As the active ingredient in turmeric root, curcumin is a natural antioxidant with pronounced anti-inflammatory effects. Societies that incorporate tumeric into their diets demonstrate a reduced incidence of degenerative diseases of the brain, such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease, due in part to its inhibition of pro-inflammatory enzymes, cyclooxygenase-2 and 5-lipooxygenase. Curcumin also inhibits the production and activity of leukotriences and neutrophils–pro-inflammatory white blood cells–while encouraging the synthesis of docosahexeanoic acid (DHA), shown to reduce the occurrence of anxiety-related behaviors in rats.
As an antioxidant, curcumin prevents the growth of various bacteria, pathogenic fungi, and parasitic development. In a study of guinea pigs suffering from mold toxicity, topical applications of turmeric oil resulted in the disappearance of lesions after seven days, and diets containing one-percent turmeric demonstrate a reduced number of lesions of the small intestine.
Curcumin has also been shown to enhance the effects of various antibiotics–oxacillin, ampicillin, and norofloxacin, to name a few–suggesting its effectiveness in resolving chronic infections.
In the next post, we will examine the properties of tart cherry fruit, yet another powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects.
This week, we will continue our examination of the active ingredients in Itis, a new supplement formulated to target inflammation due to Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, and the chronic infections that typically accompany such conditions.
Our focus today is on boswellia serrata, a plant that is indigenous to India and areas of Pakistan. Boswellia extract has been shown to inhibit the production of a group of pro-inflammatory enzymes–called lipoxygenases–in addition to the activation of nuclear factor-kappaB, a key transcription factor in the inflammatory response. In a recent study of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), boswellia proved effective in reducing painful swelling, increasing range of motion, and significantly decreasing measurements of Crohn’s disease activity. Similar studies have demonstrated boswellia’s effectiveness in reducing brain inflammation, the implications of which are particularly exciting for patients with impaired cognitive function, commonly referred to as “brain fog.”
In the next post, we will examine the role of tumeric root extract (curcumin) in preventing inflammation.
We are pleased to introduce the addition of a new product, itis-for inflammation. Comprised of bromelain, boswelia serrata, cats claw, devils claw, feverfew tanacetum, tumeric (curcumin), and tart cherry fruit, itis is formulated to relieve the inflammation specific to Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, arthritis, and inflammatory conditions of the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis (MS). Over the next few weeks, we will take a closer look at each of these ingredients in turn, beginning with bromelain.
Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme that inhibits the migration of white blood cells to sites of injury or infection, and removes the chemical receptor necessary for inflammation to occur. In a study of 77 individuals with knee pain, daily doses of 200-400mg effectively reduced pain and increased reported perceptions of well-being. In addition, Bromelain acts as an immunomodulator against tumor cells, via the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines–chemical signalers–such as tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-alpha) and interleukin II.
In the next post, we will examine boswellia serrata’s ability to reduce painful swelling and increase the range of motion in patients with inflammatory conditions.
In Principles and Applications of Ozone Therapy (2011), Dr. Frank Shallenberger tells of his introduction to ozone therapy via the work of his predecessor, Dr. Charles Farr. In the 1980s, Dr. Farr began treating patients with Auto Immune Disease Syndrome (AIDS)—caused by the accumulation of molecules called oxidants—by injecting hydrogen peroxide, a powerful oxidant, directly into their veins. Dr. Farr’s success at alleviating symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, brain fog, joint and muscle pain, and muscle weakness suggested that “the reason people get sick and diseased as they get older might have something to do with how they utilize and process oxygen” (Shallenberger, 2011).
The following Q & A is intended provide an introduction to ozone, and the various ozone therapies our clinic provides:
Q: What is ozone?
A: Consisting of three oxygen (O2) atoms that share a common electron, ozone (O3) is a naturally occurring molecule—called an oxidant—in the earth’s atmosphere.
Q: What is ozone therapy?
A: Working in a manner similar to vaccines that promote the production of viral antibodies, ozone therapy stimulates the formation of oxidants in the blood, essentially training the body to utilize them efficiently.
Q: How is ozone administered?
A: There are three administration techniques for ozone therapy. The first, called an Ozone Sauna, involves the patient entering a hyperbaric chamber into which heated ozone is pumped. The heat causes the patient to perspire, while the ozone promotes the formation of oxidants in the blood that the body must then dispose of. When someone says they are “sweating it out,” this is the technique to which they are referring.
The second option, called minor-Auto-Hemo-therapy (mAH), involves the blood being drawn out of the body, mixed with ozone, and then injected directly into the treatment site, while the third option administers blood-ozone intravenously, and is referred to as Major-Auto-Hemo-therapy (MAH).
Q: What conditions can ozone therapy treat?
A: Here at Restorative Health Clinic, we offer ozone therapy for patients with Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and the chronic infections typically related to such illnesses. Essentially, any condition that impairs the body’s natural immunity can be treated with ozone, as it stimulates auto-immune defense mechanisms, necessary for tissue and cellular repair.
Q: How do I know if ozone therapy is right for me?
A: Consult your physician regarding the potential benefits and appropriate administration method for your particular condition. Dr. Vosloo and Dr. Hatlestad look forward to providing their guidance to anyone looking to improve their health and vitality.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 503.747.2021.
While we have long known that Lyme disease is contracted from tick bites, new evidence suggests that it may also be transmitted sexually, as Dr. Keith Berndtson addresses in his article, Important New Findings Regarding Lyme Bacteria (2015). Essentially, researchers cultured and identified strains of the Borrelia spirochetes characteristic of Lyme in the seminal and vaginal secretions of human test subjects, lending support to the speculation that “Lyme disease could be transmitted by intimate contact from person to person.” Dr. Berndtson is quick to point out, however, that the presence of Borrelia in genital secretions by no means necessitates sexual transmission; on the contrary, this and similar studies have failed account for the following key variables:
1. Genetics—the natural immune-response of study participants.
2. Epigenetics—the interaction of lifestyle and environmental factors.
3. The general health and wellness of participants at the time of contact.
4. The possibility of Hormesis, occurring when limited exposure to a toxin triggers an intensive immune-response throughout the entire body.
In considering these and other related variables, the question becomes one of viability versus infection, and it has yet to be determined if the Borrelia spirochetes present in genital secretions are “actually infective and able to establish themselves in a new human host by means of sexual transmission.”
What the study confirms is that strains of the Lyme infection are present in genital secretions and can be made to grow. For persons with active Lyme, the message of caution is clear—better safe than sorry, the saying goes—though it is equally clear that the medical community is long way from classifying Lyme as a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Chelation refers to the process of binding and removing toxic metals from the bloodstream. As a powerful immuno-suppressant, mercury poisoning is particularly troublesome for persons with Cancer, Lyme disease, and various other conditions that impair the body’s ability to fight infection. Low levels of mercury are present in foods such as shellfish, rice, and high-fructose corn syrup, in addition to mercury-amalgam dental fillings and vaccines that contain thimerosal—an organomercury compound. While a healthy person is typically able to eliminate mercury via the body’s natural detox mechanisms, Dr. James Schaller, author of The Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatments (2007), suggests that “it is feasible that the Lyme disease spirochete sequesters mercury in the body as a tool for continued survival in the host environment.” In other words, when the Lyme infection detects the presence of another immuno-suppressant, it binds and retains that substance to further weaken the body’s immuno-defense systems. The objective of chelation is to break the bond and remove the toxin, thereby enabling the body to heal.
Chelation treatment begins with a provocation IV to confirm toxicity, followed by weekly chelation IVs for the first eight weeks, combined with remineralization to maintain adequate vitamin/mineral levels. Symptoms of toxicity include headaches, brain fog, depression and mood swings, fatigue, GI upset, chronic infections, and joint and muscle pain. If you or persons close to you have experienced such symptoms, call today to schedule a toxicity-specific consultation with our knowledgeable physicians.
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