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The importance of the liver in good health

There are about 80,000 chemicals in our North American environment that are never tested for safety in human beings. We are living in a very toxic environment. The liver is one of the four major organs that eliminate toxins from the body.The liver performs 500 to 600 functions every second. At any one time, the liver contains about 10% of the body’s blood supply.1.4 liters of blood pass through the liver every minute. There is no standard medical tests to determine if the liver is performing these functions.  The liver detoxifies sources like medications, drugs, hormone enhancers, food additives, preservatives, food colorings, sweeteners, flavor enhancers, chemicals used in agriculture, alcohols, volatile organic compounds, fumes, air pollution and many other factors.

Many of the toxins that enter the body are fat soluble. The liver has to convert these toxins into water soluble substances that can be excreted from the body. The enzymatic process to dispose of toxins occurs in two phases: phase 1 (oxidation) and phase 2 (conjugation).

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A lot of our population take lots of supplements and vitamins. However, if the enzymatic processes of the body are not working properly, the body is not able to use the ingredients people put in. Due to the toxic load we face today, it is imperative to make sure that our liver is supported properly. In my practice, all of my patients going through biotherapeutic drainage protocols are taking supplements to help with their liver. Liver support is a very important topic that does not get enough attention.  

The content of this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Foundation of good health

  1. Eat real food
  2. Drink clean water
  3. Get 7-8 hours of sleep
  4. Excercise regularly
  5. Get plenty of sunlight

The content of this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

The Bacteria In Your Gut

There are trillions of microorganisms living inside our intestines. Together, these microbial organisms are referred to as gut flora or gut microbiota. These microorganisms are very important to our survival and benefit us by digesting food, digesting harmful toxins, producing vitamins, and preventing harmful bacteria from invading us. The gut flora are also vital in maturing our immune system as an infant. Different people have different populations of gut flora based on many factors.

Recent research suggests that alteration in our gut flora allows pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria to find home in our gut. These alterations can lead to a cascade of events that can eventually lead to “turning on” of human genes and development of certain types of autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, colitis. This overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria is referred to as dysbiosis. Furthermore, research also shows that specific type of diet will select certain types of bacteria to be present in the gut. People who eat a carbohydrate rich diet (more sugar) tend to have more of the sugar loving bacterial strains whereas those who eat more protein tend to have more of a protein loving bacterial strains. Therefore, eating a balanced healthy diet is very important.

Taking antibiotics has shown to decrease the gut flora and allow pathogenic bacteria to over grow. You are not just killing your illness causing bad bacteria but also a lot of the good bacteria in the your gut each time you are taking antibiotics. This can compromise your body and make you more susceptible to more diseases. Physicians should therefore use caution in prescribing antibiotics to only those who truly need it.

There is also concern that pesticides that are in our food are killing the gut flora. In addition, there are hundreds of different chemicals in the processed food that we are eating that is altering our gut flora. There is evidence that our gut flora play a crucial role in protecting us from many diseases including autoimmune disease. However, with all the alteration in our diet and environment has also led to an alteration to our gut bacteria. Thus, it is no coincidence that the rates of autoimmune diseases are soaring in developed countries.

As a Rheumatologist, one of my focuses with my autoimmune patient, is trying to educate them about the role of the gut micro biome and its role in disease. In order to prevent further disease and in order to effectively treat the patient, we need to take care of the gut health by eating a clean diet free of chemicals and pesticides. We also need to learn to use antibiotics more responsibly. Many other things can also alter the gut flora and you can improve by drinking clean water, getting good nights sleep and learning to deal with your daily stress.

The content of this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Daily Calcium Intake

There has been a lot of confusion lately on how much calcium and vitamin D people need. The paper published last year about calcium intake and its possible risk for heart attack has caused a lot of concern amongst the people. However, there are plenty of evidence that have established no connection between calcium supplements and heart disease.

The women’s health initiative for example was a randomized controlled trial which included 36,000 women who took 1000 mg of calcium supplements along with 400 IU of vitamin D daily. There was no increase risk for heart attacks or strokes. The key is not to take excessive amount of calcium which could possibly could increase heart disease. The committee concluded that daily calcium of 700 mg is sufficient for children aged 1 to 3 years; 1,000 mg is sufficient for children aged 4 to 8 years; and no more than 1,300 mg is sufficient for adolescents aged 9 to 18 years. For adults aged 19 to 71 years, 1,000 mg is sufficient to meet daily calcium needs. Women aged 51 years and older and men older than 71 years need no more than 1,200 mg per day.

A lot of my patients think that they can take as much supplements as they want and it would be okay. However, supplements can also be harmful. One of the things that may be true is that excessive amount of calcium more than 2000 mg/day could be harmful to the heart. Most adults need about 1000-1200 mg of calcium daily. My preference is to obtain all of it through diet. However, there are many people who do not take dairy products on a daily basis. The good news is that there are a lot of vegetables, fruits, and nuts that contain calcium as well.

At the same time, most of us do not have a balanced diet. Therefore, my recommendations to my patients who do not have a well enough diet to make 1000-1200 mg of calcium is to take one 500mg calcium /400 IU vitamin D supplement per day and try to get the rest through dietary intake.

The content of this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.