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Crohn’s Disease

I have a niece that has Crohn’s Disease. She has been affected for about 4 years. The medical community has not been able to help her. What suggestions do you have that might help her overcome this disease. Thanks RHG

Crohn’s disease is a serious gastrointestinal disorder which requires a practitioner familiar with a wide variety of techniques, the most important of which is dietary expertise. Because this health issue involves cells and their dysfunction, I have several options that may be able to help in this setting.  I maintain that this problem is potentially curable, despite what you may have been told.  It may take patience and time, but a practitioner who is trained can help tremendously.

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Weight Loss

I have had a stomach staple lost 125lbs first year kept that off but have gone up and down since. This past year I lost 70lbs and do not want it back. I should lose another 40 or 50lbs where how what can I do?

Congratulations on losing weight, even though it took a surgical procedure to do it. I am sure you have tried a vast number of things to try to help you, but here is a list you may be able to choose from:

1. Low carb diets. Carbohydrates  become sugar in the body, which become fat if the levels are high.  There are many low carb diets, of which Atkins is the most strict and best known.  These diets are not healthy long term, but may be tried over the short term.

2. Long term low intensity exercise, like walking an hour or more, will burn fat while you are walking.  However, if you want to burn fat for hours after exercise, you will need to do 4 to 8 high-intensity interval trainings a day for 3 or 4 days per week.

3.  A HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), or burst, or spurt, is done by exerting maximal effort for 30 to 60 seconds.

4. Be sure you are getting good sleep, eating real food, and taking supplements so your body is not craving food for nutrient deficiencies.

5. The HCG diet has been helpful for many, but you must be willing to follow it strictly.  You will still need to maintain proper eating and exercise habits long term, no matter what you find successful for the short term.

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Lead Poisoning

I have had two years of walking with difficulty. AT one point could not really walk more than a few yards. A change in diet, no gluten, dairy etc and supplements helped a lot and LDN. Now I have just found out i Have 7 times the safe limit of lead. My question is could the lead problem be the cause of my motor problems and will chelation potential help reduce symptoms?

Lead burden or poisoning affects many systems.  One of them is the muscles, causing weakness, which of course could affect walking.  Whether your high lead levels are a cause of your walking difficulty or not, they should be chelated out.

There are oral chelating agents, so chelation does not need to be done intravenously, but it is certainly faster with IV.

If you also have amalgam fillings and mercury burden in your body, then the combination of mercury and lead burdens magnifies the symptoms of either one by itself, and they both may affect muscles.  Cilantro and chlorella are herbal chelators, zeolite is a mineral chelator and DMSA and EDTA are only available through a practitioner.

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Where would you suggest I go to find information about Autism? Is there any information available about how to help lessen the effects, prevention, etc.

As you know, autism is a complex neurological, gastrointestinal, biochemical and neurological/behavior disorder.  There are many national and local agencies who supply information about diagnosis, treatment and support.  Nationally, check the DAN group (Defeat Autism Now).

In Utah, check Autism Journeys, Inc., 3130 West Maple Loop Drive, Suite 110, Lehi, UT 84043-5784 (They’re located at Thanksgiving Point).  For best results for treatment, you will want to find a practitioner who specializes or sees a lot of these children, as the potential treatment options are many, and some are just trail and error.  I have some tricks up my sleeve that have proven quite effective, but each case may stem from different triggers and I have not found a  “one size fits all” treatment option.

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To Anyone Who Knows or Cares About a Teenager

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My son Steve Gardner has worked with thousands of teenagers on three continents.  He has taught honor students, students with special needs, and regular classrooms full of high schoolers.  He has worked as a councilor for youth.  He inspires greatness wherever he goes.  He is a currently a motivational speaker and his Superpowers Conferences help teens and pre-teens awaken to their true, divine potential.  Now his book is on the verge of becoming an bestseller.

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This is really an incredible opportunity, this book can connect with youth in ways that parents and teachers often can’t.  Mark your calendar!

Check out what others have said about the book:

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What can I take to help me go to sleep and remain asleep thru the night? I do exercise and drink plenty of water but every night I have this problem and I wake up feeling tired everyday, your suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Here are a few things that have helped others with their sleep that you have not already mentioned you are doing:

1. Reduce stress on body before going to bed.  This includes not eating just before going to bed, not watching the news or action movies  before bedtime.

2. Be sure your environment is sleep-conducive–quiet, dark room, cool temperature.  Use a proper mattress, pillow, bed sheets and covers and bed clothes.

3. Try calming herbs at bedtime–valerian, chamomile, hops, passion flower.

4. Try melatonin, which is the hormone secreted by the pineal gland to help induce sleep.  Take 3 to 15 mg before concluding it does not help you.

5. Relaxation techniques–energy work before bedtime or daytime (Jin Shin Jyutsu, acupuncture, massage therapy), hypnosis, biofeedback.

6. Try 500 mg of magnesium before bedtime, or better yet, epsom salt (which is magnesium) bath before bedtime.

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Do you accept Blue cross blue shield federal? Also do you think you would be able to help my Husband? He has been depressed for most of his life but it keep s getting worse and worse. He has tried almost every type of antidepressents the current is Vybrid. None have really helped he is to the point he barely functions. He only makes it to work 1/4 of the time. He is very suicidal. He has seen numerous doctors, councilors and psychiatrist they all basically throw there hands up in the end because he is a very difficult case and they can’t seem to help him. If you could help him it would mean so much I am so afraid of loosing him and he means so much to me and our 8 children.

I consider depression a physical problem, and not strictly an emotional disorder.  Usually there are deficiencies in the neurotransmitters that conduct information to other nerves in the brain.  Serotonin and dopamine levels can be obtained with a urine test, and correction of either or both of those deficiencies can be done with precursors, substances that cross the blood brain barrier which permit the brain to make more of the deficient neurotransmitter.  Nutritional deficiencies, thyroid deficiencies, adrenal exhaustion, toxic metals (lead, mercury, aluminum) in the brain are only a few of the other possibilities that cause depression.

All of these issues need to be addressed and fixed before one can expect to see an improvement in symptoms.  Because most of my practice is outside the box of conventional insurance coverage, I do not accept any insurance.  However, many of my patients find that my costs are less than they would pay, even with insurance coverage!

The office prepares a superbill that can be sent to your insurance to reimburse you for my services as an out-of-network provider. Call Keys to Healing Medical Center, (801) 302-5397 for more information and to have a packet sent to you.

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Stress and Hives

What can I use to cure severe hives that can last up to 3 mos, and are related to stress and not allergies to products or dust, etc.?

Stress is such a powerful trigger of disease, it is difficult to override it with any supplement or herb.  All of those things will help the body so the stress is not so damaging, or reduce the symptoms, but ultimately stress must be dealt with to resolve symptoms.

Some ideas on dealing with stress:

1) If you can’t reduce the stress you are now under in the short term, you must start the ball rolling to reduce the stress long term.  It will eventually kill you.

2) Recognize all events in life can be categorized into 2 categories: a. things you can’t control  b. things you can control.  On the things you can control, you have to decide which ones are worth the battle, and let the others go.  Sometimes you need a confidant to help with these tough decisions.

3) Release the stressors you can release.

4) Learn stress-reduction techniques–prayer, meditation, massage therapy, Jin Shin Jyutsu, biofeedback.

5) If the stress has been going on for a long time, and adrenal and other hormone exhaustion may have taken place, you may need to see an Integrative Medicine Practitioner to do lab work and prescribe natural products to support you.

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Stomach Pain

I am 39 yrs old and female. For about a week I have been having pain in my stomach directly below my sternum and sometimes I have pain in my chest. It feels like it would be an ulcer, even though Ive never had one before, but it doesnt really seem to help if I take any OTC meds for it. Milk helps slightly, but not for long. When it gets really going it doesnt seem to help if I eat or not. My 13 yr old daughter then came to me with the same symptoms last night. The only thing I can think of is we both have bad case of stomach flu couple weeks ago.. could that have caused injury to our stomachs? I HATE it! Help

The most likely cause of epigastric pain (pain below the sternum, in the area of the stomach) of less than 2 weeks is viral, especially if someone else in the family comes down with similar symptoms.  When the virus is in the stomach, it tends to not only cause stomach pain, but also nausea or even vomiting.

When the virus is mainly in the small intestine, the pain is typically lower in the mid-abdomen area, and if the stomach is not involved, will not have as much nausea.  Because the food may not be properly digested, there may be loose stools or diarrhea associated with it.

Wherever the virus infects, the body will mount an immune response to get rid of the virus.  If the immune system has seen the attacking virus or a close relative to it, the body should rid itself of it in a few days, or you may not even have any symptoms.

If the immune system has to identify the virus as new, it will take 10 to 14 days to build the army to rid your body of the symptoms.  Then the body has to heal the damage left by the virus, which may take a few days or weeks, depending on the extent of the damage and if the intestinal tract is permitted to rest and heal.

If nausea or vomiting is present, try ginger.  Don’t feel like you need to force yourself to eat if you are not hungry–when your body is ready to accept food, you will experience hunger.  Until then, let it rest with fluids as the only intake.

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Urinary Tract Infections

My girlfriend is having severe pain from a urinary tract infection, possibly a kidney infection (she’s had them before). We’re wondering if you could recommend any natural remedy for the pain/symptoms? She’s been taking a daily multivitamin, dandelion, d-mannose, and B complex as far as supplements go. We’ve also seen an acupuncturist/herbalist who is getting together a custom made tea for her issues. If there’s anything you can recommend we’d appreciate it. We’re hoping to get it under control before she has to go to the hospital for antibiotics.

There are two issues to address with urinary tract infections (UTI):

  • prevention and
  • treatment.

The best treatment I have found includes high doses of vitamin C, about 6 to 10 grams per day and D-Mannose, about 2 grams 2 to 4 times per day.  Cranberry is also effective with UTIs, but it needs to be the unsweetened variety, or in capsules.  Sometimes, the addition of grapefruit seed extract also helps.

Drink plenty of water.  The most common trigger for female UTIs is intercourse, so urination immediately after prevents many of them.  Occasionally an antibiotic is needed.  I would get a urine specimen for culture and sensitivity of antibiotics before using antibiotics so I am sure it is the best choice, which lessens the chance of needing to use more than one antibiotic.