hormonal imbalances

  1. The campaign to limit your options

    One of the reasons I've been able to cure supposedly "incurable" chronic diseases is that I know how to find the cause.

    I know the role food allergies, metals exposure, digestion and detoxification, and hormonal imbalances can play in causing or worsening disease -- and I know how to check for these and other problems inside the body.

    Once I understand the cause, I can get to work fixing it.

    The toughest part of this process isn't the diagnosis or even the treatment. It's watching my patients fight with their insurance companies to get coverage for the tests they need.

    They don't often win, which is why you can expect to pay out-of-pocket for many of the essential services offered by holistic doctors even if you have "good" insurance -- so when I see something like the "Choose Wisely" campaign from Consumer Reports magazine and the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, all kinds of alarm bells go off.

    The campaign is supposedly aimed at eliminating tests and treatments people don't need -- but the problem with that, of course, is that they get to decide what tests and treatments you don't need.

    And you can bet some of them are the very tests that could dramatically improve your life.

    For example, "Choose Wisely" frowns upon the IgG and IgE antibody tests used to detect allergies and food sensitivities despite the fact that even mainstream doctors have used them successfully to uncover the source of common illnesses.

    And if the "Choose Wisely" team wants to discourage those tests, I can't imagine what they'd think of the even more thorough allergy tests I rely on.

    We should be going in the opposite direction and making it easier for patients to get food allergy tests -- not harder to get any allergy testing at all.

    Look, I don't doubt that far too many people get too many tests too often. And I know that many of those tests lead to more tests, biopsies, surgeries, and -- of course -- drugs.

    Most of it's completely unnecessary, and some of them -- like X-rays and CT scans -- are actually dangerous and need to be ordered judiciously.

    But the real problem with medical testing isn't the sheer number of tests -- it's choosing the right tests. And you can't "choose wisely" if you and your doctor aren't given that choice in the first place.

  2. Foods that will ruin your mood

    When I get a patient facing depression, one of the first things I do -- before I run a single test -- is ask what they've been eating.

    And most of the time, the answer to that question tells me everything I need to know -- because people who eat garbage usually end up with a mood down in the dumps.

    This food-mood connection has been proven time and again. And now, a new study out of Europe on nearly 9,000 people finds that a steady junk-food habit can boost your risk of depression by up to 51 percent.

    The two specific categories with the strongest links to depression were fast food like burgers and pizza and processed pastries such as donuts and croissants.

    It didn't take much, either, because the researchers say patients with even a moderate junk habit had a higher risk of depression than those who ate better foods.

    The only flaw here is that the consumption levels were tracked using a food frequency questionnaire -- a fairly weak form of research that relies on people to recall not only what they ate, but how much and how often they ate it.

    And, as you might imagine, people have a tendency to lie on those things to make it seem like they have better habits than they really do.

    Still, there's something to this -- because it's been proven by stronger studies, and it's not hard to see why. Junk food is completely lacking in the nutrients your body needs to function... especially your brain.

    What's more, empty carbs can cause your sugar levels to fluctuate wildly -- elevating your mood briefly, and then bringing it crashing back down.

    And let's not forget that many people have hidden or undiagnosed food sensitivities that cause or worsen depression and other mood disorders -- and the ingredients and chemicals used in junk food are often the culprit.

    Junk in the diet also creates body fat -- and excess body fat can cause your hormones to go haywire. And yes, hormonal imbalances are also a major cause of depression.

    I've found that any number of supposedly mental disorders can be cured, or at least dramatically improved, through better diet -- including depression, anxiety, and ADHD.

    From food to drink -- I've got something brewing next that you definitely want to see. Keep reading!

  3. Belly fat may lead to dementia

    If your belly's been getting bigger, you may be at risk for a lot more than the infamous weight-related problems. You could be facing dementia.

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