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Is it a food allergy or a reaction to a food component? – Why many food allergy tests don’t always solve the problem

We often associate food allergies and sensitivities to foods like dairy or wheat creating problems with gas/bloating, fatigue, eczema/rashes, asthma etc… However, did you know that your unwanted symptoms could also be occurring due to a reaction to a certain component in your food rather that the food itself?  This is one of the reasons that  food sensitivity test results may not show significant food intolerance even though a patient is symptomatic or people may not see improvement in symptoms even after strictly following a food sensitivity test. Our immune system can actually build a reaction to various components found in food and by identifying and reducing the load of these components, unwanted symptoms can Voila… be relieved!

Some of the most common triggers include sulfites, salicylates, histamines and amines but may also include nitrates, glutamates and oxalates.  These substances are present in our food and our body has the capacity to eliminate them, however when imbalances begin to occur, these foods can produce a food chemical overload that can send someone into tizzy causing headaches, brain fog, rashes, itching, joint pain and digestive issues just to name a few.

We become reactive to these substances partially because of our genetics but mostly because of our over exposure to these substances.   Reactions to sulfites and salicylates are actually quite common because we can get into a dietary groove where we eat more of these substances than our body can get rid of and so our immune system reacts with a histamine response. This can be further compounded because many healthy foods such as avocados, cashews and fermented foods are high in histamine, therefore people can often overload just by trying to eat healthy. Spinach, eggs and broccoli are healthy but too many sulfur rich foods with certain genetic tendencies can produce unwanted symptoms such as skin and GI issues in some!

It isn’t uncommon for someone to embark on what they consider to be a super healthy plant based diet and then all of a sudden find themselves feeling worse and actually feeling more stuffy and allergic.  This is because each one of us has a metabolic balance that needs to occur and what works for one person and makes them feel terrific isn’t necessarily going to work for someone else.

our very own Beth Mosher has been on the front lines of this, assessing patients and figuring out the root causes of stubborn symptoms, even when nothing else seems to work. If you are still dealing with ailments such as migraines, digestive discomfort, skin issues and fatigue, even after following a food sensitivity test result please contact us at 201-238-2720 or email us and we would be thrilled to help!

InflammaCore has just been improved – Introducing 3 new amazing flavors

InflammaCORE_Vanilla_ChaiMany of our patients have experienced the amazing anti-inflammatory benefits of Inflammacore by Ortho Molecular Products but were nervous when stock was running low. Please do not be alarmed as this product is still available so you can continue to see its beneficial effects. Ortho Molecular has been working working tirelessly over the last few months to improve the flavor and texture and we are happy to annouce that we now have all 3 of the new flavors which are Chocolate Mint, Vanilla Chai and Strawberry. They are truly delicious and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Natural Treatment for H. Pylori with Pyloricil

Natural Treatment for H. Pylori with PyloricilHave you been diagnosed with H. Pylori (a bacteria that lives in the stomach and can contribute to reflux, GERD, ulcers and may even lead to stomach cancer) and unsure if the traditional treatment approach is right for you?

Conventionally, H. Pylori is treated with heavy duty antibiotics and acid blocking medications. While these treatments can help eradicate the bacteria, we often see it return and then more antibiotics are needed. We find that natural treatments are often even more effective when done properly and can eradicate H. Pylori the first time around.

One of our favorites is Pyloricil by OrthoMolecular Products. It combines Mastic Gum which can inhibit the growth and effectively kills Helicobacter Pylori. It also has Bismuth Citrate to soothe gastric and mucosal linings and increase effectiveness of remedies for Helicobacter Pylori and Berberine Sulfate which is known for its strong anti-microbial qualities. Pyloricil is hard on the bacteria but very gentle on the digestive system and actually helps to protect the stomach lining.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as heartburn/GERD, stomach pain, nausea or gas and bloating, H. Pylori may be the culprit. You can get a comprehensive stool test or a breath test to see if you have this bacteria. Please also keep in mind that H.Pylori can be transmitted quite easily through the exchange of saliva. If a family member is diagnosed with it, it is recommended everyone in close contact with that individual be tested and treated if necessary to prevent the bacteria from passing back and forth.

We put together a protocol that can not only get rid of the bacteria but also balance the whole GI tract and microflora and aid in healing irritation to help re-balance the digestive system and keep the bacteria from coming back.   Check out our H. Pylori Eradication Protocol where you will find the exact instructions using only natural methods and without the need for harsh antibiotics.


Probiotics On The Go with OrthoMolecular Products

Many of you already know all the amazing benefits of probiotics, however with so many probiotics out there, how do you choose the best one for you? Of course if you have stool test results, we can customize one based on your results, but you don’t absolutely need a stool test to be able to find one that will work great for you. If you want to take a probiotic to help improve your digestion, boost immune system, help with skin conditions and balance your body after the use of antibiotics or other medications, we have some great choices for you.

If you travel and refrigerated items are not ideal, or if you just simply don’t want the hassle of refrigeration, you will love the probiotics by Orthomolecular Products. They are produced to be stable at room temperature (up to 95°F) and last at their full potency for up to 1 year making them a great choice.

The Orthobiotic is a multi-strain probiotic containing 20 billion CFU’s with 6 strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium as well as Saccharomyces boulardii. It is fantastic for anyone that has mild digestive issues such as looser stool or constipation as well as mild gas and/or bloating and for anyone looking to maintain their digestion and immune function. We recommend taking 1-2 capsules per day around bedtime.

If you have more serious digestive issues or have recently been on an antibiotic and need to support your digestive system, the Orthobiotic 100 is a great choice. It provides 100 billion colony forming units of multiple strains in 1 convenient pill. We recommend taking 1 capsule per day around bedtime.

If you need to take it a step further and have been on a longer course of antibiotics (or several round of antibiotics in a short period of time) or have more serious digestive or immune challenges, the Probiotic 225 is for you. This high dose probiotic is  is packed with 225 billion multi-strain organisms and comes in a convenient packet which can be mixed in any beverage. As with all the Orthomolecular Probiotics, it also does not require refrigeration.

Cleaner Air for Immune Support

With spending more time inside, why not have the cleanest possible air?
Air purifiers are a great way to have cleaner air and reduce your chances of getting sick as well as help you breathe easier if you have allergies or asthma. As an added bonus, it makes for a great white noise machine to help you sleep more soundly.
As with most things, all air purifiers are not created equal. After trying several high quality ones on the market, our favorites are the Health Mate and Health Mate Jr. by Austn Air.

Best of all, just found out that these are covered by flex spending with many medical diagnoses such as allergies, asthma and immune conditions.  There is only a little over a month left to use your flex spending, don’t let it goes to waste.

Based on proven, reliable HEPA technology, the 360° air intake of the Austin Air Healthmate cleans over 250 cubic feet of air every minute. The Healthmate uses a pre-filter for large particles, a built-in pre-filter for medium particles, activated carbon / zeolite, and a true medical-grade HEPA filter to clean the air in your home quickly and effectively. For smaller areas such as apartments and bedrooms the Health Mate Jr. is an ideal choice that offers the same great air filtration. Both offer convenient plug-and-go setup and filters that only need to be replaced every three to five years! how cool is that?

Staying Healthy This Cold and Flu Season

As the weather changes and the days get shorter, we spend much more time inside which is the perfect vessel for spreading germs. Sugar rush from Halloween candy and the increase of alcohol and richer foods as we approach the holidays are other biggies that can quickly dampen our immune system. And lets not forget increased stress because as stress and thus cortisol goes up, it has an inverse relationship with your immune system.
How can we protect ourselves and prevent that pesky cold or flu? We know the sneezing, coughing, stuffy nose and aches and pains can definitely put a damper on your holidays so below are are some easy things you can do now, as well as things you can have on hand if you do get sick.

In past newsletters we discussed various herbs such as andriographis, mushrooms, astragalus and echinacea.

These are wonderful herbs to help boost the immune system and help your immune system fight an infection… BUT now there is more…

With our integrative and detailed blood testing, we are finding more and more autoimmune conditions in our patients. Many people have an autoimmune disorder without yet having major symptoms and thus they often go undiscovered until a lot later. By finding autoimmune conditions early, we can help balance the immune system and prevent further problems.

How does this relate to the immune herbs? The reason is that when there is an autoimmune condition, the immune system is “confused” and instead of going after infections, it actually starts attacking your own organs and tissues. This is not a good thing as you can imagine. Knowing this is very important when it comes to immune support because if your immune system is already “over” active and attacking your own tissues, raising it further to fight an infection, while it may be helpful for that infection, would also cause more of an attack on your own tissues, not good!

Many herbs that are known to “boost” the immune system such as echinacia, astragalus and most mushrooms will do just that and thus should be avoided in autoimmune conditions. The good news is that there are still very powerful and effective nutrients that we can all use to help prevent and fight infections that will not cause your immune system to over react. My two absolute favorites are Vitamin C and Silvercillin. Having an autoimmune myself, I learned this the hard way and now heavily rely on these with great success.

Vitamin C helps support the immune system without up-regulating it and fights infections by its ability to actually encapsulate viruses.  The body needs adequate amounts of vitamin C for immunity but also bone maintenance, collagen formation, and a broad range of other biological functions. Ascorbic acid levels decline with age. Other factors that reduce vitamin C levels include constant stress (vitamin C helps support healthy adrenal function), smoking, illness, injury, birth control pills, estrogen for menopause, cortisone, and aspirin. Many nutritionists argue the body’s need for vitamin C far surpasses the paltry RDA recommendations. Dr. Linus Pauling, who pioneered extensive research on vitamin C, believed optimal amounts exceed 2,000 mg daily.

We love DFH’s C + BioFizz as it offers 2,500mg of vitamin C in the combined form of ascorbic acid, calcium ascorbate, and magnesium ascorbate. Mineral ascorbates, which are buffered and therefore less acidic, can be beneficial for people who experience gastrointestinal problems (abdominal pain or diarrhea) with plain ascorbic acid.
During this time of year, its recommended to get 2000mg – 3000mg of vitamin C per day.  If you feel sick, you can take 500mg – 1000mg every few hours for several days to help fight the infection quicker and get better faster.

Silversillin is our other favorite because it is an incredibly powerful, non-toxic form of silver, with zero build-up in the body.  Silvercillin has been shown to provide a whole host of health benefits, from killing drug-resistant bacterial strains to inhibiting viral replication as well as stimulating stem cell production. By eradicating all types of infections, it actually helps to take the burden off your immune system which can even indirectly help autoimmune conditions.

These 2 are must-haves for every household as they super effective and completely safe for both children and adults. They can even be used in pregnancy when no herbals is allowed.

A Must-Have Topical for Every Household

Silvercillin GEL
Silvercillin Gel

Many of you already know about the amazing anti- microbial and supporting effects of silver. We are excited to announce that we just got the amazing silver compound in a topical gel.
Silvercillin Gel by Designs for Health is one of today’s miracle products with over 100 different uses. It is a highly effective, broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent composed of pure silver mixed in purified water in a convenient to use topical hydrogel. Effective

against all types of bacteria including antibiotic resistant MRSA, fungi and viruses, its great for acne and all types of skin conditions, bug bites, cuts, scrapes and wounds, you can even use if for yeast infections. Must have in every household. Best of all, its is so pure you can use it anywhere on the body.

Silvercillin utilizes a technological breakthrough allowing for the production of a silver particle small enough to enter a single red blood cell, enabling the silver to travel through capillaries, the tiniest blood vessels in the body, and inactivate viruses and bacteria at the cellular level. Also, Silvercillin uses technology that permanently distributes the mineral into the structure of the water unlike colloidal silver, so it will not fall out of solution or suspension.
As a result, the pure silver in Silvercillin has been shown to provide a whole host of health benefits, from killing drug-resistant bacterial strains to inhibiting viral replication as well as stimulating stem cell production. It can be safely used both orally and topically with no known side effects.

The suggested uses for Silvercillin Liquid and Gel are vast:

from asthma, to burns and cuts, to ear aches, colds, eye issues, bug bites, tooth decay and yeast infections just to name a few.

Please click here to see the complete list of uses and specific instructions as its too long to put into this newsletter. You will be amazed at everything you can do with these wonderful products!


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Check out what clients are saying and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Love shakes but tired of your same old protein? We got something new for you…

PurePaleo Protein Powder
PurePaleo Protein

We are excited to introduce a brand new protein powder – PurePaleo Protein by Designs for Health. It is a novel, great-tasting, dairy-free protein powder, yielding 21 g of protein per serving. It contains HydroBEEF™, a highly concentrated, pure beef protein, produced through an exclusive proprietary process that allows the protein to be hydrolyzed into more peptides, resulting in easier absorption and assimilation.

Yes… we know what you may be thinking ….protein powder from beef, really? We thought that at first as well, but trust us! … Its absolutely delicious and extremely healthy and hypoallergenic! It comes in Chocolate and Vanilla, YUM!