5 Easy Steps to Shed Post-Holiday Weight & Toxins

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The holiday season fun is almost over and it’s back to reality… but are you already facing reality when trying to stuff your thighs and belly into your jeans post-holiday? Ouchy!! How do you reel it back in when you have spent a month chanting the mantra, “Chocolate and Wine, Chocolate and Wine”?! and eating all those extra, decadent goodies because “it’s the holidays”? Many patients ask for my help to get things back in control and really there isn’t just one way to do it. Here are my recommended 5 easy steps that can get you back on the right track and none require you take a painful step on a scale! Whew to that one! In fact, I would avoid the scale. For most people a scale is not a motivator, it’s a deflator, so avoid the hard cold numbers for now because they can be misleading.

  1. Start flushing those toxins with LOTS of water. Typical water dosing is drinking half your body weight in ounces. Example, you weigh 150 lbs. drink 75 ounces of water a day. This will seriously begin to reduce the bloat and jump start the release of toxins from your liver, kidney and lymphatics as well as quench your cravings for sugary and starchy food. Besides with 75 ounces of water in your belly who has room for food!! Add some lemon for an extra benefit of increased metabolism, and decreasing acidity in your body.
  2. Ditch the alcohol! Ok …Slowly put the egg nog and bourbon down and step away…. When I said back to reality I meant it! Replace your cravings for these sugary mind vacation treats with a green smoothie and a scoop of protein. Use as a snack or a meal replacement. Next time you crave alcohol, make a smoothie. Never mind that the sugary and fat-laden mixers are calorie loaded but alcohol itself is 7 calories/gram (compared to 9 calories for fat and 4 calories for protein) and it’s liquid so those grams go down super-fast!
  3. Reduce calories. Keep the calorie count between 1,100 and 1,200 per day for fastest weight loss. A quick calculation to find calories needed to “maintain” your weight would be to take your weight in lbs. and multiply it by 10. Ex. 150 lbs. X 10 = 1,500 calories. This is the amount of calories you need to eat per day to maintain your current weight. If you want to lose you must go below this. Having a degree in nutrition, I have many tedious calorie calculations I could give you but why bother, the calories generally come out the same anyway. Now if you add exercise to the mix you may be able to lose weight even quicker!
  4. Get moving. Any motion is good but I would advise to get walking at least 4 x’s/week. If time is an issue you can break it up. Take 30 minutes and break it up into two 15 minute walks. Use the stairs in the office, park the car in the furthest space to maximize your walking time, get up early in the morning and walk before the onslaught of morning commuters, use your lunch time for a brisk walk rather than a hefty meal. Get the point? If it’s cold outside, even better! Don’t use that as an excuse! Many studies have shown cold weather to increase metabolism, so don’t let temperature detour your exercise and weight loss.
  5. Ditch the grains and replace with veggies! Yes, the grains and I mean all of them, wheat, corn, rice, potatoes, pasta…. Relying on veggies as your main source of carbohydrates and low-glycemic fruits (apples, berries, kiwi, grapefruit) in the morning will help break a weight-loss plateau and sugar cravings. Be sure to have at least one large salad as a meal per day. I don’t care if you make the salad your breakfast, lunch or dinner just have one! Be sure to make your last meal of the day a good piece of organic meat or protein and just veggies. Nix any carbs at all for your last daily meal and be sure you eat it at least two hours before lights out!

I am always ready to help. Make your appointment in the office and I will always make 1:1 time with you and hold a healing space for you. Ask me about a personalized detox program just for you or join any of my upcoming group detox programs for more support. Or, call my office for details.

Another great way to begin your health regime is by having a Remote Healing Session with me, which are available to you so you can begin to create a plan and jump start your health and healing into the new year. These session are generally 1-2 hours depending on how much material you would like to cover. Please don’t forget I have an Far Infrared Sauna and Footbath to aid in your detoxification needs.

Happy Healthy Holidays!

Dr. Venus Seleme

Wheat Today, Immunity Gone Tomorrow!

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Sick and tired of trying to figure out just what is wrong with your digestion? It may have something to do with gluten intolerance. If you eat “regular” bread and pasta, you may wonder how something so wonderful and fluffy, that tastes great with burgers and awesome as spaghetti, got such a bad wrap. I find that most patients, whether they have an official diagnosis of celiac disease or not, do not do well with the modern, over hybridized, repeated backcrossing, and chemically mutated wheat. Something many people don’t realize is that genetically modified wheat is not approved for sale in the U.S. But what is approved contains a hybridized wheat and therein lies the problem. Genetic modification refers to using genetic splicing to put in or take out a gene or a partial gene of a food. They do not do that to wheat yet; they save that for ALL the other food we unknowingly eat!! Not to worry though, research is currently working on that to create pesticide resistant strains. Yummy to my tummy. NOT! Some actually believe hybridization is even worse than genetic modification if you can imagine that.

Hybridization occurs when you cross different plant strains to create smaller, dwarf plants because the original plant contained stalks taller than the roots of the plant causing “lodging”. This is where the plant falls over due to it’s height and now rot situations take over the plant. In addition, with the smaller hybridized dwarf plants extra nitrogen can be sprayed on the plant and the weight will not cause the plant to lodge. The dwarf varieties allow more of the plants energy to be focused on the seeds resulting in a higher yield production. The problem with this becomes when new proteins are created in the offspring that are not contained in either parent plant. At least 5% of proteins generated have never been seen by our guts!

Another form of wheat manipulation is something called “backcrossing” or repetitive winnowing with different grass species to get rid of the undesirable characteristics, such as being too tall and reduced seed production. Backcrossing has drastically increased production of the hybridized dwarf plant and increased gluten levels in the plant which gives the wheat product a new and improved larger and fluffier appearance. Although this was good for the bottom line of these companies ultimately this has run havoc on the American people’s  digestive systems. This is unfortunately what research HAS NOT looked into. Don’t you think this should have been the FIRST thing they considered and not their bottom line?

There are also chemical abuses to the wheat source as well. Exposing the wheat embryo and seeds to a chemical called sodium azide, as well as to gamma and x-ray radiation, the embryo and seeds mutate. According to Dr. William Davis, M.D. from the Wheat Belly Blog, “Sodium azide is highly toxic to animals, bacteria, and humans, with human ingestion of small quantities yielding effects similar to cyanide. With accidental ingestion, for instance, the CDC recommends not performing CPR on the victim (and just letting the victim die), since it may cause the CPR-provider to be exposed, nor to dispose of any vomitus into a sink, since it can cause an explosion. (This has actually happened.)”

This is how the well known herbicide-resistant wheat species called Clearfield Wheat came into existence from the chemical company called BASF. This is called Chemical Mutagenesis although in my opinion it should be called Human Genocide. Our animal digestive system struggles so much to handle the chemicals and manipulation to our nutritional sources but even our miraculous bodies at some point give in to the onslaught of the abuse. This is why so many young and old are sick now with cancers, auto immune disease, fatigue and depression.

In short, research is turning our food industry into a modern day sci-fi horror movie by manipulating food DNA, protein, and chemistry with Frankenstein laboratory techniques, dangerous chemicals, and harmful radiation.  What it hasn’t learned though is how to heal the devastating effects it has on mother nature, our digestive system and our immunities. It’s hard to predict just how our guts will react to this “new food”. Guess they won’t look at that until we all start turning into real-life Zombies and storming the F.D.A in Washington! I am hopeful that’s not in our future. Please consider that food certainly is a drug and does affect you every bit as a prescription medication. I just wish our government would soon recognize our wealth is in our health and not in their bank accounts, our lives depend on it!

 

 

I Want a New Drug!

Yes that’s right, I said it, a new drug! This statement is meant to be an eye-opener for all who don’t believe FOOD is a drug. Just like a drug you take that makes you feel good, bad, sluggish or energetic, food effects on your body can be immediate or take a toll on you 2-3 days later. Your body must have all the necessary components to process everything in the food you ingest. You need powerful enzymes from the mouth to break down carbohydrates, while the stomach produces acid and enzymes to break down proteins. Then there is insulin, glycogen and enzymes from the pancreas that break down fats, carbohydrates and proteins while enzymes from the small intestines are secreted to break down fat and lactose. Not to mention the regulation of alkaline-acid ph by the kidneys, the liver’s role in detoxifying the food you eat as well as producing bile for fat assimilation. The intestines require just the right mix of bacteria to digest and assimilate the by-products of the broken down food. Whew, that’s a lot! And these are just some of the functions needed for a healthy assimilation of foods. Digestion is like a fine tuned orchestra with just the right amount of coordination from the strings and percussion sections!

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Food, like everything in life, is complex and contains many different components. There are literally hundreds of naturally occurring chemicals in just about every type of food you can think of. Natural chemicals exist in food to impart color, flavor, nutrition, and natural toxins for protection from predator attacks or unhealthy microbes.  We all know by now, unfortunately, there are many man-made chemicals in our food but this article will focus on some of the natural chemicals and how they may affect your body function. You might be surprised to know that many of these naturally occurring chemicals if ingested in excess amounts could be considered poisonous!

Many of these natural toxins contribute to symptoms of pain, fatigue, brain fog, and digestive upsets. Most people don’t recognize how much food contributes to how they feel minute-to-minute. Food can make or break your day by dictating what kind of mood you are in and whether you will have body pain today or not.  The best advice I can give you is the next time you have sudden shoulder pain, migraines, knee pain, low back pain, gas, bloating, feeling grouchy, sluggish, angry or anxious, PLEASE look to the meals you ate in the last 24-48 hours as a major culprit. It may be a simple change in diet that changes a chronic symptom you have suffered from for years. Here are some of the chemicals more commonly involved in typical problems that I see.

SOLANINE

Solanine is a non-protein compound containing nitrogen. It is a chemical called a glycoalkaloid. In certain vegetables, it is found in all parts of the plant, including fruit, leaves and tubers. It has pesticide properties and is one of the plants naturally occurring defenses. Solanine blocks the enzyme that allows muscles, tendons, and ligaments to return to rest after activation. It can remove calcium from the bones and deposit it in any genetically weak or injured area of the body, including joint spaces, arteries, kidney and gallbladder. Unfortunately, in many people solanine causes increase in muscle pain and tightness, morning stiffness, joint pain, inflammation, osteoarthritis flare-up, autoimmune dysfunction, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and other neurotoxic properties.

In the medieval times, the majority of nightshades were not considered edible and they were used in witchcraft and shamanism. The Romans gave them the name “nightshades” because it was put in your enemy’s drink and when the person went home that night, the shade came down and they died! Solanines are not water soluble, aren’t destroyed by cooking and cannot be broken down in the body. So think wisely before you make your loved one their next meal!

Solanine is found in all “deadly nightshades”.  Nightshade foods are potatoes including white, red, yellow and blue-skinned (not sweet potatoes or yams), tomatoes, eggplant, paprika and all peppers, excluding black pepper. This brings a new and scary meaning to “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!”  Other foods which are not nightshades but contain solanine are blueberries, apples, cherries, beets, artichoke, gogi berries, okra and ashwagandha.

LECTINS

Lectins are a type of protein found in many plant foods and can interfere with your metabolism, clump red blood cells as well as adhere to your gut epithelial tissue and break down the small intestinal lining creating further leaky gut. Damage to the absorptive intestinal fingerlike microvilli, reduces the small intestines capacity to absorb vital nutrients needed for immunity and repair. Lectins in plants exist for pest and insect protection. They can enter our blood unchanged because they are indigestible to humans. Because we don’t break down and digest lectins, often we create antibodies to them–almost assuring that our bodies are having some kind of harmful immune reaction every time we eat them.

Genetically modified foods can be especially problematic because “splicing lectins” from one plant family to another occurs frequently.  Therefore, if you know you react to a particular plant lectin and that lectin has been genetically transferred to a different plant you may become symptomatic and not even be aware as to the cause. Soaking, sprouting, fermenting and cooking will reduce the amount of lectin content in your foods, so you may consider this as a way to process foods you want to eat without much gastrointestinal distress.

Lectins are found in all dried beans including kidney, soy and peanuts, nuts, seeds, wheat, wheat germ, oats, barley, quinoa, rice, millet, buckwheat, corn, potatoes, dairy and again the “deadly nightshade” family. So beans may be more than just a magical fruit!

 

OXALATES

Oxalates naturally occur in plants to help get rid of additional calcium by binding to it and preventing its absorption. It can be made by the human body from Vitamin C. Which is why kidney stone formers are asked to reduce their Vitamin C intake. When too many oxalates are consumed it can combine with calcium and the body can form painful calcium-oxalate crystals which can lodge in the kidneys as stones or get deposited in any body tissue and cause pain and inflammation as well as free radical damage and depletion of glutathione, a nutrient needed for many detoxification processes.

Oxalates have the ability to bind to the minerals calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and copper in our intestines creating a mineral deficiency. There is a genetic tendency in some people, depending on your D.N.A., as to whether you are able to detoxify the substances that produce extra oxalates in your body. This genetic variable give you the ability to produce an increased level of oxalates even when you are not eating foods high in oxalates. Anyone with kidney or gallbladder disease, certain autoimmune conditions, or gout, should avoid these foods in high doses. My recommendation is to not use spinach or other high oxalate foods everyday in a smoothie or as a meal. Rotate or divide your meal in half with high oxalate and low oxalate foods to avoid any problems with mineral absorption or deficiency.

Oxalates are found in the Amaranthaceae family of spinach, beet tops, swiss chard, amaranth, and sorrel, rhubarb, parsley, okra, berries, kiwis, figs, grapes, cocoa, chocolate, almonds, cashews, peanuts, soy and tea. Oxalates level increase as food matures, so young fresh spinach is likely to have less oxalates. Boiling and steaming reduce the amount of oxalates as well.

Low oxalate greens are lettuce, celery, chickweed, watercress, escarole, asparagus, dandelion, and some of the cruciferous vegetables such as kale, bokchoy, collards, mustard greens, turnip tops, cabbage and arugula.

 

GOITROGENS

Goitrogenic basically means foods that are what I call “nasty pie” for the thyroid. In other words, they slow or block thyroid function by blocking iodine uptake. Iodine is what makes your thyroid metabolism work. Goitrogens can lead to hypothyroidism and goiters. When someone is diagnosed with a “goiter”, it means your thyroid grows more cells and is enlarged. This enlargement may be to compensate for the reduction in thyroid hormone levels. A goiter is usually felt as a soft swelling on one or both sides of the neck that is 2-5 inches in diameter.

Many goitrogenic foods are considered diet foods, so when trying to lose weight you may feel as if you are doing everything right but the pounds aren’t moving. I would suggest eating no more than 3-4 cups of these raw vegetable per week if you feel that this may be creating an issue for you. Cooking these foods at high temperatures inactivates the glucosinolate, the chemical responsible for the goitrogenic effect in foods with the exception of soy which has its own very big issues.  If you do have known thyroid problems, you may want to remove these items from your diet altogether.

Known thyroid goitrogens are cruciferous foods such as bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, radish, turnips, as well as, soy, peanuts, and canola oil.

I have said many times, “Patients would rather change their religion than change their diet”. I am writing this article to pass on information not to scare you but make it so that you can be more present, conscious and proactive in taking control of your health. Many times, the answer lies within us and not in a doctor’s office.  Pay attention to what you use to nourish your body, the quality of your life may depend on it!

Is Your Mattress Secretly Out To Kill You?

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Have you considered that one of the most consistent places you ever will be, for at least 8 hours every day of your life, is in your bed? You probably don’t realize this but next to your family, your bed is possibly one of the most important things in your life! Many studies now show as a society we get at least 1-2 hours less sleep than in the 1940’s. The CDC in 2009 reported nearly 9 million people take sleeping pills for insomnia, disrupted sleep, or painful sleep. Sleep problems are becoming epidemic along with the rise in illness and autoimmune disease, diabetes and toxicity.

Throughout the years, mattresses have seen a huge metamorphosis from just a regular box spring made of woods, coils and cottons to synthetic plastics, latex, elastic and foams. The evolution of new mattresses with new material means additional chemicals to be aware of. We as consumers are taught to look for mattresses that can enhance deep sleep, give our spines proper support and relieve painful pressure for 8 hours. We generally assume most mattresses are environmentally safe, but a major concern with the new and improved mattresses are fumes and chemicals that come from the synthetic material in our modern plastic world.

The top part of the mattress is meant to be supportive and comfortable.  This support layer for your spine and bones can be comprised of a core made of air, foam or innerspring unit. The comfort layer is meant to create air circulation and remove pressure from your body and is made of a combination of synthetic latex (rubber), memory viscoelastic, soy, and polyurethane foams. These synthetic materials have replaced the old steel springs and cotton used in the “old days”. In addition to these synthetic compounds, in 2006 the federal government passed a law that required mattresses to contain enough Fire Retardant to withstand a 2 foot wide blowtorch open flame for 70 seconds.

Here are some of the problems with today’s modern mattress:

Off-gassing

The use of petroleum based products are what causes off-gassing. Carcinogenic and harmful, Volatile Organic Compound (V.O.C.) are of concern like formaldehyde (a preservative), chlorofluorocarbons (blowing agents), and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers/PBDEs (fire retardants). These chemicals may present a problem in people with sensitive respiratory systems or chemical sensitivities. It is quite common to see eye, nose and throat irritation, nausea, and headaches that may develop with exposure. Studies have been linked to longer-term effects like central nervous system damage, organ damage, and cancer. The fastest growing segment of the mattress industry is memory foam made from polyurethane foam and additive chemicals. Polyurethane foam is highly flammable and therefore many flame retardants are usually added to the mix.

 

Alignment and Pressure Support

The synthetic support from the new foam materials in latex and memory foam wears with use quicker than with cotton or natural rubber. As chiropractor I know the importance in having firm support for the neck and shoulders and the low back and hips. This requires proper pressure to hold up these body parts against gravity. The new synthetic mattress material softens with repeated use and you begin to see body indentations, impressions and dips due to the materials inability to rebound over time. The life of a new mattress is only 3-8 years compared to its old cotton counterpart of 20 years.

 

Fire Retardants

Fire retardants are chemicals of all sorts including, methylene chloride, heavy metals, phthalates and formaldehyde. Without having to pull out an encyclopedia of sources proving the dangers in sleeping and breathing in chemicals, I think it’s safe to say, “THIS JUST CAN’T BE GOOD!” Personally, I wouldn’t want my baby, loved one or myself breathing chemical soup all night, every night. Talk about nightmares! Mattress producers are required by law to prove to the federal government that their products can extinguish an open flame but not required to tell the consumer what materials they are using.

So by now you are saying to yourself, “What alternatives do I have?” When looking for a new mattress, I would look for one that is organic and natural. They are generally a bit more expensive but worth the cost in that the natural rubber material they use will last the 20 years you are looking for and especially because they have no out gassing or flame retardants in them. They embed their mattresses with wool (which is a natural flame retardant) therefore, no harsh chemicals are used in the making and most come with a 30 year warranty. If you are looking for a quality mattress that you don’t have to be worried about being poisoned while sleeping, here are a few references:

In Vienna, VA there is Savvy Rest Natural Beds (www.savvyrest.com); they offer a 10% discount in store to anyone who mentions Dr. Seleme. At Urban Mattress (www.urbanmattress.com), they have various discounts on their items and even sometimes a free pillow—just ask! Tell both of them Dr. Seleme sent you to receive the discount offer.  You can go to their websites to look at mattresses or go to their store in Vienna to try it out. Another great source is www.cozypure.com, although they don’t have a store in the area, you can always take a drive to their warehouse in Norfolk, VA and try out one of their natural rubber mattresses.

I believe staying informed and aware of your environmental surroundings is one of the best ways to protect you and your family from unseen chemicals and toxins in our everyday lives. If you are looking for a better way to get a safe and peaceful sleep you make want to look into these organic, natural mattresses for your bed. Here’s to getting all the comfy zzzzzz’s you deserve. See you in the morning!

Glyphosphate: The Secret Reason Wheat May Be Making You Sick & How To Detoxify From It

As a Holistic Doctor who specializes in treating the whole patient, it surprises me how many new primary complaints of my patients are related to digestion problems in the form of bloating, pain, gas and indigestion. This rivals the other common complaint of “chronic fatigue”. It makes sense to me though because when you are unable to use food to nourish and resupply the body of vital nutrients, of course, you are always tired and fatigued. When there is a constant association of fear with food, when you are always thinking about what you are going to eat, how you are going to feel in an hour or even the rest of the day simply because of one meal, it becomes utterly exhausting. Add to that the lack of nutrients actually getting to your cells and it becomes overwhelming.

A new peer-reviewed paper published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology (Vol. 6(4): 159–184 ) by Doctors Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff shows that celiac disease, gluten intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome are on the rise worldwide, and that rise has taken place in parallel with the increased use of glyphosate, the herbicide in Roundup.

The Doctors researched the known effects of glyphosate along with the symptoms associated with celiac disease, gluten intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome.  They identified both chemical and biological pathways where glyphosate can be the cause of these diseases.

Non-organic wheat farmers for nearly 20 years now have been routinely using glyphosate as a “crop desiccant.” It gets applied to the field 7-10 days prior to harvesting the crop to dry it down and for uniformity. If that is not bad enough, these same farmers also use RoundUp during the growing season to assist in weed control.

Roundup kills plants by interfering with a biochemical pathway involved with synthesis of amino acids, in the good bacteria in our gastrointestinal tracts. This important pathway found in our gut bacteria is vital to our intestines making enough essential amino acids as building blocks for our body.  By interfering with the biochemistry of bacteria in our GI tract, consumption of glyphosate depletes essential amino acids and predisposes humans to a host of chronic health problems. Depletion of these amino acids can contribute to obesity, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, and other neurological disorders.

When you consider Roundup is put on some of the major ingredients in all foods Americans eat, specifically corn, soybean, canola, cotton, wheat, all grain crops, rice, seeds, dried beans, peas, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, and sugar beets there is no reason to assume we aren’t all affected.

Recent studies have shown glyphosphate to be a cytochrome P450 inhibitor. This is the major detoxification pathway that the liver uses for all toxic metabolites in the body. The result of the breakdown in this pathway is toxicity and metabolic waste begin to overflow and there is no way to get relief or remove them from the body. People begin to get toxic and chronic illness appears insidiously.

You can protect yourself in 4 different ways through detoxification of your body. These principles are a requirement, not an option, for anyone interested in getting better from a chronic illness or maintaining your health.

1. Open the lymphatic vessels to help waste and release toxins
2. Support your body’s own natural detoxification pathways
3. Use antioxidants to soak up dangerous and constant free radical production
4. Chelate toxic metals out of your body

You can start by taking Epsom salt baths to open and drain the lymphatic vessels. Soaking in a tub of warm water mixed with 3 cups Epsom salt and one 16 oz. bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide for 20-30 minutes is one of my favorite methods (if you use food grade hydrogen peroxide, use only about 4 oz. in your bath). It makes you feel great and helps elimination of toxins and relaxation of muscles. It also provides oxygen to skin and other vital organs. I recommend adding my Charcoal Detoxifying Bath Salts along with the epsom salt and hydrogen peroxide to receive the extra benefits of other ingredients like charcoal, bentonite clay, and essential oils (available for purchase at the office and online).

Support your body’s natural detoxification by supplementing with N-acetyl-cysteine or N.A.C. This will help produce glutathione, a primary antioxidant and important nutrient produced in every cell of your body, especially your liver. Glutathione’s role in detoxification is paramount due to the fact it supports both major phases of detoxification in the liver. It breaks down harmful xenoestrogens, heavy metals, pesticides and fat-soluble toxins stored in adipose tissue.

The next two herbs, I personally take every single day to make sure I keep my liver open and flowing. Milk Thistle and Dandelion Leaf are two extremely valuable herbs used to strengthen your liver natural ability to detoxify. Milk Thistle helps regenerate the liver cells, promotes more glutathione production, may have anti-cancer properties, aid in gallbladder function and help decongest kidneys, spleen and veins. While Dandelion leaf can promote healthy lipid profiles, reduced insulin resistance, and suppress fat accumulation in the liver.

Small intestine are vital, since most of your immunity live here. Supplementing with an amino acid called L-glutamine aids in sealing and healing the leaky gut holes created in the small intestines. This is where harmful food toxins and proteins can cross over and get into the circulation causing autoimmunity and food allergies. Prebiotics such as arabinogalactans act as a food source for friendly microflora and the probiotic lactobacillus sporogenes, a sporulated hearty bacteria, can help re-inoculate a weak gut within hours. These products are available for purchase at the office.

Various other antioxidants used to support your body’s ability to detoxify and defend can be found in BioProtect, a product we carry in our Seleme Health Detox Kit. This is a simple yet elegant way to keep the flow of the liver and the ability of the cells to slough off even the most toxic waste. This has CoQ10, selenium, zinc, Vitamins A, E, and C—all the vital nutrients the liver uses to dump waste.

Chelation can be accomplished with the use of Spirulina, a blue-green algae or Chlorella, a green algae, which contain a nutrient called chlorophyllin, a compound which binds toxic metals in the gut. Zeolite a naturally occurring mineral, is another great way to bind and capture heavy metals.

Our office has multiple detoxification processes available for your health needs. Two times per year we conduct a 21-day group detoxification program. Our next group session begins October 18, 2015. You may want to consider joining us in our personal effort to stay clear of these very harmful toxins in our world. If you are feeling motivated enough, you don’t need to wait for our fall date. You can begin as soon as you feel ready. As I always tell my patients “healing begins today”.

 – Dr. Seleme

Lung Cancer Leading Cause of Death Than Breast, Colon and Prostate Cancers.

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After reading this article about chemtrails, it makes sense lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Did you know there is an estimated 159,260 deaths from lung cancer (86,930 in men and 72,330 among women) that account for about 27% of all cancer deaths.

Natural News: Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead ‘chemtrailed’ into America’s skies every year

Lyme Disease and Cannabis Oil

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Hmmmmm… Interesting article!

Natural News: Cannabis Kicks Lyme Disease to the Curb

 

Top 7 GMO Foods to Avoid

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Did you know the top 7 GMO  foods to avoid are corn, soy, alfalfa, cottonseed, papaya, canola and sugar beets? We are in a war to fight for our rights to eat food unadulterated. Our government doesn’t to understand how sick our country has become due to our extremely toxic and disruptive foods sources we now have. I am seeing more and more young children in my office who are suffering at such early ages now. Many from the start have food allergies, immune system dysfunctions manifesting as eczema and asthma, not to mention neurological disorders couple with learning disabilities. There is no research needed as far as I am concerned as to why so many have health problems. The ONLY place we need to look is our environment and the damaging things we are doing to our food.  Here is a great article by naturalnews.com on the top GMO foods to avoid.

The top seven GMO crops you should avoid like the plague

(NaturalNews) Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are plant and meat products that have had their DNA altered and possibly mutated in some laboratory, and it’s all coined as the evolution of science and biotechnology for agriculture in order to fool the masses into believing that it’s for “our own good.” They (biotech giants) even teach it in schools and at Disney World now, and they say it all without ever telling anyone what they’re REALLY doing, and that is inserting the genes from other plants, animals, viruses and bacteria into food — often in the form of pesticides that can’t be washed off.

For any scientist to say that a human can consume pesticide and insecticide safely at any amounts is absurd, but “modern science” and “Western Medicine” are doing just that, and they’re trying to brainwash our children when no one wiser is around to defend them. Genetically mutated food is everywhere now, in every popular restaurant you can name and in every grocery store you’ve visited in the last 15 years, even Whole Foods. Ever heard of the “canola oil prepared-food bar”? Ninety percent of corn, soy, canola and cottonseed is GMO — the 11th plague, cancer food, has fallen upon mankind.

There are salmon in the ocean with genes from a much larger eel. There are flu shots and vaccines (swine flu for example) that carry GMO bacteria genes, dangerous virus combinations and “weaponized mycoplasma.” It is completely unknown what this concoction does to humans as it’s injected into your muscle tissue, where it hides from your immune response system and leads directly to auto-immune disorders. How would you like NOT being able to build antibodies anymore? How insane is that? All thanks to the bizarre world of believing that eating pesticide-making genes somehow helps mankind prosper. Plus, the FDA doesn’t require safety testing for GMOs. Do you still wonder why they don’t want them labeled? Contributing lobbyists in Washington, DC, represent corporations that fuel the genetically “mutated” agriculture, meat and milk industries, not to mention GM medicine.

The GMO Plague

Market watchers estimate that seven out of ten processed foods at local supermarkets contain genetically modified ingredients, but it’s probably more like ten out of ten. In the past decade, the growth percentage of the top three GMO crops has soared a whopping 80 percent! Dow AgroSciences is right in the middle of it all, making matters worse.
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Remember the ten plagues that fell on Egyptians who kept the Jewish slaves in bondage, until Moses freed them? There were locusts and dying cattle, and the death of first-born sons of the Egyptians. Sound familiar? GMO brings plagues upon mankind, including birth defects, infertility, spontaneous abortion, dying cattle, diseased fowl and superbugs and superweeds that consume the agriculture. Here are the seven commandments from the GMO tablets “brought down from the mountain” of Natural News:

Seven GMO Commandments

Thou shall not eat genetically modified corn! Corn is the number one crop grown in the US, and at least 88 percent is genetically modified (mutated) to contain foreign DNA, bacteria and pesticide. It’s used as animal feed also in confined animal feeding operations across the country.

Thou shall not eat GM soy! Soy beans were never meant to be eaten by humans in the first place. The Chinese knew centuries ago. Soy is a staple food that appears in hydrogenated oils, lecithin, emulsifiers and protein supplements everywhere. At least 93 percent of soy in America is GMO.

Thou shall not eat GM cottonseed! It says in the Bible not to tamper with nature and alter its natural form. Look it up. Nearly all fried foods contain cottonseed oil, not to mention genetically modified rapeseed oil — a.k.a. canola.

Thou shall not eat GM alfalfa! CAFO farmers feed to dairy cows genetically modified alfalfa that contains pesticide and gives them digestive disorders and parasites. These conventionally raised cows are bred to produce milk, butter, yogurt and meat. GM alfalfa is toxic, but it’s the fourth largest crop grown in the US behind corn, soybeans and wheat.

Thou shall not eat GM papaya! At least 75 percent of the Hawaiian papaya crop has been genetically modified to withstand papaya “ringspot” virus. Are you a virus?

Thou shall not eat GM canola! Canola is used for bio-fuels. It has been found growing far from any planted fields, which raises great concern about its ability to compete with wild plants as it “escapes” into nature. There was no such thing as canola before the 1970s. Mankind created this mutation from rapeseed by lessening the toxic acid content, and it’s Canada’s number one export to the US. Are they exporting a food plague?

Thou shall not eat GM sugar beets! More than half of all sugar sold in the US comes from sugar beets. That’s also where MSG, monosodium glutamate, comes from. At least 90 percent of sugar beets are GMO thanks to the USDA. The organization True Food Now has a list of foods currently being tested for genetic modification. Get a snapshot of the future and avoid the GMO plague, well, “like the plague.”
(http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org)

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/045477_GMO_crops_plague_biotech_industry.html#ixzz34kirvkK1

 

 

Lyme Disease and The Modern Day Vampire – My Story Part 1

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*This is a medical disclaimer to anyone reading, this blog is only about my story with Lyme Disease and the events around my personal healing with this disease. I am in no way making a recommendation as to a specific treatment to a medical condition which would be considered out of my scope of practice. I can in no way accept professional responsibility to the various ways in which an  individual decides to treat their personal disease or symptoms.

Having said that I feel compelled to tell my story due to the tremendous amount of people that I see on a regular basis who “come down” with Lyme Disease.  As most of you know by either personal experience,  knowing someone with this disease or perhaps reading in the news,  it is a  multi-systemic disease that can affect anything from your vision, breathing, mental state, nervous system, thyroid, kidneys,  joint, limb, dental health and reproductive tract. It can devastate your immune system and hinder your ability to ever recover and live a normal life again. For many people with this disease they have, unfortunately, come to the conclusion that they will never live a productive life again. Some are bed-ridden or wheel chair bound. Some have yet to be “officially” diagnosed because many never had the traditional signs and symptoms early on of  Lyme Disease. No classic bulls-eye rash, no fatigue,  in some cases never even remembering a tick-bite. Many people have been falsely diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus and the list goes on and on.

Before being diagnosed with Lyme Disease, I saw many patients who appeared with the nebulous symptoms of Lyme Disease, mainly chronic fatigue, wide spread joint pain, low grade fever, tingling and swirling sensations and brain fog. To be honest, as a practitioner, sometimes the multi-faceted nature of their complaints almost seemed a little hysterical. Especially since these patients were still able to participate in most of their activities of daily living. They were feeling very bad  and yet most were able to accomplish necessary daily activities and chores. They like everybody had stresses and strains in their life whether marital, financial, career or children  but who doesn’t?  That’s just life as we know it.

My Lyme saga began in April of 2011 while training for a  triathlon. I was having a great time feeling strong and powerful as I began to condition my body for the October event. In the spring of 2011, I was swimming 70 laps, riding 30 miles and running 15 miles when my life as I knew it was about to change.  Little did I know penciled in on my karmic dance card was the “Modern Day Vampire” !  My experience with this type of blood sucking Vampire was hardly the romantic interlude we have imagined with the exception that is was life altering and intense!

One spring afternoon I was relaxing on my bed next to my beautifully intuitive cat; the one who likes to lay on top of whatever body chakra she intuitively feels  needs healing and I found a tick on my stomach just underneath my belly button. I know it had not been there too long as I had just taken a shower. I peeled the nasty little body snatcher off and looked very closely to be sure that I got the head of the tick  as well as his whole body, as they tell you to do. I suppose looking back one can never really be to sure you have gotten the whole thing; it’s kind of like breaking a crystal glass on the floor and being sure you “got” all the slivers. The only real way you know is to never find a piece stuck in the bottom of your foot!

The tick that bit me was a dog tick and not the traditional small, microscopic, deer tick we have learned is associated with Lyme Disease.  It stayed on me  30-60 min and no longer. I did keep the tick in a plastic bag, thinking if I ever needed it I would bring it to have it examined. The killing was a deliberate and premeditated one. I was thoroughly disgusted at the site of this body snatcher kicking and screaming, as I with the precision of a surgeon,  gently pulled it from my stomach with tweezers. Mentally, I quickly brushed off this soon to be life-changing event and went on with my day.

I was a little concerned about the bite because through my patients I witnessed the devastation of Lyme Disease but I didn’t put too much energy into it consciously.  Somewhere in the back of my mind, there was that small still voice, telling me to “stay vigilant”.  You know that tiny echo of the inner consciousness we all hear and unfortunately ignore,  but later we regret because we were NOT listening? That would  be Lesson 1-we truly do know what is the right answer to our problems, we just need to be quiet, listen and trust.   Being quiet and listening can be easy for some depending on who you are, it’s trusting ourselves, loving ourselves that can be the challenge. Everyday I would peer down at the red bump left behind from this creature’s bite. After 1 week the red mark had faded some but I began to wonder, is this normal for it to still be there? Still voice, still voice, still voice……. No response by my conscious. I went on about my day. Then one small white bump appeared two inches away from the bite, it looked like a pimple under the skin. It was very tiny. Looked harmless enough but still thought “that’s weird”. Still voice, still voice, still voice….. Again, nothing from conscious mind! Fast forward 3 weeks. Red bump faded a bit but still a tiny bit visible, white bump still there. Still voice, still voice, still voice….now screaming!  Conscious mind, FINALLY LISTENED! At appointment with primary care doctor, I found out he was not there and I would be seeing the Nurse Practitioner. She was nice enough, took one look at the remnants of the bite and the white bump, told me it was not a sign of Lyme, wasn’t sure what the white bump was but that we could run a Lyme Test and if it came back positive we could give the 3 weeks course of antibiotics. One week later the test came back negative. Nope, no Lyme disease according to the doctors office. I guess I should have felt relieved but being an experienced practitioner in holistic and biological medicine somehow these findings  didn’t comfort me. You see it’s not that I don’t “believe’ in western medicine, I certainly know there is a time and place for it but my feeling is that the body is a three-dimensional map of itself.

A true healer understands that there is no way to separate any one part from another. If your head hurts don’t only look to the head to find the reason. You must also look deeper. My experience is  that the problem is generally somewhere other than where the source of the pain is on the body. More than likely the gut. This is where the majority of the immune system resides. In other words the immune system lives in and around your intestines. This is a larger than life epiphany for people out there. A concept not easy to grasp. Wow, to think that the 25 foot membrane that digests our food is more than just that! Who would have guessed? I actually believe more people have heard how important it is to take care of their digestive system but many turn away from that theory because most patients I find, would rather change their religion than change their diet! I understand because in many ways I feel that way. We get into our habits and they can be very hard to change.

I continued with my training throughout the spring and the summer. It was in July that I began to notice some very unusual aches and pains.  I have always been so blessed with my health that any physical ache or pain seemed strange.  So when the sharp, stabbing, knife- like pain began in both knees during a 10 mile run my radar went up immediately. I was hardly able to walk home that day. I went out over the next few days and in the middle of the run again that damn pain. Like cut glass tearing apart my ligaments and tendons. Felt like the inside of my knees were bloody! What is going on?  Denial allowed me to chalked it up to over training and I took a two week break from running. Thought I just needed to take a break from running but then the chills began every time I got into the swimming pool to train during the summer. There went another clue I ignored. The symptoms began to extend to all strenuous activities. Even though some days were well into the 90 degree weather, I would immerse my head in the water and full body chills would rack my entire body.  After the 5th or 6th time of this happening, I began to wonder if perhaps I had an infection that I was not aware of….possibly a kidney or tooth infection crossed my mind. Never would I allow my mind to go to the Lyme diagnosis thing.

September came and although I was having these strange symptoms I kept training. The symptoms were never so acute that I was unable to work or function but by the fall I began to have sweating all over my body, heart palpitations and pain in the tendons and ligaments of my elbows, hands and feet. I suppose I never paid too much attention to them because they were not constant. They would come and go in waves.  Literally some moments were good and others were bad. The stress of running a busy office and using my body so physically as most chiropractors do, I would find that a lot of symptoms happened at work. I continued riding this train to hell for another 2 months of this insanity before I crashed and burned hard.

It was Thanksgiving Day,  November 2011. I went out for a 15 mile bike ride. Came back made dinner, hung out with my family and by 9:00 pm I was in bed with fatigue, flu-like pain, chills, swirling all over my arms, legs and sternum that could stop a large elephant in it’s track! My throat was sore and I felt warm to the touch and oddly enough my temperature seemed to be going down. Not a good sign. Fever is always a good indication because its saying your immune system is doing it’s job but a falling temperature tells you the body is shutting down. Now that’s some scary %&$$!  In the morning, I made an appointment ASAP again with the doctor’s office that originally took my blood after the initial tick bite because now all the background chatter in my inner consciousness that had been ever so vigilant all these months and yet push to the side, was now full tilt boogy in the forefront of my mind. I began to realize what I was dealing with was most likely, dreaded Lyme Disease. I called my sister who is an Internist and after some back and forth about all the possible diagnosis we both came to the conclusion I indeed had Lyme Disease. This conclusion just after she had told me of a patient she heard of that died from Lyme Disease. As you can imagine my response was “And you are telling me this because?…..” Arrrrgh.

The next morning the nurse practitioner again took a battery of test ranging from hormone imbalance, rheumatoid arthritis, mononucleosis and lupus. She did not want to check for Lyme but I insisted. I went home and got in bed and stayed there for the weekend. I was unable to do anything except to wait for my blood test.  I began a cycle of doxycycline that weekend, which is the recommended antibiotic for Lyme. I did feel slightly better by Monday but not much. When the test came back, they were all negative except for blood in my urine and dehydration. Even the Lyme test was negative but it is a well know fact that Lyme is not diagnosed with blood test. It is a clinical diagnosis. The antibiotic never made me feel anymore than 10-20% better.

Once I made the official connection that yes, it was true, I had Lyme Disease I was terrified. I made an appointment with a Lyme literate doctor and spent 3 hours conferring with her about my disease. She also confirmed my diagnosis, at which time she told me I had chronic Lyme disease and the best I could do was manage it with multiple antibiotic, anti-malarial, and antifungals. There was no known cure 7 months into this disease. As you can well imagine my mind began to race with horror as I imagined the active life I had now being threatened to be taken away by a tick bite.

To be continued in Part II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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