Chronic Viral Infections with Dr. Tim Jackson

Dr. Tim Jackson works virtually with clients all over the world and is on the show today to talk about chronic viral infections and mold.

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Here's what you'll hear: 

Min 01:55 Introduction to Dr. Tim Jackson

Min 04:20 How often Dr. Jackson sees chronic viral infections in patients

Min 06:05 Immunoglobulins (IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG & IgM)

Min 09:30 Other pathogens - systemic candida, Brucella, mycoplasma bacteria

Min 11:20 How viruses become chronic

Min 14:50 Testing for viruses

Min 16:25 Causes and signs of chronic virus infection

Min 19:45 Dr. Jackson's approach to new clients & his treatment approach

Min 26:35 Percentage of patients' cases with high viral load

Min 32:30 Tests Dr. Jackson recommends for mold toxicity -

To learn more about Dr. Tim Jackson, you can find him on his website and follow him on Facebook .

               

Dr. Jackson’s Resources: 

Free eBook “Beyond Green Allopathy”

Mycometrics - a microbiology services laboratory

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Bridgit Danner, Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative

Parasites: A Hidden Root Cause with Dr. Todd Watts

Dr. Todd Watts is a functional medicine chiropractor from Idaho and in this guest we’re talking about parasitic infections. 

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Min 01:20 Introduction to Dr. Todd Watts

Min 03:40 Dr. Watts working on his own case

Min 05:10 Why most of Dr. Todd's patients are women

Min 06:45 How often female patients have parasitic infection

Min 10:50 Testing for parasites

Min 15:25 The connection between Epstein barr and Lyme

Min 19:25 Responses to parasite treatments

Min 22:40 Stress, exposure to chemicals & electromagnetic frequency

Min 25:30 Dr. Todd Watt's healing process & the 5R's of cellular healing

Min 33:00 Parasitic infection and systemic inflammation

To learn more about Dr. Todd Watts and his practice, visit his website here and follow him on social media:

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Healthy Fats for Happy Hormones

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In this article, we’ll be focusing on fats that increase the production of prostaglandins, which are not hormones, but are powerful, hormone-like agents that do important jobs such as regulating inflammation and stimulating hormone production. (1) So if you want to have regulated hormones and managed inflammation, read on to learn about your helpful prostaglandins and how to support them.

Are you dealing with symptoms like:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Irregular periods
  • Heavy periods
  • Anxiety 
  • Weight Gain
  • Menstrual migraines

These are all potential symptoms of inflammation and hormone imbalance that may benefit from the prostaglandin lovin’ you’ll learn about today.

What are Prostaglandins?

Prostaglandins are lipid compounds produced throughout the body, derived from fats and produced by an enzymatic process. They are made from Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats, plus some micronutrients and minerals are needed in their production as well.

Prostaglandins can both initiate and reduce inflammation. (2) Inflammation is a normal process in the body, but too much inflammation causes pain and hormone dysregulation. 

Since prostaglandins can be inflammatory or anti-inflammatory; one way to reduce symptoms is to increase anti-inflammatory prostaglandins by consuming the fats that are needed to make anti-inflammatory prostaglandins.

If you’re nutritionally savvy, you may have learned that Omega 3 fats are good and that Omega 6 fats are bad. This is somewhat true, but there’s more to it.

The Fats

Omega 3 and 6 fats are both polyunsaturated fatty acids, and the numbers 3 and 6 refer to the location of a double carbon bond within the structure of the molecule. Omega 3 and 6 oils are considered ‘essential’ to consume because the human body cannot make them.

The Omega 3s

Omega 3 oils are anti-inflammatory which means they reduce the unwanted symptoms of inflammation like headaches and acne. Their anti-inflammatory effect even helps in treating the autoimmune diseases that are becoming so common in women by regulating the immune system.  

The three types of Omega 3 fatty acids involved in human physiology are α-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). ALA comes from plant sources and DHA and EPA come from marine sources.

ALA sources of omega three can be converted in EPA and, less efficiently, to DHA. There has been some debate about the rate of this conversion.  It appears that women, as a result of higher estrogen levels, convert ALA to EPA at a higher rate than in men. (3)

EPA is what we are focusing on in this article, as it is converted to a prostaglandin.

From the Omega 3 category, consume foods such as:

  • Wild, fresh salmon
  • Grass-fed beef and lamb
  • Pastured chicken or duck eggs
  • Fish eggs
  • Sardines
  • Tuna
  • Oysters 
  • Shrimp
  • Anchovies
  • Flounder 
  • Bass
  • Mackerel

These vegetarian sources of Omega 3s are awesome additions to your diet:

  • Fresh ground flax seed
  • High lignan flax oil (use for dressing, not for cooking)
  • Walnuts
  • Chia seeds
  • Leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Sea vegetables 
  • Hemp seed and oil

As a supplement, you can take 1,000 mg /day of high quality fish oil, like this one we carry from Designs for Health.  You can also find an algae-based Omega 3 oil as well, like this one from Nordic Naturals.

 

The Omega 6s

While all clean sources of Omega 3's are good, Omega 6's are more of a mixed bag. 

Omega 6 oils include linoleic acid (LA), an essential fatty acid, and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).  Similar to the conversion process of the Omega 3 ALA into EPA, it is possible to CONVERT LA into GLA, but there can be snags in the process.  Another downside of linoleum acid is that too much is inflammatory.

So it’s best to get your linoleum acid from clean sources, and also to add in the lesser-known and potent GLA oils below.

The Bad Boys

Some Omega 6 fats are dangerous, like the ones coming from canola, corn, safflower oils. These processed vegetable oils often are derived from non-organic, genetically-modified seeds, and the oil can only be extracted from a series of complex steps.  In other words, they are not real food. The resulting product is inflammatory, can contribute to leaky gut, and can actually block normal hormone production and function, contributing to things like cramps and infertility. (4)

These oils are prevalent in processed foods like bakery items, margarines and most prepared foods, whether from the grocery store shelf, the deli section or a restaurant. When you use these oils to fry things like french fries, they become really bad, as the extra heat exposure creates even more free radicals.

Please do not use vegetable oils in your home cooking and avoid all margarines.  Minimize processed foods and cook at home much more than you eat out.  

The Good Girls

Clean sources of linoleic acid (LA) include:

  • Avocado
  • Almonds
  • Brazils nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Pecans 
  • Pine nuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Organic organ meat

Great sources of gamma- linoleic acid (GLA) include:

  • Borage oil
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Flax oil
  • Olive oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Spirulina (5)

As mentioned earlier, LA can be converted to prostaglandins, but too much compared to Omega 3 ALA can be a problem. (6) So watch your ‘bad boy’ oil consumption. And do get your extra special GLA fats, as these are not inflammatory and tend to be the most overlooked in our diets.

It can be easy to increase good fats in your diet.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Drizzle hemp, flax or sesame oil over your cooked food or salad.
  • Buy raw nuts and mix with coconut flakes and dried berries for a trail mix/ easy snack. (Store in fridge.)
  • Add nuts and seeds to your morning smoothie.
  • Make a chia/ seed porridge.
  • Find a clean source of fish and learn to cook it!
  • Learn about sea vegetables and how to use them.

Stay tuned for a partner article to this one where I’ll talk about what can help or hurt prostaglandin production!  And please share any comments below!

  1. Before the Change: Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause by Ann Louise Gittleman, Harper Collins 1998
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3081099/
  3. http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Omega-3-ALA-intakes-enough-for-EPA-DPA-levels-for-non-fish-eaters
  4. https://wellnessmama.com/2193/never-eat-vegetable-oil/
  5. https://wellnessmama.com/4738/spirulina-benefits/
  6. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-the-omega-3omega-6-ratio-may-not-matter-after-all/
Bridgit Danner, LAc, FDNP Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative

Bridgit Danner, LAc, FDNP

Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative

Bridgit Danner is at the author of this article and the founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative.

She designed a private, collaborative coaching service exclusively for women which utilizes the accuracy of functional medicine for outstanding results.  

  • To learn more about our Spark Case Review, the first step in our Restore Your Radiance program, click here.
  • If you haven't yet taken our peri-menopause quiz, you totally should do it here.

Reset Your Metabolism With Maria Emmerich

Maria Emmerich is a ketogenic diet expert and an author of various books with the newest being "The 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse: Reset Your Metabolism with 160 Tasty Whole-Food Recipes & Meal Plans"

In this episode we talk about metabolism and we're giving away a free book so be sure to listen to the end to learn how to enter the contest.

 

 

 

 

 

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Min 02:25 Introduction to Maria Emmerich

Min 04:00 Maria's new book "The 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse"

Min 05:20 What works and what doesn't work

Min 07:50 Glucose & non-glucose burners

Min 09:30 Being in ketosis and burning fat

Min 11:50 What happens on consuming excess sugar/carbs?

Min 18:00 Doing the ketogenic diet the right way

Min 19:40 Exercise and mistakes people make

Min 21:50 Recommended tests

Min 26:30 Negative charges & grounding

Min 30:50 The ketogenic diet and its adoption by different people

Min 34:55 Minerals, mineral deficiencies and supplements

Min 38:30 Maria's resources including free recipes

 

To learn more about Maria Emmerich, click here to visit her website and follow her on social media:

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To get a free copy of Maria Emmerich’s book, look for the book cover of "The Ketogenic Cleanse" on my Instagram account here and when you do then write in the comments "I want this book."

This giveaway will be available for a week from today.

The Woman's Vitality Summit

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Bridgit Danner, Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative

Support These Three Systems for Smoother Peri-menopause

We'll focus on three systems to support the most while in peri-menopause.

1. Balance Your Blood Sugar

This tip is HUGE for peri-menopause, so pay close attention.  When you were younger, you could maybe get away with late-night pizza or drinking binges.  You body is much less forgiving at this age, which you probably already realized.  

You don’t want to gain weight, feel cloudy, or sleep poorly, but, if your like most of us, you want to have you cake and eat it too.

It’s super important to keep your blood sugar balanced to prevent the symptoms of peri-menopause.  Spikes and dips in your blood sugar create an additional stress on your body, and your body is already going through the stress of changing hormones.  

These spikes and dips in your blood sugar also make you cranky, craving carbs and gaining weight.  Sugars also feed the unhealthy bacteria in your gut, and you need a healthy gut to clear old hormones and to make chemicals that make you feel good.

Here’s my best tip for blood sugar: start the day with low sugar and high protein and fiber.  When you start you day this way, you will have less cravings and make better choices.  

Some options:

2.  Love Your Adrenals

Your adrenals are two glands in your lower back that make hormones for energy and stress.  They also make some female hormones (sex hormones) and you rely on them more as your ovarian function declines.

Your adrenals make hormones for stress, energy and sex.  You probably want lots of energy and great sex, but less stress. So create less stress in your life.  

Now, you probably think of stress as being stuck in traffic and late for an important appointment.  That is stressful.  But stress to your body comes in lots of other forms too, like: 

  • The blood sugar spikes and dips we discussed
  • The late nights of work
  • The stress of caring for kids or elderly parents
  • Chronic pain
  • Eating low-quality foods or inflammatory foods

This list could be longer, but I’ll stop here and give you tip #2 to love your adrenals. Get to bed by 10 PM, take rest breaks during the day, and have fun!

3. Support Detox Pathways

To have hormone balance, you need to clear toxins. Excess hormones re-circulating in your blood stream, or toxins that mimic hormones can lead to peri-menopause symptoms.

Today we’ll talk about two mechanisms that clear toxins and how to support them: the liver and the digestive tract.

The liver is the best known detox organ, for good reason.  It breaks down toxins and used hormones into a form that can be eliminated.  To support the liver, eat foods that contain the nutrients your liver needs to do its tasks.

Some liver-loving foods include: pasture-raised eggs, beets, carrots, lemon, broccoli, chard, dandelion, cabbage, onions and garlic.

Once toxins and used hormones are broken down, they need to be eliminated from the body.  The main exit route is the digestive tract.  If you are constipated or have an inflamed digestive tract, these waste products may not be eliminated.  

Natural sources of fat, such as coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocados, unprocessed meats and fish, are needed by the gallbladder to make the bile that the toxins travel with from the liver to the digestive tract.

Once in the digestive tract, keep your bowels moving with regular exercise and drinking plenty of water.  Reduce inflammation by avoiding inflammatory foods such as sugar, alcohol, gluten and processed dairy products.

Please take one tip from above and get started!

What in the World is Peri-menopause?

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If I were to ask 10 women on the street, “what is peri-menopause?”, I would probably get just 1 out of 10 who would know the answer, at best.

Peri-menopause is the about 10 year period before the full stopping of your period, called menopause. The stopping of your menstrual period doesn’t just come out of nowhere, it happens after a slow decline of ovarian function.

Your ovaries, the two little organs that shoot out an egg every month when you ovulate, come to life at puberty, and peak around 27 years of age.  After that, their function starts to decline very gradually, and then much more rapidly.

If you recall your teenage years, you may remember having acne, mood swings and irregular periods.  This was because your brain was learning to work with your newly active ovaries together.

At peri-menopause, you may also have hormonal symptoms, that could include:

  • Heavy periods

  • Early periods

  • Missed periods

  • Anxiety

  • Insomnia

  • Weight Gain

  • Forgetfulness

 

So why do the symptoms of peri-menopause happen?  

Sadly, you can’t live forever, or make babies forever. Your genes are programmed to turn on your reproductive powers at puberty, and gradually fade them before menopause.

As you entered puberty, your ovaries started making estrogen, the dominant female hormone, like crazy. You grew breasts and hips and your periods may have been really intense.

You rode this nice estrogen high with gorgeous skin and a healthy sex drive in your 20s. But as you aged, your ovarian function declined and you made less estrogen, slowly.  

Just like in puberty, the brain is trying its best to work with the ovaries at peri-menopause.  Some months it's pushing them to work harder, and estrogen level go up. Other months estrogen levels are low.  This is a normal aspect of peri-menopause, but it can result in symptoms.

Because the eggs in the ovaries aren't as prime in our older years, their function is less robust. This leads to less progesterone production, the hormone that is made after your ovulate, in the second half of your cycle. It is also normal that progesterone declines, but this change can again cause symptoms.

Here’s one last detail: you make a certain type of estrogen, estradiol, in your reproductive years.  As you shift towards menopause, another type of estrogen, estrone, becomes dominant. But that shift is a little rough on your body, because it got used to using estradiol for many years.

You don’t have to be a victim of your changing hormones. Once you get to know your hormones and what they need, you can be the hero in your own hormone story.

Stayed tuned for information on how to best take care of yourself in these years to avoid symptoms as much as possible!


Bridgit Danner is at the author of this article and the founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative.

She designed a private, collaborative coaching service exclusively for women which utilizes the accuracy of functional medicine for outstanding results.  

 

  • To learn more about our Spark Case Review, the first step in our Restore Your Radiance program, click here.

 

  • If you haven't yet taken our peri-menopause quiz, you totally should do it here.

The Wahls Protocol for Autoimmunity With Dr. Terry Wahls

Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine, clinical researcher and an author of the book “The Wahls Protocol”.  She was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years but recovered and is now a cyclist!

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Min 01:30 Introduction to Dr. Terry Wahls

Min 05:50 Multiple sclerosis (MS) & its progression

Min 09:10 Steps to recovery and healing

Min 17:00 Terry's work helping other patients during her recovery period

Min 25:50 The relationship between MS & autoimmunity

Min 28:40 Stem cells and myelin sheath regeneration

Min 33:40 Preventing Multiple sclerosis (MS) & other autoimmune diseases

Min 38:00 Terry's autoimmune books

Min 40:00 Mitochondrial function & support

To learn more about Dr. Terry Wahls, visit her website here and follow her on social media:

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Dr. Terry’s Resources: 

The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life

The Woman's Vitality Summit

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Gut Health Super Bundle

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Please click here to get your copy. This offer ends tomorrow.
 

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To listen to a previous podcast I did with Susanne Bennett on Mitochondria Support, please click here.