Dr. Craig Reese, DC. PC.
3000 Center Green Dr. Suite 230
Boulder, CO 80301

Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
July 2017 Newsletter

With summer officially here, so are those pesky biting bugs.  If you find yourself constantly feeling like the main course at the bug buffet, try increasing the amount of B-vitamins you consume.  They are great for your body and it won’t hurt you like many toxic bug sprays.  EWG.org as a list of Do’s and Don’ts for bugs: (http://www.ewg.org/research/ewgs-guide-bug-repellents/ewgs-dos-and-donts-avoiding-bug-bites).
Endocrine System Part 4 (and final)
To remind you: There are 4 main areas that must be addressed to balance someone’s endocrine system:

  1. Support and stabilize blood glucose.
  2. Balance essential fatty acids (Omega 3 & 6)
  3. Support liver biotransformation (the ability to detox the chemicals and poisons in our environment)
  4. Normalize gut function and flora. (infections, good bacteria, more fermented foods, clean diet, etc.)

I covered in detail blood sugar imbalance, essential fatty acids and gut function plus the problems they cause.  The last to be covered is liver biotransformation.
Biotransformation is the process of rendering fat-soluble compounds to water-soluble substances so they can be excreted in urine, feces and sweat.  Detoxification is called detoxication in the medical literature.
Hormones, chemicals and drugs undergo hepatic transformation by phase I and phase II pathways in the liver.  You need specific nutrients and enzymes for these pathways to work. The end products are eliminated by the phase III pathway by being bound to bile and excreted in your stool.  If you don’t have a gallbladder, that can inhibit the final removal of these toxins.  That’s why if you had your gallbladder removed, you must take bile salts with every meal to help the absorption of fats and help eliminate toxins.  For more info one these pathways: http://www.lifeextension.com/protocols/metabolic-health/metabolic-detoxification/Page-01
Endocrine Disrupters
Chemicals like bisphenol A, phthalates, organotins, dioxins, PFC’s and VOC’s will disrupt your endocrine system.  They act like hormone mimics and will alter the cells normal response or they will act like a hormone blocker and stop the normal cell response.  This appears like a hormone deficiency when really there are plenty of hormones being produced.  Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals (EDC) increase fat deposits, body weight and insulin levels. 
In 1994 there were only 2 scientific studies that mentioned endocrine disruptors.  In 2001 that number rose to 412.  There are now over 6000 studies in the scientific literature relate to endocrine disruptors. 
4 Important points about EDC’s:

  1. Low dose matters
  2. They produce a wide range of health effects
  3. Persistence of biological effects
  4. Ubiquitous exposure (Our modern world is full of EDC’s)

Obesogens are a subclass of EDC’s that might predispose individuals to the development of obesity. 
The chemicals found in personal care products, cleaning supplies, food additives, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, industrial pollution, drugs, medical supplies, plastic toys, bottles, synthetic fabrics, fire retardants on your furniture and children’s sleep wear, etc., are all stored in your fat cells and stimulate the body to make more fat cells as you get more toxic. 
The less toxins you put in your body, the less you have to remove!  Hepato-Synergy is a product that was developed by Dr. Kharrazian to support your Biotransformation pathways.

As you can see from the picture above and the last 3 newsletters, endocrine imbalances have a lot of causes and are not simply handled by using replacement hormones to raise some number on a lab test.  In fact, there are no standard values from labs to lab as to what a normal hormone range is for male and female hormones. 
Giving: a toxic body with bad detoxification pathways; a fatty acid deficient body; a body with consistent high blood sugar; or a body with poor digestion and gut function; hormones will only make things worse in the long run.  Getting these systems healthy will have a long term positive effect and will balance the endocrine system. Most of the info from this endocrine series was from Dr. Kharrazian’s Functional Endocrinology course.  Be sure to read his thyroid and brain books to learn how to better take care of your health.
Office News
This year the 4th of July falls on a Tuesday.  We are taking a long weekend and will be closed both Monday and Tuesday but back open on Wednesday the 5th.  Hope you have a great holiday and a fun summer!