How Hormone Receptor Problems Hyperaccelerate Aging & Solving the Puzzle to Restoring Youthful Brain & Body

Progesterone Receptor

Our hormones have profound – even magical – effects on health and wellness. Much of accelerated aging, skin sagging, muscle loss, obesity, brain shrinking, heart disease, cancer, and immune health is related to how well our hormones activate their receptors.

Like insulin resistance, can suffer with resistance to testosterone, estrogen, thyroid, progesterone, adrenal and Vitamin (hormone) D due to receptor problems.

Think of our hormones like a key to a door. A key is not helpful if the lock does not work. Hormone receptors are the “lock” located on our cell membranes. Our hormone receptors are being poisoned daily by the overwhelming toxins in our environment. We swim in a toxic brew of nasty chemicals like phthalates, plasticizers, pesticides, dioxins, flame retardants, arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium that dirty our hormone receptor “locks” rendering our hormones ineffective. Your doctor may say your hormone levels are fine and yet you feel terrible!

To make matters worse, our toxic environment combined with our toxic stress loads, poor sleep, lack of movement, and nutrient deficiencies work synergistically to lower our hormone production. This potent combination of dirty receptors and messed up hormone balance can lead to:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Night sweats
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Blood sugar problems
  • Loss of libido (sex drive) and sexual performance in both men and women
  • Brain Fog & brain shrinking
  • Infertility, PCOS, dysmenorrhea, Menorrhagia
  • Early perimenopause now occurring in young women in their late 20’s
  • Perimenopause and Menopause weight gain & other problems
  • Andropause and low testosterone in men – even very young men
  • Dizzy with standing, low stress tolerance
  • Poor cold tolerance
  • Skin sagging, wrinkling
  • Looking and feeling old – hyper-accelerated aging
  • Immune weakness so we get sick easily and Low secretory IgA
  • Important for prevention and repair of Leaky Gut
  • Heart disease & cancer risk

The Solution?

Do our best to eat organic, drink water filtered to remove the nasty stuff (ask to learn more on this), use ecofriendly, non-toxic cleaning products, soaps, and air fresheners. Also support our detox pathways with exercise, sweating, sleep, and supplements. In addition, we now have 2 exciting, new specialty nutraceutical supplements carefully designed by one of the top hormone docs to detox our hormone receptors and balance our hormones – naturally and effectively:

Receptor Detox: 1st ever receptor detox nutraceutical Receptor Detox

  • Initial receptor detox: 4 caps 2X/day for one week. It is a good idea to repeat every 3 months with change of seasons. Then start ongoing support below:
  • Ongoing hormone receptor support: 2 caps 2x/day
    • We need this because of our daily exposures to hormone-blocking toxins – most commercial chocolate is loaded with cadmium! – this supplement helps detox cadmium daily.

Hormone Balance & Protect: Hormone Balance & Protect

  • Ongoing support for balancing our hormones & protecting from out-of-control growth and cancer risk:  2 caps 2X/day
  • For the hormone to bind to its receptor, the cell membrane must be healthy and bathed in nutrients like zinc, magnesium, iodine, & Vitamin A.
  • Our hormone levels going up and down creates lots of problems and symptoms. This supplement helps smooth and regulate our hormone levels to keep them in healthy balance.
  • This has the added benefit of making adrenal, thyroid, bone, and other supplements to work longer.

Call Renovare Wellness at 623.776.0206 for more information!

Corn-free “Cornbread” Stuffing – A Great Addition to Your Paleo and Gluten-Free Table

From Amy Myers MD

Are you looking for a “Cornbread” Stuffing recipe that tastes great, has the texture of cornbread…but won’t create any leaky gut side affects? This recipe is truly delicious. You can just make the “Cornbread” too!

It is made with a combination of coconut flour, arrowroot flour and tiger flour -( which is naturally gluten free and from a root vegetable. Found on Amazon and Vitacost).

You will love this new addition to your holiday table!

Ingredients

For the corn-free cornbread
  • 1/2 cups tiger nut flower
  • 1/2 cups coconut flour
  • 1/4 cups arrowroot flour
  • 2 tspn baking powder aluminum free
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp palm shortening
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar raw
  • 1 tbsp grass-fed gelatin powder
For the stuffing
  • 1 Prepared cornbread chop into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 stalks celery thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp rosemary finely minced
  • 1 tsp fresh sage finely minced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • sea salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

Prepare the corn-free cornbread
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the first 6 “cornbread” ingredients: tiger nut flour through sea salt. Whisk together.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients and whisk together until smooth. If you need to, heat the coconut milk gently to get the shortening to dissolve.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together. Allow to sit 5 minutes to thicken, then transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-50 minutes, or until the center of the cornbread is set. If the edges start to brown too much but the center is not set yet, reduce the heat to 300 degrees and bake until the center is set.
  6. Allow to cool, then chop the bread into 1-inch pieces.
Prepare the stuffing:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Sauté the diced onion and sliced celery in olive oil for 8-10 minutes over medium heat. Don’t allow the onion to burn.
  3. Add the dried cranberries and herbs and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the sautéed vegetables and most of the chicken broth. Stir in most of the chopped “cornbread” and mix gently, taking care not to break up the “cornbread” too much. Add a few more tablespoons of chicken broth if you like a “wetter” stuffing.
https://www.amymyersmd.com/recipe/corn-free-cornbread-stuffing/#recipe_card

Metabolism – The “Holy Grail” of Wellness – Part 2

How Meta-Inflammation Impacts Our Metabolism

Meta- Inflammation -What is It?

Chronic overnutrition and obesity induces low-grade inflammation throughout the body. Termed “meta-inflammation,” this chronic state of inflammation is influenced by macrophages (immune cells) located within the colon, liver, muscle, and adipose tissue.

Meta-inflammation has been linked to

  • Insulin Resistance *
  • fluid retention
  • High blood pressure
  • atherosclerosis
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • cancer
  • autoimmunity
  • profound impacts on global health

Metabolic Syndrome = Insulin Resistance. *

Insulin Resistance is what we term “Type 3 Diabetes” which is worse than Type 2 because it is Strongly Linked to Alzheimer’s. Instead of converting food to energy we convert food to Fat and Free Radicals that create massive injury & inflammation.

Inflammation is the Gateway to diseases of aging and Why Metabolism is the “Holy Grail of Wellness”.

When We Fix Metabolism We Can Slow Aging and Sometimes Reverse It.

In 2004 the above information was initially published. The chief medical and scientific officer of the American Heart, American Diabetes and American Cancer Society got together stated that Metabolic Syndrome (Extra belly fat) is the “Gateway to Chronic Disease”.

Metabolic Syndrome Doubles heart disease and stroke, Elevates Triglycerides and Cholesterol, leads to High Blood Pressure, Erectile Dysfunction, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Type 3 Diabetes – Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline, Osteoperosis, Fatty Liver, Obesity, Sleep Apnea, Sarcopenia (Loss of Muscle. This would also mean loss of bone), Type 2 Diabetes

VAT – Visceral Adipose Tissue is an inflammation factory. This is the excess belly fat.

How Do we solve this?

Fixing the Metabolism – which isn’t always easy! We need synergy – an integrated program which addresses all the puzzle pieces. Synergy – 1+1+1=9!

If you want to know more about Metabolism Repair, call Renovare Wellness at 623.776.0206

We have multiple choices to help you get on the right path including laser therapies to help improve your mitochondria and reduce belly fat, Wellness Mentors for assistance with improving your food, stress reduction and nutritional choices or schedule a consultation with Dr. Gerhart to get you started on a Metabolic Age Reversal Program.

Metabolism – The “Holy Grail” of Wellness

What is metabolism? Metabolism is converting fuel to energy…OR food to fat and free radicals (which creates massive inflammation and damage. This is like rust on the inside and creates hyper- accelerated aging) A damaged metabolism massively weakens our immune system. Why? Because our immune systems needs energy, energy, energy to work correctly.

The Mitochondria is in every cell of body. This is where we make energy. Metabolism really happens on the cell level.  We want them to be efficient. LLLT (Low Level Light Therapy) or Photbiomodulation, uses low levels of light to activate or energize and rev up the mitochondria so that we not only make more energy, but make more of the mitochondria. Our metabolism depends on how many mitochondria we have! This is called Mitochondrial Biogenesis. If we are healthy, we have up to 2000 per microscopic cell in our heart and our brain. When they work right, they generate energy called ATP.  This ATP is recycled many times and a 145-pound male should make at least 160 pounds of  ATP a day. When we are not healthy, we don’t make enough. Now we are tired, we put on fat, we ache, and many other problems.

By 2030 half of all Americans will be overweight. If you are even a little overweight, chances are you are also inflamed. They are probably overweight in the belly – which is known as the “fat that kills”. Excess belly fat, especially that around the waist, is a major source of inflammation.

What kind of diseases caused by too much inflammation? Alzheimer, Cancer, heart disease, arthritis, dementia, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, accelerated aging, etc. The risk of pneumonia and Covid risk also goes way up.

The average American diet per year is over 150 pounds of sugar. Sugar makes us fat, especially in the mid section – the gut area. We have been told fat makes us fat. This is Not true. Healthy fats make us lean. Sugar makes us fat! The worse kind of sugars are the ones you drink (Sodas, energy drinks, etc.) Eating unprocessed food is one of the number one things you can do to make the biggest difference in your health.

  • Eat only fresh, live foods.  
  • Minimize food that comes out of food coffins – plastic, boxes, aluminum foil, cans.
    • Where do you find these healthy foods in the supermarket? Around the outer aisles.

Meta – inflammation

We as Americans eat too many calories and too few nutrients. Think of junk food such as a Twinkie. It is full of calories and no nutrients. We want to eat foods that are the opposite – they have a ton of nutrients and very few calories such as Kale. Too many calories without enough nutrients creates inflammation, throughout the body called Meta Inflammation,

  • Chronic overnutrition and obesity induces low-grade inflammation throughout the body. Termed “meta-inflammation,” this chronic state of inflammation is mediated by macrophages located within the colon, liver, muscle, and adipose tissue. Especially around the belly.
    • When we treat the belly with laser, people lose inches, but we are really reducing their inflammation because inflammation damages our metabolism.

If you want to know more about Metabolism Repair, call Renovare Wellness at 623.776.0206

We have multiple choices to help you get on the right path including laser therapies to help improve your mitochondria and reduce belly fat, Wellness Mentors for assistance with improving your food, stress reduction and nutritional choices or schedule a consultation with Dr. Gerhart to get you started on a Metabolic Age Reversal Program.

We are as Young as Our Cytoplasm

We are as young (or old) as our cytoplasm.  The quality of our structured water intracellular gel determines the health and function of our mitochondria, cell, and entire body and brain in profound ways.

Our medical science establishment has been focused on the nucleus and the DNA within with failed results for chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, …

The past 20 years of research into Epigenetics has shown us that the influence of the cell nucleus and DNA is quite limited in chronic disease – 10 -20%.  The environmental influences that affect the cell are 80 -90%.

We are now learning that the cell cytoplasm (intracellular structured water/gel) that surround the nucleus that houses our mitochondria and cytoskeleton (microtubules, actin, vinculin) is a profound reflection of environmental influences on cell health.

How can we affect this?

  1. Our thoughts, feelings, and relationships
  2. Meditation, chanting
  3. Healing music
  4. Our time in nature
  5. grounding in nature
  6. Sunlight, NIR sauna
  7. Healing lasers
  8. Movement – an active lifestyle
  9. Exercise, NOW-T, HIIT
  10. Biodynamic food
  11. Structured water, low deuterium water
  12. PWT, Ultrasound, Pulsed Magnetic Field therapy
  13. Supplements: Drainage Detox Homeopathic, L-glutamine, Ashwaghanda, ALA Max CR, Resveratrol, NAD+Gold, ATP Ignite, Nitric Balance, CoQ Max Ubiquinol,
  14. Adversely affected by harmful, synthetic EMF – eg. 5G, microwaves
  15. FEAR, Worry, ANXIETY, Depression, self-hatred are profoundly harmful
  16. Toxins like Glyphosate

Could Cold Laser Be The Next Big Thing In Helping Thyroid Patients?

A lot has been written about the connections between Hashimoto’s and gluten, environmental toxins, leaky gut, etc. However, very little has been discussed about the potential use for Cold Laser therapy, even though several recent research studies found some promising results.

Hashimoto’s antibodies can lead to destruction of thyroid tissue, which can result not only in the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction, but also changes in thyroid appearance on ultrasound, and the presence of abnormal blood markers.

Currently, most traditional medical treatments aim to control the symptoms or get the TSH and T4 into the medical normal range while often ignoring the underlying root causes and the destruction that occurs in the gland.

The exciting thing about these studies on lasers and their effects on the thyroid is that they appear to not only trigger tissue regeneration, they also seem to help normalize function and decrease the need for medications, without any side effects.

The most recent study comes out of the July 2015 edition of the journal Photochemistry and Photobiology.  In this study, the thyroid glands of rats were damaged with gamma radiation, and then were treated with low level laser of 632 nanometers for 6 sessions. The study concluded that the laser improved the rat’s thyroid function, liver function, antioxidant levels, and blood cell markers. No side effects were noted. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25975382 

The August 2014 edition of the journal Photomedicine and Laser Surgery found that cold laser treatment to patients with autoimmune thyroid disease significantly increased levels of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1). (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25101534) Why is this important? The August 1991 edition of the Journal of Autoimmunity found that TGF-β1 could calm down and suppress auto immune attacks, and that it may even prove helpful in causing remission of Graves disease. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1777015)

Patients with autoimmune thyroid disease often have altered blood flow within the thyroid. The 2012 journal ISRN Endocrinology found that 10 laser treatments improved blood flow within the thyroid, as visualized with Dopplar ultrasound. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23316383)

But perhaps the most exciting study I came across was in the August 2010 journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Patients were given 10 treatments over 5 weeks. They found that all patients needed less thyroid medication, including 47% who did not require any medication through the 9-month follow-up. Can you imagine being able to go 9 months without needing thyroid medication?

Furthermore, the medication dosage needed in the other participants decreased, and remained decreased even 9 months later. TPOAb (thyroid antibody) levels also decreased,  and thyroid tissue appearance improved on ultrasound. This means that thyroid tissue damaged by auto immune attacks was actually getting repaired with laser stimulation. Again, no side effects were noted. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20662037)

These are just a few of the exciting studies that support the use of lasers in thyroid disease, but the applications go even beyond just the thyroid. As far back as December 1993, there was a far reaching study from Japan in the Keio Journal of Medicine that found that laser therapy on cancer cells “inhibits growth and increases cell-specific destruction”, and that “other immune system-related diseases, such as atopic dermatitis, some forms of eczema, asthma and asthma-related ulceration, have responded well to” laser therapy. I found numerous other studies that also suggested that cold laser was effective even for helping with thyroid cancers. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8126975)

So let’s review what these studies found. Cold laser therapy was shown to:

  1. Reduce TPO antibody levels
  2. Reduce the need for T4 medications in a majority of patients, even 9 months after treatment, and eliminate the need in nearly half the patients in one study
  3. Increase the amount of cellular antioxidants such as glutathione
  4. Improve thyroid tissue and vascularization on ultrasound examination
  5. Increase levels of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), which calms down the auto immune activity and may have the potential to cause remission of Graves’ disease
  6. Decrease the activity of inflammatory molecules such as nuclear factor kappa beta and interleukin 6
  7. Stimulate the repair of tissue damaged by the thyroid auto immune attack
  8. Have no side effects

These are all pretty powerful findings. I was surprised to find the data going back over 20 years supporting cold laser’s use on auto immune diseases, considering that most of us have never heard about it in mainstream media or from our doctors.

Obviously more studies are needed, but the current research suggests that lasers may provide significant help for the growing numbers of auto immune thyroid patients out there. Have any of you out there tried this therapy or heard about it from your doctor? If you have, please comment with what your results have been.

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This information is for informational purposes only and should not replace the diagnosis and treatment of your qualified healthcare professional. Do not undertake using a laser on yourself without proper evaluation and supervision of a licensed healthcare provider. As always, Dr Gair recommends that you seek the help of a healthcare professional trained in functional medicine and following their advice.