Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
May 2016 Newsletter
April showers bring May flowers but in my yard they are always dandelions. It’s nice to see how green everything is and the trees getting their leaves back. These spring snows prove that you have to be pretty hardy to survive in Colorado…that goes for plants animals and people! Any of you still hurting from shoveling the last patch of frozen concrete off your walks and driveway should come in to get adjusted because it didn’t go away on its own after a day or two.
Old injuries that chronically hurt whether from snow shoveling, sports, car accidents, falling off the bar stool, etc. are signs of chronic inflammation. If you have an elevated C-Reactive Protein, sed rate, homocysteine and/or monocytes on your blood test; you have chronic inflammation. Nearly every deadly ailment in modern life leads back to chronic inflammation. Cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, stroke, back pain, fibromyalgia, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. We know chronic inflammation will eventually kill us but what is causing it?
Most everyone knows that if you knock your car’s front end out of alignment, you are going to wear out your tires faster. Same thing happens to the joints in your body. If you have a knee or an ankle that is stuck and not moving properly, the more you run or walk on it, the more painful it will be. Same with your back, neck and every joint in your body.
All joints are designed to move in certain directions and to a certain degree. If they are fixated and are not moving fully in their normal range, pain develops and eventually they degenerate. It is a misnomer that chiropractic adjustments put your joints “back in place”. What we really do is free up joints that are stuck and not moving freely. Freeing them up helps reduce inflammation and pain.
The Standard American Diet is a great place to look for causes of inflammation. We’ve been taught a lot of bad information from our Big Corporation sponsored government programs like the Food Pyramid. The “Eat lots of grains and avoid fats”, mantra of the last 40-50 years has done a great job of making us all fat. Excess body fat also feeds inflammation.
“Approximately 10 percent of U.S. adults were classified as obese during the 1950s. In 2011 to 2012, however, the CDC reported approximately 35 percent of U.S. adults were obese; the prevalence of obesity among American adults has more than tripled within the last six decades.
National surveys of childhood obesity weren't recorded before 1963; however, the rate of childhood obesity in the U.S. began to rise in the 1980s. In 1980, 7 percent of children ages 6 to 11 were obese; in 2012, the rate was nearly 18 percent. In adolescents –12 to 19 years of age– the increase in obesity rates was more striking, climbing from 5 to 21 percent during the same period.” (http://www.livestrong.com/article/384722-how-much-have-obesity-rates-risen-since-1950)
Besides too many grains, we switched to a high vegetable oil intake which is predominantly omega 6 fatty acids at the expense of omega 3 fatty acids. This increases arachidonic acid which feeds inflammation in the body. So do trans fats, hydrogenated fats and rancid fats. Corn fed beef has lower omega 3 and higher omega 6 fats then grass fed beef. Fish, flax, chia, hemp and walnuts are other good sources of omega 3. Olive oil is an omega 9 oil which is not an essential fat like omega 3 & 6. Also, cooking with fats that are liquid at room temperature can easily turn them into trans fats.
Eating a high sugar or carb diet will increase inflammation in your body. Unfortunately, your body treats alcohol like a sugar so that increases inflammation as well. Food sensitivities and intolerances can raise the inflammation in your body dramatically. In the False Fat Diet, Dr. Haas found that a lot of the jiggly fat around people’s midsection is really water collected there due to the inflammatory reaction of eating foods their body was sensitive to. His Sensitive 7 foods to avoid for people with weight problems were: wheat, dairy, soy, peanuts, corn, sugar and eggs. I would expand wheat to all gluten grains. I can put 3 inches on my waist overnight just by eating gluten and it takes nearly 2 weeks of avoiding it for those inches to go away. It also causes me knee and low back pain. Avoid the foods you know you react to.
Besides not getting enough omega 3’s in our diet, most of us are vitamin and mineral deficient. There are less vitamins and minerals in our food today then there was 50 -100 years ago. I’ve seen thousands of blood tests in the past few years and the vast majority are vitamin D deficient. This weakens your immune system, makes you susceptible to 30 different types of cancer, weakens your bones and increases inflammation throughout your body. It is amazing to me that it is rare to see vitamin D tested on the blood work I receive from oncologists. B6, B12, folic acid, magnesium and zinc are just a few of the deficiencies that have been studied and found to create higher inflammation. High CRP and homocysteine are the best indicators of future heart disease, not cholesterol.
Infections and Environment
Chronic infections like bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus, and parasites cause a lot of inflammation in your body. That is one of the first things we look for and try to reduce because it helps so many other symptoms in your body. Your body can have old hidden infections in your teeth, sinuses, joints and bio-films. A biofilm is a negatively charged group of sticky cells which produce a matrix of extracellular polymeric substances. Biofilms, also referred to as “bacterial slime”, are generally composed of extracellular DNA, proteins, polysaccharides, microbes, minerals, and heavy metals. For more info see: http://www.michaellebowitzdc.com/html/BiofilmAKPaper.htm
Many homes and offices have mold and chemical contaminating the air. This can lead to chronic health problems that are usually treated by using symptom suppressing drugs. Over time these drugs are hard on the liver and kidneys and will increase the inflammation in many parts of the body. New paint, carpet, furniture and repairs in a house can put chemicals in the air for months to years. Water damage will many times put dangerous mold into the air even though remediation was done. This usually takes several months to develop after the damage was done.