by Abbas Qutab, PhD
OVERCOME HOLIDAY STRESS
When you’re in a state of stress, your body chemistry changes. Under stress, your circulating levels of adrenaline and cortisol increase. Your body breaks into your glycogen stores and dumps glucose into your bloodstream. This, in turn, stimulates insulin production and your body gears up for action…especially during the holidays!
These responses aren’t just triggered by stressful thoughts. A stressed body state can also be induced by consumption of caffeine, alcohol, holiday food, or when your blood sugar becomes too low, which oftentimes happens when people become stressed. It’s a vicious cycle.
What else happens? Your brain wave patterns change from relaxed “alpha” waves to frantic “beta” waves. Your focus becomes narrower. Your breathing changes and your muscles tighten. In order to maintain its state of stressful alertness, your body consumes B vitamins, magnesium, and zinc at an alarming rate. That’s because these nutrients are used by the enzymes that make adrenaline. A shortage of these nutrients affects our ability to methylate properly, which is why stress also raises your homocysteine level.
The impact of stress on your health is undeniable. It’s a major cause of accelerated aging, partly due to your body’s ability to repair and maintain itself. In addition, the excess cortisol literally damages your brain – interfering with memory recall and increasing toxic effects of beta-amyloid associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
The increase in homocysteine increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and dementia. So, what can we do to stop this stress response specifically during the holidays?
As always, the best strategy begins with a low glycemic diet and supplement regimen such as Bio-Glycozyme Forte™ to control hypoglycemia. Here is the basis:
- Always have breakfast lunch and dinner, as well as a snack in the morning and in the afternoon.
- Be sure to get enough Bio-B Complex™, Mg-Zyme™, and Zn-Zyme™.
- Avoid all stimulants, including caffeine, refined sugar, and alcohol.
- Use supplements like ADHS® and De-Stress™ to deal with holiday stress.
- Dr. Paul Pearsall, author of The Pleasure Prescription, believes that many people are sick because they lack pleasure in their lives. Rather than waste your time trying to avoid holiday stress, plan some time for pleasure instead. During holiday season, get a massage, take a relaxing bath, soak in a hot tub, listen to beautiful holiday music, and take appropriate supplements, such as the ones mentioned above. Doing these things will counteract the harmful effects of holiday stress on your body and mind, and you will be able to enjoy the holiday season.
by Biotics Research
Why you may need De-Stress™: Stress and anxiety have become common side-effects of modern day living, and are especially prevalent during this time of year. De-Stress™ is a patented, all natural, specially produced milk protein hydrolysate, concentrating a specific decapeptide that demonstrates significant anxiolytic activity, as evidenced by several double- blind, placebo controlled human trials. Additionally, the De-Stress™ natural decapeptide has been tested for three major side effects generally attributed to benzodiazepines (anxiety management, i.e. Valium); dependence, memory loss and tolerance. De-Stress™ is an easy, natural way to reduce your stress and anxiety levels and has been shown to be safe, as confirmed by the Irwin test showing a satisfactory safety panel. Why your healthcare practitioner recommends De-Stress™: De-Stress™ demonstrates anxiolytic activity. Double blind human studies have been performed using De-Stress™, measuring physical and psychological responses to stress. Included were measurements of cortisol, ACTH levels, and systolic blood pressure. In all cases, De-Stress™ fared favorably against controls in response to stress. Lastly, it should be noted that while De-Stress™ is a milk-derived product, it is a hydrolysate, therefore it can often be used successfully with patients with dairy sensitivities. Click here to download a Supplement FAQ of De-Stress™ from Biotics Research in a printable PDF.1 Comment
by Biotics Research
Why you may need BioDoph-7 Plus®: It is estimated that ~80% of the immune system is found in the gut, and the human body contains more bacteria living inside it than it has individual cells: 100
trillion microorganisms live in the gastrointestinal tract as compared with a mere 10 trillion human cells in the entire body. This means that there are 10X more cells of bacteria living in our intestines than what we possess in all of our bodily tissues put together. The majority of these bacterial strains are beneficial and are important for the development of the immune system. However, periods of stress or illness, fever, diarrhea, diet, the use of certain pharmaceuticals, and surgery can all cause an imbalance of these good bacteria and let bad or opportunistic bacteria and yeasts flourish – which negatively impacts health. Unfortunately, far too many people suffer from some degree of bowel dysbiosis, which can manifest as allergies, dermal irritation, fatigue, mood alterations, headaches, leaky gut, diarrhea, constipation, etc. Now further evidence suggests that obesity, diabetes and autoimmune conditions may be linked with altered gut microflora. Given the prevalence of people that experience one or more of these symptoms, probiotics have the potential to be the unsung hero of overall health support.
Why your healthcare practitioner recommends BioDoph-7 Plus® from Biotics Research:
The modern dilemma is that allergies and chronic health conditions are on the rise. Antibacterial soaps, washes, and wipes, chronic dehydration, mercury amalgams, total toxin load, drugs, and nutrient deficient diets have become a scourge on friendly bacteria. Documented research has indicated important benefits associated with the use of probiotic bacteria, including improved digestion, enzymatic activity, and overall modulating effects on the immune system. Formulated in collaboration with Dr. Gary Lasneski, BioDoph-7 Plus® contains a specific blend of 3 prebiotics and 7 probiotics to ensure optimal colonization with bacterial strains recognized for their bioactivity. Each capsule contains 20 billion viable organisms at the time of manufacture and consists of a proprietary blend of Inulin (from Chicory root), Arabinogalactans (from Larch), Marshmallow Root (extract), Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium breve, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus salivarius, and Streptococcus thermophilus.
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The pancreas possesses two major secretory glands, and consequently possesses dual functions, that of an exocrine and an endocrine gland. As an exocrine gland it serves to secrete the major digestive enzymes amylase, protease and lipase, which function to digest starches, proteins, and fats, respectively. In addition to these, the pancreas also secretes trypsin, chymotrypsin and carboxypeptidase.
Exocrine insufficiency is characterized by deficiency or absence of these three major pancreatic digestive enzymes. Deficiencies in one or all three of these enzymes prevent the normal break down and absorption of food, leading to maldigestion and nutrient malabsorption. The classic clinical manifestations of exocrine insufficiency are malnutrition, abdominal cramps, and steatorrhea. Additionally, pancreatic enzyme deficiency has been associated with an increased risk of intestinal infection. Adults with pancreatitis or other pancreatic deficiencies may present with weight loss, anorexia, greasy, bulky or foul-smelling stools (due to steatorrhea), abdominal distention, and flatus (gas). Supplementation in individuals with pancreatic exocrine deficiency or insufficiency may serve to relieve these maldigestion-related issues, and also to achieve a normal nutritional status. Because of its digestive nature, Bio-6-Plus™ may also act as a beneficial aide in the thinning of mucous. In a published randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with patient’s diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis, significant efficacy was demonstrated with enzyme preparations in reducing fat excretion, decreasing stool frequency and improving stool consistency.
Bio-6-Plus™ supplies porcine derived raw pancreas concentrate, which provides 50,000 NF units of amylase, 9,300 NF units of lipase and 50,000 NF units of protease. It also supplies Superoxide Dismutase and Catalase from Biotics Research’s own proprietary tableting base.
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by Rachel Olivier, MS, ND, PhD
Hypochlorhydria is defined as a decrease in the secretions of hydrochloric acid and pepsin from the parietal cells of the stomach. Poor digestion notably increases with advancing age, as a consequence of the age related decline in digestive enzymes, along with a lower production of acid by the parietal cells of the stomach. In fact, low stomach acidity is found in greater than 50% of patients over the age of 60. Without an adequate supply of digestive enzymes or hydrochloric acid production, food digestion is incomplete, which may initiate other problems such as allergies or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). In addition to digestion, the age-related decline in enzymes can also lead to deficits in vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, all of which may potentially adversely affect immune system functioning, and subsequently overall health.
According to Web MD, approximately 20% of the American population experiences symptoms of heartburn on a weekly basis. In addition to the discomfort involved, these people are at increased risk of for cancers of the throat and vocal cords. Symptoms associated with the lack of digestive enzymes include gas, bloating, heartburn and indigestion, inflammatory conditions, vitamin deficiencies, and malnutrition, all of which mimic the symptoms of acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Even in the absence of symptoms many people can benefit by the use of digestive enzymes, as both digestion and nutrient utilization are enhanced. Additionally, numerous diseases have been linked to low gastric acidity, some of which include asthma, gastritis, Lupus erythematosus, osteoporosis, psoriasis, food allergies, eczema, pernicious anemia, and celiac disease.
Nutritionally oriented doctors often recommend digestive enzyme products in an effort to promote digestion and enhance nutrient absorption. Some factors that contribute to an inadequate production of digestive enzymes include the age-related lack of enzymes, use of antibiotics, consumption of refined foods, environmental toxins and overall poor health.
In addition to its digestive nature, gastric acid also plays a fundamental role in activating pancreatic proenzymes, such as chymotrypsinogen and trypsinogen, converting them to their active forms, chymotrypsin and trypsin, respectively. Along with peristalsis, gastric acid prevents the growth of excessive bacteria in the small intestines, thus also contributing to the prevention of the development of SIBO. A lack of digestive enzymes may result in inappropriately absorbed macromolecules as a result of incomplete digestion, resulting in food allergies, immune complex diseases, or toxic overload of the liver.
Biotics Research Corporation offers a number of products which may be utilized to aide in promoting stomach acidity and optimal digestion. These products include Hydrozyme™, HCl Plus™, Betaine Plus HP™, Bromelain Plus™ and Bromelain Plus CLA™. Hydrozyme™ and HCl Plus™ offer hydrochloride in the form of Betaine (beet) hydrochloride, while Bromelain Plus™ and Bromelain Plus CLA™ offer digestive capability in the form of bromelain, derived from pineapple. The product Betaine Plus HP™ provides a high potency (HP) source of betaine hydrochloride (700mg/tablet) for those patients requiring more comprehensive digestive support. For pancreatic support Bio-6 Plus™ may be utilized as a source of the pancreatic enzymes amylase, lipase and protease. Finally, Beta Plus™ provides bile from non-GMO animals, which may be utilized as an adjunct for biliary support.5 Comments
by John Crescione, DC, DICS
While the mouth is actually first in line of the digestion process, the stomach is what most of us think about when we think digestion. Emotions, age, prescription drugs and the wrong foods can all interfere with the digestion process.
A quick review of the stomach reveals that stomach acid,or gastric acid is a digestive fluid, formed in the stomach and has pH of 1.5 to 3.5 and is composed of hydrochloric and large quantities of potassium(KCl) and sodium chloride (NaCl). The acid plays a key role in digestion of proteins, by activating digestive enzymes and making the eaten proteins more broken down so that digestive enzymes break down the amino acids.
Gastric acid is produced by cells lining the stomach,while stomach cells also produce bicarbonate, so that the stomach does not become too acidic. These cells also produce mucus, to prevent gastric acid from damaging the stomach. Cells in the beginning of the small intestine, or duodenum, produce large amounts of bicarbonate to negate any gastric acid that passes further down into the small intestine from the stomach.
There are 4 phases of stomach acid secretion. The basal phase in which a small amount of acid is always being secreted into the stomach.The cephalic phase in which 30 percent of the total gastric acid secretions is stimulated by anticipation of eating, as well as the smell or taste of food. The gastric phase in which fifty percent of the total acid is secreted. Secretion is stimulated by distension(stretching) of the stomach and by amino acids present in the food. Then finally,the intestinal phase where the remaining portion of acid is secreted when chyme enters the small intestine
Achlorhydria, the absence of hydrochloric acid in the gastric secretions of the stomach, is generally thought of in the elderly. Clinical evidence is showing more and more issues with diminished or weakening Gasrtric acids in the middle age population as well as the elderly. This can potentially lead to problems as the antiseptic properties of the gastric acid and stomach lining are decreased meaning a greater risk of infections of the system,such as infection with Vibrio or Heliobacteri bacteria, as well as improper breakdown of foods entering the small intestine.
Acid Reflux (GERD) is generally thought of as a symptom of stress and improper digestion and too much gastric acid, when in reality it is usually a weakening of gastric acid.In Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and hypercalcemia, there are increased gastrin levels, leading to excess gastric acid production, which can cause gastric ulcers.
The clinician should always consider stomach acid, digestive enzymes,multi minerals and acidophilus in all conditions of the patients’ healthcare. Recommendations
My upcoming webinar, “Superior Nutrition for Optimal Digestive Health” will help guide you to solve and unravel the symptoms of digestive problems as well as provide nutritional protocols for optimal digestive health. Click here to register!2 Comments
by Biotics Research
Beta-TCP™ & Beta Plus™
As a direct result of the Standard American Diet (SAD), gallbladder problems are rampant in modern society. Traditionally, many practitioners have supplemented those with gallbladder issues with products containing bile salts, such as Beta Plus™. While bile salts have helped a great number of patients support normal digestive processes, they do not benefit those patients without bile insufficiency. Some patients produce adequate levels of bile; however, the bile they produce is too thick and thus may result in biliary stasis. Intolerances for fried or fatty meals, gas, bloating, constipation, post-prandial referred pain to the scapula, etc. are all functional signs that biliary function may be altered. For over 10 years, Beta-TCP™ has been the supplement of choice for practitioners supporting biliary motility. Each tablet of Beta-TCP™ supplies 100 mg of organic whole beet concentrate (a natural source of betaine) combined with pancrealipase, taurine, vitamin C, as well as superoxide dismutase and catalase – two very important antioxidant enzymes. Conveniently dosed at 1 to 3 tablets per meal, Beta-TCP™ is available in bottles of 90 & 180 tablets. As always, you can count on Biotics Research Corporation to offer superior nutritional products supplying “The Best of Science and Nature”.
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Why you may need Gastrazyme™:
From a natural point of view, the gastrointestinal tract is considered one of the most important systems in the body. Maintaining a healthy digestive tract is paramount in achieving optimal health, as poor digestion can cause a multitude of seemingly unrelated problems. Nutritional health and gastrointestinal health are therefore closely correlated. Gastrazyme™ combines a number of nutritional components intend to support a healthy digestive system, including vitamin A, gamma orzyzanal, chlorophyllins, vitamin U complex, superoxide dismutase and catalase. Early studies recognized the effectiveness of raw cabbage juice in normalizing gastric and intestinal functioning. Glutamine and methionine derivates present in the juice are believed to be the active principals. Specific attention has ben focused on methionine S-methyl sulfonium (MMS) in the chlorintated form. Traditionally, this compound (MMS) has been referred to as “Vitamin U”, although it does not meet the classic definition of vitamin. MMS has a variety of documented effects including stimulating the formation of gastric mucous, serving as an antioxidant, and acting as a methyl donor for a variety of acceptors. One study concluded that MMS supported the normal healing process of the stomach following exposure to nonsteriodal anti- inflammatory agents (NSAIDS). Due to the high turnover rate of gastrointestinal mucosa, vitamin A need is significantly increased. Inadequate vitamin A status has also been correlated with impaired barrier function of the GI tract, as well as immune system impairment. Gamma Oryzanol is a naturally ocuring mixture of plant sterols and free transferulic acid esters derived from rice bran. It has marked antioxidant properties and has been shown to normalize intestinal function in animals subjected to chemical or physical stress, as well as those subject to sleep deprivation. Chlorophillin, a derivative od chlorophyll, is also a known antioxidant. In addition, it maintains the ability to bind divalent metal ions, and protect DNA against damage from heterocylic amines in vitro.
Why your healthcare practitioner recommends Gastrazyme™:
While there are many different GI formulas available commercially, only Gastrazyme™ provides such a unique blend of scientifically proven nutrients, most from their ideal, natural sources. Cabbage juice supplies vitamin U complex (as DL-methionine methysulfonium chloride). Mulberry leaves supply chlorophyllins and vitamin A is not only derived from rice bran oil, but is combined in our proprietary tableting base which creates a synergistic antioxidant effect. Gastazyme™ provides superior nutritional support for healthy gastrointestinal function.
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by Dennis McInerney, BS
Managing Indigestion and Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease Naturally
Proper digestion is a “North to South” process, meaning from mouth to colon. The six organs involved from a nutritional standpoint are; the stomach, pancreas, liver, gall bladder, small intestine, and colon. The best results are gained when you address nutritional therapies for digestive dysfunction in a “North to South” manner.
There are a number of factors that can lead to digestive dysfunction. The following are just a few. Chronic stress can shift the body toward sympathetic dominance and away from the normal parasympathetic control that is essential for proper digestion. This can lead to a disruption of stomach acid and enzyme production and interfere with peristalsis. Another contributor to digestive dysfunction is improper chewing, which leads to low saliva production, setting up an environment for candida and other forms of dysbiosis to be fed by undigested starch. Nutrient deficiencies, allergies, alcohol, medications, tissue damage, infection and age can also negatively impact digestive function by reducing hydrochloric acid production, damaging intestinal mucosa, creating “leaky gut”, impairing absorption, and inhibiting or stimulating peristalsis. Low stomach acid allows for the fermentation of carbs, which produces gas and bloating, the putrefaction of proteins, which produces sulfuric and other organic acids and the rancidity of fat, which creates tissue damaging peroxides.
Two common digestive health concerns are indigestion and gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Indigestion is a common problem that causes pain & discomfort in the upper abdomen with a feeling of fullness or bloating. Indigestion (dyspepsia) can occur after eating a meal, usually large meals but sometimes smaller ones as well. GERD has symptoms similar to indigestion, but also includes the reflux of stomach content past the lower esophageal sphincter and into the esophagus.
Common causes of indigestion and GERD include low stomach acid, overeating, poor food combining, eating too fast, eating fatty or greasy foods, overindulgence in alcohol, eating spicy foods, emotional trauma or nervousness, and medications (NSAIDs, antibiotics, corticosteroids, Fosamax & Xenical). Low stomach acid is often the “straw that breaks the camel’s back”, so to speak, that ignites the fire of indigestion and GERD.
Indigestion can be prevented by avoiding oily food, coffee, chocolate, spicy food, peppermint, & alcohol, decreasing meal size, eating slowly, getting regular exercise, losing weight if overweight, not eating before bed and avoiding late night snacks, and learning stress reduction techniques.
If low stomach acid is the cause, consider HCl-Plus, Hydrozyme or Betaine Plus HP from Biotics Research as a dietary supplemental source of hydrochloric acid..
“Why Stomach Acid Is Good For You” by Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. and Lane Lenard, Ph.D.
“Heartburn And What To Do About It” by James Balch, M.D. and Morton Walker, D.P.M.
“Drugs That Don’t Work And Natural Therapies That Do” by David Brownstein, M.D.
by Loren Marks, DC, DACBN
Adrenal Physiology & the Stress Response
What drives exhaustion, fatigue, & Mal-adaptation?
Presented by Dr. Loren Marks
It is imperative to understand the pivotal role adrenal physiology plays,not only in the apparent stress we see in our patient population and perceive in our own lives, but the long term effects over-stimulation of the gland produces in chronic disease states.
An incalculable amount of human morbidity and perhaps mortality exists due to the failure of physicians to understand and effectively treat
“The chronic stress response.”
This academic and clinically based seminar will enhance your ability to manage the scourges of chronic stress. Improving clinical outcomes in this arena leads towards your expertise in stress management.
Dr. Marks will also demonstrate a few cases on how to utilize his IAT
technique. If you practice any form of muscle response testing
he will show you how to correlate the findings with laboratory analysis,
as well as produce enhanced clinical outcomes.
• Understand adrenal physiology and the stress response.
• How neurotransmitters interact with the HPA axis.
• Adrenal physiology is at the core of many illnesses; understanding its role in human health improves clinical outcomes in most disease states.
• Glucocorticoids, Mineralcorticoids, Androgens
• Differentiate short and long term stress
• DHEA, 7 Keto-DHEA, Cortisol and Pregnenolone
• Blood, urine, saliva, muscle testing… what are the benefits and limitations of these modes?
• Adaptogens and their role in stress management
• Salivary adrenal hormones… 3 basic phases you must understand to treat effectively.
• Many courses outline the stages of adrenal exhaustion; perpetuators of adrenal exhaustion however, are the keys to effective management and resolution of chronicity.
• Dr. Marks unique algorithm will show you how to unmask the drivers of chronic exhaustion.
• Dysglycemia and Emotional health are key players in the adrenal arena. What you must know to remove the chaos!
• Patients suffer untold manifestations from the chronic stress response.
• Understanding this material and translating it into practical use in your clinic is the purpose of this course.
• Nutritional protocols and expanded diagnostic testing will be discussed.
New York, NY, 10007
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Dr. Loren Marks is 1984 graduate of New York Chiropractic College. He received his Diplomate in nutrition in 2003 from the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, has been in practice in NYC for 28 years, and has taught clinical nutrition for the past 18 years across the United States. He is the founder of Integrative Assessment Technique (IAT) and currently teaches this to health professionals. Dr. Marks is co-author of a chapter in Dr. Andrew Weil’s series of texts on Integrative Gastroenterology, written by Dr. Gerrard Mullin, and he co-authored a chapter in “Arachnoiditis, the Evidence revealed” by Dr Antonio Aldrete.www.newyorkintegrativedoctor.com