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Home arrow Naturopathic News arrow Issue #3 - December 2002
Issue #3 - December 2002

Welcome to the third issue of Naturopathic News. Thank you for the interest and appreciation for the first two issues. This issue is about a week late due to my presentation for the 2002 HANP case conference in Seattle.

It’s my goal 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. Any feedback in the form of comments, letters to the editor, success stories, etc., is welcome.

Table of Contents for Issue #3

  1. Spring Cleanin’
  2. 90% at risk for high blood pressure.
  3. You Know You Live in California When…
  4. Sea vegetables
  5. Q&A—Shouldn’t all fevers be brought down?
  6. Hormone Replacement Therapy and Breast Cancer
  7. Emerson Ecologics Ordering Program
  8. Find out how you can win a 10% discount off your next visit.
  9. Gift Certificates
  10. Naturopathic Lecture Series

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1. SPRING CLEANIN’

I am often asked whether I recommend therapeutic fasting, elimination of toxins, or detoxification protocols. It can be appropriate to repair and regenerate our body’s physiological systems at almost any time. When and how depend on very specific factors—nature of health complaints, nutritional state, medicines taken, environmental stress, etc. My favorite time to work with detoxification protocols is in the Spring. After a long, cold winter of slower activity and heavier foods, we’re ready to make a change. The days are longer, the dandelion greens are coming up, and foods are fresher.

Environmentally, we are faced with a greater toxic burden every year. Thousands of toxic chemicals, nuclear pollution, omnipresent pesticides/herbicides, genetically engineered foods, the list goes on. Then factor in alcohol, tobacco, legal and illegal drugs. The final insult is high sugar, high non-essential fat diets that depend on nutrient-depleted fruits and vegetables, and antibiotic/hormone-laden animal foods. These factors all contribute to major health problems such as allergies, digestive problems, high blood pressure, reproductive organ disease, joint pain, and other chronic, debilitating aspects of ‘civilized’ life.

It’s easy to see how an approach that ‘cleans’ up this morass of ill health could have widespread application. Through working with the organs of digestion, assimilation, and elimination you can make huge inroads in many of these areas. I like to keep it simple. If there are no medical contraindications, I tailor a protocol that combines exercise, an elimination diet, and a metabolic cleansing process. This approach is not a panacea for all. It does not replace a commitment to an ongoing lifestyle modification. However, when combined with an individualized program of health optimization, such a detoxification protocol can be just the ‘missing link’ for the next stage of the healing process.

If you’re ready to address some nagging health concerns, or want to get started on your Spring Cleanin’, get started today. Together we can develop a plan that fits your needs and addresses your particular concerns.




 

2. 90% of Americans Headed for High Blood Pressure

Middle-aged and older Americans face a 90% chance of developing high blood pressure during their lives. Since high blood pressure boosts the odds of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease, this lifetime risk represents a huge public health burden. But the burden need not be so heavy, as high blood pressure is closely linked to lifestyle factors including inactivity and unhealthy eating habits.
We know that high blood pressure is preventable. People of any age can reduce their risk of developing high blood pressure, or hypertension, by maintaining a healthy weight; getting regular, moderate exercise; following a diet low in fat and sodium, and rich in fruits and vegetables; not smoking; and limiting alcohol.
These researchers looked at nearly 1,300 men and women in the Framingham study who were between the ages of 55 and 65 at the start of the analysis. Overall, the chances that the more recent group would develop stage 1 hypertension were 90%, the investigators found.
Stage 1 hypertension refers to blood pressure at or beyond the cutoff point for desirable blood pressure -- 140/90 mm Hg. Stage 2 hypertension is defined as blood pressure of 160/100 mm Hg or higher.
JAMA February 27, 2002;287:1003-1010




 

3. Humor

To be fair, I thought we’d offer up some suggestions for recognizing if you live in California (I did from 1978-1988).

HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU'RE IN CALIFORNIA?

  1. Your co-worker has 8 body piercings and none are visible.
  2. You make over $250,000 and still can't afford a house.
  3. Your child's 3rd grade teacher has purple hair, a nose ring, is named Breeze.
  4. You have a very strong opinion about where your coffee beans are grown and can taste the difference between Sumatra and Ethiopian.
  5. A really great parking space can move you to tears.
  6. Gasoline costs 75 cents per gallon more than anywhere else in the U.S.
  7. The guy at 8:30 am at Starbucks wearing the baseball cap and sunglasses who looks like George Clooney IS George Clooney.
  8. Your car insurance costs as much as your house payment.
  9. You pass an elementary school playground and the children are all busy with their cell phones or pagers.
  10. You AND your dog have therapists.




4. Sea Vegetables

Sea vegetables, sometimes called ‘seaweeds’ are a group of foods high in trace minerals and other important nutrients. Powdered kelp is one that many people are familiar with. This seaweed can be found in many nutritional supplements and is well known to the health food store aficionado. But there are many other seaweeds that taste better and have different applications. Here are a few of my favorites:

Dulse—Dark purple seaweed that comes in flakes, or even better, in its whole form. One of the tastiest seaweeds, it can be used as a condiment on cooked grains, steamed vegetables, or eaten as a snack.

Hiziki—Looks like dehydrated black spaghetti. Has a bland, starchy consistency that lends itself to being cooked with brown rice or added to a pot of marinated vegetables. For its weight, it is quite high in calcium.

Kombu—Brownish seaweed that can be cooked with your next pot of beans. It will dissolve and add a rich flavor; some think it even helps in decreasing gas.

Wakame—Dark green seaweed that can be cut up and added to soups or stews. It also dissolves, adding a somewhat salty flavor to the meal.

These and other seaweeds can be found in the oriental section of your local health food store. Along with other exotic, tasty treats such as miso, wasabi powder, and umeboshi plums.




5. Fever: Friend or Foe?

This article is about fever, about the mechanics of fever and about the treatment of fever. It is an attempt to offer a rationale and an approach to treating fever that may be new to many people.

By definition, fever is "an eleva­tion of the body temperature above nor­mal, usually assumed to be 98.6 F". The as­pirin companies would have us believe that fever is the disease afflicting us and if we make it go away then the illness is cured. This is not true. It is wrong. That most people take aspirin when they have a fever is testi­monial to successful advertising and mar­keting. It is in no way a healthy prac­tice.

Fever occurs as part of the body's response to foreign material in the blood. The foreign material may be bacteria, viruses, the toxins they produce, or the breakdown products of damaged tissue. The body recognizes these foreign proteins as a threat and institutes a series of defensive activi­ties to eliminate them. This is the Immune Response. White blood cells increase in number and move to the area of concern. Antibodies are man­ufactured and spread throughout the body capturing and inactivating the threatening materials. The heart beats faster to pump more blood through the body to speed the pickup and removal of the unwanted chemi­cals. The body temperature elevates and a fever develops. In the past, some theorists mistakenly explained the rise in body temperature as a side effect of the speeding up of the body's other activities. This is not true. Fever is a fundamental component in the defense against infection and disease. The fever is not an accident. Germs do not cause it. It happens on purpose.

Increasing the body temperature increases the rates of chemical reactions. It increases the efficiency of the body's protective forces. White blood cells become more aggressive. Antibodies work faster.

Bacteria that cause disease are comfortable at normal body temperature. They don't like it when the temperature goes up. They grow slower and they reproduce slower. The body's defenses speed up because of the fever, but the invading bacteria are severely hampered. The fever helps the body's defensive cells gain the advantage and a cure results.

Elevating body temperature to fight infection is a strategy seen through­out the animal world. Even cold-blooded reptiles and fish use temperature elevation to fight invading pathogenic bacteria. In experimental trials, lizards injected with infectious bacteria moved to a part of their cages closest to a hot light, elevating their temperatures and inducing a "fevered state". If the light was removed so that they couldn't elevate their tempera­tures, they were unable to combat the infection effectively and died.

Lizards, fish, amphibians and mammals use fever to fight infec­tion. Why do we think we are different? How did we get into the habit of taking an aspirin at the first sign of a fever? Perhaps because fever is the most obvious measurable and definitive sign that someone is sick. Obviously aspirin relieve some of the discomfort so we don't have to interrupt our normal activities. It's part of "I don't have time to be sick" attitude. But if we don't give ourselves the chance to be sick, how do we expect to get well? Making the fever go away does not cure the disease it just hides the signs. Suppressing a fever with aspirin, acetaminophen, etc., makes it harder for the body to eliminate the disease causing organisms and prolongs the sickness.

Recognize that fever is a sign that the body is fighting infection. Help your body don't hinder it. Don't give aspirin or other NSAIDS. These drugs suppress your body's ability to produce a fever. They do nothing to fight the disease.

How high a temperature gets in a fever does not indicate how severe a disease is. Rather it may indicate how strong a person's vital force is. Children who are strong and vital may spike high fevers as they fight off infection. Older people may not show such a vital reaction and may exhibit only a slight or no temperature elevation even when fac­ing a serious infection.

The ideal temperature to fight disease is 102'. Children may run high tem­peratures of 104 to 105'. Fevers can be dangerous. Above 106' they may cause brain dam­age. The body usually controls and limits how high the temperature gets and fevers rarely become dangerous. Nevertheless, always monitor fever temperatures especially in children. The new digital thermometers are a god­send, especially with infants.

 Make sure the patient gets plenty to drink so they are able to sweat. Sweating is how the body cools itself and regulates high temperatures.

When to be concerned:
Newborns and infants: The very young do not have well-developed temperature regulation. Fevers should be closely monitored and not allowed to get too high.

Lack of sweat: If the skin is hot and dry to the touch make sure the patient is get­ting enough to drink. Increased blood flow and increased toxin removal causes increased urination which adds to the water already lost from sweating It is easy to become dehy­drated.

Long lasting fevers: If a fever goes on longer than four days consult a doctor.

What you can do:
Diet: Liquid only. Water; hot water and lemon; hot teas, especially diaphoretic teas to induce sweating.

If you feel the temperature is get­ting too high and needs to be lowered use cold compresses or immerse the person in a tepid bath (water the same temperature as normal body temperature). Or, use the wet sock treatment (see NN #2).

Support the body's immune response:
  • Vitamin C 250-1000 mg/hour
  • Echinacea or other immune stimulants taken as tea or tinc­ture.
  • Do not take supplements that con­tain iron. When fighting infection the body induces a temporary anemia to deprive bacteria of the iron that they need to reproduce. Iron supplements counter­act the body's strategy.
  • Eat garlic in soup or take garlic capsules.


Remember aspirin lowers the temperature by suppressing the body's ability to produce the fever but this does not help fight the infection or cure the disease. Instead of interfering, support the body's natural method of healing itself.

"Give me Fever and I will cure all disease." Hippocrates




6. HRT and Breast Cancer

Over the last few years many of the touted benefits of hormone replacement therapy have been disproved by research. Estrogen does not seem to help prevent heart disease or Alzheimer’s. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) even published an article last year that showed that estrogen did not prevent hip fractures. Women who have had their ovaries removed may need some form of hormone support. Anyone considering hormonal support should consider the following research.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Linked to Breast Cancer
Adding to evidence that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can potentially raise a woman's risk of breast cancer, a new US study links recent, long-term HRT with a heightened risk of the disease.
Researchers found that HRT with estrogen alone or estrogen-plus-progestin was associated with a 70% increase in breast cancer risk when the therapy was taken for 5 years within the 6 years preceding the cancer diagnosis.
The findings build on previous research showing a link between long-term HRT and breast cancer and help clear up the question of whether combination HRT and estrogen-only HRT carry similar risks.
In addition, the study of about 1,300 women found that HRT use had a particular link to lobular breast cancer, the form of the disease that begins in the breast's lobules. It is far less common than ductal breast cancer, which begins in the milk ducts.
Women who were recent, long-time users of HRT faced a three-fold risk of lobular cancer compared with women who never used HRT.
These women also had about a 50% increase in the risk of ductal cancer.
JAMA February 13, 2002;287:734-741

 

 


 

7. Emerson Ecologics

Many of you have been ordering you supplements and herbs through Emerson Ecologics. So you already know that this is a great way to get physician quality products at reasonable prices. Reference my name when you establish your account and receive a 10% discount on every order. Their customer service is excellent and they usually ship to our area in 2 days. If you would like more information on how to have the natural medicines you need delivered to your door, call or email me for further details.




8. Win a 10% discount off your next visit.

If you submit a question or joke that is published in the Naturopathic News, you will receive a 10% discount off your next office visit. So don’t be bashful. If you are a closet humorist or have a question you’d like to see answered, let me know. Please submit your offerings no later than the 15th of each month. (Limit to 1 discount in any six-month period).


 

9. Gift Certificates

Give the gift of health. If someone you know would benefit from naturopathic care, give them the gift of a mini-consultation. Three such consultations are offered.

Systems Overview 15 minutes $20
Wondering why you’re not feeling well lately? Don’t know what’s wrong but something feels out of balance? Do you have chronic low-grade symptoms that don’t fit a diagnosis? Get a Systems Overview with Dr. Gregory Pais, ND. After you fill out the Health Assessment form Dr. Pais will review the areas of concern. Learn what you can do to create wellness and feel better.

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Be a well-informed consumer.

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Make an appointment with Dr. Pais to review your prescription medications.
Be knowledgeable about the benefits and risks of the drugs you are taking.




10. Naturopathic Lecture Series

As the Naturopathic Lecture Series has seen poor turnout it is being postponed at this time. Perhaps it was the time of day or season that caused poor attendance. Or, maybe the lecture topics weren’t enticing enough.

Here are the remaining topics that I was going to cover in the last three lectures—Natural Allergy Prevention, Introduction to Homeopathy, and Mellow Menopause. Let’s put it to a vote. By email or phone message, please let me know which one of these topics you would be most interested in hearing. Then we’ll schedule it for the last Tuesday evening of next month, April 30. I’ll announce the winning topic in next month’s newsletter.




That’s it for this month’s newsletter. I hope you learned a thing or two and got a smile out of it as well. Until next time, stay healthy.

Peace,
Dr. Pais