Archive for the 'autoimmune diseases' Category

Exposed? Help is on the wayPart 7 - With so many tests available to clinicians, I can't help but think how overwhelming it can be for them to determine which one is the best for their patients. My conversation with Dr. Crinnion led me to ask for his suggestions on testing for toxic exposure, and his answer might surprise you. He indicated that there are two "genres" of toxicity testing. One that measures the levels of specific  toxins in the body, and another that measures the metabolite of the toxins in the body.

So, which type of test is best?  Dr. Crinnion says he likes to measure for the actual compound because it helps him determine if there is current exposure, which is very important. He says that so many people have genetic polymorphisms in their metabolic ability to detox, that metabolites for toxins may not show up in urine due to the polymorphism. Oh, my! We get a quick biochemistry lesson as to how polymophisms tie in, and Dr. Crinnion shares his thoughts on the best approach for discovering your exposure, as well as tracking your treatment progress.

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Click the audio player below to listen to the last installment of this seven-part series on toxicity and health.

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Although this is the final installment of my conversation with Dr. Crinnion, we still have some goodies he left us to share with you next week. Come back and see...

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Walter J. CrinnionWalter J. Crinnion, ND, received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of San Francisco in 1975. He received his degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, where he was a member of the first graduating class, and Dr. Crinnion is now considered one of the leading experts on environmental medicine and toxicology. After graduating, Dr. Crinnion spent 20 years practicing in Seattle, helping treat patients with chronic conditions through diet and nutrition. Dr. Crinnion discovered that most of the chronic health complaints he treated were rooted in toxicity, and began to expand his practice to include environmental medicine. After 20 years of practice, Dr. Crinnion felt led to teach other practitioners about toxicity and health. Today, he is the Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.

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Your brain is an easy target for toxinsPart 5 - So, have you ever heard the term "Fathead?" The brain is one of the largest fatty organs in our body, so it's not so far from the truth. Dr. Crinnion says that many environmental toxins are fat-soluble and easily pass the blood/brain barrier. This makes our brains an easy target, and toxins are often stored there.

In this podcast, we also talk about how environmental toxins have a link to Parkinson disease. Dr. Crinnion discusses how some Parkinson patients have gotten good results from undergoing a detoxification program. In one case, a patient reported feeling 70% better! Who wouldn't want to feel 70% better?

Don't miss his telling of it...

Click the audio player below to listen to the fifth installment of this seven-part series on toxicity and health.

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In my next installment with Dr. Crinnion, we discuss endocrine disruption and how toxins affect it. Stay tuned...

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Walter J. CrinnionWalter J. Crinnion, ND, received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of San Francisco in 1975. He received his degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, where he was a member of the first graduating class, and Dr. Crinnion is now considered one of the leading experts on environmental medicine and toxicology. After graduating, Dr. Crinnion spent 20 years practicing in Seattle, helping treat patients with chronic conditions through diet and nutrition. Dr. Crinnion discovered that most of the chronic health complaints he treated were rooted in toxicity, and began to expand his practice to include environmental medicine. After 20 years of practice, Dr. Crinnion felt led to teach other practitioners about toxicity and health. Today, he is the Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.

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Are you feeling dizzy in the soap isle?Part 4 - We take a deeper look into how toxins affect the immune system this week. Dr. Crinnion says immunotoxicity is usually the first problem that shows up in a person’s history, typically manifesting itself as allergies or asthma. Do you know of anyone, especially adults, that are suddenly experiencing allergy problems?

How about chemical reactivity from something as innocent as walking down the soap isle in the store? Help! Get me out of here, I can’t breathe! Chemical sensitivities are a common finding in people with immunotoxicity present. Some people have chronic infections they can’t shake from a damaged immune system and don’t even realize it.

Dr. Crinnion helps us understand how this is happening in this week’s podcast and reminds us to protect ourselves from chemical exposure.

Click the audio player below to listen to the fourth installment of this seven-part series on toxicity and health.

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In my next installment with Dr. Crinnion, we discuss toxins targeting the brain and the affect on the neurological system. Stay tuned...

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Walter J. CrinnionWalter J. Crinnion, ND, received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of San Francisco in 1975. He received his degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, where he was a member of the first graduating class, and Dr. Crinnion is now considered one of the leading experts on environmental medicine and toxicology. After graduating, Dr. Crinnion spent 20 years practicing in Seattle, helping treat patients with chronic conditions through diet and nutrition. Dr. Crinnion discovered that most of the chronic health complaints he treated were rooted in toxicity, and began to expand his practice to include environmental medicine. After 20 years of practice, Dr. Crinnion felt led to teach other practitioners about toxicity and health. Today, he is the Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.

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Part 3 - Mitochondria in the lungIn this third installment of my conversation with Dr. Walter Crinnion, we consider the function of the mitochondria, those "cellular power plants" that provide most of our cell's supply of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).

Young woman suffering from fatigueWhat happens to this energy producer when toxins enter the scene? After all, we're exposed to over 80,000 chemicals each day. It turns out that your immune, neurologic, and endocrine systems take a big hit, and you start complaining of fatigue. And you're not alone. Dr. Crinnion says that over 80% of his patients complain of fatigue at the top of a list of ailments. Listen in on this fascinating discussion as he peels back the layers of this story. You'll be amazed at how your body systems are reacting due to toxins affecting the mitochondria.

Click the audio player below to listen to the third installment of this seven-part series on toxicity and health.

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In my next installment with Dr. Crinnion, we take a closer look at the affect of toxins on the immune system. Don't miss it...

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Walter J. CrinnionWalter J. Crinnion, ND, received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of San Francisco in 1975. He received his degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, where he was a member of the first graduating class, and Dr. Crinnion is now considered one of the leading experts on environmental medicine and toxicology. After graduating, Dr. Crinnion spent 20 years practicing in Seattle, helping treat patients with chronic conditions through diet and nutrition. Dr. Crinnion discovered that most of the chronic health complaints he treated were rooted in toxicity, and began to expand his practice to include environmental medicine. After 20 years of practice, Dr. Crinnion felt led to teach other practitioners about toxicity and health. Today, he is the Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.

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Part 2 - Family getting testedThis is the second installment of my conversation with Dr. Walter Crinnion on toxicity and the environment. He is a wellspring of information on this subject, and he answers the question about the need for testing in this week's podcast. After all, if we all have toxins present in our bodies, why test? I was also curious to know if there were certain health or living situations in which he thought one should be tested. Look for the link below to hear what he had to say.

In my next installment, Dr. Crinnion discusses how toxins affect the mitochondria and the health problems associated with toxin/mitochondrial interaction. Stay tuned...

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Walter J. CrinnionWalter J. Crinnion, ND, received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of San Francisco in 1975. He received his degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, where he was a member of the first graduating class, and Dr. Crinnion is now considered one of the leading experts on environmental medicine and toxicology. After graduating, Dr. Crinnion spent 20 years practicing in Seattle, helping treat patients with chronic conditions through diet and nutrition. Dr. Crinnion discovered that most of the chronic health complaints he treated were rooted in toxicity, and began to expand his practice to include environmental medicine. After 20 years of practice, Dr. Crinnion felt led to teach other practitioners about toxicity and health. Today, he is the Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.

Click the audio player below to listen to the second installment of this seven-part series on toxicity and health.

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Woman reading newspaperPart 1 - With so much in the news today about toxicity and the environment, it's hard to ignore the chatter and and how it affects our health. Time to ask someone in the know. I recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Walter J. Crinnion, an environmental health specialist, on the importance of understanding our toxic burden and how it can affect our health. He had plenty to say. The floodgates have been opened...

Listen to the first installment of this seven-part series on toxicity and health by clicking the "Listen Now" link below Dr. Crinnion's bio.

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Walter J. CrinnionWalter J. Crinnion, ND, received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of San Francisco in 1975. He received his degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, where he was a member of the first graduating class, and Dr. Crinnion is now considered one of the leading experts on environmental medicine and toxicology. After graduating, Dr. Crinnion spent 20 years practicing in Seattle, helping treat patients with chronic conditions through diet and nutrition. Dr. Crinnion discovered that most of the chronic health complaints he treated were rooted in toxicity, and began to expand his practice to include environmental medicine. After 20 years of practice, Dr. Crinnion felt led to teach other practitioners about toxicity and health. Today, he is the Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.

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Pain In this edition of Clinician’s Corner, Dr. Kara Fitzgerald, ND shares her clinical tools and treatments that have resulted in remarkable improvement for patients who had otherwise given up all hope of getting better. She is interviewed by Cass Nelson-Dooley, MS, a clinical consultant at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory.

Listen now by choosing an audio stream below or subscribe to the Metametrix Institute Podcast on iTunes where you can download the entire interview.
Photo by Migraine Chick

The podcast features the following subjects:

Chapter I: Basics of Treating Pain Patients
At Advanced Diagnostic, Dr. Fitzgerald primarily sees patients with pain syndromes. She discusses testing under a strict budget and how she treats the inflammatory aspects of pain. She emphasizes organic acid testing.
Chapter II: Getting the Upper Hand on Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dr. Fitzgerald tells us about a patient with rheumatoid arthritis who had an amazing turn-around using naturopathic modalities and integrative medical tests.
Chapter III: Don't Overlook Food Intolerances
Dr. Fitzgerald explains how she manages patients with food sensitivities and how food antibodies (IgG4, IgA, and IgE) can be important in clinical cases ranging from dermatitis to fibromyalgia.
Dr. Kara Fitzgerald received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has a clinical practice at Advanced Diagnostic clinic in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Fitzgerald is a clinical consultant at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory and a contributing author in Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine. Dr. Fitzgerald has given lectures at The Institute of Women’s Health, Autism One, and the Institute for Functional Medicine, among others.
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There's been a lot of talk about Vitamin D in the news lately. Clinical consultants, Dr. Elizabeth Redmond, and Dr. Eve Bralley, shed a little "sunlight" on today's topic of Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is important for healthy bones but it is also necessary for maintaining a healthy immune system. New research is showing that low vitamin D levels may be related to higher rates of, cardiovascular disease, asthma, cancers, allergies, autoimmune diseases, and both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Sun exposure is how most people get the bulk of their vitamin D requirement, though many factors may interfere with adequate absorption, and supplements may be required.

Vitamin D can be checked with a simple 25-hydroxy-vitamin D test. Visit http://www.metametrix.com/content/DirectoryOfServices/0032VitaminDAssay-Serum?overview

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