Archive for March 2010

Are these health issues genetic?

March 30, 2010

I’ve mentioned before I’m a BIG fan of Dr Bruce Lipton and his books on genetics. His book, “The Biology of Belief” is great reading and helps us understand that the thinking “well, I’m predisposed to heart disease or cancer because my parents and their parents had it” is largely incorrect. The emerging science of epigenetics tells us that how genes express is powerfully controlled by environmental factors. In other words, while we do have some genetic predispositions, FAR more is within our control than is outside of it. That is very good news for those inclined to take control over their health, for those who don’t want to play the victim.

Here’s a great post from our Portland clinic director’s blog on the subject. Enjoy!

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20 Things You Need to Know About Digestive Enzymes

March 25, 2010

I received this from Natural News. Good stuff. I’ve written previously about how important I think digestive enzymes are, and I’ve linked to the ones I take. Comment here or email me if you have any questions about this.

Here’s the new article from Natural News:

Dear Reader,

We’ve all surely experienced the following at some point: bloating, burping, flatulence, bowel disorders, heart burn and food allergies. These conditions can be symptoms of a lack of digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes mainly proteins that are an active participant in nearly every function of the body. Without them, the body would not be able to break down food into its smaller building blocks, which are then used by each cell in the body. Unfortunately, as we age, our body’s capacity to produce these enzymes decreases. When we eat cooked food, we call upon our body’s own finite resources to step up and break down the food into smaller components. Because of this limited supply, it’s ever important to take a digestive enzyme supplement or, even better, to make sure our diet is filled with enzyme-rich live foods, such as sprouted seeds, grains and legumes.

1. If your bowels are not working optimally, here are a few things that might help: You can have a digestive analysis to measure the amounts of digestive enzymes, glucuronidase, healthy bacteria, and unhealthy bacteria or yeast in your gut. Most specialty labs will provide herbal recommendations for overgrowth of bacteria or yeast and will measure the amount of glucuronidase in the stool.

– Phuli Cohan, The Natural Hormone Makeover: 10 Steps to Rejuvenate Your Health and Rediscover Your Inner Glow

2. Digestive enzymes have been shown to be extremely beneficial in the treatment of heartburn. Also called bitters, they’ve been around for centuries in the form of plants and herbs. Gentian root is one well-known bitter. Gentian improves digestion by increasing appetite and stimulating digestive juices and pancreatic activity. It also stimulates the secretion of hydrochloric acid and bile and is known for relieving gallbladder problems and indigestion.

– Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What Treatments Work and Why

3. A diet that is low in enzymes or that lacks them completely will push an already stressed pancreas to create digestive enzymes to replace what’s missing. It is becoming apparent that the pancreas bears the brunt of attack from a number of poor dietary choices. It is no wonder that some 20 million Americans, many of them children, have diabetes (often linked with obesity, which has its own set of health problems), and the number is growing at a frightening rate. Fiber is another nutrient that has been removed from many foods.

– Tom Woloshyn, The Complete Master Cleanse: A Step-by-Step Guide to Maximizing the Benefits of The Lemonade Diet

4. There are several different types of digestive enzymes: general, which digest many things; peptidases, which digest peptides; protein-digesting enzymes; fat-digesting enzymes; and carbohydrate-digesting enzymes. Enzymes are used in children according to what type of digestive aids they most need. One child may need more help with carbohydrate digestion, others may need help with fat digestion, some may need peptidase, and others may require combinations. My general recommendation: one-half to two digestive enzyme capsules per meal, depending upon a child’s particular needs.

– Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders

5. “A related cause is the lack of the ancillary chemicals, or coenzymes, that allow digestive enzymes to function properly. Among autistic kids, the most frequent enzyme problems are: Deficiency of the DPP4 enzyme, which breaks down gluten and casein; deficiency of lipase enzymes, which break down fat; and deficiency of sugar-digesting enzymes, which break down complex dietary sugars. Incomplete breakdown of gluten and casein, fatty acids, and complex sugars can result in the creation of partially digested molecules, including neurotoxic partial proteins, or peptides.

– Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders

6. Because it’s a group of powerful digestive enzymes, bromelain can relieve indigestion. A member of the class of enzymes known as proteolytic enzymes, bromelain breaks down the amino acid bonds in protein. It’s often extracted from pineapple and is a key ingredient in most over-the-counter digestive enzymes. But the beneficial effects of bromelain are due to multiple factors, and many of those are as yet unknown.

– Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why

7. Cooking food at temperatures above 112 to 120°f (44-49°c) kills digestive enzymes, which must be present in the stomach to break down proteins into their smaller amino acid components for digestion and assimilation. Also, when food is heated even to a sterilizing or pasteurizing point (which is much lower than baking or frying temperatures), the amino acid lysine becomes bound, making lysine and other amino acids biologically unavailable to the body.

– Ron Garner, Conscious Health: A Complete Guide to Wellness Through Natural Means

8. Supplementation with digestive enzymes along with a meal helps share the workload of your body’s own pancreatic enzymes and can aid in digestion. But what happens if you take enzymes between meals? As mentioned earlier, pancreatic enzymes are not only released into the small intestine, but also directly into the bloodstream. Why? Protein molecules that are only partially digested in the small intestine are absorbed into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the immune system treats them as invaders provoking an immune reaction.

– Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness

9. Use digestive enzymes. Start with a broad-spectrum enzyme and add a specific enzyme if certain foods triggersymptoms. For example, use lipase if fats bother you, lactase if dairy is a problem, protease if proteins seem to cause symptoms, or something with bile if your gallbladder has been removed. You’ll know it’s right if your bowels improve. Chew your food well. This may sound so simple, but most people do not take the time to chew properly.

– Phuli Cohan, The Natural Hormone Makeover: 10 Steps to Rejuvenate Your Health and Rediscover Your Inner Glow

10. Many people who have their gallbladder removed do well taking digestive enzymes that include bile salts. Hydrochloric acid is manufactured by the stomach and helps to break down proteins. Low stomach acid causes gas, bloating and heartburn. Sometimes low stomach acid has the same symptoms as high stomach acid. Excessive HCL can cause heartburn. Drug use and stimulants increase the risk of indigestion. This would include substances such as alcohol, tobacco, immuran, cortisone, iron, aspirin, antibiotics and painkillers. E ating too fast may cause dyspepsia.

– Heather Caruso, Your Drug-Free Guide to Digestive Health

11. Protease helps to digest proteins such as antibodies that cause histamine reactions. Digestive enzymes are not good if you have an ulcer or gastritis.

– Heather Caruso, Your Drug-Free Guide to Digestive Health

12. We use three kinds of enzymes: metabolic enzymes to run our bodies, digestive enzymes to digest food and food enzymes in raw foods that enable the food to partially self-digest, thus conserving our bodies’ limited enzyme-producing capacities. Food enzymes are active, or “alive,” in uncooked food. Once a food is heated, they chemically degrade, or “die.” By conservative estimates, enzymes may begin dying at temperatures as low as 105?F. Within 30 minutes at 119 to 129 degrees, all are dead. Cooking alters an enzyme’s “lock and key” configuration so that it can no longer perform its intended function.

– Susan E. Schenck, The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet

13. Pets need live enzymes too, which is why they eat grass and even the excrement of other animals, which contains digestive enzymes. Often an animal will eat so much grass that it vomits. This may be because it is detoxing too quickly. The same happens to people who drink excessive wheatgrass juice during transition to raw diets. A quicker way to transition your pet would be to fast it on water for a few days. This is something to consider, especially if it is sick. Even if it is seemingly healthy, fasting will speed up the detoxification from all the cooked food.

– Susan E. Schenck, The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet

14. Live Food: Our Biggest Energy Conserver – Energy is conserved because the body is not required to expend energy manufacturing all digestive enzymes needed, an abundance of which are naturally present and active in raw foods. Energy is conserved because the body is not required to continually cleanse fluids and tissues of exogenous toxins in heated and chemically adulterated SAD foods. Energy is conserved because the body is no longer creating nor being required to eliminate the toxic byproducts (endogenous toxins) of cooked food metabolism.

– Susan E. Schenck, The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet

15. Once food enters the small intestine, it undergoes further churning and mixing with digestive enzymes and is mixed with bile produced in the liver. Bile helps emulsify the fats in your food so that they can be digested and absorbed properly. The pancreas secretes most of the digestive enzymes in the duodenum, including proteases to break down proteins, amylase for carbohydrate digestion and lipases to break down diglycerides and triglycerides into long-chained fatty acids. Fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, E, and D, are absorbed through dissolution in the emulsified fats.

– Russell L. Blaylock, M.D., Health and Nutrition Secrets

16. Since raw foods require different digestive enzymes than those needed for digesting cooked foods, eating these food items separately, i.e., one after the other, makes it easier on the digestive system. Eating raw food items after having eaten cooked foods will leave them mostly undigested and subject to fermentation. Avoid cooked foods items in your salad, especially protein foods.

– Andreas Moritz, Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation: Unleash The Natural Healing Power That Lies Dormant Within You

17. While the plants have leaves that turn solar energy into usable plant energy, you have digestive enzymes and specially designed red blood cells that can transport nutrients to every single cell in your body. While a plant respirates and exchanges air and chemicals with its surrounding environment, you also respirate. Your lungs do the work for you without you even being aware that you’re breathing. These and literally billions of other biological events happen automatically without your knowledge and even without conscious attention on your part.

– Mike Adams, The Seven Laws of Nutrition

18. Some intriguing claims are made, including the belief by Donald Kelley that cancer is the end result of a failure to produce sufficient pancreatic and digestive enzymes. Since Kelley’s Therapy, which includes the ingestion of vast amounts of such enzymes, is now achieving some unheard of successes with pancreatic and other cancers, enzyme therapy may have some basis, and the various hypotheses should be investigated further.

– Michael Gearin-Tosh, Living Proof: A Medical Mutiny

19. Therefore, it is a life-prolonging practice to take digestive enzymes with meals made with such foods. Enzymes taken on an empty stomach serve a remarkably different function than digestion. These enzymes are immediately directed to the metabolic processes of our bodies. There are experiments that involve coupling radioactive particles with ingested enzymes, allowing scientists to track the path of enzymes. Results prove that enzymes taken on an empty stomach do indeed assist the metabolic functions, including the miraculous repair of any damage sustained by the body. Translation: More Life.

– Matt Monarch, Raw Success

20. Sprouting allows the digestive enzymes to remain intact, eliminating gas production altogether.

– Brendan Brazier, The Thrive Diet: The Whole Food Way to Lose Weight, Reduce Stress, and Stay Healthy for Life

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Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery

March 21, 2010

This is a new technique that is benefitting a lot of people who have severely degenerative hips. Compared to a traditional hip replacement procedure, the benefit here is that far less soft tissue is cut so there is typically less post-operative pain and a quicker return to function. I’m going to embed the video below. It’s not for the squeamish. But if you are a candidate for such surgery, or if you have hip pain and want motivation to do your Egoscue exercises and fix your alignment issues, then watch this video.

Now, our clients know our position on this. We are NOT anti-surgery. If you need it, thank goodness procedures like this are available. But here’s the analogy I use with our clients. You hit a pothole and you knock the front end of your car out of alignment. Well, if you keep driving your car, what happens to your tires? That’s right, they wear unevenly and your car’s performance deteriorates. If they get bad enough, you may need to buy new tires.

But, what happens if ALL you do is buy new tires? You’re going to grind them up, too! And you’re going to wonder why the car is still not handling correctly. The answer here is obvious: you may or may not need to buy new tires, but you had better fix the alignment issue or you’ll continue to have problems.

The same holds true of your hip. It may be to a point where you have no choice, you have to replace the hip. But you had better fix the hip’s alignment or you’re going to continue to have problems. We’ve had a lot of clients come to us with degenerative hips. Some we can help avoid surgery. Many come to us knowing they will absolutely need surgery and their goal is to get their hip into as sound a position as possible prior to the procedure so they can have as good an outcome as possible.

We recently had several clients go through this and in each case, they were dismissed from physical therapy about halfway through the normal protocol because they were doing so well. They had FAR less pain and FAR more range of motion and function than the typical hip replacement patient.

So, if you have a degenerative hip, then yes, do your due diligence. But fix your posture, your hip (either the old or the new one) will thank you!

Here’s the video:

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More info on Pete’s new book

March 19, 2010

Here’s some promotional info we were sent on Pete’s new book, I’m passing it on so you can enjoy it as well. I’m really looking forward to getting this book into our clinic. Can’t wait to read it and then talk with Pete about it. All the clinic owners will be together with Pete next month for our annual corporate get together, so I imagine this will DEFINITELY be a topic of discussion.

Here you go…


Replenish What Makes Us Strong;

Enjoy the Very Best of


Always Catch The Rain.


Pete Egoscue, with Roger Gittines

Sold Exclusively Through The Egoscue Method Clinics and affiliates Until May 1, 2010

As an encore to his best seller, Pain Free, Pete Egoscue’s latest book—LET’S LIGHTEN UP: Replenish What Makes Us Strong; Enjoy the Very Best of Health; Always Catch The Rain will inevitably be linked and compared to that still classic guide to the non-medical, postural treatment of dysfunction in the human musculoskeletal system. 

Long live Pain Free.

And so be it. The good news is there is plenty of room on the shelf for Pain Free and its various offspring. In fact, LET’S LIGHTEN UP, or LUP, as it is known somewhat irreverently around the Egoscue Method network that Pete Egoscue founded and still serves as CEO, was written expressly for those who read Pain Free (and probably shared it with their relatives and friends) and still have a deep and abiding interest in the subject. Until now, Pete hasn’t been completely successful in closing the loop for all his readers: You may still have questions that need answers (why do Static Back E-cises take so darn long?). On the other hand, you may find yourself in the ranks of those who truly get it and want to spread the word.

For instance, those with the open loop situation need to know that the new book takes them to an important place – deep inside their emotions. They can come away from LET’S LIGHTEN UP with an amazing new technique to optimize their health and their spirits. It is so fast and effective that many of the readers who tried it were stunned while going through early drafts of the book.

Not keeping score or anything, but that’s a game-changer: Pete succeeded in reuniting health with emotion. Many people cannot answer the simple question, “How do you feel?” Without access to our emotions, it is impossible to know what our body is trying to tell us about our physiological systems as we work and play. As lapses go, this is indeed worrisome since it is a skill the human body has excelled at for going on a million years. Without that emotional input, grinding it out with perspiration and perseverance aren’t enough to keep us strong, balanced and healthy. Why? It seems too “mindless,” so we try to skate by on intellect. However, if we don’t feel it, we don’t really believe it. Only awareness of the present moment – how I feel right now – can take us to a state of supreme confidence that expects success and achieves it. Even if it is only, really, really, really enjoying the morning sunlight.

The second group of readers – the “Get It Patrol” – need to know why they get it. Not for the sake of their egos but for the sake of their inner peace, which is under assault by the expert-driven modern culture that hounds them to trust only in impressive credentials that exist outside of themselves in the Neverland of Objective Fact. The problem is that when we go outside of ourselves for validation, we lose our most important gift – complete awareness of what the body needs to survive and prosper.

LET’S LIGHTEN UP can show everyone how to rescue awareness from the well-meaning experts who do not believe in belief. The book won’t just tell you about the power of belief through awareness (and thus become another expert conversing with other experts) — it shows you how to quickly and personally experience it as you go about the business of realigning the musculoskeletal system through postural therapy.

Sounds trite, but the missing ingredient isn’t missing any longer. It is in this book. With it you’ll be able to heal and strengthen and balance your body. No more almost recoveries from injuries, illness and aging. LET’S LIGHTEN UP can help you conquer fear of failure, which is the guaranteed consequence of letting ourselves become unaware.

The loop – expectation, effort, awareness, belief – closes, forging an incredibly powerful health connection. Don’t take Pete Egoscue’s words for it. All you need is to answer the question, “How do you feel?” You are the expert.

The journey back to awareness resumes with LET’S LIGHTEN UP: Replenish What Makes Us Strong; Enjoy the Very Best of Health; Always Catch The Rain.

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Egoscue and Arthritis

March 16, 2010

from our Portland clinic director’s blog, great stuff.

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New study on bone loss drugs

March 12, 2010

A new study is coming out talking about problems with this class of drugs. I wrote before, I’ll be surprised if in 10-15 years these drugs aren’t pulled off the market. I believe they are THAT dangerous. To understand what this study is talking about, and why I believe what I believe you need a basic understanding of how the body maintains bone. You can search for prior posts where I’ve written about this more extensively, but the summary is that there are cells that lay down new bone, and cells that eat up old brittle bone. Bone is living matter and it has a shelf life. Once it gets past a certain age, it needs to be replaced. So what do these drugs do? They KILL the cells that replace old bone. So what happens? Yeah, you accumulate a lot of old brittle bone you aren’t supposed to have. Genius.

I predicted years ago that what we’ll begin to see is people having unexplained fractures, where bone just snaps. This is inevitable. And guess what, now we’re beginning to see it. This is just the tip of the iceberg, I guarantee more is coming.

If you have or are at risk of osteoporosis, you can deal with this situation without taking drugs that kill a part of your body. I’ll write a post on this shortly that addresses this in more depth, but keys to maintaining bone health are maintaining sound postural alignment so bones can load with weight the way they are designed to load, keeping your pH balance in a neutral range, and MOVING. Here’s a post I wrote a year ago with a link to a video at Mercola about osteoporosis:

Here’s the link to an article at USA Today about the study and a quote from the article. Check it out.

The drugs are effective initially in slowing bone loss, says Joseph Lane, chief of metabolic bone disease service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Research he will present today at the annual conference of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in New Orleans was designed to explore why one in 50 women who got fractures and were on the drugs for more than five years suffered atypical hip fractures of the femur.

“These are healthy active women, not women in nursing homes,” Lane says. “Hip fractures can be life-threatening, so we want to find out what’s causing them in thriving women.”

Studying bone biopsies in women who suffered femur fractures, Lane found the quality of the bone diminished after long-term bisphosphonate use.

“Normally bone is a distribution of young bone, middle-age bone and old bone,” he says. “When we look at these bones, it’s old bone. You begin to start having imperfections in the bone. It’s not as good as younger bone.”

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Some info on Pete’s new book

March 10, 2010

I received a PDF file that shows the front and back covers, and the text that will go inside the front and back covers. I’m posting it here, looks very cool. I can’t wait for this to come out, been a long time coming.

Letslightenup 2

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