Your child is having a bad day....Difficulty Swallowing? Fever? Swollen Glands? Earache?
Yep…your child's immune system is working overtime. If too frequent, then children’s tonsils are often surgically removed to help treat the symptom.
Are There Options to Surgery?
Let’s first look at recent research.
A study of almost 1.2 million patients suggests that children who have their tonsils or adenoids removed before age 9 are at higher risk for respiratory, infectious, and allergic diseases up to the age of 30 years. Yes, up to 30 years old! That means kids are at higher risk through grade school, middle and high school, college and beyond!
"We found that tonsillectomy was associated with a nearly tripled risk of upper respiratory tract diseases, and that adenoidectomy was associated with doubled risk of [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease] and upper respiratory tract diseases and nearly doubled risk of conjunctivitis,"
-Dr. Sean Byars, University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia,
Another study in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics indicated a strong correlation between spinal adjustments and the suppression of ear infections.
Out of the 332 children, ranging in 27 days to 5 years old, 80% of the children did not experience another ear infection in the 6 months following the study.
These children were given an initial series of spinal adjustments and then maintenance adjustments every 4 to 6 weeks. (Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. 1997; Volume 2, No. 2:167-183.)
What Can You Do?
Locate the root cause. As a last resort, parents bring their children for a spinal examination and meridian scan. I then explain a few things....
Imbalances in the spine are called subluxations, which result in health problems.
Spinal or meridian problems may be the root cause why your child’s body can’t defend itself properly through the immune system.
Tonsils are a crucial part of the body's immune system. They are one of the first line defenses against respiratory invaders, bacteria and viruses that enter through a child’s mouth and nose.
Cutting out the tonsils means to remove an important part of a child’s ability to fight respiratory infections. Mother Nature created tonsils as part of the lymphatic system. This system is important in prevention and healing of illness.
The ducts leading away from the tonsils travel through the muscles of the neck.
It’s necessary for those muscles to create a pumping effect on the lymph fluid to help keep the immune system strong and resilient.
A spinal subluxation in the neck can produce irritation of the nerves, which causes muscles to contract. This restricts lymph flow in the neck.
In children, the lymph ducts are smaller than those in adults and are more easily blocked and prevented from doing their job of defending the body from foreign invaders and draining the waste products away from the area.
Result? Sore throat, earaches, etc.
A subluxation of the neck can cause muscle contractions, which slows lymph flow and reduces the capacity of your child’s immune system to function (and yours too if this is the case). This is a common reason for repeated, chronic illness.
To help your child heal, when evaluating the neck, it's important to uncover areas of fixation and immobile area in the spine. Then a meridian scan will help you identify blockage in the neck's meridian system.
My Child Is Sick Today... Should He/She Get Checked For Neck Subluxations?
Yes. To help support the healing process, patients bring kids in to check for subluxations and meridian imbalances and correct them when needed.
Of course it’s best to get checked for subluxations and meridian imbalances as a maintenance family protocol a few times a year or when there has been a bad fall or sport injury.
I recommend integrating gentle spinal and meridian corrections. The use of soft tissue techniques to help return normal function of the neck and related spinal muscles are preferred by most parents.
For meridian treatment needles are a problem with kids. I suggest soft Laser Acutherapy to balance meridian energy flow.
This approach helps restore your child’s body to support the healing Mother Nature intended so they start feeling better...naturally.
What Causes Neck Subluxations and Meridian Imbalances?
In addition to the nutritional issues not discussed here, most children develop spinal subluxations or meridian imbalances simply from the life of being a kid playing, jumping and falling, with all the associated minor accidents and falls which children frequently experience.
Food, toxins and other external factors may also play a role.
A regular check-up with a meridian evaluation and spinal examination is similar to a dental check-up in that Prevention Is Key!
If you have more questions, give me a call or schedule a Meridian Scan and Spinal Examination for your child. 310.734.0951
I owe it all to you…
I was just informed that I have been voted as one of Los Angeles Magazine's Best Chiropractors for 2018….. and I’d love for you to be a part of it!
If you have health issues or are sick and tired of being sick and tired—I’d like to return the favor by offering everything I have to offer at a substantial discount.
For only 2 weeks ending on February 14th, and to help celebrate this award, we are doing something we’ve never done before.
If you are a new patient or current patient I’d like you to receive a gift of 40% off your treatment session(s).
This is for either our Beverly Hills or Monterey locations.
We’ll keep time slots open for the first 20 new/current patients that schedule or until our appointments are full.
Whether you need a booster treatment or are new to our office, your health is valuable and we want to make it easy for you to get the care you need.
If you've been on the fence with a desire to change the way you heal and you’ve never received care…. then you are in for a treat. Many patients have shared; “I wish I met you years ago…before my health problems showed up.”
Remember, small health problems can become big problems if not discovered early. We are committed to providing you with the best care available.
Simply reference this letter and to help celebrate you'll receive 40% off our services until February 14th. (Valentines Day)
Yes, this includes new examinations, treatments, Laser Acutherapy, Meridian Analysis, and the consultation/analysis for the blood test.
You are important to us and this is our gift to you. You must mention this e-mail to receive your gift. Remember this ends February 14.
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“Thank you for changing my way of healing. I had been getting headaches every night and don’t have one tonight.” M.R. ~Business Owner
During my treatment I could feel the stress melt away. I'm now able to work with more focus. H.A. ~Office Manager
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If you are a new patient, this will be one of the most comprehensive examinations you’ve ever experienced. I will guarantee it. If you don’t feel this way at the end of your exam, you will receive a refund.
“The power that made the body heals the body..
Change The Way You Heal,
Dr. Aristotle Economou
Author of Change The Way You Heal
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Your thyroid controls energy, cholesterol, depression, heart disease and weight. It’s the number one gland to be poisoned by heavy metals and other environmental toxins known as endocrine disruptors.
Synthroid is usually prescribed for an underactive thyroid. The problem is that Synthroid is not the active T3 thyroid hormone, but T4 hormone. T4 must be converted to T3 for it to function correctly
This requires selenium! It’s crucial you are checked for a selenium deficiency when on thyroid medication. Have you?
The thyroid is such an easy target gland for heavy metals and environmental pollutants, which slow down healing of the thyroid. Why? .......Most glands have an iodine deficiency.
What is a major cause of iodine deficiency?
There are many reasons for iodine deficiency but at its source, exhaust fumes producing heavy metals displace iodine from the soil, resulting in less uptake in plants we use for food….
Restore the missing iodine. Yes, iodine deficiency is becoming extremely common. Replace iodine to help restore your deficient nutrients.
Dr. Aristotle’s Comment:
Energy imbalances or blockages in the meridians can lead to health problems, pain and disease. The goal is to restore proper function and optimum health by removing these blockages and regain balance to the meridian.
There is a meridian (LU) that runs up the arm across the chest and through the thyroid gland and down into the lungs.. (see image below) An imbalance of this particular meridian may be an issue if you are suffering from thyroid problems for example.
The goal is to repair the imbalanced meridian (see purple meridian) to obtain a normal meridian as shown in green.
Stress is the primary reason the body's meridian system repeatedly becomes imbalanced and results in health problems that wont go away after many attempts using traditional methods.
Be sure to check for meridian imbalances to help support your thyroid as an addition to your current treatment.
Imbalanced (purple) vs Balanced (green) Meridians
“The power that made the body heals the body..
Over 80% of the population uses the mood-altering stimulant 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine. But let’s just call it by its common name: caffeine.
So many rely on daily doses of this powder taken from plants in the tropical or subtropical regions of the world. The caffeine found in these plants contains a naturally occurring pesticide that is toxic to insects and a variety of other common pests.
Regardless of your source, the caffeine you “may” depend on in the morning helps you wake up, stay alert, and push you through another day. This is because caffeine stimulates your feel good hormones to increase your “get up and go” feeling.
When reviewing a patient’s medical history, I frequently see side effects of caffeine that result in unwanted health complaints that depend on your level of tolerance and sensitivity. Removing or reducing the amount of caffeine has resulted in a dramatic reduction on symptoms.
Here are a few:
Jitters: Too much caffeine can cause moderate to severe shaking.
Insomnia: Consuming caffeine in late afternoon. Although in some patients this can be as “late” as drinking caffeine at 12:00 noon causing difficult sleeping.
Addiction: Since caffeine can be addictive, withdrawal headaches are common
High Blood Pressure: Caffeine releases stress hormones resulting in elevated blood pressure.
Anxiety: Increase in nervousness or sense of heightened anxiety.
Caffeine Doses: see chart below..
You may have heard of the term adrenal fatigue or adrenal burnout, this may also be a side effect of excess caffeine consumption. What is excess? It depends…..there are too many personal variables . You’ll have to determine this yourself if you are stuck on the caffeine habit.
A good adrenal complex support supplement will help recharge your system if you find yourself exhausted. If this doesn’t help, give us a call to look further into the root cause of your fatigue.
If you are trying to cut back on caffeine, do it slowly. Try to reduce your daily intake by 10% every 2 weeks.
Remember, this article doesn’t address the added ingredients to your morning caffeine shot such as sugar, high fructose corn syrup HFCS (loaded with mercury) and other sweeteners.
I know, you're saying to yourself……”one more thing I can't eat or drink.”
Remember......if you are suffering from a health condition then you have to begin somewhere…Moderation is the key.
Change The Way You Heal,
Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Aristotle Economou.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Dr. Economou. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Nothing takes the place of personal experience. This is why as a doctor I understand the difficulties my patients face when dealing with a personal health challenge.
The first step to slow the aging process is to clean up the accumulated “toxic stuff” sitting in our bodies for the past 12 months or more!
Yes, I know you have your favorite anti-aging products but remember healing the skin is from the outside-in and inside-out!
Unfortunately the toxins accelerate aging by increasing the oxidation (think rusting patio furniture) and inflammation. The result: stiff and painful joints, fatigue and low energy levels, difficult weight loss and aging skin! Some of us age faster than others and it shows….. in part due to the amount of toxins store in our bodies.
There’s no better way for you to start an anti-aging program than detoxifying. At the end of this blog, I’ll share a new at home detox program that I love and that’s amazing for detoxing. Our patients are reporting stellar results.
There are two primary causes for disease and accelerated aging:
(1) nutrient levels go down
(2) toxicity levels go up.
Let's Talk Arsenic.
It’s Not Just in Rice
Arsenic contamination of ground and drinking water has become an almost silent global health catastrophe. It leads to liver cirrhosis, NASH (fatty liver, the #1 liver disease now), diabetes, kidney damage, heart attacks, as well as cancers of the skin, liver, bladder, kidney, and lung.
But levels are high in those who eat a lot of chicken, since arsenic is a common insecticide powder used to kill body lice on fowl raised in close quarters.
Aside from the recent discovery that arsenic can be a contaminant in rice, we rarely hear about it. That’s in part because it’s but one of thousands of unavoidable nasty environmental chemicals that erode our health. But worse, we don’t hear about it because there is no easy solution for it.
So arsenic continues to be one of the myriad of unavoidable chemicals that drive our epidemic of chronic diseases. Yet like any chemical, it has multiple ways of damaging our genetics, energy producing mitochondria, and cell membranes needed for producing healing and anti-aging.
Since arsenic is also a heavy metal, it does even more damage. For it can kick minerals out of enzymes and then bring the activity of those enzymes to a screeching halt.
Fortunately, there are many ways to combat the dangers of this heavy metal and other toxins. Examples range from basic foods like pomegranate juice, green beans, brassica every day such as cabbage, arugula, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, radishes, collard greens and cauliflower!
The goal is to make sure every day you have phyto-nutrients, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, and whole foods to balance out the destruction of ubiquitous yet unavoidable environmental toxins.
In the meantime, here are my new favorite anti-aging 2-month detox kits and cleanse:
This way you can get rid of even more stored disease-promoting chemicals especially as a new year cleanse, including heavy metals like arsenic.
Health is merely a question of getting enough support to enable you to restore nutrient levels, lower toxin levels and start slowing the aging process in the new year!
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Change The Way You Heal,
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Whether it's spiritual, mental, vocational, family, social, physical health or well being... Are you trying to make a decision with the unknown?
The following is part 2 of an article written by Dr. Joe Dispenza. He was featured in the film: "What The Bleep." It is a must see movie.
(Click here for part 1)
When it comes to stepping into the unknown, intellectualizing a process or problem won’t cut it. In fact, I often find it’s the people who perform this kind of incessant analysis who feel the most fear and insecurity when confronted with the unknown. The reason is because they’re constantly analyzing themselves, their actions, and their place in the world within the emotions of fear, lack, insecurity, or unworthiness.
If they instead understood that all these feelings are an emotional record of the past, they would understand that the very act of overanalyzing and overthinking means they’re looking for a solution within the emotional domain of the past. It means they’re thinking in the past rather than the possibilities of the future. If you’re trying to create a new future, thinking within the emotions of the past it’s not going to help—and it’s certainly not the place you want to be focusing your energy. Take this, for example.
Let’s say you had an amazing, expansive morning meditation. It was so real that it seemed like you could see, smell, taste, hear, and touch your future creation. If how you think and how you feel broadcasts an electromagnetic signature, when all your mind and heart is engaged in that vision of the future, you are connected to the energy of that future. Why? Because you’re in a vibrational match with that electromagnetic potential that already exists as a possibility in the quantum field.
But if when you came back to your senses you went right back into the fear or insecurity, the moment you recoil in fear of the unknown, you’re no longer connected to the energy of your future, or even seeing your future, because you’re looking at it through the lens of the past. Instead, you’re actually fulfilling your own prophecy because, by broadcasting the same energy, you are creating your past all over again. And that’s just where your energy is—in the familiar reality of your past. It’s only when you get beyond the emotion of fear and move into the unknown—despite the fear—that you turn your fear into passion and courage. Now all the sudden you can begin to see your future again…and you stop recreating your past.
Overcoming Fear to Create the Future
The body is going to react to the fear. It’s going to recoil, shake, twist your heart, and upset your stomach in anxiety, but that’s just because it’s confronting the unknown. That’s our limited animal state driven by the hormones of stress. The people who stop and change fear into an elevated emotion, despite anxiety and the body’s resistance, will tell you they too were afraid about stepping into the unknown, but their passion for their vision was greater than their fear. They will also tell you the effort was worth the reward of what they found on the other side—liberation, freedom, wholeness, and more self-love.
It makes sense that the emotions of your future dreams should be the emotions you’re living by when you are conscious in your everyday life, because the moment you disconnect from these emotions you’re back to feeling lack and separation from your future. But if you’re staying in that elevated emotional state of the future throughout your day, and your passion for your vision is greater than your fear of the unknown or fear of failure, then your body feels like that future event has already happened. This is how we transcend the emotion of fear, one day at a time.
That’s why we’re training and doing all these meditations in the first place—to condition our brain and bodies out of the past and into the future until we think and feel in a more elevated way all the time. That’s a new state of being with a new energy—a new personality which is intimately connected to a new personal reality.
When we feel like what we’re creating has already happened (because we are living by those elevated emotions throughout our day), we’re less likely to wonder if we’re doing something wrong, and less likely to analyze, intellectualize, or overthink why our future hasn’t yet happened. In fact, if we feel like our future has already happened, we will be less likely to try to force, predict, fight for, or control outcomes in our life. Why would you do that if you conditioned your body into feeling like that new future has already happened?
If you truly and repeatedly conditioned your body to feel thankful, appreciative, empowered, free, and in love with life every day, then in time it makes sense that you would trust your future completely. And chances are likely that stepping into and trusting the unknown will create a whole bunch of new opportunities that you would have never seen coming—that you would have never known until you stepped out of your predictable life and into the unknown future.
The bottom line is this: to create something new in our lives requires a series of daily steps into the unknown. So the questions is—are you ready to take that first step into the unknown—and stay there?
The following is part 1 of an article written by Dr. Joe Dispenza. He was featured in the film: "What The Bleep." It is a must see movie.
The Unknown Will Never Let You Down: Part I.
Everywhere I teach in the world, many people tell me they want to experience the unknown, yet when push comes to shove they want it on their own terms. Here’s the catch—if something comes to you on your own terms, then it’s not an unknown. It’s a predictable known. So, what does it mean to step into the unknown?
Everything we create begins with an internal idea, thought, concept, or image, whether it’s health, wealth, a relationship, buying a home, writing a book, composing a song, and so on. For some people, however, when external circumstances (such as serendipity, coincidences, and synchronicities) appear in their lives that are in alignment with that internal vision, they become paralyzed—paralyzed by the fear of failure, fear of success, fear of what other people will think, and a host of other reasons. Rather than continuing to follow the signposts and clues towards the next step, they stop just short of bringing their creation to fruition, when in fact, if they just continued to move deeper and trust in the unknown, they may have found themselves with a whole host of new possibilities opening up before them.
Instead, they desperately look for more external validations rather than making the necessary choices that are in alignment with that future vision. Here’s the truth about these decisive moments of our lives: If you can’t trust the circumstances, things, or events that show up in your life, then you don’t trust the unknown; and if you don’t trust the unknown, then you don’t trust in your creation; and if you don’t trust in your creation, then you don’t trust in yourself; and if you don’t trust in yourself, then you don’t trust in possibility.
(Click here for part 1)
Facing Off with the Unknown
From the time we’re children, we’re conditioned into believing the unknown is a scary place, so the moment we step out of our comfort zone into the unknown, even if we feel insecure, at least insecurity feels safe because it feels familiar. Insecurity then is a daily baseline emotion, and because it’s so familiar we have no problem keeping it under control. Most of us operate in low levels of insecurity every day, but when we decide to put something on the line—when we take a risk, step out of the known and predictable, and declare that we want to be defined by a vision of the future instead of a memory of the past—it makes sense that this unknown future is going to feel uncomfortable. The fact that you’re no longer in familiar territory only serves to magnify that insecurity. Now, even though the voice of insecurity has always been there, it’s clinging to the known, and in its desperation, it becomes the loudest voice in our head. The truth is we’ll never grow unless we face the challenges the unknown presents.
Brushing up against the unknown is a big deal for a lot of people and it’s something I witness all the time. Seeing people recoil in the face of it inspires me to do the opposite—to throw myself further headlong into the unknown. Why? The fact that so many people are afraid of it shows me I need to dive deeper into it. That’s the kind of effort that makes us feel more alive, and that’s the kind of effort that brings us into contact with an immaterial essence or resource within us—that part to us which is greater than the individual self.
If all possibilities exist in the quantum or the unified field—that invisible field of intelligence that is organizing and unifying all the laws of nature (which we could call the mind of God or the very fabric of everything material)—when you stop trusting in possibility, then you not only stop trusting in yourself, but you’re no longer trusting in the divine. Then what? Then you’re back to your animal nature—trying, wishing, wanting, hoping, begging, fighting. You’re back to the same person trying to create something new on your own terms again—the same old personality trying to create a new personal reality.
The bottom line is, if external circumstances are showing up that are in alignment with your internal vision, don’t overthink the decisions that lead you further into the unknown. Those synchronicities are simply the universe calling you to step into your new future. Instead, those events should be seen as signs pointing you towards that direction. So why not see it as proof that your outer reality is beginning to unfold equal to your inner vision? And why not take the energy of the elevated emotions these ‘coincidences’ create—like excitement and inspiration—and use that new energy to create the next opportunity? If you keep doing this repeatedly, you’ll discover you’re moving further away from familiar territory into even more possibilities. Then you will believe more in yourself, possibility, the unknown, and the divine that lives within you even more…and most importantly—that you are the creator of your life instead of the victim of it.
In part II of The Unknown Will Never Let You Down, I’ll discuss how you can turn your fear into passion and courage, and how you can trust the future that has been calling you and waiting for you to answer.
(Click here for part 2)
It’s that time of year again. The stress of the holiday season is upon us and your New Year’s health goals are just around the corner. This is a reminder to make your concierge care or house call appointments soon.
Our concierge program is for those who need more personalized care or have a busy schedule day or night. We understand the importance of your time.
You will experience customized care in the comfort of your residence, workplace or hotel without being stuck in traffic to make your doctor’s appointment.
If your annual Nutrition & Heavy Metal Toxicity evaluation is due please remember it takes up to 21 days for results.
Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!!!
A new study reveals prenatal stress has a physical effect on babies. Researchers report prenatal maternal stress in late gestation leads to slower growth of the offspring both in utero and during infancy.
Researchers from The Universities of New Mexico and Göttingen have now proposed a hypothesis that largely predicts why there are highly variable patterns in the growth rates of disadvantaged offspring across 719 studies on 21 mammal species.
“The idea is that prenatal stress affects offspring in two different ways depending on the timing of the stressor during pregnancy—yielding different outcomes before birth, after birth, and after weaning” says Andreas Berghänel, evolutionary anthropologist at The University of New Mexico and lead author of the study.
For example, prenatal maternal stress late in gestation causes mothers to invest less energy in their offspring, which leads to slower grow in the womb and during infancy. Once the baby has reached nutritional independence, however, they are no longer affected directly by their mother’s provisioning, and consequently grow at the same rate as non-disadvantaged offspring. Thus, maternal stress late in gestation leads to slow growth during dependent phases, but doesn’t affect growth later.
By contrast, prenatal maternal stress early in gestation can cause the fetus to be entirely reprogrammed to deal with a reduced life expectancy. To “make the best of a bad job,” the early challenged offspring switches to an accelerated pace of life and grows and matures faster than unchallenged offspring to ensure that it reproduces before it dies. Once set on the fast track, the offspring under early prenatal maternal stress remain on this trajectory even after weaning and therefore overshoot the usual body size for age throughout development.
“We found that stress during late gestation reduces offspring growth during dependence, resulting in a reduced body size throughout development, whereas stress during early gestation results in largely unaffected growth rates during dependence but accelerated growth and increased size after weaning,” says Berghänel.
Dr. Aristotle's Comment:
3 Examples of Stress Relief During Pregnancy
1. Restoring Pelvic Balance and Poor Posture
Pregnant women often have issues with their pelvic balance and back pain due to the extra weight they must carry in the front of their body. Many women experience pelvic structural changes during their pregnancy. When the pelvis is not in balance, it can restrict the amount of room that the developing baby has. We address imbalances of the spine to lessen low back pain.
2. Reducing Pregnancy Symptoms
Care helps reduce some of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with pregnancy. Regular care throughout pregnancy can help women maintain their health during pregnancy, relieve joint and neck pain and control the symptoms of nausea.
3. Reducing Labor and Delivery Time
Since women who receive regular care are taking care of their nervous system, many have found their bodies are better prepared to handle the childbirth process. When the nervous system is working properly, the whole body is working as it should be. With this in mind, many women who receive chiropractic care during pregnancy have shorter labor and delivery times.
The body undergoes a number of changes during pregnancy. This can leave any woman feeling uncomfortable as her body handles the physical and hormonal changes that pregnancy brings. Of course, many women are also worried about the health and safety of their baby during this important developmental time. In order to take the best care possible of both mom and baby, it is important to take care of your body with regular visits.
Pregnant moms who take the time to keep their body in balance during pregnancy will find that their overall pregnancy can be more comfortable and enjoyable as they keep their bodies — and their babies — healthy.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is associated with irregular menstrual periods, infertility, obesity, diabetes, excess hair growth, acne, and other hormonal difficulties. Research shows that women with PCOS have an increased susceptibility to elevated insulin levels.
In a new study published six days ago in Cell Journal, researchers demonstrated that oral quercetin supplementation improves the metabolic features of PCOS patients by upregulating adiponectin and Amp-activated protein kinase (AMPK). Adiponectin signaling regulates fatty acid metabolism and glucose by activation of AMPK.
Pharmaceutical interventions provide some improvements but they do not correct many of the underlying factors and have side effects that may not be tolerated by patients. In addition, many PCOS patients are overweight and have dietary habits that exacerbate the condition.
This randomized clinical trial consisted of 84 patients with PCOS. They were randomly assigned to two groups. One group received 500 mg quercetin twice daily for 12 weeks and other group received a placebo. As a result, researchers demonstrated that oral quercetin supplementation significantly increased the expression of adiponectin receptors and AMPK. Quercetin supplementation enhanced AMPK level by 12.3% compared with the placebo group.
Other Nutrients to Consider to Support PCOS
Studies have shown that an inositol deficiency is common in women with PCOS. A distinctive characteristic feature of PCOS is a reduced ability to process, metabolize, and effectively use inositol from foods. As a result, the nutritional requirements of PCOS patients may not be met by a simple change in the diet and, thus, inositol should be viewed as a conditionally essential nutrient in these women.
Myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol are both essential forms of inositol for patients with PCOS. The conversion of myo-inositol to D-chiro-inositol is of interest because errors here have been strongly involved in PCOS patients.
Strong evidence supports that the body makes D-chiro-inositol from myo-inositol and more evidence suggests that some people are less able to make this conversion than others. Along this spectrum, people who are completely unable to convert myo-inositol to D-chiro-inositol are only going to benefit from supplementation with D-chiro-inositol.
Other people who make the conversion, but with less than optimal efficiency, may benefit from large doses of myo-inositol. And, other individuals in between, might see the best results from a blend of the two. Since this conversion is impaired in individuals with PCOS, it is important to always include D-chiro-inositol with myo-inositol supplementation. D-chiro-inositol is the more potent form of inositol for supporting insulin resistance, however, myo-inositol is need for oocyte quality and maturation.
Therefore, supplementing with D-chiro-inositol alone cannot not fulfill myo-inositol’s roles that are specific and different from D-chiro-inositol, since it does not convert to myo-inositol.
Essential fatty acids are another consideration in PCOS. EFAs should be consumed in our diets for overall health, but most individuals with insulin resistance are deficient. Fish oils help to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation.
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Source: M. Jurgelewicz, DC, DACBN, DCBCN, CNS, Rezvan N, Moini A, et al. Oral Quercetin Supplementation Enhances Adiponectin Receptor Transcript Expression in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Patients: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Double-Blind Clinical Trial. Cell Journal. 2018 Jan;19(4):627-633. doi: 10.22074/cellj.2018.4577. Epub 2017 Nov 4.
It is rare if a pregnant woman does not encounter a certain amount of "morning sickness" throughout the term.
As any one who has ever experienced pregnancy can confirm, morning sickness leaves an expectant mother miserable for days, weeks or months, turning an otherwise joyful time into a period of misery.
Thankfully there is an integrative approach, when properly used, which produces a remarkable response.
It has been my personal clinical observation, that this system carries with it a success rate as high as 90 percent overall. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by applying this method.
To get you started, begin by using these 3 acu-points with firm pressure for 30 seconds per area:
P 5 -- Jian Shi -- Intermediary -- four fingers above the palmar wrist crease.
P 6 -- Nei Guan -- Inner Gate -- three fingers above the palmar wrist crease.
LIV 3 -- Tai Chong -- Bigger Rushing -- between the large toe and second toe.
If your morning sickness is deep rooted and you still need additional assistance, let us know.
Health experts have been unable to agree on whether fluoride in the drinking water may be toxic to the developing human brain.
High levels of fluoride are known to cause neurotoxicity in adults, and negative impacts on memory and learning have been reported in rodent studies, but little is known about the substance’s impact on children’s neurodevelopment.
In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang for the first time combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children.
Based on the findings, the authors say that this risk should not be ignored, and that more research on fluoride’s impact on the developing brain is warranted.
“Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain,” senior author Grandjean says. “The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale can be serious, especially because the brain power of the next generation is crucial to all of us.”
This study was published online in Environmental Health Perspectives on July 20, 2012.
Dr. Aristotle's Comment:
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Are you or your neighbors spraying insecticides? Here are a few things to consider and what to do.
Newly published research in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shows that women’s reproductive health is vulnerable to chemicals commonly found in insecticides: DDT and phthalates.
Scientists attributed exposure to these chemicals with 145,000 cases of endometriosis and over 56,000 cases of uterine fibroids in European women.
Endometriosis is a condition where uterine tissue develops in other parts of the body, which can be quite painful.
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that form in the uterus that cause fertility problems. Each of these conditions is increasingly common – the majority of women in the world are impacted by at least one of these disorders – and environmental factors seem to play a part in the growing rate.
The researchers estimate that these chemicals are costing the EU $150 billion because of these particular reproductive health issues. Once you begin to calculate doctor visits, medical procedures, fertility treatments the figure adds up quickly.
Keep in mind – that’s just looking at two of the issues. “Although these two gynecological conditions affect millions of women worldwide, this analysis only reflects the tip of the iceberg,” said Leonardo Trasande, a New York University professor who worked on this research. “A growing body of evidence suggests EDC exposure is linked to a broader range of female reproductive problems, including polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility and pregnancy complications.”
In other words, that EU$150 billion is probably a fraction of the cost if researchers were to have looked at other women’s health issues, too. Consider the non-sex specific health problems that have been connected to pesticides: cancer, asthma, hormone disruption, skin conditions, memory loss and loss of motor skills.
At a certain point, it becomes pointless to attach a price to use of insecticide because it’s clearly causing too much damage to excuse.
Though the study focused on women in Europe, DDT and phthalates are found in chemicals and even some plastics all over the world.
Dr. Aristotle Comment:
What can you do?
Nutrient support and regular detoxification with infrared sauna protocols will give you the best chance of keeping your body healthy. Order your comprehensive laboratory blood and urine analysis to get started.
Here is a link to a list of what your lab tests will be done.
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Source: Kevin Mathews, Care2
Children whose mothers were exposed to flame retardants during pregnancy may have a lower IQ than their peers who did not experience prenatal exposure, a new study reports.
A hazardous class of flame retardant chemicals commonly found in furniture and household products damages children’s intelligence, resulting in loss of IQ points, according to a new study (August 2017) by UC San Francisco researchers. They found that every 10 fold increase of maternal flame retardant levels was associated with a drop of 3.7 IQ points in her child
We are exposed to a variety of chemicals each day. It’s nearly impossible to avoid them. If they accumulate in our body then we experience symptoms and eventually diagnosed with some disease. They find their way into the food chain, in particularly high concentration with products that are rich in fats such as fish, meat and milk. They also enter our systems as we breathe particles that have off-gassed from household furnishings.
In fact, today’s child at 6 years old already has chemical levels that it used to take us until our 40’s to accumulate.There are also strong links between fire retardants and the following conditions:
Accumulation of a lifetime of these toxins combined with others such as heavy metals can result in exhaustion, depression, weight gain, poor motivation, hair loss, and high cholesterol. It doesn’t end there….They can also cause problems; adrenal stress glands, low testosterone, reduced estrogen production, polycystic ovarian syndrome (POS), endometriosis, and cancer. Calcium channels can also blocked leading to high blood pressure, heart failure, and others.
The author Woodruff of the UC San Francisco study stated: “Many people are exposed to high levels of flame retardants (PBDEs) and the more PBDEs a pregnant woman is exposed to, the lower her child’s IQ,” And when the effects of PBDEs are combined with those of other toxic chemicals such as from building products or pesticides, the result is a serious chemical cocktail that our current environmental regulations simply don’t account for.”
The researchers also found some evidence of a link between PDBE exposures and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but concluded that more studies are necessary to better characterize the relationship.
If you are planning a pregnancy, reduce the toxic load of your body including heavy metals and other toxins that have accumulated to reduce your baby’s exposure.
Review your current detoxification pathways and check if they are working properly through blood and urine testing.
Sweating is one proven mechanism for dumping stored environmental toxins Purchase an infrared sauna that uses “poplar wood” only. Call our office for a recommendation. I highly recommend using a sauna after your labs have been completed.
Eliminate trans fatty acids out of the diet, and restore missing essential fats, correct mineral deficiencies, like selenium, manganese, zinc and magnesium to facilitate safe detoxification.
Use cotton mattress covers and room air purifiers to help lower the toxins and avoid the memory foam pillows and beds due to out-gassing.
For more information on our pre-pregnancy programs call us at 310.734.0951
Dr. Aristotle Economou
Dr. Aristotle understands the difficulties patients go through when dealing with a personal health challenge. In 2006, an event occurred that turned his life upside down and put his years of clinical experience in wellness healthcare to the ultimate test. Over a short period, the muscles in Aristotle’s body unexpectedly became paralyzed with only the ability to slightly move his hands at the wrists and blink his eyes.
Aristotle ended up in an intensive care unit (ICU), followed by a 72-day stay in a local hospital. He was told he may never walk again. Throughout the year, his healing journey continued while confined to an electric wheelchair and requiring around-the-clock care.
With help and determination, Aristotle combined modalities from Functional Medicine, Eastern Medicine and unique techniques in Chiropractic and Tui Na. This resulted in the ability to rebuild his body mind and spirit, which was the foundation to his miraculous recovery including the ability to walk again.
Aristotle then wrote the book, Change the Way You Heal: 7 Steps To Highly Effective Healing. No matter how big or small your health problem, this inspirational book shows you how to maximize your healing abilities and resources using the same methods he implemented in his own recovery.