Category Archives: Digestion

Newsletter May 2019: The Devil is in the Details

The inspiration for this month’s newsletter comes from two client experiences this past month which illustrate the importance of details when we face health challenges.

The first example is a client with a sensitivity to corn. I have had several clients with corn sensitivities in the past and with each one I learn more about the subtleties of this condition. It is very difficult to completely prevent corn from entering your body because it is hidden in different forms and derivatives in many foods, drinks, and consumer products. Note the terminology “entering your body” as opposed to “removing corn from your diet” because of its inclusion in consumer products such as toothpaste or deodorant.  In most cases it can be identified on product labels, but in other instances (such as alcoholic beverages) it is not required to be on the label due to various labeling laws.

The second example is a client with sensitivity to EMFs. I have devoted several recent articles and newsletters to the dangers of EMFs and the latest technology of 5G. This client’s experience indicates the impact EMF exposure can have when one is already health challenged.

I hope you find these two articles interesting and informative.

Corn: The Less Well Known Just as Serious Food Sensitivity

When you hear that someone has a food allergy or sensitivity what comes first to your mind? If you are like most people it is gluten, wheat, or perhaps dairy. Yet to many people, corn is equally problematic for two reasons – first, it is less known so not considered, and second, it generally acts more subtly.

I have several clients with corn sensitivities, and it is always a similar story – strange symptoms which no one can figure out, which go away when corn is completely removed from the diet. However, completely removing corn is a major challenge. My client correctly states that “corn is in everything.” Not only food and drinks, but consumer items such as toothpaste and deodorant.

I have a list that I provide for my clients of products that contain corn. Including: corn starch, corn syrup, corn meal, glucose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, maltose, dextrins, cyclodextrins, maltodextrin, emulsifiers, lecithin, citric acid, lactic acid, sorbitol, mannitol, xantham gum, modified and unmodified starches, MSG, ethanol, and organic acids used in plastic.

Recently I have learned some more places where corn is hidden thanks to this recent correspondence from a client with a corn sensitivity:

“I just had a full circle/ ah HA moment and wanted to share with you… with the help of your guidance and knowledge (and internet) I came to realize Tito’s vodka, is 100% made of corn. I had 2 drinks this past weekend with Tito’s vodka, and have had some face issues. Nothing major just wasn’t as good as it was.”

To read the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1295.

Are EMFs Overloading Your System?

With the introduction of the new 5G technology, the safety of EMFs particularly as related to wireless and cell phone technology, is once again making headline news across the natural health media and even the main stream media. The wireless industry is encountering stiff resistance from local groups requesting that their local governments do not allow 5G installation until there are studies supporting safety. We are seeing many smaller towns and cities across the US, Europe, and throughout the world where these protests are taking place. Some municipalities are removing the WIFI from their schools. Earlier this month, the city of Brussels became the first major city to put a halt to the deployment of 5G.

For more information on this click here: http://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/12907/brussels-standards-must-be-adapted-to-enable-5g-deployment or here: https://www.worldhealth.net/news/brussels-first-major-city-halt-5g-due-health-effects/.

I would like to share a real-life client experience that occurred this past month. A client came in for a follow up appointment a couple of weeks ago. She reported that since her last appointment she noticed that she was not feeling well and had trouble sleeping. Like other clients, she concluded that it must be the new supplement causing the problem.

Under these circumstances during the muscle testing process I make sure to check if something new is present. And sure enough it was! For the first time ever with this client her body was suggesting EMF interference. Since it had never come up before I was a little surprised. So, I hesitatingly asked, “Has your exposure to EMFs increased recently?”

Her response, “Funny you should mention that. We recently put a new smart TV in the bedroom.” I asked, “When was that?”. The reply, “Right after my last appointment.” “Well, that is likely your problem,” I responded.

To read the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1300.

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Min-Chex – $15

If you are interested in purchasing them please let me know – first come first served.

Corn: The Less Well Known Just as Serious Food Sensitivity

When you hear that someone has a food allergy or sensitivity what comes first to your mind? If you are like most people it is gluten, wheat, or perhaps dairy. Yet to many people, corn is equally problematic for two reasons – first, it is less known so not considered, and second, it generally acts more subtly.

This client testimonial pretty much sums it up:

“Nobody knows anything about this corn allergy, so I don’t really tell normal people who aren’t that educated in health and wellness/nutrition. My mom’s husband is a doctor (general practitioner) and he never had any clue as to what was wrong with me. Everyone just said it must be my anxiety which made me more anxious [but] I knew it was something else! 

I have to be so careful and can’t even eat anywhere but home since corn is in everything. I’m just so grateful that I understand what is happening with my body. That was super scary at times.

Thanks again 😊”

I have several clients with corn sensitivities, and it is always a similar story – strange symptoms which no one can figure out, which go away when corn is completely removed from the diet. However, completely removing corn is a major challenge. My client correctly states that “corn is in everything.” Not only food and drinks, but consumer items such as toothpaste and deodorant.

I have a list that I provide for my clients of products that contain corn. Including: corn starch, corn syrup, corn meal, glucose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, maltose, dextrins, cyclodextrins, maltodextrin, emulsifiers, lecithin, citric acid, lactic acid, sorbitol, mannitol, xantham gum, modified and unmodified starches, MSG, ethanol, and organic acids used in plastic.

Recently I have learned some more places where corn is hidden thanks to this recent correspondence from a client with a corn sensitivity:

“I just had a full circle/ ah HA moment and wanted to share with you… with the help of your guidance and knowledge (and internet) I came to realize Tito’s vodka, is 100% made of corn. I had 2 drinks this past weekend with Tito’s vodka, and have had some face issues. Nothing major just wasn’t as good as it was.

Maybe a stupid email with just me ranting but wanted to share the fun facts that Tito’s is 100%… awful corn based. Shaking my head.”

This same client also discovered the hard way that some beers also have corn derivatives in them. She had some Blue Moon and her face broke out!

These stories have inspired me to write this article and do additional research into beers and vodkas that contain corn. Not that I am encouraging any one to consume alcohol, but it is a reality, and it is important to know this information. Most of us assume that beer is a wheat product and vodka is made from wheat, rye, or potato.

Vodka will be advertised as “gluten free” which is your first clue it may have corn. Among the most popular brands made from corn include the previously mentioned Tito’s, along with Deep Eddy and Smirnoff. Gluten free vodka may also be made from potatoes.  For a complete list of gluten free vodkas click here: https://urbantastebud.com/gluten-free-vodka-list/.

Now let’s look at beer. You will find “gluten free” beer advertised as well for those with gluten sensitivities, but no mention of “corn free”.  If you watched the Super Bowl this year you noticed that Bud Light was attacking MillerCoors for using corn syrup. Although Bud Light does not use corn syrup they do use Dextrose which is a corn derivative! Nothing like advertising!!

Beer companies are not required to list all the ingredients on the label, so until a few years ago much of this was not publicly known. In response to a food activist creating an online petition and publicizing the ingredient controversy, Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors began to publish their ingredients online revealing that some beers contain corn syrup (GMO), high fructose corn syrup, sucrose (sugar), caramel color, artificial flavors, natural flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, and other additives.

Here are some of the corn derivatives found in specific brands:

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (Guinness – unable to provide an affidavit for non-GMO proof)
  • Corn syrup (Miller Light, Coors, Corona, Fosters, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Red Stripe)
  • Dextrose (Budweiser, Bud Light, Busch Light, Michelob Ultra)
  • Corn (Red Stripe, Miller Coors Brand, Anheuser-Busch Brands)

For the full article Why Ingredients in Beer Matter – And What Beer Companies Aren’t Telling You click here: https://foodbabe.com/why-ingredients-in-beer-matter-and-what-beer-companies-arent-telling-you/.

To learn more about corn and some of the other ingredients you may not appreciate being in your beer click here: https://foodbabe.com/the-shocking-ingredients-in-beer/.  One of these ingredients is a caramel coloring used in Newcastle (a UK brand) that has found to be carcinogenic.

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.

November 2018 Newsletter: What’s in Your Gut?

I’m excited to announce our November 15 Open House – Let’s Get Radical: Healthy Strategies for the New Year! Over the last few months I have been talking and writing about Ann Louise Gittleman’s new book, Radical Metabolism. Last week Susana and I began our own personal experiences and were very pleased with the results. Susana and I completed the 4-Day Radical Intensive Cleanse Program. This week we are beginning the next phase, the 21-Day Program.  Earlier this year I read Dr. Andre Camelli’s Cracking the Code: Unlock Your Genetic Potential. I believe that these two books can form the foundation for your personal ongoing healthy lifestyle program. At the November 15 Open House, we will discuss the important concepts in these books, raffle some books, and enjoy the tastes of the 4-Day Intensive Cleanse soup and juices. And, we will even hear from Ann Louise herself via Skype!

This month’s newsletter is packed with great information including: a look at a new tool we can use to solve your gut issues – the GI-MAP test; the second installment in the what to eat and why series – The Power of Protein; my colleague Vanessa Teff’s excellent article on breast cancer awareness versus breast cancer prevention; and a couple of client success stories. Enjoy!

Open House: Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:15

You’re invited to an Open House: LET’S GET RADICAL: HEALTHY STRATEGIES FOR THE NEW YEAR TWO BOOK REVIEWS, Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:15 – 8:30 PM.

Book One – Special Guest Author Ann Louise Gittleman will introduce her latest best seller Radical Metabolism. Ann Louise will join us via Skype for a brief introduction to her book. I will review all the key points and explain what makes this new approach truly radical.

“Want to see what the experts will be saying in twenty-five years? Simply see what (Ann Louise) is saying now.” Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Book Two – Are you ready to unleash your healing potential and transform your life now? Then you will want to hear about Dr. Andre Camelli’s Cracking the Code: Unlock Your Genetic Potential. Featuring his 21-Day Genetic Jump Start Program!

Come and taste the Radical Metabolism 4-Day Intensive Cleanse soup and juices.  Join the raffle for free books! Seating is limited. Please RSVP to bernie@brwellness.com or call 262-389-9907.

What’s in Your Gut?

Capital One used to run commercials asking, “What’s in your wallet?” Many of us question what is in our gut. Now you can a specific answer, as several clients are now doing with the GI-MAP test. The GI-MAP is offered by Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory. This stool test utilizes cutting edge, Quantitative PCR technology to provide a true DNA/PCR based stool test. This technology has high sensitivity, specificity and a rapid turnaround. The GI pathogens include bacteria, parasites and viruses. Continuing with this platform, the GI-MAP measures opportunistic organisms, normal flora, fungi, parasites and antibiotic resistance genes. It also includes immunologic markers for GI health and function including SIgA, Elastase, Calprotectin and Anti-gliadin testing.

To learn more about the GI-MAP and Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory click here: https://www.diagnosticsolutionslab.com/

This test can be life changing! Here’s what one of my clients had to say:

“For months I was having some serious GI problems that my Gastroenterologist could not diagnose.  Decided to seek out consultation with Bernie at the suggestion of a friend.  Bernie suggested [the GI-MAP] test and it was discovered that I had an intestinal parasite along with some other things that were causing GI issues and bloating.  Bernie suggested some supplements and diet changes and I am happy to say that after 4 short months my GI issues have completely cleared up, I’ve lost 12 pounds, and have gained an abundance of energy!  I feel better than ever and attribute it to Bernie’s thoughtful and careful suggestions and support.  I highly recommend his services!” B.P.

The Power of Protein

While trendy diets come and go, what does not change is how the human body functions and the nutrients required for optimal health. There are disagreements and various interpretations of how much of each nutrient one should consume. Search the internet and you can find a study to support most any opinion. Ultimately this has led to mass confusion. As one of my clients recently said to me, “It’s kind of interesting when you think about it – how we are the only animals that do not know what to eat!”

In the spirit of helping you to understand what to eat and why, here is the second installment of four articles. Last month I provided an overview of each macronutrient (protein, carbohydrate, and fat). This month we begin a deeper exploration, beginning with The Power of Protein.

Protein provides the structural basis for our body: building and repairing our muscles, ligaments, tendons, nails, hair, organs, glands, blood, hormones, neurotransmitters, cell receptor sites, antibodies, and enzymes.  As you read and learn about what protein does in your body, please consider this question – are you eating enough protein?

To learn more about the benefits of protein, where protein comes from, the healthiest forms of protein to eat, and how much protein you should consume click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1215.

Breast Cancer Awareness vs. Prevention

Thanks to Vanessa Teff for allowing me to post her October newsletter.  Vanessa can be reached at: Optimum Vitality, 6654 University Ave, Middleton, WI 53562. Phone number: (608) 828-6312.  Website: https://www.optimumfunction.com/

October is breast cancer awareness month. I’m sure you’ve heard that statement before. The car dealerships are showing support with pink lights. The football players are wearing pink shoes. The cashiers are asking for a small donation to be sent to charity. Pink everything is being sold. Does bringing awareness to an issue help? It certainly does spread the word. However, awareness is not the same as prevention.

The tricky part about breast cancer is that 70 – 80% of diagnoses are not genetic. If that doesn’t catch you by surprise, read that statement again. Those of us without the gene are nearly just as likely and possibly, more likely to be at risk. Statistics tell us that 1 out of 3 women will get cancer. What a sobering statistic.

To read the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1230.

Vanessa also discusses the relationship between EMFs and soft tissue cancers. To learn more about the dangers of EMFs click here: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/can-you-really-be-allergic-wifi-and-cell-phones.

Client Success Stories

“I reached out to Bernie after hearing positive outcomes for two colleagues who see him.  I trust their perspectives, had some idea of what his recommendations would involve, and was ready to take on my declining health and wellness!  I was feeling overweight, tired, and simply unwell.

At my first appointment, Bernie identified two food categories to avoid, and I immediately started planning my food menus to reflect his suggestions.  Within just a couple of days, I felt like a different person.  My sleep has been improved, and my energy doesn’t lag during the day as it has for so long.  My digestion is improving, and I haven’t felt hungry or deprived, which has often been the case when trying to make healthier changes in the past.

I look forward to continued improvements in my overall health and wellness and appreciate Bernie’s patience and availability for follow-up questions!” K.L.

“Thanks again for all your help in balancing my gut issues. The dark circles and bags under my eyes have been greatly reduced. My skin rashes have all cleared up.  My digestion is working perfectly!! My thinking is more clear.  I have been able to stop using the prescription Metrogel 1% for rosacea….It’s amazing how your gut affects every part of your body!!!  Your supplements are fantastic!!!” C.W.

 

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

December 2017 Newsletter: Happy Holidays, The Gut, The Cleanse, and a Flash Sale

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone had a very nice Thanksgiving and is now looking forward to the rest of the Holiday season – Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Recently I had a very interesting conversation with one of my clients. She and her husband just completed the 14 Day Cleanse and were both extremely pleased with the results in terms of weight loss and overall health. She asked me, “Do you ever watch Dr. Oz?” I said I did not and somewhat facetiously commented that most of what he talks about I have known for several years. Her reply caught my attention! That may be true for me, but to most clients the information is likely new, and I should talk about it. So, that’s what I’m doing!

Apparently, the latest from Dr. Oz is that your health is all about the condition of your gut. Specifically, what is happening with your personal environment or flora (the bacteria, yeasts, etc. that live in your digestive tract). I’m excited to announce that I now have access to a new stool test called GI-MAP that tells you exactly what is going on in your gut and what to do about it. See below for more details on the test and some articles about the gut.

My next Open House will be in February at my office. The date and time will be announced in the January newsletter. Below is a brief preview of the topic – Quantum Physics and You!! (Hint: How and why the EMF Phone Chips, EMF Key Chains, Food Freshness Card, and Sleep Chips work!)

As we approach the New Year, come January some of you will say, “time for a cleanse!” I will be hosting several one-hour group meetings to learn about cleansing. See below for dates and times and special pricing.

Also, I’m having a FLASH SALE of 20% off Vital Proteins whey protein and bone broth collagen products and a few select others. See below for details. Quantities are limited so product availability will be on a first come first serve basis.

It’s All About the Gut

There is no shortage of health news articles about the importance of the gut and your personal flora. I have touched on that subject several times in the past. I have discussed identification via stool and saliva testing, blood testing, and muscle testing.

Here’s the latest – the GI-MAP™ a DNA Stool Analysis from Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory. The test assesses everyone’s microbiome, identifies healthy and unhealthy microorganisms, and provides a personalized nutritional protocol. The test costs $359 prepaid and may be covered by insurance. You can pick up a test kit from me, you pay the lab directly, and you consult with me regarding the results. For more information on the test click here: http://diagnosticsolutionslab.com/

Here are some of my recent postings on this topic:

What Not to Bring Home from Your Summer Vacation: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=757

Getting Rid of Unwanted Guests: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=767

It’s All About the Gut and the Gut Balance Program: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=53

Preview of Next Open House

Quantum Physics and You – sounds like a very strange title, so what is it all about? At the next Open House, I will be featuring and talking about the wonderful products from Nature’s Frequencies. Many of you are already using them – the EMF Phone Chips, the EMF Key Chain, the Sleep Chip, and the Food Freshness Card – to name a few.

At my last Open House, I joked that I was about to risk my career with a demonstration of the Food Freshness Card. Here is what happened. I have samples of a certain bone broth protein that I was muscle testing on many clients because I was strongly considering selling it. However, it failed every test! I asked a colleague of mine who sells it if she tested it on people and she said yes, but everything that comes into the office is put on the Food Freshness Card. So, I decided to try that first in the privacy of one client, which proved successful, so I took the big chance at the Open House and sure enough it worked again. Once the product was on the Food Freshness Card for a few minutes it passed the muscle test!

There is a lot more information on the Nature’s Frequencies website. You can see independent studies of how food stayed fresh longer using the card and read multiple testimonials. Here’s the website: http://www.naturesfrequencies.com/

To read more about the dangers of EMFs click here:

The book, Zapped by Ann Louise Gittleman – http://annlouise.com/books/zapped/

EMF resources – http://annlouise.com/books/zapped/zapped-resources/

At the next Open House, I will repeat the demonstration and go into more detail as to why these products work and have product specials!! I hope to see you there!

Cleanse Group Meetings

Had a rough Holiday Season or just feel like losing some weight or feeling a bit healthier? Well, there is no better way than to start the New Year off then with a 14-day Cleanse. I have decided to offer three one-hour group meetings for you to come learn about the cleanse and hopefully purchase your own kit. At this meeting I will be specifically discussing the 14-day Cleanse, but the basic principles apply to all the cleanses I offer. As an added incentive you will receive a sample of five protein bars from Designs for Health with each cleanse purchased. These can be used as a healthy snack during the cleanse.

Here are the dates and times of the meetings that will all be held at my office. Please register early as seating is limited at each session.

Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Monday, January 8, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Flash Sale

I’m having a FLASH SALE of 20% off Vital Proteins products and a few select others. See below for details. Quantities are limited so product availability will be on a first come first serve basis.

Vital Proteins products:

Collagen Whey – Cocoa & Coconut Water

Collagen Whey – Vanilla & Coconut Water

Organic Chicken Bone Broth Collagen

Grass Fed Beef Bone Broth Collagen

Marine Collagen

Other products:

20% off Zgluten – in case you’re planning a gluten overload during the Holiday Season!!

Food Freshness Card – $50

EMF Cell Phone Chips – $10

EMF Key Chain – $35

Thermal Imaging Scans Available December 28

On December 28 from 8:30 AM until 12:00 PM, Jenny Steger from The Longevity Center will again 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.

September 2017 Newsletter: Getting Rid of Unwanted Guests, Detoxification, and September Open House

As we begin the transition from Summer to Fall so follows this month’s newsletter. First is the follow up to last month’s article, What Not to Bring Home from Your Summer Vacation entitled Getting Rid of Unwanted Guests. This article takes a closer look at what may be causing your digestive upset and what to do about it.

The change of seasons is also a great time to change our own internal seasons with a detoxification or purification program featured in the second article.

Detoxification will be further explored at my Open House on September 14 at 7 PM – To Detox or Not, That is the Question.

Due to the overwhelming enthusiasm for the last three events, we have decided to hold this Open House “off campus.” We will be meeting at the American Legion Post 457, 6050 W. Mequon Road, Mequon (across from Piggly Wiggly). As always, we will feature wonderful and healthy food, including soup, salads, and gluten-free desserts. There are separate emails with more information and special offers including discounts on detoxification programs, bone broth protein powders, and RXBARs.

Getting Rid of Unwanted Guests

Last month, 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.

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.

For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=767

To Detox or Not, That is the Question

The other day I came across an alarming study. It showed that 287 toxins were found in the blood of newborn babies. One of them was a breakdown product of DDT, the pesticide that has been banned for over 40 years! Toxins enter our environment from a variety of sources and unfortunately, they can remain there for decades. These toxins enter our body via the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and through our skin.

The basic problem we all face is that the world we were designed to live in has changed dramatically. Unfortunately, our bodies have not adapted fast enough to flush out the numerous man-made chemicals, toxins, and pollutants that are present in our daily lives.

Curious about your personal level of toxicity? Click here: https://brwellness.com/docs/toxicity_questionnaire.pdf

Getting rid of these toxins will help you live a longer, healthier life. This detoxification can boost your immune system, clear your mind, balance your hormones, reduce your body fat, and much more.

All detoxification programs are not created equal. You want to be sure to select one that supports the body’s natural two phase detoxification process. This is accomplished providing the nutrients needed to support and balance Phase I and Phase II metabolic pathways.

Come to our Open House on September 14 and learn all about it!

I will be featuring the VegeCleanse-Plus 14 Day Detoxification Program, the Standard Process 21 Day Purification Program, a Gut Detoxification program, and a gallbladder cleanse.

Success Stories

I thought I’d share a couple of recent success stories with you.

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Hi Bernie,

After a full blossoming flush eruption in my mouth all day yesterday, I woke up to smooth cheeks! I think we’re making progress and thought you’d care to know 😉

Thanks for your help and I look forward to my next meeting with you.

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Thanks very much for sending this, Bernie. I look forward to reading it and sharing with others!

Our family really appreciates all of your help. [Name] has been doing great and your reassuring, thoughtful approach has helped me as well.

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.

How Words Can Be Deceiving – What Monsanto Says about Glyphosate but What it Really Means

As I’ve been saying over the past few months – I love to learn! I just returned from the Physica Energetics annual conference called Concordia. Not only did I get to be in beautiful Santa Barbara (I’d never been there before), hang out with some interesting practitioners, learn new stuff to apply in my practice, and gain knowledge to share.

This is under “knowledge to share.” Thanks to Dr. Robert Cass for educating me! Below is information quoted from his presentation.

“According to Monsanto, producer of Roundup, the most popular herbicide used on the planet, the product is nearly nontoxic for humans. The usage of Roundup to kill weeds has skyrocketed around the world since the year 2000, in part it went off patent that year, but also because of the enormous increase (especially in the U.S.) in the appearance of “Roundup-Ready” GMO crops.”

Before I continue – doesn’t the phrase “nearly nontoxic” concern you? That still means it is toxic!!

Continuing, “Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, kills weeds by interfering with what is called the shikimate pathway. This pathway is essential in plants for the synthesis of a class of amino acids called the “aromatics.” But this pathway is nonexistent in any mammalian cell. By simple logic, the fact that our cells don’t have this pathway means that glyphosate cannot harm us.”

So far – so good? We don’t have this pathway, so it can’t harm us. Apparently a true statement. But here’s the rub…

Back to Dr. Cass, “While mammals don’t possess the shikimate pathway all of the microbes that take up residence in our digestive tract do have that pathway. If they are exposed to glyphosate gut bacteria is disrupted causing inflammation in the gut along with an overgrowth of pathogenic forms and concurrent loss of beneficial bacteria…There’s also an intricate connection between the gut and the brain, such that an unhealthy digestive system translates into pathologies in the brain.”

Here’s why the aromatic amino acids are so important. In this category are: tryptophan (the precursor to serotonin), tyrosine (the precursor to dopamine), and phenylalanine. These are essential nutrients – neurotransmitters.

Serotonin deficiency plays a role in autism, obesity, Alzheimer’s, depression, suicide, and homicidal behavior. Serotonin is a precursor for melatonin which regulates the wake-sleep cycle. Tyrosine deficiency is associated with Parkinson’s disease. Glyphosate activates an enzyme called phenylalanine lyase (PAL) which breaks down phenylalanine and releases ammonia as a by-product. Excess ammonia in the blood is associated with seizures.

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.

November 2014 Newsletter – Probiotics: Trick or Treat?

An early Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and the beginning of the Holiday Season. This is an especially important time to be mindful of what you are eating and drinking as with all the festivities it can easily get away from us!

Digestion is one of my favorite topics and that is the focus of this month’s newsletter. Many of my clients suffer from a variety of digestive issues – in fact it is the largest segment of my practice – from gas, bloating, and occasional heart burn; to constipation, diarrhea, and acid reflux; and then on to IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, Celiac, and diverticulitis.

In my late teens, through college, and into my mid-thirties I too suffered with digestive issues. I was diagnosed with IBS and the “solution” was to eat more fiber. That didn’t really work. As I began to learn more about healthy eating it turned out to be a relatively simple fix – stop eating bagels and cereals for breakfast – and soon my digestion was vastly improved and my seasonal asthma was gone!

One of the solutions for digestive ailments that we often hear is to take probiotics. And, there is an underlying assumption that the more we take, the better. But is this the whole story? Read below and see!

This past weekend I attended a special event for Standard Process’s top accounts from across the country. It was an honor to be there and to meet other like minded practitioners. Needless to say I came away with more ideas to share. One of the more interesting presentations was on a new product called NutriSync. It matches your genes with the nutrients you should be eating to maximize your genetic expression. I’m going to do it this month to get firsthand experience and plan to offer it in January – sounds like a great New Year’s Resolution.

Next month brings us to the heart of the Holiday Season and its parties, foods, and drinks. For many people this means additional stress! This challenges our nervous system. Next month’s feature article will look at the three key minerals to keeping your nervous system balanced.

Without further ado, here’s the heart of the newsletter!


Probiotics: Do You Need Them or Not?

To say we are only as good as our digestion may be an understatement. You can eat the healthiest of foods, but if you are not digesting them, you are not getting the nutrients that your body requires for long term health.

It is likely you are familiar with the three classes of foods that need to be digested – protein, carbohydrates, and fats. However, it is less likely you are familiar with the “triad of digestion” or the three essential substances produced in your body necessary for strong digestion – hydrochloric acid, lactic acid, and bile. Hydrochloric acid and lactic acid are as their names indicate – acids, while bile is an alkaline substance.

To continue reading this article click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=35

I’d also highly encourage you to read my past articles on digestion:

It’s All About The Gut and the Gut Balance Program click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=53

The Mouth – Why Chewing is Important click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=132

The Importance of Enzymes click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=129

The Stomach click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=127

The Importance of Hydrochloric Acid click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=124

The Small Intestines click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=123

The Liver, Gall Bladder, and Pancreas – Behind the Scenes Helpers of Digestion click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=121

The Large Intestines and the Importance of Probiotics click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=120

Digestion What to Do? A Self Help Guide click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=118

Nutrition Made Simple – A New Blog Series

I’m pleased to announce a new weekly Blog series I’m calling “Nutrition Made Simple.” My tendency is to write longer articles with detailed explanations. It has come to my attention that some clients also like “short and sweet.” So, I will start offer these short blogs that get right to the point – Nutrition Made Simple. My goal is one blog per week on Thursdays. Topics will include:

1. Why sugar is bad for you

2. Why artificial sweeteners are bad for you

3. Why trans-fats are bad for you

4. Why saturated fat is good for you

5. Why you need cholesterol

6. Why protein is important

7. Why you need the right kind of stomach acid

8. Why you want to hang on to your gall bladder

9. How prolonged stress impacts the body

10. What specific vitamins do and where to get them

Probiotics: Do We Need Them or Not?

Digestion is one of my favorite topics. Many of my clients suffer from a variety of digestive issues: from gas, bloating, and occasional heart burn; to constipation, diarrhea, and acid reflux; and then on to IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, Celiac, and diverticulitis. In my late teens, through college, and into my mid-thirties I too suffered with digestive issues. I was diagnosed with IBS and the “solution” was to eat more fiber. That didn’t really work. As I began to learn more about healthy eating it turned out to be a relatively simple fix – stop eating bagels and cereals for breakfast – and soon my digestion was vastly improved and my seasonal asthma was gone!

To say we are only as good as our digestion may be an understatement. You can eat the healthiest of foods, but if you are not digesting them, you are not getting the nutrients that your body requires for long term health.

It is likely you are familiar with the three classes of foods that need to be digested – protein, carbohydrates, and fats. However, it is less likely you are familiar with the “triad of digestion” or the three essential substances produced in your body necessary for strong digestion – hydrochloric acid, lactic acid, and bile. Hydrochloric acid and lactic acid are as their names indicate – acids, while bile is an alkaline substance.

Hydrochloric acid is produced in the stomach and primarily responsible for protein digestion. Bile is produced in the liver, concentrated and stored in the gall bladder, and released into the duodenum (small intestine) to enable fat digestion. Lactic acid is made in the colon (large intestine) and finishes up carbohydrate digestion.

The digestion process starts in the stomach as hydrochloric acid sterilizes and breaks food down into liquid. It kills potential pathogens such as bacteria and parasites; prepares calcium, zinc, and Vitamin B12 to be properly utilized; and begins the digestion of proteins. Digestive issues will start when the body does not make or does not have adequate levels of hydrochloric acid. For more information you can reference my articles The Importance of Hydrochloric Acid by clicking here https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=124 and The Stomach by clicking here https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=127. The supplements Betaine Hydrochloride and Zypan from Standard Process can increase acidity in the stomach when the body does not make sufficient hydrochloric acid.

While the environment in the stomach needs to be acidic, for the small intestines to do their job, the environment must be slightly alkaline. The gall bladder sends bile into the small intestines where it will help to alkalize the environment by neutralizing the hydrochloric acid coming in from the stomach and it will emulsify fats and oils so they can be properly digested. If the body is not providing sufficient bile there are obvious consequences. For more information you can reference my articles The Liver, Gall Bladder, and Pancreas – Behind the Scenes Helpers of Digestion by clicking here https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=121 and The Small Intestines by clicking here https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=123. There are a variety of supplements from Standard Process that support liver and gall bladder functionality including A-F Betafood, Betafood, and Cholacol.

The last stop on the digestion train is the colon. The natural state of the colon is acidic and lactic acid is the key. The “good” in “good bacteria” is their ability to convert carbohydrates into lactic acid. Lactic acid protects the body from pathogenic bacteria, yeast, and fungus and lines the colon, vaginal tract, and skin to protect against overgrowth. When our gut bacteria are mostly of the “bad” bacteria, this does not occur, resulting in gas and bloating, vaginal yeast infections, and skin problems. For more information you can reference my articles The Large Intestine and the Importance of Probiotics by clicking here https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=120 and It’s All About the Gut by clicking here https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=53.

This is where the discussion of probiotics comes into play. As I state in the latter article, “Our microbiome is a large, diverse and dynamic population of micro-organisms. During birth and the first two years of life we acquire our “native bacteria.” This comes primarily from our mother from our birth and (hopefully) subsequent breast feeding. Thus, mom’s health and her microbiome are of extreme importance to baby and instrumental in shaping the future health of the child. After this “transient bacteria” is constantly ingested into our body from food, water, air, and if we choose probiotics.”

This means that any Probiotic you are taking is essentially “transient.” This means for it to be effective you need to keep taking it. It is not populating your gut. If you stop, it is likely that the “bad” bacteria, yeast, and fungus will then take over the environment. Perhaps there is another way to address the issue.

There are three main yeasts that we come across in our diet. Baker’s yeast converts carbohydrates into carbon dioxide (gas); Brewer’s yeast converts carbohydrates into alcohol (fermentation); and Mycelium yeast converts carbohydrates into lactic acid. Mycelium yeast is found in a supplement from Standard Process called Lactic Acid Yeast. By increasing our consumption of this type of yeast we can increase the lactic acid in our colon which helps prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria, reduces the risk of colon cancer, and crowds out other yeast and fungus while protecting the lining of our colon.

Therefore, we can conclude, that taking a supplement such as Lactic Acid Yeast may actually be more beneficial as it will reduce the “bad” bacteria, yeast, and fungus while creating the natural environment for your own “good” native bacteria to rule the environment.

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.