The Analyst™ Age: 70   Reference: 6852
Your password for web site: 12356
Report generated on: November 11, 2009


HEALTH EVALUATION
for "Name"
Sample Standard Report

At your age, maintaining your health can take a lot of effort. Problems do not resolve as easily as when you were younger. Sometimes heroic measures must be taken to reverse chronic disease. You are doing an excellent job selecting wholesome foods.

Thank you for letting us serve you!

This is the extent of the summary section for the Standard Report. All remaining information is found in the Conditions and Treatment sections below.

It is important to remember that the main purpose of this report is to highlight items that might be of concern to you based on the medical history and symptoms that you indicated on the questionnaire.  Various factors (such as questions answered incorrectly or simply the variation in symptoms between one patient and another) can and do give rise to false indications on occasion.  As a result of our multidisciplinary approach to evaluating your health, occasional conflicting information is unavoidable and you must decide which suggestions are more appropriate for you.

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Conditions in order of decreasing significance
Possible conditions that we have identified:
Serious:   (You should do something about these)
   Fortunately we could not detect any!
 
Significant:   (These should be looked into)
   EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 6 Requirement
   Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency
   Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement
   General Detoxification Requirement
 
Moderate:   (Worth thinking about)
   Digestive Enzyme Need
   Low DHEA Level
   Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
   Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency
   Steatorrhea / Fat Malabsorption
   IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
   Antioxidant Requirement / Oxidative Stress
   Increased Risk of Coronary Disease / Heart Attack
   Gastric/Peptic Ulcers
 
Minor:   (In case you are interested)
   There is nothing to report in this category.
Information on Conditions you are aware of / told us you have:
Significant:
   Allergy / Intolerance to Foods (Hidden)
 
Moderate:
   Foot / Arch Problems
   Neck Pain / Problems
   Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever
   Headaches, Migraine/Tension
   Asthma
 
General Advice and Information:
   Constitutional Temperature
   Lipo-Oxidative Type
   Autonomic Nervous System Balance
   Carbo-Oxidative Type
   Metabolic Diet Type
 
 
 
 
 
 

Treatments most likely to benefit you

Important:   (Highly recommended)
   Test/Monitor Liver Function
   Hydrocortisone / Trial
   Vitamin D
   Test CBC (Complete Blood Count)
   Antibiotics
   Test Adrenal Function
   Sunlight / Light Exposure
   Silymarin/Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
   Coffee Enema
   Robert's Formula
 
Recommended:
   Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
   Continued Liver/Gall Bladder Flush
   Glutamine
   Test for Occult Blood
   Test for Helicobacter Pylori Infection
   Physical Supports
   Test Hair Analysis
   Elimination Diet
   Manipulation
   Continued Calming / Stretching Exercises
   Continued Alcohol Avoidance
   Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
   Reading List
   Test for Food Allergies
   Bioflavonoids
 
Useful:
   No treatments are being listed in this category due to their lower scores.
 
Possible:
   No treatments are being listed in this category due to their lower scores.
 
Avoid:   (Try to avoid these)
   NSAIDs


Conditions/Diseases Indicated by The Analyst™:
Condition: EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 6 Requirement
Likelihood
90% 
Seriousness
  
You have a significant requirement for Omega 6 essential fatty acids.

Please refer to the discussion of this topic in the Treatments section. In that section, essential fatty acids are discussed in general. Your need for the Omega-6 family of essential fatty acids is noted here, and should be taken into consideration as you review the information there.

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EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 6 Requirement is suggested partly by:
  • Dry skin (web) (Seriousness: Minor)
    For those who have been focusing on getting a LOT more of the omega 3s in their diet and have cut way back on the omega 6s, if dry skin is still an issue, increasing your intake of omega 6 oils may help.

...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • How many tablespoons of safflower, sunflower, corn, soy, sesame, pumpkin or almond oil do you consume per week? None / rarely
  • Approximately how many tablespoons of flax oil, hemp, chia or candlenut oil do you consume on average per week? (3 tablespoons of flax seeds equals one tablespoon of flax oil.): 4-10 per week
    Although arachidonic acid (AA) has been given some negative press, it is the most prominent essential fatty acid in the red cell and comprises 12% of the total brain and 15% of the body lipid content. If AA is depleted by overdosing with marine or flax oil establishing the balance of the EFAs is profoundly impaired. Often both prostaglandin 1 and 2 series relating to omega 6 metabolism are compromised when flax and marine oils are taken in excess or fat intake is insufficient.
  • Do you have small bumps on the backs of your arms? Yes, some/minor

EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 6 Requirement is contra-indicated by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Approximately how much fish oil or how many capsules of fish oil do you consume on average per day? Oil 1teaspoon, capsules 1-3
Condition: Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency
(This has been included for your information)
Likelihood
75% 
Seriousness
  
The end stage of complete adrenal cortex failure is called Addison's disease. Though rare, it is a very serious condition and should probably be ruled out if symptoms are not explained by some other condition. Much more common, and less serious, is a partial loss of adrenal function.

The adrenal glands, located above the kidney, often become 'exhausted' as a result of the constant demands placed upon them. An individual with adrenal exhaustion will usually suffer from chronic fatigue, may complain of feeling stressed-out or anxious, and will typically have a reduced resistance to allergies and infection.

...click here to see full details and recommendations on our web site.
 
Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Have you experienced an episode of fatigue that lasted 3 months or longer? Current major problem for longer than a year
  • How would you rate your stamina? I have poor endurance
  • Do you have fatigue that is present most of the time, not improved by ordinary sleep? In other words, do you wake up tired or not have the energy to do what you want to, even after a good night of sleep? It is a slight problem but I function quite well
  • Temperature. How does being in the heat affect you? I can't take it well
  • Temperature. How does being in the cold affect you? I can't take it well
  • Do you suffer from bloating or digestive disturbances after eating? Often
  • Does your body temperature, during the day and under normal conditions, sometimes measure below 98.0 degrees F (36.7 degrees C)? Only answer this if you are confident that your answer is accurate: Often a little lower or occasionally much lower
  • Do you regularly suffer from a runny or drippy nose? Yes, moderately
  • Do you have a history of allergies as an adult? Moderate
  • Did you experience morning sickness during pregnancy? Minor
  • Were you ever molested / sexually abused / raped as a child? Only include incidents that occurred up until the age of 18: There was occasional molestation
    Females who have been abused are more sensitive to life's stresses many years after the original abuse event(s). This elevated stress response can lead to adrenal exhaustion.
  • Do you have any allergies or reactions to certain foods which improve if you avoid those foods? Several mild / One or two severe
  • Stress - do you find that you can't work under pressure? Mild problem
  • Asthma: Current minor problem

Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency is contra-indicated by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you fatigue (get tired easily) even with light exertion? No
Condition: Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement
Likelihood
86% 
Seriousness
  
Hampered detoxification processes can result in a condition labeled by many naturopathic and nutrition-oriented physicians as the "congested" or "sluggish" liver, or the more recently coined "impaired hepatic detoxification". Standard liver enzyme blood tests may or may not be elevated in such cases.

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Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement is suggested partly by:
  • Consequences of Gallbladder Surgery (web) (Seriousness: Minor)
  • Headaches, Migraine/Tension (Seriousness: Moderate)
    A 'sluggish liver' often contributes to headaches.
  • Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome (Seriousness: Moderate)
    In one evaluation of 200 Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia patients it was found that 80% had a significant impairment of liver detoxification function.

    Patients suffering from toxic burdens may experience a wide range of symptoms, among them fatigue and poor tolerance for exercise. These processes have been postulated to be a central factor in the development of CFS. Oxidative damage to mitochondria and the detoxification process itself is being considered as a fundamental mechanism in the development of CFS. [1 Bland JS, HealthComm Inc., 1997; Int Clin Nutr Rev 1988;8(4): pp.173-5]
  • Yeast / Candida (web) (Seriousness: Moderate)

...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you have pain between the shoulder blades? Yes, significant
  • Have liver / gallbladder cleanses helped you? Generally these involve drinking olive or other kinds of oil: There was some benefit
  • Does your skin tend to itch often, perhaps worse at night? Moderately
  • Have you suffered gallbladder attacks? Major episode(s) now resolved
  • Do you have bags under your eyes? Yes, somewhat
    Some health care providers believe that dark circles under the eyes indicate toxicity and a need for detoxification.
  • Do you have dark circles / areas under your eyes? Yes, some
  • Do you remember your dreams when you wake up? I almost always forget them quickly
  • Have you had a problem with hemorrhoids? Current minor problem
  • Is your stomach upset by greasy food? Seriously
  • Do you have a metallic taste in your mouth? Yes, some
  • Are you sensitive to cigarette smoke? Moderately
  • Do you regularly suffer from a runny or drippy nose? Yes, moderately

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement is contra-indicated by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do your feet have a strong odor and / or sweat easily? No
Condition: General Detoxification Requirement
Likelihood
67% 
Seriousness
  
Toxicity is of much greater concern in the twentieth century than ever before. There are many, many chemicals that we are exposed to which did not exist until recently. The air, soil and water are becoming increasingly polluted with them. This exposure, along with the common use of drugs, eating devitalized/refined foods, failing to exercise or drink enough water has resulted in a toxic storehouse within us creating a wide range of symptoms and disease.

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General Detoxification Requirement is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you have a tendency to produce excess mucous or be chronically congested? Yes, moderate
  • Do you have fatigue that is present most of the time, not improved by ordinary sleep? In other words, do you wake up tired or not have the energy to do what you want to, even after a good night of sleep? It is a slight problem but I function quite well
  • Do you suffer from nasal congestion, mucous that accumulates in the nose, or post-nasal drip? Occasionally / moderately
Condition: Digestive Enzyme Need
Likelihood
75% 
Seriousness
  
There are many different kinds of enzymes in the human body: enzymes are the catalysts for every biochemical process needed for life. Studies have shown that raw food is easier to digest and healthier than cooked food, because it still contains active enzymes, which are destroyed by the heat used in cooking foods. Usually secreted by the pancreas into the small intestine, digestive enzymes are those which help to breakdown the food we eat, continuing the digestive process which began in the stomach.

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Digestive Enzyme Need is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you use digestive enzymes? This is plant or pancreatic enzymes, but not bromelain: Regularly
  • Do you suffer from bloating or digestive disturbances after eating? Often
  • Do you suffer from lower bowel gas (flatulence)? Moderately
  • How offensively do your stools usually smell? This is difficult to quantify, but a strong smell despite brief exposure to the air, or comments by others, are good indicators!: Occasionally offensive
Condition: Low DHEA Level
Likelihood
74% 
Seriousness
  
You may have a DHEA deficiency. This can only be confirmed with lab testing. A serum DHEA or DHEA-S blood test is sufficient but only a licensed MD, DO, or ND can order this test for you. Urine or saliva testing will also work.

Produced by the adrenal glands, DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is mildly androgenic. A precursor to other adrenal hormones, it diminishes with age and promotes longevity in animals. It is one of the best biochemical bio-markers of chronological age.

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Low DHEA Level is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you have less pubic or underarm hair growth than previously? Yes, the quantity has decreased substantially
  • Did your general sense of well-being decline during menopause? Yes, definitely
  • According to the age you entered you fall in the range: Over 60
  • Have you experienced an episode of fatigue that lasted 3 months or longer? Current major problem for longer than a year
  • How would you rate your stamina? I have poor endurance
  • Does your health seem to be declining as you age? Slightly - minor issues are turning up
Condition: Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Likelihood
57% 
Seriousness
  
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is described as a severe, debilitating fatigue, lasting at least six months (of new and definite onset), associated with at least 4 of the following symptoms: impaired memory or concentration, sore throat, lymphadenopathy, muscle pains, joint pains, new headaches, unrefreshing sleep, and malaise after exertion. Other medical and psychiatric conditions that can produce fatigue should be ruled out, including Lyme's disease. After demanding physical exercise, CFS patients show impaired cognitive processing.

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FM) is a pain disorder associated with multiple tender points, sleep disturbances (insomnia and nonrestorative sleep) and fatigue. Hypothalamic dysfunction, immune dysfunction, and nutritional inadequacies can all cause or perpetuate this sometimes severe syndrome. CFS and FM may be opposite ends of the same disorder, with the emphasis on fatigue in CFS and pain in FM.

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Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Have you experienced an episode of fatigue that lasted 3 months or longer? Current major problem for longer than a year
  • How would you rate your stamina? I have poor endurance
  • Muscle pains in close family members? Yes, in one family member
  • Do you have fatigue that is present most of the time, not improved by ordinary sleep? In other words, do you wake up tired or not have the energy to do what you want to, even after a good night of sleep? It is a slight problem but I function quite well
  • Do you suffer from morning stiffness or stiffness that is generally increased in the morning? Mild / goes away in less than an hour
  • Do you have numbness, tingling or burning in the extremities (hands, fingers, feet, toes)? Yes, some
  • Do you have any kind of bad / abnormal taste in your mouth? Yes, some
  • Do you suffer from nasal congestion, mucous that accumulates in the nose, or post-nasal drip? Occasionally / moderately
  • Are your eyes often irritated? This may include a 'sandy-gritty' feeling, the sensation of a foreign object in the eye or permanently moist eyes (excess tears): Moderately
  • Do you have a metallic taste in your mouth? Yes, some
  • Are your fingernails brittle - do they chip, peel or break easily? Somewhat
Condition: Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency
Likelihood
66% 
Seriousness
  
Hydrochloric acid (HCl) insufficiency can be complete (achlorhydria) or partial (hypochlorhydria) and intermittent. It plays an important part in the first digestive step, which if not completed properly can result in digestive problems all the way through the digestive tract. Some people with low stomach acid have no obviously related symptoms and are led to believe they are digesting properly, when they are not. An HCl trial is a safe, worthwhile, and relatively accurate way to discover if an insufficiency exists.

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Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you suffer from belching (burping) within 1 hour of a meal? Often
  • Do you suffer from bloating or digestive disturbances after eating? Often
  • How offensively do your stools usually smell? This is difficult to quantify, but a strong smell despite brief exposure to the air, or comments by others, are good indicators!: Occasionally offensive
  • Do you suffer from lower bowel gas (flatulence)? Moderately
  • Do you generally become sleepy after eating? Occasionally
Condition: Steatorrhea / Fat Malabsorption
Likelihood
66% 
Seriousness
  
Excessive excretion of fecal fat is called steatorrhea, a condition that is suspected when the patient has large, greasy, and foul-smelling stools. Such stools often float on top of the toilet water and are difficult to flush. Also, patients may find floating oil droplets in the toilet following defecation.

Both digestive and absorptive disorders can cause steatorrhea. Digestive disorders affect the production and release of the enzyme lipase from the pancreas, or bile from the liver, which are substances that aid digestion of fats; absorptive disorders disturb the absorptive and enzyme functions of the intestine. Any condition that causes malabsorption or maldigestion is also associated with increased fecal fat.

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Steatorrhea / Fat Malabsorption is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you experience diahrrea from eating large amounts of fat or oil? Moderately
  • How offensively do your stools usually smell? This is difficult to quantify, but a strong smell despite brief exposure to the air, or comments by others, are good indicators!: Occasionally offensive
Condition: IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Likelihood
61% 
Seriousness
  
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder of the intestines affecting perhaps 20% of the adult population that leads to pain, gassiness, bloating, and changes in bowel habits. Symptoms include constipation, diarrhea, or a painful but unsuccessful urge to move the bowels.

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IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you suffer from bloating or digestive disturbances after eating? Often
  • Do you have generalized abdominal discomfort or pain? Frequent moderate discomfort
  • Do you suffer from lower bowel gas (flatulence)? Moderately
  • Do you have a tendency toward frequent bowel movements / stools? Somewhat, have 2-3 stools per day
Condition: Antioxidant Requirement / Oxidative Stress
Likelihood
61% 
Seriousness
  
Every day, our bodies are bombarded by free radicals from air pollution, pesticides, fried foods, alcohol, other environmental factors, and as the result of normal bodily processes. These damaging molecules destroy healthy cells and accelerate the aging process. Naturally occurring and supplemental antioxidants work to "quench" or neutralize the effects of free radicals.

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Antioxidant Requirement / Oxidative Stress is suggested partly by:
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (Seriousness: Moderate)
  • Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome (Seriousness: Moderate)
    The mitochondria are the energy power houses of the cell. Due to their critical role in producing the energy that drives every
    physiologic process, mitochondrial function is an area of intense interest and study. It has been suggested that certain chronic illnesses related to muscle pain and chronic fatigue, e.g., myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), fibromyalgia syndrome, and chronic fatigue immunodeficiency syndrome (CFIDS), are disorders in which there is an aberration or dysfunction of mitochondrial energy production.

    It has been suggested that mitochondrial dysfunction is related to damage caused by ROS produced as a consequence of increased oxidative stress and insufficient antioxidant defenses. Levels of ROS produced within the mitochondria are reported to increase with age. Consequently, oxidative damage to mitochondria would also appear to increase with age. This damage results in a decrease in energy production by some of the cell’s mitochondria. Mitochondrial function is supported by a broad spectrum of nutritional modulators including antioxidants and antioxidant support systems.
  • Asthma (Seriousness: Moderate)
    Because of its large surface area, the respiratory tract is a major target for free radical insult, not to mention the fact that air pollution is a major source of ROS. Studies suggest that free radicals may be involved in the development of pulmonary disorders such as asthma [J Am Coll Nutr 1995;14(4): pp.317-324]. Cellular damage caused by free radicals is
    thought to be partly responsible for the bronchial inflammation characteristic of this disease. It has been suggested that increasing antioxidant intake may help to reduce oxidant stress and help to prevent or minimize the development of asthmatic symptoms.
  • Increased Risk of Coronary Disease / Heart Attack (Seriousness: Moderate)
    While several factors are believed to promote atherosclerosis, a growing body of evidence suggests a critical step in its development is the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) within the arterial wall. This theory is supported by several epidemiological studies which link low intakes of dietary antioxidants to an increased frequency of heart disease [Clin Cardiol 1993;16(suppl I): pp.1-10).]. Additionally, an inverse relationship between heart disease and plasma antioxidant levels has been reported [Am J Clin Nutr 1987;32: pp.511-512]. It has been estimated that dietary increases in antioxidant vitamins may reduce the risk of heart disease by 20-30%.
  • Cancer / Risk Reduction - General Measures (web) (Seriousness: Minor)
    Epidemiological evidence consistently relates low antioxidant intake or low blood levels of antioxidants with increased
    cancer risk. [Nutr Cancer 1992;18(1): pp.1-29]
Condition: Increased Risk of Coronary Disease / Heart Attack
Likelihood
43% 
Seriousness
  
Irreversible and unexpected, heart failure is the leading cause of death in Western countries. Coronary artery disease (heart attack) is the number one killer in the United States, yet it barely existed before 1900. A sampling of older cardiologists still working in the 1950s could not recall a case prior to 1910.

Most people are unaware of this and do not readily believe it. It is not a highly publicized fact, possibly because it glaringly reminds us of the cause: the way we now live, principally the westernization of diet (the consumption of commercially processed foods). Some take a position that people were more active then, and we are more sedentary now. This is true, but should not be used as an excuse to continue eating what we prefer, instead of what we should.

Before 1920 coronary heart disease was so rare that when a young internist named Paul Dudley White introduced the German electrocardiograph to his colleagues at Harvard University they advised him to concentrate on a more profitable branch of medicine. The new machine revealed the presence of arterial blockages, thus permitting early diagnosis of coronary heart disease. But in those days clogged arteries were a medical rarity, and White had to search for patients who could benefit from his new technology.

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Increased Risk of Coronary Disease / Heart Attack is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you have a diagonal crease (wrinkle) on one or both of your earlobes? A crease may be partial (only partway across the earlobe) or full (completely across the earlobe): Full crease on both ears
    The presence of a diagonal earlobe crease has been recognized as a sign of cardiovascular disease since 1973. Over 30 subsequent studies have been reported in the medical literature, with the largest involving 1,000 unselected patients. The earlobe is richly supplied with blood, and a decrease in flow over an extended period of time is believed to result in collapse of the vascular bed, leading to a diagonal crease.

    It appears that individuals with an earlobe crease have a 55% greater risk of dying from heart disease than those without the marking, with the risk becoming even more significant if diagonal creases appear on both earlobes. However, this predictive value does not apply to Orientals, Native Americans, or persons born with certain hereditary disorders.
  • If your mother ever suffered heart attack(s), at approximately what age did they start? 61-70
  • Have you used non-human estrogens (such as Premarin, Estrase, and Prempro)? In the past, it may have been referred to as HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy): For 5 or more years, but not any more
    Because estrogen taken alone has been shown to cause cancer of the endometrium (the glandular membrane that lines the
    uterus), many doctors consider estrogen therapy to be relatively safe for women who have had a hysterectomy. For women who still have their uteruses, progestin is added to the estrogen to prevent endometrial cancer. This combined HRT is the therapy that was being used in the 2002 WHI study that was abruptly halted when it became clear that the two drugs combined caused an increased risk of breast cancer and heart disease.
  • If not currently using birth control pills, have you used them in the past 5 years? For less than a year

Increased Risk of Coronary Disease / Heart Attack is contra-indicated by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Magnesium: Over 600mg per day
  • On average, how many daily servings of fruits and vegetables do you eat? More than 5
  • Your sex is: Female
Condition: Gastric/Peptic Ulcers
(This has been included for your information)
Likelihood
50% 
Seriousness
  
A peptic ulcer is a hole in the gut lining of the stomach, duodenum, or esophagus. A peptic ulcer of the stomach is called a gastric ulcer; of the duodenum, a duodenal ulcer; and of the esophagus, an esophageal ulcer. An ulcer occurs when the lining of these organs, normally protected by a thick mucus layer, is corroded by the acidic digestive juices which are secreted by the stomach cells. Peptic ulcer disease is common, affecting millions of Americans yearly.

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Gastric/Peptic Ulcers is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you have pain or discomfort in the upper abdominal (stomach) area, below the breastbone? Several times a week / moderate
    Most patients with ulcers complain of pain or discomfort that is located in the upper part of the stomach, often in the area immediately below or around the lower part of the breast bone. This is called epigastric pain. Symptoms may be associated with meals, or occur in-between meals, or sometimes even occur at night to the point where one can be woken up from sleep. This pain may be relieved by meals also.
Condition: Allergy / Intolerance to Foods (Hidden)
Likelihood
100% 
Seriousness
  
It appears very likely that you have hidden food allergies.

Food allergy and sensitivity is an important, complex, and often overlooked cause of symptoms and disease. Chasing down the culprits may require the services of a Natural Doctor.

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Allergy / Intolerance to Foods (Hidden) is suggested partly by:
  • Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever (Seriousness: Moderate)
    The ear, nose, and throat are common target organs for food allergens. Congestion or inflammation of the nose (rhinitis) may be due to airborne irritants and allergens, but food allergy may be an undiagnosed cause of this common problem.
  • Headaches, Migraine/Tension (Seriousness: Moderate)
  • Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency (Seriousness: Moderate)
    Consuming foods to which a person is allergic may contribute to poor stomach acid production. And, when stomach acid production is reduced or absent (either naturally or with the use of antacid medications) the chance of developing food allergies is enhanced.
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (Seriousness: Moderate)
    The presence of food allergy is concealed in a variety of diagnoses including irritable bowel syndrome. However, in IBS the mechanism of action does not seem to involve immune system reactivity, but increased prostaglandin E2 levels.This means that in IBS, there is a strong association with 'food intolerance' not 'food allergy'. This also means that blood testing for food allergies would not be helpful, but an elimination diet is needed to determine the which were the offending foods.

    In one study of 21 patients without celiac disease but with IBS, 14 fully recovered during an elimination diet. The most common offending foods were wheat, corn, dairy, coffee, tea and citrus fruits. [Lancet 1982;2: pp. 1115-1117]
  • Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome (Seriousness: Moderate)
    The uncovering of hidden food allergies can be important in dealing with CFS and FM and should not be overlooked.
  • Asthma (Seriousness: Moderate)
    Asthma is one of the three manifestations of a pattern of allergy that is called atopy. The associated disorders are eczema and hay fever. Asthma due to allergy can come from both airborne and food sources. Patients with delayed pattern food allergy have the most severe and persistent inflammatory form of chronic asthma.

    While airborne problems are more obvious to asthmatic sufferers, food problems may be a well-hidden source of lung disease. Many studies of food allergy involve patients with food-induced asthma. Eczema and asthma are often associated in atopic patients with food allergy.

    In a group of 320 children with atopic dermatitis, 55% had asthma. Food challenges triggered respiratory symptoms in 59% (rhinitis, laryngeal edema, wheezing, and dyspnea). Asthma is frequently treated only as an airborne allergy problem or as a problem unrelated to allergic processes and the possible role of food allergy is neglected. It is overlooked because the usual skin tests are often negative and the history is often not helpful as symptoms appear gradually, hours or days after ingestion of the food. Milk, wheat, egg, yeast, preservatives, colorings, coffee and cheese are the main foods implicated.

    Food allergens may be found in the bloodstream within circulating immune complexes that trigger the release of immune mediators into the bloodstream. These chemicals cause a variety of symptoms, including constriction of the bronchial smooth muscle in the lungs; this is the first event during an asthmatic attack. Airflow is reduced in the narrowed tubes. Air has a harder time leaving the lungs than entering, with the result of prolonged noisy exhalation. This inflammatory, obstructive phase is the most important mechanism of chronic asthmatic bronchitis.
  • Pharyngitis (web) (Seriousness: Minor)
    The ear, nose, and throat are common target organs for food allergens. Congestion or inflammation of the nose (rhinitis), sinuses (sinusitis), and throat (pharyngitis) may be due to airborne irritants and allergens, but food allergy may be the undiagnosed cause of these common problems.
  • Weakened Immune System (web) (Seriousness: Minor)
    Food allergies divert some of the immune system's resources away from preventing and dealing with illness. Thus, continuous consumption of a food which is causing symptoms weakens your immune system. A weakened immune system enables infections and cancerous growths to develop and take hold. Many patients report that they suffer from more than one symptom or illness when reintroducing a known food allergen into their diet after a period of abstinence.

...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you have any allergies or reactions to certain foods which improve if you avoid those foods? Several mild / One or two severe
  • Do you have pain or discomfort in the upper abdominal (stomach) area, below the breastbone? Several times a week / moderate
    The first part of the body to react to food is often the gastrointestinal tract. Sometimes mast cells are involved in allergic reactions and release chemicals such as histamine. If the affected mast cells are in the gastrointestinal tract, a person may suffer vomiting, abdominal pain or diarrhea.
  • Do you suffer from nasal congestion, mucous that accumulates in the nose, or post-nasal drip? Occasionally / moderately
    Postnasal mucous is often associated with moderate or even severe perennial nasal allergy but also always requires the study of food allergies. [Food Allergy: Its Manifestations and Control and the Elimination Diets by Dr.s Rowe and Rowe, 1972, pp.104]
  • Does your heart sometimes race or palpitate such that you can feel it beating? Occasionally / moderately
  • Did you have allergies or signs of allergy such as an "allergic crease" across the nose, runny nose or bags under the eyes? Yes, a few minor ones
  • Do you have urinary urgency? Urgency even if bladder is not full - voids fully
  • Do you have bags under your eyes? Yes, somewhat
  • Do you have dark circles / areas under your eyes? Yes, some
  • Have you experienced an episode of fatigue that lasted 3 months or longer? Current major problem for longer than a year
  • Do you suffer from bloating or digestive disturbances after eating? Often
  • How would you rate your stamina? I have poor endurance
  • Do you suffer from lower bowel gas (flatulence)? Moderately
  • Do you regularly suffer from a runny or drippy nose? Yes, moderately
  • Do you have a tendency to produce excess mucous or be chronically congested? Yes, moderate
  • Do you feel worse when in moldy or musty places? Somewhat
  • Are you sensitive to cigarette smoke? Moderately
  • Do you have a tendency toward frequent bowel movements / stools? Somewhat, have 2-3 stools per day
  • Do you generally become sleepy after eating? Occasionally
Condition: Foot / Arch Problems
(This has been included for your information)
Likelihood
100% 
Seriousness
  
A 'flat foot' has a low arch and is not actually a foot problem. Having flat feet does not necessarily impair one's ability to run. Flat feet seldom cause any problems; however, they can cause pain usually in the calf, knee, or lower back and is often the result of standing for long periods of time. Flat feet are also more prone to bunions and arch pain.

As with flat feet high arched feet are not necessarily a problem. However people with high arches are more likely develop other foot problems, specifically hammer toes and associated calluses and corns.

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Foot / Arch Problems is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • What is the condition of the arches of your feet? Flat footed / poor arches
Condition: Neck Pain / Problems
(This has been included for your information)
Likelihood
100% 
Seriousness
  
Many people experience neck and back discomfort at sometime in their lives. Problems can occur suddenly after an accident or injury, or may occur as the result of a slow, gradual process due to lack of exercise or poor posture. Incorrect posture throws the head forward and puts a tremendous amount of stress on the muscles in the back of the neck and upper shoulders. Muscles in this position maintain a constant state of contraction, resulting in injury and subsequent discomfort.

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Neck Pain / Problems is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you suffer from neck pain? Current significant problem
Condition: Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever
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Likelihood
100% 
Seriousness
  
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Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do your eyes itch often? Quite often / moderately
    Itching is the hallmark of allergic conjunctivitis, as well as other forms of allergic eye disease. The itching may be mild to severe. In general, a red eye in the absence of itching is not caused by ocular allergy.
  • Do you suffer from hay fever / allergic rhinitis? Current minor problem
  • Do you regularly suffer from a runny or drippy nose? Yes, moderately
Condition: Headaches, Migraine/Tension
(This has been included for your information)
Likelihood
100% 
Seriousness
  
Headaches are commonly classified under categories such as tension, sinus, migraine, menstrual and cluster among others. Many researchers and doctors are no longer drawing distinct lines between tension and migraine headaches. They may only be different degrees of the same disorder, tension headaches being less severe than migraines. Headaches have been difficult to study for several reasons and continue to be misunderstood and mistreated.

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Headaches, Migraine/Tension is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you get tension headaches? (This is the most common type): Current minor problem
  • Do you get migraine headaches? Major episode(s) now resolved
  • Do your headaches tend to be in the same location? Yes, back of the head
Condition: Asthma
(This has been included for your information)
Likelihood
100% 
Seriousness
  
Asthma is a chronic lung disease in which airways may be inflamed and airway linings become swollen. The airways produce a thick mucus. As the airways narrow, breathing becomes more difficult. The muscles around the airways can also tighten and make the airways narrower. These changes in the airway block the flow of air, making it hard to breathe. This narrowing sometimes gets better by itself, but often requires treatment.

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Asthma is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Asthma: Current minor problem
Recommendations For Balanced Constitutional Temperature  
You seem to have a normal Constitutional Temperature. No recommendations are necessary.

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Constitutional Temperature is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Temperature. How does being in the heat affect you? I can't take it well
  • Does your nose / throat mucous, in general, tend to be...? Mostly yellow/green
  • Do you exercise aerobically for a minimum of 20 minutes or more? 3-4 times per week
  • Do you have a 'type A' personality: intense, hard-driving, often in a hurry? Somewhat
  • What is the usual color of your urine, ignoring supplement (B-vitamin) yellowing, medications you are taking or other obvious factors? Light Yellow
  • Does your voice tend to be...? Softer/weaker than average
  • Disposition. Are you...? Mostly calm / not easily ruffled/patient/agreeable
  • Temperature. How does being in the cold affect you? I can't take it well
  • Do your hands and / or feet tend to be...? Usually cold
  • How would you rate your stamina? I have poor endurance
Recommendations For Balanced Lipo-Oxidative Type  
You have a balanced Lipo-Oxidative Type. No recommendations will be made as a result of this.

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Lipo-Oxidative Type is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you have a tendency toward frequent bowel movements / stools? Somewhat, have 2-3 stools per day
  • Urination. On average, how many times do you urinate during waking hours? 8 or more times
Recommendations For Extreme Positive Autonomic Nervous System Balance  
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Autonomic Nervous System Balance is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you tend to have a thick musculature, even without working out? Please answer this question as though you were not working out: No, very light musculature by nature
  • Skin moistness. Without moisturizer, is your skin...? Very dry
  • How would you rate your stamina? I have poor endurance
  • Do you have a 'type A' personality: intense, hard-driving, often in a hurry? Somewhat
  • Disposition. Are you...? Mostly calm / not easily ruffled/patient/agreeable
  • Do you have a tendency toward frequent bowel movements / stools? Somewhat, have 2-3 stools per day
  • Do you have a history of allergies as an adult? Moderate
  • How often do you need to eat each day to maximize your well-being and productivity? Three meals and occasional snacks / don't know
Recommendations For Extreme Positive Carbo-Oxidative Type  
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Carbo-Oxidative Type is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Temperature. How does being in the heat affect you? I can't take it well
  • Moistness of eyes. Do your eyes tend to be...? Usually / very moist, to the point of tearing
  • Do your eyes itch often? Quite often / moderately
  • How often do you need to eat each day to maximize your well-being and productivity? Three meals and occasional snacks / don't know
  • Does your skin tend to itch often, perhaps worse at night? Moderately
  • Temperature. How does being in the cold affect you? I can't take it well
Recommendations For Balanced Metabolic Diet Type  
Your Diet Type appears to be Balanced.

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Metabolic Diet Type is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Temperature. How does being in the cold affect you? I can't take it well
  • Do you tend to have a thick musculature, even without working out? Please answer this question as though you were not working out: No, very light musculature by nature
  • Skin moistness. Without moisturizer, is your skin...? Very dry
  • How would you rate your stamina? I have poor endurance
  • Do you have a 'type A' personality: intense, hard-driving, often in a hurry? Somewhat
  • Disposition. Are you...? Mostly calm / not easily ruffled/patient/agreeable
  • Do you have a tendency toward frequent bowel movements / stools? Somewhat, have 2-3 stools per day
  • Do you have a history of allergies as an adult? Moderate
  • Does your skin tend to itch often, perhaps worse at night? Moderately
  • How often do you need to eat each day to maximize your well-being and productivity? Three meals and occasional snacks / don't know
  • Do your eyes itch often? Quite often / moderately
  • Temperature. How does being in the heat affect you? I can't take it well
  • Moistness of eyes. Do your eyes tend to be...? Usually / very moist, to the point of tearing



The following are the treatments that The Analyst™ suggests may do you the most overall good. For treatment of a specific condition, see its web page for a full list of possibilities.

Treatment(s) Indicated by The Analyst™:
Treatment: Test/Monitor Liver Function Requirement: Important
In cases of serious liver pathology, liver enzymes will usually be elevated. This evidence of inflammation or damage will usually result in the need for follow-up testing to discover the cause of the elevations. Liver enzyme tests are usually included in the routine chemistry screens performed at your doctor’s office. However, when the liver is merely "sluggish" or "congested", these liver enzymes may not be elevated, yet treatments to improve liver function can reduce symptoms.

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Test/Monitor Liver Function is being recommended for the following reason(s):
Liver Function That Should Be Checked is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Does your skin tend to itch often, perhaps worse at night? Moderately
    The reason why patients with liver disease itch is not known, although it is commonly believed that some substances accumulate in the blood as a result of a poorly functioning liver and thus cause itching. A simple blood test can exclude liver disease as a cause for the itching, as liver enzymes are often elevated with liver involvement.
  • Do you have fatigue that is present most of the time, not improved by ordinary sleep? In other words, do you wake up tired or not have the energy to do what you want to, even after a good night of sleep? It is a slight problem but I function quite well
Treatment: Hydrocortisone / Trial Requirement: Important
Hydrocortisone (cortisol, CortefTM) is a prescription drug. It is, however, the identical hormone to one of the naturally occurring compounds secreted by the adrenal gland cortex (outside layer) in response to stress or low blood sugar. The correct and safe use of low dose cortisol requires a doctor familiar with its administration.

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Hydrocortisone / Trial is being recommended for the following reason(s):
Treatment: Vitamin D Requirement: Important
Vitamin D is fat-soluble vitamin requiring bile for absorption, and occurs naturally in animal foods such as salmon, sardines, egg yolks, cod liver oil and dairy. It can be acquired either by ingestion or by exposure to sunlight.

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Vitamin D is being recommended for the following reason(s):
Vitamin D Requirement is suggested partly by:
  • Consequences of Gallbladder Surgery (web) (Seriousness: Minor)
    Bile is needed to enhance the absorption of fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E and K.
  • Steatorrhea / Fat Malabsorption (Seriousness: Moderate)
  • Cancer / Risk Reduction - General Measures (web) (Seriousness: Minor)
    It has been known for many decades that there is an inverse correlation between sun exposure and cancer deaths. It has also been observed that there is a direct association between skin cancers and sun exposure and an inverse association between skin cancers and internal cancers. Some even thought that development of skin cancer brought immunity against various internal cancers. It is now understood to be a function not of immunity, but of vitamin D concentrations. The important point here is that cancer prevention can be provided not by additional sun exposure (increasing the risk of melanoma) but by the use of supplemental vitamin D.

    Calcitriol, the activated form of vitamin D, has been shown to induce cell differentiation and to control cell proliferation. People with a low vitamin D level are less able to make calcitriol in an amount sufficient to exert the controls over cell proliferation that are needed to reduce cancer.

...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • How much sun exposure have you had during the past 6 months? A little skin exposure for under 1 hour per week
    Low levels of sunshine exposure on the skin suggest that more than just a minimal vitamin D supplement may be required to make up the difference. A 2001 study showed that consumption of the recommended amount of vitamin D from milk and supplements did not prevent low serum vitamin D (25(OH)D) levels during winter in a survey of 796 young Canadian women. [Eur J Clin Nutr 2001;55(12): pp.1091­1097]
  • According to the age you entered you fall in the range: Over 60
    With aging there is a reduced capacity to synthesize vitamin D from sunlight and a reduction in the kidney's ability to convert vitamin D to its biologically active form.
  • Multiple vitamin supplement. Only include broad-spectrum preparations, not individual nutrients or specialty combinations such as B-vitamins. "One-a-Day" types are usually of low potency; high potency products involve taking several tablets per day: Significant use in the past only
  • Do you have a rough, raw or sore sensation in the back of your mouth or throat? Yes, somewhat sore
  • Do you have a tendency toward frequent bowel movements / stools? Somewhat, have 2-3 stools per day

Vitamin D Requirement is contra-indicated by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Approximately how much fish oil or how many capsules of fish oil do you consume on average per day? Oil 1teaspoon, capsules 1-3
  • You probably have a minor Cancer / Risk Reduction - General Measures (web)
    Evidence of vitamin D's protective effect against cancer is compelling. For more than 50 years, documentation in medical literature suggests regular sun exposure is associated with substantial decreases in death rates from certain cancers and a decrease in overall cancer death rates. Recent research suggests this is a causal relationship that acts through the body's vitamin D metabolic pathways. For instance, some evidence points to a prostate, breast and colon cancer belt in the United States, which lies in northern latitudes under more cloud cover than other regions during the year. Rates for these cancers are two to three times higher than in sunnier regions.

    Dark-skinned people require more sun exposure to make vitamin D. The thickness of the skin layer called the stratum corneum affects the absorption of UV radiation. Dark human skin is thicker than white skin and thus transmits only about 40% of the UV rays for vitamin D production. Darkly pigmented individuals who live in sunny equatorial climates experience a higher mortality (not incidence) rate from breast and prostate cancer when they move to geographic areas that are deprived of sunlight exposure in winter months. The rate of increase varies, and researchers hesitate to quote figures because many migrant black populations also have poor nutrition and deficient health care that confound statistics somewhat.

    Although excessive sun exposure may give rise to skin cancer, researchers as early as 1936 were aware that skin cancer patients have reduced rates of other cancers. One researcher estimates moderate sunning would prevent 30,000 annual cancer deaths in the United States.

    Vitamin D may also go beyond cancer prevention and provide tumor therapy. Much has been made of pharmaceutical angiogenesis inhibitors - agents that help inhibit the growth of new, undesirable blood vessels that tumors require for nutrient supply and growth. Laboratory tests have shown vitamin D to be a potent angiogenesis inhibitor.

    Vitamin D also works at another stage of cancer development. Tumor cells are young, immortal cells that never grow up, mature and die off. Because vitamin D derivatives have been shown to promote normal cell growth and maturation, drug companies today are attempting to engineer patentable forms of vitamin D for anti-cancer therapy.

    The first large-scale, randomized, placebo-controlled study on vitamin D and cancer has shown that vitamin D can cut cancer risks by as much as 60%. In response, the Canadian Cancer Society is now recommending vitamin D for all adults, the first time a major public-health organization has endorsed the vitamin as a cancer-prevention therapy.

    The study looked at almost 1,200 women, aged 55 and older, over the course of four years. Those in a group that was given supplemental calcium and vitamin D had a 60 percent lower risk for all cancers than those who received a placebo. [American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 85(6):1586-91 June 2007]
Cancer / Risk Reduction - General Measures is suggested partly by:
  • Vitamin A Requirement (web) (Seriousness: Minor)
    Analogues of vitamin A are known as retinoids. Numerous studies have shown that retinoid deficiency enhances the risk of cancer in humans. Retinoids are being used in humans to treat cancers (particularly skin, lung, bladder, cervical or breast) which involve epithelial tissues. Vitamin A can be used to both treat and prevent cancers and there have been a number of studies showing beta carotene's protective effects against cancer.

...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • According to the age you entered you fall in the range: Over 60
  • Has there been cancer of any type in close family members? Yes
  • Have you experienced an episode of fatigue that lasted 3 months or longer? Current major problem for longer than a year
  • Does your skin tend to itch often, perhaps worse at night? Moderately
    Persons with various malignant diseases that are known to produce symptoms of pruritus, including, but not limited to AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma, Hodgkin's disease and other lymphomas, leukemias, adenocarcinomas, and cancer of the stomach, pancreas, lung, colon, brain, breast, and prostate. Pruritus tends to disappear when cancer is cured or in remission. It may reappear when the disease recurs.
Vitamin A Requirement is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you have small bumps on the backs of your arms? Yes, some/minor
    Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a common mild condition in which the backs of the upper arms look rather like dried out, plucked chicken flesh. KP is hereditary. The characteristic rash is caused by firm little plugs forming in the hair follicles. The plugs themselves are made of bits of keratin, the main protein found in the outermost protective layer of skin These plugged follicles give the skin a raised, stippled appearance, usually called goosebumps. The bumps are usually skin color or slightly pinker, and do not itch. The rash is often not noticeable to others, except on close inspection.

    The condition usually appears in early childhood, often around the age of two or three. Since the rash is associated with and worsened by dryness of the skin, most people experience a clear-cut seasonal variation, generally worse in the winter. Adults who still have keratosis pilaris often experience further improvement during the middle decades. The average age when spontaneous improvement is first noted is sixteen. [British Medical Journal, June 1994]

    The rash is more common in those with eczema, dry skin, or vitamin A deficiency. The most common spot on the body for KP is the backs of the upper arms (92%), followed by the thighs (59%), and it can also occur on the face, buttocks, and eyebrows.

    Higer doses of Vitamin A may be needed, and to avoid toxicity, a water soluble form should be used.

    Patients may turn to prescription vitamin A creams such as Retin A / Tazorac / Avita / Differin to help restore a smooth texture in recalcitrant cases or as a way to help treat KP complicated by acne. Potent retinols such as Afirm are nonprescription options.

Vitamin A Requirement is contra-indicated by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Approximately how much fish oil or how many capsules of fish oil do you consume on average per day? Oil 1teaspoon, capsules 1-3
Sensitive Teeth is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Are your teeth sensitive or tender? Somewhat
Treatment: Test CBC (Complete Blood Count) Requirement: Important
The complete blood count (CBC) is the most common blood test. It analyzes the three major types of cells in blood: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The CBC counts these cells, measures hemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying molecule in red blood cells), estimates the red cells' volume, and sorts the white blood cells into five subtypes if a CBC with differential is ordered.

This screening test is used to find out about anemia(s), infection(s), inflammation, polycythemia, hemolytic disease and the severity of any blood loss.

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Test CBC (Complete Blood Count) is being recommended for the following reason(s):
Anemia (Iron deficiency) is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • How would you rate your stamina? I have poor endurance
  • Do you have fatigue that is present most of the time, not improved by ordinary sleep? In other words, do you wake up tired or not have the energy to do what you want to, even after a good night of sleep? It is a slight problem but I function quite well
  • Does your body temperature, during the day and under normal conditions, sometimes measure below 98.0 degrees F (36.7 degrees C)? Only answer this if you are confident that your answer is accurate: Often a little lower or occasionally much lower
  • Have you experienced an episode of fatigue that lasted 3 months or longer? Current major problem for longer than a year
  • Your sex is: Female
    In the United States, 20% of all women of childbearing age have iron-deficiency anemia (compared to 2% of adult men). The primary cause is blood lost during menstruation. About six times as many women as men have anemia. However, this gender gap narrows to less than 2 to 1 in people older than age 65.
Treatment: Antibiotics Requirement: Important
See your doctor if a course of antibiotics is required. Remember to use a broad spectrum probiotic afterwards to help repopulate your colon with good bacteria and thus keep pathogenic (bad) bacteria and yeast in check.

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Antibiotics is being recommended for the following reason(s):
  • There appears to be a fair chance that you could have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
    Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles think they may have identified the cause of this mysterious and very common condition, and found an effective way to treat it. The Cedars-Sinai researchers found that 78% of the IBS patients they tested had what they called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), a condition in which excessive amounts of bacteria are present in the small intestine.

    The researchers treated the patients who tested positive for SIBO with a 10-day course of antibiotics. Tests at the end of that time found that 25 of 47 patients had no bacterial overgrowth present, and that 12 of them had no IBS symptoms, while the symptoms were "significantly reduced" in the other 13. The symptoms were also reduced in the patients in which some SIBO was still detected, suggesting that if treatment had been continued until it was completely eliminated, perhaps with an alternative antibiotic, better results would have been obtained. (Several common drugs were used: neomycin, ciprofloxacin, flagyl, or doxycyline.)

    Rifaximin, an antibiotic, appears to ease the discomfort of chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), researchers report, and these healthy effects continue long after patients stop taking the drug.

    Rifaximin targets bacterial "overgrowth" in the small intestine. Some researchers believe this excess bacteria is the underlying cause of many, if not all, cases of IBS.

    The antibiotic is already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of "traveler's diarrhea," a non-chronic condition that affects otherwise healthy men and women.

    "The striking part is that IBS patients got better and stayed better over 10 weeks after taking rifaximin for only 10 days," said study author Dr. Mark Pimentel, director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. "This suggests that with the drug, we're actually doing something about what's causing IBS -- which we think is bacterial overgrowth in the bowels."

    The study, conducted by Pimentel's team, was funded by Salix Pharmaceuticals, the North Carolina-based manufacturer of rifaximin, which markets the drug under the trade name Xifaxan.
  • There is a reasonable likelihood of Yeast / Candida (web)
    The most common prescription medications used to treat candidiasis are Nystatin. Diflucan Fluconazole) and Nizoral. Others include Ketoconazol, Monistat (Miconazole), Lamisil (Terbinafine HCl), and Sporanox (Itraconazole). Lamisil is a new fungistatic (stops growth of fungi) and fungicidal (kills fungi) which may replace Diflucan as the drug of choice for treating Candidiasis. Nystatin is the weakest antifungal and many yeast are resistant to it.
Yeast / Candida is suggested partly by:
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (Seriousness: Moderate)
    Some doctors believe that many patients who have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome or spastic colon, suffer to a degree from a fungus overgrowth of Candida. This condition is more prevalent in men who take repeated courses of antibiotics or who consume lots of sweets, breads and alcohol.

...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Does your skin tend to itch often, perhaps worse at night? Moderately
    Candida is one of the main causes of persistent itching.
  • Do you have urinary urgency? Urgency even if bladder is not full - voids fully
  • Do you suffer from bloating or digestive disturbances after eating? Often
  • Do you feel worse when in moldy or musty places? Somewhat
  • How would you rate your stamina? I have poor endurance
  • Do you suffer from lower bowel gas (flatulence)? Moderately
  • Asthma: Current minor problem
  • Are you sensitive to cigarette smoke? Moderately
  • Do you regularly suffer from a runny or drippy nose? Yes, moderately
  • Do you generally become sleepy after eating? Occasionally
  • There exists a marked possibility that you are experiencing Dysbiosis, Bacterial (web)
    Antibiotic drugs may either cause or help control dysbiosis, depending upon the drug and the nature of the disorder. Where contamination of the small bowel by anaerobes is the problem, metronidazole or tetracyclines may be beneficial. When enterobacterial overgrowth predominates, ciprofloxacin is usually the drug of choice because it tends to spare anaerobes. Herbal antibiotics may be preferred because of their greater margin of safety and the need for prolonged antimicrobial therapy in bacterial overgrowth syndromes.
Dysbiosis, Bacterial is suggested partly by:
  • Allergy / Intolerance to Foods (Hidden) (Seriousness: Significant)
  • Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency (Seriousness: Moderate)
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (Seriousness: Moderate)
    Some bacterial infections of the small bowel increase passive intestinal permeability. IBS has been studied in patients with diarrhea, cramps and specific food intolerances. Abnormal fecal flora has been a consistent finding, with a decrease in the ratio of anaerobes to aerobes, apparently due to a deficiency of anaerobic flora. Previous exposure to antibiotics - metronidazole in particular - was associated with the development of this disorder.

...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you suffer from lower bowel gas (flatulence)? Moderately
  • Do you suffer from bloating or digestive disturbances after eating? Often
  • Do you have a tendency toward frequent bowel movements / stools? Somewhat, have 2-3 stools per day
  • Do you have fatigue that is present most of the time, not improved by ordinary sleep? In other words, do you wake up tired or not have the energy to do what you want to, even after a good night of sleep? It is a slight problem but I function quite well

Dysbiosis, Bacterial is contra-indicated by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Probiotic use. A probiotic is an organism (s) which contributes to the health and balance of the intestinal tract. A probiotic is also referred to as "friendly", "beneficial", or "good" bacteria which acts to maintain a health and resist disease: Currently using, for more than six months
  • It appears there is a fair chance of your having Lyme Disease (web)
    Current medical therapy involves the use of antibiotics, such as doxycycline or amoxicillin. Some clinics are suggesting and offering IV antibiotic use daily over a 50 to 60 day period. Although very expensive ($20,000.00+), they feel that this is what is required in some cases. In some cases, oral antibiotics have been used continuously for as many as two years, if necessary.

    A positive Lyme blood test, even including a Western blot, does not mean that there is active disease that requires treatment. This is because blood tests can remain positive for years, even after Lyme disease has been treated or has become inactive. Occasionally, to aid in the diagnosis of Lyme disease, a sample of fluid must be aspirated (withdrawn with a sterile needle) from an affected joint. Cerebrospinal fluid may also be withdrawn from around the spinal cord through a spinal tap (lumbar puncture), so that it can be tested for the presence of Lyme-disease antibodies and inflammation, as well as to rule out other diseases.

    Doxycycline has been used widely to treat all phases of Lyme disease, including erythema migrans. Doxycycline is active against Borrelia burgdorferi (the spirochete that causes Lyme disease), and it penetrates, in concentrations sufficient for eradication, virtually all body tissues that the organism may reach via hematogenous dissemination. Oral doxycycline has been shown to be as effective as parenteral ceftriaxone sodium (Rocephin) in treatment of central nervous system (CNS) Lyme disease (ie, neuroborreliosis) (1). This has tremendous cost-saving implications. In the New York area, a 3-week course of parenteral ceftriaxone for CNS Lyme disease, including administration by home care, costs between $5,000 and $7,000. In comparison, a 3-week course of oral doxycycline treatment costs only a few hundred dollars.

    In addition, treatment failure in Lyme disease is seldom, if ever, seen with properly administered doxycycline regimens, whereas failures are common with erythromycin therapy.
Lyme Disease is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Temperature. How does being in the cold affect you? I can't take it well
  • Do you have numbness, tingling or burning in the extremities (hands, fingers, feet, toes)? Yes, some
  • Do you have a cough that does not produce mucous? Problem for more than a year
  • Temperature. How does being in the heat affect you? I can't take it well
  • Do you have generalized abdominal discomfort or pain? Frequent moderate discomfort
  • Does your heart sometimes race or palpitate such that you can feel it beating? Occasionally / moderately

Lyme Disease is contra-indicated by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you have fatigue that is present most of the time, not improved by ordinary sleep? In other words, do you wake up tired or not have the energy to do what you want to, even after a good night of sleep? It is a slight problem but I function quite well
  • It seems there is a low probability that you are experiencing Gastritis (web)
    Antibiotics are used to treat H. pylori and should be used to treat other bacterial overgrowths in the stomach as well. Since these overgrowths are usually responsible for the inflammation, eradication allows the stomach to heal and normal acid-control mechanisms to be restored. Prescription drug therapy that eliminates H. pylori infection, such as amoxicillin (Amoxil®), clarithromycin (Biaxin®), metronidazole (Flagyl®), and tetracycline (Sumycin®), in combination with the proton pump inhibitors lansoprazole (Prevacid®) and omeprazole (Prilosec®). Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol®) may be added as well. Other medications may be prescribed to control stomach acidity, including prescription strength histamine H2 inhibitors, such as cimetidine (Tagamet®), ranitidine (Zantac®), and famotidine (Pepcid®), as well as the proton pump inhibitors omeprazole (Prilosec®), lansoprazole (Prevacid®), pantoprazole (Protonix®), and rabeprazole (Aciphex®).
Gastritis is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you have pain or discomfort in the upper abdominal (stomach) area, below the breastbone? Several times a week / moderate
  • Do you have a tendency toward frequent bowel movements / stools? Somewhat, have 2-3 stools per day
Treatment: Test Adrenal Function Requirement: Important
The adrenal glands can be evaluated in several different ways and more than one of these may be required to fully understand the nature of the problem. Conventional physicians routinely test for adrenal function by measuring the levels of the adrenal hormone cortisol.

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Test Adrenal Function is being recommended for the following reason(s):
  • There is a medium probability of Hypothyroidism (web)
    Cortisol and DHEA are among the hormones produced by the adrenal glands. It is possible that these hormones can reduce the immune system dysfunction seen in Hashimoto's thyroiditis. More studies are needed, but taking these medications appropriately carries little (if any) risk and can markedly improve the patient's function and overall health.
Hypothyroidism is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Does your body temperature, during the day and under normal conditions, sometimes measure below 98.0 degrees F (36.7 degrees C)? Only answer this if you are confident that your answer is accurate: Often a little lower or occasionally much lower
  • How oily is your hair? Dry
  • Have you experienced an episode of fatigue that lasted 3 months or longer? Current major problem for longer than a year
  • Hypothyroidism in close family members? Yes, in one family member
    Hypothyroidism tends to "run in families". If you have a history of either hypothyroidism, or paradoxically, hyperthyroidism in your family, it increases the chance that you may someday develop the condition. However, except for a few rare disorders, hypothyroidism is not transmitted in a typical dominant or recessive manner. If you have a strong family history of underactive or overactive thyroid disease, you should mention this to your physician.
  • Do you have bags under your eyes? Yes, somewhat
    People suffering from a thyroid problem (usually underactive, sometimes overactive) may have very baggy eyes.
  • Do you have fatigue that is present most of the time, not improved by ordinary sleep? In other words, do you wake up tired or not have the energy to do what you want to, even after a good night of sleep? It is a slight problem but I function quite well
  • Your sex is: Female
    Hypothyroidism is relatively common. It affects between 1% and 3% of women of child-bearing age. It is more common in women than in men, and it becomes more common with age. Hypothyroidism occurs in 5% to 10% of older women.
  • Temperature. How does being in the cold affect you? I can't take it well
  • How would you rate your stamina? I have poor endurance
  • Do you have numbness, tingling or burning in the extremities (hands, fingers, feet, toes)? Yes, some
  • How often do you diet? Sometimes, in the past only
  • Are your fingernails brittle - do they chip, peel or break easily? Somewhat
    Thyroid diseases may produce brittle nails or splitting of the nail bed from the nail plate.

Hypothyroidism is contra-indicated by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you have a tendency toward frequent bowel movements / stools? Somewhat, have 2-3 stools per day
Treatment: Sunlight / Light Exposure Requirement: Important
Vitamin D is manufactured in the skin following direct exposure to sunlight. The amount of vitamin D produced in the skin varies depending on time of day, season, latitude and skin pigmentation. Usually 10-15 minutes exposure of hands, arms and face two to three times per week (depending on one's skin sensitivity) is enough to satisfy the body's vitamin D requirement. Use of sunscreen markedly diminishes the manufacture of vitamin D in the skin, as do window glass, clothing and air pollution. The fairer your skin color, the more vitamin D you make. As adults age, the ability to make vitamin D through the skin decreases. People who are housebound and experience no sunlight exposure are unable to make vitamin D.

A book, The UV Advantage is an important read for anyone interested in preventing numerous health problems and bettering their health. According to Dr. Holick, “The notion that we have to protect ourselves from the sun all the time is misguided and unhealthy.”

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Sunlight / Light Exposure is being recommended for the following reason(s):
  • You probably have a minor Senior Issues (web)
    Living longer can be as simple as living on a tree-lined street or near a park, according to a study of over 3,000 people in Tokyo. Among older participants, women were more likely to survive than men, both men and women were more likely to survive when they lived near trees and grassy walking areas. Researchers speculate that seniors who live near these types of areas are more likely take walks outside, which may contribute to an increased physical state.

    Additionally, women were more likely to survive when they had social relationships with neighbors. Men were less likely to survive when they lived in noisy areas crowded with factories. Moreover, the longer the sun filled a home, the longer men tended to live. Women did not seem to be influenced by this, however. [Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health December 2002;56:913-918]
Senior Issues is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • According to the age you entered you fall in the range: Over 60
Treatment: Silymarin/Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) Requirement: Important
In numerous clinical studies, silymarin has been shown to have positive effects in treating virtually every type of liver disease including cirrhosis, hepatitis, and chemical- or alcohol-induced fatty liver. Milk thistle facilitates liver cell regeneration and can protect the liver from toxic damage.

The standard dose of milk thistle is based on its silymarin content, 70 to 210mg three times daily. For this reason, standardized extracts, typically 80% silymarin content, are preferred. Silymarin preparations are widely used in Europe, where a considerable body of evidence points to very low toxicity even when used for long periods of time.

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Silymarin/Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) is being recommended for the following reason(s):
Treatment: Coffee Enema Requirement: Important
Coffee enemas have been used for years as a critical component for those working hard to stay well. For many, it makes the difference between enjoying life and struggling to function.

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Coffee Enema is being recommended for the following reason(s):
  • There is a definite possibility that you could have Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement
    The coffee enema causes the liver to produce more bile (which contains processed toxins) and moves bile out towards the small intestine for elimination. This frees up the liver to process more incoming toxic materials that have accumulated in the organs, tissues and bloodstream. Coffee contains some alkaloids that also stimulate the production of glutathione-S-transferase, an enzyme used by the liver to make the detox pathways run. It is pivotal in the formation of more glutathione, one of the main conjugation chemicals, enabling toxins to be eliminated via bile into the small intestine. So in other words, a coffee enema speeds up the detoxification process and minimizes the backlog of yet-to-be-detoxified substances.
  • You have indicated that you have Headaches, Migraine/Tension
    A coffee enema will sometimes stop and often prevent headaches associated with toxicity.
  • You could be experiencing a minor Cancer / Risk Reduction - General Measures (web)
         See evidence under Vitamin D above.
    Dr. Max Gerson pioneered the use of the coffee enema starting in the 1930s as part of a general detoxification regimen for cancer. Dr. Gerson noted some remarkable effects of this procedure including patients no longer needing pain-killers once on the enemas. The frequency of coffee enemas needed to achieve this effect may be many during a single day, and should not be undertaken without supervision.

    Dr. Lee Wattenberg, MD was able to show that substances found in coffee - kahweol and cafestol palmitate - promote the activity of a key enzyme system, glutathione S-transferase. This enzyme is responsible for neutralizing free radicals, harmful chemicals now commonly implicated in the initiation of cancer and needed for detoxification. Consuming coffee orally does not produce the benefits experienced when it is taken as an enema.

    When cells are challenged by poisons, oxygen deprivation, malnutrition or a physical trauma they lose potassium, take on sodium and chloride, and swell up with excess water. This “tissue damage syndrome” makes it easier for cancerous cells to survive. Cells normally have a preference for potassium over sodium but when a cell is damaged it begins to prefer sodium.

    This craving results in a damaged ability of cells to repair themselves and to utilize energy. Furthermore, damaged cells produce toxins. Around tumors are zones of "wounded" but still non-malignant tissue, swollen with salt and water. Dr. Gerson believed that cancer could not exist in normal metabolism. He directed his efforts toward creating normal metabolism in the tissue surrounding a tumor.
Treatment: Robert's Formula Requirement: Important
Robert's formula usually consists of cabbage leaf, geranium, marshmallow, slippery elm, echinacea and goldenseal. It sometimes contains bismuth, which kills H. Pylori, usually found in upper GI ulceration, as well as other microorganisms. Although never fully studied in placebo-controlled trials, Robert's Formula has long been favored by naturopaths treating suspected inflammation in the GI tract. A typical dose is at least one capsule tid between meals.

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Robert's Formula is being recommended for the following reason(s):
  • It seems there is a fair amount of evidence that you could have Gastric/Peptic Ulcers
    Robert's Formula is a time-honored herbal preparation for upper GI inflammation. It sometimes contains bismuth, which kills H. Pylori, usually found in upper GI ulceration, as well as other microorganisms.
Treatment: Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) Requirement: Recommended
Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5) is required for the synthesis of certain steroids produced in the adrenal glands via the action of coenzyme A. The RDA for adults is 5mg but the optimal daily intake may be 100mg. The average intake of teenagers is about 5mg per day.

The best food sources are brewer's yeast, wheat germ, wheat bran, royal jelly, whole-grain breads and cereals, green vegetables, peas, beans, peanuts, crude molasses, liver and egg yolk. The highest levels are found in beef liver at 4.8mg per 3 ounces. Pantothenic acid supplementation is usually required for a desired therapeutic effect.

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Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) is being recommended for the following reason(s):
  • You have indicated that you have Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever
    Pantothenic acid supplementation may reduce allergic reactions, especially allergic rhinitis. Clinical observation: The majority of over 100 patients with allergic rhinitis who took 250mg of pantothenic acid twice daily had almost instant relief. [Martin W. On treating allergic disorders. Townsend Letter for Doctors Aug/Sept 1991: pp.670-1]

    Clinical observation: A physician with allergies took 100mg at bedtime and found that his nasal stuffiness cleared in less than 15 minutes and that he stopped awakening at 4 or 5 AM with cough and mucous secretion. He subsequently found that many of his patients also noted significant relief of nasal congestion from supplementation. [Crook WG. Ann Allergy 49: pp.45-46, 1987]

    Clinical observation: Observations made in our laboratory indicated that pantothenic acid at about 500mg daily could be used to combat allergy. Subsequently a pharmaceutical house found that, while it was somewhat effective, it was not superior to certain available antihistaminics. [Williams RJ. The expanding horizon in nutrition. Texas Rep Biol Med 19[2]: pp.245- 58, 1961]

    Note: Pantothenic acid is quite effective in treating nasal congestion caused by allergy. However, if the dosage is too high, it can cause nasal dryness and pruritus. [Roger Williams, U. of Texas at Austin - personal communication to Wayne Martin, quoted in Martin W. Pantothenic acid for allergies. Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients June, 1997: p.108]

    Szorady conducted allergy skin tests on 24 children injecting them with histamine. Pantothenic acid reduced the intensity of skin reaction by 20-50% in all children. [Marz, p.209, 1997]
Allergies Indoor is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you have a history of allergies as an adult? Moderate
  • Do your eyes itch often? Quite often / moderately
  • Do you suffer from nasal congestion, mucous that accumulates in the nose, or post-nasal drip? Occasionally / moderately
  • Do you feel worse when in moldy or musty places? Somewhat
Myasthenia Gravis is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you have difficulty swallowing? This is apart from the pain felt from a simple sore throat: Often / severe
  • Balance. Stand on a hard surface with feet together. Close your eyes and lift your dominant foot about six inches (15cm). How long can you stand on your other foot without falling or opening your eyes? For better accuracy, do this 3 times and average: 4-9 seconds
  • Temperature. How does being in the heat affect you? I can't take it well
  • Temperature. How does being in the cold affect you? I can't take it well
  • Do you have fatigue that is present most of the time, not improved by ordinary sleep? In other words, do you wake up tired or not have the energy to do what you want to, even after a good night of sleep? It is a slight problem but I function quite well
Stress is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Is your sexual desire (libido)...? Totally absent
  • Were you ever molested / sexually abused / raped as a child? Only include incidents that occurred up until the age of 18: There was occasional molestation
    One study showed that an average adult female is 6 times more sensitive to stress if she was sexually molested as a child.
  • How would you rate your stamina? I have poor endurance
  • Were you inappropriately physically punished / abused as a child? Do not include sexual abuse here: Occasional severe physical punishment/abuse
  • Does your heart sometimes race or palpitate such that you can feel it beating? Occasionally / moderately
  • Asthma: Current minor problem
  • Do you have fatigue that is present most of the time, not improved by ordinary sleep? In other words, do you wake up tired or not have the energy to do what you want to, even after a good night of sleep? It is a slight problem but I function quite well

Stress is contra-indicated by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you practice Yoga? Once per week or less
Treatment: Continued Liver/Gall Bladder Flush Requirement: Recommended
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Continued Liver/Gall Bladder Flush is being recommended for the following reason(s):
Treatment: Glutamine Requirement: Recommended
Although considered a "non-essential" amino acid, glutamine is considered a "brain food" and helps build and maintain muscles (useful in weight loss and bodybuilding). It has been used treat arthritis, autoimmune diseases, fibrosis, intestinal disorders, ulcers, connective tissues disease, tissue damage from chemotherapy/radiation treatments, fatigue, impotence, schizophrenia and senility.

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Glutamine is being recommended for the following reason(s):
Increased Intestinal Permeability / Leaky Gut is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you have a history of allergies as an adult? Moderate
  • Do you suffer from bloating or digestive disturbances after eating? Often
  • Asthma: Current minor problem
  • It seems there is a reasonable likelihood that you could have Gastric/Peptic Ulcers
    Fresh cabbage juice has for a long time been used successfully against ulcers, probably due to its glutamine content. The amino acid glutamine works over time in doses as low as 500mg tid to heal stomach and small intestine lesions. A study of ulcers found that 1600mg of glutamine per day had a 50% cure rate within 2 weeks and 92% within 4 weeks.
  • It appears there is a medium probability that you are experiencing Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone) (web)
    It has been shown that GH is adequately produced by the aging pituitary, but its secretion from the pituitary is down-regulated with age. Scientists have found that certain amino acids and vitamins can stimulate the natural release of GH from the pituitary in many people.

    Some amino acids have been shown to stimulate GH release, and may be found in preparations designed to increase GH release. Most of these preparations come with the recommendation that they be used just prior to muscle building exercise for maximal effect. These amino acids include: L-arginine, L-lysine, L-glutamine, L-ornithine, and glycine.
Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone) is suggested partly by:
  • Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome (Seriousness: Moderate)
    It has been known for 25 years that FM patients have an abnormal sleep pattern involving stages 3 and 4 of non REM sleep. As GH is secreted predominantly during stages 3 and 4 of non-REM sleep, it was originally hypothesized that FM patients may have impaired GH secretion. IGF-1 levels are abnormally low in some fibromyalgia patients. In an analysis of IGF-1 levels in 500 female FM patients and 152 age matched non-FM subjects the mean IGF-1 level in the FM patients was 137±58 ng/ml versus 216±86 ng/ml in controls. Eighty-five percent of the FM patients had IGF-1 levels below the 50th percentile of the control population and 56% fell below the 20th percentile.

    Growth hormone deficiency in adults has been associated with many symptoms that are similar to those described by FM patients: low energy, poor general health, reduced exercise capacity, muscle weakness, cold intolerance, impaired cognition, dysthymia and decreased lean body mass. IGF1 levels are often found to be low in FM patients. The few studies done so far have found symptomatic improvement of CFS and FM patients with GH injections.

    It is likely that the problem in FM is a physiologic GH deficiency. Evidence was provided by a study in which FM patients were exercised to voluntary exhaustion on a treadmill; this is a standard test of GH secretion. Unlike healthy controls, FM patients were unable to mount a GH response to exercise, despite reaching an anaerobic threshold (an indication of an adequate exercise workload). However, when fibromyalgia patients were given pyridostigmine 1 hour prior to exercising, they were able to mount a reasonable GH response. As pyridostigmine is known to reduce somatostatin tone in the hypothalamus, this result is compatible with the notion that GH deficiency in fibromyalgia is a potentially reversible problem that has a physiologic basis i.e. increased hypothalamic somatostatin tone. [Eduardo S. Paiva, Atul Deodhar, Kim D. Jones, Robert Bennett; Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland (press release)[]

...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • According to the age you entered you fall in the range: Over 60
  • How would you rate your stamina? I have poor endurance
  • Does your health seem to be declining as you age? Slightly - minor issues are turning up
Immune System Imbalance (TH2 Dominance) is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Have you experienced an episode of fatigue that lasted 3 months or longer? Current major problem for longer than a year
  • Do you suffer from bloating or digestive disturbances after eating? Often
  • Do you have a history of allergies as an adult? Moderate
Increased Risk of Stroke is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • According to the age you entered you fall in the range: Over 60

Increased Risk of Stroke is contra-indicated by your responses to the following question(s):
  • On average, how many daily servings of fruits and vegetables do you eat? More than 5
  • How many servings of cold-water fish such as salmon, herring, sardines or mackerel do you consume on average per month? Three to four
Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease is suggested partly by:
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (Seriousness: Moderate)
  • Anemia (Iron deficiency) (web) (Seriousness: Minor)
    Anemia is a frequent presentation of celiac disease. In one study, 200 consecutive patients of a hematology clinic were screened for antigliadin and antiendomysial antibodies. Patients with both positive titers underwent intestinal biopsy, and in 10 patients (5%), results were positive for celiac disease. The prevalence increased to 8.5% if the patients with macrocytic anemia and the patients with bleeding who responded to iron therapy were excluded.

...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you suffer from bloating or digestive disturbances after eating? Often
  • Do you suffer from lower bowel gas (flatulence)? Moderately
  • Do you have a tendency toward frequent bowel movements / stools? Somewhat, have 2-3 stools per day
  • How offensively do your stools usually smell? This is difficult to quantify, but a strong smell despite brief exposure to the air, or comments by others, are good indicators!: Occasionally offensive
  • Do you have generalized abdominal discomfort or pain? Frequent moderate discomfort

Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease is contra-indicated by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Whether whole wheat or not, how often do you eat products made from wheat? Never / rarely
Increased Risk of Alzheimer's / Dementia is suggested partly by:
  • Antioxidant Requirement / Oxidative Stress (Seriousness: Moderate)
    In one study, researchers found that the higher the intake of vitamins C and E, the lower the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. The conclusion of the researchers was that “high dietary intake of vitamin C and vitamin E may lower the risk of Alzheimer disease.”

    In a second study in the same journal, there was a consistent reduction in Alzheimer’s risk with increasing intake of dietary vitamin E. Those with the highest intake of dietary vitamin E showed a remarkable 70% reduction in Alzheimer’s disease incidence. [ JAMA June 26, 2002]
  • Low Estrogen Levels (web) (Seriousness: Minor)
    Women who use hormone therapy before the age of 65 could cut their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or dementia. This possibility is raised by research that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 59th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 28 May 5, 2007.

    The study found women who used any form of estrogen hormone therapy before the age of 65 were nearly 50 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease or dementia than women who did not use hormone therapy before age 65.

    The study was part of the Women's Health Initiative Memory Study, which is a sub-study of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), one of the largest U.S. prevention studies of postmenopausal women. The study looked at prior hormone use in 7,153 healthy women ages 65-79 before they enrolled in the WHI Memory Study. Researchers followed the women's cognitive health over an average of five years.

    In that time, 106 of the women developed Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Dementia is a general term referring to the progressive decline in a person's cognitive function. Dementia can affect memory, attention, language and problem solving abilities. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia.

    Prior studies have shown that hormone therapy started during the WHI Memory Study increased a woman's chance of dementia. The reduced risk of dementia was seen only with prior hormone therapy, used before study enrollment. Reduced risk was not affected by other examined factors. "We found that it didn't matter how old the woman was when she started hormone therapy, how long or recently she took it or what kind of prior therapy she used," said study author Victor W. Henderson, MD, of Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

    Women who began estrogen-only therapy after the age of 65 had roughly a 50-percent increased risk of developing dementia. The risk jumped to nearly double for women using estrogen-plus-progestin hormone therapy.

...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • According to the age you entered you fall in the range: Over 60
    The incidence of Alzheimer's appears to double every five years after the age of 65. "Age is the number one risk factor", said Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. The reason, say experts, is the normal wear and tear the cells of the brain undergo as we age.
  • Alzheimer's Disease in close family members? Probably in one family member
    By age 80, people with Alzheimer's disease in both parents had a 54% risk, 1.5 times the risk of Alzheimer's in people with just one affected parent, and 5 times the risk of people with two unaffected parents.

Increased Risk of Alzheimer's / Dementia is contra-indicated by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you exercise aerobically for a minimum of 20 minutes or more? 3-4 times per week
    Keeping an active mind and body has been shown to reduce slightly the risk of developing the disease.
  • Do you have a 'type A' personality: intense, hard-driving, often in a hurry? Somewhat
    A surprising study of elderly people suggests that those who see themselves as self-disciplined, organized achievers have a lower risk for developing Alzheimer's disease than people who are less conscientious.

    A purposeful personality may somehow protect the brain, perhaps by increasing neural connections that can act as a reserve against mental decline, said study co-author Robert Wilson of Chicago's Rush University Medical Center.

    Astoundingly, the brains of some of the dutiful people in the study were examined after their deaths and were found to have lesions that would meet accepted criteria for Alzheimer's — even though these people had shown no signs of dementia.

    "This adds to our knowledge that lifestyle, personality, how we think, feel and behave are very importantly tied up with risk for this terrible illness," Wilson said. "It may suggest new ideas for trying to delay the onset of this illness." [General Psychiatry, Oct 1, 2007]
Treatment: Test for Occult Blood Requirement: Recommended
A fecal occult blood test checks stool samples for traces of blood that are not visible with the eye. This test is also called a stool guaiac or Hemoccult test. It is a simple chemical test of one to three consecutive stool samples.

Because the fecal occult blood test can detect bleeding from almost anywhere along the length of the digestive tract, several conditions can cause the result to be positive. They include esophagitis, gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, stomach cancer, ulcerative colitis, colorectal cancer or polyps, and hemorrhoids. The result also can be positive when someone has been taking aspirin or other medications that irritate the digestive tract.

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Test for Occult Blood is being recommended for the following reason(s):
Treatment: Test for Helicobacter Pylori Infection Requirement: Recommended
Persons infected with H. pylori develop serum antibodies to the organism that can be detected in the blood. Serological testing for H. pylori is only one of a number of diagnostic techniques that can be used.

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Test for Helicobacter Pylori Infection is being recommended for the following reason(s):
Atrophic Gastritis is suggested partly by:
  • Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency (Seriousness: Moderate)
    The ability to produce acid, pepsin and intrinsic factor is lost altogether in patients with complete gastric atrophy.

...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you suffer from bloating or digestive disturbances after eating? Often
Treatment: Physical Supports Requirement: Recommended
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Physical Supports is being recommended for the following reason(s):
  • You have indicated that you have Neck Pain / Problems
    Neck rolls and orthopedic pillows of different sizes and materials are available for use when sleeping. These help maintain the natural curvature of the cervical spine while lying on your back and can help maintain straightness of the spine and head when lying on your side, if incorporated into a pillow. Using such a roll or pillow can help reduce neck pain. There is even one pillow available, made from memory foam, which has a larger roll at the top and a smaller one at the bottom, giving you the option of rotating the pillow and using the position that provides the most comfort.
Treatment: Test Hair Analysis Requirement: Recommended
Hair analysis testing has been a widely used tool by the alternative health community. The claims of what can be learned and confirmed by hair analysis are much broader than can be supported scientifically. Only cautious conclusions can be drawn regarding mineral status from a hair analysis. Conclusions regarding heavy metal burden and toxicity are more reliable, but contamination and elimination rate must be considered carefully. Some doctors only use hair analysis as a screening tool for heavy metals, relying upon other tests to confirm the suggested findings of hair analysis, or bypassing hair analysis entirely in favor of other more reliable methods of testing heavy metal burden and mineral imbalances.

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Heavy Metal Toxicity is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Iodine: Kelp in diet or supplement
    A study of herbal kelp supplements led by UC Davis public health expert Marc Schenker concludes that its medicinal use may cause inadvertent arsenic poisoning and health dangers for consumers, especially when overused. Schenker and two researchers evaluated nine over-the-counter herbal kelp products and found higher than acceptable arsenic levels in eight of them.

    The new study, published in the April 2007 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (http://www.ehponline.org/) was prompted by the case of a 54-year-old woman who was seen at the UC Davis Occupational Medicine Clinic following a two-year history of worsening alopecia (hair loss), fatigue and memory loss.

    The woman's symptoms had begun with minor memory loss and fatigue. Her primary care physician initially found nothing wrong with the woman and thought the symptoms were related to menopause. With no specific diagnosis or treatment recommendations, the patient started taking a variety of herbal therapies, including a kelp supplement, fish oil, ginkgo biloba and grape seed extract. The kelp supplement was the only herbal therapy she took regularly throughout the course of her illness.

    Over a period of several months the woman's short- and long-term memory became so impaired that she could no longer remember her home address. She also reported having a rash, nausea and vomiting, which made it very difficult to work and forced her to leave a full-time job. The woman actually increased her dosage of kelp from two to four pills a day after her doctors still could not find a clear diagnosis.

    Subsequent laboratory tests finally revealed arsenic in the patient's blood and urine. At her physician's suggestion, the patient discontinued the kelp supplement. Within weeks, her symptoms disappeared, and within several months arsenic was no longer detected in her urine and its levels had dropped significantly in her blood. She later was referred to the UC Davis Occupational Medicine Clinic as a follow-up to her primary care.

    "It's unfortunate that a therapy that's advertised as contributing to 'vital living and well-being' would contain potentially unsafe levels of arsenic," said Schenker, who is a professor of Public Health Sciences and a leading authority on occupational and environmental diseases and respiratory illness. "Concentrations of materials contained in herbal supplements, including both the expected benefits and potential side effects, should be studied, standardized, monitored and accurately labeled."

    To assess the concentration of arsenic present in commercially available kelp supplements, the UC Davis investigators purchased nine over-the-counter kelp samples from local health food stores. Included were samples from three different batches of the product consumed by the patient.

    The researchers sent the samples to the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory in Davis, which operates in partnership with UC Davis, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and others to provide specialized testing that helps protect both human and animal health. Investigators found detectable levels of arsenic in eight of the nine kelp supplements by using a hydride vapor generation method with an inductively coupled argon plasma spectrometer. Seven of the supplements exceeded the tolerance levels for food products set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • How many servings of chicken, turkey or other fowl do you have per week? Around one per day
    Pets may not be the only organisms endangered by some food additives. An arsenic-based additive used in chicken feed may pose health risks to humans who eat meat from chickens that are raised on the feed, according to an article in the April 9, 2007 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society.

    Roxarsone, the most common arsenic-based additive used in chicken feed, is used to promote growth, kill parasites and improve pigmentation of chicken meat. In its original form, roxarsone is relatively benign. But under certain anaerobic conditions, within live chickens and on farm land, the compound is converted into more toxic forms of inorganic arsenic. Arsenic has been linked to bladder, lung, skin, kidney and colon cancer, while low-level exposures can lead to partial paralysis and diabetes, the article notes.

    Use of roxarsone has become a topic of increasing controversy. A growing number of food suppliers have stopped using the compound, including the nation's largest poultry producer, Tyson Foods, according to the article. Still, about 70 percent of the 9 billion broiler chickens produced annually in the U.S. are fed a diet containing roxarsone, the article points out.

    Complicating the issue is the fact that no one knows the exact amount of arsenic found in chicken meat or ingested by consumers who frequently eat chicken. "Neither the Food and Drug Administration nor the Department of Agriculture has actually measured the level of arsenic in the poultry meat that most people consume," according to the article.
  • Do you have numbness, tingling or burning in the extremities (hands, fingers, feet, toes)? Yes, some
Treatment: Elimination Diet Requirement: Recommended
An elimination diet is used to detect foods that might be the cause of allergies and consists of fasting or consuming foods which have a low allergic rate (such as rice, lamb, cabbage) for 4-7 days until symptoms clear. If symptoms disappear during this period, commonly consumed foods are then reintroduced one at a time in the hope of finding the culprit.

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Elimination Diet is being recommended for the following reason(s):
  • You have indicated that you have Asthma
    Although most people with asthma do not suffer from food allergies [J Asthma 1991;28: pp.5-9], unrecognized food allergy can be an exacerbating factor. [JAMA 1959;169: p.1158] A medically supervised allergy elimination diet followed by reintroduction of the eliminated foods, often helps identify problematic foods. A healthcare professional must supervise this allergy test because of the possibility of triggering a severe asthma attack during the reintroduction. [N Engl J Med 1992;327: pp.380]
Urinary Stress/Urge Incontinence is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you have a problem with urine leakage (incontinence)? Occurs with physical stress only (cough, jumping)
  • Do you have urinary urgency? Urgency even if bladder is not full - voids fully
  • There is a slight possibility of your having Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease (web)
         See evidence under Glutamine above.
    If gluten sensitivity blood testing or endoscopic exam is not possible, simple avoiding gluten-containing foods strictly for several months can help one determine if this is a likely issue. Please see the link between Gluten Sensitivity and a Gluten-free Diet.
Treatment: Manipulation Requirement: Recommended
Chiropractic care consists primarily of spinal manipulation. In spite of sales pressure and practice building techniques for which chiropractors are notorious, spinal manipulation has been around for a long time, has helped a lot of people, and is worth a try. There are large philosophical differences even within the chiropractic camp, and the care you get can vary significantly from office to office. But sometimes, nothing else will do, and chiropractic 'hits the spot'. Many Naturopaths offer spinal manipulation, and is what most Osteopaths emphasize.

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Manipulation is being recommended for the following reason(s):
  • You have indicated that you have Neck Pain / Problems
    Acute neck pain may be relieved by manipulation, especially if the pain is due to a spinal "fixation" or "subluxation" which often requires adjustment for rapid relief.

    Simply extending the head back for 30 second periods may improve disc position and assist water flow into dehydrated discs. This may also be performed while lying on your back in bed. Hang your head over the edge, toward the floor. Every thirty seconds or so bring your chin up to your chest and then back down again. Mobility exercises help maintain neck flexibility.
Treatment: Continued Calming / Stretching Exercises Requirement: Recommended
Calming exercise or motions and controlled breathing can have dramatic stress and tension-reducing effects. Maintaining flexibility by stretching routines can enhance balance and reduce injuries. Yoga, Tai Chi, abdominal breathing and Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) are among many techniques that have been used successfully to deal with the effects of stress and generally improve health.

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Continued Calming / Stretching Exercises is being recommended for the following reason(s):
  • You have indicated that you have Neck Pain / Problems
    Yoga exercises may provide the activity needed to achieve greater flexibility, postural balance, and tension relief that will reduce the incidence of neck pain. "Yoga is one of the best methods someone can use to help decrease their back and neck pain," says Dr. Mary Pulig Schatz, author of A Doctor's Gentle Yoga Guide to Back and Neck Pain Release.
  • There is a fair amount of evidence of your having Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
    Studies from Texas Tech University found that the yoga postures helped increase circulation to the limbs and decreased physically related anxiety. FMS sufferers frequently complain about decreased energy, but the Tech subjects reported that the yoga exercises actually increased energy levels.
  • You have indicated that you have Asthma
    Studies conducted at yoga institutions in India have reported impressive success in improving asthma. For example, one study of 255 people with asthma found that yoga resulted in improvement or cure in 74% of asthma patients. Another study of 114 patients treated over one year by yoga found a 76% rate of improvement or cure and that asthma attacks could usually be prevented by yoga methods without resorting to drugs.

    Another Indian study of 15 people with asthma claimed a 93% improvement rate over a 9-year period. That study found improvement was linked with improved concentration, and the addition of a meditative procedure made the treatment more effective than simple postures and breathing exercises. Yoga practice also resulted in greater reduction in anxiety scores than drug therapy. Its authors believe that yoga practice helps patients through enabling them to gain access to their own internal experience and increased self-awareness.

    A study of 46 adolescents with asthma found that yoga practice resulted in a significant increase in pulmonary function and exercise capacity and led to fewer symptoms and medications. Patients were given daily training in yoga for 90 minutes in the morning and one hour in the evening for 40 days. Practice included yogic cleansing procedures (kriyas), maintenance of yogic body postures (asanas), and yogic breathing practices (pranayama).
  • You probably have a minor Stress (web)
         See evidence under Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) above.
    Many people who practice yoga say they experience a "freeing the mind from mental disturbances," "calming the spirit," or "steadying the mind" with reduction of nervousness, irritability and confusion, depression and mental fatigue.
Atherosclerosis is suggested partly by:
  • Antioxidant Requirement / Oxidative Stress (Seriousness: Moderate)
    High-potency antioxidant supplements can reduce atherosclerosis in humans. A study involving 11,178 elderly people over a 9 year period showed that the use of the antioxidant vitamin E reduced the risk of death from all causes by 34%. This effect was strongest for coronary artery disease, where vitamin E reduced death from heart attack by 63%. [American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Aug. 1996]
  • Low Estrogen Levels (web) (Seriousness: Minor)
    Low estrogen levels raise LDL-C (bad) cholesterol, while lowering HDL (good) cholesterol, both of which contribute to atherosclerosis. Supplemental estrogen reduces this risk, at least partially by increasing the HDL particle size which confers some protection against heart disease.
  • Stress (web) (Seriousness: Minor)
    Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, reports on a study that has correlated the degree of carotid arterial atherosclerosis with exaggerated response to mental stress in men under the age of 55. Patients whose blood pressure responses to stressful situations were the strongest were found to have significantly more advanced atherosclerosis in the carotid arteries than those whose blood pressure responses were less salient.

    Although researchers are careful not to say that stress causes atherosclerosis, the evidence clearly points to cardiovascular reactivity to stress as an atherosclerotic risk factor of the same magnitude as smoking, hypertension, insulin resistance, and elevated cholesterol levels. The hypothesis is that, "Frequent and prolonged periods of elevated blood pressure during mental stress may promote mechanical injury to the endothelial lining or cause release of hormones that can promote the build up of plaque." [Circulation Vol. 96, No. 11: pp. 3842-3848]

    Moscow scientists stated in October, 2000 that they have shown atherosclerotic plaques in blood vessels are formed because of adrenaline, a hormone that releases during stress.

...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • According to the age you entered you fall in the range: Over 60
  • Current menstrual status? If unsure, answer Premenopausal if under 45 or Perimenopausal if 45-52. Only answer Postmenopausal if you have successfully passed through menopause. Answering 'Don't know' will present all menstrual questions: Postmenopausal OR both ovaries removed
  • If your mother ever suffered heart attack(s), at approximately what age did they start? 61-70
  • Vitamin C: None / don't know
  • Do you have a 'type A' personality: intense, hard-driving, often in a hurry? Somewhat

Atherosclerosis is contra-indicated by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you exercise aerobically for a minimum of 20 minutes or more? 3-4 times per week
  • On average, how many daily servings of fruits and vegetables do you eat? More than 5
    Intake of fruits, berries and vegetables may reduce cardiovascular disease risk through the beneficial combination of antioxidants, fiber, potassium, magnesium and other phytochemicals. A study looked at the association of the dietary intake of fruits, berries and vegetables with early atherosclerosis, manifested as increased intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery wall (CCA-IMT). The data show that a high fruit, berry and vegetable intake is associated with significantly reduced risk of mortality and IMT thickness in middle-aged Finnish men. Consequently, the findings of this work indicate that diet dominated by plant-derived foods can promote longevity and good cardiovascular health. [Journal of Nutrition 2003;133: pp.199-204]
  • Your sex is: Female
    Men are more likely to suffer from this condition than women.
  • It seems there is a small chance of your having Weakened Immune System (web)
    This study points to specific protective benefits as related to shingles and aging. There may a broader, yet untested protective benefit against infectious disease.

    Tai chi chih, the Westernized version of the 2,000-year-old Chinese martial art characterized by slow movement and meditation, significantly boosts the immune systems of older adults against the virus that leads to the painful, blistery rash known as shingles, according to a new UCLA study.

    The 25-week study, which involved a group of 112 adults ranging in age from 59 to 86, showed that practicing tai chi chih alone boosted immunity to a level comparable to having received the standard vaccine against the shingles-causing varicella zoster virus. When tai chi chih was combined with the vaccine, immunity reached a level normally seen in middle age. The report appears in the April issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, currently online.

    The results, said lead author Michael Irwin, the Norman Cousins Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, confirm a positive, virus-specific immune response to a behavioral intervention. The findings demonstrate that tai chi chih can produce a clinically relevant boost in shingles immunity and add to the benefit of the shingles vaccine in older adults.

    "These are exciting findings, because the positive results of this study also have implications for other infectious diseases, like influenza and pneumonia," said Irwin, who is also director of the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology. "Since older adults often show blunted protective responses to vaccines, this study suggests that tai chi is an approach that might complement and augment the efficacy of other vaccines, such as influenza."

    The study divided individuals into two groups. Half took tai chi chih classes three times a week for 16 weeks, while the other half attended health education classes - including advice on stress management, diet and sleep habits - for the same amount of time and did not practice tai chi chih. After 16 weeks, both groups received a dose of the shingles vaccine Varivax. At the end of the 25-week period, the tai chi chih group achieved a level of immunity two times greater than the health education group. The tai chi chih group also showed significant improvements in physical functioning, vitality, mental health and reduction of bodily pain

    The research follows the success of an earlier pilot study that showed a positive immune response from tai chi chih but did not assess its effects when combined with the vaccine.

    The varicella zoster virus is the cause of chickenpox in kids. Children who get chickenpox generally recover, but the virus lives on in the body, remaining dormant. As we age, Irwin said, our weakening immune systems may allow the virus to reemerge as shingles. Approximately one-third of adults over 60 will acquire the infection at some point.
Weakened Immune System is suggested partly by:
  • Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency (Seriousness: Significant)
    Adrenal insufficiency can lead to a host of problems, including a weakened immune response, anxiety and panic attacks.
  • Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome (Seriousness: Moderate)
    Immune dysfunction has been documented in CFS. CFS has been called chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS). The immune dysfunction may result in recurrent infections, often with normally nonpathogenic organisms such as Candida albicans or bowel parasites. Treat any bowel infections or imbalances and any sinusitis or nasal congestion.
  • Yeast / Candida (web) (Seriousness: Moderate)
    Candidiasis is more common and severe in individuals with weakened immune systems.
  • Stress (web) (Seriousness: Minor)
    Studies show that stress and depression affect the body physically and can weaken the immune system. Suppressor-T cells, also known as CD8 cells, are part of the immune system. Studies by Manuck et al in 1991 showed that psychological stressors induced cell division among CD8 cells, thereby increasing the number of CD8 cells and suppressing immune function. However, this response was only seen in those subjects who also showed high heart rate change and catecholamine change during the stressors i.e. those people who are significantly affected by stress.
Calming / Stretching Exercise Need is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • How would you or others rate your posture? The shoulders and head are usually hunched forward and the back bent forward in poor posture. Your ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles should make a straight line, when viewed from the side: Average
  • Do you have fatigue that is present most of the time, not improved by ordinary sleep? In other words, do you wake up tired or not have the energy to do what you want to, even after a good night of sleep? It is a slight problem but I function quite well
    A British study of 71 healthy volunteers aged 21 to 76 found that a daily 30 minute program of yogic stretching and breathing exercises resulted in an invigorating effect on mental and physical energy and mood.
Treatment: Continued Alcohol Avoidance Requirement: Recommended
For alcoholics, complete abstinence is a requirement. Many alcoholics who seek treatment find success and they learn to abstain totally from alcohol. However, the majority, as many as 90%, relapse at least once during the four years following treatment. Fifty percent relapse within the first few months. Sometimes a relapse is a necessary part of finding out that they can not just enjoy an occasional drink. Subsequent treatment attempts may or may not prove successful.

For the average regular drinker where addiction is not a problem, continued drinking may have some health, social and psychological benefits. However, each of these seeming benefits can be achieved by other means. So if it looks like the benefits of regular alcohol consumption is balanced or outweighed by negative consequences, it is appropriate to reduce or stop drinking entirely at least for a trial period of time. If you find it especially difficult to stop, alcohol use may be more of a problem than you had thought.

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Continued Alcohol Avoidance is being recommended for the following reason(s):
  • There exists a fair chance of your having Gastric/Peptic Ulcers
    No proven relationship exists between peptic ulcer disease and the intake of alcohol. However, since alcohol can cause gastritis, moderation in alcohol consumption is often recommended.
Pancreatitis is suggested partly by:
  • Steatorrhea / Fat Malabsorption (Seriousness: Moderate)
    In chronic pancreatitis, episodes of acute pancreatitis recur until the pain becomes persistent and severe. The pain is brought on by eating, so that sufferers often avoid food and may lose much weight. Eventually, symptoms develop that are related to the failure of normal pancreatic function. Steatorrhoea are bowel motions that are pale, loose, fatty, and offensive, caused by the lack of lipase with subsequent malabsorption of fat.

...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you have pain or discomfort in the upper abdominal (stomach) area, below the breastbone? Several times a week / moderate
    The symptoms of acute pancreatitis usually begin with severe pain in the upper abdomen.
Nocturia is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Urination. On average, how many times do you get up to urinate during your sleeping hours? Three times
A lack of Alcohol-related Problems is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • What is your current average alcohol consumption? None at all
Treatment: Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Requirement: Recommended
Glycyrrhizin is one of the active constituents of licorice. It possesses antidepressant effects, and heals mucous membranes of the digestive tract. It may cause peripheral edema (fluid retention), which goes away when licorice is stopped. Because glycyrrhizin can cause high blood pressure and other problems, it should only be taken on the advice of a health care practitioner.

DGL stands for De-Glycyrrhizinated Licorice. Glycyrrhizin has been shown to increase blood pressure and cause water retention. Since the glycyrrhizin is removed, DGL does not cause these potentially harmful side effects.

Licorice can be taken in the following forms:
  • Dried root: 1 to 5g as an infusion or decoction three times per day
  • 250-500mg (standardized extract), 3 times a day
  • Licorice 1:5 tincture: 2 to 5ml three times per day
  • DGL extract: 0.4 to 1.6g three times per day for peptic ulcer
  • DGL extract 4:1: in chewable tablet form 300 to 400mg 20 minutes before meals for peptic ulcer
Capsules and liquid extracts made from powdered licorice root are the most commonly available single agent forms of licorice in the United States.

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Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is being recommended for the following reason(s):
  • It appears there is a great deal of evidence that you are experiencing Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency
    If cortisol levels are low, one of the ways to sustain more normal levels is to slow or inhibit its breakdown. This can be accomplished naturally.

    The only known readily available inhibitors of the enzyme that deactivates cortisol (11 beta-HSD) are glycyrrhizic acid (found in licorice root extract), progesterone, and flavonoids (in grapefruit). The concept of extending cortisol bioactivity via 11 beta-HSD inhibition is well established, but the manner in which progesterone alters 11 beta-HSD is not currently clear. You could eat 10 to 15 grapefruits or take licorice root extract to sustain cortisol levels. However, licorice root used regularly in large doses can produce high blood pressure, water retention, potassium wasting, and breast enlargement in men. A Naturopathic Doctor should be able to guide you in using licorice root alone or in combination with other adrenal agents.
  • You have indicated that you have Asthma
    Glycyrrhizin, found in licorice root, shows steroid-Iike activity and has a long history of use as an anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic agent, actions which have now been documented. Glycyrrhiza is an expectorant, which can be useful for relieving asthma.
  • There appears to be a medium probability of your having Gastric/Peptic Ulcers
    Licorice root, particularly deglycyrrhized licorice, can be a useful adjunct to antibiotic treatment because it accelerates the healing of the stomach lining. Deglycyrrhized licorice root (DGL) and glutamine have been used to get people off of antacids, H2 blockers and proton pump inhibiters (PPI). A typical dose of DGL will be 500mg tid either with or without a meal.

    In a study of DGL in gastric ulcers, 33 gastric ulcer patients were treated with either DGL (760mg TID) or a placebo for one month. There was a significantly greater reduction in ulcer size in the DGL group (78%), than in the placebo group (34%). Complete healing occurred in 44% of those receiving DGL, but in only 6% of the placebo group. [Gut 1969:10; pp.299-303]
Treatment: Reading List Requirement: Recommended


Reading List is being recommended for the following reason(s):
  • It appears there is a good chance that you could have General Detoxification Requirement
    Fasting and Eating for Health, A Medical Doctor's Program For Conquering Disease. by Joel Fuhrman, MD. 1995.

    For a great resource on the raw food diet try Living on Live Food by Alissa Cohen.

    See also our page on .The Grape Cure. This is a much older book by Johanna Brandt, ND, but many have found it a very helpful way to detoxify.
  • You have indicated that you have Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever
    In an open-labeled study, allergic rhinitis and sinusitis patients were followed over a period of 12 weeks and the degree of allergic responses showed significant changes accompanied by clinical improvement and symptomatic relief of patients. Markers of efficacy included decrease in serum IgE levels, decrease in the TH2 cell activity, less turbinate hypertrophy and rhinonorea, etc.. [Abstract in Proc. 26th Annu Cong Physiol. Soc. S. Afr. (1998) [Abstract 178]]
  • It appears there is a medium probability of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
    Dr. Mark Pimentel believes that the "missing link," or root cause of most IBS symptoms can be attributed to an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. A New IBS Solution takes you through the historical evolution of conventional medicine's views on IBS in a way that can be easily understood. In addition, Dr. Pimentel presents a simple treatment protocol that will not only help you resolve your IBS symptoms, but will also prevent their recurrence.

    Another book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall contains The Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ which has proven to be highly successful for many who suffer from various bowel disorders as well as the many related problems which actually stem from imbalances in the intestinal tract.
  • It appears there is a reasonable likelihood of your having Hypothyroidism (web)
         See evidence under Test Adrenal Function above.
    A good resource be Dr. Kenneth Blanchard's book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Hypothyroidism published in January, 2004. He specifically discusses SAD and it's relationship to thyroid reserves, as well as the use of T3 and Armour thyroid.

    Wilson’s Syndrome, The Miracle of Feeling Well. is an older book and somewhat controversial although many doctors are using variations of his therapeutic approach. This book contains much useful information and many testimonials of people helped by using T3 therapy.
  • You have indicated that you have Headaches, Migraine/Tension
    Headache Help by Lawrence Robbins, M.D. and Susan Lang. A Complete guide to understanding headaches and the medications that relieve them (Paperback).
Dyspepsia / Poor Digestion is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Do you suffer from bloating or digestive disturbances after eating? Often
  • Do you suffer from belching (burping) within 1 hour of a meal? Often
  • Is your stomach upset by greasy food? Seriously
  • Do you suffer from lower bowel gas (flatulence)? Moderately
  • Is your stomach upset by taking supplement tablets? Yes
  • Are your fingernails brittle - do they chip, peel or break easily? Somewhat

Dyspepsia / Poor Digestion is contra-indicated by your responses to the following question(s):
  • How well do you chew your food? Very thoroughly
    Chewing your food thoroughly begins the digestive process sooner by mixing amylase with the food in your mouth and promotes more normal digestion by increasing the surface area of the food particles being digested.
  • It seems there is a fair chance of Lyme Disease (web)
         See evidence under Antibiotics above.
    Beating Lyme Disease: Using Alternative Medicine and God-Designed Living by David A. and Sara Koch Jernigan
    (January 2004) is a book that takes you far beyond its title. It is written in such understandable language that even beginners can grasp its dynamics quickly and easily. Doctors should also consider this book a must read. If you are searching for alternative methods to treating physical illness, of cleansing your body of toxins and damaging bacteria, then "Beating Lyme Disease" is a book you will treasure.
Low Estrogen Levels is suggested partly by:
  • Dry skin (web) (Seriousness: Minor)
  • Urinary Stress/Urge Incontinence (web) (Seriousness: Moderate)
    The cause of urinary stress incontinence in women is usually pelvic relaxation resulting from childbirth and the aging process. These changes become more pronounced following menopause as estrogen deficiency allows atrophy of the genitourinary tissues.
  • Headaches (web) (Seriousness: Moderate)
    The problem of menopausal headache is substantial; it is probably under-estimated, under-treated and poorly understood. It certainly deserves further attention. [J Br Meno Soc 1998; 4: pp.56-61]
  • Headaches, Migraine/Tension (Seriousness: Moderate)
    Women must first be exposed to elevated estrogen levels before low estrogen levels will trigger headache activity. Constant low levels of estrogen, as in menopause, are less likely to be associated with increased headache pattern.
  • Low Sex Drive (web) (Seriousness: Minor)
  • Dry Eye (web) (Seriousness: Minor)

...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Have you experienced a reduction in breast fullness and/or increased sagging? Major
    Low levels of estrogen, typically experienced at menopause, can cause sagging breasts. Sagging that occurs prior to menopause is not reversible by hormone replacement therapy.
  • Do you suffer from bloating or digestive disturbances after eating? Often
  • Does your health seem to be declining as you age? Slightly - minor issues are turning up
  • Do you consume green tea? One to two cups per day
    High intake of green tea has been associated with higher levels of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and lowered levels of serum estradiol (estrogen) concentration in women.
  • Do you have fatigue that is present most of the time, not improved by ordinary sleep? In other words, do you wake up tired or not have the energy to do what you want to, even after a good night of sleep? It is a slight problem but I function quite well
  • It appears that you could have a minor Cancer / Risk Reduction - General Measures (web)
         See evidence under Vitamin D above.
    How to Fight Cancer & Win from Agora Health Books contains many unconventional cancer treatments that have helped eliminate cancers of various types. Discover 43 simple ways to cancer-proof your life.
  • There exists some evidence of your having Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease (web)
         See evidence under Glutamine above.
    The Book of Gluten
    The Book of Gluten by Stephen Gislason, MD describes how eating cereal grains can cause a spectrum of illness from ambiguous, relatively mild digestive symptoms to more destructive and even life-threatening disease.

    Who Should Read This Book?

    *Everyone who has experienced symptoms after eating any food containing wheat, rye, oats, and/or barley should read this book.
    *Everyone with undiagnosed illness that involves digestive symptoms, aching, fatigue or anemia should read this book.
    *Everyone with celiac disease should read this book.
    *The relatives and friends of celiacs should read this book.
    *Everyone who treats people with celiac disease should read this book.
    *Everyone with autoimmune disease should read this book.
    *Everyone with depression and other symptoms of brain dysfunction should read this book.
  • It appears that you could have a minor Increased Risk of Alzheimer's / Dementia (web)
         See evidence under Glutamine above.
    A team of national researchers, led by Emory University, has developed a rapid screening test to detect mild cognitive impairment (MCI) - often the earliest stage of AD. The findings are published in the online edition of Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

    The study shows that the combination of a very brief three-minute cognitive screening test, called the Mini-Cog (MC), with a Functional Activities Questionnaire (FAQ) - administered to a family member or friend - could accurately identify individuals with MCI and undiagnosed dementia.

    "Since current medications can only delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease but are not able to reverse its devastating effects, a test like this is key to help individuals detect this devastating disease earlier and maintain a good quality of life for as long as possible," says James Lah, MD, associate professor of neurology, Emory University School of Medicine and lead investigator of the study.

    The new screening instrument, referred to as the MC-FAQ, allowed the researchers to correctly classify the 204 participating elderly individuals as cognitively normal, demented, or mildly cognitively impaired with a high degree of accuracy (83%). Approximately 30 percent of participants had MCI and 32% were very mildly demented.

    According to Lah, screening for MCI is notoriously difficult and typically requires 40-60 minutes or more of formal neuropsychological testing to achieve 80 percent accuracy or higher. Specific accuracy for classifying people as MCI with the MC-FAQ was 74%.

    "While this may not seem overly impressive, it is quite remarkable for a 3-minute investment," says Lah. "The MC-FAQ is also extremely inexpensive, easy to administer and score, and requires no special training."

    The MC portion of the screening consisted of a simple clock drawing task and three-item recall that typically took the research participant less than five minutes to complete. The FAQ was completed by a reliable informant, generally a spouse, other family member or close friend while the research participant was performing other tasks. [Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, November 2008 (Volume 15:3)]

    Please note: If you decide to try this test and, you find the results of the test suspicious, please don't jump to any conclusion until you consult with your personal care physician.

    There are three parts to the test.

    First, name three objects and then ask the person being tested to repeat them back to you (for example, chair, house, apple). If the person cannot repeat the three objects after a few tries (cannot learn them), please consult a physician immediately. If the person can complete this task move on to the following.

    Second, ask the person to draw a clock. The clock should include the shape and the numbers on the clock. Pretty much like a simple clock you see on a wall.

    Third, ask the person to repeat the words/objects from the first part of the test.

    If the person is unable to repeat any of the words, they might be categorized as mildly cognitively impaired or suffering from dementia. The key word so far - might.

    If the person can repeat all three words the person is not "probably suffering from dementia".

    If the person cannot draw the clock or if it looks abnormal they would fall into the category of "probably" suffering from mild cognitive impairment or dementia.

    You should note that many people that cannot past this test might be suffering from some other illness. This is why it is necessary to consult your doctor and a memory specialist.

    The person you are testing could be suffering from depression, hypothyroidism, or any number of illnesses that can present as Alzheimer's or dementia. This is why it is necessary to get a complete battery of tests performed by a medical professional prior to any "official" diagnosis.
Postmenopausal Status / Issues is suggested partly by:
...and partly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Have you had a hysterectomy? Hysterectomy with both ovaries removed
    When the uterus has been removed, you should experience no more periods. When both ovaries are removed, the levels of estrogen in the body drop dramatically and women usually experience symptoms of "surgical menopause" within a few days of surgery.
  • Current menstrual status? If unsure, answer Premenopausal if under 45 or Perimenopausal if 45-52. Only answer Postmenopausal if you have successfully passed through menopause. Answering 'Don't know' will present all menstrual questions: Postmenopausal OR both ovaries removed
  • According to the age you entered you fall in the range: Over 60
Treatment: Test for Food Allergies Requirement: Recommended
Recent improvements in laboratory techniques have made blood testing for food and airborne allergens more reliable than they previously were. The test should include both IgE and IgG antibodies in order to identify both immediate and delayed type allergens.

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Test for Food Allergies is being recommended for the following reason(s):
  • You have indicated that you have Headaches, Migraine/Tension
    Food allergy may be a factor in as many as 80% of migraine sufferers. In one study of 60 patients, the average number of foods causing symptoms was 10 per patient. All patients improved when offending foods were eliminated and 85% became headache free. All 15 patients who had high blood pressure at start of study saw blood pressure return to normal. The following were most often implicated as a cause of migraine: cow's milk (30%); eggs (27%); chocolate (25%); oranges and wheat (24%); cheese and tomatoes (15%). Common food triggers of migraines were milk products, sweets, corn, beef, coffee and teas amongst others. While food allergies are an important factor in migraines, they play less of a role in tension type headaches.
  • You have indicated that you have Asthma
    Many studies have indicated that food allergies play an important role in asthma. Negative reactions to food may be immediate or delayed. Immediate onset sensitivities in children are usually due to egg, fish, shellfish, nuts, or peanuts. Foods most commonly associated with delayed onset include milk, chocolate, wheat, citrus, and food colorings. Elimination diets have been successful in treating asthma, especially for infants.

    Asthmatics who have difficulty controlling their asthma despite the use of appropriate medications should also undergo food allergy testing. [Curr Allergy Rep 2001 Jan;1(1): pp.54-60]
Treatment: Bioflavonoids Requirement: Recommended
Bioflavonoids such as Quercetin, Rutin, and Hesperidin are vital through their ability to increase the strength of the capillaries (blood vessels) and to regulate their permeability. They assist Vitamin C in keeping collagen, the intercellular "cement" in healthy condition; are essential for the proper absorption and use of vitamin C; prevent Vitamin C from being destroyed in the body by oxidation; are beneficial in hypertension; help hemorrhages and ruptures in the capillaries and connective tissues and build a protective barrier against infections.

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Bioflavonoids is being recommended for the following reason(s):
  • You have indicated that you have Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever
    Plants high in bioflavonoids such as quercetin and curcuma (rose hips, bilberry) are especially useful because they reduce your body's production of histamines or leukotrienes (substances that cause allergy symptoms) and strengthen connective tissue.

    Quercetin appears to stabilize the membranes of the mast cells that release histamine. Since quercetin's action is preventive, it is best taken daily a week or two before pollen season and continued throughout.
  • You have indicated that you have Asthma
    Quercetin appears to be important in the prevention of asthma attacks. It has been shown to inhibit histamine release from mast cells and basophils when stimulated by antigens (triggers). In addition, quercetin has both a vitamin C-sparing effect and a direct stabilizing effect on membranes, including mast cells. It is also an antioxidant. Other flavones also inhibit histamine release, but to a lesser degree.
  • You could be experiencing a minor Concern Over Wrinkled Skin (web)
    Dark chocolate rich in flavonoids -- plant-based antioxidants -- appears to protect against skin cancer and promote healthy skin, a study by German researchers found. The study involved 24 women who added hot cocoa to their breakfasts daily for about three months. Half received cocoa that contained 329 milligrams of flavanols while the rest received a placebo cocoa that contained only 27 mg of flavanols per serving.

    At the end of the study results showed that women who drank the flavonoid-rich cocoa:
    • Had 15 percent less skin reddening after UV light exposure after six weeks of drinking the cocoa, and 25 percent less after 12 weeks.
    • Experienced a doubling of blood flow in the skin in tissue 1 millimeter below the surface, and a 37.5 percent increase in tissue 7 to 8 mm deep.
    • Had skin that was 16 percent denser, 11 percent thicker, 13 percent moister, 30 percent less rough and 42 percent less scaly, compared to the beginning of the study.
    The researchers suspect the flavonoids may work by increasing blood flow and fighting free radicals.

    The cocoa used in the study is not yet commercially available, but researchers said the flavonoid amounts used were similar to those found in a little over three ounces of dark chocolate. [Journal of Nutrition June 2006;136(6):1565-9]
Concern Over Wrinkled Skin is indicated mainly by your responses to the following question(s):
  • Are you concerned about wrinkles in your skin? Very
Treatment: NSAIDs Requirement: Avoid
NSAIDs are medications for arthritis and other painful inflammatory conditions in the body. Aspirin, ibuprofen (MOTRIN), naproxen (NAPROSYN), and etodolac (LODINE) are a few examples of this class of medication.

The chronic use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) should be restricted to those conditions that have not responded to more natural means or methods. Always deal with the underlying causes when known or possible. Side-effects vary among different NSAIDs with some being safer than others. Consider using the lowest possible dose to accomplish the job. If you are taking them already and tolerating them well, the reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease may be another very motivating reason to continue.

Due to the detrimental effects of NSAIDs on the body, most physicians resort to a game of "NSAID musical-chairs," taking a patient off one NSAID as soon as side effects become evident or the drug stops working, then treating the patient with another of the 10 most widely prescribed propionic acid-derived NSAIDs.

To provide a more consistent form of treatment, researchers have long searched for a side-effect free anti-inflammatory agent. Researchers have focused on selective cyclo-oxygenase (COX-2) inhibitors, more precise versions of NSAIDs. Whereas previous NSAIDs reduced inflammation by inhibiting all cyclo-oxygenase activity, these new selective COX-2 inhibitors (Celebrex, Vioxx, Bextra) differentiate between the two forms of COX: COX-1 appears to regulate many normal physiologic functions and COX-2 mediates the inflammatory response. These selective inhibitors are believed to reduce inflammation without influencing normal physiologic functions by inhibiting only COX-2. By leaving COX-1 alone, the selective inhibitors result in fewer gastrointestinal side effects.

Upon further inspection, however, Celebrex (celecoxib) use has been associated with headaches, change in bowel habits, abdominal discomfort and dizziness in osteoarthritis patients. Fewer adverse effects are reported in rheumatoid arthritis patients, but because the drug is metabolized in the liver by cytochrome P-450 isozyme CYP2C9, drug interactions are possible. Celebrex has generally gained popularity over Vioxx because of concerns that Vioxx use will increase the risk of heart related side effects. Further, the use of Celebrex is being questioned regarding whether there really is a reduced risk of stomach ulcers. [The Guardian - December 24, 2002]

On September 30, 2004: "The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acknowledged the voluntary withdrawl from the market of Vioxx (chemical name rofecoxib). Celebrex and Bextra were still available at that time.

The blockbuster painkiller Bextra was pulled off the market April 7, 2005, and the US government ordered that 19 other popular prescription competitors - from Celebrex to Mobic to high-dose naproxen - carry tough new warnings that they, too, may increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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NSAIDs is being recommended against for the following reason(s):

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GLOSSARY

Acetylcholine:  A neurotransmitter widely distributed in body tissues with a primary function of mediating synaptic activity of the nervous system and skeletal muscles.

Achlorhydria:  The complete absence or failure of stomach acid secretion.

Acne:  A chronic skin disorder due to inflammation of hair follicles and sebaceous glands (secretion glands in the skin).

Acute:  An illness or symptom of sudden onset, which generally has a short duration.

Addison's Disease:  Characterized by the chronic destruction of the adrenal cortex, which leads to an increased loss of sodium and water in the urine, muscle weakness and low blood pressure. The bronze color of the skin is due to the increased production of the skin pigment, melanin.

Adrenal Insufficiency:  Also known as Adrenal Exhaustion or Low Adrenal Function, this is a condition where the adrenal gland is compromised in its production of epinephrine, norepinephrine, cortisol, corticosterone or aldosterone. Symptoms include primarily fatigue, weakness, decreased appetite with ensuing weight loss, as well as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, or increased pigmentation of the skin. Cortical insufficiency (low or no corticosteroids) produces a more serious condition called Addison’s Disease, characterized by extreme weakness, low blood pressure, pigmentation of the skin, shock or even death.

Aerobic:  Using oxygen. For example, aerobic exercises such as running, swimming, bicycling or playing tennis use up lots of oxygen and burn up lots of calories and fat.

Allergen:  A substance that is capable of producing an allergic response in the body.

Allergic Rhinitis:  Also known as hay fever, this is an inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes that is caused by specific allergen(s). It is an allergy characterized by sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, a runny or stuffy nose, coughing and a burning/scratchy sensation of the palate and throat.

Allergic Salute:  When the itchy, runny or blocked nose is being wiped in an upwards direction. This movement helps to open up the nasal airways but can lead to an Allergic Crease - a horizontal crease or pale line that develops across the lower part of the nose as a consequence of frequent upward wiping of the nose.

Allergy:  Hypersensitivity caused by exposure to a particular antigen (allergen), resulting in an increased reactivity to that antigen on subsequent exposure, sometimes with harmful immunologic consequences.

Alopecia:  Loss of hair.

Alzheimer's Disease:  A progressive disease of the middle-aged and elderly, characterized by loss of function and death of nerve cells in several areas of the brain, leading to loss of mental functions such as memory and learning. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia.

Amino Acid:  An organic acid containing nitrogen chemical building blocks that aid in the production of protein in the body. Eight of the twenty-two known amino acids are considered "essential," and must be obtained from dietary sources because the body can not synthesize them.

Anaerobic:  Of, relating to, or being activity in which the body incurs an oxygen debt (for example weight training or resistive exercises) and does not immediately burn off a lot of calories and fat.

Anemia:  A condition resulting from an unusually low number of red blood cells or too little hemoglobin in the red blood cells. The most common type is iron-deficiency anemia in which the red blood cells are reduced in size and number, and hemoglobin levels are low. Clinical symptoms include shortness of breath, lethargy and heart palpitations.

Antacid:  Neutralizes acid in the stomach, esophagus, or first part of the duodenum.

Antibody:  A type of serum protein (globulin) synthesized by white blood cells of the lymphoid type in response to an antigenic (foreign substance) stimulus. Antibodies are complex substances formed to neutralize or destroy these antigens in the blood. Antibody activity normally fights infection but can be damaging in allergies and a group of diseases that are called autoimmune diseases.

Antigen:  A substance, usually protein or protein-sugar complex in nature, which, being foreign to the bloodstream or tissues of an animal, stimulates the formation of specific blood serum antibodies and white blood cell activity. Re-exposure to similar antigen will reactivate the white blood cells and antibody programmed against this specific antigen.

Anti-inflammatory:  Reducing inflammation by acting on body mechanisms, without directly acting on the cause of inflammation, e.g., glucocorticoids, aspirin.

Antimicrobial:  Tending to destroy microbes, hinder their multiplication or growth.

Antioxidant:  A chemical compound that slows or prevents oxygen from reacting with other compounds. Some antioxidants have been shown to have cancer-protecting potential because they neutralize free radicals. Examples include vitamins C and E, beta carotene, the minerals selenium and germanium, superoxide dismutase (SOD), coenzyme Q10, catalase, and some amino acids.

Anxiety:  Apprehension of danger, or dread, accompanied by nervous restlessness, tension, increased heart rate, and shortness of breath unrelated to a clearly identifiable stimulus.

Arachidonic Acid:  A polyunsaturated 20-carbon essential fatty acid occurring in animal fats and also formed by biosynthesis from dietary linoleic acid (Omega 6). It is a precursor in the biosynthesis of leukotrienes, prostaglandins, and thromboxanes. Excess tends to produce inflammation.

Arthralgia:  Severe throbbing or stabbing pain along a nerve in one or more joints.

Arthritis:  Inflammation of a joint, usually accompanied by pain, swelling, and stiffness, and resulting from infection, trauma, degenerative changes, metabolic disturbances, or other causes. It occurs in various forms, such as bacterial arthritis, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis, the most common form, is characterized by a gradual loss of cartilage and often an overgrowth of bone at the joints.

Asthma:  A lung disorder marked by attacks of breathing difficulty, wheezing, coughing, and thick mucus coming from the lungs. The episodes may be triggered by breathing foreign substances (allergens) or pollutants, infection, vigorous exercise, or emotional stress.

Atherosclerosis:  Common form of arteriosclerosis associated with the formation of atheromas which are deposits of yellow plaques containing cholesterol, lipids, and lipophages within the intima and inner media of arteries. This results in a narrowing of the arteries, which reduces the blood and oxygen flow to the heart and brain as well as to other parts of the body and can lead to a heart attack, stroke, or loss of function or gangrene of other tissues.

Atopic:  Genetically predisposed toward developing immediate hypersensitivity reactions to common environmental allergens.

Autoimmune Disease:  One of a large group of diseases in which the immune system turns against the body's own cells, tissues and organs, leading to chronic and often deadly conditions. Examples include multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, Bright's disease and diabetes.

Bacteria:  Microscopic germs. Some bacteria are "harmful" and can cause disease, while other "friendly" bacteria protect the body from harmful invading organisms.

Basophil:  The basophils account for about 1% of the granulocyte count (60 to 75% of the white blood cells). They release chemicals such as histamine and play a role in the inflammatory response to infection.

Benign:  Literally: innocent; not malignant. Often used to refer to cells that are not cancerous.

Beta-Carotene:  The most abundant of the carotenoids, beta-carotene has strong provitamin A activity and is a stronger antioxidant than vitamin A. It is widely accepted today as a cancer preventative. It is found in leafy green and yellow vegetables, often missing in children's diets. Beta-Carotene is believed to be a superior source of Vitamin A because it is readily converted into a more active form of the substance: your body converts it to Vitamin A as needed.

Bile:  A bitter, yellow-green secretion of the liver. Bile is stored in the gallbladder and is released when fat enters the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) in order to aid digestion.

Biopsy:  Excision of tissue from a living being for diagnosis.

Bronchitis:  Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes, frequently accompanied by cough, hypersecretion of mucus, and expectoration of sputum. Acute bronchitis is usually caused by an infectious agent and of short duration. Chronic bronchitis, generally the result of smoking, may also be known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Emphysema.

Calcium:  The body's most abundant mineral. Its primary function is to help build and maintain bones and teeth. Calcium is also important to heart health, nerves, muscles and skin. Calcium helps control blood acid-alkaline balance, plays a role in cell division, muscle growth and iron utilization, activates certain enzymes, and helps transport nutrients through cell membranes. Calcium also forms a cellular cement called ground substance that helps hold cells and tissues together.

Cancer:  Refers to the various types of malignant neoplasms that contain cells growing out of control and invading adjacent tissues, which may metastasize to distant tissues.

Candidiasis:  Infection of the skin or mucous membrane with any species of candida, usually Candida albicans. The infection is usually localized to the skin, nails, mouth, vagina, bronchi, or lungs, but may invade the bloodstream. It is a common inhabitant of the GI tract, only becoming a problem when it multiplies excessively and invades local tissues. Growth is encouraged by a weakened immune system, as in AIDS, or with the prolonged administration of antibiotics. Vaginal symptoms include itching in the genital area, pain when urinating, and a thick odorless vaginal discharge.

Carbohydrates:  The sugars and starches in food. Sugars are called simple carbohydrates and found in such foods as fruit and table sugar. Complex carbohydrates are composed of large numbers of sugar molecules joined together, and are found in grains, legumes, and vegetables like potatoes, squash, and corn.

Cardiac:  Pertaining to the heart, also, pertaining to the stomach area adjacent to the esophagus.

Cardiovascular:  Pertaining to the heart and blood vessels.

Catecholamine:  Any of various amines (as epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine) that function as hormones and/or neurotransmitters.

Celiac Disease:  (Gluten sensitivity) A digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate a protein called gluten. Common symptoms include diarrhea, increased appetite, bloating, weight loss, irritability and fatigue. Gluten is found in wheat (including spelt, triticale, and kamut), rye, barley and sometimes oats.

Chemotherapy:  A treatment of disease by any chemicals. Used most often to refer to the chemical treatments used to combat cancer cells.

Cholesterol:  A waxy, fat-like substance manufactured in the liver and found in all tissues, it facilitates the transport and absorption of fatty acids. In foods, only animal products contain cholesterol. An excess of cholesterol in the bloodstream can contribute to the development of atherosclerosis.

Chronic:  Usually Chronic illness: Illness extending over a long period of time.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:  CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) is a disorder of unknown cause that lasts for prolonged periods and causes extreme and debilitating exhaustion as well as a wide range of other symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache and joint pain, often resembling flu and other viral infections. Also known as Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus (CEBV), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), "Yuppy Flu" and other names, it is frequently misdiagnosed as hypochondria, psychosomatic illness, or depression, because routine medical tests do not detect any problems.

Cirrhosis:  A long-term disease in which the liver becomes covered with fiber-like tissue. This causes the liver tissue to break down and become filled with fat. All functions of the liver then decrease, including the production of glucose, processing drugs and alcohol, and vitamin absorption. Stomach and bowel function, and the making of hormones are also affected.

CNS:  Central Nervous System.

Cobalamin:  Vitamin B-12. Essential for normal growth and functioning of all body cells, especially those of bone marrow (red blood cell formation), gastrointestinal tract and nervous system, it prevents pernicious anemia and plays a crucial part in the reproduction of every cell of the body i.e. synthesis of genetic material (DNA).

Coenzyme:  A heat stable molecule that must be associated with another enzyme for the enzyme to perform its function in the body. It is necessary in the utilization of vitamins and minerals.

Collagen:  The primary protein within white fibers of connective tissue and the organic substance found in tendons, ligaments, cartilage, skin, teeth and bone.

Colon:  The part of the large intestine that extends to the rectum. The colon takes the contents of the small intestine, moving them to the rectum by contracting.

Colorectal Cancer:  A cancerous tumor of the large intestine. It is marked by dark, sticky stools containing blood and a change in bowel habits.

Constipation:  Difficult, incomplete, or infrequent evacuation of dry, hardened feces from the bowels.

Cysteine:  A nonessential amino acid but may be essential for individuals with certain diseases or nutritional concerns. Cysteine is a sulfur-bearing amino acid with antioxidant properties. It is important for keratin synthesis, a protein found in skin, hair and nails and is a component of coenzyme A and glutathione.

Cytokines:  Cytokines are chemical messengers that control immune responses. They are secreted by white blood cells, T cells, epithelial cells and some other body cells. There are at least 17 different kinds of interleuken and 3 classes of interferon called alpha, beta and gamma and various subsets. Interleukens and interferons are called “cytokines” and there are two general groupings, Th1 and Th2. Th1 (T-cell Helper type 1) promote cell-mediated immunity (CMI) while Th2 (T-cell Helper type 2) induce humoral immunity (antibodies).

Decoction:  Liquid prepared by boiling plant material in water for a period of time.

Dementia:  An acquired progressive impairment of intellectual function. Marked compromise exists in at least three of the following mental activity spheres: memory, language, personality, visuospatial skills, and cognition (i.e., abstraction and calculation).

Dermatitis:  A general term used to refer to eruptions or rashes on the skin.

DHEA:  Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid produced by the adrenal glands and is the most abundant one found in humans. DHEA may be transformed into testosterone, estrogen or other steroids. It is found in the body as DHEA or in the sulfated form known as DHEA-S. One form is converted into the other as needed.

Diabetes Mellitus:  A disease with increased blood glucose levels due to lack or ineffectiveness of insulin. Diabetes is found in two forms; insulin-dependent diabetes (juvenile-onset) and non-insulin-dependent (adult-onset). Symptoms include increased thirst; increased urination; weight loss in spite of increased appetite; fatigue; nausea; vomiting; frequent infections including bladder, vaginal, and skin; blurred vision; impotence in men; bad breath; cessation of menses; diminished skin fullness. Other symptoms include bleeding gums; ear noise/buzzing; diarrhea; depression; confusion.

Diarrhea:  Excessive discharge of contents of bowel.

Diuretic:  An agent increasing urine flow, causing the kidneys to excrete more than the usual amount of sodium, potassium and water.

Duodenum:  First portion of the small intestine between the pylorus and jejunum.

Dyspnea:  Difficult breathing.

Dysthymia:  A milder but chronic form of depression.

Eczema:  Swelling of the outer skin of unknown cause. In the early stage it may be itchy, red, have small blisters, and be swollen, and weeping. Later it becomes crusted, scaly, and thickened.

Edema:  Abnormal accumulation of fluids within tissues resulting in swelling.

Enzymes:  Specific protein catalysts produced by the cells that are crucial in chemical reactions and in building up or synthesizing most compounds in the body. Each enzyme performs a specific function without itself being consumed. For example, the digestive enzyme amylase acts on carbohydrates in foods to break them down.

Epidemiology:  The study of the causes and distribution of disease in human populations.

Epigastric:  Relating to the area immediately above the stomach.

Esophagus:  Commonly called the "food pipe", it is a narrow muscular tube, about nine and a half inches long, that begins below the tongue and ends at the stomach. It consists of an outer layer of fibrous tissue, a middle layer containing smoother muscle, and an inner membrane, which contains numerous tiny glands. It has muscular sphincters at both its upper and lower ends. The upper sphincter relaxes to allow passage of swallowed food that is then propelled down the esophagus into the stomach by the wave-like peristaltic contractions of the esophageal muscles. There is no protective mucosal layer, so problems can arise when digestive acids reflux into the esophagus from the stomach.

Essential Fatty Acid:  (EFA): A substance that the human body cannot manufacture and therefore must be supplied in the diet.

Estrogen:  One of the female sex hormones produced by the ovaries.

Expectorant:  A substance that promotes the removal of mucous from the respiratory tract.

Fatty Acids:  Chemical chains of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms that are part of a fat (lipid) and are the major component of triglycerides. Depending on the number and arrangement of these atoms, fatty acids are classified as either saturated, polyunsaturated, or monounsaturated. They are nutritional substances found in nature which include cholesterol, prostaglandins, and stearic, palmitic, linoleic, linolenic, eicosapentanoic (EPA), and decohexanoic acids. Important nutritional lipids include lecithin, choline, gamma-linoleic acid, and inositol.

Fatty Liver:  Accumulation of triglycerides in the liver.

FDA:  The (American) Food and Drug Administration. It is the official government agency that is responsible for ensuring that what we put into our bodies - particularly food and drugs - is safe and effective.

Fibromyalgia:  (FMS): Originally named fibrositis, it is a mysteriously debilitating syndrome that attacks women more often than men. It is not physically damaging to the body in any way, but is characterized by the constant presence of widespread pain that often moves about the body. Fibromyalgia can be so severe that it is often incapacitating.

Flatulence:  Abnormal amount of gas in the stomach and intestines.

Flax:  Flax Seed or Flax Oil. Flax oil is nutty-flavored oil that is pressed out of flax seeds and is one of the richest sources of Essential Fatty Acids (especially Omega-3 oil), a vital element for good health. The oil making process removes many of the seed's phytoestrogens which offer several health-related benefits including reducing the risk of cancer and alleviating menopausal symptoms. Many choose to use the whole seed because of its fiber and lignan content. Flaxseed oil is light- and temperature-sensitive and must be stored in the refrigerator.

Free Radical:  A free radical is an atom or group of atoms that has at least one unpaired electron. Because another element can easily pick up this free electron and cause a chemical reaction, these free radicals can effect dramatic and destructive changes in the body. Free radicals are activated in heated and rancid oils and by radiation in the atmosphere, among other things.

Fungistatic:  Inhibiting the growth of fungi.

Gallbladder:  A small, digestive organ positioned under the liver, which concentrates and stores bile. Problems with the gallbladder often lead to "gallbladder attacks", which usually occur after a fatty meal and at night. The following are the most common symptoms: steady, severe pain in the middle-upper abdomen or below the ribs on the right; pain in the back between the shoulder blades; pain under the right shoulder; nausea; vomiting; fever; chills; jaundice; abdominal bloating; intolerance of fatty foods; belching or gas; indigestion.

Gallstone:  (Biliary Calculus): Stone-like objects in either the gallbladder or bile ducts, composed mainly of cholesterol and occasionally mixed with calcium. Most gallstones do not cause problems until they become larger or they begin obstructing bile ducts, at which point gallbladder "attacks" begin to occur. Symptoms usually occur after a fatty meal and at night. The following are the most common ones: steady, severe pain in the middle-upper abdomen or below the ribs on the right; pain in the back between the shoulder blades; pain under the right shoulder; nausea; vomiting; fever; chills; jaundice; abdominal bloating; intolerance of fatty foods; belching or gas; indigestion.

Gastritis:  Inflammation of the stomach lining. White blood cells move into the wall of the stomach as a response to some type of injury; this does not mean that there is an ulcer or cancer - it is simply inflammation, either acute or chronic. Symptoms depend on how acute it is and how long it has been present. In the acute phase, there may be pain in the upper abdomen, nausea and vomiting. In the chronic phase, the pain may be dull and there may be loss of appetite with a feeling of fullness after only a few bites of food. Very often, there are no symptoms at all. If the pain is severe, there may be an ulcer as well as gastritis.

Gastrointestinal:  Pertaining to the stomach, small and large intestines, colon, rectum, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.

Glutamine:  A non-essential amino acid, glutamine is considered to be a brain fuel. Glutamine has been used therapeutically for alcoholism, mild depression and to reduce the craving for sweets. Glutamine is very important in the functioning of the metabolism and muscle maintenance. Glutamine supplementation can help prevent muscle and other tissue breakdown by providing the body with nitrogen and fuel.

Glutathione:  A natural sulfur-bearing peptide formed from the linking of three amino acids: glutamic acid, cysteine and glycine. Glutathione acts as an antioxidant and detoxicant and is involved with the selenium-containing enzyme glutathione peroxidase. Glutathione is also involved in amino acid transport across cell membranes.

Glycine:  The simplest amino acid which is a constituent of normal protein and an inhibitory neurotransmitter, used as a dietary supplement. A natural antacid and sweetener, it is involved in the syntheses of DNA, phospholipids and collagen.

H2 Blockers:  Medications in this family sharply decrease stomach acid production. They are widely used for the treatment of ulcers as well as for mild cases of esophageal reflux (heartburn). Drugs that fall into this family include cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB); famotidine (Pepcid, Pepcid AC, Pepcid RPD); nizatidine (Axid, Axid AR); ranitidine hydrochloride (Zantac, Zantac EFFERdose, Zantac GELdose, Zantac 75).

Hair Analysis:  A painless and easy way to test for levels of toxic and essential minerals. A small amount of hair is taken from the nape of the neck and the mineral content of the hair is determined. A computerized analysis reveals the person's condition for the last three months.

Helicobacter Pylori:  H. pylori is a bacterium that is found in the stomach which, along with acid secretion, damages stomach and duodenal tissue, causing inflammation and peptic ulcers. Although most people will never have symptoms or problems related to the infection, they may include: dull, 'gnawing' pain which may occur 2-3 hours after a meal, come and go for several days or weeks, occur in the middle of the night when the stomach is empty and be relieved by eating; loss of weight; loss of appetite; bloating; burping; nausea; vomiting.

Hemoglobin:  The oxygen-carrying protein of the blood found in red blood cells.

Hemorrhoids:  Varicose disorder causing painful swellings at the anus; piles.

Hepatitis:  Inflammation of the liver usually resulting in jaundice (yellowing of the skin), loss of appetite, stomach discomfort, abnormal liver function, clay-colored stools, and dark urine. May be caused by a bacterial or viral infection, parasitic infestation, alcohol, drugs, toxins or transfusion of incompatible blood. Can be life-threatening. Severe hepatitis may lead to cirrhosis and chronic liver dysfunction.

Herbs:  Herbs may be used as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Unless otherwise indicated, teas should be made with one teaspoon herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 to 20 minutes for roots. Tinctures may be used singly or in combination as noted. The high doses of single herbs suggested may be best taken as dried extracts (in capsules), although tinctures (60 drops four times per day) and teas (4 to 6 cups per day) may also be used.

High-Density Lipoprotein:  (HDL): Also known as "good" cholesterol, HDLs are large, dense, protein-fat particles that circulate in the blood picking up already used and unused cholesterol and taking them back to the liver as part of a recycling process. Higher levels of HDLs are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease because the cholesterol is cleared more readily from the blood.

Histamine:  A chemical in the body tissues, produced by the breakdown of histidine. It is released in allergic reactions and causes widening of capillaries, decreased blood pressure, increased release of gastric juice, fluid leakage forming itchy skin and hives, and tightening of smooth muscles of the bronchial tube and uterus.

Hodgkin's Disease:  Cancer of the lymphatic system and lymph nodes.

Hormones:  Chemical substances secreted by a variety of body organs that are carried by the bloodstream and usually influence cells some distance from the source of production. Hormones signal certain enzymes to perform their functions and, in this way, regulate such body functions as blood sugar levels, insulin levels, the menstrual cycle, and growth. These can be prescription, over-the-counter, synthetic or natural agents. Examples include adrenal hormones such as corticosteroids and aldosterone; glucagon, growth hormone, insulin, testosterone, estrogens, progestins, progesterone, DHEA, melatonin, and thyroid hormones such as thyroxine and calcitonin.

Hydrochloric Acid:  (HCl): An inorganic acidic compound, excreted by the stomach, that aids in digestion.

Hypertension:  High blood pressure. Hypertension increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure because it adds to the workload of the heart, causing it to enlarge and, over time, to weaken; in addition, it may damage the walls of the arteries.

Hyperthyroidism:  An abnormal condition of the thyroid gland resulting in excessive secretion of thyroid hormones characterized by an increased metabolism and weight loss.

Hypertrophy:  Increase in the size of an organ due to enlargement of its cells; frequently with a corresponding increase in functional capacity.

Hypochlorhydria:  The condition of having low hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach, often the cause of digestive disorders.

Hypothalamus:  An important supervisory center in the brain regulating many body functions. Despite its importance in maintaining homeostasis, the hypothalamus in humans accounts for only 1/300 of total brain weight, and is about the size of an almond.

Hypothyroidism:  Diminished production of thyroid hormone, leading to low metabolic rate, tendency to gain weight, and sleepiness.

Hysterectomy:  Surgical removal of the uterus, by way of either an abdominal or vaginal incision. Removal might include removal of the cervix (total hysterectomy) or not (subtotal / partial hysterectomy). A radical hysterectomy involves surgical removal of the uterus, upper vagina, tissues adjacent to the uterus and possibly the ovaries; usually undertaken for carcinoma of the uterus. A hysterectomy with oophorectomy involves the removal of the uterus and one ovary (unilateral oophorectomy) or both ovaries (bilateral oophorectomy).

Immune System:  A complex that protects the body from disease organisms and other foreign bodies. The system includes the humoral immune response and the cell-mediated response. The immune system also protects the body from invasion by making local barriers and inflammation.

Insulin:  A hormone secreted by the pancreas in response to elevated blood glucose levels. Insulin stimulates the liver, muscles, and fat cells to remove glucose from the blood for use or storage.

Intravenous Infusion:  (IV): A small needle placed in the vein to assist in fluid replacement or the giving of medication.

Iron:  An essential mineral. Prevents anemia: as a constituent of hemoglobin, transports oxygen throughout the body. Virtually all of the oxygen used by cells in the life process are brought to the cells by the hemoglobin of red blood cells. Iron is a small but most vital, component of the hemoglobin in 20,000 billion red blood cells, of which 115 million are formed every minute. Heme iron (from meat) is absorbed 10 times more readily than the ferrous or ferric form.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome:  (IBS) A condition that causes upset intestines for a long period of time. It is very unpleasant to the sufferer but tends to be harmless and usually does not lead to more serious complaints. The symptoms vary from person to person and from day to day. In order to be diagnosed with IBS, a person must have at least three of the following symptoms: pain in the lower abdomen; bloating; constipation; diarrhea or alternating diarrhea and constipation; nausea; loss of appetite; tummy rumbling; flatulence; mucous in stools; indigestion; constant tiredness; frequent urination; low back pain; painful intercourse for women.

Ischemia:  Localized tissue anemia due to obstruction of the inflow of arterial blood.

Lipase:  An enzyme secreted by the pancreas to assist in fat breakdown.

Lipid:  Fat-soluble substances derived from animal or vegetable cells by nonpolar solvents (e.g. ether); the term can include the following types of materials: fatty acids, glycerides, phospholipids, alcohols and waxes.

Long-Term Memory:  The final phase of memory in which information storage may last from hours to a lifetime.

Low-Density Lipoprotein:  (LDL): Also known as "bad" cholesterol, LDLs are large, dense, protein-fat particles composed of a moderate proportion of protein and a high proportion of cholesterol. Higher levels of LDLs are associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease.

Lymphadenopathy:  A lymph gland enlargement in response to any foreign substance or disease.

Magnesium:  An essential mineral. The chief function of magnesium is to activate certain enzymes, especially those related to carbohydrate metabolism. Another role is to maintain the electrical potential across nerve and muscle membranes. It is essential for proper heartbeat and nerve transmission. Magnesium controls many cellular functions. It is involved in protein formation, DNA production and function and in the storage and release of energy in ATP. Magnesium is closely related to calcium and phosphorus in body function. The average adult body contains approximately one ounce of magnesium. It is the fifth mineral in abundance within the body--behind calcium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. Although about 70 percent of the body's magnesium is contained in the teeth and bones, its most important functions are carried out by the remainder which is present in the cells of the soft tissues and in the fluid surrounding those cells.

Malaise:  A vague feeling of bodily discomfort, as at the beginning of an illness. A general sense of depression or unease.

Malignant:  Dangerous. mainly used to describe a cancerous growth -- when used this way, it means the growth is cancerous and predisposed to spreading.

Melanoma:  A life-threatening type of skin cancer that occurs in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin, the pigment found in skin, hair, and the iris of the eyes.

Menopause:  The cessation of menstruation (usually not official until 12 months have passed without periods), occurring at the average age of 52. As commonly used, the word denotes the time of a woman's life, usually between the ages of 45 and 54, when periods cease and any symptoms of low estrogen levels persist, including hot flashes, insomnia, anxiety, mood swings, loss of libido and vaginal dryness. When these early menopausal symptoms subside, a woman becomes postmenopausal.

Metabolism:  The chemical processes of living cells in which energy is produced in order to replace and repair tissues and maintain a healthy body. Responsible for the production of energy, biosynthesis of important substances, and degradation of various compounds.

Migraine:  Not just a headache, but a disorder affecting the whole body, characterized by clearly defined attacks lasting from about 4 to 72 hours, separated by headache-free periods; progresses through five distinct phases. Prodrome: experienced by about 50% of migraineurs and starting up to 24 hours before the headache - changes in mood, sensory perception, food craving, excessive yawning, or speech or memory problems. Aura: experienced by about 15% and starting within an hour before the headache - disruption of vision (flashing lights, shimmering zigzag lines, blind spot) or sensation (numbness or 'pins and needles' around the lips or hand), or difficulty speaking. Headache: usually pulsating and occurring on one side of the head, it may occur on both sides of the head and alternate from side to side. Muscles in the neck and scalp may be tender; there may be nausea and the desire not to eat, move, see or hear. Resolution: the headache disappears and the body returns to normal. Resolution may occur over several hours during sleep or rest; an intense emotional experience or vomiting may also end the headache. Postdrome: After the headache stops, the sufferer feels drained, fatigued and tired. Muscles ache, emotions are volatile and thinking is slow.

Milligram:  (mg): 1/1,000 of a gram by weight.

Millimeter:  (mm): A metric unit of length equaling one thousandth of a meter, or one tenth of a centimeter. There are 25.4 millimeters in one inch.

Mineral:  Plays a vital role in regulating many body functions. They act as catalysts in nerve response, muscle contraction and the metabolism of nutrients in foods. They regulate electrolyte balance and hormonal production, and they strengthen skeletal structures.

Mitochondrion:  Structure inside a cell that is the location of the cell's energy production machinery. (Plural: Mitochondria)

Motility:  Capacity for spontaneous movement, frequently in reference to the intestine.

Mucous Membranes:  The membranes, such as the mouse, nose, anus, and vagina, that line the cavities and canals of the body which communicate with the air.

Naturopathy:  Medical practice using herbs and other various methods to produce a healthy body state by stimulating innate defenses without the use of drugs.

Nausea:  Symptoms resulting from an inclination to vomit.

Nervous System:  A system in the body that is comprised of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, ganglia and parts of the receptor organs that receive and interpret stimuli and transmit impulses to effector organs.

Neuritis:  Nerve inflammation, commonly accompanying other conditions such as tendonitis, bursitis or arthritis. Neuritis is usually accompanied by neuralgia (nerve pain).

ng:  Nanogram: 0.000000001 or a billionth of a gram.

NSAID:  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.

Occult Blood:  Usually: Occult blood test. A test used in screening for blood found in the stool, sputum or urine. The most common test is for hidden blood in the stool, also known as a stool guaiac or hemoccult test, which usually indicates the presence of ulceration or cancer.

Osteopath:  See Osteopathy.

Over-The-Counter:  A drug or medication that can legally be bought without a doctor's prescription being required.

Pancreatitis:  Inflammation of the pancreas. Symptoms begin as those of acute pancreatitis: a gradual or sudden severe pain in the center part of the upper abdomen goes through to the back, perhaps becoming worse when eating and building to a persistent pain; nausea and vomiting; fever; jaundice (yellowing of the skin); shock; weight loss; symptoms of diabetes mellitus. Chronic pancreatitis occurs when the symptoms of acute pancreatitis continue to recur.

Panic Attack:  A brief, irrational episode of fear that is perceived as so real that an individual may be driven to escape from the place or situation where it occurs. The attack is sudden and increases in severity until it leaves, usually within ten minutes. Panic attack symptoms are numerous and involve both mental and physical signs and symptoms. A panic attack can occur in other anxiety states such as agoraphobia and with certain activities and places. It may occur spontaneously without an apparent cause.

Pantothenic Acid:  A B-complex vitamin necessary for the normal functioning of the adrenal gland, which directly affects growth. It is also essential for the formation of fatty acids. As a coenzyme, it participates in the utilization of riboflavin and in the release of energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

Parasite:  An organism living in or on another organism.

Parenteral:  Not in or through the digestive system, introduced otherwise than by way of the intestines and occurring outside the intestine. Examples are intravenous, subcutaneous, intramuscular, or intramedullary injection.

Peptic Ulcer:  A general term for gastric ulcers (stomach) and duodenal ulcers (duodenum), open sores in the stomach or duodenum caused by digestive juices and stomach acid. Most ulcers are no larger than a pencil eraser, but they can cause tremendous discomfort and pain. They occur most frequently in the 60 to 70 age group, and slightly more often in men than in women. Doctors now know that there are two major causes of ulcers: most often patients are infected with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori); others are regular users of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), which include common products like aspirin and ibuprofen.

Perimenopause:  A transition time during which menstrual periods can become irregular and symptoms of menopause may be experienced prior to menopause. On average, the onset of perimenopause occurs around age 47 and the average duration is 4-5 years. It is increasingly seen in women even up to 12-15 years before menopause. An array of physical, mental and emotional symptoms can occur during this time.

Phytochemicals:  Substances that occur naturally in plants and have been shown in research to possibly prevent or cure disease.

Pituitary:  The pituitary gland is small and bean-shaped, located below the brain in the skull base very near the hypothalamus. Weighing less than one gram, the pituitary gland is often called the "master gland" since it controls the secretion of hormones by other endocrine glands.

Placebo:  A pharmacologically inactive substance. Often used to compare clinical responses against the effects of pharmacologically active substances in experiments.

Polyp:  A usually nonmalignant growth or tumor protruding from the mucous lining of an organ such as the nose, bladder or intestine, often causing obstruction.

Postmenopause:  The postmenopausal phase of a woman's life begins when 12 full months have passed since the last menstrual period and any menopausal symptoms have become milder and/or less frequent.

Post-Nasal Drip:  A constant flow of mucous and discharge down the "back of the throat", generally caused by acute infection or allergies. This drip can in turn be responsible for the development of a secondary cough due to irritation of the larynx, and bronchospasm in asthmatic individuals.

Potassium:  A mineral that serves as an electrolyte and is involved in the balance of fluid within the body. Our bodies contain more than twice as much potassium as sodium (typically 9oz versus 4oz). About 98% of total body potassium is inside our cells. Potassium is the principal cation (positive ion) of the fluid within cells and is important in controlling the activity of the heart, muscles, nervous system and just about every cell in the body. Potassium regulates the water balance and acid-base balance in the blood and tissues. Evidence is showing that potassium is also involved in bone calcification. Potassium is a cofactor in many reactions, especially those involving energy production and muscle building.

Premenopause:  The period when women of childbearing age experience relatively normal reproductive function (including regular periods).

Premenstrual Syndrome:  PMS consists of various physical and/or emotional symptoms that occur in the second half of the menstrual cycle, after ovulation. The symptoms begin about midcycle, are generally the most intense during the last seven days before menstruation and include: acne; backache; bloating; fatigue; headache; sore breasts; changes in sexual desire; depression; difficulty concentrating; difficulty handling stress; irritability; tearfulness.

Probiotic:  Derived from the Greek word for "life." Probiotic refers to organisms and substances which contribute to intestinal microbial balance. They are beneficial or "friendly" intestinal bacteria.

Prostaglandin:  Any of a class of physiologically active substances present in many tissues, with effects such as vasodilation, vasoconstriction, stimulation of the smooth muscles of the bronchus or intestine, uterine stimulation; also involved in pain, inflammation, fever, allergic diarrhea, and dysmenorrhea. A potent hormone -- similar in structure to an unsaturated fatty acid -- that acts in extremely low concentrations on local target organs; first isolated from the prostate.

Prostate:  The prostate gland in men that surrounds the neck of the bladder and the urethra and produces a secretion that liquefies coagulated semen.

Protein:  Compounds composed of hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen present in the body and in foods that form complex combinations of amino acids. Protein is essential for life and is used for growth and repair. Foods that supply the body with protein include animal products, grains, legumes, and vegetables. Proteins from animal sources contain the essential amino acids. Proteins are changed to amino acids in the body.

Pruritus:  Severe itching, often of undamaged skin.

Pulmonary:  Pertaining to the lungs.

Raynaud's Phenomenon:  Raynaud's disease or syndrome is a disorder of blood circulation, mainly in the fingers and toes. It is of unknown cause and characterized by changes of the skin that are aggravated by exposure to cold: first, becoming white with numbness and pain as a result of inadequate oxygenation of the blood, then red/purple with a burning sensation. The sudden constriction of blood vessels causes decreased blood flow to the extremities and can, in extreme cases, lead to gangrene. Also called "white finger", "wax finger" or "dead finger".

RDA:  Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamins or other nutrients as determined by the FDA. U.S. RDAs are more widely used than RDAs, and focus on 3 age groups: Infants of 0-12 months; Children of 1-4 years; Adults and children of more than 4 years.

Red Blood Cell:  Any of the hemoglobin-containing cells that carry oxygen to the tissues and are responsible for the red color of blood.

Rheumatoid Arthritis:  A long-term, destructive connective tissue disease that results from the body rejecting its own tissue cells (autoimmune reaction).

Rhinitis:  Inflammation of the nasal mucous membrane.

ROS:  Reactive Oxygen Species. Molecules including free radicals and other oxygen species.

Schizophrenia:  Any of a group of psychotic disorders usually characterized by withdrawal from reality, illogical patterns of thinking, delusions, and hallucinations, and accompanied in varying degrees by other emotional, behavioral, or intellectual disturbances. Schizophrenia is associated with dopamine imbalances in the brain and defects of the frontal lobe and is caused by genetic, other biological, and psychosocial factors.

Serum:  The cell-free fluid of the bloodstream. It appears in a test tube after the blood clots and is often used in expressions relating to the levels of certain compounds in the blood stream.

Shingles:  A severe infection caused by the Varicella-Zoster virus (VZV), affecting mainly adults. It causes painful skin blisters that follow the underlying route of brain or spinal nerves infected by the virus. Also know as herpes zoster.

Sodium:  An essential mineral that our bodies regulate and conserve. Excess sodium retention increases the fluid volume (edema) and low sodium leads to less fluid and relative dehydration. The adult body averages a total content of over 100 grams of sodium, of which a surprising one-third is in bone. A small amount of sodium does get into cell interiors, but this represents only about ten percent of the body content. The remaining 57 percent or so of the body sodium content is in the fluid immediately surrounding the cells, where it is the major cation (positive ion). The role of sodium in the extracellular fluid is maintaining osmotic equilibrium (the proper difference in ions dissolved in the fluids inside and outside the cell) and extracellular fluid volume. Sodium is also involved in nerve impulse transmission, muscle tone and nutrient transport. All of these functions are interrelated with potassium.

Spasm:  Involuntary contraction of one or more muscle groups.

Steroid:  Any of a large number of hormonal substances with a similar basic chemical structure containing a 17-carbon 14-ring system and including the sterols and various hormones and glycosides.

Stomach:  A hollow, muscular, J-shaped pouch located in the upper part of the abdomen to the left of the midline. The upper end (fundus) is large and dome-shaped; the area just below the fundus is called the body of the stomach. The fundus and the body are often referred to as the cardiac portion of the stomach. The lower (pyloric) portion curves downward and to the right and includes the antrum and the pylorus. The function of the stomach is to begin digestion by physically breaking down food received from the esophagus. The tissues of the stomach wall are composed of three types of muscle fibers: circular, longitudinal and oblique. These fibers create structural elasticity and contractibility, both of which are needed for digestion. The stomach mucosa contains cells which secrete hydrochloric acid and this in turn activates the other gastric enzymes pepsin and rennin. To protect itself from being destroyed by its own enzymes, the stomach’s mucous lining must constantly regenerate itself.

Tablespoon:  (Tbsp) Equivalent to 15cc (15ml).

Tension Headache:  This type accounts for nearly 90% of all headaches and is probably experiences by most people at some time during their lifetime; frequently associated with fatigue and stress and generally responding to simple measures such as rest or over-the-counter pain medicine; pain usually occurs on both sides of head and consists of a dull, steady ache.

Testosterone:  The principal male sex hormone that induces and maintains the changes that take place in males at puberty. In men, the testicles continue to produce testosterone throughout life, though there is some decline with age. A naturally occurring androgenic hormone.

Thiamine:  (Vitamin B-1): A B-complex vitamin that acts as a coenzyme necessary for the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose, which is burned in the body for energy. It is essential for the functioning of the nervous system.

Thyroid:  Thyroid Gland: An organ with many veins. It is at the front of the neck. It is essential to normal body growth in infancy and childhood. It releases thyroid hormones - iodine-containing compounds that increase the rate of metabolism, affect body temperature, regulate protein, fat, and carbohydrate catabolism in all cells. They keep up growth hormone release, skeletal maturation, and heart rate, force, and output. They promote central nervous system growth, stimulate the making of many enzymes, and are necessary for muscle tone and vigor.

TID:  Three times a day.

Tincture:  An alcohol or water-alcohol solution, usually referring to a preparation from herbal materials.

Ulcer:  Lesion on the skin or mucous membrane.

Ulcerative Colitis:  (Colitis ulcerosa): Ulceration of the colon and rectum, usually long-term and characterized by rectal bleeding or blood in the stool, frequent urgent diarrhea/bowel movements each day, abdominal pain.

Virus:  Any of a vast group of minute structures composed of a protein coat and a core of DNA and/or RNA that reproduces in the cells of the infected host. Capable of infecting all animals and plants, causing devastating disease in immunocompromised individuals. Viruses are not affected by antibiotics, and are completely dependent upon the cells of the infected host for the ability to reproduce.

Vitamin A:  A fat-soluble vitamin essential to one's health. Plays an important part in the growth and repair of body tissue, protects epithelial tissue, helps maintain the skin and is necessary for night vision. It is also necessary for normal growth and formation of bones and teeth. For Vitamin A only, 1mg translates to 833 IU.

Vitamin B6:  Influences many body functions including regulating blood glucose levels, manufacturing hemoglobin and aiding the utilization of protein, carbohydrates and fats. It also aids in the function of the nervous system.

Vitamin C:  Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant vitamin essential to the body's health. When bound to other nutrients, for example calcium, it would be referred to as "calcium ascorbate". As an antioxidant, it inhibits the formation of nitrosamines (a suspected carcinogen). Vitamin C is important for maintenance of bones, teeth, collagen and blood vessels (capillaries), enhances iron absorption and red blood cell formation, helps in the utilization of carbohydrates and synthesis of fats and proteins, aids in fighting bacterial infections, and interacts with other nutrients. It is present in citrus fruits, tomatoes, berries, potatoes and fresh, green leafy vegetables.

Vitamin D:  A fat-soluble vitamin essential to one's health. Regulates the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood by improving their absorption and utilization. Necessary for normal growth and formation of bones and teeth. For Vitamin D only, 1mcg translates to 40 IU.

Vitamin E:  An essential fat-soluble vitamin. As an antioxidant, helps protect cell membranes, lipoproteins, fats and vitamin A from destructive oxidation. It helps protect red blood cells and is important for the proper function of nerves and muscles. For Vitamin E only, 1mg translates to 1 IU.

White Blood Cell:  (WBC): A blood cell that does not contain hemoglobin: a blood corpuscle responsible for maintaining the body's immune surveillance system against invasion by foreign substances such as viruses or bacteria. White cells become specifically programmed against foreign invaders and work to inactivate and rid the body of a foreign substance. Also known as a leukocyte.

Yeast:  A single-cell organism that may cause infection in the mouth, vagina, gastrointestinal tract, and any or all bodily parts. Common yeast infections include candidiasis and thrush.

Zinc:  An essential trace mineral. The functions of zinc are enzymatic. There are over 70 metalloenzymes known to require zinc for their functions. The main biochemicals in which zinc has been found to be necessary include: enzymes and enzymatic function, protein synthesis and carbohydrate metabolism. Zinc is a constituent of insulin and male reproductive fluid. Zinc is necessary for the proper metabolism of alcohol, to get rid of the lactic acid that builds up in working muscles and to transfer it to the lungs. Zinc is involved in the health of the immune system, assists vitamin A utilization and is involved in the formation of bone and teeth.




















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This report does not replace a visit with a qualified, licensed health care professional; it is meant to facilitate finding out what is wrong and to suggest possible natural treatments, substances and products which have been used successfully for people with similar symptom and disease combinations.