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June 2018 Newsletter: I Can Eat Tomatoes Again!

In last month’s newsletter I described some of the supplements from Designs for Health that I have begun to utilize with clients.  I am pleased to tell you some exciting results. I will fill you in on the details below, but the result is this month’s headline, “I can eat tomatoes again.”

On June 7 we will host an Open House. We have a special guest speaker, Mr. Wes Manko, to offer his expertise how to stay safe and recognize potentially violent situations. Please see below for more details and registration information for this event.

Please note the office will be closed this Friday June 1 and will re-open on Monday morning June 4.

I Can Eat Tomatoes Again!

This was the greeting I received last week from two of my clients – a husband and a wife – as they entered my office.

I have been working with them for several years. During this time, they have experienced great progress. The husband lost 45 pounds, his fatty liver is no longer fatty, and his digestion and energy levels are vastly improved; while the wife is now off three heart and blood pressure medications, has seen a reduction in her cat allergy symptoms, has seen a reduction in foot fungus, and has also lost some weight. However, for both the one lingering issue has been food sensitivities. We completed a variety of gut cleansing and gut healing protocols. Each likely helped to some degree as evidenced by the reduction of symptoms and weight loss, yet the long list of food sensitivities remained.

Enter the Designs for Health enzymes and gut healing products. For gut healing the husband is using Tegricel and Immunitone Plus; while the wife is using Tegricel, Immunitone Plus, and Zinc. They both are using the enzyme AllerGyzme. With AllerGyzme, I noticed that several of their food sensitivities went away. We decided they would try some of those foods to see what would happen and sure enough they came back the next month and reported they ate them and had no adverse reactions! He has eaten beans, tomatoes, potatoes, gluten free bread (tapioca), onions, and deli meats. She has added back beans, tomatoes, potatoes, paprika, onions, and deli meats.  It is interesting to note that they can apparently handle nightshades now with the AllerGyzme.  I’m looking forward to continued improvements when they come in later this month.

Another client is reporting similar success and is also very pleased. While I wouldn’t encourage it, she told me today she had a double decker ice cream with a cone and had no ill effect. She was also able to eat a corn tortilla. She is taking GI-Microb-X, Glutamine, Tegricel, and AllerGzyme.

You’re invited to an Open House – YOUR BEST DEFENSE – SMART STRATEGIES FOR STAYING SAFE

Please join us at our Open House, Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 7:15 – 8:30 PM at our office at 10040 N. Port Washington Road in Mequon.

Special Guest Speaker Author Wes Manko will discuss his book:  Your Best Defense:  Smart Strategies for Staying Safe. The book provides practical advice and tips for people of any age on how to avoid and or deal with potential of episodes of violence that mark everyday life.

This book does not deal with the applications of physical self-defense tactics but rather how to apply knowledge to minimize or eliminate the potential of violence.

Wes Manko is the owner and chief instructor of DEFENSEWORKS, an organization that provides self-defense training workshops to corporations, non-profits and individuals. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Mount Mary University where he teaches a course on woman’s self-defense. In 2005, Mr. Manko was awarded a citation from the Wisconsin State Assembly for teaching violence prevention and realistic self-defense.

As always, we will have some delicious gluten-free snacks and desserts.

Seating is limited so please RSVP to bernie@brwellness.com or call 262-389-9907.

No Time to Exercise? Think Again

From a recent Designs for Health blog: “Exercise can be such a drag, right? You’ve gotta change your clothes, drive to the gym, spend half an hour on the bike or treadmill – maybe even more, then do some lifting, take a shower… If it seems like a huge time commitment to fit exercise into your day, even though you know you “should,” take heart. Research indicates that very short bouts of intense exercise may be more enjoyable than long, slow slogs, and more than that, they’ll get you the same or better results.”

For the rest of the article click here: https://blog.designsforhealth.com/node/807

 Great Reads and Great Prices! Yoga and Health Related Books for Sale

I have available for purchase a great variety of Yoga and health related books. They are all in Like New condition. They are priced at $2.50, $5.00, or $10.00 each. You can save if you purchase over $50.

If you would like to purchase any books, please call Bernie at 262-389-9907 or email me at bernie@brwellness.com.

For the complete list of books click here: https://brwellness.com/?page_id=1135

May 2018 Newsletter: Offering the Best Supplements Available

Offering the Best Supplements Available

I am frequently asked how I decide the products to offer my clients. There are so many products on the market all claiming to be the best! And, I am constantly approached by supplement manufacturers to carry their products. Since high quality supplements are critical for successful outcomes, those I recommend must be effective.

The decision starts with the desire to provide the best supplements on the market – products that will support my clients throughout their healing process. It is a difficult decision requiring substantial undertaking on my part to add new products. There is not only the dollar investment in inventory, but there is a significant time investment in learning the products. I need to understand what products are available and what they are used for.

I research the companies and ask questions to colleagues to learn from their experiences. Most important, before I bring new products into inventory I evaluate samples to see how they perform in muscle testing. Once I see they muscle test positive with clients I have the necessary confidence that the products will be effective with my clients.

When I decide to offer a new product line or increase my offerings from a specific company, it is newsworthy! Recently I have expanded my offerings from Designs for Health and have introduced the Intestinal Cleanse line from Southern Botanicals.

For a complete list of the product lines available click here: https://brwellness.com/?page_id=858

Exciting Products From Designs for Health

I have had an account with Designs for Health for many years, but had only used a few products in practice. Several months ago, I decided to take a closer look at their full array of offerings and noticed many possibilities to complement the other products I had available. The Designs for Health product line features many powders and liquids so it is very “child friendly.” There is Immunoberry – an elderberry and mushroom based immune system support product; Ginger Tussin – a cherry tasting herbal throat elixir and immune system support product; Silvercillin – a silver spray for immune system support; Curcum-Evail Chewables – a turmeric, anti-inflammatory product; OmegaAvail Smoothie – a fish oil in a variety of tasty flavors; and many others. For the line of immune system support products click here: https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/t/product-category-index/immunity.

Designs for Health also features some highly specialized digestive enzymes that work in conjunction with other gut healing products. For the line of digestive support products click here: https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/t/product-category-index/digestion-gi-health.

The product I am most excited about is VegeCleanse Plus. This is a detoxification program available in a 14 or 21-day version. It is very easy to do. Everything is in packets. I’ve seen amazing results in my clients completing this program. I like to pair it with the 14-day Lean Body Program – a weight loss program. I recently wrote an article, “What’s Right for You? Detoxification, Weight Loss, or Gut Cleanse?” To read the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1104.

To see all the program kits click here: https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/t/program-kits.

One of my all-time favorite bars is the PB Meal bar. I call it “a healthy Reese’s peanut butter cup.” It is also the favorite of my wife Susana, my daughter Mollie, and my step-son Rafi! Designs for Health offers a wide variety of tasty bars. These bars are wonderful for on-the-go moms, college students, as a mid-afternoon snack (to carry you over until dinner), or post workout. For the full line-up of bars click here: https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/t/product-category-index/foundational/bars?pages=1-2.

Here’s a quick review of some other Designs for Health best sellers:

Arthroben – This product is for the dietary management of osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal inflammation. Supports joint integrity, mobility and function and provides nutritional building blocks for cartilage, ligaments, and the skin. It also supports gut healing. https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/products/arthroben-unflavored-slash-unsweetened

GI Revive – This product naturally supports GI health and function. It is available in both capsules and powder. It supports GI mucosal integrity and a healthy inflammatory response, promotes regularity and healthy bowel function. Along with Tegricel it helps heal the gut. https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/products/gi-revive-capsules

Metabolic Synergy – This product is a nutritional support for ideal glucose, insulin, and leptin levels. It supports healthy carbohydrate metabolism and can reverse insulin resistance. https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/products/metabolic-synergy-capsules-180-vegetarian-capsules

To learn more about Designs for Health products you can call or e-mail me or visit my e-store at https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/. Use the code FIRST25 at check out to receive 25% off your first order.

Intestinal Cleansing from Southern Botanicals

Southern Botanicals offers a full line of herbal products. I am especially excited to introduce their line of Intestinal Cleanse products, included is a liquid product Intestinal Cleanse 3 which can be used for children.

To learn more about products from Southern Botanicals click here: https://healthfree.com/

Great Reads and Great Prices! Yoga and Health Related Books for Sale

I have available for purchase a great variety of Yoga and health related books. They are all in Like New condition. They are priced at $2.50, $5.00, or $10.00 each. You can save if you purchase over $50.

If you would like to purchase any books, please call Bernie at 262-389-9907 or email me at bernie@brwellness.com.

For the complete list of books click here: https://brwellness.com/?page_id=1135

What’s Right for You? Detoxification, Weight Loss, or Gut Cleanse?

This is the time of year when we re-focus on our health. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, it is a New Year, so its time to make changes – eat better, exercise more, and lose weight. Second, many of us recognize the Holiday Season took its toll. We notice a few extra pounds, an overall sensation of not feeling our best, and it seems we’re either getting sick or fighting off a cold or flu. Then the natural human desire to feel better takes hold.

We look for a solution, something to make us feel better. This is typically some type of “diet” or “weight loss program” or “cleanse.” There are many programs to choose from, but the important question is what is best for you. In determining that you need to understand the different types of programs available.

I classify programs into three main categories: purification or detoxification programs, gut purification programs, and weight loss programs.

Purification or detoxification programs aim to improve the overall functioning of your body by removing toxins from your body. These toxins come from the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe (both indoor and outdoor pollutants), personal care products, and household products. Your body has three ways to deal with toxins. It can remove them – this is the optimal method, or it can hide them in body fat or deposit them in other tissues. The last two options are less than optimal. Once the toxins are placed in fat or other tissues we begin to experience a variety of symptoms.

Typical symptoms of toxicity include: chronic fatigue, constipation, gas and bloating, poor digestion, bad breath, inability to lose weight, headaches, mood swings, brain fog, joint pain and stiffness, sensitivities to smells, frequent colds, chronic infections, skin rashes, and hives. This can lead to long-term effects on the body that impact reproduction, development, brain function, endocrine system function, and immune system function.

Purification or detoxification programs target and support the body’s main organs of detoxification – the liver and kidneys, as well as the lymph, blood, skin, colon, and lungs. The programs include nutritional supplements to support these organs and drive detoxification and a clean diet to limit toxins entering the body.

During the purification or detoxification process the first couple of days are usually the most difficult as toxins begin to be released and the body is adjusting. But as the program progresses most people feel better – they have more energy, think clearer, sleep better, and lose weight.

I generally believe this is the best and safest place to start for one very important reason – the toxins that are stored in fat.

A weight loss program is designed to help you lose weight and burn fat. These programs will also feature a healthy diet, but the supplements are more designed to burn and reduce fat. Generally, there is no support for your detoxification organs. So, what can happen is the body can begin to dump toxins and there is no support to detoxify. This can result in a variety of symptoms occurring while losing weight. I can provide a real-life story of a client’s experience on the Whole30 program. This is a wonderful way of eating, a program I certainly encourage, and will support weight loss. However, I have heard of cases of a week of headaches while doing the program. In this case there was a dump of toxins from the fat into the blood stream with no mechanism for supporting detoxification.

My recommendation is for most clients to do a detoxification program first and follow that with a weight loss program.

There are three reasons why a weight loss program may not be effective. First, there are instances when a person loses very few pounds on a program. In this case the body will not allow the fat to be burned and the subsequent release of toxins. The body is protecting itself from these dangerous toxins entering the blood stream where they can cause damage. Second, there may be a hormonal imbalance which is keeping the body in a fat storage mode. For more information on that click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1100. Third, a bacterial imbalance in the gut.

There is significant current research suggesting the composition of one’s gut bacteria plays a major role in how much fat a person has on their body. People who are fat have a different gut bacteria composition than those who are thin. What has not been established is which comes first (the chicken or the egg?). Are there certain types of bacteria that make someone fat or once someone becomes fat do they tend to have a certain type of bacteria? Regardless, if that bacteria mix is prevalent, the person will not lose weight.

This is one of the times a gut cleanse program is needed. The gut cleanse programs target the digestive system. Gut cleanse programs will feature supplements to help digest food and to clean the intestinal tract with herbs and nutritionals that are anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. This helps to remove bad bacteria, fungus, yeast, or parasites that may be impacting your health. Gut cleanse programs also feature a healthier and cleaner diet.  Notice how this is consistent among all the programs suggesting that in all cases it is essential to eat healthier if you want to improve your health.

As you can see there are a variety of scenarios to consider in selecting the correct program for you. Therefore, I recommend a consultation to review your objectives and current health status to best decide.

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, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

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: https://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: https://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/

October 2017 Newsletter: Stealth Pathogens, Breast Cancer Awareness, Bone Broth and Collagen

Stealth Pathogens! Sounds scary, like something out of a horror movie. Well, it is and is something that I definitely see with my clients. One of my colleagues Kerry Bone captures the essence of it by calling it “NBWS.” A clue to when a stealth pathogen is involved is when the client says, “I’ve never been well since…” This will be the topic of my next Open House – November 16 at 7:00 – and we’ll be back at my office at 10040 N. Port Washington Road in Mequon.

The new nutrition buzz words are bone broth and collagen. What is this all about? See below.

The Jewish Holidays continue during the month of October and as such the office will be closed and I will be unavailable from late afternoon Wednesday October 4 through Saturday October 7 and again the following week from late afternoon Wednesday October 11 through the morning of Monday October 16. So, please plan accordingly if you need supplements!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is breast cancer awareness month. Awareness includes both prevention and detection. It seems mainstream medicine focuses on detection and use of mammograms. And, as it seems with all health related issues there are multiple perspectives. Are mammograms safe? Are they effective? How often should they be done? Is thermography a viable alternative?

On October 10, Jenny Steger from The Longevity Center will be offering thermal scans at my office. DITI (Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography) is a non-invasive diagnostic technique that allows the examiner to visualize and quantify changes in skin surface temperature. An infrared scanning device is used to convert infrared radiation emitted from the skin surface into electrical impulses that are visualized in color on a monitor. This visual image graphically maps the body temperature and is referred to as a thermogram.

To learn more about The Longevity Center and thermography and to set an appointment click here: http://www.longevitythermography.com/index.php.

As mentioned above there is some controversy regarding the safety and effectiveness of mammograms. From GreenMed Info here’s http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/hidden-dangers-mammograms-every-woman-should-know-about

New Products Collagen Bone Broth
The new buzz words in nutrition are bone broth and collagen. Of course, to those of you familiar with the Weston Price Foundation this is nothing new to you! But for the rest of the world it is big news and naturally along with that comes the mass marketing and mass production of products! And with this comes the marketing hype. And with this is some truth and of course some deception.

To help my clients get the best products on the market I did some extensive research and I am now a distributor for Vital Proteins. For more information on Vital Proteins click here: https://www.vitalproteins.com.

Vital Proteins has a line of products that includes powders of beef collagen, fish collagen, beef bone broth, chicken bone broth, and whey protein with collagen. What’s unique about Vital Proteins is that the base ingredients are organic chickens, grass-fed and pastured beef, and wild fish. This is not the case with most of the competition and particularly some of the leading brands.

For an overview of what these products are read my article about bone broth and collagen by clicking here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=774

Or, if you like, give me a call and I’ll explain it to you.

Another Parasite Case Resolved!
Hi Bernie, I wanted to share with you that I had Hydro therapy today and no visible worms! This is great news the [remedies] are working! I hope I test the same with you when I see you! Had to share, you’re one of few I can tell! Hope you have a great evening!

Bone Broth and Collagen – The “Hottest Trend” in Health

It seems all you hear about on all the leading health sites these days is bone broth and collagen. Celebrities and athletes are endorsing it and bone broth cafes are becoming part of coffee shops in major cities. Dr. Oz, Dr. Axe, Dr. Mercola are all on the bandwagon. Of course, those of us who are members of the Weston Price Foundation have known about all the benefits of bone broth for years!

Let’s start with bone broth. Quite simply it is made from simmering bones for 12-24 hours. Predominantly beef, chicken, and fish are used. Bone broth is rich in nutrients which are typically not a major part of modern diets including key minerals, collagen, gelatin, glucosamine and chondroitin. Thus, it supports a wide range of the body systems including the digestive system; the immune system; joints and muscles; skin, hair, and nails; and our overall metabolism.

Among these nutrients are the glycosaminoglycans (aka GAGs) which include glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin sulfate. Glucosamine supports the integrity of our cartilage providing joint health, flexibility, and comfort. Hyaluronic acid is found in our connective, skin, and neural tissues. This supports healthy aging, cell rejuvenation, and skin firmness. Chondroitin is found in cartilage. It supports joint health and comfort and is needed for a healthy inflammation response. The key minerals found in bone broth include calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. These support a variety of functions including circulation, bone density, nerve signaling, heart health, and digestive health.

And then there’s collagen! Collagen is the main structural protein found in our bodies. It forms connective tissue, protects our mucosal lining and acts as a sealant to the gastrointestinal tract. There are 19 amino acids in collagen. It is important to understand that for full digestion of collagen the stomach must be able to reach proper acidity! This is critical to understand! If you are taking acid reflux medications or other acid reducing over the counter products your stomach is not reaching the proper pH to digest proteins and specifically collagen!

The four main amino acids in collagen are: proline, glutamine, glycine, and arginine. Proline supports the integrity of the skin, hair, nails, and gut lining. It is used for tissue repair in the joints and arteries.

Glutamine maintains muscle tissue and supports the gastrointestinal tract lining. It is essential for gut repair. It also plays a role in the methylation process in supporting the synthesis of glutathione.

Glycine is one third of the protein found in collagen. It helps form muscle tissue and is found in the muscles, skin, and other tissue. One of its key roles is to convert glucose into usable energy. It also promotes detoxification and cleansing.

Arginine breaks down nitric oxide which is important for cardiovascular and arterial health. It improves vasodilation – the widening of arteries and the relaxation of muscle cells and blood vessels for better circulation. It helps to repair muscles, heal wounds, and supports proper growth and development.

There are at least 16 types of collagen in the human body. 80-90% of it is Types 1, 2, and 3. Type 1 is the most abundant and strongest in our bodies. It is found in tendons, ligaments, bones, skin, and various organs. It is used to form bones and support wound healing. The best source of Type 1 collagen is beef.

Type 2 collagen is the cartilage within our joints. It is the main collagen of our connective tissues. It supports gut healing and the immune system as well. The best sources of Type 2 collagen are chicken and turkey.

Type 3 collagen is in the extracellular matrix that comprises organs and skin. It provides the elasticity and firmness to the skin, and forms blood vessels and tissue within the heart. The best source of Type 3 collagen is beef.

While collagen is one of the ingredients in bone broth, we are also seeing many companies market collagen separate from bone broth. These are often called collagen peptides. These come from the hide of the cow, the scales of the fish, or the skin and beaks of chicken and turkey.

We are seeing bone broth available in liquid form and powder (dehydrated form) as well. Collagen peptides are only in a powder form. All the powders can be added to a variety of liquids to consume. We are also seeing some companies combine protein powder (generally whey) with collagen or a bone broth protein powder combined with collagen.

It is becoming quite confusing with the vast array of products available in the market. My main piece of advice would be to make sure the products you are consuming come from organic, pastured and grass-fed animals or wild raised fish. Like the meat of the animals, if the animals are not clean neither will their bones or skin and you will be consuming the traces of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, and fungicides that are toxic to your body.

I am recommending my clients use a mixture of chicken, beef, and fish collagen so they can obtain a nice variety of collagen.

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: https://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.

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.

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Nutrient Deficiencies Caused by Hormone-based Birth Control

Note: This article is not intended as a debate about birth control. It is intended to offer education regarding nutritional deficiencies that are known to be caused by the use of hormone based birth control. Most medications have known associated nutrient depletions. There are multiple books available on this subject. While the books are helpful in listing the depletions, they do not discuss the ramifications of these deficiencies. The purpose of this article is to take that next step and help individuals make better informed decisions. If you use or intend to use this form of birth control, you may want to consider nutritional supplementation.

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.

There are numerous known side effects including headaches, vomiting, unclear speech, dizziness, weakness or numbness in arms or legs, chest pain, coughing blood, shortness of breath, rash, heavy bleeding, blood clots, stroke, leg pain, altered vision, stomach pain, loss of appetite, tired, weak, fever, swelling, and depression. In fact, many women quickly discontinue usage due to these side effects.

It is likely that many of these side effects are associated with the nutrient depletions. Following is a very brief description of the key impacts of some of these nutrients:

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) and Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): These have many functions, but a major one is the tryptophan pathway. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid and a precursor to melatonin and serotonin. Melatonin is a key anti-oxidant and important for sleep; serotonin is important for mood. Depression is associated with lack of serotonin.

Vitamin B2 is also an integral part of enzymes involved in oxidation reduction reactions that drive cell respiration. What does that mean? It is critical in our cell making energy for our body. It also supports the function of antioxidant enzymes and interacts with the other B vitamins. It promotes a healthy immune system and regulates the activity of 50 of our enzymes.

Vitamin B6 plays an important role in our metabolic reactions, specifically amino acid metabolism (making proteins for your body to use in building itself) and glycogen utilization (blood sugar control). B6 also acts as a co-enzyme for 100 other enzymes that play key roles in many biological processes. It is also involved in supporting the production of hormones and neurotransmitters – the chemicals that are directing all your body’s activities.

Vitamin B9 (Folate): Folate is key to the process of methylation which covers just about everything our body does – from clearing of toxins to energy production to neurotransmitter regulation to DNA replication. Folate is critical to the metabolism of nucleic acids and amino acids. Because of this, it supports overall growth and development and blood cell formation and supports normal growth of the fetus.

Vitamin B12: Shortages of B12 can cause anemia. B12 is a cofactor for two, yet very important enzymes. One is used for methionine metabolism. Methionine is an essential amino acid. The other enzyme aids in producing energy from proteins and fats. Overall B12 supports the nervous system, promotes the maturation of red blood cells (hence the tie to anemia when deficient in B12) and other cells, and supports bone and joint health.

Vitamin C: Many functions, chief among them immune system support. Vitamin C is also involved in forming collagen which is in our connective tissue. It also facilitates iron absorption and assists in cholesterol metabolism. So it is helping the blood, cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.

Zinc: Many functions, main co-factor in many biological processes plus immune system support. Zinc supports the formation of many enzymes and insulin. The same insulin we need for blood sugar control. It also assists with wound healing, reproductive organ growth and development, and metabolism of phosphorus, carbohydrates, and proteins. Putting it simply – zinc helps many body processes work.

Magnesium: Many functions and most people are deficient even without being on hormonal birth control. Magnesium aids in enzyme activation; helps metabolize blood sugar; supports healthy nerve and muscle function; assists in forming bones and teeth; and plays a role in nucleic acid, protein, carbohydrate, and fat synthesis.

Tyrosine: A building block of thyroid hormone. Shortage of tyrosine can then lead to low thyroid symptoms.

Selenium: Many functions, among them converting thyroid hormones from storage form (T4) to available form (T3) and for breast health. Selenium supports a healthy immune system response, prostaglandin production (hormone precursors), and healthy reproductive, pancreatic, and thyroid functions.

CoQ10: A key nutrient for energy production in the mitochondria.

It is evident that the nutrients depleted by hormone based birth control pills play a major role in overall health. When we look at three main health concerns of women today (depression, low energy, and thyroid issues) there is a very strong association between these symptoms and the nutrient being depleted by birth control pills.

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.

March 2017 Newsletter: Loosen Up Your Yoga Pants and Let Your Lymph Flow and Open House Next Week

As I’ve mentioned in previous newsletters the part of my job that I like best is the continuing education. The opportunity to learn from the best healers in the country (likely the world) and to bring that back to the office to help my clients is awesome. I am truly thankful and feel very fortunate.

As I write this newsletter I’ve just returned from Concordia 2017, Physica Energetics conference and pre-conference. This year’s title is, “Beyond Flat World Medicine.” The pre-conference featured Dr. Davis Brockenshire and Dr. Robert Cass covering muscle testing techniques and a review of the product formulations. The conference features nine additional leading natural healers and practitioners, discussing topics such as what are the obstacles to healing and the nutritional deficiencies caused by hormone birth control methods.

One of the key components to nutritional healing is known as “drainage.” Without proper drainage organs and systems can become congested by toxins which can cause damage and create an obstacle to the healing process. Proper drainage of the Lymphatic System is critical for health. Read below for how yoga pants and tight fitting clothes may have an adverse affect on your body.

Also during February and March I am participating in a web-based training with Dr. Michael Gaeta, the Autoimmune Mastery Program. It is a six week program covering natural solutions for autoimmune diseases with additional sessions on Lyme disease and fibromyalgia. Dr. Gaeta works mainly with Standard Process and MediHerb products.

I look at these two trainings as the best of both worlds. Physica Energetics and Standard Process are the two top nutritional supplement lines I work with. I love the opportunity to learn more about them both and to bring this knowledge to my clients! Physica and Standard Process products work synergistically together as well. Both product lines were influenced by Dr. Royal Lee and his main formulator John Courtney.

Want to hear more? I’d love to share a few gems of learning from these two trainings with you at my Open House next week – March 9 at 7:00 PM. See below for details.

Loosen Your Yoga Pants
Sure, those yoga pants look great on you, but wearing them all day may not be optimal for your body. Your Lymphatic System is in charge of taking out cellular waste (think of it as your garbage removal system). Unlike the circulatory system or the digestive system, it does not have a pump. That is why movement is important to overall health as it creates pressure changes allowing the lymph to flow properly.

So what’s wrong with yoga pants (or other tight fitting clothes)? The same compression that keeps them tight to your body inhibits the flow of the lymph resulting in a congested lymphatic system. This condition is compounded by exercise. When you exercise you increase cellular waste. This waste wants to flow out. The yoga pants are blocking it. This creates toxic cells, an inflammatory response and can lead to a disease state. Also, inflammation brings water and water brings weight. Are you getting the picture?

Open House – March 9 at 7 PM
I’d love to share with you a few of the learning gems from these two trainings. Please come next Thursday at 7 PM to my Open House at the office at 10040 North Port Washington Road in Mequon. We’ll share some healthy food (soup, salad, and a desert) and some healthy knowledge. To make the session livelier I’ll be demonstrating some simple muscle testing techniques to see if you need some minerals (especially magnesium), if your brain is in balance, if your heart is in balance, and if your lymphatic system is draining. And we’ll be taste testing a new green powder called VitaLife Force from Physica Energetics – one tablespoon per day is all you need!

Here’s the questions I’ll be answering:
1. Why are you on my case about my yoga pants? What’s the big deal about lymph drainage?
2. Are there natural solutions to auto-immune disease?
3. Is my brain balanced? Do I need magnesium?
4. What nutritional deficiencies are caused by hormone birth control methods?

Not sure you want to join me? I’m offering an added incentive. You will receive 10% off your next supplement purchase and if you bring a friend who becomes a new client you’ll receive 15% off your next supplement purchase and your friend will get $50 off their initial consult!

The Power of Natural Solutions

Here’s one of the best healing stories from the past year.

My client wrote this along with the testimonial below, “Hope this is okay! It was a joy to recall how much my life has changed in this last year. Thank you so much!”

“Before I started working with Bernie, I was almost hopeless about ever finding the help I needed. At only 23, I had been experiencing joint pain, inflammation, brain fog, headaches, fatigue, irritability, constant muscle cramps, stiffness…the list goes on, for years already. I had been tested for MS, lupus, Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. and was getting nowhere. The last “solution” I received from a doctor was to go on an anti-depressant. I felt like I’d hit rock-bottom. Within 3 weeks of seeing Bernie, following his nutrition and supplement plan, my life had changed. It is not an overstatement to say it was as if I was a new person who finally had my life back. Bernie was thorough in explaining to me what the issues were and helped me remain positive and hopeful in my journey of healing. I am so grateful!”