This Is What Can Trigger Allergies

Triggers for Allergies; Candida and Gut Dysbiosis

Due to the nature of biology, individuals react differently to various substances. One person may be greatly impacted by one product, and another not impacted at all. For the very sensitive, simply touching a substance with your hands may cause a severe reaction through absorption from the skin.

What Causes Allergic Reactions?

The cause of an allergic reaction may be biological, or due to a possible genetic weakness that was triggered by something in the environment. To learn more about this please listen to my podcast interview with epigenetics expert Dr. Bruce Lipton.

The intestinal system has a delicate balance that can be easily disrupted by many different aspects. Common issues can arise from an overgrowth of Candida/yeast, heavy metals, viruses, vaccines, food chemicals, air pollution, sugar, or a diet high in processed carbohydrates.

Many children contract Candida/yeast overgrowth in their gut from their mother while in utero, or while passing through the birth canal. This creates weaknesses in, not only their gut, but also in their immune system. Additionally, this adds a toxic load to their biology and sets them up for poor detoxification channels at birth.

Children with a weak digestive tract do not usually absorb the nutrients properly from the food they eat. The nutrition may not be getting in even if they are eating healthy foods. If their body is not absorbing the nutrients from the food properly, then their body becomes starved of vital nutrients which also feed the brain.

Home Gut Tests

There is an at-home candida test that is free and easy to do.  CLICK HERE to learn more about candida and get this free test.

You can also purchase an at-home test. Genova Laboratories carry various types of home tests for different issues. Choose the test that is best for your symptoms or call us if you need help. One test for general microbial analysis will indicate if you have candida overgrowth or an imbalance in your good and bad bacteria. The Genova Intestinal Permeability Test will detect if there is a problem with leaky gut. 

This Is What You Need To Do To Detox

It is that time of year when everyone is thinking or talking about detoxing. Some people like to do fasts, others juice cleanses. Everyone’s heard about the Master Cleanse, that’s the one where you drink water mixed with lemon, cayenne and maple syrup. A lot of doctors actually think the the Mater Cleanse is dangerous as it doesn’t give the body the nutrients it needs to support it. While you detox it’s important to nourish your body and support your liver function.

What if I told you that you could detox without adhering to a special diet?

That sounds good, right? Well, you can actually. You can detox easily and effectively while you continue to eat a balanced diet. Of course you should still eat a clean diet, with hormone free and chemical free proteins and organic fruits and vegetables. It goes without saying that you should also avoid sugar and processed foods while you are detoxing.

How can you detox in a safe, healthy way without starving yourself or depriving yourself of key nutrients?

One way to do it is by using homeopathics to detox. The HVS Homeopathic line was created 30 years ago by Dr. Kratz. His formulations are designed to rid your body of toxins at a cellular level. Each formulation is prepared with five potencies in a pure water base, totally harmless for your body and without side effects.

It was after Allen Kratz, PharmD explored the depths of both conventional and complementary medicine that he developed a therapeutic line of formulas to eliminate harmful substances from the body such as heavy metals, chemicals, parasites, molds and tobacco. Down the road these toxins may contribute to health problems.

How do homeopathics work?

The homeopathic line from Kratz is made up of individualized formulas called Detoxosodes. It works under the assumption that the “toxin” in the formula will affect the body by “training” it to recognize the harmful substance and ultimately purging it. The formulas contain small amounts of the substance that have been targeted for elimination.

The usual protocol is to take the Detoxosode for about two weeks to clear the unwanted substance and return your body back to homeostasis.

Dr. Kratz also designed Adaptosode and Biosode homeopathic formulations to serve as a support system while you detox. The Adaptasode formulas are also used for relief of fatigue, weariness, and to assist your body systems while purging these nasty invaders. The Biosode formulas are designed to support cell regeneration during this process.

The formulations created by HVS can be chosen to customize a cleanse.  Click Here for a complete list of HVS Detoxosode formulas.  

It is important that you are working with a health care practitioner to guide you in this process. Call us and we can recommend which formulas are right for you. The homeopathic line of HVS Detoxosodes are only available by phone oder.

If homeopathics are not right for you Garden of Life has a great one week Raw Cleanse Kit.

If you suspect you have toxins or parasites that are at the cause of your symptoms it’s a good idea to take a home test to get to the bottom of what unwanted organisms are in your system. Click here for the compete line of Doctors Data  and Genova at home tests.

Why is Everyone Talking About Fermented Foods?

Have You Heard about the Benefits of Fermented Foods?

Fermented foods greatly assist the gut by strengthening the lining of the digestive tract. Eighty percent of the immune system is made in the gut, so they also help to keep us healthy. Fermented foods contain natural probiotics and are a perfect way to help keep the good bacteria thriving. They create lactic acid that kills pathogens. Good bacteria crowd out the bad bacteria such as candida. Candida, or yeast, can become overgrown and cause a myriad of physical and behavioral problems.

What Are Fermented Foods?

fermented foods

Fermented foods are foods that have been soaked in salt, spices, water, and a probiotic starter. Fermentation foods are predigested, so they help make food easier to digest. They offer beneficial probiotic microbes, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Many foods can be fermented such as grains, vegetables, fish, and dairy. Salt stops the harmful microbes that can spoil food, so we see fermentation as a method to preserve before canning existed.

What Are Fermented Food Sources?

The most commonly known fermented food sources are from dairy. Most people think of yogurt, sour cream, and kefir as top choices. Homemade products are best. Beware of commercially made yogurt because pasteurization destroys many of the natural nutrients and enzymes you need. They also are known to contain a lot of sugar. The fermentation will help predigest some of the proteins and consume lactose in dairy products.

Fermented vegetables and grains are more tolerated by the digestive tract. Click Here for DIY Recipe. The bacteria from fermented vegetables also help with detoxification. Any vegetable can be fermented. Additionally, anything that increases the good bacteria in the gut will help to fight the bad. Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage and is one of the oldest known sources.

fermented cabbOnly small amounts of fermented foods are necessary for positive results. In fact, if you have a lot of candida overgrowth and you eat too much, the candida may die off so quickly that it can cause you extreme fatigue, headaches, and flu-like symptoms. Just a tablespoon or two per day in the beginning may be enough for positive benefits without any negative reactions. Read more about candida and die off reactions.

There are natural, food-based, fermented supplements which are also available, and can help with detoxification. Many recipes can be found online on sites such as, http://nourishedkitchen.com/fermented-foods-for-gut-health/.

Candida Test that Dr Oz likes

 Dr Oz told us about an excellent way to test and see if you may have a problem with yeast overgrowth or Candida. The test is very easy to do. There is also a questionnaire that you can use to evaluate your symptoms.

Here’s how to do the Candida Saliva Test. Saliva_Test_Sml

1    The night before at bedtime, pour bottled or purified water into  a clear glass and set it down next to your bed. 2    First thing in the morning, work up some saliva and spit it into the glass of water. 3    Then check every 15 minutes for 1 hour. 4    Under normal circumstances your saliva should disappear in the water. 5    However, if you have a Candida overgrowth issue, you will see any one of these three  formations:

  • a    Strings like jellyfish traveling down from the saliva, which floats on top.
  • b    Particles or cloudy specks suspended in the water.
  • c   Cloudy saliva sinking to the bottom of the glass.

Please remember that these two Candida tests are offered as educational tools and as estimated values only. These tests and scores do not replace evaluation by a healthcare professional.

Candida Overgrowth Appraisal

There are 2 sets of questions
Start with these:

FIRST SET OF CANDIDA QUESTIONS:

– I have silver, mercury amalgam dental fillings.
– I have been vaccinated in the past 5 years.

All other questions refer to the past year only.
– I am shaky or irritable when hungry.
– I have trouble concentrating.
– I feel helpless at times.
– Feel weak all over.
– Crave alcohol (beer, wine, spirits).
– Have taken birth control pills.
– Lost or decreased sexual desire.
– Seem to have lost interest in life.
– React badly to cigarette fumes.
– React badly to chemical fumes.
– Symptoms worse on damp/muggy days.
– Have persistent prostatitis or vaginitis.
– Have taken hydrocortisone type products.
– Have had athlete’s foot and/or jock itch.
– Have cramps with periods.
– My stomach gets sore all over.
– Ears itch at times.
– Bladder infections.
– Urinary frequency or urgency.
– Vaginal discharge.
– More nervous than usual.
– Often dizzy or lightheaded.
– Heart beats fast.
– Constipation and/or diarrhea.
– Mouth ulcers.

Make note of the total from the First Set of Candida Questions   ____

Now look at the second set of questions and make note of your answers

– I crave sugar, desserts or chocolate.
– Crave breads and/or pastries.
– Have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
– Feel tired most of the time.
– Feel “spacey” and unreal.
– Took antibiotics in the past few years.
– Have premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
– Have allergic symptoms often.
– Strong perfumes make me sick.
– Have had skin or nail fungus.
– Have trouble thinking clearly.
– Notice numbness or tingling.
– Get stomach pains.
– Have chronic rashes or itching.
– Have nausea and sick stomach.
– My joints ache at times.
– Muscles ache more often.
– Have depression fairly often.
– Have headaches frequently.
– Have chronic fatigue syndrome.
– Have type 2 diabetes.
– Am significantly overweight.
– Have psoriasis.
– Have mitral valve prolapse.
– Have nasal congestion, postnasal drip.
– Cough often, or have recurrent bronchitis.
– Bruise easily.

Write down the total from Second Set of Candida Questions ____
Now transfer your results below from the first and second sets to see your estimated total yeast overgrowth score.

First Set of Candida Questions: x 1 = ___
Second Set of Candida Questions: x 2 = ____ 
Grand Total: ___

Now evaluate your score
Below 6:  No yeast overgrowth
7 to 12:    Minimal yeast overgrowth
13 to 20:  Moderate yeast overgrowth
21 and higher: Severe yeast overgrowth

If you have yeast overgrowth, consider using effective homeopathic remedies.

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Aquaflora Heavy Metal Detox
Aquaflora Heavy Metal Detox

I remember back in the early days of Ecology Medical Clinic, which was the predecessor to Ecology Health Center, Dr.Truss had just recently published his then controversial opinion about what he called ‘systemic candidiasis’. In that we had been working in the realm of ‘functional medicine’ yes, way ahead of our time – every patient who came in to the clinic had an evaluation with several practitioners, the medical doctor, an acupuncturist, a homeopath, an allergy specialist and if needed a holistic dentist. Collectively, we came up with an evaluation and treatment plan for each individual.

The correct CPT diagnosis code to be used for many of our patients was Systemic Candidiasis. The patients’ insurance was billed and pretty soon we were flooded with many rejections from the insurance companies saying that systemic candidiasis would not be covered in the light of the review of the patients’ chart notes. To the insurance companies, at that time, this diagnosis would refer to people on their deathbeds, covered from head to toe with incurable fungal overgrowth.

Aquaflora Probiotic Restoration
Aquaflora Probiotic Restoration

A lot has changed since the 80’s. Candida is still something that many physicians choose to ignore as a true condition however, for those of us involved in complementary medicine, this is an important part of any differential diagnosis, particularly because the symptoms associated with candida overgrowth covers many systems within the body from brain fog and headaches, to bloating and vaginal infections – you name it, it can possibly be that those symptoms all over their bodies, all relate to overgrowth of yeast in the body.

Aquaflora High Potency
Aquaflora High Potency

Patients have an extremely hard time overcoming candida for many reasons.

Firstly, how severe is it? In other words, how diligent do you have to be to get rid of it. And secondly, what methods are you going to use to get it under control? The second question opens up a huge can of worms because each practitioner that the patient consults with will tell them something different.

Who are they to believe? And then, the truth be told, even I, as a ‘seasoned’ candida treatment coordinator, may use several different approaches and choice of treatment protocols, depending on the individual patient.

One of the challenges with herbal and nutritional options is that some strains of yeast will respond better to certain anti fungals than others, and of course certain individuals will do better with herbs than others, again depending on the first question I posed, ie how severe is the condition.

Aquaflora Enzyme Restoration
Aquaflora Enzyme Restoration

One approach that I use consistently and find very reliable is using homeopathic remedies as part of the treatment protocol. King Bio has formulated a protocol using 4 combinations homeopathic remedies that are very effective.  It goes hand in hand with people literally confirming their own diagnosis by taking the Candida Overgrowth Appraisaland the Saliva Test to find out if you have the telltale signs of Candida overgrowth. The Saliva test was shown on Dr Oz’s show, on May 28, 2013. Even he thinks it is a valuable tool to assess candida overgrowth. You can tell how much I admire Dr Oz, right?

So yes, you do the test,  and the assessment and follow through with the remedies based on what you find out. Then you redo the test and continue with the protocol of using the 4 combination remedies, based on the test results and how you feel.

Many symptoms of Candida overgrowth are addressed by King Bio’s Aquaflora homeopathic remedies, These include yeast infections, thrush, nail fungus, confusion, headache, dizziness, indigestion, fatigue, bloating, food cravings, stomach pain, and skin irritations.

What homeopathic remedies do is activate the body’s natural healing powers by following the law of similars, which says that “like cures like.” Even today, this is considered a recognized pharmacological principle.

Why do I like using Homeopathics? They are very safe. You know that in the 200 odd years of clinical use, homeopathic medicines have no recorded negative side effects and also no negative interactions with other drugs. In fact, homeopathic s were the first of all natural remedies to be recognized by the FDA as pharmaceutical drug products.

Here are the four Aquaflora, King Bio Candida remedies:                                            

1. High Potency 9 – this is a  broad-spectrum remedy used for Candida balance and relief of yeast overgrowth, headaches & cravings. Dr. Frank King  thinks that this the  foundational product for Candida balance.

2. Enzyme Restoration. This combination is used for upper GI balance from the mouth to the stomach. It focuses on relieving unpleasant digestive symptoms like heartburn, vomiting, colic, reflux burping, acid indigestion etc.

3. Probiotic Restoration. This one is used primarily for balancing the lower GI tract,  from the stomach to the bowels. The remedy may also be used between meals to ease bloating, nausea, cramps, diarrhea and constipation.

4. Heavy Metal Detox. This homeopathic combination targets heavy metal toxicity, which often accompanies Candida overgrowth. It provides relief for symptoms like a metallic taste in the mouth, fatigue, and also confusion.

I like using this particular remedy combination from King Bio. They use multiple ingredients in multiple potencies. The clinically-proven ingredients and potencies are able to minimize negative side effects and quickly  bring the body back into balance.

It’s interesting to note that High Potency 9 includes remedies that provide emotional support as well. Included are 3 flower remedies that help balance the feeling of  well-being during the healing process. I love the way they are made as well. All the remedies have no dairy, no sugar, no alcohol and no gluten. and of course, no refrigeration is necessary. The remedies are also Bio-Energetically Enhanced™, taste-free and made in a pure water base. The pleasant, neutral flavor is a great asset when treating kids. It eliminates any resistance from finicky children. It also caters to taste-sensitive adults.

3 of the 4 recommended homeopathics formulas have a Unique spray delivery system. The 2-ounce oral spray bottles are very convenient to use. You’re able to control dosage and easily use for people of all ages, eliminating the need for dropper bottles or tablets.

I might add, at this point, that I have never found a way to successfully treat candida overgrowth without a conscientious change in eating patterns at the same time.

Do you have Candida? Find out now.
Take the test and do take the appraisal questionnaire at the same time.
If yes?

Order now and start taking the homeopathic remedies that will make you feel better.

Remember to modify your eating patterns as well.