Wow! Where do I begin? A lot has happened since my last newsletter. My 14 Day Blood Sugar Boot Camp is changing a lot of things for a lot of people. I have lost 20 pounds overall and I don’t have headaches any longer. I broke my neck in 1992 in a bad motorcycle accident. Since that time, I have had 1-2 horrible headaches a week. Not anymore! Now I know that it all goes back to blood sugar dysregulation that was driving my body to be inflamed! My Dad has lost 40 pounds and no longer has dangerously high Ferritin (iron) levels being stored in his body. My Mom has lost 30 pounds and 31 inches off of her body. And her thyroid is working much better. I have been working with her nutritionally through bloodwork and supplementation and her cardiologist took her off of Lipitor! (She didn’t tell him that she wasn’t taking it anyway and that we brought her numbers down naturally.) She has more energy and is feeling better than she has felt in many years!
As most of you know, I initially had a lot of patients who had lost around 20 pounds. These patients have continued on with the foundational work we laid down and I now have a whole bunch of 30+ pound patients and even some 50+ pounders. I have had more patients coming off of prescription medications such as Metformin and Januvia (diabetes), Synthroid and Armour Thyroid (thyroid meds), and also prescription antacids such as Nexium and Prilosec. I have others who are coming off of their high blood pressure and cholesterol medications.
Big things are happening for a lot of really great people and I have never enjoyed being in practice more than I am right now. I even have an asthmatic patient who is experiencing relief now that we are targeting his immune system and helping support its function (once again naturally). In addition, I have helped 2 patients get rid of acute ear infections without taking liver damaging antibiotics.
This stuff is exciting and truly life changing! I have to say thank you to those of you who have allowed me to do this work with you. You are all inspiring me to be a much better Dr. The more I learn and see the changes in your lives, the more it makes me want go at it even harder. So again, thanks to all of you.
As all of you know, I have a great passion for helping you get the very best in nutrition. I did not do any nutrition for the first 13 years of my career because I didn’t believe in it. It’s the truth. I thought it was a joke. There are so many people who take bucket loads of supplements and are hoping that they are getting benefits from them. They don’t know why they are taking certain things and hoping that they help (sound familiar – medications).
An example of this would be that people take red yeast rice for high cholesterol. The problem with that approach is that they are basically replacing statin drugs with red yeast rice. While red yeast rice is much better for you than the statin drugs (statins - another joke that causes joint and muscle pains along with creating even more cholesterol problems with long term use), the red yeast rice is just replacing one thing with another and is just like taking a medication to cover up the symptoms.
The greater question becomes, why is the cholesterol high to begin with? That is what I work to find out for my patients. If you have high cholesterol, there is something going on inside of your body that is driving those numbers high. We need to work together through getting a thorough bloodwork which is the starting point in figuring it out. I will talk about a very common cause of elevated cholesterol later in this newsletter, but I would like to tell you a little more about Spoon Full of Nutrition.
Spoon Full of Nutrition was created because I was very conflicted with what I saw in the “nutritional” world. One company may have a really good fish oil product while another may have the best B vitamins and so on… I don’t want my patients to urinate their supplements (money) right into the toilet because they are taking junk that doesn’t get absorbed by the body. I believe that is the case with so many of the supplements that are out there. The quality (absorbability) just isn’t there.
When I began working with lab based nutrition, I decided that I was going to find the best of every supplement and I didn’t care if they were all from different companies. My obligation to you is to get you the best no matter what company it was from. So, I ended up with supplements from many sources.