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Testing Hormones – Saliva vs. Blood

Yesterday I attended a presentation by a local Ph.D in Biochemistry regarding balancing women’s hormones and mood, and while she has great success treating her clients with blood analysis only, she states that saliva testing is never appropriate. Unfortunately, this blanket-type statement may not be fully correct, as there is documented validity of salivary testing in certain circumstances, and this discrepancy in understanding further illustrates the misunderstandings of functional vs. traditional allopathic medicine.

While blood (serum) testing has long been the “gold standard” for traditionally accepted medical testing and medical disease, recent developments, technology and understanding have brought other testing methods to the playing field.  These include urinary metabolites and salivary testing.  This testing is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for serum (blood) testing, but rather that it allows for the assessment of different functionality, for different criteria.



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Chiropractic Care Questioned by the Media Again – Numbers Can Be Manipulated to Say Anything

Unfortunately the Washington Post recently published an article questioning the safety of chiropractic adjustments.

If the true numbers based on percentages of patients affected by traditional medicine for neck and back pain, as compared to chiropractic were
actually revealed – what would we find?

The most comprehensive review of “adverse events” caused by modern medicine is the article Death by Medicine, written by Gary Null, Ph.D.; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD;  Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD.

This fully referenced report reveals that:

  • 2.2 million people experience in-hospital, adverse reactions to prescribed drugs per year.
  • 20 million unnecessary antibiotics are prescribed annually for viral infections
  • 7.5 million unnecessary medical and surgical procedures are performed annually, and
  • 8.9 million people are exposed to unnecessary hospitalization every year!

The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year!
That is a mind-boggling 2147 people killed daily!
That’s 7 jumbo jet plane crashes, each and every day.
Chiropractic services have outperformed all other spinal pain treatments, including prescription pain medication, according to national consumer satisfaction surveys, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription pain medication abuse as an epidemic in the United States. Any treatment in health care has its risks; however cervical manipulation is far safer than other more invasive procedures.

Approximately 27 million people in the U.S. seek the care of a doctor of chiropractic (DC) each year. DCs have doctoral-level graduate training in diagnosis and treatment. An insurance company studying chiropractic care published an article Current Concepts in Vertebrobasilar Complications Following Spinal Manipulation and found that the risk of stroke following chiropractic care “…is about one in 10,000,000 neck adjustments”.

Driving your car to the grocery store is far more risky!

A typical chiropractor that delivers neck adjustments sees about 50 patients a day. Some more. Some less. Most chiropractors practice four days a week. Some more. Some less. In a typical week that would be 200 chiropractic neck adjustments. With vacations that’s about 10,000 neck adjustments per year. In the course of a 40-year career, that’s about 400,000 chiropractic neck adjustments. So, spread out among 25 different chiropractors, that’s one stroke in 10,000,000 neck adjustments.

The numbers just aren’t there!
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High Cholesterol Linked to Wheat – Presentation by Dr. Slavin

High Cholesterol Linked to WheatTuesday January 7th at 1:30pm and 5:30pm at The Athletic Club at the Westin in Avon, Colorado
Informational presentation by Dr. Jacqui Slavin D.C.

Cardiologist Bill Davis MD author of Wheat Belly, and Neurologist David Perlmutter MD author of Grain Brain, reawakened the discussion of how wheat and gluten affect our health by specifically addressing the link to heart disease and brain degeneration. Many people are still confused about Celiac Disease, gluten sensitivity, and grains and whether it is just a fad or an important dietary concern.

This presentation aims to dispel some of the confusion by reviewing the physiology of high cholesterol and brain degeneration presented by the authors, as well as a explaining in greater detail why gluten and wheat seem to be of increased concern in the past few years.

Dr. Jacqui Slavin D.C. is a local functional medicine and nutrition expert who has lived in the valley for 17 years and understands the goals of both locals and destination guests, and the requirements for our active lifestyle.

By focussing on the underlying cause versus just reducing the symptoms, Dr. Slavin is passionate about helping people to optimize their health by combining both natural and traditional medicine, as well as focusing on preventative therapeutic lifestyle medicine.

Specialization in common health concerns includes high cholesterol, thyroid imbalance, weight-loss, digestive dysfunction (gas, bloating, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea), food sensitivities, and hormone imbalance (PMS, menopause, infertility).
Dr. Slavin participates in community education classes on gluten, thyroid, brain health, weight-loss and other topics, and has presented for the Eagle County Parkinson’s Support Group; Eagle, Edwards and Vail Rotary Clubs; Walking Mountains; Fresh Approach – bringing healthy foods to Eagle County Schools, and other local organizations, and as an adjunct faculty member at Colorado Mountain College teaching Anatomy and Physiology and healthy cooking classes.

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How Much Vitamin D Should We Take?

Every day we are learning more about the benefits of adequate levels of Vitamin D, and this often raises concerns about how much
we should supplement on a daily basis, and what our goal for blood levels should be.  Monitoring of Vitamin D blood levels is
important when supplementing to support a metabolic process or disorder, and should not be done without the care of a trained

Vitamin D also behaves more like a hormone than a vitamin, and is often called a pro- or pre-hormone.  Research confirms that
Vitmain D functions as a unique hormone that can modulate pain and inflammation, support blood sugar regulation, cardiovascular
health, immune system function, as well as mood modulation.  While low to moderate levels of Vitamin D in the blood can help to
prevent the severe skeletal disorder Rickets, higher concentrations of this fat soluble molecule have been shown to be effective /
preventative for several types of cancers.  Serious disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, and Diabetes have also been associated
with Vitamin D deficiency.

The attached graph has a very useful, simple outline of blood levels that have been associated with preventative and therapeutic
outcomes from Vitamin D supplementation.

Since Vitamin D is one of the “fat soluble vitamins” (- remember that from biology class) – it can be important to take it along with the other fat soluble vitamins – A, E and K.
Specifically, Vitamin K2 has been shown to be necessary for maintaining calcium deposits in the tissues at a normal level.  Vitamin K is also known for it’s ability to improve
the utilization of Vitamin D.

(If you are on any blood thinning medications or agents; or if you have parathyroid disorder or elevated calcium levels in your blood– it is critical that you talk with your
doctor before adding any supplements or medications to your regimen – especially Vitamin D and Vitamin K.)

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The China Study Dilemma – “Pay the grocer now, or the doctor later.”

Weekly I have people questioning me about why I advocate eating animal products because they have read
the information about the China Study, or watched the movie Forks Over Knives, or have been told that the
“Thrive” diet by McDougall is the ONLY way to eat.

It is almost a daily “battle” to try to defend the validity of other perspectives on eating such as the “Paleo Diet”,
Modern Day Hunter Gatherers, or simply just eating REAL FOOD.

While the China Study and many recent documentaries have certainly increased awareness of the general population
about the connection between diet and health, the details of their studies / research should not necessarily be taken as
“the gospel”, where any other possibilities are immediately refuted as harmful or wrong.

There are truly many inconsistencies and shortcomings of The China Study, but the overall benefit of encouraging people
to eat more fresh, green, alive, nutrient rich foods is far more important than dismissing the entire study and the benefits
people have experienced.  On the other hand, the “Eat Right for Your Blood Type” diet may also provide some useful information
in that some people may do better without animal protein, while others may not.  Adapting the information from the China Study
to apply to other blood types leads us to something like the Paleo Diet again.

In the documentary Forks Over Knives – again an excellent message to add significant quantities of fresh, alive, green, colorful, fruits
and vegetables to your diet – they advocate almost no animal protein at all, and almost villain’ize’ any consumption what-so-ever.  One
detail they seem to pass over is the type of animal products they are truly referring to.  The villains are PROCESSED milk, PROCESSED,
dairy products, PROCESSED beef / chicken / fish, as compare to WHOLE, RAW milk and dairy products, GRASS FEED and FREE RANGE
beef and chicken and WILD fish.  It is the processing of our food supply (whether for safety (ex. pasteurization) or for profit) that has adulterated
the nutritional content of animal protein and products.

It seems to me that Forks Over Knives also discusses the issue in two extremes – all meat and no meat.  In their opinion people either ate dairy products
and meat ONLY at every meal and then they were sick.  Or they ate NO MEAT or DAIRY – ONLY – and then they were healthy. There was no discussion of
plentiful consumption of fresh, local, green, alive, nutrient rich, colorful foods (9-11 servings of fruit and vegetables), AND healthy animal products (grass fed,
free range, minimally processed).

If you do well on a low animal product nutrition program – that is excellent – however, this may not be the best thing for your spouse, your child, your neighbor,
your co-worker, your mother….  If you have a chronic or terminal disease, avoiding animal products (for a period of time) might be beneficial for you…. I am not
saying there is no benefit to a vegetarian or vegan diet, but at the same time I am not saying that everyone has to consume massive amounts of (processed) animal

Although the sweeping generalizations gather media attention – the beauty is in the details.  If you are concerned about a nutrition program that is right for you and
your lifestyle, especially if you have a history of disease, or family history of disease it is likely in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable practitioner to
determine where you are today, and what might work for you today and possibly plan for how to modify your nutrition in the future.  Your life situation is always
changing, your stress, your exercise, your daily demands, your goals….. your nutrition might need to change to help support you during your different life stages!

For a detailed analysis of the China Study and why it may not “extrapolate” and apply as simply as Campbell ascertains please see:

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Gluten Sensitivity is Not as Severe / Significant as Celiac Disease….

Today I received an email from one of my highly educated, well researched clients.

She came across an article on Gluten Free Society .com, and was seeking my input
on the “validity / quality” of the information.

In a nutshell the article and the study it referred to seems to present the perspective
that serious health consequences are not associated with “Gluten Sensitivity” (GS),
but only with true “Celiac Disease” (CD).

They state that only Celiac Disease is associated with other autoimmune dysfunction
and disease or more severe issues like cancer.  I would have to challenge this opinion
in a bitter fight, since I know that I have what are considered the Non-Celiac-Gluten-
Sensitivity genes.  (The HLA-DQ genes 2 or 8 are considered the Celiac Gluten-Sensitivity
genes, in that most people who develop Celiac Disease have at least one gene of the 2 or the
8 variety).  Having Non-Celiac-Gluten-Sensitivity genes simply means it is more likely that
you will not develop “Celiac Disease” as defined by 1) testing positive for certain antibodies,
and 2) testing positive to a biopsy of the small intestine (showing atrophy of the small finger-
like projections called villi).

Both of these tests commonly used in traditional medicine have several shortcomings.  If you
are interested in additional details on how these test produce many “false negatives” I would
be happy to go into detail in another post, or directly with you.  For now I will stay focused on
the above mentioned article / study.

The study goes on to say that the “Gluten Sensitive subjects do not test positive for transglutaminase…..”
This is a very interesting statement since just yesterday Cyrex Labs – the true GOLD STANDARD for
gluten testing and research announced that they are adding two additional transglutaminase tests to
their packages.  Highlighting the fact that there is indeed more than one transglutaminase!

Transglutaminase is best known for its connection to Celiac Disease in that gluten stimulates and an
anti-transglutaminase antibody (ATA), which leads to the autoimmune attack on the gastrointestinal tract.
Even Wiki mentions that the common transglutaminase (TG) that is associated with Celiac Disease and the
gut is TG2 – which is expressed in epithelial cells of the gastrointestinal tract.

The other transglutaminase enzymes are tTG3 (dermis) and tTG6 (neuronal). It is well known that there are
several neurological and skin disorders associated with Celiac disease AS WELL AS non-Celiac disease gluten-reactivity.

I personally do not test positive for tTG2 but do have anti-bodies for BOTH tTG3 and tTG6!

On January 17, 2012 the Wall Street Journal published an article A Gut Check For Many Ailments where they state the following:

“New research indicates problems in the gut may cause problems in the brain, just as a mental ailment, such as anxiety, can upset the stomach”

So, what do I say to my confused well informed patient about the “accuracy / quality of the info” of a study performed
by Anna Sapone, Karen M Lammers, Vincenzo Casolaro, Marcella Cammarota, Maria T Giuliano, Mario De Rosa,
Rosita Stefanile, Giuseppe Mazzarella, Carlo Tolone, Maria I Russo, Pasquale Esposito, Franca Ferraraccio, Maria Carteni
Gabriele Riegler, Laura de Magistris, Alessio Fasano published in BMC Medicine 2011, 9:23    doi:10.1186/1741-7015-9-23?

I would have to say there is still a lot of information that is not commonly well known out there, and perhaps sometimes there
are people who have agendas to publish research that is in line with some other theory….. However, you cannot lie with chemistry,
and you cannot lie with physiology.  It is what it is.  If there is more than one transglutaminase (which there is) and only one is tested,
it might not be prudent to make generalized conclusions as if other molecules in the human body did not exist…


Cyrex Labs – Important Array 3 and 4 Announcement, February 7, 2012

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