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.

Understanding Inflammation

Key Points:

  1. Excessive chronic inflammation is the primary cause of virtually every chronic disease of aging:
    • Arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis
    • Chronic Pain
    • Osteoporosis
    • Dementia: Alzheimer’s type, Lewy Body, Vascular dementia
    • Heart attacks, stroke, and vascular disease
    • Multiple Sclerosis, ALS,
    • Diabetes & Obesity
    • Most forms of Cancer
    • Feeling Old
  2. Inflammation is controlled by our Immune System (which is controlled by our brain)
  3. 80% of our Immune System is located around our digestive tract (gut)
  4. Our lifestyle is either activating the “ON” switch of inflammation or activating the balanced On/Off regulation of Wellness
  5. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) aka photo biomodulation is a powerful tool to turn off excessive inflammation and the lasers we use at Renovare are FDA level 1a cleared (the most stringent research-based approval available) to reduce nociceptive chronic pain ANYWHERE in the body.
  6. The resolution of inflammation is fibrosis (scar tissue) that creates joint and fascial restriction and chronic pain. These tissues need to glide and slide to close the pain gate and keep us flexible and pain-free. 
  7. Resolution of inflammation in the lung (from asthma, infection, pneumonia, COVID, COVID vaccines) is fibrosis leading to scarring and lung damage.
  8. Spinal adjusting/manipulation of joints and soft tissue is required to improve the mechanical integrity lost from fibrosis to create the neuro sequence closing the pain gate & restoring healing and health.

The PgE2 (Prostaglandin E2) Inflammation Pathway involves:

Eicosanoids – inflammatory prostaglandins: our Omega 3/6 ratio controls this signaling pathway to a large extent

  • The same cascade that creates inflammation creates cancer
  • Too much Omega 6 high linoleic vegetable oil drives inflammation – the wrong fats may be even worse than too much sugar
  • Quality Omega 3 EPA-DHA Fish oil dampens inflammation
  • Low level lasers dampen inflammation with NO SIDE EFFECTS, only side benefits like:
    • Systemic Energy Boost – Give Your Cells Back the Energy of Your Youth!
    • Reduced Swelling & Inflammation and Pain Relief
    • Accelerated Tissue Regeneration
    • Activation of anti-aging/longevity pathways
    • Improved blood flow to promote accelerated healing & repair
    • Neurogenesis – making new nerve cells
    • Mitochondrial Biogenesis – making new mitochondria
    • Stem cell production and integration
    • Healing of Leaky Gut and Leaky Brain
    • Promote all antioxidant systems including glutathione
    • Protects from free-radical damage                
    • Increased parasympathetic activity/Vagal stimulation for calm, peaceful, digestion, detox, and reduced inflammation
    • Repair and protect against DNA & RNA damage & telomere shortening
    • Decrease stress hormones and promote youth hormones like HGH
    • Healing with No Drugs, No Surgery, No Side-Effects

635 nm Red Lasers (LLLT) knocks out COX /prostaglandin, IL-18, & TNF Cytokine pain pathways. Violet lasers knock out IL-6 cytokine pain pathway.

Understanding Cytokines

  • Interleukin 6 (IL-6) is the most powerful Cytokine “ON” switch for inflammation and is converted in the liver to hsCRP, a key inflammation heart attack & stroke risk lab marker that appears on lab test panels.
  • 405 nm Violet Laser knocks out the IL-6 Cytokine pathway especially well
  • 635 nm Red Laser knock out IL-18
  • Both lasers turn on IL-10  – an ideal combination

VAT is an Inflammation Factory

Visceral (around the abdominal organs) Adipose (fat) Tissue is abbreviated as VAT.  This is often called the “Fat that Kills” since it strongly elevates heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes, dementia, chronic pain, and chronic disease risk. VAT turns on inflammation dramatically.

VAT can be stubborn and resistant to most weight loss programs. What works is repairing our Metabolism to correct Insulin Resistance or Metabolic Syndrome

Based on our years of experience and training in functional medicine and functional neurology, we have created an Integrated Metabolism Repair program below:

Renovare Metabolism

Repair & Fat Burn Programs

2X/week sessions:

  • Zerona FDA approved Fat burning laser sessions
  • 30 min NOW-T and Power Plate session after Zerona session
  • Custom supplement, lifestyle, and support program to help you each step of the way in repairing your metabolism

The FDA approved Zerona Laser system energizes fat (adipose) cells to release their stored triglycerides (fat) into our circulatory system where they can be carried away to be burned as energy in our mitochondria.

An awesome quick and easy boost to fat loss in any area of the body

Contact US Today to Schedule an appointment at 623-776-0206

Blood sugar balance and the pathways to help support it – Part 1

Blood sugar metabolism can seem like a mystery at times for many. Scientists now are aware of different pathways to help support blood sugar metabolism and insulin sensitivity – which is termed Blood Sugar Dynamics. The 3 pathways that we will be discussing in this series are:

  1. The SCFA Pathway
  2. Insulin Signaling Pathway
  3. AMPK Pathway
SCFA Pathway   

Short Chain Fatty acids (SCFAs) are produced by friendly bacteria in your gut and are the main source of nutrition for the cells in your colon.1   Production of Short Chain Fatty acids, especially butyrate, in the gut microbiome is required for optimal health. Our low intake of fermentable dietary fiber in this modern world greatly impacts and limits this production. We tend to be a fast food, microwave society that eats very small amounts of diverse, fibrous foods.

Graphic from Apex Energetics

As discussed in a previous blog  “Your Secret Organ” microbes in the gut are essential to our well being. (Click this link to read the entire article: Your Secret Organ.)

We now know that Short Chain Fatty acids also have a number of actions that are relevant to glucose metabolism. These Short Chain Fatty acids in the intestinal lumen (which is a hollow core or tube) bind to signaling receptors called GPRs2 in the colon causing them to release hormones (PYY and GLP-1). The PYY hormone increases the feeling of fullness so we are no longer hungry.   The GLP-1 hormone increases pancreatic insulin secretion so that we convert sugar to energy instead of fat and free radicals. In other words, they are a master switches controlling fat burning vs fat storing.

Other major roles of Short Chain Fatty acids
  • Inhibit Inflammation3
    • Short Chain Fatty acids bind GPR receptors on immune cells to reduce inflammation and decreases pro-inflammatory markers called Nf-kB which is a known key element in creating insulin resistance.
  • They are important fuel sources for the colon.4
    • This helps with the intestinal lining cells so they stay healthy free of inflammation and disease. They also help the protective mucus layer in the colon.
  • They improve intestinal tight junctions in the colon to prevent leaky gut and other auto immune problems.5
  • This also reduces excessive inflammation
    • By improving the integrity of the tight junctions, there is less immune triggering of inflammation and food sensitivity. This matter since excessive Inflammation is a known promoter of insulin resistance.
  • They activate AMPK6  pathways which turns on fat burning and energy production.

As you can see, Short Chain Fatty acids have a direct influence and role in the Insulin Signaling Pathway and the AMPK Pathway and increasing these Short Chain Fatty acids has a major impact to our health.

Our microbiome and Short Chain Fatty acids and the interconnection of these blood sugar pathways can actually determine if you are Lean and fit, or fat and sick. Once our system has tilted into diabetes we are making lots of fat and free radicals. Your body cannot sustain health, balance and energy in that negative environment.

Key Products we carry at Renovare that support Short Chain Fatty acids and butyrate are:


 

 

 

 

 

  • EnteroVite
  • Mega Sporebiotic & Probiotic Max Restore
  • Mega Mucosa
  • Mega Prebiotic & OptiFiber® Lean
Upcoming article: Blood sugar balance and the pathways to help support it – Part 2
More articles on the Microbiome and Short Chain Fatty Acids (Click to Read)

 

“Science Reveals –We are as Healthy as our Microbiome! Keys to Good Health!”, “Save the Microbes”

Is Food Sensitivity (IgG) Testing Really Necessary?

Do you experience any of these symptoms? 

  • Fatigue or Tiredness
  • Brain Fog
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Joint pain or Muscular Tightness
  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Eczema, Acne, Rashes, Skin Irritations
  • Asthma
  • Acid Reflux
  • Bloating, Gas, Stomach Aches
  • Constipation or Diarrhea
  • Unexplained Weight Gain or Loss
  • Behavioral Issues (irritability, nervousness, mood swings, decision making, acting out)
  • Generally not feeling your best from day to day

It is possible that the foods you are eating can be part of the reason why. Sometimes we might even be on a “healthy” diet, but our gut and brain are reacting to some of our food choices – particularly foods we eat frequently. Our foods can either nourish us or create inflammation.

What is the difference between a food sensitivity and food allergy?

A food sensitivity, or food specific IgG reaction, can be more difficult to diagnose than a food allergy because it triggers a delayed immune response or inflammatory reaction. Once the body perceives a certain food or drink as a threat, it produces a range of inflammatory responses that can take 72 hours or more to appear in the body and brain.

A food allergy can trigger immediate, sometimes life-threatening reactions presenting in symptoms such as hives, stomach cramps, or the more extreme symptoms of not being able to breathe, or even anaphylactic shock.

Why get tested for food sensitivities?

Food sensitivities can be very disruptive and debilitating to an individual’s life.

Is it important for you to understand your personal food sensitivities so that you can create health, energy. low inflammation, and general well being in your body? Then, a food sensitivity test that measures your IgG reaction to certain foods is a great place to start!

At Renovare Wellness by Design and Renovare Brain Wellness we create a customized Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program called TLC to address the puzzle pieces below which support maximum brain and body wellness!

This includes addressing your food sensitivities. We have health coaches available to help you create eating plans specific to your sensitivities and guide you through your journey.

Give us a call today at 623.776.0206  to schedule your food sensitivity testing or to schedule a consultation.

 

Science Reveals – We Are as Healthy as our Micribiome! Keys to Good Health!

 

Our Microbiome and Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA’s)

In many ways, we are as healthy as our Microbiome. What is the Microbiome?

Our Microbiome is the trillions of bacteria that live mostly in our gut but also on our skin, in our mouth, throat, sinus, and in the urogenital tract.

Some researchers conclude that up to 90 percent of all diseases can be traced in some way back to the health of our gut microbiome. Our microbiome is home to trillions of microbes, diverse bacteria that help govern nearly every function of the human body in some way. The importance of our gut microbiome cannot be overstated: Poor gut health can contribute to leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune diseases and disorders like arthritis, diabetes, dementia, heart disease, and cancer, while our health, fertility and longevity are also highly reliant on the balance of critters living within our intestines. 3000 new strains of bacteria have been discovered so far.

 

 

Human Health = diversity of microbiome = diversity creates immune tolerance

We need Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA’s) from diversity of our microbiome. Diversity of plant fibers in our diet boosts SCFA’s production & diversity of microbiome, High amounts of pesticides, antibiotics in meat, dairy, and processed foods harm the microbiome leading to loss of diversity

Americans have the LEAST diverse microbiomes in the world with more autoimmune diseases than all cancer and Cardiovascular combined!

Our Microbiome:

·      We get most of our nutrients from our microbiomes – not from our food or supplements.  B-vitamins, Vitamin K, folic acid made by gut bacteria.

o  Post-biotics are what microbiome produce – eg. SCFA’s

o  Diverse microbiome converts plant foods to powerful anti-carcinogenic enzymes.

o  Declining microbiome diversity predicts loss of function/health as people age

You Can change microbiome in 3 days – eg. Netflix video binge, little sleep, lots of junk food and alchohol

  • Junk Food, lack of veggie fiber
  • Terrible Diet, lack of exercise
  • Stress – poor sleep, too many fright or adrenalin-junkie action movies

The Most exciting is research showing how gut microbiome can create diabetes

o  Lack of diversity of microbiome = extract more energy from food we eat = high blood sugars and weight gain of human host

o   Optimal health with lots of microbiome diversity = microbiome gets first shot at our calories and consumes many of our calories first. Help us manage our energy absorption, blood sugar regulation, and body composition so we stay lean easily.

How Do We Boost Intestinal SCFA’s? I

o  Support a more diverse microbiome to make more SCFA’s

o  Consume more diverse plant food fiber sources (not meat)

o  Celery, bok choi, turnips, kale, beets, brussel spouts, etc.

Benefits of More Microbiome Diversity & Intestinal SCFA’s? I

Signals appetite control

o  Lack of diversity, low SCFA’s = always hungry, never satisfied

o  Increased diversity, higher SCFA’s = satisfied, less hunger – quickly

·      Affects brain function: low diversity tilts us towards anxiety & depression

·      Burns fat more effectively for weight loss

o  Improved insulin resistance – support lean, low body fat

·      Makes tight junction proteins – for gut repair:autoimmune, many food allergies, chem sensitive patients

·      Reduces inflammation in the gut, brain, and body

·      Enhances immune tolerance to food, chemicals, and self – especially important in autoimmune disease, chemical sensitivity, and food allergies

How do We Boost Microflora Diversity & SCFA levels?

o  Eat LOTS of veggies for the fiber. Eat new and different veggies.

o  Try new veggies each visit to the market. Add to a Vitamix/blender and enjoy.

o  Do NOT do juicing – it removes the critically important fiber

o  Mimimize refined sugars and avoid antibiotics and pesticides when possible

Supplementsto boost diversity and SCFA’s:

o  Enterovite – the 3 critical SCFA’s in the proper ratio. Can create benefits 1st day of use for those with low microflora diversity.

o  Trizomal Glutathione – best tool to reduce gut inflammation that damages diversity

o  Apex AD – specific ratio of Vitamin A and D shown to boost immune tolerance

Is My Parent Heading Towards Alzheimers Type Dementia – Natural Solutions Part 2

Neuroinflammation or the Brain on Fire is the Root mechanism for Alzheimers, Parkinsons and many of our brain diseases. When our brain is on fire, our brain begins to degenerate. We lose volume and our brain begins to shrink from the inside and outside.

When we tip one way we are making neural connections in the brain, when we tip the other we are removing neural connections in the brain. This moves us towards Alzheimers and other types of dementia.  

The research shows us 36 factors that influence towards Alzheimers or towards brain health. They include:

  •  insulin sensitivity
  • vitamin D – critical for brain health
  • essential fatty acids
  • brain derived neurotropic factors
  • how well our mitochondria works to make energy
  • glutathione (an essential molecule for antioxidant balance)
  • improving blood flow to our brain
  • Reducing oxidative stress
  • neurotransmitter hormone balance
  • optimizing our cortisol and stress hormones
  • improving GABA which is calming to our brain
  • enhancing detoxification.

How do we help people with Neurodegeneration? We help them by dealing with root issues – not covering up symptoms. We work by solving the puzzle of why we are having our issues. We use a functional medicine, functional neurology approach