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Do you have a leaky gut?

By Pierre Angier, D.O.  - Florida’s Wellness Doctor


Do you experience chronic pain, fatigue or headaches? What about unexplained rashes or allergies?

Your symptoms may be from a condition known as “leaky gut”. A leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, is when undigested foods, toxins and bacteria are allowed to pass through the gut wall into the blood stream. This wreaks havoc on the immune system and leads to a variety of health problems.

Normally the cells lining the intestines do an excellent job in both absorbing nutrients and keeping out substances that can cause problems. Even nutrients such as proteins, fats and some sugars need to be broken down by acid and enzymes before they can be safely absorbed. Unfortunately, there are times the spaces between the cells (known as tight junctions) open up and allow compounds into the blood that just shouldn’t be there. These biological invaders can travel throughout the body and lead to inflammation and allergic responses that can cause the symptoms listed above as well as arthritis, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease and even asthma.

So what causes this disruption in the intestinal lining? Well, gluten is probably near the top of the list. It’s estimated that 30% of the population is gluten sensitive, and some people have other food allergies or sensitivities that can cause problems as well. Medications often cause trouble, especially antibiotics because they kill off the good bacteria leading to dysbiosis (an imbalance of the intestinal flora). Parasites and other severe infections, radiation and malnutrition may cause increased permeability. The variety of chemicals in our food and water probably don’t help and, as with all illnesses, stress can play a major role.

So how do you know if you have a leaky gut? Well, you might suspect it if you have any of the conditions listed above, especially when other causes can’t be identified.  Certainly you should suspect it if you have gastrointestinal symptoms, food allergies, chronic fatigue or unexplained muscle or joint pain. A dual sugar test can determine the integrity of the gut. This simple urine test is the best way to make a diagnosis and it’s relatively inexpensive.

Treatment for Leaky Gut

Perhaps the most important step in treating leaky gut is to eliminate any foods or toxins that may be causing the inflammation.  Consider a stool test for gluten sensitivity or do a 90 day gluten-free diet to see if your symptoms improve. It makes sense to be tested for food allergies and eliminate those foods you are highly allergic to.

Food additives such as artificial sweeteners and MSG have been implicated, so they should be avoided. You should limit alcohol and especially avoid taking NSAIDS (Aleve, Advil or prescription anti-inflammatories) as these products irritate the stomach and intestines. As much as possible, use organic foods and drink non-chlorinated water.

Eating an anti-inflammatory diet is recommended by almost all alternative practitioners. The University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine program has a very practical anti-inflammatory diet that can be found on their website and I think Dr. Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid is excellent as well.

There are some supplements that appear to be helpful, in particular, probiotics. There are many of these available, but I recommend either VSL#3 or Shaklee Optiflora.  Other products you might consider include glutamine, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and zinc. You should have your vitamin D level tested and if low, you either need more sun or a quality supplement containing up to 5000 IUs per day.

Several anti-inflammatory herbs and spices may help, including ginger, turmeric and boswellia and there is very good evidence that berberine can help heal a leaky gut.

Lastly, stress plays a role in almost any illness, but especially with gut inflammation. Do your best to minimize and manage your stress.  I’m a big fan of meditation and exercise, but if you have severe anxiety, you might consider counseling or even medications.  One thing is for certain, if you don’t deal with your stress, it will deal with you!

As you see, the treatment for leaky gut relies on multiple approaches for success. Don’t expect immediate results. While you may see some improvement in a few weeks, it may take a year or more to feel well again, and that makes it easy to lose focus. I recommend that you document your symptoms as best you can and review them regularly (at least once a month) with your health care provider or a nutritionist so you can see your progress. The treatment is not easy, but it’s worth the effort if you can regain your health.

 

Dr. Angier is the medical director of GET WELL, an integrative practice in Saint Augustine. Learn more at GETWELLFL.com or call 904-217-7030

Posted in Autoimmune disease, Gluten sensitivity

New Evidence that Chelation Therapy Works

If you’re a diabetic, you really need to read this!
By Pierre Angier, D.O.

We now have more evidence that chelation therapy is effective.  The TACT trial, a study funded by the NIH, was completed in 2012 and the results were revealed at the American Heart Association meeting in November. This was initially greeted by a firestorm of controversy, but the numbers speak for themselves. Overall, there was an 18% reduction in cardiac events or surgical procedures among the treatment group vs placebo. Most impressive were the results for diabetic patients, whom experienced a 39% reduction in cardiac events and surgery. Now remember, all the patients in this study had already had heart attacks (myocardial infarctions) so this study doesn’t even touch upon the role of prevention that chelation may offer.

This study also showed that severe side-effects and mortality were equally low in both groups (one death in each). With over 1700 participants followed for an average of four years this is strong evidence that chelation, properly administered, is a safe alternative to stents and bypass.

In short, the TACT trial is good news. It shows that EDTA chelation is safe and effective. Check out the American Heart Association image and link below that details these results, then call us and schedule a chelation (the first one is always free, but you need a consult first). We can be reached at 904-217-7030.

Source: http://my.americanheart.org/idc/groups/ahamah-public/@wcm/@sop/@scon/documents/downloadable/ucm_446204.pdf


You can also learn more about chelation at CTFHD.com










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Improve Your Memory with Glutathione

Dr. Pierre Angier

Florida's Wellness Doctor

Glutathione has been in the news for its success in treating a variety of conditions. Recently I used intravenous glutathione to treat two patients with age-related memory loss with dramatic results.

In both cases, both patients had experienced memory loss to such a degree that it was interfering with their ability to function. As you can imagine, this was distressing to them and their families. After a work-up for common causes of dementia (medications effects, depression, nutritional deficiencies, strokes, etc.) we elected to try IV glutathione. There are a number of scientific studies to indicate that this helps with memory.

To my astonishment, after only a few treatments, both of these patients had a dramatic improvement in both their short and long term memory. What’s more, the first patient, treated 3 months ago, has had ongoing benefits. In fact, at a recent visit it was obvious that his memory was much better than mine, and he’s in his 80s!

Glutathione has many benefits. It is often referred to as the “Master Anti-Oxidant” for its ability to stop, and even reverse, the damage caused by free radicals. It also allows other anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E to work more effectively. Glutathione is made naturally in our liver but you can increase your glutathione levels by taking NAC (N-acetyl cysteine) which is the precursor to glutathione. In other words, you take NAC and your body converts it to glutathione, or you can take IV glutathione which has more dramatic results. Taking glutathione by mouth is not helpful as it is poorly absorbed.

Glutathione has been shown to improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. It is also used for dialysis patients and to protect the kidneys after major surgery. Glutathione helps to boost the immune system and is often used in the treatment of HIV patients. An inhaled form is being used with some success for patients with certain lung disorders.

Maybe one of glutathione’s best benefits is that it typically makes patients feel really good. I believe this is from the detoxification effects of the product and the boost it gives to your immune system, but there are studies that show glutathione may function as a mood stabilizer and anti-depressant.

I spoke to a nurse at the Whitaker Wellness Institute in California and she told me that because of its many benefits, they give IV glutathione to every patient, every day. My experience is that just a few treatments can yield great results. Maybe it’s time you gave it a try. At GET WELL we charge $90 for an IV that also contains B-vitamins and magnesium. If you get it as an “add-on” to your chelation it’s only $75.

For more information you might check out the following links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJhbzxgfRRY

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23249101

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23249101

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20868666

http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S1461145710000805

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A different approach to osteoporosis

By Pierre Angier

Because of an increasing lifespan, poor diet and lack of sun, there is an epidemic of osteoporosis in the US. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation one in two women over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in her remaining lifetime. These fractures not only result in severe pain and disability, they often contribute to premature death. Read more ›

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Non-Surgical Treatments for Heart Disease

by Dr. Pierre Angier

People with heart disease are usually given just two options—medications or surgery. But to make an informed decision you need all the facts, including the alternative therapies that are available.

First of all, stents are used far too often. They are helpful in the first few hours after a heart attack to improve blood flow to the heart muscle. They are also indicated when you have angina that doesn’t respond to medication. But let’s be clear, there is no evidence that a stent will reduce your risk of a future heart attack or help you live longer.

So what about bypass surgery? A recent study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine (called the STICH trial) showed that there was no significant difference in longevity between those that had bypass surgery and those that received medication only. In my opinion, for most people the risks of this surgery outweigh the benefits. Read more ›

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This test could save your life

A life-saving test was discussed last week in an excellent news clip on NBC. Watch the video below to learn more.

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Once you have watched the news clip, be sure to read my article on inflammation and heart disease to learn what steps you can take to help save your life. Click here to learn more about inflammation and heart disease.

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Natural Approaches to Diabetic Neuropathy

If you are diabetic and have burning pain, numbness or tingling in your legs or feet, you probably have diabetic neuropathy. With this condition the sensory nerves are damaged because of poor circulation. Diabetic neuropathy is very common—and it’s a major cause of foot and leg amputations. Fortunately, there are some natural approaches that are quite effective.

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Antibiotics and Arthritis

In my last article I described the overuse and potential problems associated with antibiotics. Nonetheless, antibiotics are needed to treat serious infections, and have been shown to be helpful with many other conditions that we don’t usually associate with infections, such as arthritis. Read more ›

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