Magic Socks

A drug free method of stopping a cold or flu is called  “MAGIC socks.” This treatment, has been commonly prescribed by physicians for hundreds of years.  Magic socks, involves putting on ice-cold socks and … sleeping in them! I know, I know!! Try it. This treatment increases the systemic circulation and decreases congestion in the head, neck and throat and chest. It also has a sedating action, and many patients report that they sleep much better during the treatment. It can be used as a treatment for babies who do not sleep well at night, those that cannot sleep due to stress or minor anxiety without any stuffy head symptoms. This treatment is also effective for pain relief and increases the healing response during acute infections. All in all nature’s panacea, and the best part is...  the healing power of nature is free. This treatment works by enhancing the body’s immune system.  The body reacts to the cold socks by increasing circulation,...
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The Sunshine Vitamin Free and Easy

Dr. Kendra Becker Summer is here with all its benefits and exquisite pleasures. Coats, cozy fires, and long cold nights are distant memories. It’s time to enjoy all that summer has to offer including long walks in your neighborhood or local park, as well as locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Take advantage of the free, easily available, and most important sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D. So open the windows and let the sun shine in!. Even though Connecticut summers are full of sunshine, scientists still continue to report an overwhelming Vitamin D deficiency among the nation’s population. Vitamin D is beneficial for many vital body processes and a deficiency of Vitamin D can certainly leave the body out of balance. Vitamin D is a fat soluble pro-hormone that is most well known for regulation of calcium absorption…. But wait there’s more! It is also very important to metabolism at the cellular level, and it is an important aspect of insulin production, immunity, and...
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A word about methylation

  Methylation is  critical to countless functions in your body such as: thinking, repairing DNA, turning on and off genes, fighting infections and getting rid of environmental toxins to name a few. Methylation Defects are tied to Many Conditions Insomnia Autism Frequent miscarriages Bipolar or manic depression Allergies or Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Atherosclerosis Autoimmune Disorders Hashimoto’s or Hypothyroidism ADD or ADHD Lyme Disease (tick borne illness compounded by MTHFR) Chronic Viral Infections To name a few.. Your ability to methylate helps you process toxins and hormones. For example, estrogen… you make it in your body, and you also get it from chemicals in your environment and food etc…if you can’t break down estrogen and get it OUT of your body, you could develop all sorts of disorders. Methylation also plays a role in making and breaking down various neurotransmitters, epinephrine and melatonin.  If there’s a problem breaking neurotransmitters down, the excess may cause insomnia, panic attacks, and anger. Such as sufferers of Mold/ Pollen/ Hay Fever, Digestive problems, brain fog, cardiac disease, Children with autism, anyone with...
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Gluten-free its easy!!.Why must we eliminate gluten?

  THE GUT The gut does more than absorb food It is the first line of defense in the immune system. Mis-education can cause autoimmune diseases Gluten filled grains should be avoided like Wheat, rye, barley and their cross contaminating cousins corn, and sorghum may all play a role in triggering these dynamic gut changes. There also may be Cross-reactivity and stimulation of allergens by other foods like dairy, soy, corn, and pork. Immune activation causes changes in gut permeability and blood brain permeability. This allows for the passage of toxins into areas that are not equipped to eliminate them and may play a significant role in depression. THE IMMUNE SYSTEM Once gluten has reached the gut mucosa, it can stimulate production of antibodies. TTG (Tissue trans-glutaminase) is an enzyme that plays an important role in the immune system of the gut. And a Marker for Celiac Disease. TTG is active in the central nervous system, and high levels can cause a host of symptoms  including depression, seizures, headaches, multiple sclerosis/demyelination, anxiety, ADHD,...
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Why Methylation matters

What is methylation? In scientific terms it’s addition of a Methyl group to a protein (a methyl group is single carbon and three hydrogen atoms). In over simplified terms it’s the first domino in a series of dominos of the detox pathways.  It is a facet in how the body eliminates toxins, repairs cells, manufactures cells and utilizes energy. Methyl groups control: Genetic expression and the repair of DNA The stress response The production and utilization of glutathione The detoxification of toxins like hormones, chemicals and heavy metals The inflammation response Neurotransmitter manufacturing and breakdown Energy production The repair of damaged cells The immune system and immunity   When the methylation cycle is impaired, any or all of these processes can become compromised, and a cascade of event can occur causing dis-ease and illness. Methylation and glutathione Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant, in charge of all cellular repairs. The main focus of methylation is to produce glutathione. Glutathione directly neutralizes toxins, and reduces cellular...
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Why do I care about this MTHFR?

The MTHFR gene is responsible for making a functional MTHFR enzyme. This enzyme is a key regulatory enzyme in the metabolism of folate, and the gene itself has a very important and complex role. If the MTHFR gene is mutated, the MTHFR enzyme will not function properly. A MTHFR mutation inhibits the body's ability to methylate, or convert pharmaceutical folic acid into Methylfolate. Methylfolate is the active and usable form of folate, and if the body is not getting enough of this folate at the cellular level, it leads to deficiencies and a multitude of health issues. Folic Acid is actually a synthetic form of folate, produced in a lab and not found in nature. The conversion of Folic acid into the usable form of methyl folate requires a complex 4 step process, not properly preformed in individuals with a MTHFR mutation. The most common MTHFR gene mutations are found at position C677T and/or position A1298C on the MTHFR gene located on chromosome...
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Probiotics are not all treated equally

It is no secret that probiotics are an integral part of healing and health maintenance for every body! The variety of strains and choices can sometimes confuse the naïve or “unprofessed vitamin snob”. Probiotics are NOT all the same! As of recent, researchers are taking quite an interest in probiotic strains and their effects on human microbiome and ultimately health. In recent years there has been a surge in the study of specific strain probiotics, the human microbiota, and other related applications. The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live organisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit to the host”. Probiotics can kill pathogens by positively stimulating the immune system, balancing the gut microbes by secreting or inhibiting certain chemokines and supporting the inhibition of pathogens. Check out this list to see which specific strains of probiotics can treat conditions. Diarrhea caused by too many antibiotics-Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, when given at the same time as antibiotics, had a greater than...
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Folic Acid & L-5-MTHFR

Folic Acid & L-5-MTHFR

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FOLIC ACID AND L-5-MTHF. What’s the difference between folate and folic acid? Folate is a generalized term for a group of water soluble b-vitamins, and is also known as B9. Folic acid refers to the oxidized synthetic pharmaceutical that is added to processed foods and dietary supplements for “food fortification”. Folate refers to any variety of tetrahydrofolate derivatives naturally found in food. Science has well established that adequate folate intake from the consumption of folate-rich foods is essential for health. Folate aids the complete development of red blood cells, reduces levels of homocysteine in the blood, and supports proper nervous system development and function. Tetrahydrofolate (THF) is the useable form of folate the cells need for their functions.   Natural folates, found in foods, are utilized in the small intestine.  Folic acid must undergo initial reduction and methylation in the liver, and then converted to the THF form; this requires a specific enzyme absent or impaired in up to 60% of the population. The...
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Folate doesn’t cause Autism but folic acid might

Folate doesn’t cause Autism but folic acid might

Naturally occurring folate, which is a water-soluble B9 (as found in leafy greens), is an important part of a healthy diet. Folate deficiency has been linked to osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, infertility, heart attack, stroke, ulcers, macrocytic anemia, and other illnesses. Additionally, folate is critical for fetal development, and especially important for pregnant women. Folate aids in neural tube development, and can prevent severe birth defects of the spinal cord and brain. Folic acid, is a synthetic form of folate manufactured in a lab..like pharmaceutical drug and is the form found in many fortified and enriched foods, and in multi-vitamins and of course in poor quality prenatal vitamins. A Norwegian study published last month found that heart-disease patients whose diets included folic acid fortification and supplementation were 43% more likely to die of cancer. Equally alarming is the study that found that folic acid supplementation by pregnant women increases the risk of childhood asthma by 26%...and now autism. Still other studies have linked...
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Fever

It’s not unusual for children to have very high fevers. In fact, it is generally very helpful for kids to get robust fevers, as it signals a strong immune response which can quickly eliminate pathogens in a short period of time. A fever isn’t intrinsically dangerous until it reaches over 106° F at that point brain damage can occur. Febrile seizures can occur at temperatures below this point and may be related to a genetic predisposition. Febrile seizures in otherwise normal children can be safe. Here are some guidelines for managing a high fever: • Pay attention to how the child is looking/feeling than what the thermometer says. Use parental instincts and your own sense of touch to decipher how hot the fever is burning. • Typical fevers range between 100.6 and 104° F • Fevers around 105°F-106°F usually indicate a severe bacterial infection and should be evaluated • High fevers in pregnant women are of concern, and should be evaluated. • The brain has a...
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