The brain constitutes only 3% of the body’s mass, but uses up 30% of the body’s energy. When the lights go out, we suffer! When the lights dim, so do we. When energy to this organ is inconsistent our entire system falters. Ever have a great thought to contribute at a meeting only to forget that idea when it’s your turn to contribute? Do you struggle to come up with that one word or name? These are symptoms of “brain fog”, which is a symptom of low energy to the brain. It’s not that you lack intelligence, it’s that access to knowledge fails when our brain are underpowered. Don’t worry too much though, most brain fog is preventable and reversible nutritionally.
Sauna therapy is a proven method for detoxification from chemical exposures. We are exposed to 50,000 new chemicals in modern life. Chemical pollution comes from pesticides in our food, air (both indoor and outdoor) and our water supply. Exposures accumulate through low doses via workplace, personal care products, cookware, baby bottles, water-bottles, plastic food storage, the plastic lids on your to-go coffee cup, thermal receipt paper, and your mold-resistant PVC shower curtains. Studies have shown that we all have numerous toxins in our bloodstreams.
We encourage our clients to objectively assess their living environment for exposures with the goal of eliminating as much of the incoming toxicants as possible. An excellent resource for learning about these issues is the Environmental Working Group.
Many organic molecules can be eliminated from the body as a result of heavy sweating. Sauna provides a method to detoxify the body in people who are too unhealthy to handle intense exercise.
We recommend Infrared saunas from Heavenly Heat because the construction is free of adhesives, varnish and laminated wood composites. The highest grade of white poplar is used to avoid volatile organic compounds found in other materials. Heavenly Heat produces several models of varying sizes and combinations of heating elements. Dr. Waters recommends the combination units with both the tradition ceramic and infrared heating elements. These combination units quickly pre-heat prior to use and provide the most therapeutic heat.
Sauna use improves cardiovascular health through reductions in blood pressure and improved blood flow, providing results comparable to vigorous exercise. Sauna is a safe and suitable therapy for individuals who may not be healthy enough for vigorous activity. The therapeutic benefits of sauna therapy are well documented in the scientific literature. For those interested in the scientific underpinnings of sauna therapy, we have included a list of references and summaries below.
Sauna therapy is proven to:
New users should follow the recommended sauna protocol below. Drink water prior to and during sessions. You may bring a wood bowl filled with ice, water, and a wash cloth for use during treatment. Wash cloth can be placed over the top of head or neck as needed.
The time used to warm up the sauna is a good time to warm up yourself. Exercising to the point of breaking a sweat prior to entering the sauna can reduce the mild heat stress. Exercise such as yoga can help to build body heat from the inside-out, but even walking or taking an extended hot shower can help to build internal heat.
Drink a full 8 oz. glass of water prior to entering the sauna. You may continue to drink water during your session, especially as you adapt to increasing exposure length.
Weeks 1 and 2 10 minutes at 110-125 degrees
Weeks 3 and 4 10-15 min at 125-135 degrees
Weeks 5 and 6 15-20 min at 130-150 degrees
Weeks 6 + 20 minutes at 140-160 degrees
Note: In early sessions you should not progress to the next level of treatment if your body does not begin to sweat within 10 minutes in the sauna. Continue treatment at the current level until the body is able to sweat before proceeding.
Remain seated and use a cool towel to cool off before standing. Open the sauna door and vent to allow the temperature to gradual normalize.
Upon exiting sauna, remain seated, relax and breathe normally. Use a towel to wipe sweat off prior to showering. Showering will remove any secreted toxins that accumulate on the skin during treatment.
Kihara T, Miyata M, Fukudome T, Ikeda Y, Shinsato T, Kubozono T, Fujita S, Kuwahata S, Hamasaki S, Torii H, Lee S, Toda H, Tei C. Waon therapy improves the prognosis of patients with chronic heart failure. J Cardiol. 2009 Apr;53(2):214-8.
This study on 129 advanced cases of chronic heart failure showed a significant reduction in death over 5 years of treatment in the treatment group. The treatment involved 5 days of supervised saunas in the first week followed by twice weekly treatments for the duration of the study. Sauna exposure was 15 minutes at 140 degrees F. Additional benefits included an increase in ventricular ejection fraction, decrease in heart size, improved endothelial function, and a reduction in ventricular arrhythmias.
Fujita S, Ikeda Y, Miyata M, Shinsato T, Kubozono T, Kuwahata S, Hamada N, Miyauchi T, Yamaguchi T, Torii H, Hamasaki S, Tei C. Effect of Waon therapy on oxidative stress in chronic heart failure. Circ J. 2011;75(2):348-56. Epub 2010 Dec 14.
Twenty patients underwent daily infrared sauna therapy at 140 degrees for 4 weeks. Compared to control group, the intervention decreased brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) and increased nitric oxide metabolites, resulting in decreased oxidative stress.
Gayda M, Paillard F, Sosner P, Juneau M, Garzon M, Gonzalez M, Bélanger M, Nigam A. Effects of sauna alone and postexercise sauna baths on blood pressure and hemodynamic variables in patients with untreated hypertension. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012 Aug;14(8):553-60.
In this small study, 16 patients with untreated hypertention assigned to either a control group, sauna group, or a sauna plus exercise group. Exercise and sauna together had positive effects on 24 hour systolic and mean blood pressure. Sauna alone reduced total vascular resistance lasting 2 hours post treatment.
Sawatari H, Chishaki A, Miyazono M, Hashiguchi N, Maeno Y, Chishaki H, Tochihara Y. Different Physiological and Subjective Responses to the Hyperthermia Between Young and Older Adults: Basic Study for Thermal Therapy in Cardiovascular Diseases. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2014 Dec 20.
This study tested the effect of thermal stress on healthy individuals in two age groups. A group of 12 young males with an average age of 22 were compared to 12 older males, average age 68. Participants lay supine in a 160 degrees F sauna for 30 minutes. After 10 minutes of heat exposure, skin temperature rose slightly higher in the younger group, heart rate increase by 21 bpm in young versus 11bpm in the old. No change in blood pressure occurred in the young, however a significant reduction of 15 and 10 mm Hg was observed in systolic and diastolic measures in the older group.
Biro S, Masuda A, Kihara T, Tei C. Clinical implications of thermal therapy in lifestyle-related diseases. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2003 Nov;228(10):1245-9.
Fifteen minutes of sauna at 140 degrees F improved hemodynamic measures, clinical symptoms, cardiac function and vascular endothelial function in patients with congestive heart failure.
Masuda A, Kihara T, Fukudome T, Shinsato T, Minagoe S, Tei C. The effects of repeated thermal therapy for two patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. J Psychosom Res. 2005 Apr;58(4):383-7.
Two patients with CFS who did not respond to prednisolone treatment experienced improvements following 35 consecutive daily sessions of 140 degree sauna. Therapy continued twice weekly as an outpatient for 1 year. Patients reported improvements in sleep quality and reductions in fatigue, pain and fever.
Kihara T, Biro S, Ikeda Y, Fukudome T, Shinsato T, Masuda A, Miyata M, Hamasaki S, Otsuji Y, Minagoe S, Akiba S, Tei C. Effects of repeated sauna treatment on ventricular arrhythmias in patients with chronic heart failure. Circ J. 2004 Dec;68(12):1146-51
Twenty patients with chronic heart failure and ventricular arrhythmias underwent treatment with 140 degree sauna, compared to 10 equally matched controls. The treatment group experienced a significant reduction in premature ventricular contractions, improved heart rate variability and brain natriuretic peptide.
Rea WJ, Pan Y, Johnson AR. Clearing of toxic volatile hydrocarbons from humans. Bol Asoc Med P R. 1991 Jul;83(7):321-4.
A study comparing inpatient vs outpatient treatment of physical therapy combined with a sauna program showed that 13 of 13 patients intensively focused on a combination of nutritional therapy, elimination of food contaminants in a controlled environment with clean air and water resulting in improvement in 100% of patients. Of the 41 outpatients following the same sauna program at home, 70% of patients saw reduction in toxic organic chemicals along with a clearance of symptoms.
Rea WJ, Pan Y, Griffiths B. The treatment of patients with mycotoxin-induced disease. Toxicol Ind Health. 2009 Oct-Nov;25(9-10):711-4.
Sauna in conjunction with moving to a mold-free environment, oral & IV antioxidants, PT/massage/exercise and oxygen therapy worked as an effective tool to allow 27 of 28 patients to return to work, one person improved but chose not to return to work.
Khodarev VN, Zhemchuzhnova NL, Olempieva EV, Kuz'menko NV. [The influence of general infrared sauna on the antioxidant systems in the blood of volunteers]. Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult. 2013 Sep-Oct;(5):10-3. Russian.
Infrared sauna was used to induce an oxidative stress from heat which the body compensates for with an adaptive response which includes enhancements of the red blood cell membrane, and dilation of the blood vessels.
Persiianova-Dubrova AL, Badalov NG. [Thermal therapy for the management of cardiovascular pathology]. Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult. 2013 May-Jun;(3):57-61. Review. Russian.
Study on the effect of infra-red “finnish” sauna on cardiovascular disease. Strict compliance resulted in improved endothelial function, improved nervous system control of heart function, a reduction in oxidative stress and enhancement in physical performance.
Zinchuk VV, Zhad'ko DD. [Sauna effect on blood oxygen transport function and oxidant/antioxidant balance in youths]. Fiziol Cheloveka. 2012 Sep-Oct;38(5):112-9. Russian.
Study investigates young males exposed weekly to 10 minutes, 185 degree, low humidity sauna for 5 months. Dry sauna resulted increase oxygen delivery to cells. Adaptation to the oxidative stress response to heat improved over the course of the study. Treatment increased NO production which influences blood vessel dilation.
McCarty MF, Barroso-Aranda J, Contreras F. Regular thermal therapy may promote insulin sensitivity while boosting expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase--effects comparable to those of exercise training. Med Hypotheses. 2009 Jul;73(1):103-5. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2008.12.020. Epub 2009 Feb 8.
The insulin sensitizing effects of aerobic exercise can be replicated with heat treatments of sauna or hot tub. These improvement result from increased expression of nitric oxide, a vasodilator, resulting in reduced blood pressure. Regular at home thermal therapy provides an alternative to exercise for patients too impaired for physical activity.
Pall ML. Do sauna therapy and exercise act by raising the availability of tetrahydrobiopterin? Med Hypoth. 2009 Oct;73(4):610-3.
Sauna therapy is an effective treatment for diseases related to chemical sensitivities in BH4 deficient individuals. Sauna exposure increasing vascular shear stress and induces expression of heat shock proteins which restores BH4 levels similar to the effect resulting from exercise. These diseases include hypertension, vascular endothelial dysfuction, heart failure, multiple chemical sensitivies, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
Krop J. Chemical sensitivity after intoxication at work with solvents: response to sauna therapy. J Altern Complement Med. 1998 Spring;4(1):77-86.
In this case study a patient suffering 20 years from chronically debilitating multisystem disorder resulting from low-level occupational exposure to solvents was able to use sauna therapy to eliminate chlorinated and aromatic hydrocarbons from their body. Treatment enabled the patient to discontinue of medication and the patient was able to return to work.
Kilburn KH, Warsaw RH, Shields MG. Neurobehavioral dysfunction in firemen exposed to polycholorinated biphenyls (PCBs): possible improvement after detoxification. Arch Environ Health. 1989 Nov-Dec;44(6):345-50.
Study of 14 firemen 6 months following exposure to PCBs from a transformer fire underwent a medically supervised diet, exercise and sauna treatment were able to reverse cognitive impairments, and improve visual and working memory impairments. Treatment resulted in significant reduction in Arochlor 1258 after 2-3 weeks.
Imamura M, Biro S, Kihara T, Yoshifuku S, Takasaki K, Otsuji Y, Minagoe S, Toyama Y, Tei C. Repeated thermal therapy improves impaired vascular endothelial function in patients with coronary risk factors. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2001 Oct;38(4):1083-8.
Sauna therapy on 25 individuals at risk for cardiovascular disease were compared to 10 healthy controls. The at risk group had slightly larger resting brachial arterial diameters but a 50 percent reduced percentage of flow mediated dilation (%FMD) in response to sauna at start of study as compared to healthy controls. Following 2 weeks of daily 140 degree, 15 minute saunas, the at risk group was able to increase their %FMD up to 75% of that seen in controls. This resulted in a subsequent 5 point average reduction in blood pressure at the end of the study.
There is no shortage of nutritional advice out in the world and it can be conflicting and confusing. Whether you are a person who hasn’t put a second thought into what goes into your body, or you are adapting from the conventionally advised standard American low-fat diet based on grain and processed vegetable oils, it takes some learning to understand our approach as it is likely quite different from what you have been told before.
Our mission is to enable our clients to obtain optimum health by supporting their healing with a very powerful nutritional intervention. It’s not unusual to have questions. Today we share with you some fantastic questions which one of our clients posed below:
I've been trying to follow the guidelines given for my nutrition plan and exposure to environmental hazards. However, I’d like to know which things are highest priority?
1) How CRITICAL is it to avoid ALL soy (e.g., soy lecithin in a dark chocolate bar)? I am not eating edamame or tofu and am trying to avoid products with soy oil, but just what amount is harmful? If the ingredients list less than 1%, is that OK?
Answer: Do your best. If you know that small exposures to soy don't create a major and immediate problem then you'd probably be okay. I wouldn't rely on tons of chocolate bars in the first place so eating a >70% dark chocolate bar over the course of a week probably won't be an issue.
2) I found "grass-fed" butter -- I know that it is best, but if butter is "organic", is that okay or no different from the normal cheap butter?
Answer: Even normal butter is fine. Organic is better as it's going to be lower in antibiotic, pesticides and hormones. Pastured butter made at the peak of grass season should have greater nutrient density (specifically CLA), but as long as it's still butter and not some fake spread, I'd say you are okay with it.
3) I am using organic coconut oil, but is it CRITICAL that it be cold-pressed?
Answer: No. The only coconut oil I wouldn't use (which isn't a problem for us in non-tropical locations) is any oil they hydrogenate to 'harden'. Refined vs Unrefined for coconut oil only makes a flavor difference and the quality of the oil is relatively insignificant.
4) What about olive oil? MUST it be "cold-pressed"? What about "first pressing"? Must it be "extra virgin" or can I use the non-e.v.o.o. for sautéing?
Answer: This is a tricky issue. There are a lot of places which actually sell us oil that is not of the quality they claim. Even expensive brands cheat and mix in cheap oils. The good news is that even the worst olive oil is still going to be better than the best of the already rancid seed and vegetables oils, as those are probably what they are diluting the olive oil with. The brand that I've seen consistently test true to its claimed purity and is very economical is Costco's Organic Kirkland Brand.
5) One of your hand-outs shows a graph depicting how carbs, protein, and fat work in the body--main message is that carbs spike and go, fats last the longest. HOWEVER, there is no distinction made between simple carbs and complex carbs, NOR does fiber appear on the graph. Please explain the relationship between satiety and fiber intake, as it relates to the other three items.
Answer: This is great reading on your behalf and grasps at several concepts.
A) Fiber, as long as it doesn't come from grain, is a good thing and we should adapt to eating plenty. Most fibers do not RAISE blood sugar. Soluble fiber is fermentable fuel for your microbiome.
B) Simple vs Complex is a man-made distinction. It assumes that complex carbs are slower releasing and that simple is faster - which isn't always true. Your question digs into the validity of measures such as Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load, both of which are imperfect tools. Most "complex" carbs aka starches, are simply very long chains of glucose which break down into glucose rapidly in our body.
Foods in their whole form with the fiber are better for us, but we cannot magically sprinkle fiber onto sugar and expect it to provide satiety or blunt blood sugar. (Example: think of chasing cotton-candy with Metamucil).
Next consider a potato. On its own it's a 'complex' carb with starch and fiber. It will still spike glucose and subsequent insulin rather quickly in it's plain state, but if you pair that baked potato with butter and sour-cream and perhaps some protein, the blood sugar response will be blunted and delayed. It’s not that it took that sugar away, the fat slows down its digestion - perhaps to a point that some people can tolerate a high starch food better.
C) The only way to know how a food impacts YOU is to test your own blood sugar response to a meal. You don't HAVE to do this, but the response to carbs in the diet are unique to the individual - and not uniform such as the "Glycemic Index" charts makes it seem. The Glycemic index is a measure of the average of a small group of people who ate a fixed portion of an isolated food and were then monitored. A measure called Glycemic Load attempts to relate this measure to a realist serving size, but still doesn’t account for difference among individuals.
6) I understand that in an ideal world, everything would be organic, non-GMO, free-range, grass-fed, unprocessed, eaten raw or cooked at low temps, not in plastic, and without any additives. But I live in a world where I have to balance a lot, so, since I cannot ensure all the above-listed conditions, I need to know WHAT IS RELEVANT TO MY HEALTH problems right now -- chronic fatigue, poor hormone function, osteopenia, joint pain, poor sleep.
Answer: I live in this same world and understand these challenges. Unfortunately we have to use a comprehensive approach because of the nature of these conditions, but in order to help prioritize, I would rank your priorities* as follows:
1- Eat as little processed food as possible.
2- Remove added sugar
3- Avoid wheat
4- Avoid grains
5- Control your total carbohydrates load (not counting fiber)
6- Exchange man-made fats for natural fats
Do your best to hold these priorities, and work towards simplifying some of the external stresses in your life.
* We advise an individualize approach to nutrition and these priorities may vary between individuals.
Dr. Waters recommends that those suffering from health issues, as well as healthy people, should pack in a nutrient dense, fiber-rich low carbohydrate smoothie. A blended smoothie is an opportunity to increase the amount of pigments from colorful vegetables. Our bodies require nutrient dense foods to operate at their best. This is what we were designed to eat.
If you simply want to remain healthy as you age, or if you are overweight or suffer from diabetes, high blood fats, elevated blood pressure, heart or vascular disease, autoimmune disorder – yes, just about any disease- you can benefit from adding this smoothie to your routine. Dr. Waters has embraced this way of eating as his lifelong approach to obtain and maintain maximum health.
Dr. Waters uses a healthful breakfast to start the day right with a low carbohydrate, moderate protein, high fiber, nutrient dense meal that provides satisfying energy that lasts for hours. It is a super smoothie and consists of the following:
This makes a large, nutritious breakfast that will hold you for 3-4 hours. It is a great start for your day and gives you the vegetable base that we all so lack. Bon Apetit!
Note: You can obtain the protein powders, fiber product, beet root powder and green powder form our office.
Biological Treatment for Cholesterol Issues and Heart and Blood vessel Diseases - An Alternative Method to the Use of Drugs.
The causes and consequences of having too much (and the wrong kinds of) cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood are totally correctable through changes in diet, exercise and the use of nutritional supplements. As in all medical conditions the basis of treatment must be the improvement of mitochondrial function and restoring the gastrointestinal microbiome. The following list of natural medicines will allow you to balance the fats in your blood without statins and other drugs.
1) Fish Oil Extract: 82% EPA/DHA in the triglyceride form
Our brand of fish oil is the most concentrated and pure available on the world market. Just as importantly, the fatty acids in this product are in the triglyceride form which is been shown to be the most bioavailable form and the most effective product available. Each capsule of 1000 mg contains 820 mg of EPA and DHA. These substances are a major component of all cell membranes of the body especially the brain and are converted into hormones known as prostaglandins. When we have the proper ratios and forms of the Omega-3 and Omega-6 families of fatty acids, we are able to have a balanced prostaglandins system which results in normalization of blood fats, blood pressure, blood viscosity and level of inflammation in the system. In some cases special extracts of fish oil with a high concentration of either EPA or DHA are needed. This is based on the particular condition of the patient and the results of the red blood cell fatty acid profile.
2) Time Release Niacin
This is a form of vitamin B3 and has been used for over 40 years to lower total cholesterol and raise HDL ("good cholesterol") levels. The dose needs to be worked up to 2000 mg per day. Even though our niacin is a time released product the patient may still experience the side effects of niacin – Flushing, itching and redness of the skin. It can terrify the patient but it is a perfectly benign, self-limiting reaction. The side effect, when it does occur, gradually subsides upon continuing to take the niacin.
4) PhosChol PPC: Polyenylphosphatidylcholine
This special fraction of phosphatidyl choline from Nattermann Company in Germany has over 1000 scientific articles documenting its action and efficacy in ameliorating many conditions. These include protecting and repairing the liver during viral infection or toxic damage, reduction of arterial plaque, helping skin disorders including psoriasis, improving mental problems from dementia to multiple sclerosis, reversing kidney disorders and improving mood and well-being. How could it be useful for so many issues? It is a phospholipid and these substances are key components of the membranes of all cells. This product is pharmaceutical grade and is even available for intravenous injection. It consists of the active biotherapeutic fraction known as polyenylphosphatidyl choline and 1,2 dilinoleoylphosphatidyl choline. There is no remotely comparable product available. The oral dose is one 900 mg capsule three times daily.
These long-chain versions of vitamin E protect LDL particles from oxidative damage by free radicals. LDL cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease – the damage to these important carriers of cholesterol and other fats are the real cause. Dose is 100 mg twice daily.
These molecules are basically cholesterol-like substances found in the oily fraction of plant tissues. They compete with cholesterol for absorption and more importantly, they enhance bile acid production by the liver which protects against fatty liver. In addition normalization of the circulation of fats and various toxic substances between the small intestines and the liver (called the Enterhepatic Circulation) is a key mechanism for enhancing health at many levels. Doses of 1 to 3 grams per day have been shown to lower blood fats.
7) Mucopolysaccharide Concentrate
This product contains the building blocks of connective tissue derived from animal collagen. These substances have been shown to actually reverse atherosclerosis of the arteries. In addition, they have anti-inflammatory effects and make blood cells less sticky and thus less prone to clots. The very ground state of ourselves tissues and organs are constructed from these molecules. The dose is 3 to 6 capsules daily.
This waxy alcohol is derived from sugarcane processing and has been shown to reduce production of both triglycerides and cholesterol in the liver. The dose is 20 mg once daily
9) Bioflavinoids: Curcumin, Quercetin, Polyresveratrol, Plantioxidants
Mixtures of bioflavonoids and polyphenols found in the products Polyresveratrol and Plantioxidants all have been shown to inhibit free radical damage to tissues including blood vessels, brain cells and heart cells. These will be prescribed when needed based on the Cleveland Heart Lab test results which measure oxidation products and levels of inflammatory enzymes in the blood.
Fatigue is probably the most common complaint people bring to their doctor – along with pain to which it is related. Fatigue is caused by reduced function of the tiny furnaces and ourselves in which we make energy for life's processes, the mitochondria. Loss of the ability to make sufficient energy is at the basis of all disease.
The following substances are key components of these systems. Use of these nutrients is called "mitochondrial resuscitation". We will refer to these nutrients again as part of the treatment program for many conditions.
The following five nutrients will be used in cases of chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, depression, cancer and chronic infections:
1. Coenzyme Q 10 - This vitamin like molecule is part of the chain of enzymes through which electrons flow to ultimately make the energy of life – ATP. A Q10 blood level can be drawn to know the extent of your deficiency.
2. Acetyl-L-Carnitine – This amino acid is needed to transfer fats into the mitochondrial furnaces so that they can be burned to make heat and energy. It is no coincidence that people who suffer from fatigue also are often cold all the time. We are only warm-blooded because 60% of the fuel we burn is turned into heat.
3. Magnesium – This mineral activates 80% of the enzymes in our body and is a key component of the mitochondrial enzyme which produces cellular energy in the form of ATP. We and others have published scientific papers proving that almost every person is deficient.
4. D- Ribose – This sugar is a building block of our genetic material (DNA and RNA). D-Ribose is also a component of the ultimate energetic substance in our cells – ATP. It has been shown to improve heart function in patients with congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy. Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have also been shown to benefit from the substance.
5. Alpha Lipoic Acid – This B vitamin like molecule neutralizes the free radicals generated in the mitochondria, recycles other antioxidants and chelates heavy metals. It is been shown to benefit people with diabetic neuropathy, fatigue, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory disorders and mercury poisoning.
These five are the most important of the nutrients which function in energy production in the mitochondria but other vital substances are also needed. These include hormones such as hydrocortisone and the active thyroid hormone T3. As in all conditions, the total picture of the individual patient must be considered. Corrections of diet, digestive functions, hormone balance, fatty acid, vitamin and mineral deficiencies must all be addressed. In addition detoxification of heavy metals and iron overload (chelation, phlebotomy) and other poisons (sauna) is also important as is the identification and treatment of infections (Lyme, mycoplasmas, hidden viruses, Candidiasis etc.).
Other naturally occurring molecules are often needed. These include DHEA, 7-keto DHEA, Pregnenalone, Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone and high doses of Riboflavin (Vit-B2) and niacinamide (Vit-B3), Oxaloacetic Acid (Benegene™) can be used to activate the Krebs Cycle and a special fat soluble form of thiamine (Vit-B1) called Allithiamine activates the rate limiting enzyme in the conversion of food to energy in the mitochondrion: Pyruvate dehydrogenase (also known as "The Pyruvate Enzyme" because it is so important).
Finally, even with a change of diet, correction of the microbiome and digestion, sometimes the mitochondria won't get into gear and start pouring out energy. In those cases we have to apply various intravenous therapies including oxidative therapies to jump start the mitochondria and kill the chronic infections that are jamming up the systems.
Contact our Center if you would like to see Dr. Waters about your fatigue and getting the correct dose of the above very important nutrients.
If you find yourself struggling with the sniffles and chronic congestion this time of year, it might seem like the inevitable start of cold and flu season. But just as likely, if it’s an ongoing issue, the culprit could be allergies.
For allergy sufferers, winter can mean miserable days and nights due to indoor sensitivities to dust mites, molds and other household and environmental triggers. Dr. Waters says that fall and winter allergies can “sneak up and begin having their effects before you realize you’re allergic.”
Winter time is especially troublesome for people who suffer from indoor and environmental allergies. “This is when we tend to close up and seal our homes tightly against the cold temperatures outdoors,” says Dr. Waters. While this may help the fuel budget, it can contribute to many problems associated with indoor allergy symptoms. When we turn on our furnaces, we blast airborne dust, fabric fiber, bacteria, food material and animal dander throughout our homes. Add to that wood-burning fireplaces, holiday greenery and other typical winter comforts, and you’ll soon see allergies exacerbated even further. “We tend to see three common allergens affecting allergy sufferers: house dust mites, indoor molds and animal dander. These get worse in winter when ventilation is inferior,” adds Dr. Waters.
How do you tell the difference between a cold and sinusitis? Cold symptoms typically build then slowly disappear. Symptoms can include nasal congestion, runny nose, headache, achiness and fatigue. Sinusitis can exhibit similar symptoms that tend to linger longer, and is often accompanied by pressure or pain around the face and eyes, headache in the forehead area, thick, yellow nasal discharge, post-nasal drip and congestion.
Recent research from the Mayo Clinic cites that mold allergies are at the root of as much as 80% of sinusitis cases. The allergy can cause inflammation of the sinus channel, which blocks sinus drainage and leads to infection. Without addressing the underlying allergic cause of the problem, sinus issues can recur indefinitely.
“Many people who have recurrent sinus problems can benefit from allergy drops to treat the underlying allergy,” notes Dr. Waters. “For those with chronic issues, it could prevent the need for sinus surgery when allergy is the underlying cause.”
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The human adrenal glands are located on top of each of our kidneys. They produce a variety of hormones that bind to our genes and cause them to be activated. There are three types of hormones secreted from the three layers of these adrenal glands. The first layer makes glucocorticoids, steroid hormones that regulate the blood sugar; the next layer makes mineralocorticoids mainly aldosterone, steroids which regulate salt and water balance in the body; the third layer makes sex hormones such as DHEA and testosterone. In the inner core of the adrenal glands is located a tissue known as the medulla, it produces the namesake of the adrenal glands namely adrenalin.
1) Glucocorticoids (Cortisol) – blood sugar regulation
2) Mineralocorticoids (Aldosterone) – salt and water balance
3) Sex hormones – DHEA, testosterone
When these glands are weak the patient experiences fatigue. This fatigue generally becomes worse as the day wears on and patience with this problem frequently need a nap after lunch. Another prominent symptom is the patient is always thirsty but never seems to retain enough water. This results in low blood pressure and another prominent symptom is thus a condition called “orthostatic hypotension"– the person becomes faint when they get up quickly from a seated position. These patients cannot withstand stress and are easily overwhelmed. They report having difficulty fending off infections. They seem to "catch" every cold that comes around. Besides fatigue the most prominent symptom they report is becoming weak and shaky if they don't eat their meals on a timely basis. This is because their blood sugar falls to levels that their brain cannot operate properly. They forget things. When asked if they have "brain fog", they invariably say "Yes". They report needing a lot of sleep but their sleep doesn't make them feel rested in the morning. They feel like they could sleep another eight hours. Of course because of the biochemical and hormonal derangements they experience they are often depressed and anxious. In fact one reason why they are depressed is that generally they have been to a number of doctors, including endocrinologists, and have been told there is nothing wrong with them and they need antidepressant drugs! This whole story might be familiar to you or to someone you know and care about.
Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency: ·
Diet and Hormone Imbalance
Diet is particularly important in these patients. Digestive issues must be addressed, as well as getting their mitochondria to make energy again. But in this special case of a fatigue syndrome it is usually necessary to use low dose, bio-identical hormones to support the body while it heals. The two hormones we use to accomplish this are hydrocortisone (also known as cortisol) and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). These hormones help your body provide energy and give resilience against stress. In addition to this basic approach there are a number of nutritional supplements that can help the patient recover from this dysfunction.
Low dose bio-identical hormones:
Adrenal Advantage – A mixture of adrenal gland extract, licorice, and a number of vitamins known to support adrenal gland chemistry. Dose: One with breakfast and one with lunch. More can be used as desired
ACE Control – A pure and highly concentrated adrenal gland extract. This is used to nourish the adrenal glands back to health and reverse autoimmune attacks against the adrenals (oral tolerance). Dose: 1 to 4 daily.
Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) – This vitamin forms the basic structure of Acetyl Coenzyme A, the molecule that carries the fragments of glucose and fat in to the chemical cycles to be burned for energy. Dose: 500 mg. Two or three times daily.
Blood Sugar Support:
As indicated above, one of the main issues for people with adrenal insufficiency is blood sugar regulation. Specific nutrients to try for this include:
Chromium Picolinate – This mineral is part of the glucose tolerance factor (GTF) which is needed for proper binding of insulin with the insulin receptor on the cell surface. Both diabetics and hypoglycemic patients benefit from this mineral. Dose: 500 µg to two for daily.
Cinnamon – this polyphenol contained within cinnamon tree bark also makes insulin work more effectively. Our colleague Dr. Richard Anderson of the USDA has shown that in addition to its effect on regulating blood sugar, it also breaks up Tau proteins in the brain cells of Alzheimer's patients. The dose has been shown in both animal and human experiments to be 1 g( 1000 µg) three times a day.
Lithium Orotate – there is evidence that this metal helps regulate blood sugar and also encourages growth of new brain cells. As a result it helps people with depression and degenerative brain diseases (Parkinson's disease, dementia, M.S. et al.). We use the small dose of 10 mg twice daily. This dose is small enough that we do not have to check lithium levels as is necessitated with large doses of lithium carbonate used by psychiatrists.
The use of amino acids
These are the molecules derived from proteins. Our body is constructed of 22 amino acids; eight of them cannot be made in humans (the essential amino acids). Amino acids are used by the body in three ways: they compromise the structure of our body in the form of proteins and enzymes. Secondly, some of them are converted into neurotransmitters. Lastly they can be converted into energy and thus balance blood sugar. They can be used singly or as mixtures.
Glutamine – this amino acid serves as the principal fuel source of the cells that line are intestinal tract and can also be easily converted into glucose to maintain blood sugar and energy. It can also be converted into the
neurotransmitter GABA which calms the central nervous system. Glutamine may be used as capsules or powder at the dose of 1000 to 3000 mg three times daily.
Glycine – works in a similar way to glutamine and is itself a relaxant neurotransmitter in the brain. The dose is 500 to 1000 mg three times daily between meals.
Branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) – these are essential amino acids which are structural building blocks of all tissues. They are also sources of energy when blood sugar falls.
Balanced amino acids – these can be used as an extra source of fully utilizable protein precursors for rebuilding the glands etc. as well as an energy source.
Taurine- Another neurotransmitter in its own right and is very good to stop anxiety. It is a sulfur amino acid and thus will help in detoxification, allergies and inflammation. It is an extremely versatile supplement. Dose 1000 mg three or four times per day. It is non-toxic so you can adjust the dose upward as needed.
Theanine- An amino acid found in green tea. It is a great help for anxiety and sleep problems.