SMALL INTESTINE BACTERIAL OVERGROWTH (SIBO) AN OVERVIEW

The Digestive SystemRecently I received a call from a patient who said that she thought she had SIBO and that her doctor was unwilling to make a diagnosis through the HYDROGEN/ METHANE BREATH TEST.  Instead he gave her a THREE day supply of antibiotics. Her situation prompted me to write a bit about SIBO.

SIBO is defined as BACTERIAL OVERGROWTH in the upper small intestines of more than 100,000 colony forming units in the upper small intestines

WHAT CAUSES SIBO?

One of the major culprits is the over use of ANTI-ACID MEDICATION which lowers the acidic medium in the stomach. Bacteria that would have been knocked out in the stomach by natural acid are now alive and well on its way to colonize the Small Intestines. With nearly 60 % of the population on anti-acids it is no wonder SIBO is so prevalent. A Meta-Analysis of the literature (PUB-MED) has shown that approximately 56% of people with irritable bowel syndrome have SIBO. Symptoms of SIBO are abdominal distension after consumption of fiber, starches, sugars, and after certain probiotics.

 Another underlying cause of SIBO is thought to be a deficiency in the “Migrating Motor Complex” (MMC), which normally moves bacteria down from the Small to the Large Intestines.  This should normally happen at night and between meals. If the bacteria are not moving downward or in some case bacteria from the large intestine are migrating upward, bacterial over growth can occur. Treatment for a slow MMC would the use of “Prokinetics” medication and Herbal Remedies to increase the motility. (See suggestions below) 

 HOW TO TEST FOR SIBO:

Testing is best accomplished by both a HYDROGEN/ METHANE BREATH TEST which your doctor can order. It is non-invasive and a relatively inexpensive test.  Treatment duration is based on the elevation of gases found and falls somewhere between 4 – 12 weeks.  After the treatment protocol is complete it is advised to wait two weeks and retest for relapse if there are still symptoms. 

HOW TO TREAT FOR SIBO:

DIET: The corner stone is to “feed the person and starve the bacteria”. Since the bacteria feed off of CARBOHYDRATES, diets with low CARBOHYDRATES are essential to change the environment and reduce the bacterial load. Both Dr. Alison Siebecker a Naturopathic Physician and Cedar Sinai-Medical Center (Dr. Pimential) have extensive information on Diet and SIBO online

In GENERAL the BEST DIETS are the SPECIFIC CARBOHYDRATE DIET (SCD) and the GUT AND PSYCHOLOGY (GAPS) along with LOW FOODMAP DIET  (LED) and a PALEO DIET. All of these diets aim at reducing the sugars produced from the digestion of Carbs and have about a  75% success rate. See SIBO SPECIFIC DIET: FOOD GUIDE.

TREATMENT FOR SIBO:

 The antibiotic RIFAXIMIM is the treatment of choice for SIBO. See ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT.

HERBAL REMEDIES like pharmaceuticals attack the bacterial overgrowth and have proved equivalent to antibiotic usage. A multi-centered study including John Hopkins Medical Center found; “Herbal therapy is equivalent to Rifaximim for the treatment  of SIBO”  (vol 3, number 3. May 2014 ww.gahmj.com) The list of herbal and microbial remedies is diverse and should be tailored to the patient and their condition.  See HERBAL PROTOCOLS.

SPECIFIC CONSIDERATION:

DIGESTION: Since Bacterial overgrowth is associated with low stomach acid and impaired production of digestive enzymes it is recommended to add in a DIGESTIVE ENZYME FORMULA WITH HCl. On occasion I have seen some patients unable to tolerate enzymes and on that occasion a straight HCl or Pancreatic enzyme works best. OX BILE should also be considered in patient that have had their Gall Bladder removed or have trouble digesting and absorbing fat. Remember, if you are eating less carbs and more protein and fats, you NEED to digest fats for energy!

INCREASING THE MIGRATING MOTOR COMPLEX:

**Spacing meals 4-5 hours apart is imperative to allow the “MMC” to occur and get stronger. Only water should be ingested between meals**

  • PHARMACEUTICALS include LOW DOSE NALTRAXONE and ERYTHROMYCIN.
  • HERBAL FORMULAS that increase motility are IBEROGAST ( 20 drops at the beginning of a meal for 30 days) or MOTILPRO (Pure encapsulations) 2-3 caps 2x daily between meals. **contraindicated in patients with Diarrhea**

PROBIOTIC SUPPORT:

  • PRESCRIPT-ASSIST and/or MEGASPORE BIOTIC for daily usage.
  • IDEAL BOWEL SUPPORT (JARROW) on an empty stomach is helpful when the METHANE GAS is high.
  • LACTOBACILLUS PLANTARUM and CLAUSII are helpful, one capsule 2x a day for 2 months. With SIBO Prebiotics should be avoided. They are fermentable food for BACTERIA and can exacerbate the situation and encourage bacterial growth. These include FOS, Inulin, and Arabinogalactan.

RELAPSE AND PREVENTION:

By the time we are an adult we may have experienced a life time of poor diet, food allergies, antibiotics, infections, unhealthy lifestyle, eating in a hurry without properly digestion, addictions to sugar, alcohol, caffeine,  pharmaceutical and recreational drugs, etc. What got us here may take a while to clean up! 

SIBO can RELAPSE because the underlying causes are not eradicated, due to the following:  

  • A LACK OF HYDROCHLORIC ACID from the stomach and reduced motility of the intestines.
  • A FAILURE TO CONTINUE TREATMENT until there is a negative Breath Test or patient feel over 90% better; noncompliance to use the right Antibiotics for the prescribed time frame and or to follow the Diet and/or of use Prokinetics can result in treatment failure.
  • A FAILURE TO IDENTIFY OTHER UNDERLYING CAUSATIVE CONDITIONS, i.e., infections, or inflammatory bowel disease.

SUMMARY:

Treatments for SIBO can be quite involved, nuanced and takes several months of trial and error before the right combinations are found. For instance as probiotics are increased there may be more symptoms and dosing may have to be lowered or stopped temporarily. Retesting may have to be done several times. No two people are the same and no single SIBO diet is the best for everyone. In addition there are many more products used with success by practitioners and patients alike, this article serves only as a basic guide to some key points for SIBO.  

LYME DISEASE –TEST DON’T GUESS

TIC KIT TO THE RESCUE/KEEP THAT TIC:

In preparation for the fall Tic season — If you find a TIC on your body soak the area in apple cider vinegar with a cotton swab (that causes the tic to back out) and carefully pull the tic out with tweezers and immediately freeze it. Call the office and come get a tic kit ($35.00). The tic will be sent to a special lab to determine if the tic is a carrier of Lyme. This one step can spare oneself an entire lifetime of wondering if they had ever been exposed to Lyme disease.

LYME FACTS/ THE SHAPE SHIFTERS:

The infectious bacteria Borrelia Burgdorferi have 300 different strands. It has the most complex genome of any bacteria known.

It has 21 plasmids that are the software of the bacteria and can rearrange themselves to facilitate entry into different hosts.

Once inside the host they can camouflage themselves and also change what genes they express.
They can shed their cell wall and go intracellularly making it harder for antibiotics to work.

In the presence of antibiotics they can go into a Cyst Stage and “circle the wagon” so to speak until the antibiotic is out of the system and then revive themselves.

TRANSMISSION:

Lyme is primarily transmitted through the bite of deer ticks, but can also be transmitted via fleas, mosquitoes, mites, biting flies and blood transfusion. Symptoms can include almost every system of the body and common symptoms are fever, headache, fatigue, pain, stiffness, neurological problems, blood pressure spikes.

Only 50 % of people ever report seeing the classic bull’s eye rash and small nymphs the size of a poppy seed can attach and infect the host never leaving any sign of intrusion.

COMMON CO-INFECTIONS:

The ticks that spread Lyme disease can simultaneously transmit other bacterial or parasitic infections that can require treatment. Therefore it is important to also test for Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia, Mycoplasma Pneumonia, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

The Center for Disease Control published a study on July 16, 2015 which states that high risk areas for Lyme disease in the Northeast are rapidly growing. The study’s lead author Kiersten Kugeler (from the CDC) states that “the risk is expanding in all directions at twice the national average”. The CDC now estimates about 300,000 new cases each year. The problem is that many people who contact Lyme do not get the typical bulls’ eye rash. They are unaware they were ever infected with Lyme until many years later when their health is compromised and a host of symptoms emerge.

TYPES OF TESTING:

WESTERN BLOT: This test is the most common test ordered. The test looks for antibodies IgM and IGG to Lyme. The IgM is the antibody measured for Acute Lyme exposure. However within the first few weeks of testing there can be a range of 50-70% of false negatives. The IGG is more reliable but it can take 4-6 WEEKS to produce large enough quantities of antibodies. ** Lyme experts point out that Chronic Lyme patients can be so immuno-compromised that their body will not make adequate antibodies and may test negative to the test.

I GeneX: This test is a Western Blot test that is more sensitive and tests more bands. It tests band 297 which is a more prevalent band in the United States and Canada. It addresses both IGG and IGM of all of the bands. Sensitivity is increases by special cultures and a trained individual with over 25 years’ experience verses a machine reads the results.

I SPOT: Cutting edge technology that can measure the T cell response to specific antigens which kicks in within 4-6 DAYS after infection vs. the western blot that takes weeks. The test aids: early detection, monitors progress, efficacy of treatment and can identify reoccurring infection.

TREATMENT

Antibiotics are the treatment of choice in early stage Lyme. After the acute stage, treatment protocols vary widely depending on the health of the individual, their immune system, and the number of coinfections. When treating Lyme it is important to remember that the whole person and all systems need to be treated and supported not just the Borrelia Burgdorferi infection.

~ Dr. Sherie Viencek

 

 

 

 

SUPPLEMENT UPDATE – BUYER BEWARE

Many of my patients and friends are purchasing supplements online and I thought it is important to highlight some facts: Certain distributors use third party vendors such as Amazon.

Therefore there are no guarantees regarding:

  1. Where the supplements are stored (garage vs warehouse).
  2. What are the conditions of storage? (Climate controlled warehouse vs. high temps, humidity, sunlight).
  3. How long the products have been in storage?
  4. How products are transported to first party shippers.

NATURAL PARTNERS has its own climate controlled storage facility, they do not use third party vendors and ship directly through UPS which assures the quality of the products you order. They are a very reputable company and I have made ordering from them available to all patients, family and friends. When you set up an account you will automatically receive a 20-25% discount on over 200 of their lines of Nutraceuticals, Botanicals, Homeopathy, Chinese Herbs, and Skin Care Products.

To set up an account:

GO to NPscript.com-use code word- vital– (all lower case) create a username and password and you are good to go. Promo for their new web site includes free shipping, afterwards it will be a flat rate of $1.99.

I hope this helps create a reliable source for supplement shopping!
Best in health- Dr. V

*Metagenics and Standard Process are not included for distribution through Natural Partners* Online is available for Metagenics: go to www.optinutrition.meta-ehealth.com. For Standard Process go to www.standardprocess.com and use Code 3DMHSZ

IS DETOXIFICATION SAFE FOR EVERYONE?

DetoxThe answer to this question is, it DEPENDS.

It depends on if you are healthy, and a good detoxifier — meaning your Liver, Kidneys and Gut can detoxify adequately and you have daily bowel movements. There are a myriad of detoxifying medical food powered drink, detoxify kits and accompanying supplements on the market today to choose from. However which one is the best one depends on what your goals are for detoxification.

Generally most people do well on detoxification programs with very positive results. However there are several instances where one has to BE CAUTIOUS. The first is if you know you are not a genetically good detoxifier and previous juice fasts have created many symptoms like headache, joint ache and nausea. Also if you have recently lost a lot of weight 30-100 lbs., your body already is going through a detoxification because toxins area stored in fat and released with weight loss. Another is if you have multiple chemical sensitivities or a high heavy metals burden in your body. For example having numerous metal fillings in your mouth, cracked fillings or environmental heavy metal exposure.

In the December issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine I wrote an article BEST PROTOCOLS FOR MERCURY DETOXIFICATION. This article was preceded in the two previous months by articles in Natural Awakening Magazine titled SAFE REMOVAL OF SILVER MERCURY FILLINGS and SILVER COLORED DENTAL FILLINGS CONTAIN HALF MERCURY.

Having had a Clinical Nutrition practice for over 20 years I can honestly say that each and every one of my patient’s personal accounts with their own detoxification experience has been an educational experience. To truly understand how different and bizarre symptoms can be, I decided with permission to share a few patients’ personal accounts of what it is like to have heavy metal toxicity and implement a detoxification program. The following are three accounts from three different patients:

MY RECOVERY FROM HEAVY METAL TOXICITY
The Long Journey Towards Healing: David Leighton

Early in 1985 I was relatively healthy and robust. I was running several miles each day and was a tennis player. Then something hit me like a brick wall. Suddenly I became chronically fatigued, had multiple chemical sensitivities, and lost so much weight that I was embarrassed to be seen in public in a bathing suit. Tap water made me ill and the only water I was able to drink was distilled. Suddenly my whole life was turned upside down. Although I can’t be sure, I believe the “trigger” for this sudden onset was the stress of a job situation. The underlying cause for this illness was heavy metal toxicity.

One of the chronic conditions that presented itself because of my toxicity was chronic systemic candidiasis, which brought about various mental and emotional issues. My initial frustration with the medical help I sought was that doctors did not know at this time what to do with a person that presented such symptoms. I was considered a pariah. Some thought it was all in my head and others just told me to get lots of bed rest. Over the next twenty years help began to emerge as others began to have similar problems and the medical community began to trace the problems to heavy metal toxicity.

Eventually I had all my mercury fillings removed by a biologic dentist trained to properly remove them and replace them with bio-compatible composites. That was a huge step forward, but it did not immediately make me well. The next step was a search for the right detox protocol to remove the toxic mercury from my organs and brain since it had been accumulating in my system for over thirty years. Over the next two decades I tried many different protocols, and most made me feel so awful that I could not tolerate them, however, I was making progress detoxing and gradually my energy level improved and the chemical sensitivities gradually decreased. It was not until 2012 when I began using a special form of  GLUTHIATHIONE along with INTESTINAL METAL DETOX that I really started making progress in removing metals. According to two OLIGO SCANS given by Dr. Sherie Viencek six months apart, there was an appreciable decrease in mercury and other heavy metals using this protocol. Since then I have found another protocol which appears to be even more efficacious. It will be interesting to see what the results are on the next OLIGO SCAN. If you have been diagnosed with heavy metal toxicity, be encouraged. The tools are now available to safely remove those metals and bring you back to health. I am now sixty- five and my energy level is better than it was when I was forty.

MY PERSONAL ACCOUNT WITH HEAVY METAL DETOXIFICATION
Dani D.

When a person receives a diagnosis, they usually think back t0 the odd unexplained symptoms and wonder if there could have been an early sign that something was wrong. My answer would be, yes, always. But why don’t we give much thought to the “signs” as they occur? Because, typically they are not life-stopping, but minor annoyances. This is how it was for me. Minor annoyances that would come and go with no explanation, and never concerning to the doctor. Signs like joint pain, stiffness, heart palpation, thyroid pains, random sharp pains, light -headedness, migraines, etc. Then, immediately after having braces put on my teeth, I began to have more vague symptoms, fatigue, and pain in my feet at night, and postural imbalance. Also I began to have flu like symptoms after a wire change with the braces. Then came an anxiety attack which triggered a full body neurological breakdown. Symptoms were cold and burning sensations, tingling, creepy crawly sensations and chills. I opted to have the braces removed only 5 months after they were put on and I knew I was on the right track when I immediately experienced a visual clarity and relief of several symptoms.

I began to see Dr. Viencek at the recommendation of my dentist Dr. Michael McGrath and she never doubted my accounts. She began to help me detoxify the metals and piece together deficiencies in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. It has opened my eyes, as to how what we put into our bodies, directly effects how we feel. I look back at my early “signs” and realize that if I had just been more persistent, if my symptoms hadn’t been dismissed by doctors, if I had known then what I know now, I would have likely been able to prevent that horrible experience. Because those symptoms were warning signals. If I could make just one impression on people, it would be that “Symptoms are warning signs of what’s to come.” Take each and every one seriously!

MY EXPERIENCE WITH HEAVY-METAL DETOXIFICATION
Maureen E.

Having a myriad of symptoms (dizziness, headaches, vertigo), I decided to undergo a “heavy-metal detox” to help rid myself of these sometimes debilitating symptoms…

Of course, I was hoping for a “quick fix” as I had suffered long enough, and decided to have all of my mercury fillings removed–6 in all, plus an old root canal. Before I could begin the filling removal process, I had to beef up my immune system while supplementing with various herbs and detoxification concoctions. After several months of supplementation and regular check-ups with my nutritionist, I started the mercury filling removal process…and it was a PROCESS…

Again, my idea was I would get them all removed in one shot, replaced with material that agreed with my body, and I would feel all better immediately…well, not quite…The removal process was a little intense at times, and once everything was removed, I had to prepare myself for the fact that I still had to work diligently at getting all of the mercury and other heavy metals out of my body for good. I was thinking that all of my symptoms were going to disappear overnight now that I had all of my fillings removed. My headaches almost completely disappeared after about 3 months of starting the process, but the dizziness lingered for quite some time, and I also suffered from stomach pain and constipation for almost 6 months after getting all of the fillings removed. My Holistic Dentist commented that it can sometimes take up to 2 years to rid your body of heavy metals after starting a detoxification program. The process was hard work at times and frustrating. Commitment, determination, and perseverance were key to getting through the process—as well as the guidance of an experienced Certified Nutrition Specialist.

Best Protocols for Mercury Detoxification

Liver DetoxDETOXIFICATION or “DETOX” the now popular self-help concept has swept the media by storm in the last few years. While popular detox programs have increased the overall health of the public, removal of heavy metals and chemicals are a more challenging endeavor. To ensure a safe detoxification a medically supervised detoxification protocol in a clinical setting is recommended.

HEAVY METALS are ubiquitous to our modern environment. While MERCURY, SILVER, LEAD, CADMIUM, ARSENIC and ALUMINUM are commonly found in the environment this article will focus on MERCURY. Due to off gassing of the earth’s crust, the combustion of fossil fuels and mining we are constantly exposed to mercury. This mercury enters our waterways and is introduced into the food chain (fish and shellfish) and eventually humans via consumption. Commonly consumed fish now contain methyl mercury with tuna, shark, swordfish and mackerel being some of the highest. In the Survey FDA’s Total Diet Study mercury was found in 100% of canned tuna.

Another source of MERCURY comes from the OUTGASSING OF SILVER FILLINGS that are routinely used in dentistry. In a test of total blood and inorganic mercury run by the NHANES in 2003-2004 (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) it measured positive for both total and inorganic in all participants aged I year and older.

Mercury linkMercury is a persistent toxin and is able to cross the blood brain barrier and placenta. In utero is the first of a child’s exposure followed by the normal environmental exposures, vaccines and flu shots (www.vaccinessafety.edu/thi-table.htm) While mercury can be found in the blood, urine and living tissues it sequesters itself in fat and deposits in organs, glands and the brain.

MERCURY IS A NEUROTOXIN. The greatest storage of mercury is found in the LIVER, KIDNEYS, GUT and BRAIN. Common symptoms of mercury poisoning are fatigue, headaches, tingling, numbness, and vertigo, ringing in the ear, sensory disturbances, muscular weakness and cramping. Psychological symptoms include irritability excitability, restlessness, insomnia and depression. Immune symptoms include autoimmune disorders, low thyroid and infertility.

PREPARATION FOR DETOX.  The most effective detox program needs to be well thought out with the patient’s total toxic burden and underlying health taken into consideration. Very often people take it upon themselves to begin some detox program they saw on the internet and detox too quickly resulting in a barrage of complicated symptoms. The number one recommendation for detoxification of heavy metals is to proceed in a slow and methodical manner. Support of the key eliminative organs, targeted supplement, medical foods, botanicals and exercise can gradually reduce the total body burden.

Using the model of a sink and garbage disposal, the sink is all incoming toxins and the liver is the garbage disposal in which the waste enters and must be broken down before it can properly enter the drainage system for final exit into the sewage system. This is analogous to the liver, kidney and gut. When toxins enter the liver they go through two distinct phases called PHASE 1 and PHASE 2 LIVER DETOXIFICATION. Both phases require specific nutrients and specific chemical reactions to occur in a sequential manner. If not the system can back up and toxins can reenter causing even more oxidative damage. If all goes well and the disposal works the pipes still have to be clean in order to drain properly. At this juncture the gall bladder must secrete bile in order to flush the toxins into the upper small intestines. Here the good flora of the intestines helps to metabolize byproducts and maintain homeostasis. In the gut Candida Albicans and certain intestinal flora can methylate elemental mercury which means they can help recycle it back into the system. This leads to higher methyl mercury levels in the body.

Therefore healthy elimination is key for detoxification. In addition the KIDNEYS must filter the blood to decide what is kept and what goes on as waste in the urine. Chronic health conditions that weaken the kidney have an impact on microcirculation and waste removal. Both the gut and the brain have built in barrier systems. The gut has the MICROVILLI and TIGHT JUNCTIONS and the brain has the BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER. Unfortunately both systems can be breeched. Healing gut and brain permeability is an important component to prevent further autointoxication. The brain’s half-life of mercury is 20 years. Also mercury has been shown to selectively concentrate in several areas of the brain (amygdala and hippocampus) that are involved with memory and it is also taken up by the retina.

While there are many detoxification protocols and products there are some specific substances for heavy metals. Modified citrus pectin with alginates from kelp are an excellent binding medium that pulls out heavy metals and radioactive particles from the environment without pulling out minerals. Zeolite also works as a binder for metals. Gluathatione is one of the most important antioxidants necessary for detoxification and helps to prevent neurodegeneration. Its production peaks at about age 50 but mercury depletes GLUTATHIONE which then predispose cells to oxidative damage. An absolutely amazing ‘You Tube Video” is that of Dr. David Perlmutter using a single Glutathione IV with a Parkinson’s patient and watching his neurodegenerative state change. Also amino acids like N-acetylcystine (NAC) help the body to recycle and make more Gluthatione. Other necessary nutraceuticals are Selenium, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Zinc, Magnesium, Garlic, Chlorella, and Whey Protein.

LIVER DETOXIFICATION uses many vitamins, especially B vitamins, minerals, branch chained amino acids, with Sulphur, Methy and Gluathatione donors to name a few. Methy donors can be had from methylated B12 and Folate. Sulphur donors can be obtained from Organic Sulpher, MSM and foods high in Sulphur like cruciferous vegetables, onions, garlic, and peppers. Herbs like dandelion, milk thistle, turmeric and all green food high in chlorophyll function as liver aids.

GASTROINTESTINAL DETOXIFICATION may need nutrients like L-Glutamine, Aloe Vera and Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice to aid in repair of a leaky gut. The intestinal tract will benefit from both pre- and probiotics and good plant fiber to enhance elimination. Sometimes charcoal and bentonite clay can be beneficial for absorptions of toxins.

KIDNEY DETOXIFICATION needs proper hydration, macro and mico minerals, ginger, Curcumin, Reishi mushroom and warming foods to the augment circulation. Remember the skin is also an eliminative organ so sweating, Epsom salt baths, infrared saunas, hot and cold showers will help eliminate toxins through the skin.

TESTING of HEAVY METALS can be done with blood, urine, and spectrophotometry of the living tissues. There are base line tests and challenge/provocative tests with DMSA, EDTA and IV chelation. In addition there is genetic testing to identify certain subsets of the population that do not possess the enzymes (P450 cytochrome) to properly detoxify and or have a genetic defects with methylation. An example is the Detoxigenomic panel from Genova labs, which identifies the genetic predispositions and detoxification functions to aid and support clinical guidance.

IN SUMMARY the therapeutic interventions for detoxification is an extremely important component of ridding the body of heavy metals. IDENTIFYING, AVOIDING and ELIMINATING the sources is vital. smoking teeth linkRemoval of mercury laden dental fillings is a must to lessen the body’s burden and neurotoxic effects of mercury (www.IAOMT.org). Nutritional protocols to reduce the body’s burden along with diet and lifestyle changes also need to be implemented.

ADDITIONAL SPECIFIC THERAPEUTIC AIDS can augment detoxification: Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Lymphatic Massage, Yoga. Qi Gong and Breathing Exercises can enhance overall heath and circulation. Detoxification of heavy metals is a complex undertaking. A structured medically supported detox program takes time and mindfulness for a safe and symptomless journey.  ~ Dr. Sherie Viencek, D.C., CBNS

OLIGO SCAN— RESULTS AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT!!

oligoscanThe OLIGO SCAN is a revolutionary test to measure mineral and heavy metals levels in the tissues within minutes in an office setting.

It is an INNOVATIVE test that uses spectrophotometry to send light through living tissue to measure minerals, trace elements and metals in the real time in living tissues.  Once mineral imbalances are assessed then the most efficient supplementation program based on individual needs can be addressed. Also, heavy metal toxicity can be addressed with specific detoxification protocols designed.

The OLIGO SCAN is very CONVENIENT with no trips to a lab or having to wait for results as with blood or urine. As an example: if contemplating having metal fillings removal, the information ascertained from the results allows one to make decisions about detoxification protocols sooner than later.

While this test is for everyone, it is a wonderful for children (must be 99 lbs.) due to compliance; it is painless, quick and performed in a relaxed office setting. Today’s children have mineral imbalances given the mineral depletion of the soils and high consumption of acid related foods. Teens through adults can have minerals absorption problems with digestive complaints of IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s, Celiac or Gluten Intolerance. With Celiac and Gluten both Zinc and Selenium are common mineral deficiencies.

Common deficiencies seen with the OLIGO SCAN that correlate with patients conditions are: Low iodine with Hypothyroidism, Magnesium deficiency with Heart Disease (however about 95 % of the population is magnesium deficient) and high burdens of Aluminum, Mercury and Cadmium.

Heavy Metals are neurotoxins and the sooner they are discovered and removed the healthier the individual. People can be exposed to heavy metals in the work place and from the environment via air pollution, ground and sea water and food sources. For instance dental hygienist are exposed daily to mercury vapors as old metal fillings are removed in the office. Also many adults have metal fillings in their mouth that have been there for years. These fillings develop microscopic cracks in which metals vaporize and absorb into other tissues. This vaporization leads to neurotoxicity and is a contributing factor to Cognitive Impairment, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s. It is now believed that 1 out of 9 Americans have some type of autoimmune disease such as Hashimotos, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

It is important to remember heavy metal toxicity has been implicated as a trigger for autoimmune disease in peer review journals. It is important to clarify that this test is not a measure of stored metals in the organs, fat, or brain. However, measuring heavy metals in living tissue, provides a window as to what is present in the here and now. For those who are interested in a deeper understanding of the hazards of heavy metal in the tissues I would suggest going to the web site of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT.com) which is a wealth of information. Also there is very informative You Tube Video “The Smoking Tooth” which shows a visual demonstration of mercury vapors that are released while chewing food gum or just taking in hot or cold beverages. ~ Dr. Sherie Viencek, D.C., CBNS

Free Workshop: Women’s Health and Hormonal Transitions

Dr. V invites you to her FREE WORKSHOP on WOMEN’S HEALTH AND HORMONAL TRANSITIONS (preregister below) to be given WEDNESDAY, JULY 16 ~ 6:30-7:30 pm, at:

Infinite Light Center

Infinite Light Center for Yoga and Wellness
6499 E. Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078

 Do you suffer from hormonal imbalances?

Want to learn about natural treatment options?

Then come to this FREE presentation, where you will:

  • Learn about the dynamic changes that occur with hormonal transitions.
  • Discover their impact on adrenal and thyroid health.
  • Find out how to identify early imbalances.
  • Explore natural treatment options for managing these changes.

Registration: To register for this workshop, please call (315) 373-0626 or email info@infinitelightcenter.com.

For more info:  

http://www.infinitelightcenter.com/yoga-classes/events_Womens_Health_Hormonal_Transitions.shtml

Registration deadline: July 14

Offered by: Dr. Sherie Viencek, DC, CBNS

Dr. Sherie Viencek is a Chiropractor, Certified Board Nutrition Specialist and Health Educator in Jamesville, New York. She is available for speaking engagements on women’s health.

Read a recent article by Dr. Viencek here:

http://www.awakeningscny.com/Natural-Awakenings-Central-NY/May-2014/Thyroids-Powerful-Role-in-Hormonal-and-Immune-Health/

Thyroid – The Game Changer

THYROID: IT’S POWERFUL ROLE IN HORMONAL AND IMMUNAL HEALTH

thyroid_gland_diagToday over 27 million American women are diagnosed with Thyroid disorders, while it is estimated that there are 50% more that are undiagnosed. Of those diagnosis over 70% are classified as Hashimotos which is an autoimmune disease that often goes undetected because the proper tests are not ordered.

So why is the thyroid gland so vulnerable and frequently impaired especially in women? What triggers the thyroid to start under or over performing? Is it genetics, environment, diet, or lifestyle mediated? The answer is yes to all of the above but it is not a one size fits all; it is unique to each individual because it involves so many different systems that overlap.

First, what do we know about the thyroid gland? It is a small butterfly shaped organ that weighs about a half to one ounce, about the size of a large walnut. It is almost 2 times larger in women. It is also the most vascularized of all the endocrine glands and it takes about 18 minutes for all the blood of the body to pass through the gland. It is the organ that set metabolic rate (how fast we burn out calories) helps fight infection, supports immune and brain cells and stores and rereleases thyroid hormones. A hefty job for a gland the size of a walnut!!

“I was 48 years old at the time. Every day was a struggle to get going. I was tired. I couldn’t remember what it was like to get a good night sleep and feel refreshed. Every meal I ate made me feel bloated and uncomfortable. My face and eyes were puffy. I looked like I felt — run down. I still had to go to work and care for my family. You just go through the motions and do the best you can.”

One of the prevailing misconceptions in traditional medicine is that when the standard TSH (thyroid stimulating hormones) and T4 come back normal on blood tests then thyroid dysfunction is ruled out. Wrong!! Unfortunately the Big Picture is missing. The thyroid gland makes and converts other hormones such as Free T4, Free T3 Thyroid Antibodies, and Reverse T3. This can only be addressed when a complete Thyroid panel is ordered. Without the whole picture the whole person cannot be assessed.

THYROID AND HORMONES
The thyroid gland is part of the HPTA AXIS (Hypothalamic, Pituitary, Adrenal, Thyroid). It is a dynamic chain of
communication with feedback loops between hormones and neurotransmitters. The end result is the production of Free T3 which is dependent on enzymes in the liver and probiotics in the gut. Free T3 is the only true active hormone. Without optimal levels of Free T3 there is; less hormone production, difficulty losing weight, and a foggy brain to boot!

“My husband and I attended a Young Living seminar on stress. That was the day I met Dr. Sherie Viencek. That day I was given hope. I and an appointment to see Dr. Sherie soon after that seminar. She ordered blood work and tested my saliva. The supplements she gave me made a tremendous difference in my energy. The day the test results came back changed my life forever. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease.”

There has been solid peer review research demonstrating the relationship between optimal Free T3 and Depression. Clinically in my practice I have seen changes in mood, depression and cognition when the Free T3 levels are optimal. As women transition through various hormonal cycles from childbirth to peri-menopause and menopause the HPTA AXIS is churning is new directions. The subtle dance between thyroid and female hormones is one in which Progesterone improves Thyroid Receptors (helping fertility/infertility and respectively Thyroid Hormones (T4 and T3) influence female hormones at their receptor sites. A win –win in the hormonal milieu.

Unfortunately, many women in westernized countries have too much circulating Estrogens; some made in the body, some not fully metabolized and others from the environment like plastics. This is called Estrogen Dominance. In this state high circulating Estrogens can bind with Thyroid receptors thus preventing the Thyroid from getting its own hormone. This is sometimes seen with the use of Premarin and Birth Control Pills.

THE GAME CHANGER
Hashimotos is the game changer because it is an autoimmune disease that is triggered by your own immune system. The triggers set off a cascade of inflammation that damages the gland and reduces the thyroid function. Although women are seven times more likely to develop Hashimotos, males can also develop thyroid disorders and should be tested accordingly. Hashimotos is identified by performing a full Thyroid Panel that includes Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody and Thyroglobulin Antibody. Since the statistics of autoimmune disease are now estimated at “one out of nine Americans” it is crucial to be pro –active and make sure the proper tests are order.

“I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease. It’s an autoimmune disease. I had never hear of Hashimoto’s Disease before that day. I wanted to learn everything I could about Hashimoto’s. Most of my symptoms were text book. Dr. Viencek explained that I need to make changes in how I eat for the rest of my life. No more Gluten. Up to that point pretty much everything was eating contained Gluten. After one week of no gluten in my diet I felt like someone “flipped a switch.” I wasn’t bloated after meals. I was sleeping better. I had more energy.”

Specific triggers are: Environmental (heavy metals and chemicals) Mold, Bacteria and Viruses (Lyme), Dietary triggers ( The Standard American Diet- SAD and possibly Gluten).There is a growing body of research from several countries now linking Gluten Intolerance to Hashimotos. Identifying and Eliminating individual triggers is the name of the game for genuine lasing immune change. It certainly is not “the one pill fixes everything model” but it is the only model that squelches the inflammation and stops the progression of immune attack.

The silver lining is that there is a plethora of nutraceuticals, botanicals, hormones, dietary and lifestyle changes that can improve, stabilize and resolve immune attacks. Some tips for management of autoimmune diseases are to: take time to figure out your triggers, utilize specific tests and work with a health professional that is knowledgeable with the immune system. Know your family history, remember that one size or dose does not fit all and live a hormonally balanced life as much as possible.

“My children have and similar symptoms as I had and some I didn’t. They have been tested for Hshimoto’s Disease. I am grateful they didn’t have to wait until they were in their 40’s to know what to do to be healthy. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Sherie Viencek for helping me to have a happier, healthier life.” ~ Jackie Burke

 

Women’s Hormonal Transitions

WOMEN’S HORMONAL TRANSITIONS

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Dr. Viencek specializes in Comprehensive Nutritional Consultations and lifestyle coaching for Women’s Health and Hormonal Transitions from adolescence to post menopause. Read more

“Dr. V believes that every phase of life presents with is own health concerns and what worked at 30 does not necessarily work at 40 or 50.” Many women are perplexed when symptoms arise but they feel nothing has changed in their daily routine. The truth is we are ever changing beings and something has shifted somewhere in the body. Helping women figure that out and return to a place of equanimity with in their bodies is what Dr. V is passionate about.

During these hormonal transitions many women feel overwhelmed, overtired, over spent, over everything! Women are constantly sacrificing one beloved aspect of their life for another – ie. child bearing, motherhood, care taking you name we do it… You name we got it… lack of energy, hot flashes, brain fog, insomnia, weight gain and loss of sexual drive…  Dr. V will guide you through those phases of change and make recommendations based on your unique health history, biochemistry and present life situation. You deserve better than that! Be pro-active, invest in yourself, and reclaim your vital life.

“My own hormonal imbalance came at age 34 when I began premature menopause and through hard-earned experience educated myself on all the contributing factors to my endocrine imbalance and began a pro-active approach based on integrative medicine and reversed that condition.”

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