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What you don’t know could be hurting you!

  • Tried to lose weight but the scale won’t budge no matter what you do?
  • Don’t feel well, even though your doctor tells you all your tests have come back “normal”?
  • Have nagging unexplained symptoms that just won’t go away?
  • Has you ‘get up and go’ gotten up and left?

Then one of these 5 hidden culprits may be sabotaging your health, and what they are may surprise you! If you identify the underlying culprits and address them, then your body will be better able to heal itself the way God designed it to do.

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There are approximately 64.6 million prescriptions written for GERD medications in the United States on an annual basis. Most of these medications are designed to decrease the production of hydrochloric acid in your stomach, treating you as if too much stomach acid is the main contributing factor of your gastric reflux. However, the truth is that the stomach may have too much or  too little stomach acid and the result could be the same. And the acid content is not necessarily the main question. The real question really is, “Why is the acid getting past the one way “door” at the top of your stomach (the lower esophageal sphincter) and letting any stomach contents into the esphogus?” Studies show that there are many potential reasons for this to happen: temporary weakening of the LES muscle, which may be caused by eating certain foods, including fatty foods (the release of cholecystokinin to digest fatty foods has been shown to lower LES pressure) chocolate caffeine alcohol weakening of the LES from nicotine (smoking) increased pressure in the stomach which pushes on the LES, which can be related to low stomach acid (gas build up from fermenting food), obesity, and pregnancy. Hydrochloric acid (HCl) does not directly function in digestion; it lowers pH of the stomach so pepsin is activated. Pepsin is an enzyme that controls the hydrolysis (or break down) of proteins into peptides. Another role of HCL is to kill microorganisms like bacteria and fungi that come into your stomach through your mouth and the foods you eat. So the stomach also functions as part of the immune system. The stomach mechanically churns the food to... read more

Natural Cold and Flu Remedy?

It is not often that you can find good research on ‘natural remedies,’ but a study published in 2001 focused on Black Elderberry extract, specifically the Sambucol brand of elderberry syrup, and it’s affect on viruses such as the flu. In the study, Sambucol was shown to be effective in vitro against 10 strains of influenza virus, and shortened the duration of the flu by 3-4 days. In addition to it’s antiviral properties, Sambucol activated the healthy immune system by increasing inflammatory cytokine production, and significantly increasing TNF- alpha production. I have used Sambucol black elderberry syrup successfully over the last year and a half since a doctor at my workplace told us about it.  I take it as part of my personal natural protocol for warding off colds and flus.  I find that most of the time, taking it when I first start feeling the symptoms, like lethargy, scratchy throat, etc. then my body is able to fend off the viral invaders and I don’t get sick.  That’s the key I think – to take it when you first start noticing the symptoms.  Taking it after the symptoms start may shorten the duration of the illness, but you still end up dealing with it for awhile, and nobody likes a cold or flu even for a short time! Recently, a client who had great results with the elderberry syrup decided to make her own, since it’s not cheap at about $13 for 8 doses at our local pharmacy.  She had been using it for several months when I spoke with her, and had not gotten sick at all in that time.  I... read more

Can’t find answers to your health problems?

Muscle Response Testing is a non-invasive technique that can be used to identify roadblocks to health and healing, even when other efforts have proved unsuccessful.