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Sugar… It Ain’t So Sweet!

Sugar… It Ain’t So Sweet!

Submitted by: Yuri Elkaim

The average person in North America consumes 150 lbs of refined sugar per year! This is astronomical in contrast to the 5 lbs per year consumed by the average person at the turn of the 20th century.

Sugar, especially in its refined state, has many detrimental effects on the body. First and foremost, it is highly acid-forming. This means that sugar consumption throws off your pH balance so that your blood and other important become more acidic. The more acidic your body becomes, the greater the likelihood for disease to flourish. It’s no wonder that research has linked sugar consumption to cancer, hormonal disruptions, arthritis, osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, cataracts, and many other degenerative diseases.

Refined sugar is one of the worst poisons you can put into your body. It is known to compromise the immune system response for between 4-6 hours, lowering the body’s natural defenses and making less capable of fighting harmful pathogens.

The manner in which sugar is processed exacerbates the problem. More than 60 chemicals are used in the processing of natural sugarcane’s thick beige stalks into the fine, white granular table sugar that we’re all to familiar with. Many of these chemicals, including bleaches and deodorizes, are still present in the product.

At same time, the naturally occurring minerals and vitamins in the sugarcane plant are completely removed. One such mineral is chromium. Chromium is a critical player in the body’s ability to uptake sugar from the blood and into the cells. The fact chromium is not present in refined sugar poses a problem for sugar uptake and metabolism, which imposes further stress on the body’s energy metabolism regulation. This is one of the reasons why refined sugar causes a rapid spike and then crash in blood sugar levels.

And it’s not just the refined table sugar that is the problem. In fact, the majority of our sugar intake comes from hidden and unexpected sources such as processed and packaged foods. Sugar is used as an additive in foods ranging from meat to ketchup to salt. In packaged foods sugar can take the form of glucose, dextrose, sucrose, or the ever-present high-fructose corn syrup.

The major concern is that sugar provides no real nutritional value, while wreaking havoc on our blood sugar levels (promoting diabetes and weight gain) and leading to excess caloric consumption. It suppresses the immune system, disrupts normal mineral relationships, and compromises the health of our vital organs.

If you’re a big sweet tooth and constantly seeking your next fix, then here a couple of strategies that will help you from joining the “dark side”:

•Use natural sweeteners such as agave, honey, or maple syrup if you must sweeten your foods. Agave is probably best since it is a much lower glycemic index option, which is favourable for maintaining normal blood sugar levels.

•When you get a sugar craving drink a big glass of water. Many times we have cravings for unnecessary reasons such as being bored. Drinking a tall glass of water can help curb this urge and prevent you from making the choices that you will later regret.

•Eat schizandra berries or take a schizandra supplement. This natural herb/berry helps restore normal blood sugar levels and can help reduce the need for sugar.

•Supplement with chromium. Chromium is a mineral that is often lacking in our foods (because everything is so refined). Supplementing with 200 mcg/day of chromium can be immensely powerful at restoring normal blood sugar levels and ensuring proper sugar metabolism.

•Alkalize your body through lemon water and green juices. As you alkalize your body, you purify your blood. Since we often crave what is in our blood, it is necessary to cleanse the blood of excess sugar and acidic compounds. This is accomplished through plenty of green juices, salads, and drinking lemon water.

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Side Effects of Overeating Fast Food

Side Effects of Overeating Fast Food

Submitted by: Kya Grace

Know what good health holds for everyone? A wealth that’s bonded with the body! It holds the secret to keeping f fit and casting a lasting impression on others without even saying a single word. But most people tend to overlook these benefits and get lured into what seems a tasty treat to the stomach. This in turn proves a costly barter.

The beginning of a disaster
The human body is a combination of various parts that work in synchrony for its smooth functioning. When such hasty food is consumed, it begins to take a toll on one or many parts. Slowly and steadily, the body begins to notice the difference. And who is to blame? The food. But not as much as you, for taking a hasty decision of consuming it. You begin to notice lowered immunity, fatigue and restlessness more often than before. This, in turn, piles up tension and fear of an upcoming disaster.

Effects on various organs
The human body is capable of resisting several ills, provided it is supported by its strong organs. With an over dosage of fast food, your organs too begin to notice a downfall. Believe it or not, but every single cell in the human body gets affected. The blood vessels, liver, kidney, and most importantly, the heart face a severe setback.

Long term effects
The delicacies may seem tempting to the taste-buds. But, it’s only the taste-buds that enjoy the pleasure. All the other organs are adversely affected by this so called tantalizing food. This in turn leads to depression, fluctuating blood pressure levels and also diabetics.

How to avert a danger?
The most important step towards preventing this danger is self-resistance. It’s your self-resistance that will keep you from keeping up to your promises. Regular exercise is the secret to a good health and a great body. Consult a professional trainer who can guide you with a set of exercises and an apt way of doing them. Follow a regime of exercises and fix up a time for doing it. Early mornings are considered best for exercises. Get on your walking shoes and make morning walks a habit. Let freshness surround your senses. Soon, life will begin to notice the difference.

What else can you do?
Once you are regular at work-outs, you are half way close to your intentions of keeping fast food at a hand’s distance. Follow this routine with the right kind of food that needs to be consumed. Firstly, savor a host of fresh and juicy fruits. They are a rich source of vital vitamins and proteins essential for the body. Leafy salads are a good source of body essentials too. Also, savor nutritious food items like cereals and pulses as they satisfy the fiber requirements of the body. Avoid aerated beverages and other food items which have a high content of calories and fats.

The final message
Treat your body like a precious gift, as all its parts have special roles to play in your overall well being. If an over dose of fast food has a depreciating effect on any of the organ, the entire health cycle is affected. Live healthy; live better.

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Caloric Requirements and Your Optimum Health

Caloric Requirements and Your Optimum Health

Caloric Requirements and Your Optimum Health
By Pam McDonald

In today's complex and fast-paced technological world, many people are willing to open a bottle of pills or try almost any kind of treatment that promises fast weight loss, including extreme diets with no science behind them. More and more people are becoming overweight and adopting a sedentary lifestyle. But we don't have to give up good health in today's world. We can live a healthier life if we become mindful of creating a gene-supportive environment and choose with care our food and our physical activities, as well as use some time-tested preventive and treatment methods based on an integrative medical approach.

The first thing to determine is how much fuel your body actually needs to maintain optimal daily functioning. In order to accomplish this, we must understand what a calorie is and how this may effect our fuel requirements.

Your body needs energy every second of every day. Every single bodily function, from thinking a thought to the complex operation of growing a body, requires fuel to energize it. Fuel is measured in calories, with one calorie being the amount of energy required to increase the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. This fuel comes from carbohydrates, protein, and fat-macronutrients, or what I like to call The Big Three-and is delivered via the intestines throughout the day. For some people, a fourth fuel is alcohol, but at the expense of getting no other nutrients, just empty calories. Caloric needs are individual, and everyone has a set calorie requirement per day to function well.

Here are the fuel ratings for The Big Three, plus alcohol:

o 1 gram of carbohydrate provides 4 calories

o 1 gram of protein provides 4 calories

o 1 gram of fat provides 9 calories

o 1 gram of alcohol provides 7 calories

In addition to the proper amount of calories, it is important to divide calories among foods that are effective and beneficial to your body. It is very easy to overfeed your body by eating more than is necessary. For maximum benefit, your caloric intake should be spread throughout the day in smaller meals. Most of us are in the habit of three meals a day, at set times, but there is no conclusive evidence to support any benefits from this pattern. In fact, many of my patients don't even eat breakfast, so starting with lunch, they have a concentrated feeding schedule over about six to eight hours, leaving the other 16 to 18 hours with no food fueling the body.

We can learn a lot about how our bodies should be fed by seeing how long it takes to digest a normal portion of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. In terms of quantity, we need to look at the size of the stomach. Should we be eating smaller meals, more frequently? The answer is yes. Frequent meals with smaller amounts are better suited to fulfill our fuel needs.

So how to split 2000 calories over a 15-hour period? With properly sized meals, the ideal spacing between them is about three hours. This means six meals, which will maximize the body's balance of blood glucose and other nutrients. Here is a sample meal schedule, but be aware that individual caloric requirements will vary.

Sample Meal Schedule:

7 a.m. Breakfast 400 calories

10 a.m. Morning snack 200 calories

1 p.m. Lunch 500 calories

4 p.m. Afternoon snack 200 calories

7 p.m. Dinner 500 calories

10 p.m. Evening snack 200 calories

This is an ideal eating schedule, and the only difference in its applicability between one person and the next is the caloric amount and when they sleep. For example, a very physically-active person will have a higher caloric need than someone sitting behind a desk all day. The following represents a way to determine your own required daily intake of calories.

The first step is to calculate your daily caloric requirement. The second step is to start to learn the caloric content of your typical meals. Read the labels on food products so you know their caloric content. Serving size is important. Learn to recognize what a healthy serving-for you-of different foods looks like. Many people will be surprised to learn that a nutritionally balanced serving of carbohydrate, fat, and protein is far different than what we are used to eating.

In the beginning, using a timer can remind you to eat a meal or snack at appropriate times of the day (many cell phones have countdown timers). Many people find that their stomach works like clockwork after a very short time. I usually eat breakfast at 6:00-6:30 a.m. and by 9:30 or 10 a.m. I am ready for my snack. I can tell the time by my stomach-I am not one to miss a meal.

The next important step is to eat the correct foods so your calorie intake is just right for you-not for your friend, your husband, or your wife-you. While making dietary changes, you must regularly double-check your diet with your body composition to be sure that you are neither gaining nor losing an excessive amount of lean or fat mass too quickly. Once you reach the ideal weight, your body composition should be checked at least twice a year. Make food enjoyable by trying new recipes with new spices and whole food ingredients.

Pamela McDonald is a leading Integrative Medicine Nurse Practitioner, who specializes in the prevention of heart and Alzheimer's disease, and chronic illness. To learn more about her ground breaking book, and program - visit - To subscribe to her free APO E Gene Diet Health Notes - send a blank email to

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Your Diabetic Checkup

Your Diabetic Checkup

Your Diabetic Checkup
By Sharon Rowe

Did you know that in the United States there are 20.8 million children and adults living with diabetes? The number is astounding. Some diabetics realize the importance of diet in properly managing their diabetes, then again others don't. This is a sad thing because people that don't realize the importance of compliance open themselves up for life changing complications. Proper management of your body is another important factor in the management of diabetes. Not properly taking care of your body could mean putting yourself at higher risk for serious complications. A yearly diabetic checkup is a must as a preventative to complications common to the diabetic community, problems that could possibly lead to the loss of your eyesight or a limb. There are four exams vital in screening potential problems to diabetics: the dental, eye, foot, and physical exam. This article will discuss when you should have each exam and the importance of doing so.

Dental Exam (Every six months)

Diabetics are more prone to developing dental problems because of poor management of blood sugar levels, which impairs white blood cells (the body's primary defense in fighting bacterial infection).

Many diabetics are at increased risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease. In fact periodontal disease is more prevalent in the diabetic community. Other common dental problems include dry mouth (a decrease in saliva flow), thrush (fungal infection) primarily seen in diabetics who frequently take antibiotics, burning mouth syndrome (due primarily to thrush), candidiasis and gingival inflammation. These are just a few of the reasons that the six month dental exam is very important.

Diabetics who smoke put themselves at an even greater risk of developing thrush and periodontal disease. It is very important for people living with diabetes to maintain good oral hygiene. Also be aware of any changes and report them to your physician immediately.

Eye Exam (Once a year)

Possible problems of the eyes resulting from diabetes include, cataracts (this is a clouding of the eye's lens), glaucoma (increase of fluid pressure inside the eye leading to optic nerve damage and loss of vision), and diabetic retinopathy (the most common diabetic eye disease).

It has been noted by the American Diabetes Association that diabetic retinopathy causes 12,000 to 24,000 new cases of blindness each year, making diabetes the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20 -74 years of age. This makes it vital that you have your eyes checked. Even if you aren't having problems with your vision a dilated eye exam should be done at least once a year.

Foot Exam (Once a year)

Neuropathy is a common and serious complication of diabetes. Neuropathy causes a loss of feeling in the feet. For this reason diabetics should never walk barefoot or attempt to cut their own toe nails. A podiatrist should always be sought for this. Special care needs to be given to the feet. They should be kept clean and moisturized to avoid cracking of the skin. Also inspecting the feet daily would be a good idea.

Due to the slow healing process (common in diabetics) infection can sometimes set in if the feet become injured from cuts or other injuries like bumping the toe. Slow healing could eventually lead to amputation. The rate of amputations for people living with diabetes is ten times higher than for people without diabetes. So a yearly foot exam is a must.

Physical Exam (Once a year)

Other complications affecting diabetics include hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Preventative measures can be properly addressed during a yearly physical.

In closing, diabetic compliance is the first key to proper management. This includes diet, seeing your physician for the above exams, and exercise. These are all key components in you living a better life. Not properly keeping your exam dates could lead to complications that could change your life forever.


1. Complications of Diabetes in the United States. American Diabetes Association. Available from. []

Sharon Rowe has been a registered nurse for over ten years. She noticed during her years in nursing the growing need for a development of health forms to be used primarily for in home use. Visit her at

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An Outline of Jessica Biel's Workout

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An Outline of Jessica Biel's Workout
By Rusty Moore

Jessica Biel probably has the best body in Hollywood. Seriously, she is a great role model for women who want to get in shape. Jason Walsh, her personal trainer recently revealed to People Magazine the workout that gives her slim thighs, firm butt, and generally a rocking body!

Were you lucky enough to see Jessica Biel in the movie Blade 3? If you did, you may have seen fitness perfection. Seriously...Jessica looked amazing in that movie. As a side note, Ryan Reynolds got in amazing shape as well. The great thing about Jessica Biel is that she manages to stay in amazing shape without losing her femininity.

So here is a summary of Jessica Biel's Workout (along with my comments)

1) Cardio...for cardio she does interval training. After jogging for 1/2 a mile to warm up, she does a total of 6 sprints with short rests in between. She sprints for two sets of 200 meter sprints, two sets of 150 meter sprints, and two sets of 100 meter sprints.

My Comments: This is the best form of cardio to really burn stubborn body fat quickly. High Intensity Interval Training has been shown to burn significantly more body fat than steady state aerobics.

2) Plyometrics..."These hurt," says Walsh of stair jumping. "Even athletes hate them. After Jessica did these the first time, she would've punched me if she had the energy." How-to: Jump from the bottom step of a flight of at least 20 stairs to the third. Keep going, skipping a stair each jump.

My Comments: Her trainer, Jason Walsh, understands that plyometrics tone the body in ways that can't be duplicated in the gym. It makes sense that he would recommend these, because Jessica will get better muscle tone as a result. This is one of the reasons why I believe that athletes have better looking bodies than people who only workout in the gym.

3) Weight Training..."We tend to use lighter weights and do more reps," he says. "We keep moving, so it becomes a cardio workout too."

My Comments: This is what Craig Ballantyne, who wrote an excellent book called Turbulence Training, recommends. You can basically burn fat like crazy if you do your weight training in a very specific manner.

4) For the Abs..."Hanging leg raises don't build a six-pack, but they flatten," says Walsh. "Jessica hates them, but she powers through!" They also do the Russian Twist. Sit down and lean back slightly. Hold a 5-lb. medicine ball and twist from side to side, 15 twists per side, three reps.

My Comments: I don't agree with this approach to developing the abs. The problem with hanging leg raises is that they shorten the hip flexors which can dramatically increase your chances for injuries. I am a big believer in a great exercise called "planks". Not only are they effective...they help protect your back from injury as well.

Summary...Jessica Biel's Workout is very similar to a high level athlete. It makes sense that she would have a better looking body than most other actresses in Hollywood...she is training at a higher level. Her approach is intense interval workouts, which have proven time and time again to burn more body fat than "slow and steady" types of workouts. No wonder why she looks so good!

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Frozen Chicken Recall Due To Undeclared Allergens and Misbranding



The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Intevation Food Group, LLC, a Plover, Wis., establishment is recalling an estimated 156,924 pounds of frozen chicken fettuccine alfredo products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

According to the FSIS, 18-oz. trays of “OMAHA STEAKS, 2367 Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo,” are subject to recall. The products bear the establishment number “P-39949” inside the USDA mark of inspection and can be identified by the case codes 9502367 or 9802367.

Moreover, the recalled products were packaged and produced between May 11, 2012 and October 8, 2013 and subsequently shipped to distributors in Nebraska where they would be further distributed via retail, internet and catalog sales.

According to the FSIS's website, the company discovered during internal label reviews. Thus far neither the Food Safety Inspection Service nor Intevation Food Group, LLC have received reports about problems resulting from consumption of the food products. 

Persons with questions regarding the product recall are advise to contact the Customer Care Hotline at (877) 789-7117.


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Your Own Inner Work Affects the Whole World!

Your Own Inner Work Affects the Whole World!

Submitted by: Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

"Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What would happen if we each learned to take 100% responsibility for our own feelings and needs - learning to attend to our feelings with compassion for ourselves, and extending that compassion to others? What would happen if each of us were conscious enough to sweep in front of our own door – which means we would be conscious enough not to dump our filth on the rest of the world?

I love to imagine the possibilities!

* Large corporations - such as Monsanto, Dow, the mass market food industry and factory farms, the drug companies, insurance companies, the oil industry, the banks (to name just a few) – would not be harming the planet with their greed. Instead, they would use their creativity, talent and resources to create health and wellbeing for everyone. Degenerative diseases would likely be a thing of the past if keeping our environment, our food and our water clean was a high priority of all industry.

* Child abuse, domestic violence and crime would be things of the past. When we learn to take loving care of ourselves, we cannot harm others.

* Homelessness and starvation would not exist. When we each learn to take loving care of ourselves, we find ourselves extending our love out to others, and we cannot emotionally or spiritually cause or tolerate this kind of suffering in our fellow human beings.

* Addictions to alcohol, drugs, food and sex would be things of the past. When we learn to love ourselves and take responsibility for our feelings, we don’t need to turn to addictions to numb out our feelings, or attempt to fill our emptiness with substances and processes.

* Most marriages would flourish, since self-abandonment and the resulting controlling behavior is the main reason marriages fall apart.

* Most of the health care problems we now have on our planet would likely be non-existent if each person was taking loving care of their mind, body and soul. When people take responsibility for their emotional and physical wellbeing, they are far more likely to attain or regain their health.

* All people would have an equal opportunity to pursue their true calling and manifest their gifts and talents.

* There would be far less loneliness in the world. When we learn to lovingly connect with ourselves, we can then lovingly connect with others. People would not feel so alone when facing the painful challenges of life, such as loss of loved ones, or loss of health or limb. There would always be caring people to turn to for comfort and support.

* Worrying about finances would be a thing of the past, since if we each took responsibility for ourselves, we would then extend our compassion and support out to others. We would create a sense of emotional and financial safety that few feel now.

* Creativity in the arts and sciences would flourish!

* We would all have a lot more fun – and a lot more time for fun!

These are my fantasies of what the world would be like if each of us learned to compassionately take full responsibility for our own feelings and needs, and extended our compassion out to others. What are your fantasies?

Instead of looking to see if others are sweeping in front of their doors, why not just focus on your own? Why not become a role model of personal responsibility for your own well being? This is the very best choice we can each make for the planet.

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Navy Seal Workout

Navy Seal Workout

Submitted by: Al Parker, MD

So you saw some little blonde morsel at the bar rubbing up against a dude who says he was a Navy SEAL. Was he really? Or did he just know he looked like one, so he figured he might use it to his advantage. Fast forward to now, when you just typed in “Navy SEAL Workout” into the google search bar. So, here we are……and you want to know how to workout, or look like you workout like a SEAL, eh? No problem.

There really is no secret to the Navy SEAL Workout. These guys train day in and day out. They are super-fit because they burn calories all day everyday. That’s their job. So, how do you look get your body to look like you burn calories all day everyday? Simple, just use a bit of mathematics. The deal is, the Navy SEALs are burning more calories than they eat. Consequently, they look (and are) super-fit and ripped because they are breaking down every last bit of fat on their body to use as fuel for all of their rigorous activity. Essentially they are creating a calorie deficit, or are calorie “even”, everyday. So you can either do intense physical exercise 24 hours a day to burn off those 3 1000 calorie Arby burgers, or just find some food that doesn’t have such a high caloric value. So, if you create a “calorie deficit” for yourself, then you will start to create that same look. Of course, you can’t just cut calories without doing some resistance training. You’ll just look like an anorexic 13 year old girl. But the good news is, you don’t have to run 8 miles a day and swim 14 miles a week. Thirty to 40 minutes of resistance training 6 days each week, with proper nutrition will give you what you are looking for.

So, find out how many calories your body requires, eat about 200 calories less than that each day, and find a good resistance training program that you can do 3 days each week. Alternate that with a cardio workout 3 days each week (including abdominal work 3 days a week) and you’ve got yourself a bad looking body in anywhere from 2-6 months depending on your current level of fitness. The trick to eating healthy is finding food you like to eat, and that keeps you full. If you are starving all the time, you’ll just end up eating whatever is around…..which, in our world, is junk. So, go to the grocery store, stay on the outside (the isles inside are the ones with all the crap) and start trying whole, unprocessed food you think you might like. Also, keep in mind that whey protein will make you feel satisfied for longer periods of time than many other foods (especially simple carbohydrates….they make you hungry FAST!).

What DO the SEALS do for fitness? Calestenics, plyometrics, running, and swimming baby!! HOORAH! What do YOU have to do? Here’s a start. Three days a week do a resistance training circuit. Push-ups, bent over rows, military press, bicep curl, tricep pushdowns, lunges and squats. Do each exercise for 30 seconds then go on to the next. Get at least 10 reps of each, and make the last three REALLY tough! If the last three are not tough, go up in reps (max 15, except push-ups, lunges and squats) or weight. At the end of each circuit rest or 1 -2 minutes. Do the circuit 3 times for 2 weeks. Then add another circuit each week after that, up to 5 circuits. The other three days do aerobic exercise 20-30 minutes. Pick one you like. Get a class at the gym, stair-master, run, bike, swim, whatever you want, just make sure you like it so you’ll keep doing it. Every 3-4 weeks, change up your routine somehow. Change the reps, weight, timing, anything….just change it. Keep your body confused. Don’t let it get used to the exercises. This will keep you getting stronger and leaner. Before you know it, you’ll LOOK like you’ve been doing a Navy SEAL workout….without all that killing in between your working out!!

About the Author: Dr. Parker is a surgical resident with an interest in preventative health, and fitness who has helped many of his family, friends and patients get in the best shape of their lives. For more about Navy SEAL Workout go to: Navy SEAL Workout

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Miracle Cures, Online Medical Information: Credible or Incredible?

Miracle Cures, Online Medical Information: Credible or Incredible?

Miracle Cures, Online Medical Information: Credible or Incredible?
By Steven Vasilev MD

Health care shmutz, junk, lies and useless misleading garbage is prevalent on countless online e-zines, article sites and websites. Are you tired of it? If you're like most consumers, especially when facing a significant health problem, you probably are. We are not talking about differences in perspective, differences between Eastern and Western medical approach or alternative vs. mainstream. We are talking about garbage, written by completely unqualified people, some of whom feel they are qualified to write about everything from brain surgery to tax preparation. So, how do you know if something is worth reading? Answer: before being amazed by the subject and content, pay attention to who wrote it!!

On health care issues, especially if you are looking for mainstream medical answers, a degree implies a significant level of credibility. This degree may be a MD (physician), DO(osteopathic physician), RN(nurse), DDS (dentist), MPH(masters degree in public health) or a PhD (doctor of philosophy in a health care area). Transitioning to natural or holistic approaches, degrees such as the DC (doctor of chiropractic) or ND(doctor of naturopathy) are also signs of expertise. Of the two, schools of chiropractic are far more standardized as far as accreditation and a clearly delineated curriculum are concerned. To date there are multiple sources of accreditation for naturopathic schools, ranging from rigorous requirements down to the level of diploma mills. Consumer beware! Check to see what the author's credibility claim is based on. What does their biographical sketch say about them? Check the sketch out for accuracy. It pays to do your homework.

Is a degree the end-all regarding quality of information? In this author's opinion, no. There are certainly medical writers who synthesize well researched information very well into articles which contain an accurate message. In this case, the most believable articles will contain references to other articles written by respected credentialed authorities. However, if you have to choose and don't have time to waste, keep in mind that someone who has studied health-care, beyond college, for at least several years must have learned something. Super-specialized physicians have spent four to five years in college, four years in medical school, up to 7 years in residency, and some complete a fellowship which may be 2-4 years long. At the maximum that means 16 years of training beyond college!

You may not agree with mainstream medicine and may be looking for good alternative or natural healthcare information. At your own risk, that's fine. There are certainly practitioners of Eastern medicine who have a lot of experience under their belt and do not necessarily have a degree. In this situation it is important to look for credibility from other sources. Proof for mainstream medicine this is usually from research results, mainly well designed clinical trials which are published with objective statistical analysis. Unfortunately, for much of alternative medicine, the main source of proof put forth is from testimonials rather than research trials. You've seem them. They are usually articles and websites claiming seemingly miraculous cures for incurable diseases, always with a few people claiming that this or that painless treatment cured their condition while saving them from the ravages of modern medicine.

In this author's opinion, in some cases amazing and miraculous results probably occur. The problem is that most of these miraculous cures are not effective in the overwhelming majority of people. You deserve to know what the chances are that a particular treatment will work for you. However, there are always going to be unscrupulous people who will soak you for your last penny, no matter what, promising a cure for most consumers of their product. How do you know truth from fiction in this natural or alternative area? Unfortunately, beyond verifying credentials and doing your homework regarding the relatively small amount of research data that is available, the best you can do is roll the dice and hope.

Steven A. Vasilev MD, MBA, FACOG, FACS is a fellowship trained and board certified gynecologic oncologist, which means he is specially trained and certified to take care of women with gynecologic cancers using a broad spectrum of skills. He has practiced at academic as well as private centers, has been on the faculty of three universities and continues to be involved in research and education. You can visit to learn more about screening, prevention and treatment of gynecologic cancers.

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MRT Testing Is Helpful For Food Intolerance And Sensitivity That Is Not Caused By Food Allergies

MRT Testing Is Helpful For Food Intolerance And Sensitivity That Is Not Caused By Food Allergies

MRT Testing Is Helpful For Food Intolerance And Sensitivity That Is Not Caused By Food Allergies
By Dr. Scot Lewey

Food intolerance and sensitivity reactions that are not due to an allergy:

Certain foods, additives and chemicals are capable of triggering immune reactions that are not due to allergies. Chemicals mediators released by the immune system are capable of producing a variety of body reactions and symptoms. Avoiding foods that produce such reactions is suppose to resolve or at least significantly improve symptoms resulting from eating those foods. Mediator release (MRT) testing measures the release of chemical mediators from white blood cells and platelets in response to specific foods, additives or chemicals. Such chemical reactions presumably indicate sensitivity to these foods or additives.

Principles of commercially available mediator release testing (MRT):

Commercially available mediator release testing (MRT, Signet Diagnostic Corporation, is based on measuring in the blood the reaction of various immune mediator chemicals released into in response to a food or chemical to which you have become sensitive or intolerant. The result is that when exposed to such foods or chemicals your blood cells release various chemicals that cause an alteration of the ratio of solids (cells) to liquid (serum) in your blood that can be measured. The white blood cells and platelets shrink and the volume of the liquid increases. The degree of change can be measured and reported as mild or moderate to severe corresponding with the degree of sensitivity to that particular food, additive or chemical.

Test results of 150 foods and chemicals combined with elimination diet and counseling:

A panel of 150 food and chemicals (123 foods and 27 chemicals) is available. The foods or chemicals producing abnormal reactions are summarized in color tables provided along with a comprehensive report containing a result's based specific elimination diet plan supplemented with several hours of personalized counseling from a dietician.

Insurance coverage for MRT food sensitivity and intolerance testing:

Several insurance carriers pay for at least a portion of the cost of this testing however because it is considered "out of network" for most plans patients are usually responsible for payment of the service. Some carriers consider the testing "experimental" or not validated and therefore do not cover the testing.

Conditions benefited by MRT testing include migraines, IBS, fatigue and fibromyalgia:

Signet markets the testing for several conditions based on limited published research combined with their extensive clinical experience and patient testimonials. They claim success with reducing or eliminating a myriad of symptoms or conditions. These include migraines, headaches, autistic behavior, anxiety, depression, ADD, sinus and ear, nose and throat problems, irritable bowel syndrome, vomiting syndromes, Celiac, chronic stomachaches, bladder problems, fibromyalgia, arthritis, eczema, hives, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Skeptical doctor and frustrated patients look for answers:

Initially, I was skeptical about MRT. However, I began advocating it several months ago because many of my patients had ongoing symptoms or findings that suggested an ongoing food intolerance or sensitivity but the testing available to us could not tell us what food or foods may be a problem. After reviewing the available research data I concluded MRT testing had adequate scientific basis to recommend it as an option to those who were interested and would consider making dietary changes based on the results.

Expert food allergy doctor and patients find MRT testing helpful and worthwhile:

So far, my experience is that most of those who have undergone the testing and implemented dietary changes as a result have noted significant improvement in a variety of digestive and non-digestive symptoms. I have also noted some very interesting patterns in people with other allergies. There appears to be a strong correlation with food-pollen cross reactions, more commonly known as the oral allergy syndrome (OAS). I am following this systematically and hope to report my observations formally in the future.

Previously available testing and diet interventions fail to provide relief in some patients:

All of my patients who have decided to undergo MRT testing have already been tested for Celiac disease and most have had food allergy testing as well as both upper and lower endoscopy exams with biopsies. All also had already tried dietary interventions. Some have had tests that confirmed one or more food allergies, Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity or have presence of mast cell enterocolitis; eosinophilic esophagitis, gastroenteritis or colitis; or lymphocytic enteritis. Though most had some improvement with dietary interventions based on their previous tests, many had ongoing symptoms with or without inconclusive or negative food allergy testing.

Get MRT testing and try an elimination diet:

I believe MRT testing is a helpful addition to the evaluation and treatment of food intolerance. The testing does require a doctor's order. If your doctor is not familiar with the testing they can learn more at If your doctor will not order the testing Signet can help you locate a doctor in your area or you can obtain the testing as part of an on-line consultation. An elimination diet based on specific foods to which you are intolerant but not necessarily allergic to may be the key to relief from a variety of symptoms and conditions. If you are suspecting a food intolerance, get tested today.

The Food Doc, Dr. Scot Lewey, is an expert medical doctor specializing in digestive diseases and food related illness, especially food allergies, celiac disease and colitis. Dr. Lewey's expert reputation as the Food Doc is established by a foundation of formal training in internal medicine, pediatrics, and gastroenterology (diseases of the digestive tract), his personal and family experience with gluten and milk sensitivity, and over two decades as a practicing physician, clinical researcher, author and speaker. Access this expert knowledge online today at

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