on the blue button below.

I often see patients who have suffred with a myriad of symptoms whose lab ranges for TSH and T4 are kept in the normal range with thyroid hormone replacement. By using a thorough investigation, using lab work to discover what is underlying the cause or causes of an imbalanced immune system or nervous system, a comprehensive natural treatment plan can be developed.

 

For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with Hashimoto's or low thyroid symptoms as well as other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

All the best – Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC – Digging Deeper To Find Solutions

 

Sources:

1,2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashimoto%27s_thyroiditis

3. Johannes Ott, Regina Promberger, Friedrich Kober, Nikolaus Neuhold, Maria Tea, Johannes C. Huber, Michael Hermann. Hashimoto's Thyroiditis Affects Symptom Load and Quality of Life Unrelated to Hypothyroidism: A Prospective Case–Control Study in Women Undergoing Thyroidectomy for Benign Goiter. Thyroid, 2011; 21 (2): 161 DOI: 10.1089/thy.2010.0191

Autoimmune Diseases On The Rise. How To Minimize Your Risk

  
  
  
  
  
  

Despite enormous expenditures for health care in the United States, several life-impacting chronic conditions and diseases are on the rise. A large number of patients who visit my office with a chronic health chanllenge are found to have some type autoimmune basis for their health decline via specific testing.

Recently a research paper was published on the topic of autoimmune disease and it opened with this statement: "There has been a marked increase in the incidence of autoimmune diseases in the past half-century. Although the underlying genetic basis of this class of diseases has recently been elucidated, implicating predominantly immune-response genes, changes in environmental factors must ultimately be driving this increase". [1]

Unfortunately so many environmental triggers can play a role in triggering autoimmune illness as depicted in the diagram below:

Tissues Affected By Autoimmune Attack

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Autoimmune Diseases Coordinating Committe Research Plan, autoimmune disease is on the rise. They state that "while many individual autoimmune diseases are rare, collectively they are thought to affect approximately 8 percent of the United State population", which is 24 million persons! Furthermore, they go on to state, "to provide a context to evaluate the impact of autoimmune diseases, cancer affected approximately 9 million people and heart disease affected approximately 22 million people in the United States."

Noted health care author, Dr. Jeffrey Bland, PhD further clarifies the impact of autoimmune disease on our population with this statement, "Collectively Autoimmune Diseases have been identified in about 24 million people in teh US, and only 1/3 are diagnosed. That means about 72 million people have an autoimmune (AI) disease. It's not looked for. Our system waits until the signs and symptoms are severe enought with organ failure and irreversible damage before we identify it."

One of the best ways to minimize your risk is to focus on identifying the root cause of your health challenge, rather than just treating the symptoms with medications.

If you happen to have an autoimmune process at the root of your health challege and several years go by without identification and proper treatment, the tendency is for additional autoimmune processes to take hold. For example, in the United States 90% of low thyroid function is attributed to Hashimoto's. [2]

Being checked for the antibodies that show you have Hashimoto's despite having normal thyroid function (euthyroid), is rarely done. Since so many patients come to me with stubborn thyroid symptoms, despite being medically managed, I had to test deeper. I have discovered many many autoimmue cases. Typically the hypothyroid patient is also genetically gluten intolerant. I discuss the connection between autoimmune thyroid and gluten intolerance in another blog post, which you can read by clicking here. Sadly, due to the lack of deep testing, many of these hypothyroid patients also have autoimmune attack on their gut, dermis of their skin and/or nervous system.

By the time this type of patient has consulted me, they have been to numerous other doctors and are presenting at my office as a last resort. Thankfully many can be helped through a fairly lengthy process that includes diet changes, specific nutritional support, lifestyle changes and perhaps brain-based therapy and NAET augmented by Digitial Meridian Testing and treatment using the AcuGraph.

Not too long ago I helped a paitent who was suffering with thyroid and fibromyalgia health challenges. She desperately wanted to get well. She had a doctor examine her in the past and he completely dismissed all of her symptoms. In fact he referred her to a psychiatrist … implying that she was crazy. She lost trust in doctor's at that point. When asked how her life was before her treatments she says: "I had no life." Her symptoms got so bad that she contemplated suicide. Take a look at the video below:

Nancy is excited for ther new found zest for living. She has faltered a few times, trying to see if she could periodically consume foods we found were damaging her health. Right away her pains would come back and then she truly knew that what the tests discovered were correct. I've heard there is a difference between learning and knowing, and in Nancy's case she now knows what she can eat and what she cannot.

If you suffer with a chronic health challenge and you would like to see if you can reclaim your life, consider a case review.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

All the best – Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC – Digging Deeper To Find Solutions

References:

1. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature11868.html

2. Autoimmunity and hypothyroidism. Baillieres Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1988 Aug;2(3):591-617. [PubMed].

Why Insomnia Plagues Hashimoto's and Other Autoimmune Illness

  
  
  
  
  
  

Insomnia is a common complaint with the patients I see who have health challenges such as fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism symptoms, peripheral neuropathy and vertigo.

If you suffer from trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, you know how frustrating that can be! There are many reasons for insomnia. In my practice, I find that a majority of insomniacs suffer from varying degrees of adrenal gland fatigue related to abnormal immune activity as a result of undetected autoimmune illness.

Adrenal GlandsWhat is the adrenal gland, you may ask? The adrenal gland is a small dual layered endocrine gland fount atop each kidney. This important little gland is tasked with many jobs in your body. Adrenal glands are made up of two parts; the cortex and medulla. Each part produces hormones, which are chemical messengers that regulate body functions. The medulla (inner layer of the adrenal gland), produces the hormones norepinephrine (noradrenaline) and epinephrine (adrenalin), which regulate the "fight or flight" response in the body, the body's reaction to stressful events. The cortex (the outer layer of the adrenal gland), produces several hormones that affect blood pressure and blood sugar levels, growth, as well as some sexual characteristics.

When someone has a chronic health challenge with a previously undetected autoimmune component, several detrimental changes in body chemistry occur.

To put is simply; inflammatory immune signalling chemicals play a role in triggering abnormal nervous system function and a breakdown of the main barrier systems of the body (such as the gut-blood barrier and the blood-brain barrier). These barriers are like the walls of your house, which are supposed to keep good things in and bad things out. When the "walls" are damaged, the immune system springs into action to attack invaders and all kinds of bad things start happening.

A viscious cycle progressses with the nervous system and inflammatory immune chemicals, called cytokines, stimulating the adrenal glands, which in turn stimulate the nervous system, etc. This wind-up depletes the abilty of the adrenal glands to keep blood sugar levels adequate for proper brain and nervous system function.Adrenal Gland Quick Check

As you try to sleep you may find your brain too active and you can't fall asleep. Another common insomnia pattern is the ability to fall asleep, only to wake up a couple of hours later. The most common reason for this pattern is the lowered blood sugar (from poor adrenal function) signals a stress response and the adrenal glands produce adrenaline, which wakes you up. Now you are awake and have trouble getting back to sleep! Take the Adenal Glad Quick Check Quiz to evaluate your adrenal function.

The good news, is with proper evaluation of your condition, the underlying problems can be discovered and addressed along with healing of the adrenal gland. The result; a greater number of hours of deep slumber for you. When you are more rested, you are more ready to tackle your work, have fun with your family and enjoy hobbies and pastimes!

Below is a list of various nutrients that affect a person with Insomnia

  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) - increases REM sleep; improves both quality and quantity of sleep by converting trytophan to serotonin.
  • Folate & Vitamin B6 - both are cofactors for several neurotransmitters in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine, many of which regulate sleep patterns.
  • Vitamin B12 - normalizes circadian rythms (sleep-wake cycles); therapeutic benefits of B12 supplementation, both oral and intravenous, seen in studies.
  • Magnesium - improving magnesium status is associated with better quality sleep; mimics the action of melatonin; also alleviates insomnia due to restless leg syndrome.
  • Zinc & Copper - both interact with NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptors in the brain that regulate sleep; a higher Zn/Cu ratio is linked to longer sleep duration.
  • Oleic Acid - this fatty acid is a precursor of oleamide, which regulates our drive for sleep and tends to accumulate in the spinal fluid of sleep-deprived animals. Oleic acid also facilitates the absorption of vitamin A.
  • Vitamin A - studies suggest vitamin A deficiency alters brain waves in non-REM sleep causing sleep to be less restorative.
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin) - in clinical trials, supplementation of healthy individuals that had marginal B1 deficiency improved their sleep.

Click on the image below to download this chart with references:

disease wheel insomnia Spectracell Page 1 resized 600One of the tests used to evaluate nutritional imbalances at Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition is the Spectracell Micronutrient Test. I find this test invaluable at fine tuning our patients nutrtitional eating and supplement plan. Rather than guessing about what nutrients a patient is deficient in, this test shows very distinctly what is needed to help overcome their chronic health challenge.

Medications, genetic influences, dietary habits all play a part in the unique nutritional deficiency that needs repletion for an individual. Often, it's a matter of changing ones diet and supplements that will make the difference with continue suffering or returning to a state of vibrant health.

A good example come from my own experience with warts on my right foot that would not go away for years. Once the proper testing was done and a deficiency discovered and remedied, the warts disappeared in 3 weeks. I wrote an article about it entitled; Untangling Autoimmune Illness Mysteries With Proper Testing.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with a chronic condition or insomnia despite having medical managment. Thank you for helping me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living!

All the best – Dr. Johnson – Digging Deeper To Find Solutions

Not Knowing If You Have Autoimmune Thyroid is Harmful To Your Health

  
  
  
  
  
  

If you've been reading my blog for a while you know I have revealed the fact that the number-one cause of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune thyroid [1]. Based on the number of medically managed hypothyroid patients who have sought my care for their numerous persistant health challenges, thyroid hormone replacement alone does not address the underlying cause of Hashimoto's (autoimmune thyroid). Too many patients who only utilize thyroid hormone replacement therapy may never feel the way they truly desire. It's a shame and that's why I am dedicated to helping patient's with autoimmune thyroid improve their health with my unique blend of natural methods.

Several years ago I decided to explain the pertinent concepts in my Life Changing Thyroid Workshop, which are held on a regular basis. Just click on the link to find out when the next one is scheduled.

How do you know if you have autoimmune thyroid (Hasthimoto's)? Why would your immune system be attacking your thyroid? That's what I'm going to address in this article.

Certain tests need to be run for proper thyroid function assessment--not just TSH or free T3 or free T4. There are specific antibodies called TPO and TGB antibodies. If these antibody tests are positive, you have an autoimmune thyroid. My guess is that your doctor has not run these two tests as it's not considered medically prudent to do on inital thyroid screening.

 Medically Necessary Thyroid Testing

There are many other tests that need to be run for adequate thyroid function assessment, but these are the two big ones to determine if you have autoimmune thyroid. If you have autoimmune thyroid, you have to find out why you are autoimmune. Not addressing the underlying causes can lead to your immune system to attack other tissues in your body.

Autoimmune Progression

Remember, there are two main parts to your immune system, TH1 and TH2. They
need to work in balance. If one is dominant or working harder than the other, it's usually because there's something called an active antigen. And what is an active antigen? It can be a parasite. It can be a virus, bacteria, mold or fungi. It can also be a food protein, such as gluten (the protein in wheat, barley and rye) or casein (milk protein).

Your immune system could become imbalanced because of dysregulation due to hormonal surges and/or extreme stress. Blood sugar problems and/or chronic inflammation and/or high cortisol levels can all cause your immune system to become unbalanced.

How do you know if your immune system is attacking your body, especially your thyroid? Well...we just talked about the fact that we run tests, specifically TPO and TGB antibodies, to see if you have autoimmune thyroid or Hashimoto's thyroiditis, along with evaluating your immune system with a special "immune quiz".

The reality is...most people already know that they're autoimmune just from the fact that they may already suffer from a current autoimmune disorder, such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, and/or lupus.

Another way that people will know if they're autoimmune is that their symptoms may wax and wane. Symptoms that wax and wane are a sure sign that you are most likely suffering from an autoimmune condition.

The third way to know if a person is autoimmune is that they will come to a practitioner, such as myself, with a basket full of supplements--I mean a "truck-load". I've had people bring in so many bottles of supplements it wasn't funny. In many cases, the supplements that they are taking are actually making them worse!

Number four...their life fell apart after they got sick. That's how they know they're autoimmune. They've been to 12 or 15 or 20 different doctors and they have a stack of medical records sky-high, all because it's an undiagnosed autoimmune condition.

They may develop an autoimmune condition following a pregnancy. Usually, women are TH2 dominant in the third trimester and TH1 dominant postpartum. This shift in immune system dominance can be the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back forcing the immune system into attack mode.

And finally, as I've mentioned, there's positive testing via the immune panels and TPO and TGB antibodies. You see, your immune system is designed to protect you. When your immune system malfunctions, it starts attacking different parts of your body. It's important to know that once you realize you have an autoimmune condition, you need to get checked for the causes I've outlined. In addition to the medical management that may be warranted, a functional medicine approach using dietary changes and specific nutritional protocols along with other drug-free means can be highly successful in restoring your health. If you would like to learn more consider purchasing a copy of my book entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life Changing Secrets For Renewed Health, which is avaliable at Amazon.com.

Reclaim Your Life Johnson

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with a chronic condition despite having medical managment. Thank you for helping me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living!

All the best – Dr. Johnson – Digging Deeper To Find Solutions

1. Autoimmunity and hypothyroidism. Baillieres Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1988 Aug;2(3):591-617. [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3066320].

The Brain and Autoimmune Thyroid Can Cause Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain

  
  
  
  
  
  

If you are suffering with fibromyalgia or chronic pain and don't know why, it's time your investigation includes looking at the role of sub-optimal brain function and nutritional deficiencies. Check out the video below and we'll continue the discussion after that:

For years I have been using Johnson Neuro-Metabolic Therapy to help fibromyalgia and chronic pain patients recover from their life limiting maladies. Johnson Neuro-Metabolic Therapy is simply the fusion of Johnson Brain-Based Therapy and my unique blend of metabolic testing and treatment using specific individualized diet and lifestyle changes and nutritional supplementation. In fact I wrote a book that explains more of the details and concepts of my unique approach to helping people regain their zest for living. You can find Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life Changing Secrets For Renewed Health at Amazon.com

The Brain and Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

The brain and nervous system are often overlooked in traditional health care, despite the major role they play in coordinating every function in our body. Without a healthy brain you cannot have a healthy body. Johnson Brain-Based Therapy encompasses both assessment and treatment of sub-optimal brain function. I always start with a comprehensive functional brain and nervous system exam. I want to look at all the areas of a patients brain that may not be functioning optimally, being very sure to analyze specific functional brain regions. Once areas of malfunction are discovered I develop a functional neurology program using rehabilitation procedures to strengthen those areas through a series of non-invasive modalities.

With Johnson Brain-Based Therapy I stimulate the brain by using the receptors on the outside of the body that are wired and connected to the various areas of your brain. So if I find weakened areas in your right parietal lobe then I am going to use receptors that are wired to the parietal lobe. It is complex, however all the procedures are non-invasive, non-drug, and promote proper function in the brain. The brain has an amazing ability to adapt, change, and rewire if I give the proper fuel and activation. I can help the weak areas become strong again.

When the brain is functioning properly, chronic pain and fibromyalgia often vanish. Just the other day one of my former fibromyalgia sufferes was in for a follow-up visit and she explained that if she feels any discord in her body, the immediately performs the personalized brain-based therapy homework exercises I prescribed for her and she feels the pain and other symptoms significantly diminish. Brain exercises are like muscle exercises in that if you want to maintain good muscle tone, you have to perform your exercises on a regular basis. Fortunately for this particular patient, she learned her exercises well and can do them at any time, anywhere and get relief from any residual issues.

Nutritional Deficiencies Contribute to Fibromyalgia and Chronic pain

To get great results with the fibromyalgia and chronic pain patient, often additional interventions to stimulating weakened areas of the brain are important. I also have to determine how much stimulation the brain can handle. In addition I have to consider things like blood sugar delivery, oxygen delivery, neurotransmitter deficiencies, stress physiology, etc. For some people I have to make a series of nutritional changes before we can provide any neurological stimulation. For some people we have to work very slowly. Too much stimulation for a neuron is called exceeding metabolic capacity, and if we do too much we can cause your symptoms to flare, albeit temporarily. Luckily there are ways to monitor fatigue and I am very careful not to exceed your metabolic capacity. Below you can read about various nutritional deficiencies that research has shown can contribute to fibromyalgia, courtesy of Spectracell. Just click on the image below to dowload the image and all the references.

Fibromyalgia Nutritional Deficiency resized 600Autoimmune Thyroid and Chronic Pain

Another connection to chronic pain is the very common, but rarely tested for, condition known as autoimmune thyroid or Hashimoto's disease. I've written several articles about autoimmune thyroid on my blog. I would say that these two conditions are very commonly associated with one another based on my clinical experience. Recently I consulted with a patient who wanted help finding the cause of her chronic pain, thyroid symptoms and fibromyalgia. I am really excited to share an interview that I recorded with this patient. The changes that have occurred in her life as a result of our work with her are nothing short of amazing.

Here is just a small preview of the things she shares in the interview:

1. She had a doctor examine her in the past and he completely dismissed all of her symptoms. In fact he referred her to a psychiatrist … implying that she was crazy. She lost trust in doctor's at that point.

2. When asked how her life was before the care she receive at my office she said: "I had no life."

3. Her symptoms got so bad that she contemplated suicide.

If this interview does nothing else for you, it will give you hope. It will show you that true healing is possible … getting back to a normal life is possible.

One Key To Finally Regaining Your Health Is To Work With Better Data About Your Body

Time and time again the reason for people like Nancy not getting the help they need is the health practitioners consulted want to "treat labels - not the patient". With the mindset of finding the root of the health challenges the patient has, rather that just treating the symptom with drugs, or even with supplements, the treatment often falls short of helping with core level healing. The image below is a great example from a recent patient that consulted me for thyroid symtoms that were not going away despite medical managment.

Autoimmune Thyroid - Normal labs

As you can plainly see from this image, the TSH and T4 were normal, which is all the thyoid tests this patient received prior to coming into my office. I ordered comprehensive bioscreen labwork as part of my thorough workup to find out why this patient had chronic pain.

It turns out this patient has autoimmune thyroid as evidenced by the antibodies to her thyroid (TPO -Ab). In addition she has high levels of systemic inflammation based on fibrinogen being out of range and her blood lipids were elevated (cholesterol, LDL and tryglycerides). In addition to any chiropractic managment, this patient will need diet and lifestyle changes and specific supplementation. We also found that this particular patient has gluten intolerance with a genetic cause.

This pattern of lab findings is what I commonly encounter with the patients who seek my care and guidance. I am glad that I can be a part of helping these patients regain their zest for living and become able to do the things they enjoy once again. If you are looking for help, I would be happy to be of assistance.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with chronic health challenges or autoimmune issues despite having medical managment. Thank you, help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living!

All the best – Dr. Johnson – Digging Deeper To Find Solutions

3 Weight Loss Resolution Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

  
  
  
  
  
  

2 Days To Fitness FlatI think you will agree with me that what you are about to read will make total sense and is a fantastic companion to my highly successful health restoration program for patients who suffer with chronic health challenges. Most of the patients I work with have undiagnosed autoimmune illness (like Hashimoto's) and out of control systemic inflammation. Through my health restoration programs, my patients almost universally lose significant weight without exercising, but they need a way to tone up and continue the weight loss as well as improve their fitness for a full and rewarding life. This article and the special offer at the end IS YOUR ANSWER FOR A REVITALIZED NEW YOU!

Every January many Americans promise themselves that they will begin an exercise program and stick with it. The desire to be fit and healthy is a strong motivating force, for a few weeks. Then you must have a game plan that is reasonable, that educates you, that you might actually be able to stick to. I think you will agree with me what you are about to read will make total sense and is a fantastic companion to my highly successful health restoration program for patients who suffer with chronic health challenges.

Thanks goes to Rick Bramos for permision to use this timely article for my blog post this week. Rick is a fitness professional with 35 years of experience as a coach, trainer and competitor, Rick Bramos has always had a profound curiosity about what motivates people to start and stick with physical exercise.

Here are my top 3 reasons people fail every year in their quest to lose weight and be fit.

1. An unrealistic expectation of what an exercise program can do for whipping you into shape. As if in a few weeks you will magically lose weight and be fit. The fact is you cannot compensate for bad eating habits with exercise alone. It also will probably take more time than you first planned to reach your ultimate goal. Years of neglect to your body and hormonal system may take time to reverse.

2. A natural tendency is to do too much, too fast, thinking it will speed up the results. This will only sabotage your results as the stress of overtraining will result in you being tired all the time and have an effect on the hormone cortisol, which can slow down weight loss. The right amount of exercise plus enough rest is paramount for good results.

3. The biggest mistake is getting involved with an activity that does not match up with your fitness level, time constraints and your psychological predisposition for exercise. You see athletic enhancement and weight loss are distinct goals; an important point lost on many trainers.

For years now I have been preaching this to anyone who will listen, that our approach to weight loss and fitness is all wrong. The majority of overweight Americans are not interested in the endurance of a marathoner or the flexibility of a Van Damme or the stability of a gymnast.

At least initially, most are only looking to lose some weight and have enough strength and flexibility to perform their daily functions. What I see mostly in gyms today are trainers presenting exercises that are more suited to an athlete, meaning athletic or skillful type exercises, which are usually awkward and uncomfortable for them. Also, this emphasis on endurance training is misplaced, as endurance training by its nature is uncomfortable for the very overweight. You don't run to get into shape, you need to be in shape to run!

The majority of trainers are young and come from athletic backgrounds therefore, have not had the experience of working with thousands of overweight clients. They do not understand the mind set of this population or their psychological predisposition for exercise. Probably of equal importance is an understanding that "time" is still the number one reason people don't exercise; therefore any successful program must be developed with this in mind.

The fact is there are many variables to getting in shape: how long you have been overweight, how much body fat you are carrying, if you are pre diabetic or full blown diabetic, the amount of time you are willing to devote to an exercise program and there are also hormonal issues that may come into play such as thyroid conditions that are not usually addressed by trainers.

I am constantly educating my clients about the fact that you don't lose weight primarily due to exercise. Exercise will only accelerate the use of fatty acids if they are available for use as energy. This requires a diet low in sugars. The reason? As long as the sugar content of the meals and snacks is high, insulin will also be high. Insulin blocks the use of fats for energy. You see, the body must use the sugar first! An article I wrote and published in a national medical magazine addresses this point. "Obesity: Why Exercise Doesn't Work"

We all know people who exercise all the time yet don't lose weight. So what is an effective weight loss and fitness plan?

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Give yourself the best chance you've ever had at sticking with a program. I promise I will be here for you. You can e-mail me with your questions 3cycletraining@gmail.com

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Thanks to Rick Bramos for this guest blog article. You can e-mail him with your questions at 3cycletraining@gmail.com

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with chronic health challenges or autoimmune issues despite having medical managment. Thank you, help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living!

All the best – Dr. Johnson – Digging Deeper To Find Solutions

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