Everybody is sick and I know why



Brandon and I had an incredible experience on our recent trip to Anaheim, California to celebrate our anniversary, and to attend the Youngevity Leadership Conference.

I want to share with you a presentation given by Dr. Peter Glidden, ND. It was an honor to get to meet Dr. Glidden.

Dr. Glidden explains the distinct differences in the philosophies in the various practices of medicine.

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Chronic Degenerative Diseases and Digestion

Contributed by Pharmacist Ben Fuchs

Human beings around the world are sick and are getting sicker. We are immersed in a silent epidemic of chronic degenerative diseases (CDDs) that is gradually enveloping the planet’s population. According to the World Health Organization, from a projected total of 58 million worldwide deaths from all causes in 2009, it is estimated that CDDs, physical ailments whose course worsens over time, account for 38 million or over 60 percent.

Here in the United States, CDD’s impact on mortality is even more significant with 3 out of 4 deaths resulting from long term degenerative illnesses and nearly 50% of Americans having at least one. The elderly are especially susceptible; approximately 80% of all persons older than 65 years have at least one chronic condition, and 50% have at least two. And all that misery doesn’t come cheap. Of the nearly three trillion dollars Americans spend every year on health care, it is estimated that 75 percent of it can be attributed to the costs of chronic degenerative disease. That’s over 2 trillion dollars!

Although chronic degenerative diseases can affect any system or structure in the body, including the heart, brain, liver and respiratory tract as well structural components like bone and muscle, behind all CDDs you will find one common thread: inflammation and activated immune system, i.e a defensive or protective response. And because the of vast amount of immune activity occurs in the small intestine, the origins of almost all CDDs can be found in this 5 foot tube in the center of the digestive tract. Specific culprits are chronic exposure to food toxins and allergens and some aspect of the deteriorating digestive lining, which inevitably follows. That’s called “leaky gut”, and it can result in microscopic food particles, mostly undigested protein fragments (peptides), gaining access to the circulation through a weakened intestinal wall. From there, the particles enter the circulatory system and the various components of the body, and we’re off to the CDD races. Understanding these points–inflammation, immunity, food and digestion– are the keys do truly addressing this epic health crisis

Immunity and inflammation are our body’s defensive responses to unwelcome and unrecognized interlopers in its internal milieu. Wisely, when in this defensive posture, it will allocate resources to fight offending agents, shunting them away from healing and repair. Over time as the assaults continue, and healing and repair become more and more suppressed. Various bodily systems can break down and the signs of CDD, swelling, pain, frequent colds, hypertension, and dysfunction in the various organs of the body will begin to appear. The body’s engines simply won’t be firing on all cylinders and health conditions will gradually deteriorate. This will typically result in more inflammation and immunity, ultimately leading us into a downward spiral of disease symptomology that just keep getting worse.

Food represents the most important chronic offending agent. Even good foods activate a defensive response scientists call “post prandial leukocytosis” (post meal white blood cells proliferation). The intestine is packed with responsive immune system cells that can initiate inflammatory chemistry. When activated chronically as a result of repeated ingestion of triggering foods, the net result can be a permanent inflammatory condition and a breakdown in the digestive lining or “Leaky Gut”.

Once food particles sneak through the broken down intestinal barrier and enter into the circulation, a defensive reaction within the blood is initiated. The circulatory system is the sacred space of the body and kept secure by traveling immune system “scout” cells. When these cells spot an invader, a reaction is initiated that includes the formation of inflammatory factors. As these protective molecules proliferate and circulate and form complexes with food particles, eventually they contact various organs, ultimately resulting in the symptoms of disease.

In this way, all chronic illnesses involve the circulatory system which, in addition to blood, is composed of a specialized fluid called “lymph”. While the association of toxic blood to chronic illness is important, no less relevant is the lymphatic relationship to disease. That’s because the lymph portion of the circulatory system contains high concentrations of defensive cells (lymph-o-cytes) and is in fact our toxin elimination system. And, because lymph fluid also circulates key nutritional elements, particularly essential fatty vitamins (D, E, A, and K), as the toxic obstruction accumulates, these vital nutrients will become less available for delivery to the cells.

So how is it that the lymph gets toxic and congested? The same way the blood does; lymphatic blockages and toxicity are mostly a digestive tract and food issues. Why is this so important? Because the connection between lymphatic congestion and disease represent our complicity in the formation of the symptomology of disease as well as a point of control for self-healing independent of drugs, doctors and the medical model.

In addition to leakage through a broken down digestive lining, poorly processed particles of food can enter the lymph directly via capillaries that line the intestine. If activation of intestinal immune cells occur (i.e. a defensive response), immune cell/food particle complexes can freely enter the lymph system. This is NOT GOOD!! If it happens once or twice that’s one thing. The problem is, for many of us, the accumulation of these immune/food complexes into the lymph occurs on a daily, even hourly occasion. Over time what ends up happening is the lymphatic circulatory system can become congested, resulting in weight gain, edema (pooling of fluid) in the lungs or lower extremities, heart disease, hypertension, respiratory problems, cancer and all manner of immune and autoimmune diseases among other health challenges.

If you have unexplained swelling in your fingers or toes, wake up in the morning with uncomfortable soreness and stiffness, or are chronically fatigued, chances are good you are suffering from some degree of lymphatic congestion.

Probably the most important thing you can do to improve lymphatic health is move your body. The well-known association between illness and sedentary lifestyle largely involves stagnant lymph. That’s because unlike the circulation of blood which is driven by the pumping action of the heart, lymphatic fluid circulates through the body by being pushed along via the activity of the muscles. Fun and easy ways to move the lymphatic fluid and reduce the symptoms of CDDs include jumping on a mini trampoline, hanging upside down on an inversion device, or just taking daily brisk walks. And, one of the best ways to keep the lymphatic system purring along is to practice deep breathing; deep inhaling and powerful exhaling. You’ll stimulate the movement of lymph fluid, encourage delivery of nutrients to cells and increase oxygenation of tissues too.

It All Starts With Digestive Health

Image Source: Wikimedia.

You are not what you eat! You are what you absorb.

We often don’t think about how much control we actually have over our health. Every bite of food, every sip of fluids must pass through our digestive system to be broken down to absorb the fuel we need for energy and the nutrients we need to support and maintain the structure and function of trillions of cells that comprise our body, affect our mind, and ultimately our spirit.

Basically we are all biochemical reactors, fueled by a combination of food, oxygen and water. Our digestive systems start at our mouths, and ends, well at the end. Our digestive tract is basically a long tube with a series of valves to control the flow and smooth muscles controlled by complex nerve circuitry provide for all the appropriate controls to keep things moving.

Anything transiting the digestive tract is considered to be OUTSIDE the body. It serves as the boundary to the outside world, and is a major part of our immune system and the first line of defense against things that can harm us (pathogens). The digestive tract is a transition point from the outside world to our blood stream.

Whether you are consuming organically grown veggies, or a fast food combo meal, it all goes through the same process: chewing to break down(saliva+enzymes), liquefying (stomach churning+acid+enzymes), once liquefied in the stomach the result is called chyme.

Chyme is then slowly passed through to the small intestine, this is where most ABSORPTION of nutrients takes place. Ideally, you chew your food enough to make the job of the stomach easier by mechanically breaking up food particles into smaller pieces and enzymes break chemical bonds of macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) into their smaller components (sugars, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, etc…)

Image Source: Wikimedia. Intestinal Villi

The small intestine is where the vast majority of nutrient absorption occurs. The small intestine is about 20 feet in length, and lined with folds of specialized tissues comprised of highly absorbtive cells that “grab” the micronutrients from the chyme and transport them from the outside world into the blood supply that feeds the liver, as you can see in the illustration above, it is a junction point for the circulatory, lymphatic and endrocrine systems.

Factoid: If the lining of the small intestine were unfolded into a flat surface, it would cover the size of a tennis court. That’s one large absorptive surface!

The liver and the pancreas secrete bile and enzymes into the small intestine to aid in the process of breaking down chyme into micronutrients for absorption into the blood.

There are many things that can and do go wrong in the digestive tract, maladies ranging from “heartburn” to celiac disease, chron’s disease, and more subtle conditions like a gluten intolerance, etc… all these various conditions result in malabsorption of nutrients thus causing nutrient deficiencies in the body.

Often, simply avoiding inflammatory foods will greatly improve overall health, because absorption of available nutrients. Food sensitivity testing can also reveal some very useful information.

Dr. Joel Wallach BS, DVM, ND recommends avoiding these Bad Foods:
• Oats – Even Gluten Free
• Fried Foods – Nothing fried, Need to Broil, Boil or Bake
• Oils – No Oil of Any Kind, this includes olive & coconut oils!
• Well Done Meat
• Deli Meats – loaded with nitrates & nitrites, read the labels!
• Carbonated Beverages
• Baked Potato Skins
• Wheat
• Barley
• Rye

Why Avoiding Gluten is Critical
• Gluten is an Inflammatory
• Interferes with Absorption
• Causes Intestinal Sludge & Blockage
• Associated with Autoimmune Disease
• Significantly Raises Blood Sugar

Once the chyme has passed through the small intestine and most absorption of nutrients has taken place, the final breakdown products leave the small intestine and enter the large intestine where they are mixed with bacteria.

The primary functions of the large intestine include:

  • Completion of absorption
  • Production of certain vitamins
  • Formation and elimination of feces

Bacteria in the large intestine covert proteins into amino acids, breakdown the amino acids and produce some B vitamins and vitamin K.

The role of bacteria, both good and bad in our gut, greatly influences our overall health.

Freedom Chiropractic offers diagnostic services that will help identify the root cause of many health issues you may be experiencing, and can offer to you non-drug and non-surgical solutions and life changing advice. We want to to be your primary care physician.

If you want to go more in-depth about digestive health, please check out these resources:

Dr. Joanne Conaway BSN, RN, ND interviews:


Why Is America So Sick? – This is a great book!

Cerial Killers – An interview with Dr. Joel Wallach BS, DVM, ND


What you can do right now to improve your digestive health:

  1. Clean-up your diet!
    Make an effort to reduce and eventually eliminate the inflammatory and damaging foods from your diet.
  2. Don’t drink carbonated beverages with meals, if you do consume carbonated beverages, drink them at least 1 hour before or 1 hour after meals so the carbonation does not neutralize stomach acids vital for digestion and absorption of key nutrients, like calcium, Vitamin B12 and others.
  3. Consider adding digestive enzymes just before meals, these will help strengthen your digestive function, and aid in absorption of nutrients.
  4. Consider adding probiotics to your diet, by consuming fermented foods or by adding a probiotic supplement.

Make an appointment today and let’s discuss your specific circumstances and together we can formulate a holistic strategy toward achieving optimal health!