Seminar I’m Taking: How to Thrive in a Toxic World through Nutrition & Lifestyle

This coming June 5th I’ll be attending a seminar on Whole Detox: How to Thrive in a Toxic World through Nutrition & Lifestyle.

The term “ detoxification ” is widely debated and discussed within the clinical community. In this presentation, the scope of detoxification practices and the spectrum of offerings and their validity will be highlighted. A deeper dive into the recent scientific developments in this pivotal area of medicine will be featured from the angles of both biochemistry and genetic expression, with particular focus on (1) modulation of metabolic biotransformation through phase I and phase II enzyme induction or inhibition; (2) alkalinization; and (3) heavy metal metabolism . Special emphasis will be given to nutrition, nutrient actives, and botanicals for their influence in these pathways. Furthermore, the incorporation of lifestyle changes will be included as part of the detoxification discussion for a more well-rounded, whole picture, whole-self approach.

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Objectives:

• To understand the context of detoxification practices as they relate to health and disease, and their general view and acceptance in the medical arena

• To identify biochemical and genetic pathways involved in detoxification processes: ARE gene upregulation biotransformative enzyme induction or inhibition, alkalinization, and heavy metal metabolism

• To understand the role of nutrition, nutrient actives, and botanicals in modulating detoxification processes

• To learn the importance of addressing lifestyle modalities as part of the detoxification process.

For an article on why fasting on juices do not make an effective liver detox: https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/a-nyc-chiropractor-recommends-how-to-do-a-healthy-liver-detox/

Presenters are: Tricia Paulson, ND & Deanna Minich, PhD

Tricia Paulson, ND, is the founder of and primary physician at True Health Naturopathic Medicine. As an educator and speaker for the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association and Nutrition Dynamics, she has developed and implemented curricula in clinical nutrition, detoxification and gut restoration. FirstLine Therapy is the cornerstone of her functional medicine practice which specializes in the treatment of chronic lifestyle diseases through a patient-centered approach

Dr. Minich received her doctorate in Medical Sciences (Human Nutrition and Metabolism ) from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and her Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Metabolism from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and a member of both the American College of Nutrition and the American Society for Nutrition Science. Dr. Minich has published over 15 articles in peer-reviewed, scientific journals, and has published three books on nutrition. At Metagenics, Dr. Minich has numerous responsibilities, including counseling patients using functional medicine protocols at the Functional Medicine Research Center®—the clinical research arm of Metagenics.

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Why Sometimes Being Sick Is The Healthiest Thing You Can Do For Yourself!!

Yes I know you are scratching your head over that title, wondering what the heck am I talking about.

A case in point happened this weekend and the following days in my office.

Last Saturday afternoon, I noted that I had a sensation of nausea and by the time I got home, I had the “runs.” When I took my temperature, I was 100F –another sign that my body was fighting some sort of infection but not “medically significant” or dangerous. http://www.medicinenet.com/aches_pain_fever/article.htm

So I heated up some chicken broth, added some extra sea salt to it and drank a lot of water in order to help aid whatever my body was trying to get rid of and prevent any dehydration that would have made me sicker. The rest of Saturday as well as Sunday was a cycle of sleep (the body’s best anti-oxidant), waking up to go to the bathroom, liquid intake, work on my neuro-lymphatic pts and acu-points for my intestines, television, bathroom, lymphatic/acu-points,  sleep, liquid, sleep, etc.

But by Sunday night, my temperature was back to normal and the trips to the bathroom were getting more spaced apart. On Monday, I got a friend to stop by and pick up some “sticky rice” at a local Chinese restaurant to help to start to slow up the runs. Tuesday, I was able to go out to a food store for some chicken & noodle soup, some yogurt and a bottle of Pepto-Bismol. By the time evening arrived and only one bowel movement in the mid afternoon & normal temperature I knew that I could go into work the next day.

At work on Weds, one of my newer patients came in complaining of a lung & bronchial infection for which he was taking antibiotics which started after he was treated for diarrhea while on a trip with corticosteroids. In other words, immune suppression of his natural intestinal response led to a lung infection.

As an Applied Kinesiologist I know that the Lung and the Large intestine are Yin /Yang partners in the body’s health.

For people like myself in non-allopathic medicine (chiropractic, acupuncturist, naturopaths, etc) symptoms are not only clues to what disease or problem is affecting the patient but also symptoms can express the body’s attempt to heal itself. Therefore symptoms should not be covered up by treatment. Suppression of symptoms did not heal the body or cure the disease, the illness just moved to another area

In our modern society, we have been trained (mostly) by the pharmaceutical companies to equate symptoms of illness w/ an illness or a disease that needs to be suppressed.

Have heartburn; take an antacid or proton inhibitor..effective in the short  term but can cause if used long term diseases like osteoporosis and dementia due to nutrition deficiencies caused by the heartburn drugs.

Instead how about changing your diet or seeing if the body needs a hiatal hernia fixed or some digestive enzymes.

So the next time, you have vague symptoms like coughing, slight fever, diarrhea, tiredness, etc, please instead of masking these symptoms with drugs, think about what may be causing the symptoms and consult a non-allopathic healer to help your body fight what is causing the symptoms.

 © 2011-Dr. Vittoria Repetto

 

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Thoughts of a NYC Chiropractor on Potassium Iodide vs Radiation Poisoning & Iodine in General

Here’s a great article : How to protect yourself from radiation by Hyla Cass M.D. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hyla-cass-md/radiation-risks-and-prote_b_836363.html
Now much radiation the west coast and the east coast will get depends on what reactor explores, how much fail out there is and how the  weather (wind, rain) will carry this radiation around the globe.  But I thought that I should point some things out about KI and iodine in general.

One needs to know that large amts. of (mgs) potassium iodide (most vitamin companies use 75 mcg – 150 mcg of KI for their iodine source) may be hurtful to people w/ skin disorders like dermatitis herpetiformis or urticaria vasculitis or people taking synthyroid (or like medications) or have an auto-immune thyroid problem or pregrant women and infants;  these people should consult their doctor before starting .

Side effects of taking KI are nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, or stomach pain; mild skin rash; or
a metallic taste in the mouth.

In my opinion the American diet is low on iodine and I fear that it will become more so as we limit our intake of salt ( iodized salt). Did you know that Pasteurization destroys approximately 20% of the Iodine content of pasteurized foods.  Did you know that potassium iodate, a dough conditioner which added 150 mcg of iodide per slice, .was replaced in the 1970’s w/ bromine (iodine antagonist and goitrogenic substance)

Did you know that the Japanese population consumes 13.8mg of iodine/day and has very low cases of breast cancer, thyroid problems and low cases of every type of cancer except stomach cancer.

So I do advise people to take in more iodine in their diets -sea veggies such as Kelp, Dulse, Kombu, Arame, Wakame, Hijike, Norimiso and seafood are great sources of iodine as well as egg yolks (Attention all you egg white fans).

And for more help vs radiation, know that Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, can help protect body tissues. And also reishi and cordyceps mushrooms  and antioxidantscan help the body defend itself from radiation damage.

For my thoughts on iodized sea salt vs iodized table salt, please read: https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/to-salt-or-not-to-salt-that-is-the-question/

 © 2011-Dr. Vittoria Repetto

 

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Osteoporosis -New Concern for HIV Patients

An important article that shows that M.D.’s need to start learning about nutrition.
The doctor’s recommendations in this article tells patients to take calcuim carbonate, eat dairy & sardines for Ca sources and to  take bisphosphonates for osteoporosis.
Unfortunately the recommendation of calcium carbonate is a joke since you need acid in your stomach and calcium carbonate acts as an antacid (what Tums is made from) so you do not absorb any Ca from this source
 
The article also does not mention that you also need Mg for yr. bones as well as other trace minerals.
 
Also fails to mention that some of the best sources of calcium is green leafy veggies, almonds, seaweed and beans; esp important if you are lactose intolerant and can’t use dairy products
 
And as for taking bisphosphonates, even the FDA is updating the public regarding information previously communicated describing the risk of atypical fractures of the thigh, known as subtrochanteric and diaphyseal femur fractures, in patients who take bisphosphonates for osteoporosis. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm229009.htm
 
Please read the following:

© 2010-Dr. Vittoria Repetto

 

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Health Effects of Turmeric & Curcuminoids

Antioxidant

Prevention & treatment of cancer
Helps prevent multi-drug resistance (synergistic with chemotherapy)

 
Anti-inflammatory
 
 
Antiarthritic
 
 
Neuroprotective
for Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s diseases – Multiple sclerosis
 
 
Enhances detoxification
Hepatoprotective
Choleretic – promotes production of bile salts
Mild chelator of heavy metals – Mercury & Lead
 
 
Cardioprotective
Decreases LDL oxidation
May inhibit platelet aggregation
 
 
Anti-bacterial
– In a study presented at the  American College of Gastroenterology’s annual meeting in San Antonio, turmeric was found to kill Clostridium difficile ( a highly resilient bacteria to antibiotics)  in a petri dish. The study points to the use of turmeric as a preventative to be used either in cooking or in capsule form; the research suggested that 4 gms of turmeric to be the affective dosage.
 
According to Ayurvedic traditions, the effects of turmeric potentates w/ the mixing of turmeric w/ a fat (such as ghee, oil or coconut milk and with pepper/chile peppers
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Anti-Oxidant Foods: Rosemary

Benefits of Rosemary & Constituents
(Carnosic Acid, Rosemarinic Acid, Caffeic Acid)
• Antioxidant
– Anti-aging
• Cancer preventive
• Anti-inflammatory
– Cardiovascular disease
• Enhances detoxification of
– Endogenous estrogens & xenoestrogens
• Neuro-protectant against
– Strokes
– Alzheimer
– Lou Gehrig’s disease
Rosemary has a very old reputation for improving memory, and has been used as a symbol for remembrance (during weddings, war commemorations and funerals) in Europe and Australia In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia says, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary
I personally like to add lots of rosemary leaves to my chicken or veggie stock, add rosemary sprigs to the pan when roasting veggies such as potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, parsnips, turnips, etc.

Quickly rinse rosemary under cool running water and pat dry. Most recipes call for rosemary leaves, which can be easily removed from the stem. Alternatively, you can add the whole sprig to season soups, stews and meat dishes, then simply remove it before serving. A few quick serving ideas:

Add fresh rosemary to omelets and frittatas.

Rosemary is a wonderful herb for seasoning chicken and lamb dishes.

Add rosemary to tomato sauces and soups.

Purée fresh rosemary leaves with olive oil and use as a dipping sauce for bread.

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