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The Connection between Toxicity and Autoimmunity

I recently had the opportunity to chat about the link between toxicity and autoimmunity on the Green Living with Tee podcast.

We are bombarded with toxins in our modern world from our foods, water supply, the things we touch, and even the air we breathe. Did you know that if you live in a city then you are breathing in toxins every time you leave your house?

We each have a toxic threshold under which our bodies are able to process and eliminate those toxins. But when we over-fill that bucket, that’s when we tip into the chronic symptoms that are the hallmark of autoimmunity.

Listen into the conversation below, and if you’re interested my Autoimmune Detox Therapy could help you achieve your detox goals quickly and painlessly, without changing your diet or taking powerful supplements. Learn about it here!


Avoid Osteoporosis by Eating Prunes

A new study suggests daily prune consumption may reduce osteoporosis risk after menopause due to the phenomenal mineral content in prunes.

An estimated 13.6 million people in the U.S. over the age of 50 will develop osteoporosis—a loss of bone strength caused by reduced mineral density of the bones—by the year 2030. Osteoporosis increases the risk of fracture, especially in older adults. People who experience menopause have lower levels of estrogen, which trigger an increase in inflammation in the body, which can also contribute to bone loss.

“Our findings suggest that consumption of six to 12 prunes per day may reduce pro-inflammatory mediators that may contribute to bone loss in postmenopausal women. Thus, prunes might be a promising nutritional intervention to prevent the rise in inflammatory mediators often observed as part of the aging process,” said Janhavi Damani, MS, first author of the study.
Minerals provide the foundation of life for humans, and many Americans are woefully deficient due to eating the Standard American Diet of fast food or faux food. Without proper levels of minerals in our bodies, we risk all kinds of maladies from anemia (low iron) to bone loss (low calcium, magnesium, phosphorus) to muscle cramping (low magnesium, potassium) and more.

We need the right mineral content in our interstitial fluids to facilitate the transmission of synapses between nerves and keep our body’s electrical system in good order. This is especially important for those of us with nervous system conditions like multiple sclerosis.

This is the that I recommend to my clients because, as an ionic preparation, it is very bio-available. Additionally, it is free from fillers or other additives that could trigger inflammation.

Genetically Modified Meat Ok’d for Sale in US

Consumer Alert: More FrankenFoods are headed to our grocery stores; this time it’s genetically-modified cows!
Photo by Jean Carlo Emer on Unsplash

This week, US regulators cleared modified beef ‘meats’ for sale to the American public. The DNA of the cows is altered to give them extremely short, slick coats to better withstand hot weather.

The industry’s arguments: A comfortable cow means less stress and possibly improved food production and animal welfare. The FDA has already approved other genetically altered animals like salmon, chicken, and pigs.
My take: Tinkered DNA in our food supply is harmful for our personal and collective health. Our scientists are good at turning genes on, but not as much with how to turn them off once they have been eaten. The activated genes in GMO corn have been shown to disrupt the digestive functions in humans.
In the US we vote with our dollars. Protect your own health by reading labels and go GMO-free by buying organic instead!

FUMS podcast

Listen to my story from mysterious symptoms to diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 1999, and how it led me to a new understanding of autoimmunity and how to manage symptoms and disease.

This is the full story, warts and all!

I’ve heard from many who resonated with my tale! What does it bring up for you? Let me know in the Comments below!

Should People With MS Consume Dairy Products?

“Studies indicate that MS rates are elevated in populations where a lot of cow’s milk is consumed,” notes professor of neuroanatomy and renowned expert on multiple sclerosis Stefanie Kürten from the Institute of Anatomy at University Hospital Bonn. And now her research has proven that the proteins in milk can trigger autoimmune responses in those with multiple sclerosis.

While anecdotal evidence has long suggested that many MS patients don’t well after drinking milk or eating dairy products, Professor Kürten’s research team found electron microscopy evidence of damage to the insulating layer around the nerve fibers, the myelin, in mice exposed to milk proteins.

This correlates with my own clinical experience designing anti-inflammatory dietary therapies for people with MS or other autoimmune conditions.

Not to mention my personal experience with losing tolerance to dairy products in my early 20s. I remember going out for brunch with a date and enjoying a creamy pumpkin soup, only to be completely incapacitated to the point where I had to ask him to drive me home in my own car while I lay moaning in pain on the back seat. What a nightmare!

Have you ever had an experience like that after consuming something containing cow’s milk? Please share in the comments below!

Curious as to what else might be triggering your inflammatory symptoms? Book a complimentary naturopathic health assessment with me to talk about how advanced food sensitivity testing and customized dietary therapy could help you reclaim your health and look forward to a brighter future.