Stress and Indigestion – Remedies for the Holidays

Holiday Digestion and Stress Relief

and
Eight Essential Holiday Remedies

I would like to thank all my clients, family, friends and colleagues and wish you all a very happy and fulfilling holiday season.
I think that digestion, stress and over-eating are common concerns during the holidays, and I am hoping that the information in this short article will help increase your energy, immunity, serenity and peace of mind.
The most common digestive symptoms that people have are gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, fuzzy thinking, fatigue after eating, headaches from not eating or after eating, burning in the stomach, sinus congestion and irritability either from not eating or after eating.
Chinese medicine says that if your digestion is working well, everything else will work well too. In other words, if your digestion is not working well, you are assured to have other health problems. Poor overall health follows poor digestive health.
I will look at your tongue. Do you have a coating? Is your coating white or yellow? Do you have teeth marks on the sides? Do you have a bright pink tip? Do you have a crack in the center?
Probiotics are vital for everyone to take. These are the body’s own-naturally occurring bacteria, which become compromised with age or illness. I recommend a product called “IFlor”.
Digestive Enzymes should include both upper and lower GI tract enzymes. I recommend
“PanPlex 2-Phase”.
Many people tend to be allergic to the foods eaten most often, often including gluten, cow’s dairy products, chocolate, tomatoes, and oranges.
Acupuncture, probiotics, and digestive enzymes can help you overcome your allergies.

Dealing with Stress – Daily Meditations:

4 minute Soft Belly Live Meditation Safe Link

10 minute Mindfullness Meditation Safe Link

Give yourself 10 minutes each day to practice Letting Go as a meditation.
Become mindful of each sensation, acknowledge it, and then be grateful for it.
Repeat this gentle process with each thought and feeling you experience.

As a normal part of life, stress enables us to get things done. If left unmanaged, stress can lead to emotional, psychological, and even physical problems. Stress causes a disruption in the flow of vital energy, or Qi, through the body. These energetic imbalances can throw off the immune system or cause symptoms of pain, sleep disturbances, abnormal digestion, headaches, menstrual irregularities, and aggravation of already troublesome health conditions. Over time, more serious illnesses can develop.

Stressful situations that last over a long period of time can create an ongoing low-level stress that puts continual pressure on the nervous system. Stress can cause the overproduction of negative hormones like cortisol. The extra stress hormones over an extended period of time may wear out the body’s reserves, leading to fatigue, depression, a weakened immune system, and a host of other serious physical and psychological ailments.

Some signs of stress include:

- anxiety or panic attacks
- feelings of constant pressure
- irritability and moodiness
- stomach problems, headaches, or even chest pain
- allergic reactions, such as eczema, psoriasis, or asthma
- problems sleeping
- overindulgence in food, alcohol, smoking, or drugs
- sadness or depression

Stress is often the cause of illness and can lead to the long-term deterioration of health. Finding a release valve for your stress can help you stay healthy. According to Oriental medicine, stress, frustration, and unresolved anger can play an important part in throwing the immune system off and allowing diseases to affect the body.

Through acupuncture, these stressful energy blockages can be addressed. Acupuncture points can help energy flow smoothly, and alleviate the symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Why does acupuncture help reduce stress?

Acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, which oxygenates the tissues and cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.

Eight Indispensable remedies for the holidays:

1. Arnica montana – the first remedy to take for auto accidents, trauma, sprains, strains, back pain strain, eye strain, or after surgery or dental work

2. Nux vom – the first remedy to think of for indigestion and over indulgence, especially if you find you are angry or short-tempered or have constipation as well.

3. Magnesium phos – use for muscle spasms, stress, pain relief, and headaches

4. Rescue Remedy – for any kind of physical or emotional stress

5. Ginger tea or capsules – great for indigestion, gas, diarrhea, stomach flu or over indulgence.

6. Ignatia – for grief, saddness, or emotional loss.

7. Acupuncture – acupuncture treatments for stress, muscle spasms, and digestive problems.

8. Meditation, Exercise and Relaxation

Where to Get Homeopathic Remedies: Any health food store or homeopathic pharmacy.

How to Take Them: The homeopathic remedies generally have directions on them. If you are not sure, ask Dr. Martin.

Make sure you don’t eat or drink for about 20 minutes before or after you take them and don’t touch them. Tap them into the cap and then under the tongue for maximum effectiveness.

Precautions: If you are on any prescription medications, never stop taking them without first consulting your Medical Doctor.

First ask your doctor if you can take homeopathic remedies before you try these on your own.
If you or someone you know is experiencing stress, contact me for more information about how acupuncture, homeopathy, and Oriental medicine can help you regain peace of mind, regulate your immune system and stay healthy over the holiday season and throughout 2015.

 

 

I look forward to working with you throughout 2015.
*Acupuncture*
*Homeopathy*
*Chinese Herbal Medicine*
*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*

Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

Chakra Balancing and Stress Reduction

Relaxing and Balancing Treatment

to Align the Chakras

 

 

 

What are the Chakra’s?  They are the 7 energy centers in the body.

 

By creating balance in the chakras, you feel more relaxed, less stressed out, and sleep better.

 

It will also improve your immune and hormone function and help with back and neck pain.

 

For those of you who have received acupuncture, you will already know how much better you sleep and feel after a treatment.

 

This type of therapy is complementary to acupuncture, and can be done either alone or combined with your acupuncture treatments.

 

The treatment is done with this light device called the “Crystal Bed”:

 

 

 

 

You will lay on your back and the 7 colored crystal lights will flash on and off during the treatment.  Each light is aimed at one of the 7 chakras to re-align that chakra with it’s colored flashing light.  

 

The cost is $40/session.  I have the device in my Encino office.

 

Here is another picture of the Chakras and what each of them does for you:

 

 

 

I am also offering a once a month reduced fee the first Thursday of each month for the “tune-up” chakra balancing for $25.

 

Please email me to schedule your appointment for this Crystal Bed Chakra Balancing type of therapy.

 

I look forward to working with you throughout 2014.

 

 

*Acupuncture*

*Homeopathy*

*Chinese Herbal Medicine*

*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*

 

Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH

Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

 

 

Homeopathy or Herbs? Which is Best

 

 

 



Which Treatment is Best for Me?
Q:   Why Use Homeopathy Instead of Herbs?


A:  I tell most of my patients to use both at the same time.
 

Use herbs for your immediate problem and homeopathy to eliminate the long-term source of the problem.
 
 Herbs work more like drugs, but without the side effects which often accompany drugs.
 


Homeopathy works on a cellular and energetic level to re-program the cells to make you healthier overall and to eliminate the cause of the problem, thereby preventing it from coming back. 
 

 
Q:   Why Use Acupuncture?

A:   Acupuncture works on the 12 meridians and organs in the body.  It works to re-direct energy so that it flows properly.  When your energy flows without obstruction, the body functions better and there is no pain.   When the energy is blocked, it causes all kinds of problems, such as pain, hormone imbalances, digestive issues, allergies, high blood pressure, etc.
 
 
Q:   Why should i change my diet?
 
A:  Some foods can be toxic to some individuals.   If you are eating a particular food that your body considers as toxic, then it will create weight gain, headaches, allergies, toxicity and other disease processes.  It’s important to identify those foods and eliminate them so you will feel better and get healthy overall.
 
 
Q:  Why get blood and other tests?
 
A:   Blood, saliva, stool, and urine testing will give you information that is impossible to obtain in any other way.  We can tell what your cholesterol is, if you are anemic, if you are low in calcium or magnesium, if you have lead or mercury poisoning, if your testosterone, estrogen, thyroid or adrenal hormones are too low or high, and if the neurotransmitters circulating in your brain are keeping you sharp, and your memory functioning well.  Stool tests check for candida, yeast, parasites, blood and other digestive functions.  Many people have parasites and don’t realize it.  It’s a good idea to check it out at least once.
 
Getting well involves so much more than just covering up your symptoms. That would be like unscrewing the oil warning light on your car.   I encourage you to make a commitment to your health, on a deeper level, and take the first steps that feel most comfortable for you.
 
Insurance often covers all or part of your treatment and testing.



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Together ~ Let’s Make 2013 a Pain-Free Year
*Acupuncture*
*Homeopathy*
*Chinese Herbal Medicine*
*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*
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Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

 

 

 

 

 

Encino Office:  PRIMARY MAILING ADDRESS

Tuesday and Thursday

12:30 – 7:30 pm

17000 Ventura Blvd #220

Encino, CA 91316

Telephone: 818 905 6171

 

West Los Angeles/Santa Monica Office:   

Wednesday

12:30 pm -7:30 pm

1444 Carmelina Blvd #132

West Los Angeles, CA 90025

Telephone: 310 979 6495

 

Valencia Office:

Saturdays and Mondays

12:30  - 6:00 pm

23332 Valencia Blvd

Valencia, CA 91355

Telephone:  661 312 9868

 

Email:  drrandymartin@gmail.com

On the Web:  www.drrandymartin.com

 

 

 
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3 Most Popular Acupuncture Treatments

The Three Most Popular Acupuncture Treatments
This month the most popular acupuncture treatments seem to be for:
1.  Allergies
2.  Woman’s Hormones:  PMS, Infertility, Menopause
3.  Neck, and Back Pain
Remember that if you get a monthly “Tune-Up” acupuncture treatment, it works to prevent a lot of other problems, and definitely helps with pain and stress levels, including getting a better night’s sleep.
Be well, and I wish you a happy beginning of Summer!
Doc Martin

Holistic Approach to Curing Allergies

 

 

 


 
 
 

Allergies:   A Holistic Approach by Dr. Martin Martin, OMD, LAc
Allergies can be divided into two general groups:  food allergies and environmental allergies.  Environmental allergies can be further divided into airborne and household.  Airborne allergies consist of pollens, dust, exhaust fumes, etc., and household allergies include animal hair, mites, molds, detergents, cleansers, bedding, synthetic fibers in clothing, etc.
My approach to curing allergies from the holistic perspective is two-fold. First, is to eliminate the allergen (i.e. the irritating substance).  Second is to strengthen your body so that the allergen no longer bothers you.  In my practice, I have seen many people cured of all types of allergies using natural methods without the use of drugs.
Symptoms of allergy are highly individual.  The most common symptoms are nasal congestion, sore throat, coughing, red and itching eyes, headaches, depression, fatigue, muscle cramps, indigestion, acne, runny nose, skin rash and hives, mental fog, irritability and anxiety.  But there are many other symptoms experienced by different individuals.
There are many ways to “test” for allergies.  These include blood tests, skin scratch tests, pulse tests, dowsing and muscle testing.  Depending on the person and their financial constraints, I use any variety of these test in my practice.  Each has certain strengths and weaknesses.
Food allergies are treated by eliminating the suspected foods while at the same time strengthening the digestive system.  Often there is “Leaky Gut Syndrome” and we need to treat that as well.
The most common foods that people are allergic to are dairy, wheat, gluten, chocolate, citrus fruits, sugar, red meat, and barley.  Other common food allergens are eggs, shellfish, tomatoes and potatoes.
The reason a particular food manifests as an allergen in your body is because your digestive system is sensitive to that food and cannot break it down into its basic parts.  As a result, whole food “particles”, so to speak, enter the blood stream as poisons and then circulate throughout the body to produce allergy symptoms in the weakest area of your body.  We call this Leaky Gut Syndrome.  And there is a blood test we can use to detect and accurately diagnose this condition.
The treatment used to cure food allergies is to strengthen the digestive tract, which will help with the breakdown and assimilation of food.  This is done by treating the weak meridians using acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas.  Digestive teas, specific enzyme formulas, probiotics, and homeopathics are also used.  Some of the most common herbs used include mint, gentian root and ginger root.
Depending on the individual symptoms, the following homeopathic remedies may also be used:
1.  Pulsatilla:  when fats are the major problem, in a person who craves fats, and is emotionally rather soft, needy, or desiring a lot of support;
2.  Nux vomica:  for toxicity in the liver with a craving for spicy foods and stimulants; constipation; rather angry and irritable emotionally and tends to be a workaholic type;
3.  Lycopodium:  for a lot of flatulence, right sided pains, sciatica, shoulder pain, irritability, craving for sweets and an explosive temper, but only around those he or she is close to; can be emotionally very sweet at work and social situations;
4.  Carbo veg:  for flatulence and general indigestion with bloating and a slow metabolism;
You can also use homeopathic remedies which are made from the foods you are allergic to, in much the same way as allergy shots work.
Allergies to airborne and pollens are also treated very effectively with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and homeopathy.  Specific homeopathic remedies for airborne allergies may include the following:
1.  Pollintinum:  composed of a variety of the most common pollens;
2.  Histaminum:  to suppress the histamine reaction of watery and itchy eyes, asthma or runny nose;
3.  Euphrasia:  for red, burning or itching eyes;
4.  Allium cepa:  for a runny and burning nose with much coryza;
5.  Sabadilla:  for uncontrollable sneezing;
6.  Baptisia:  for a skin rash and hives with itching;
7.  Cat or Dog Hair:  to desensitize you to an allergy to cats and dogs.
Depending on the individual symptoms, I also often use Chinese herbal formulas.
Usually a person with allergies also has toxicity in their liver meridian andherbs to detoxify the liver can be very helpful. 
When you are allergic to household products, the treatment approach is to try to eliminate all the offending products, while at the same time work to boost your immune system.  The basic treatment consists of herbs and nutritional supplements and lifesyle counseling.  Acupuncture is used at well to balance and strengthen immunity.
Nutritionally, foods to avoid when trying to build your immune system include sugar, excessive red meat, coffee, dairy products and fats, but this list varies tremendously from person to person.
And, of course, acupuncture is very effective at healing allergies.  Many of my patients ask me to add extra allergy points when I am treating them for other problems.   
Specific vitamins and herbs which may be used to boost immunity include vitamin C (buffered), vitamin E (dry), beta carotene, zinc and selenium.  Bee pollen, barley green, sun chlorella, acidophilus, ginseng, codenopsis and astragalus are also commonly used as tonic herbs.
If you think you are experiencing allergies, please talk to me or another trained medical practitioner who has experience diagnosing and treating allergies.  It is often difficult to differentiate allergic reactions from Candidiasis (a yeast infection), dysglycemia (blood sugar swings), Epstein Barr Virus and (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).  So these problems must also be considered.
Here are the two most common herbal products I use for allergies:

 

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Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

 

 

 

 

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Encino Office:  MAILING ADDRESS

Tuesday and Thursday

12:30 – 7:30 pm

17000 Ventura Blvd #220

Encino, CA 91316

Telephone: 818 905 6171

 

West Los Angeles/Santa Monica Office:   

Wednesday

12:30 pm -7:30 pm

1444 Carmelina Blvd #132

West Los Angeles, CA 90025

Telephone: 310 979 6495

 

Valencia Office:

Saturdays and Mondays

12:30  - 6:00 pm

23332 Valencia Blvd

Valencia, CA 91355

Telephone:  661 312 9868

 

Email:  drrandymartin@gmail.com

On the Web:  www.drrandymartin.com

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do I Need Medical Testing?

Dear Friends,

I’d like to thank all of you who came out to my lecture this weekend at the Conscious Life Expo!  I enjoyed seeing you and hope you had a great time at the expo.  It was another jam-packed weekend of holistic events.  I love how popular all this stuff is getting.  The LAX Hilton parking lot was full when I got there with attendees…. pretty amazing.  I think it says a lot that in the midst of much of the chaos and stress in our nation, and internationally, and in our individual lives, that so many people find it a priority to attend an event like this… See you next time…
Now, on to a more clinical note:  I’m asked a lot, and it was a major topic of discussion at my lecture this weekend….. When is it good to be tested and what type of testing is needed?  So I’ve written this short article to give you a primer on medical TESTING…
Do I Need To Be Tested?
This is a question I am often asked by my patients.  The question comes up in a few different contexts:
The first is when I ask a patient to get a blood test who has not had any testing in more than a year.  They sometimes object, saying: “This is alternative medicine; why do I need a blood test?”
I explain that testing can often lead to a better, more specific and thorough diagnosis, as compared to Chinese pulse and tongue diagnosis alone.
The second is when the current tests are not comprehensive enough.  Often, and especially with HMO insurance, the type of testing done is not adequate and complete enough to form the type picture needed to diagnose accurately from the Chinese medical perspective.
In What Circumstances Will Testing Really Help Me?
The answer to this question is based on a number of variables.  It largely depends on you and your health goals and situation.  But frankly, and to be practical, it also depends to a large degree on your health budget and financial situation.
In my mind, and for me working with you as your doctor, it’s always preferable to see the results of scientific tests.  The more black and white information I have, the easier it is for me to diagnose you accurately and treat you effectively.
But if you’re on a tight budget, then I sometimes won’t require you to be tested.  The exception to this is that at a minimum, I like all my patients to get basic blood tests.
Testing gives us both a more scientific way of knowing where you stand and gives us the tools we need to treat you more effectively.
Because of my 30 years of medical experience, I can  sometimes predict some of your test results and spare you the extra fee.  Not with blood tests, but sometimes with neurotransmitter testing, or adrenal stress testing.
But this is not always the case.  And I can discuss your options with you.  In general, I prefer the tests, if at all possible.
Which Tests Might We Want To Perform?
The following is a list of some of the more common tests that I routinely perform on my patients:
Blood Testing – general CBC, cholesterol, Chem Panel, Hormones, kidney and liver functions, Vitamin D Blood Tests
Urinalysis – blood sugar, infections
Hormones – Blood and Saliva
Brain Neurotransmitter Testing – Saliva
Adrenals – Blood and Saliva
Stool Tests for parasites, yeast, bacterial overgrowth, leaky gut, and digestive function
Anemia Testing – blood
Blood – Food Allergy Testing
Blood – Digestive Function and Leaky Gut Syndrome Testing
The following is a partial list of symptoms and problems which you may have that benefit from testing to get a more accurate diagnosis and create a more effective treatment plan:
Acne
Herpes
Infertility
Low Sex Drive
Low Motility and Male Sperm Count
Excessive Sex Drive
Addictions, Compulsions, Panic
Compulsive Eating
Bulemia and Anorexia
Alchohol or Sugar cravings
Drug Usage
Chronic Fatigue
Low Energy
Epstein Barr Virus
Lupus
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Menopause
PMS
Low or High Thyroid
Hashimoto’s Disease
Depression
Anxiety
Phobias
Irritability
Chronic Insomnia
Chronic Pain Syndrome
Headaches
Migraines
Attention Deficit or Hyperactivity
Memory Loss
Candida
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Chronic Digestive Problems
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Gas and Bloating
Will My Health Insurance Cover the Cost of Testing?
In some cases, yes.  You will have to call and ask your insurance company about the specific tests.  Each insurance company has different rules.
How Do We Know Which Tests I Will Need?
This is what we will discuss during your consultation.  If you are already a patient, please schedule an appointment for a consultation to evaluate if you need testing and if so, which tests will help you to achieve your health goals.
Together ~ Let’s Make 2013 a Healthier Year
*Acupuncture*
*Homeopathy*
*Chinese Herbal Medicine*
*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*
Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

 

Encino Office:  PRIMARY MAILING ADDRESS

Tuesday and Thursday

12:30 – 7:30 pm

17000 Ventura Blvd #220

Encino, CA 91316

Telephone: 818 905 6171

 

West Los Angeles/Santa Monica Office:   

Wednesday

12:30 pm -7:30 pm

1444 Carmelina Blvd #132

West Los Angeles, CA 90025

Telephone: 310 979 6495

 

Valencia Office:

Saturdays and Mondays

12:30  - 6:00 pm

23332 Valencia Blvd

Valencia, CA 91355

Telephone:  661 312 9868

 

Email:  drrandymartin@gmail.com

On the Web:  www.drrandymartin.com

 
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Cold and Flu Season Advice

Cold and Flu Season Prevention and Treatment

by Dr Randy Martin, OMD

COLD AND FLU SEASON ADVICE
There is a lot you can do to help boost your immune system during cold and flu season. The three most effective treatments are getting frequent acupuncture sessions, sleeping enough, and eating well.
Here is a list of supplements and homeopathics you can use to boost your immune system, for both prevention and treatment:
Stage 1:  The Beginning (can also be used in lower doses for prevention):
The more of these products you can take, the better. After your first experience with these, you will, through trial and error, find which specific combination works best for you. Each person is unique and will respond to a slightly different product mix.
 
• Vitamin C – 1000 mg, three times per day
• Vitamin E – 400 I.U., two times per day
• Beta Carotene or OPCs  (or both) – 25,000 I.U., two times per day
• Jade Screen or Astragalus or Immune+ – Three tablets, three times per day, to be taken on an empty stomach
• Colostrum – One to two tablets per day
• A strong mushroom formula – take as directed on the bottle
• Isatis Gold – Three pills, three times per day
• Yin Chiao or Quell Cold – Four pills, four times per day
• Toxic Heat Formula for sore/strep throat – Six pills, three to four times per day
• Oscillococcinum Homeopathic – As directed on the box
• Influenzinum Homeopathic – This is made for the current year’s flu season; be sure to purchase the current version of this remedy
• Speak to your homeopathic practitioner to identify the best homeopathic remedy for your specific symptoms
• Umcka
• Airborne
• Kyolic Garlic
• Eat lots of garlic and onions
• Don’t eat frozen or cold foods, dairy, sugar, gluten, fried food, or fats
• Drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in warm water with honey and a dash of cayenne pepper two times per day
Stage 2:  Head Cold:
 
• Mostly same as above, except Oscillococcinum can be replaced with a
more specific homeopathic for your specific symptoms. GelsemiumArsenicum album orAllium cepa are some of the most typical.
Stage 3:  The Worst (fever, or other symptoms that won’t stop):
 
• Mostly same as above, except replace Oscillococcinum with one of the following:
• Ferrum phosphoricum 12C for low fever
• Belladonna 30C  / 200C for high fever
• Gan Mao Ling or Zhong Gan Ling – Four pills, four times per day and Coptis and Scute 6 pills, 4 times per day
• Gan Mao Tuire – One packet in hot water three times per day
• For coughing, add Dispel Cough, Spongia tosta 12C or Hepar sulphuris 12C
• For persistent coughing add Immune+ (four pills, three times per day) and Platycodon & Fruitilaria

I look forward to working with you throughout 2013.
*Acupuncture*
*Homeopathy*
*Chinese Herbal Medicine*
*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*
Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

 

 

 

 

 

Encino Office:  PRIMARY MAILING ADDRESS

Tuesday and Thursday

12:30 – 7:30 pm

17000 Ventura Blvd #220

Encino, CA 91316

Telephone: 818 905 6171

 

West Los Angeles/Santa Monica Office:   

Wednesday

12:30 pm -7:30 pm

1444 Carmelina Blvd #132

West Los Angeles, CA 90025

Telephone: 310 979 6495

 

Valencia Office:

Saturdays and Mondays

12:30  - 6:00 pm

23332 Valencia Blvd

Valencia, CA 91355

Telephone:  661 312 9868

 

Email:  drrandymartin@gmail.com

On the Web:  www.drrandymartin.com

 

 

 
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Liver Toxicity by Dr Martin

 

 

 



Gut-Brain Connection and Toxicity

by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Here is both an article I’ve written on Toxicity Treatments and also a great 3 minute video on how toxicity and digestive problems can create all kinds of health havoc – mental, emotional, addictions, confusion, joint pains, and auto-immune problems.
LIVER DETOXIFICATION AND CLEANSING
Over the years I’ve written a lot about the liver and liver detoxification.  I was listening to a well-known “Radio Doctor” the other day, an he was trying to debunk the “myth” of liver detox, stating that it didn’t really do anything and that there is nothing to detox.
But for anyone who has ever done a liver detox, I”m sure you’d agree with how much better you felt afterwards. I’ve also seen blood test improvements in cholesterol, triglycerides and liver enzymes when comparing to before the detox process.
Here are a few valuable hints distilled from my years of practice for those of you who would like to try a liver dotox.
First of all, it’s generally and traditionally thought that the best times to do a liver cleanse or detox are in the fall and spring.  The winter months are thought to be a time to build the system up and provide the necessary fire for the colder season.  However, if you live in states such as Florida or California, where the weather is moderate all year round, it won’t hurt for you to do a rather mild liver cleanse any time of year.  Use your intuition, but don’t go overboard.  It’s all a matter of degree.  (If you live in the colder climates, please be careful in any detoxification, because the body needs “fuel” during the colder months, in order to function well.)
The best way to detox the liver is through diet.  Avoid the following foods:
•greasy, fatty or deep-fried foods
•diary products made from cow’s milk
•sugar and sweetened foods
•refined carbohydrates such as white flour products
•sweets of any type
•the less gluten the better
•eliminate or restrict cold or frozen foods
Emphasize the following foods:
•yellow, orange and green colored vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables (all cooked)
•lean meats, any fish, (but no shell-fish), or chicken and turkey
•legumes (lentils, and any beans)
•whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, oats)
•whole grain amaranth, or barley is a wonderful grain, especially job’s tears barley*, for those of you for whom gluten does not cause mucus and congestion
Some basic eating principles for liver detox:
•start the day, end the day and during the meal, drink a cup of hot water with lemon or lime juice
•eat only when hungry
•leave the table hungry
•never overeat
•don’t fast, as it will lead to the inevitable binging, unless you know how to do a fast and how to break a fast, and you are not working or under stress at the time
•supplement throughout the day with vegetable juices and take all your vitamins
•limit your fruit intake to two pieces of fruit per day and eat it separtately from other foods
•drink plenty of water or hot tea all day long
Some supplements to consider:
•A good colonic cleanse such as Blue Heron*
•Chinese detox herbs such as Free and Easy Wanderer* or Minor Bupluerum Formula*
•Digestive enzymes such as PanPlex 2-Phase*
•Probiotics
•Homeopathic Nux vomica* 6 C – but only if you are not on a constitutional homeopathic (and remember to follow all your homeopathic rules)
If you begin to feel faint or have any other symptoms, stop your detox and consult a health practitioner.  If your health is not great to begin with, or you have any blood-sugar problems, or you tend to have anxiety or depression,  do not do a detox unless under the supervision of a health practitioner.  Do not stop taking any of your Western pharmaceutical prescribed medications without the supervision and full knowledge of your medical doctor.
If you are able to do some deep emotional release work at the same time as you are doing your liver cleansing, the process will be twice as valuable.  This is because the liver is in charge of anger, resentment and the free flow of energy.  Your digestion and immunity should improve more quickly if you also do the emotional release work, and any headaches you have should also stop.  Allergies should also be expected to improve and any PMS symptoms should lesson.
*Acupuncture*
*Homeopathy*
*Chinese Herbal Medicine*
*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*
Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

 

 

 

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Stress – Anxiety – Depression – Insomnia – Fatigue

~ Products for Stress ~

 

(All Products available from Dr. Martin by special order.  Note:  Testing available to determine exactly which products you need based on your blood, urine and saliva test results.  Tests determine mineral deficiencies, and neurotransmitter excesses, or deficiency.  Email our office for pricing and for more information.  Insurance often covers the costs of testing.)

 

PharmaGABA-Pro

for enhanced relaxation, day or night*

GABA is the most important inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. It acts like a “brake” during times of runaway stress.* In addition, studies indicate GABA can promote relaxation and enhanced sleep.* Clinical studies show the natural GABA in our PharmaGABA-Pro increases the production of calming alpha waves in the brain.

5-MTHF

an essential nutrient for maintaining a good mood*

Along with vitamin B12, 5MTHF functions as a methyl donor, which is vital to the synthesis of serotonin and melatonin.* 5MTHF also works with tetrahydrobiopterin to ensure enough serotonin is available in the brain.*

Deproloft

for safe mood enhancement*

Many nutrients are needed for proper mood and cognition. Deproloft combines several botanicals and key nutrients that promote healthy adrenal and neurotransmitter function.*

 

Rhodiola

an important brain adaptogen*

Rhodiola is categorized as an adaptogen because of its ability to increase resistance to chemical, biological, and physical stressors.* Rhodiola can enhance relaxation and increase focus.

5-Hydroxytryptophan (5HTP)

important serotonin precursor*

5HTP is the intermediate metabolite in the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin, the neurotransmitter associated with the regulation of sleep, mood, and appetite.* Supplementing with 5HTP bypasses the fist step of tryptophan conversion, which can be inhibited by stress and nutrient depletion.*

Sedaplus

for restful, restorative sleep*

The combination of ingredients in Sedaplus (Valerian, Hops, Chamomile, Passion flower, and Rhodiola) helps promote relaxation and restful sleep.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tired of Being Tired???

Tired of being tired?

 

 

You could be suffering from vitamin and mineral deficiency.

 

Link to Blood Lab to Check your Vitamin and Mineral Levels Inexpensively on Your Own

Do you wonder why you feel tired, or don’t recover well from illness? It could be that you lack the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to function properly.  As complex and amazing that our bodies are, they cannot produce these necessary nutrients on it’s own. Vitamins and minerals are found in foods and nourish our bodies to help keep us healthy. Keep in mind that it’s best to consume a variety of foods, instead of just taking a multivitamin, to make sure that your body is able to absorb the micronutrients properly. 

Vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, support normal growth and development and help cells and organs do their jobs.  Knowing exactly what vitamins and minerals your body is lacking or exceeding in allows you to give it exactly what it needs. Having the correct amount is important for the body to function properly.

Vitamins have many functions and influence the health of nearly every organ in the body. It is impossible to sustain life without all the essential vitamins. Minerals play a vital role in regulating many body functions. They act as catalysts in nerve response, muscle contraction and the metabolism of nutrients in food. They regulate electrolyte balance and hormonal production, and they strengthen skeletal structures.  

Below is a list of interesting facts about the vitamins and minerals we need to stay healthy and keep our bodies functioning properly.

 

Vitamins

Vitamin A

Vitamin A keeps the immune system healthy. It prevents blindness and promotes healthy skin and hair. It is crucial for bone growth and tooth develpoment. Good sources are milk, liver, fish, orange vegetables and fruit. 

Deficiency: Night blindness, dry skin, poor bone growth and weak tooth enamel. Major sources are milk, eggs, spinach, carrots and almonds.

Excess intake: Liver damage, headache, abnormal vision and bone pain

 

Vitamin B

Vitamin B is a large family of vitamins which include B1, B2, B6, B9 (Folic Acid), Niacin, Biotin and Pantothenic Acid. They are vital nutrients for cell repair, digestion and metabolic activity. Vitamins B6 and B12 are found in most foods such as whole grains, fish, seafood, poultry, dairy products and leafy green vegetables. 

 

Deficiency: Short breath, dizziness, pale skin and irregular heart beats

Excess intake: Liver problems. numbness in feet and hand

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is known to reduce cholesterol levels and helps to regulate blood pressure. It resists infection in your body and is important in immune system function. The main sources for vitamin C are found in fish, oranges, tomatoes, lemon, spinach, onions and broccoli.

Deficiency: Nosebleeds, swollen gums and weakness

Excess intake: Upset stomach and kidney stones

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is produced naturally by the body when exposed to sunshine, therefore we do not need to obtain it from our diets. Our bodies need vitamin D because it absorbs calcium which is essential for the development of strong bones and teeth. Direct sunlight, spinach and vegetables are all sources of vitamin D.

Deficiency: Osteoporosis

Excess intake: Irreversal damage to kidneys and heart, muscle weakness and high blood pressure   

 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E promotes formation of red blood cells and prevents appearance of wrinkles. Preventions external damage to the lungs by air pollutants, prostate cancer and heart disease. Helps maintain the tissues in your eyes, skin and liver. Foods rich in Vitamin E are whole grains, leafy green vegetables, sardines, egg yolks, nuts and seeds.

Deficiency: Loss of balance and anemia

Excess intake: Blood-clotting problems

 

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is important for the function of blood clotting in the body. It is also linked to preventing Alzheimers disease in the elderly. It regulates blood calcium levels and activates at least 3 proteins involved in bone health. Vitamin K is found in dairy products, leafy green vegetables and soybean oil. 

Deficiency: Bruise and bleed easily, prolonged blood clotting. However, these symptoms are limited to people that have liver problems and are very rare.

Excess intake: Some forms of vitamin K can cause anemia. Again this is extremely rare.

 

 

Minerals

Calcium

Calcium is important for making our bones and teeth strong and for maintaining healthy gums. It is also essential for the nervous system. Milk, fish, seafood, almonds and green leafy vegetables are good sources for calcium. 

 

Deficiency: Osteoporosis 

 

Excess intake: Tiredness, loss of appetite, upset stomach

 

Iron

Iron is the most important component of blood. It is used in the production of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen throughout the body. Without iron, the tissues, muscles, and other systems do not receive adequate oxygen, and thus cannot function properly. Good sources of iron are spinach, beans, eggs, dried fruits and whole breads. 

 

Dificiency: Fatigue, difficulty in breathing and anemia

 

Excess intake: Hemochromatosis 

 

Magnesium

Magnesium is required for proper relaxation and contraction of muscles and for proper functioning of certain enzymes. Food sources include dark green vegetables, apples, bananas, milk products and meat

 

Deficiency: Fatigue, irritability, insomnia and poor memory

 

Excess intake: Nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure and slow heart rate 

 

Phosphorus

Phosphorus helps filter out waste in the kidneys and plays an essential role in how  the body stores and uses energy. It is also an important nutrient in building strong teeth and bones. Some health conditions such as diabetes, starvation, and alcoholism can cause levels of phosphorus in the body to fall. Good sources include milk, fish, eggs, apples and carrots

 

Deficiency: Painful bones and fatigue

 

Excess intake: Kidney damage and Osteoporosis 

 

Potassium

Potassium is necessary for building a healthy nervous system. It regulates nerve impulses, heartbeat and blood pressure. Fish, meat, whole grain cereals, fruits and vegetables are good sources of potassium. 

 

Deficiency: Muscle weakness, irregular heartbeat and fatigue

 

Excess intake: Weakness and irregular heartbeat

 

Zinc

Zinc is useful for the body in many ways and carries out various functions, such as cell growth and division, and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and energy. It also helps in curing skin problems such as acne, boils, and also sore throat. If the proportion of zinc in the body is low, it can become a major cause for genetic disorders such as dwarfism. Other indications of low zinc are skin problems such as acne, weight loss, diarrhea, emotional instability, joint pain and hair loss. Food sources include oysters, lean beef, seafood, lima beans, nuts, poultry and dairy products. 

 

Deficiency: Genetic disorders, skin problems, weight loss, diarrhea, emotional instability, joint pain and hair loss

 

Excess intake: Nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, lethargy and fatigue