Russell Jaffe MD, Ph D, CCN, Fellow of Health Studies Collegium, was the first presenter today. He had lots and lots of valuable information to share with us. He focused on the importance of what he referred to as ‘qualified predictive biomarkers’ that help us to understand each person’s condition and what needs to be considered when advising treatment.
These are the ‘qualified predictive biomarkers’ that he recommends. The tests are freely available and any physician can order them. If you’re interested in doing so, just make a note of them and take the list to your favorite physician for the tests to be run and interpreted for you:
- Hgb A1c evaluation, This parameter reinforces life style choice as being very important and not only genetics.
- homocysteine is used to evaluate sulphur cycles. He stressed the importance of having enough sulphur foods in your diet , like garlic, ginger, onion, broccoli sprouts, and eggs.
- hsCRP evaluates the level of inflammation in your body,
- Oxidized LDL/HDL and 8 oxo-guanine evaluates free radical risk,
- Vitamin D ensures cell adhesion
- 1st am urine pH to evaluate acidosis risk
- LRA by ELISA/ACT tolerance and hypersenstivity test.He says by getting the results from these tested, collectively, you can have a very good idea of how ‘healthy’ a person is, and can anticipate whether they have a chance of living for another 10 or 20 years.
I loved the quote that Stig Bengmark from Sweden included in his presentation: “We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.” He reinforced my belief that underlying persistent inflammation is the mother of all disease. He explained how stressors can turn genes on and off, modify histones and even seem to affect what gets passed down to our offspring.
He sees a relationship between malfunctioning microbiota and dysbiosis where the two go hand in hand. When microbiota are stable they reduce general inflammation and maintain immune homeostasis. When they’re not stable, that’s when we start getting problems. He also said that processed foods can be responsible for encouraging dysbiosis, leaky gut and a malfunctioning immune response.
He spoke about the importance of eating magnesium rich foods, tumeric, and fermented foods. He loves avocados and made the comment that he would suggest mothers feed their infants avocados rather than formula!
Charalabos Pothoulakis MD from the Division of Digestive Disease at UCLA gave an in depth talk on what we know currently about saccharomyces boulardii and c difficile, the leading cause of healthcare-infectious diarrhea in the US. He has been involved in studies on saccharomyces boulardii and they have shown how helpful this friendly strain of yeast has been in the prevention and treatment of diarrhea that has been caused by antibiotics and also c difficile. Another study he spoke about was conducted on Crohn’s patients. They found that S. boulardii added to baseline therapy reduced leaky gut and improved intestinal permeability in these patients. (Gracia Vilela et al 2008,43(7):842-8)
Michael Cabana MD from UCSF told us about the use of probiotics with pediatric allergies and asthma patients. He wasn’t able to site any conclusive evidence as some studies showed positive outcomes while others didn’t – it may have to do with patient compliance, he said, and will need to be studied further. He did say that they have found the probiotic, l. reuteri to be used effectively for colic.
There were questions from the audience with regard to FMT – Fecal Microbial Transplants. Dr Cabana told us that presently the procedure was conducted in Seattle, Washington and Canada. He was hopeful that it would be used more extensively in the future, in the US, as there was a CPT code assigned to the procedure!