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Home arrow Naturopathic News arrow Issue #67 - April 2008
Issue #67 - April 2008
  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. WEBSITE SERVICES
  3. RETRACTION
  4. TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY
  5. FIRST ORDER SYMPTOMS
  6. GUAVA
  7. AUTISM AND ENVIRONEMENTAL MERCURY
  8. POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME AND B VITAMINS
  9. EXERCISE RECOMMENDATIONS
  10. HUMOR
  11. EMERSON ECOLOGICS

Welcome to this issue of Naturopathic News, issue #67. It's my mission to help you find natural solutions to health problems. This newsletter is one way to do that. The more educated you are about your health options the better able you will be to take control of your health. If you would like to stop receiving my newsletter send me an email and let me know. If you have a friend or family member who you think would appreciate the information provided, send me their email address.


WEBSITE SERVICES
Here are some pages that are of particular interest:

Store : There are 211 products from Emerson listed on this page. If yours isn't one of them please let me know and I will add it so you can order online. This is particularly convenient after hours or on the weekend. Of course, you can always order by phone from Emerson at 800-654-4432.

Newsletter : Here you will find all 67 issues of my health newsletter, "Naturopathic News".

Optimal Health Points : This is my blog that I update every week. Check out the entry for April 18 concerning the recent scare tactics regarding dietary supplements.


RETRACTION
My apologies to the Muncy School district regarding an untrue allegation I printed in my last newsletter. Hallmark beef was not used in the food program anywhere in the district. If I offended anyone or caused undue concern regarding this issue I am deeply sorry.


TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION     MAY 3 2008
This Spring marks my 10th year in practice in Williamsport. Mark your calendars now for this first weekend of May. Saturday May 3rd, from 1-5pm, will be an Open House with mini lectures, question and answer sessions, food and music. Bring friends and family and help me celebrate 10 years!

Dr. Beal and I have decided to postpone our class. There will be no class or other scheduled event for Sunday, May 4.


Come to the Open House from 1-5 pm. There will be food, music, and free mini lectures.

Mini Lecture Schedule:

1:30    How does homeopathy help fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and autism

2:30    Which vitamin prevents the most disease

3:30    Why cholesterol is not the answer for heart disease



HOMEOPATHY 101
FIRST ORDER SYMPTOMS
Recently I heard a lecture by one of my favorite teachers, Joe Kellerstein, ND. Dr. Kellerstein is a naturopathic physician who practices homeopathy in the province of Ontario. He was discussing the nature of how patients report symptoms and described what he termed 'First Order Symptoms' (FOS). I thought this might be helpful as many of you are unsure what to report when you check in or have expressed difficulty in relaying what's happened to you.

First Order Symptoms are the direct experience. They are what you have before you process the overall experience. Everything else is after the fact, having been run through various mental or behavioral filters. Let me offer a really common example.

I often ask you what foods you really like or crave. A food craving is an intense, spontaneous, clear desire for a food. "I love chocolate", or "I could eat bread all day long." The craving itself is a First Order Symptom. It's what you experience. Many people, when they answer this question, run this FOS through a health filter. They think to themselves "I shouldn't eat bread," and they will never say that they crave bread. Even if this person never eats 1 piece of bread, the First Order Symptom is "I really like bread." I'm not judging you if you eat bread or not. I just need to know if the craving for bread exists.

The following situation is another common example. A person finds out at work that someone is talking about them. Immediately in the moment they feel shock, then anger. In their mind they think, "people talking about each other is so common, I shouldn't let this get to me." And the experience gets lumped under the filter, 'work stress'. Which becomes "I'm stressed out." This is not the FOS. The First Order Symptom was what? Shock, with anger. That's what I need to hear to understand what your experience was. When you only relay the category or box you've assigned to your experience-'stress'-I miss out on the richness and diversity of who you are. Which means you miss out on the most individualized care that you can receive.

In working with Homeopathy I need to hear what your 'altered feeling and function' is. What your First Order Symptoms are-anger, shock, surprise, excitement, embarrassment, sadness, etc. How you have these experiences, and what they mean to you, is what counts. It's not how you are like everybody else that helps me understand what you are dealing with. It's how your experience is unusual, peculiar, unique, rare, that can be most telling.

I want to give one more example of how important this is. When I first give a homeopathic remedy, or at any point while someone is taking a homeopathic remedy, I am looking for what's changed. There are times when someone says nothing has changed. But I think that is rarely the case. Let me give an example.

Someone comes to me for a sharp, shooting pain in their legs. They take the homeopathic remedy I prescribe and the following happens. First the pain is worse for a bit. Then it's better for a bit. Then it's worse again back to where it was or slightly less. This becomes, through the patient's filter, 'nothing's changed'. In their mind it's nothing because sometimes their pain is worse, sometimes it's better. Actually, they experienced a highlighting of their symptoms, then a reduction, with a return to a slightly different state. Rather then 'nothing' this response pattern can be an indicator that a higher potency is needed, or a repetition of the dose.

Think of it as a work of art. First Order Symptoms are the primary colors. With them you must paint a picture of your experience that I can successfully match with the homeopathic medicine that is most similar. The more accurate your description of your FOS-mental, emotional, and physical-the more likely you will heal in a gentle, rapid, and permanent manner.



FOOD TIDBITS
GUAVA
Guava is a tropical fruit that's slightly acidic, with sweetness that intensifies as you eat your way towards the center.

Guava has a higher concentration of lycopene than any other plant food, including tomatoes and watermelon. Lycopene is an antioxidant that is protective against prostate, breast, intestinal, and pancreatic cancer.

1 cup of the guava also provides 688 milligrams (mg) of potassium, which is 63% more than you'll find in a medium banana. And guava is one of the best high-fiber foods. There's almost 9 grams of fiber in every cup.

You can eat the entire fruit, from the rind to the seeds. It's all edible and nutritious. The rind alone has more vitamin C than you'd find in the flesh of an orange. You can find guava in the produce section of supermarkets or in Latin grocery stores.



AUTISM AND ENVIRONEMENTAL MERCURY
This newly published study of Texas school district data and industrial mercury-release data, conducted by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, shows a statistically significant link between pounds of industrial release of mercury and increased autism rates. It also shows-for the first time in scientific literature-a statistically significant association between autism risk and distance from the mercury source.
This study looked at whether proximity to sources of mercury pollution in 1998 was related to autism prevalence in 2002. Data from the Texas Educational Agency and environmental mercury release data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  were used. The mercury-release data examined were from 39 coal-fired power plants and 56 industrial facilities in Texas. Autism rates examined were from 1,040 Texas school districts. For every 1000 pounds of industrial release, there was a corresponding 2.6% increase in autism rates and a 3.7% increase associated with power plant emissions. Distances to these sources were independent predictors after adjustment for other variables. For every 10 miles from industrial or power plant sources, there was an associated decreased autism incident risk of 2.0% and 1.4%, respectively.
Palmer, R.F., et al., Proximity to point sources of environmental mercury release as a predictor of autism prevalence.Health&Place(2008),doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2008.02.001

DR. PAIS'S COMMENTS:The findings in this study are consistent with many others that have confirmed higher amounts of mercury in plants, animals and humans the closer they are to the pollution source. As with most toxins, children are the most susceptible. Even low doses that occur during developmentally sensitive time periods increase the risk for developmental disorders such as autism.
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated environmental mercury releases at 158 million tons annually nationwide in the late 1990s, the time period studied by the Texas researchers. Most exposures were said to come from coal-fired utility plants (33% of exposures), municipal/medical waste incinerators (29%) and commercial/industrial boilers (18%). Cement plants also release mercury.

The true state of the autism/environmental sources connection may be much more than is seen here. This study does not reflect the true community prevalence of autism because children younger than school age are not counted in the Texas Education Agency data system. Also, for this study, distance was not calculated from individual homes to the pollution source but from central points in school districts that varied widely in area. So the direct means of relating the two was not utilized.

 

POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME AND B VITAMINS
This study involved 25 women of childbearing age with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) exhibiting little or no menstruation and infertility. Supplementation with myo-inositol (an isoform of inositol belonging to the vitamin B complex) combined with folic acid was found to safely restore spontaneous ovarian activity and promote fertility.

Women received supplementation with myo-inositol combined with folic acid - 2 grams, twice daily. During the treatment period, 22 of the 25 women (88%) experienced a restoration of at least one spontaneous menstrual cycle, out of which 18 (72%) maintained normal ovulatory activity during the follow-up period. Ten of the patients (40%) became pregnant; 9 clinical pregnancies were assessed with fetal heartbeat at ultrasound scan; and 2 pregnancies evolved in spontaneous abortion.

The authors concluded, "Myo-inositol is a simple and safe treatment that is capable of restoring spontaneous ovarian activity and consequently fertility in most patients with PCOS. This therapy did not cause multiple pregnancy."
"Myo-inositol in patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome: A novel method for ovulation induction," Papaleo E, Unfer V, et al, Gynecol Endocrinol, 2007; 23(12): 700-3

DR. PAIS'S COMMENTS: Though a small study, it's great to see such simple nutritional therapy having such a profound effect. Anyone coping with this disease needs to consider supplementing these B vitamins.


EXERCISE RECOMMENDATIONS
The American College of Sports Medicine exercise recommendations for adults aged 18 to 65:

30 minutes of moderate exercise, 5 days per week
 
OR, 20 minutes of vigorous exercise, 3 days per week
 
OR, a combination of moderate and vigorous exercise,
plus 2 weekly sessions of weight training

Moderate exercise would include activities such as brisk walking, with jogging considered a more vigorous activity.

Pregnant women and those aged 65 or older are advised to modify the type of activities they do and to exercise with caution.



HUMOR
NOTICE: All suggestions have been tested and approved for use on telemarketers. No animals were harmed in the testing.

1. Insist that the caller is really your buddy Leon, playing a joke. "Come on, Leon, cut it out! Seriously, Leon, how's your momma?"

 2. If they start out with, "How are you today?" say, "I'm so glad you asked, because no one these days seems to care, and I have all these problems. My arthritis is acting up, my eyelashes are sore, my dog just died . . . "

3. If they say they're John Doe from XYZ Company, ask them to spell their name. Then ask them to spell the company name. Then ask them where it is located, how long it has been in business, how many people work there, how they got into this line of work, if they are married, how many kids they have, etc. Continue asking them personal questions or questions about their company for as long as necessary.

 4. Cry out in surprise, "Judy? Is that you? Oh my God! Judy, how have you been?" Hopefully, this will give Judy a few brief moments of terror as she tries to figure out where she could know you from.

 5. Say "No" over and over. Be sure to vary the sound of each one, and keep a rhythmic tempo, even as they are trying to speak. This is most fun if you can do it until they hang up.

6. After the Telemarketer gives his or her spiel, ask him or her to marry you. When they get all flustered, tell them that you can't just give your credit card number to a complete stranger.

7. Answer the phone. As soon as you realize it is a Telemarketer, set the receiver down, scream, "Oh my God!" and then hang up.
 
8. Tell the Telemarketer you are busy at the moment and ask him/her if he/she will give you his/her home phone number so you can call him/her back. When the Telemarketer explains that telemarketers cannot give out their home numbers say, "I guess you don't want anyone bothering you at home, right?" The Telemarketer will agree and you say, "Me either!" Hang up.

9. Ask them to repeat everything they say, several times.

10. Tell them it is dinner time, but ask if they would please hold. Put them on your speaker phone while you continue to eat at your leisure. Smack your food loudly and continue with your dinner conversation.

11. Tell the Telemarketer, "Okay, I'll listen to you. But I should probably tell you, I'm not wearing any clothes."

12. Tell them you are hard of hearing and that they need to speak up . . . louder . . . louder .

13. Tell them to talk very slowly, because you want to write every word down.

14. Ask them to fax the information to you, and make up a number.



EMERSON ECOLOGICS
I am often asked what supplements I recommend. Many of you have been surprised to discover that I favor food over pills; lifestyle changes over fads. I have been working with nutrition for over 30 years, herbs for over 20 years. Where and when appropriate I recommend them to my patients. I strive to act from knowledge, experience, and research.

Emerson Ecologics (800-654-4432) carries almost all of the nutritional supplements and botanical extracts that I think are useful. Their customer service is excellent and their delivery is reliable (often only 2-3 days to this region). It's a great way to get physician quality products at reasonable prices.

To offset the cost of shipping, reference my name when you establish your account and receive a 10% discount on every order. If you have any questions about these items feel free to email me.

That's it for this issue of Naturopathic News. If you've thought a bit extra or learned something new, then I achieved my goal. As usual, if you have questions or concerns brought up by these subjects, let me know.

Gregory Pais, ND, DHANP