This week we are talking about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Andropause as they relate to the gut.
We will discuss the underlying mechanisms of PCOS including androgen dominance, obesity, and insulin resistance. Also, we will discuss Andropause as it relates to males having lower testosterone and elevated estrogen levels, and why taking testosterone is not always the best fit for male patients.
Then we will tie in the gastrointestinal tracts relationship to one of the key mechanisms for both of these disorders, obesity. Tune in if you or a loved one suffers with PCOS or Andropause, and feel free to direct your questions to us so that we can answer them live!
This week we have a fantastic hangout on Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes and Pre-diabetes, as they relate to the gastrointestinal tract. If you, a loved one, or a friend have one of these conditions, this hangout is a must to watch (we know, we are biased). In this broadcast we are going to cover the nuances of these conditions and a plethora of literature which supports the gastrointestinal tract as a key player in these conditions.
For some time it has been known that inflammation is associated with these conditions, yet the newest literature is showing that this inflammation is in part coming from the gastrointestinal tract. Even more interestingly, it has now been shown that this inflammation from the gastrointestinal tract, which is actually from pieces of bacteria that are floating around in our blood stream, lead to insulin resistance and eventually diabetes. More importantly, the literature is also demonstrating that this bacterial and inflammation problem in the gut can be corrected.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is surprisingly common. The prevalence of occurrence is approximately 10 percent of the “adult” population. The diagnosis is often vague, but essentially RLS is:
Characterized by an irresistible urge to move the legs, particularly at night when lying or sitting down.
May be accompanied by symptoms of “skin crawling,” tingling, or a sense of pressure in their calf muscles.
Symptom relief when moving around
Waking up in the middle of the night with these symptoms again.
If symptoms occur more than twice a week, and result in severe disruption of sleep patterns and marked daytime symptoms, the case is severe and requires immediate investigation and intervention.
The causes of RLS are varied. Often, the “cause” is a combination of two or more of the following components:
Genetic, especially if appearing before the age of 30.
Secondary variations that are reversible (pregnancy, kidney failure, and anemia’s).
Associated conditions that exacerbate RLS and must be treated to resolve the condition (spinal cord compression, peripheral neuropathy, iron and B-12 anemia’s, kidney failure, iron deficiencies).
There are many lifestyle factors that make RLS worse. Central nervous system stimulants and depressants must be evaluated in a thorough history, and be reduced or eliminated for maximum recovery.
The mechanism of RLS is primarily dysfunction of a part of the brain called the basal ganglia. It controls neurological output from the brain and allows our central nervous system to be calm relative to body movements. When the basal ganglion is not functioning properly, excessive movement while at rest occurs in the body. A very well known and severe manifestation of poor basal ganglia function is Parkinson’s disease. RLS is a less severe manifestation of the same brain dysfunction.
The medical approach is to treat with dopamine medications, to calm down the basal ganglia and benzodiazepines to keep the patient asleep. The approach is typically successful, but the side effects of long term use of these medications can often create psychiatric side effects, and can damage internal organs.
There are other approaches. Functional medicine treats the body as a whole and evaluates all components–musculoskeletal, neurological (i.e. basal ganglia), and metabolic (i.e. anemia’s, iron deficiencies, diabetes, etc)–that contribute to destabilizing the basal ganglia itself, and thus allowing the excess movements to occur. Neurologically, other parts of the brain (cerebellum and frontal lobes) “fire” on the basal ganglia and cause it to work properly. If they are not functioning correctly, they need to be, and can be, “strengthened” through specific brain exercises. As they strengthen and function better, the basal ganglia calms down and can recover; so does the RLS.
The brain needs proper nutrients to function well. Those patients are evaluated metabolically for indicated nutritional and dietary changes, or herbal/botanical support that will allow the frontal and cerebella lobes to function better, and do their job in correcting the basal ganglia and subsequently the RLS. The advantage of the functional model: no medications, no long term side effects, and an individualized operating manual for that patient to follow, to control the condition permanently.
In this episode Dr. Martin Rutherford and Dr. Randall Gates discuss gluten intolerance, some of the odd items gluten is found in, as well as some of the symptoms people may suffer from if they are gluten intolerant. They will also be discussing gluten intolerance vs celiac disease and some of the new research that has come out that may help us to understand why gluten has become such a big problem lately.
Vertigo, or dizziness, affects millions of people around the world each year. In a majority of the cases, vertigo is nothing than a temporary inconvenience. In some cases, vertigo is a debilitating condition. Day-to-day activities is kept to a minimum due to the severe dizziness.
In many cases, the area of dysfunction in the nervous system is the cerebellum. The cerebellum is in the posterior aspect (back part) of the brain and controls our coordinated movements.
There are specific neurological tests that we utilize to determine cerebellar function. Standing with your feet together and eyes closed, the test is positive if the patient sways back and forth. Other tests include, touching the index finger to the nose with the eyes closed, walking heel to toe, moving the fingers rapidly as if playing the piano, or touching all of your fingers to your thumb as fast as possible. These tests and others are used to determine the function of the cerebellum.
Treatment of the cerebellar dysfunction may include:
Unilateral (one-sided) Adjustments: Extremities (arms and legs), lumbar (low back) and cervical (neck) spine will be manipulated on one side only to fire muscle spindle cells (muscle receptors) and joint mechanoreceptors (joint receptors) into the same cerebellum and opposite cerebra cortex (brain). The thoracic (mid-back) spine will be globally manipulated to fire the dorsal columns (back part of the spinal cord) and reduce rib fixations.
Caloric: A warm water caloric of 180 milliliters may be administered in the ear to stimulate the ipsilateral (same side) cerebellum.
Eye Exercises: Eye exercises may be used to increase the frequency of firing to the cerebellum and frontal lobe of the brain.
Heat Therapy: Heat therapy is used to promote an increased metabolic and healing rate to the involved tissue. Increased heat helps increase activation to the brain. Heat has immediate soothing and palliative effects as decreased joint stiffness, decreased muscle spasms and releases histamine and bradykinin causing vasodilation of the tissues.
One or all of the procedures may be employed to restore the cerebellum to its normal function.
Dr. Randall Gates discusses natural weight loss tips and why some people have a harder time than others losing weight.
Have you tried everything to lose weight with little to no results? Are you tired of hearing how it is just calories in calories out that you need to work on? Perhaps it is time to find out what is truly preventing you from losing weight.
As stated in the video above there are many reasons that people can not lose weight no matter what they try or what “diet” they go on. The problem with most diets is that they are short term and in many cases un-healthy for you if you were to do them over a long period of time.
The Power Health Functional Weight Loss program looks at you from an entirely different perspective. We look at your individual body and condition and do our research to find out what could be preventing you from losing weight. Once we are able to find those issues and work on them you will be amazed at how quickly you are able to lose weight.