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November 2017 Newsletter: Immune System Boosting Ideas as You Prepare for the Cold and Flu Season

Winter is just around the corner and with it the approaching cold and flu season. This newsletter and my next Open House on November 16 will focus on this topic. First, I will be covering a basic overview of the immune system. Second, I will be offering natural solutions for preventing and reversing auto-immune conditions. Third, I will be providing a list the go-to supplements for when you start to feel something coming on.

The next Open House “All About Immunity” will be November 16 at 7:00 PM. Please note that the Open House will be at my office; 10040 N. Port Washington Road in Mequon. There will be two main topics. First, we will look at the everyday functioning of the immune system and how our immune system handles acute events. Second, we will look at stealth pathogens. Sounds scary, perfect for Halloween! But this topic is very serious. Stealth pathogens include bacteria, viruses, fungus, yeasts, mold, parasites, and mycoplasmas that cause chronic infections and years of unexplained symptoms. A clue to when a stealth pathogen is involved is when the client says, “I’ve never been well since…” One of my colleagues, Kerry Bone captures the essence of it by calling it “NBWS.”

The Immune System: Basic Overview
The immune system is frequently used to describe one of the major systems of the body. There are different ways to look at its actual components. In some circles, the entire body is considered the immune system because everything influences immunity. In the wholistic approach, the whole body – the skin, digestion, hormones, circulation, etc. all play a role in keeping us healthy.

For the rest of the article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=780

Natural Solutions for Preventing and Reversing Auto Immune Conditions
Did you know the current list of autoimmune diseases is now over 150 and continues to grow? We can now say that there is an autoimmune epidemic underway in the United States. We all know at least one person who suffers from an autoimmune condition. In most cases they are offered little help from traditional medicine. The best case is to “manage” it to keep the symptoms as reduced as possible. There is never any mention of a possible reversal of the condition. Fortunately, many natural/holistic practitioners across the country are having success in preventing and reversing autoimmune conditions every day. I recently completed a six-week training called the Autoimmune Mastery Program with Dr. Michael Gaeta, one of the country’s leading natural health authorities. This course focused on this very topic – the prevention and reversal of autoimmune conditions.

For the rest of the article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=742.

The Cold and Flu Season Awaits
Winter is just around the corner. With the colder weather comes the cold and flu season. As I have mentioned previously I recommend that all clients have on hand Congaplex Chewable and Andrographis Complex by Standard Process – a great way to boost your immune system when you feel something coming on. Take 1-2 Congaplex every hour and 1 Andrographis Complex every 4 hours while awake and usually in a day or two you will be feeling yourself again.

Please let me know if you need to stock up! Or better yet, get them for a special price at the Open House!

Top Quality Kosher Protein Bars

I am excited to announce that I have finally found a source for Kosher and top quality protein bars. Ironically, it was right under my nose for the past few years. For some reason I failed to realize that all the protein bars made by Designs for Health are Kosher, carrying the OU mark. These bars come in these great tasting flavors: Cherry, Chocolate Mint, Coconut, Coconut Almond, Double Dark Chocolate (Susana’s favorite), Mixed Berry, Vanilla Almond, Mocha (my favorite), Peanut Butter (Mollie’s favorite), Chocolate Almond, and Chocolate. You can order them through me or purchase direct from the following link: https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/

The Immune System: Basic Overview

The immune system. This term is frequently used to describe one of the major systems of the body. There are different ways to look at its actual components. In some circles the entire body is considered the immune system because everything influences immunity. In the wholistic approach, the whole body – the skin, digestion, hormones, circulation, etc. all play a role in keeping us healthy.

The immune system has two roles: to kill and to remember. Pathogens release certain chemicals and proteins that our immune system recognizes as not part of us which triggers a kill response. Once this occurs the system “remembers” and we can reduce the impact of future attacks of a similar pathogen and thus have “immunity.”

This parallels the two main parts to the immune system. The primary or innate immune system and the secondary or acquired immune system. The innate immune system is for immediate response to pathogens. The acquired immune system develops after. It creates highly specific antibodies for foreign (“not self”) or body (“self”) proteins (antigens).

The lymphatic system plays a major role in the immune response. The primary organs of the lymphatic system are the thymus gland and the bone marrow. The secondary organs are the lymph nodes, spleen, tonsils, liver, Peyer’s patches in the small intestines, and appendix.

The thymus gland is located beneath the breastbone and is the place where T cells mature. T-cells are a form of white blood cells that recognize and attach to foreign molecules (antigens). White blood cells are made in the bone marrow. Bone marrow also produces red blood cells and platelets. White blood cells include lymphocytes, neutrophils, monocytes, eosinophils, and basophils.

There are two types of lymphocytes – the previously mentioned T cells and B cells. B-cells make antibodies. These are chemicals that latch onto foreign substances inactivating them or marking them to be destroyed by other immune cells. Natural killer (NK) cells are a type of T-cell – the first line of defense for the body versus an infection. Lymphocytes migrate to areas of inflammation throughout the inflammatory process. Remember that infection produces inflammation.

Phagocytes are immune cells that engulf and digest foreign particles. They follow the lymphocytes into battle. The lymphocytes have marked the invaders for destruction. The phagocytes complete that task. The most important phagocytes are neutrophils and monocytes. Neutrophils are the first to respond to an infection. They will be elevated at the onset of an infection and decrease as the body fights the infection. They are the primary defense against microbial infections and respond to inflammation.

Monocytes are the body’s second line of defense against infection. They will remove dead cells, microorganisms, and other waste materials from circulating blood. Monocytes tend to be elevated towards the end of the infection. They will stay elevated due to high levels of inflammation, during an extended recovery from an infection, and in cases of extended infection such as parasitic infections.

Eosinophils help to remove and breakdown the by-products of protein catabolism. They can ingest antibody-antigen complexes and are active in the later stages of inflammation. They are not effective against bacteria, but do respond to allergic and parasitic issues. Eosinophils will remain elevated in cases of intestinal parasites or food or environmental sensitivities. They are phagocytes that contain histamine, heparin, and serotonin.

Basophils also contain histamine, heparin, and serotonin. They play an important role in the inflammatory process by releasing heparin and other substances to prevent clotting in the inflamed tissues. They will often be elevated in cases of continued inflammation and allergies.

On a side note: Most blood tests will include what is known as the WBC (white blood cell count) and differential. The differential is the composition by type of white blood cell and adds up to 100%. Many times a client will be told that their blood test results are “normal.” However, in truth, their lab results are far from optimal. When taking a closer look at a client’s WBC and differential I often find the patterns of either acute or chronic infection or inflammation which supports the findings of my nutrition response testing.

Lymph is a fluid that contains lymphocytes, proteins and some fatty molecules formed from the fluid around the body cells. Its function is to filter this material and return it to the blood stream. The lymph removes waste materials from cells, so they can be disposed of properly by the body. The material moves through lymphatic capillaries and lymphatic vessels on its way back to the circulatory system. The lymph nodes are where the lymph is filtered and purified.

The spleen filters the blood and lymph. It removes old red blood cells and destroys bacteria. The tonsils protect us against bacteria that enters via the nose and mouth. The liver produces half of the lymph in the body and stores and detoxifies blood. The Peyer’s patches monitor intestinal bacteria populations and prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria. The appendix makes antibodies.

Following is a basic example of how the immune system works to defend the body against a virus with a four-step process.

1. The invading virus is detected by white blood cells called macrophages. These cells are also known as the “frontline defender”. As they encounter a foreign organism such as a virus, they begin to destroy the antigens or toxins produced by the virus. These activities are noticed by helper T-cells. They have identified that the macrophages need more help, so they signal the spleen and lymph nodes to produce additional cells to help fight the infection.

2. The full involvement of the immune system. The spleen and lymph nodes are producing Killer T-cells and B-cells. Killer T-cells begin to multiply and arrive to fight the invading virus. At the same time B-cells produce antibodies which are effective at targeted a specific invader.

3. Fighting off the virus. By this time the virus is also doing its own fight for survival. It has entered some of the body cells and is replicating and multiplying on its own. The Killer T-cells are killing the infected cells and the antibodies are working to prevent further growth of the virus.

4. The virus has been contained and the thymus sends out suppressor T-cells to slow down the immune response. At the same time Memory cells are recording specific information about the virus, so that should it appear again, the body will be able to fight it more efficiently and effectively.

The above are the basic mechanics of the immune system. We tend to think of our immune system as fending off invading foreign substances that create an infection – such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungus. However, it is important to understand that other factors have great influence on our immune response. The wholistic approach. These factors include: food and nutrition, the environment, and stress.

The food we eat is critical. Foods that we are allergic to or that we have sensitivities to will produce an inflammatory response. This turns on the immune system, utilizing resources that may otherwise have been required to fight a pathogen. Sugar is known to depress the immune system for up to five hours after being consumed. And, general nutritional deficiencies make it easier for pathogens to invade our body and reduce the effectiveness of the immune system. Our susceptibility to secondary infection is greater and recovery will be slower after infection or illness.

Environmental toxins are known to compromise the immune system, particularly exposure to heavy metals such as: Mercury (found in dental amalgams, fish); Lead (found in drinking water, paint, pollution, and pipes); Cadmium (from cigarette smoke, shellfish, and industrial waste); Aluminum (in antacids, antiperspirants, pots, foil, and water); and Arsenic (found in rice, tobacco smoke, pesticides, and glues). Again, dealing with environmental toxins distracts the immune system from pathogens. It is quite common to see heavy metal toxicity accompanying pathogen activity.

Signs of a toxic body include: fatigue, lethargy, depression, headaches, allergies, muscle aches, chronic infections, frequent colds, sluggishness, nervousness, irritability, sensitivity to perfume and other odors, and joint pains.

Once the body begins to show signs of toxicity, the immune system is over-burdened and autoimmune disorders begin to occur. Did you know the current list of autoimmune diseases is now over 150 and continues to grow? We can truly say there is an autoimmune epidemic underway in the United States. We all know at least one person who suffers from an autoimmune condition. In most cases they are offered little help from traditional medicine. The best case is to “manage” it to keep the symptoms as reduced as possible. There is never any mention of a possible reversal of the condition. Fortunately, many natural/holistic practitioners across the country are having success in preventing and reversing autoimmune conditions every day. For further reading please read the article Natural Solutions for Preventing and Reversing Auto Immune Conditions. Click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=742.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

Getting Rid of Unwanted “Guests”

In an earlier article, we learned why sometimes our digestion does not seem quite right and how we are exposed to and host all sorts of unwanted “guests” within our own bodies. Lots of times when the doctor cannot determine what is wrong with you or they tell you it is in your head, it may likely be these unwanted “guests” – parasites, yeast/fungi/mold, viruses, or bacteria that are taking over your body and creating a variety of symptoms.

Typical symptoms include: Allergies, anemia, asthma, bloating, chronic fatigue, constipation, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, enlarged liver or spleen, flu-like symptoms that persist, gas, headaches, immune problems, irritable bowel, unexplained joint and muscle aches, skin problems, sleep disturbances, and teeth grinding can signal parasites, which masquerade so easily as other disorders. Some people will experience secondary gluten and/or lactose intolerance, so add food sensitivities to the list above.

This is all fine and good, but several questions remain. First, how do I know if a “guest” is the underlying cause of the symptoms? Second, what type of “guest” is it? And third, how do I get rid of it? All these are critical questions.

It is important to be aware of other causes of digestive distress which fall into three categories: food allergies/sensitivities, structural issues in the digestive tract, and ongoing emotional stress.

I will use the terms “allergies” and “sensitivities” interchangeably. They are technically not the same, yet they are each specific descriptions of an immune system response. The most common food sensitivities are wheat, gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, nuts, and sugar. Then there are less common ones such as oats, other grains, the nightshade family of vegetables, other fruits, etc. I have seen all kinds of food sensitivities in my clients. And yes, you can be sensitive to a “healthy” food!

There are a variety of testing options to identify food issues: blood tests, saliva tests, and of course muscle testing. Once the underlying cause is identified the solution is simple – avoid the foods that are causing the problem.

Second, there could be structural issues in the digestive tract: insufficient hydrochloric acid, insufficient bile, lack of a gall bladder, acid/alkaline imbalance in the small or large intestines, lack of digestive enzymes. To learn more about the structure and function of the digestive system click here and scroll through the articles: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?cat=15

Blood testing, saliva testing, and muscle testing can also be used here to identify the underlying issue. Once the cause is identified there are a variety of nutritional support products such as enzymes, probiotics, acid/alkaline balancers, and digestive tract healers.
Third, there can be excessive emotional stress. Too much stress keeps our body in a sympathetic nervous system response which is a problem as digestion is optimized as a parasympathetic nervous system function.

This can be identified through saliva testing of hormones or muscle testing or simply an awareness of current stressors in one’s life. It can be helpful to learn stress reduction techniques such as breathing and meditation to help alleviate some stress and to break the constant sympathetic nervous system response.

The next question is what type of “guest” are we dealing with. Testing options include muscle testing, stool testing, saliva testing, and blood testing. I have found muscle testing to be most helpful and the most cost effective. I previously used stool and saliva testing more frequently, but find I get similar results from muscle testing, and verification from blood testing.

Stool and saliva testing can identify parasites, yeast, fungus, and bacterial infections, along with inflammatory markers in the small and large intestines, pancreatic enzyme activity levels, and blood in the stool. Blood testing can identify chronic and acute infections from bacteria, parasites, and viruses, and suggest hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach. Often, we are told that our blood tests are “normal.” It is critical to remember that “normal” does not mean “optimal” or “healthy”. When we look at the details of the total white blood cell count and the differential we can observe patterns that suggest chronic and/or acute infection patterns.

Once we know what we are dealing then we use the proper remedies. Each type of issue requires its own protocol. The remedies I use include herbs, homeopathics, and nutritional products that are antimicrobial. Depending on the “guest” there are anti-virals, anti-fungals, anti-yeast, anti-mold, anti-parasites, and anti-bacterial varieties. There are also enzymes, probiotics, and other gut healers to support the digestive tract. To determine the specific protocol for each person I use muscle testing. I have many different products in the office and I use the muscle testing to identify the specific supplement(s) for each individual.

I hope this article has helped you to better understand the process and see that there is definitely a solution to digestive distress. This is one of the most common issues that clients come to the office for and one that is always resolved if the client is compliant with the recommendations. It important to recognize that getting rid of the unwanted “guest” and healing the digestive tract is a process that generally takes at least 3-4 months and for some people up to a year.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

August 2017 Newsletter: Tips for a Healthy Summer Vacation

I hope everyone is having an enjoyable summer. I know for me it is going by way too fast!
Thanks to everyone who attended the Open House a couple of weeks ago. We had a great discussion regarding The Ins and Outs of Digestion! The next Open House will be September 14 at 7:00 PM and the topic will be Fall Cleaning: Do You Really Need to Detox? More details to follow in a few weeks.

In this month’s newsletter, we’ll look at two things you are likely to be exposed to during the summer. One is obvious – the Sun! And the second is not as apparent – critters! These would be parasites, bacteria, fungi, and viruses found in exotic places of travel as well as your own backyard.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter.

Have Fun in the Sun
There are so many areas where the “natural health” world and the “mainstream health” world seem to clash. It is not only regarding what foods to eat, whether or not to vaccinate, but also what to do about the Sun. The “mainstream” view is to put on lots of sunscreen and you’ll be protected from sunburn and skin cancer. The “natural” view is that all this sunscreen is likely contributing to skin cancer, sun exposure is good for our health, and there are ways to protect ourselves from overdoing it.

Here are a couple of articles below from the “natural” side of the debate. In “Sunscreen Savvy” Ann Louise Gittleman discusses how the sun is an important nutrient and how to safely get your sun. You can read the article here: http://annlouise.com/2016/07/19/sunscreen-savvy/.

Another of my favorite sources of “natural” information is GreenMedInfo. Here’s a link to their feature about the benefits of sun exposure: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/therapeutic-action/sunlight-exposure.

What Not to Bring Home from Your Summer Vacation
Ever wonder why your digestion never seems just quite right? Well, as much as we don’t like to admit it we are exposed to and host all sorts of critters within our own bodies. Lots of times when your doctor can’t figure out what is wrong with you or they tell you it is in your head, it may likely be something else such as parasites, yeast/fungi/mold, viruses, or bacteria that are taking over your body and causing you a variety of symptoms.

Typical symptoms include: Allergies, anemia, asthma, bloating, chronic fatigue, constipation, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, enlarged liver or spleen, flu-like symptoms that persist, gas, headaches, immune problems, irritable bowel, unexplained joint and muscle aches, skin problems, sleep disturbances, and teeth grinding can signal parasites, which masquerade so easily as other disorders. Some people will experience secondary gluten and/or lactose intolerance, so add food sensitivities to the list above.

I’ve had clients diagnosed with Crohn’s and a gluten sensitivity and we discovered parasites. They used anti-parasitic herbs and homeopathics to get rid of the parasites, healed their digestive tracts, no more gluten issues, and are now perfectly healthy.
For the rest of the article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=757

What Not to Bring Home from Your Summer Vacation

Ever wonder why your digestion never seems just quite right? Well, as much as we don’t like to admit it we are exposed to and host all sorts of critters within our own bodies. Lots of times when your doctor can’t figure out what is wrong with you or they tell you it is in your head, it may likely be something else such as parasites, yeast/fungi/mold, viruses, or bacteria that are taking over your body and causing you a variety of symptoms.

Typical symptoms include: Allergies, anemia, asthma, bloating, chronic fatigue, constipation, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, enlarged liver or spleen, flu-like symptoms that persist, gas, headaches, immune problems, irritable bowel, unexplained joint and muscle aches, skin problems, sleep disturbances, and teeth grinding can signal parasites, which masquerade so easily as other disorders. Some people will experience secondary gluten and/or lactose intolerance, so add food sensitivities to the list above.

I had a client diagnosed with Crohn’s and a gluten sensitivity and we discovered parasites. They used anti-parasitic herbs and homeopathics to get rid of the parasites, healed their digestive tracts, no more gluten issues, and are now perfectly healthy.

The rest of this article will focus specifically on parasites as typically they are not treated correctly by main stream medicine and have lingering and sometimes long-term effects. I worked with one client who had diarrhea for over two years with no support from her regular doctor or the GI doctor. In one week, the diarrhea was gone and in several months the parasite issue was resolved.

What makes parasites so nasty? First, they cause physical trauma to the body, particularly worms. They destroy cells in the body faster than cells can be regenerated. This results in ulceration, perforation, or anemia. Remember, parasites must eat, so they take away our own nutrients – vitamins, minerals, and amino acids – so they can live. Many people will become anemic and fatigued due to this. Not only do they eat, but they poop! They produce toxic waste materials that are harmful to your body. These wastes trigger the immune system leading to increased pain and inflammation.

They irritate bodily tissues, resulting in an inflammatory response from the body. This over time depresses the functionality of the immune system. The actual size and/or weight of the parasitic cysts cause pressure on nerves and organs. They may also cause obstructions, all resulting in malfunctioning of the body’s systems. They can lump together and form a ball, that acts like a tumor. Several years ago, there was a story of a woman from Arizona who they thought had a brain tumor. When they went to remove the “tumor” they found a long worm!

While parasites have always been around, it seems they are even more prevalent today. There are several reasons for this. First there is the international factor. There is an increase in international travel, an increase of refugee and immigrant populations from endemic areas, and an increase in the return of military personnel from overseas. Associated with this is the increasing popularity of exotic regional foods. All these factors bring “new” parasites into our environment. I’ve had clients get parasites in Mexico, Columbia, and Israel.

Within our own daily living there is the contamination of water supplies – both municipal and rural; the increasing use of day care centers – for both children and adults, and the continued popularity of household pets. I’ve had clients get parasites from swimming in rivers and lakes. These are all places where parasites can survive. In addition, the increasing consumption of processed and sugar-laden foods and the use of antibiotics and immunosuppressive drugs have suppressed our immune system’s ability to fight off parasites.

For a quick parasite primer, we’ll start with the smallest guys – the protozoa. They account for 70% of all parasites and cannot be seen by the naked eye. They are single celled microscopic organisms that can take over the GI tract and from there migrate to other body organs and tissues. An estimated 7 million people have some form of protozoa living inside of them.

One of them is Entamoeba histolytica which causes a disease called amoebiasis. It mainly infects humans and other primates. It is found in water, damp environments and in soil, so it can contaminate fruits and vegetables. It spreads through fecal contamination. Other than the malarial parasite, it causes more deaths than any other protozoan. It is also very difficult to detect as it makes its way from the digestive tract to the lymph nodes and liver and even cause death. Some strains have become drug resistant and it can produce an autoimmune reaction. Symptoms include abdominal pain, weight loss, weakness, diarrhea, and liver abscesses.

Toxoplasma is another common parasite. This crescent shaped parasite will invade our central nervous system. We can become infected by eating undercooked meat or by handling infected cat litter. The cysts of toxoplasma are passed through cat feces. They become infectious within three to four days, but remain viable for up to 18 months! An acute infection is like mono. Chronic symptoms include hepatitis and lymph problems like Hodgkin’s in the host.

It is estimated that 50% of the US adult population may be carrying a latent toxoplasma infection. Those with a compromised immune system are even more susceptible. Also of greater risk are fetuses as they can suffer serious or fatal effects from infection. Typical symptoms include flu-like symptoms, fever, chills, fatigue, and headache.

Next come the worm family. It should be noted that unless the worm infestation is heavy, most people will not show symptoms of any disease. The smallest of these is the pinworm. It is the most common of all worms in the US and most prevalent in children. Contamination comes from food, water, bedding, house dust, and human contact. While anal itching is the most classic signal, these worms also produce many behavioral and neurological symptoms including hyperactivity and vision problems.

Adult females range from 8 to 13 millimeters in length and have a long, pin-shaped posterior, for which the worm is named. They make their home in the host’s intestines, but unlike many parasites they do not pass into the blood and cannot survive in other parts of the body for any length of time. They lay their eggs outside the body, usually around the anus, causing itching: this assists the larvae’s spread via hand contact.

The most common intestinal parasite in the world is the large roundworm. It is estimated that 1 billion people worldwide are infected. Children are also prone to this infection. It is spread through soil, food, and feces. They are transferred by ingestion. The eggs hatch and quickly penetrate the intestinal wall, where they enter the bloodstream. From there, the roundworm makes its way to the lungs, from where it is coughed up and swallowed, returning it to the gut. Symptoms include fever, tiredness, allergic rash, vomiting, diarrhea, nerve problems, and wheezing / coughing.

Next come the larger worms of the cestoda family. These include the tapeworms found in beef, pork, fish, and dog. Pictured here is the pork tapeworm. These are among the oldest known parasites and the largest. They can grow up to 36 inches! They each have a “head” that attaches to the intestinal wall. As long as the head remains attached, a new worm can grow from it. They are transmitted through infected food. A tapeworm attaches itself to its victim’s intestine with hooks on its “head”, or scolex. They mature over three to four months, during which time the reproductive organs develop and can survive for up to 25 years in humans. Tapeworms lack their own digestive tract so utilize that of the host.

Their eggs are excreted in feces and can survive on vegetation, where they are then consumed by cattle or pigs, and passed on to humans. It can be spread by kissing your dog and eating undercooked meat or fish. While this parasite doesn’t always produce symptoms, allergies, bloating and gas, dizziness, “fuzzy” thinking, hunger pains, mineral imbalance, nausea, vomiting, inflammation of the intestine, diarrhea, weight loss, dizziness, fits, malnutrition, and sensitivity to touch can signal this worm.

Last, but not least is the trematoda family – these are leaf-shaped flatworms, also known as flukes. There are blood flukes, liver flukes, lung flukes, and intestinal flukes. The name corresponds to the organ that they settle in. These originate life in the water.
The blood fluke lives in the bloodstream of infected hosts and cause schistosomiasis, also called bilharzia. They live in water, and penetrate the skin of victims who come into contact with contaminated water plus eating undercooked fish and contaminated produce. The parasite causes inflammation (swelling) and damage to organs, particularly the liver. The adult worms can persist in their human host for decades (up to 30 years), and may not cause any symptoms for years. They leave the host in feces and spend part of their lifecycle in a snail host. Symptoms include: fever, aching, cough, diarrhea, swollen glands, lethargy, depression, edema, enlarged liver, pain on the right side, vertigo, and even cancer.

As you can see there is quite a variety of parasites and they can be responsible for a variety of health issues. I see this all the time in my practice and fortunately have been able to help many clients regain their health.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

June 2017 Newsletter: Some Thoughts on Graceful Aging, Intermittent Fasting, and MSG

Thanks for all the enthusiasm for last month’s Open House! It was awesome! Once again we managed to get over 30 people accommodated comfortably in the office. And once again special thanks to my wife, Susana, for preparing lots of yummy and healthy food for the event!
We had great discussion about graceful aging and anti-inflammatory diets. The two main takeaways:

1. Graceful aging depends on a multitude of factors chief among them are the health of the endocrine system/hormonal balance and diet. We learned about the main endocrine glands and hormones and natural ways to support them. (See below for more information and links to articles I’ve written on the subject.)

2. There are many different “anti-inflammatory” diets out there. They have certain commonalities as most are gluten and dairy free, limit other grains, sugar, and processed food. Then you get more specifics – Paleo, Westin Price, histamines, FODMAPS, GAPS, SCD, salicylates, phenols, oxalates, glutamates, etc. In some of these diets we see that foods that are generally considered to be healthy (such as fruits and vegetables) contain certain chemicals that disturb select people. This leads to the possible conclusion that it is less about the food and more about the health of the digestive system.

Because of this….

I am pleased to announce the next Open House which will be Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 PM at my office. The featured topic will be Digestion. After May’s Open House I had multiple requests for this subject. While it is important to eat a healthy diet it is also critical to digest it properly!

One of the main points I made about the variety of anti-inflammatory diets is that many people have something disturbing their digestion, which is the reason they are inflamed by so many foods. We’ll explore signs of dysbiosis (poor digestion), how digestion is supposed to work, what can go wrong, and what to do about it! I hope you can join us. Watch for the official announcement and registration in early July.

The office will be closed on Wednesday May 31 and Thursday June 1 in observance of Shavuot. The office will also be closed on Tuesday June 13, Wednesday June 14, and the morning of Thursday June 15 as I will be moving my residence. Please keep those dates in mind.

The Key to Graceful Again – Meet Your Hormones
One of the major determinants of how graceful we age for both women and men is the health of our endocrine system and the hormones it produces. Many experts agree that your body’s most important functional system is the endocrine system. It is composed of glands (the endocrine glands) that produce hormones that control everything happening in the body. So, it’s time to meet your hormones. Or, as one of my favorite clients called them: her “horror-mones!”

Hormones are very powerful biological chemicals produced in very small amounts by the endocrine glands. Hormone levels are precisely and carefully monitored and controlled by the body. They are released into the blood stream and carried to specific cells to initiate specific activities; regulating, controlling, and coordinating all body functions. Many hormones are made at additional tissue sites as well as their “parent” gland. You can think of this as your body’s own inherent back-up system.

For the rest of this article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=68

Here are links for the series of articles on hormones:

The second part of this article: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=67

The Thyroid Gland: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=65

The Adrenal Glands: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=64

Steroid Hormones Part 1: Introduction, Cholesterol, Pregnenolone, and DHEA: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=63

Steroid Hormones Part 2: Cortisol and Stress: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=62

Steroid Hormones Part 3: Introduction to Testosterone, Estrogen, and Progesterone: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=61

Steroid Hormones Part 4: Female and Male Life Cycles: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=60

Steroid Hormones Part 5: Hormonal Imbalances: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=59

What’s the Best Way to Lose Weight?
This is one of the great questions of our times and one I am asked quite frequently. Many of my clients (and myself) will use the “cleanse” (the Standard Process 21-Day Purification Program) or another version of that program. Another technique which seems to get more and more press all the time is intermittent fasting. Dr. Mercola is a big believer. Sometimes I’m skeptical about some of the things he pushes, but in the Spring 2017 Wise Traditions from the Weston Price Foundation there was an article about it.

Here’s the link: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/couch-potatoes-marathon-runners/. Here’s a link to the Mercola website for more details on how to do it: http://www.mercola.com/infographics/intermittent-fasting.htm

I’ve never tried it myself. I am strongly considering it so I can have some actual experience with it, and perhaps lose a few extra pounds myself! Have any of you ever tried this or are doing it? If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences! Please send an email and I can share them in next month’s newsletter.

Added Bonus Article – The Dangers of MSG
This article was also in the Spring 2017 Wise Traditions. I always knew MSG was dangerous. I have an allergy to it and remember many migraines from Chinese food until I figured it out. This article links MSG to weight gain and obesity. I believe you’ll find it interesting and informative.
Here’s the link: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/msg-three-little-letters-spell-big-fat-trouble/

Natural Solutions for Preventing and Reversing Auto Immune Conditions

Did you know the current list of autoimmune diseases is now over 150 and continues to grow? We can truly say there is an autoimmune epidemic underway in the United States. We all know at least one person who suffers from an autoimmune condition. In most cases they are offered little help from traditional medicine. The best case is to “manage” it to keep the symptoms as reduced as possible. There is never any mention of a possible reversal of the condition. Fortunately, many natural/holistic practitioners across the country are having success in preventing and reversing autoimmune conditions every day. I recently completed a six week training called the Autoimmune Mastery Program with Dr. Michael Gaeta, one of the country’s leading natural health authorities. This course focused on this very topic – the prevention and reversal of autoimmune conditions.

The purpose of this article is to help you better understand how the immune system works, how autoimmune conditions develop, and how this can be prevented and reversed.

First, let’s take a look at the immune system. It has two main parts. There is the primary or innate immune system and the secondary or acquired immune system. The innate immune system is for immediate response to pathogens. The acquired immune system develops after. It creates highly specific antibodies for foreign (“not self”) or body (“self”) proteins. An allergy is an over-reaction to foreign proteins. An autoimmune condition is an over-reaction to body proteins. The question is of course – what causes the over-reaction?

Next, let’s understand how our cells work. Basically, our cells live and they die. However, there are two ways in which they can die. One way, the natural way, is called apoptosis – this is normal cell death. The cell lives a healthy life, has a natural death, and the body neatly takes care of it. The second way is called necrosis. This is when there is a weakness or degeneration of the cell causing a premature death. Here the clean up method becomes slightly messier which can lead to some problems as we will soon see.

There are two factors that enable an autoimmune condition. The first of these is an immune dysregulation. This occurs when weakened innate immunity allows for pathogens to continuously be active in the body which ultimately leads to an over-active acquired immune system. Causes of immune dysregulation include ongoing infection and infestation, diet, injury, foreign bodies, stress, leaky gut, allergies, chemical sensitivities, genetic factors, vaccinations, cancer and gut dysbiosis.

The second factor is a state of danger. This leads to a high alert status in the body and the launch of an immune attack. The “Danger Theory” implies that auto-immunity occurs when the body is in this state of danger for prolonged periods of time.

Now I would like to pull all the above together. We have what is called the reticuloendothelial system. It works with the lymphatic system to remove dead material from the body. When we experience an overload of necrosis (from immune dysregulation), it is possible for the necrotic tissue cells to overwhelm the reticuloendothelial system (placing the body in a state of danger). As the reticuloendothelial system is overloaded, genetic material from dead cells is now leaking into the blood stream creating autoantigens. This triggers the acquired immune system to create antibodies to destroy the autoantigens. The autoantibodies (these are antibodies to body proteins) will track the source of the autoantigen to the host source and attack those genetic proteins (attacking a specific organ). That in a nutshell is how an autoimmune disease can originate.

What we have subsequently learned is that at some point all disease becomes autoimmune or has an autoimmune component as we will always find autoantibodies to diseased tissue.

There is actually a very simple three step plan for preventing and reversing autoimmune disease, coined PIN by Dr. Gaeta. The “P” stands for “PMG.” This is a group of products manufactured by Standard Process that can be used to assess the situation, reduce the autoantibodies, and prevent disease. The “I” stands for “Immune Regulation.” This is a group of products to support innate immunity, restore the gut, and to clear latent and subclinical infections from the body. The “N” stands for “prevent necrosis.” This is a group of products that support specific organs and their cellular structures as well as detoxify the body.

Thus autoimmune disease can be prevented by clearing the body of infection and by general nutrition support. If you would like more information regarding how to prevent and reverse autoimmune conditions call or email me – I am here to help.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

April 2017 Newsletter: Four Hot Topics of Natural Health

Thanks for all the enthusiasm for last month’s Open House! It was awesome! Somehow we got all 30 people comfortable in the office. Also special thanks to my wife, Susana, for suggesting the idea and then preparing all the yummy and healthy food for the event!

We had great discussion and learning related to four topics:

First, we talked about the importance of the lymphatic system for proper drainage of waste and toxins from the body. While I was tongue-in-cheek with my yoga pants remarks, it is a valid point. Tight yoga pants (as well as other tight clothes) restrict the flow of lymph. Over time this can cause a wide variety of health issues from increased toxicity. We demonstrated some simple muscle testing techniques to see if additional lymph drainage support was required. If you want more information on this check out the March 2017 newsletter.

Second, we learned about auto-immune disease. We learned what causes it and what can be done from a natural perspective to prevent and reverse these diseases. Look for a feature article on this topic in next month’s newsletter. If this is relevant to you now and you would like to learn more now about a natural solution please call the office and schedule an appointment.

Third, we talked about the importance of the brain and the nervous system to overall health. Without proper balance in these systems it is difficult for complete healing to occur. We demonstrated some simple muscle testing techniques to see if the brain and nervous system are balanced. And, we saw which supplements can help bring the body back to balance.

Fourth, we learned about the nutritional deficiencies caused by hormone based birth control methods and how these specific deficiencies are strongly associated with depression, low energy, and thyroid issues which seem to affect significant numbers of women. Please see the article below for more detail on this topic.

I am pleased to announce the next Open House which will be Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 PM at my office. I’m planning to discuss two topics which emerged from feedback from the Open House. They will be Graceful Aging for Women and Men and The Anti-Inflammatory Diet.

Nutritional Deficiencies Caused by Hormone Based Birth Control
What you will read below is how the nutrients depleted by hormone based birth control pills play a major role in overall health and may be directly responsible for some of the issues experienced by the women using them including: depression, low energy, and thyroid issues.

Birth control is big business! It is marketed for a variety of purposes to women aged 10-60! They are claimed to make periods “regular”, “lighter”, or “less painful”; to relieve menstrual headaches; to control endometriosis; to clear acne; to help with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome; to help with peri-menopausal changes; and “may lower” ovarian and endometrial cancer risk. Whether or not they live up to these claims is highly debatable.

These oral contraceptives are marketed as “hormones”, but they are not natural – they are synthetic estrogens and progesterone. As such, they do not act the same of natural hormones. In fact they are suppressing the normal cycle, not “regulating” it. They create a false period. One of the ways the female body clears toxins is through the monthly shedding of the uterine lining. This “false period” creates the condition where there is less cleansing of toxins.

For the rest of the article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=737

Improving Health One Client at a Time

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“Thank you so much!! Your care is tremendous and I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with you!! Thanks again!!”

June 2016 Newsletter – Best Nutrition Websites and Recent Success Stories

“The stuff (actually I use a slightly different word, but I’m keeping this G-rated) really works.” That’s what I tell my clients when they marvel at how much better they feel when they change their diet and take a few supplements. But, it really should not be a surprise. All biological organisms are designed to thrive. Provide the correct nutrition and you’ll feel good. Getting out of balance allows dis-ease and illness to creep in.

The definition of a healthy diet has been debated for a long time; probably since the dawn of man. The burning question is who is right? We all have our opinions. I have my favorite sources and I share them below.

And yes, nutrition works! The caveat being – when you are compliant! In today’s world many people have symptoms that their doctors cannot explain and they receive no satisfaction through the mainstream medical system. Eventually they realize that it might be a nutritional issue and then they come to practitioners like me. The majority of the time I’m able to help them and I’ve highlighted some recent examples below.

On a personal note, I’ll be getting married this month to the lovely Susana Trias. I am truly blessed to have met such a wonderful woman and look forward to a long and healthy life together.

Please note I will have limited hours on June 17 and the office will be closed from June 18 to June 27. Please plan ahead if you need supplements! I will also be in contact in the next couple of weeks to remind you!

My Favorite Go-To Nutrition Websites

Everyone has an opinion and now most everyone has a blog to share their opinion. But as I like to say, “Just because it is on the Internet doesn’t mean it is true. It just means it is on the Internet.” If you are looking for sound nutritional information I suggest the following sites:

The Weston Price Foundation: Raw milk, no soy, eat meat – nutrient dense foods – the wisdom of Weston Price. http://www.westonaprice.org/

The International Foundation for Nutrition and Health: Collection of works from the pioneers of nutrition – Price, Pottenger, Lee, Page, and many more. http://ifnh.org/

The Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation: Works of Weston Price and Frances Pottenger. http://ppnf.org/

Selene River Press: Royal Lee and whole food philosophy. https://www.seleneriverpress.com/

Green Med Info: A variety of news stories. Most focus on vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and other environmental poisons. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/

Natural News: A variety of news stories. Sometimes on the edge of conspiracy theorists! http://www.naturalnews.com/

Recent Success Stories
One of the great rewards each day is seeing my clients healing themselves from a variety of both short term and long term standing health issues. I’m sharing these with the intention for all to see the healing potential within. How bringing the body back into balance with the proper nutritional support facilitates the healing. Here are a few examples of some success stories from the year so far. All these clients came to me after getting no resolution from other health practitioners.

An 18 year old female with diarrhea for 3 years: Turned out it was a parasite from a trip to Mexico. She’s now feeling better. I remember her mother specifically saying, “No one ever asked us that question before.”

An 18 year old female with migraine headaches for 2 years: Turned out to be multiple food sensitivities. Remove the offending foods, repair the gut and no more migraines.

A 20 year old female and a 60 year old female both had unexplained body rashes: Turned out to be chemical and metal toxicity. The rashes are now gone.

A 45 year old female with joint pain all over body: Not arthritis, but an active virus. She’s now improving.

A 27 year old female with joint pain and fatigue: Turned out to be a lingering bacterial infection with complications from vaccine toxicity. She’s also now improving.

A 30 year old female with major digestive discomfort: Turned out to be a food sensitivity and fungal overgrowth. She reports she now feels the best in 8 years!

A 35 year old female with bad breath and strange odor from belly button: The cause unknown, but now it is gone!

April 2016 Newsletter – Introducing A New Soy Based Diet That Gets Your Cholesterol to 150!

Hopefully all of you recognize that headline as an April Fool’s!

Unfortunately there are still many nutrition “experts” and mainstream medical personnel who believe soy is a health food and your cholesterol should be 150! In fact, these are just two of my favorite nutrition myths that I am compelled to debunk each and every day with my clients.

In the spirit of April Fool’s I’d like to review these top nutrition myths and provide you with the relevant information so you too can debunk them. Please see the featured article below for the details.

I’d also like to thank all my clients and mentors for their ongoing support. This past month of March 2016 was the best ever for my business. My business is primarily based on referrals and word of mouth. Satisfied clients refer their friends and relatives and it all goes from there. There is nothing more satisfying then when a client has normal bowel movements after three years of diarrhea or when migraine headaches no longer occur after years of suffering. It is an honor to work with each and every client as they become healthier and their health issues are resolved.

Don’t Be Fooled: Nutrition Myths Busted – Part 1

Following are seven nutrition myths that I come across on a daily basis. Unfortunately, most of them are still widely accepted in the mainstream medical and media worlds (and some even in the “alternative” medical world). Most of these topics I’ve written about in prior newsletters and articles. Since this is a newsletter and not a book I will cover each one briefly and then provide links for your further reading. Also, not to over burden you, I will split this article up between this newsletter and next month.

1. All calories are created equal.
Do you believe eating a hard-boiled egg or a half slice of piece of white bread can have the same effect in your body? They have a similar caloric count. If you cut back your calories each week to lose weight and you keep doing that will you eventually disappear from weight loss? Not likely. For the full story click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=92

2. Cholesterol causes heart disease.
We all have heard of people with “normal” cholesterol dropping dead from a heart attack. Even the cholesterol medications do not state they reduce the risk of heart disease, they only reduce cholesterol. Yet, we need cholesterol. It is the base ingredient for our steroid hormones. Perhaps that’s why there are so many side effects associated with statin medications. The real question is why is your body making cholesterol and what does it mean? Here’s one of my articles on cholesterol: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=279. And here’s a great website: http://www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol/

3. Artificial sweeteners are safe.
Sorry, they’re not. They contain many harmful (potentially cancer causing) chemicals and while they don’t raise your blood sugar levels (they can’t because they’re not food) they still can cause an insulin response. For all the details click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=251.
If you want even more detail, here’s an excellent web site: http://www.janethull.com/

4. Soy is a health food.
Not really. You can’t digest it, it inhibits thyroid hormone production, and can cause hormone disruptions, plus it is mostly GMO. Other than that – it’s great! Here’s my article: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=243. For more information I encourage you to go to the Weston Price Foundation web site and read their vast collection of soy articles: http://www.westonaprice.org/soy-alert/

5. Eating animal protein causes cancer (The China Study). – sorry, you’ll have to wait for next month’s newsletter.

6. Antioxidants are essential nutrients. – sorry, you’ll have to wait for next month’s newsletter.

7. There is no way to reverse Type II diabetes. – sorry, you’ll have to wait for next month’s newsletter.

Don’t be fooled!!