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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, stubborn thyroid disorder symptoms, balance disorders, chronic knee & shoulder pain, migraines, sciatica, ADD/ADHD/ASD, back pain, peripheral neuropathy, gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disorders so they can Reclaim Their Life!

From the Desk of Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC.....

The Role Of Inflammation in Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sun, Aug 17, 2014

An article published in 2011 in the prestigious Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Journal points out an important, yet often overlooked, aspect of peripheral neuropathy.

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Topics: Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson DC, inflammation, Diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, Neuropathy, Functional Peripheral Nerve Restoration, Diabetic Neuropathy

Top 11 Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods To Thwart Autoimmunity

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Mon, Jul 28, 2014

When 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. 

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Topics: autoimmune, Hashimoto's, inflammation, celiac, anti-inflammatory, Vitiligo

How Statin Drugs Can Cause Inflammation, Depression and more

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Thu, Sep 19, 2013

The CoQ10-Statin Secret

By Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.

The medical literature clearly shows that statin medications like Lipitor,Crestor, Zocor shut down the production of one of the most important nutrients in the body. And I am referring to Co-Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10).

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Topics: inflammation, depression, Ubiquinone, Statin, Co-Q10, Cardiovascular, LDL, Hair Loss, Liver Disease

Why Low Thyroid Symptoms Can Be Affected By Blood Sugar Levels

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Mar 26, 2013

Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC, Shelby Township, Macomb County Metro Detroit Area Doctor Shares How and Why Hypothyroid Symptoms Can Be Affected by Blood Sugar Levels

Let’s Take A Look At The Important Role Of Balanced Blood Sugar Levels And Your Low Thyroid Symptoms

Proper Blood Sugar levels are critical for anyone with low thyroid function. Normal blood glucose levels medically have a broad range of anywhere from 70 to 105. Functional or optimal blood glucose levels are 85 to 99. According to the American Diabetic Association, a blood sugar level reading of 106 to 126 is called, “Insulin resistance,” and anything above 127 is diabetes.

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Topics: autoimmune, inflammation, Diabetes, Insomnia, Adrenal, Low Thyroid Symptoms

When Is A Food Really Gluten Free? How Do I Reclaim My Life?

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sun, Sep 09, 2012

When is the color blue, NOT the color blue? Of course, it's when the color is purple...or does purple contain some blue. One could debate about color gradation for the good part of an hour, if one had the time to ponder such things. I for one, do not have the time to do so, nor the desire. However, I have been asked many times by my patients what gluten free really means. Unfortunately, if you get on the internet, you will find this area of discussion quite confusing. The term gluten-free is generally used to indicate a supposed harmless level of gluten rather than a complete absence of gluten.[1] The exact level at which gluten is harmless is uncertain and controversial, however. Depending on what country you reside, gluten free has varying definitions and hence the regulations for labeling a food gluten free varies too.

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Topics: autoimmune, Cyrex Labs, gluten free, fibromyalgia, ADD, ADHD, psoriasis, eczema, inflammation, low thyroid, vertigo

Your Blood Type and AutoImmune Disease, Inflammation and Fatigue

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sun, Oct 09, 2011

In order to maximize your health and reduce your chances of developing autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto's, Celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and other illnesses, it pays to know your blood type.  Let's explore this concept in more detail.

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Topics: autoimmune, Hashimoto's, inflammation, Blood Type, Diabetes, fatigue, Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, Lectins

Why A Gluten Free Diet May Not Be Enough to Stop Inflammation

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Aug 16, 2011

Adopting a gluten free diet has helped many people begin a healing process that will take years. Thanks in part to a recent surge in gluten sensitivity diagnoses and improved gluten free products, more and more people are starting down the path that will help them find relief for the chronic pain, inflammation, fatigue and intestinal distress they have suffered with for many years. However, a gluten free diet alone may not be enough to stop inflammation from occurring. People who have started a gluten free diet but who still experience inflammation and other symptoms should consider additional testing and dietary and lifestyle changes to address ongoing, chronic symptoms.

Why Do I Still Feel Bad?
Adopting a gluten free diet makes most people with a gluten sensitivity or other inflammatory diseases like Fibromyalgia and thyroid disorders feel better within a short time frame. Severe symptoms may begin to abate, energy will start to return and skin disorders like psoriasis may begin to clear. But living gluten free is usually not enough to completely avoid the inflammatory symptoms caused by gluten and its relatives.

This happens for several reasons. First, cross contamination of gluten free food is common and gluten can hide in a variety of foods people might not consider as having gluten such as sauces, sour cream and snack foods. Additionally, many foods that are similar to gluten react with the gluten antibody. An immune system already on the defense against gluten will treat these other foods the same way it treats the gluten peptide thus starting the cycle of inflammation all over again. Finally, there could be additional unidentified health concerns contributing to a body's inflammatory response.

Additional Testing
Medical tests are not one size fits all and often, people receive misinformation from the medical community because physicians simply ordered the wrong test. Proper testing has to go in depth and cover a wide range and breadth of issues to truly present a whole picture of a patient. Until recently, there was only one test used by the medical community to determine if people had a gluten sensitivity or not and this test was often wrong.

Thankfully, Cyrex Labs in Arizona developted several tests that are more sensitive and more accurate and that allow physicians to look further into a patient's gluten sensitivity. These tests include:

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Topics: Dr Karl Johnson, autoimmune, Cyrex Labs, gluten, gluten free, inflammation

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