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HYB Series PART 3: WERE YOU EXPOSED? IDENTIFYING ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

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In PART 2, you were given my background and all the insults my little body was exposed to as a child. Now, we begin the functional medicine task of looking at each element to identify areas that are modifiable factors in all of our lives. This segment is going to focus on TOXINS I was exposed to from ages 0-20 years old. Don’t forget to catch PART 4 to identify the MEDICATIONS, giving you a thorough assessment of drug insults, and PART 5 to identify DIETARY FACTORS, giving you many potential food factors that could play part in your child’s health – or even YOUR health. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and steer our ship back on course for the first topic: ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS.

 

On a daily basis, I was continuously exposed to a barrage of environmental toxins. I was quite the little puffer! Just kidding — I’ve never smoked a day in my life, or even a second for that matter. I did, however, inhale quite a little secondhand smoke. The smoke came from the ends of cigarettes smoked by my parents, aunts and uncles during family gatherings, and from neighbors and adult family friends that visited our home. “Unlucky Strike” number one, secondhand cigarette smoke filled up my lungs with chemical tar and sludge, taxing already stressed out lungs.

 

Next, my entire childhood was spent living in agricultural communities. Farming utilizes high amounts of pesticides and herbicides and generates massive plumes of chemical pollutant dust. Just mentally visualizing the dusty haze makes me want to sneeze. While working the land during planting and harvesting, this ‘micro-particulate’ dust is continuously kicked up into the air. If that sounds like it may choke your lungs, add in the mixture of pollen and mold spores that are also being released by tilling the dirt and cutting the crops. Living in these remote areas, you are subject to unlimited sources of respiratory distress. A steady stream of dust irritates the sensitive lining of your nose and throat, causing allergies, sinus infections, sinus headaches, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and upper respiratory infections like bronchitis and pneumonia. “Unlucky Strike” number 2, breathing poison and irritants from the air.

 

As I continued to breath the toxins into my respiratory system on a daily basis, I was also ingesting chemicals seeping into the municipal water supply. By drinking ‘polluted’ tap water, chemicals were allowed to take up residence in my digestive system – wreaking havoc with yet another sensitive and crucial body system. We all consider organic gardening a wonderful way to avoid chemicals and supply our families with healthful food choices. However, as a child in the 1970s, we had no knowledge of the benefits of ‘organics’ or the dangers of chemical toxins we sprayed, sprinkled and doused all over our gardens. By consuming home grown “fresh” garden vegetables and fruit, I was being exposed to another source of pesticides and herbicides, like Round-Up, and many other chemicals utilized to kill the bugs and beetles that could potentially destroy the plants. “Unlucky Strike” number 3, ingesting chemicals from drinking water and fresh produce.

 

Another very unfortunate source of potential toxins and poisons came from consumption of fresh fish caught from local streams and lakes. My favorite family activity was, and still is, fishing. Not to toot my own horn, but I will admit I was quite the little angler! We were never a catch-and-release family, as we actually enjoyed having a beer-battered “fish fry” after a day at the river. For children, the sport of fishing is basically to see how many fish you can successfully land on shore, how fast you can get the fish off the hook, and equally how fast you can cast your line back in the water for a repeat. We never worried about who was going to clean the fish and take care of the dirty work – that would be good ol’ Dad’s job. On many occasions, our catch of the day consisted of fish like catfish and bullhead, because they were easy to catch and always yielded a productive fishing day. These nasty bottom feeding fish have very oily meat with a higher concentration of toxins — as the toxins are naturally attracted to, and concentrate in oily tissues. If we were fishing in North and South Dakota rivers, streams and lakes, where exactly did those toxins found in our fish come from? That is an excellent question and one that many do not take into consideration. Many lakes and streams are situated on land next to crop fields. Irrigation and rainwater runoff from the fields can find its way back into the streams and lakes, polluting these precious bodies of water with poisons. Additionally, many ranchers have built massive cattle feedlots and pig and hog farms near lakes and streams. I know this is extremely disgusting, however, the urine and feces runoff eventually makes its way to the water supply where we are innocently catching the fish – which we take home and EAT. I have never seen signs posted by the Game and Fish Department issuing any warnings of potential increased noxious toxins in the “wild” fish found in these local bodies of water. I have since warned my friends and family back home of the dangers of eating fish caught in tiny lakes that are stagnant with no outlets to keep the water flowing steadily, and also from streams and rivers located on farmed lands or near feedlots. “Unlucky Strike” number 4, ingesting contaminants found in locally caught “wild” fish from polluted waters.

 

This segment should have given you a good overview of just a few environmental toxins you could be exposed to, especially if you or a loved one was raised in rural farming communities. You will not want to miss PART 4, which will take a look at MEDICATION exposures and the dangers found lurking there.


HYB Series PART 1: LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

Did you know that your body is very intelligent? Every symptom you have is your body’s way of sending a signal to you that something “just isn’t right.” As a whole, we quickly ignore these important signals we are receiving from our body. In our very over-medicated nation, we are programmed to automatically reach for a medication, whether it be prescription or over-the-counter, to suppress our symptoms so we can get on with our day and on our “merry-little-way.” Through bombardment of impressive marketing by pharma industry and the continuous introduction of “new and improved” agents for physical and mental conditions that we didn’t even know existed, an incredible arsenal of “cures” have become available to “treat” every bump, bruise, ache, pain, cough, sneeze, wheeze and even burp. Now, when we are feeling a little “blue”, our physicians and advertisement have convinced us we have a “Prozac deficiency” or a “Zoloft imbalance.” If we have a bout of acid indigestion after consuming over 3000 calories in pizza and nachos dripping with fatty cheese during the Super Bowl, we quickly equate this to “too much acid” that can be fixed with a dose of Tums, Zantac or Prilosec OTC… and some consumers even take all three! If we have a fever, we instantly assume this as a negative reaction that demands immediate attention with Tylenol or Motrin. We think that we can protect ourselves from the flu simply by getting a flu vaccine. How about we take a step back for a just a moment and fully analyze each of these situations? If we did so, we would realize that in each example mentioned, our body is attempting to send an S.O.S. for us to PAY ATTENTION! Instead, we should question WHY these symptoms are occurring and search for the underlying cause instead of simply placing a “Band Aid” on it.

Tap into your imagination and visualize the following. You just purchased a gorgeous Mercedes E-Class sedan (or insert your favorite dream car here) and drove it straight off the showroom floor. The final sale price exceeded $70,000. You slide behind the wheel and are instantly overcome with the “new car” smell of sweet buttery leather. The sales manager hands you the keys and you excitedly drive the car away and start heading down the road. With only five miles on your odometer, the “check engine” light comes on. You look at the flashing caution light on your dashboard and immediately realize you have a dilemma. What do you do? Would you pull over, grab your owner’s manual and see if there is a button that can reset your car’s monitoring system with the hope that this was just a “new car electronic glitch” and that the potential underlying malfunction will go away after the light is turned off? OR, do you immediately turn around and drive back to the dealership so that the mechanics can run a diagnostic test to find out WHY the car detected an issue that signaled the check engine light to come on? I know this seems like a pretty silly question, and of course, you being a very savvy consumer who believes in high quality products, you would immediately take the car back to get it checked out. NOW, if you would investigate the “root cause” of your car’s dysfunction, why would you not do it for your own body’s dysfunction?

Even with all of the advancements of modern medicine, you can’t replace all of your body parts once they are worn out… although orthopedic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons may beg to differ with me. The time is NOW to consider listening more closely to how your body is communicating with you, and to start taking more preventative measures by making healthier choices in the present, so that ultimately we will have a more vital and enjoyable future. NOW is the opportune time to take more responsibility for your body by utilizing a more holistic approach to your own personal healthcare by treating your body as a whole integrated system instead of just segmented parts. Maybe you will start taking a more proactive approach to preventative measures for your health. I truly hope you will at least gain a new perspective on some aspect of YOUR life you need to pay more attention to, so you can begin the process to heal yourself… from within.


The Mold Toxin and Alzheimer’s Connection

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

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There are clear links between ‪Alzheimer‬’s disease (AD) and ‪mold‬/fungus. Many of the symptoms in both diseases are very similar such as memory and behavioral issues along with brain inflammation. Not only are the symptoms very similar, new studies have found actual mold on the brains of people who died from AD. In these studies, there wasn’t just a few people who had mold on their brains, ALL the people they tested had mold. After all, mold is essentially a microscopic parasite that feeds and lives off its host. Just like mold takes over a building as it eats drywall and wood, it does the same to us. That would include our bodies and brains.

 

For example, researchers had found in 2014 compelling evidence for the existence of fungal proteins in brain samples from Alzheimer’s disease patients. The study titled, “Fungal infection in patients with Alzheimer’s disease,” stated “a variety of fungal species in these samples, dependent on the patient and the tissue tested. DNA sequencing demonstrated that several fungal species can be found in brain samples. Together, these results show that fungal macromolecules can be detected in brain from Alzheimer’s disease patients. To our knowledge these findings represent the first evidence that fungal infection is detectable in brain samples from Alzheimer’s disease patients.”
In a 2015 study titled, “Different Brain Regions are Infected with Fungi in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD),” researchers had shown the possibility that AD is a fungal disease, or that fungal infection is a risk factor for the disease. The researchers provide evidence in the study that tissue from the central nervous system (CNS) of AD patients contain fungal cells and hyphae. Eleven patients (plus three additional CP samples) are described in this study, as well as in four patients previously analysed, there is clear evidence for fungal cells inside neurons or extracellularly. Therefore, 100% of the AD patients analysed thus far by our laboratory present fungal cells and fungal material in brain sections. Moreover, fungal macromolecules (polysaccharides, proteins and DNA) have been found in blood serum from AD patients and fungal proteins and DNA were detected by proteomic analyses and PCR, repectively, from frozen tissue of AD brain.

 

Mold May be the Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease

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The Poison Was the Cure… My Struggle With Toxic Mold Poisoning

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

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It is time.  Time to share my story with all of you.  We all have our share of health struggles.  Mine is probably not that much different from yours.  Over the next few weeks, you will get an intimate introduction into my health struggles and learn how I was able to overcome each and every insult to my health.  Today, I am going to begin by sharing an awesome podcast from last summer, 2015.

I was on FIRE! This interview was featured on the Food As Medicine Podcast, hosted by Dr. Anh. Dr. Anh interviewed me on Toxic Mold Poisoning and my experience with this dangerous toxin. If you have interest in this topic and how to teach your body how to heal from this devastating toxin, then this podcast is for you. Grab a free hour, maybe while you are on a treadmill, and catch this very informative podcast!

What will you learn?  You will learn many of the symptoms I dealt with as I was being poisoned by the very hostile Black Toxic Mold, Stachybotrys.  I will explain how devastating this experience was and all the body systems that took a serious hit.  I will note my struggles with getting practitioners to listen to me and being “blown off” by traditional doctors.  I will lead you through how I detoxed this poison from my system and give you some options on how to heal yourself from similar toxic insults.  You don’t want to miss this one!

Toxic Mold Poisoning Didn’t Poison Me…


Chicken Meatballs with Basil Pesto in Spaghetti Squash Cups

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

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Chicken Meatballs with Basil Pesto in Spaghetti Squash Cups

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Low Carb, Paleo-Friendly

 

Ingredients for MEATBALLS:

1 lb. Organic Free-Range Hormone-Free Ground Chicken Breast

1 small Organic Zucchini, chopped

1 cup Fresh Organic Crimini Mushrooms, chopped

4 Tbsp. Almond Flour

2 Tbsp. Ground Flaxseed

¼ cup Fresh Parsley

¼ cup Fresh Basil

½ tsp. Dried Oregano

½ tsp. Dried Thyme

1 medium Organic Free-Range Egg

3-4 Tbsp. Organic Coconut Oil

Salt and Pepper, to taste

 

Instructions for MEATBALLS:

  1. Add to food processor: mushrooms, zucchini, fresh basil, and fresh parsley. Pulse until finely chopped.
  2. In a large bowl, combine chicken, contents of food processor, thyme, oregano, almond flour, flaxseed, egg and salt and pepper. Mix ingredients well… use your hands!
  3. In a large skillet, heat half of the coconut oil. When oil is hot, spoon meatball-sized balls (will be a little wet from the wet ingredients) into the pan. Sauté 5-6 meatballs at a time on medium-high heat, turning until all sides are browned. Reserve remainder of coconut oil for additional batches until all meat is cooked.
  4. Set meatballs aside until spaghetti squash is cooked.

 

Ingredients for PESTO:

1 cup fresh Organic Basil, tightly packed

1/3 cup fresh Organic Parsley

1-2 small cloves fresh Organic Garlic

½ cup Raw Pine Nuts

½ cup Cold-Pressed Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

¼ – ½ tsp. Himalayan Sea Salt, to taste

Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste

 

Instructions for PESTO:

  1. Place basil, parsley, garlic, pine nuts, and olive oil in a food processor and pulse until smooth consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Set aside until spaghetti squash is cooked.

 

Ingredients for Squash:

1 medium Spaghetti Squash

3 medium Organic Free-Range Egg-Whites, whisked

Coconut Oil Cooking Spray

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Cut spaghetti squash length-wise down the middle and clean out “guts”. Place squash on baking pan, cut side down, and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  3. When squash is done, remove from oven. Use a fork to “loosen” the strands so it looks like spaghetti noodles.
  4. Reduce oven heat to 375 degrees F.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked spaghetti squash and egg whites.
  6. Spray a muffin pan with coconut oil cooking spray. Spoon enough spaghetti squash mix into each muffin tin, pressing down the middle to make a nest for the meatball.
  7. Place one cooked meatball on top of each spaghetti muffin and place in oven.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes. May require extra time if needed.
  9. Remove from oven and serve on a plate with a dollop of Basil Pesto on each “muffin”.
  10. TIP: You may garnish with fresh herbs and chopped tomato if you want extra flavor and color.