August is National Water Quality Month

Drinking Water Quality

What does this mean? It’s a time to look at what’s affecting our water supply, what contaminants it holds, and learn what we can do to protect ourselves. If you have infants, young children or are planning on having a child, the contaminants in your water pose an even greater health risk. The quality of our drinking water is crucial to good health.

After the Flint Michigan tragedy, counties across the nation became more vigilant about checking water quality. Homeowners, schools  and government municipalities started water testing and what they found was startling.

This last year we have seen headlines from all over the nation which have shown our drinking water supply to be full of toxic chemicals, lead and fluoride. The most recent startling discovery of lead in the water was in Portland Oregon, which prides itself on natural stream-fed drinking water. Now districts throughout Oregon and Washington are testing for lead in their water and finding it at unsafe levels.

The Center for Disease Control says “Lead in drinking water is probably absorbed more completely than lead in food. Adults absorb 35%-50% of the lead they drink, and the absorption rate for children may be greater than 50%.”

What can you do to protect your home drinking water supply?

  • Install a water filter. Start with purifying your drinking water by installing an under the counter or over the counter model. Once you know what contaminants are in your water you may be able to better choose the right system for you. Multipure water systems start at an affordable price and are easy to install. Multipure is certified by NSF International. They have passed the intensive scrutiny of NSF for certification to reduce a wide range of contaminants which affect our health including lead.
  • Research your city’s water quality on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.The  site has a link where you can signup for a report of the contaminants  in your drinking water. https://www.epa.gov/ccr.
  • Test your tap water. You can order an on line test from National Testing Labs.http://www.ntllabs.com/residential.html

How do you know if you have toxic lead or other chemicals in your body from your drinking water?

If you you think you have been exposed to lead in your water consider taking a home test to analyze the heavy metal build up in your system. We like the Genova Lab Toxic Element Buildup Test. 

What you can do to protect the drinking water supply at a community level?

  • not using antibacterial soaps or cleaning products
  • not flushing unwanted or out-of-date medications down the toilet or drain
  • avoiding using pesticides or chemical fertilizers
  • choosing nontoxic household products when possible
  • picking up after pets
  • not paving properties

 

Know someone who suffers from IBS ? Send them this.

Do you know someone who suffers from IBS?

Genova Lab microbiology and parasitology test for IBSIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the large intestine. Surprisingly, a ton of Americans suffer from the cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation associated with IBS.

Here’s what’s really alarming:

  • it’s estimated that 10% to 15% of Americans have IBS (between 25 and 45 million people in the United States)
  • about 1 in 3 females are affected
  • about 20% to 40% of all visits to gastroenterologists are due to IBS symptoms

It’s a massive problem.

Unfortunately, patients’ symptoms can remain unresolved for many years.

In those cases, I recommend my patients investigate possible root causes of the symptoms.

How?

My first step is almost always a simple home stool test.

It’s called the Genova Lab Comprehensive Microbiology & Parasitology Profile (CP).

The test is run over 3 days and the samples are sent directly from your home to the lab. Then it takes about 2 weeks before you get the results back.

Genova Labs uses the most up-to-date testing procedures to analyze your samples, and then they go an extra step further to help solve your IBS.

See, when they find any ‘bad’ bacteria or yeast, they are able to grow them out in the lab so that they can identify which natural and medical agents can be used to help control their overgrowth.

You get a personalized insight into why you have IBS – and what will solve your situation.

Here’s what’s really great:

The test’s Microbiology evaluation also looks at the levels of good bacteria you have.

As you know, the most important aspect of a strong microbiota is diversity. If your own microbiome diversity is weak, then this testing will tell you whether taking prebiotics and probiotics on a regular basis will encourage the growth of your natural microbiota and make a difference to your IBS.

Genova Labs is the test I personally use because it’s technically advanced.

It’s Comprehensive Parasitology and Microbiology test profile can accurately identify protozoal parasites, including amoebae, flagellates, ciliates, coccidian, and microsporidia.

These specimens are carefully analyzed by highly-trained technicians who use computer-enhanced microscopy, new staining procedures, and advanced immuno-assay techniques.

So –

If you have digestive discomfort like IBS, and you’re not sure about the makeup of your gut, you owe it to yourself to see a comprehensive view of what’s going on in your microbiome.

Very often, it’s the overgrowth of pathogens that are the root cause of IBS symptoms.

This test tells you which organisms they are and then how to treat them, along with a complete profile of what’s going in your microbiome.

Here’s a link to a sample report you’ll get with your results.

The bottom line is this:

It doesn’t make sense to suffer from digestive discomfort for years, if you don’t know the underlying causes of your symptoms.

That’s why this August only, you can save $15 on your home lab test with Good Gut Solution.

Just use the coupon code GENOVA15

Discover the underlying cause of your symptoms with the Genova Lab Comprehensive Microbiology & Parasitology Profile:

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This discount ends August 31st. Don’t miss out.

To Your Success,
Dr. Pamela Nathan

PS The underlying cause of your IBS may be different than another patient’s – even with the same symptoms.

When you get better, you can look back on the time you had digestive discomfort, and you’ll be so glad you made an investment to “look under the hood” and discover the real problem affecting you.

I believe in the Genova Lab Profile because it’s helped hundreds of my patients alleviate their symptoms.

Take the first step to solving your discomfort:

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This home test helps you learn the underlying causes of your digestive symptoms, with an easy home test that you send to highly-trained lab technicians who analyze your results and send you a report.

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Leaky Gut Syndrome – What is it?

What is “Leaky Gut”?

Known by doctors by its technical term, “intestinal permeability, this condition can encourage Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable syndrome(IBS), and other intestinal ailments in the IBD category. “Leaky gut” is a condition caused by inflammation of the gut lining. According to Andrew Weil, M.D.,

“Leaky gut syndrome is not generally recognized by conventional physicians, but evidence is accumulating that it is a real condition that affects the lining of the intestines. The theory is that leaky gut syndrome(also called increased intestinal permeability), is the result of damage to the intestinal lining, making it less able to protect the internal environment as well as to filter needed nutrients and other biological substances. As a consequence, some bacteria and their toxins, incompletely digested proteins and fats, and waste not normally absorb may ‘leak’ out of the intestines into the blood stream. This triggers an autoimmune reaction, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems such as abdominal bloating, excessive gas and cramps, fatigue, food sensitives, joint pain, skin rashes, and autoimmunity. The cause of this syndrome may be chronic inflammation, food sensitivity, damage from taking large amounts of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDS), cyotoxic drugs and radiation or certain antibiotics, excessive alcohol consumption, or compromise immunity.” (1)

How does Leaky Gut Occur?

Leaky Gut Syndrome happens when there are changes in the lining of the bowel that increases the permeability of the intestine. Actually, the lining of the gut forms a barrier. Under normal circumstances it only allows food that is digested properly i.e. all proteins, fats and carbohydrates, to pass through and enter into the bloodstream.

This lining is harmed by several things – it could be affected by pathogenic bacteria, or by taking aspirin, or even by the the pesticides that are constantly sprayed on all our food. It loses it’s integrity and for this reason, the barrier is no longer efficient and it lets in undigested food, pathogenic or bad bacteria, viruses and parasites.

This, in turn, sends signals to the immune system, leads to hyperstimulation and causes release of the inflammatory substances called cytokines. These weaken the intestinal wall. Sometimes the compromised immune system becomes so unstable that it attacks your own body, producing an autoimmune condition.

Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome

When you suffer with Leaky Gut Syndrome, there are a wide variety of symptoms to consider, not only ones that relate to the digestive system. The symptoms that are associated with Leaky Gut affect the body’s functioning as a whole:

  • abdominal pain, gas, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea, bloating 
  • fatigue
  • poor libido 
  • asthma, shortness of breath
  • chronic joint pain, chronic muscle pain 
  • confusion, fuzzy/foggy thinking, nervousness, poor immunity, poor memory
  • recurrent vaginal infections, skin rashes
  • bed-wetting, recurrent bladder infections  
  • aggressive behavior, anxiety 
  • and most importantly, just feeling “toxic”

Leaky gut syndrome is associated with the following medical conditions:

  • Bloating and weight gain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intestinal infections
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Giardia
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Environmental illness
  • Hives
  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Inflammatory joint disease / arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Liver dysfunction

It is very important to identify the problem of Leaky Gut Syndrome before it gets out of hand, so that you can quickly address the issue with natural supplements that help to heal the lining of the digestive tract. This includes, effective probiotics in loading doses, enzymes, glutamine, green foods to encourage an alkaline intestinal environment and essential fatty acids to help maximize digestive function.

Genova Intestinal PermeabilityOne of the easiest ways that you can find out if you have Leaky Gut Syndrome is by running a simple and easy to do, urine test that you can do at home.
The test is sent directly to you from Genova Labs. They give you very explicit directions on how to do the test and then once you have completed it, you send it directly back to the lab. The shipping costs are all included in the price of the test, as well as a complimentary 10 minute telephone consultation with me to review your results and help you understand it. We get the results back within a couple of weeks. Its as simple as that.

 

(1) “What is Leaky Gut?  – Ask Dr. Weil. 12 December 2005. Web. 17 March 2010. Also from the book “Living with Crohns & Colitis – A Comprehensive Naturopathic Guide for Complete Digestive Wellness” by Jessica Black N.D. and Dede Cummings.