Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I am writing in response to the CBC news story that recently went on a witch hunt for practitioners that use IgG Food Sensitivity testing. The story was completely biased towards the traditional medical views and the Naturopathic Doctor they interviewed for the story, in my opinion, has limited clinical experience. They also did not specify which tests and which companies they were referring to as these vary greatly in quality and consistency.
IgG allergy testing has numerous published human studies to show efficacy with asthma, headaches and indigestion. Clinical experience shows us that individuals with seemingly incurable psoriasis and eczema often benefit from the results of these tests. IBS and IBD also fall into this category with hundreds of patients in our clinic alone being helped with the results of these tests.
One of the arguments against this test is that it only picks up on foods you eat regularly. It is partly true. Your body will only make antibodies to antigens that it is exposed to. You will not be safe from Tetanus unless you have been exposed to the Tetanus vaccine. Therefore, if you are allergic to dairy but never eat dairy, then likely you will have no symptoms and will have no impetus to see a doctor or ask for the allergy testing. It is a moot point.
The piece also questioned yeast reactions and this is where the argument falls to pieces. Candida is a transient, opportunistic parasite that is normally ingested by accident, infrequently and is killed and destroyed by acid, enzymes and bile in the digestive tract. If someone is showing a high reaction to Candida in their blood, then it is obvious that the yeast is surviving an under-functioning digestive tract, which in itself is a diseased state. Also, they would have to be intentionally ingesting it on a daily basis in order for antibody counts to increase. This is highly unlikely and I am not even sure where one could buy Candida albicans supplements or why one would ingest a potential parasite on purpose.
IgG testing is a misunderstood phenomenon. IgE testing (skin prick )which is commonly understood as allergy testing has a direct 1+1 = 2 equation. IgE tests show an immediate and rapid response directly to the allergen ingested or breathed in. IgG is different. IgG complexes form, take 48-72 hours to completely peak and can last for months before dropping to normal levels. The reaction is completely different than an IgE test. It is not necessarily the type of allergen but the overall amount of antibody-antigen complexes. Think of it like this -
IgE reactions are like a key and lock. If you have the right key, then the lock will open. A dairy protein will react to an IgE dairy antigen and you will have a swift and specific response.
IgG reactions are like a dammed lake. The lake is the total amount of antibody-antigen complexes and the dam is the Liver and Kidneys. If the total amount of allergen complexes (no matter if it is from dairy, gluten, egg or anything else) builds up to a point where the dam can no longer hold it back, then it overflows. When it overflows (i.e. overwhelms the ability of the Liver and Kidneys to handle and filter the allergens), the allergen complexes then embed themselves in tissue throughout the body until the body can deal with it. If imbedded in the skin you get psoriasis/eczema. If embedded in the lungs, you get asthma. These imbedded complexes cause inflammation and irritation and do not allow the tissue to work properly. When the Liver and Kidneys catch up, the complexes are filtered and removed from the tissues and the symptoms decrease. Stress, lack of sleep and poor eating habits can all contribute to overloading the lake and the dam spills over.
So you can see that it is not as important with IgG testing to test the specific allergens but the overall allergen complex load. This is why it is technically not an allergen and the MD's have an issue with it. If you have a hammer, then everything looks like nails. If you are trained in medical school to look at allergies in only one way then you can understand why they do not know what to do with this new science.
Just because a test procedure has not become mainstream, does not mean that it is not clinically beneficial. Diabetes used to be tested by tasting a patient's urine. You can imagine how many doctors picked up that test at the beginning too.
Here's to your health!
Dr. Jason Bachewich ND
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Monday, March 12, 2012
Intravenous Nutrient Therapy
Nutrient therapy is a very important part of Naturopathic treatment to support optimal health. The most common administration of nutrient therapy is oral in the form of various supplements. Depending on the integrity of the digestive system and its ability to effectively absorb these nutrients, occasionally it may be necessary to deliver nutrients directly to the cells via intravenous administration.
We are all familiar with in-hospital IV therapy in which various medications and fluids are delivered directly into the bloodstream. This therapy is effective because it allows the nutrients to be delivered directly to the cells, bypassing the digestive system and allowing for a greater concentration of active nutrients to cross the cellular membrane. IV therapy can be more effective than oral therapy because it achieves much higher serum (blood) concentrations of active nutrients and therefore better therapeutic benefit.
At Nature Doctors we offer various forms of IV nutrient therapy to treat a wide variety of conditions including but not limited to:
· Chronic fatigue syndrome
· Autoimmune disease
· Lyme disease
· Menstrual Pain
· Irritable Bowel Syndrome
· Inflammatory Bowel Disease
· Heavy Metal Toxicity
· Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular disease
· Bacterial, Viral and Fungal Infections
· Upper Respiratory Tract infections
· Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Glaucoma
· Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
· Narcotic Withdrawal
· Stress related fatigue
· Athletic Performance
· Health Enhancement
· Healthy Aging
Some common ingredients in many of our IV preparations include but are not limited to:
· Vitamin C
· B Vitamins
· Trace Minerals
· Amino acids
One of the most common IV nutrient treatments is the Myer’s Cocktail, developed by Dr. John Myer’s, MD. Many physicians are now using modified versions of this formula to treat most of the above listed conditions. The Myer’s Cocktail contains Magnesium, Calcium, Vit B12, Vit B6, Vit B5, B Complex and Vit C in varying dosages.
Often patients will undergo a series of IV treatments at regularly spaced intervals (usually one IV/week or one IV every second week depending on the condition treated). The time between IVs is gradually increased until the IVs are no longer necessary. Other patients may require regular IVs for an indefinite period of time to control their specific medical condition.
Acute conditions such as migraine headaches, menstrual pain, or upper respiratory tract infections can be treated effectively with high doses of IV nutrients.
At Nature Doctors, our IV room is a calm, relaxing, peaceful environment for IV administration. Speak with your doctor to discuss how IV nutrient therapy could be of benefit to you.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
ADD / ADHD appears to be an epidemic these days in schools. Some medical professionals say this is in part due to better diagnosis while others say it is due to psychosocial factors and poor class management. Personally, I feel it is overdiagnosed and multifactoral. A recent study shown on CBC news highlights the complex issue.
The study found that the youngest kids in class were 40% more likely to be diagnosed compared to the oldest. This highlights what many of us have thought for years. We are simply diagnosing a disease that does not exist in children that are in a different developmental state. Kids experience a massive amount of change socially and emotionally.
Add on top of all that, the increase in broken homes / high divorce rate continues to creep higher. Many of my patients with this diagnosis are predominantly from broken homes. Nutrition can play a huge role. Food additives and preservatives with a known connection with ADD / ADHD behaviors, that are banned in other countries, continue to find their way in our childrens diet. High carbohydrate, low protein and saturated fat diets also contribute to irritibility as blood sugar swings dramatically. We are seeing rates of Type 2 diabetes increasing constantly in the younger generations.
It is time to recognize that kids develop at different rates and are impacted by their diet and environment. Naturopathic Doctors can help a family determine what factors they are able to change and help parents with a program for success. It is time to stop drugging our kids.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Nature Doctors is excited to announce the newest member of our team, Zoe Genik, Registered Massage Therapist! She will be a wonderful asset to our team as she has years of experience and an amazing skill set. Call our front desk at 943-6079 to book an appointment with her. She works Mon-Fri, including some evenings.
A very positive experience! Highly recommended for anyone wishing to improve their overall health.
-Connie G | read more...