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How to Keep Thanksgiving 2020 from Becoming a Turkey

It goes without saying that Thanksgiving 2020 is going to be a different animal than past turkey days, capped this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) suggestion that we should perhaps cancel this year’s holiday travel plans and large family gatherings.

All signs point to a Covid-19 resurgence this holiday season with disturbing numbers of Americans testing positive for the virus in nearly every state, including here in Florida. So, for this holiday season at least, it behooves us all to meet the challenges of protecting ourselves and our families by making health a top priority.

Here at BioDesign Wellness Center, we have several health tips for those who believe their family circle is small enough — and safe enough — for an in-person holiday gathering.

Healthy tips for Thanksgiving Day feasting

If you have a food allergy or sensitivity, bring food you can eat, so you don’t feel continue reading

Diagnosing the Root Causes of Illness with the Organic Acids Test

We often talk about the human body as though it is a machine assembled with various components — brain, heart, lungs, stomach, liver, kidneys, skin, bones, and so on. In some ways, the body does function like a machine, but unlike a machine. the body is organic. Every human body is a living organism consisting of approximately 30 trillion cells plus about 100 trillion microbes, most of which live in the gut (you couldn’t live without these microorganisms).

Your health basically boils down to how well these approximately 130 trillion cells function alone and together. Each cell is a living entity, consuming nutrients from food, converting those nutrients into energy, carrying out specialized functions, and even cloning their own replacements. Healthy cells make a healthy body.

Why Take The Organic Acids Test?

The waste products that cells produce daily are eventually expelled from the body. The chemicals included in these waste products provide valuable clues for tracking down the underlying causes of many health conditions. Urine alone contains more than 1,000 organic acids that can be analyzed to identify causes of behavior and movement disorders, hyperactivity, chronic fatigue, immune dysfunction, and many other disorders and dysfunctions.

What Are Organic Acids?

Organic acids — which is the focus of this post — are chemical compounds that are products of metabolism and are excreted in the urine of mammals. Metabolism is the set of life-sustaining chemical reactions responsible for the following:

  • Converting food to energy to fuel cellular processes
  • Converting food to building blocks for proteins, fats, and other organic chemical molecules the body needs
  • Eliminating metabolic waste products

The names of most organic acids consist of two words, the first ending in -ic and the second word being acid. You’ve probably heard of many common organic acids, including lactic acid (which makes yogurt tart) and citric acid (from citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons).

Organic Acid Testing

Here at BioDesign Wellness Center, we sometimes order an organic acid test (OAT) and/or a Microbial Organic Acids Test (MOAT) from Great Plains Laboratory. These tests, which are the standard bearer for their category, screen for continue reading

Recommended Reading: TOXIC, by Neil Nathan, MD

While COVID-19 continues to besiege the human population, it has had a positive impact, at least temporarily, in some of the most polluted areas on our planet. Images from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA) pollution monitoring satellites show the stark contrast in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels over China before and during their quarantine (when transportation and industries were largely shut down). Nitrogen dioxide is a noxious gas emitted by motor vehicles, power plants, and industrial facilities.

Imagine what would happen if we were able to stop polluting the planet, filter pollutants out of the environment, and focus our efforts on restoring healthy ecosystems in air, land, and water. Within a matter of years, we would see a big improvement in the environment overall. In just a few decades, we would start to notice increasing populations of diverse plants and animals as balance was restored.

Now imagine taking the same approach with the human body. What if we could avoid exposure to toxins in our food supply and environment? What if we followed that up by detoxing the body and then restoring every system in the body — the nervous system, immune system, endocrine system, gastrointestinal system, and so on? Over the course of a few months or maybe a year, we would probably start to feel amazing. We would be more energetic, think more clearly, and be much happier overall.

In his book TOXIC: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and Chronic Environmental Illness, Neil Nathan, MD, recommends such an approach with the many people who suffer from environmentally acquired illness (EAI). And this approach closely aligns with the one we follow at BioDesign Wellness Center to restore optimal health and fitness to our patients: continue reading

The Coronavirus (COVID-19): How Worried Should I Be?

If you follow the news lately, you may begin to think that we are in the midst of pandemic poised to wipe out three quarters of the world population. However, while the Coronavirus of 2019 (COVID-19) is a potentially deadly and apparently very infectious disease, and not something you want to catch, fear and panic are counterproductive and unwarranted.

In this post, we explain what the coronavirus is, attempt to alleviate any fear or panic you may feel, and provide some practical guidance to build resilience and prevent infection.

What Is the Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoVs) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). These viruses are zoonotic, meaning they’re transmitted between animals and people. SARS was first transferred from civet cats to humans, and MERS was first transferred from dromedary camels to humans. Common symptoms of coronaviruses include the following (listed from less to more severe):

  • Respiratory symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, coughing)
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pneumonia
  • Kidney failure
  • Death

In a large majority of cases, symptoms are relatively mild and pass within days or weeks at the most.

Putting the Coronavirus in Perspective (last updated: Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 7:20 p.m. ET)

A careful examination of the statistics recently released by the World Health Organization and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention puts the Coronavirus in perspective: continue reading

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